VA
  • TGT on YouTube
  • About TGT
  • The TGT Team
  • How TGT rates
  • Responsible Gambling Advice
  • Contact Our Team
  • Writers Wanted
  • Content Disclaimer
  • Affiliate Disclosure
Contains commercial content
Billboard Left
Billboard Left
The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / College Hoops Weekly Picks – Feb 2020

College Hoops Weekly Picks – Feb 2020

Previews and picks
Publish Date: 02/07/2020
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
Source: Moline Dispatch

Last week Villanova and Seton Hall were caught looking ahead to their big matchup dropping games to unranked Big East foes at home. Nova had a 21-game winning streak at home stopped as well as 8 Top-25 teams losing last Saturday. On paper, Saturday and good chunk of next week is the best schedule thus far with meaningful matchups in the all of the power conferences.

Marquee Matchups on Saturday

#10 Villanova vs. #12 Seton Hall: Sometimes teams can be focused on what’s right around the corner then what is right before them. That may have been the case last week when both Nova and Seton Hall lost in the run-up to their Big East Marquee Matchup. Something to keep an eye going forward, Seton hall got out-rebounded by Xavier 51-22 in their recent loss. Villanova was one of the hotter teams in the country so it’s a bit of a head-scratcher how they lost by double-digits to Creighton. Looking at this Big East matchup not much separates these two on the court beyond the shot-blocking ability of the Pirates anchored by center Romaro Gill. Myles Powell and Collin Gillespie are the two standouts as far as a leadership standpoint as well as production. What are the odds Nova loses another game at home after reeling off 21 in a row?

The Pick: Wildcats win and the difference maker will be homecourt and Saddiq Bey.

#11 Auburn vs. #18 LSU: LSU is the top dog in the SEC however they’re about to enter the toughest stretch of their conference play. Auburn had been unbeaten through 18 games before suffering two straight losses. Auburn did get a crucial win over Kentucky and now can make up ground on LSU. So many times the location of these marquee matchups plays a vital role in the outcome. We can add LSU to the list of teams caught looking ahead to a big game somehow they loss to Vanderbilt. The Tigers from Auburn have won 5 in a row and although this SEC tilt will come down to the last few possessions, Auburn will get the job done.

The Pick: Auburn will get the victory and in the process have the advantage in a tiebreaker on top of the SEC.

Marquee Matchup on Monday

#7 Duke vs. # 8 FSU: With Louisville leading the pack in the ACC, Duke and FSU are tied so this outcome could go a long way when and it’s all said in done. With that said Florida State has already beaten the league leading Cardinals so a win here versus the Blue Devils would be pretty big deal. We know the Seminoles will play a rugged style making Duke work for everything they get. Duke has yet to peak which could be kind of scary considering they’re 19-3 on the season. FSU’s Devin Vassell is a versatile player who can drive to the bucket and money from behind the arc. Tre Jones & Vernon Carey Jr. will be too much for FSU to handle.

The Pick: A close hard fought game ends in victory for Duke by a few buckets.

Marquee Matchup on Tuesday

#16 Michigan State vs. #20 Illinois: This important Big Ten tilt matches top tier teams in conference separated by a half point in the standings so needless to say this one has a whole lot riding on it. Illinois has an issue beaten quality teams on the road, but in the Big Ten that’s been the rule of thumb. Lucky for the Fighting Illini they will be in the comfy confines of the State Farm Center. In their first meeting the Spartans waxed the fighting Illini to a tune of 76-56, but that was January 2nd and of late Michigan State’s momentum has slowed losing back to back before their rivalry game with Michigan coming up. We know Cassius Winston is the man but don’t sleep on Ayo Dosunmu the sophomore guard. Look for this game to be played in a very physical fashion with free throws and turnovers being a major factor.  We are going to find out a lot about Illinois during this 4-game stretch that started with Maryland on Friday night and includes at Rutgers and at Penn State.

The Pick: Illinois grinds out a victory over MSU at home in an ugly yet intense game.

