Top College Basketball Picks for Monday, March 1st, 2021

Top College Basketball Picks for Monday, March 1st, 2021
Mon 1st March 2021

Miami vs. Virginia

It has been a tough stretch for Virginia as they have lost three games in a row, falling to second in the ACC at 11-4. The Cavaliers are 15-6 overall.

This was already an offensively challenged team, averaging 68.8 ppg, but they have averaged 62.0 points during the skid. Virginia is a great shooting team, averaging 48.4% from the field, 29th in the country. They are eighth in three-point shooting at 39.3% and sixth in free-throw shooting at 80.1%. The problem is they rank in the bottom 15 in field-goal attempts per game (52.5) and free-throw attempts per game (9.4)

Sam Hauser is the leading scorer at 15.3 ppg. Jay Huff is second at 13.6 points per contest and is the team’s leading rebounder at 7.0 per game. Virginia is one of the best defensive teams in college basketball, allowing 60.6 points per game, 15th overall.

Miami has lost their last five games, including a 66-58 loss to Clemson on Saturday. The losses have dropped Miami to 3-14 in the ACC, last place, and they are 7-15 overall.

The Hurricanes are averaging 66.0 ppg. They have not been a very good shooting team, averaging 41.9% from the floor and 29.5% from three-point range. Isaiah Wong leads the team in scoring at 17.8 ppg and he is the leading rebounder at 5.1 points per contest.

Virginia has won the last three meetings between these teams.

College Basketball Pick – Virginia by 6

Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State

Oklahoma will likely not be No. 8 come Monday morning. They have lost their last two games, including losing to Oklahoma State on Saturday, 94-90. The Sooners are 9-6 in the Big 12 and are 14-7 overall. They are tied with the Cowboys for fourth place in the conference.

Oklahoma is averaging 75.6 ppg, 80th overall in the country. They have been a solid shooting team at 44.3% from the floor and 33.2% from three-point range, but have been great from the line, averaging 74.1%, 66th overall. The Sooners have a big-time scorer in Austin Reaves who is averaging 17.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, both tops on Oklahoma.

Oklahoma is allowing 60.6 points per game. They are 83rd in the country in rebounds per game at 34.4.

Oklahoma State has won four straight games, including the last two in overtime. They have had some tough opponents, beating Kansas State, Iowa State, Texas Tech, and now Oklahoma this past Saturday. The Cowboys are also 9-6 and are 16-6 overall.

Oklahoma State is averaging 76.5 ppg, 65th in the country. They are shooting 45.6% from the floor, 90th overall, and our 37th in free-throws per game at 15.5, hitting on 70.9 percent of their attempts. Cade Cunningham has been an absolute beast at 19.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. The Cowboys are allowing 71.4 points per game.

College Basketball Pick – Oklahoma State by 3.

Arizona vs. Oregon

No. 23 Oregon welcomes Arizona to town. The Ducks have won their last two games, including a 74-63 victory over California on Saturday. Oregon is 11-4 in the Pac-12, second overall in the conference, and they are 16-5 overall.

The Ducks are averaging 75.7 points per game, 79th in the country. They are an average shooting team at 44.7% from the floor, but have been doing very well from three-point range, hitting 37.3% of their shots, 41st in the country. They are second in free-throw attempts per game at 17.6, hitting on 72.9% of those attempts.

Chris Duarte leads the team at 17.2 ppg. Eugene Omoruyi is right behind him at 16.8 points per contest. Oregon is allowing 60.1 points per game, but have been great on the glass, grabbing 35.6 boards per game, 45th in the nation.

Arizona has won three straight games, including a 75-74 victory over Washington on Saturday. The Wildcats were favored by 14 and that game, but narrowly defeated the Huskies. That moves Arizona to 11-8 in the conference, and 17-8 overall. They look to be trying to solidify a better seed for the tournament, and a victory over Oregon would help them do just that.

Arizona is averaging 73.2 ppg, hitting on 46.0% of their shots, 71st in the country. They are 97th in three-point shooting at 35.5%. James Akinjo is the leading scored 15.4 ppg. Azuolas is second in points that 12.2 and is the team’s leading rebounder at 7.2 rebounds per game. Arizona is allowing 66.4 points per contest.

College Basketball Pick – Houston by 20.

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