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Daily Expert NCAA Basketball First Half ATS Picks & Betting Predictions 1/24/2020

We fell to 19-21 with the first-half side plays on Thursday, as Houston never got untracked until the second half. Somewhat small card for Friday, so we’ll get to it.

Kent State at Buffalo: Buffalo is favored by 2 in the first half and I have them leading by 3.

Yale at Brown: Yale is favored by 2.5 in this one and I have them leading by 2. Brown is getting some smart money for the full game line.

Fairfield at Quinnipac: Quinnipac is favored by 2 in the first half and I have them leading by the same margin, so nothing happening in this one.

Marist at Siena: Siena is favored by 6 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 8.

Canisius at Iona: Iona is favored by 1.5 in a game in which it looks like the Gaels are getting some sharp money for the full-game line. I have Canisius leading by a point at the break and Iona leading by one if we use solely home and away numbers, so just going to stay clear of this one.

St. Peter’s at Rider: Rider is favored by 3.5 in the first half of this one and I have them taking a five point lead into the locker room at halftime. That margin grows a little bit if you look at home and away numbers.

Niagara at Monmouth: Monmouth is favored by 4 in the first half of a game where they’re attracting a little sharp money. Even though I have Monmouth winning the game by five, I also have them leading by 5 at the half, which becomes 9 if using home and away numbers, so will go against the public here and take a shot on Monmouth -4.

Wisconsin at Purdue: Purdue is favored by 2 in the first half and I have them leading by 4.

Marquette at Butler: Butler is favored by 3 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 4 at the break.

Northern Kentucky at Wright State: Wright State is favored by 2 in the first half of this one and I have Northern Kentucky leading by a point. Wright State has equally as impressive numbers, but the road team does get credit for having played a tougher schedule.

END OF JAN. 24 PICKS

We’ll jump to our first-half side plays, which are still laboring with a 19-20 record after winning both games last night.

Tennessee State at Austin Peay: Austin Peay is favored by 4.5 and I have them leading by 6, which is pretty close to the number and not a whole lot of margin for error, so will stay clear of this one.

Montana State at Weber State: Weber State is favored by 1.5 and I have this one tied at the break, so another easy pass in this spot.

Montana at Idaho State: Montana is favored by 3 in the first half and I have this one even. Montana is playing well and Idaho State is a solid defensive team at home, so could be a decent game.

Seattle at Grand Canyon: Grand Canyon is favored by 1 in the first half and I have Seattle leading by 2, but Seattle takes a pretty steep drop when they take to the road, while Grand Canyon doesn’t really have the type of home court advantage you’d like to see from a team.

Connecticut at Houston: The Huskies are getting a little bit of action for the full game and Houston is favored by 4.5 for the first half of this one. I have the Cougars leading by 11 and will take Houston -4.5 in this spot. UConn takes a bit of a drop on the road, while Houston is just slightly better at home, but the projection is large enough to make the Cougars the play for today.

BYU at Pacific: BYU is favored by 3.5 and I have them leading by 8, but they could be without Childs and have a few other injury concerns. BYU is also about 4 points worse away from home and Pacific is roughly 3 points better at home, so will just stay clear.

Portland at Loyola Marymount: Loyola is favored by 3.5 and I have them leading by 6, but Loyola has actually played a little worse in the first half of home games.

Utah Valley at Bakersfield: Bakersfield is favored by 3 in this one and I have them leading by 6.

Pepperdine at Santa Clara: Santa Clara is favored by 2 in the first half and I have them leading by the same margin.

Washington State at Colorado: Colorado is favored by 7.5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 9, so a quick pass.

Cal Poly at Riverside: Riverside is favored by 4.5 and I have them leading by 4 in this one.

END OF JAN. 23 PICKS

Strange night last night, as we won our two side plays for full-games, but dropped both side plays for the first half. Anyway, a few gremlins with the site this morning, so we’ll get right to it.

Creighton at DePaul: DePaul is favored by 1 and I have Creighton leading by 4, but they take a huge hit on the road so no interest here.

Boston College at Pitt: Pitt is favored by six in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 4, so no interest in this game.

Rutgers at Iowa: Iowa is favored by 2.5 and I have them leading by 3, so nothing in this one.

Northern Iowa at Southern Illinois: Northern Iowa is favored by three in the first half and I have them leading by 6.

Fresno State at Colorado State: The line here is Colorado State -2.5 and I have them leading by 1 at the break.

Alabama at Vanderbilt: The Crimson Tide are favored by 5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 6.

Memphis at Tulsa: Memphis is favored by 2 and I have them leading by 6 at the break, although Tulsa is a tough team at home.

Northridge at UCSB: UCSB is favored by 4.5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 7.

Chicago State at Cal Baptist: Cal Baptitst is favored by 14.5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 20. Chicago State is a few points worse in the first half, while Cal Baptist is a better home team, but they did roll up the score on some pretty weak foes. The problem is Chicago State is one of those weak foes, as Ken Pomeroy has them No. 353 out of 353 teams, so going to take the home team in this one even though it’s a huge number for 20 minutes.

Irvine at Long Beach: Irvine is favored by 5 and I have them leading by 6..

Fullerton State at UC Davis: UC Davis is favored by 2.5 here and I have them leading this one by 5.

UNLV at Nevada: Nevada is favored by 2.5 and I have them leading by 6, but the Rebels a much worse team on the road, so will take a shot on the Wolfpack and lay the points in this one.

END OF JAN. 22 PICKS

We came through with the half-point cover last night with our side play, but are still facing a bit of an uphill climb with the first-half side plays, which are now 17-18 and we’ll have two plays tonight. We’ll begin with the 8 p.m. games.

Texas Tech at TCU: Texas Tech is favored by 1.5 in the first half and I have TCU leading by 4, so will take the home underdog out of the gate here. Tech is -2.7 points on the road and the Horned Frogs are a point better at home. TCU has played a little better in the first half of games this season.

Oklahoma State at Iowa State: Iowa State is favored by 2.5 and I have them leading by a pair.

Wake Forest at Clemson: The tigers are favored by 5 in the first half and I have them leading by 8, so will take Clemson in this spot, as Wake takes a -3.6 dip in the first half away from home, while the Tigers are about 4.0 points better at home.

VCU at St. Joe’s: The Rams are favored by 7 in the first half of this one and I have VCU leading by 6.

Miami at Duke: The Blue Devils are favored by 10, which is the same margin I have them leading by, so nothing in this one.

St. John’s at Marquette: Marquette is favored by 4.5 in this one and I have them leading by six points.

Nebraska at Wisconsin: The Badgers are favored by 8.5 in this one and I have them with a 10 point lead at the break.

Mississippi at Tennessee: Tennessee is favored by 4 in the first half and I have them leading by 5 points.

Texas A&M at Missouri: Missouri is favored by 5 in this one and I have them leading by 11, but A&M is actually a better road team than home team, so will stay clear.

San Jose State at New Mexico: New Mexico is favored by 6.5 and I have them leading this one by 4.

Air Force at Utah State: Utah State is favored by 7 and I have them leading this one by 13, but could be a flat spot, coming off Boise State and having Colorado State up next.

