Monmouth +14 @ Penn (u/o135) 1 pm; UNC-Asheville @Vanderbilt -28 (u/o 135) 2pm
Our Saturday pick was so bad, we’re going to try to make it up to you today with two options on the same games. At the Palestra, Penn (10-3) is returning from a Saturday blowout loss in Toledo with 2/3 of of its three rotating frontcourt players unlikely to play due to injury. Monmouth (0-12) has been resting, is desperate for a win, and nearly beat Yale at home and Princeton on the road. Not saying they’re going to get that win today, but it’s a big trap game for Penn with Princeton looming on Saturday. Giving Monmouth our teaser points and making them +19 seems like the play. We’re pairing them up with Vanderbilt (8-3), making them -23. The Commodores have been pounding weaker teams and the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs (2-11) -- coming off a 17-point loss to non-D1 Fayetteville St. on Saturday -- are a weaker team.
If you’d like to play the teaser as an over/under, both games are 135. We love Monmouth-Penn under 140, and kinda like UNC-Asheville vs. Vanderbilt over 130, thinking the game will be something like 95-55.