College basketball takes center stage this weekend and should be the primary focus for basketball fans up until mid-April, when the NCAA Tournament comes to an end. The NBA All-Star festivities take place this weekend and, while entertaining, isn’t really a worthwhile betting venture. However, there’s plenty of meaningful conference games in the NCAA, with playoffs – and March Madness – on the horizon.
With that in mind, let’s check out some of the most important games this weekend and see where we can find some good NCAA Basketball betting value.
Don’t Miss Betting on These Important Games This Weekend
Iowa State (No. 19) vs. Kansas State (No. 12)
In one of two games involving a pair of top-25 teams this weekend, Kansas State (19-7) hosts Iowa State (17-8) in a matchup with major implications for the Big 12 standings. Iowa State is currently in fourth, while Kansas State, losers of two in a row, are in fifth and in desperate need of a win – they’re likely to drop well below No. 12 with a loss in Saturday’s game.
Iowa State, meanwhile, is coming off of an impressive 70-59 win over No. 22 TCU on Wednesday and also has wins over No. 5 Kansas and No. 6 Tennessee in January. They beat Kansas State 80-76 at home on January 25. They’re just 2-6 on the road, however, while Kansas State is 13-1 at home.
The Wildcats will be looking for redemption and will likely be favored in this game. Take them on the moneyline and perhaps as high as 5 or 6 points on the spread. Iowa State may have the better team, but home court is such a huge factor in college basketball.
Baylor (No. 9) vs. Kansas (No. 5)
This is easily the most anticipated game this weekend. Baylor (20-6) meets Kansas (21-5) on Saturday in a battle for first place in the Big 12. Kansas, last year’s national champions, have won three games in a row and are proving to once again be the class of the best conference in college basketball. Baylor, following a relatively slow start, is 9-1 in its last 10 games and has won four in a row.
Kansas is dealing with several injuries. Kevin McCullar and Dajuan Harris are both day-to-day, but probable to play tomorrow. It’s worth monitoring their situation before making a bet, but regardless the smart money here is on the streaking Bears to cover the spread, assuming it’s 6 points or less.
Kansas is 13-1 at home this season, and Baylor is just 4-3 on the road, but the Bears have beaten some strong teams on their home court, including TCU. They’ve lost three games in 2023, and they’ve all been by five or fewer points.
Ohio State vs. Purdue (No. 3)
Purdue (23-4), ranked No. 1 in the country a week ago, is in a bit of a free fall. They lost by double digits to Maryland on Thursday night and now face the struggling Ohio State (11-15) at the worst possible time. The Buckeyes have lost seven games in a row, but will be motivated to play well against one of the top teams in the country.
The Boilermakers have lost three of their last four games and, fortunately, are at home on Sunday. They’re 12-1 at Mackey Arena this season.
It’s difficult to imagine Ohio State beating Purdue, but they can certainly cover the spread, especially since it could be double digits. The under is also an attractive bet, especially considering Purdue has failed to reach 60 points in each of its last two games.
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