NCAA Basketball Betting Picks: Banker and Parlay – December 14, 2021

By @Joes_Picks

BANKER (Alabama vs. Memphis)

Alabama has been one of the most impressive teams in the country so far this season. They have an incredibly explosive offense, athleticism on defense, and they can play any style whether in the half court or in transition. Alabama has racked up wins over #1 Gonzaga, #14 Houston, Drake, South Dakota state, and blowout wins over solid teams in Miami and Louisiana Tech.

Alabama is led offensively by their talented guards in Jaden shackelford and Jahvon Quinerly. Shackelford is averaging 19/7/2 on 46% shooting and 46% from deep while Quinerly is averaging 15/4/3 on 44% shooting and 27% from deep. Overall, as a team, Alabama is 8th in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency, 9th in 2-point FG%, 22nd in effective FG%, and 37th in offensive rebounding percentage so they’re getting it done in pretty much all aspects on offense except for free throws shooting, where they only shoot 67.2% as a team (261st).

They face Memphis who has continued to struggle mightily over the last 2-3 weeks Memphis comes into this game losing 4 in a row and off a somewhat embarrassing loss to Murray state where they were up 14 at halftime and were 11-point favorites at home. Memphis actually played much better in this game from an offensive standpoint as they only had 14 TO (5 less than their avg) and shot 49% from the field.

But Murray state got hot from 3 in the 2h which was too much for them to overcome. This does not bode well for the tigers as Alabama is a team who can rack up threes in a hurry. This offensive is explosive, and I think Memphis won’t be able to keep up offensively due to their carelessness on offensive and lack of outside shooting. Score prediction: 84-78 Alabama.

Banker: Alabama -3 at -118 (1.85) at BetUS

2-Team Parlay

Hartford is a team that most people who don’t bet CBB on a daily basis haven’t heard of. They play out of the American east conference and usually have a very solid team. This season they are off to a tough 1-8 start but have been very competitive and have played a tough schedule to this point as well. Of their 9 games they have been an underdog in 8 of them (0-8) and win their only game as a favorite. They come into this matchup as small -1.5 home favorites over a St Francis team who has also struggled as they come into this game with a 3-5 record.

St Francis comes into this game with a 1-5 record on the road and their defense has really struggled away from home as they’ve given up 83, 78, 68, 93, 75, and 85 points in those games for an average of 80.33 points per game. Hartford’s strong suit is their offense as they are 51st in effective FG%, 49th in 2P%, and 97th in team 3P%. Bottom line is I think Hartford will be able to score very easily on the offensive end and they should get a boost from their defense being able to play at home for the first time since November 18th. Score prediction: 83-72 Hartford

UT-RGV is an interesting team that plays out west in the western athletic conference. Historically they do not have a very good team but this year they’ve played a very tough schedule as they faced off against Arizona, Illinois, Texas, and a very much improved Texas AMCC team twice, who is 9-1 to start the year. They face a Texas southern squad who is 1-7 but that record is deceiving. They have been an ATS wagon going 7-1 against the spread so why am I fading them?

Texas southern does not do good in this role as a favorite. They lost their only game this year as a favorite vs a weak Air Force team and Texas Southern’s Achilles’ heel is their offense. I think they’ll struggle to score on the road here and UTRGV can have an explosive offense at times so I expect them to have an uptick in shooting playing at home here which should lead them to a win. Score prediction: 71-64 UTRGV.

Parlay: Hartford ML/UT-Rio Grande Valley ML +315 (4.15) at BetUS

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