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College Basketball Pick Predictors

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Thursday, 24 November 2011 05:57

2011 College Basketball PicksCollege basketball betting enthusiasts from across the nation have already had plenty to talk about during the beginning of the 2011-12 season. From the usual suspects ranking in the top five of the AP 25, to a few shocking upsets, it’s no surprise that handicappers are itching to click the ‘place bet now’ button on their bookie software devices. With several mini tournaments taking place right now, today we’ll offer you some predictions on tonight’s marquee matchups.

UCLA Bruins V Michigan Wolverines – Despite both teams losing last night to power houses Kansas and Duke, UCLA and Michigan will have plenty riding on tonight’s matchup in Hawaii. With each team currently sitting at one and one in the round robin portion of the tournament, it stands to reason that the winner of tonight’s game will still have an opportunity to qualify for the finals later this week.

On paper, the Bruins and Wolverines are evenly matched, as both programs have steadily improved over the last couple of seasons.

For all intents and purposes, Michigan is a smart pick here, as they lost narrowly to Duke yesterday. Essentially, in a rematch of their 2011 March Madness game, the Wolverines gave the Blue Devils all they could handle, losing last night’s game 76 – 82. Conversely, UCLA showed its fans that there is still plenty of room for improvement, as they were destroyed by Kansas 72 – 56.

Virginia Tech Hokies v Syracuse Orange  - Another intriguing matchup tonight will feature two basketball programs that have historically been amazing during the regular season, but less than stellar during the March Madness tournament. The Syracuse Orange basketball program is currently going through their own version of the PSU scandal, as former assistant coach Bernie Fine was accused of sexually assaulting young boys. Despite the horrific scandal, the Orange keep on trucking as the price per head season continues.

Comparable to the Nittany Lions football team, the Orange’s defense is what continues to keep the team ranked as highly as it has been. Since the start of the season two weeks ago, the Orange lead the nation in defense, holding opponents to 34.7 percent shooting. The Orange are led by the trio of Kris Joseph, Dion Walters and James Southerland, who each average 13 points a game. Virginia Tech on the other hand, will be looking to continue their strong play of late, as they look to upset the Orange in the NIT semifinals. The Hokies have a well balanced attack, which will be vital against Syracuse tonight. Nevertheless, the Orange are the sixth ranked team in the nation for a reason, and shouldn’t lose this game as they move on to the NIT Finals.

St. Francis v Colgate – If there is one game only the diehard NBA cappers, will be watching, it will be the five o clock matchup between St. Francis and Colgate. Everybody’s favorite whipping boy Colgate should actually win this game rather convincingly, against a small school such as St. Francis.

 
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