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NCAA College Basketball: Best Bets of the Week

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NCAA college basketball is back and as we get closer to conference play, here are the sides and totals I find most profitable on this jam-packed Saturday slate.

After examining dozens of lines, I have narrowed them down to my college basketball best bets for Saturday, March 6

Pittsburgh vs Clemson: Pittsburgh +8

Pittsburgh vs Clemson Matchup Report

This line is way too big for my liking. Due to recent history within this matchup, oddsmakers are favoring the Tigers much more than they should for this current season. Clemson has covered seven in a row against Pitt, but don’t let that deter you from tailing the Panthers.

This is the best Pitt team we have seen in recent time and they are coming off a statement victory against Wake Forest. The Panthers are a menace on the boards ranking 35th in the country averaging over 39 per contest. Let’s not forget the true talent that coach Jeff Capel has recruited over his three-year stretch.

This team has gotten better every year now featuring a backcourt junior guard combo of Xavier Johnson and Au’Diese Toney who have held their own all year. This team, truly led by future-NBA talent Justin Champagnie has beaten Syracuse twice, Duke, and Virginia Tech. Eight points are far too many against a team that has as slow of a tempo as Clemson. The underdog should cover here as one of my NCAA Best Bets 

Oklahoma State vs West Virginia: West Virginia -6

Oklahoma State vs West Virginia Matchup Report

It’s wild to think that missing just one player is enough to make me side with the opposing team. Well, when the future top draft pick Cade Cunningham isn’t in the lineup, I have no problem laying the small number in this spot. The entire Cowboy offense circles around Cunningham, and due to an ankle sprain against Baylor late in the second half, this team will miss his presence largely.

West Virginia has also been on an offensive tear in the past month coming into this contest averaging an impressive 77.5 points per game. Helping our cause is the fact that Bob Huggins and his Mountaineers have simply dominated the Cowboys with this same roster. In the last three matchups, West Virginia has won by an average of almost 12 points per game. Look for a similar outcome Saturday afternoon. Mountaineers roll at home. 

Butler vs Creighton: OVER 133

Butler vs Creighton Matchup Report

Prior to their last two contests, the Bluejays have had some of the best offensive performances in the country. Creighton still finds itself well inside the top 50 in the nation for total points and field goal percentage. In fact, Creighton’s total has been set at over the 140 mark in nine straight contests. On the other end, Butler should be entering this contest with all sorts of confidence after its double-digit victory over Villanova.

Sure Butler’s offense has been a major question mark this season, but defensively it still has been a liability. The Bulldogs rank outside the top 250 in defensive field goal percentage. That along with a phenomenal Creighton offense is a recipe for the OVER Saturday night in Omaha.

UNLV vs Wyoming: UNLV +1

UNLV vs Wyoming Matchup Report

The Runnin’ Rebels deserve far more respect than this. Heading to Wyoming as an underdog? To me, this line is judging both teams' recent stretch with a magnifying glass. UNLV has just covered three of its last 12 while Wyoming has covered four out of five. Far too much love for a Wyoming team that has lost conference games by double digits six times this season.

The reality is, Wyoming has had a much easier strength of schedule and is playing a team that they have only beaten once in the last seven meetings. Keep in mind UNLV started this season as healthy underdogs in six out of its first seven contests playing the likes of North Carolina and Alabama. Don’t underestimate the Runnin' Rebels. I wouldn’t be surprised if they take this one by double digits on the road. 

Duke vs North Carolina: UNDER 148

Duke vs North Carolina Matchup Report

This total screams trap! The majority of the public will be remembering the first matchup earlier this season looking at a true offensive outlier performance. In the last five games that the Tar Heels have been favorites, they have held opponents to an average of 65.2 points per game. Sure, Duke has found a rhythm as of late, but UNC’s length really should bother the Blue Devils.

Do not overvalue their first matchup when Duke simply dictated the pace at home. Not to mention, both teams combined to sink more than half of their three-point attempts. This total sadly is too good to be true. The Tar Heels will play their tempo really getting into offensive sets deep in the shot clock. A tight low 70’s matchup is in the making. UNDER is the play on this ESPN primetime ACC rivalry as we fade the public.