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Another loaded college basketball slate this evening with conference tournaments beginning to start, but my focus is on two games in particular. One from the Big Sky and another from WAC. Let's get to it.

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Idaho State vs Southern Utah Prediction

Southern Utah is a team who just made the jump to Division 1 a few years ago but they have fit right into the Big Sky. They have been one of the better teams in the conference, especially on offense as they are ranked in the top 5 in the big sky in most major offensive categories including 2nd in adjusted offensive efficiency, 2nd in offensive effective field goal percentage, and 3rd in 3-point percentage. Tonight, they get a very favorable matchup against an Idaho St team who has been dreadful in all facets of the game this season.

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Nationally, they are ranked in the bottom 300 in most major offensive and defensive categories, so they haven't really done too many things well at all this season. There is also a revenge ATS factor here for Southern Utah as Idaho St went on the road in their first matchup and nearly led at halftime. They trailed by 2 at the break and eventually lost by 12 but covered all numbers on the 1H and full game spreads. I think Southern Utah gets off to a much faster start here tonight, so I am rolling with Southern Utah 1H -3 at -109 for one of my most confident college basketball picks of the night.

Sam Houston St vs Tarleton St Prediction

Sam Houston St has been a very solid team out of the WAC this year and they have been very good at home posting a 10-2 record on their home court. They will face a Tarleton St team who is 6-2 against their last 8 teams but those 6 wins have come against the bottom feeders of the conference in UT-RGV, Chicago St, and Lamar (0 D1 Wins). Against all other competition, Tarleton is 0-6 in their last 6 games and has struggled mightily against the better teams in the conference.

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Sam Houston St will also have the best player on the court in this matchup with Savion Flagg, a Texas AM transfer who is averaging 19/8/3 and is a matchup nightmare for defenses. Flagg is 6'7 so he has the ability to bully smaller guards and drive past bigs. I think he will be the difference-maker for Sam Houston St tonight as I think they get off to a fast start at home. With that being said, I am rolling with Sam Houston St 1H -3 at -110 for one of my most confident college basketball picks of the night.

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Joey has spent the last 6+ years betting on sports with a focus on basketball and baseball. Basketball is his main focus, and not many people know more about mid-major basketball than him. Whether you need advice on a Saturday night primetime game or a Tuesday night back-alley SWAC/MEAC game, Joey is your man.


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