It has been a wild regular season for college basketball betting handicappers. That should make for an interesting and entertaining final Saturday before the conference tournaments begin. Gear up for one last regular weekend of action before the madness starts to ensue.
Syracuse Orangemen @ Georgetown Hoyas
Odds: Georgetown -1.5
The No. 17 Orangemen rolled over DePaul to halt a three-game skid that was started by the No. 5 Hoyas at Syracuse on February 23rd, powered by 33 points from Otto Porter, who has to be in the running for national Player of the Year. Georgetown is trying to bounce back from a tough loss at Villanova, and they may have gotten caught looking ahead to the Orangemen, who have won three of their last five at Georgetown and have covered the spread four times. This will be the last time these bitter rivals will meet at Big East opponents as Syracuse jets to the ACC next season, and there will be tons of emotion in what will be another typical Big East affair. However, the Hoyas have the difference-maker in Porter, and they’re battling for a No. 1 seed in the conference tourney.
Kansas State Wildcats @ Oklahoma State Cowboys
Odds: Oklahoma State -6
The Big 12 hasn’t received a lot of attention this season outside of Kansas, but these two teams have quietly snuck into the top 15 and Saturday’s showdown should be one to watch. The ninth-ranked Wildcats have won six in a row since losing at Kansas, who have counted for two of KSU’s five losses on the season and four of those losses have come against ranked teams. However, they did defeat the No. 13 Cowboys (who were then ranked 22nd) 73-67 on January 5th and they move the ball as well as anyone in the country, coming in ninth in assists. The ‘Boys lost 87-76 at Iowa State in their last game and a win over the ‘Cats would gain them some notice. KSU has lost nine of their last 10 in Stillwater, but they’ll take this one.
Duke Blue Devils @ North Carolina Tar Heels
Odds: North Carolina -1
You couldn’t mention the final Saturday of the regular season without Duke-UNC, and the unranked Tar Heels have won six straight since losing 73-68 at Duke on February 13th. The No. 3 Blue Devils may be the most unpredictable top-five team in recent memory and all four of their losses have come away from home. Duke has actually won three of their last five at North Carolina and have covered the spread on four occasions, but the Tar Heels are starting to roll at the right time of the year and even though they should be easily in the NCAA Tournament anyway, a win over a top-five team never hurts and it’ll get them in the right frame of mind before the ACC tournament starts. This is always a fun game to watch because of the emotion involved, and Saturday should be no difference. Take the Tar Heels on the betting lines.
Pick: Tar Heels