Kansas vs Creighton
No 9. Creighton Bluejays will pack their bags for Kansas, in what is expected to be a blockbuster Big East/Big 12 college basketball Showdown.
Plus, it will finally be in front of fans!
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There’s still a limited number of tickets available for @KUHoops matchup against Creighton tomorrow!
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— Kansas Jayhawks (@KUAthletics) December 7, 2020
The No.7-placed Jayhawks and their fast-paced offensive side look set to challenge the Creighton outfit. Kansas is blatantly looking to upset Creighton’s unbeaten record, while continuing their own four-game winning streak.
The Jayhawks will have to count on rapid production from Junior G Ochai Agbajim who is averaging 16 points with 2 assists and 3 rebounds per game. While the Creighton Bluejays will have to spread the court with shooters and bring the high-intensity pace so duly seen from their Kansas rivals.
Currently, it doesn’t look like they’ll put up much of a fight.
College basketball pick – Kansas by 8.
Tennessee vs Colorado
The Tennessee college basketball team will finally tip off its season, with a Tuesday night clash against Colorado. This will be the Vols first game in 276 days, as well as their first matchup with Colorado since 1981.
.@CUBuffsMBB can we interest you in a game of basketball?
— Tennessee Basketball (@Vol_Hoops) December 6, 2020
While the side does lead in the all-time series with the Buffaloes, 2-0, they’ll be bringing a rusty team to court, considering they haven’t played in almost a year.
A W would give the Tennessee side a 31-3 record in home openers, but it’s looking increasingly unlikely considering Colorado’s current winning streak.
The side have taken out matches against South Dakota (61-84) and Kansas State (76-58), and look pipped to snag another victory this weekend.
College basketball pick – Colorado by 14.
Notre Dame vs Ohio State
Notre Dame has had a rocky start to the college basketball season, currently sitting at 1-1. The side were taken down by MI state in their season opener, but they quickly jumped on board the winning train with a close victory to Detroit, 78-70.
They’ll find a tough challenge in undefeated Ohio State, who have been taking home win after win since the season begun. The Buckeyes have also risen to No. 22 in the top 25 Poll after another stellar weekend.
But, they’ll also have their first opportunity to take down a Power Five team, when they travel to Indiana this Tuesday to take on Notre Dame in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Wheels up to South Bend ✈️
We take on Notre Dame tomorrow night at 7:30PM on ESPN2. pic.twitter.com/dlzxlMRvDA
— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) December 7, 2020
They look slated to take the win against the side, considering their current track record.
College basketball pick – Ohio State by 6.
Iowa vs UNC
The No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes will be hard to beat at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge this Tuesday, particularly for No 14. The North Carolina Tar Heels.
The Tar Heels are currently in a bit of a losing slump, and are looking to bounce back after a heart-breaking loss to Texas Longhorns last week.
Final.#CarolinaFamily #MauiHoops pic.twitter.com/u7oEGiQcMm
— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) December 2, 2020
The Hawkeyes, however, remain undefeated in the season, and are hoping to continue the record. But, it will be the first time that the side face a ranked opponent this season.
They should be able to take on the challenge, however, and deserve their No. 3 placing. The side have shot above 50% from the field and are averaging 99 points per game.
The Hawkeyes will look to prove their critics wrong and show they belong in the top-tier sides in college basketball this season.
College basketball pick – Iowa by 3.
Baylor vs Nicholls State
The college basketball matchup between Baylor and Nicholls was set to take centre stage this Tuesday, especially considering it was the Bears’ home opener. But, the side have had to shut down the clash, with Nicholls State testing positive to multiple cases of COVID-19.
College basketball pick – Game Cancelled
Virginia Tech vs Penn State
Penn State will face a tough contest in No. 15 Virginia Tech.
The ACC/B1G Challenge awaits tomorrow night, as we play host to Penn State 👊#StoneByStone | #Hokies 🦃
— Virginia Tech Men’s Basketball (@HokiesMBB) December 7, 2020
The VT side join several other squads who have not lost a match, and their winning streak looks likely to continue considering Penn State’s 2-1 college basketball record.
Tech took home the W over VMI 64-57 on Thursday, whilst Penn State are coming off the back of a loss, 98-92 against Seton Hall on Sunday.
To get back in the winners circle, Penn State will have to continue hitting shots outside the arc – having made 11 3-pointers a game this season, second-most amongst Big Ten teams.
Virginia Tech will have to shut the side down offensively, and rely almost solely in on their seniors in terms of scoring.
Keve Aluma, Tyrece Radford, Justyn Mutts, Nahiem Alleyne and Wabissa Bede have collectively accounted for 74% of VT’s points this year, and must continue in their hot form to snag the victory over Penn State.
College basketball pick – Virginia Tech by 2.
Duke vs Illinois
No. 6 Illinois want to get an eye-in for the win this Tuesday, and come back from their loss to Baylor. The side were taken down in their first loss of the season, 82-69 and will be out for blood in this Top 10 clash.
#EveryDayGuys are at #️⃣6️⃣ this week!
First up, a Top-10 matchup with the #️⃣🔟 Blue Devils tomorrow night. #Illini pic.twitter.com/rJVTKnBuFH
— Illinois Basketball (@IlliniMBB) December 7, 2020
The fighting Illini will have to take better care of the ball to win this college basketball clash, especially after losing the turnover battle 12-7 in their recent loss against the Bears.
Meanwhile, Duke are coming off the back of a sizeable win against Bellarmine. After their shock home-opener-takedown to MI State, it seemed all was lost… but the side came back into grace in their Saturday match. Illinois is coming off a recent loss, while Duke is coming off a recent win.
So, who will win? It’ll be close.
College basketball pick – Illinois by 2.
Rutgers vs Syracuse
Syracuse looks set to open as the underdog in this Tuesday’s college basketball clash against the Scarlet Knights. This will be the Orange’s first road game of the 2020-21 season, as well as its first game against a ranked opponent.
Going with the retros for the #ACCB1GChallenge tomorrow against Syracuse.
The RAC | 9:30 PM | ESPN2 pic.twitter.com/yvpX4oym4h
— Rutgers Basketball 🏀 (@RutgersMBB) December 8, 2020
No. 21 Rutgers look set to smash Syracuse’s unbeaten record tomorrow, with the Orange again without two starters. Buddy Boeheim and Bourama Sidibe will stay home, due to a possible positive COVID-19 test, and a knee injury, respectively.
Although the side went 15-for-30 from the 2-point range on Saturday, they’ll face a tough challenge, with Rutgers also looking to continue their 3-0 start.
College basketball pick – Rutgers by 4.
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