Top College Basketball Picks for Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

Top College Basketball Picks for Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021
Tue 2nd March 2021

Louisville vs. Virginia Tech

No. 22 ranked Virginia Tech Hokies welcome the Louisville Cardinals. Virginia Tech is 9-4 in the ACC, and 15-5 overall. They defeated Wake Forest on Saturday, 84-46, but have split their last four games. They are 1-3 against the spread in the last four games.

Virginia Tech is averaging 72.1 ppg, while allowing 64.8 points per contest, 56th overall. They are shooting 45.1% from the field and 35.3% from three-point range.

The Hokies are led by Keve Aluma at 15.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. He is complemented well by Tyrece Radford who is second in scoring (11.4) and second in rebounding (6.1).

Louisville is averaging 69.2 ppg, while allowing 66.2 points per contest, 74th in the country. They are shooting 44.2% from the field and 30.7% from three-point range. This is an outstanding rebounding team, 13th in the country at 37.3 boards per game.

The Cardinals have won their last two games, including an 80-73 victory over Duke in overtime on Saturday. They have won three of their last four overall, making them 8-4 in the ACC, 13-5 overall.

Louisville is led by Carlik Jones, averaging 17.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Jae’Lyn Withers is the top rebounder at 8.0 per contest, slightly edging Samuell Williamson who is averaging 7.9 per game. Withers is averaging 10.2 ppg while Williamson is that 10.0 per contest.

College Basketball Pick – Louisville by 2.

Creighton vs. Villanova

No. 14 ranked Creighton travel to take on Villanova. The Bluejays are 13-5 in the Big East, trailing Villanova. They are 17-6 overall. Creighton lost to Xavier on Saturday, 77-69. That snapped a four-game winning streak and left the Bluejays 7-3 over their last 10 games. However, they are 4-6 ATS in the last 10.

Creighton is averaging 78.6 ppg, 40th in the country. They are allowing 68.8 ppg. The Bluejays are a very good shooting team, connecting on 48.4% of their shots from the field, 27th in the country, and are hitting on 36.7% of their three-point attempts, 56th overall. They are 80th in steals per game at 7.4 and 96th in blocks per game (3.7).

Five players are averaging in double digits for the Bluejays, led by Marcus Zegarowski at 14.9 ppg. Christian Bishop is fourth on the team in scoring at 11.5 ppg, and leads the team in rebounding at 5.9 per contest.

No. 10 ranked Villanova lost to Butler on Sunday, 73-61. They lost to the Bluejays in the most recent meeting between these teams, back on February 13, 86-70. The Wildcats are 10-3, first in the Big East. They are 15-4 overall.

Villanova is averaging 77.2 ppg, 57th in the country, and are allowing 67.9 points per game. They are shooting 45.5% from the floor, 98th overall, and 36.1% from three-point range, 76th. The Wildcats are even a great free-throw shooting team, 15th in the country at 78.2%.

The Wildcats are led by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl at 15.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

College Basketball Pick – Villanova by 4.

Boston College vs. Florida State

No. 11 ranked Florida State welcomes Boston College. The Seminoles lead the ACC at 10-3 and are 14-4 overall. Florida State lost to North Carolina on Saturday, 78-70. That snapped a four-game winning streak, and they are 8-2 in their last 10 games. The Seminoles are 7-3 ATS in their last 10.

Florida State has been an outstanding shooting team, 34th in the nation at 79.2 ppg. They are hitting on 47.1% of their shots, 46th overall, and 38.7% of their shots from three-point range, 14th overall. The Seminoles are 90th in free-throw shooting at 73.5%. Even in rebounding they have been dominating, as the Seminoles are 65th at 34.9 boards per game.

Three players are averaging in double digits for Florida State. Raiquan Gray is second on the team in scoring at 12.0 ppg, and leads the team in rebounding at 7.0 per game.

Boston College is 2-9 in the ACC and 4-13 overall. They are averaging 72.7 ppg, while allowing 70.3 points per game. The Eagles are shooting 42.6% from the field and 33.3% from three-point range.