Wyoming at San Diego State: San Diego State is favored by 13.5 and I have them leading by 15.

END OF JAN. 21 PICKS

Our lone college basketball play of the day will be the first half sides, even though it might be a little bit of a reach. For the most part, just taking it easy with the six games that we have on today’s slate and worry about Tuesday, when we have many more games to choose from.

Charlotte at Old Dominion: Old Dominion is favored by 2 in the first half and I have this one all even at the half. Old Dominion is projected to lead by 7 at the break if we use home and away scoring stats, but with each of the two numbers leaning to different teams, will just stay away from this one.

North Carolina State at Virginia: The Cavaliers are favored by 2.5 in the first half of this one and I have Virginia leading by 3, so really no room for error with this projection. The Wolfpack have been poor defensively on the road so far this season, so I’d have Virginia by a bigger margin using home and away numbers, but no real interest in this one.

Texas at West Virginia: The Mountaineers are favored by 4.5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 7, but have to respect the full-game line movement here, which has Texas draw a little bit of money. Another game that I’ll just stay clear of.

Rice at North Texas: North Texas is favored by 7 in this one and I have them leading by 14 and will go ahead and North Texas in this spot, as it’s the largest difference between any of our numbers and the margin increases if we look at just home and away numbers. North Texas isn’t necessarily the highest-scoring team around, which could make it interesting.

Oklahoma at Baylor: Baylor is favored by 6 in the first half and I have them leading by 8, so we’re pretty close with our projection in this one. Baylor is a little better at home, but another game I’ll just stay clear of.

Weber State at Portland State: Portland State did us in a few nights ago and gave thought to taking them again, but will stay clear of this one due to the full-game money that came in on Weber. PSU is favored by 1.5 and I have them leading by 7, but another one I’m in no hurry to play.

END OF JAN. 20 PICKS

A split last night and still just 15-18 on the year with these plays, taking a two-point loss with Portland State and seeing Irvine cruise to the cover.

Davidson at Fordham: Davidson is favored by 4.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 8. The gap does close to four points by looking at home and away numbers.

Minnesota at Rutgers: Rutgers is favored by 3.5 in the first half and I have this one even in the first half with the overall numbers, but does climb to 7 using just home and away numbers.

Siena at Niagara: Siena is favored by 1.5 and I have Siena leading by 5 at the break and by four points if we use home and away numbers.

Rider at Canisius: Rider is favored by a half-point in this one and I have Canisius leading by six, which climbs to 7 with home and away numbers, so will take the home team in this spot.

Iona at Marist: The Gaels are favored by 3.5 in the first half of this one and I have Iona leading four, which drops to 3 with home and away numbers, so we’re straddling the spread in this one.

Loyola Chicago at Illinois State: Loyola Chicago is favored by 2 and I have them leading this one by two, although I’d have Illinois State on the basis of home and away numbers.

Drake at Southern Illinois: Southern Illinois is favored by a half-point and I have them leading this one by 3, although they’re a better home team and the margin jumps up a fair amount.

South Dakota State at South Dakota: South Dakota is favored by a half-point in this one and I have it even. Using home and away numbers would call for the home team to be leading by 9, but SD State played some tough teams on the road, against the likes of USC, Arizona and Indiana, which distorts their away scoring average a little bit.

Boston College at Wake Forest: Wake Forest is favored by 3 and I have them leading this one by two at the break.

East Carolina at Cincinnati: The Bearcats are favored by 9.5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 14 and that climbs using home and away numbers, but a possible flat spot for Cincinnati here, coming off Memphis and then having six straight games against decent teams.

California at UCLA: The Bruins are favored by 4.5 and I have them leading by 6.

END OF JAN. 19 PICKS

The first-half totals have been good, while the first-half side plays have labored some, with another half-point loss last night. Haven’t checked it, but am pretty certain our first half plays would be doing better as full-game plays, while the teams we’ve lost with have most likely been decent second half plays, as well. Still, would like to get these moving in the right direction a little bit.

Georgia at Miss State: Miss State is favored by 3.5 and I have them leading this one by 3 so a quick pass here.

Utah at Arizona State: The Sun Devils are favored by 3.5 and I have ASU leading this one by a single point.

Idaho at Montana: Montana is favored by 7.5 in the first half of this one, which is a bit on the high side, as I have the Grizzlies by 4, but Montana is playing pretty well right now and wouldn’t want to go against them at home, where they can be extremely tough in the Big Sky Conference.

Pacific at Santa Clara: Not a bad game here, and Santa clara is favored by 2, which is the same margin I have them leading by.

San Diego at Portland: San Diego is favored by a half-point and I have Portland leading by a pair.

Riverside at Irvine: Irvine is favored by 5.5 in the first half of this one and I have the Anteaters leading by 8. With Irvine a better team at home, will take a shot on the home favorite in this one.

New Mexico State at Seattle: NM State is favored by 2 and I have them leading by 6 in the overall numbers, but Seattle is about 6 points better at home and they’re 7-2 at home compared to 10-9 overall.

BYU at Gonzaga: The Bulldogs are favored by 7.5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 3. The Cougars are about 3.8 points in the first half on the road.

Utah State at Boise State: Utah State is favored by a point in this one and I have Utah State leading by 3 at the break.

Idaho State at Portland State: Portland State is favored by 4 in the first half here and I have the Vikings leading by 6, but going to go ahead and take a shot on PSU here. Idaho State is roughly five points worse on the road in the first half, while Portland State is close to 7 points better at home.

END OF JAN. 18 PICKS

We’re still struggling a little bit a little bit with the first-half side plays, so will see if we can’t get untracked a little bit with those, which stand at 14-16 for the season.

Siena at Canisius: Siena is favored by a half point and I have Canisius leading by two, so pretty close to the line with that one. Canisius does a little better with the home and away numbers, but with the overall numbers pretty close will stay clear.

Fairfield at Iona: Iona is favored by 3 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by the same three point margin, which climbs to 5 with home and away numbers.

Rider at Niagara: Rider is favored by 3.5 in the first half of this one and I have Niagara leading by a pair. Niagara still gets a two-point nod if we use the home and away numbers, so will take a shot on the home underdog in this one and take Niagara +3.5.

Dayton at St. Louis: Would like to take St. Louis in this one but the numbers disagree, as Dayton is favored by 4 in the first half and my overall numbers have them leading by 7. Home and away numbers are also calling for a 7-point margin of victory.

Furman at Wofford: A couple of teams with drastically different performances depending if they are home or away, Furman is favored by 1.5 and I have them leading by 7 at the break with the overall numbers. Using home and away numbers, however, calls for Wofford to be leading by three points.

Wisconsin at Michigan State: The Spartans are favored by 5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by four with the overall numbers. Michigan State is projected to be leading by eight points with the home and away numbers, however.

Brown at Yale: Yale is favored by 6 and I have them leading by 7 and that numbers really climbs when looking at home and away numbers, as I have Yale leading by 17. Brown is getting some money on the full-game line, so I’ll end up staying away from this one.

Michigan at Iowa: Iowa is favored by 2.5 in the first half and I have Michigan leading by a point with the overall numbers. Using home and away numbers calls for Iowa to be leading by seven, so another one I’ll just stay away from.

