Friday, December 16

FAU at Miami

How To Watch ⇒ Online Stream

7 p.m. ET ¦ Coral Gables, Florida

The Owls travel down the road to Miami where they’ll likely be a 20 point underdog like they were at Ohio St. The Hurricanes are very good defensively having only allowed a team to score more than 70 once this season. The Owls will need to get hot beyond the arc like they did in Columbus when they hit 10 3-pointers. The key to FAU’s offense is their ability to pull defenders to the perimeter to let the 7-footer Delph have room to operate.

Prediction: Miami


Saturday, December 17

WKU at Detroit

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1 p.m. CT ¦ Detroit, Michigan

Honestly, I know very little about the Titans who are 1-9 this season with their lone victory coming against a NAIA team. Having just watched the Hilltoppers lose in a somewhat competitive game at Saint Mary’s Wednesday night, I can all but guarantee they’ll get a road win on Saturday. Willie Carmichael, who was suspended after their second exhibition game, made his season debut late in the game, which is great news for Tops fans. Assuming he’ll work back into the starting lineup, I believe WKU will continue to develop into a top half of Conference USA team that I expected them to be.

Prediction: WKU


Charlotte at Florida

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3 p.m. CT ¦ Sunrise, Florida

KenPom.com has the 49ers losing this one by 17 points, and I think that’s about right. Anything under 20 is respectable in my opinion considering Florida should finish near the top of the SEC this season. Charlotte’s best shot in this one is for Jon Davis to get Florida’s bigs in foul trouble with drives to the rim and Ogbueze and White getting really hot from behind the arc. Clemson transfer Austin Ajukwa makes his debut Saturday, which will be big for the 49ers going forward.

Prediction: Florida


Rice at Pittsburgh

How To Watch ⇒ ACC Network

6 p.m. CT ¦ Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

If you don’t have the ACC Network, find a friend who does. Do not miss this game. Rice is one of the most fun teams to watch in all of college basketball, and Pitt’s student section, the Oakland Zoo, is wild. Marcus Evans and Egor Koulechov will need to have big nights and light it up from behind the arc like they did at Texas Tech when they combined for 11 3-pointers. Pitt is one of the worst in the nation at turning teams over, which has plagued the Owls all season. I can’t wait for this one.

Prediction: Rice


FIU at Northern Illinois

How To Watch ⇒ Don’t

6 p.m. CT ¦ Miami, Florida

Both these teams are bad, but both have neat court designs. Don’t watch this game.

Prediction: Northern Illinois


MTSU at VCU

How To Watch ⇒ American Sports Network

6 p.m. CT ¦ Richmond, Virginia

On paper the Rams are statistically the better team. Both their offensive and defensive efficiency ratings rank higher than MTSU’s. This game won’t be played on paper though. The Blue Raider’s are confident, experienced, and most importantly, they do not turn the ball over, which is VCU’s life blood. Jacorey Williams and Mo-Alie Cox are going to have a grown man battle in the paint that is not to be missed.

Prediction: MTSU


Marshall at Akron

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6:30 p.m. CT ¦ Akron, Ohio

This is Marshall’s best chance to get their second top 100 win before Conference USA play starts. That’s a big deal. The Zips are projected to win the MAC, which ranks a couple spots higher than Conference USA in the conference rankings. The Herd must take advantage of their speed against Akron who will play two 6-foot-10 players on the court at the same time more than 25 minutes per game. Marshall goes as Jon Elmore goes. If he is hot and Terrance Thompson, who’s missed the last four games, is close to 100 percent, the Herd have a great chance to get the road win.

Prediction: Marshall


North Texas at Sam Houston St.

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6:30 p.m. CT ¦ Huntsville, Texas

If I’m not mistaken, Keith Frazier won’t be available for the Mean Green until Conference USA play begins, so this is going to be another up hill battle for North Texas on the road. The Bearkats are a borderline top 150 team and have yet to lose at home this season. I don’t have a lot of confidence in the Mean Green until Frazier is in the lineup and I can see how he gels with his teammates.

Prediction: Sam Houston St.


Grambling St. vs La Tech

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7 p.m. CT ¦ Bossier City, Louisiana

Not much to say about this game. The Bulldogs won’t have any trouble disposing of one of the worst teams in college basketball on a neutral court. This will be a good scrimmage for La Tech before Florida Gulf Coast comes to town on Tuesday.

Prediction: La Tech


Northern Arizona at UTEP

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8 p.m. CT ¦ El Paso, Texas

There are no guaranteed wins for the Miners this season; though one would hope a Northern Arizona squad ranked 340 out of 351 won’t stand a chance Saturday.

Prediction: UTEP


Sunday, December 18

Georgia State at ODU

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1 p.m. CT ¦ Norfolk, Virginia

I believe the Monarchs are going to bounce back strong after losing back-to-back games at Rhode Island and at home to VCU. The Panthers are a top 150 team but really struggle with turning the ball over. ODU should win this one easily.

Prediction: ODU


UTSA at Texas A&M-CC

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2 p.m. CT ¦ Corpus Christi, Texas

This is a very winnable road game for the Runners who have been competitive away from home all season. The Islanders should be near the top of the Southland this season. I’m going with UTSA to get their first road win of the year.

Prediction: UTSA


Southern at UAB

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4 p.m. CT ¦ Birmingham, Alabama

The Blazers are 49-0 versus the SWAC and that won’t change Sunday.

Prediction: UAB