Marquee Matchup on Wednesday

#3 Kansas vs. #13 West Virginia: One of the biggest Big-12 matchups thus far so it should be a competitive all the way to the wire. Kansas’s only conference loss is to #1 Baylor while West Virginia is sitting 2 games behind the Jayhawks and 3 behind Baylor.  In their first meeting back in early January Kansas defeated the Mountaineers 60-53 in a game that West Virginia shot horribly from the field. In fact these two teams shot a combined 6 of 31 from the 3-point line. While Kansas had a variety of players pitch in for that win, West Virginia’s freshman Oscar Tshiebwe was the only one that showed up. Udoka Azubuike will get in early foul problems and West Virginia winners of 7 of the last 9 get a significant victory to inch closer in the Big-12 race.

The Pick: A better effort as a team gives West Virginia the win.

Upset Special for the Week

Marquette upsets #19 Butler as the high for the Bulldogs beating Villanova wears off.

Under The Radar

#11 Seton Hall vs. #21 Creighton: The round robin of difficult challenges in the Big East continues as Seton Hall looks to protect home court. Although the chances are low that Creighton can beat Nova and Seton Hall on their home turf it should turn out to be an entertaining game one of two times in the regular season  these two will meet.

#14 Oregon vs. #24 Colorado: This Pac-12 game sticks with the theme this week of Top-2 tier teams battling for position come March. Both teams need a win to hold down the top spot and both just recently loss as the favorite. The Pac-12 is not a great conference by any means but it does have some top to bottom competition.

Quick Hits Recap

-#5 Louisville defeated North Carolina State riding the hot hand of Ryan McMahon hitting 7 shots from behind the arc and a career high 23 points in a walkover 77-57.

-Unranked Xavier knocked-off a red-hot then #8 Seton Hall out-rebounding the Pirates 51-22 and shooting 54% to 36% from the field.

-#1 Baylor moved to 8-0 in the Big-12 conference, their best start thru 8 games since 1948.

-#2 Gonzaga extended their winning streak to 16 making it the longest in Division 1.

-#3 Kansas extended their home record to 27-1 since 2018-19 with a win over Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are 1-19 all time at Kansas.

-#8 FSU guard Devin Vassell went 7-7 from the 3-point line (Tying ACC Record) and 8-10 from the field in the Seminoles 74-63 victory over Virginia Tech.

Note: The rankings used in this prediction article will not reflect Monday’s New Associated Press Top-25 Rankings.

 

Written by Chris Carlson Host of The College Ball Show Podcast available at blogtalkradio.com/ropeadoperadio or TheGruelingTruth.Com

