The Super Bowl is a handful of days away and I have a trio of must bet college basketball games to wet your whistle.
Top College Basketball Games Super Bowl Week
St. John’s at #2 Duke
When: Saturday, Feb. 2 at 12:00 pm ET
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, NC
Stream: Watch ESPN
Analysis: After starting the season looking like one of the top teams in the nation, the St. John’s Red Storm has had a terrible time keeping up with their opponents. They’ve gone 1-4 straight up and 2-3 against the spread in their last 5.
The Red Storm is 3-1-1 ATS on the road, though. They battle a Duke team on Saturday in Durham, which means the Blue Devils will be over played. Expect college basketball handicappers to drive the line up at least 2 to 3 points.
Although Duke is 7-2 overall, they’re only 11-8 against the spread. The Blue Devils are only 6-5 ATS at home. Duke will face an over 20-point spread just like they do every time they play in front of their fans. At the likely spread, St. John’s is the play.
Pick: St. John’s
#11 North Carolina at #23 Louisville
When: Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2:00 pm ET
Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
Analysis: North Carolina and Louisville fought just a few weeks ago. The Cardinals dominated the Tar Heels on the road, beating UNC 83-62. Louisville should be slightly favored on Saturday even though the Heels are ranked ahead of the Cardinals.
At home, Louisville’s been just okay against the spread. They’re a winning 6-5-2 ATS. Overall, the Cardinals are 11-7 ATS. The Tar Heels were thoroughly embarrassed at home in the loss. They’ll come out fired up.
North Carolina is 5-1 ATS in away games this season. Even if they show up as the favorite, they’re hard to go against the spread. UNC should exact their revenge.
Pick: North Carolina
#8 Kentucky at Florida
When: Saturday, Feb. 2 at 4:00 pm ET
Where: Exactech Arena, Gainesville, FL
Analysis: John Calipari’s team has definitely hit their stride. The Kentucky Wildcats have won 6 in a row. They gone 4-0 ATS in their last 4. On Saturday, they battle a team that they should have no trouble dominating.
Florida often steps it up against UK, but this time, it’s hard to see the Gators covering. Florida won’t keep it close. They’re 3-6 ATS at home while the Wildcats are on fire. Kentucky rolls to an easy win and cover as the road favorite.