Wisconsin vs Rhode Island
The Badgers currently sit at No. 13 in college basketball ratings… and will host No. 33 Rhode Island for a home contest at the Khol Center.
UW dropped nine spots to No. 13 earlier this week, after a heartbreaking 67-65 loss against Marquette on Friday night. The side were down by 5 at half time, but were hoping to bring things back in the final moments of the match.
After the Golden Eagles missed both of their free throws, it looked like a 65-65 match that would head into extra time.
Until the unthinkable happened, a tip in with 0.4 left on the clock.
The Wisconsin side notched up some serious stats that match, though, with almost alll players hitting the double-digits in terms of scoring.
Jonathan Davis and D’Mitrik Trice taking out 12 and 17 points, with 6 rebounds respectively.
At this state the Rhode Island Rams look no match for the side, especially sitting at a 2-3 record. The side will be coming off a win against Seton, with Guard Daron Russell sneaking in a whopping 17 points. Jeremy Sheppard following close behind with 14 points and 4 rebounds.
While the side are looking okay coming into the match – they won’t be able to put up much of a fight against a side who were ranked 4th in College Basketball last week.
College basketball pick – Wisconsin by 34.
Richmond vs Northern Iowa
The Richmond Spiders will come into this college basketball clash sitting 3-0, after defeating Kentucky in an upset on November 29.
They’ll take on, and most likely take down, the Northern Iowa Panthers – sitting at 1-3. The side have been smashed about all season, losing their first three matches of the season.
Their first victory came on Friday, when they took down St. Ambrose 98-53.
Meanwhile, The Spiders look absolutely massive coming into this match, after they pulled off one of the best college basketball wins this season against No.10 Kentucky, 76-64.
They’ll also be coming off the back of a cheeky win against Wofford 77-72 on Monday.
— Richmond Basketball (@SpiderMBB) December 7, 2020
The Spiders look too strong in this scenario, and Northern Iowa look likely to get it handed to them.
College basketball pick – Richmond by 24.
West Virginia vs Robert Morris
WVU will take to the Coliseum for the first time this college basketball season – when they clash Wednesday against Robert Morris.
Our 2020-21 Home Opener
— WVU Men’s Basketball (@WVUhoops) December 8, 2020
After 5-days doing the rounds in South Dakota – with a few single matches in Indianapolis and Washington D.C – the Mountaineers finally get to welcome a side to their home court, when Robert Morris comes to town.
The WVU outfit will be feeling a bit weathered, one can assume – this match will be their sixth in the first fifteen days of the season. But they’ve been absolutely top-notch so far, sitting on a record of 4-1.
The only side they’ve lost to are No. 1-placed Gonzaga, and it was a close call, the final result 87-82.
While West Virginia have been beast-moding it all season, Robert Morris have only matched-up once, against Point Park. The side took out the win 75-57, but will face a much stronger challenge in West Virginia, especially at their home opener.
College basketball pick – West Virginia by 22.
Texas Tech vs ACU
The Red Raiders will look like a tough team to beat, especially with their college basketball ranking coming into fruition at No. 17.
Texas Tech (4-1) are coming off wins against Troy and Grambling last week, and are now sitting at 4-0 at home coming into the contest against Abilene Christian.
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— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) December 8, 2020
The side will look to Mac McClung to lead them to victory – he currently sits fifth in the Big 12 in scoring, averaging 17.2 points per game, including a pair of 20-point performances against Northwestern State and Troy.
ACU will provide a contest for the side, currently sitting at 5-0 in an unbroken record.
Four of their five matches have been won in the double-digits, proving the side has a strong offensive record.
But, it won’t be able to matchup with the Red Raiders.
College basketball pick – Texas Tech by 2.
Florida State vs Indiana
Florida State are a top 20 college basketball side – and will look to knock off the rust against the Indiana Hoosiers on Wednesday Night.
This is only the Seminoles’ second matchup in their college basketball campaign, with season openers postponed to, you guessed it, COVID-19.
All we have to judge the side off of is their 86-58 win against North Florida, but were definitely lacking in the defensive area. The Osperys capitalised on eleven shots outside of the arc, with Florida State will not get away with against Indiana.
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— Tallahassee Democrat (@TDOnline) December 7, 2020
The ball movement shown by Indiana will give the Hoosiers a huge edge against the Seminoles team, who is still struggling with defensive rotations. Their team play was especially apparent against Stanford last week, with 20 team assists.
The side also have a star in sophomore center Trayce Jackson-Davis, who put up a career-high 31 points, and earnt himself the Big Ten Player of the week award.
While the Seminoles are arguably the better college basketball side, the Hoosiers could take out an upset here.
College basketball pick – Indiana by 2.
Texas vs Texas State
Texas have been the college basketball season’s surprising stars, leapfrogging up 10 points, to sit at No. 12 nationally.
After their impressive win in the Maui Invitational, the side have been unbreakable – falling only to Villanova by 4 points.
They sit on a whopping 4 wins from 5, and will be hungry for another victory against Texas State tomorrow.
— Texas Men’s Basketball (@TexasMBB) December 9, 2020
The Texas State Bobcats sit on 3 wins from 4, and are actually looking quite strong coming into tomorrow’s match.
Although they haven’t a college basketball schedule quite like the Longhorns, who have competed against multiple ranked teams this year.
Texas State will be in for a rude awakening tomorrow when they matchup against Texas, and it’s not going to be pretty.
College basketball pick – Texas by 16.
Baylor vs SFA
After being dethroned by Gonzaga for the No. 1 college basketball spot – Baylor will be hungry for blood coming into their match against SFA tomorrow.
The side are unbeatable currently – with whopping wins against LA-Lafayette, Washington and Illinois.
The Bears have been putting up shot after shot, and their offense currently looks too strong, particularly to the SFA outfit.
These teams lead the way defensively according to KenPom’s ratings 🔒
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— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) December 8, 2020
Guard Jared Butler has been in the double-digits every week, as has MaCio Teague.
SFA are also on a winning streak, taking down LeTourneau in their opener 102-57. The side didn’t stop there, with wins to McNeese State (86-76) and LSU-Alexandria (97-79).
This will be a close college basketball clash, but Baylor look to have the upper hand here.
College basketball pick – Baylor by 6.
Virginia vs MI State
Virginia has dropped 3 college basketball sports to No. 18 in the latest poll, after their struggle against Kent State – needing overtime to come away with a close victory.
They’ll have a chance to climb the rankings against No. 4 Michigan State, for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
B1G Challenge ACCepted. pic.twitter.com/FV91htvn2R
— Michigan State Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) December 9, 2020
But MI State will be a force to be reckoned with, their 5-0 record doing them immense justice.
The side were also named the men’s college basketball team of the week, after taking home the W in the hardest clash of the week, against Duke, at Due.
This also made history as the first time coach Tom Izzo has won at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and they’re looking in absolute hot form coming into this matchup against Virginia.
College basketball pick – MI State by 8.
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