As football winds down, basketball heats up. This is especially true for college basketball, which week in and week out provides great games on which basketball handicappers can wager.
My College Basketball Betting Cheat Sheet for this week starts with Thursday games. It includes games on Saturday and Sunday. All of my picks are on games or teams that involve a Top 25 team. Keep reading for my best ATS, Over/Under and Moneyline wagers for this week!
College Basketball ATS Expert Picks
No. 13 Kentucky at Arkansas
When: Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7:00 pm ET
Analysis: The Kentucky Wildcats have already lost 4 games this season going into the week. Their worst loss had to have been on Jan. 16 when Kentucky dropped a basketball game, yes, the point has to be made that it was a basketball game, to Auburn 75 to 71. By beating Kentucky, Auburn raised its record to a lofty 8 and 8. In Arkansas, Kentucky will find a motivated squad that, like Auburn, isn’t very good. One thing in the Razorbacks’ favor is that they are 4 and 1 ATS at home while Kentucky is 1 and 3 ATS on the road. I like the Razorbacks.
No. 2 Oklahoma at No. 22 Baylor
When: Saturday, Jan. 23 at 12:00 pm ET
Analysis: These 2 teams haven’t faced each other since last January of 2015 when Baylor beat Oklahoma 69 to 58. Before battling Baylor on Saturday, the Sooners have to take on Iowa State on the road on Monday night. The thing with Oklahoma is that they have a player in Buddy Heild that refuses to lose. Heild averages 26 points, 5.6 boards and 2.6 assists per game. Oklahoma should win and cover as a slight road dog in this.
Syracuse at No. 11 Virginia
When: Saturday, Jan. 23 at 12:00 pm ET
Analysis: Syracuse is a much better team with Jim Boeheim coaching. But it’s unlikely that they’re going to be good enough to stick with Virginia in a road game on Saturday. The Cavaliers beat Top 10 ranked Miami 66 to 58 at home on January 12. That added to Virginia’s terrific record against the spread at home. To start the week, the Cavaliers are 4 and 2 ATS at home. Syracuse just isn’t on the same level as some of the better squads in the ACC. Virginia is one of the better squads in the ACC.
College Basketball Over/Under Game Total Picks
No. 16 Arizona at Stanford
When: Thursday, Jan. 21 at 11:00 pm ET
Analysis: The stats say that Arizona averages 83 points per game. In their last 3 games, the Wildcats have scored 101, 99 and 90 points. Stanford has a very good defense that’s likely to slow things down to a crawl. The Cardinal only average 71 points per game while giving up 66. It’s tough to see Arizona hitting even 80 in this battle.
Texas at No. 1 Kansas
When: Saturday, Jan. 23 at 2:00 pm ET
Analysis: When Texas played Iowa State on January 12, the 2 teams combined for 185 points. Texas scored 94. Iowa State scored 91. It could be déjà vu for the Longhorns on Saturday when they play Kansas. Both teams have good defenses, but both teams also like to run and gun. Kansas in particular averages close to 50% shooting from the field while scoring 85 per game. I’m going over.
No. 24 Purdue at No. 19 Iowa
When: Sunday, Jan. 24 at 1:00 pm ET
Analysis: Iowa beat Purdue 70 to 63 earlier this month. The total should be lower than the 142.5 that it was in that game on Jan. 2. It may not matter. Both Purdue and Iowa are defensive first possession teams. Both teams will run if the situation arises. But, both teams are also comfortable playing in the half court. Since both defenses get back quickly, I’m expecting another under game.
College Basketball Straight Up Moneyline Picks
No. 20 Louisville at Georgia Tech
When: Saturday, Jan. 23 at 4:00 pm ET
Analysis: Word is that Louisville Coach Rick Pitino is interested in the UNLV job. That can’t give his players confidence going into the week, can it? Georgia Tech isn’t a bad team. Even though they are 11 and 7 and Louisville is 14 and 3 to start the week, the Yellow Jackets might end up favored in this. If they are, it won’t be by much. Georgia Tech usually wins at home while Louisville hasn’t been a very good road team so far this season ATS. I’m backing the Yellow Jackets on the moneyline.
Pick: Georgia Tech
No. 3 Maryland at No. 4 Michigan State
When: Saturday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 pm ET
Analysis: Along with Iowa, Maryland and Michigan State make up the 3 best teams in the Big Ten this season. Right now, Maryland is playing like a Final Four team. The Terps’ best palyer, Melo Trimble, scored only 8 points in Maryland’s stunning 100 to 65 win over Ohio State on Jan. 16. Trimble dished 6 assists while forward Robert Carter scored 25 points and back court mate Rasheed Sulaimon scored 22. Maryland has a good shot at upsetting Michigan State on Saturday. They’re playing a serious National Championship contender.