College Basketball Picks - ATS Predictions

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The oddsmakers probably have this one right; Michigan State is the best team in this conference right now. But there's no value in that price on the Spartans. Instead, we skim down the board to Illinois. The Illini finished their regular season in good shape, own a double-bye and will probably face a team they just beat last weekend, Iowa, in their first game. They'd then probably meet Wisconsin, whom they've also already defeated this season, and wouldn't have to play Michigan State or Maryland until the championship game. At 8/1, we see value here with Illinois.
 
Free Pick: 
Illinois +800 (8 to 1)
We don't expect too much drama from this Big 12 tournament, Kansas is the likely champion. But that price on the Jayhawks is just too damn chalky. So instead, we'll look to the second tier on the Big 12 tournament betting board, where we find West Virginia. Yes, the Mountaineers open with Oklahoma, to whom they've already lost twice this season, but we've also heard it's difficult to beat a team three times in one campaign. And if Coach Huggins' troops can get past the Sooners, they'll meet Baylor, who they just beat, in the semifinals. And both losses to Kansas this season were close. At 10/1, we like the value here with West Virginia.
 
Free Pick: 
West Virginia +1000 (10 to 1)
Virginia is probably playing the best ball of any team in the ACC as of late, and won't have to run into Florida State or Duke until the championship game. Plus, it's getting the best price among the top four seeds. We're betting the Cavaliers to win this ACC tournament.
 
Tuesday Feb 25, 2020

Kentucky has the better resume hands down in conference play not only in their overall record but also in the quality of the wins. That said, UK finds itself in a dangerous spot tonight. They are off back to back wins over quality opponents and have a huge revenge game against Auburn on deck. The 6.5 point line is larger than their margin of victory in their last three, and the Aggies come into the match on a confidence-building three-game win streak. I'm going to bank on the home side staying within the number.

Free Pick: 
Take Texas A&M +6.5
Wednesday Feb 19, 2020

The Eagles have been by far the more profitable team against the spread, and the 11.5 may look appetizing, but there are some games that would suggest that the line may be an underlay. Boston College was blown out in their last road contest by 27 points in Miami and has also been easily dispatched by Wake Forest 82-60 and Syracuse 76-50 in the visitor role. In the previous meeting, the Eagles shot well over their seasonal average hitting 45% from the field, putting up 60 points. That's very unlikely to happen tonight against a Cavs team that allows 48.4 points at home. Look for this game to play out the opposite way of the earlier meeting. Virginia sneaks by the number getting the cover while Boston College scores fewer than 50 sending the total “Under”.

Free Pick: 
Take Virginia -11.5 and the Under 114.5
Thursday Feb 13, 2020

This series has a strong O/U trend with seven of the past eight games going “Over”, but I find Iowa's road scoring worrisome. The Hawkeyes don't play great defense, which is especially true away from home where they rank near the bottom in the nation (78.2 PPG – Ranked 301). Iowa has averaged 71.2 in their four true Big Ten road games, beating only bottom-dwelling Northwestern. Indiana is on a tailspin, but keep in mind that this team at home gave Maryland all they could handle losing by just one point, beat Michigan State by four and Ohio State by 12.

Free Pick: 
Take Indiana -2
Tuesday Feb 11, 2020

As I mentioned above, the Boilermakers have dominated this series taking nine consecutive contests, but that didn’t result in a bonanza at the windows covering just four of the games. I just can’t play them against a Nittany Lions club that is razor sharp right now. That’s not to say that I’m backing PSU here either. The total seems like the best play. Both teams have been shooting well in recent games, and this is the lowest number hung on one of their meetings in seven games.

Free Pick: 
Take the OVER 135
Monday Apr 08, 2019

This should be a fantastic game. All season Virginia has been one of the top teams in the country, and Texas Tech is arguably playing the best ball right now of any team in the tournament. That said, I'm going to stay away from a side play and bank on getting the right side of this total. Both squads play outstanding defense which is reflected in a very low 117.5 total line, but I think it is still on the high side. When the No. 2 scoring defense of Michigan faced Texas Tech, and the third-ranked D they amassed 107 points. When Virginia and their No. 1 scoring defense took on Oregon and their 12th ranked D they combined for 102 points. I’ll look for more of the same tonight.

