The college basketball season continues in the US and it provides punters with plenty of great betting opportunities.
“Bubbleville” has been exciting for punters and we preview three more NCAAB games this Tuesday.
Creighton vs. Kansas, Miami vs. Purdue and Iowa vs. North Carolina are all on the cards, and we have our best betting predictions and tips.
Tuesday College Basketball Picks
Creighton Bluejays vs. Kansas Jayhawks @ Allen Fieldhouse
Markets for this game opened on Monday afternoon and the Kansas Jayhawks were $1.45 favourites. However, strong money has come for Creighton in the last few hours and it could be telling.
Kansas is now $1.55 to win and drifting, so expect the current favourites to push out to around $1.70 come game time.
The Jayhawks owns a 4-1 record and they are currently the #7 team in the country. Their only loss came to the top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs before beating four teams that are struggling.
Their best win during that stretch came against Kentucky. However, Kentucky is struggling this season and they won by only three points.
Creighton hasn’t faced much in terms of opposition for their 3-0 record, but their last two wins have been impressive on the scoring front.
The Bluejays have scored 94 and 93 points in their last two games, so there is plenty of scoring ability. Leading the way is Christian Bishop with 15 points per game, who will need to keep up with Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji, who averages 16.2 points per game.
It should be a close game but we are sticking with Kansas. They are always one of the best teams in the country and playing on their home court will only help their chances.
Bet: Kansas Jayhawks to win
Purdue Boilermakers vs. Miami Hurricanes @ Watsco Centre
The Miami Hurricanes are unbeaten at 2-0, but they’re about to face their toughest challenge of the season.
Facing North Florida and Stetson didn’t provide this quality team with much opposition. However, the Boilermakers are 3-1 and should provide a much stiffer test for this team.
Purdue is coming off a tough win over Valparaiso where they won by seven points. It wasn’t the most polished effort but a good second-half performance got the job done.
Their only loss for the season came against a tough Clemson outfit, so there is plenty to like about how their season is progressing. They are the slight favourites for this game at $1.85, but there is better value with Miami.
The Hurricanes aren’t always the easiest team to follow, but they are better than Purdue in the most important statistical categories this season.
They are better than Purdue in points scored, points against, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. It is tough to look past a team that dominates the stats and although it’s only a two-game sample, it’s what we’re going with.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see Miami firm in significantly as game time approaches.
Bet: Miami Hurricanes to win
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Iowa Hawkeyes @ Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Two ranked teams do battle on Wednesday as the #3 Hawkeyes face off against the #14 Tar Heels.
Iowa is unbeaten at 3-0 after beating three lowly teams, so they haven’t been fully tested. However, they are averaging 99.7 points per game, so it’s safe to say they are playing very well.
North Carolina has had the tougher schedule and their only loss came to Texas last week. It was a close two-point game, so they didn’t lose any admirers.
The best player in college basketball is Luka Garza and he plays for Iowa. The centre is averaging an incredible 34 points per game and the future top draft pick is a beast on the boards as well.
Iowa will look to feed their best player throughout the game and the only thing stopping him will be foul trouble.
For North Carolina, they will look to Garrison Brooks for offense. He is averaging 12.3 points per game and it’s more of a combined team effort for this outfit.
North Carolina are a dangerous team when they make shots, but the value is with Iowa. They are the better side and they could threaten for the title this season.
Bet: Iowa Hawkeyes –3.5
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