What Happened Last Night
- Wichita State 82, LSU 47: LSU’s opener at the Battle 4 Atlantis was never in doubt, as Wichita State jumped out to an early lead and really never looked back, leading 46-19 at the half. Antonio Blakeney had 12 points in the loss.
- Kentucky 101, Cleveland State 70: This was never in doubt. Kentucky led from wire to wire, scoring 56 points in the first half and 101 for the game. Malik Monk had 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting for the Wildcats; De’Aaron Fox had 16 points and 11 assists.
- Tennessee 95, Chaminade 81: Robert Hubbs III scored a career-high 28 points and Tennessee salvaged one win in the Maui Invitational, albeit against Division 2 Chaminade. Tennessee is now off for ten days before facing Georgia Tech on December 3.
- South Carolina 61, Michigan 46: I said earlier that South Carolina would go as far as Sindarius Thornwell will take them, and right now, that’s “very far.” Thornwell had 21 points to lead four Gamecocks in double figures and is now averaging 20.8 ppg for the season. Sedee Keita made his debut in this one.
- Purdue 96, Auburn 71: Auburn picked up its first loss of the season, though to be fair, it’s probably not going to be too often that the other team shoots 17-of-26 from three. Freshman Danjel Purifoy had a career-high 22 points in the loss.
- Alabama 62, St. Louis 57: Alabama got bogged down in a grinder in the consolation game of the MGM Grand Main Event, but came away with a win to improve to 3-2 on the year. Freshman Braxton Key earned his first career start and scored a career-high 16 points.
|Texas A&M vs. CS Northridge||2:00 PM||ESPN3/WatchESPN|
|Montana at Ole Miss||4:00 PM||SEC Network+/WatchESPN|
|Vanderbilt vs. Butler||8:00 PM||FS1/Fox Sports Go|
|Florida vs. Seton Hall||8:30 PM||ESPN2/WatchESPN|
|LSU vs. Old Dominion||9:30 PM||AXS|
Five games today, four of them in holiday tournaments: Texas A&M opens the Wooden Legacy in what’s basically a road game against CS Northridge; Vanderbilt faces Butler in the semifinals of the Las Vegas Invitational; Florida opens the AdvoCare Invitational against Seton Hall; and LSU faces Old Dominion in the consolation bracket of the Battle 4 Atlantis -- which, in a moment of great scheduling, will be played in roughly the same time window as the second half of LSU’s football game against Texas A&M.
Odds and Picks
Yesterday: 4-2 ATS; Season to Date: 17-20-1 ATS
- Texas A&M vs. CS Northridge (+15): Northridge, coached by Reggie Theus, was competitive against UCLA and is playing about an hour’s drive from campus in Fullerton; Northridge will also probably try to push the pace and get the Aggies out of their element. I expect this to come in slightly under the number, so Northridge and the points is the smart play.
- Montana at Ole Miss (-12.5): Ole Miss is rolling, and Montana is 1-4 — and has lost three games against power-conference competition by an average of 17 points. Ole Miss should cover this number.
- Vanderbilt vs. Butler (-7.5): Butler can shoot the ball. Vanderbilt has struggled to defend the perimeter this year. Any questions?
- Florida (-1.5) vs. Seton Hall: I think this game will be close, but it helps Florida in a close game that Seton Hall is 342nd in the country in free throw shooting.
- LSU vs. Old Dominion (+1): Honestly, Old Dominion is probably the better team and should be a slight favorite.