Northern Iowa (-1) over INDIANA STATE
ISU is 4-12 in the MVC with those wins coming against three teams with a combined league record of 15-34. They’re going to have a hard time scoring on the Panthers, which is a pretty common theme for the Trees. This is about the time for a Jacobson squad to be at their best and you’d expect them to be ready to go after getting their asses kicked in Wichita.
UConn (+8) over HOUSTON
I don’t really see that much of a difference between the two teams right now, not in their style of play, but their level of play. UConn had a disastrous first half of the season largely due to injuries, but they’ve quietly won 7 of 8 with their only loss coming at Cincinnati. I think they’ll be able to find some success on the perimeter tonight and they’ve shot free throws really well lately, which is key against Houston. They should have an advantage on the glass, but they can’t let turnovers mitigate the rebounding edge.
Oregon (-2.5) over CAL
Of course Cal is always good in Haas, but it hasn’t been enough to get them wins against teams that are strides better than them, which Oregon is. The Bears hang their hat on defense, but guess who’s the one team that’s been even better on that end in Pac-12 play? Not many teams are better suited to slow down Ivan Rabb than the Ducks. With that and Charlie Moore not appearing to be 100%, I think you have to like Oregon’s chances of finding more points.
NEVADA (-5) over Boise State
Massive game in terms of the Mountain West title race. Winner ties CSU atop the standings. The Pack have been nearly unbeatable at home, with the only exception coming against Fresno, who just might be their Kryptonite. Boise loves to settle for jumpers and that’s not the way to beat UNR. It didn’t work the first time when they went 6-24 from three and lost by 19 at home.
Season: 127-112-1 (53.1%)