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

College basketball picks and predictions for Thursday's games from across the country. Matt McCuen gives us his three favorite bets for tonight here.
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Thu, December 2, 3:38 PM EST | 4 min read
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College Basketball Picks: 3 Best Bets for Thursday's Games

I am back with my three best college basketball bets of the day! This is a smaller slate today, including just one game from a Top 25 team, so we will be looking at some smaller schools today!

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Thursday's College Basketball Picks

Delaware State vs. Delaware Prediction

Delaware State vs. Delaware Odds

The first play I will be looking at will be a first-half under in a battle against the Delaware State Hornets and the Delaware Blue Hens. This total is currently sitting at seventy even, and I believe this number is a tad too high due to the pace the Hornets will play within this game. This Hornets team is streaky and goes ice cold from the floor for extended periods this season. Delaware is a solid defensive group that should be able to hold the Hornets in check for the first twenty minutes of this game. Delaware is a good offense who does like to shoot the three-ball, but this is a chance I am willing to take in this game as I believe they will have to shoot it lights out for us to lose this bet. These first half under have been great to us this season lets cash in another here today!

Delaware State vs. Delaware Pick

Wyoming vs. Denver Prediction

Wyoming vs. Denver Odds

The second play I will be diving into tonight will be a matchup concerning the Denver Pioneers and the Wyoming Cowboys. The Cowboys have gotten off to a red hot start sporting a perfect record of 6-0 in the month of November as they prepare for Conference play. The Denver Pioneers will come into this road game supporting a record of 3-5, losing four games this season by single digits. This has been a gritty bunch for the Pioneers who feel like their record easily could only have one loss next to it. The play I am taking in this basketball game will be Denver University on the first half getting eleven points. I think this Wyoming team is solid, but I also believe this is far too many points for Denver, a team that has shown that they will compete and stay in basketball games, especially in the first half. The pace this game will be played at also favors taking the dog with the points as possessions should be fairly limited in the first twenty minutes of this game. The Pioneers will keep this thing close for us and cover the eleven in the first half. 

Wyoming vs. Denver Pick

  • Denver 1H +11 (-105) 

California vs. Oregon State Prediction

California vs. Oregon State Odds

The final game I will be looking at will concern a power conference in the PAC 12 as the Oregon State Beavers will face off with the California Golden Bears. This Oregon State team was a cinderella story a year ago, sneaking into March Madness and making a lot of noise on the way after winning the PAC 12 tournament. Unforanutyley for the Beavers faithful, this season has been a disappointment as Oregon State comes into this game 1-6. On the other side, Cal has had an average start to their season and come into this game tonight as a two-point favorite. I like the home team tonight and will be backing Cal on the money line in a game I do expect to be close. I believe Cal matches up very well with this Oregon State team and will be able to control the pace from start to finish. Andre Kelly has been the guy for Cal all season, and I believe he will make a significant impact tonight.

California vs. Oregon State Pick

  • California ML (-140)
Matt McCuen
@DeadPresPicks

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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