Corrigan's Gambling Corner: College Basketball Best Bets - March 11, 2022
Welcome back to the gambling corner. We are back with some best bets for another wonderful night on the college hoops.
I will tell you what, this has been a great week of college basketball. There have been so many awesome games, great bets, and we have seen plenty of upsets, including Penn State taking down Ohio State, and Oklahoma topping the defending National Champions, Baylor. I see the board so clearly right now, and I really like some of these lines today.
I hope everyone enjoys the day, and if your favorite team advanced in their respective conference tournament, I wish you all the best.
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Here are tonight's plays.
*Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
Michigan State Spartans vs. Wisconsin Badgers
You could tell that the entire dynamic of the Wisconsin team changed when Johnny Davis went down with an injury in the regular-season finale against Nebraska. Unfortunately for the Badgers, losing that game cost them an unshared Big Ten regular-season crown.
However, Davis will be back against Michigan State, and although the Spartans are always a dangerous team, especially in March, having Davis back in the lineup is huge for Wisconsin.
Michigan State got beat up at the end of the season, losing five of their last seven. The Spartans got up by as many as 20 points against Maryland in round one of the tournament, and one of the more undisciplined team's in the country only held on for a four-point victory.
Michigan State does have a pretty solid offense. They are putting up 72.3 points per game, and they are one of the more effective shooting teams in the country. However, Michigan State is ranked 265th in turnovers per game, and their defense is giving up 76.5 points per game over their last four.
With Davis back in the lineup, and Michigan State's struggles, I will ride with the Badgers.
Pick: Wisconsin -3.5 (-106)
Miami Hurricanes at Duke Blue Devils
Miami has been one of the more interesting teams in the country this season. They are incredibly talented with Isaiah Wong, Jordan Miller, Kameron McGusty, and Charlie Moore all threats to go on scoring bursts. Miami even beat Duke earlier this season as a 15-point dog.
Duke also has a powerful starting lineup, but they have often underwhelmed against teams they should blow out. Recently, they lost to North Carolina as double-digit favorites during Coach K's ridiculous retirement party, and Duke had a hard time beating a Syracuse team without Buddy Boeheim.
At the end of the day, Duke has too much firepower, but the Blue Devils are giving out too many points tonight, especially against a good Miami offense. On the season, the Canes are ranked 58th in scoring (74.8), 26th in effective field goal percentage (54.2%), and 27th in shooting efficiency (1.142).
I like Miami to be a hard team to put away, but they will ultimately fall to the better team.
Pick: Miami +9 (-110)
USC Trojans at UCLA Bruins
USC and UCLA split their two meetings this season, with the home team winning each time. On a neutral floor, things certainly change, but the one thing that does not change is the talent on both teams. For the Bruins, Johnny Juzang leads the team in scoring at 16.2 points per game, but the Trojans are holding him to just 10 points per game this season.
However, Juzang is not fully healthy, which plays well for USC. While USC is good on offense, they make their money on the defensive side of the court. The Trojans' defense is ranked 64th in scoring (65.8), 9th in effective field goal percentage (44.5%), and 5th in shooting efficiency (0.956). UCLA certainly has weapons outside of Juzang, but your top-scoring threat being hobbled against a tough defense does not play well.
I think UCLA will come out with the win, but I will ride with the Trojans to cover tonight.
Pick: USC +6 (-110)
PARLAY ODDS: (+608) 1 UNIT TO WIN 6.08 UNITS
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