You can probably count on one hand the number of people who are excited to wake up and see that another Monday has arrived. For those of us who like to wager on sports, Monday means the start of a new week and the change to bolster the bankroll a little more. Yes, it’s time to look ahead to another busy week in the world of college basketball, which means delivering our weekly dose of games to watch and wager on over the next few days. As we do every Monday, we are going to pick a game from the schedule over each of the next 4 days. These are games that we like a lot, and while we may not do a lot of predictions with these picks, you can bet that these are the games that we will be looking at once the NCAA Basketball Odds go live, so let’s get to it.
Men’s College Basketball Betting Picks & Options for the Best Games of the Week
Rice Owls at Texas Longhorns – Monday
The Texas Longhorns started last week sitting in the #2 spot in the nation after an unbeaten start to the season. We are probably going to see them drop a spot or two this week, as they took their first loss of the season to Illinois last week. They did bounce back with a win to close things out, but this is a tricky little game all the same. Rice come into this one sitting at 6-2, although both of those losses have come on the road, while the Longhorns are a perfect 6-0 in their own building. This should be another win for Texas, but will they light it up the way they did over UAFB on Saturday?
Memphis Tigers at Alabama Crimson Tide – Tuesday
With the Longhorns set to drop in the rankings, others will rise, with Alabama potentially in that mix. In fact, there is no “potentially” about it, as Alabama closed out their week with a dominating win over the #1 ranked Houston Cougars. The danger here is that the 8-1 Crimson Tide let down after such a huge win when they host the Memphis Tigers, who come into this one at 8-2. I don’t see that happening, but I will be interested to see what the spread is for this one.
UCLA Bruins at Maryland Terrapins – Wednesday
This is arguably one of the better games on the schedule this week, regardless of the fact that Maryland appears to be in freefall. The Terrapins opened the season with 8 straight wins, climbing to #13 in the national rankings, but after 2 losses last week, including their first at home, Maryland is on the slide. Not so for UCLA, who had another perfect week to get to 8-2 on the year, which virtually assures that they will move up from the #18 spot. Can Maryland stop the bleeding against a very tough opponent?
Lehigh Mountain Hawks at Wisconsin Badgers – Thursday
It’s a quieter schedule in college basketball on Thursday, with very few big games to talk about. I chose this one because the Wisconsin Badgers are on the rise at the moment, coming into this game on a 3-game winning run that has taken them to 8-2 on the season. They do not score a lot, but they are also defensively sound, which should see them in good stead against Lehigh, who are 4-4 right now, which includes a 1-2 record away from home. Look for Wisconsin to continue climbing with another win.