Top College Basketball Games of the Week (Dec 6-11)

Posted by Peter Boysen on December 6, 2016 in

The college basketball season is ticking toward conference play, and this week features some fine-tuning matchups for the big programs. Let’s take a look at some of the matchups that will give you the best chance of pulling in some dough with a timely bet, as well as the rest of our online betting odds for this week’s sporting events.

Top College Basketball Games of the Week (Dec 6-11)

Tuesday: #18 Purdue vs Arizona State (in New York City), 7:00pm ET

The Boilermakers meet the Sun Devils in the Jimmy V Classic. Arizona State enters in the second year under Bobby Hurley’s tutelage. The Sun Devils like to push the ball up and down the floor, and they put in 85 points per game. Their problem, though, is that they just don’t play defense, permitting 82.9 points per game. They gave up 110 points or more in two straight games — a 127-110 in a track meet over The Citadel and a 115-69 dismantling handed to them by Kentucky. They sit at 5-3, but they haven’t beaten anyone in the top 200 in the RPI rankings. Purdue will have to pay attention to a trio in the backcourt who each average more than 17 points per game (Tra Holder, Shannon Evans II and Torian Graham). However, with their superior height in the middle and their defense, Purdue should win this one.

Wednesday: TCU at SMU, 8:00pm ET

SMU is not off to the same dominant start as a year ago. Former head coach Larry Brown resigned in the off-season, and designated successor Tim Jankovich has the Ponies off to a 6-3 start, with wins over Cal State-Bakersfield and Delaware State coming last weekend. But they got thrashed by Michigan at home and then fell in close road games to USC and Boise State. They miss the playmaking of point guard Nic Moore, the two-time American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, although Ben Moore is making a name for himself on the interior. TCU comes in with an 8-0 record to start the season, with two wins already over Washington and a 77-54 spanking of Arkansas State coming over the weekend. The Frogs look to reverse a recent losing streak (at least in basketball) with SMU, but the Mustangs have the better interior, and Moody Coliseum has become one of the most intimidating home gyms in the nation over the past couple of years. I like the Mustangs to win in a nail-biter.

Saturday: #1 Villanova vs #23 Notre Dame (in Newark), 12:00pm ET

The very first Never Forget Tribute Classic is a doubleheader that will begin with the Fighting Irish taking on the defending national champions. The Wildcats have opened with an 8-0 record, including a three-point win over then-#15 Purdue and an 88-57 thrashing of St. Joseph’s. Other than that, though, they have not played anyone particularly impressive, and the Irish will represent a challenge. Notre Dame also sits at 8-0, with wins over Iowa and Colorado — again, nothing particularly significant in their win column. Behind the scoring of V.J. Beachem, the Irish have impressed — but what can they do against top-ranked Villanova? I like the Wildcats to roll in this one.