The college hoops betting game is starting to pick up as conference schedules have started now, and these are the top three matchups of the weekend, although the rest of Saturday’s slate is also worth tracking.
Louisville Cardinals @ Georgetown Hoyas
12:00 PM ET
The Cardinals are probably going to fall in the rankings from fifth anyway after losing at Villanova, and the Hoyas have been up and down since the Big East schedule started, falling out of the rankings. Georgetown has had the upper hand in this rivalry, winning seven of the last nine meetings with the Cardinals and the Hoyas are coming off an “upset” win at #24 Notre Dame, so it could be just a matter of which G’Town team shows up on Saturday. The Hoyas have also lost just once on their home court this season.
Maryland Terrapins @ Duke Blue Devils
1:00 PM ET
The Blue Devils will have a lot to prove on Saturday as their 90-63 loss at Miami was the third-worst by a #1 team since the rankings started, and the Terrapins are a gritty team that will push you until the final buzzer. However, the Blue Devils have won nine of the last 10 meetings in this ACC matchup, and the Terrapins have lost their last seven trips to Cameron Indoor Stadium, where Duke has won 10 in a row and everyone knows Cameron is always one of the toughest places to play in the entire country. Duke is also still getting used to playing without Ryan Kelly, who is out with a broken foot and that really hurts the Blue Devils in many ways. The Terrapins have lost two of their last three games on the road but you never know when upsets will pop up in college hoops. Expect the Blue Devils to win but the Terrapins to cover the college basketball betting spread.
Pick: Terrapins With The Points
North Carolina Tar Heels @ North Carolina State Wolfpack
7:00 PM ET
We stay in the ACC as the underachieving Tar Heels meet up with their rivals from NC State, who are 14th in the nation, but they’re coming off an 86-84 loss at Wake Forest and a loss to the Tar Heels could send them toppling out of the top 25 while giving UNC a push towards the rankings. This rivalry has been a little lopsided as the Tar Heels have won 19 of the last 20 against their state rivals; NC State’s lone win came on February 3rd, 2007 at home, but they’ve won 11 in a row on their own court while the Tar Heels have lost three times on the road this season. UNC’s struggles have been well documented, but when their talent plays to their potential, they can run you out of the gym; it just hasn’t happened much this season. The Wolfpack are much more confident on their own floor, where they upset Duke two weeks ago, and a win over the Tar Heels could give this team a real boost to believe they can compete on the national stage. Get ready for a barnburner on Saturday night.
Pick: Tar Heels Plus The Points