12/19/2020 NCAAB College Basketball Picks & Predictions

The college basketball season continues and it provides punters with plenty of great betting opportunities.

It is a shortened season, so every game is important. There are some important games this Sunday, including Louisville vs. Wisconsin, Cincinnati vs. Georgia and the blockbuster Iowa vs. Gonzaga.

We are especially excited for Iowa vs. Gonzaga, which features two of the top three teams in the country.

Saturday College Basketball Picks

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs @ Sanford Pentagon

The #3 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes take on the nation’s best team Gonzaga on Sunday morning, and it could be an instant classic.

Gonzaga has played only three games and hasn’t played since beating WVU on the third of this month. However, they are good at shaking off the rust and they will be ready to fire for this game.

Iowa is 6-0 on the season after beating NIU 106-53 last week. Most of their six victories have been comprehensive, but this is their biggest test to date by some margin.

Luka Garza has been a force for Iowa, scoring 29.2 points per game and averaging nine rebounds. He will be a superstar in the NBA and he is the player that could see Iowa get the better of Gonzaga.

The Bulldogs don’t rely on one player, which is why they have been so hard to beat over the last few years. Drew Timme is averaging 23.3 points per game and he’s not even their biggest weapon, which is excellent news for this team.

Iowa has attracted attention with bookmakers this season, but we can’t look past Gonzaga. They have won big games in the past and the 2020 team is full of high-quality players.

Bet: Gonzaga Bulldogs to win

Louisville Cardinals vs. Wisconsin Badgers @ Kohl Center

Two ranked teams do battle as the #23 Louisville Cardinals take on the #12 Wisconsin Badgers in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Wisconsin suffered their first loss of the season last week when failing to Marquette, but they rebounded with a win over Loyola.

Louisville is unbeaten after four games but they have taken on only one team worth noting. That was a one-point win over Seton Hall, so this will be their biggest test.

Both teams rank similarly on the statistical front. There is only a .1 advantage to Louisville in average points scored and a 1.8-point advantage to Louisville defensively.

Wisconsin has more steals and blocks, so they are capable of playing good defense and they get the advantage of playing at home.

There is a limited crowd so it’s not a huge advantage, but it will help them in this matchup. They are 5-0 at home and many are favouring to beat Louisville, who have yet to travel away from their home court.

We are favouring Wisconsin to score a win, but we’re expecting a very close game.

Bet: Wisconsin Badgers to win

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Georgia Bulldogs @ Stegeman Coliseum

An even game is expected on Sunday afternoon as the 2-2 Bearcats take on the unbeaten Georgia Bulldogs.

The 5-0 Bulldogs is coming off a tough game against Samford and they face much harder opposition this Sunday when Cincinnati comes to town.

Cincinnati has lost two games this season, but they came to Xavier and Tennessee. Both are tough teams to beat and they will appreciate the stiff competition coming into this contest.

With that being said, they lost their only game away from home and Georgia has yet to travel. All five wins have come at home, so they could remain unbeaten.

Georgia scores an average of 81.8 points per game, which is much more than the 67.5 points for Cincinnati. That is where this game could be won and lost, as both teams are solid defensively.

The Bearcats will look to control the tempo and make it a slow-paced game. If that happens, they are a chance of winning. However, if the Bulldogs can get out in transition, they should be too good for the visitors.

Punters should lean towards the home team to remain unbeaten for the season.

Bet: George Bulldogs to win

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After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
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