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College basketball picks and predictions from around the country. Matt McCuen gives us his favorite two plays for Monday's action.

College Basketball: 2 Best Bets For Monday’s Games

It is time for another week of college basketball, and I have a pair of plays to tail for you all today to kick off the week hot!

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Monday's College Basketball Picks

Western Illinois vs Denver

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The first play I want to get into will be a battle between the Western Illinois Leathernecks and the Denver Pioneers. The Leathernecks have had a great start to their campaign playing to the tune of a 9-2 overall record. The Pioneers enter this game playing to a 4-9 record and have struggled to start their season. The spread tonight is currently sitting at -8 in favor of the road team in Western Illinois. I have backed this Denver team a pair of times this year and succeeded in each of those games. I will be backing them again tonight as a home dog and a pretty considerable home dog tonight.

This line is an overreaction to the early success of Western Illinois and the fact that the majority of Denver's games have been on the road. Denver will be back at home tonight and in a good position to cover this large number. I think the Pioneers can win this game outright if they control pace, which they should be able to establish early. I look for the X factors to be the pace and win the turnover battle. If Denver can do those two things tonight, they will breeze to a cover and win this game outright.

Western Illinois vs Denver Pick

  • Pick: Denver +8 (-110)

South Carolina State vs Citadel

South Carolina State vs Citadel Odds

The second play I am going to is everyone's favorite plays, a first-half total, and I am going with another under bet! South Carolina State will meet up with the Citadel Bulldogs tonight to battle this one out. South Carolina State has started this season sporting a record of 5-0 overall, while The Citadel has had a great start to their season playing to the tune of 6-3 record. The Bulldogs are considered one of the faster tempo teams in all of the nation, and they love to shoot the three-point ball. This line is so high due to Citadel's pace, and they will look to score fast even in the half-court set.

The positive side of the Citadel is they are a very solid defensive group, especially in the half-court, as they allow slightly north of seventy points per game. This South Carolina State team is streaky and goes on major scoring droughts, which I think we will see one or two of those in the first half. I am willing to take a shot on a number that is so high as all we need is a cold five to six minutes out of one of these teams. I expect enough defense from Citadel to keep us under, and I think the pace will favor the under for the first twenty minutes of this basketball game! I am excited to sweat out another twenty minutes with you guys and cash in!

South Carolina State vs Citadel Pick

  • Pick: South Carolina State/Citadel 1H under 75 (-118)

Article Author


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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