Conference tournament week is here and continues to bury us in games on Friday’s college basketball betting card. Here are the plays that jump out to me on DraftKings Sportsbook.
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Western Kentucky is a legitimate team, and this line checks in shorter than I was expecting. UAB is on a nice 4-1 straight up and ATS run, which I think helps us out here. No disrespect to the Blazers, but the Hilltoppers have really been tested this season. They have wins over Memphis and Rhode Island, and even upset Alabama on the road — which is a massive win. WKU lost to Louisville and West Virginia, but played WVU tough, and had a legit chance to win the game. The Hilltoppers have more talent on the roster, and I expect them to advance here, thanks to the schedule they played earlier in the year.
Ohio State comes limping in here, losing its last four regular season games, although all to stiff competition. It survived Minnesota on Thursday, but it wasn’t pretty. Tough to back a team on a 0-5 ATS skid, but I can’t pass up the pick’em value against Purdue. The Boilermakers do have the recent wins, but haven’t really played elite competition in some time. The Buckeyes will also be looking to avenge regular season losses to Purdue here. So while this line may stink a bit, I do trust the Buckeyes are the right side. While the Big Ten isn’t a conference with much down time in the schedule, I am putting some stock in the level of competition Ohio State faced entering tournament play. Purdue better come prepared for Ohio State’s best shot.
*James Bouknight is a game-time decision — if he does not play or is at all limited, I’d hedge out of this play and actually back Creighton.
With Villanova battling injuries and bounced early, this is essentially the title fight right now in the Big East. Both of these teams have been spectacular away from home, with the Huskies 8-3 and the Blue Jays 8-4. UConn has been one of the top ATS teams in the country, sitting at 16-5 ATS after another dominant win. Creighton is also coming off consecutive blowout wins, but has been more inconsistent over the season. The Blue Jays are also one of the worst free throw shooting teams in all of the country, and can’t be trusted late in a tighter game against good competition. The Huskies are riding a 5-0 streak, covering all five games, and are 7-1 SU/ATS over the last eight — the lone loss coming against ‘Nova at full strength. UConn dropped the first matchup against Creighton by two at home, but outside of 40 from James Bouknight, got virtually nothing. The second time around, Bouknight sat out on the road. Third time’s a charm with all the momentum in their favor.
Colorado vs. USC: COL ML (-124)
The Buffaloes come in winners of five straight, while the once dominant Trojans seem to be having more trouble of late. Colorado has struggled to get past Cal all season for some reason, but this matchup has played more into its favor. These two teams met at the end of February, with the Buffs earning an 80-62 victory. Colorado also won comfortably as a road dog in this matchup on New Year’s Eve, closing out a 72-62 win in Southern California. USC has a lot of size, but Colorado has what it takes to combat it, and has proven that. McKinley Wright should make the difference for the Buffs in the backcourt.
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