What Happened Last Night
- Arizona 79, Missouri 60: Missouri kept it competitive in the first half, clawing back from an early deficit to pull within five at halftime, but Arizona used a 21-0 run in the second half to pull away. The Wildcats shot 13-of-24 from three, basically ending any chance that Missouri had of winning this one on (another) cold shooting day. Kevin Puryear had 11 points and 7 rebounds for Missouri.
- Arkansas 91, North Florida 76: North Florida kept it close for about 30 minutes before running out of gas, thanks mostly to a 12-of-30 performance beyond the arc, and also due to the Razorbacks’ own sloppiness: Arkansas committed 14 turnovers but only 4 of them were of the live-ball variety. Four Razorbacks scored in double figures; Dusty Hannahs led the way with 17, while Moses Kingsley had 13 points and 10 boards.
- Texas A&M 83, South Carolina State 76: A seven-point win against a pretty bad team? That’s a little disturbing, though the Aggies held a 17-point lead at halftime and South Carolina State never threatened to actually win... still, this was much closer than it should have been. The Bulldogs shot 12-of-23 from three-point range, and that happens, but they also had a 38.9 percent offensive rebound rate... which isn’t good. Tyler Davis had 22 points on 8-of-9 from the field in this one.
|Ole Miss at Virginia Tech||12:00 PM||ESPNU/WatchESPN|
|Kentucky vs. Hofstra||3:00 PM||ESPN/WatchESPN|
|Florida at Florida State||4:00 PM||ESPNU/WatchESPN|
|Tennessee at North Carolina||5:00 PM||ESPN/WatchESPN|
|Alabama at Oregon||6:00 PM||ESPNU/WatchESPN|
Now this is a fun slate, and on a Sunday no less. Aside from Kentucky playing Hofstra in Brooklyn (and Kentucky’s always fun to watch even when they’re winning by 30), the other four teams are all playing KenPom top-40 teams on the road. You could do worse on a Sunday afternoon, I guess. Like, say, watching the NFL.
Odds and Picks
Yesterday: 0-3 ATS; Season to Date: 30-49-1 ATS
(Hey! Bet against how I pick!)
- Ole Miss at Virginia Tech (-10.5): Ole Miss is coming off an eight-day layoff and is playing its first true road game of the year, which seems like a good spot to fade the Rebels against a legitimately good Virginia Tech team.
- Hofstra vs. Kentucky (-23.5): Hofstra is not a bad team, but Kentucky is a buzzsaw (at least, when they’re not playing UCLA.)
- Florida (+3.5) at Florida State: The Seminoles are 9-1; they also haven’t played anyone remotely on Florida’s level. Take the Gators and the points to steal a road win.
- Tennessee at North Carolina (-18.5): Tennessee is probably a bit better than we expected, but this is just a bad matchup for them. Expect North Carolina to win this easily.
- Alabama (+11.5) at Oregon: I’m still not sure just what’s going on with Oregon this season, but Alabama can keep this in single digits.