Virginia vs Georgia Tech
The #9 Virginia has been in a fantastic form of nine wins in ten games as their only defeat came to Virginia Tech on the last day of January. The Cavaliers responded to wins over NC State and Pittsburgh and climbed up to the top spot in the ACC with a 13-3 record (9-1 in conference play).
Virginia was excellent from the floor in a 73-66 win over Pittsburgh and hit 53.2% of their shots, while they made 12 of 24 attempts from beyond the arc.
Senior forward Sam Hauser led the Cavaliers with 23 points and six rebounds. Tomas Woldentensae chipped in with 14 points off the bench, while Jay Huff added 13 points, team-high eight boards, and two blocks.
Virginia is one of the best teams in college basketball (6th) when it comes to three-point shooting (39.8%), while they are 2nd from the free-throw line with 81.5%. On the defensive end, the Cavaliers have the top 10 defense that allows 60.1 points per contest (9th) and are 8th in defensive boards (28.9) per contest.
— Virginia Men’s Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) February 9, 2021
Georgia Tech lost three of the last five games but managed to win against Notre Dame thanks to a big comeback in the second half. The Yellow Jackets improved to a 9-6 record (5-4 in conference play).
Georgia Tech was great from the field (58.3%) in an 82-80 win, and even though they made only five free throws, they secured a narrow victory in the end.
Senior guard Jose Alvarado led the Yellow Jackets with 19 points, six rebounds, game-high six steals, and five assists. Michael Devoe also scored 19 points, Jordan Usher had 16, while Moses Wright contributed with 12 points and game-high eight boards. Georgia Tech is averaging 76.7 points per game this year, while they are letting 72.2 points per contest.
It’s going to be a close one because neither team is good in covering the spread this season, but we’re going with the Cavaliers to get the job done.
College basketball pick – Virginia by 5.
Houston vs South Florida
The #8 Houston is a firm favorite in this game as they lost just one of the last ten games and are atop of the American with a 16-2 record (10-2 in conference play). It seems that nobody can stop the Cougars from getting a regular-season title after they destroyed Our Lady of the Lake 112-46.
The Cougars scored 60 points in the opening half and made 55.4% of the shots from the floor along with 15 triples in a 112-46 victory. Houston was better in all segments; they dominated the boards (55-28), assists (25-10), steals (17-7), and blocks (5-1), while they forced even 24 turnovers.
Sophomore guard Cameron Tyson led Houston with a career-high 32 points (10-18 from downtown). Tramon Mark added 22 points, six rebounds, and six assists, while Jamal Shead nearly posted a quadruple-double as he had 20 points, 11 dimes, nine boards, and eight steals.
Houston has been dominant in rebounds this year as they average 42.7 boards per game and are 3rd in the nation. They also have a top defense (3rd) that allows just 56.9 points per contest.
— Houston Men’s Hoops 🏀 🐾 (@UHCougarMBK) February 7, 2021
South Florida is playing in a hot and cold form lately as they lost three of the previous five games, but they did beat East Carolina 69-63 in the most recent game. The Bulls improved to a 7-5 record (3-3 in conference play), but it’s hard to expect them to make it to the NCAA tournament this season.
Although they committed 17 turnovers opposite East Carolina’s 11, the Bulls were better below the rims and won the rebounding battle (41-33), which pretty much decided this tilt.
Senior guard David Collins led South Florida with 16 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Justin Brown had 12 points and four boards, while Alexis Yetna contributed with ten points and team-high six rebounds.
The only positive segment on South Florida’s offense is rebounding as they have been among the top 50 teams in the country with 39.1 per game, while they are defending the perimeter very well, allowing just 28.9% to the rivals.
Houston won nine of the last ten H2H games and they are 6-3-1 ATS in that span. Considering the Cougars are 9-3 ATS in the conference play this season, we think they will cover here.
College basketball pick – Houston by 13.
Rutgers vs Iowa
The #25 Rutgers responded to a five-game losing skid with four consecutive victories, including the latest one over Minnesota, which was a tight one. Nevertheless, the Scarlet Knights improved to an 11-6 record (7-6 in conference play), so this duel with Iowa is crucial for their NCAA Tournament chances.
Rutgers had over 50.0% from the floor (53.1%), which proved to be decisive in a 76-72 victory, while they recorded seven blocks opposite Minnesota’s one.
Senior guard Geo Baer led the team with 16 points and two steals. Myles Johnson posted a double-double of 14 points and game-high 12 rebounds, along with game-high three blocks, and two thefts, while Caleb McConnell had 14 points, six boards, and game-high three steals.
— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) February 8, 2021
The #15 Iowa is struggling at the moment after losing four of the last five games, three of which came by five points or fewer. The Hawkeyes didn’t have luck in the most recent clash with Indiana as they lost 67-65 in the final two seconds. After this defeat, Iowa dropped to a 13-6 record (7-5 in conference play).
Iowa wasn’t good from the floor (37.3%) and recorded just five assists opposite Minnesota’s 15.
Junior guard Joe Wieskamp led the Hawkeyes with 18 points, team-high eight rebounds, and two steals. Luka Garza also scored 18, Jordan Bohannon added 11 points and seven boards, while Keegan Murray ended the game with ten points, six rebounds, and two thefts.
Iowa has one of the highest-flying offenses in the country that averages 87.8 points per contest and also has a top 20 rebounding team that averages 40.6 boards per game.
