Rhode Island at LA SALLE (+6)
By Bob Valentino, Featured Handicapper
I handed you an almost double-digit underdog last night that won outright by 7 points. That's about as easy as it gets!
Back at it tonight in college buckets with another winner that will be just as easy and is just as strong.
Winning Day # 8 of 12
Biggest College Play Goes Again
ACC Stone Cold Lock
Wake Forest-N.C. State
MATCHES last night's 75 Dime Winner
Dayton (+9') outright winner at St. Louis by 7
College Hoops Winner # 9 of 13
I feel very confident that I am sitting on a winner in this conference clash from Raleigh.
Time to deliver a winner.
College free play for this Wednesday goes early as I will take the points with the LaSalle Explorers on their home court against the poor-traveling Rhode Island Rams.
True, it has been a while - January of 2017 to be exact - since the Explorers have actually beaten the Rams straight up, as URI is riding a 6 game series winning streak with a 4-2 spread mark, but this year's Rams team is just 1-5 straight up in their true road games and have lost their last pair and 3 of their 4 on the Atlantic 10 road so far this term.
LaSalle stands at 7-8 for the season and play this game off back-to-back conference wins, including a weekend upset win at Richmond in a game they were 14 point underdogs!
With the Rams just 4-6 against the spread when favored this year, I will take my chances and back the home underdog as they look to even their season mark at 8-8 for this year.
2* LA SALLE
Utah State (-7) at UNLV
By Gus Augustine, Featured Handicapper
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My free pick is on the Utah State Aggies laying the points in Las Vegas for their second game against the UNLV Runnin' Rebels.
Utah State is in revenge from an upset loss two nights back, when UNLV put together its best effort of the season. Mountain West Conference pundits said the league should be put on notice, but I don't think the Rebels are going to put together back-to-back performances.
I know UNLV has won five straight, and shown a taste of defensive tenacity along the way by allowing an average of 47 points per game with opponents shooting just 28.7% from the floor and 21.2% from 3-point range.
Problem is, Utah State is much better than we saw Monday, not to mention the fact the Rebels almost blew that lead and were clinging late before pulling out the 59-56 win.
This is still the same team that won its first nine Mountain West games. Having lost their last two, the Aggies will be looking to bounce back. Utah State was just 5-for-22 from 3-point range (22.7%), well below its season average of 33.7%, so you can best believe the Aggies will be much better tonight.
Per KenPom, this line should be closer to -10, and I happen to agree. Lay the chalk, as the Aggies get revenge.
3* UTAH STATE