Senior Handicapper, the original and real Matt Rivers of OffshoreInsiders.com has a free pick winner is on DePaul (+10) to Rutgers.
Reasoning: No doubt the Blue Demons are one of the weaker teams in the entire Big East, if not the worst team in the conference. Ray and Joey Meyer's school have now dropped five in a row and have looked pretty terrible in doing so.
Meanwhile Rutgers is much improved and has been extremely competitive against some high quality teams. But with that said can the Scarlet Knights really be a double digit favorite like this? They may be the superior team of these two but they are also not exactly familiar with this role as the hunted vs. the hunter and I don't see the home squad able to just go up big and take care of business going away.
The Demons are 9-10 overall and a pretty bad basketball team. Cleveland Melvin though isn't terrible and I just do not see the visitors getting blown out of the gym in this thing against what is still "Rutgers". They may lose, yes, but by double digits? I just don't see it.
Rutgers is a good team to back when getting a handsome amount of points against a superior team like a Georgetown or a Louisville or a Pittsburgh but not when in this position as the in-conference chalk. This is just not the spot for them to succeed in against the number.
It is unfamiliar territory, if not unchartered waters, for the Knights and one that they are not yet used to. Miller, Carter, Seagears and the boys from Rutgers should escape with the win in the end but a blowout victory for this program against a Big East foe still seems a bit much. Yes I know all about the victory against Pittsburgh. That was great but a lot of it was also one of those things that can be somewhat categorized as a fluke.
Top expert pick on this game: DePaul
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Now to The Great One Stevie Vincent:
LEVEL 4 PLAY is on NORTHERN IOWA over Indiana State
Forensic ATS information on this game: Indiana State 0-9 to conference, 0-8 off conference game, 0-7 after 3 straight games forcing opponent to commit 14 or less turnovers, 0-7 MVC, Northern Iowa 8-3 in their last 11 games following a straight up win
Bill Tanner, who is from the basketball crazed state of Indiana adds:
Duke Blue Devils @ Maryland Terrapins
Duke and Maryland will get together on Wednesday night in a key conference game. The Duke Blue Devils are 16-3 overall and 4-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Blue Devils are in a three way tie for first place in the conference. For Maryland, they are 12-6 overall and 2-2 in ACC play.
The Maryland Terrapins are coming off two straight losses; at North Carolina State and at Temple. The Terrapins last win came on January 15th over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Maryland is one of the worst assist teams in the country, as they are averaging just over 10 per game.
The Duke Blue Devils were stunned on Saturday at the buzzer by the Florida State Seminoles. The Blue Devils other two losses came to Ohio State and Temple. Duke is scoring 80.5 points per game, led by Austin Rivers, with 14.4 per game. The Blue Devils are shooting just shy of 50% on the season, which ranks 13th.
Duke has not been very good against the spread this season. They have won just 7 of 19 games overall against the spread. Maryland has a 5-8-1 record ATS. The Blue Devils are 2-2 when playing on the road, while Maryland has won 11 of 12 at home. The Terrapins keep this one close at home.
Tanners Tip: Maryland Terrapins +11
Vic Duke's piping hot streak continues:
LSU (+9) for 2 Units **
LSU/Mississippi State 8:00: Miss State is coming off a big win at Vanderbilt launching them on to the top of the charts in the SEC. LSU is hungry to get out of the SEC basement. We'll look for the Tigers to claw and scratch to stay in this one.
LSU is offensively challenged a bit but they do play solid defense to keep them in games. The Tigers do have Justin Hamilton, a big man who has averaged 19.3 ppg over last 6 games. And Johnny O'Bryant (hand) is expected back tonight to lend to the Tigers interior depth.
The Tigers are 10-4 ATS against teams above .500. They're 5-2 ATS off a loss. The dog in this series is 4-1-1 ATS. LSU got an outright in Starksville last year. We'll look for them to be competitive here.
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