Opening Night NCAAB picks (and conference futures) from @d_buckets – 11/9/21

KANSAS -4.5 v MICH ST

Bigger talent mismatch than you might expect. Also lean under 6.5 minutes before Bill Self’s face resembles a cherry tomato.

PORTLAND PILOTS +24 @ ASU

New coach should have team up for a (relatively) big matchup v ASU. More of a play against ASU than for Portland. Most importantly, they’re called the Pilots. I love the idea of making money on a college basketball team called the Portland Pilots.

BELMONT -3 (-115) @ OHIO

One of the more consistent programs in the country returning most of their key players from a 26 win team. Tricky start to the season here against a good Ohio team but Belmont should be ready. Sneaky game of the day potential.

ILL-CHICAGO +15.5 & u139 @ DAYTON

Two of the slowest paced teams in the country last year. Dayton, like many teams, has a lot of new faces and may be prone to a slow start.

DUKE u148.5

Similar to above, just much better players. I’d bet on a lot of things in this world before I bet on Duke basketball. Neutral site, early season games, I always lean under.

MERCER +19

UMKC +8.5 (-115)

REG SEASON CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS

AAC

MEMPHIS (+200)

BIG 10

PURDUE (+325)

I really don’t find anything enjoyable about betting Purdue but I’ll make an exception here. All of their key pieces return including Trevion Williams, who I think takes home Big 10 player of the year.

SEC

ALABAMA (+450)

Torn between them, Tennessee, and Arkansas, who I think will all end up better than Kentucky. Can’t pass up the backcourt talent, all the other talent, and Nate Oats.

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