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College Basketball Picks, Predictions & Best CBB Betting Odds [Thursday, Dec 8th]

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TJ:

Hey there and welcome back. It is a Thursday edition of the BetUS College Basketball Show. I am merely the somewhat capable host. You’re here for the handicapping and the likes of Matty Cox, who’s back aboard for a Thursday. Kyle Hunter, first time with you for the week. You do a great job with Parker and Gary on the bet US College Football coverage early in the week, we get Kyle on the back half of the week to talk college hoops. Boys, how we feeling? Kyle, since it’s your first time here this week, any thoughts, any comments? A wild Wednesday of a lot of games, how you feeling Kyle?

Kyle Hunter:

Yeah, I’m good. It’s good to be back. Not as many games here today, but there are a lot of games last night and some big upsets. I thought the Brown win against Rhode Island and what’s a rivalry game there was kind of an interesting one. We had Michigan State beating Penn State. That was a pretty big game there in the Big 10 and in general there were some upsets pulled last night. Utah Valley winning against BYU also was a underrated kind of rivalry in-state game too. So in interesting slate there on Wednesday.

TJ:

And we saw some teams flexing their muscle as the night went on as well. Matty Cox, you’re back. We’re still trying to… You’re searching for the Big 10 winner and, in fact I’m just going to tip the audience, you’re going back to the big 10 today. My man is undaunted to go back to the big 10 today-

Matty Cox:

Undaunted but maybe stubborn.

TJ:

… But very interesting, your thoughts?

Matty Cox:

Yeah, undaunted or maybe stubborn depending on how you want to frame that. Yeah, so I faded a big 10 road team with Maryland, lose. I went back to the Big 10 home well, Penn State last night, lose and yeah, tonight I’ll be back on another big 10 home team. We’ll see how it goes I think it might be time to reassess my pool of options and NCAAB bets.

TJ:

Hey, I like it the westerns, get back up on the horse and see what can happen today is a new day, we know that. We’re going to take a look at our records in a moment. First of all, pop quiz. Can either one of you explain to me Miami 66 points in the first half of the game with Cornell, were they playing like hockey power play five on four for the game last night?

Matty Cox:

Yeah, it wasn’t basketball. It was not basketball.

TJ:

I don’t know what that was but I mean you almost hit the over, I mean Kyle you’re a big unders guy, you almost hit the over in the first half of the game. 66, 52 in a 20 minute college basketball half, not a 24 minute NBA half and the game only finished only 107, 105 which means Miami knocked off about 25% of their scoring in the second half, only at 41 points in a close game after 66 in the first. We had a 107, 105, Miami, Cornell and then God love them, the Cal Bears lost at home to drop to 0 and 9 in a 50 to 48 loss. They didn’t even get to a hundred points combined in the game. Thoughts boys? Kyle, thought on… That’s a crazy variance right there.

Kyle Hunter:

I mean which game is Cal going to win? I mean they’ve got UT Arlington at home here in a couple weeks but it’s not looking too great for Cal. I don’t even know if they’ll win that game. So this is a Cal team that’s looking really bad. And then as far as the other game, 25 made three’s in the Miami game, that would’ve gone over the total in some NBA totals this year. So just a wild game there for sure.

TJ:

Yeah, no doubt. Matty, any thought on that? I saw Miami shot like 62% in the first half. I don’t know what they shot overall in the game, I’d have to look. But they still coasted to scoring 107 points because usually when you have that kind of number you usually have a big second half. They had 20 points less in the second half and still scored 107.

Matty Cox:

Cornell actually outplayed Miami. They shot 33% from three, Miami shot 50%. If you normalize that a little bit, Cornell probably wins that game and I love, Cornell’s coached by Brian Earl, the Earl brothers are just complete huge pioneer innovators. They play an NBA, very modern type of approach and as an underdog you don’t really want to play that way. But Earl’s like “That’s fine, we’ll just come at you”. 79 possessions they probably should have won that game out right so tip of the cap to Mr. Earl in Big Red country

TJ:

And I promise for those that are finding us live here, thank you for doing so, Monday through Friday, 11:00 AM talking college basketball. We’re going to get to live questions the guys are getting to the handicapping coming up. It’s a smaller card tonight, so we’re going over some things from Wednesday. We’ll get to the handicapping in a second. The Hurley’s had a big night last night too because not only did Arizona State win impressively at SMU, but how about Yukon just figuratively took the two by four out on the Florida Gators in Gainesville again about 90 miles to the north of where I am. That was impressive and Yukon remains undefeated. Matty Cox, we talked about this on the show yesterday. First true road game for Yukon. I know it was one of mid-major Matt’s plays to get to the over, didn’t quite get to the over but my goodness. Thought on Yukon real quick?

