CBB Picks: 1/26

3-3 yesterday. All things considered, a pretty frustrating day.

NORTHEASTERN (-4.5) over Elon

Huskies are another one of those teams coming off a tough stretch on the road and coming back home. Conversely, Elon has played four of five at home and won four of five. Guess which four they won? In a game that could be a three-point shooting contest, I always like the team at home.

Delaware (+12.5) over WILLIAM & MARY

If you made this line based solely on CAA play, this line would probably be about five points less. Not because Delaware has been any good, but W&M has slipped quite a bit. They’ve had a problem with closing teams out lately. They were up 11 this past weekend on Elon and ended up losing by the same margin. So when the Tribe are inevitably up 20 tonight, just know that there’s still hope.

MARSHALL (-14) over UTSA

The Herd are one of those teams that aren’t really good enough to beat good teams, but they’re good at blowing out bad teams. UTSA qualifies as a bad team. Things were actually going well for the Roadrunners in C-USA play. They were 4-1, three of those wins coming against fellow bottom feeders. Then they went to UTEP, scored 39 points, and lost by 20. Lot of pressure on their defense to lock down the Herd because their offense has no chance to keep up in a high-scoring game.

Southern Miss (+22.5) over MTSU

Am I real confident about this one? No. But I’m riding the Southern Miss train until it careens off the tracks. Doc Sadler til I die.

In all seriousness, the Eagles can keep this relatively close if they can get MTSU out of their game and make them a jump shooting team. USM is actually pretty good at cleaning up the glass.

Indiana (+3.5) over MICHIGAN

Michigan is a nice opponent for the Hoosiers to play right now. UM isn’t a team that’s going to expose IU’s defensive frontcourt issues. It’s been two months now since Michigan had even a semi-impressive win. If it comes down to the end, IU has the best player/scorer/crunch-time performer in Blackmon.

UC IRVINE (-11.5) over Cal Poly

The Eaters are just so much better than the rest of the league right now, although Saturday at Davis might get interesting.

 

Season: 86-85-1 (50.3%)

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