Ohio @ Miami (OH), Ohio -1 (7PM EST)
The Ohio Bobcats have been a problem all year, posting a 13-2 record (4-0 in the MAC). They played well with strong opponents early in the year and after Jason Preston’s departure to the NBA, they returned 4 starters and got Jason Carter back from Xavier who has been a stud, averaging 15 and 7 for the Bobcats this season. Miami has lost 2 of their last 3 after a Covid break including one at home to Toledo. There is no real reason to think Miami (OH) is going to win this game other than they can shoot the 3 ball a tad better and they’re at home. But they are even 2-3 at home against DI opponents. If Miami wins I would be shocked.
Duke @ Florida State, Duke -5 (9PM EST)
Duke is Duke, don’t forget it. Florida State is a good team and plays good defense but they haven’t seen Paulo Banchero yet. The freshman is a machine posting 18 points per game on 50% shooting, and with the likes of Wendell Moore Jr. and Trevor Keels, they are hard to slow down for any team. Another thought to add is Florida State’s starting forward is doubtful for tonight’s game. The teams leading rebounder, second leading scorer, and probably the top candidate to try and shut down Paulo. This is going to be an offensive clinic while Duke crashes the offensive boards and capitalizes.
All the picks in one place:
West Virginia +6.5
East Carolina +3
Iowa State +8
Fresno State -3