END OF JAN. 17 PICKS

Coming off a 1-2 overall day, as Kansas State let me down both in the first-half and on the side, as the Wildcats didn’t play the first 10 minutes or the last 10 minutes of the game. Dayton did sneak out the half-point cover for us on the first-half line, so a split here and 0-1 on the full game play.

Lost some of my work this morning due to a computer issue, so we’ll look at fewer games than usual today, but a couple of decent possibilities out there.

Texas at Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State is favored by 2 in the first half and I have them leading by six, so will take the Cowboys -2 out of the gate. Texas scores -2.6 fewer points on the road and allows 2.1 more, while Oklahoma State is 1.1 points better at home, so a little bit of an edge there.

Iowa State at Baylor: Baylor is favored by 4.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 8, but a little leery of the Bears with Iowa State getting some sharp money on the full-game line. I’ll just stay away from this one.

Xavier at Marquette: Marquette is favored by 1.5 and I have them leading this one by 5 points at halftime.

Bradley at Missouri State: Missouri State is favored by a point and I have Bradley leading by 1 at the break, so not a whole lot happening with this one.

Valparaiso at Northern Iowa: Northern Iowa is favored by 6 in the first half and I have them leading by 12, so will take Northern Iowa here. Valpo is close to 3 points worse on the road and the Panthers a little bit better at home, so will just follow the numbers in this one.

South Dakota at North Dakota State: North Dakota State is favored by 3.5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by a pair, so will just stay clear of this one.

North Dakota at South Dakota State: South Dakota State is favored by 4 and I them leading by a point, due to North Dakota getting a decent AOPR advantage in this one. A game I’ll just stay away from.

St. John’s at Providence: Providence is favored by 3 points in the first half and I have them leading by 3. St. John’s is just 2-3 on the road this season and Providence gets the AOPR nod, but the line was a bit higher than I anticipated based on the records of the teams.

Notre Dame at Georgia Tech: It’s more of the same here, as 8-8 Georgia Tech is favored over 10-6 Notre Dame. Tech is favored by a half-point and I have them leading this one by a pair.

END OF JAN. 15 PICKS

No college totals today, so we’ll just have the two sides articles. After running all the numbers for the late games and not having any totals qualify, I went back and checked the earlier starts and we didn’t get the home vs. away differences we look for, so we’ll move onto the first-half sides, which are still our worst performing of the three college hoops articles, checking in with a 13-14 mark.

UCF at Tulane: The Green Wave are favored by a half-point and I have this one even, so way too close for comfort.

Akron at Northern Illinois: Akron is favored by 1 in the first half and I have them leading by 2.

VCU at Dayton: Dayton is favored by 4.5 in the first half and I have the Flyers leading by nine, so going to go ahead and take Dayton -4.5 in this spot.

Texas Tech at Kansas State: Texas Tech is favored by 2 in the first half of this one and I have the Wildcats leading by 3, so will take Kansas State +2 in this spot.

Iowa at Northwestern: Iowa is favored by 3 in the first half and I have them leading this one by 3.

DePaul at Villanova: Villanova is favored by 5.5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 7.

TCU at West Virginia: West Virginia is favored by 4.5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 8.

Kansas at Oklahoma: Kansas is favored by 3.5 in the first half and I have the Jayhawks leading by 12, but hard to go against an Oklahoma team that is undefeated at home.

Virginia Tech at Wake Forest: Virginia Tech is favored by 1.5 and I have them leading by a point.

Maryland at Wisconsin: The Badgers are favored by 2 and I have them leading this one by 4 at the break.

Missouri at Miss State: Mississippi State is favored by 1.5 and I have Missouri leading by a point.

Wyoming at Nevada: Nevada is favored by 8 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 11.

San Diego State at Fresno State: San Diego State is favored by 3.5 and I have them leading by 4.

END OF JAN. 14 PICKS

Strange night on Tuesday, where we went 2-1 with all of the games decided by two points or less. We split in college hoops and then won the total in the NBA game, as the Thunder went under the total despite playing overtime, one night after we lost with them in ugly fashion. Running a bit late, so will get right to it and we’ll start with some of the later college basketball games.

Kansas at Iowa State: Iowa State getting hit hard by the sharps today, as we’ve seen the full-game line come tumbling down in a reverse move. Kansas is favored by just 2 in the first half and I have them leading by 9, although that drops to 3.6 when using home and away numbers.

George Washington at St. Louis: St. Louis is favored by 6 and I have them leading by 9.

Fort Wayne at Western Illinois: Fort Wayne is favored by 1.5 and I have Western Illinois leading by 4, although they don’t really have much of an advantage playing at home, so will stay away.

Omaha at North Dakota: North Dakota is favored by 1.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 6, so going to take North Dakota here, as Omaha has been pretty brutal on the road this season.

UCF at SMU: SMU is favored by 4 in the first half and I have leading by 3, so too close for comfort in this one.

Seton Hall at Xavier: Decent game here, as Xavier is favored by 1.5 in the first half and I have them leading by a point.

Illinois at Wisconsin: Wisconsin is favored by 2.5 and I have them leading here by 2.

Oklahoma at Texas: The Longhorns are favored by 1.5 in this spot and I have them leading by a point.

Duke at Georgia Tech: Duke is favored by 7 in the first half and I have them leading this one by 9.

South Dakota State at Denver: South Dakota State is favored by 4 and I have them leading by 8, although that number comes down a bit when looking at solely home vs. away numbers.

UNLV at Boise: Boise State is favored by 3 in the first half and I have them leading by 5.

San Diego State at Wyoming: The Aztecs are favored by 10 in the first half, which is the same margin I have them leading by.

END OF JAN. 8 PICKS

We’ve been alternating winning and losing days the past week, going 2-3 overall last night, with none of the losses particularly close. Thankfully there isn’t a “crappy pick” surcharge, as a 15-point loss is no different than a half-point loss, but it does gnaw at you a little bit when you’re completely off on a game, as was the case last night.

Providence at Marquette: We’re seeing a huge reverse move on the full-game line here, so a little hesitant with the first-half line, as Marquette is favored by 3 and I have the Warriors leading by 6.

Miami at Louisville: Louisville is favored by 7 in the first half and I have them leading by 7 at the break. Interestingly, I have Louisville leading by just six if we were to use simply home and away numbers, as neither team shows much difference in their play regardless of location and the ‘Canes are actually a little better away from home.

Virginia at Boston College: Virginia is favored by 5 in the first half and I have this one even. Points are going to be hard to come by here, so will take a shot on Boston College +5 for the first half.

Ohio State at Maryland: Maryland is favored by 1.5 in the first half and I have the Buckeyes leading by 3, although both teams have huge home vs. away tendencies. Using those numbers would give Maryland an 8-point lead, so will just stay away from this one.

Toledo at Kent State: Kent State is favored by 2 and I have Toledo leading by a point at the break. Another game, where the home and away splits are more pronounced, as I’d have Kent leading by 10 using just those numbers.

Tennessee at Missouri: Missouri is favored by 2.5 and I have them leading by 3.

