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College Basketball Picks, Predictions & Best NCAA Basketball Betting Odds [Wednesday, Mar 8th]

Gary Segars:

Well, hello. Yes, you clicked on the correct show. This is the BetUS College Basketball show and as TJ would say, I am your somewhat capable host, Gary Segars. You could follow me on Twitter @GaryWCE. Yes, normally you see me on the BetUS college football show, but surprise, I am a college basketball guy as well. This is a bit of a crossover event happening. TJ is traveling, he’s calling conference tournament games. Last night he called the Horizon League title game in Indianapolis and that saw Northern Kentucky win the auto bid over Cleveland State.

So, I’m filling in today. To go on and get that out of the way, let me go on and say this, Corbie’s Zags that looked pretty good last night in winning the WCC title. Just stumped on St. Mary’s with absolutely no mercy. You’re welcome CC. Go on to do that. Now let me go ahead and bring in the guys that you actually want to hear from, the experts. On the left side of your screen, we’ve got Mid Major Matt, he’s @MidMajorMatt on Twitter. Matt, how we feeling today?

Mid Major Matt:

Feeling good. I’m the original Gonzaga guy on the panel. Corbie just put some future down and decided to join me. That was a butt-whooping last night. I hope they get a two-seed. I think they’re about worth that.

Gary Segars:

They certainly look like it right now. That offense is absolutely ridiculous. And, of course, Matt Norlander’s article on Drew Timme has drawn a lot, not criticism, but accolades, I guess. A lot of people talking about that. They’re a lot of fun to watch right now. On the right side of the screen, from the three man weave, Matt Cox, he’s @matty_cox on Twitter. Matty, how you doing brother?

Matty Cox:

Doing great. Shouts to the Norse for getting that half-point covered by the hook, right there before the eyes of our very own TJ, who had an awesome call to cap that barn burner off last night in Indy.

Gary Segars:

Most certainly. Now let me remind everybody, TJ and the crew will be here all throughout the rest of March. Make sure that you like this video. Subscribe to the channel, if you’ve not already. From what I understand, the fellas are going to be live an hour earlier on Friday, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. They’re doing that, of course, to make sure that they get out in time for all of the games that’ll start at Noon Eastern. And they’ll also be doing a special live show on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time as well this week. So you will be fully covered for conference semi-finals and finals this weekend. Put it on your calendars, make sure to join every single day.

Let’s go ahead and take a look at the records thus far. We’ll go on and pull it up on the screen here so that you guys can see exactly what we’re looking at. So far, so good. The records do look good. I’m impressed with what these guys have put together here. So yes, you can see it all right there. No issues on your screen. Let’s roll from that. Of course, we’ll get through the records and whatnot. Don’t forget to toss in your questions into the chat, and we will try and answer a few of those at the end of the show. Let’s not waste a lot of time though. We got to get this thing rolling.

Let’s go on and move to game number one on the day. And we’re going to start 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Grambling is a 10-point favorite over Bethune-Cookman in the SWAC tournament. Now the total sits at 132 on this. Of course, the latest numbers at BetUS, Grambling State owns the nation’s ninth-longest win streak. Nine straight wins, 12 of their last 13. They’ve beaten Bethune both times that they have played them this season, by 12 back in January, by six on the road just a couple of weeks ago. Let’s start with Mid Major Matt here. What are you seeing between the Tigers and the Wildcats down in Daytona Beach?

Mid Major Matt:

I don’t really touch too much in the SWAC. I thought the other game was a little interesting, seeing how Alcorn State’s had a good year and it’s such a short number. Matty Cox has the pick in this one, so I’ll defer to him on this.

Gary Segars:

Yeah, Matty Cox, this is your play. What do you like here?

Matty Cox:

Yeah, I’m looking for this game to play close to that, very similarly to that February 27th match-up you alluded to in the rematch. Only lost by, yeah, I think it was eight… or 12 points was the final, but the game was very close until a late run from Grambling. Also played to 61 possession. So very slow, slow half-court driven affair. That should play well for the dog, and I’m looking to [inaudible 00:04:11] team in Grambling who is likely without Cardiac Gordon today.

