Thanksgiving comes early for us college basketball die-hards, and this year is no exception with a bountiful harvest of hoops to feast upon over the next four days. One of the fantastic pre-con tourney’s is already underway in Maui, with day one unfolding relatively as planned except for a Georgetown upset of Oregon. Three more fantastic tournaments will get under way tomorrow or the day after, and we will take a look at each bracket over the next few days.
In the meantime, let’s take our 8-3 ATS early season record on a little walk and see if we can give a few more things to be thankful for this season. There are some good games on the docket today. I like Oregon to bounce back and put one on Tennessee, but I am not sure I’m willing to lay 14.5 to find out if Brooks is all the way healthy. Likewise, I like UConn to vent some major frustration on Chaminade, but laying 17.5 is a little pricey as well. I’m staying off both games.
The most interesting game of the night is Notre Dame against Northwestern. The Wildcats looked very good in a loss at Butler at the buzzer and even better last night summarily dispatching #22 Texas. A win tonight over Notre Dame might have Chicago natives believing another curse could end this year…
Today’s Free Pick:
Indiana Hoosiers -12 at Ft. Wayne Mastodons
Huh? Twelve? For what may very well be the best team in the country playing against a team that is no guarantee to finish in the top two of a low major conference?
I like IPFW, nee ‘Ft Wayne.’ They have a good shot to make the tourney and will compete with the Dakotas for the Summit League crown. But this is a 20-plus spread all day, every day. Indiana is LOADED with talent and NBA level athleticism and skill. There is literally NO WAY Ft. Wayne can guard Thomas Bryant inside and OG Anunoby or James Blackmon anywhere on the floor.
Indiana will womp them and I’d take the Hoosiers all the way up to a 20-point spread. I’m totally floored by this line to the point that I checked several sites to make sure it is real. It was real as of early morning on 5dimes, Bovada and a few others. Move quickly. This one is bound to move three or four points as other discerning hoops fans eyes pop at the value.
LATE NOTE – Line has already moved to 13 or 13.5 in some books.