Duke completed the sweep of Virginia in ACC play on Saturday, showing us that Virginia is not yet ready to take its claims of ACC supremacy to the next level. Tennessee looks to remain at #1 this week, as they have not lost since November 23. They do have a test this coming weekend as they head to Lexington to take on Kentucky, so we’ll see if they are ready for elite wins at this stage. Gonzaga lost forward Killian Tillie for the rest of the regular season and then annihilated St. Mary’s (the second best team in the West Coast Conference) by 48 points on Saturday. Michigan picked up a win over Wisconsin to avenge that earlier defeat, making the Big Ten even more interesting. Looking to do some sports betting in college basketball this week? Take a look at our three top NCAAB betting picks.
Top NCAAB Betting Picks of the Week – February 11th Edition
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Monday, February 11
Virginia at North Carolina (7:00pm ET, ESPN)
Virginia oesn’t have much time to recover from that 10-point home loss to Duke on Saturday, as they head down to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina. In that loss to Duke, Virginia gave up a ton of three-balls early and could not come back. Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome each put up 16 points for the Cavaliers, who closed the gap to four points at halftime but could not make up the difference. Now, for the season, Virginia is 20-0 against everyone else — but 0-2 against Duke.
North Carolina avenged their earlier loss to Louisville and then beat North Carolina State and Miami, with that win over North Carolina State turning into a 113-97 barnburner. On Saturday, the Tar Heels avoided a huge scare at home, beating Miami in overtime, 88-85. Coby White lead the way with 33 for North Carolina, and Luke Maye drained a three-ball with 10.2 seconds left for the Tar Heels to force overtime. Can the Tar Heels now stop a team that will be looking for redemption when Virginia shows up? I like the Cavs to eke out this win.
NCAAB Betting Prediction: Virginia 74, North Carolina 72
Tuesday, February 12
Michigan State at Wisconsin (7:00pm ET, ESPN2)
Michigan State finally ended a three-game losing streak that saw them lose to Purdue, Indiana and — most shockingly — Illinois by knocking off Minnesota by 24 points on Saturday, led by 22 points from Nick Ward and a season-best 18 points from Matt McQuaid. Ward had played dreadful ball against Indiana but opened against Minnesota with the game’s first basket and pulled down eight of his nine boards in the first half; he also ended the first half with a huge block to secure an 11-point lead going into the intermission. The team still misses shooting guard Joshua Langford but looked to have turned a corner against the Golden Gophers.
Wisconsin saw a six-game Big Ten winning streak come to an end at Michigan on Saturday, as they fell to the Wolverines by a 61-52 score. Ethan Happ put up 18 points and 11 boards for the Badgers, but Wisconsin did not have an answer for Jon Teske inside and saw Charles Matthews put up 16 points in the second half for Michigan. Having Happ on the bench with foul trouble for a nine-minute stretch took its toll as well. Can Wisconsin rebound against Tom Izzo’s squad?
NCAAB Betting Prediction: Wisconsin 74, Michigan State 71
Kansas State at Texas (9:00pm ET, ESPN2)
Kansas State opened Big 12 play by losing to Texas at home by 20, 67-47. Since then, though, the Wildcats have taken charge of the conference race, knocking off Kansas and Baylor in recent games. On Saturday, they went down to Waco and beat Baylor to take over first place in the conference standings, getting 20 points from Kamau Stokes and putting up an 11-0 run late that salted away the win. Now the Wildcats have eight straight Big 12 wins, their longest conference winning streak in 45 years, since they reeled off 11 straight as part of the Big Eight in 1974.
Texas represents a tough test for Kansas State, as the Longhorns have picked up some huge wins — and have also lost some mystifying games. They lost to Iowa State but routed West Virginia and also beat Kansas and Baylor by double figures. In that win over West Virginia, a 75-53 romp on Saturday, Courtney Ramey tied a career best with 19 points, Kerwin Roach II scored 14 points and Dylan Osetkowski had 10 boards. The Longhorns nailed nine shots from downtown and won the battle of the boards by ten. Can the Longhorns complete the conference sweep over K-State?
NCAAB Betting Prediction: Texas 74, Kansas State 70