Free Pick: 
Take the UNDER 117.5
Sunday Mar 31, 2019

Duke's been playing with fire as of late, and that often leads to getting burned. And Michigan State has just the right kind of team to do it. Plus, the Blue Devils might be without G Cam Reddish, who's nursing a sore knee.

Free Pick: 
Take the Spartans +2
Saturday Mar 30, 2019

Purdue shot 54 percent Thursday night; we don't believe the Boilers will repeat that performance Saturday. Virginia, meanwhile, shot just 36 percent Thursday; we're betting the Wahoos shoot a little better than that Saturday. We like Virginia here, minus the points.   

Free Pick: 
Take Virginia -4
Saturday Mar 30, 2019
What happens when a seemingly unstoppable force meets an immovable object? This scientific query has been the subject matter of many blockbuster films and fantasy novels for centuries. In the case of an unstoppable offensive unit against a stout defensive team, time and time again the defense is often the one that has their way. In this case, that would be that Red Raiders. We’ll play them outright on the Money Line as T-Tech will punch their ticket to the Final Four.
 
Free Pick: 
Texas Tech +170
Friday Mar 29, 2019

Duke is lucky to be here, but sometimes a good scare is good for a team. And last month's loss to Virginia Tech might provide some added motivation.

Free Pick: 
We like the Blue Devils -7
Friday Mar 29, 2019

Kentucky is favored on Friday, as this will be their biggest test of the tournament thus far. We’re going to pick the upset and pick Houston to advance to the Elite Eight.

Free Pick: 
Bet Houston +3
Friday Mar 29, 2019

North Carolina is the third-highest scoring team in NCAA Division I at 86.1 points per game. Auburn is 36th at 79.5. On defense, Auburn ranks 93rd at 68.5 points per game allowed, while North Carolina is 208th at 72.5. This expects to be a very quick basketball game, but in the end, the Tar Heels will win and should cover the spread.

Free Pick: 
Take UNC -5
Thursday Mar 28, 2019

The Cavaliers are just a better all-around team than Oregon and own the better performance this season against quality opponents.

Free Pick: 
We're giving the points here with Virginia. -8.5
Thursday Mar 28, 2019

The Boilers made almost everything they threw up against Villanova; we do not expect them to shoot like that against the Vols, who are holding foes to 41 percent shooting on the season. Also, while Tennessee blew big leads both games last weekend, it's good enough to build big leads in the first place.

Free Pick: 
We like the Volunteers -1.5
Thursday Mar 28, 2019

Why did FSU knock off Gonzaga a year ago? Because Florida State plays in a tougher conference than Gonzaga. Regardless of who is on the Noles’ or Bulldogs’ roster, the ACC is the best conference in America in terms of college hoops. Florida State is the more battle-tested team, and they will be a problem for Gonzaga. I wouldn’t even be shocked if they staged another upset.

Free Pick: 
Take Florida State +7.5
Sunday Mar 24, 2019

We like these two teams, but when they get together, of course, we have to find a winner. In the end - the Cougars and their athleticism will win this game.

Free Pick: 
Bet the Houston Cougars -6
Sunday Mar 24, 2019

Oregon caught a break getting an inept Wisconsin team in the first round of this tournament. The Ducks on paper aren't that lucky with this match-up. UC Irvine is holding opponents to just 38 percent FG shooting on the season and out-rebounding foes by seven per game. Oregon's playing some pretty good defense lately itself but for what should be a close, tough game we're taking the Anteaters and the points.

Free Pick: 
Take UC Irvine +4
Sunday Mar 24, 2019

The Hawkeyes shot the heck out of the ball for the last 30 minutes Friday; that probably will not happen Sunday. Meanwhile, the Volunteers let Colgate back in the game Friday; they won't do that again Sunday.

Free Pick: 
We're giving the points here with Tennessee. -8

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