Time to end 2019 with a bang! The past couple of weeks have featured some awful slates, but tonight we finally get some games that are intriguing and (as always) fun to bet.
Delaware -2 vs. College of Charleston
It seems like quite some time ago that the Blue Hens were one of the few remaining undefeated teams in college basketball. Tonight, Delaware gets a home game against one of the better teams in the Colonial in College of Charleston. Earl Grant’s team comes into this second game of CAA play off a road win at Drexel. As the line shows, this is expected to be a close game, and I expect nothing less. Grant Riller is a star for Charleston, but I think playing on the road against a quality opponent will be tough. Delaware’s core tandem of Nate Darling and Ryan Allen will eke out a win and cover.
The Pick: Delaware -2
William & Mary -6 vs. Elon
Road favorites of 5-plus tend to scare me in college basketball. The sport is just one that really lends itself to a home-court advantage. Well, I don’t think that’s the case tonight in Elon. This Elon team enters tonight’s game ranked 318th in KenPom and owns one win against a D-I opponent (343rd-ranked Kennesaw State). William & Mary comes into tonight having won four non-conference road games and a near-win on the road at Oklahoma. The tested Tribe will take care of business in its CAA opener at Elon.
The Pick: William & Mary -6
Buffalo -2 vs. St. Bonaventure
After getting off to a 1-4 start to the season, the Bonnies have won seven in a row to get to 8-4, including a 28-point drubbing of Hofstra and a neutral court win against San Diego. The Bulls have had a solid non-conference slate outside of losses to Dartmouth and Army. I’m a big fan of Josh Mballa, the Texas Tech transfer, who comes into the game averaging just under a double-double with 10.6 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game. Outside of Mballa, the Bulls are a team filled with upperclassmen, led by Davonta Jordan and Jayvon Graves. These teams are one spot apart in KenPom and it should be a close game.
The Pick: Buffalo -2
UNC -7.5 vs. Yale
This is not your father’s UNC team... and definitely not your father’s Yale team. These Bulldogs are road tested and have shown they can play with some of the best teams in the country. After blowing a big lead at Penn State, Yale has rattled off seven straight wins including an easy nine-point road victory at Clemson. The injury to Cole Anthony for North Carolina has simply decimated the Tar Heels. And they weren’t great before that either. After their Atlantis win over Oregon, the Tar Heels have lost four of five with their only win coming against UCLA (who hasn’t beaten Mick Cronin’s Bruins this year?). Yale forward Jordan Bruner will be on display for everyone to see. He’s a playmaker who will be a hot commodity in the offseason as Ivy League rules will require him to transfer if he wants to play another year of college basketball. I’m not saying Yale wins the game, but they certainly cover and keep it close.
The Pick: Yale +7.5
Vanderbilt + 1 vs. Davidson
Drexel -8 vs. UNC Wilmington
George Mason +11 vs. TCU