Hello people of WegrynEnterprises!  While there has been NFL content aplenty throughout the playoffs, I’m here to offer you some juice for those random mid-week college basketball games you may find yourself watching to fill the void.  Ladies and gentlemen, mid-major win money, and Trust the Picks.

 

Buffalo vs Toledo: Toledo -4.5

Sure the Chiefs/Bills game was great, but how bout some Tuesday night MACtion!  The MAC has some decent teams this year and at the top of that conference is Toledo following their blowout of reigning MAC champs Ohio.  The Rockets are undefeated at home this season and have won their last three home games by an average of 23.7 points.  Furthermore, Toledo is on a six game win streak and has won eight of their last nine.  On the other side, Buffalo is no slouch, but has lost games that have presented similar situations to them (12 point loss @Akron, 10 point loss vs Miami (OH)).  Toledo should win this game, and if you’re worried about the points?  Toledo is 9th in the country in free throw percentage so look for the Rockets to close out and cover down the stretch.

 

Syracuse vs Pittsburgh: Syracuse -4

The bottom line for this game is this: Pittsburgh has had an uptick in their play as of late, however they’re still the crummy team that they were to start the season.  After nabbing two surprising wins against Louisville and Boston College, Pitt returned to their losing ways, dropping back to back games to Virginia and then got walloped 75-48 against Clemson.  Syracuse doesn’t appear to be a titan of the ACC like they have been in the past, but they are still a solid team.  They  beat Pitt just a few weeks ago 77-61, and just beat the aforementioned Clemson 91-78.  Last time these two teams met Buddy Boehiem lit it up from three and Pitt struggled mightily against the patented Syracuse zone.  Expect more of the same and an easy cover.

 

Fresno State vs New Mexico: Fresno State -5

Let’s first look at the team we are fading in this contest, New Mexico.  Coming into this game New Mexico has played 9 respectable games (Games against respectable teams, most likely quadrant 1/quadrant 2 games).  In these 9 respectable games, New Mexico has gone 1-8 with that one win against crosstown rivals New Mexico State.  This game is also a Mountain West in-conference game, in which New Mexico is 0-6 on the season.  In those 6 conference losses, New Mexico is losing by an average of 9.5 points.  Last stat for New Mexico is that they’re 2-7 in their last 9 home games, with their wins coming against Norfolk State (horrible) and Denver (Maybe worse than Norfolk State).  On the other side is Fresno State, who admittedly is just about bang average in the NCAAM world, however bang average in this matchup should cover 5 points.  In Fresno’s small sample size in conference play they’ve won the games they should win and lost the games they should lose, but in all Fresno’s conference wins they have won by more than 5.  This is a fade of New Mexico here, go with the Bulldogs.

 

Arizona vs UCLA: UCLA +3

Ask yourself one question.  Are you going to be awake at 11 pm tonight?  If you answered yes, you need to be watching this game, and if you’re going to be watching this game, you should have a wager on it.  Arizona is a very good team this year, currently ranked third in the AP poll.  However, I think this ranking is a bit inflated simply based on their win total.  Arizona has only played two ranked opponents this season in which they are 1-1.  Their one win came against 4th ranked Michigan early in the year, however since that game it has become glaringly obvious that Michigan is not a good team and hasn’t been in the top 25 in weeks.  The other game was against the then 18th ranked Tennesee Volunteers in which the Vols took care of business in a tight-knit affair.  That Tennessee game was one of two road tests the Cats have had this season, the other coming at Illinois which Arizona did win.  What I’m trying to say is yes, Arizona is a very good basketball team, but they have not been properly tested at this point in the year, especially on the road.  For UCLA, their season has been plagued with COVID stoppages and game cancellations.  UCLA dropped a tight one at home against Oregon and have been having a bit of trouble on the road in their last couple of conference games, hence why UCLA come into this game as three point dogs.  Don’t buy into this narrative that Arizona owns the PAC-12.  COVID has crushed the UCLA program and hurt them from getting into a flow and also hurt their home court advantage as fans have not been allowed at games… That is until tonight.  The Bruins finding their groove and fans coming back after being forced to sit at home for the last month combined with an overrated ranking for Arizona… That equals a court storm.  Take the Bruins +3, but feel free to let the moneyline fly.

 

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