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Western Kentucky vs. Wisconsin Basketball Spread Pick from Teddy Covers: December 13th 2017

Western Kentucky vs. Wisconsin
Basketball Point Spread Pick: WKY +6.5 points (December 13th 2017)
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Make no mistake about it – Wisconsin is a train wreck right now, and the Hilltoppers are talented enough to go into Madison and give the Badgers all kinds of problems.  Wisconsin has two wins in their last nine games, one of which came by a single point; not an easy team to lay points with right now.  And let’s not forget that the Badgers have lost at home three times already, all by double digit margins.

Greg Gard’s team isn’t playing traditional Wisconsin defense, allowing 46% shooting for the season.  They are extraordinarily young; in complete rebuild mode.  Four of Gard’s eight regular rotation players are true freshmen, two more are sophomores.  And to make matters even worse for a young team lacking confidence, the injury bug has started to hit.

Emerging wing Kobe King had knee surgery on Monday while point guard D’Mitrik Trice is out as well.  That means playing time for the like of TJ Schlundt, a former walk-on.  Schlundt’s quote: “Defensive technique is the biggest thing. I think I have the ability to do it, it’s just a mind-set and that’s something that I’ve got to get better at for sure.”

Badgers assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft knows what his team is up against tonight. “Really good (Hilltoppers) team. Ask Purdue. And I have all the respect in the world for Purdue, we all do. (Western Kentucky) took it to them.”

Western Kentucky has a trio of senior starters, including transfers from Virginia, Kansas and Ole Miss.  They hung tough with Villanova (+22, lost by 8), beat Purdue outright as a 19 point dog and followed that up with a win over SMU as +10 underdogs.  Expect a battle to the wire tonight!  Take Western Kentucky.

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Villanova vs. Temple Basketball Over-Under Pick from Jesse Schule: December 13th 2017

Villanova Wildcats vs. Temple Owls
College Basketball Pick: Under 150.5 points (December 13th 2017)
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The Villanova Wildcats come into tonight’s game at Temple as the #1 ranked team in the country. They are still undefeated, although they faced a stiff challenge from unranked LaSalle in their last game. They beat the Explorers by a score of 77-68, failing to cover as a 20 point favorite. That game went over the listed number of 142, but tonight’s total his far higher than it was in any of Villanova’s previous road games this season. Tonight’s number is almost 20 points higher than it was when Villanova played at Temple in February of 2016.

The listed total was lower than 140 in six of the last eight meetings between these two teams. One of the reasons why we have seen such low totals is that both these teams are excellent on defense. That is true again this year, as Temple has held opponents to just 66.5 point per game at home, while Villanova is allowing an average of just 63.3 points per game overall. The Wildcats have gone under in 11 of their last 14 road games, and I expect another low scoring battle here in Philly.