Florida at South Carolina: The Gators are favored by 2 and I have Florida leading by 6 in another game where there really isn’t much of a difference in home vs. away stats, as I’d have the Gators by the same 6-point margin using home vs. away stats, so will take the Gators -2 in this spot.

Rider at Quinnipac: Rider is favored by 1 in the first half and I have them leading by the same margin.

Penn State at Rutgers: Penn State is favored by a half-point and I have this one even, giving a slight nod to Rutgers if we were to use home vs. away numbers.

END OF JAN. 7 PICKS

The big blight on our college basketball picks has been our first-half plays, which fell to 8-11 last time out, as we’ve had a few bad picks and a couple of 1-point losses that have been too much to overcome so far.

Lafayette at Appalachian State: Appalachian State is favored by 4.5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 7, which climbs slightly if we look at just home and away numbers.

Monroe at Coastal Carolina: Coastal Carolina is favored by 4 in this one and I have them leading by a pair. If we use home and away numbers the margin increases a little bit to 9, although the strength of schedule also changes, so using home and away numbers tends to work a little better for totals than sides.

Georgia Southern at Little Rock: Little Rock is favored by 1.5 in the first half of this one and I have Georgia Southern leading by 4 and that becomes even using home vs. away numbers.

South Alabama at Arlington: Arlington is favored by 3.5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 10, so going to take Arlington in this spot even though our first-half total plays is also in the same game. Arlington stretches out a little bit to lead by a larger margin by looking at home vs. away numbers.

Troy at Texas State: Texas State is favored by 5.5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 8, although that margin doubles when using just home vs. away numbers.

Georgia State at Arkansas State: Georgia State is favored by 2 in the first half and I have them leading by 11, although that number drops to 7 when looking at just home vs. away numbers.

West Virginia at Oklahoma State: West Virginia is favored by a half-point and I have Oklahoma State leading by 1 and they’re a little bit better at home, where those numbers have them leading by 5.

END OF JAN. 6 PICKS

Decent slate of games for Friday, so we’ll get after it and the typical Saturday in store.

Toledo at Ball State: Ball State is favored by a point and I have them leading by 1.

Wright State at Oakland: Wright State is favored by 2 and I have Oakland leading by 3, primarily due to strength of schedule differences.

Illinois-Chicago at Green Bay: Green Bay is favored by 3 and I have them leading by 10.

St. Peter’s at Iona: Iona is favored by 5 in the first half and I have them leading by 10.

Quinnipac at Marist: Quinnipac is favored by 3 on the road and I have them leading this one by 4.

Monmouth at Siena: Siena is favored by 3 and I have them leading this one by 6.

Manhattan at Canisius: Canisius is favored by 3 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 12, so will go ahead and take Canisius -3 in this spot.

Northern Kentucky at Detroit: Northern Kentucky is favored by 3 and I have them leading by 4 at the break. Northern Kentucky with much better stats, but Detroit has played a much tougher slate.

Fairfield at Niagara: Fairfield is favored by 1.5 and I have the home team leading by a point.

Wisconsin at Ohio State: The Buckeyes are favored by 4 and I have them leading by 5.

Delaware at Drexel: Delaware is favored by 1 in the first half and I have them leading by 4.

UCF at Houston: Houston is favored by 5.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 7.

Rutgers at Nebraska: Rutgers is favored by 2 in the first half and I have them leading by 3 but if we used simply home and away numbers, I’d have Nebraska leading.

IUPUI at Milwaukee: Milwaukee is favored by 5 and I have them leading by 3.

Kent State at Bowling Green: Bowling Green is favored by a half-point and I have them leading by 5.

Georgetown at Seton Hall: Seton Hall is favored by 3 and I have them leading by 3.

Temple at Tulsa: Temple is favored by 1.5 and I have them leading by 7.

END OF JAN. 3 PICKS

Have gone back-and-forth with our first-half side plays, as we’re just 8-9 so far, so will get right to it.

St. Joes at Richmond: Richmond is favored by 7 in the first half and I have them leading by 7.

Fordham at VCU: Virginia Commonwealth is favored by 11.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 14, but will go ahead and take the Rams here, as Fordham plays about six points worse in the first half when they’re away from home compared to their overall numbers, while VCU is the exact opposite and plays six points better at home.

St. Louis at Duquesne: Duquesne is favored by 1.5 in the first half and I have St. Louis leading by a point.

UTSA at FAU: Florida Atlantic is favored by 2 points in the first half of this one and I have them leading by three points at the break.

Towson State at Charleston: Charleston is favored by 3.5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading a point.

Elon at Northeastern: Northeastern is favored by 8 in the first half and I have them leading by 4, but Elon’s offense takes a 5.5-point hit when they’re on the road compared to overall average.

Minnesota at Purdue: Purdue is favored by 4 in the first half and I have them leading by 5.

Rhode Island at Brown: Rhode Island is favored by 4.5 and I have them leading by five.

Georgia State at Appalachian State: Appalachian State is favored by one in the first 20 minutes and I have Georgia State leading by one at the break.

UAB at Charlotte: Charlotte is favored by one in this spot and I have them leading by four at the break.

Georgia Southern at Coastal Carolina: Coastal Carolina is favored by a half-point and I have them leading by a pair.

Rice at Marshall: Marshall is favored by 4.5 and I have them leading by 7.

North Texas at Western Kentucky: Western Kentucky is favored by 1.5 here and I have North Texas leading by three at the break.

William & Mary at Hofstra: Hofstra is favored by four in the first half and I have them leading by four points.

Oregon State at Utah: The Utes are favored by 1 in the first half and I have them leading by three points.

Oregon at Colorado: The Ducks are favored by a half-point in this one and I have Oregon leading by two points at the break.

END OF JAN. 2 PICKS

Somewhat small slate of games for this New Year’s Eve, so we’ll look at some of the later-starting games. We’re coming off an 0-2 day, losing the total with a crappy pick and catching a bad beat with our half-point loss on the side play, as a 12-point lead with 1:40 remaining turned into a 6-point halftime lead when Milwaukee dunked at the buzzer following an offensive rebound of a missed 3-pointer.

Miami, Fla. at Clemson: Clemson is favored by 1 in the first half and I have the Tigers leading by 4 points.

Riverside at Air Force: Air Force is favored by 2 in the first half and I have them leading by 2 at the break, so nothing happening in this one.

Evansville at Missouri State: Missouri State is favored by 4 in the first half and I have this one a 6-point lead for the home team.

Georgetown at Providence: This one could be a pretty decent game and the Hoyas are favored by a half-point in the first half, as they opened an underdog and are now favored to win the game. I have the Hoyas leading by one at the half.

Boston College at Duke: The Blue Devils are favored by 13.5 in the first half and I have them leading Boston College by 10 points.

Drake at Bradley: Bradley is favored by 1.5 points in the first half, as the full-game line has moved from Bradley -5 to Bradley -2.5 and I have Bradley leading by five points at intermission.

Rider at Wisconsin: The Badgers are favored by 7.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 15, so going to go ahead and lay the points with Wisconsin here. Wisconsin has played a much tougher schedule than Rider and has better stats, as Rider doesn’t play as well when they’re away from home.

Butler at St. John’s: Butler is favored by 2.5 points in the first half and I have them leading by three. Using strictly home or away stats, I’d have St. John’s leading by a point at the half.

