It’s really a bittersweet betting day. It’s sad in that this will be the last time this season we see a massive Saturday college hoops card. On the other hand, there are some great situational bets on what should be an epic day with 109 total games on the docket, highlighted by Carolina-Duke tonight.
I picked out my five favorite spots on the Saturday afternoon card that I like from a situational handicapping perspective (see bottom of the story for a full situational glossary). I will touch on a few revenge spots to continue with the theme from yesterday and also cover some “Fat & Happy” angles. The five listed games tip between noon and 2:30 p.m. ET.
Texas +5 (vs. West Virginia)
12 p.m. ET on ESPN
We find the Mountaineers in a “Fat & Happy” spot (won and covered three straight). Texas looks like it will not have the services of Mo Bamba again for the regular season finale in Austin. The Mountaineers drilled Texas by 35 (86-51) with Mo Bamba playing on Jan. 20. If you recall, WVU blew a sizable lead in the second half to Kansas in the game prior. Also, Texas had just pulled off its biggest win of the season vs. Texas Tech. The result was not surprising.
Texas is desperate to get another win to improve its at-large chances, as the Horns currently sit right on the bubble. UT showed me a lot by staying inside of the number at Kansas the other night without Bama. Shaka’s team simply doesn’t quit. I think they come out inspired today at home looking to avenge that embarrassing loss in Morgantown against a potentially flat, fat, and happy West Virginia squad.