Bet: Houston +2.5 @ -109
- Georgetown transfer Mac McClung averages 19 points per game for Texas Tech
This is going to be an awesome game that should come down to the wire. I see both these teams as evenly matched, so I’m taking the points. This is two strong defensive teams, so don’t expect a high-scoring contest.
Marcus Sasser and Quentin Grimes lead the way for the Houston offense while Caleb Mills and Tramon Mark have been strong options off the bench for the Cougars. For Tech, the Georgetown transfer Mac McClung has been as advertised early on. He’s led the team in scoring in both of their wins, averaging 19 points per game, and it’ll be awesome to see him go against an elite defensive unit like Houston.
Like I said, when two evenly matched teams like this are facing off, I think it’s always smart to take the points. I like McClung and Marcus Santos-Silva is a beast inside, but give me Houston plus the 2.5 points here.
Bet: Oakland +31 @ -110
- Oakland has eight freshman on their roster this season
31 points is a lot, and I’m just not ready to give that many to a well-coached team like Oakland. Granted, they’ve looked terrible this year. They opened the season with a 52-point loss to Xavier then fell by 27 to Toledo, but they hung in there against a decent Bradley team their last time out. The roster has eight freshman on it, so it’s a learning process, but they aren’t one of the worst teams in the country, which is what this line would indicate.
I think a guy like Jalen Moore gives Oakland enough scoring to not get blown out by 31. The key will be keeping guys like Isaiah Livers and Mike Smith in check. Michigan has great depth, as was showcased when Chaundee Brown came off the bench to lead the team with 19 points in their win over Bowling Green, but I just don’t see this getting into the 30s. More likely, I expect a 21-27 point win from Michigan.