Three Totals Plays For Sunday College Hoops

Jay Pryce

Sunday, December 3, 2017 1:15 PM UTC

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 1:15 PM UTC

Our college basketball picks for Sunday zero in on three over/under bets in the Rutgers-Minnesota, Tennessee-Georgia Tech, and Kansas State-Vanderbilt contests. Click here for best bets, predictions, and previews.

Rutgers at No. 12 Minnesota (-13)

Led by Naismith College Player of the Year candidate Jordan Murphy (21.4 ppg, 12.5 rpg), Minnesota is scoring at will. The team is tops in the Big Ten in points with 89.5 per game, ranking 15th in efficiency nationally. Since Richard Pitino took over as head coach in 2013, the Gophers have not averaged more than 77.9 points per game through their first eight contests. Expect the offense to keep flowing against an outmatched Rutgers team Sunday.

We are all talking about Duke’s Marvin Bagley, III, and we should. But, don’t forget about Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy, who is averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds with 8 double-doubles. Stud.

— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) November 30, 2017

The Scarlet Knights own a sound defense, leading the conference in opponent scoring at 51.6 points per game. Their schedule up to this point leaves a lot to be desired. Florida State is the only opponent Rutgers has faced with a winning record, losing 78-73 at Louis Brown Athletic Center.

The Gophers are going to force Rutgers to run. Since the shot clock change in the 2015-16 season, the ‘over’ is a perfect 9-0 when Pitino’s squad tips off home chalk against conference foes. A 157.2 combined score soars past a 141.8 average total by a whopping 15.4 points a game. Pick ‘over’ 145 here. Minnesota is hitting 80-plus.

Free NCAAB Picks: UNDER 145
Best Lines (-105) at Heritage

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Tennessee (-4.5) at Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets offense is struggling. Second-year head coach Josh Pastner is caught up in the FBI's league-wide investigation into illegal benefits. The school suspended guards Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson indefinitely at the start of November for their role in accepting money and gifts. The duo made up a significant amount of Georgia Tech’s scoring last season, combining for 27.2 points per game. Their absence is being felt. The Yellow Jackets rank last in the ACC in scoring at 63.5 points per game, 197th in the country in efficiency.

One area of Georgia Tech’s game not suffering is that stinging defense. It allows 60.7 points per game at McCamish Pavilion since Pastner took over last season. The team has tipped off a home underdog nine times in this span. The ‘under’ is 7-1-1, the combined score 124.1 points. No visitor has scored more than 65 points in this spot. The Volunteers are going to be forced to grind it out for a win. The ‘under’ 130.5 points offers the best value.

Free NCAAB Picks: UNDER 130.5
Best Lines (-105) at Heritage
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Kansas State is just 19-40 SU in true road games under head coach Bruce Weber all-time, all but a handful of games against powerhouse basketball conferences (Big 12, Big, Ten, etc.) After a 6-1 start, the Wildcats square off in their first real away test this afternoon at Vanderbilt.

Scoring has been the biggest issue for Weber’s men. They have not averaged more than 69 points a season outside of Bramlage Coliseum in his six-year tenure. Kansas State is putting up 77.1 per game currently, but against mostly cupcake defenses; the Wildcats’ strength of schedule ranks 343rd nationally. The Wildcats play deliberately and slowly, ranking 315th in tempo.

Vanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew takes pride in his team defenses. In five years at Valparaiso, his attacking zone schemes surrendered 63.5 points per game. In his first season in charge of the Commodores in 2016, his squad yielded 68.1 points contests.

This game will be a race to 70 points to determine the winner. Pick ‘under’ 141 for your best bet.

Free NCAAB Picks: UNDER 141
Best Lines (-105) at Heritage

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