With a handful of days left until Selection Sunday, I have picked a trio of college basketball games you need to keep your eye on for the week of March 11th to the 17th.
Top College Basketball Games March 11-17
Clemson Tigers vs NC State Wolfpack
When: Wednesday, March 13 at 12:00 pm ET
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
Analysis: College hoops conference tournament start this week and no game on Wednesday might be as important as Clemson taking on NC State. One of the two should grab a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Whoever wins on Wednesday, could be the team that takes a step towards the Big Dance bid.
The Wolfpack heads into this match having gone 6-2 ATS in their last 8. Although that’s a great record against the spread, NC State is 5-3 on the moneyline in their last 8. One of the losses was downright pathetic, 61-63 at home to terrible ACC rival Georgia Tech.
Clemson heads into this conference tournament battle on fire. They’re 3-1 SU and ATS. Their lone loss in their last 4 was by 2 points, 79-81, to North Carolina. It makes sense to back the hot team to win straight up even though they’re sort of playing on the road.
Pick: Clemson Tigers
Texas Longhorns vs #13 Kansas Jayhawks
When: Thursday, March 13 at 9:00 pm ET
Where: Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
Analysis: Texas has only one hope of garnering a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Longhorns must upset the two best teams in the Big 12, Kansas and Texas Tech, and win the conference tournament. The quest for a Big Dance bid starts on Thursday when Texas battles Kansas.
The Jayhawks dominated the Longhorns 73-63 in the last game. The Longhorns are 1-4 SU in their last 5 while Kansas heads into this having beaten Baylor 78-70 and covering the spread by half a point.
But, although the Jayhawks should win, they won’t cover. Kansas is only 2-4 ATS in their last 4 and 2-9 ATS on the road. That’s a sign Rock Chalk won’t perform up to their standards on a neutral court. Texas gets the nod against the spread.
Pick: Texas Longhorns
Georgetown Hoyas vs Seton Hall Pirates
When: Thursday, March 13 at 9:30 pm ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Analysis: Both the Hoyas and Pirates have performed well enough for bids to the NCAA Tournament. The problem for both is many consider it a down year for the Big East.
Georgetown upset Marquette on the road in their last while Seton Hall beat Marquette two games ago and upset Villanova in their previous. Georgetown got the win over Seton Hall, 77-71, in overtime in the last head-to-head.
The Hoyas live and dies by the 3, which could spell doom for Seton Hall. The Pirates allow 33.9% from three. The Hoyas average 36.2%. It’s more likely that Georgetown hits their three-point shots than Seton Hall stops them from hitting those shots. Not only that, but Georgetown has gone 3-1 ATS in their last 4.
Pick: Georgetown Hoyas