7 Best Bets For This Week’s College Basketball Matchups
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Analyzing The 7 Best Bets For This Week’s College Basketball Matchups
No. 19 Duke at No. 13 Virginia
When: Wednesday, February 15 at 9:00 PM RT
Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia
Analysis: While the Virginia Cavaliers are the nation’s best defensive team in allowing just 55.1 points per game, Virginia is also offensively-challenged and averages just over 12 fewer points per game than Duke (81.9 ppg). The Blue Devils are the pick in this ACC clash simply because they have too much offensive firepower for Virginia to keep up with.
Pick: Duke 68 Virginia 62
No. 3 Kansas at No. 8 Baylor
When: Saturday, February 18 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: Ferrell Center, Waco, TX
Analysis: While Kansas has the higher national ranking and beat the Bears 73-68 on February 1, I like Baylor to extract some revenge against a Kansas team that has struggled in squeaking past both, Kansas State and Texas Tech after falling to Iowa State in overtime almost two weeks ago.
Baylor has an elite defense that ranks eighth nationally in points allowed (61.4 ppg) and the Bears have the athleticism to more than keep pace with the Jayhawks.
Pick: Baylor 71 Kansas 65
Utah at No. 6 Oregon
When: Thursday, February 16 at 9:00 PM ET
Where: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Oregon
Analysis: While Utah has won two straight, it is the Oregon Ducks that are the easy pick to get the win in this contest seeing as how they bounced back nicely from their humbling loss to UCLA to beat USC 81-70 on Saturday.
The Ducks beat Utah 73-67 the last time they met on January 26 and I’m expecting another similar win against the dangerous Utes this time around, mostly because the Ducks have a big edge in athletic talent.
Pick: Oregon 72 Utah 66
Loyola Marymount at No. 20 St, Mary’s
When: Thursday, February 16 at 11:00 PM ET
Where: McKeon Pavilion, Moraga, CA
Analysis: Loyola Mary mount has lost five of their last eight games and will face an angry St. Mary’s team that got smacked senseless in their humbling 74-64 home loss to No. 1 Gonzaga on Saturday. The Gaels are the easy pick to win this contest after beating Loyola Marymount 72-60 the last time they met on December 29. St. Mary’s uses its powerful, second-ranked defense (56.6 ppg) to subdue the Lions.
Pick: St. Mary’s 72 Loyola Marymount 58
No. 2 Villanova at Seton Hall
When: Saturday, February 18 at 12:30 PM ET
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Analysis: The second-ranked Villanova Wildcats have won five straight and beat Seton Hall by a whopping 30 points the last time they met on January 16. The Pirates hit the new week coming off humbling 78-70 loss to St. John’s on Saturday a d have absolutely no chance whatsoever to beat the elite Wildcats.
Pick: Villanova 75 Seton Hall 555
Virginia Tech at No. 4 Louisville
When: Saturday, February 18 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
Analysis: Virginia Tech picked up a thrilling 80-78 overtime win over Virginia on Sunday night and will look to get some revenge against Louisville for their 91-83 road loss against the Cardinals the last time they met on January 27. Unfortunately, the Hokies won’t get the win because they’re not very cohesive when it comes to playing team defense. Louisville has scored at least 85 points in three of their last five games and will hold down the fort at home in this ACC clash.
Pick: Louisville 71 Virginia Tech 67
No. 22 Maryland at No. 5 Wisconsin
When: Sunday, February 19 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Analysis: Maryland looked inept in back-to-back losses against Purdue and Penn State before getting past Ohio State the last time out while Wisconsin has won eight straight before not showing up against Northwestern.
The Badgers pounded the Terrapins 70-57 the last time they met and I believe they’ll hold it down at home after getting embarrassed by Northwestern, mostly because they have an elite defense that ranks fourth nationally in points allowed (60.4 ppg).
Pick: Wisconsin 71 Maryland 68