One of the best weeks of the college basketball season is upon us with college basketball conference tournaments taking place. We’ll look at college basketball best bets for this week’s action beginning with games on Wednesday, March 10.
One of the best weeks of the college basketball season is upon us with college basketball conference tournaments taking place. There are a multitude of games each day in college hoops with a lot of important games taking place, as teams try to improve their seeding for the upcoming NCAA Tournament or simply find a way to get in. We’ll look at college basketball best bets for this week’s action beginning with games on Wednesday, March 10 and concluding with best bets on Thursday, March 11.
Wednesday College Basketball Best Bets
No. 10 seed Iowa State (2-21, 0-18) vs. No. 7 seed Oklahoma (14-9, 9-8)
The Big 12 conference tournament gets underway on Wednesday with first round action in Kansas City and the Oklahoma Sooners are heavily favored against Iowa State. It was an ugly regular season for the Cyclones, as they went winless in Big 12 play. The Sooners pulled out a 10-point win the last time the teams met.
Iowa State has three players who dominate their scoring, as Jalen Coleman-Lands, Solomon Young and Javan Johnson combined to score almost half of the team’s points this season. The Cyclones are expected to get a boost, as Rasir Bolton is expected to play.
College Basketball Best Bet: Iowa State plus the points
Thursday College Basketball Best Bets
No. 9 seed Michigan State (15-11, 9-11) vs. No. 8 seed Maryland (15-12, 9-11)
The Big Ten tournament continues on Thursday with second round action, as Michigan State takes on Maryland. The teams have identical records of 9-11 in the Big Ten but most people believe that Michigan State is in the NCAA Tournament, while Maryland may need to win this game to secure a spot.
These teams met a couple of weeks ago and Maryland rolled to a 73-55 win. It was an ugly shooting performance from the Spartans as they shot just 33.3 percent. Michigan State figures to be much better this time around and the Terps look like a team that could choke their way out of a tourney bid.
College Basketball Best Bet: Michigan State
No. 5 seed Oklahoma State (18-7, 11-7) vs. No. 4 seed West Virginia (18-8, 11-6)
The Big 12 continues their tournament on Thursday with quarterfinal action in Kansas City, as the Oklahoma State Cowboys take on the West Virginia Mountaineers. The teams split their two regular season meetings this season. Both teams are capable of putting up a lot of points so this could be another high scoring game.
West Virginia has a potent duo of Miles McBride and Derek Culver, while the Cowboys are led by Cade Cunningham and Kalib Boone. McBride has factored into almost half of all West Virginia’s made field goals in the last three games. The Mountaineers are unbeaten when holding opponents to 71 points or less but just 5-8 when opponents score more than 71 points. The Cowboys are 13-0 when holding opponents to 75 points or less.
College Basketball Best Bet: Over the Total
No. 9 seed Mississippi State (14-13, 8-10) vs. No. 8 seed Kentucky (9-15, 8-9)
Two teams trying to make a big run in the SEC Tournament meet on Thursday in the second round, as Mississippi State takes on Kentucky. These two met early in January and it was Kentucky getting a five-point win. It has been a disappointing season for Kentucky, but they do have some talented freshmen in Brandon Boston Jr., Isaiah Jackson and Devin Askew.
The Bulldogs are all about rebounding, as they led the SEC in offensive rebounding at 12.2 offensive boards per game. Kentucky is 0-12 this season when they score 67 points or fewer.
Some people may believe that Kentucky is capable of making a huge run in the SEC Tournament, but the reality is that this year’s Wildcats are simply not very good. Kentucky is too undisciplined to make a long run in the SEC tournament and they may struggle just to win this game. Mississippi State is the type of team that can frustrate the younger Wildcats.
College Basketball Best Bet: Mississippi State
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