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

College Basketball Picks: 2 Best Bets for Thursday's Games

Thursday night hoops are back, which means I am back with my two best bets of this smaller-sized college basketball slate. We have been on a great run the last six weeks, and we will add to that tonight as I found a pair of plays I love.

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Thursday's College Basketball Picks

IUPUI vs. Chicago State Prediction

IUPUI vs. Chicago State Odds

The first play will concern a pair of teams who are considered some of the worst in all of college basketball, so beware if you watch this game tonight. The Chicago State Cougars will face off with the IUPUI Jaguars tonight, which should be a close battle on paper. Chicago State comes into this game playing to the tune of a 3-7 record while IUPUI represents a 1-8 record on the young season. Chicago State was considered one of the worst teams in all of college basketball last season by a wide margin and one of the worst college basketball teams of the last decade. The Cougars called off their season midway through the season, and it got so bad. IUPUI, while only having one win on the season, is still a better overall team than Chicago State.

IUPUI is also back at home for tonight's game, which makes me love them in this position tonight as a two-point favorite. This team has struggled all season to score the basketball, but they do play excellent defense, allowing just 62.4 points per game. Their offense should come back to life tonight, facing one of the worst defenses in all of the nation in Chicago State who is allowing north of 71 points per game. I gave an advantage to IUPUI with their protection by a wide margin, and it will show up in this basketball game tonight. I will gladly take the short home favorite who should get right tonight facing one of the worst teams in all of the nation.

IUPUI vs. Chicago State Pick

UMBC vs. UNC Greensboro Prediction

UMBC vs. UNC Greensboro Odds

The second play I am going to will be a matchup between UNC Greensboro and UMBC. UMBC comes into this one coming off three straight losses and will look to rebound at home tonight, while UNCG is coming off a pair of losses and will look to play spoiler on the road tonight.

UNCG enters this game playing to the tune of a 7-4 overall record while UMBC is playing dead-even basketball, supporting a record of 5-5 thru the first ten games of the college basketball season. UMBC is one of the better offenses in all of college basketball when right and plays at a top-tier pace. UMBC enters tonight's game scoring 78.2 points per game, and I believe their pace will be far too much for UNCG tonight in this matchup. UNCG does not have the firepower to keep up in this basketball game for forty minutes. The pace of UMBC will force UNCG into turnovers and rushed possessions throughout the night. I will take the short home favorite on the money line and cash in another bet tonight. 

UMBC vs. UNC Greensboro Pick

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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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