We are sprinting through the out-of-conference season in college basketball, with league play right around the corner. Programs are trying to pin as many high-value pelts to their wall as possible as opportunities to build their postseason resumes are running short. We have just one more month of non-typical matchups to wager on, and here are three that you should take a look at for this weekend. Let’s have a look at the best betting games for the weekend so you don’t miss your chance to bet against the NCAA Basketball Odds.
Men’s College Basketball Betting Picks & Options for the Best Weekend Games
Friday: Illinois Fighting Illini at Maryland Terrapins (-1.5)
The Maryland Terrapins went out and made Kevin Willard their third head coach in a year during the offseason, and the early returns couldn’t have been better. Maryland is 7-0 to start the season, with victories over Saint Louis and Miami (FL).
Now, some may say those are high-value wins, but it would be fair for you to be a bit skeptical. Saint Louis has not been impressive thus far, while Miami’s best victory has come against a Rutgers team that no long boasts Ron Harper Jr and was without Paul Mulcahy.
The Illini may possibly be the most undervalued team in the nation. Their lone defeat of the season came against a Virginia team that is easily the best team in the ACC this season and just two days after the Illini took down then top 10 UCLA.
Brad Underwood has a superstar in Terrence Shannon with a lot of roster depth this season. It is also worth mentioning that Underwood is 5-1 against the spread as a road dog at Illinois since 2020. Illinois should hand the Terps their first loss of the season.
Saturday: St. Mary’s Gaels at Houston Cougars (-7.5)
This game is listed as a “semi-away” game for the Gaels but make no mistake; this crowd is going to be all Houston. Both of these teams are phenomenal on the defensive side of the basketball but Houston’s defense should be able to slow down Randy Bennett’s offense which has been mediocre so far this season.
The Gaels are a good three-point shooting team, ranking 58th in the nation at 37.2%. However, Houston has put opposing teams on lockdown from beyond the arc this season, holding opponents to just 18.5% from deep, which ranks best in the nation. The Houston Cougars are also the 27th-rank team in the nation at turning over their opponents. Look for Kelvin Sampson’s team to land another quality win and continue to be one of the best teams in the nation against the spread since 2020. Houston has covered the number nearly 70% of the time in home games over the last two-plus seasons.
Sunday: Miami (FL) Hurricanes (-8) at Louisville Cardinals
Despite the skepticism expressed above regarding the Miami Hurricanes, Louisville is an instant fade right now. The Louisville Cardinals have yet to put a number in the win column this season, and it is unlikely to happen on Sunday.
When you think ‘Canes basketball over the last few years you think Isaiah Wong. The fourth-year junior has a ton of talent around him, and his scoring numbers have receded a bit this season. Wong is still averaging a shade under 14 points per game, while two of his backcourt mates are also putting up double figures per game. Since Wong joined the program in 2019, Miami is second in the ACC against the number in true road games, covering nearly 59% of the time. Through seven games this season, Louisville is 0-7 ATS and second worst in the ACC in margin ATS at -10.6 points per contest.
Miami should cover the number on the road here.