Matty Cox:

Yeah, they’re national title all the way good at this point. It’s almost a broken record to repeat it, but they’ve left no stone unturned in terms of doubting are they in that crème de la crème and especially in this season where there really isn’t like the Gonzaga, Baylor dominance of two years ago. There really isn’t like a truly great historical team this year and so in that context, Yukon sits at the top of the totem pole for my money.

TJ:

Kyle Hunter, a thought? That’s an impressive win. It’s not everything they got a big east schedule to go, but that was… I mean they’re unbeaten, they clobbered Oklahoma State on the weekend at home, go down to Florida and clobbered them in Gainesville.

Kyle Hunter:

Yeah, a great win for them. I don’t know who’s been more impressive than Yukon so far this year. I think the two favorites now to win it all would probably be Yukon and Houston the way Houston’s been playing. But Yukon supremely impressive in that game. Seven blocked shots for Yukon in that game. They have a really good defense. Florida was 12 for 38 on two point shots in that one, so there was plenty of pace to get to an over, just a lot of missed shots and blocked shots in that game for sure.

TJ:

They built a condominium in the second half with the bricks over and over again. I mean medium range, jumpers, layups missed. I saw some of that and give Yukon’s credit defensively on their back line, et cetera. All right, all of that’s in the past. What are we about guys? We’re about the future. First, let’s take a look at the records we always have the tote board here that is up. The show is now dipped a little below 500. We’re going to try to correct that today. You see Kyle’s above 500, Matty Cox trying to get there. Again, we don’t have a ton of games. We’ll probably get to most of them at some point here on the show besides the games that we are scheduled to talk about. Get questions ready in the live chat and let’s get after it. Game number one will be Marshall and Duquesne. This one in Pittsburgh coming up this evening with Duquesne lane two. The total in this one is 152 and we’re going to have an official play from Kyle Hunter. I smell an under, do I not? What do we like?

Kyle Hunter:

Yeah, I see Rbone in the chat said, “Marshall under?” question mark. That’s what I’m taking here in this game. And I will say, Marshall unders just not really comfortable bets to make because of the type of pace they play at. But when I’m thinking about this game, first, I think Keith Dambrot’s a good coach. I think he does a good job scheming for games. And if you’re Keith Dambrot, what kind of game do you want here? I don’t think you want a track meet. I think he does his best to slow this game down some. When they played last year, the game was definitely slowed down quite a bit. It was 72, 71 Duquesne slowed that game down a lot. It was one of Marshall’s slowest pace games of the year. So I think they’ll probably do the same thing again here. And if you look at Marshall, one thing kind of stood out to me about Marshall this year. Their stats look good on offense, but there’s 363 teams in the country. They’ve played the 363rd toughest slate of defenses.

TJ:

Wow.

Kyle Hunter:

So they haven’t played any good defenses so far this year. This is a Marshall team that’s good. I don’t think they’re as good as their seven and one record. And Marshall the last couple years has been just as good on defense as they have been on offense. They still play really fast, but they’re not the really efficient offense that we saw. You remember a few years ago when they had John Elmore and they had a tremendous offense? This is not the same type of Marshall team that we saw back then. So 152 for me is a little bit too high given the fact that I think Duquesne will be slowing this game down. And though I don’t think Duquesne’s tremendous on defense, they are better than most of the teams that Marshall’s been playing so far this year.

TJ:

Matty Cox, a thought? This is an interesting seven and one versus seven and one matchup coming tonight. Any thoughts here if no official play?

Matty Cox:

Yeah, I think the under’s a good lane. A key news bit of information just came through. Joe Reese is going to play for Duquesne tonight. He’s a very important interior defender, I think that’s an extra feather in the cap of the under. And I think Kyle’s right, the new construction of this Marshall team it’s not all the way defensive centric, right? Dan D’Antoni. Offense will always be the identity there, but they are defending much better this year. They’re much longer and they actually do play a little bit of zone as well. So if Mr. D’Antoni features a healthy amount of zone that’s another pace deflator. So yeah, I think a lot of things line up here for the under.

