The majority of the public doesn’t start to serious follow college basketball until after the Super Bowl which is almost two weeks away. Until then here are the top college basketball games to bet on the week of January 21st to the 27th.
College Basketball Must Bet Games Jan 21-27
#6 Michigan State at #23 Iowa
When: Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Carver-Hawkeyes Arena, Iowa City, IA
Analysis: Thursday’s top matchup has two ranked teams from the Big Ten throwing down when Michigan State battles the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Spartans of Michigan State have run out to a 16-2 record.
More impressively, MSU has gone 14-4 ATS overall this season. Michigan State is an awesome 7-2 against the spread in road games this season. The last time they battled Iowa was on Dec. 3. MSU dominated, beating the Hawkeyes 90-68.
Although Iowa gets home court advantage in this, they’ll need more than that to beat the Michigan State Spartans. The Spartans take it by around 10 points.
Pick: Michigan State
Iowa State at #18 Ole Miss
When: Saturday, Jan. 26 at 12:00 pm ET
Where: The Pavilion at Ole Miss, Oxford, MS
Stream: Watch ESPN
Analysis: The most surprising team this season in college basketball might be the Ole Miss Rebels. Mississippi has a 14-3 record. The Rebels are a great 15-2 against the spread overall. In home games, Ole Miss has only failed against the spread a single time.
The Rebels battle a team in Iowa State that’s won two in a row after a couple of losses. The Cyclones finally look like they’ve got their sneakers underneath them. Iowa State is only 2-2 in road games this season.
They have gone 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games, though. That makes them the play against the spread.
Pick: Iowa State
#7 Kansas at #12 Kentucky
When: Saturday, Jan. 26 at 6:00 pm ET
Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
Analysis: It’s a classic matchup on Saturday, Jan. 26 when the Kansas Jayhawks battle the Kentucky Wildcats. Both teams are living up to expectations this season. Kansas is 15-3 while the Wildcats are 14-3.
Kentucky has gone 8-9 ATS overall. They’re only 4-6 ATS at home. That’s not a good enough ATS record because the Wildcats figure to be favored here.
Kansas has gone 1-3 in away games. Still, the Jayhawks are almost always favored while odds makers must make them dogs in this. KU gets the job done with a straight up win over the Kentucky Wildcats.
Pick: Kansas Jayhawks