02/17/2021 NCAAB College Basketball Picks & Predictions

The college basketball season continues in the US with three quality games this Wednesday.

We have college basketball betting predictions for Texas vs. Oklahoma, Arizona State vs. USC and Minnesota vs. Indiana.

Despite the mass postponements, these three games will go ahead, so punters can enjoy the action out of the US.

College Basketball Picks

Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners @ Lloyd Noble Center

Texas and Oklahoma are two of the best teams in the NCAA and weโ€™re expecting an epic contest on Thursday.

Oklahoma is 13-5 following wins over Iowa State and West Virginia. The only loss suffered from its last five games came to Texas Tech by five points, so the record speaks for itself.

Texas was a top four team at one stage before losing three consecutive games to Oklahoma, Baylor and Oklahoma State.

The Longhorns have since won consecutive games and although they lost to Oklahoma last month, it was only a one-point game.

The Sooners come off a double-overtime win, which could work against them. Overtime games take their toll, and this is a physical Texas outfit.

Texas is more than capable of getting back to its best form and we like its chances of scoring an upset to start college basketball Thursday.

Bet: Texas Longhorns to win

Arizona State Sun Devils vs. USC Trojans @ Galen Centre

USC is making a run and the Trojans are now a ranked college basketball team. Recent wins over the likes of Washington State, UCLA and Stanford bode well for this team.

Despite being in a relatively weak PAC-12 conference, USC has emerged as a quality team that could make a deep March Madness run.

The 17-3 record shouldnโ€™t be overlooked and it has been defense which has stood up. They allow only 63.3 points per game and score at an average of 75.4 points.

Compare that to the Sun Devils 76.6 points allowed per game, and there is a clear difference between these two teams.

Arizona State is 7-9 after an interrupted campaign. The Sun Devils havenโ€™t lived up to expectations, but they did score a 75-73 win over Oregon State last time on court.

They are a team capable of producing an upset, especially if Remy Martin gets hot. He averages 19.2 points per game, and heโ€™s good enough to counter the quality play of Evan Mobley and his brother for the Trojans.

A close game is expected and punters should get value odds for Arizona State to cover the spread.

Bet: Arizona State with points

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Indiana Hoosiers @ Simon Skjodt Hall

Both Minnesota and Indiana looked likely to have a big season, but recent results havenโ€™t all gone to plan.

Minnesota is 13-8 after losing three of its last five games and Indiana is 11-9 after losing three of its last five. The Gophers come off a 72-59 loss to Maryland, which followed consecutive wins over Nebraska and Purdue.

Indiana comes off a big loss to Ohio State, but that came against one of the best teams in the country. A loss was expected against the Buckeyes and it came on the back of two impressive wins.

The Hoosiers defeated Iowa and Northwestern, with the win over Iowa ranking highly this season. Two of their last five losses have come by less than five points, so the record could have been much better.

Indiana has home court advantage for this game and given the recent struggles of Minnesota, they could have too much class on Thursday.

Look for a betting lead with bookmakers, but we expect Indiana to be paying around $1.40 to notch another win at home.

Bet: Indiana Hoosiers to win

Daryl Curnow
About the Author: Daryl Curnow

After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. Coupled with his love of US sport, Daryl’s picks have been featured on various websites around the world and viewed by millions of readers. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NBA, NFL, and college sports. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.