TJ:

All right, so let’s lock it in officially on this matchup coming this evening. Kyle likes the under 152 on the bet US line for the Marshall, Duquesne game this evening. All right, let’s move on. Speaking of the Big 10, Rutgers off of a tremendous home win over Indiana will now travel to Ohio State in Kyle’s region of the country. Ohio State lay six on a Thursday night in Columbus. Total is 137 in this game. We are not going to have an official play. Matty Cox, I’m going to come right back to you because you’ve been monitoring, watching a lot of Big 10 basketball. Any thoughts here if no official play?

Matty Cox:

The only concern I have from a Rutgers perspective is obviously you’re going on the road. Life away from the rack is not as… They’ve just not been the same team outside of the friendly confines of the last two years. However, from Ohio State’s perspective, it’s a young team and I think the kind of Big 10 hype that’s surrounding this game, the intensity, I worry about an experienced edge for Rutgers despite the fact that they are away from home. So those were two pretty important things that basically washed and I think the price is about right. So ultimately there’s no play for me.

TJ:

Okay. Ohio State at home in this one, Kyle, we saw them against Duke on the road in an early test. Duke beat them, but in looking at the rest of their resume at six and two, they do have a loss also to San Diego State, they have a win over Cincinnati, they have a win over Texas Tech. I believe those were neutral floor on those and have recently bombed St. Francis of Pennsylvania by almost 40 points. Now a Big 10 game on a Thursday night. Kyle a thought if no official play?

Kyle Hunter:

I always like backing Rutgers at home. Like Matt said, at the rack they’re a completely different team. Ohio State I think is a pretty good team this year, they’re just very young. I like Thornton. Sensabaugh’s a good freshman as well. I think Ohio State’s upside this year is higher than it was last year. The question for me is Ohio State’s defense. I’m kind of curious what Matt’s take on this is too. Ohio State, when Holtman first came there, I kind of thought that they were going to be a good defensive team consistently. If you look back at their defensive efficiency numbers in 2020 they were 19th, in 2021 they were 82nd, last year 111th. And then so far this year 70th, so they’ve definitely turned into more of an offensive team. So far this year they’re third in offensive efficiency.

Matty Cox:

Yep.

Kyle Hunter:

I guess is it surprising that Holtman’s turned into an offensive coach instead of a defensive coach? And do you think that this team can be good enough on defense to make some noise in the Big 10, Matt?

Matty Cox:

Yeah, it doesn’t really align with your perception of Holtman, you’re right, given where he stems from his Butler days. We saw the same dichotomy with Will Wade at LSU. Like, you kind of thought of Will Wade coming from BCU as a defensive guy first and all of his teams were way better on offense and they were actually real bad defensively. Holtman hasn’t been bad defensively, just hasn’t been as good as advertised. I think that’s what kind of held those teams back. I don’t think it’s anything schematic with his teachings or what he’s preaching, just sort of feel like it’s a three to four year run where he’s happened to recruit guys that have been more offensive in nature. So I’d like to see if this balances out over the next three to four years going forward. Maybe it truly is a change in philosophy where he’s really trying to identify highly skilled offensive dudes and then maybe trying to work schematically around that defensively, which has maybe led to some of that part of the equation bringing down the overall equation. So I don’t know, we’ll see how it plays out long term. I think right now though, he’s fine where he’s at.

TJ:

All right. Let’s see what happens for Rutgers who did venture on the road and lost to Miami before the Indiana win, they held Indiana to 48 points and beat them on the weekend. Now Rutgers the road team at Columbus, the Buckeyes favored by six. There’s not an official play here on the show, but we gave you some good conversation on that. There will be an official play on another Big 10 game coming up that is Iowa State and Iowa this evening. This one in Iowa City with Iowa laying three and a half, we see our total is 141. All right, Matty Cox, undaunted, as you like to say, stubborn I guess, you’re back on a Big 10 play here. What is it?

