There will be no change atop the new college basketball polls as unbeaten and No. 1 Baylor won a terrific matchup at fellow Big 12 unbeaten Iowa State over the weekend. The Bears’ next game is Tuesday against Oklahoma. Here’s of your College Basketball Odds.
NCAA Basketball Monday Games
#24 Wisconsin at #3 Purdue (-12.5)It’s a 7 p.m. ET tip on the Big Ten Network. The Badgers are seeking their 9th top-10 win under Greg Gard and first since winning at No. 5 Ohio State in 2020.
Wisconsin has already tallied 5 wins over KenPom top-100 teams. Only 4 other schools in the country have more: Providence, Alabama, Baylor and Auburn. UW also has 4 wins away from the Kohl Center. Only USC (6), Auburn (5), Michigan State (5) and Minnesota (5) have more road/ neutral wins among major conference teams. UW has 4 double-digit comebacks this season, including 3 second-half comebacks of 10+ points.
Wisconsin ranks 4th in the Big Ten allowing 63.2 ppg. Only 4 opponents have averaged more than 1.0 points per possession in a game against UW this season. UW is 2nd in the NCAA averaging just 8.3 turnovers per game this season. Johnny Davis has scored 20+ points in 7 of his last 8 games, ranking 3rd in the Big Ten averaging 20.8 points per game. Davis is just the 4th Badger in the last 20 seasons (since 2002-03) to score at least 15 points in 10 straight games and the first since Jon Leuer in the 2010-11 season.
Purdue is 12-1 for just the fourth time under head coach Matt Painter, also reaching 11-1 (or better) in 2015-16 (13-1), 2010-11 (15-1) and 2009-10 (14-1). It marks Purdue‘s seventh start of 12-1 or better since the 1979-80 season. Purdue has been ranked in the AP top-3 in six straight weeks, the longest streak in America (new poll came out after completion of notes). The Boilers have scored at least 40 points in 16 of the 26 halves played this year. It has shot at least 50.0 percent from the field in 17 halves.
The Boilermakers own a 111-72 series lead against Wisconsin, including a 42-4 mark at Mackey Arena. Wisconsin’s wins came during the 1971-72, 2004-05, 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons. Wisconsin did win its last game in Mackey Arena — defeating North Carolina in last year’s NCAA Tournament first-round contest.
Washington at #9 Arizona (-22)
Available on the Pac-12 Network at 8 PM ET. In addition to being the Pac-12 conference opener, it will also be the first time UW faces a ranked opponent this season. Through 10 games, The Huskies have yet to allow an opponent to shoot better than 50% from the field. Daejon Davis ranks second in the league with 2.0 steals per game.
Arizona hasn’t played since a 77-73 loss at then-No. 19 Tennessee, the Cats’ first defeat of the season. Bennedict Mathurin had 14 of his 28 points in the first half. He was the only Arizona (11-1) starter to score in the first 20 minutes as Tennessee took a 34-21 lead. Kerr Kriisa added 11 points. Arizona came into the Tennessee game No. 1 in the country in scoring (91.0 points per game), scoring margin (+28.2) and assists per game (21.8).
Coach Tommy Lloyd has said his team is intact from a COVID standpoint — “everybody’s healthy that has been available, and we’re exactly at the same group we had before Christmas,” he said — with the only player that won’t be available Monday being junior forward Kim Aiken Jr., who remains out due to personal reasons.
Arizona likes to play fast as the Wildcats rank fourth in the NCAA in adjusted tempo, per KenPom, and average the fastest possessions in college basketball on offense at 14.1 seconds. They rank 14th in effective field goal percentage and eighth in 2-point percentage. Their noteworthy size advantage will take a toll on the Huskies. The Wildcats average 43.8 rebounds per game and rank 11th in offensive rebounding percentage (37.3%).
This marks the 88th matchup all-time between the two schools, with Arizona holding a 56-31 advantage. These two were originally to play Dec. 2 and then it was rescheduled for Jan. 25 but then rescheduled again to Monday. This date became available when the Wildcats’ games at UCLA (Dec. 30) and USC (Jan. 2) were postponed due to COVID-19 protocols within the UCLA and USC programs.
Expert Parlay Picks
- Take both underdogs – too many points on each.