Oklahoma State is not a team that should be overlooked - the Pokes have won 4 of their last 6 games in the conference and are playing much better than they were at the start of the season. But I don't see OK Stat having any answers for 7 footer Udoka Azubuike. Kansas will take care of business at home here and win convincingly. Predicted score: Kansas 78- Ok State 62
Rice surprised against North Texas in their last game, but prior to that they were 0-4 and 0-4 ATS. Don't expect lightning to strike twice, UAB is the better team with the better defense and playing at home. The Blazers will get the win and the cover.
OK STATE COWBOYS' TYLAN WALLACE - Done for the year OUT and out against TCU with torn ACL. Wallace suffered a knee injury during Wednesday's practice and underwent some testing Thursday to try and figure out the potential extent of the damage to his knee.
This line opened at -7 and has crept down to -5 at most books. But I'm fading the line move here and going opposite of public Joe. Akron has success through its ground attack while Loy has a big day creating plays with his dual-threat ability. The difference here for me comes down to overall balance and this is where BG has the edge. I liked the Falcons at -7 and love them at -5. Reverse line move hammer.
The weather forecasted to be a factor up here so check weather status before game time; both of these two will run the ball and burn clock and with the in-climate weather forecasted you can expect a run heavy offensive game plan from both teams. Tick Tick Tick, burn clock.
My Northern Illinois vs Central Michigan predictions:
The weakness for West Virginia was supposed to be their offense line this season but their front 5 looked pretty good against Texas last week. Morgantown is a tough place to play and 10.5 just feels like too many points here. Iowa State lost David Montgomery and most of their receiving corp and don't have any real stars at receiver or running back this year. If West Virginia plays like they did last week against Texas I think they keep it close and cover the number.
Tulsa is better than their record and played both SMU and Wyoming to close games, but don't let the SMU game fool you....SMU couldn't have played a more flawed game and had 4 turnovers. Navy just beat a good Air Force team and have great balance with their offense and I give the edge to Navy's defense here too. The sharp money is coming in on Navy and that's my pick too. BOL!
Hill has been on a nice run this year, but he has had a couple of sketchy outings this month and Stankek has been then better of the two recently. I like Tampa and the plus money to get back on track here at home today.
The Red Raiders defense is no secret; ranking fourth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 59.3 points per game. They're No. 1 in adjusted defensive efficiency according to KenPom, smothering opponents with swarming pressure on the perimeter and protecting the rim with Tariq Owens. However, the Norse can get red-hot from behind the 3-point line, which I think gives them a shot at covering the Texas Tech vs. Northern Kentucky spread. The Norse hit at least 10 treys 14 times this season and that includes an impressive 12-for-21 shooting performance from deep during their Horizon League title game win over Wright State. Northern Kentucky also has size to match Tech, Drew McDonald looks like he belongs on the block at 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds. He does plenty of damage, averaging 19.1 points and 9.5 rebounds. McDonald also has impressive range, hitting 41 percent of his 3-point attempts. Between McDonald and the perimeter shooting of the Norse, I think this game has chance of being much closer than predicted.
Might be the ultimate trap game, ISU does get Cameron Lard back today from suspension but Shayok is reportedly still gimpy. Tech hasn't been great on the road this season but they are the better/hotter team here today and only laying a bucket.