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College Basketball Picks, Predictions & Best NCAA Basketball Betting Odds [Monday, Jan 30th]

Speaker 1:

Well, hello there, and welcome back into the BetUS College Basketball show for a Monday as we get ready to wrap up January. You know what that means. That means February comes right behind. I’m a wizard with this calendar stuff. And then that means March is next. And so we are thrilled to be talking every day with you, Monday through Friday at 11:00 AM, about the college hoops. We do have a lighter card today, but there are some official plays and some games that we’re interested in.

Hello, Corby Craig. Hello, Mid Major Matt. Boys, good to be back with you for another week. Matt, we’ll begin with you. It is verified. It is confirmed. Not only the pennet behind the head but also around the torso he does have an Eagles jersey on. I’m not going to spell it or sing it, but the Eagles are in the Super Bowl. You should be at least smiling here in the opening minute of the show about, there it is, about that fact. I know how you’re feeling. Did you even go to bed last night? Are you working on like 36 straight hours after the Eagles win, now to come in here and do college basketball?

Mid Major Matt:

No. If it was the late game, that would’ve been a difference, but it was the earlier game. It gave me some time to detox and go to bed at a good time. But yes, it was a fun weekend and some interesting things happened in college basketball as well.

Speaker 1:

No doubt about that. We’ll get some thoughts on that in a couple of seconds from you. Back over to Corby Craig, welcome back for another week. I know we had you here on Friday on the show. Glad you survived the weekend. How are things All good? Ready for another week?

Corby Craig:

Yeah. I don’t have an NFL team so it’s not as fun, but the Eagles that was… Too much stress wasn’t induced in that game so that should be fine.

Speaker 1:

We would like to verify that unlike Brock Purdy, all of our elbow ligaments are working properly and we’re ready to go. Of course that doesn’t really matter for being able to do the show, I don’t think. All right guys, so thoughts from off the weekend. Mid Major Matt, give me a thought or two of what stood out off of this weekend to you before we get into Monday’s slate?

Mid Major Matt:

Well obviously I don’t go for the headlines but once again another weekend of the A-10 cannibalizing itself. Dayton, losing to Rhode Island. VCU losing at home to St. Bonaventure. It’s looking more and more like it’s going to be a one bid league. And then I enjoyed the fact that all the Villanova fans thought that Justin Moore coming back was going to save them and Providence went into that building and beat them. That was a fun start to my Sunday watching Villanova go below 500 this point in the season.

Speaker 1:

Kyle Neptune taking some lumps in the Big East. We did see Patrick Ewing get a win in the Big East midweek last week to get them off the schneid of over a season and a half of not winning a Big East game and then they hung in with St. John’s on the weekend, for what it’s worth. Corby Craig, we saw Kansas go get an important win at Phog Allen Fieldhouse. We saw a fantastic end late Saturday night to St. Mary’s winning at BYU on a last second shot all over the place. Great games, great action. Any thoughts? Couple of thoughts here off of the weekend before we get into Monday.

Corby Craig:

If we get the same performance we just got Saturday, Oklahoma might be the best college basketball team I’ve ever seen in my life. This was 93 on baro-

Speaker 1:

Let’s get into that a little bit. What went into a 30 point win like that just real quick, they beat Alabama badly at home. Corby real quick, why did they beat them so decisively?

Corby Craig:

I’ve talked about this a couple of times on the show and feel dumb because I continue to say it, but Alabama I don’t thinks not anywhere near the top one to two teams in the nation, but they continue to prove me wrong over and over again. I’m glad that they lost this game, it makes me feel good. But no, this is just Oklahoma playing lights out. They shot 70% from three Bama shot 27. The main thing is if a team is playing like how Oklahoma was, you’re forced to change your entire style of game. If a team goes up 20 fast, you have to start taking much more risks. I think 30 is a bit dramatic, it wasn’t actually a 30 point game. It just looked that way, due to how that played.

Speaker 1:

Well, Mid Major Matt, we know about Porter Moser from the days at Loyola Chicago and getting them into the final four as he did. He’s a defensive minded guy and they slowed the pace down some. They guarded the daylights out of Alabama early in the shot clock. That was another thing that was being made mention throughout that game, was Alabama was not able to get off quick shots, quick threes in the first five to seven seconds the shot clock, like they liked to do. How much was that a factor in the runaway for Oklahoma Saturday?

