It’s a New Year and we are at the stage of the college basketball season where we are about to get deep into conference play. This is where the teams at the top begin to get seriously tested and is often where we see the rankings start to change. There is a lot of basketball still to be played between now and March Madness, but I think it’s fair to suggest that this is the stage of the season when the pressure begins to ramp up just a little. As we do every week, we are going to look ahead to the schedule for the week, College Basketball odds and picks out a few games that jump out at us and where we think you could make some money. Let’s get right to it.
Men’s NCAA Basketball Betting Picks & Options for the Best Games in Week 9
Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Purdue Boilermakers – Monday
Purdue ended the year as the #1 team in the nation, putting together a perfect 13-0 record in the process. That includes winning both of their Big Ten Conference games to this point, and they will have a chance to keep the good times rolling when they welcome Rutgers to town on Monday night. Rutgers is having themselves a pretty decent season to this point, going 9-4 overall, albeit just 1-1 in conference play, with the loss coming to Ohio State. Rutgers are on a 3-game win streak, but they will be up against on the road. Rutgers is solid on defense, so keep an eye on the point total.
Mississippi State Bulldogs at Tennessee Volunteers – Tuesday
At time of writing, both of these teams are ranked, but after losing 2 in a row, the Bulldogs are very much in danger of dropping out of the top 25. Prior to those losses, they were 11-0 on the season, but they have now started their conference schedule with a loss to Alabama, which already puts them behind the 8-ball in the SEC. Tennessee has the same 11-2 record, but they are on the move in the right direction after winning 2 in a row and are currently at #7. Can the Bulldogs get back on track or is their skid destined to continue?
Miami Hurricanes at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – Wednesday
While some conference schedules are just getting started, the ACC is already in full swing, and it is the Miami Hurricanes who are dominating the early proceedings, going 4-0 in conference play to get to 13-1 on the season. They have now won 9 in a row and are set to travel to Atlanta to face a Georgia Tech squad that is struggling to find any sort of consistency this season. They are 7-6 on the season, but they are also 0-3 in ACC play. This should be another win for the Hurricanes, but by how many points?
SMU Mustangs at Houston Cougars – Thursday
On the face of it, this looks like another win for the surging Houston Cougars, who are currently at #3 in the nation, but as we have seen before, conference matchups don’t always end up being a slam dunk. The Cougars are 14-1 overall and have made a solid start to conference play, going 2-0 to lead the AAC. It has been an up and down season for the Mustangs to this point, but they did manage to win their lone conference game. I still think this will be a win for the Cougars, but it will be interesting to see what the spread looks like.
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