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Arizona at Utah Men’s BB Odds, Free Pick & How To Bet

Today’s Pac-12 showdown between the fan favorite No. 7 Arizona Wildcats and the 13th-ranked Utah Utes could turn into one of the top contests of the season, even better than Cuse vs Duke and the Hogs vs the Wildcats.

What’s at stake: First-place in the Pac-12, seeding in postseason tournaments, possibly the conference title.

“This is really what it’s all about,” UA coach Sean Miller said Friday. “You want to play in these games. We know (Saturday) will be one of them.”

A Closer Look At The Arizona at Utah Men’s BB Odds, My Free Pick & How To Bet

Matchup: (7) Arizona Wildcats at (13) Utah Utes
Date: Feb. 28, 2015 
Start Time: 9:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Stadium: Jon M. Huntsman Center
TV Info: ESPN
Stream: WatchESPN
Radio:  Arizona Vs Utah
Point Spread: Utah Utes -1.5
Game Total: N/A

Arizona Will Cover the Spread If

The Wildcats dominate the boards like in the last game.

Arizona throttled Utah in Tucson in the first matchup between these two teams this season. The Wildcats beat Utah 69 to 51 as a -5.5 point home favorite. One of the reasons for the victory was the differential in rebounds. Arizona pummeled the Utes on the glass. Arizona grabbed 38 rebounds to Utah’s 17. They brilliantly boxed out on missed shots and held the usually very good rebounding Utes to a ridiculous 3 offensive boards. What was brilliant about Arizona’s rebounding performance is that not a single player grabbed double figures in rebounding.

Kaleb Tarczewski grabbed 5 boards. Stanley Johnson, Arizona’s super frosh, pulled down 9. Brandon Ashley had 8 and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson grabbed 7. Dustan Ristic pitched in 5 and T.J. McConnell grabbed 3. If Arizona rebounds that well in the rematch, they should find a way to cover the spread.

Arizona’s Projected Starting Lineup: Kaleb Tarczewski (C), Stanley Johnson (F), Brandon Ashley (F), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (F), T.J. McConnell (G).

Utah Will Cover the Spread If

Utah can get more out of its players not named Delon Wright.

As good as Delon Wright is, and he’s very good, he can’t single handedly carry the Utes in every game. Versus Arizona the first time around, Wright made 4 out of 9 shots. He made 1 out of 2 three-pointers and finished the game with 10 points. It was 4.3 points less than his average.

When Wright isn’t dominating, and Arizona appears to know how to keep Wright in check, other players on Utah’s team have to step it up. Brandon Taylor scored 12 and Jordan Loveridge scored 11, but the rest of Utah’s squad was terrible. Forward Chris Reyes scored a single point. Jakob Poeltl scored 6. Both guys have to be much better this time around because Arizona’s front line is extremely talented.

Unless Utah provides a full team effort, meaning that everybody contributes, the same result, a lop-sided Arizona victory, is likely to occur. Utah has to play as a team in order to cover the spread against the more talented Wildcats.

Utah’s Projected Starting Lineup: Jordan Loveridge (F), Chris Reyes (F), Jakob Poeltl (F), Delon Wright (G), Brandon Taylor (G).

Final Score Prediction – Arizona Wildcats 67, Utah Utes 62

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Syracuse at Duke NCAA Men’s BB Line & Final Score Prediction

If the SEC showdown between the 18th-ranked Hogs and top-ranked Wildcats doesn’t get your motor running then this ACC showdown between two perennial Men’s College Basketball betting powerhouses.

Today the Syracuse Orange travel to Durham, North Carolina to take on the 12.5-point favorite Duke Blue Devils who are riding an eight-game winning streak.

“We’ve played good for a long time,” said Orange coach Jim Boeheim, who is two victories shy of increasing his NCAA record for most 20-win seasons to 37. “We’re playing about as well as we can play.”

A Closer Look At the Syracuse vs Duke NCAA Men’s Basketball Line & Final Score Prediction

Matchup: Syracuse Orange at (4) Duke Blue Devils
Date: Feb. 28, 2015 
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Stadium: Cameron Indoor Stadium
TV Info: ESPN 2
Stream: WatchESPN
Radio:  Syracuse Vs Duke
Point Spread: Duke -12.5

Syracuse Will Cover the Spread If

The Orange do a better job defending against Jahlil Okafor.

For a while there in the first game between these two it looked like Rakeem Christmas and Syracuse was going to upset the exceptionally talented Duke Blue Devils. Syracuse entered half time with a 39 to 36 lead.

But, then, the second half started and Jahlil Okafor, still at the top of the list of players most likely to win the Player of the Year award, dominated the second half and Duke won going away, 80 to 72. The Blue Devils covered the spread by half a point. Okafor ended up with 23 points and 13 boards.

