Friday, December 2, 2011

Bettin' is a Habit - Friday 12/2

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I've taken two weeks off from picking game, but I think today is the perfect time to get back in the mix. Why? I have no clue, but I needed something to lead off the paragraph and that worked.

Anyways, after the jump, some picks for the weekend's slate of games

Bettin' is a Habit - Friday 12/2

7:00PM - Iona (4-1) at Canisius (1-3)

Scott Machado is the best point guard in the country that we don;t talk about. Michael "Optimus Prime" Glover is a scoring-machine, and the Iona Gaels are legitimately good. No, not like "mid-major" good. I'm talking legit top-25 good for the entire season. I'm so high on this team, I should probably have a doctor's note or something. I know very little about the Golden Griffins squad this season. But that doesn't matter, because Iona is going to win big.

Pick: Iona -14

9:00PM - Vanderbilt (5-2) at Louisville (6-0)

If Vanderbilt is playing, you know you're in for a close game with an exciting finish. I have to imagine that Vanderbilt will lose yet another close game, probably due to late-game execution. But as always, I think it's going to be close, with-in two possessions.

Pick: Vanderbilt +8

12:00PM - North Carolina (6-1) at Kentucky (7-0)

This is college basketball's version of "Game of the Century". Both teams feature some of the longest front-courts in the country. Kentucky logged a program-record 18-blocks in their win over St. John's on Thursday. Kentucky has been playing great defense as of late, and if Carolina can't run the floor with success, it could be a long day for the Tar Heels.

Pick: Under 151

1:00PM - UMass (6-2) at Miami (4-2)

UMass has been a pleasant surprise this season. They rank in the top-50 in rebounding and assists, and the top-6o in points. At 6-2, they look like one of the better teams in the Atlantic-10, and that is not something I would have said two months ago. Miami on the other hand, has lost two in a row and is struggling to put the ball in the basket. The team is shooting just 39% from the field and struggled to put away low-major squads like Florida-Gulf Coast and North Florida.

Pick: UMass +7.5

3:15PM - Gonzaga (5-0) at Illinois (7-0)

Don't let Illinois' undefeated record fool you. This team is not as good as Gonzaga. I'm rather puzzled as to why they are even considered slight favorites. Sure, Assembly Hall is a tough place to play, but I really don't think they have to talent to run with the Zags, even at home.

Pick: Gonzaga +2

1 comment:

KH said...

Gonzaga +2. That's what we call a trap.