There’s been some reports of some arrests there on campus in Grambling. Some weird stuff going on, so I’m surprised the market hasn’t been alert to that. But they still were awesome without Gordon in the couple of games he missed this season. But he’s such a force upfront. This is a guy who’s a former five-star recruit. Was started at St. Louis, got major offers from all the big boys. He’s been a key impetus of why Grambling’s been so dominant. He’s been fueling that nine-game win streak.

I think this Bethune team is going to be a team that people are sleeping on in this tournament. I think they’re talented, they’ve underachieved, they’ve played much better as of late, so you’re starting to see the light bulb flicker on. I’m taking the team, the underachieving, talented team that figures to play well in this do-or-die situation. So give me the points here with the Fighting Wildcats.

Gary Segars:

I like it. Bethune-Cookman, plus 10, on this one for Matty Cox. That is going to move us right along over to a power conference tournament, 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Georgia Tech is an eight-point dog to Pitt, with a total of 141.5 at the ACC tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina. Now, Jeff Capel’s bunch was not able to wrap up a share of the ACC’s title in their last two games. The Panthers have lost three of their last five.

However, on the other side, Josh Pastner’s Yellow Jackets, they found a way to pull out a win over Florida State yesterday. They have now won five of their last six, and the only loss being a 76 to 68 loss at Pitt back on February 21st. Matty Cox, let’s start with you on this one now. What are you seeing between these two?

Matty Cox:

Yeah, a team in Georgia Tech that’s red hot right now. They can do nothing wrong. But some money coming in here on Pitt, I think, fading the team that won yesterday. You’ve seen this a lot throughout the conference tournaments. The market likes to fade the teams who just played the day before in the opening-round game, with the favorite who’s had the extra day off and day to prep. It hasn’t played as well this year, as strong as it has in years past, so I’d be weary of trailing that angle. And to be honest, I just like the form of Georgia Tech right now.

It’s a team that did not make a shot for two to three months. They had one of the strongest shooting regression, positive regression profiles in the country, according to shot quality, and it’s now come sweeping back in their favor. I think there’s more gravy to run with this momentum here. I’d be looking to take the points here, especially with that funky defense that Georgia Tech can play. They can be a thorn on the side for any ACC team, especially when they’re making shots. I think eight’s a lot to cover for Pitt.

Gary Segars:

Most certainly. I mean, we have seen Pastner’s team roll through this ACC tournament recently, so it’s not super-surprising to me to see a little action come in on Georgia Tech. Mid Major Matt, you’ve got the play here. Talk to me about these two in the ACC.

Mid Major Matt:

Yeah. One of my favorite trends that I played this year, and it’s been somewhat profitable is, playing the first half of a team who has already played a game in a neutral site, against a team who hasn’t played in a neutral site, because they’re used to the sight lines and everything. They’re used to a sparse crowd, which is what I’m guessing you’re going to get for this one. Georgia Tech’s not going to travel and Pittsburgh’s all the way up north. I think some fans might travel.

And plus, I’m getting a Georgia Tech team that plays six guys, and so I don’t want to be involved in the second half. I know Josh Pastner’s going to be good at using the timeouts. I know he’s going to be good at rotating them in the best he can, but I want to play this team in the first half. You’ve also, also seen Pitt, they’re slow starters. You look at their last couple of games, it’s been tight in the first half for them. I’ll play George Tech in the first half of this one. Used to the building, used to the surroundings, got their game in yesterday, and I’ll take them, even though they’re really shorthanded, to come out with some energy in this first half.

Gary Segars:

I do like that very much. So it’s Georgia Tech, plus four and a half, that first half line over at BetUS there. Next game on the board, 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The Mountain West Conference tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center in good old Las Vegas. UNLV is a six-point favorite over the Air Force Falcons, over at BETUs. The total sits at 133 on this one. Mid Major Matt, tell me what you know about the Falcons and maybe Kevin Kruger’s Runnin’ Rebels there.