Matty Cox:

It’s Iowa. I’m backing the home team in the Cy-Hawk rivalry. The home team’s won the last seven games, I believe, in this rivalry despite the travel not being too far. Obviously, both in state and thus not a tenuous travel experience there, but you have to be a little bit concerned about Iowa coming back from Madison Square Garden, the short turnaround from playing Duke at The Garden. But just the way they kind of, I don’t want to say folded down the stretch, but the way they didn’t really provide a late push against the Devils I thought they would, gives me even more confidence coming to this game. McCaffery talked about how fatigue’s not a factor, they’ve been off for a week before the Duke game. So yeah, it’s a short turnaround for tonight, but it’s not like they have a grueling cumulative effect of playing five games in 10 days or anything like that.

So I put that behind me. I’m looking at the historical trends of how the pendulum has oscillated in this matchup before. It’s almost always a blowout. Home team usually comes out on the right end. Only concerned there are rumors going around that Chris Murray, best player on Iowa and in this matchup truthfully, was seen in a walking boot this morning. So the line crashed. I think there’s been some buyback trying to maybe speculate that, that was just a precautionary boot. So we don’t know of his status. My opinion on this play is if you can get minus three and a half, minus four, I still like it if he’s out and I love it, obviously, if he’s in. So it’s sort of an option type of play given the current swirling rumor mill out there with Murray’s status. So I would take it at four if he was for sure out. But there’s a chance he might play and I think that’s just a bonus of the current value. So take the Hawkeyes.

TJ:

Hawkeyes.

Matty Cox:

Hawkeyes against the Cyclone’s. Yeah. Yep.

TJ:

All right. So Kyle, we’ll get a thought from you here in just a second. By the way, Murray in the game. I know watching Dick Vital, the Dickie V, it’s good to have Dickie V back battling back from cancer and of course it’s Jimmy V Week as well with the V Foundation, and they had the Jimmy V Classic that Iowa was involved in. He kept saying in the second half of the game, “Murray doesn’t look like himself, doesn’t have explosiveness”, but you make a good point, Matty Cox, just because you’re in a walking boot, that may be to help in terms of physical therapy. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to miss the game two days later. So be careful on that. Kyle Hunter, any thoughts here on Iowa State, Iowa if no play?

Kyle Hunter:

Yeah, I mean Iowa State, if you look at their resume so far this year, they’ve definitely got some good wins. The Villanova win, the North Carolina win, beating St. John’s as well. What stands out to me is they’re turning over opponents at 30.3% rate. I can’t imagine anybody can finish the season turning over opponents at a 30.3% rate. If you look back to the last couple years, nobody was very close to that. And if you play against Iowa, Iowa’s number one in the country in turnover percentage on offense. So they’re very good at taking care of the basketball. I think this is probably a good kind of contrarian play because we just saw Iowa lose to Duke, didn’t look very good in that game. Iowa State’s been looking good, only lost once so far this year. I think, so the public will probably like Iowa State in this game, it seems easy to just take Iowa State and the points. Certainly if Murray’s out, it definitely slows down Iowa quite a bit but that’s why the line has gotten to this point. So in general, I would agree, and I think Iowa’s been very good at home. And Iowa State’s a team that has big dichotomy in home road splits as well.

Matty Cox:

Yes.

TJ:

All right, let’s find out what happens tonight at Carver Hawkeye Arena. Matty Cox says, I’m going back to a Big 10 home favorite. He’ll lay the three and a half with the Hawkeyes in this matchup. Reminder again, we’re here Monday through Friday, 11:00 AM good to have you peeps, you savages with us all the time. Hit that like button if you haven’t done it, hit the bell, subscribe down below. We’re trying to get to 3000 subs by Christmas time. We can do that with your help. Keep subscribing, keep sharing the show out, more will find it as well. We’ll get to some live questions, some of you do have some questions in the chat. We’ll talk about most of the games here probably before we’re done, because it’s a light slate on a Thursday. But you see we’ve got two more on our schedule here to get to. The next one of which is the Battle of Colorado. I’m not sure what this is nicknamed, maybe one of you know, Colorado State and Colorado playing tonight, whether it’s football or basketball, not sure. It’s in Boulder. Colorado lays four, the total is 143.5. There’s not an official play. Kyle Hunter, I’m going to come back to you. Any thoughts on this matchup for this evening?