Mid Major Matt:

Well it’s funny because Oklahoma played their most possessions in a game, in that game. It was 74 possessions, their next highest was 72 at Kansas. So they almost did it somewhat at Alabama’s pace and still beat him at it. And I just think it was a really good game plan by Porter Moser and much like Corby said, I don’t think there’s a dominant team in college basketball right now. I think you could make a case for 10 to 12 teams maybe to win the championship in some sort of scenario.

Speaker 1:

I agree with you. Perdue stands out. Perdue got a big win over Michigan State yesterday, Sunday, but I don’t know that you can say they’re far and away a national championship contender, especially with Matt Painter’s record at times in March. All right, so that’s a bunch off the weekend. Thank you for finding us. I know a lot of you are in the live chat. The live audience is growing. Let’s get into it for a Monday, shall we? Let’s go first over our records. What we have to date is we’re about to wrap up January and head into the new month, as we mentioned. The show continues to hover right around the 500 mark. You see Corby is above it. Mid Major Matt is just below it by a pick and with that we’re ready to go for a Monday. Again, it’s not a full card of a bunch of prominent games, but it does have some handicapping value on it.

It does have some top 25 games and we’ll probably get into most of the more prominent games here on the show. Guys, are we ready? I think we are. Let’s get into game number one of what the handicappers are up to here on the program. And that’s going to begin us with a game between Morgan State and Maryland-Eastern Shore in the MEAC. 07:30 Eastern Times start with Morgan State favored or actually a Maryland-Eastern shore, excuse me, favored by a point and a half total, 138 and a half. Mid Major Matt, we come to you for the first official play of the day and of the week.

Mid Major Matt:

I feel like I know the MEAC pretty well, considering we do these shows on Mondays and I don’t necessarily bet the biggest games on Monday, so I look at the MEAC. And look, Maryland-Eastern Shore has a transitive property win over Houston. Maryland-Eastern Shore went to Temple and won and then Temple went to Houston and won, so Maryland-Eastern Shore obviously is better than Houston. But you look at these statistics for these MEAC teams and you take away like the non-conference because as we’ve always talked about, the MEAC teams unfortunately have to play these road games and conference to make their budget for the year. So you look at them in their surroundings against the rest of the MEAC and this is not a bad Maryland-Eastern Shore team. You look at this, they’re on a five game win streak. They play fast, their offense has shown up a bit.

They scored 82 on Howard, they scored 76 on South Carolina State. They just came off a score in 94 against Coppin State. I think this is a really solid Hawks team that Jason Crafton has. And then you look at Morgan State who actually ironically opened up as the favorite in this game and now are the underdogs in this one. The Bears play really fast, they shoot the three ball really well and at home they get into some of the faster pace games. Norfolk State was a 77-71 game. South Carolina State was a 90-85 game, so I’m thinking points here. I’m getting a total less than 140, which is always good and I’m getting two reasonably paced teams with offenses that have played well in conference. I like the over in this game, Morgan State and Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Speaker 1:

Again for the reasons you mentioned Morgan State unbeaten at home this entire season. They don’t get into home games a bunch until conference play, but Morgan State’s been very good at home. Corby Craig, any thoughts here on this matchup tonight? Again, we go off the beaten path at times, but Matt’s got a handicapping play on points and the total here. Any thoughts from you on it?

Corby Craig:

Yeah, Morgan state’s a team that traditionally has been faster than they are this year, so I think even seeing the 70 possession range or 70th in possession range is not traditional to what their coaching and their scheme wants to do. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Morgan say in conference speed up more than they have, as Matt alluded to. The main thing for me is this number is under the national average of 140 and these are two teams that are going to play well above that average if it’s a close game by any means. And these teams are efficient. Any regards, which I think is the biggest issue here. Morgan State 319th in efficiency, Maryland 329th, but I think that these are numbers are skewed due to who they’ve played in the non-conference and if they’re efficient in any means, I liked the over here.

Speaker 1:

All right, Mid Major Matt likes the over, he says points. Points tonight at a MEAC matchup with Maryland-Eastern Shore and Morgan State over the total 138 and a half. You can see on our schedule a couple more games to go then we’ll get to some Q and A from you folks that are in the live chat. Thank you for finding us there. Get some questions, get some comments ready. We’re here Monday through Friday at 11:00 AM, handicapping games right here on BetUS TV and the platforms. You see it right there up on your screen. Make it a point to be with us. Hit that like button, hit subscribe. That way you get automatically updated and notified when we’ve got a new show coming and you can get in here from the very beginning. Because we’ve run into this a couple of times where people jump in like halfway through the show.

