MI State vs Detroit
MI State are the team to beat in college basketball currently, with sizeable wins over Eastern MI, Notre Dame and Duke.
The No. 8 side handed the Blue Devils a rare loss – holding them to a woeful 5-from-23 outside the arc. MI State made history that night – with their first ever win at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Moreover, it was the first time since 1995 that Duke fell in a non-conference home game by more than two points.
TOP 10 W ✅🙌🤩 pic.twitter.com/nzTV7kY3Oj
— Michigan State Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) December 2, 2020
They look too strong coming into tomorrow’s match against Detroit. The Titans will be playing away from home, in what will be their first matchup of the season. There’s no telling what they’ll look like on court – or if they could cause an upset, but at the moment, all signs are pointing to MI State for the W.
College basketball pick – MI State by 24.
Creighton vs Kennesaw St
Two teams, no losses – who will win? Most likely, Creighton. Let’s look at the stats.
No. 9 Creighton will host Kennesaw State in an early season clash. Kennesaw State blew Tocca Falls out of the water to claim a win by 62 points on Saturday. Creighton is also coming off a sizable win over Nebraska Omaha on Tuesday.
Kennesaw State have brought a few fresh faces into the team – relying almost solely on their Freshman offensively. Spencer Rodgers, Chris Youngblood, Kasen Jennings and Brandon Stroud have been able to combine for 52% of the Owls scoring throughout this season.
Rogers has connected on 66.7% of the 12 shots outside the arc he’s attempted, and has made the same percentage on his foul shots this season.
Owls up big as we open the second half.
Spencer Rodgers leads all scorers with 19 points.
— Kennesaw State MBB (@KSUOWLSMBB) November 28, 2020
Kennesaw State’s young squad will have to be dressed to impress tomorrow if they want to beat Creighton at their own game. But coming up against a top 10 side will make for a difficult contest.
The Jays defeated North Dakota State 69-58 on Sunday, and are coming into some hot form. It’s the second straight season the Creighton outfit has been ranked inside the top 10, and their previous ranking, at No. 11, has officially marked the highest preseason ranking in the school’s history. It will be a close clash, but we have Creighton for this one.
College basketball pick – Creighton by 3.
Virginia vs Kent State
Virginia are coming of a few domineering wins against Townson and St Francis PA. While Kent State have only matched-up once this season, defeating Point Park 90-41.
The only loss Virginia have copped this season is against San Francisco on Saturday, when the side were snubbed by one point in the final seconds of the match, finishing 60-61. The squad should find an easier contest in Kent State tomorrow, especially with their strong opening act.
Against St Francis, the side were on fire early, jumping out to an 8-0 lead which helped solidify them as the frontrunners for the entirety of the match.
They dominated St. Francis in every facet of the game – garnering an even further lead at 45-13 into the break. As a side, the Cavaliers shot 67% from the field for the first half – holding the Red Flash to 4-for-23 shooting (17%).
What we have seen of Kent State does make them look like a genuine threat, with 12 different players scoring, and four finishing with double figures. Senior Mike Nuga was the man to watch, leading the way with a whopping 14 points.
Flashes Top Point Park in Season-Opener
Mike Nuga leads the way with a game-high 17 pts
— Kent State Men’s Basketball (@KentStMBB) December 3, 2020
KSU shot 46.8% (37 from 79) from the field, keeping Point Park to 28.3%. These stats are quite similar to Virginia, but aren’t going to hold up against the side.
College Basketball pick – Virginia by 12.
Duke vs Bellarmine
Duke will be out for blood, following an embarrassing home game loss to MI State. Something tells us they’ll find their feet again this Friday, and fast.
Tough one last night. We’ll keep working. pic.twitter.com/3owlT2OIdM
— Duke Men’s Basketball (@DukeMBB) December 2, 2020
They’ve got to hit the ground running on Friday to cement the win – but they shouldn’t find too much of a challenge with Bellarmine. The Bellarmine Knights will be making their Division 1 Debut against one of the most veteran sides in the comp.
Although, the side have grown substantially under the coaching of Scott Davenport – following its national title with three additional runs to the Final Four. The side left Division 2 with 12 consecutive 20-win seasons, and 12 straight NCAA II Tournament Invitations.
Despite these accolades – the Duke outfit look too strong coming into this match. Led by Naismith Hall of Fame Coach, Mike Krzyzewski, who is now in his 41st season at Duke – The Blue Devils have become somewhat of a national powerhouse.
The side have captured five national titles – and will be hungry for revenge after their shock loss to MI. Bellarmine is the third of six straight home games for the Blue Devils, who will be coming into form with Matthew Hurt – posting a game high of 21 points and 13 rebounds for Duke, while Jalen Johnson and Jaemyn Brakefielld added 11 points apiece.
College basketball pick – Duke by 34.
Marquette vs Wisconsin
Wisconsin will be looking to maintain their unbeaten record against Marquette tomorrow.
Red vs. Blue
West vs. East
Wisconsin vs. Marquette
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) December 4, 2020
The side dominated Eastern IL in their season opener, 77-67, and showed no signs of slowing down, taking home the win against AR-Pine Bluff 92-58, and Green Bay 82-42 in their most recent matchup.
Meanwhile Marquette sit 2-1. The side also smashed AR-Pine Bluff, 99-57 in their season opener, and followed up this win with a 75-50 victory over Eastern IL. The Golden Eagles were finally knocked off of their pedestal on Wednesday, with a close loss to Oklahoma Street 62-70.
It can be often difficult to tell who will take home the win in one of college basketball’s fiercest rivalries. Based on their current performances, Marquette should snub the win in the final moments.
College basketball pick – Marquette by 2.
Seton Hall vs Oregon
Seton Hall and the Oregon Ducks will both be looking to bounce back from losses in a Big East vs PAC-12 showdown.
There was a silver lining in the Ducks’ 83-75 loss – and it comes in the name of Eugene Omoruyi. The Senior transfer led the Ducks with 31 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Senior Chris Duarte, with a whopping 22 points.
— Oregon Men’s Basketball (@OregonMBB) December 3, 2020
The Pirates almost cinched their season opener, with a 71-70 loss to Louisville. But they followed up with an 86-64 win over Iona, leaving fans thinking things were heading upwards.
Then, Season Hall took home another loss on Wednesday, 76-53 as a two-point favorite against Rhode Island. Both sides will have a lot of improvement to make if they want to win this match.
The No. 21 ranked Ducks (0-1) will clash with the Seton Hall Pirates (1-2) this Friday night, with their last matchup resulting in a 71-69 win for the Oregon outfit.
College basketball pick – Oregon by 4.
Texas Tech vs Troy
The No. 17 Red Raiders will host Troy University, sitting at a 1-0 all-time record against the Trojans with a 90-85 win back in 2011. Troy are currently sitting 1-1, opening their season in Ashville with a tight 66-64 win against Western Carolina. The side then went on to fall to North Carolina Wilmington 73-59 a day later.
Kam Woods is currently leading the side with an average of 14 points per game, with Zay Williams following in his footsteps with 11.5 points per game, and 9.0 rebounds.
Texas Tech are coming off the back of a few wins as well – taking home the W against NW State in their season opener, 101-58. The side continued their dominant on-court presence with another victory against SAMHOU, 84-52.
🔥Fired up for Friday🔥 pic.twitter.com/rm1ASwcmOn
— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) December 3, 2020
Texas Tech finally fell to Houston on Monday, 64-53. Looking at both team’s current records, the Red Raiders look too strong.
College basketball pick – Texas Tech by 8.
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