Welcome to another glorious day of #OnTapBets! On the season, I now sit 18-12 overall (60.0%, +7.0 Units) after just losing out on some juice Wednesday because Virginia Tech could not fathom the idea of covering against a military school. Regardless, it’s been a great start to the season and there are a few value spots for this Friday night, so crack a beer and get your betting card together.
Michigan State (-25) vs. Detroit
MSU handled Duke last week, even if the score finished within six points. Joey Hauser has been their leading scorer, after sitting a year out due to the NCAA’s odd transfer rules. Getting Josh Langford back is a blessing for Tom Izzo and crew, so the Spartans should be able to cruise to a steady lead early. Detroit falls behind the 200 rank on KenPom.com. Once teams get into that category, they do not have much of a chance for success. Expect MSU to take care of business tonight.
Pick: Michigan State -25
Marquette vs. Wisconsin (-3.5)
This number is a bit short. Marquette lost to a probable bubble team in Milwaukee on Tuesday in Oklahoma State. Yes, the Cowboys have the best recruit in the country, but Marquette seemed to not mesh well without star shooter Markus Howard in the picture anymore. Expect Marquette to bounce back as the season goes on and put themselves in the picture of NCAA tournament contention, but they are not there yet. Besides, with no fans and a Madison within driving distance, playing in the Fiserv Forum is not that much of an advantage for the Golden Eagles. Wisconsin’s team is about as cohesive as you can get, and that bodes well this early in the season. The line is generous, so there are a few points of movement to feel confident in taking the Badgers.
Pick: Wisconsin -3.5
Texas Tech (-26.5) vs. Troy
Chris Beard is one of the best coaches in college hoops. Texas Tech touts the third-most efficient defense, according to KenPom.com, and Troy ranks 293rd out of 357 men’s college basketball programs on the website, which is not ideal. Texas Tech held Northwestern State, Sam Houston State, and even Houston to under 65 points. Houston won that game, but this just goes to show how strong the Red Raider defense is. Houston is also a top-15 team, so that loss is nothing to scoff at. Take the Raiders.
Pick: Texas Tech -26.5
There you have it, folks. As always, follow me on Twitter, @cwsdjt, where I give out additional college basketball picks that may not show up in these articles. Best bets!