Kyle Hunter:

I don’t know what to make of Colorado at this point. They beat Tennessee in what was basically a road game, 78, 66. They blow out Texas A&M 103 to 75. They lose on a neutral to UMass. They lost a two-way team in Washington that hasn’t been very good this year. They lost a home to Arizona State. They are so back and forth. It’s very hard to bet on the game

TJ:

Lost at the beginning of the year to Grambling as well.

Kyle Hunter:

Yeah, that’s true. The Grambling, that’s a good one. I always wondered why they were playing at Grambling and then they lose to Grambling, the next game beat Tennessee. So it’s hard to know what to make of a team that loses to Grambling and the next game beats Tennessee. Especially what Grambling has done since then. Grambling went the next game and was obviously feeling pretty good about themselves and lost 81 to 48 to Grand Canyon. Just a wild season for Colorado thus far. I think Niko Medved’s a really good coach for Colorado State. He gets a lot out of his players every single year. They just lost last game to Northern Colorado at home. So maybe a little bit of a look ahead to this game. I really don’t have a strong feel for this game. I honestly, I think the tempo will be pretty quick. The question is what will the shooting numbers look like? Because Colorado’s shooting numbers have been way up and down. So looking at that, I think it’s hard to bet this game. I really don’t even have a lean in this one. It’s just a fun rivalry game where I think it might be more fun to watch and see what happens than bet on this one.

TJ:

Colorado State, if I’m not mistaken, they got in as one of the Mountain West at large teams last year in the tournament. All right, Matty Cox, any thoughts if no play on the rivalry game with Rams at the Buffs?

Matty Cox:

I think the spot’s great for Colorado State. They just lost their last home game and getting Isaiah Stevens back, their stud, really the engine of that team, this will be his third game back on the lineups. You get him basically at full strength, little bit of extra juice coming off the loss, plus the rivalry dynamic, plus the fact that the elevation that Colorado uses as part of its home court not as critical with another team who already plays at altitude coming from not that far away. And I think the better coached team is Niko Medved, as Kyle alluded to. So to me, a lot sets up for the Rams. I tried to take some at six, at five. I think four’s too low. I would not be in a hurry to pounce in now, especially given how poorly this team’s defended at times this season. But if the line comes back up to five or six, I think you got to hop in on the Rams.

TJ:

There’s a lot of chatter in the live chat. I know you guys are sometimes answering on the keyboard, et cetera about this line movement and about sharp money coming in on Colorado State. So no official play here on the matchup tonight in that rivalry game with Colorado hosting the Colorado State Rams. All right, one more game to go before we get to some Q and A time for you folks. It is a Big 10 matchup. It is Michigan and Minnesota. Michigan at Minnesota who’s laying, or actually Michigan is laying the four and a half, I should say, the total in the game is 135.5. Significant injury for the Wolverines, Llewellyn their point guard suffered an ACL injury. It is now confirmed that it is an ACL injury in the Sunday game in London against Kentucky. So Michigan scrambles all the way back now from London gets ready to play this game and have to do it without their point guard. Matty Cox, I’m going to come right back to you for a thought here. I know there’s not an official play, but you’ve kind of been keen on monitoring the Big 10 really this whole league.

Matty Cox:

Poorly.

TJ:

Yeah, well it’s okay, I said monitoring. Thought here if no play on Minnesota favored at home?

Matty Cox:

Have to respect Big 10 home court, I’ll say it again. This line does feel a little short though to me. I get vibes to the Yukon, Florida game last night where I think one team is a class above the other and the home court value is just negated by, at some point, that only means so much, right? The team that’s on their home floor needs to play well and Minnesota just hasn’t been lately. They’re young. I don’t think they’re ready for this game. Michigan, while they’ve struggled to close out games, I think they’re on the cusp and I think that actually adds a little bit of extra motivational edge to this one after just failing to get the big one against Virginia. They’ve had a couple other close calls this year as well. So I think they win fairly convincingly on the road.

TJ:

Kyle, any thoughts here? Again, Hunter Dickinson still obviously there averaging 20 a game, but they don’t have the point guard.

Kyle Hunter:

Yeah, I think Minnesota’s probably the worst team in the Big 10.

Matty Cox:

Yeah, I agree.

Kyle Hunter:

So you’ve got a Minnesota team that is probably in a decent situation. They come home where they have a good home court advantage, but I don’t trust Minnesota enough to bet them in a spot. Honestly, too, Minnesota shooting 54.9% from the free throw line, 54.9%. TJ, I think the three of us could make 55%…

TJ:

Amen.

