UCLA vs. St. Johns, Marquette vs. UConn Predictions

OffshoreInsiders.com has picks from several Senior Handicapping Experts for Saturday. The first is from the Matt Rivers on St. John’s (+4.5) to UCLA.

Reasoning: The Red Storm certainly can put up a stinker or two as we have seen at times this season but that can happen on the road with an extremely young team. I don’t mind this team though in today’s home spot as UCLA may be improved of late but across the country like this is in no way, shape or form a spot for them to succeed in. Lazeric Jones and Travis Wear and today’s visitor’s are ok and if this game was on the west coast would have the chance to beat St. John’s by a bunch but I just don’t see it here. The road isn’t ever easy to begin with and then when you are a mediocre team, which the Bruins are even with the improvement, going west to east could make any team shrivel up.

UCLA is among a pair to lay against

Moe Harkless is a legitimate player and a guy who is going to have a really bright college future and possibly a home on an NBA roster someday. The Johnie’s are young and immature and can wet the bed with the best of them as they did in that last game at Seton Hall. They have also lost four in a row and eight of their last 10 but the competition in the Big East is far superior to the Pac-12, even if the Big East is a bit down, and to get around a handful at home with St. John’s is too much in a very very winnable game.

I don’t love the Storm but I also don’t trust the Bruins and therefore this home dog is a quality play in the end.

Top expert pick on this game: St. Johns from Matt Rivers

Also the Captain, Vic Duke has a winner as well. Marquette (+3) for 2 Units **

Marquette/U Conn 12:00: Not going to give the green light to U Conn yet after drubbing Big East lightweight DePaul. U Conn has defensive flaws that Marquette can exploit; moreover, the Huskies’ offense has not shown a consistent rhythm virtually all season.

The Golden Eagles also had an additional 4 days of prep for this game. Marquette has shown good poise on the road at 5-1 ATS and their offense frustrates a number of defenses. U Conn has been vulnerable defending the perimeter (allow 35%) and Johnson-Odom and company can score from a multitude of spots on the floor. Offensively, U Conn will try to use their size to the advantage but Marquette is feisty and quick. Look for turnovers to help fuel the Golden Eagles’ offense.

The road team in this series is 4-0 ATS and Marquette has covered in their last two visits to U Conn. The Golden Eagles are a sweet 38-16-1 ATS on the road against a team with a winning % above .600. U Conn, however, sports money burning 1-5 ATS mark against a team with a winning % above .600. Marquette is the call.

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About the Author

Matt Rivers has been a champion handicapper for years at a previous outlet and left for a new challenge once again proving he is the best in the business, bar none. Matt received a Bachelor of Arts from a top 20 college, Emory University in Atlanta, and has worked at two major television networks covering both pro and college sports. A thorough knowledge of the sports world combined with personal gambling experience along with years of professional handicapping has helped mold Mr. Rivers into the rock solid consistent winner that he is today.

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