Dec. 15 — NCAA Basketball Picks

These are the condensed versions of picks for Saturday’s college basketball games for Winners and Whiners. A link to the full preview is below, and confidence ratings are in parentheses.

Note: The 5/5 does not represent the best overall pick of the day’s games when there are multiple games, simply the best pick of each individual game.

UCSB at Rice

Side Prediction/Full Game: UCSB -5.5 (4/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/Full Game:  Under 142 points (3/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/Full Game:
Side Prediction/1st Half: UCSB -3 (5/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/1st Half:  Under 67.5 points (3/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/1st Half:

Kent State at Louisville

Side Prediction/Full Game: Kent State +14 (4/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/Full Game:  Over 148 points (3/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/Full Game:
Side Prediction/1st Half: Kent State +7.5 (5/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/1st Half:  Over 70 points (3/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/1st Half:

Charleston at VCU

Side Prediction/Full Game: VCU -6.5 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/Full Game:  Under 128 points (4/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/Full Game:
Side Prediction/1st Half: VCU -3 (5/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/1st Half:  Under 60.5 points (3/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/1st Half:

Utah at No. 19 Kentucky

Side Prediction/Full Game: Kentucky -14.5 (5/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/Full Game:  Under 146.5 points (4/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/Full Game:
Side Prediction/1st Half: Kentucky -8.5 (3/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/1st Half:  Under 68.5 points (3/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/1st Half:

Cincinnati at No. 18 Mississippi State

Side Prediction/Full Game: Mississippi State -2.5 (5/5) — WIN!
Total Prediction/Full Game:  Under 130 points (4/5) — WIN!
Prop Prediction/Full Game:
Side Prediction/1st Half: Cincinnati +1.5 (3/5) — LOSS!
Total Prediction/1st Half:  Under 61 points (3/5) — LOSS!
Prop Prediction/1st Half:

Previous Day’s Record: 10-10 (.500)
December Record 37-29-2 (.559)
November Record: 81-91-6 (.472)
Season Record: 118-120-8 (.496)

1-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)             (0-0 (.000) in December)
2-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)             (0-1 (.000) in December)
3-Star Pick Record: 5-5 (.500)       (16-16-1 (.500 in December)
4-Star Pick Record: 3-2 (.600)             (11-5-1 (.676) in December)
5-Star Pick Record: 2-3 (.400)             (10-7-0 (.588 in December)

Author: Chris Altruda

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