Conference USA Picks
3:00 PM EST
Louisiana Tech -4.5 over UAB (win)
UAB had a lot of roster turnover this year. Makhtar Gueve is the only player with a lot of starting experience. Louisiana Tech has one of the most experienced lineups in the country. This Bulldogs team has 7 guys on it that have started a lot of basketball games. The experience and talent level edge goes to the Bulldogs. This is a team that can share the ball well and should continue their hot start to the season on the road today. Take LA Tech.
8:00 PM EST
Notre Dame +9 FSU (win)
Notre Dame is another team that returns most of their players and everyone in their rotation has played with each other for at least a season now. FSU lost a lot of key starters, but they are physical and have a lot of talent. I am not quite sure FSU should be such big favorites today. Notre Dame can rebound well, they share the ball and they can hit the three pointer. This team isn’t as big or strong as FSU, but they are close and one of only a few teams that can almost match them in team size. I think this spread is a little too high. Take Notre Dame.
3:00 PM EST
UCF +11 over Wichita State (win)
Wichita State has a great coach and is a great team in their home building. When gambling you should really never go against that combo, but I believe this is another spread that is too high. The Shockers have been struggling on the offensive end this year and have gone into too many slumps that keep opponents in the game. UCF doesn’t have the dream team that they did last year, but they are well coached by Johnny Dawkins. This is a team with a lot of transfers that might be hard to figure out for this younger Wichita State team. I think the Knights can keep it within single digits. Take UCF.