Mid Major Matt:

Well, I do know that UNLV’s not going to have their starting point guard for this game. Suspended for violating sportsmanship conduct policies during their win against Reno, which is what they like to refer to them as. I think it’s big when you look at this UNLV team, to not have your starting point guard for this game. It is in their gymnasium, and traditionally, Air Force on the road has not been a very good bet.

But you also saw that game that they just played at UNLV, and Air Force hung around. It was only a one-point game. So I think UNLV’s a little vulnerable here. Obviously, if they win this game, they’ll get their point guard back, but not having your point guard against the Falcons, and having just played there recently, I think Air Force is not a bad side here.

Gary Segars:

Especially with that defense that Air Force plays. Matty, what about you? What are your thoughts on this?

Matty Cox:

Yeah, I think the injuries to UNLV coming down this stretch have really taken a toll. You’re right, Mid Major Matt alludes to it. It was a deep team, or so we thought. But when they lost Eli… sorry, Elijah Parquet, as well as Luis Rodriguez, thank you, I’m blanking, two of their best perimeter defenders, they started to hit, they hit some bumps in the road. Coming off that big win on the road, at Nevada, in overtime. Those are teams I don’t like to back first game of conference tournaments.

I think they tend to come out a little flatter than a team who just lost or didn’t have a marquee one coming in. Air Force just defends a lot better this year. I’m with Matt. I think they keep this a lot closer than maybe some people think, and all they’ve done is play teams close all season. So I mean, Joe Scott’s done a tremendous job there this year with a fairly young team.

Gary Segars:

You are preaching to the choir here. I’ve got the play on this one. All transparency, I took Air Force, plus six and a half last night. I’m still going to ride with them at six here. Yes, Air Force has lost 10 of their last 12. But in losing their last three games, they lost to Fresno by five, UNLV on the road by one, and San Jose State by two. The Falcons are number 348 in pace. They can dictate the tempo on UNLV here, especially without their point guard. I like Air Force’s defense. Number six in the country in opponent three-point field goal percentage.

On offense, the Falcons are actually number 31 in effective field goal percentage. UNLV’s defense is number 167. If you use stats over the last three weeks of the season, this game should be closer to a Pick’em. I’m going to take Air Force, plus six, on this one.

Now, moving along to the MEAC, 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the Howard Bison are an eight-point favorite over South Carolina State, with a high total of 155. Now, Kenny Blakeney’s Bison have already beaten the Bulldogs twice this season. Matty, I want to start with you on this. What thoughts do you have here?

Matty Cox:

Yeah, Howard’s been a juggernaut. They got off to a slow starting to start conference play. It was a team that we thought that would be one of the better teams in this league, and they certainly played like it coming down the stretch here. I actually kind of like the dog here. I know it’s going to be a pretty high-scoring game. So you look at minus eight. That should be an easier number for a favor to cover. But I like the South Carolina State team. They’ve been feisty as a dog for most of the season.

I think them and Delaware State, to a lesser extent, have been tougher for these big, stronger favorites in the MEAC to put away consistently. I think that’s a prototype of a team I want to back here as a dog, especially in the first round of the conference tournament, when everything that’s happened. Their season’s in the rear view, it’s a reset button, so fresh start. So I like both the dogs actually in this MEAC today, South Carolina State and Delaware State.

Gary Segars:

I can understand that. Howard has been absolutely owning people as of late. Trevor in the chat, just jumped in. Howard’s been crushing. Mid Major Matt, you’ve got the play here. What are you looking at?

Mid Major Matt:

Well, I mean, I played it both times already. The first two times are in regular season, and I’ll play it once again. I’m going to go with the Howard team total over here. I mean, South Carolina State plays no defense. 358th defending the two, 360th, defending the three. The pace is going to be there. Both games are pretty quick, 74 and 76 possessions. Normally, you don’t like playing overs in this sort of situation, in conference tournaments, but this game’s being played at the Scope.

You look at this thing and South Carolina State just doesn’t play any defense, and Howard is going to be… They’ve scored a ton of points so far this season. It’s a really high number. They’ve frustrated me so far this season and other opportunities, but South Carolina State plays no defense. I’ll take the team total over for Howard here. I think they have no problem putting up points, especially since they’re going to be fully healthy here with Settle back in the lineup.