This was going on on Friday, Corby, when you were here and we had dozens and dozens and actually over probably 150 or more that jumped in live and in the live chat going, are you going to talk about this game? Are you going to talk about that game? And we had already talked about those games. Get in here at the beginning, is what we like to say. Be here from the jump even if you’re watching us later on in the day, try to be here at 11:00 AM Eastern Time. All right, game number two again, we go to the smaller schools in this case a SWAC game involving Florida A&M and Alabama state. The line is two and a half of the Alabama state Hornets as you see there. Total 127 for this one in Tallahassee tonight. Corby Craig, you’re on the official handicapping play. You’ll begin the conversation here for this game, FAMU and Alabama State.

Corby Craig:

This is an Alabama state team. Oh, first off I like the over at 127, it’s moved all over the place. You got it 125 last night. It was 129 this morning down to 127. Madlock is a coach… And if you can hear my dogs barking in the background, I apologize. Madlock is a coach… They’ve been going crazy. But he’s a coach that wants to play fast-paced. Last year he coached the South Carolina state team to his 40th in possessions and his son’s on the team. This is a coach son type of dynamic that early in the season his son was taking most of the shots, but it seems at this point they’ve found a couple scores in range who isn’t a bad basketball player by any means.

The main thing for me here is as I go really orange on the screen, but it’s all good. The main thing here is that I think this adjusted efficiency is just way too low. They’re 363rd in the adjust efficiency, which I believe is last for Kin Pump, and they have better scores than that. They’ve had injury issues, they’ve been in and out. Florida A&M is considered 335th in tempo, but I don’t think they played this slow by any means. They played slowing games that were Kentucky, Louisville, Purdue, Georgia, Florida, Miami. But in the games versus, like in Alcorn State, they did go 62 possessions. But I don’t think that really is indicative of them or that Alcorn just wanting to slow it down.

They shot miserably two for 16 from deep. I’m a really big proponent that Alabama state’s defense is miserable and they’re a coach son team that wants to score points. Anyway that they can put up points if that’s, allow other points on the other end so that his son can score points. I think that they do and 125 is just a number that not many schools fall into a 125 range. You’re talking like North Texas at times sees 125s. I know Virginia at times there’s 125 but they’re a little lower. But 140 is a national average. 125 for an Alabama state team who cannot guard air is a bit low.

Speaker 1:

The only thing I’m concerned with Corby and Matt will come to you here on this point is I’m looking at their recent scores, FAMU 56 against Alabama A&M in their last game. Florida A&M with 58 in a loss to Jackson State. I sense a theme here. Florida A&M 47 in the loss at Alcorn State. The game before that with Mississippi Valley State at home that did get to 60 points. But again, that’s a one, two, three, four game sample size where 60 has been the high of their point total, hence the reason why on BetUS and everywhere else you’re seeing a total of around that number 125, et cetera. All right, Mid Major Matt, any thoughts on this game before we lock Corby in?

Mid Major Matt:

Well, it’s always interesting when you play these extra games because the line moves in these things are usually caused by sharps because people don’t usually go to the extra games. I think a lot of people just look at them and look at these things and they’re like, “Oh, well I don’t know Colgate, I don’t know Bethune-Cookman, I don’t know any of these things.” So they skipped that part. It’s always interesting to watch the line movement as Corby talked about, he got this thing at 125 and then it went up to 129 and then now it’s back down to 127, 126 and a half. It’s like, I don’t know necessarily where the sharp money is now. The one thing is last night a lot of the books don’t put out the numbers for the extra games. This morning is when that stuff happened.

It’s interesting to see all this line movement with regards to the games. I’ll say on Thursday I played an over in a game that fell five points and I was not happy because I got a bad number A and B I never liked going against those moves. Now I got lucky that it hit, but all this is to say it’s… I’m looking for Corby’s indicators here. The one thing that like, Alabama state doesn’t foul as much, so they’re not sending teams to the free throw line as much. Their defense is pretty good. Florida A&M’s offense is not great, but once again, this is such a low number here that any sort of spurts in scoring here he should get is over. I’m just a little concerned that the offense is… Now Florida A&M does foul a lot and our sending teams to the free through line, so that should probably help, but I’m just a little concerned by where the scoring is going to come from here.

