01/18/2021 NCAAB College Basketball Picks & Predictions

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

Kansas vs. Baylor is the marquee game this week, as two top-10 teams do battle. We preview the game and provide our best betting tips.

We also look at St. John’s vs. Uconn and Florida State vs. Louisville.

Monday College Basketball Picks

St John’s Red Storm vs. Uconn Huskies @ Gampel Pavillion

St John’s might have a disappointing 7-7 record, but the Red Storm have been competing well against tough college basketball teams.

They bounced back from a loss to Creighton by beating Butler 69-57. Butler has since defeated Creighton in overtime on Sunday, so it’s a good form guide.

A stiffer test approaches as the Red Storm take on 7-1 Uconn, which bounced back from a loss to Creighton with four consecutive victories.

Wins over Marquette and Butler have put the Huskies back into a top-25 spot, and their only loss this season came in overtime by two points.

James Bouknight is scoring over 20 points per game, and although they are light in other position, he is doing enough for the Huskies to win.

However, St John’s is capable of producing an upset and this won’t be an easy game for Uconn. Julian Champagnie is playing well with 20.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

We wouldn’t be surprised to see St John’s keep this close.

Bet: St John’s + points

Florida State Seminoles vs. Louisville Cardinals @ KFC Yum Center

Florida State vs. Louisville is always a good matchup, and both teams enter this game with excellent records.

Louisville lost its second game of the season against Miami last week, but they had gone on a lengthy winning streak prior to that.

Quality wins over Virginia Tech and Kentucky see them ranked inside the top-20, which is where the Seminoles hope to end up.

Florida State bounced back from a loss to Clemson with wins over NC State and North Carolina. The win over NC State came by an incredible margin of 32 points, which was their best performance of the season.

They are scoring 79.1 points per game and allowing 69.7 points. It ranks slightly better than Louisville’s 71.2 points scored and 64.4 points given up.

The Cardinals’ loss to Miami could have depleted their confidence, and facing an in-form Florida State isn’t what they will be wanting.

We expect bookmakers to have Louisville as favourites, but the value will be with the Seminoles.

Bet: Florida State Seminoles to win

Kansas Jayhawks vs. Baylor Bears @ Ferrell Center

Two of the best teams in college basketball square off on Tuesday, as the 10-3 Jayhawks face the unbeaten Baylor Bears.

Kansas comes off a 75-70 loss to Oklahoma State, but we believe they were looking ahead to this game. Expect a better-prepared team this time around, but they’ll need to improve.

Baylor is unbeaten after 12 games, and after facing easy teams for a while, wins over TCU and Oklahoma have shown its quality.

The Bears scored a 67-49 win over TCU, and this will be their toughest test this season. However, there is no reason why Baylor won’t be able to rise to the challenge.

Jared Butler and Davion Mitchell are playing superb basketball, and it’s more about a team effort with the Bears. The same goes for Kansas, who don’t rely on one player to get the job done.

Stylistically, these teams matchup evenly. They are both capable of playing lockdown defence, and scoring isn’t a problem. Baylor scores 89 points per game and Kansas 76.4.

We give the edge to Baylor, who are 5-0 in the conference and looking to put some space between them and the Texas Longhorns.

Bookmakers should have Baylor around $1.40 for this game, and any head-to-head price around that mark is good shopping.

Bet: Baylor Bears 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.