Gary Segars:

I do like that. Team total over 81 and a half here. That does make sense. It’s a high total, but it’s a high total for a reason there. We’ll move ahead to the Big 12 tournament and we have got 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Texas Tech, losers of three straight, now without recently suspended coach, Mark Adams. Texas Tech is a four-point dog to West Virginia. Total of 145 on the game over at BETUS. Matty, let’s start with you on this one as well.

West Virginia appears to be on the right side of the bubble right now. They’ve won three of their last four, including most recently at Iowa State and at home against Kansas State. But they did lose at home to Texas Tech, 78-72, back on February the 18th. At this point in the season, with the coach suspension, et cetera, do we think Texas Tech just wants to give this season over with at this point?

Matty Cox:

Yeah, it’s tough to handicap that part of it. You could go both ways. You could also argue it’s a rejuvenation to their season that looked like it was flat lying down the stretch. Obviously lost their last three games, but just before that they had won four in a row. I thought they were going to wave the white flag before then, but they rattle off four in a row, once they get Fardaws Aimaq back in the lineup, after he played for three games, then was out again, then now he’s back.

Plus they have Daniel Batcho, who returned last game for Oklahoma State. So they have both of their bigs intact today against West Virginia, which is huge, because the ‘Eers are so dominant on the glass. That’s where they’re most consistent scoring wise. Plus Texas Tech also has Pop Isaac’s back. He’s been back for the last few games. So we’re starting to see the initial pre-season roster, that many people liked for Texas Tech, coming into form.

I think catching four or five at some shops here, in a game that feels like it should play closer to a Pick’em. Both teams ultra desperate. I lean toward Texas Tech. But as you allude to, it’s tough to be super confident given the off the court circus that’s going on right now. So no play for me. I think just from a pure valued lens, I would lean toward the Red Raiders though.

Gary Segars:

I could certainly see that. Mid Major Matt over to you. Can Huggy Bear keep this train rolling against a team that’s lost three straight?

Mid Major Matt:

I want nothing to do with Texas Tech. I don’t care what the… without their coach, whether there’s good residue, bad residue, and then on the team still. I mean, there’s still just, there’s too many things going on here as a team that’s probably not going to make the NCAA tournament, unless they make some massive, massive run.

West Virginia is playing for things. I think that’s why you’re getting a little bit of an inflated line here. I mean, Texas Tech may give you a solid effort, but there’s just so many games on the board today that I’d rather not play an underdog who has some value, but we have no idea where their head’s at right now.

Gary Segars:

Yeah, I feel the exact same way here. It’s very difficult to see exactly, or to, I guess, to handicap. Without Mark Adams actually being there, how much is he worth to a point spread? We have not seen that yet, so we’ll move off of that one. We’re going to hit on this last game here, and then we’re going to jump into the chat. So, of course, if you have any questions, make sure and toss them in there. We’ll try and get to as many as we can today.

9:30 p.m. Eastern Time, back over into the ACC tournament in Greensboro. NC State, a three-point favorite over the Virginia Tech Hokies. The total is 148 and a half on this one. Mid Major Matt, NC State, a tricky team right now. Look like they’re vying for an NCAA tournament bid. A loss here and maybe could spell doom for them on Sunday? How are you breaking this one down?

Mid Major Matt:

Yeah, this one’s potentially, even for NIT bid. I mean, look, if Virginia Tech loses this game, they may not even make the NIT. So who knows there. I mean, look, I somewhat disagree with what Matt’s about to say for his pick here, only because of some of the trends that I’ve looked at, in terms of I like Virginia Tech having the game under their belt. NC State’s going to feel like the home team. It’s going to be a tremendous crowd for NC State in this game. I think that’s the advantage they have here.

And you don’t know anything. I think NC State is valued to win the whole tournament, and I think NC State could also lose today. They’re just such a wild card. Their guards are really good. They’re going to have the best guards in this thing, but they’re not going to be able to force turnovers, because Tech doesn’t turn the ball over very much. They’re very matter of fact with regards to their offense. So my worry here is which NC State team are we going to get early on in this one? I like Virginia Tech getting a little bit of points here, because they’re the more desperate team here and they’ve already played one game on this court.