Speaker 1:

All right, good enough on that. Again, it is a conference game. There’s familiarity with this. Florida A&M has really struggled. And again, a colleague of mine who I’ve worked with before, Robert McCullum, coach Mack is the coach at Florida A&M. He’s the former University of South Florida coach. When I did their play by play on the radio, he was the head coach for three seasons here at USF. Former Western Michigan coach, former longtime Lon Kruger assistant at Illinois at Florida. Former Oregon assistant on their Final Four team back in 20… What was that, 2017 for Oregon took the Florida A&M job after that. They’ve struggled. They are at home. Corby Craig says tonight it’s one of the final games on the card. 09:00 Eastern Time in Tallahassee, Florida. He says points, we’re looking at points, we’re looking at the over for Alabama state and Florida A&M and the total right now is 127 here on the live show that he believes will hit the over.

One more game to discuss here will go over some other games in the Q and A here in a little bit. That other game to go over is the Baylor, Texas game. Very interesting on this one. Baylor comes in as a three and a half point dog, tasty dog maybe here at Austin on Saturday night. When last we saw the Longhorns, they got beaten up by Tennessee, beat them by double figures in the Big 12 SEC challenge on Saturday. Our total is 146 in this one with the horn’s favorite here at home. Meanwhile, Baylor had that win over Kansas and then turned around and won a knockdown drag out game with their old Southwest Conference foe Arkansas edging them 67-64. For the Bears, for the Baylor Bears, they have won six in a row. All right, no official play, but guys, let’s get some thoughts going here on Baylor as an underdog here at Texas. Mid Major Matt, any thoughts on an angle for this one tonight in the Big 12 at eight local time, 09:00 Eastern Time?

Mid Major Matt:

I was really close to playing Texas on Saturday. I thought that was way too many points against Tennessee and I also thought that game was going to get played in the sixties and it was played in the seventies slash eighties, which is crazy to think. You look at Baylor’s numbers in conference, their defense is horrendous. They are allowing teams to shoot 56% from two point land. That’s not going to get you very far. Although you look at, they’re winning games. You just mentioned they won six in a row. Quick turnaround on the road here. I would lean to the… Look, you’re going to get a lot of good guard play in this game. There’s a lot of good guards between the two of them. I think it’s almost too many points for Baylor, but I couldn’t find an angle here so I didn’t play anything in this game.

Speaker 1:

Interesting. Corby Craig for the Baylor Bears, they’ve been up and down. They had it rolling. They had a five game win streak then conference play began and they lost the first three games right out of the block to Iowa State, TCU and Kansas State. They’ve rectified now and have won some games with West Virginia, with Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas. It is a gauntlet. Arkansas obviously an SEC team. Now they go on the road to Texas. To Corby’s point, they played a tough emotional game at home. Now they’re the road team. Texas may be a little angry off the Tennessee loss. Any thoughts Corby Craig?

Corby Craig:

It’s hard to figure out this Tennessee tempo, not Tennessee, Texas tempo. You don’t really know when you’re going to get at 66 possessions versus Tennessee, which is a very slow pace team. But then you see 75 Oklahoma State, 72 West Virginia. The main thing for me here is as we talked about the start of the show, there’s not really a definite number one team in the nation. I do think that Baylor is probably up there in the top most talented teams in the nation. They do have bits where they don’t look good. Their defense, as Matt said, has looked rough, but they do have the talent output to guard basically anybody in the nation.

And I think here in particular Texas is going to have to have Marcus Carr step up a lot. He’s going to be switched off of most screens versus just as competent of guard to guard him and I just don’t know if they have enough in the backend to do it. I actually leaned the under in this game, I didn’t bat it by any means, but I think it opened at 150. It’s at 146 at this point. 150, I would’ve taken it under, but at this point I had a 143. I think Marcus Carr struggles and if he doesn’t, Texas wins and if he does Baylor gets it done outright.

Speaker 1:

Keyonte George leading Baylor at 17 a game. Obviously they’ve got LJ Cryer who’s a link back to their national championship win in the 2020 tournament as well. The 2021 tournament, we should say the two years ago National championship run. I’m just looking, is this the only… I’m double checking. No, they’ll meet again in Waco late February. That’s the rematch game coming back around for this Big 12 showdown. Again, Baylor a three and a half point underdog at Texas, so there are some thoughts and comments from the guys on that.

