Sunday NCAA Basketball Picks: Betting the Total

Joe Catalano

Sunday, January 11, 2015 3:59 PM UTC

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 3:59 PM UTC

Sometimes when we don't know which side to jump on when placing our bets in NCAA College Basketball, the betting total offers some relief. Here are a couple of interesting totals for you!

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Rutgers Scarlett Knights 
I already went through this game in detail, but I love the total for obvious reasons. Wisconsin has always been a defensive-oriented team for the past decade and it's created much success. This season, with the help of senior Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, the Badgers are averaging 74.3 points per game and nearly 50% shooting from the field. This isn't your usual Wisconsin team.

Tonight, the Badgers face a team which is taylor-made for them in the Rutgers Scarlett Knights. Rutgers has very little offense to speak of. They average below 60 points per game and below 40 % from the field this season.

As Rutgers is facing their tough part of the schedule in inter-conference play, the "Mack and Jack Combination" has had difficulties making the proper adjustments. This game could be over early and we could see some garbage time in the 2nd half. This would be the only scenario that would concern me when picking the under the total on such a low total, but it wouldn't stop me. The NCAA basketball odds have the betting total very low for a reason and we will  follow their lead with selecting the under the total.

NCAA Basketball Pick- Under 119.5 at The Greek


Arizona Wildcats vs. Oregon State Beavers 
Sunday night is Pac-12 night in college basketball and you get a lot of competitive matchups. If you go off of past offensive production this season from both teams, the over appears to be the NCAA basketball pick on a somewhat low betting total. The only concern is will there be any lingering effect from a 55 point output in a win for OSU over ASU and a 59 point output against Oregon in which OSU lost their only other inter-conference game? The Beavers are off to a great start at home and face one of the top teams in the nation in Arizona that can put up points. Arizona has owned this rivalry, but could things possibly change this season?

The Wildcats are an up-tempo team that can put some points. They're averaging 76 points per game on 50% shooting from the field. The only issue for the Wildcats is hitting their free-throws.

Point guard, T.J. McConnell, is coming off of a huge performance against Oregon in which he had 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. I look for McConnell to go back to being more of a ball distributor in this game as Arizona offers plenty of offensive options in the form of leading scorers Stanley Johnson (14.4 ppg., 6.9 rpg) and Brandon Ashley (11.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg).

While both of these players are not likely to produce 25 points in a game, they consistently put up double figures whether their shot is falling or not and that's all that the bettor need's here with a low total like this .Arizona is also a very deep team offensively with 6 players averaging 8.5 points or more per game and any player can come up big at any time. T.J. McConnell, the Wildcats' 6th leading scorer, is a great example of this in his last game as he led the team.

Take the over as the total is very low and the bettor can basically piggyback off of Arizona's offense.

NCAA Basketball Pick- Over 123 at Pinnacle

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