O'Sullivan's Saturday ACC, Ivy Picks: Bradley vs Brown, North Carolina vs Purdue, plus 2 over/unders
Seattle O’Sullivan 2021-2022 ACC season so far: 1-5, -$55.60
Seattle O’Sullivan 2021-2022 Ivy League season so far: 2-2 +$5.45
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Bradley Kaboom! at Brown Bears, 3:15 pm Eastern
The Pick: Brown +3.5 (-114), bet $11.40 to win $10; under 133.5 (-105), bet $5.25 to win $5
Okay, this game is in the Virgin Islands and features a team whose mascot is “the Kaboom!” which, uh, wut. Virtually nothing about that previous sentence seems real, to me, but whatever. No, I’m not picking Brown here just because I want to go against an institution of learning that named its mascot “the Kaboom!” (though it didn’t help). Brown has been surprisingly frisky so far this season, giving North Carolina a tough game and averaging over 81 points per game. Bradley, on the other hand, has started off the season 1-3 and shoots 40% from the field. I will resist all “kaboom!” jokes, here. Seriously, folks - Brown is pretty good and plays hard. I think after a few days in the Virgin Islands, the game’s quality might suffer; hence the under.
North Carolina Tar Heels at Purdue Boilermakers, 4 pm Eastern
The Pick: North Carolina +6.5 (-115), bet $11.50 to win $10; over 153.5 points (-115), bet $11.50 to win $10
Nothing gets me more excited than the Cheez-It Hall of Fame Tip-Off at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut (eye roll). Sarcasm aside, an early-season matchup between two Top 20 teams is exciting. I think North Carolina will be excited too. Both they and Purdue have started off 3-0, but after games against “inferior” competition (and I put the word in quotes because frankly, the Tar Heels struggled against it), they’ll be amped to go up against a good team from a major conference. Pomeroy has Purdue ranked fourth, but North Carolina’s length and athleticism should make this a great game, keeping it close. Both the Boilermakers and Tar Heels are averaging over 90 points per game, which is why I’m grabbing the over here too.