All right, with that, let’s get into the live chat and some questions and answers. There’s obviously another prominent game or two that’s going to come up including with your questions here on the show. Let’s begin with Moneyline Ed, I see that in the line chat. Was he FSU Ed before and now he’s changed his moniker? Moneyline Ed says, “Guys, can you go over Chicago State and the Citadel?” He’s interested in a side that you might lean two on that. Guys, again, we’re going obscure. We just went prominent with Big 12, which is arguably the toughest conference right now, at least strength of schedule-wise in the country. Now Chicago State, which is six and 17 on the season playing at the Citadel tonight at seven Eastern Time in Charleston, South Carolina. The Citadel is favored by three. Any thoughts Corby Craig, a quick thought on the side that he’s interested in.

Corby Craig:

Listen, I bet Coastal Carolina by seven versus Chicago State and they lost outright. The Chicago state team just makes no sense. They have a decent basketball team. I saw something the other day that said that they have five top 100 recruits from I believe Chicago, which is though… Don’t hold me on those details, I heard it in the broadcast. But you can see it in the floor, they look like a better, more sophisticated basketball team. Do I like them by any means to win a basketball game? I don’t think I would still take them. Gun to head, I’m not choosing Chicago State to win a basketball game still. But Citadel is I think pretty close to their level. Chicago state, the issue here is they’re 320th in tempo and if you’ve watched a game that is not true. They played this Coastal Carolina game in 59 possessions, but that was forced slope because of Coastal Carolina.

Chicago, I think we’ll play closer to Citadel’s range. If this number’s what? 141? I would probably lean towards an under in this game. Citadel is a team that… Conroy’s a coach who the last time he was at Citadel, he wanted to be as slow as possible. This year they’ve ran it up a little bit. I think that’s due to the fact that they just don’t have a ton of stagnation, like half court offense to play slow so they’ve sped up, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this slows down. 141 seems a good number to go under.

Speaker 1:

Mid Major Matt, a thought on a Citadel team that recently had won road games at VMI and at Western Carolina. Impressive in conference played then they turned around and lose to Mercer in their last game by nine at home. Now Chicago State tonight, any thought on this one including the side, like the viewer’s asking about.

Mid Major Matt:

It would be a lean toward Chicago State. How do you go against them? They’re on this nice little stretch here and it’s just, it’s crazy because we’re so programmed to fage Chicago State because they were the worst team ever the past five or six years. But they’ve got some confidence, you only lose by seven at Stanford you win at Coastal Carolina, you only lose by three at UTRGV. They’re playing some good basketball right now and it’s always the weird thing of these random independent games in the middle of the week. It’s not the middle of the week but in the middle of your schedule, what’s your motivation here? As I said, I didn’t play anything here, but it would be a lean to the road team here.

Speaker 1:

Good enough. Let’s get some more questions and answers going. Get those in the live chat. We see the audience growing. We got time for a couple of more here while we sit here. Rick is watching us says, “Thoughts on the over 131.5, 131 and half for Virginia and Syracuse.” This is the first game up on the slater, one of them at 07:00 Eastern Time. Someone Syracuse Orange, Mid Major Matt, playing at the Carrier Dome getting five points at home. He’s curious on the total 151 and a half. Anything there, Matt Josephs.

Mid Major Matt:

Oh God, I wish Syracuse would end their season already. They’re just so miserable to watch and thank God I didn’t watch the game Saturday but they should have beaten Carolina on Tuesday. We talked about it on the show Wednesday. They got screwed by the refs, the stupid Gerard play, but I can’t in good conscience bet on Syracuse to do anything for me. I would lean towards the over you look at some of the past Virginia Syracuse games they’ve gone over, even though most of the time it’s Virginia carrying the total. In the state of Virginia, we can’t bet any of the games here, so I don’t know what the number is for Virginia’s team total, but I’d potentially look at their over. Kihei Clark has been dominating our zone and they just know what they want to do against it. I’d look more maybe towards a Virginia team total over than a game over and ask an inconsistent Syracuse offense to potentially keep up.

Speaker 1:

Corby Craig, we have a Virginia team that is favored. I’m trying to get the team total by the way for Matt’s question about Virginia for tonight. The team team total on the BetUS line is 69 for tonight. Any thought on that, what Matt brought up and or the over under on the game where it is there for Virginia and Syracuse, Corby Craig?

