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Thursday College Basketball Odds & Betting Picks: Northern Colorado-Montana State, Saint Mary’s-San Fransisco


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  • Saint Mary's enters its first game of 2020 as 3-point favorites against the San Francisco Dons with the over/under set at 148 (11 p.m. ET on ESPNU)..
  • Check out a detailed betting break down for Saint Mary's-San Fransisco.

After seven weeks of intersectional matchups and obscure tournaments, conference play is now in full swing.

Familiarity between teams and normalized travel is adding a bit of sanity back into an unpredictable sport.

I’m zeroing in on two mid-major games out west that are currently offering value to bettors with a keen eye.

Thursday College Basketball Picks

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Montana State at Northern Colorado

  • Spread: UNCO -8.5
  • Over/Under: 134.5
  • Time: 9 p.m. EST

This line pops for a couple reasons. The first is that the Big Sky has earned a reputation as a wide-open conference, with little differentiation between teams in the middle of the pack.

Four different programs have won the Big Sky regular-season conference title over the past five years. Aside from Montana, no team has established a dominant home court advantage, which makes this line a bit perplexing.

The second reason this line seems a bit inflated is that Montana State has the best player in this matchup on its side.

Harald Frey, a Scandinavian import, is one of the nation’s best point guards. The stat-sheet stuffer is averaging 17.5/5.3/5.2 per game on 43.6% shooting from deep and 90% shooting from the line.

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