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# 23 Boilermakers Purdue vs Texas Longhorns

  • Time / TV: 7 pm ET (FS1)
  • Spread: Purdue -8

Purdue is a young team that is in doubt at the beginning of the season because of Matt Painter's success in recent years. Although the Boilermakers have talent, a game against Texas is a difficult start for a team that must find a new identity after losing the striker Carsen Edwards NBA.

Texas did not take off under Shaka Smart, as we expected, and now there is talk of being on the hot seat. The Longhorns also have a team that has lost its top three scorers. Although juniors Matt Coleman III and Jase Febres played 59 games last year, it is unclear how far they can lead Texas.

The difference could probably come from the advantage of the Purdue pitch thanks to the Mackey Arena. Look for a close game that Purdue finds a way to succeed.

  • Choose against the spread: Texas

Southern Thunderbirds from Utah to Nebraska Cornhuskers

  • Time / TV: 2 pm ET (BTN +)
  • Spread: Nebraska -7.5

Fred Hoiberg's debut in Nebraska took place with a thud of Scott Frost. While expectations were low for a team of Cornhuskers reunited as Hoiberg headed for his own players, a 19-team loss to UC-Riverside is a bad defeat nonetheless. Faced with a team that has not had a successful season since 2008-09, the Cornhuskers shot 29.1% on the field, 23.1% against three and 47.4% on the free throw line.

The good news? Southern Utah is not very good either, having not had a winning season since 2006-07. Bad news? It's probably a better team than UC-Riverside and all the times are beaten.

Nebraska fans know painfully that the season will likely be tough, but if Hoiberg fails to convince his team to play against Southern Utah after staging his team in the first game, the situation will be worse than expected this winter.

Look for Nebraska to bounce and win here ugly.

  • Choose against the spread: Nebraska

Vikings from the State of Puerto Rico to Indiana Hoosiers

  • Time / TV: 2 pm ET (BTN +)
  • Spread: Indiana -20

The Hoosiers are looking to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016 and will look to move to 2-0. Juniors Al Durham and Justin Smith had big, thrilling days as the pair scored 45 points early in the opening game against Western Illinois.

Portland State had a balanced attack in its first win against Puget Sound, with five games scoring 12 or 13 points. The team struggled to shoot the ball from 2 out of 15 to 3 and reaching only 64.5% of its 31 free throws. If they want to have a chance to be pissed off, they have to be decidedly better today.

The reality is that Indiana has not been quite Indiana in recent years, but they still have enough talent to not have to worry about the state of Portland.

  • Choose against the spread: Indiana

-Wagner Seahawks at Penn State Nittany Lions

  • Time / TV: 16:00 ET (BTN +)
  • Spread: Penn State -25

Penn State scored their first game against Maryland Eastern Shore and will try to do it again at home against Wagner this afternoon.

Penn State was able to force 19 turnovers while holding his opponent on a 33/21/46 shooting line. Wagner was no wiser to be knocked out of the gym by Seton Hall, making 21 turnovers while shooting 44/22/62 on the field in a 34-point loss.

The Nittany Lions had strong performances from Lamar Stevens and Myles Dread, while Mike Watkins had 11 rebounds and 7 blocks in 20 minutes of action. The size inside Watkins and the offensive firepower of Stevens and Dread are therefore more than enough to bring Pat Chambers' team to 2-0.

  • Choose against the spread: Wagner

-Oklahoma Sooners vs Golden Gophers of Minnesota (Sioux Falls, SD)

  • Time / TV: 8:00 pm ET (BTN)
  • Spread: Oklahoma -4.5

Minnesota beat all sides of the ball in their first game against Cleveland State and will look to add a quality win against Oklahoma in South Dakota.

The Golden Gophers have not been much challenged in their first game, but will have to clean their ball control tonight. While the state of Cleveland has never threatened, the turnarounds of the Gophers 17 were tough, especially the six facts committed by Daniel Oturu center. The Sooners have enough firepower to charge Minnesota if they do not hold the ball.

Oklahoma had a slow start to the game before winning an 18-point win over UTSA. The Sooners shot only 20% out of three and sometimes seemed rusty in attack. Wichita's state transfer, Austin Reaves, and rookie De'vion Harmon scored 23 points for Oklahoma and should anchor a backyard capable of scoring points.

Oklahoma is a young team and Minnesota is a changing team that is trying to replace Amir Coffey, Dupree McBrayer and Jordan Murphy. It could go both ways, but the talent advantage should give Oklahoma a neutral advantage.

  • Choose against the spread: Oklahoma

-Rhode Island Rams at the 7th Terrapins of Maryland

  • Time / TV: 9 pm ET (FS1)
  • Spread: Maryland -11

Maryland is looking to win the Big Ten title with Michigan State and, with a ranking in the pre-season top 10, it seems like a lot of people are following the Terps move. Maryland did not have to do much to overtake Holy Cross, winning its first game by 24 points in a game where it was possible to clear the bench.

Tonight's outing against Rhode Island could be a bit more difficult. Ranked among the top 100 teams (by KenPom, compared to more than 300 in the Holy Cross rankings), Rhode Island went to consecutive NCAA tournaments before losing an 18-15 record in the first season David Cox with the program. But with their top four scorers back this season, Rhode Island could make some waves in the A-10 this season.

Jeff Dowtin and Fatts Russell, who shot 26 times in total, conceded 26 rushing yards per game. The pair scored 31 points in the Rhode Islands' first Long Island victory and will be a vital catalyst for the Rhode Island attack. If the Terps can slow them down and clean inside, they should be doing well tonight. Maryland will have to defend well inside, however, as Cyril Langevine racked up eight offensive rebounds last time to reach 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Expect Maryland to rely on Anthony Cowan Jr. and try to play fast against an experienced Rhode Island team. Maryland will have to do better than 18.5% versus three and 66.7% from the line, but a top-10 home team should not lose to a mid-major during the first week of the season.

  • Choose against the spread: Rhode Island


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