Another week, another chance for you to enjoy another set of free college basketball odds picks for the best games of the week. So, without further ado, let’s get to it, shall we?
Best NCAAB Games To Bet On This Week
No. 20 Duke at No. 5 North Carolina, Wednesday, Feb. 17
Analysis: After sweating it out to win 68-65 over Boston College on Tuesday, North Carolina finished off the week with an 85-64 Valentine’s Day victory over Pittsburgh. Unfortunately for UNC, things aren’t going to be soft for them this week, as they will be going against a surging Duke team that is hell-bent on finishing the season a high note in readiness for the Tourney. Over the first three months of the season, the Blue Devils went without a win over a ranked opponent, but over the last week, they have recorded two of such wins, including the thrilling 63-62 win over Virginia on Saturday. In addition, the Blue Devils have owned UNC in recent times, winning three straight at Tobacco Road and 10 of the last 13. Keeping that in mind, it would not be a surprise if the Blue Devils pulled another one this week.
NCAAB Pick: Duke continues being hot with an upset win over North Carolina
Wisconsin at No.8 Michigan State, Thursday, Feb. 18
Analysis: The Spartans, after suffering a heartbreaking 82-81 loss to Purdue earlier last week, bounced back at home in East Lansing by beating Indiana on Sunday, 88-69, thanks to a big game from Denzel Valentine. Meanwhile, Wisconsin is the trending team in the Big Ten, currently enjoying a seven-game win streak and a 16-9 record after starting the season 9-9. Their last win was particularly impressive, as it came against Maryland on the road, a victory that put an end to the Terps’ 27-game home winning streak. The Spartans have lost just one home game this season (72-71 defeat to Nebraska), so the Badgers will have their hands real full once again. But then again, Wisconsin has been absolutely solid both at home and on the road in recent games, so you should not totally count them out from pulling another upset this Thursday.
NCAAB Pick: Michigan State holds on to win at home
Iona at Monmouth, Friday Feb. 19.
Analysis: You are forgiven if you don’t know who Iona or Monmouth is. I actually didn’t know much about them too, until I watched the two rivals play in January in a riveting 110-102 victory by the Hawks. This victory brought an end to the Gaels’ 26-game home winning streak, obviously not auguring well with the home fans, with skirmishes erupting after the game. The bad blood between these two teams is as red as they come, so another enthralling affair can be expected from the two MAAC opponents, assuming history holds true. Iona is talented, but Monmouth has been pure class at home, making the home team my preferred pick for the win.
NCAAB Pick: Monmouth goes 2-0 over their bitter rivals in another high-scoring pulsating encounter.
Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga, Feb. 20
Analysis: Gonzaga’s six-game winning streak went up in flames on Saturday, as the SMU Mustangs won 69-60 at the Moody Coliseum. The Bulldogs will, however, fancy their chances of getting back to winning ways against conference rivals, Saint Mary’s. Interestingly, Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s have finished No. 1 and No. 2 for 11 back-to-back years in the conference, meaning we are guaranteed for some good basketball this week. Earlier this season, Saint Mary’s ended an eight-game losing streak to the Zags with a 70-67 win. Can Gonzaga get revenge or will Saint Mary’s complete a much-needed double that would send them atop the conference standings? Going by how both teams have been playing recently, I would say that a road upset is very much possible, though I wouldn’t want to bet on it, as the Gonzaga duo of Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis always play their hearts out for the win at home.
NCAAB Pick: Wiltjer and Sabonis lead Gonzaga to a hard-fought win.