END OF DEC. 31 PICKS

We’re still just 7-8 with our college basketball first-side play, so will try to get back to .500 today, as we take a look at some of the games on the slate.

Wisconsin Green Bay at Northern Kentucky: The first-half line here has Northern Kentucky favored by 2.5 and I have them leading by 5. Green Bay has some ugly road numbers, but they’ve played some pretty solid teams away from home this season.

Austin Peay at Georgia: The Bulldogs are favored by 7 in the first half of this one and I have Austin Peay leading by 2, but that’s based on overall numbers, not home and away and Austin Peay is a much lower-scoring team when they’re away from home.

St. Bonaventure at Buffalo: Buffalo is favored by 1.5 in this one and I have them leading by 4. The Bonnies have played a tougher schedule and are getting a little full-game action so will just stay away from this one.

Mass at Akron: Akron is favored by 5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 5 at the break.

Northeastern at James Madison: Northeastern is favored by 1.5 in this one and I have it even.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Wright State: Wright State is favored by 6.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 7, but will go ahead and take the home team in this spot. Even though we have just a half-point advantage, Milwaukee is roughly 4.8 points worse when they’re away from home. Wright State is about 2.8 points better in the first half at home.

Northern Arizona at Montana State: Montana State is favored by 2 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by a point.

Eastern Washington at Idaho State: The Eagles are favored by 4 in the first half of this one and I have Eastern Washington leading by a pair.

Detroit at Gonzaga: The Zags are favored by 18.5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 20.

Sacramento State at Montana: The Grizzlies are favored by three in the first half and I have this one even.

END OF DEC. 30 PICKS

Fresno State fell apart in the second half once again, although this time they managed to get the first-half cover for us last night. Still, we’re just 6-8 with these plays so far, the worst of the three articles.

Appalachian State at NC State: The first half line in this one sees the Wolfpack favored by 7.5 and I have them leading by 8 at the break.

Tenn Tech at Ole Miss: The Rebels are favored by 13 in the first half of this one and overall numbers would have them leading by 2, but Tennessee Tech much worse on the road.

UC Davis at New Mexico: New Mexico is favored by 7.5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 9.

Bakersfield at Texas Tech: Another game where you have to look at the home and away splits to get the true story, as Texas Tech is favored by 11.5 and I have them leading by 1, but Bakersfield goes from a +2.4 overall to -5.4 on the road, while Tech also three points better at home.

Rhode Island at Middle Tenn: Rhode Island is -3 in the first half and I have them leading by 7, which is a little strange as the full-game numbers like Middle Tenn.

FAU at USF: The Bulls are favored by 4.5 in the first half and I have FAU leading by one in another case of a team taking a nosedive on the road.

South Dakota at Western Illinois: South Dakota is favored by 2.5 and I have this one even.

ND State at Denver: ND State is favored by 4.5 and I have them leading by 5.

Harvard at California: Harvard is favored by 2 and I have the Bears leading by a point at the break.

UCSB at Lafayette: Santa Barbara is favored by 1.5 points for the first half and I have them leading by 3.

Western Michigan at Michigan State: Still no line out on the first half of this one and I have the Spartans leading by 15.

Tulsa at Kansas State: Kansas State is favored by 4 and my overall numbers have them leading by 6, so going to take the Wildcats here. Kansas State is 2.6 points better at home, while Tulsa’s numbers are worse on the road, even though they’ve played just three away games so far.

North Dakota at Oregon State: The Beavers are favored by 7.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 4.

Richmond at Alabama: Alabama is favored by 3.5 and I have them leading by 4.

END OF DEC. 29 PICKS

The dreaded half-point loss last time out, as Fresno diddled around at the start of the game and fell behind early, as we dropped to 5-8 with these plays, so need to get things going here.

Cal Poly at San Diego State: San Diego State State is favored by 15 in the first half and I have them leading by 17, so nothing really happening in this one.

Wilmington at Delaware: Delaware is favored by 7 in the first half and I have them leading by nine, even though the full-game projection was just Delaware by 2. Wilmington has been a different team on the road so far this season.

Niagara at Syracuse: Syracuse is favored by 12.5 and I have them leading this one by 16.

Belmont at Western Kentucky: Western Kentucky is favored by 1 and I have them leading at the break by four.

Seattle at Saint Marys: Saints Marys is favored by 11 in the first half of a game that has seen Seattle get the majority of the wagers on the full-game line, but I have the home team leading by 14 at the break here.

Oral Roberts at BYU: The Cougars are favored by 8 in the first half and I have them leading by 11, after making an adjustment for Oral Roberts and their downturn on the road.

Pepperdine at San Jose State: Pepperdine is favored by 4.5 on the road in the first half and I have San Jose State leading by 2, as the Spartans score some strength of schedule points. San Jose State can pop up with good effort now and then, which makes getting involved in their games a bit tough.

Riverside at Fresno: Fresno State is favored by 4.5 for the first half of this one and even though the Bulldogs let me down last time, will come right back with them, as I have them leading by 12. Fresno fell apart at the end of the game against San Francisco, losing an 8-point lead with 1:44 left, so think they’ll come out and play hard from the opening tip here.

Northern Arizona at Montana: Montana is favored by 4 in the first half and I have them leading by that margin.

END OF DEC. 28 PICKS

Our first half side plays have been pretty up-and-down with our teams doing better for the full game than in the first half. Part of that is still due to lack of games played and a bit first half in one or two games will distort the numbers a little bit, but we should be OK as the season goes on. We’re 5-7 so far, as our last two plays have covered the full game, but not the half.

Canisius at Siena: The Saints are favored by 3.5 in the first half and are up to 7 for the full game and I have Siena leading by seven points at the break in the overall numbers and by 16 if we look at home and away numbers, which aren’t quite as accurate right now, as there are still some disparities in the AOPR of teams depending upon location.

Long Beach State at Seattle: Seattle is favored by 2.5 at the break and this is one of the games where I get conflicting opinions depending on the numbers used. The overall numbers have Long Beach State leading by a point, which is due to the 49ers having played a decent schedule, but the home and away numbers have Seattle leading by 6.

Georgia Southern at Georgia: The Bulldogs are favored by 4.5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by four points and that climbs to 16 if we use home and away numbers.

Georgia State at SMU: The Mustangs are favored by 4 in the first half and are 8-point favorites for the full game, so it makes sense to see a 4 or 4.5 in the first half. SMU is getting a little bit of wise guy play, but both sets of numbers have Georgia State leading by 3. Wanted to take Georgia State here, but the full-game betting has me a little leery.

San Francisco at Fresno State: San Francisco is favored by a half-point and my overall numbers have Fresno leading by 1 and the margin climbs to 10 points if we look at home and away numbers. Will go ahead and take a stab on the Bulldogs here as an anti-public play, as the Dons are getting 75% of the full-game wagers and my numbers have Fresno getting the win.

END OF DEC. 23 PICKS

The majority of games on today’s slate are early ones, but we’ll take a look at some of the games that start at 4 p.m. EST and later.