Iowa won seven of the previous nine H2H encounters, and despite the fact they are struggling of late, we’re backing them to cover this duel.
College basketball pick – Iowa by 7.
Georgia vs Tennessee
Georgia is on a three-game winning run after defeating Ole Miss, Auburn, and Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs now improved to a 12-6 record (5-6 in conference play), and even though they are massive underdogs in this game against Tennessee, we wouldn’t count them out.
The Bulldogs were fantastic from the floor in a 73-70 victory over Vanderbilt as they hit 58.7% of their shots, and even though they committed 21 turnovers opposite the Commodores’ 13, that didn’t cost them in the end.
Sophomore guard Sahvir Wheeler led Georgia with 16 points, game-high nine assists, and two steals. P.J. Horne scored 14 points, Toumani Camara posted ten points, game-high eight rebounds, and two blocks, while Justin Kier also had ten points. Georgia is scoring 77.7 points per game along with 38.3 rebounds per contest.
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— Tennessee Basketball (@Vol_Hoops) February 7, 2021
The #16 Tennessee responded to a tight loss to Ole Miss with an 82-71 win over Kentucky that helped them to climb up to the 3rd place in the SEC with a 13-4 record (6-4 in conference play).
The Volunteers came from behind to get a victory as they scored 48 points in the second half and allowed only 29 in return. Both teams were struggling from beyond the arc, but Tennessee was better from the floor.
Freshman guard Keon Johnson led Tennessee with a career-high 27 points and four rebounds. Jaden Springer also scored a career-high 23 points with five boards, while Josiah-Jordan James recorded a double-double of ten points and team-high ten rebounds.
The Volunteers are not known for efficient offense, but they do have a top 10 defense in basketball (7th) that allows only 59.6 points per game.
Tennessee is 10-7 ATS this year but lost seven of the last ten H2H duels, and considering the big spread in this one, we are not sure they will cover it.
College basketball pick – Georgia by 12.
Missouri vs Ole Miss
The #10 Missouri recorded six wins in the last seven games and is on a three-game winning streak. The Tigers edged Alabama in the latest game as they held off the Crimson Tide’s comeback to secure a 68-65 victory. Missouri now improved to a 13-3 record (6-3 in conference play) and is in 2nd position in the SEC.
Although they made just three of 20 attempts from downtown, the Tigers managed to shoot 45.2% from the floor and keep the opponents to 33.3%. The excellent defense helped them to get a tight victory.
Senior guard Dru Smith led Missouri with 16 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Kobe Brown put 13 points, game-high nine boards, and two blocks, while Mark Smith added 12 points and game-high five steals.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) February 8, 2021
Ole Miss bounced back from a two-game losing run with a pair of wins over Tennessee and Auburn. Both of these victories came by a 2-point difference, while the latest one over Auburn came after overtime.
The Rebels now climbed up to a 10-8 record (5-6 in conference play), and considering a stiff competition in the SEC, they must get a win on Wednesday to stay in the race for the NCAA tournament spot.
Ole Miss was solid from the floor as they hit 50.0% of their attempts, and even though they made only six triples opposite Auburn’s 12 and recorded ten assists fewer than the Tigers (13-23), the Rebels ended up with a W.
Senior forward Romelo White led the team with a double-double of 30 points and game-high ten rebounds, along with game-high four blocks. Devontae Shuler followed him with 26 points, six boards, four assists, and two steals, while Robert Allen had 12 points and five rebounds. Ole Miss is strong on defense (34th) as they allow 63.4 points per game to the rivals.
Missouri is better when it comes to covering the spread (10-6 ATS opposite Ole Miss’ 9-9 ATS), while the Tigers are 6-3 ATS against the conference rivals.
College basketball pick – Missouri by 2.
Marquette vs Villanova
Marquette is not playing well at the moment as they lost four of the last five games. Following the latest tight defeat to Creighton, the Golden Eagles dropped to a 9-10 record (5-8 in conference play), and it looks that Marquette is miles away from the NCAA tournament this year.
They lost to Creighton because of poor rebounding (26-38), and even though the teams were pretty much tied in other segments, this one proved to be costly for the Golden Eagles.
Sophomore guard D.J. Carton led Marquette with 16 points. Jamal Cain contributed with 14 points and team-high seven rebounds, while Theo John had ten points, game-high three rejections, and two thefts. The Golden Eagles are averaging 69.8 points per contest this season.
— Villanova MBB (@NovaMBB) February 9, 2021
The #5 Villanova quickly forgot a loss to St. John’s that snapped their nine-game winning streak and returned to winning ways with an 84-74 victory over Georgetown. The Wildcats stayed at the top of the Big East with a 12-2 record (7-1 in conference play) and they are cruising to the regular-season title.
Villanova destroyed Georgetown from beyond the arc as they hit 13 triples opposite the Hoyas’ seven, while they recorded 21 assists opposite Georgetown’s 15.
Senior forward Jermaine Samuels led Villanova with 32 points, six rebounds, five assists, and game-high three steals. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl scored 14 points with six boards and five dimes, while Collin Gillespie had 12 points and five dishes. The Wildcats have a top 50 offense that averages 77.9 points per contest and are rather accurate from the stripe (77.8%).
Marquette is 6-13 ATS this year and 3-10 ATS against the conference opponents, while Villanova is 7-3 in the last ten H2H meetings.
College basketball pick – Villanova by 12.
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