College Basketball Picks Week 2 – 2K Classic

 

Note: I’ve decided to use the KenPom Top 25 just because I find it much more accurate than the AP, plus, its updated daily

These picks will be updated every day.

Monday, 11/12

Stanford (2-0) @ #3North Carolina (2-0) – 7 PM ET, ESPN2

Prediction: North Carolina

San Diego (2-0) @ Washington (1-1) – 11 PM ET, Pac-12 Network

Prediction: Washington

Tuesday, 11/13

Big Ten vs Big East Challenge (a.k.a. the Gavitt Tipoff Games) start today!

#19Wisconsin (1-0) @ Xavier (2-0) – 6:30 PM ET, FS1 – Gavitt Tipoff Game

Prediction: Wisconsin

Georgia (1-0) @ Temple (2-0) – 7 PM ET, ESPN3

Prediction: Georgia

Georgetown (2-0) @ Illinois (1-0) – 8:30 PM ET, FS1 – Gavitt Tipoff Game

Prediction: Illinois

Wednesday, 11/14

Marquette (2-0) @ #24Indiana (2-0) – 8:30 PM ET, FS1 – Gavitt Tipoff Game

This is probably the headliner of the Gavitt Tipoff Games between the Big East in the Big Ten, as Indiana and Marquette are two of the most interesting teams in the country to me. Indiana, to see if the addition of Romeo Langford can bring the Hoosiers back to their 2015-16 season levels before the departure of Yogi Ferrell. Marquette because Markus Howard (52 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists in two games) may be the most underrated player in the country. If Marquette can emerge to become the new #2 of the very crowded Big East (KenPom says the #2 team and the worst team in the conference are separated by just eight points on a neutral court), Howard may start to sneak onto some All-American lists. That being said, I’m picking against Howard and the Golden Eagles. Marquette will be forced to travel on the road to Assembly Hall here, and they will run into the #4 team in the country in opponent eFG%. There is no more dangerous combo than a rowdy crowd and great defense, I’m taking Indiana.

Prediction: Indiana

Michigan (2-0) @ #6Villanova (2-0) – 6:30 PM ET, FS1 – Gavitt Tipoff Game

Prediction: Villanova

Seton Hall (1-0) @ Nebraska (2-0) – 7:30 PM ET, BTN – Gavitt Tipoff Game

Prediction: Nebraska

Saint Mary’s (2-0) @ New Mexico State (2-0) – 9 PM ET, Eleven Sports/Aggie Vision

Prediction: New Mexico State

Thursday, 11/15

The Charleston Classic, Myrtle Beach Classic, and 2K Classic begin today!

Ball State (1-1) vs Virginia Tech (1-0) in Charleston, SC – 11:30 AM ET, ESPN2 – Charleston Classic Quarterfinal

Prediction: Virginia Tech

Saint Joseph’s (2-0) vs Wake Forest (1-0) in Conway, SC – 11:30 AM ET, ESPNU – Myrtle Beach Invitational Quarterfinal

Prediction: Wake Forest

UCF (1-1) vs CSU Fullerton (1-1) in Conway, SC – 1:30 PM ET, ESPN3 – Myrtle Beach Invitational Quarterfinal

Prediction: CSU Fullerton

Alabama (2-0) vs Northeastern (1-1) in Charleston, SC – 2 PM ET, ESPNU – Charleston Classic Quarterfinal

Prediction: Northeastern
ATS Pick: Northeastern +3.5

#17Purdue (2-0) vs Appalachian State (1-1) in Charleston, SC – 5 PM ET, ESPN2 – Charleston Classic Quarterfinal

Prediction: Purdue

Valparaiso (1-0) vs Western Kentucky (1-1) in Conway, SC – 5 PM ET, ESPNU – Myrtle Beach Invitational Quarterfinal

Prediction: Valparaiso

#7Syracuse (2-0) vs UConn (2-0) in New York, NY – 7 PM ET, ESPN2 – 2K Classic Semifinal

Prediction: Syracuse

Ohio State (2-0) @ Creighton (2-0) – 7 PM ET, FS1 – Gavitt Tipoff Game

Prediction: Ohio State

Monmouth (0-3) vs #15West Virginia (0-1) in Conway, SC – 7 PM ET, ESPNU – Myrtle Beach Invitational Quarterfinal

Prediction: West Virginia

Davidson (2-0) vs Wichita State (1-1) in Charleston, SC – 7 PM ET, ESPN3 – Charleston Classic Quarterfinal

Prediction: Davidson

Fresno State (1-0) @ TCU (2-0) – 9 PM ET, Fox Sports Southwest

Prediction: TCU

Penn State (2-0) @ DePaul (2-0) – 9 PM ET, FS1 – Gavitt Tipoff Game

Prediction: Penn State

#21Oregon (2-0) vs Iowa (2-0) in New York, NY – 9:15 PM ET, ESPN2 – 2K Classic Semifinal