Corby Craig:

I’d lean towards the over as well, but I do like Matt’s point of taking a Virginia team total over. Virginia’s held their own in most every game. Yes, they’re 360th in tempo, but they just scored 76 versus Boston of college, 76 versus Wade, 78 versus Virginia Tech, 67 versus Florida State. This is a team that’s shown that they can do it. Also, I really just don’t want in the way as Matt said, I don’t want in the way of this Syracuse offense by any means. I’ve talked about this on the show and maybe I am a hater, but I just don’t think Gerard should be a competent first and almost second option for your offense.

He is their primary scorer. If he’s not scoring, they’re struggling. And they do have other pieces but I think Gerard is a big glue piece of that offense and I don’t know if he’s good enough to withstand a Virginia defense. He’s done it for, God, it seems like 10 years at this point, but I don’t know if Kihei Clark also has. I think Kihei Clark’s seen enough of the Syracuse defense that they’re not too worried about it.

Speaker 1:

Virginia won the game about a month ago by seven, 73-66 for what that’s worth. Virginia also, that started a six game win streak has also since won at Florida State, won at Wake Forest as well. Here we go tonight, Virginia on a six game win streak at Syracuse. The guys give you some thoughts on that. We continue with some live questions. Bob watching us says, “Any thoughts on Southern University?” Again, it’s a lighter card for tonight and I’m looking here for Southern in the matchup. They are… I’m double checking. Where are they?

Mid Major Matt:

Jackson State.

Speaker 1:

Jackson State, thank you for the pickup at 09:00, 08:00 local time in Baton Rouge. Southern favored by nine Matt a thought on that at all, including a total of 147?

Mid Major Matt:

I’m very close to… I was very close to playing and I actually am probably going to end up playing the Southern team total over here. You look at what they’ve done, they’ve scored 80 or more in five of their last six games. Jackson State is abysmal defensively. They gave up 78 at Grambling. They gave up 84 at Texas Southern. You look at their non-conference, even teams that were on their level. Not even on their… Like Tulsa, they gave up 85 at Tulsa, and Tulsa’s a terrible basketball team. I think that Southern’s team total is the way to go there with the over.

Speaker 1:

Corby, any thought on that or do you want to move on off of that game?

Corby Craig:

Southern’s a team that my numbers… I really don’t know much about Southern. I probably would never bet a Southern game, but my numbers continue to say that this is a really good basketball team. I think that they had this game at a 12 and a half, so it’s just a team that they’ve shaded basically all year. I’ve had them as dogs winning outright in several games, so not something I know a ton about, but my numbers do like Southern a good bit.

Speaker 1:

Betten Whityo is the Twitter or the YouTube handle. We like him. He’s in the show all the time. Thank you for watching. He’s asking about Oral Roberts and Max Abmus again, one of the more entertaining scores in the country. They play South Dakota tonight in Summit League action. Oral Roberts Unbeaten 10 oh in the conference at home. Any thoughts? Corby Craig? The line is 15 and a half for ORU.

Corby Craig:

It was 17 and a half last night. I think that South Dakota is 17 and a half would probably been my number. 15, still not awful. I think 14 is probably where they should be. South Dakota’s a pretty good basketball team. I bet them in the western Illinois game on Thursday. They were a six point dog there, so I don’t think this line is weird by any means. We’ve seen them underdogs in several games. They’d just beat the St. Thomas team though. That’s a pretty good basketball team, they have a really good point guard. Can Abmas do enough? Probably, it’s what this kid does. But I will say the South Dakota team is surprising in talent. They have a decent big man. They have a couple of pretty smooth guards to get to the basket and get their own pretty easy, so they’re not stuck to a system by any means. I think that if Oral Roberts is playing lackadaisical defense, they have some guards that can definitely scare them early.

Speaker 1:

Mid Major Matt, we’ve been talking about scores and games and points, et cetera. Again, it’s an ORU team that has won six in a row. They scored 73 in their most recent game with Omaha at home. They scored 102. We talked about them playing Denver. That was an official play on the show, was it not guys? They played Denver and scored 102 points and won the game by 40 in that one. All right, what about it with Abmus and company playing a conference game at home tonight is a big favorite. Any thought Matt Josephs or you just want to move on?

