CBB Picks: Bet UIC against one of the most popular fades in Division 1

The Monday after Super Bowl college basketball slate is not great.

We're easing back into life without football with a lackluster slate that features a ton of mismatches on the mid-major level.

The good news is we get an afternoon tipoff in the CAA between William and Mary and UNC Wilmington plus two other late afternoon/early evening games. It's better than nothing.

The best spot on the Monday board comes from the Horizon League, where IUPUI has become the most popular team to fade in college basketball.

IUPUI has the most depleted roster in college basketball and it is 6-15 against the spread this season.

That spot as well as a bounce-back game for Davidson and a few other mid-major mismatches appear on the Monday card.

Monday CBB Picks

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William and Mary at UNC Wilmington (-12.5) (2 p.m. ET)

UNC Wilmington is 8-2 against the spread in the last 10 games and it should cruise on Monday afternoon.

William and Mary's season went south fast over the last two weeks. The Tribe lost by 14 or more points in their last four games, including a 92-70 defeat to the Seahawks nine days ago.

William and Mary has some atrocious offensive numbers and it is hard to imagine it will get up for a Monday afternoon road game against the CAA leader.

Lafayette at Colgate (-13.5) (6 p.m. ET, ESPN+)

Colgate has the No. 5 three-point offense.

Lafayette ranks 335th in three-point defense.

That's as big of a mismatch as you will get on Monday's slate.

Colgate is averaging just under nine points per game than the Leopards and it shoots four percent better from the field.

This has the potential to get ugly.

Duquense at Davidson (-14) (7 p.m. ET, ESPN+)

Holy bounce-back spot, Davidson!

Davidson produced a disappointing performance on the road against Rhode Island on Saturday.

The Wildcats benefit from a quick turnaround to play the worst team in the Atlantic 10 at home.

Davidson averages 11 more points per game than Duquense and it shoots a whopping eight percent better from the field.

Bob McKillop's side should use this game as an opportunity to get right ahead of a Saturday clash with Saint Louis.

West Virginia at Kansas State (Under 135) (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

West Virginia and Kansas State rank in the Top 50 in three-point defense on KenPom.

Kansas State has the No. 3 three-point defense and it held its opponent under 70 points in each of its last three victories.

West Virginia failed to reach the 60-point mark in its last two losses and it could be affected by the tough Saturday-Monday trip from Morgantown to Stillwater and Manhattan.

Tulsa at UCF (-7.5) (7 p.m. ET, ESPN+)

This is a strict fade of Tulsa's poor road form.

The Golden Hurricane lost by nine or more points and have not covered the spread in their last four road trips in the American Athletic Conference.

UCF has not been great this season, but the Knights did pick up their last two wins at home, with the last victory coming against Cincinnati on Saturday.

That's one step in the right direction ahead of a game that UCF should win easily at home.

IUPUI at UIC (-17.5) (8 p.m. ET, ESPN+)

IUPUI is the one team you must fade right now.

The Jaguars are down to six scholarship players and they just got destroyed by Cleveland State, 83-45, over the weekend.

IUPUI hasn't reached the 60-point mark in the last four games and no help is in sight.

UIC averages 19 more points per game than IUPUI and it shoots over six percent from the field compared to the Jaguars' meager 37.6 percent.

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