College funds: Friday's best NCAAB bets

Cleveland State Vikings at Butler Bulldogs (-6, 132)

Can the Bulldogs rebound against one of the most surprising teams in the country? Not if Vikings guard Norris Cole has anything to say about it. 

The senior guard is doing just about everything for the Vikings this season, averaging 20.9 points, 4.9 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. In two games against Butler last season, he averaged just 14 points and shot a meager 8-of-24 from the field. But this summer he spent dozens of hours shooting jumpers to up his scoring average nearly four points per game more than last year. 

"We go as Norris goes," CSU head coach Gary Waters said.

And Butler has done little to recapture last season’s magic. The team is just 10-5 and is coming off an absurd, 76-52 loss at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, snapping the team’s 22-game Horizon League win streak. In the loss, Panthers sophomore guard Kaylon Williams posted a triple-double – 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists – as Butler had no answer for him.

If Butler can’t shut down Williams, how will it have any answer for Cole? It won’t.

Pick: Cleveland State

Evansville Purple Aces at Missouri State Bears (-16)

The Bears have a pretty simple key to maintaining momentum after a 24-12 season last year: better communication on screens.

Missouri State demonstrated their improved defensive ability earlier this week when the underdogs rallied from a 29-20 halftime deficit at Creighton to post a 67-55 win over the Blue Jays. Coach Cuonzo Martin credited the team’s halftime adjustments and commitment to call out and switch on screens as the team’s biggest reason for picking up the big road win. Not a bad accomplishment for a team that went 1-17 in Missouri Valley League action the past two years.

"In years past, we had never gotten over the hump in road games," center Will Creekmore said. "We had defensive breakdowns and little things that killed us. 

Today we were solid with key stops and executing on plays down the stretch."

Overall, the Bears are ranked 53rd nationally by allowing an average of just 62.3 points per game. 

Pick: Bears

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Posted by mo-pk23
3 years ago

Northern Iowa sucks Donkey Balls today!!!
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Posted by Philly215
3 years ago

Indiana St. +7.5, St. Pete +11
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Posted by stevewolve
3 years ago

Taking Indiana st. Missouri st. Iona, and Bradley. GL.
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Posted by Parlayed
3 years ago

4.5 Pt. Teaser special > (Wichata State - 3.5 With Niagra + 16.5)
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Posted by Parlayed
3 years ago

Friday Trifecta >>> Butler -6 -------- Evansville +15.5 -------- Drake -4
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Posted by bahjay
3 years ago

Northern Iowa looks tempting... I think Siena is a great play also. They've won the last 10 (or more) games with Canisius and the -1 spread is basically only asking them to win this one to cover. Siena has faced more quality opponents lately and is coming off a nice upset win over Iona.
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Posted by mo-pk23
3 years ago

Northern Iowa seems to be the play!!!
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Posted by mo-pk23
3 years ago

"Northern Iowa seems to be the play!!!"