Mid-major conference tournaments are in full effect as bigger schools are wrapping up their 2019-2020 regular season games today and tomorrow. Saturdays tend to trend towards the underdog as two weeks ago three of the top five teams lost outright. There are two A-10 games that peak interest and of course the greatest rivalry in college basketball.
North Carolina (13-17) at 12 Duke (24-6)
Spread: Duke -10.5
Time: 6 p.m ET
The greatest rivalry in college sports and arguably in the Mt. Rushmore of rivalries in all sports. Duke–North Carolina, while both teams are having completely different seasons this game is always appointment TV.
Duke opened as an 11.5 point favorite and there has been significant money coming in on the underdog. In their last meeting, the Tar Heels had all but secured a victory in Chapel Hill until Tre Jones turned into Houdini and sent the game into overtime and the Blue Devils snuck out a victory at the Dean Smith Center.
Look for North Carolina to give Duke all they can handle in this game as the Tar Heels are a much better team than their record indicates.
The Pick: UNC +10.5
George Washington (12-18) at 3 Dayton (28-2)
Spread: Dayton -20.5
Time: 7 p.m ET
Yes, the Colonials of George Washington are getting backed in this game and its simple quite frankly. Dayton has already locked up the outright title of the A-10 conference. This line opened at -22 in favor of the Flyers and has seen some significant movement with the sharps backing George Washington.
It has since bet all the way down to -20.5. George Washington has the same exact record ATS as Dayton (15-14) so although the Colonials have a record under .500 the record against the spread is what really matters.
The Pick: George Washington
St. Bonaventure (19-11) at St. Louis University (22-8)
Spread: SLU -5
Time: 8 p.m ET
St. Louis is on a four-game winning streak and continues to depend on their efficient guard play. Jordan Goodwin who is leading the Billikens with 15.5 ppg has been playing with a lot more assertiveness averaging 22 ppg in the winning streak. Both teams have an 11-6 conference record in the A-10 and are battling for the fourth seed in the upcoming conference tournament. SLU has been terrific at home with a 14-3 record. Look for them to end their regular season on a positive note with a win over St. Bonaventure.
The Pick: SLU -5