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Added February 28th, 2010 by David Glisan

College Basketball Betting Free Picks For Monday:  WAC Attack
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Thankfully, the Winter Olympics have ended and we’re about to get into one of the best times of the year for sports betting enthusiasts.  The NHL will get back to work on Tuesday, exhibition baseball will start on Tuesday and the NBA and college hoops will be in full gear.  NASCAR is underway, we’ve still got some league soccer action in Europe and the World Cup this summer–which may be the biggest betting event in history.  We’ll even have Arena Football again starting in early April.  Throw in all of the Triple Crown prep races and the long awaited showdown between Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta at the Apple Blossom Stakes in early April and its an epic time for sports betting.

Short slate of college hoops action for Monday, but we’ve got an interesting position on a crucial WAC showdown between the Utah State Aggies and the Fresno State Bulldogs.  The Bulldogs are a far cry from the team they were under Jerry Tarkanian, though we like current coach Steve Cleveland.  Cleveland hasn’t exactly worked wonders in Fresno,though after his miracle work in rescuing the BYU program from the toilet in which former coach Roger Reid left it he’s got our respect.  BYU went 1-25 the year before Cleveland took over, and within three years they were back in the Mountain West Finals.

FRESNO STATE VS. UTAH STATE

Typically, we don’t like to lay a lot of points in college hoops–or any sport for that matter–but this is a very important game for the host Utah State Aggies.  A win over Fresno will get them at least a share of the WAC championship for the third straight year.  Utah State leads New Mexico State by one game in the standings, and NMSU has a tough road test against a good Nevada team on Wednesday.  Assuming Utah State beats Fresno, a Wolfpack win will give USU the title outright.  If not, Utah State will host New Mexico State on Friday night (ironically, both teams are called the ‘Aggies’).  Utah State is trying to pile up the wins hoping they’ll get an ‘at large’ bid to the NCAA tournament if they don’t get an automatic bid by winning the WAC tourney.

Fresno has at least one good player, a guy named Paul George who is a 6’8″ swingman with a good shot at the NBA. The problem is that the Bulldogs don’t play well as a team and the more George tries to take over the game the worse things will get for them against the defensively nasty Aggies.  George was injured early in the first meeting between the teams this year, a 26 point Utah State rout in Fresno back in late January.

Utah State is a very good pointspread team, and particularly on their home court in Logan, Utah.  They’re 15-1 SU/9-4 ATS on their own court, and have also done well covering big numbers this year.  Aggies are 6-2 ATS as a home favorite of 12′ plus points, and 3-1 ATS as a favorite of 15′ plus points.  George’s presence won’t be enough to make up 26 points against a focused and far superior Utah State team.  Look for a rout here and one that should cover this big number.

PLAY UTAH STATE -15 OVER FRESNO STATE

 
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