College Basketball Betting: Biggest Saturday Games PT 1

The college basketball regular season continues on Saturday. There are no NFL playoff games on this Saturday, so the quality of games is better than it was the previous two Saturdays, when the television networks didn’t want their best college basketball games to compete with football.

Ohio State Buckeyes at Wisconsin Badgers

The Buckeyes were stung by a home-court loss to Purdue earlier this week, while Wisconsin has lost multiple Big Ten games and needs to stay close to first-place Michigan if it wants to eventually overtake the Wolverines and win the league for the second straight year. The Big Ten is probably the best conference in the country, the league most likely to get a double-digit amount of NCAA Tournament bids. Every Big Ten game is a war, and this one promises to be no different.

North Carolina State Wolfpack at North Carolina Tar Heels

This game is a bubble game. North Carolina is not in comfortable territory relative to the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels have a chance to make March Madness, but they are very much a bubble team, as is N.C. State. Earlier this season, North Carolina State beat North Carolina, so there is a ton of pressure on the Tar Heels to win this game. North Carolina head coach Roy Williams has struggled to get his team to play efficient, up-tempo offense. North Carolina teams under Williams normally love to fast break and shoot threes when opposing defenses double-team the Tar Heels’ low-post players. This year the fast-break offense and 3-point shooting aren’t falling into place. That has to change against North Carolina State if UNC wants to make the NCAAs.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Virginia Cavaliers

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets suffered two terrible losses at the start of the season, against Georgia State and Mercer, and then they beat Kentucky and started playing a lot better. They are now in contention for an NCAA Tournament berth but need to continue to stack together important victories. This would be one such victory against a red-hot Virginia team which has not yet lost an ACC game this season. Virginia blasted Clemson by 35 points last Saturday, so the Cavaliers are clearly figuring out how to play together. If Georgia Tech can cool off the Cavs, it would take a massive step forward.

UCLA Bruins at Stanford Cardinal

The Stanford Cardinal did not play USC on Thursday because a COVID-19 situation with the USC team. Stanford therefore got a few extra days of rest to prepare for a UCLA team which is still unbeaten in Pac-12 games this season, but is not playing especially well. UCLA has beaten Washington (this past Saturday) and California (Thursday) by fewer than seven points. UCLA is generally not winning games by large margins against lower-end Pac-12 teams, but the Bruins do keep winning. Will this be the day when UCLA finally loses, or will the Bruins actually improve their level of play and comfortably defeat a Stanford team which has lost two games in a row and is struggling to get scoring throughout its lineup?

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