If Syracuse is to have any shot at covering the spread versus the Dookies at Cameron Indoor Stadium, they’re going to have to do a better job on Okafor. They’ll need to double-team him much quicker than they did in the first game as well as box out on him once the ball is in the air.

Syracuse’s Projected Starting Lineup: Michael Gbinije (F), Rakeem Christmas (F), Tyler Roberson (F) Kaleb Joseph (G), Trevor Cooney (G).

Duke Will Cover the Spread If

Duke can win the rebounding battle again.

Syracuse usually out rebounds its opponents with ease. The Orange averages 37 boards per game while their opponents average only 30.  Against Duke, though, stud rebounder Rakeem Christmas got absolutely schooled. Christmas, who averages 18.2 points and 9 boards a game, only scored 11 points and grabbed 6 boards against Duke in the first matchup.

That’s not going to cut it. If Duke dominates Syracuse on the boards again, the same result could transpire. This time, though, because Duke takes on the Orange at Cameron, the Blue Devils might blow out Syracuse. Duke out rebounded Syracuse 37 to 29. The Blue Devils were particularly effective on the defensive end where they grabbed 27 defensive boards to Syracuse’s 18.

If Duke is able to win the rebounding battle in the rematch, they’re going to beat Syracuse by much more than 8 points. Duke could potentially beat the Orange by 20 if they out rebound Syracuse again.

Duke’s Projected Starting Lineup: Jahlil Okafor (C), Justise Winslow (F), Tyus Jones (G), Quinn Cook (G), Matt Jones (G).

Final Score Prediction – Duke Blue Devils, 77, Syracuse Orange 60 

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Texas at Kansas Men’s College Basketball Odds, Free Pick & How To Watch

What a few months can change. The Texas Longhorns stood tall at No. 6 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll in early December, five spots higher than the Kansas Jayhawks. Both squads entered conference play with a non-conference record of 11-2 but since the Longhorns have gone 6-9 and fallen out of the top 25 and possibly out of March Madness Bubble Team status, while the Jayhawks have won 11 of their 15 league games to lead the Big 12 standings going down the final stretch.

Today the Jayhawks are 7.5-point home favorites over the Longhorns at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. The game tips at 5 PM ET on ESPN.

Matchup: Texas Longhorns at (8) Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Feb. 28, 2015 
Start Time: 5:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Lawrence, Kansas
Stadium: Allen Fieldhouse
TV Info: ESPN
Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Texas Vs Kansas
Point Spread: Kansas Jayhawks -7.5

Texas Will Cover the Spread If

The Longhorns can find more balance on offense.

It’s either feast or famine for Texas’ guards and front line in each game. While the Texas front line usually dominates, the Longhorns changed tactics versus Iowa State. Cameron Ridley, Jonathan Holmes, and Myles Turner combined for 10 points. Isaiah Taylor scored 23 and Kendall Yancy scored 29. Wouldn’t you know it?  Texas lost 77 to 85.

Versus Kansas earlier this season, Yancy and Taylor combined for 23 points because Yancy didn’t even score. Jonathan Holmes scored 14, but Myles Turner only had 8 and Cameron Ridley only scored 8. In order to cover the spread against Kansas in the rematch, Texas is going to have to find a middle ground somewhere. Both Yancy and Taylor have to produce from the guard position, but Holmes, Ridley and Turner also have to score points. If Texas can’t get production out of all 5 of those players, they’re going to be in trouble.  

Texas’ Projected Starting Lineup: Cameron Ridley (C), Jonathan Holmes (F), Connor Lammert (F) Isaiah Taylor (G), Kendal Yancy (G).

Kansas Will Cover the Spread If

Kansas can defend the three-point shot as well as they did in the first game.

The Jayhawks were 3 points dogs in the first match up against Texas. They found a way to break the game open some in the second half by outscoring Texas 43 to 32 and coasting to a 75 to 62 victory.

The most glaring aspect between the two teams in that game was the three-point shooting percentage. Both teams rebounded well, Kansas grabbed 34 and Texas grabbed 36, and both teams shot close to each other from the field, Kansas shot 43.5% while Texas shot 40%, but when it came to three-point shooting, the Jayhawks dominated. Kansas took 18 three-point shots. They buried 6 of them for 33.3%.

Not great right?  Right, until you study what Texas did from behind the arc. Even though they were at home, Texas was terrible from three-point range. They made only 3 out of 18 for 16.7%. If Kansas defends the three-point line as well in this game as they did in the last, they should cover the spread.

Kansas’ Projected Starting Lineup: Perry Ellis (F), Cliff Alexander (F), Kelly Oubre Jr. (G) Frank Mason III (G), Wayne Selden Jr. (G).

Men’s College Basketball Free Pick – Kansas Jayhawks 74, Texas Longhorns 59