Howdy everyone and welcome back to another edition of Fade Fernando’s Picks from God. If you took my advice last week, you either made one dollar or hundreds depending on your unit size. Bottom line: you made my money. This week’s slate of college basketball isn’t as great, however we get a great matchup of top 5 teams as the 3rd ranked Kansas Jayhawks travel to absolute worst place on earth, Waco, TX, to take on the top ranked Baylor Bears. Time to make some money… here are the picks:
Tennessee +6.5 vs. Auburn: While the Volunteers haven’t been great this year and nearly lost their last game at home to underwhelming Vanderbilt, the Auburn Tigers have dropped two straight to unranked opponents thanks in large part to the loss of freshman phenom Isaac Okoro. The forward is likely out for tomorrow’s matchup which could spell trouble for the Tigers. Tennessee Forward John Fulkerson has been great of late and could have another big game with Okoro out. 6.5 is a big number and with the Tigers skidding as of late, I like the underdog here.
Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M +4.5: Yes, I am telling you to take Aggie Men’s Basketball. Early on it was free money to bet against the Ags. Now, however, it is a different story. The man Buzz Williams has turned this group of misfits into a respectable bunch who have some fairly solid road victories under their belts, including Wednesday’s 6 point win at Alabama, a game in which they were 11 point underdogs. Mississippi State is undoubtedly the far superior team in this matchup and all logic points to them as being the safe bet here. Having won 5 of their last 7, they come into this matchup with plenty of momentum. Yet, that old Reed Arena magic has me thinking the Aggies are going to make a game out of this and could absolutely pull off the upset. Take the home dogs in this one.
North Carolina +9 vs. Louisville: North Carolina can’t win a game if their lives depended on it and even Coach Roy Williams knows his team stinks. That being said, while they aren’t getting the victories they are keeping games close. The Tar Heels have looked like a completely new team with Cole Anthony back from injury and nearly knocked off those Dukies 2 weeks ago. Louisville does possess one of the best players in college basketball in Jordan Nwora and UNC’s defense will be put to the test. However, the Cardinals have been sputtering recently and a pesky UNC team could keep it close. While Louisville definitely wins the game, I think the Tar Heels keep it close enough to cover.
Kansas v. Baylor -2: It is incredibly difficult to beat a team twice in a season, especially an elite program like Kansas. This really does pain me to say this as I am no way, shape or form a Baylor fan, but this Bears team is cooking up something special in that God-forsaken place of Waco. Last week they fairly easily took down a very good West Virginia team and then on Tuesday took down OU in Norman. In a world of “one and done’s” in college hoops, it is refreshing to see a veteran group such as the Bears. This is the biggest game in Baylor Men’s Basketball history and those Baptists in the crowd at the Ferrell Center surely will not disappoint as the coffee flows freely through the student section. Give me the Bears in a close one. For a more in-depth look at this game, be sure to check out Brady Vaughan’s stellar preview.
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