Saturday February 1st VIP Picks

NCAA Predictions

College Basketball
11:00 PM EST
Rotation #601
Xavier +8.5 over Seton Hall (win)
Xavier is poor against the spread and Seton Hall is very good against it.  This line has been inflated by a few points because nobody is making money on Xavier and they are making money backing Seton Hall.  This kind of stuff always evens out over time.  Xavier has the experience edge and in this early start time might be able to catch the home team napping in this first 5-10 minutes.  I think this spread is too high.  The Musketeers should be able to keep this a close game.  Take Xavier.


College Basketball
2:00 PM EST
Rotation #633
Toledo -3 over Eastern Michigan (loss)
Toledo is on a two game slide.  Eastern Michigan is on a 7 game slide.  Someone has to break out this afternoon. The Rockets are flat out a more experienced team with better shooters.  Eastern Michigan doesn’t have many guys that are a threat to knock down the three pointer.  Toledo can share the basketball better and has more depth at the guard position.  Look for Eastern Michigan to continue to struggle.  Take Toledo.

College Basketball
3:00 PM EST
Rotation #650
Rice +8 over North Texas (win)
Rice is not a great basketball team, but they do have talent and can hang with teams at home.  North Texas has been one of the better teams in the nation against the spread and Vegas knows it.  This line might be a little too high with them playing on the road.  Rice does have a size advantage and they do return a lot of starters from last year.  The Owls probably drew the wrong opponent trying to snap a 5 game losing streak, but I think they can keep this super close.  Take Rice.

College Basketball
3:00 PM EST
Rotation #655
Illinois-Chicago -2 over Cleveland State (push)
IUC has been sloppy at times this year, but in this match up they have the size advantage, experience advantage, coaching advantage and are flat out a more talented basketball team.  The Flames have a lot of three point ability and should get a nice road win today against a Cleveland State team that will take a full season with a new young coach to become a basketball team.  Take Illinois-Chicago