The NCAA College Basketball Conference Tournaments are quickly moving forward into what should be a huge weekend for College hoops fans, as Friday finds the action jam-packed with top-ranked teams. 18 squads from the Top 25 ranks this season are in action today, so there’s no doubting this is the most exciting day of the conference tournaments thus far, with more excitement being added as the major conferences move through the quarterfinal rounds today. With 38 games on tap across the NCAA Basketball landscape today, we have to jump in early to grab a piece of all the top action available, as already on the morning #4 North Carolina is in ACC quarterfinal action against Maryland, and #8 Michigan State is taking on Iowa over in the Big Ten. Also underway is the game between #24 Temple and UMass in A10 action, which should one of the two finalists for the A10 championship. Looking to games still yet to get underway, which are plentiful, we turn today to the Betonline Sportsbook for the top online sports betting lines, hoping to get a little luckier than yesterday’s rough outing picking games in Big East competition, as Marquette failed to show up against Louisville and got bumped out of the tournament, and Georgetown couldn’t shake off Cincinnati in a hard-fought 2-overtime showdown. Let’s take a look at top options for NCAA hoops throughout the day, and also save some room for top basketball action in the NBA, as well as a couple NHL Hockey wagering possibilities lined up for the end of the week.
First up, #1 Kentucky hits the court for the first time in the SEC tournament against LSU in a quarterfinal match-up that should easily go to the 17-point favorite Wildcats. With Kentucky thrashing the Tigers at LSU this year 74-50, expect a well-rested Wildcats team to put up similar numbers tonight as Anthony Davis, Doron Lamb, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and company show off why they are deserving of the #1 rank in the country. Switching to the pair of games featuring Top 25 teams squaring off against one another, first up find the #11 Baylor Bears taking on the #3 Kansas Jayhawks, in what should be an exciting semifinal match-up between two of the best teams in the Big 12. Kansas is a 6 1/2 point favorite for tonight’s showdown against a team they beat twice in the regular season (including once at home by 18 points), but this would be a perfect time for Baylor’s stars including Perry Jones III and Quincy Acy to step up and have a big night. In opposition, Kansas’ Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson will make for a formidable opposition, and with both teams able to run at shoot at a high percentage, I like a good possibility of this game eclipsing the 141 points set at Betonline Sportsbook today. Make sure to also check out the second Top 25 clash in the Big Ten conference as #15 Indiana takes on #14 Wisconsin, in a rematch between the high-scoring offense of the Hoosiers and the stingy, shut-down defense of the Badgers. Just 1 point separates the two teams against the spread, showing just how tight a series this has been between the two Big Ten foes, but with Indiana missing their point guard Verdell Jones III, Wisconsin should have a slight edge heading into today’s game. I don’t expect a ton of scoring here tonight as the Badgers look to slow the pace down as they did in the 57-50 win at Indiana this year, and as such I will take the under wager on total points in such a closely-matched contest.
Other big NCAA games worth checking out today include a great ACC match-up between Miami and #17 Florida State, which should be a tight, low scoring contest between in-state rivals. The Seminoles get a slight -3 favorite at Betonline Sportsbook today, and with the impetus on them to avoid getting knocked out of the ACC tournament in the early goings for the 3rd straight year, look for FSU to overcome in a tight showdown in Atlanta today. Another interesting quarterfinal showdown pits Minnesota and #10 Michigan against one another in Big Ten competition, with the Golden Gophers showing they can play well against the Wolverines, dropping the only meeting of the season between the two by just 5 points at Ann Arbor. With the 5 1/2 points on the spread favoring Michigan, and with the Gophers having to play a tough overtime game against Northwestern yesterday, I’ll look to the Wolverines to cover the spread here tonight as the Gophers struggle to find good shots against a good Michigan defense. Round out the online sports betting on NCAA Basketball today with a pair of great Big East semifinal showdowns first between Louisville and #23 Notre Dame, and secondly between #2 Syracuse and Cincinnati, look out for the other Big 12 semifinal game between #5 Missouri and Texas to be an exciting showdown, and watch for the potential upset games in action today as #7 Ohio State takes on Purdue, #22 Florida faces Alabama, and New Mexico tries once again to get past #20 UNLV.
Make sure to leave some room today for the wealth of options for betting on sports across NBA Basketball and NHL Hockey, as 10 games get set for tip-off in the professional hoops league, and 4 contests are lined up for face-off on the ice-sheet tonight. Big games to watch out for in NBA hoops include a great match-up between the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs, the Utah Jazz at Philadelphia 76ers, Boston hosting Portland and the Los Angeles Lakers headed to Minnesota to take on the steadily improving Timberwolves. Switching over to NHL action today at Betonline Sportsbook, look for Detroit to continue their winning ways at home as they host the Los Angeles Kings who play on back-to-back nights after losing to Columbus, the Pittsburgh Penguins shoot for their 8th win in a row as they host the Florida Panthers, a classic battle takes place between the New York Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Rangers, and lastly the Calgary Flames host the Winnipeg Jets in a great Canadian match-up. It’s one of the better Fridays of 2012 for online sports betting, so take a good look across all the available options at the Betonline Sportsbook or any one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed here, and good luck in all your wagers placed today!