Editor’s Note: Since November 2018, Joe has been posting tips here and back on All Things NIT, our former website. Overall results were mixed, with an average return on investment per selection of -1.7% when weighted by confidence (1 for low, 2 for medium, 3 for high) across 4,387 published selections, with no outstanding futures, and an average return on investment per selection +2.9% across 1,602 completed high and medium confidence picks (low confidence picks are in experimental markets for us these days).
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Today’s college basketball, today’s college football. football first:
Oregon @ Oregon State
Oregon state is good. Oregon State is tough. Oregon State has a lot to offer in terms of pride and dignity and finishing this year in the rankings, which psychologically represents a big threshold for programs.
But Oregon is a solidly better team. And Oregon has more to offer in terms of national stakes. And while the Ducks didn’t make it against Washington, they almost did. It was a little fluffy. We see them finishing the work today.
Choice: Oregon -1.5 (-115). Low Confidence.
State of Southeast Missouri @ Montana
Montana ended the year poorly, being beaten by their archrival in a moderate upset. However, they are heavy favorites in this playoff opener and should be favored by more according to Movelor. We ride the Grizz.
Choice: Montana -12 (-113). Low Confidence.
Bryant @ Syracuse
Syracuse was supposed to slow Bryant, but Bryant can shoot, but Bryant took that shot against a couple of low-majors and FAU. We trust the zone even when the team is struggling.
Tip: Below 161.5 (-105). Low Confidence.
State of South Carolina in western Kentucky
Western Kentucky is off to a good start, but it’s one of those good starts where the competition has been tough and not in the tough way. South Carolina State is an odd team in terms of pace, which can lead to inflated scores, but eventually that should factor into the numbers, and KenPom has that closer, so we’re confident in that.
Selection: State of South Carolina +24.5 (-114). Low Confidence.