When it comes to the NCAA basketball tournament, there are a lot of folks who will tell you that success in the tournament is all about landing in a good spot in the bracket. The dark horse teams that always seem to emerge once March Madness begins are very often those that snuck into the top 25 in the national rankings but who were not really given much of a look by fans or bettors during the regular season. It’s some time yet before we can start talking seriously about brackets and national championship winners, but we can start looking out for teams that might fit that dark horse bill.
While they are sitting outside of the top 25 for now, the Colorado Buffaloes might well find their way back in as the season progresses. They will be at home on Thursday night against the Prairie View A&M Panthers, and while winning that one is not going to help their stock rise by much, the manner in which they win might be important. The Buffaloes are in as a 20-point favorite for a game that should be a comfortable win.
Prairie View A&M vs Colorado 2019 College Basketball Odds & Prediction
- When: Thursday, December 19 at 8:30 PM EST
- Where: CU Events Center, Boulder
- TV: PAC 12 Network
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: PAC-12 Live
- College Basketball Odds: Colorado -20
Why bet on the Prairie View A&M Panthers?The Prairie View A&M Panthers are coming into this game on the heels of a 2-game losing skid that has seen their season record drop to a very poor 3-8. That is not particularly good news for a team that is about to play its toughest matchup of the season. Making matters even worse is that the Panthers have just 1 win in 7 road games this season, so there is definitely not much to like when looking at them as a straight up pick.
Things get a little different when you look at what this team has done against the spread, though, as they are 7-2 ATS in lined games. Better yet, while they have been unable to pick up wins away from home, Prairie View is still a very healthy 6-1 ATS on the road.
Why bet on the Colorado Buffaloes?The Colorado Buffaloes have spent some time in the top 25 this season, but they dropped out after losing back to back games. Their loss to Kansas was not entirely unexpected, but their 79-76 loss to Northern Iowa is one that probably still stings a little. Still, the Buffaloes did bounce back and get a 56-48 win over the Colorado State Rams last weekend.
Making matters worse was the fact that they dropped that game on home court, taking their record at home to 4-1 SU on the season, while their overall record now stands at 8-2. They have not been a fantastic bet against the spread to this point, going 4-5-1 ATS on the season and just 1-3-1 ATS in their own building.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Prairie View A&M vs ColoradoGiven that the Buffaloes have won just 1 of their last 3 games and have not been great against the spread, I’m a little wary about playing them here. I have a feeling that the Panthers might do just enough to cover, which has been their M.O. this season.
Score: Prairie View A&M Panthers 52 – Colorado Buffaloes 69