UNLV v. Kansas State(-3.5): Take UNLV- The Wildcats really looked terrible on Saturday scoring only 44 points in their loss to Florida. Frank Martin better have his boys ready for this game, or else they could be looking at L2 in the streak column. UNLV forward Chace Stanback has had a stellar start to the season, and really thrived as the team's go to scorer. The Runnin' Rebels have notched several solid non-conference wins so far, and a win tonight would most likely put them back in the top 25. Kansas State's two losses have been to potential final four teams in Duke and Florida. They are still a dangerous squad. Look for Pullen to put up big numbers like he did last year against UNLV (28 PTS), but this one will be a nail-biter and the Wildcats won't cover.
USC @ Tennessee(-7.5): Take Tennessee- Even in a loss, the Trojans got a huge confidence booster over the weekend, taking Kansas down to the wire. However, they needed an uncharacteristically great 3-point shooting night to do so. While USC has five losses on the young season, they've yet to play their best ball, and their best player, transfer Jio Fontan, just joined the team. Since Thanksgiving, Tennessee has beaten two top 10 teams, and dropped back to back tilts against Oakland and Charlotte. What's the deal with the Vols? Top player Scotty Hopson has played poorly shooting just 7-26 in those two losses. Hopson's high-top fade will get back on track tonight and Tennessee will win and cover.
Northwestern v. St. John's(-3.5): Take Northwestern- The Northwestern Wildcats have blown out everyone in their path to this point, hence their inflated stats: (6th in the nation in assists, 5th in FG%).. John Shurna is shooting an absurd 61% from long range and scoring 24PPG. Bill Carmody's bunch must stay sharp in these next two non-conference games, because Big 10 play is right around the corner. St. John's is 6-3, but they haven't played a quality opponent like Northwestern. Take Northwestern and don't look back.