Sports Interaction betting analyst Frank Doyle makes his picks from the high-quality matchups in tonight’s college hoops.
This is a great night for College basketball. Four of the top five teams in the nation are playing tonight. All of these teams are in contention to cut down the nets in Houston in a month’s time.
First up is Texas A&M taking on the Kansas Jayhawks in the Phog Allen Fieldhouse. Sports Interaction makes Kansas a -13 home favorite, and Kansas has dominated the Aggies historically. A&M was on a roll but they lost to Baylor on Saturday. Phog Allen Fieldhouse is a tough place to go to bounce back but Texas A&M cannot lose two on the trot and, while they might not win, they will fight like dogs for their season. The Aggies +13 at Kansas with Sports Interaction is the pick.
Jimmer Fredette and four other guys are ranked third in the nation, and BYU will be a warm home favorite at home to New Mexico tonight once the line is posted. The delay is due to the suspension of sophomore forward Brandon Davies for a violation of the BYU honor code, but it’s doubtful if Davies’ absence will affect the line that much. BYU is about the Jimmer after all and, even though New Mexico beat BYU in Albuquerque in January, BYU can open up New Mexico tonight. BYU -13 against New Mexico with Sports Interaction is the pick.
Duke is in a peculiar position tonight. The Blue Devils lost to VA Tech in a shocker on Saturday, so taking it out on an in-state rival at home would seem like an obvious thing to do, not least when you have a long history of pasting that in-state rival.
But Coach K is aware that a trip to Chapel Hill and Duke’s greatest rival ends Duke’s season, and he wouldn’t be human if, with all respect to the Tigers, the Dukies weren’t talking Clemson as seriously. Clemson +13 at Duke with Sports Interaction is the pick.
Finally – Pittsburgh is a -10.5 point favorite at South Florida tonight. Pittsburgh wins the Big East outright if it can beat South Florida, and South Florida’s record against ranked teams is very poor. Pittsburgh will hit the Bulls with all they’ve got. Pittsburgh -10.5 at South Florida with Sports Interaction is the final pick of the week.