It’s the first Friday of the 2022-23 college basketball season, and it’s a very busy Veterans Day with tipoffs ranging from 1 PM EST to midnight.
Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens vs. Air Force Falcons
Friday, November 11, 2022 – 05:00 PM EST at Clune Arena
I just want to note that we’ve hit both two-game college hoops parlays this week after getting Marist over American and South Dakota over Lipscomb for a parlay price of +158 on Wednesday. Also hit on Monday.
Friday is Veterans Day in the United States, so I’m assuming that’s why this game at the Air Force Academy is starting at an unusual time locally – and how can we go against Air Force on this holiday?
Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens
Delaware is annually a contender in the CAA and won the tournament title last year before losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to second-seeded Villanova. The Blue Hens welcome back 10 letterwinners, including a pair of starters. Six newcomers join the roster with three freshmen and three transfers. Jameer Nelson Jr. was named to the All-CAA Preseason First Team after earning All-CAA Second Team honors last season. He was the team's leading returning scorer, averaging 13.6 ppg in 2021-22.
The Blue Hens opened with a 78-54 win over something called Wilmington on Monday – and I don’t mean UNC Wilmington. Delaware shot 47.5% from the floor with Jyáre Davis and Nelson Jr. combining for 38 points.
With their 12 blocks, the Blue Hens tied a single-game program record. It had been accomplished seven other times, the most recent being against Howard on Nov. 19, 2010. UMBC transfer LJ Owens was good in his Blue Hens debut, recording 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Fellow transfer Christian Ray from LaSalle had a game-high 14 rebounds.
Air Force Falcons
Air Force lost its opener 62-58 at Bowling Green on Monday. The home Falcons hit seven of its 12 three-pointers in the second half. Senior Camden Vander Zwaag led three Air Force Falcons in double figures with 14 points. Joining Vander Zwaag in double figures were sophomore guard Jake Heidbreder with 12 points and senior guard Carter Murphy with 11. Freshman Marcell McCreary made his collegiate debut, adding nine points, six rebounds and a team-high three steals.
Air Force returns three starters from last year all sophomores (PG Ethan Taylor, Heidbreder and Lucas Moerman). A whopping 17 of 20 players on the Air Force roster are freshmen and sophomores.
This is the first-ever meeting between these schools. Air Force has won its last two home openers and Coach Joe Scott is 5-1 in home openers at the school.
NCAAB Pick: Air Force at Pick’Em (-110) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
Florida State Seminoles vs. UCF Knights
Friday, November 11, 2022 - 07:00 PM EST at Addition Financial Arena
Have to say this spread surprises me as I thought Florida State would be favored by at least a few more points. UCF is a very good American Athletic Conference program, but FSU is annually one of the better teams in the ACC.
Florida State Seminoles
That said, the Noles were stunned 83-74 at home by Stetson in their season opener. FSU couldn’t stop Luke Brown, who scored 27 points on seven made 3-point shots. Brown totaled 20 points in the first half as the visiting Hatters led by 18 before halftime and held a 44-37 lead at the intermission. The Seminoles fought back to trail by only three with 4:40 remaining, but Stetson outscored Florida State 15-9 to close the game.
Sophomore Matthew Cleveland led three Seminoles in double figures with 16 points. Junior Cam’Ron Fletcher led Florida State with nine rebounds. Even with the loss, Florida State is 21-3 (.875 winning percentage) against teams from the state of Florida since the start of the 2016-17 season.
“We had some moments where I thought we showed some light,” said Coach Leonard Hamilton. “I think it was the fact that you don’t ever want to say inexperienced, but this is probably the most inexperienced team we’ve had. Defensively on rebounds, I thought we had a lot of game slippage. Offensively, we aren’t that well-oiled machine that I had hoped we would be this early in the season.”
Florida State, which returns its top two and three of its top six scorers from last season, has been selected to finish fifth in the ACC.
Central Florida was upset at home in its opener as well, 98-95 in double overtime against UNC Asheville. Drew Pember scored 40 points and knocked down a pair of free throws to tie the game 76-76, and a last-second 3-point attempt from UCF was off the mark to force overtime. Last season, UCF was 13-1 when leading with five minutes remaining – it led 64-59 with five minutes to play against UNC Asheville. It was the first loss for the Knights under Coach Johnny Dawkins in a home opener after winning the previous six.
All nine Knights that played on Monday made their UCF debuts. Eight of them were not on last year's roster, with the lone exception being P.J. Edwards, who did not play during the 2021-22 season.
The Seminoles have represented themselves quite well against UCF since the beginning of the series in 1980, having won 11 of the 12. Friday’s game between them is just the fourth game in the series to be played outside of Tallahassee.
NCAAB Pick: Florida State -1 (-110) at BetOnline
The Parlay Verdict
- Delaware vs. Air Force: Air Force at Pick’Em (-110)
- Florida State vs. UCF: Florida St. -1 (-110)
NCAAB Pick: Two-Legged Parlay (+265) at BetOnline
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