Thursday January 30th VIP Picks

OVC Basketball Picks

College Basketball
8:00 PM EST
Rotation #637
Eastern Illinois +10.5 over Murray State (win)
Murray State lost  a lot of talent from last year.  It’s not easy replacing a guy like Ja Morant.  This is a young basketball team with not much experience and had one of the easiest schedules in the nation this year.  This is a 15-5 team that might not be good as 15-5.  Eastern Illinois has a lot of veteran players and a few JC transfers.  This is a mature team that should be able to keep this game close.  That +465 money line is awfully tempting.  Take Eastern Illinois.

College Basketball
9:30 PM EST
Rotation #674
USC -8 over Utah (loss)
Utah won both meetings last year, but are just a shell of the team they were a season ago.  This is a team with 5 freshman that see a lot of minutes and the rest are just second year players.  There is no junior or senior that plays a big role on this squad.  USC has a ton of experience and under the leadership of Andy Enfield are heading in the right direction.  Utah plays awful defense on the road.  USC plays great defense at home.  There should come a time in this game where the Trojans make a run on offense and a few stops on defense that allow them to get out to a big enough run to win this by double digits.  Take USC.