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7 Best Bets For College Basketball’s Weekend Action
No. 14 Purdue (23-5) at Michigan (18-10)When: Saturday, February 25 at 4:00 PM ET Where: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, MI TV: ESPN2
Purdue has won six straight and nine of its last 10 games while winning six of those games by double digits. Michigan has won four of its last five but is just 4-3 over its last seven.
The Boilermakers are 7-0-2 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and a bankroll-boosting 15-5-2 ATS in their last 22 games against their Big Ten counterparts. Michigan is just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a winning road record.
Last but not least, the Boilermakers are 7-1-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and 3-1-1 ATS in the last five road meetings against Michigan.
Pick: Purdue 78 Michigan 70
No. 18 Virginia (18-9) at N.C. State (15-14)When: Saturday, February 25 at 12:00 PM ET Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina TV: ESPN
The road team in this ACC rivalry is 15-5 ATS in the last 20 meetings and the 18th-ranked Cavaliers are completely desperate after dropping their last four games. The Cavs snap their skid and win by a half-dozen points.
Pick: Virginia 71 NC State 65
No. 19 Florida State (22-6) at Clemson (14-13)When: Saturday, February 25 at 12:00 PM ET Where: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson South Carolina TV: ESFC
The 19th-ranked Seminoles throttled the Clemson Tigers 109-61 on Feb. 5 to easily cash in as a 7-point home favorite. The Seminoles are simply too offensively powerful for the overmatched Tigers to keep up with. Florida State gets the road win by 10 at the very least.
Pick: Florida State 89 Clemson 77
No. 23 Creighton (22-6) at No. 2 Villanova (26-3)When: Saturday, February 25 at 3:00 PM ET Where: The Pavilion, Villanova, Pennsylvania TV: FOX
Villanova had their seven-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday, but the Wildcats are 5-0 against Creighton over the last five meetings and beat the Bluejays by 10 the last they met. Villanova gets the win, but sweet-shooting Creighton covers.
Pick: Villanova 74 Creighton 71
No. 12 West Virginia (22-6) at TCU (17-11)When: Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 PM ET Where: Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena, Fort Worth, Texas TV: ESPN
Analysis: West Virginia Mountaineers has won two straight and four of five while TCU has dropped four consecutive games while losing three by double digits. The Mountaineers have the better team at both ends of the floor and are the pick to win and narrowly cover the spread as a whopping 10-point road fave.
Pick: West Virginia 85 TCU 70
No. 7 Oregon (25-4) at Stanford (14-13)When: Saturday, February 25 at 4:00 PM ET Where: Maples Pavilion, Stanford, California TV: PACN
Analysis: Oregon has won four straight and six of seven while Stanford has gone 2-2 over their last four. The Ducks pounded the Cardinal 69-52 back on Jan. 21 as a 14.5-point home favorite and I expect them to lay another emphatic whipping on their Pac-12 rivals in this affair.
Oregon is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games, 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games. The Ducks win and narrowly cover the spread as a road favorite of about 12 points.
Pick: Oregon 79 Stanford 65
No. 9 Baylor (23-5) at Iowa State (18-9)When: Saturday, February 25 at 4:00 PM ET Where: James H. Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa TV: ESPN
Analysis: Baylor has lost two of its last three games and four of seven overall while Iowa State has won four straight and five of its last six games. Simply put, I like the Cyclones to get the home win and narrow ATS cover against a Baylor ballclub that they nearly beat in their 65-63 road loss on Jan. 4 and one that has clearly lost their way recently.
Iowa State is 4-0 ATS in their last four games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following an SU win, not to mention a blistering 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games against the Bears. Iowa State gets the ‘upset’ in this one.
Pick: Iowa State 72 Baylor 69