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College basketball picks and predictions for Monday's games from across the country. Matt McCuen gives us his three favorite bets for tonight here.

College Basketball Picks: 3 Best Bets for Monday's Games

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Monday's College Basketball Picks

Illinois vs. Notre Dame Prediction

Illinois vs. Notre Dame Odds

I am back with my three best bets for this College Basketball slate. The first bet I will be looking at will concern a pair of power conference teams in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Illinois Fighting Illini. Illinois saw star guard Ayo Dosomu enter the NBA draft and leave a tough hole to fill. The Illini did return star center Kofi Coburn along with Trent Fraizer and star freshmen guard Andre Curbelo. After a couple of early-season losses, Illinois has struggled to start the season, seeing themselves fall out of the Top 25. The Fighting Irish, on the flip side, has been average to start the year. This is a team looking to reach March Madness after missing out last season. This is a game I will be backing the hometown Fighting Illini in the first half on the short number. This line being just a bucket is off to me, but the reason behind this is there has been some illness going around the Illini locker room, leaving some question marks on Frazier and Cureblos' status. This is a superior team in a great bounce-back spot tonight, even if these guys cannot go. Kofi Cockburn will be far too much to handle in the paint for the Irish, while Alfonso Plummer will have his way with this Irish defense. I hope Fraizer or Curbelo go; however, I think the Illini will be good either way.

Illinois vs. Notre Dame Pick

  • Illinois 1H -2 (-110) 

Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi Valley State Prediction

Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi Valley State Odds

We will have to buckle up for the next pick I am taking today because this is one of the worst teams in all of the nation. Mississippi Valley State will be facing Vanderbilt tonight at Vanderbilt. This is one of the worst teams in the nation, but they are getting too many points against this Vandy team tonight. Mississippi State Valley is getting thirty-seven and a half points as the dog tonight. Vanderbilt has struggled to defend on a consistent basis, and I believe that Mississippi State Valley will be able to score just enough points to cover this game. Misssiup Valley State was just in a similar spot this weekend, facing Ole Miss as a forty-plus point underdog, but they did cover this game reasonably easy, losing by only fifteen points in that game. I believe Ole Miss is a much better team than Vandy, and that will put up enough of a fight to stay within this huge number. We will have to sweat this, but we will cash this huge dog tonight! 

Vanderbilt vs. Mississippi Valley State Pick

  • Mississippi Valley State +37.5 (-110)

Cal State Fullerton vs. Wyoming Prediction

Cal State Fullerton vs. Wyoming Odds

The next game I will be looking at will be a west coast battle between the Wyoming Cowboys and the Cal State Fullerton Titans. The Titans will come into this basketball game as the home dog tonight as a plus five-point underdog. Cal State has been average to start their season playing to a dead even 3-3 record and will look to surge above the .500 mark tonight at home vs. this Wyoming bunch. Wyoming was a laughing stock program a year ago, but they have been out to prove all the doubters wrong so far this season. Wyoming is playing to a perfect 5-0 undefeated record and will look to continue to roll tonight. This is a game where the line is overreacting to Wyoming's play. This line being five points at home is far too many for the dog who I believe wins outright at home tonight. I will be backing the Cal State Fullerton Titans in this spot tonight and sprinkling some money line as well.

Cal State Fullerton vs. Wyoming Pick

  • Cal State Fullerton +5 (-115)

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.


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