NCAA Basketball Betting Picks: Creighton v Marquette, Iona v New Mexico Odds

NCAA Basketball Betting Picks: Creighton v Marquette, Iona v New Mexico Odds

As week six comes to a close we are in for an absolutely insane weekend of college basketball. There are big slates and big matchups on the horizon and here are a couple games that should draw your attention as money making opportunities. Let’s get right to it so you don’t miss your chance to bet on the College Basketball Lines.

Men’s College Basketball Betting Picks & Options for the Best Games (Dec. 16th & 18th)

Friday December 16th: Creighton Blue Jays at Marquette Golden Eagles O/U 154

When it comes to college basketball some programs just have certain reputations. Iowa doesn’t get out of the first round of the tournament, while Gonzaga doesn’t ever win the title. As far as in-season inconsistency no two programs are labeled as inconsistent more often than Marquette and Creighton. The Blue Jays are taking it to a whole new level this season as they started the season 6-0 before losing five consecutive games. 

Marquette is 7-3 this season with no bad losses while logging victories over Notre Dame and Baylor. The Golden Eagles are one of the few teams that have hung with #1 Purdue this season and appear to be establishing themselves as more consistent than their history has displayed. 

Marquette’s success has been mostly due to their phenomenally efficient offense this season while Creighton is also capable offensively with a stable of perimeter talent. The Blue Jays will also likely play without reigning Big East DPOY Ryan Kalkbrenner again which suggests a higher scoring game. Neither team is to be trusted as far as a result as both are stunningly mediocre ATS while Marquette is 6-1 against the total at home this season and Creighton has gone over in two of their last three games. Take the over.

Sunday December 18th: Iona Gaels at New Mexico Lobos (-1)

As if there wasn’t plenty of intrigue surrounding this game to begin with, the fact that both programs are likely NCAA Tournament level teams just adds to the fun.

Richard Pitino will put his perfect 10-0 record on the line against his father, Rick Pitino, on Sunday when New Mexico hosts Iona. The Lobos boast a sparkling record that features a resume’ building victory over Saint Mary’s this season while the Gaels are 7-2 with a victory over Saint Louis. 

The elder Pitino’s largest challenge will be slowing down Lobos star forward Jamal Mashburn Jr, whose father was the best player on Kentucky’s 1993 Final Four team coached by…Rick Pitino. 

Richard Pitino has had success at New Mexico as a home underdog going 6-2-1 against the spread and are outperforming the anticipated margin by +2.2 points per game. Their margin of victory in those games however is -2.9 points. This season, the total has gone over in four of the Lobos’ six home games. 

Iona is not excellent at any particular aspect of the game as far as scoring or defense but they have been effective. The main proponent to their success comes down to their ability to take care of the basketball. The Gaels are +59 in turnovers on the season and rank 11th in offensive turnover percentage. Of course, the Lobos rank eighth in the same metric so it becomes a situation of who do you trust more. Given their track records, you have to go with Senior here even on the road.  Look for Iona to get the big road victory and the Lobos to fall for the first time this season.


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