NCAAB Free Picks for
Posted at 3:30 PM EST.
Florida Atlantic +13 -110 over ALABAMA
8:00 PM EST. FAU is 1-1 and head coach Dusty May has his team playing its second Power Five school in as many games after the Owls were downed 92-81 in Miami against the Hurricanes. FAU was a 12-point pooch that night and if not for a sloppy outing that resulted in 15 turnovers and a night of just 34.8% shooting, the Owls would have been a threat to win outright. FAU features forward Jailyn Ingram, who was named first team all conference in Conference USA in the preseason, as well as sophomore forward Karlis Sillins, who is averaging 12.5 points per game through two contests. Senior guard Cornelius Taylor added 10 points off the bench against Miami and is also averaging double digit scoring through two games (15 PPG). The Owls may have been picked to finish ninth in C-USA, but their head coach is going to make damn sure they are battle tested before that portion of their schedule begins.
We faded the Crimson Tide in game number one and we see no reason to let up here. In its season opener, Alabama was a 7½ point favorite over Pennsylvania and it never had a chance to cover that number. In fact, the Tide had to rally from down nine with six minutes to go, but they could not hold the lead late and lost outright 81-80. Expectations were relatively high for 'Bama after a hot start last season, but with a new coaching staff, this could be a rebuilding year in Tuscaloosa. First year coach Nate Oats, who came over from Buffalo, made it be known that his team needs to be playing it's best when conference play picks up in February, “We have got a lot to fix, we’re going to get back and fix it. Taking a loss early isn’t always the worst thing as long as you are resilient enough to come back.” That's some quality coach speak to be sure, but one thing with losses, especially with a group of inexperienced kids, is that they can begin to pile up and then your season is over before it starts. Oats loaded his team's early-season slate with mid-majors in a hopes to pad the Tides' early season record, but they have already paid dearly after taking the Quakers lightly. If the Crimson Tide disrespects FAU in game two, the result could be the same and even if they don't, FAU figures to come in under the number.
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Florida Atlantic +13 -110 (Risking 2.20 units - To Win: 2.00)
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