The college basketball season continues in the US with three quality games this Friday.
Tournament action is in full swing and we haven’t even got to the March Madness tournament yet.
A full card of games is available for punters on Saturday and we preview Maryland vs Michigan, Mississippi State vs Alabama and South Florida vs Wichita State.
College Basketball Picks
Maryland Terrapins vs Michigan Wolverines @ Lucas Oil Stadium
Maryland enters this game having battled back to beat Michigan State on Friday morning. It now needs to be the tough Michigan Wolverines to make the Big Ten Tournament Semifinal.
The Terrapins went 16-12 throughout the season, but they were only 9-11 in Big Ten Conference play. Compare that record to Michigan’s 14-3, and that’s where this game could be decided.
Michigan has been one of the best teams in the country this season, despite losing to Michigan State earlier this month. They bounced back with a 70-64 win over the Spartans, which sets up a clash against Maryland.
The Wolverines have already beaten Maryland twice this season. They won 84-73 at Maryland in January before doubling down and winning 87-63 at home.
Their form hasn’t dipped too much throughout the year and although two losses from their last three games, they were tough opponents.
Punters should expect the Wolverines to be firm favourites for the Saturday morning game and cover the spread. They are the better team and going 3-0 against Maryland is on the cards.
Bet: Michigan Wolverines to win
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Alabama Crimson Tide @ Bridgestone Arena
The Mississippi State Bulldogs played their way into the SEC Quarterfinals with an upset win over Kentucky on Friday.
Despite being an underdog for the game, the Bulldogs pulled off a 74-73 win over the Wildcats and it was a confident display from the 15-13 team.
They will need to call on that confidence when facing Alabama on Saturday. The number six-ranked team in the country boasts an athletic group that scored 21 wins this season.
The Crimson Tide went 16-2 in the conference and they come off three consecutive wins over Mississippi State, Auburn and Georgia. Having already beaten the Bulldogs is ideal, but it was a close five-point contest.
Most of the damage has been done by Jaden Shackelford and Herbert Jones. Shackelford leads the team with 14.4 points per game and Jones chimes in with 6.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
It’s a team game for Alabama, which scored just under 80 points per game. That is 11 points more on average than the Bulldogs, but Mississippi State has better defensive numbers.
There isn’t much between these teams on paper, but our confidence is with Alabama. They come with many more threats than Kentucky, so the Bulldogs should find this much harder.
Take the Crimson Tide to continue their winning streak in the SEC.
Bet: Alabama Crimson Tide to win
South Florida Bulls vs Wichita State Shockers @ Dickies Arena
It has been an interrupted season for the Wichita State Shockers, but they know how to win the big games in the AAC.
The Shockers are 15-4 following a string of seven consecutive wins. The only recent loss came to Memphis in January, but that was almost two months ago, so it has been a long time between losses.
Postponements haven’t helped their season, but recent wins over Houston and South Florida rank highly for this game. Beating top-10 side Houston was a big scalp, and they handled South Florida with ease on March 7.
The Bulls couldn’t keep up with the high-scoring Shockers, who won 80-63. It was a one-sided affair and punters should expect something similar on Saturday.
South Florida is only 9-12 and 4-10 in the AAC, but they have managed to make it this far in the tournament. However, their winning run is likely to come to an end.
Take the Shockers to close out the college basketball multi.
Bet: Wichita State Shockers to win
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