Mid Major Matt:

I really like AJ Plitzuweit for South Dakota. He is one of those guards that Corby talked about here. My concern here is the travel, 48 hours. They were just in Minnesota, now they’re in Oklahoma. It’s their third straight road game, whereas Oral Roberts has been home. Maybe look at Oral Roberts in the first half to take advantage of it, if there’s any sort of travel weariness. I had the over for that game Saturday. I was very surprised that we didn’t even come close to that. But maybe at first half, Oral Roberts play, taking advantage of South Dakota on this travel here, but not much else other than that.

Speaker 1:

This is a makeup game. I just looked at this because there was a travel issue with the winter storms. Remember late December, early January, they were supposed to play this game back like four weeks ago. They shoehorned it in for tonight on the schedule with Oral Roberts again as a heavy favorite and we gave you a lot on that one. Couple of minutes left Auburn watching us. We’re getting to almost every game here. Missouri, Kansas City is also in the Summit League and not to be confused with South Dakota, this is South Dakota State playing UMKC tonight in Kansas City. A couple couple of six and four teams in the summit. Matt Josephs, any thoughts or you just want to move off of that game?

Mid Major Matt:

Well, once again, third straight road game in three straight. They played essentially the opposite of the road trip that South Dakota had. They played at Saint Thomas, they lost that game. They played at Western Illinois, they blew a huge lead in that game. They should have crushed Western Illinois. Now they go to UMKC who I don’t think is a very good basketball team. Their offensive numbers are disgusting, but they’ve won three straight. They’re playing well at home. I would lean to South Dakota State here, but I’m very concerned about how they feel, 48 hours after blowing a big time game to Trenton Massner and Western Illinois.

Speaker 1:

Corby Craig, the total is 129 and a half on the BetUS line. Any thought on the total Kansas City and South Dakota State?

Corby Craig:

It’s tough. UMKC is really slow, but the main thing here, and I lean toward South Dakota State as well, is UMKC, you can put numbers behind it but you can’t explain it unless you watch the game. There are 360 of them in nation at three point shooting that’s that’s better than five people and I don’t think that that’s still right. This is the one of the worst three point shooting themes I’ve ever seen. They’re 360th and these are wide open threes, teams are letting them shoot corner threes as much as they want.

I was watching, I can’t remember what game it was, but I believe it was the Indiana State game. As open as can be, they just would leave them in the corner and these kids just cannot do anything about it. The issue of South Dakota State has been inconsistent at best and I had a heavy lean on South Dakota State in their game Saturday that they gave up a lead. Maybe I’m just salty but I wouldn’t be on this by any means, but there’s no way I would back to UMKC here.

Speaker 1:

All right, very good on that discussion. One more real quick. Legs Show Magazine watching us here on the YouTube on a Monday on BetUs and all the platforms. He says, “The smallest line on the slate is Iowa State only favored by a point and a half against Texas Tech. Thoughts on this one tonight with Texas Tech really struggling.” I guess first thing out of the box, Corby Craig, how surprised are you that we look at Texas Tech on January the 30th and they’re 0 and eight in the Big 12 and they also lost in the Big 12 SEC challenge on the weekend to boot being beaten by LSU. It has not been a good…

Mid Major Matt:

They won that game.

Speaker 1:

My bad. I’m sorry. They snapped their losing streak. Thank you. They snapped their losing streak. Maybe they need to go play some more SEC teams, Matt Josephs, because they had been 0 for January in the Big 12. Matt, pick up on that. What do we make of this of Texas Tech catching a point and a half at home here with Iowa State coming right back on Monday night?

Mid Major Matt:

Obviously it’s almost a completely different roster it feels like, and there’s been some injury issues. Pop Isaacs might be questionable for this game. He got injured last game, so we don’t know what his status is. You know Texas Tech is usually one of the toughest places to play in America, so that’s always an advantage. But you look at some of the teams they lost at home to, West Virginia’s not great. You should win that game. Oklahoma, they lost in overtime. They nearly knocked off Kansas. I trust Mark Adams, I like Mark Adams and usually Iowa State is not as good on the road as they are at home. They’re coming off the loss to Missouri on the road. If Pop Isaacs plays, I might be a little interested in Texas Tech, but Iowa State’s a team of transfers. It’s hilarious. It’s essentially like the A-10 All Stars with Hason Ward and Jaren Holmes and Osun Osunniyi, so it’s crazy to see that. I would lean Texas Tech here, but I’d make sure to status of Pop Isaacs before playing anything in this game.

