NCAA College Basketball Best Bets

Monday, March 4th, 2019

By Tom Wilkinson
NCAA College Basketball Best Bet

The final week of the NCAA college basketball regular season features a number of key conference games, including those in the Big 10 and the American Athletic. The Iowa Hawkeyes visit the Wisconsin Badgers on Thursday in Big 10 action on ESPN, while there are two key games in the American Athletic on Thursday, as Cincinnati visits Central Florida on ESPN 2, while SMU plays at Houston on ESPN. Let’s look at those three games and Thursday’s best bets.

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Wisconsin Badgers

  • Date and Time: Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Kohl Center, Madison, WI
  • CBB Odds at Betcris: Check Back Later
  • Iowa vs. Wisconsin TV Coverage: ESPN
Basketball Sports Betting

Iowa comes into this game at 10-8 in the Big 10, while Wisconsin is 12-6. Both teams are going to make the NCAA Tourney, so this is all about seeding in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. Iowa is just 3-5 ATS on the road, with six games going over and two going under the total. The Badgers are just 6-8 ATS at home, with six games going over, seven going under, with one push.

Key Stats

Wisconsin has won 7 of the last 10 meeting in this series, but they are just 5-5 ATS, with six of the ten going over the total. Wisconsin has also won 8 of the last 10 at home in this series, with five games going over the total and five going under.

Best Bet

I can’t lay points with Wisconsin, even at home, so I will take the points with the Hawkeyes in this contest.

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Cincinnati Bearcats vs Central Florida Knights

  • Date and Time: Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: CFE Arena, Orlando, FL
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  • Cincinnati vs. Central Florida TV Coverage: ESPN 2

The Bearcats are tied with Houston for first place in the American Athletic, while the Knights are two games back. Cincinnati has not been a good team on the road, as they are just 3-7 ATS, while the Knights are 8-7-1 ATS at home. The interesting part about this game is that Central Florida has gone over in 11 of their 16 home games.

Key Stats

Cincinnati has owned this series, winning 9 of the last 10 meetings, with 9 of the last 10 going under. Cincinnati has also won four of the five at home in this series and they are 4-1 ATS.

Best Bet

I don’t go against trends that often, but I think Central Florida can win this game and I also believe it will be high scoring, so I will take the Knights and the game over the total.

SMU Mustangs vs Houston Cougars

  • Date and Time: Thursday, March 7, 2019, 9:00 p.m. ET
  • Location: Fertitta Center, Houston, TX
  • CBB Odds at Betcris: Check Back Later
  • SMU vs. Houston TV Coverage: ESPN

The Cougars will be heavily favored in this contest, as they are tied for the lead in the conference, while SMU is near the bottom of the conference. SMU is just 2-5-1 ATS on the road, while Houston is 11-7-1 ATS at home.

Key Stats

These teams have split their last ten meetings overall, with the last three going under the total. Houston has won six of the last ten at home in this series, with four of the last six going over the total.

Best Bet

It is hard to make any case for taking SMU, as they are simply a poor team that continues to struggle in the conference. Houston can’t afford a letdown, as they need to keep pace with Cincinnati. I will lay the points and take the Cougars in this contest.

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