Kyle Hunter:

… of free throws. This is a Minnesota team that relies a lot on Dawson Garcia and Jameson Battle. They don’t really have very much depth at all. Michigan is not a great team. I don’t think Michigan’s going to have an amazing season or anything, but they are certainly the better team here. That would be my lean. And also last year Michigan lost at home, 75 to 65 to Minnesota. So kind of a good spot for Michigan to try to get some revenge. Michigan also lost their last two games to Virginia and Kentucky. Neither one really a bad performance against quality teams, though. So I would lean Michigan in this game.

TJ:

All right, good enough. No official play in this Big 10 matchup that’ll be in Minneapolis for later on tonight. Again, a lot of big 10 action before we head to the weekend. That one will be on the Big 10 network at 9:00 Eastern, 8:00 local time in Minneapolis for that. All right, here we go. Time for you folks to participate if you’re with us here live, if you’re seeing us later on in the day, et cetera, segment form, whatever. We’re live Monday through Friday at 11:00 AM. We love the live questions and the Q and A. Let’s get to some of that forthwith. Who’s up first? Rick says Navy, West Virginia. If I have this correct, I don’t think I have the right night. That’s correct. There we go. Let me get back to it. It is Rbone I think that we’ll go first. He asks, we were talking earlier about Marshall and Duquesne. He asks about Marshall on the team total I would assume that Rbone means that the Marshall team total looking at the under. Guys, any thoughts real quick?

Kyle Hunter:

I think Rbone was probably just thinking he liked the Marshall game under in general, the same as me. But as far as team total under, obviously I kind of lean that way. If I like the game total under, like I said, not the most comfortable of bets, but I think it’s a solid one.

TJ:

Matty Cox, any thought or you want to move on?

Matty Cox:

Yeah, no, I’m with him. I think this will correlate closely with Kyle’s best bets. So yeah, I definitely would lean the team total under here.

TJ:

Ninja13 watching us. Thank you. Says, “How painful is that loss Tennessee team total 84.5 and it landed on 84?” The guys at BetUS and elsewhere with the odds they’re really good at doing this, how about that? That is tough there from last night, Matty, a thought on that?

Matty Cox:

Yeah, I thought that would soar over. I really did. Very disappointed. I thought Tennessee would hang 100 on that EKU defense, but hey, you’re right, they set a good number and it’s why you kind of have to be aware of what the market prices are. You can’t just bet things blindly.

TJ:

And sometimes do you let off the gas? I know Tennessee was up, I’m looking at it, by 11 at half time. I don’t know how big the line got or how big the spread got in the middle of the second half, but they only scored 32 points in the first half. So it’s going to be a stretch to get to 90, 100 points in any [inaudible 00:25:31] of the second half.

Matty Cox:

It was a fast paced game too. Yeah, I think if you had lost that one that’s a bad beat. So I feel for you today.

TJ:

And by the same token from yesterday, I know mid-major Matt had the dual play on the Sienna, Georgetown game, and I’m just looking, he had Sienna taking the six, they lose by seven and the total on the bet US line was 142.5. He took the over the total was 143 for the game. So these guys are on it when they set these lines, most of the time they are on it. Jake is watching us, says, “Anybody like St. Thomas tonight plus the seven?” We always clarify, this is not St. Thomas and the Virgin Islands. It is St. Thomas, what did we establish? St. Thomas is in Minnesota? Not exactly the Virgin Island. Any anybody with any thoughts on this? What about it?

Matty Cox:

I actually like the other side here. I didn’t bet it because St. Thomas has the bled me dry. So maybe I’m just continuing to respect the St. Paul, St. Thomas, Tommies. But I think the line’s too short. I like Danny Sprinkle and the Bobcat’s of Bozeman.

TJ:

Kyle, any thought if no play here or you just want to move on?

Kyle Hunter:

I like Montana State if I was betting this game. Bellow, a tremendous player there from Montana State. St. Thomas, so weak defensively, especially playing on the road, I wouldn’t trust them. So yeah, I would’ve considered betting Montana State in that game.

TJ:

Couple more. Jake is watching, or I’m sorry, Yukon Reb is watching says, “UMass Lowell, UMass Amherst. The total 143.”, he’s asking about the over, Yukon Reb. Matty.

