01/26/2021 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 Oklahoma vs. Texas, Kentucky vs. Alabama, and North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh.

It’s a big day for NCAAB, and the top-25 landscape will change. As March Madness gets closer, wins become more important.

Punters have been loving the college action, so let’s see which teams you should bet on this Tuesday.

Tuesday College Basketball Picks

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns @ Frank Erwin Center

A quality battle kicks off college basketball Wednesday as the Oklahoma Sooners travel to Texas to face the Longhorns.

Oklahoma comes off a win over Kansas, which ranks highly this season. It was its third consecutive win, so the Sooners are trending in the right direction.

Texas is the fifth-ranked team in the country, and they haven’t done much wrong this season. A recent two-point loss to Texas Tech was a blip on the 11-2 season, which includes wins over Kansas and West Virginia.

Texas has a team that could go all the way this season, but statistically, it matches up evenly with Oklahoma. Texas scores 76.2 points and gives up 65.2, whereas Oklahoma scores 77.5 and gives up 66.9 points.

Punters should see a competitive game on Wednesday, but which team comes out ahead? We are using the Kansas game as a guide for both teams, which gives Texas an edge.

Oklahoma beat the Jayhawks by seven points on Sunday, but Texas beat Kansas by 25 points in Kansas earlier this month. That was an incredible game, and with Texas playing at home, they should be too good.

Bet: Texas –4.5

Kentucky Wildcats vs. Alabama Crimson Tide @ Coleman Coliseum

Alabama currently leads the tough Southeastern Conference at 8-0, and is ahead of Missouri, LSU and Florida.

It has been a successful season for the Crimson Tide at 13-3, and we think they have been harshly rated as the 18th-ranked side in the competition. We would have them pushing the top 10, but a win over Kentucky should see the ranking improve.

Alabama comes off wins over Mississippi State and LSU, and the win over LSU was impressive. LSU is a tough team, but Alabama put them away by 30 points.

Kentucky is having a tough season at 5-9, but it’s also coming off a win over LSU. The 82-69 performance should give them confidence heading into this game.

Alabama and Kentucky have already met this season, with Alabama scoring an 85-65 win. The 20-point differential is important, because bookmakers have the line set at 8.5 for this game.

John Calipari rarely has a team that misses out on March Madness, but with another loss to Alabama on Wednesday, it could very well happen.

We think the Crimson Tide have too many guns for Kentucky, and another 20-point win could be on the cards.

Bet: Alabama –8.5

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Pittsburgh Panthers @ Petersen Events Center

North Carolina isn’t the force it used to be, but at 10-5, the Tar Heels are still a chance of making the tournament.

They suffered a loss to Florida State two weeks ago, but rebounded with consecutive victories over Wake Forest and North Carolina State. The 10-point win over NC State holds them in good stead to face Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh was going along nicely and they looked like a top-25 contender. However, a recent loss to Wake Forest has set them back considerably.

Prior to the loss, the Panthers scored wins over Syracuse and Duke. Those wins were top-quality performances, so it was strange to see them lose to a team like Wake Forest.

Justin Champagnie is a star in the making for the Panthers, and his 19.9 points and 12.4 rebounds will take them a long way. He is a future NBA prospect, and if he plays well, Pittsburgh could get the job done.

Bookmakers have installed North Carolina as the $1.70 favourites, but the value is with Pittsburgh. They play at home, and they’re capable of bouncing back from a tough one-point defeat.

The $2 for a home team is worth taking, and we’re hoping Champagnie has another big game.

Bet: Pittsburgh 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.