Our Employees’ Top 7 Best Bets for Thursday (Jan 5th) List

Wednesday night was a wild night in college basketball as No. 4 UConn lost at Providence, No. 12 Miami dropped a game to Georgia Tech, No. 16 Duke smoked by NC State, and No. 22 Georgia battered Auburn and No. 17 University. California. He won on a last-second shot against No. 19 Baylor.

The drama continues on Thursday, with the first place Bordeaux Trying to bounce back from a loss RutgersAnd the Iowa is looking for a win And take the competition in Los Angeles Center stage in the Pac-12.

But in this piece, it doesn’t matter what the game is or how overrated a particular match is. We are only looking for the value of the bet.

Our staff has the top seven best bets on Thursday’s list, so dive in now and get the best college basketball odds and picks.


Thursday’s best bets on 7 College Basketball

The team logos in the table below represent each of the games the college basketball team is targeting on Thursday’s slate of games. Click on the team logos for a match below to go to a specific bet discussed in this article.


Maine vs Umas Lowell

by Tanner McGrath

Bryant-Vermont is the biggest game on the America East roster tonight. However, I am more intrigued by this whoUMass Lowell Matching up, in part because these two teams are heading higher, and in part because it’s going to be a much closer game than the streak would suggest.

I’m higher at UMass Lowell than anyone on the planet. my biggest Pre-season college hoops the River Hawks were to win the AmEast At 10 to 1. I like Max Brooks, Abdelkarim Coulibaly and Andy Hakim.

However, River Hawks is extremely overrated at the moment. They’re 13-2 — with a quality cap against Rutgers and a win over UMass — but they’ve played the toughest 360 on the schedule.

In fact, ShotQuality ranks the River Hawks as the luckiest team in the country, with a record of just 7-6 by ShotQuality. Negative regression looms.

Or it might already be here. The River Hawks have failed to cover in three of their four games since the UMass win, barely snuck up by the St. Louis Cardinals. Francis Brooklyn and NJIT while losing a match in Rhode Island.

Meanwhile, the Black Bears are set to have a positive run and a big rebounding game. They’ve lost three straight and four of their last five, but the streak consisted of one-point losses against Harvard and Marist, along with tough games in Akron and Ohio State.

The slope factor, and the spread should not be double digits.

UMass Lowell has a solid frontcourt, but its backcourt is exploitable. The Black Bear backcourt of Kellen Tynes and Jaden Clayton is the most dynamic Orono has seen in years – Tynes is currently fourth in the KenPom conference MVP rankings.

Defensively, Maine has been very active in forcing turnovers, ranking 12th in steal rate. Meanwhile, MALO’s exploitable backcourt is just under 340 in offensive turnover and 359 in offensive steal rate.

The black bears should be able to force a few shifts and pick up some easy hauling buckets. In addition, it is impossible to determine the prowess of Gedi Juozapait in making shots.

Chris Markwood has proven he can coach his team in the big moments, and this game is a monster throwback moment for Maine.

Look for the Black Bears to take the Hawkes River to the wire Thursday night.

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Maryland vs. Rutgers

by Shane McNicol

I’d like the Scarlet Knights’ chances against the Terps on a neutral field, but I’m totally jumping on this one because the game is being played at RAC (since I happily ignore the corporate sponsorship that was imposed on this building, which will always be RAC to me).

Since Steve Bickel took over at Rutgers, his teams have defended their home court in one of the best sections in the country. Rutgers is 48-29-3 at the RAC during Pickell’s six-plus seasons at the helm.

Meanwhile, these Terps were far from being road tested. Maryland He has only played three real road matches so far. Those games included a win over a feared Louisville team, as well as two very poor performances in losses.

Maryland scored just 0.89 points per possession against Wisconsin, thanks to a slow start.

The Terps started slower against Michigan, scoring only 13 points in the first half. The Terps totaled just 46 points—at 0.61 points per possession—in that game without a single player reaching double figures.

Give me the best team with the best coach at home.


by DJ James

Rutgers just passed perhaps its biggest test on the road in the Big Ten against Purdue. The Scarlet Knights will now host Maryland on Thursday night in another Big Ten battle.

The Crimson Knights thrive on the defensive end. They rank third in KenPom’s Modified Defensive Efficiency rating while forcing opponents to use up to 17.9 seconds per possession on average. This is the slowest . 281 average in collegiate hoops.

They guard the arc well, holding the opposition by 25%. Even indoors, they hold their opponents by 44.5%.

They have a tendency to miss – they rank 110th in free-throw attempt percentage on defense – but that comes with the zone of defense-minded teams.

Meanwhile, Maryland is also a better team defensively than offensively. The Terps ranks 32nd in modified defensive efficiency. They also guard the arc well, holding teams to 28.2% from depth and 44.9% from inside with two runs.

She also ranks relatively low in free throw attempt percentage on defense (125th).

The Terps put opponents down with an even slower defensive pace of 18.3 seconds per possession, which ranks 336th in the NCAA. Rutgers mostly gets its points on two-pointers, so with how well Maryland can protect the inside, the Scarlet Knights won’t find many open looks.

The only problem here is the Rutgers fouling, but it may have a slight advantage in this area since it’s home.



Charlotte vs. FIU

by Brett Bond

If I could get a chance to vanish Financial Intelligence Unit With less than 10 points against strong teams, it’s hard for me to pass, which is why I’m in favor Charlotte at -7.5 or better Thursday night.

