We’ve picked out 2 excellent non-conference matchups from college basketball on Tuesday night and will parlay them together for a payout of nearly +200.
Charlotte 49ers vs. Davidson Wildcats
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 – 07:00 PM EST at John M. Belk Arena
This might be the best non-power conference matchup of the night with Charlotte from Conference USA at 5-2 and Davidson from the Atlantic 10 at 6-1.
Both could easily be NCAA Tournament-bound. The Hornets' Nest series began in the 1978-79 season, making this year the 49th edition of the game and the 37th contest for the Hornets' Nest Trophy.
Davidson won the 2021 Battle for the Hornets' Nest Trophy, 75-58.
The 49ers snapped a two-game skid on Saturday with a 69-42 home blowout of Presbyterian. Sophomore Aly Khalifa had 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting, and a career-high 11 rebounds; earning him his second career double-double, 4 assists, 2 steals, a block, and just one turnover.
Charlotte finished with 15 assists on 27 made baskets, meaning the Niners have assisted on 50% or more of their made field goals in every game so far this year. They are a Top 50 team in the nation in terms of assist rate, assisting on 101 of 172 field goals for a mark of 58.7% through 7 games.
Junior Bryce Williams has been great off the bench this year averaging 11.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and a steal per game. He is shooting 46% from the field, 42% from 3-point range, and a stellar 20-of-22 from the free-throw line.
Charlotte’s defense has been a strength, as it ranks second in Conference USA, allowing just 55 points per game and holding a trio of opponents under 50 (Maryland Eastern Shore, Boise State, and Presbyterian). The 49ers are forcing 13.1 turnovers per game and averaging 7.6 steals per outing while recording a season-high 9 steals four times this season.
Davidson comes off a very impressive 89-80 win over San Francisco, an excellent team, on Friday.
Michigan State transfer Foster Loyer scored a game-high 30 points and Reed Bailey added a personal-best 20. Loyer and Bailey were key for the Wildcats down the stretch in a game that had 13 lead changes, including 9 in a 3:38 span of the second half. Bailey delivered the final lead swap of the night with a long-range 3-pointer from the left wing to make it 69-67 with 4:58 to play.
The Wildcats got separation with an 8-0 run that included Loyer assisting Sam Mennenga for a 3-point play, Loyer hitting a deep trey, and Loyer spinning to find Bailey for a dunk to make it 81-72 with 1:27 left.
Davidson shot season-bests at the foul line and from the field, finishing at 60.9% from the floor, including 68.2% (15-of-22) in the second half. At the stripe, the Wildcats shot 84.8% (28-of-33) and hit 19 of 21 free throws in the second half.
Loyer is the nation's 5th-leading scorer at 22.7 points per game. He also ranks among national leaders in free throws made (10th / 7.6) and attempted (4th / 6.6) per game. On the bench, Davidson is led by first-year head coach Matt McKillop, who is the son of Davidson coaching legend, Bob McKillop.
Following the NCAAB odds, I’m going to take the 4-point spread out of the equation here.
Virginia Cavaliers vs. Michigan Wolverines
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 09:30 PM EST at Crisler Center
ESPN has the telecast of this matchup between third-ranked Virginia and unranked Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Virginia-Michigan series, which dates to 1951, is tied 2-2. In the teams’ most recent meeting, on Nov. 29, 2011, the Hoos defeated the No. 14 Wolverines 70-58 in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game. The ACC has won 13 of the 23 Challenge series. The Big Ten has won 10 Commissioner's Cups, including the last 3. In 2021, the Big Ten won 8-6.
The Wahoos have yet to lose in 5 games, including impressive neutral-site victories over ranked Baylor and Illinois. Coach Tony Bennett’s squad comes off a 72-45 rout of Maryland-Eastern Shore on Friday in UVA’s first home game since 3 football players were killed a couple of weeks ago.
The Cavaliers wore shirts with “UVA Strong” and the players’ numbers on the front, along with the players’ last names on the back. In the first 38 minutes, the Wahoos hit only two 3-pointers, and they finished 5 for 15 from beyond the arc. It didn’t matter against the overmatched Hawks.
Senior forward Jayden Gardner was virtually unstoppable. In his 25 minutes, he made 12 of 15 shots from the floor, plus 2 of 5 free throws, for a 26-point outburst. Gardner averaged 15.3 points per game in 2021-22, his first season at UVA. He came into the UMES game averaging 7.8 points and shooting only 35% from the floor.
The Wolverines’ only loss in 6 games was to Arizona State. They are off a 78-68 win over Jackson State on Nov. 23. U-M blocked 13 shots and shot 50% from beyond the arc to create a sizable lead. Hunter Dickinson recorded 14 rebounds for his third game with double-digit rebounds this season.
Jett Howard led the Wolverines with 19 points, his second game leading the team in scoring this year. He has reached double figures in 5 of 6 games.
Michigan has one of the biggest teams in the Big Ten led by 7-foot-1 Dickinson, 6-foot-8 Howard (son of Coach Juwan Howard), 6-foot-7 Terrance Williams II and 6-foot-10 Tarris Reed Jr. Dickinson is an early Big Ten Player of the Year candidate who is averaging 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds, and he’s shooting 60% from the floor.
“They’re big,” Bennett said of Michigan. U-M is making its 21st appearance in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. It is 8-12 overall, with a 5-4 home mark. Virginia’s record in the Challenge is 13-8. It lost last year at home to Iowa.
NCAAB Pick: Michigan +3.5 (-107) at BetOnline
UVA is 1-10 ATS in its past 11 after a win of 20 points or more.
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