We finally came out with a Tuesday win, as having college basketball on the docket proved to be what I’d been missing from my totals bets. Only Virginia could have possibly come out with a total under 125 after giving up 42 points in the first half, while Missouri did a nice job taking advantage of Central Michigan’s defense.
We don’t have quite the same bonanza of basketball that we did on Tuesday, but we’ve still got plenty of bets available today. Here are my top plays for November 10.
BUFFALO MBB +15.5, -110
Jeenathan Williams and Josh Mballa are for real, and they should help Buffalo keep Michigan within shouting distance, especially in an early-season situation like this one. The Wolverines play a methodical style under Juwan Howard, and they’re not really the type of team that’s going to blow the doors off a talented mid-major like this one. Buffalo should hang with Michigan for about 35 minutes before succumbing, which should allow the Bulls to cover this spread.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN CFB -2.5, -110
FlashFast doesn’t travel particularly well. Kent State might have lit up the scoreboard a week ago against Northern Illinois, but the Flashes are just 1-4 away from home and have to visit a Central Michigan squad that can score just as effectively from anywhere on the field. Points should be rather easy to come by in this one, and the Chippewas should have the edge in a tight game.
ROBERT MORRIS-UCF O142.5, -110
Darius Perry and Brandon Mahan shouldn’t have much trouble lighting up from 3 against a Robert Morris squad that ranked 328th in defending the 3-pointer a season ago. As long as the Knights don’t go cold, they shouldn’t have too many issues hitting this number. Robert Morris is no slouch on offense either, so if the Colonials are hitting, this is a very reasonable target.
KNICKS -2.5, -110
The Bucks had to battle down the stretch to come back against the 76ers on Tuesday, and I don’t think they’re going to have enough left in the tank to deal with the Knicks. New York has played pretty well this season, and this is a situation that screams schedule loss for Milwaukee. The Knicks should be the pick.
NORTHERN COLORADO +4, -110
I always like to take experienced teams in the early going, and I think Northern Colorado has a good shot to surprise Pacific in its opener. The Tigers are the more talented team, but they’ve got a freshman backcourt, while the Bears return all five starters from a season ago. I think Northern Colorado keeps this one close to the end.