Four players are averaging double digits for Boston College. That includes leading scorer Jay Heath at 14.6 ppg. CJ Felder is fourth on the team in scoring (10.3) and leads in rebounds at 6.4 per game.

College Basketball Pick – Florida State by 10.

UCLA vs. Oregon

Oregon welcomes UCLA this evening. The Ducks have won three in a row after defeating Arizona on Monday, 80-69. They are 8-2 in their last 10 games, but only 5-5 ATS. This contest is for the lead in the Pac-12 as Oregon comes in at 12-4 in the conference and UCLA at 13-4. The Bruins have lost one more game than Oregon, going 17-6 overall while Oregon a 17-5. Obviously, this contest had huge ramifications in the conference race.

Statistically, these teams are quite comparable. UCLA is averaging 73.0 ppg while Oregon is at 73.5 per game. The Bruins are allowing 67.5 points per game while the Ducks are allowing 66.5. UCLA is 78th in the country shooting at 45.8%. Oregon is 72nd at 46.0%. Oregon is 65th in three-point shooting at 36.4% while UCLA is 50th at 37.0%. The one major difference is that UCLA is averaging 33.5 rebounds per game while Oregon is averaging 31.7.

UCLA has five players averaging in double digits led by Johnny Juzang at 14.6 ppg. Chris Smith is second in scoring at 12.6 points per game and leads the team in rebounding at 6.4 per contest. Christian Duarte (17.4 points, 4.9 rebounds) and Eugene Omoruyi (17.0 points, 5.4 rebounds) are the leaders of this Oregon team.

College Basketball Pick – Oregon by 2.

San Diego State vs. UNLV

No. 19 ranked San Diego State travels to take on UNLV. San Diego State leads the Mountain West Conference at 13-3, tied with Colorado State. They are 19-4 overall. The Aztecs are one of the hottest teams in college basketball, entering this contest on a 10-game winning streak.

They are averaging 74.6 ppg while allowing 60.0 points per game, 12th overall. They are a quality shooting team, 85th in the nation at 45.7% from the field, and 25th in three-point shooting at 38.0%.

San Diego State has two players averaging in double digits. Matt Mitchell is averaging 15.2 points and 5.6 rebounds. Jordan Schakel is second at 14.3 points and 4.0 rebounds.

UNLV is 8-8 in the conference and 11-12 overall. They have won three of their last four games but are 2-8 ATS in the last 10 games. The Runnin’ Rebels are averaging 70.0 ppg while allowing 67.2 points per contest. They are a solid shooting team as well at 44.4% from the floor and 35.2% from three-point range.

Bryce Hamilton has been outstanding all season, leading UNLV in scoring at 18.5 points per game and rebounding at 6.2 boards per contest. David Jenkins is the only other Runnin’ Rebels player averaging in double digits at 14.3 ppg. 

College Basketball Pick – San Diego State by 14.

Stanford vs. USC

USC welcomes Stanford. There is a lot at stake for the Trojans. With UCLA and Oregon squaring off on Wednesday and the Trojans facing UCLA on Friday, USC has an opportunity to leapfrog both teams and jump into the top spot in the Pac-12. They are currently 13-5 in the conference and 19-6 overall.

USC is averaging 74.6 ppg, while allowing 65.0 per game, 60th overall. They are 68th in the country and shooting at 46.2% and are hitting 34.5% of their three-point attempts. USC has been great on the boards, averaging 36.5 rebounds per game, 27th overall, and 5.2 blocks per game, ninth overall.

USC is led by Evan Mobley at 16.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Tahj Eaddy is the only other Trojan averaging in double digits at 13.8 per game.

Stanford is 10-9 in the conference and 14-11 overall. A victory here may give them a legitimate shot at an NCAA at-large bid for the tournament. They are averaging 71.3 ppg while allowing 69.0 points per contest. The team has been deadly shooting, averaging 47.7% from the floor, 35th overall.

Stanford is led by superstar Oscar da Silva at 18.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Three other players are averaging in double digits as well.

College Basketball Pick – USC by 6.

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