NCAAB Best Bets Of The Week
As we get closer to college basketball’s conference tournaments and March Madness itself, some of the conference races are really heating up. However, there are also some games that you can use to build up your balance with your basketball lines. Let’s take a look at some of the best bets in college hoops this week.
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Best College Basketball Bets For This Week
Monday: Texas at #15 Baylor
The Baylor Bears have moved up the AP rankings steadily, and their recent home win over Oklahoma State has bought them a legitimate following — and a good shot at the Big 12 title if they can get by the Oklahoma Sooners. Texas is still growing into a contending program with new coach Shaka Smart, but they won’t beat the Bears.
Tuesday: #20 Kentucky at Tennessee
Let’s see. Kentucky blows a second-half lead at #4 Kansas and then takes on the #10 team in the SEC. I’d say that payback is coming, and coming in droves.
Tuesday: TCU at #1 Oklahoma
Yes, TCU came back to beat Tennessee over the weekend, erasing a 14-point deficit to win by 12. However, those two teams are now both 10-11. I don’t expect TCU to get much traction against the top-ranked Sooners.
Wednesday: St. John’s at #6 Xavier
There are times when the Atlantic 10 produces some monumental upsets, and if this game were at St. John’s, I might waver a bit on this one, at least as a “best bet.” However, Xavier is dominating opposition left and right in conference play, and I like them to do the same against the Red Storm.
Wednesday: Penn State at #5 Iowa
The Hawkeyes just went to Maryland and lost a game that they expected to win, as tough as the Terrapins are. Now that Penn State is coming to town, you can expect Iowa to take out the frustrations of that upset road loss on a Nittany Lions team that is young and developing — but not ready to knock off the Hawkeyes.
Wednesday: Boston College at #9 Virginia
The Cavaliers are rolling along with the chance to win a third straight ACC title — an almost unthinkable accomplishment given that North Carolina, Duke and Louisville are also in the conference. Boston College brings in a group of gamers, but they are not enough to knock off the Cavaliers.
Wednesday: Creighton at #3 Villanova
Yes, Creighton has been a thorn in the side for conference opposition in the past. However, Villanova, playing at home, will not stumble in this one. As long as the spread is in single digits, I would take action on this one.
Wednesday: Kansas State at #7 Kansas
Kansas State is all about staying close and making games this year, but don’t let the Kansas Jayhawks’ early struggles with Kentucky fool you. Kentucky is a solid team — but inconsistent, which is how Kansas made it up off the mat. Expect Kansas to start out fully focused in this rivalry game.
Thursday: Connecticut at Memphis
The Memphis Tigers are developing more and more fight under coach Josh Pastner. He took over the unenviable job of rebuilding a perennial Elite Eight contender once John Calipari left town — and the “one and done” philosophy of Calipari’s recruiting meant that the cupboard was bare as soon as Pastner got to town. The Huskies are a little down this year, and expect Memphis to surprise them with a win.