Gary Segars:

I agree with you. I agree with you. Matty Cox, we’ll go back to you to close this one out. Talk to me about the Wolf Pack here. What are you seeing here?

Matty Cox:

Yeah, I see a team that lost two straight to close regular season. Again, those are teams I like to back coming into conference tournament time. I know the Virginia Tech has the one game under the belt angle of familiarity. I go both ways on that. It’s tough to discern. You have to treat these all, case by case. I think in many cases, the fact that the team has an extra day off to rest, prepare, versus the team playing back to back, I think that can work against you, too.

I tend to lean in that direction against NC State, who’s going to make Virginia Tech work on defense, going to push in transition. Key personnel addition last game, too, for the Wolf Pack getting Jack Clark back. They really struggle to defend forwards and wings, in general. Not that Virginia Tech has a ton of, they’re more guard predicated. But it’s good having Clark back and the defensive splits are pretty pronounced when he’s on the floor. I think that’s not been captured in the market.

I think he mattered last game against Duke. They got down big against Duke and they’re rallied back late, only lost by four against a Duke team, who I think’s super undervalued. So I gave them a little credit for that. And yeah, I just think this is a better spot for NC State. They’re closer to the NCAA tournament picture. I think they have a little more, a slight motivational edge with the NCAA tournament more within their purview as opposed to Virginia Tech who, as Matt alluded to, is slipping more into NIT territory at this point. So I’m going to lay the point, short spread here, lay it with NC State though.

Gary Segars:

I like it. So first half here, you’re going to ride-

Matty Cox:

The first half’s [inaudible 00:18:24]… Yes, thank you, right.

Gary Segars:

First half, well, one and a half. NC State, minus one and a half in the first half. I do like that. All right, we’ve got some questions from the chat. You guys delivered. We certainly appreciate that. Again, like the video, subscribe to the channel, if you’ve not done so already. But let’s go and knock it out. First one on the board here.

Sabino asks, “Can you please give an opinion on both early games? We’ve got St. Bonaventure and Davidson, and Wake Forest-Syracuse.” I’ll go on and tell you on mine, I don’t like either one of these plays whatsoever. My projected spread is within 0.7 points on both of those. Matty, let’s start with you on St. Bonaventure-Davidson, what you got on this one?

Matty Cox:

Slight lean toward Davidson, but nothing super pronounced. They’ve actually been bid down to three. It’s open at three and a half. Early, early tip here on the East Coast at the Barclays. I like the under, feels like an early sluggish, groggy game, in a cavernous NBA arena, but nothing on the side for me.

Gary Segars:

Mid Major Matt, what about you?

Mid Major Matt:

Ah, yeah, under would be the only way to go here, because of the early game. We saw it yesterday, the Richmond-UMass game went under. Obviously, part of that was Richmond’s defense and UMass didn’t really look like they wanted to be there. But St. Bonaventure doesn’t want to run, Davidson doesn’t want to run, and it should be a very sparsely attended game, so I would lean to the under in this one.

Gary Segars:

UMass scoring 38 total points in that ball game. Just absurd. Wake Forest and Syracuse, let’s hit on that one. Mid Major Matt, let’s start with you on this one. Any thoughts on the Demon Deacons and the Orange?

Mid Major Matt:

I can’t give a proper analysis here, because I am a Syracuse alum and I think we stink terribly. I’ll say this, I think that Wake Forest… Obviously, these last two games, because they played Syracuse in the dome, in that last game of the regular season. This is where they’re going to miss Damari Monsanto being out for the season. He was their best three-point shooter. If Tyre Applebee’s not making his threes, they’re going to struggle.

I do somewhat like the coaching advantage that Boeheim has over Forbes, but I also don’t expect consistency from Syracuse on a day-to-day basis. It feels like they’re usually good for one game in the ACC tournament, so maybe this is the one. But clearly, the money’s coming in on Wake Forest. It’s three, three and a half in this one.

