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

College basketball picks and predictions for Friday's games from across the country. Matt McCuen gives us his two favorite bets for tonight here.
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Fri, December 17, 6:29 PM EST | 4 min read
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College Basketball Picks: 2 Best Bets for Friday's Games

I have two of my best college basketball bets on this short Friday slate for today.

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Friday's College Basketball Picks

Creighton vs. Villanova Prediction

Creighton vs. Villanova Odds

The first play I am looking at is a matchup between the Villanova Wildcats and the Creighton Blue Jays. Villanova comes into this game as one of the best teams in all of the nation featuring a ton of experience led by guards Collin Gilespie and Jermaine Samuels. The Wildcats are coming off a terrible loss to the Baylor Bears and will look to get back to form tonight in a Big East Conference game on the road.

Creighton is a solid bunch this season, but it is not the normal Creighton Blue Jays we are used to seeing with a high-powered offense. This tough team plays very well on the defensive end, although surrendering three-pointers has been an issue at times for Creighton. The play I am going with will be the Villanova Wildcats in the first half at minus three points. Vilanova has struggled the last couple of games, slowly coming out of the gates against Syracuse and Baylor. Jay Wright will have his team well prepared tonight against Creighton, and he will have this team well prepared to come out strong in the first half and make it a point in this game. I believe the three balls for the Wildcats will be an x-factor early in this basketball game, and the overall talent will just be too much for Creighton.

Creighton vs. Villanova Pick

San Diego State vs. Saint Marys Prediction

San Diego State vs. Saint Marys Odds

The second and final pick I am going with will be a matchup between the Saint Marys Gales and the San Diego State Aztecs. Saint Marys has had a great start to their season, playing to the tune of a 10-2 overall record and looking like a March Madness kind of team. The Aztecs have not had the start to their season they were hoping for as they are just 6-3 after being a ranked team at one point. I am looking at another dog here in this game as I love San Diego State with the points in a relatively evenly matched battle.

The Gaels are getting a little bit too much respect here as I see an advantage at the guard position for San Diego State led by Matt Bradley. This will be a big-time game from Bradley tonight and this Aztec's bunch. I will gladly take the team with the points in this game as I see it being close throughout, but San Diego State should win this outright, featuring the best player on the floor and a solid all-around defensive effort. I will take the dog here, and we will cash in.

San Diego State vs. Saint Marys Pick

  • San Diego State +3 (-110)
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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