Fullerton at Loyola Marymount: Loyola is favored by 3.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 15, as despite their losing record, they’ve played much better in the first half than they have in the second half. Both teams have played pretty comparable schedules, so will go ahead and take a shot on the home team in this one and hope to see the first-half play of the Lions continue.

Charlotte at East Carolina: Charlotte is favored by 1 in the first half and I have them leading by 5, but Charlotte is about four points worse on the road and the Pirates are a little better at home.

Missouri-Kansas City at South Dakota: South Dakota is favored by 4 in the first half and I have Kansas City leading by a point, but this is another game where the road team is about four points worse away from home and the home team has better numbers.

Yale at Clemson: Clemson is favored by 2.5 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 2.

Riverside at San Jose State: Riverside is favored by 1.5 in the first half and I have San Jose State leading by a point.

Xavier at TCU: Decent game here, where the Horned Frogs are favored by 1 in the first half and I have Xavier leading by a point at the break.

Citadel at NC State: North Carolina State is favored by 14.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 9, although Citadel is scoring seven fewer points in the first half when they’re on the road compared to their overall average.

Florida Atlantic at Mercer: Mercer is favored by 1 and I have Florida Atlantic leading by three points at the break. This one follows a common theme this morning, as FAU scores quite a bit less away from home and Mercer has played better defense when they’re the home team.

UTEP at Hawaii: This one is technically a tournament game and I’ll usually stay clear of those, but this is a home game for Hawaii no matter how you look at it. Hawaii is favored by 1 in the first half and I have them leading by 1.

END OF DEC. 22 PICKS

A number of college basketball games without first-half totals right now, so we’ll take a look at sides, which are just 5-5 after Duke managed to pull out the first-half cover last night.

James Madison at Fordham: Fordham is favored by 1.5 and my overall numbers have James Madison leading by 7 at the break. But running home and away numbers would give a two-point advantage to Fordham, so a game I’ll just stay away from.

SMU at Georgia: Georgia is favored by 2.5 over SMU, which is coming off its first loss of the season last time out, as SMU’s soft schedule may be catching up to the Mustangs a bit. I have the Bulldogs leading by 3 in the overall numbers and by 8 in the home and away numbers.

Furman at Mercer: Furman is favored by 4.5 and I have them leading by 15 with the overall numbers, but just by 3 when looking at the home and away figures.

Irvine at Illinois-Chicago: Irvine is favored by 2.5 and I have them leading by 9 with the overall numbers and by 8 with the home and away numbers.

Northern Colorado at South Dakota: South Dakota is favored by .5 and I have them leading by 1 with the overall numbers and by 14 just looking at home and away numbers, but south Dakota has played some poor teams at home so far.

North Dakota State at Marquette: North Dakota State is getting bet pretty good in the full-game, but Marquette is still favored by 7 in the first half. I have Marquette leading by 12 in the overall numbers and by 13 in the home and away numbers and will take a shot on Marquette -7 here, having played a much-tougher schedule.

IUPUI at Fresno: Fresno State is favored by 7.5 and I have them leading by 4 on the overall numbers and by 17 in the home-away numbers.

Akron vs. Tulane: Akron is favored by 3 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 4, but have Tulane leading by 2 when looking at just the away games for both teams.

Liberty at Towson: Liberty is favored by 3.5 and I have them leading by a pair with both sets of numbers in what should be a low-scoring half.

Drexel vs. Quinnipac: Drexel is favored by .5 and I have them leading by 3 and by 1 point.

END OF DEC. 20 PICKS

A split last night with our two games, losing a tough one by a point in the Illinois State game, as Illinois-Chicago went on a 10-3 run to close the first half, and having an easy time with the total in the Georgia Tech game.

We’ll take a look at a few of the games on tonight’s slate.

Northeastern at Detroit: Northeastern is favored by 3 in the first half and I have them leading by 5. Northeastern actually has slightly better numbers when they’re away from home, while Detroit has played a little better at home, but have only had two home games up to this point.

William & Mary at St. Joe’s: William & Mary is favored by a half-point in this one and I have them leading by two. William & Mary has scored less and allowed more when they’re away from home, while St. Joe’s has worse overall numbers in front of the home fans.

Eastern Kentucky at Marshall: Marshall is favored by 6.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 3, but Eastern Kentucky has been terrible on the road this season, while Marshall doesn’t show the improvement at home you’d like to see.

Texas-Arlington at Georgia State: Arlington has played a tough schedule so far and Georgia State is favored by 1.5 in this one, while I have them leading by 4. Arlington has the traditional home and away stats, scoring less and allowing more away from home, while Georgia State has scored more and allowed less in front of the home fans. Georgia State has a decent AOPR, but Arlington’s is quite a bit higher.

Texas State at Georgia Southern: Georgia Southern is favored by 1 and I have Texas State leading by 4, although Texas State scores 8 fewer points in the first half when they’re the away team, while Georgia Southern scores 6 more and allows 4 fewer.

Wofford at Duke: Duke is favored by 10.5 and I have them leading by 14, so am going to go ahead and take Duke in this one. Wofford is coming off a huge win over a banged-up North Carolina team and that will certainly get the attention of the Blue Devils. Wofford has a first-half scoring margin of -5.6 on the road compared to +3.7 overall and Duke is slightly better at home. Wofford lost by 19 at Butler and Missouri earlier this year.

END OF DEC, 19 PICKS

A few pretty big slates on tap the next few days, so we’ll look at some of the games on the schedule.
Will get records all updated tomorrow, as running behind again, which is typically the case when running the different numbers for college hoops, as it’s a bit more time consuming than I’d like.

Western Carolina at Xavier: Xavier is favored by 8 in the first half and I have them leading by 11. Western’s offense has been consistent, but tails off on the road, while Xavier is the traditional home team in that they score more and allow less.

DePaul at Cleveland State: DePaul is favored by 9 in the first half and I have them leading by 10. The Blue Demons have played well on the road, but just have three away games to their credit.

Ball State at Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech is favored by 2.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 4.

Tennessee State at Indiana State: Indiana State is favored by 5 in the first half and I have them leading by 6. Indiana State has played just two home games so far.

Illinois Chicago at Illinois State: Illinois State is favored by 3 in the first half and I have them leading by 10. Illinois Chicago hasn’t been that bad on the road, while Illinois State has played tougher foes and is better a home a little, so will take a shot on Illinois State -3.

Canisius at Buffalo: Buffalo is favored by 4.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 8. Buffalo is coming off a puzzling home loss to Army.

Niagara at St. Bonnies: St. Bonaventure is favored by 8.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 8.

St. Peters at UConn: The Huskies are favored by 12.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 15. UConn is coming off a tough loss to Indiana and might have a hard time getting up for this one, which is my only concern.

East Tenn State at LSU: LSU is favored by 5.5 and I have ETS leading by a pair, but ETS a much better home team and they’ve played some weak foes.

Tennessee at Cincinnati: Tennessee is favored by a half-point and I have the Bearcats leading by 2.
Richmond at Old Dominion: Richmond is favored by 2 and I have them leading by 1. Old Dominion won both games last year.

VCU at College of Charleston: VCU is favored by 2.5 and I have them leading by 3.

END OF DEC. 18 PICKS

Coming off a fairly ugly weekend, so will look to get back on track here.

