What Happened Last Night
Today’s Schedule, Odds and Picks
Season ATS: 3-5; odds via oddsshark.com
Missouri vs. Xavier (1:00 PM ET, ESPNU/WatchESPN): Missouri opened its season with a 99-44 throttling of Alabama A&M, but before you read too much into that, Alabama A&M is currently ranked 350th in KenPom. Mizzou is in for a harsh dose of reality in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off (which is actually being played in Orlando in spite of the name), and I will take Xavier -14.
Mississippi State vs. UCF (5:00 PM ET, ESPN2/WatchESPN): Mississippi State comes into its opener in the Charleston Classic as a 5.5-point favorite. That seems like a little too much for a team that beat Norfolk State by four at home. State will have some growing pains and I will take an experienced UCF team and the points here.
Furman at Georgia (7:00 PM ET, SEC Network/WatchESPN): The Bulldogs’ offense has yet to crack a point per possession in two games this year, while Furman is coming off a road win over UAB... granted, they also lost to Presbyterian. Still, 15 points seems like an awfully lot for a team that plays at a slow pace and doesn’t have a good offense. I will take Furman +15, though I do think Georgia will win this game by 12 or so.
St. Bonaventure vs. Florida (7:00 PM ET, ESPN3/WatchESPN): Florida opened as a 12-point favorite and that line has moved to 13.5, but I still like the Gators, who have looked impressive in two early-season games. Advanced stats peg Florida as a Top 25 team, even if the human polls don’t (yet.)
Eastern Kentucky at Auburn (9:00 PM ET, SEC Network/WatchESPN): After an impressive win over Georgia State on Monday, 2-0 Auburn opens as an 11-point favorite. I don’t feel strongly either way but forced to choose, I’ll take Auburn to continue their strong start as they’re the superior team here.