Top College Basketball Picks for Sunday, February 14th, 2021

Top College Basketball Picks for Sunday, February 14th, 2021
Sun 14th February 2021

Michigan vs Wisconsin 

After a two-week-long pause, the Michigan Wolverines return to the floor at Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin. That’s a tough spot to start again, though the Wolverines already beat the Badgers this season, 77-54, as 3-point home favorites. Michigan opened as a 1-point underdog in this one, so you can forget about the spread and focus on the moneyline odds.  

Back on January 12, the Wolverines thrashed off Wisconsin, leading by as many as 40 points. Michigan shot 51.6% from the field and 56.3% from downtown while holding the Badgers to only 30.8% shooting from the field. 

Sophomore guard Franz Wagner led the way for Michigan with 15 points, ten rebounds, and four steals. Senior PG Mike Smith accounted for 16 points and six assists, while freshman center Hunter Dickinson added 12 points and six rebounds. On the other side, D’Mitrik Trice had 20 points for the Badgers. 

Wisconsin is coming off a 61-48 victory at Nebraska this past Wednesday, covering an 11-point spread. It was their third win in the last six games overall, as the Badgers have been playing in a shaky form recently. Since that heavy loss at Michigan, Wisconsin has gone 5-3 SU and ATS. 

The Badgers are No. 13 in the latest KenPom rankings. They score 112.1 points per 100 possessions (32nd in the country) on 43.2% shooting from the field (220th) and 35.9% from beyond the arc (81st). Wisconsin allows only 88.6 points in a return (7th) on 40.8% shooting from the field (64th), and the Badgers’ defense will be a key factor in Sunday’s clash. 

Michigan is arguably a better team than Wisconsin, but the Wolverines will need some time to shake off the rust, and playing against one of the best defensive teams in the country won’t help their case. Wisconsin has won 18 of its last 20 games on the home court. Also, the Badgers are 14-2 straight up in their previous 16 home encounters with Michigan. 

College basketball pick – Wisconsin by 1. 

Loyola Chicago vs Drake 

The #22 Loyola Chicago Ramblers and Drake Bulldogs will close down a two-game set at The Knapp Center in Des Moines, Iowa, and the visitors are firm favorites after an easy victory in the opener on Saturday afternoon. 

The Ramblers routed Drake as 3.5-point road favorites, 81-54, recording their 11th win in a row while going 8-2-1 ATS in the process. Loyola Chicago made a ridiculous 63.8% of its field goals and 45.5% of its 3-pointers, and the Ramblers were unstoppable in the second half, overcoming a three-point deficit from the break. 

That’s right, the Ramblers won the second half by a whopping 30 points (50-20). Senior forward Aher Uguak led the way for Loyola with 20 points and five rebounds, while senior center Cameron Krutwig posted a double-double of ten points and ten boards. 

The Ramblers remain the best team in the Missouri Valley Conference. They are now two games ahead of the Bulldogs and will look to extend their lead. It’s always tough to beat one team twice in a back-to-back set, but the Ramblers look ready to beat the Bulldogs once more. 

After Saturday’s blowout, we expect Drake to put on a fight and make Sunday’s contest interesting to watch. Still, the Ramblers’ defense should be a key factor once again. Loyola Chicago yields just 88.3 points per 100 possessions (5th in the nation) while scoring 113.4 in a return (22nd). 

The Ramblers rank third in the country in field goal percentage (52.1%) and 43rd in 3-point percentage (37.4%), so the Bulldogs will have a difficult time on the defensive end. Drake surrenders 97.5 points per 100 possessions (94th) while tallying 111.1 in a return (47th). 

College basketball pick – Loyola Chicago by 4.

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