Seven Picks For Today

Matty D is 14-11 against the spread (aka Matt’s ATS) thus far this season.

Syracuse just struggled at home versus Miami, a less developed team than the struggling North Carolina Tar Heels.  However, the Orange is still spotting UNC 7 points today.  I say Roy Williams boys go into the dome and cover the spread.  The key to this game, as it normally is with UNC, is the play of James Michael McAdoo.  I can’t see Syracuse’s undefeated streak extending for much longer.  The bigger spending that I am, I’d probably throw $15 on a UNC cover and $5 on a money line win.

“Respect the line.”  That is what I repeatedly say to myself when I see inflated spreads.  Kansas is getting major respect in its 11 point spread in the Sunflower State Showdown today hosting Kansas State.  I will, in fact, respect this line.  Vegas is telling me that KU should win this game handily.  After watching Bill Self’s squad figure some things out about its roster in Norman.  I saw K-State get killed on the glass early in the season against Charlotte.  I say Self’s rotation finds a hungry Tarik Black and an ever-improving Joel Embiid.  KU will continue its incline and cover the 11 points.

Headed down to SEC country, I like Georgia playing with momentum after earning its coach a win amidst his mourning his father.  Alabama has disappointed my expectations so far this season.  I would take Georgia getting the one point.  Staying in that conference, Marshall Henderson is out as expected for Ole Miss.  Meanwhile, its opponent Mississippi State just gave Kentucky a run for its money.  Because I like Henderson’s energy so much, I would take Miss St. here giving a point.

To round out the seven, I’ll take Georgetown giving Butler 1 1/2, Villanova -4 1/2 at St. John’s and New Mexico giving 11 1/2 at St. Jose State.  All three of those teams are just playing too well right now not to cover.

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