College Basketball Picks - ATS Predictions

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Monday Apr 04, 2022

Kansas had the easier time of it Saturday, leading its game by double-digits most of the way, while North Carolina is coming off a huge emotional effort against Duke. Which, in our minds, leaves the Heels susceptible to a letdown. Also, the Jayhawks are the better defensive team and much less reliant on the 3-pointer than the Tar Heels, which in our books, in a game like this, is a positive. So we're betting Kansas here, minus the points. 

Free Pick: 
Take Kansas -4
Saturday Apr 02, 2022

Duke won the first meeting between these teams this season by 20 points, while North Carolina won the second meeting by 13. We feel this game will be much closer than those two. And yet we believe the Blue Devils are the better, more complete team in this match-up; they shoot the ball better and play better defense. We don’t give a schnit about Coach K’s final run toward a title, but we are betting Duke here, minus the points. 

Free Pick: 
Take Duke -4
Saturday Apr 02, 2022
The line on this game would probably be one or two points if Villanova were at full strength. But it's not, so the Wildcats are catching a couple of buckets. And yet, how many times have we seen teams rise to an occasion when missing a key player? Heck, it happens almost every night in basketball. So we won't be surprised when Villanova pulls something similar. Also, the Wildcats are the best free-throw shooting team in the nation and possibly of all-time. Also, Kansas is only a .500 team ATS this season when favored and against quality opponents. We're taking Villanova here, plus the points.
 
Free Pick: 
Take 'Nova +2
Saturday Mar 26, 2022
By most of the numbers we understand why Houston is favored here; the Cougars shoot the ball
a little better from the field than does Villanova and play a little tougher defense. However,
Sagarin ranks the Houston schedule at No. 77 in the country this season, the Wildcats’ at No. 11.
Also, the Cougars only shoot 66 percent from the free-throw line while Villanova shoots a D-1-
best 82.5 percent. And those free-throws might come in really handy in a close game, such as
this one should be. So we like the Wildcats here, for the win.
Free Pick: 
Take Villanova +2
Friday Mar 25, 2022

Miami owns the edge on offense in this match-up, but Iowa State owns the edge on defense. And we love betting on the better defenses. Also, the Cyclones played a tougher schedule than the Hurricanes this season. Finally, this game looks destined to go down to a last possession, maybe in overtime, and 2.5 points might actually be a lot. We're taking the points with Iowa State.          

Free Pick: 
Take Iowa State +2.5
Thursday Mar 24, 2022

Gonzaga is the better team here and should win this game. The Bulldogs shoot the ball better from the floor and the 3-point line, hold opponents to under 38 percent FG shooting and do a little better job on the boards. But Gonzaga also shot just 16/30 from the line in its first-round tournament game, which basically cost them the money, then hit just 13/24 against Memphis. And you've gotta hit those free throws when you're trying to close out games and cover spreads. Meanwhile, Arkansas can play some defense, and after shooting so poorly last Saturday, we expect better Thursday night. We're not calling for the outright upset here, but we are taking the Hogs and the points.

Free Pick: 
Take Arkansas +9.5
Saturday Mar 19, 2022

Tennessee is just the better and hotter team here, playing great ball over the last six weeks or so. Also, 11 of the Vols’ last 13 wins have come by at least six points, which would do the job in this spot. Also, we didn’t even think Michigan deserved an invitation to the Dance. So we’re taking Tennessee here, minus the points.

Free Pick: 
Take Tennessee -5.5
Sunday Mar 13, 2022

Iowa is just the hotter team here and this is the perfect time of the season to ride hot teams. The Hawkeyes are throwing the ball in the hole like crazy as of late, hitting the 80-point mark seven times over their last eight games. Purdue, meanwhile, is only 6-3 its last nine times out and strug-gled to beat several lesser opponents over that span. So we’re taking Iowa here for the win.

