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College basketball best bets and NCAAB expert picks of the week are here!

NCAA college basketball is heating up and as we continue through the conference tournaments. Here are the sides that I find most profitable on this jam-packed Saturday slate of March 12, 2022.

After examining dozens of lines, I have narrowed them down to my college basketball best bets.

March 12: Indiana vs Iowa

Indiana Hoosiers vs Iowa Hawkeyes Matchup Report

Our first bet of the day we go to the Big Ten semi-finals where the Indiana Hoosiers and Iowa Hawkeyes face off. Indiana is coming off an upset win over the 16th-ranked Illinois Fighting Illini, while Iowa is also coming off 10-point win over Rutgers.

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In the team's only meeting this season, Iowa came out on top with a 83-74 victory on January 13th. The star in that game was potential player of the year, Keegan Murray, who recorded 29 points to go along with 11 boards. The Hoosiers top player, Trayce Jackson-Davis recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

A big difference in the game was free throws. Indiana was 13/21 (62%) at the line, while Iowa was 21/25 (84%). For the season, the Hoosiers rank tied for 249th in the nation at 69.5 percent, while the Hawkeyes rank tied for 62nd at 75.1 percent. This could be of significance once again today.

Iowa is the favorite in this one, and deservedly so. They have had a ton of success as the favorite this season going 21-5. While Indiana, on the other hand, has really struggled as an underdog going 3-7 on the season.

The Hawkeyes offence has been unstoppable as of late as they have won seven of their last eight games. Keegan Murray has been on a mission in March averaging 24.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, and two blocks per game in his four appearances. I don't think the Hoosiers are going to be able to compete with this Hawkeyes offence. Give me the Hawkeyes with the points.

Best Bet: Iowa -6 (-110)


March 12: Richmond vs Dayton

Richmond Spiders vs Dayton Flyers Matchup Report

For our second bet of the night, we move over to the A10 semi-final matchup between the Richmond Spiders and the Dayton Flyers. Both of these teams are playing very well at the moment, as Richmond is coming off a double-digit upset victory over the VCU Rams, while Dayton took care of business winning their first tournament game 75-72.

Dayton will be the favorite in this one. A spot that they are quite familiar with winning 16 of their 22 games as a favorite. Richmond, hasn't faired well as an underdog, as they have lost six of their eight games when in that position.

The strategy and game plan for both teams should be fresh in eachothers minds as the last matchup was just 11 days ago on March 1st. In that game, the Flyers came out on top with a 55-53 victory. 

The Flyers have had the Spiders number over the years, as they have won nine of the last 10 meetings and have gone 7-2-1 ATS in those games. Richmond has gone 1-4 ATS in their last five games and have gone 1-4 ATS in their last five games as an underdog. Dayton, on the other hand, is 7-2 ATS in their last nine games, winning eight of those games. They are also 6-2 ATS in their last eight games as a favorite.

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The key player to watch for in this one is Dayton forward, Daron Holmes. Holmes is coming off an exceptional performance where he recorded a season-high 28 points points on a ridiculous 80 percent shooting from the field (12/15).

Dayton is the better overall team, so I like them at this small number. The cinderalla run by Richmond comes to an end tonight in Washington at Capitol One Arena.

Best Bet: Dayton -2 (-115)


March 12: UCLA vs Arizona

UCLA Bruins vs Arizona Wildcats Matchup Report

For our final bet of the night, we are heading to the Pac-12 Championship game where we will be seeing the UCLA Bruins take on the Arizona Wildcats. UCLA is playing their best basketball of the season, winning five straight games by an average margin of 15.4 points. Arizona has been dominant all year, leading college basketball with an average win margin of 17.3 points.

One of the main reasons why I like the Bruins in this one is because of their experience dating back to last March. UCLA is 7-1 ATS in their last eight games in the month of March, dating back to last season. This team is very familiar with the big stage, advancing all the way to the Final Four last season before losing to Gonzaga.

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The Bruins also own the head-to-head recent matchups as they have gone 6-1 SU and ATS in their last seven meetings. However, the teams split their two meetings this season, with both home teams winning those games handily. Now, we get these two teams on a neutral court for all the marbles. 

One of the stars in UCLA's run last season is really coming into his own right now as guard, Jaime Jacquez Jr., is averaging 23 points and 7.3 rebounds in his three games in March.

According to KenPom, the teams are both top teams as Arizona is ranked third in adjusted efficiency margin, while UCLA is ranked seventh. However, UCLA has faced much stiffer competition ranking 44th in strength of schedule rating, while Arizona ranks 74th, respectively.

The Bruins are playing outstanding basketball as of late, so a lot of momentum is on their side. That combined with their experience on this stage, make them a great bet as slight underdogs in this one.

Best Bet: UCLA ML (+105)

NCAAB Best Bets Record: 21-8-1