Today’s CBB Targets break down the college basketball slate we have with a look at the studs, sleepers, and mid-range players you want to have  in your lineups.

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Baylor @ Texas Tech

Game Analysis

Baylor is coming off two straight in conference losses to ranked opponents as they fell to both Oklahoma State and Kansas last week. Today they get a match up with the worst offense in the entire conference. In fact the leading scorer for the Red Raiders is averaging under 11 points per game and the team scoring has also managed to stay below 61. Baylor has the conferences second best defense allowing under 60 a game too, so this is not setting up as a good game for Texas Tech. Baylor is led by it’s two stud seniors in Cherry and O’Neale. The best fantasy prospect on Baylor is actually the beast know as Rico Gathers who is a true double double machine. Tech has played to the under in nine of it’s last ten and Baylor has seen the over hit in seven of it’s last ten. I think there’s some blowout risk here, which is the only reason I may shy away from the high priced Gathers. I expect Baylor to win comfortably today, but it’s not my favorite place to target for fantasy.

Line: Baylor -9, O/U 122

Players to Watch

  • Kenny Cherry, G, Baylor ($6400)
  • Royce O’Neale, F, Baylor ($6900)
  • Rico Gathers, F, Baylor ($9200)

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St. John’s @ Georgetown

Game Analysis

A classic rivalry from the old Big East gets renewed here and based on common opponents I would say the Hoyas have the edge. St. John’s has played games well into the 140s and beyond so they like the fast pace uptempo style. Georgetown has normally been playing to lower totals but that has a lot to do with their defense as they have hung 60 and 70 points on some people lately. There’s a lot of potential plays in this game as well. Harrison, Pointer, and Greene from St. John’s are all interesting and on the flip side for the Hoyas I like Smith-Rivera, Trawick, and Copeland. The solid Georgetown defense should be able to limit some of the Storms attack, but I still think this is a useable game with one of the highest O/U on the slate.

Line: GTown -7, O/U 137.5

Players to Watch

  • Deangelo Harrison, G, St. John’s ($8900)
  • D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, G, Georgetown ($7500)
  • Isaac Copeland, F, Georgetown ($5500)

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Kentucky @ Tenneessee

Game Analysis

This should turn into an easy Wildcat victory and while I would love to recommend a whole bunch of studs on that team I have a problem doing so. The reason is because they have a whole bunch of studs on that team. No one on Kentucky really plays big minutes as they go deep with their bench and get production from everybody. They have a bunch of guys capable of big games, but which one will go off is anyone’s guess. Towns, Cauley-Stein, and Andrew Harrison are all guys who should play well, but I can’t guarantee any of them play big minutes tonight. I like Richardson and Moore from the Vols, but Kentucky defense is lock down, so they will both struggle to make value. Due to the probable blowout, lower minutes for Kentucky Starters, and tough defense against the Vols I would not recommend using this game heavy.

Line: Kentucky – 14.5, O/U 122

Players to Watch

  • Willie Cauley-Stein, F, Kentucky ($5100)
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South Carolina @ Georgia

Game Analysis

The Gamecocks have lost seven of nine and played to the under in six of those. Their scoring has been down and they struggle to stop people in SEC play, so it’s not a good recipe. Despite the recent slide, they did put a hurting on this Georgia team with a 17 point win a few weeks back. The Bulldogs had been on a five game winning streak before that loss and have gone 2-2 since dropping a close one to Auburn after losing to Kentucky. They are playing better basketball now and are the better team here, but I would have said that last time these two met as well. This game could be closer than Vegas expects, but I still see a lower scoring contest with the Bulldogs coming out on top. Not a great spot for fantasy, so be cautious here.

Line: Georgia -6, O/U 123

Players to Watch

  • Kenny Gaines, G, Georgia ($5300)
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Wake Forest @ Notre Dame

Game Analysis

The day’s highest total is also the one of the day’s biggest spreads and those two never mix well. ND is 22-4 and one of the better teams in the country this year. They are even tougher at home and they are playing really well recently. Wake has lost all their conference road games so far this year and are just below .500 at the moment. They are playing better having won three of their last five and narrowly missing an upset of #2 Virginia with a one point loss last game out, but they have to travel to Notre Dame for this one and the fighting Irish have been on a roll. They have won seven of their last nine with four straight home wins. They lost to Duke and Pitt recently, but both of those were on the road. I think this game might stay a little closer than the spread suggests, but I still see the Irish winning this one. My only problem with them is price. I think all their players are going to fall short of reaching value.

Line: ND -12, O/U 146

Players to Watch

  • Konstantinos Mitoglou, F, Wake ($5400)

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Alabama @ Auburn

Game Analysis

This is a juicy match up for fantasy with a close spread and a high total. These two met a month ago and Alabama squeezed out a home victory 57-55 in that one. It was expected to be a higher total game that day too, so just keep that in mind. Neither team is having a great year, but based on common opponents I would think Auburn should be the better team. It was a two point game at Bama and now they are playing round 2 in Auburn, so I have to think the home court advantage here gives a bump to the tigers as well. Despite having a worse record I like the Tigers in this one. It should be a close back and forth game though, so while it could stay under it is useable for tonight. I prefer the Bama players as they have better prices across the board and an injury to a high minutes guy in Ricky Tarrant.

Line: Bama -1, O/U 133

Players to Watch

  • Levi Randolph, G, Bama ($7200)
  • Retin Obasohan, G, Bama ($3000)
  • Shannon Hale, F, Bama ($4700)

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LSU @ Texas A&M

Game Analysis

Another nice target with a low spread and high total. Last time they squared off A&M went into Baton Rogue and came away with a 67-65 win. LSU has won five of eight since then and played to the over five times over that stretch. The Aggies have also stayed hot winning six of their eight since with only three unders as well. This should be a high scoring back and forth affair played at a higher pace. Perfect recipe for fantasy. There’s about eight useable guys I have been contemplating in this one. Almost all the guards are in play and a few of the LSU bigs.

Line: A&M -2, O/U 134

Players to Watch

  • Jalen Jones, G, Texas A&M ($6200)
  • Jarell Martin, F, LSU ($8400)

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Michigan @ Michigan State

Game Analysis

This game scares me with a very low total and at least one defensive minded team in MSU. They played this game a few weeks ago and the Spartans won by 10. They are the more talented team so I see no reason to expect a different outcome today. This one may not even be as close as the spread suggest, but the real drawback for fantasy is the low spread. Michigan likes to play fast, but Mich St. is very solid defensively and rebounding. They prefer a more controlled pace. I think the more talented team will dictate the tempo, so this one should remain lower scoring. I do like two guys in this one who played well last time these two met.

Line: Mich St. -4, O/U 120

Players to Watch

  • Spike Albreicht, G, Michigan ($6200)
  • Brandon Dawson, F, MSU ($8500)

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Texas @ Oklahoma

Game Analysis

Not really sure what to make of this game. Oklahoma blew Texas off the floor last time these two met with a 70-49 victory in Austin. They now get to try to do it again at home. Texas has played better recently and both teams are having solid seasons. I like Oklahoma more in this one, but think they will have a tougher time of it. The Key stat to me is that Texas dominates the boards with close to a +10 differential and Oklahoma struggles with a negative number. Texas Bigs are the key to keeping this close against a good shooting and balanced Oklahoma attack.

Line: Oklahoma -6, O/U 131

Players to Watch

  • Myles Turner, F, Texas ($5300)
  • Jevan Felix, G, Texas ($5000)
  • Tashawn Thomas, F, Oklahoma ($6800)