College Basketball Picks: Monday's Best Bet

College basketball picks and predictions for Monday's games from across the country. Matt McCuen gives us his favorite bet for tonight here and it comes from American University Eagles vs. Boston University Terriers.
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Mon, January 10, 4:05 PM EST | 4 min read
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College Basketball Picks: Monday's Best Bet

It is time for some college hoops this Monday, and I found one play I love for you all today. The slate today gives us a lot of smaller schools that many of the public may not know about. In fact, there is not one team playing today that is in the top twenty-five and not many power conference games outside of Oregon vs. Oregon State.

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Monday's College Basketball Picks

American University vs. Boston University

American University vs. Boston University Odds

The game I am looking at will feature Boston University and American University. Boston University enters this game playing to the tune of a 10-6 overall record. The Terriers are led by Javante Mccoy, a senior guard from Wisconsin. This season, Mccoy has been great for Boston, putting up 16.7 points per game while mixing in 2.4 assists. Perhaps most impressive is his shooting percentage is over 50% to this point in the season.

American has struggled to start their season as they represent an overall record of 4-9 on the campaign. The Eagles have been led by senior guard Stacy Beckton Jr who has been their go-to guy all year. Beckton Jr is averaging 13.3 points per game while ripping down 4.4 rebounds per game. He will have to be great tonight for American to pull off the upset as a heavy dog. Neither one of these teams has been great on the offensive side of things; American comes into this game scoring just 65.2 points per game while Boston has not been much better, putting up 68.2 points per game. American actually shoots a better percentage from the field, but Boston's offensive rebounding has created more chances to score the ball. The issue for Americans has been defense, allowing 77 points per game. To slow down this Boston team, they will have to tighten things up on the defensive end.

I am taking American as a dog today, getting eight points, and I will tell you why. Besides having awesome uniforms, Americans are being undervalued in this spot. I have this line at around 3.5/4 so getting eight points is far too much value in this game tonight. American has struggled so far this year, but they do return home tonight and will have their crowd behind them. I do not think Boston is good enough on the offensive end to warrant laying eight points.

American has been a much better team at home, playing to a 2-2 record. Their only losses at home were by one point and the other time was the last game when they lost by two points to Lehigh. This is a team that just plays better basketball at home and has had a lot of road games or neutral sites this season. The fact that we can get them laying eight tonight makes me love them, and I believe this is a game if they click; they can win outright. I love a dog in a conference game and love this dog tonight.

American University vs. Boston University Pick

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Matt McCuen

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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