Follow on Twitter @RopeADopeRadio

Billboard Left
Billboard Left
Read Also
The Greatest College Basketball Team of All Time
Rating the greatest college basketball teams ever has been done many times ...
Come Fly with me: How the 1988-89 Chicago Bulls pushed forward to an NBA dynasty.
Find the best sportsbook to bet on the NBA Playoffs! Prologue: By ...
SI Sportsbook Promo
Esteban de Jesus, Roberto Duran y AIDS (1972-89)
Many of us dream of celebrity sports fame, but only cruel individuals ...
Elmer Ray: The Humble Man of Hastings
"Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for ...
Top 50 NBA players under 25 years old in 2021: Doncic bests Young
This year’s playoffs confirmed that the NBA is in good hands. The ...
Grading every NFL team’s picks from the 2021 NFL Draft
Quickly, click away if you’re going to get upset by reading draft ...
Top 100 remaining 2021 NFL free agents after Day 1
This is the most up-to-date list of available NFL free agents following ...
Ranking the top 200 players in the NFL ahead of the 2021 season
This list isn’t based solely on performances from the 2020 NFL season. ...
Sportsbook of the month
SI Sportsbook - Get your Free Bet now! Get your Free Bet now!
Top Brands
Top Bonuses
Stake.us
Stake.us
Stake.us Review
99/100
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Review
96/100
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Review
96/100
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Review
95/100
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Review
95/100
Stake.us
Stake.us Bonus
5% Rakeback
T&Cs apply
9.9/10
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Bonus
30 SCs on 1st Purchase + 4.5 SCs FREE
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Bonus
7,000 Gold Coins + 10 Sweeps Coins
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Bonus
Join GOLDEN2000 for 2,000 FREE coins
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Bonus
140k GC + 400 FC
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Latest News
Betfred granted sports betting license for Mohegan Casino Las Vegas
British bookmaker company Betfred has been granted a ...
Top-15 Players in Cincinnati Bengals History
I am limiting this list to retired players ...
Wayne Simpson: What Might Have Been
Wayne Simpson was born on December 2, 1948, ...
Betting Tips
Our Latest YouTube Videos
Video: AFC 🏈Championship Game Preview: Bengals vs Chiefs
AFC Championship Game Preview: Bengals vs Chiefs
Video: NFC🏈 Championship Game Preview: 49ers vs Eagles
NFC Championship Game Preview: 49ers vs Eagles
Video: Bengals🏈 Weekly Show W/Joe Kelly: Bengals vs Chiefs Preview
Bengals Weekly Show W/Joe Kelly: Bengals vs Chiefs Preview
Sportsbook of the month
SI Sportsbook - Get your Free Bet now! Get your Free Bet now!
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....
Top Online Casinos
Top Casinos Bonuses
Stake.us
Stake.us
Stake.us Review
99/100
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Review
96/100
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Review
96/100
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Review
95/100
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Review
95/100
Stake.us
Stake.us Bonus
5% Rakeback
T&Cs apply
9.9/10
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Bonus
30 SCs on 1st Purchase + 4.5 SCs FREE
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
LuckyLand Slots
LuckyLand Slots Bonus
7,000 Gold Coins + 10 Sweeps Coins
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Bonus
Join GOLDEN2000 for 2,000 FREE coins
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Bonus
140k GC + 400 FC
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Top Betting Sites
Top Betting Bonuses
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Review
97/100
DraftKings
DraftKings
DraftKings Review
96/100
FanDuel
FanDuel
FanDuel Review
94/100
PointsBet
PointsBet
PointsBet Review
94/100
BetMGM
BetMGM
BetMGM Review
93/100
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Bonus
BET $20 GET $200 IN FREE BETS
T&Cs apply
9.7/10
First deposit only | 21+ & located in VA | Promo code as seen| A qualifying bet is $20 or more | Min odds of +120 or more | Free Bet Tokens credited after bet is settled and expire after 7 days | Free Bet stakes not included in winnings | Please Gamble Responsibly - Gambling Problem? VA: CALL 1-888-532-3500 | Full T&C apply
DraftKings
DraftKings Bonus
20% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
FanDuel
FanDuel Bonus
Bet $5, Get $150 in Bonus Bets
T&Cs apply
9.4/10
BetMGM
BetMGM Bonus
100% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
BetRivers.com
BetRivers.com Bonus
100% up to $500
T&Cs apply
9.2/10
Our Team
Mike GoodpasterAuthor IconJosh SchwartzSamuel TeetsMark Lewis
+8
Mike Goodpaster
Mike Goodpaster
Chief Editor
Author Icon
Christopher Carlson
Content Writer
Josh Schwartz
Josh Schwartz
Editor
Samuel Teets
Samuel Teets
US Sports Veteran
Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis
Editor
Simon Briffa
Simon Briffa
Sports Editor
Chris Benedict
Chris Benedict
Editor
Author Icon
Malik Zorrok
Author
Author Icon
Daniel Kornhauser
Author
John Raspanti
John Raspanti
Author
Author Icon
Buddy Gibbs
Author
Brian Coburn
Brian Coburn
Author
Peter Bonahoom
Peter Bonahoom
Author
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....

If you enjoy hearing from the legends of pro sports, then be sure to tune into “The Grueling Truth” sports shows, “Where the legends speak”

Contact us: [email protected]

Players must be 21 years of age or older or reach the minimum age for gambling in their respective state and located in jurisdictions where online gambling is legal. Please play responsibly. Bet with your head, not over it. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, and wants help, call or visit: (a) the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey at 1-800-Gambler or www.800gambler.org; or (b) Gamblers Anonymous at 855-2-CALL-GA or www.gamblersanonymous.org.

This site is using Cloudflare and adheres to the Google Safe Browsing Program. We adapted Google's Privacy Guidelines to keep your data safe at all times.

sdfgfdgcsdfgfdgcww
Move to Top
Close
Stake.us Exclusive Bonus
5% Rakeback
Promo Code
Copy
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 21+
Payment Methods
Bitcoin
Litecoin
Ethereum
Dogecoin
Highlights
  • Social casino loved by Drake!
  • Play Plinko, Hilo, Crash and more!
  • Get Stake Cash bonuses every day!
Stake Originals
Dice
Crash
Plinko
Mines
×
Your Bonus Code:
The bonus offer of was already opened in an additional window. If not, you can open it also by clicking the following link:
Visit Site