Corrigan's Gambling Corner: 3 College Basketball Best Bets - Feb. 24, 2022
Welcome back to the gambling corner. We are back with some best bets for another wonderful night on the college hoops.
March is right around the corner, and the college basketball world will take center stage. This is the final week of the regular season for most teams, so teams are going to be looking to improve their resumes, and give the selection committee something to look at when Selection Sunday comes.
Until then, we are just going to take what the board gives us, and find some winners.
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Here are tonight's plays.
*Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
Cleveland State Vikings at Detroit Titans
Although Detroit is only 12-13 this season, they are a perfect 7-0 at home this season, and they are 6-0-1 ATS on their home court. Detroit is also 15-9 ATS this season, and they have covered 12 times in their last 18 games.
However, Cleveland State is 5-2 ATS in their last seven, and they are 6-3 ATS on the road this season. Both teams are playing good basketball lately, but with such a small spread, I have to take a look at Cleveland State tonight. The Vikings have won three of their last four, and in their three wins, they are winning by an average of 22 points per game.
The Horizon League is always hard to bet on, because, well, not a lot of people watch the Horizon league. But, with Cleveland State's trip to the tournament last season, and with how well they are playing, head coach Dennis Gates has the Vikings in a good spot as a program. I will roll with Cleveland State tonight.
Pick: Cleveland State -1.5 (-104)
Gonzaga Bulldogs at San Francisco Dons
I have a hard time believing that San Francisco is going to have a counter for Drew Timme and Chet Holmgren. In their last meeting, those two terrorized the Dons with 45 combined points.
The Bulldogs have won 10-straight games over the Dons, and Gonzaga has covered as a double-digit favorite over WCC teams in every game dating back to 2020. While Gonzaga is only 13-11-1 ATS this season, they are cursed with an average spread of 23.8 points per game.
On the season, Gonzaga is the best scoring team in the country (89.5ppg) and has the best scoring margin per game (+24.9). While San Francisco has been really good at home this season, they are not going to have an answer for the best offense in the country. Gonzaga should win, and they should win by a lot of points.
Pick: Gonzaga -10 (-110)
UCLA Bruins at Oregon Ducks
Oregon did a good job of pretending they were a good team over the last month, but they are slowly falling back down to earth. Back-to-back blowout losses to Arizona and Arizona State have signaled the end of Oregon's mini-run to get back into an at-large bid for the tournament.
We cannot ignore what the Ducks have done, but the reality is that they are just not good enough. They are 1-5 ATS in their last six, and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. On the other side, UCLA has covered in four of their last five, and while Oregon took down UCLA earlier in the season, the Bruins had a poor shooting night, which is not that often.
The Bruins are not a great shooting team, but they are ranked 22nd in made field goals per game and they are putting up 76.6 points per game. Oregon is the more rested team and UCLA is starting a three-game road trip, but at the end of the day, I trust UCLA more than Oregon.
The Ducks have covered in 13 of the last 20 against UCLA, but these two teams were trending in opposite directions. With last season's run to the Final Four, UCLA seems to be getting back to a sense of relevancy.
Pick: UCLA -3 (-110)
PARLAY ODDS: (+614) 1 UNIT TO WIN 6.14 UNITS
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