Top College Basketball Parlay Picks of the Weekend (Jan 21-22)

Posted by Peter Boysen on January 20, 2017 in

The exciting part of a parlay bet is the boost that you get in your payout odds when both of those games come back the right way, particularly when the clock is ticking down on that last game and you’re about to clear some real cash. This Saturday we have two games that tip off at 6:00pm Eastern time, as Stanford heads to #11 Oregon and Houston heads to SMU. Let’s take a look at both of these games, and then make sure you check out our college basketball lines and odds for all of the weekend’s action.

Top College Basketball Parlay Picks of the Weekend (Jan 21-22)

Stanford at Oregon (Saturday, January 21, 2017, 6:00pm ET)

The Stanford Cardinal (10-8, 2-4 Pac-12) had dropped all four of their opening games in conference play but righted the ship to knock off Washington State and Washington at home. Michael Humphrey led the charge for Stanford in their 76-69 win over the Huskies, posting 18 points, including 8 in the last 3:36 of the second half, as the team finished on a 13-6 run. Humphrey also pulled down ten boards, and Marcus Allen put up a season-best 15 points. Reid Travis, the Cardinal’s leading scorer, left the game late in the first half as he apparently re-aggravated a shoulder injury that had sidelined him for two of the team’s first conference games. He remains questionable for the showdown with Oregon — a team with a lot more offensive weapons than Washington. The Cardinal squared off with Oregon State on Thursday night before heading down the forty-mile road to Eugene to face the Ducks.

Oregon (16-2, 5-0 Pac-12) hosted Cal on Thursday before Stanford shows up on Saturday. The Ducks dismantled their in-state rivals, the Oregon State Beavers, in the latest edition of the Civil War, a nine-sport rivalry that pits these two schools against one another. Oregon came out with a stifling, lockdown defense, and Dylan Ennis chipped in 16 points to give Oregon 14 straight wins, their longest such streak since 1947. They have now won 36 straight games at home and look to take that streak to 37 against Cal — and then 38 against Stanford. The Ducks’ smothering defense tallied four blocks in the first nine shots that the Beavers attempted, holding them to 16.7 percent shooting in the first half. If Travis is limited — or has to sit — for Stanford, the Ducks could roll out to another easy win.

Houston at SMU (Saturday, January 21, 2017, 6:00pm ET)

The Houston Cougars (13-5, 4-2 AAC) head up Interstate 45 to take on the SMU Mustangs on Saturday afternoon in Dallas, after hosting Memphis on Thursday night. Houston has dropped two of three, losing at home to #22 Cincinnati, 67-58 and then at Central Florida, 77-70, sandwiched around a 16-point win at East Carolina. In that loss at Central Florida, Houston never led, despite a 28-point night from Rob Gray, Jr., 20 points from Galen Robinson and 10 points from Damyean Dotson. Houston is one of the top five or six teams in the American Athletic Conference, but they have yet to knock off any of the teams above them in the standings.

SMU (16-4, 7-1 AAC) comes in off convincing wins over Tulane (80-64) and Connecticut (69-49) after dropping a thriller at #22 Cincinnati last Thursday, 66-64. Despite a seven-man rotation, and despite the lack of a dominant big man, SMU rides a five-wing attack to win after win, and they get just enough rebounding from Duke transfer Semi Ojeleye and forward Ben Moore to keep the opposition at bay. While Houston represents a significant test for the Mustangs, they have prevailed in similar big tets at home, including a 79-65 pasting of Temple and a 72-49 rout of Stanford. SMU has the weapons to keep the winning going.