Weekend College Basketball Betting Tips

Mason Plumlee and the unbeaten Duke Blue Devils will look to win their first game on the road this Saturday at NC State.

With college football season now wrapped-up, our attention turns to the hardwood where, believe it or not, we’re only a little more than two months away from the NCAA Tournament. Time is about to fly.

Ahead of this weekend’s action, Casino Review has sifted through a hefty schedule to find the three best matchups, on paper at least. This week we’ve pulled out three games between ranked opponents that will showcase the ACC and Big Ten, two conferences favored to be sending teams to the tourney finals on Apr. 8.

 

#1 Duke @ #20 North Carolina State

Saturday, 12:00 PM ET

Mike Krzyzewski’s top-ranked Duke (15-0, 2-0 ACC) side travels to Rayleigh, N.C., for its first proper road game of the season. The unbeaten Blue Devils will be up against a North Carolina State (13-2, 2-0 ACC) side looking to build on last season’s 9-7 conference tally which culminated in a trip to the ACC Tournament.

The Wolfpack leads the nation in field goal percentage (.531) and the ACC in points scored (81.2 PPG). That offensive prowess has not been reflected on the defensive side of the ball though, where NC State allows 69.7 points per game. Only Virginia gives up more points in the conference. The Wolfpack is 8-0 at PNC Arena this season.

Duke ranks in the nation’s top 20 in scoring (79.3 PPG) and just outside the top 20 in field goal percentage (.481). The Blue Devils have already knocked-off three ranked opponents this season (Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State), whereas NC State is 0-1 against ranked opposition (Michigan).

Last Season: Duke defeated NC State 78-73 in the only meeting between the sides last season (at Duke).

Take: DUKE – The Blue Devils haven’t faced a ranked opponent since Nov. 28, which could mean a let-up from the Durham side. However, the way the side has played so far this season, that’s unlikely. Few would be brave enough to take NC State in this one, particularly as the side looks like it might be an early pretender. The Wolfpack may have been thrown a lifeline with news surfacing that Duke forward Ryan Kelly (foot) is out indefinitely.

 

#8 Minnesota @ #5 Indiana

Saturday, 12:00 PM ET

Minnesota (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) travels to Bloomington, Ind., this weekend looking to build on a surprising start to the season. Indiana (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) will look to put the brakes on the Golden Gophers’ 11-game winning streak.

Minnesota, looking to remain unbeaten on the road, is just four wins from matching last season’s final win tally. The Gophers turnaround has been built on solid rebounding – Minnesota is 19th in the nation with 41.3 rebounds per game – and solid shooting (.469).

Indiana meanwhile leads the nation in scoring (87.0 PPG), ranking sixth in field goal percentage (.511) and 11th in both rebounds (41.9 RPG) and assists (17.3 APG). The all-around effort has seen the Hoosiers go unbeaten at home. Barring a loss to Butler in Indianapolis, Ind., the Hoosiers would most likely still be contending the No. 1 spot with Duke.

Indiana has only faced one ranked opponent so far this season, beating North Carolina on Nov. 27. Minnesota is 3-1 against ranked opposition, securing wins over Memphis, Michigan, and Illinois.

Last Season: Minnesota and Indiana split a pair of games last season, each winning on the opponent’s home court.

Take: INDIANA – Assembly Hall has become a fortress these past two seasons, with the Hoosiers tallying a 28-1 record. That one loss was against Minnesota though. Regardless, expect that trend to continue this weekend as Indiana scores a win over the Golden Gophers and makes a move up the AP poll.

 

#2 Michigan @ #15 Ohio State

Sunday, 1:30 PM ET

Retribution will be on the mind of a Michigan (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) side that was beaten in the Big Ten Tournament last year by Ohio State (12-3, 2-1 Big Ten). The two sides meet this weekend at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Both sides opened the season with odds of 20/1 to win this year’s NCAA Tournament. It’s Michigan that has gotten off to the better start though.

The Wolverines are second in the nation in field goal percentage (.522) and second in the Big Ten in scoring (80.7 PPG). Such numbers has seen the side from Ann Arbor go unbeaten through the first 16 games of the season, including two games on the road. The Wolverines defeated NC State in their only ranked-game so far this season.

Ohio State meanwhile has looked impressive at times compiling a 9-1 home record to go alongside the conference’s third best offense (75.9 PPG) and defense (58.1 PPG). However, ranked opponents have tripped the Buckeyes up; Ohio State is 0-3 against opponents in the AP Poll on game day (Duke, Kansas, Illinois).

Last Season: The two sides split a pair of regular season games last season, each winning at home. Ohio State defeated Michigan 77-55 in the semi-finals of the Big Ten Tournament.

Take: MICHIGAN – Whilst the Wolverines have looked scrappy at times this season, there’s no denying there is an underlying talent running through this squad. That talent should be enough to see the side past the Buckeyes, of which the jury remains out. Of course an upset for Ohio State would have huge implications going forward.

 

This Weekend’s Top 25 Schedule

Thursday:

#4 Arizona @ Oregon

Saint Mary’s @ #9 Gonzaga

#22 Michigan State @ Iowa

Friday

#13 Creighton @ Missouri State

Saturday

#1 Duke @ #20 North Carolina State

South Florida @ #3 Louisville

#4 Arizona @ Oregon State

#8 Minnesota @ #5 Indiana

#6 Kansas @ Texas Tech

Villanova @ #7 Syracuse

#10 Missouri @ Ole Miss

#11 Florida @ LSU

#12 Illinois @ Wisconsin

#14 Butler @ Dayton

Colorado State @ #16 San Diego State

Connecticut @ #17 Notre Dame

#18 Kansas State @ West Virginia

#19 Georgetown @ St. Johns

#21 Cincinnati @ Rutgers

Air Force @ #24 UNLV

Fresno State @ #25 New Mexico

Sunday

#2 Michigan @ #15 Ohio State

Nebraska @ #22 Michigan State

#23 Wichita State @ Evansville

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