Mercer at Wilmington: Wilmington is favored by .5 points in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 9, so going to go ahead and take Wilmington right out of the gate. Both teams are in the midst of losing streaks, but Wilmington with a bit tougher competition played.

Valparaiso at Charlotte: Charlotte is favored by 2 in the first half and I have them leading by 5. Charlotte has a couple of nice home wins, but also an ugly home loss to NC-Ashville.

Marist at Rider: Rider is favored by 8 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 12.

Marshall at Morehead State: Morehead is favored by 1 and I have them with a four-point lead at the break.

Southern Miss at Texas Tech: Texas Tech is favored by 13.5 in the first half, which seems a little on the high side, especially if Jahmi’us Ramsey is unable to go. The Golden Eagles have played some weak teams, however, and will just stay clear.

Northern Illinois at Pitt: Pittsburgh is favored by 6.5 in the first half and I have them leading by three.

Eastern Illinois at Western Illinois: Eastern Illinois is favored by 1 and I have this one even. Western Illinois is playing better lately and this could actually be a decent game.

Montana State at North Dakota State: North Dakota State is favored by 4 in the first half and I have them leading by 1.

Evansville at Jacksonville State: Evansville is favored by 2 in the first half and I have Jacksonville State leading by 3. Jacksonville State’s stats at home, in particular, are a bit distorted after defeating Brescia by a 125-55 margin.

UCSB at Idaho State: Santa Barbara is favored by 4 in the first half of this one, while I have Idaho State leading by 8. Idaho State has only played seven games so far this season and have outscored Montana Western and West Coast Baptist by a combined 182-91, which certainly has affected their stats.

Loyola-Marymount at UC Davis: Loyola is favored by .5 in the first half and I have them leading by 10, but UCD has played better at home in its two games, while Loyola is about five points worse in the first half on the road.

END OF DEC. 16 PICKS

Just 3-3 with our first half side plays so far and we’ll look at some of the evening games here for Saturday.

Drake at Dayton: Dayton is favored by 9.5 in the first half and I have them covering that number pretty easily with a 20-point halftime lead, so will take Dayton -9.5 right out of the gate.

New Mexico State at New Mexico: This one could be a decent game and the home team is favored by a pair and I have the two teams tied at the break.

Evansville at Green Bay: Green Bay is favored by 1.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 7. This is just the third home game for Green Bay.

Bakersfield at Idaho: The road team is favored by 3 in the first half of this one and I have Bakersfield leading by 1, so not much margin for error. The Vandals haven’t been pretty at home and have some ugly stats that would be worse if not for games against Evergreen State and Walla Walla.

Stanford at San Jose State: Stanford is favored by 10 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 8. Stanford has just two games away from home so far, but they did beat Oklahoma and lose by 1 to a solid Butler team.

Western Michigan at Manhattan: Manhattan is favored by 2.5 in this one and I have Western Michigan leading at the break, but Manahattan has just two homes games so far and can’t really put a lot of trust in the numbers yet.

Georgia at Arizona State: ASU is favored by 2 in the first half and I have the Sun Devils leading by 9. Georgia hasn’t been impressive away from home, but the Sun Devils have some lackluster efforts at home against weaker foes.

Eastern Illinois at Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Milwaukee is favored by 1.5 in the first half and I have this one tied. Not so sure Eastern is as good as their numbers as they’ve padded the stats against a few bad teams.

Northern Colorado at Wyoming: Northern Colorado is favored by 3 and I have them ahead by 11 at the break, bu Northern Colorado is another who has beaten up some poor teams and probably not as good as the numbers suggest.

NAU at Utah Valley: Utah Valley is favored by 4 in the first half and I have the Lumberjacks leading by 10, but NAU has been thumping teams like Sagu American Indian and Benedictine.

Cal Davis at San Diego: San Diego is favored by 4.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 8.

Fresno at Cal Poly: Fresno is favored by 4.5 and I have them leading by 5 at the break.

Gonzaga at Arizona: Arizona is favored by 1.5 at the half and I have it even.

St. Mary’s at California: St. Mary’s is favored by 4.5 and I have this one even.

END DEC. 14 PICKS

Have slumped a little bit with the first-half side plays, as we fell to 2-3 last time, but are 4-1 with our full-game college sides, so no real complaints. Just a couple of games on today’s schedule, so will see what we can do here.

Austin Peay at West Virginia: The Mountaineers are favored by 9.5 in the first half of this one, which is a little bit on the high side conserving the full-game spread is 15.5, so I expected 9, although I have West Virginia leading by 11 at the break. That may be a little misleading when you factor in home and away performances, as Austin Peay goes from a first-half margin of +1.2 to -4.7 when they’re away from home and the Mountaineers go from +6.1 to +12 when they are at home. West Virginia is coming off a loss to St. John’s so I’d expect them to come out hard, and wouldn’t be surprised to see them leading by double-digits at the break, but still a pretty steep number.

Iowa at Iowa State: Iowa State is favored by 2.5 in the first half of this one and both my projections have the Cyclones leading by more than that, but things don’t always go as planned in rivalry games. Iowa State did win at home against Iowa last year and pushed the -6 line, but the Hawkeyes did have the lead at halftime, only to see Iowa State storm back in the second half. Both teams have over a week off after this one, so should be pulling out all the stops in what could be a pretty decent game to watch.

Northern Iowa at Grand Canyon: Northern Iowa is favored by 3 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 8 on the home vs. away numbers and by 15 on the overall numbers, which I’ll admit is likely a bit on the high side, with NIU scoring close to four fewer first-half points away from home. The Panthers do play tough defense regardless of location and there isn’t much difference in the number of points they allow. Grand Canyon has some bad home losses this season, losing to Davenport and Purdue-Fort Wayne, while needed overtime to defeat a pretty sad Mount St. Mary’s team. Always tough to lay points on the road, but will take Northern Iowa in this one.

END OF DEC. 12 PICKS

We suffered our first losing day of the season to fall to 9-3 overall with our college basketball plays and now have just a couple of games on Monday’s schedule before things get back to normal on Tuesday.

We’re 2-2 with our first-half side plays, losing on Sunday when Northern Kentucky didn’t show up until the second half, winning by 21 and easily covering the full-game spread.

Columbia at Duquesne: This one is an interesting game, at least from a handicapping perspective, as Duquesne brings an undefeated record into the contest, while the Lions are just 3-7 straight-up. Columbia has played a tougher schedule, but Duquesne absolutely throttled Princeton last month in its lone game with an Ivy League School.

Despite being 4-0 at home on the season, Duquesne actually has a negative scoring margin in the first half at home and have played better in the first half on the road. Overall, Duquesne has a +1.1 first-half margin, although that drops to -1.2 at home.

The Lions have played eight of their 10 games away from home and while they’ve had a couple of soft games, against the likes of Binghamton and Central Conn State, they’ve also faced Virginia, St. John’s and Wake Forest.

Columbia is a -2 in the first half over and that drops down to -3 when they’re on the road, which really isn’t that bad of a difference considering they’re toughest games have been away from home.

I have the Lions leading by a point at the break, so will go ahead and take Columbia +6.5 in the first half of this one.

