College Basketball Picks Jan 9th – 15thJosh Bailey
If you already have the post college football betting blues then there is no better time than now for my college basketball betting picks for the week of January 9th to the 15th. Happy hunting!
College Basketball Picks Jan 9th – 15th
Talk about great matchups in college hoops this week! Can #17 Arizona beat rival Arizona State in a home game on Wednesday, Jan. 11? What’s going to happen when ACC powerhouse teams #8 Duke and #9 Louisville throw down at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday? Will #14 North Carolina control #12 ranked Florida State in another Saturday ACC match up?
Arizona State at #17 Arizona
When: Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 9:00 pm ET
Where: McKale Center, Tucson, AZ
TV: ESPN 2
Analysis: When Arizona State battled Arizona last February, the Sun Devils lost 61 to 99. That was last season’s Arizona team. Could this season’s Arizona team beat ASU that badly again?
Probably not. But, the Wildcats won’t have to beat their interstate rivals by 38 points to win the game or cover the spread. I still like the Sun Devils ATS in this game. Arizona is the much better team. But the Wildcats are full of top freshman. All those great freshman players are still learning the nuances of college hoops.
Arizona is like the Duke of the West, meaning that when they battle another Pac-12 team not named UCLA, they’re almost always over favored. That should be the case in this match up. The Wildcats are 4-4-1 against the spread at McKale Center.
I think Arizona wins straight up but that Arizona State covers the spread.
Pick: Arizona State ATS
#8 Duke at #9 Louisville
When: Saturday, Jan. 14 at 12:00 pm ET
Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, IL
Analysis: Duke is still one of the favorites to win the NCAA Tournament this season. The Devils have been brilliant in a few games, but their battle on Saturday versus Louisville could come at a bad time.
Duke faces Florida State on the road on Jan. 10. The 13th-ranked Seminoles aren’t an easy out for Duke. The Blue Devils are going to have to work hard just to win the game. 4-days provides plenty of rest, but going into Louisville in a second straight road game, where, no doubt, shady player Grayson Allen is going to hear boo after boo when he’s on the floor, means that the Devils are going to have to bring something out of their gut to beat Louisville.
Since the spread should only be a point in Duke’s favor, I’ll side with Louisville straight up. I think the Cardinals catch the Blue Devils at the right time.
#12 Florida State at #14 North Carolina
When: Saturday, Jan. 14 at 2:00 pm ET
Where: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC
Analysis: As always, the ACC is loaded with great teams. In this Saturday battle, Florida State must travel to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina. The Seminoles have a shot, but NC is tough to beat in the Dean E. Smith Center.
North Carolina takes no prisoners at home. While the Tar Heels are 8-6-1 against the spread overall, they are 5 and 2 against the spread at home. While NC is great ATS at home, Florida State is only 1 and 0 against the spread on the road.
Due to Florida State’s excellent 10 and 4 overall against the spread record, North Carolina might be under bet in this game. I like NC to win straight up and cover the spread.
Pick: North Carolina