Michael Rusk

The Prodigy

Don?t let his age fool you, 24-year-old Michael Rusk is no stranger to the industry. He built his name by exploiting flaws in public betting. With his economics and statistics background, Michael uses multiple algorithms pooling with recency bias to produce profitable picks. Sharp action, regression, fading the public and closing line value are all things he considers before finalizing his very selective card. For Michael Rusk media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

4-0 LAST 4 CFB SIDES | +415

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Ohio St. -3 OHIOST -3

Maryland 75 @ Ohio St. 61
1/18
MD 75 @ OHIOST 61
1/18
LOSS
Fri 1/18

Coming in on an impressive six game winning streak, the young Terps roll into Columbus tonight to take on an OSU squad that has lost three straight. Although Maryland is the hotter team, this is a typical spot for a Mark Turgeon coached team to lay an egg. I think these teams are relatively even, but the more experienced team is at home. That, coupled with OSU being the more seasoned team, prompts me to like the Buckeyes tonight in pretty easy fashion. Take the home favorite.

5-3-1 IN LAST 9 CBB ATS PICKS | +163

Penn St. +10.5 PSU +10.5

Penn St. 64 @ Nebraska 70
1/11
PSU 64 @ NEB 70
1/11
WIN
Thu 1/10

Penn State's strength of schedule is second to none this season. It has played competitively with some of the top teams in the nation this season. The Nittany Lions haven't had the most successful season covering, but are well overdue for a correction. Nebraska is 10-3-1 ATS and is receiving way too much support from Vegas and the public. Take the points. Penn State should keep this within the double digit mark.

5-3-1 IN LAST 9 CBB ATS PICKS | +163

3-1 IN LAST 4 PSU ATS PICKS | +189

OVER 137 OVER 137

UAB 53 @ Louisiana Tech 64
1/11
UAB 53 @ LATECH 64
1/11
LOSS
Thu 1/10

Initially this total was too high for my liking. Driving this number down around five points to the 137.5 mark is a very reasonable total for two teams that average well over the 70 ppg mark. Both of these teams have been shattering the Under of late effecting this line a good amount. Take the depreciated line and run with the Over.

5-3-1 IN LAST 9 CBB ATS PICKS | +163

Cincinnati -6.5 CINCY -6.5

Cincinnati 70 @ Tulsa 65
1/11
CINCY 70 @ TULSA 65
1/11
LOSS
Thu 1/10

Time for a bounce-back victory for the Cincinnati Bearcats. Losing to East Carolina last week as a 17.5 favorite, Cincinnati should have some ammunition coming into Thursday night's contest. Historically, the Bearcats own the Hurricanes winning the last four matchups by a convincing margin. Tulsa has only been an underdog this large once this season and lost that game to Houston by 18. Time for Cincinnati to show Tulsa how competitive the AAC is.

5-3-1 IN LAST 9 CBB ATS PICKS | +163

Kansas -6 KANSAS -6

TCU 68 @ Kansas 77
1/10
TCU 68 @ KANSAS 77
1/10
WIN
Wed 1/9

A very reasonable number to lay for a home team that has lost just once in the Allen fieldhouse in its last 64 home games. Kansas, despite a 12-2 record, hasn't been impressive ATS covering only two out of seven games. This streak ends tonight. Look for Kansas to make it 11 out of 12 at home against TCU in convincing fashion. Lay the number.

5-3-1 IN LAST 9 CBB ATS PICKS | +163

2-1 IN LAST 3 KANSAS ATS PICKS | +88

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