Corrigan's Gambling Corner: 3 College Basketball Best Bets: +581 Parlay Odds - Feb. 28, 2022
Welcome back to the gambling corner. We are back with some best bets for another wonderful night on the college hoops.
There are not a lot of games tonight, but there are some great matchups in store for us. Every team only has a couple of games remaining in the regular season, and the final pushes for the top seeds in the conference tournaments are in full swing. We can expect a lot of great action and a lot of great lines to bet on.
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 North Carolina Tar Heels
The Tar Heels have been playing some good basketball lately while Syracuse got blitzed by Duke over the weekend. The Orange have only covered once in their last five, and they have only won twice in their last 12 matchups with North Carolina.
Meanwhile, North Carolina has won three straight games, and five of their last six. In those games, they are putting up 76.5 points per game. Syracuse has looked good at times this season, and they started this February as winners of six of their first seven games. However, Syracuse's defense is allowing 74.8 points per game, and teams are shooting 42.6% from the field and 33.8% from deep on them.
Originally, North Carolina was giving out too many points for me, but I love this explosive North Carolina offense over Syracuse's weak defense. At the Dean Dome this season, North Carolina has won seven of their 10 games, and Syracuse has only won three times on the road this season.
I like the Heels to stay hot at home, and for Syracuse to have a long night on the defensive end of the court.
Pick: North Carolina -8.5 (-110)
Kansas State Wildcats at Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech has been a monster at home this season. They have covered in 14 of their 17 home games this season, and they have yet to lose SU on their home court. However, Kansas State is 7-3 ATS in their 10 road games this season, and they have covered in five of the last six matchups with Texas Tech.
While Texas Tech is certainly the better team, and the fact they are coming off a disappointing loss to TCU, the total has a lot more value in this game. The total has gone over in four of the last five matchups between these two teams, and the over has cashed in five straight for Kansas State.
Over their last five games, Kansas State is averaging 77.6 points per game. Texas Tech only scores 73.1 points per game, which is ranked 100th in the country, but they are a great shooting team. On the season, the Red Raiders are ranked 64th in effective field goal percentage, 27th in shooting percentage, 75th in shooting efficiency, and they are shooting 55.7% inside the paint.
Kansas State only allows teams to shoot 29.6% from deep, but they are allowing teams to shoot 42.6% from the field. Even though Texas Tech's defense is among the best in the country, Kansas State is hot right now, and I fully trust both teams to score enough to push this one over.
Pick: Over 133.5 (-110)
Baylor Bears at Texas Longhorns
The injuries are starting to pile up for Baylor, but this is still a great team. The Bears are ranked 28th in scoring, 46th in effective field goal percentage, 37th in shooting percentage, and 18th in made field goals per game.
Their offense is not the only dominating part of this team, however, as the defense is ranked 23rd in scoring, 58th in made field goals per game, and they are inside the top-100 in effective field goal percentage, three-point percentage, shooting percentage, shooting efficiency, and forced turnovers per game.
On the other side, Texas has won three of their last four, but that defense is giving up 71.5 points per game. That is not necessarily a lot of points, but for a team that only allows 58.8 points per game, it is not very great. The Longhorns' defense is still ranked fourth in scoring, 50th in effective field goal percentage, 41st in shooting efficiency, and eight in made field goals per game, but their recent struggles are not a great sign heading into tonight.
Baylor has only covered three times in their last nine, but they have won five straight against Texas, and they covered in four of those games. Texas has only covered once in their last seven home games against Baylor, and although the injuries are not a great sign for the Bears, they are deep enough as a team to make up for it, and they will come out with another win against Texas this season.
Pick: Baylor -1 (-115)
PARLAY ODDS: (+581) 1 UNIT TO WIN 5.81 UNITS
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