Matty Cox:

I like over here. I think both teams just play helter skelter and when you have two dance partners that have that mindset, it usually can balloon pretty quickly. So I think over is the right side here.

TJ:

Frank Martin now at UMass, Kyle Hunter, they are now seven and one off the win over Albany earlier in the week. Any thought on that total? I know you tend to lean under, any thought?

Kyle Hunter:

Yeah, I mean I think that’s a good over with the tempo that will be played in that game and honestly it wouldn’t surprise me too much if UMass Lowell wins this game either. They’ve been pretty good this year. They haven’t really played a lot of good teams, but I don’t think UMass has consistently been very good either. So I think that’s kind of a coin flip type of game and probably high scoring it with that kind of tempo and the potential even for an overtime or foul fest late. I do think the over is a good look.

TJ:

All right, we got a great cross section going here and they’re all over it in the chat. Dominic wants to know, “Does Utah easily cover with Jacksonville State.” That’s Jacksonville, Alabama, Jacksonville State. Does Utah easily cover? Kyle, a thought on that one? And I don’t even know what the line is. We’ll double check on what the line is. Any thoughts?

Kyle Hunter:

I mean, I think this is a bad spot for Jacksonville State. I mean they’re going from Alabama to Utah to play at elevation there a bit. Utah though, coming off a win on the road in overtime against Washington State. So this is one that I kind of shied away from thinking it’s not really a great spot for either team, but I wouldn’t want to take Jacksonville State in this one. So Utah would be the only way I could lean here. Utah’s been surprisingly pretty good here this year, and obviously Utah has a good home court advantage. So it was a great win over Arizona. They can’t be too fired up about Jacksonville State, but their next game is UTSA so it’s not like they have a look ahead spot here.

TJ:

Matty Cox, Utah is favorite on the BetUS line by 15.5. Any thought on this one?

Matty Cox:

I lean, Utah. I do. We saw them blow out St. Thomas, the team we just talked about, really feisty underdog. I just think the home elevation spot and their sheer size up front are just awesome ingredients for being a large favorite, if that makes sense. I think they’re a safe bet to be able to score easily and extend the margin over the course of the game. Wear you down inside, have the elevation fatigue kind of as a additional current behind you. So yeah, I would lean Utah here. I’m just not a Jack State fan. I think Corby had the same take a week ago. It’s not a very good team. So yeah, I think a lot of things add up here for Utah to smash.

TJ:

I think we’ve covered just about everything that is division one against Division one. I think we covered them all. I mean St. Francis of Pennsylvania against St. Vincent. I don’t know that that’s division one against division one in that one. You guys might have to help me there. Youngstown State is playing West Minister tonight. I’m not saying you have to have thoughts, I’m just going over what are the remaining games that we haven’t talked about. That’s pretty much the remaining games that we haven’t talked about well on the show. With that, why don’t we take a look at what the guys are officially on. There are a couple of official plays tonight. Two of them. Kyle’s on and under, no shock there, in the Marshall, Duquesne game. Matty Cox going back to the well again, says Iowa in the Big 10 lay the points at home in the rivalry game with Iowa State. Final thoughts, guys, for a light card on a Thursday in the college basketball world. Kyle Hunter, final thought?

Kyle Hunter:

We covered every single game that’s D-1. Augusta and Maine didn’t get covered because there’s no line and who’s too excited about that one anyways? No, but it’s nice to get to touch on every game. So best of luck with all your plays tonight, everybody.

TJ:

Good stuff on that. Matty Cox, any final thought before we depart?

Matty Cox:

Yeah, hone in. Kind of some fun rivalries this week on not very big slates, so there’s no reason to be distracted by mid-major stuff. Just kick your feet up and enjoy the high leverage, high intensity hoops.

TJ:

All right, we’ll see what happens with some of these games, especially in the Big 10 on a Thursday. We’ll be back for a Friday. Matty Cox, we will see you again next week. Kyle Hunter, we’ll see you again tomorrow guys. Thank you. Thank you for the help here on Thursday. We appreciate it. And we thank Antonio and everybody backstage at BetUS helping us out with everything you see. Everybody in the live chat, hit that like button before you leave. Make sure you’re subscribing. Don’t forget to check out our sportsbook website. We appreciate you being with us on the BetUS College Basketball Show.

 

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