01/09/2021 NCAAB College Basketball Picks & Predictions

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

Big games are scheduled for Sunday, including Ohio State vs. Rutgers, Texas vs. West Virginia, and Baylor vs. TCU.

All three games will create national attention and we have our best bets available.

Saturday College Basketball Picks

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights @ Rutgers Athletic Center

Rutgers started their season with a 7-1 record, but back-to-back losses to Iowa and Michigan State, they are in trouble of falling down the rankings.

The Scarlet Knights has already suffered a loss to Ohio State earlier this season, but they are the ranked side coming up against an unranked Buckeyes outfit.

Ohio State is 8-3 following a 17-point loss to Minnesota, so they are another team that needs to bounce back from disappointment.

However, they scored an 80-68 win over Rutgers four games ago and that will be fresh in the minds of their opposition on Sunday.

Revenge games often go the way of the team that lost, so that plays in favour of Rutgers, who also get home court advantage.

There is virtually nothing separating these teams statistically and we are expecting a close game. However, Rutgers has revenge on their mind and they could be fractionally too good for Ohio State in this situation.

Bookmakers will likely have this game as a $1.85 split, which represents value for the home side.

Bet: Rutgers to win

Texas Longhorns vs. West Virginia Mountaineers @ WVU Coliseum

Texas is showing why they are the fourth best team in the country after rattling off four consecutive wins.

The Longhorns lost to Villanova by four points before beating the likes of Oklahoma State and Kansas in recent weeks. The Oklahoma State game is a good betting guide because West Virigina is also coming off a recent win.

The Mountaineers trailed the Cowboys by 19 points in the second half but produced one of the greatest comebacks in their history. They turned a 19-point deficit into a three-point win, and it came on the back of stout defence.

West Virginia is a team capable of going deep in March’s tournament and the game earlier this week was a massive confidence boost after posting losses to Oklahoma and Kansas.

The Moutaineers boasts a quality team across the court, headlined by Miles McBride and Derek Culver. The future NBA draft picks have combined well and McBridge is shooting 44.5% from the field, which is a nice average.

They rely heavily on offensive rebounding, which was the catalyst to their win against the Cowboys. The same goes for Texas, which averages 41 rebounds per game.

Matt Coleman is going for only 13.7 points per game, but it’s more of a team effort for the Longhorns. They spread the offence, which makes them tough to defeat.

We think West Virginia is too classy on the defensive end to lose this game. They are coming off a sensational comeback win, so look for that momentum to carry over to Sunday.

Bet: West Virginia to win

Baylor Bears vs. TCU Horned Frogs @ Schollmaier Arena

The Baylor Bears put their unbeaten 10-0 record on the line this Sunday against a dangerous TCU Horned Frogs teams.

Baylor is the second-best team in the country behind only Gonzaga, but many believe the Bears are the best team. They scored a comfortable 76-61 win over Oklahoma earlier this week and that was a good test of their ability.

They haven’t faced the toughest teams in NCAA basketball so far, but TCU should provide them with a stern challenge.

The Horned Frogs are 9-3 following a loss to Kansas, but they rattled off four consecutive wins prior to that, including a win over Kansas State.

The level of opposition hasn’t quite been there for TCU and they were thrashed by Kansas, but they can get hot at any moment.

Most of the money is with the Baylor Bears and that’s hardly surprising. They are one of the best teams in the competition and there aren’t many weak points to note.

We expect bookmakers to have the Bears as firm favourites and they are an obvious multi-bet inclusion this weekend.

Bet: Baylor Bears to win

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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.