Howdy everyone and welcome back to this week’s version of Picks from God. Well folks, it can’t get much worse than last week: Winless, 0-4, down 4 units, etc. The last 2 weeks the Picks are 1-7 and let me tell you the ego is hurting. I have friends telling me they read this stupid blog just so they know which picks not to take. Honestly, it’s just nice to know people take the time to read my hard work. I’m going to continue to give the people what they want as I have decided to start a biweekly podcast, “Highly Educated,” which will discuss sports gambling as well as the top stories around the sports world. You can thank me later. That being said, let’s get to this week’s picks.
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Arkansas vs. Texas A&M +3.5: Although the Aggies didn’t cover last weekend at LSU, they really did look good last weekend in Baton Rouge and were within 5 points with around 5 minutes to play. However, a pair of missed free throws allowed the Tigers to go on a run which put the game out of reach. Coach Buzz Williams got his first signature as head coach with win on the road at Auburn on Wednesday and the Aggies will hope to keep the momentum going when Arkansas comes to Reed Arena Saturday. Boosted by a very weak non-conference schedule, the Razorbacks 19-11 record truly does not reflect how average of a basketball team they really are. They really struggle on the road as well and I think the Aggies have what it takes to not only cover, but potentially win the game as well.
Oklahoma State vs. Texas -3.5: It pains me to say this, but the Horns are playing great basketball as of late and are a true bubble team. After losing 4 straight midway through the season, Shaka Smart’s squad has reeled off 5 straight wins and play an average Cowboys team whom they beat by 12 on the road in Stillwater in January. The Longhorns defense has been really good of late and should limit an Oklahoma State offense that has struggled at times throughout the season. I like the Horns to continue the late season momentum and get their 20th win by covering on Saturday.
Louisville vs. Virginia -1: This is one of the most intriguing games on Saturday’s slate. Louisville is one of the most talented teams in the ACC while Virginia is the hottest team in the league. While some have them cutting down the nets in April, the Cardinals are 3-3 in their last 6 and are 0-3 in their last 3 road games. The Cavaliers will be celebrating their seniors Mamadi Diakite and Braxton Key who were both very influential in last year’s national championship run. After struggling early on, the Hoos are playing great basketball and have vaulted themselves into the discussion of teams that could make a run in the big dance. I like the Cavaliers pace of play at home which will slow down Louisville star Jordan Nwora. Take the Cavaliers on senior night.
North Carolina +11.5 vs. Duke: The last time these two teams met in Chapel Hill, the Dukies barely survived in overtime. This is a huge line especially for a rivalry game. While the Tar Heels still aren’t winning games, they’ve been managing to keep them very close thanks to the play of Cole Anthony. Duke has lost 2 of 3 and has looked vulnerable yet. I still think Duke is one of the most complete teams in the country and has to be amongst the favorites to win it all if Vernon Carey Jr. can stay out of foul trouble. That being said, in a rivalry game such as this 11.5 is just too big a number for me. The Tar Heels may be under .500 but they are better than people give them credit for. I like them to keep it close in front of the Cameron Crazies.