Going To Vegas: CBB Picks and Spreads for December 20

Samuel SIlvermanContributor IDecember 20, 2008

I have talked to fellow B/R writer Andrew Kahn (#mce_temp_url#) and we have decided to turn his Packing For Vegas series into a competition. I will make picks for the days top college basketball games using spreads with "units" as the currency.

I hope you enjoy and make sure to check out Andrew's picks as well.

Today, the college basketball world is being treated to one of the most eventful days in recent memory.  There are numerous games between top 25 teams and a pair of which are both top 10 match ups.  Although it is usually smart to stay away from such high profile games, it can definitely make your time in front of the television a lot more enjoyable.

Duke takes on Xavier today in the swamps of New Jersey and oddsmakers have Duke as a six point favorite.  Duke is too talented for the Atlantic 10 Musketeers and they should not have any trouble giving Xavier it's first loss.  

The Michigan State Spartans have had a slow start to what was supposed to be a Final Four season.  I am not counting them out but they already have two losses in this young season including a dismantling from UNC.  Texas, on the other hand, has also suffered one defeat, however, it was a thriller to the Luke Harangody and the Irish and they rebounded  nicely with a victory over the young Bruins of Westwood.  I like the 'horns to cover six and a half against a struggling Michigan Sate.

The Game of the Week—Gonzaga hosts the University of Connecticut in the 3rd annual Battle of Seattle in a rematch of last years thriller in Boston.  Both Gonzaga and Uconn are chock full o' players each rolling at least eight deep.  

Gonzaga may have the edge at the one and two but there key to victory is how Austin Daye and Josh Heytvelt will match ups with the Huskies bigs, Hasheem Thabeet and Jeff Adrien. Heytvelt was able to shutdown Tyler Hansboroguh in New York two years ago and if he can match that performance on Saturday, I like Gonzaga to cover three and a half.

Gonzaga vs. Connecticut- -3.5 2 Unit

Michigan State vs. Texas- -6.5 1 Unit

Xavier vs. Duke- -6  1 Unit