The 2022-23 college basketball season tips off today! Here are two parlay picks and which way to lean at BMR’s best sportsbooks.
South Dakota State Jackrabbits vs. Akron Zips
Monday, November 7, 2022 – 07:00 PM EST at James A. Rhodes Arena
This might be the best matchup of the day as I think both these teams could make the NCAA Tournament.
SDSU Trust Appel and Mayo
The Jackrabbits are a Summit League powerhouse who did make the 2022 Big Dance, losing 66-57 to Providence in the first round.
SDSU did lose star Baylor Scheierman, the Summit League Player of the Year, as he’s now at Creighton. However, two Jackrabbits earned preseason All-Summit League First Team recognition in Luke Appel and Zeke Mayo.
Appel played over 17 minutes per game and during the conference schedule last season averaged 11.1 points and was 62% from the field. He had 13 double-digit scoring performances and was honored as the Summit League Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Feb. 28 following a 40-point double-double at Oral Roberts.
Mayo played in all 35 games a season ago as a freshman and was second on the team with 27.1 minutes per contest. He averaged a 10.6 points per game in conference play while shooting 46.7% from the field.
SDSU was picked to finish second in the Summit this year behind Oral Roberts. SDSU and Murray State were the only teams to run the table in their respective leagues a season ago.
Akron Counts on Freeman
Akron was the Mid-American Conference tournament champion last season and lost in the first round of the Big Dance 57-53 to UCLA.
The Zips’ top returning player is forward Enrique Freeman. He was named 2022 MAC Defensive Player of the Year, MAC Tournament MVP, and Second-Team All-MAC and finished the 2021-22 campaign ranked No. 1 in the NCAA in field goal percentage (.665).
Freeman landed in the nation's Top 20 in six categories: No. 4 total rebounds (367), No. 6 rebounds per game (10.8), No. 8 double-doubles (18), No. 9 defensive rebounds per game (7.53), and No. 19 offensive rebounds per game (3.26). He was one of 13 players in the NCAA to average a double-double in points (13.2) and rebounds (10.8).
The Zips were picked to finish third in the MAC this year. They may win, but I think 4 points is too many to cover the NCAAB odds.
SDSU is 4-1 ATS in its past five road games.
NCAAB Pick: South Dakota State +4 (-110) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
Pennsylvania Quakers vs. Iona Gaels
Monday, November 7, 2022 – 07:00 PM EST at Hynes Athletics Center
It’s the fifth all-time meeting between the teams and the Quakers lead 3-1. It is the first time that either team plays the other on its home court. The previous four meetings came in the 1979 NCAA Championship, in 1980 and 1998 in Madison Square Garden, and in 1989 at the Cable Car Classic hosted by Santa Clara.
Iona Always Solid at Openers
The Gaels have posted a 51-24 record in their first game of the season since 1945. Iona opens at home for the second straight season and the third time in last eight. It is 16-2 all-time in season openers at the Hynes Athletics Center and 36-5 all-time, earning five straight wins. Iona was unbeaten at home last year.
Iona is of course coached by the legendary Rick Pitino. The Gaels were the regular-season champions of the MAAC last season but were upset in the conference tournament by Rider and landed in the NIT, losing in the first round 79-74 at Florida. Pitino is sixth head coach to win a Division I college basketball game in six different decades.
Pitino has one of the MAAC’s top players in forward Nelly Junior Joseph. With Joseph (13.0 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.9 bpg) on the floor last season, Iona not only made 51% of its shots inside the 3-point line but also held opponents to just 91 points per 100 possessions. Joseph was chosen to the preseason All-MAAC First Team. Walter Clayton Jr. was chosen to the second team.
Seven players make their Iona debut this season including three transfers and four true freshmen. Junior Daniss Jenkins arrives from JuCo Odessa College and D-I Pacific. Jenkins was an All-WCC honorable mention selection as a sophomore and All-Rookie as a freshman. Sophomore Anton Brookshire spent last at Missouri.
Pennsylvania Welcomes Back Dingle
I’m a bit surprised this moneyline isn’t higher as Penn wasn’t very good last year at 12-16 although it was picked to finish first in the Ivy League this season. It’s the first time Penn has been picked first in the Ivy's preseason media poll since the 2006-07 season.
The Quakers do bring back All-Ivy League player Jordan Dingle. Only four players in program history have scored more points in their first two seasons than Dingle (880): Ernie Beck (1,154), Keven McDonald (1,021), Ron Haigler (947), and Stan Pawlak (922).
Dingle had six 30-point games last year, tied for the most in a season in program history (Beck, 1951-52).
With our NCAAB picks in mind, I believe Penn might cover the 6 points but it’s not winning on the road.
NCAAB Pick: Iona ML (-275) at BetOnline
NCAAB Parlay Picks
- South Dakota State vs. Akron: South Dakota State +4 (-110)
- Pennsylvania vs. Iona: Iona ML (-275)
NCAAB Pick: Two-Legged Parlay (+160) at BetOnline
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