Speaker 1:

Check that injury information always. Corby Craig, quick thought here, where Iowa State to Matt’s point has lost their last three road games to Missouri, to Oklahoma State and to Kansas. Now that’s Big 12 and losing to Kansas, but there’s a Big 12 road game at Lubbock here turning right back around after losing at Missouri on Saturday. Any quick thought?

Corby Craig:

I really don’t like either of these teams. Texas Tech, just from a talent standpoint, it seems like Obanor is really the only one that I would say is an elite level basketball player and that’s still stretching it. I do think that he has pretty high ceiling though. On the other side, I hate how Iowa’s team plays basketball. I think that it leads you into situations where you can get beat by teams that get hot pretty fast. It’s like the Virginia first round loss to UMBC that I’ve talked about it a few times to this point. It’s just a type of basketball. They’re like, “Yes, you’re a good defender.” But you have to be able to score the ball at some point, but you can’t beat teams 25-20.

They’ve cleaned it up a little bit. They do have a little bit of office of consistency now, but early in the season it was rough to the eyes. They played a really good Baylor game. But other than that, like 63 points versus Oklahoma is asking for a lot of trouble in these games with a Texas Tech team who could just pop off and hit 40% from three. And I don’t think the Iowa State has offense to keep up with that. But that said, I hate both of these teams. I would lean and Iowa State probably here.

Speaker 1:

There’s your lead. Again, “I hate both these teams.” We always like that lead from you. They did get 80 against Kansas State for what it’s worth in the home win midweek last week, but lost on the weekend at Missouri, scoring only 61 points to Corby’s point there. And tonight they go to Lubbock, Big 12 game, 08:00 local time, 09:00 Eastern Time. That one will be on the tube this evening. All right, with that, we’ve given you a bunch here on a Monday without a whole lot on the Monday slate. There are a couple of official plays. Let’s go over those guys with the best NCAAB bets here to close out the show for a Monday. A couple of over totals. Mid Major Matt looking for lots of points in the Maryland-Eastern Shore, Morgan State game. The same for Corby Craig in one of the last games of the night, Alabama state and Florida A&M as that total you see there on the screen is 127 for that one tonight.

I’m looking. I think we’re good here on this. From everything in the live chat, we again have soared in live audience on the show. Thank you. Once again, hit that like button. Make sure that you’re subscribed. As the live audience continues to grow, we want to get that subscriber count up. I kept saying can we get that subscriber count to 4000 subs by the end of January? I don’t think we’re going to get there, but we’re going to get close, it looks like. We can get there with your help. Hit that subscribe button, hit that like button before you leave here on the show. All right, final thoughts. Corby Craig, final thought before we’re done and good.

Corby Craig:

Yeah, Thursday’s, February 2nd. My Blazers the upset. They’re playing Florida Atlantic at home. And we’re going to get it.

Speaker 1:

All right, you’re already calling your shot. I did see Florida Atlantic has the longest win streak in the country right now.

Corby Craig:

It’ll be broken on Thursday.

Speaker 1:

And you’re already calling your shot early on. The Owls deserve some props right now, they’re the best team in the state of Florida.

Corby Craig:

They’re a very good basketball team.

Speaker 1:

They have played well, and that one will be an interesting one in conference USA for sure. Mid Major Matt, a final thought for a Monday show here, sir.

Mid Major Matt:

This screams don’t play big, don’t play a lot. This is a lower Monday as you could tell from a lot of our opinions, so bankroll management certainly today. You do not need to play every game and you do not need to play any games today if you don’t like anything.

Speaker 1:

No doubt about that. You do have a couple of them in the top 25, but you got stuff like what? Kansas State, Kansas rematch tomorrow that we’ll be talking about. You’ve got Alabama back in action, Yukon back in action tomorrow, Miami, Virginia Tech tomorrow, so you got some interesting games tomorrow as well. Don’t just bet a game, just to a bet a game. We’re here to give you advice in different ways and strategy and philosophy on the BetUs Show. Boys, good job. Corby Craig, thank you. Mid Major Matt, fly Eagles fly, thank you here for a Monday. Thank you to Alejandro and everybody behind the scenes at BetUS. Great stuff. Again, the live audience, tremendous again today. Hit the like button, make sure you’re subscribed. We’re not going anywhere. Monday through Friday, as you see on the screen, 11:00 AM. Be here with us. Even if you’re joining us later on, be here with us at 11:00 AM. Don’t forget to check our our sportsbook website. You can get the live interaction as you just saw with us here on this show, on the BetUS College Basketball Show.

 

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