Saturday Betting Tips: College Hoops

Having squeaked by Ohio State midweek, Tim Hardaway Jr. and the Michigan Wolverines will look to fend off a tough Wisconsin side on Saturday.

With just five Saturday’s left on the college basketball regular season, every single game is taking on a bigger importance. Don’t believe us? Just ask any of those ranked teams that came unglued this past week.

With the top spot in the AP poll up for grabs, the likes of Michigan, Duke, and Miami (FL) will be gunning to make an upwards move, and impress the selection committee along the way. What they’ll be looking to avoid is ending up on the wrong end of the score line, a la Indiana, Florida, and Kansas.

Here at Casino Review we’ve filtered through Saturday’s gargantuan college hoops schedule to bring you some betting tips in games that really matter.

 

#3 Michigan @ Wisconsin

12:00 PM ET

Kicking-off Saturday’s lunchtime slot in style, #2 Michigan (21-2, 8-2 Big Ten) will travel to Wisconsin (16-7, 7-3 Big Ten) in one of this weekend’s Big Ten crunch games.

The Wolverines scored a nail-biting victory over Ohio State in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, taking the game 76-74 in overtime. Some have suggested that the Buckeyes – having already beaten the Wolverines once this season – may be better than Michigan. John Beilein’s side will look to prove the doubters wrong.

Wisconsin has proven to be a tough out in the Big Ten this season. With wins over Illinois, Minnesota, and Indiana – all ranked at the time – the Badgers have played hard and appear to be on the cusp of infiltrating the AP poll themselves.

The Badgers will look to command a slow pace, and limit the scoring of the fifth best shooting team in the league. Michigan has shot .503 from the field, and .412 from behind the arc (6th). Stopping this efficient offense will be the only way Wisconsin can win.

This Season: This is the only regular meeting between the two schools this year.

Last Season: Michigan downed the Badgers 59-41 at the Crisler Center in the only meeting between the sides last season.

Favorite: Michigan Spread: 1 Total: 122

Take: MICHIGAN – No doubt there’s a serious upset opportunity here, but Wisconsin has yet to prove itself capable of beating one of the Big Ten’s top sides in Madison. The closest the side got was a two-point loss to Michigan State. This will be a close one, but with the spread at one, take the Wolverines (13-8-1 ATS) to cover also. Take the total to go under, as is the trend with the very deliberate game plan Wisconsin brings to the table.

 

North Carolina @ #8 Miami (FL)

2:00 PM ET

Are the Hurricanes for real? Will the Tar Heels turn this season around? Those are just two of the questions that we’d like answers to, and preferably sooner rather than later.

#8 Miami (18-3, 9-0 ACC) will put its undefeated ACC record on the line as North Carolina (16-6, 6-3 ACC) comes to town. The Tar Heels looked to have turned things around until falling to North Carolina State two weeks ago. With three wins since, it’ll take a win in Miami to prove to anybody that this season can be turned around for good.

Ranking in the top 10 in points, rebounds, and assists this season, North Carolina will need to improve its defense if it’s to get past Miami, a team that is very good on the defensive end.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes simply need to play their own game and shoot the ball well to get a win out of this one.

This Season: Miami defeated UNC 68-59 in Chapel Hill on Jan. 10, the third win on the side’s current 10-game winning streak.

Last Season: The Tar Heels handed a pair of losses to Miami last season, winning 73-56 at home and 73-64 in Miami.

Favorite: Miami (FL) Spread: Total: 136½

Take: MIAMI – Two weeks ago we had UNC to defeat NC State. The Tar Heels let us down that week, and now we’re hesitant to back them in any big game. Still, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Roy Williams’ side hand the Hurricanes a first ACC loss. Still, take the Hurricanes to hold on to this undefeated streak and, with a 13-4-1 ATS record, cover the spread as well, something North Carolina hasn’t done well on the road (4-4 ATS) or as the underdog (1-3 ATS). Take the total to fo under, a it has in 12 Miami games this season.

 

#11 Louisville @ #25 Notre Dame

After ‘celebrating’ a top-ranking in the AP polls with three straight losses, #11 Louisville (19-4, 7-3 Big East) has secured three straight wins, and will look to add a fourth on Saturday night.

#25 Notre Dame (18-5, 6-4 Big East) has yo-yo’d in and out of the rankings thanks to an inconsistent season. The Fighting Irish are one of the best shooting teams in the country – shooting .487 from the field (11th) and .391 (19th) from three-point range – yet poor shooting defense has seen the side struggle. Never was this more evident than in Monday’s 63-47 loss in Syracuse. With five of the last eight games against teams currently ranked in the AP top 25, Notre Dame needs to find a way to win here.

The Irish are 13-2 at home, with only Connecticut and Georgetown scoring wins at Purcell Pavilion. Meanwhile, Louisville is 5-2 in true road games. Two of those losses came in the three-game skid following the top ranking. The Cardinals handled Rutgers on Wednesday night, handing the Scarlet Knights a 63-47 beating.

This Season: This is the first of two meetings between the schools this season. They will meet again on Mar. 9, in the final game of the season.

Last Season: Notre Dame scored a 67-65 double-overtime win over the Cardinals in last season’s regular season fixture (at Louisville), before the Cardinals gained a measure of revenge in the Big East tournament, defeating the Irish 64-50 in the semifinals.

Favorite: Louisville Spread: Total: 131

Take: LOUISVILLE – Another game with upset potential, but expect Louisville to come out of this one unscathed. The Cardinals (12-9-1 ATS as the favorite) should cover the spread also. Take the total to go under.

Come back to Casino Review tomorrow for a full preview of #1 Indiana’s crunch Big Ten showdown with #10 Ohio State.

 

This Weekend’s AP Top 25 Schedule

Saturday

Mississippi State @ #2 Florida

#3 Michigan @ Wisconsin

#5 Kansas @ Oklahoma

Loyola Marymount @ #6 Gonzaga

North Carolina @ #8 Miami (FL)

#11 Louisville @ #25 Notre Dame

#12 Michigan State @ Purdue

Iowa State @ #13 Kansas State

#14 Butler @ George Washington

#15 New Mexico @ UNLV

Illinois State @ #16 Creighton

#23 Pittsburgh @ #17 Cincinnati

Utah @ #19 Oregon

#20 Georgetown @ Rutgers

Ole Miss @ #21 Missouri

#22 Oklahoma State @ Texas

DePaul @ #24 Marquette

Sunday

#1 Indiana @ #10 Ohio State

#4 Duke @ Boston College

California @ #7 Arizona

St. John’s @ #9 Syracuse

Illinois @ #18 Minnesota

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