CBB Picks: 12/17

PSA: I had a terrible run on Saturdays last year. Just a fair warning if you’re new.

Noon

SYRACUSE (-6.5) over Georgetown

First true road game for the Hoyas and I question their ability to hit enough shots from the outside. So much of their offense has relied on getting to the free throw line and that could be tough against the Orange’s zone. Cuse has been much better at home this year than elsewhere.

12:30 pm

RICHMOND (+5) over Texas Tech

I’ll admit this one is kind of a feel thing. The Red Raiders have beat up on bad teams and just been so-so against borderline Top 100 teams. First true road game again here. TJ Cline has been off to a slow start for the Spiders, but it’ll be a good chance for him to get it going against TT’s pack-line defense.

1:00 pm

The Citadel (+29) over VIRGINIA TECH

A lot of points to be giving for a team that’s good, not great and playing against a really unique style and pace off of finals week.

2:00 pm

OHIO (-12) over Cleveland State

Bobcats didn’t come through, so no other choice but to double down. CSU has been terrible on the road.

Notre Dame (+3) over Purdue

As a Purdue fan, I am very concerned about this game. If they continually let Matt Farrell in the paint, it’s gonna be a real problem.

Chicago State (+12) over DEPAUL

DePaul stinks. They are capable of losing to anyone and at no point should probably not be favored by 12 over anyone at this level, especially a team that’s been pretty frisky lately. It’ll be a slowly played game

5:00 pm

SOUTH DAKOTA ST. (-2) over Murray St.

Murray just played in Mississippi on Thursday night. Now they’ve got a short turnaround and they’re playing in ice cold South Dakota less than 48 hours later. In a close spread like this, I’ll take the squad playing at home with the best player on the floor, Mike Daum.

6:00 pm

WYOMING (-9.5) over Cornell

Cornell hasn’t played a game in 17 days. They do this every year and they lose big every time. It also helps that they’re always bad.

7:00 pm

WICHITA ST. (-8.5) over Oklahoma St. – 2u

The Shockers have been insane at home. Give Gregg Marshall a week to prepare for OSU’s press and I’m betting they’ll handle it well. The Shockers have been incredible defensively and with Jawun Evans having a bum shoulder right now, it could get ugly.

11:00 pm

OREGON (-16) over UNLV

UNLV has yet to beat anyone in the Top 100, while losing to Duke by 49 and Arizona State by 24 recently. They already lack size and two of their bigger guys – Dwayne Morgan and Christian Jones – are out. Morgan is their one true interior presence.

Season: 7-6 (53.8%)

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