NCAA BASKETBALL – 11.8.2019 – Best Bets for Friday’s College Hoops (Free)

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Hello Daily Play Action! Anthony Marro here, back to share my NCAA Men’s Basketball picks for the entire college season. Last year I was happy to supply over 300 picks against the spread and finish the season cashing at a rate of just about 59%. As March Madness approached and I was brought on to write for DPA, readers were treated to a 45-27-2 record of sides and totals over the final month of the season. This season, betting write-ups will posted exclusively on DPA almost every day but be sure to follow my Twitter too so you won’t miss a pick on days with abbreviated slates.

  • Current Season ATS Record: 3-3-1
  • Current Season Totals Record: 2-3-0
  • Previous Season ATS Record: 180-127-9

Auburn vs Davidson, Over 145 

  • Last season Auburn played in 23 games where the total went over which was the most in the country. Sure, they did lose a few key scorers, but they still have Samir Doughty and a decent core that will likely rain threes. The best part is even when deeps shots are not falling Auburn has the efficiency to score inside
  • Davidson really has a good chance to win this game and I think we witness a lot of lead changes and a tight finish. They have four upperclassmen returning in their starting five and I think they absolutely will end up with the best offense in the Atlantic 10
  • Auburn has already played one game this season and scored 83 points. Perhaps more promising than that was an atrocious 21 turnovers which Davidson can likely convert into fast break points far more often than Georgia Southern was able to on Tuesday

Vermont -3.5 at St. Bonaventure 

  • First and foremost, Anthony Lamb is an absolute beast and is likely the consensus pick to win American East Player of the Year for the second season in a row. Vermont is stacked starting five upperclassmen and should be a tournament team come March
  • Bonaventure already has a loss this season at home to Ohio who may struggle to finish the year at .500 or better. In that game they shot 36 percent as a team which will not slide against Vermont. The slow tempo the Bonnies run is also going to do nothing but hurt their chances
  • Since 2012 when John Becker became head coach at Vermont no other team has more wins on the road. The 68 victories they have collected as visitors is the most by any team in the country over that stretch. This is really shaping up to be a double-digit win for the Catamounts

Virginia Commonwealth -16 vs North Texas

  • VCU this season has another team that can suffocate an opponent on defense and score points in bunches. Marcus Santos-Silva looked excellent on Tuesday night, but I think he is in for another big performance against more exciting competition than St. Francis PA
  • This is a team that prides itself on rebounding the ball and should not have much of an issue getting boards against North Texas. Zachary Simmons does outsize everyone from VCU but the physicality and grit the Rams play with will not be matched by the team as a whole
  • North Texas only has one cover as a road underdog in now the third season under Grant McCasland. While this is a lot of points for a defense-oriented team to cover I think VCU should have no problem as I expect them to hold the Mean Green to under 60 points

University of Illinois-Chicago +20 at Memphis

  • Just about everyone who watches this sport will have their eyes glued to Memphis this season. Penny Hardaway has recruited an absolute monster of a team with five starting freshman including NBA prospect James Wiseman. Unfortunately, youth rarely equates to success especially needing to lay this many points
  • The Illinois Chicago Flames are under the radar good this season and have a shot at March Madness via an automatic bid. Senior Godwin Boahen has the talent to keep pace with this Memphis squad and Braelen Bridges should do okay sizing up against Wiseman
  • This is going to be the best competition that UIC faces this entire season and I think they are going to be up for the task. Both teams play extremely up tempo and with all that scoring I still think this will not be much more than a double-digit deficit when the buzzer sounds

Harvard -3 at Northeastern

  • Harvard is a tournament team this season whether they win an automatic bid or not. They are extremely talented and start three returning seniors. Seth Towns will also return later in the year for the crimson but is currently still injured which likely is a cause for this spread being so minuscule
  • Another reason that this line may be low is due to anticipated edge of the home team. However, Harvard only needs to travel three miles for this game to one of the bottom tier home courts in the country. They should be at least a six or seven point favorite
  • The one threat in this one is Jordan Roland who is coming off a 39-point performance against Boston College. That did set a new career high for the senior guard, so I am not overly concerned. Harvard’s defense should be able to at the very least contain him a majority of this game

Let’s win today Playmakers! I am confident in every pick that I provide and play them myself. College basketball is unpredictable and that’s why we love it, so always bet smart!