College Basketball Best Bets: Monday 11/21

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    Time (EST)NetworkGamePick
    1:00pmESPN3Buffalo vs George MasonUNDER 143 (-110)
    2:30pmESPN2#23 Texas Tech vs #10 CreightonCREI -3.5 (-110)
    6:00pmFS1Georgia Tech vs UtahUtah -4.5 (-110)
    9:30pmESPNUSt. John’s vs TempleSJU -2.5 (-140)

    1:00 PM EST (ESPN3) – Buffalo (1-4) @ George Mason (2-3)

    I got a call from my brother yesterday evening in which he reminded me that we get college basketball starting at 11am ALL WEEK this week. What a gift. Now, I’m not saying Buffalo vs George Mason is the greatest thing in the world, but it’s better than watching a re-air.

    Both teams are averaging under 70 ppg and shooting below 45% from the field through 5 games this season. In an early season tournament which both teams see themselves out of contention for bringing home a trophy, this is essentially a losers bracket game.

    Two piss poor offensive teams in an early Monday afternoon constellation game? I’ll take the under.

    PICK: UNDER 143 (-110)

    2:30 PM EST (ESPN2) – #23 Texas Tech (3-0) @ #10 Creighton (4-0)

    In what is our best or “most touted” matchup on this fine Monday, the Raiders will take on the Bluejays in Hawaii in the first round of the Maui Invitational. A loaded early season tournament will feature 6 Top 25 teams.

    There has been some early morning line movement. Creighton opened at 4.5 point favorites and I was able to get them in at 3.5. This is probably my favorite play on the board today.

    Neither team has really been tested so far, but Texas Tech had a less than pleasing single digit victory over of LA Tech. Creighton’s 7’1 Junior big man Ryan Kalkbrenner is the best player on the floor tonight by a pretty significant margin. He’s averaging over 16 ppg on 80% shooting. With Creighton’s first real test against TTU tonight, I don’t expect that same level of dominance (he had a 20 point game without missing a shot this season), but I don’t expect the Raiders to have an answer. Creighton covers.

    PICK: #10 Creighton -3.5 (-110)

    6:00 PM EST (FS1) – Georgia Tech (3-0) @ Utah (3-1)

    Another early season tournament takes place in Estero, FL at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena. The first round of the Fort Myers Tip-Off will see the Yellow Jackets take on the Utes, with Utah favored by 4.5 points.

    Georgia Tech has yet to lose despite playing some fair competition. Utah’s only loss came against a tough Sam Houston State team, who defeated Utah & Oklahoma so far en route to a 4-0 start.

    Utah has a HUGE advantage over Georgia Tech when it comes to experience. The Utes bring back 4 players who started in at least 15 games last season, while Georgia Tech brings back 1. With transfers and Sophomores/Juniors who didn’t play significant roles called to step in and take on more responsibility for this Georgia Tech team, expect them to struggle with the experience of Utah.

    Utah, similar to Creighton above, will also have the best player on the court tonight. Senior Branden Carlson will lead the Utes front court, averaging 17 & 8 early on into his final campaign. Georgia Tech will have to brig doubles at Carlson which Utah should have no problem beating with a wealth of experienced guards.

    PICK: Utah -4.5 (-110)

    9:30 PM EST (ESPNU) – St. John’s (4-0) @ Temple (2-2)

    The Empire Classic, sponsored by Vivid Seats, will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The tournament will host 4 teams, also including Syracuse and Richmond.

    St. John’s is one of my early cinderella teams for March, although they may not be considering a “Cinderella” once brackets roll out. The Red Storm return Junior combo guard Posh Alexander, who started in 25 games last season averaging 14 ppg. With the additions of DePaul transfer David Jones (17.8 ppg) & Illinois transfer Andre Curbelo (6.3 apg), St. John’s is a team to look out for in the Big East.

    Temple has had a weird start to their season, knocking off Villanova in a surprising upset. They beat Rutgers on Friday, but aside from their two wins, they dropped a game to Wagner as 16 point favorites. The line currently sits at 4, but i bought it down to 2.5. Favorite play on the board today next to Creighton.

    PICK: St. John’s -2.5 (-140)

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