With the football season behind us, it is time to focus on college basketball. Keep reading for my betting analysis on a trio of must bet college basketball games for the week of February 4th to the 10th.
Must Bet College Basketball Games Feb. 4 – 10
#24 Wisconsin at #5 Michigan
When: Saturday, Feb. 9 at 12:00 pm ET
Where: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Analysis: The Wisconsin Badgers have really turned it on since embarrassing losses to Western Kentucky and Minnesota back in late December and early January. Since the losses, the Badgers have gone 6-2 SU. They’ve also gone 6-2 ATS in those 8 games.
What’s really encouraging if you’re a Wisconsin fan is how the Badgers have gone 5-0 SU and ATS in their last 5. One of the victories SU and ATS was against Michigan, 64-54 as a 3.5 home dog on Jan. 19.
Since losing to the Badgers, the Michigan Wolverines are only 4-1 SU and 2-2 ATS. Michigan gets overplayed in this, making Wisconsin the easy team to back ATS.
#14 Villanova at #10 Marquette
When: Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2:30 pm ET
Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
Analysis: Villanova hasn’t lost a game since Kansas beat them 74-71 way back on December 15. That’s an incredible 10 wins in a row straight up. What makes it incredible? Nova plays in the deep Big East.
The Villanova Wildcats have also been great against the spread lately, going 8-2 ATS in their last 10 and 6-0 ATS in their last 6. They face a squad in Marquette that’s 11-3 ATS at home, though. Marquette’s also won 8 in a row and 9-of-10.
Nova’s the defending champions, meaning Marquette will be an overlay in this. The Golden Eagles should win by enough points to cover as a -1 to -2 favorite.
#2 Duke at #3 Virginia
When: Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6:00 pm ET
Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlotte, NC
Analysis: Duke barely beat rival Virginia in the last game between these two, 72-70. What you must worry about if you’re a Duke fan is that Virginia battled Duke to the final possession at Cameron Indoor Stadium where the Duke Crazies were in full force.
On Saturday, Duke must go against Virginia on the road. UVA will be favored by around 3 to 4 points. After losing to Duke, the Cavaliers got right back to their winning ways, but they haven’t covered in their last 2.
Still, UVA is 8-3 ATS at home this season. They only allow 52.9 points per, and after seeing Duke once, coach Tony Bennett will make an adjustment to get the win and cover over the Blue Devils.
Pick: Virginia Cavaliers