Gary Segars:

Yeah, my number on this is 2.71, so I mean, it’s right there for me. Matty Cox, what do you see on this? I’m a little biased toward Steve Forbes. I’m in the Memphis area. He used to recruit around here all the time, so I would see him around. So I’m a little bit biased on it, but the other side of Mid Major Matt here. Matty, what do you see?

Matty Cox:

Yeah, I like Wake Forest on the spot, right? Just played. I like taking the team that lost in that last matchup, especially with the reset angle of the conference tournament at play here. But Matt hit the key concern. I think I’d be on Wake Forest pretty big, but I just played them small because of the Monsanto effect. He’s such a critical shotmaker and his importance is amplified against Syracuse’s zone.

Wake Forest scored highly efficiently inside the arc last game against ‘Cuse, but they just couldn’t make enough shots. I think the Syracuse we saw the games prior to that show up today, a team that looked like they quit on the season, especially on defense. And then you’re right, the Steve Forbes factored for me. I give him a slight bump against most coaches. So I did lay two. It’s up to three. I think I would still lay 3-2, but again, very small bet because of no Monsanto.

Gary Segars:

And totally understand there. Mark Holmes jumped in, he said, “Thoughts on UTEP and Western Kentucky.” This one sitting right around at Pick’em. My line on it is 0.34 points. So again, absolutely no value for me. Guys, what do y’all think? Mid Major Matt, what are you seeing in UTEP and Western Kentucky?

Mid Major Matt:

I hate the tournament in the Conference USA. They play in that football arena and they’ve got the two-

Gary Segars:

Courts right, next each other.

Mid Major Matt:

Courts next to each other. Yeah. There’s a weird background. And so, when you’ve got a team that’s shooting less than 29% from three-point land and they don’t shoot free throws very well, in a weird setting like this, I mean, I lean towards Western Kentucky in that situation. I just don’t trust UTEP to shoot well in a place that’s already not set for you to be able to shoot well.

Gary Segars:

I tend to agree there. Matty, what about you? You see anything on this one?

Matty Cox:

No, nothing profound here. Yeah, I guess a slight lean toward the under. Just a note, speaking of unders, 19 and 7 unders yesterday, so maybe there’s a pendulum swinging back toward low-scoring games, after we saw what felt like a never-ending, multi-month run of overs in our sport.

Gary Segars:

Once you get into tournament time, everybody tightens up a little bit. It does make sense. We do have a question from Kyle. He wants to know about Colorado State and Fresno State. This one sitting around a point and a half, two points in some places. My number on it is 2.11. So again, no value from me. Mid Major Matt, what do you see on Colorado State and Fresno State?

Mid Major Matt:

Slightly into Fresno here. It’s nothing that I would love to play. I do think that they get a little bit of momentum and a little bit of confidence after the Chicago State game. They, like Gonzaga, played that non-conference game that give them a little bit of a sweat before the tournament. Slightly into Fresno State here, but nothing I’m playing.

Gary Segars:

And what about you Matty Cox, you see anything?

Matty Cox:

Slightly into Colorado State. But yeah, Fresno’s just been, they’ve been frustrating for backers, because they’ve not covered by a couple of points here and there all season. They play every game close, though, it feels like. So it’s tough to bet Colorado State with any conviction, but I do lean that way. A team that underachieved this season, was hampered by injuries. Slight lean toward the Rams, but nothing profound.

Gary Segars:

I like it. Trevor jumped in, Colgate and Lafayette. And let’s see, on this one, hey, I do have a pretty strong edge on Lafayette here, about three points on this one. So, yeah, I might end up playing that one here in a little while. You guys got a feel on that, Colgate and Lafayette? [inaudible 00:24:12]-

Matty Cox:

I lean toward Lafayette. I’m with you. They’ve just played so well all tournament, and even before that. It defies logic. I don’t understand how this team’s played so competitively. And we’ve seen Colgate take their foot off the gas in these marquee spots before. But man, I just don’t like fading Colgate with anyone in this league. I just think they’re a cut above and, obviously, they’ll be motivated with the championship game. I’m with you though, 14’s a big number, but I do think they win fairly comfortably today.

Gary Segars:

Totally, totally agree. Mid Major Matt, you got any feel on that one?

