Hello All! We are back and looking to build on our solid weekend last week! Here are the 8 games you will want to watch this weekend! Also, the rankings are updated as of 12/10!
Weekend #5 DEC. 12 - DEC. 14 Games of the Weekend! YTD: 40-37-1 1. Friday 8p.m.: #14 Iowa State (6-1) @ Iowa (8-2) Vegas: Iowa -5.5 I was going to be all over Iowa St regardless of the spread until their second best player got caught with marijuana. Now this spread is a very difficult one. I do think Iowa will pull this one off, but I am not jumping off my Iowa St. team yet. Does it look bad for my Big 12 prediction, YES, am I jumping off the bandwagon, NO! Kyle's Money Makin' Pick: Iowa St. +5.5 2. Saturday 12p.m.: #23 North Carolina (6-2) @ #1 Kentucky (10-0) Vegas: Kentucky -12.5 Obviously, Kentucky is going to win this one. But the real question is how many points will UNC get. I like them anywhere north of 7 points with the loss of Kentucky's Poythress. Anything under 7 I love UK. Kyle's Money Makin' Pick: UNC +12.5 3. Saturday 3:15p.m.: #13 Utah (7-1) @ #9 Kansas (7-1) Vegas: Kansas -3 I have no idea how Utah is this good, but I watched them against BYU and besides a few late turnovers, this is a very solid squad. That being said, the go to Allen Fieldhouse where almost nobody wins. Utah's defense is elite and Kansas struggles to pass the ball around, I think this game is close but KU walks away with the win. I like KU -6 or less. Kyle's Money Makin' Pick: Kansas -3 4. Saturday 5:15p.m.: Michigan (6-3) @ #3 Arizona (9-0) Vegas: Arizona -12 Will Michigan even show up for this game? Just a week ago they were a top 15 or so team, now they have lost to NJIT and E. Mich. Don't overlook E. Mich. could win the MAC, but Arizona is 10 times better than they are. This is also @ARI, which means this could be a blowout. That being said, I think Michigan comes out very hungry and as long as the spread is 7 or more I'll take them. Kyle's Money Makin' Pick: Michigan +12 5. Saturday 7p.m.: #25 Northern Iowa (9-0) @ VCU (5-3) Vegas: VCU -7.5 This one will be interesting. VCU has played a mammoth of a schedule but really havent beat anyone that great, while NI is undefeated but hasn't played a team as good as VCU. This one will be really tough for Northern Iowa going into VCU. Neither team can rebound or pass so this is hard to predict. Odds are the spread is 4 or less VCU, I'll take the home team. Kyle's Money Makin' Pick: Northern Iowa +7.5
6. Saturday 10p.m.: #10 Gonzaga (8-1) @ UCLA (7-2) Vegas: Gonzaga -5.5 I'm telling you this Gonzaga team is very very good. I hope Vegas looks at the inflated stats of UCLA against bad teams (top 23 in PPG, REB, AST). I like the balanced and efficiency of this Gonzaga team to win this game comfortably. Kyle's Money Makin' Pick: Gonzaga -5.5
7. Sunday 2 p.m.: #19 Butler (8-1) @ Tennessee (3-3) Vegas: Butler -1.5 Off topic, how has TENN only played 6 games so far!? Anyway, TENN struggles at all offensive categories but they are scrappy. Butler is still riding their high from the Bahamas and I feel this could be a rough game for them. I think they go into TENN with big heads and kind of get worked. TENN will be my pick and I might even get points. Kyle's Money Makin' Pick: Tennessee +1.5 8. Sunday 4p.m.: Wofford (7-2) @ NC State (7-1) Vegas: NC State -10 I believe this game features 2 teams that will be playing in March. It was hard to see Wofford lose to W&M but they aren't someone to sleep on. NC State's only loss is @Purdue, but this team can really rebound. Wofford will have to be hitting their shots at a high rate to win this game, but I think this one is entertaining. I need to see the spread before I lean either way. Kyle's Money Makin' Pick: Wofford +10