The Spartans are outscoring teams by an averaging 21.5 points per game, and now they face a squad that is 0-7 in the Big Ten and is coming off a 25-point loss to Wisconsin. My projections are looking at a pretty easy cover. Lay the points.
17-8-1 IN LAST 26 CBB PICKS | +850
This is a really low totals number, but consider the teams. American's offense ranks 339th in the nation averaging 64.1 ppg -- and they're the higher-scoring of the two. Holy Cross averages 62.3, ranking 346th (out of 351 Division I teams). Each squad is much less embarrasing defensively, so we could see a "first to 60 wins" matchup here. The projection model agrees, take the Under.
I think this is a tough spot for North Carolina, on the road and No. 2 rival North Carolina State next. UNC has also just covered twice in their last 9 games (2-4-3 ATS). Va. Tech has played a played a tough schedule and will not be intimidated. The Hokies are a solid offensive club that likes to get up and down the court, which is also North Carolina's style so I expect a high scoring game. Take the underrated Hokies and the points.
3-0 IN LAST 3 CBB PICKS | +300
I'm having a tough time believing Ohio State is so good so fast with their talent pool, but I'm warming up to the idea with a new coach and new system of them being for real. The Buckeyes have won their last seven and covered their last six and are tied atop the Big Ten with Purdue at 8-0. Nebraska isn't getting much coverage, but they've been so undervalued and have covered nine of their last 10 games and just come off a blowout win against Michigan. They won 58-57 last year in Columbus. This is a good spot for Nebraska getting double-digit points.
7-5 IN LAST 12 CBB ATS PICKS | +156
Nebraska has limited its three prior opponents to sub-40-percent shooting, and its last eight are misfiring often from three-point range, having hit 28.8 percent. As a result, the Cornhuskers have stayed Under in all except one of their past half-dozen outings. Ohio State has maintained a similar pace at home, with 12 Unders in the last 14.
4-0 IN LAST 4 CBB O/U PICKS | +400
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