Colby Dant, Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s (SGPN) college basketball expert, is now 12-5-1 in his Philly region picks since the post-Super Bowl launch of this column. The host of the College Basketball Experience Podcast picks every college game every week and relishes this specific focus on the City of Brotherly Love of College Basketball 😊. All SGPN picks are free at www.sportsgamblingpodcast.com. (Point spreads are estimated as of Thursday and dates and times are as published at Thursday’s deadline.)
Dayton @ LaSalle (Dayton -11) Saturday, 2 pm
The Dayton Flyers have won 5 straight games. Meanwhile, the LaSalle Explorers have lost 5 in a row and are just 1-9 in their last 10. Dayton is a young team that is beginning to fly plus they are still a player in the Atlantic 10 race so they have something to play for. The frontcourt for the Flyers should be the difference with Toumani Camara and Daren Holmes being too much for the Explorers. Lay the points with Dayton.
St. Bonaventure @ Saint Joseph’s (Bonnies -1) Saturday, 6 pm
The Bonnies were the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic 10 as they brought back everyone from their NCAA Tournament team last year. St. Bonaventure was one of the nation’s biggest disappointments for the first 3 months of the season. But, don’t look now, the Bonnies have won 6 in a row. Saint Joes has lost 5 straight and, well, I don’t think anyone wants to face Big Bob Lanier’s alma mater right now. Lay the point with the experienced team and take the Bonnies.
Wisconsin @ Rutgers (Wisc -1) Saturday, 6 pm
The Badgers and, perhaps, the National Player Of The Year Johnny Davis, are playing for the one seed in the Big Ten Conference tournament and a Big Ten regular-season title. However, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights are playing at home and, might I add, eyeing an NCAA Tournament berth. Rutgers has been incredible at home this year and I don’t expect that to change. Give me Ron Harper Jr. and the Scarlet Knights to win this one.
Charleston @ Drexel (Drex -5) Saturday, 4 pm
These teams met in Charleston on Valentine’s Day and Charleston won 79-75. Can Drexel return the favor in Philadelphia this Saturday? The Dragons are 7-4 at home this year but are just 5-5 in their last 10. The main problem with the Dragons is their defense, where they are 236th in defensive rating. That is is a problem when you play a Charleston team that can light it up from 3, standing 101st in three-point field goals. Give me Charleston and the points in this matchup.
Tulane @ Temple (Tem -1) Sunday, 3 pm
These teams met recently in a wild one in New Orleans and Tulane stole the game in overtime. The Green Wave are just 3-6 on the road this season and Temple is 9-3 at home. This game has AAC seeding implications so there is technically something to play for here. Damian Dunn of Temple is back from being dinged up some and I expect that will be all the difference in this one. Give me the Owls at home.
Nebraska @ Penn State (PSU -9) Sunday, 7 pm
Micah Shrewsberry is having a great first year in State College, if you ask me. Sure, the Nittany Lions aren’t sniffing the NCAA Tournament, but they are 9-4 at home this year and have been chippy all year. The Nebraska Cornhuskers were supposed to be more like Penn State this season but they are a complete mess, including an 0-8 road record and with just one win in the Big Ten. Penn State is 8th in the country in 3 point shooting and that stat is even more efficient when playing in State College. Give me PSU minus the points.
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