02/23/2021 NCAAB College Basketball Picks & Predictions

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

We have college basketball betting predictions for Illinois vs. Michigan State, West Virginia vs. TCU and Kansas vs. Texas.

With March Madness only a few weeks away, every game holds significant importance, which makes for great viewing.

College Basketball Picks

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Michigan State Spartans @ Breslin Centre

Illinois clings to a top-five position in the NCAAB rankings after going on a winning streak. The Fighting Illini have lost five games this season, but a recent turnaround has helped them significantly.

They have beaten the likes of Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota over the last two weeks, which is good form heading into the tournament.

Consistency hasnโ€™t been easy for Michigan State, but the Spartans come off an impressive win over Indiana. The 78-71 performance was their best of the season and it could spark them for the rest of the competition.

Being seven games back from Michigan in the Big Ten Conference isnโ€™t what they wanted, but they can still cause upsets over the likes of Illinois.

Stopping Illinois is easier said than done at the moment and it has come through some tough road games. Two of its last three road games have gone to overtime with Illinois coming out on top.

We expect them to get the better of Michigan State, but it should be closer than expected.

Bet: Illinois Fighting Illini to win

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. TCU Horned Frogs @ Schollmaier Arena

West Virginia suffered a minor setback when losing to Oklahoma in double-overtime, but it bounced back with an impressive 84-82 win over Texas.

That performance came on the road and it was a gutsy effort, which holds them in good stead against a team like TCU.

The Horned Frogs are 11-9 on the season following consecutive losses to Texas and Kansas State. The loss to the Wildcats wasnโ€™t an accurate reflection of their ability, so a better effort is expected on Wednesday.

TCU had previously scored back-to-back wins over Oklahoma State and Iowa State, which is a much better form guide for this contest.

The Mountaineers score 77.8 points per game and allow only 72.4 points, which gives them the advantage over TCU, which scores only 68.3 points.

If Miles McBride and Derek Culver can continue to play solid basketball, the Mountaineers should be too good for TCU, despite playing on the road.

TCUโ€™s recent loss to Kansas State is a major concern and West Virginia has eyes on a good seed in the tournament next month, so losing to TCU isnโ€™t an option.

Bet: West Virginia Mountaineers to win

Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Longhorns @ Frank Erwin Center

Two top-20 teams battle on Wednesday as the Longhorns hope to turn their form around against the in-form Jayhawks.

Texas has lost three of its last five games, including a disappointing double-overtime loss to Oklahoma State. That was a game they should have won, but we donโ€™t blame them for losing to Baylor and West Virginia.

However, if Texas wants to be a force in the tournament next month, it will need to revert back to its form from earlier this season.

Kansas has rattled off a lengthy winning streak which continued with a 67-61 win over Texas Tech last week. They have battled back from a mid-season slump, and despite losing seven games, they are a title contender.

Itโ€™s a team effort for the Jayhawks and the ball is spread around a quality team of shooters. They are also talented on the defensive side of the ball, which could stop the Texas offence.

Andrew Jones has been a revelation for Texas, but they need the confidence to return. If Texas can rediscover its best form, it will have a slight edge in this matchup at home.

Bet: Texas Longhorns 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.