Howdy everyone and welcome back to this week’s edition of Fade Fernando’s Picks from God. First off, I would like to apologize to everyone for last week’s mediocre picks. Sometimes you just have to let your bookie win. Secondly, this article will be short and to the point as I am writing this in the wee hours of the night. Who knew Baylor kids knew how to have a good time? Anywho, after checking the lines it is safe to say this isn’t exactly a friendly board. Nonetheless, as we begin this Lenten season here are 4 potential winners for Saturday February 29th.
Michigan State vs. Maryland -3: After coming into the season as national title contenders, Michigan State has fallen by the wayside. While they have plenty of talent led by Cassius Winston, they have yet to really find their groove this season. I don’t see them putting it altogether against a Maryland team that has been better than advertised. Anthony Cowan and Jalen Smith are studs who will pose matchup nightmares for the Spartans. Don’t over think this one. Take the home favorites.
St. Mary’s vs. Gonzaga -13: Last teams these two teams met at St. Mary’s it was a total bloodbath in favor of the Bulldogs. I don’t expect any different this time around. Gonzaga has played stellar basketball all season which has prompted many experts to believe they will earn a #1 seed come March. Yes, there was the recent slip-up against BYU. However, that game has me even more convinced coach Mark Few will have his team focused and ready to go against the Gaels. Bulldogs by 15.
Auburn +6.5 vs. Kentucky: This pick is gutsy solely due to the fact that we have no idea which Auburn Tigers team will take the floor. Will it be the team that beat these Wildcats at home by 9? Or will we see the team that got blown out by Florida while only scoring a measly 47 points? If it is the former then the Wildcats will be on upset watch. This Auburn is fantastic when they put it all together and I expect them to be sharp when its tip-off time at Rupp Arena. Coach Calipari has another strong squad again, but 6.5 is a lot of points in a battle of two top 15 teams. Take the road dogs to cover.
Texas A&M +11 vs. LSU: The Aggies were the only game I picked correctly last week and I’m taking them again on the road against the Tigers. While they ultimately lost (and didn’t cover) against Kentucky earlier this week, there were many bright spots in the game as they kept within striking distance. While the Ags don’t have enough firepower to win this game outright, I think they do enough to keep it close and cover the big spread.
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