We have betting tips for three of the best college basketball games on Thursday, which features some quality games.
Our feature games include Oral Roberts vs TCU, Washington vs Arizona and Saint Mary’s vs Utah State.
College Basketball Picks
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles vs TCU Horned Frogs @ Schollmaier Arena
The TCU Horned Frogs have made a good start to their season with five wins and one loss.
They couldn’t get past Santa Clara is a disappointing effort, but after beating Pepperdine and Austin Peay, they are in good stead against Oral Roberts.
The Golden Eagles are 4-3 and haven’t been able to replicate their form from last season. A recent win over Tulsa could give them confidence going forward, and their loss to Oklahoma State stands out.
It was a tough overtime loss by one point, but Oklahoma State is a top-level team. Therefore, punters should get value odds for the visitors.
Oral Roberts is scoring 87.4 points per game, compared to 71.7 for TCU. That’s where it could get the advantage and score an upset win.
Bet: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles
Washington Huskies vs Arizona Wildcats @ McKale Center
The Arizona Wildcats are unbeaten and pushing for a top inside the top 10 college basketball rankings.
They scored a statement win over Wichita State in overtime before doubling down and beating Michigan by 18 points.
It was a terrific victory and it holds them in good stead against the 4-4 Washington Huskies, who have struggled over the last week.
Washington lost to Nevada and Winthrop, so it’s not good form coming into this game. The Huskies are scoring only 72.6 points per game, which has been the reason for their struggles.
Arizona averages 91.5 points and only 57.7 on defence, so the Wildcats should score a comfortable double-digit victory on Friday.
Bookmakers should have the line around 12.5, so take the Wildcats to thrash the Huskies in a one-sided affair.
Bet: Arizona Wildcats
Saint Mary’s Gaels vs Utah State Aggies @ Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
A tight game is expected between the Gaels and Aggies, which could come down to the final possession.
Saint Mary’s is 7-1 after losing to Wisconsin last week, but the 61-55 performance is nothing to be ashamed about. Wisconsin is a top-level team this season and the Gaels pushed them close, so credit where credit is due.
It also scored a win over Oregon and Notre Dame, so the form lines are good for the WCC team.
Utah State is 6-1 after winning six games on the bounce. The Aggies scored an impressive win over Indiana and followed it up with wins over UT Arlington and a second division team, so they were easy kills.
Justin Bean leads the team in points and rebounds, so he’s the key player. The forward is shooting at 67.8 percent from the field, so if the Gaels are to keep this game close, they’ll need to shut down Bean.
Saint Mary’s is the better defensive team, but we’re seeing offence take charge at the college basketball level. Utah State has more scoring options and that could be the difference.
Bet: Utah State Aggies
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