The 49ers have already shown they can pull off solid wins away from home, winning at Davidson and taking down Boise State at the Myrtle Beach Invitational.

Meanwhile, the Panthers are 6-2 at the Oceanside Conference Center, but that’s most likely due to a very poor schedule. They have defeated Florida National, Houston Christian, Stony Brook, Eastern Washington, Incornate World and Florida College.

Even with the weak opposition, FIU still allowed 72.25 points per home game this season. A Charlotte squad that is in the top 40 in EFG% (17), 2-point shooting (35) and 3-point shooting (23) — according to Bart Torvik — would love its chances of going above that.

This could be a great place for the 49ers to hover over anything that’s around 70, but they’re playing too slowly to be confident.

FIU lost by 15 to North Texas and 26 to Florida Atlantic, and I think this could be another double-digit loss for Charlotte.


Purdue vs. Ohio State

by Mike McNamara

1 ranked Purdue who lost for the first time earlier this week to Rutgers, I think the boilers will run low again Thursday night in Columbus.

The Buckeyes play as cool as any team in the Big Ten, with a great mix of veterans and talented freshmen.

Chris Holtmann’s team was killer, scoring second in the AdjO rankings to Ken Boom.

Brice Sensabaugh should be able to attack Purdue guards and make plays in the paint, and Sean McNeil could have a big night against a Purdue team that was allowing some open looks from a distance.

Zach Edey is sure to get inside for the Boilermakers, but look for Holtmann to curb Purdue guards and try to eliminate any clean-surface appearance.

I expect Ohio State To be able to limit the number of second chance chances Purdue gets, with guys like Zed Key and Justice Sueing doing their part to keep Edey and Mason Gillis out of the cup.

The Buckeyes offense would continue to hum, allowing OSU to outpace Purdue in what should be fun at the Schottenstein Center.


Cal State Fullerton vs UC Riverside

by Cooper van Tatenhove

Cal State Fullerton He hasn’t recorded a win against a team inside the top 230 since its November 13 double-overtime victory over Vermont.

Fullerton’s only three wins in the month of December came against unranked San Diego Christian, No. 227 Sacramento State and No. 316 Cal St. Northridge.

To make matters worse, Fullerton has suffered losses to Utah Tech, North Dakota, Seattle and Southern Utah, who all sit outside the top 150.

Fullerton is now traveling for an assignment University of California Riverside A team with a lot of height and experience. Riverside has a 9-5 record this season behind an offense and a defense that ranks 170th best in modified efficiency.

Plus, her schedule is a full 98 points higher than Fullerton this season. Three of Riverside’s five losses have come to teams ranked in the top 65 nationally.

Fullerton’s struggles can be linked to the defensive end, as he ranks outside the top 300 in effective field goal percentage, two-point percentage and free throw percentage.

This struggling offense will now face a Riverside defense that ranks 45th nationally in middle age (6-foot-6) and 95th in DI tryout (2.32 yd).

This length will be decisive in the match between Fullerton’s keeper Jalen Harris and Riverside’s Zion Poulin. Both ballplayers are important to every team’s offensive success, but I expect Pauline to have the edge.

Bolen has three inches on Harris and is a master at getting to the free throw line, hitting 5.4 errors per game.

Harris, meanwhile, has struggled with turnovers this season, giving the ball 13.8% of Fullerton’s offensive possessions.

Overall, I’m happy to invest in a Riverside team that has the size, experience and home compatibility advantage.



Washington vs. Arizona

by Patrick Strollo

the Arizona Wildcats (13-1, 2-1) will host Washington Huskies (9-6, 1-3) out in the desert as we enjoy some Pac-12 games after dark in the middle of the week.

Arizona’s offense is the best in the nation, with a consensus No. 1 ranking in AdjO by both KenPom and Bart Torvik. As one of the fastest-growing offenses in the country, the Wildcats translate a flurry of offensive action and sharp shooting into a sustained offensive attack.

Young striker Azulas Toplis is the leader of the attack. He leads the Pac-12 in scoring, with 20.1 points on an impressive 60.5% shooting percentage. He also ranks second in rebounds, at 8.7 per game.

Tubelis was just named to the Wooden Award Midseason Watchlist, which identifies the top 25 college basketball players in the country.

In addition to Tubelis, Wildcats get a great deal of productivity from big guy Oumar Ballo. In 14 starts this season, Ballo averaged 17.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.

The frontcourt combination of Tubelis and Ballo – along with the vibrant backcourt combination – will cause outbursts for the Huskies defense.

Arizona will face a Washington defense that ranks 108th in AdjD (per Bart Torvik) and gives up 98.3 points per 100 possessions.

What is of particular concern to the Huskies is the relative weakness of offense they have faced this season. Washington has faced teams with an average AdjO rating of 176 nationally, which makes tonight’s game against the Arizona Electric Attack a tough one.

On offense, things get even worse for the Huskies, as they are ranked in the lowest nationally at 50% in offensive efficiency. They struggled beyond the arc, making just 30.3% of their field goal attempts.

Washington doesn’t have the offensive firepower to make up for the frontcourt productivity of Tubelis and Ballo.

The chalk is pretty low in Tucson, where I expect Arizona to be a 21.5-point favorite.


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