We have betting tips for three of the best college basketball games on Monday, which features some quality games.
Our feature games include Bowling Green vs Ohio State, Illinois vs Marquette and Liberty vs LSU.
College Basketball Picks
Bowling Green Falcons vs Ohio State Buckeyes @ Value City Arena
The Ohio State Buckeyes have their eyes set on making a deep run this season and they’re off a good start.
After winning their first two games over Akron and Niagara, the Buckeyes face a stern test against 1-1 Bowling Green.
The Buckeyes haven’t been kind to bettors. They are 0-2 against the spread after beating Akron by only one point and not covering the spread against Niagara. However, they are a work in progress.
E.J. Liddell is averaging 27 points per game with eight rebounds. He could be the next star for the Buckeyes, and his confidence will only grow.
Bowling Green had an overtime loss to WCU in its opening game before beating a second division team 101-60. It was an easy win and it could get their confidence levels up.
Bookmakers should have Ohio State as a double-figure favourite and this could be the game where it breaks out for a big win. The Buckeyes are a ranked team, so beating Bowling Green by a big number is needed.
Bet: Ohio State Buckeyes
Illinois Fighting Illini vs Marquette Golden Eagles @ Fiserv Forum
Illinois made a deep run last season and the top 20 team has made a winning start to 2021.
The Fighting Illini scored an opening 71-47 win over Jackson State before beating Arkansas State 92-53. It was an easy victory, and although Marquette will be harder, they should be confident.
The best part of their game has been the defence, which has allowed 50 points per game. That’s 23.5 points fewer than Marquette has allowed, so that could be the main different.
The Golden Eagles are also 2-0 after beating SUI and New Hampshire, who aren’t tough opponents. They scored by only five points against New Hampshire, and we expected something much better.
Darryl Morsell has made a good start for the Golden Eagles, averaging 23.5 points on 60 percent shooting. He is one of their more consistent players, so he will need a big game to stop the Fighting Illini.
We give Illinois a solid advantage in this matchup. It has players who could squeak into the NBA with a couple of seasons under their belt, and we don’t think Marquette has the same depth.
It should get past its first road test in fine style.
Bet: Illinois Fighting Illini
Liberty Flames vs LSU Tigers @ Pete Maravich Assembly Center
Despite controversy surrounding them last season, the LSU Tigers came out the other side and performed well.
They have lost many quality players in the offseason, but winning their first two games will give them confidence. The Tigers defeated UL Monroe 101-39 in a thrashing to open the season before beating Texas State 84-59.
Both wins came at home and that should make it tough for the Liberty Flames, who won their opening game against an easy opponent. They won 85-24, so the defence was on point, but it’s a tough betting guide because of the opposition.
We think the Tigers could have another successful season and it will be led by forward Darius Days, who has averaged 23.5 points per game so far. Tari Eason is averaging 10 rebounds a game, so they have the depth to win this game easily.
Bet: LSU Tigers
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