Top College Basketball Parlay Picks of the Week (Dec 13-18)

Posted by Peter Boysen on December 13, 2016 in

With the holidays coming up, there’s no time like the present to add to your bank account. Parlay wagers pay off with higher odds because you’re betting on more than one game at the same time. This week we have the Aggies of Texas A&M taking on the #19 Arizona Wildcats in Houston, and we have Wake Forest heading north to take on #17 Xavier, both on Saturday. Let’s look at these primo parlay picks for you — and some other online sports betting opportunities for you.

Top College Basketball Parlay Picks of the Week (Dec 13-18)

Saturday, 12:00pm ET: Texas A&M vs #19 Arizona (Toyota Center, Houston, ESPN2)

The Aggies have put together a 7-2 record so far, but the only major-conference foe they have beaten so far is Virginia Tech — not an ACC program known for competing during the hoops season. They took a 7-point loss against UCLA and a two-point loss from USC, both at home. They do ride a three-game winning streak into their neutral-site game with Arizona, after an 83-76 win over South Carolina State, in which Tyler Davis went 8 for 9 and hung 22 points on the opposition.

However, Arizona (8-2) comes in with a stronger pedigree, having opened their season with a 65-63 win over then-#12 Michigan State. They did lose to then-#8 Gonzaga by 7 and Butler by 4, but that’s a lot heftier competition than what the Aggies have been beating. They delivered a 19-point whipping to Missouri on the road in their last game, as the team piled on 13 three-pointers, led by 19 points and nine boards from Rawle Alkins. Despite the fact that the Toyota Center (home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets) will feature a lot of Aggie fans, I like Arizona to win this one.

Saturday, 8:00pm ET: Wake Forest at #17 Xavier (FS1)

Wake Forest (8-2) has picked up a lot of non-conference wins against some cupcakes; one loss (96-77 against top-ranked Villanova) was understandable, while the other (65-58 to Northwestern) shows that the Demon Deacons are not quite ready to contend at the elite level and that their ACC slate could bring a number of tough results. In their last game, they needed a three-pointer from Bryant Crawford at the buzzer to hold off UNC-Greensboro, 78-75. John Collins has been one of Wake’s strongest players on the interior; in their win over Charlotte, he posted 22 points and 15 boards.

Xavier (8-2) really hasn’t taken on much in the way of tough competition except for #9 Baylor, who dealt the Musketeers a 76-61 whipping down in Waco. However, Xavier overcame a two-game losing streak by taking down Utah at home, 77-69, as J.P. Macura finally ended a lengthy shooting slump with 18 points, and RaShid Gaston controlled the boards for the Musketeers. I like the talent on Xavier’s bench and see them with more upside than the Demon Deacons. I would pick Xavier to win this game — and cover what’s likely to be a tight line.