NCAA BASKETBALL – 3.7.2020 – Best Bets for Saturday’s College Hoops (Free)

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Hello Daily Play Action! Anthony Marro here happy to share my NCAA Men’s Basketball picks for the college hoops season. Last year I was able to supply over 300 picks against the spread and finish the season cashing at a rate of just about 59%. As March Madness approached and I was brought on to write for DPA, readers were treated to a 45-27-2 record of sides and totals over the final month of the season. This season, betting write-ups will posted exclusively on DPA almost every day but be sure to follow my Twitter too so you won’t miss a pick on days with abbreviated slates. If you to try out a website to bet on my picks, I highly recommend using Bovada for their user-friendly format and awesome deposit bonuses!

  • Current Season Record: 249-247-7
  • Previous Season Record: 180-127-9

Georgia vs Louisiana State, Over 159

  • The last seven road games that Georgia has played have gone over. That pairs well with the over streak LSU has been on all season and thus we get a very high total, but one these teams should still crush. The Pete Maravich Assembly Center will be rocking here
  • LSU will be honoring their seniors for this game and the three young men are some of the most efficient on the team. All have an offensive rating over 99 and are very reliable with the ball in hand. I think the Tigers put up a very healthy 85 points to start our day
  • This game also has huge implication on SEC tournament seeding. With a win LSU is going to secure a double bye for the tourney while a Georgia win can earn them a bye of their own. You should expect both teams to play very hard for a full forty minutes this afternoon

Alabama vs Missouri, Over 150.5

  • Alabama runs extremely up tempo and this total is considerably lower than what I would be comfortable betting. John Petty Jr. looks like he is going to be a full participant which makes me believe the Crimson Tide offense will be efficient all game. They will have 75
  • Meanwhile we have a very sneaky Missouri team hosting here. They have been very productive scoring at home and are going to be looking for the upset here. This game is going to close with a single point spread which makes me love the over, as it will be a tight affair
  • Both squads enter here on a 6-2 over run. While a lot of teams seem to be tightening up on defense in the late season, these two teams are getting all their scoring here to finish out the year. Alabama now averages over 83 points per game which ranks second best in the country

Syracuse vs Miami, Over 147

  • Chris Lykes is not going to play again for Miami this season which does hurt their scoring ability, but today I think Syracuse can do a lot to carry this total. In the four games he misses earlier this season the Hurricanes were still able to average over 142 points per game
  • Syracuse enters this game on an 8-1-1 over run and having gone over in nine of their last ten road games. Buddy Boeheim and these shooters have been red hot as of late and their zone defense allows a lot of fast points to savvy opponents. This should be our easiest over
  • The Orange are one of the few teams in the country that score more points on the road than they do at home. Their frontcourt duo of Bourama Sidibe and Marek Dolezaj are surprising efficient and I think we see them pull out a very tough victory on the road here

Texas -3.5 vs Oklahoma State

  • Texas seemingly came out of nowhere to win their last five games and drastically improve their tournament resume. After three Quadrant I wins, facing the Oklahoma State Cowboys at home should be a cake walk. This should be a very easy win for them
  • You may not be aware but the Longhorns are decimated by injury, so this game is far from a lock. However, from what I have seen their bench is as talented as their starters. This is really a must win for their tournament chances, so expect them to get it done
  • The games that Oklahoma State seem to win are ones where Yor Anei can dominate inside, but that is far from the case today. Texas has some of the best interior defense in the Big 12 and that is saying quite a lot. They allow 46 percent in the paint against conference foes

Iowa State +6 at Kansas State

  • Iowa State beat the Wildcats by ten points in their first meeting and now must face them once more to close out the season. This is not the ideal spot for the Cyclones, and I am not for certain they will win here. I do think getting this many points they will cover with ease
  • If you think the line here is a bit strange, I’d more than agree with you. Kansas State has won just two conference games all year so why expect them to finish strong? Iowa State is not much better, but they were able to come away with five wins which is a lot more respectable
  • Michael Jacobson is going to test his ankle and I anticipate he suits up today. The center has stepped up a lot in the absence of Tyrese Haliburton. He and Makol Mawien should go to battle in the paint and I think the Cyclone senior will have the much stronger performance

North Carolina +11 at Duke

  • A couple things to say here. I am very surprised the public has not driven this spread closer to the Blue Devils favor but that is exactly what this rivalry breeds. These games are often way to close for laying double-digits. UNC +11 would’ve cashed in their past ten meetings
  • Armando Bacot has a questionable designation, but I think it is more likely he plays than sits. It is a classic Roy Williams move to lie about injury severity ahead of big games and we may be getting a little of that here. If he plays, he can lock down Vernon Carey in the paint
  • Brandon Robinson is one guy that did not play in the first meeting due to injury. He is now back to full strength and we saw him put on a show in the Tarheels’ route of Wake Forest. This is the best rivalry in sports and I think this game lives up to the hype this evening

Mississippi vs Mississippi State, Over 140.5

  • This classic rivalry should wrap up today, but we could always see a third meeting in the SEC tournament. Last time these two clashed it was the Rebels who scored 83 in a blowout win. Tonight, I expect the Bulldogs to turn things around on Ole Miss in Starkville
  • The total here feels a bit lower than it should be. Both teams average over 70 points per game and the over has cashed in their past three meetings. Mississippi State also enters on a 9-2 over run where Reggie Perry has played at the All-SEC level. He could have 20 points here
  • Oh and if we are talking about top performers take a look at Breein Tyree on the other side. For a kid from northern New Jersey he has really embraced this rivalry. Across his seven career contests against the Bulldogs he has averaged over 20 points per game

Let’s win today Playmakers! I am confident in every pick that I provide and play them myself. College basketball is unpredictable and that’s why we love it, so always bet smart!