The college basketball betting season is now into February and with postseason action about a month or so away, the intensity is starting to ramp up and the midweek games are sometimes better than the weekend matchups.
Minnesota Golden Gophers @ Michigan State Spartans
Odds: Spartans -4
The No. 18 Gophers have won two in a row after losing four straight, and even though they’ve dropped two of their last 10 against the No. 12 Spartans, one of those wins came on New Year’s Eve at home, where Minnesota defeated Michigan State 76-73. The Spartans haven’t lost yet in East Lansing, while Minnesota has lost their last three away from home after rolling over Illinois in Champaign on January 9th. The Spartans will definitely have revenge on their minds and they’ll smother the Golden Gophers into a tough loss to make a move up the Big 10 ladder.
Kansas Jayhawks @ TCU Horned Frogs
Odds: Jayhawks -18.5
The Jayhawks round out the top five in the national rankings after a disappointing 85-80 loss to Oklahoma State, snapping their winning streak in Lawrence at 33 games. They’re probably not going to be a good mood when they head to TCU and that doesn’t bode well for the Horned Frogs, who have lost their first eight Big 12 games of the conference schedule and have lost all three matchups with Kansas by 16 points or more: 94-78 and 93-74 romps in 1997 and 2004, and then an 85-66 trouncing for the ‘Hawks at TCU in 2003. The Horned Frogs moved to the conference for football reasons and basketball isn’t really their thing, so it should be of no surprise that it’ll take the hoops program a while to catch up, especially against a top-5 team.
Pick: Jayhawks -18.5
Stanford Cardinal @ Arizona Wildcats
Odds: Arizona -10
Out in the Pac-12, the Cardinal has been inconsistent in the conference, going 5-4 so far, but they showed a lot of promise in a 76-52 rout of then-No. 10 Oregon at home to close out January, then they followed it up with an 81-73 win over Oregon State on Saturday. The No. 7 Wildcats seem to be the class of the conference, but they’ve lost to Oregon and UCLA already and those two teams aren’t far behind (the Ducks actually have the edge over Arizona right now because of that early-January win). ‘Zona has won the last six meetings between these Pac-12 teams, and seven of the last 10 meetings in Tucson and when they’re focused, the Wildcats can run with any team in the country as shown by wins over Florida and San Diego State. But they are prone to lapses and the Cardinal have proven that they are capable of knocking off a top-10 team. However, four of Stanford’s eight overall losses have come on the road, including three of the last four, so Arizona is the NCAA betting play here on Wednesday night.
Pick: Wildcats -10