NCAA BASKETBALL – 12.4.2019 – Best Bets for Wednesday’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: 38-41-1
  • Current Season Totals Record: 27-24-0
  • Previous Season ATS Record: 180-127-9

South Carolina -1.5 at Massachusetts

  • Frank Martin and his team have struggled quite a bit to start the season, but I think their size advantage and defensive play should keep Massachusetts in check. The tempo at which these underclassmen play is going to be difficult for the Minutemen to defend
  • Massachusetts has done well at home to start the season, but I think tonight they struggle to get their outside shots to fall. Relying so heavily on three-point shots is not sustainable and against a fundamentally sound team like the Gamecocks they’ll suffer
  • South Carolina is playing their first away game this season, but teams rarely have trouble traveling up the east coast. The Mullins Center provides hardly any home court advantage and Massachusetts is only 16-24 there in the past three seasons

Notre Dame vs Maryland, Over 141.5

  • College Park has been rocking and with their Top 10 offense I think Maryland is going to continue to hit a lot of overs this season. The over cashed in three of their past four games and they are averaging 81 points per game this season. This total is just too low
  • This game is part of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge and I think Maryland will try and put this one away to likely secure the win for their conference. Anthony Cowan and Jalen Smith should continue to dominate, and I think the Terrapins will make it to 80 points tonight
  • Notre Dame is 6-1 and have cruised thus far after an opening day loss to North Carolina. This is the biggest test so far for the Fighting Irish, but I think Mike Brey is prepared for battle with the most experienced team he has coached. They should keep this one close

Georgetown vs Oklahoma State, Over 144

  • For two teams that average over 74 points per game this total is not going to be that difficult to top. Georgetown is a team that really seems to be falling apart after a rough start to the season and I think their defense will continue lacking the effort they require
  • Patrick Ewing is going to run his team very up tempo and I think Oklahoma State will have no problem trading possessions quickly. The Cowboys have been electric on offense as of late even against good teams like Mississippi and the zone of Syracuse
  • This total is being weighed down by the performance of Oklahoma State on Friday when they allowed just 37 points to Ole Miss. With the depth and talent still playing for the Hoyas I do not think they have any trouble topping 37 in the first half of play

DePaul +2 vs Texas Tech

  • The DePaul Blue Demons are 8-0 and have a home game against Chris Beard and Texas Tech? This is appointment television folks and you better tune in. This team has a loaded starting five and I think they continue to work teams early in the season
  • Texas Tech is too lethargic on offense to top 70 points on most nights. That is not usually an issue because of their defensive dominance but they were exposed by both Iowa and Creighton last week. Both opponents managed to score at least 72 points
  • Texas Tech has failed to cover more often than not on the road since Chris Beard’s hire. I think normally the Red Raiders would be able to exploit the weak bench of DePaul but on a full four days of rest I think the stars will be out all night long for the Blue Demons

Santa Clara +6 at Nevada

  • Santa Clara is 8-1 already this year and face Nevada who is built like Washington State, a team they have already bested. I do not think they will necessarily win this game but to get this many points makes it look like a good spot to ride the Broncos. It will stay close until the final buzzer sounds
  • Nevada plays fast tempo but so does Santa Clara. I would expect a higher total here with the number of projected possessions being close to 75. We must assume there are going to be a lot of empty possessions both ways making me like the underdog
  • Nevada has not beaten anyone more impressive than Santa Clara and I think their lackluster defense is exposed again tonight. They are allowing over 70 points per game to opponents so far this season and the Broncos should top that with relative ease

California vs San Francisco, Over 141

  • Last night was the first game the over failed to hit for San Francisco. I think they bounce back tonight with no rest and drop at least 70 here at home. They are ranked in the Top 40 in terms of offensive efficiency and can hit their shots from anywhere on the court
  • There is a little recipe for disaster here as San Francisco is ranked as one of the worst in the country at defending the three while California is third best at shooting it. They can hit at least ten shots beyond the arc in a night which is outstanding at the college level
  • One game I will reference for this one is California’s victory against another West Coast Conference team at home against Pepperdine. The Waves are very similar to San Francisco and that game totaled 156 earlier in the season. This over feels very safe

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!