Free Pick: 
Take Iowa +2
Saturday Mar 12, 2022
Arizona out-shot UCLA in the two meetings this season by a combined 49 percent to 34 percent and out-rebounded the Bruins by a per-game margin of 45-32. The Wildcats also managed pretty well without Kriisa Friday night. So we like Arizona to win this PAC-12 tournament championship game.
Free Pick: 
Take Arizona -1
Friday Mar 11, 2022
Duke is the better defensive team in this match-up, does a better job on the boards and will probably win this game. But the Dukies are also too often favored by too much and Miami is 9- 2-1 ATS this season as an underdog. Plus, the Hurricanes don’t fear Duke; they’ve beaten them twice in a row. So we’re taking the
  'Canes and the points here.
Free Pick: 
Take Miami +9
Thursday Mar 10, 2022
These two teams have played a whole bunch of close games this season, including the two in
which they faced each other. We won’t be surprised when this one goes down to the last minute.
Also, playing Wednesday might actually work to Seton Hall’s advantage, whereas UConn’s had five days off. So we like the Pirates plus the points in this spot.
Free Pick: 
Take Seton Hall + 4
Tuesday Mar 08, 2022

Gonzaga is probably going to win this game; it's just the better team overall. But St. Mary's looked like it figured something out when it pulled that upset two weeks ago, holding the Zags to season-low offensive numbers. Plus, Sagarin's ratings say this game should be closer than the spread, and we hold those ratings in high regard. We're not calling for another outright upset here, but we are taking the Gaels and the points.  

Free Pick: 
Take St. Mary's +12.5
Monday Mar 07, 2022

Gonzaga is 34-1 over its last 35 WCC games, 33 of those wins coming by double-digits. The Zags also won both games vs. San Francisco this season by 16 points. And we expect a bounce-back performance from Gonzaga here, following their poorest performance of this season last time out. So we're betting the Bulldogs, minus the points.Gonzaga is 34-1 over its last 35 WCC games, 33 of those wins coming by double-digits. The Zags also won both games vs. San Francisco this season by 16 points. And we expect a bounce-back performance from Gonzaga here, following their poorest performance of this season last time out. So we're betting the Bulldogs, minus the points.

Free Pick: 
Take Gonzaga -13
Sunday Mar 06, 2022

Iowa is playing great ball as of late, including the other night at Michigan, but that just has us wondering if the Hawkeyes might be ripe for a letdown in this spot. Illinois, meanwhile, put on a poor performance against an inferior foe last time out, but that just leads us to believe they'll play much sharper Sunday night. Also, the Illini are the better defensive team and better on the boards. So we're giving the points here with Illinois.  

Free Pick: 
Take Illinois -3.5
Saturday Mar 05, 2022

Six of the last ten meetings between these two teams were decided by five points or less, one in overtime. Also, we expect a bounce-back performance from USC Saturday night, following a poor one last time out. Also, Juzang is still questionable. We see another close game here, so we’re taking the Trojans plus the points. 

Free Pick: 
Take USC +7.5
Friday Mar 04, 2022

Belmont won the previous meeting in this series getting a narrow 49-48 road win and I'm banking on the Eagles defense to keep this close again in another low-scoring affair. 

Free Pick: 
Take Morehead State +5
Friday Mar 04, 2022

St. Bonaventure shoots the ball a little better than Richmond, plays a little better defense, and does a better job on the boards. Also, we expect a bounce-back effort from the Bonnies, following a lousy performance last time out. Also, we don’t believe the Spiders can sweep St. Bonnie. So we’re betting the Bonnies here, minus the points.  

Free Pick: 
Take St. Bonaventure -3.5
Monday Apr 05, 2021
Baylor rolled Houston Saturday and was able to rest key players in the second half. On the other hand, Gonzaga was taken to the limit by UCLA Saturday and may feel that Monday night. Plus, the Bears are getting a couple of buckets on the betting line. We're betting Baylor here, plus the points.
 
Free Pick: 
Take Baylor +4.5
Saturday Apr 03, 2021

Gonzaga is just a super team, really good, fundamentally sound, mentally tough, unselfish, and fun to watch. UCLA, on the other hand, has probably been playing over its head the last couple of games, and that's tough to keep up. Now, two touchdowns is a ton of a line in a game at this level of the tournament, but the Bulldogs just keep winning by big margins. Heck, they let up against USC last time out and still won by 19. We're gonna give the points here with Gonzaga.  

Free Pick: 
Take Gonzaga - 14

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