Prediction: Oregon

Texas A&M (1-1) @ #6Gonzaga (2-0) – 11:30 PM ET, ESPN2

Prediction: Gonzaga

Friday, 11/16

Virginia Tech (2-0) vs Northeastern (2-1) in Charleston, SC – 11 AM ET, ESPN2 – Charleston Classic Semifinal

Prediction: Virginia Tech

Saint Joseph’s (3-0) vs UCF (2-1) in Conway, SC – 1:30 PM ET, ESPN2 – Myrtle Beach Invitational Semifinal

Prediction: UCF

#10Syracuse (2-1) vs #21Oregon (2-1) in New York, NY – 4:30 PM ET, ESPN2 – 2K Classic Third Place Game

Prediction: Syracuse

#15Purdue (3-0) vs Davidson (3-0) in Charleston, SC – 6:30 PM ET, ESPNU – Charleston Classic Semifinal

Prediction: Purdue

UConn (3-0) vs Iowa (3-0) in New York, NY – 6:30 PM ET, ESPN2 – 2K Classic Semifinal

Prediction: UConn

St. John’s (2-0) @ Rutgers (2-0) – 7 PM ET, BTN – Gavitt Tipoff Game

Prediction: St. John’s

Louisiana (1-1) @ #1Kansas (2-0) – 8 PM ET, ESPN+

Prediction: Kansas
ATS Pick: Louisiana +22

Ole Miss (1-0) @ Butler (2-0) – 8 PM ET, FS2

Prediction: Butler

Arizona State (3-0) @ San Francisco (3-0) – 9 PM ET, Pac-12 Network

Prediction: San Francisco

Western Kentucky (2-1) vs #16West Virginia (1-1) in Conway, SC – 9 PM ET, ESPNU – Myrtle Beach Invitational Semifinal

Prediction: West Virginia

Saturday, 11/17

No games

Sunday, 11/18

#20Virginia Tech (3-0) vs #12Purdue (4-0) in Charleston, SC – 8:30 PM ET, ESPN2 – Charleston Classic Championship

Our first big tournament final will come from Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday as we gear up for next week. The Charleston Classic Championship will feature Virginia Tech and Purdue, and Vegas sees this one as a tossup. While I will admit that Virginia Tech’s performance against Ball State on Thursday was worrying, they quelled many of my fears with a convincing 88-60 victory over a Northeastern team that is the clear favorite in the CAA. Purdue also struggled with Ball State (and the Boilermakers’ game against the Cardinals was at home rather than on a neutral court) and have not faced a team yet this year on the level of Northeastern, their toughest opponent has been KenPom #97 Davidson. Virginia Tech’s defense is leading the country in opposition turnover rate right now, and I see that defense leading the Hokies to a close win in the high 60s.

Prediction: Virginia Tech

#8Michigan (4-0) vs Providence (3-1) in Uncasville, CT – 1:30 PM ET, ESPN – Basketball Hall Of Fame Tip-Off Championship

Prediction: Michigan

Wofford (2-1) @ Oklahoma (2-0) – 2 PM ET, Fox Sports Oklahoma

Prediction: Oklahoma

#16Indiana (3-0) @ Arkansas (1-1) – 3:30 PM ET, ESPN

Prediction: Indiana

Saint Joseph’s (3-1) vs #21West Virginia (1-2) in Conway, SC – 4 PM ET, ESPNU – Myrtle Beach Invitational Third Place Game

Prediction: West Virginia

Oregon State (3-0) vs Missouri (2-1) in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands – 5:30 PM ET, FloHoops.com – Paradise Jam Semifinal

Prediction: Oregon State

Northeastern (2-2) vs Davidson (3-1) in Charleston, SC – 6 PM ET, ESPNU – Charleston Classic Third Place Game

Prediction: Northeastern
ATS Pick: Northeastern +1.5

UCF (3-1) vs Western Kentucky (3-1) in Conway, SC – 6:30 PM ET, ESPN2 – Myrtle Beach Invitational Championship

Prediction: UCF

Pennsylvania (4-0) vs #22 Kansas State (3-0) in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands – 7:30 PM ET, FloHoops.com – Paradise Jam Semifinal

Prediction: Kansas State

Santa Clara (0-2) vs Washington (2-1) in Vancouver, BC – 8 PM ET, ESPN3 – Vancouver Showcase

Prediction: Washington
ATS Pick: Santa Clara +16.5

Minnesota (2-0) vs Texas A&M (1-2) in Vancouver, BC – 10:30 PM ET, ESPN2 – Vancouver Showcase

Prediction: Minnesota

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