The interest of the college basketball world is centered on Classic champions on Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean the pot’s value can’t (and shouldn’t) be found elsewhere.
In fact, Jim Root Three Man Weave has the three spots you’ll want to take a look at outside of the huge pre-season event in Indianapolis.
So even if the big games are on your home screen, here are different ways to earn cash on Tuesday night college rings.
Best Three Man Weave’s College Basketball Bets for Tuesday
The team logos in the table below represent each of the matches that Jim Root of Three Man Weave is targeting from the current slate. Click on the team logos for a match below to go to a specific bet discussed in this article.
St. Bonaventure vs. South Dakota
by Jim Root
The likes of Cameron Indoor Stadium and Madison Square Garden get a lot of love as elite college basketball venues. But off the beaten track, the Sioux Falls Pentagon is one of my favorite squares.
Usually a host to competitive “neutral site” games — Baylor will meet Gonzaga here in early December — this game will have a more local flavor. South Dakota is a 50-mile drive south from Brookings, and many fans will join the fray.
On the other bench sits Saint Bonaventure. Certainly not a local, the Bonnies will probably bring in a smaller cheerleading department – and an entirely new team.
Heading into the season, the Bonnies are back to almost zero. That became zero when striker Justin Ndjok Tadjour left the team this weekend.
Coach Mark Schmidt brought in six Division One transfers to make up for his losses, but this unit is still learning to play together. The Bonnies lost in overtime to Canisius over the weekend, and the first season could yield rocky results.
This does not augur heading towards a match with the Jackrabbits. Eric Henderson’s team brought back six of their eight top scorers from last season, and this group has already been tested in battle.
They fell by one point in overtime to Akron on opening night. Impressively, the Jackrabbits went to Boise 48 hours later and knocked out Mountain West opponent Boise State in another tight contest.
In full disclosure, this is more of an inside bet to me than a huge numerical advantage. While this isn’t a true “home” game, South Dakota State will be playing in front of a frenzied crowd for the first time this season.
The connected core of countless offensive weapons should be able to overcome Bonnies that are still tangled up.
pluck or pluck: South Dakota -4.5 ⋅ Play with -5
FIU vs. North Carolina State
by Jim Root
Fans in Raleigh will definitely head to PNC Arena on Tuesday night anticipating a basketball game.
Alternatively, though, they might witness a track meet.
The state of NC and the FIU both want it to work. Unfortunately for both of them, such efforts have been largely thwarted by their opponents thus far.
The Wolfpack beat Austin P. and Campbell, two of the slowest offenses in the entire country. As much as Kevin Keats’ team tried to push the pace, their opponents did their best to stop the proverbial bus.
NC State still found a way to score 172 points across those contests, demonstrating the team’s offensive prowess.
FIU faced a similarly frustrating foe in its first season. The Houston Christian Panthers led, 77-66, after a disjointed first half. HCU’s zone defense blocked quick snaps, and the Huskies offense frequently depleted the shot clock.
The Panthers then won an 80-possession game against a non-Division I Florida national team, signaling their intent to go and go and go.
FIU coach Jeremy Ballard has tried to play in a more traditional, big style last year. It does not work. As a result, he plans to increase the tempo.
“We’ve changed our philosophy somewhat (last year),” Ballard said. Calendar This is an offseason. “We’re back to who we are… We’re back to being the aggressor.”
KenPom presents this game in 73 properties. Considering that both teams want to be involved in a fast-paced game and both have just played walking opponents, this is pretty low. This game should see a “slingshot” effect for both sides.
As long as efficiency isn’t completely affected – which seems unlikely, given the teams’ defensive reputation – speed should push this even further.
Expect a possession count close to 80, which is enough to round out that number.
pluck or pluck: over 149.5 ⋅ Play up to 153
Green Bay vs. Wisconsin
by Jim Root
For more than 20 years, Wisconsin has had a presence atop the Big Ten standings. Dick Bennett laid the foundation, but the real architect of this program’s success was Bo Ryan, the legendary coach in Badger lore.
Hoping to capitalize on the family’s brilliance, Green Bay announced House Ryan, naming Bo’s son, Will, as president in 2020. He took over late in the season, though he struggled to replicate his father’s success in the Frozen Tundra territory.
Ryan may be the youngest of the Madison royals, but the Badger faithful were less than welcoming. On two previous trips to the Cole Center under Ryan, Green Bay lost 82-42 and 72-34.
Notably, both matches were catches. The first meeting ended with 66 possessions, while last year’s game settled at a paltry 63. This pace is already good for the group, but Wisconsin’s outrageously disciplined defense is also causing trouble for visiting Phoenix.
Green Bay lacks athletic playmakers in the backcourt. Wisconsin is among the elite in the nation in its defensive communications and rotations. That takes some individual creators to attack, which is a major problem for Ryan’s team.
JUCO imports Davin Zeigler and Garren Davis have put up impressive stats on their previous stops, but neither seems to have the ability to consistently beat Badgers defenders off the rebound.
As such, we can expect another ineffective performance from the underdog. To do the math for you, Phoenix scored just 0.64 points per possession in 2020 and 0.54 PPP in 2021.
Given the sidelines of the two previous meetings, Wisconsin is enticing as a side game. However, the number is very high.
The strongest play is the bottom, where the creeping pace and Green Bay inefficiency must combine to severely curtail the scoring.