Top College Basketball Betting Picks Of The Week (Jan. 3rd – Jan. 4th)

Posted by Peter Boysen on January 2, 2017 in

For the most part, non-conference action has ended in the 2016-17 college basketball season, which means that these games now affect how teams will shake out in their own conference standings and how teams will position themselves to make the Big Dance in March. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest games set to come down the pike this week — and how you should consider betting on them. Take a look at all of our sports betting odds for the week ahead.

Analyzing The Top College Basketball Betting Picks Of The Week (Jan. 3rd – Jan. 4th)

 

Tuesday: Ole Miss at #25 Florida, 7:00pm ET (ESPNU)

The Florida Gators (10-3) opened conference play at Arkansas and took an 81-72 victory over Arkansas (11-2). Gator guard KeVaughn Allen returned to his home state and had a huge night, pouring in 21 points, to counteract a 22-point night from Razorbacks guard Daryl Macon. Allen kept drilling threes to drain the life out of Arkansas runs in front of one of the most difficult crowds that he will face in SEC action. Devin Robinson scored 17 for the Gators, and Kevarrius Hayes and Kasey Hill each added 10 more points. While Florida is the only team in the Top 25 with three losses, those setbacks have all come against ranked foes: Gonzaga, Duke and Florida State. Florida snatched 13 turnovers in the game — and 10 in the first half.

Meanwhile, Ole Miss (9-4) comes to town having just taken a 99-76 shellacking from #8 Kentucky. Sebastian Saiz put up 23 points and grabbed 13 boards for the Rebels, while DeAndre Burnett posted 19 points and Rasheed Brooks added 15 more. However, Kentucky had 60 points at halftime as the Ole Miss defense simply could not keep up. The Wildcats show 50 percent from the field and 44 percent from behind the arc. If Florida can put together a solid offensive night, they should be able to roll by Ole Miss as well.

Wednesday: Temple at SMU, 9:00pm ET (CBS Sports Network)

SMU (12-3) has started off American Athletic Conference play with a 2-0 record, beating Memphis, 58-54, and East Carolina, 75-44, both games coming on the road. Road conference games had been real pitfalls for the Mustangs, so taking these two gave the team an important start. The Ponies have now won eight in a row. Ben Moore put up 18 points against East Carolina, and the team showed balance as all five starters hit double figures. Shake Milton had 14 points, Sterling Brown added 13, and Semi Ojeleye and Jarrey Foster put in a dozen each.

Temple (9-6) comes in having taken a 77-53 beating from UCF on Saturday. The Owls only scored 11 points in the first half, and they were outrebounded by UCF for the game, 53-31. Temple had some solid games in nonconference play, beating West Virginia and Florida State, but opening the game with 4-for-29 shooting in the first half sealed their fate. They visit an SMU team that is ready for some redemption after seeing last season marred by probation and then having coach Larry Brown resign after the end of the season, and Tim Jankovich has the Mustangs playing swarming defense and hitting the boards so far this season. I like the Ponies to move to 3-0 in AAC play with a home win over the Owls.