Minnesota at Iowa: The Hawkeyes are favored by 3 in the first half of this one and I have the Gophers leading by a point at the break, although Minnesota’s away numbers are quite a bit worse than their overall numbers. But Minnesota has just two road games to their credit so far this season, against Butler and Utah, so you really can’t tell a whole lot from that.

The Hawkeyes don’t show much difference between their home and away performances, so one to stay away from.

END OF DEC. 9 PICKS

We moved to 2-1 with our first-half side plays on Saturday and now have a fairly small slate of late games for this Sunday.

Northwestern at Purdue: Purdue is favored by 7.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 14 at the break. I’m not entirely sold on the situation for the Boilermakers, however, as there’s bound to be a little bit of a letdown after the thumping they just handed Virginia.

Denver at UCLA: The Bruins are favored by 11 in the first half of this one and I have UCLA leading by 7, but Denver doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence away from home, where they’re 1-5 and play a fair amount worse than they do at home.

Buffalo at DePaul: The Blue Demons are favored by 5 points in the first half and that’s what I have them leading by, so one to stay away from.

North Dakota at Eastern Washington: Eastern Washington is favored by 4.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 9 at the break. Eastern’s home stats are distorted due to their 82-point victory over Portland Bible to open the season.

Eastern Kentucky at Northern Kentucky: Northern Kentucky is favored by 8 in the first half and I have them leading by 14. Eastern Kentucky pulled the upset last year in the first meeting and Northern waxed them in the rematch and believe Northern’s coaches are reminding the team what happen last year, so I’d expect them to come out hard, so will go ahead and take Northern Kentucky -8 in the first half of this one.

Gonzaga at Washington: The Bulldogs are favored by two in the first half of this one and I have them leading by four.

Rutgers at Michigan State: The Spartans are favored by 8.5 in the first half in this spot and I have them leading by 15. The Spartans are usually pretty solid after a defeat.

Seton Hall at Iowa State: The Cyclones are favored by 1 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by two in the quick rematch between the two teams.

END OF DEC. 8 PICKS

We suffered our first loss of the college basketball season on our first-half side play Friday and a bit tougher of a card today, as we’ll look at a few of the evening games.

SEMO at Drake: Drake is favored by 7 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 8 at the break.

Morehead State at Illinois State: Illinois State is favored by 4 in the first half of this one and I have them leading by 3, so no real room for error in this one.

Georgetown at SMU: The Mustangs are favored by 2 in the first half of this one and I have the Hoyas leading by a pair at the break.

Cleveland State at Kent State: Kent State is favored by 10.5 in the first half of this one and I have the Golden Flashes leading by 11, so another one pretty close to the number.

Missouri at Temple: The Owls are still favored by in the first half of this one even though a big reverse line move on Missouri has knocked the full-game number to Owls -3. I have Temple leading by 10, but will respect the line move and just stay clear.

Colorado State at Boise State: Boise State is favored by 3.5 and I have them leading by 9.

Little Rock at North Texas: North Texas is favored by 2.5 here and I have the Mean Green leading by 11 and will take North Texas in this one.

Arkansas at Western Kentucky: The Razorbacks are favored by a half-point and I have them leading by one.

Fresno at Utah State: Utah State is favored by 7.5 and I have them leading by 1 at the break.

Hawaii at Oregon: The Ducks are favored by 11 in the first half and I have them leading by 14.

Colorado at Kansas: Kansas is favored by 5.5 and I have them leading by 14 at the break.

END OF DEC. 7 PICKS

Small slate of games today and tomorrow the usual Saturday debacle. Will most likely have all of the evening games around this time tomorrow morning and possibly some of the bigger day games depending on time.

Iowa at Michigan: The Wolverines are favored by 4 in the first half and I have them taking it to Iowa early, but a little hesitant to back the boys in blue due to the reverse line move on the full game, so will just stay away.

Tenn-Martin at Central Michigan: Central Michigan is favored by 6.5 in the first half and I have them leading by nine at the break, so nothing much in this one.

Providence at Rhode Island: The Rams are favored by 1 in the first half even though we’ve seen the full game line drop down to even. I have Rhode Island leading by five at the half in this one.

Duke at Virginia Tech: Duke is favored by 4 in the first half and I have them leading by 6 at the break, so nothing in this one.

Dartmouth at South Florida: Another game where a full-game reverse line move has me a little hesitant to pull the trigger in this one, as South Florida is favored by 4 and I have Dartmouth leading by a pair.

Chicago State at Tennessee State: Tennessee State is favored by 12.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 19. Chicago State has had a couple of tough road games, while Tennessee State with several blowouts at home, so the home vs. away numbers might be a little distorted here and will just stay clear.

Pittsburgh at Louisville: Louisville is favored by 7.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 12, so will stay away.

Idaho State at Pepperdine: Pepperdine is favored by 8 in the first half of this one and I have Idaho State leading by a pair, but with ISU as a full-game wager will stay away from this one.

USC at TCU: The Horned Frogs are favored by 2.5 in the first half and I have them leading by 6.

North Dakota at Montana: Montana is favored by 3.5 in the first half and I have the Grizzlies leading by 7.

Northridge at Portland State: The first-half line here has Portland State favored by 3 and I have the Vikings leading by 10 and will go ahead and take a shot on PSU in this one.

END OF DEC. 6 PICKS

We’re back for another season of college basketball and will look to duplicate our success of last year’s first-half plays, which were better than expected, but that’s no guarantee for this season, as this football season shows for me. If you remember, our first plays were essentially born out of stinking it up in totals, starting off 0-4 and then finding a first-half total that I liked and we were off and running.

Might be jumping the gun a little bit in terms of the number of games played and having a decent statistical base to draw on, but you have to get started at some point. There are just halftime lines on five of the six games, with no number on the Howard at Hampton game.

Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State: Mississippi State is favored by 4.5 in the first half and both teams have shown a tendency to get off to decent starts, although Tech hasn’t been nearly as good on the road in the first half as they have elsewhere. This is just their fourth away game of the season, so I’ll stay away from this one where I have Miss State leading by one at the break.

Oklahoma at North Texas: The Sooners are favored by 3 (-115) in the first half of this one and Oklahoma has had an early tendency to be a second-half team. Despite having a 6-1 overall, Oklahoma trails by 1.4 points at the half on average. The Sooners haven’t played many true away games, they trail by 1.5 points at the break but are 3-1 on the road. North Texas is pretty much the opposite in that despite being 3-5 for the year, the Mean Green leads by 2.3 points and the break and is a little better than that at home. You know North Texas is going to come out fired up for this one and can see them keeping it close for a while, so will take North Texas +3 for our play here.

Furman at Auburn: Auburn has been a solid first team this season and is favored by 7, while I have them leading by 5 in a game that is too close for my liking. Furman hasn’t been bad in the first half, but Auburn is a big climb in class.

Northern Illinois at St. Mary’s: St. Mary’s has moved to an 8-point favorite in the first half and I have them leading by 4, so one I’ll just stay clear of.

South Dakota State at Montana State: Another game where I can see the home team playing a decent first half, the Bobcats are favored by .5 at home. I have Montana State leading by a pair at the intermission.

 

 

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