Weekend College Basketball SU Picks To Put Money In Your Pocket

Posted by Peter Boysen on January 26, 2017 in

Now that the NCAA basketball conference schedules are just about at the halfway point, we start to see schools face each other for the second time, and we also start to see some realities set in within the conference standings. We also have the Big 12-SEC challenge games this weekend, giving us a lot of matchups to choose from. When it comes to straight up picks for the weekend, we’ve chosen #23 South Carolina’s trip to Missouri, and #25 Florida’s visit to Oklahoma. Let’s take a look at both of these games, and then make sure you check out our sports betting lines and odds for all of the weekend’s action.

Weekend College Basketball SU Picks To Put Money In Your Pocket


#23 South Carolina at Missouri (Saturday, January 28, 8:30pm ET, SEC Network / WatchESPN)

South Carolina (16-4, 6-1 SEC) rebounded from an 85-69 thumping at then-#5 Kentucky with a 98-69 shellacking of the Auburn Tigers on Tuesday night. South Carolina had gone to Kentucky and lost during the 2015-16 season, and that loss had lingered on into practices and the next game, as Missouri beat the Gamecocks in their next game last season, falling 72-67. However, this year, the senior leadership of Justin McKie, Sindarius Thornwell and Duane Notice stopped that problem in its tracks, combining to nail 14 shots from downtown and post a total of 62 points. Notice had only posted 22 points in the last four games combined, but he came out aggressively shooting — and making — shots from distance, and South Carolnia took a 21-point lead at halftime and did not look back.

Missouri (5-14, 0-7 SEC) is mired in an 11-game losing streak, and their 89-74 loss to Mississippi State on Wednesday showed a lot of their flaws. The Tigers actually jumped out to an early lead and went into intermission up 43-39. However, the Bulldogs opened the second half with a 10-3 run to take a 49-46 lead and never trailed again. Missouri’s shooters were on fire in the first half, nailing shots at a 61.5 percent clip, including 58.3 percent from downtown. However, they went 0 for 9 from three-point land after halftime, and a team that relies so heavily on jump shots will ultimately find themselves going cold…I like South Carolina to continue the Tigers’ misery in this game.

#25 Florida at Oklahoma

Florida (15-5, 6-2 SEC) stopped a two-game slide in SEC action with a 106-71 demolition of the LSU Tigers on Wednesday night. They had lost at South Carolina, 57-53, failing to make any threes for the first time in 850 games, and then they had fallen at home to plucky Vanderbilt, before making a school record 19 shots from downtown in their win at LSU. The keys were ball movement, both from the point guards and then from the big men back out to the arc, and Devin Robinson led the way with 24 points (including five threes). Florida sits just a game behind Kentucky in the SEC standings.

Oklahoma (8-11, 2-6 Big 12) stopped a seven-game losing streak with a win over Texas Tech at home, and then they followed that up with a shocking 89-87 win at then-#7 West Virginia. However, a home loss to Iowa State and a one-point loss at Texas have sent them back down into the basement of the conference standings. Their loss to the Longhorns came at the hand of Andrew Jones, who nailed a long three with 1.8 ticks left on the clock. Texas got a three from Eric Davis Jr. with 11.5 seconds left to make it a two-point game, and then the Sooners’ Kameron McGusty missed a pair of free throws to leave the door open for Jones. The Sooners are getting a lot of production from McGusty and fellow freshman Kristian Doolittle — 113 points combined in the last three games — but they need stops to beat the Gators. I like Florida to win this game straight up.