Mid Major Matt:

If Colgate’s focused, they win this game by a lot. The problem is, as Matt said, that they almost get bored, and they’re like, “Ah, well, we’re going to win the game and we’re just going to decide to hold off a little bit.” And the other thing, with Lafayette is they shoot so many threes. If the threes are off, they’re not going to win. And they’re shooting 58% from the free throw line in conference play. That’s another concern in a situation like this. If Colgate puts them on the line and they’re not making their free throws, that could be an issue, too.

Gary Segars:

Agreed. Michael Lamato jumps in. “New subscriber. Your thoughts on NC Central, minus five and a half, first half against Delaware State.” Matty, this sounds like your kind of play here. What are you seeing on this one?

Matty Cox:

Yeah, I was just saying I like both the dogs in this MEAC tip-off here in Norfolk. So, Delaware State, it’s a team I think is well coached. They are very devoid of talent. NC Central’s got talent for days, with LeVelle Moton, and what he’s accumulated. Also, a very well coached team. He gives me some nerve fading NC Central. But again, I think both the dogs here have some value. So I went ahead and just took both of these small, Delaware State included at 11.

Gary Segars:

I like it. I like it. Mid Major Matt, you got a feel on maybe that first half line that he was talking about, on NC Central and Delaware State?

Mid Major Matt:

NC Central had healthy leads in both first-halfs against Delaware State this season. Obviously, things change, because it’s now a neutral site. There’s going to be a little sleepy atmosphere. Who knows how well attended this game will be, but Central’s clearly the better team. It’s just, you’re asking for a team to start fast on a neutral site and there’s a chance they may not. So that’s my worry here with only playing the first half in this game.

Gary Segars:

Last question on the day. Paul Meford jumps in and says, “Sooners or Cowboys?” This one, I’m showing it should be close to a pick. I don’t know that I trust my numbers on this. Matty Cox, what do you feel on this one? The Sooners and the Cowboys. Oklahoma-Oklahoma State.

Matty Cox:

I lean toward the Sooners. Just seems like a more desperate team. Last night, the opener, I thought was at two. It’s been bet down to one. I believe I’d like to catch two. I know I’m splitting hairs there, but two is a key number, what should be a pretty low-scoring game. Still, I think the Boomer Sooners get it done today, especially against a team in Oklahoma State that just hasn’t looked the same since Avery Anderson went down.

Gary Segars:

That injury is a big, big part of this. They have not played well down the stretch. Mid Major Matt, you got a thought?

Mid Major Matt:

There are some rumblings that Avery Anderson’s a game-time decision for this game. He has done some practice here. So certainly, any play in this game, you’d have to wait, and then you assume that if he comes back, how much is he going to play? How much has he integrated into the offense? It’s going to help, I think, Oklahoma State if he does play. But to assume he’s just going to be Avery Anderson from earlier in the season, that’s asking a lot. So something to look at here. If you like Oklahoma, maybe wait until they announce that Avery Anderson could play and then you get a little bit of extra value.

Gary Segars:

I like it. Gentlemen, let’s go ahead and jump into our recap. The big plays on the day. We’ll go on and read through these. Mid Major Matt is going to roll with Georgia Tech, plus four and a half in the first half against Pitt. He likes Howard’s team total, over 81 and a half against South Carolina State.

I am going to roll with Air Force to cover, plus six, against UNLV. And yes, I know that the host typically does not pick games on this show. I understand that, but I’m a handicapper at heart, so is what it is. Matty Cox is taking the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman, plus 10, against Grambling, and NC State, minus one and a half, in the first half, against Virginia Tech.

Gentlemen, we’re getting out of here in about 30 minutes. I like this. It was an honor being here with you guys, filling in for my wonderful friend TJ Reeves. Let me remind everybody again, the fellows are going to be live an hour earlier on Friday, 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Make sure they get done before all those games. Tip off at Noon Eastern. And they will be doing a special live show on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time as well this week. Remember to check out our sportsbook website, then make sure that you are subscribed, that you like the video, et cetera. But with that said, let’s go on and get out of here. Thank you all for joining. The fellas will see you all again tomorrow.

 

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