Even money yesterday, 2-2. Brings us to 20-13-1. Got four more bets for you tonight, so let’s get started. 4 picks, plus a special upset alert just for y’all at the end.
Up in New York we have a very underrated matchup between two very similar teams. Louisville comes in off a last second win against Clemson and with little momentum. Syracuse averages 70 points per game while allowing 64.3 and Louisville averages 77.4 while giving up 68. Nearly every statistic they have is similar, which is why this game will be fun to watch. For Louisville, Nwora needs to get better defensively. He had a last minute block on Saturday, but his defense is sketchy at best. His offense is unreal, so if he can be consistent on the defensive end, Louisville wins this game. For Syracuse, Tyus Battle needs to go tf off. Syracuse will be riding him all game, so if he is knocking down shots it’s over. My guess is Syracuse wins this game. I’d take Syracuse moneyline as well as the under 133.
Tonight in North Carolina, we have one of the greatest rivalries in sports occuring. North Carolina marches into Durham to face the #1 Duke Blue Devils and boy are they on a wild ride. Everyone knows Duke. Everyone knows you have to play your best game against them to even keep it close. With Zion, RJ, and Cam, this team is extremely hard to beat and I think of them like the Golden State Warriors. If they lose, it’s a rarity and a surprise. For Duke, this game does not come down to Zion, RJ, or Cam…it comes down to Tre Jones. Jones is the leader of this Duke team and when he is not playing well, neither does the team. Yeah Zion and RJ can take over a game in an instant, but it all starts with the defensive play and the outlet caused by Tre Jones. For North Carolina, you cannot let the little runs get to you. Kentucky got blown out by Duke mainly because they hadn’t been punched in the mouth yet and the little runs Duke made just demoralized Kentucky. Carolina cannot let that happen and it starts with Maye and Johnson. They have been here done that, especially Maye so if the veteran can lead them in and get them started early, we may have a good game but I doubt it. I think Duke wins 88-76. So take Duke -9 and the over 159.
Lastly, I have a special upset alert. Michigan St against Rutgers. Izzo is on the hot seat (https://soft7sports.com/2019/02/06/tom-izzo-on-the-hot-seat/) and this is the type of game they should easily win. Rutgers is not a very good team, but they can be if they knock down their 3 pointers. The spread is MSU -15 but I would take Rutgers +15 in this one plus the under 133.5. See y’all Saturday.