College Basketball Picks and Predictions for March 9th

There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight to the Villanova freefall. The Wildcats were ranked as high as fifth in the nation as recently as seven weeks ago, however after tonight’s opening round loss to lowly South Florida the Wildcats could very likely be wearing dark jerseys when they open the NCAA Tournament.

Forget seeding though, Jay Wright has a lot more problems on his plate than concerning himself as to what seed Villanova will earn; he needs to find a way not to get embarrassed once they get there, The Wildcats squandered a sixteen-point halftime lead that culminated in a South Florida layup to take the lead with 5.2 seconds remaining. It proved to be the winning score in their 70-69 defeat.

While there is certainly no correlation between winning the Big East Tournament and faring well in the Big Dance, there is also no benefit to finishing the season in an absolute free-fall either. With the loss, Villanova finished the regular season on a 5-10 skid.

Their season arc is very reminiscent of last year’s Texas team; ranked as high as #1 in the country, the Longhorns plummeted all the way to a #9 seed before bowing out in the opening round to Wake Forest. I would heed the cautionary tale and avoid the Wild-ly disappointing Wildcats on your office pool brackets.

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Today’s Free College Basketball Picks:

Oklahoma State Cowboys v. Nebraska Cornhuskers -3 (Big Twelve Opening Round)

The Huskers still have a ton to play for as they suit up for a virtual win or go home game with Oklahoma State in the opening round of the conference tourney. Nebraska is only 7-9 in the Big Twelve, but at 19-11 overall with wins over Missouri, Colorado, Texas A&M and Texas, they possess the quality wins needed to at least get a second glance from the Committee.

During the regular season Nebraska handled Oklahoma State 65-54 in their lone matchup. In addition, they were able to avoid “bad losses” most of the year, with the only exceptions being an early loss to Davidson and a loss to Iowa State.

Oklahoma State meanwhile limped to the finish line losing 10 of their final 15, and failing to win a single game away from home since a December 8th win at Tulsa. The Cowboys make “bad road team” seem like a compliment in comparison to their effort.

So why on Earth would a team that went 0-8 in conference away from home, playing a team that is better than them, who has beaten them by double digits, and who is playing for a likely berth in the NCAA Tourney only be laying three on a neutral site?

I don’t know either. I love the Huskers to grab the opening round win and cover the slim three point margin.

PICK: Nebraska -3.5 – Click here to bet it at BetED and get a $250 Bonus!!

Texas Tech Red Raiders @ Missouri Tigers -10 (Big Twelve Opening Round)

The Red Raiders have already announced they will be parting ways with embattled coach Pat Knight following the end of the season. Unfortunately for the younger Coach Knight, unemployment likely starts tomorrow evening, courtesy of the Missouri Tigers.

Missouri hasn’t exactly set the world on fire down the stretch. They haven’t quite been Villanova bad; but “bad” is still an apt description. Just when it looked the Tigers had finally turned a corner, winning four straight conference games, including a big win over Baylor, things fell apart as they lost three in a row to close the season.

The result of their stumbles is losing the opening round bye they seemed well positioned for two weeks ago, and an opening round date with Texas Tech. In the Tigers defense, they did manage to finish 22-9 overall, and more impressively, IF Colorado can squeak into the Tourney, all nine of the Tigers losses will be to NCAA Tournament teams.

Texas Tech on the other hand has tourney-caliber wins over only Baylor and Nebraska, neither of whom are tourney locks, and no one else en route to their dismal 13-18 season. The only reason to hold even a slim hope for Texas Tech to cover would be a remarkable show of affinity for Coach Knight in his swan song to the Lubbock faithful…

Yeah, I don’t think so either. Give me Missouri lighting up the defensively-deficient Red Raiders on their way to a 90+ point scoring romp.

PICK: Missouri Tigers -10 – Click here to bet it at BetED and get a $250 Bonus!!

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