CBB Picks: 1/19

4-2 yesterday. Pretty good day overall. Even the losses weren’t so bad. Illinois State stayed hot, so that one wasn’t all that close. It took an all-time poor shooting performance from Florida to lose. 0-17 from three and 15-28 from the free throw line and only lost by four points. From UF’s website:

with that 0-for-17 stat from the 3-point line halting a streak of 850 games (a 25-year run dating to a Jan. 11, 1992 loss at Kentucky) with at least one made 3-ball.

Apparently it was the longest streak in the country. Of course it was.

SMU (-10.5) over UConn

SMU is money at Moody, especially against mediocre opponents, especially especially against teams that can’t shoot against their zone. I also don’t think the Huskies can keep SMU off the glass. The Mustangs are one of the best rebounding teams in the country. Everyone in their rotation contributes in that facet. UConn has two good/great rebounders – Brimah and Facey – and that’s about it. Brimah’s impact is often mitigated by foul trouble, which he’s often in because he’s always trying to block shots. He fouled out in six (6) minutes against Georgetown. That’s just impressive.

SOUTHERN MISS (-2) over North Texas

It’s a weird team to like, but I’ll ride the Golden Eagles one more time. They’ve tightened the screws on their defense and I don’t think the Mean Green can shoot themselves to a win, which is where USM is most vulnerable. NT hasn’t even really come close to sniffing a win away from home.

Arizona (-3) over USC

Arizona’s been one of the steadiest teams in the country, despite the fact that they start three freshmen. There’s not many situations I wouldn’t take them right now. USC is fairly mediocre and their offense has kind of hit the skids in Pac-12 play. You obviously have to wonder if the Wildcats are looking ahead to their showdown with UCLA this weekend, but I would hope they’d realize USC is good enough not to be taken lightly.


Season: 75-74-1 (50.3%)


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