Favored on the NCAA basketball odds to win the Legends Classic, Texas A&M tops a field that includes Oklahoma State, Penn State and Pittsburgh.
An interesting field awaits us in this year’s Legends Classic, slated to get underway on Nov. 20 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Four of college basketball’s Power 6 conferences (including Big East as a power conference) are represented, three of the schools making their Legends Classic debuts.
College basketball futures odds have yet to be released for the tournament, which matches up the Texas A&M Aggies from the SEC, Oklahoma State Cowboys of the Big 12, Penn State Nittany Lions from the Big Ten and Pittsburgh Panthers of the ACC. When those numbers do come out, the chalkiest line should be on the Aggies.
Texas A&M tipped its season with a mild upset of West Virginia last Friday. Getting 7 at the closing bell, the Aggies started slow and trailed by 13 nearly 12 minutes into the battle, then hit another gear to blow the Mountaineers out, 88-65. Tyler Davis posted a double-double (23 pts, 13 reb) and Admon Gilder came off the bench to net 23 with nine boards and seven assists. Billy Kennedy’s crew was playing without forward Robert Williams who was serving a suspension, and the 6-10 sophomore will be eligible to play in the Legends Classic opener.
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That first-round contest will be against Oklahoma State, a 78-47 winner over Pepperdine in head coach Mike Boynton’s debut with the Cowboys. Lindy Waters III led five Cowboys in double-digits with 14 points, while Thomas Dzigwa added a dozen from behind the 3-point line. Boynton was without Jeffrey Carroll, the 6-6 sophomore currently under investigation with no timetable for his return, as well as 6-11 forward Yankuba Sima who is ineligible until January.
Penn State is off to a 2-0 start after taking down Campbell and Farleigh Dickinson, both games mismatches that never made it to the NCAA basketball odds board. Pat Chambers' crew came away with 18 steals and five blocks in Sunday’s win over the Knights, and sophomore guard Tony Carr is off to a big start with a 26.5 PPG average in the first two tilts along with 14 assists, with Mike Watkins adding 15 against Farleigh Dickinson after sitting out Friday’s opener.
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The Nittany Lions will square off against Pittsburgh in an all-Keystone State matchup next Monday. The Panthers are picked to finish last in the always tough ACC, mostly due to a lot of mystery surrounding Kevin Stallings’ team. Ryan Luther, a 6-9 senior, is one of the few names returning from a Pitt team that won 16 games a year ago, and he’ll be surrounded on the floor by transfers and true freshmen. One of the transfers is Jared Wilson-Frame, a 6-5 shooting guard who netted 20 in the Panthers’ 71-62 season opening loss at Navy.
We’ll follow this tourney from start to finish with free college basketball picks; assuming chalk wins out, the championship clash should pit Texas A&M against Penn State.