College Basketball Predictions: March 15th 2011
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Prediction: Boise State -8.5
Austin Peay played a solid season at 20-13. However, the Governors have trouble on the road at 8-8 away from home. The squad “stepped up” in class against Purdue and Memphis and lost both contests. To make matters worse, their top-scorer, TyShawn Edmondson injured his knee 2 games ago. Edmondson (averages 17.1 PPG) made a superficial appearance in the last game, a 68-49 beating at the hands of Morgan State. The Guard is not expected to play today. Austin Peay doesn’t have a single player that can take the ball to the hole against Boise State. The Broncos have won 9 of their L10 SU, going 6-2-1 ATS. They have a slew of talent, led by Guard La’Shard Anderson (15.5 PPG) and Forwards Arnold, Montreal, and Noonan (32.7 PPG combined). This is a very athletic team that will own the paint and the glass in this matchup. The Governors are 0-5 ATS their L5 games played on the road and 22-46-6 ATS their L74 non conference games. The Broncos are 5-1 ATS their L6 overall and 8-3 ATS their L11 non conference games. Take Boise State. Thank you. -Joseph D’Amico
Prediction: UAB +5
All the talk about how UAB doesn’t deserve to be in the tournament, is only going to light a fire under this team. The Blazers are more talented than people give them credit for. Outside of blowout loss to Duke and a bad road loss to Tulsa, UAB didn’t lose any other game by more than 5 points all season. UAB has played extremely well on the road this season, going 9-6 SU and 12-3 ATS. They are also a perfect 6-0 ATS in road games versus good teams – outscoring their opponents by 4+ points/game after 15+ games this season. The Blazers are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 neutral site games as an underdog, and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games.
Prediction: Hofstra +2.5
The Hofstra Pride are looking to pick up a win and advance to the 2nd round of the CBI Tournament when they take on Evansville. I’m not a fan of Evansville at all this year. 5-11 vs. teams with winning record, 0-4 in their last 4 “tournament games”, and 6-5 against non-conference opponents. The MVC does not impress me, and I’m married to a Shocker Alum so I should be loyal to them! The Hofstra Pride are 10-4 while on the road this season, 15-5 against conference opponents, and 6-6 against non-conference opponents. On the road or neutral court, the Pride are averaging 69.6 scoring, and holding teams to 69.9 points scored on defense. The winner will face the winning side in the Austin Peay vs Boise St. game in the CBI qtr. finals. Trends I like in this one include, Hofstra is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games on the road, are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall, and are 19-6-3 ATS in their last 28 games as a road underdog of 0.5-6.5. Evansville is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games, and are 1-5 SU in its last 6 games. -Ray Monohan