Corrigan's Gambling Corner: 3 College Basketball Best Bets: +584 Parlay Odds - Feb. 23, 2022
Welcome back to the gambling corner. We are back with some best bets for another wonderful night on the college hoops.
With football season over and the NBA in the middle of the All-Star break, this week has been a drag, especially with two terrible slates of college basketball so far. Today, however, we have a great slate, and the board looks even better. Today, I have found the three best bets of the night on the hardwood. All you need to do is sit back, relax, place some bets, and watch some hoops.
We would love you to tail our picks, but we would especially love you to make a lot of money. As a sign of courtesy, we included the parlay odds for all three of our picks. We just ask that you always remember to gamble responsibly.
Here are tonight's plays.
*Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
Syracuse Orange at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame has been playing some good basketball as of late. Over the last 15 games, the Irish are 11-4 ATS, and they have won 12 of their last 13 home games. While Notre Dame is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games against Syracuse, It is hard to look at what Notre Dame has done over the last month in a half and be skeptical.
The Irish are not blowing teams out, and their last two losses are against the two best teams they have played during their late-season surge, but Syracuse's defense has been a liability for the Orange this season. Their defense is ranked 270th in scoring, 203rd in effective field goal percentage, 103rd in shooting percentage, and 178th in shooting efficiency. Syracuse is also ranked 312th in total rebounds allowed per game while Notre Dame is pulling in 25 defensive rebounds per game.
While Syracuse has been very profitable against Notre Dame recently, we are going to look at the total. The Syracuse defense being not great makes me nervous, but Notre Dame is ranked 159th in scoring, and they are only winning by 3.8 points per game.
The total has gone under in eight of Notre Dame's 12 home games and seven of Syracuse's nine road games.
Pick: Under 145.5 (-110)
Wisconsin Badgers at Minnesota Golden Gophers
Minnesota was one of my favorite teams to bet on at the beginning of the season. The Golden Gophers started the season 10-1 and covered in their first four games. Things have QUICKLY turned south as they have lost seven of their last nine, and 11 of their last 14.
It was a little outrageous to think that Minnesota would keep up with their hot start, especially in a tough Big Ten Conference that features a team like Wisconsin. The Badgers are only 3-6 ATS in their last nine, but they have beaten Minnesota in 12 of the last 14 matchups, and Wisconsin has won 12 of their last 14 games overall.
Wisconsin is not a great shooting team, but they are ranked second in turnover per game, and they play suffocating defense. With Minnesota having no real qualities on the offensive side of the ball, I expect Wisconsin to completely neutralize a Minnesota offense that is ranked 258th in scoring and 202nd in scoring margin.
This spread seems fishy with how bad Minnesota has been, but I am willing to roll those dice. The Golden Gophers were once one of my favorite teams this season. Now, they are becoming an automatic fade.
Pick: Wisconsin -5 (-110)
Creighton Bluejays at St. John's Red Storm
St. John's has been a great team to bet on recently. They have covered in three straight games, and five of their last six. They have not been a profitable team on their home court, however, with a 6-10-1 record ATS.
Even with their home struggles, St. John's is coming off back-to-back double-digit victories over Xavier and Butler. Creighton has covered in five straight against the Red Storm, but they will have their hands full with this St. John's offense.
Julian Champagnie is scoring 19.2 points per game this season, and over his last six games, he is putting up 21.8 points per game on 44.8% shooting from deep. He has been so good for the Red Storm over the last three seasons, but Posh Alexander and Aaron Wheeler have been great scoring threats outside of Champagnie.
As a team, St. John's is ranked 14th in scoring, third in assist per game, and they make the sixth-most shots per game in the country. Creighton does hold teams to just 39.6% shooting from the field, but St. John's just has too much to handle, and over their last two games, that offense has been a headache to deal with.
Pick: St. John's -5 (-114)
PARLAY ODDS: (+584) 1 UNIT TO WIN 5.84 UNITS
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