January 8, 2019 Picks

UNC @ NC State, 9 PM ET (ESPN)     Line: UNC +1     O/U: 171.5

Oklahoma @ Texas Tech, 9 PM ET (ESPN2)     Line: TTU -6.5     O/U: 132.5

Picks: UNC +1     Okla/TTU Under 132.5

Now that college football has come to a close, it’s time for college basketball to shine. Admittedly, I have not paid much attention to it up to this point, but that’s gonna change with CFB over and the NFL coming to a close. There’s a couple of good games on national TV tonight, starting with a Tobacco Road rivalry game. NC State has long been the little brother to Duke and UNC, but this year they seem a little different. At 13-1 coming into this game, they seem like they could give the Tar Heels and Blue Devils a run for their money. But if you look a little deeper, the schedule so far has been pretty soft. On the other side, UNC has already played a couple top 10 matchups with varying success (knocking off Gonzaga at home but falling to a solid Michigan team on the road). I’m going with experience on this one. Roy Williams is close to the GOAT and I don’t know who the NCST coach is (Mark Godfried maybe?). UNC pulls this one out on the road.

Another good late game is a Big 12 matchup that would be a great football game as well. Texas Tech has one of the stingiest defenses in the country, and an offense that is usually good enough to get the win. Oklahoma is at the edge of the Top 25 and looking for a signature win in conference play. O/U set at 132.5, which was almost topped by the epic football showdown between Baker Mayfield and Pat Mahomes a couple years back (125 total points). The Texas Tech defense is a tough matchup for anyone, so I’m taking the under just because of that. First team to 60 wins this one. If you want offense, maybe flip to the UNC/NCST game. Go win some money.

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