The college basketball schedule is absolutely loaded this weekend, with the Saturday slate featuring well over 100 games in Division I. That means a massive array of betting opportunities for bettors to take advantage of in college hoops. Here, we take a look at the three best NCAA Basketball betting chances for the upcoming weekend of action in college basketball, including ranked teams and a great mid-major rivalry contest.
Top Three College Basketball Betting Opportunities for the Weekend (Jan. 28th)
Saturday: Xavier vs Creighton
The Xavier Musketeers come into the weekend off of a huge road win on Wednesday night against UConn. But their schedule is not set to get any easier, as they will face Creighton on the road in yet another huge test. Here, bettors should give consideration to backing the Bluejays at home, as they may be able to take down a Musketeers team that is riding high entering the stretch run of the regular season.
Creighton is 9-1 at home so far this season, despite having a mediocre 12-8 record overall. The Bluejays recently beat Providence at home, who are 8-2 in conference play, and they lost by just three points to Xavier in Ohio. Creighton will continue to be a tough out at home, and they could be a nice value play against a team with a number next to its name.
Saturday: Iowa State vs Missouri
Another game featuring a ranked team on the road against an unranked opponent is between Iowa State and Missouri. This is a part of the SEC/Big 12 series going on this weekend, with Iowa State looking to build on a win during the week against the fifth-ranked Kansas State Wildcats. In this game, though, Iowa State is likely to be the best bet as both teams step away from conference play for a game.
Iowa State has won six of its last eight games in Big 12 play, but a closer look at their play is even more impressive than that record shows. Their two conference losses came against Kansas and Oklahoma State on the road, both by two points. Against a Missouri team that has been middling in the SEC, we should see Iowa State continue to play at an extremely high level.
Saturday: UMBC vs Vermont
Our final college basketball betting recommendation for this weekend comes from the tiny America East conference. There, UMBC and Vermont will renew their rivalry, after facing off in two of the last four conference championship games. Vermont won on the road over UMBC earlier this season, and the Catamounts are likely to get the job done at home in this game as well.
This is a game where the records of these teams make it seem like UMBC is the superior side, as they are 14-8 compared to Vermont’s 11-10 mark. But Vermont has won three straight games, while UMBC has lost their last two road games in league play. Vermont should be a favorite here, and will likely be the right side against the spread in a possible conference title game preview.
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