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College Basketball Betting Picks: Our Staff’s 6 Favorite Saturday Bets


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There’s something poetic about the first big January college basketball slate.

Football is ending. The holidays are over. It’s probably cold and wet outside. And the only thing that can save you is nearly 130 college hoops games running for more than 12 hours.

Our experts boiled down this massive card to one favorite pick each, and came up with these:

College Basketball Betting Picks

Odds as of Saturday morning and via PointsBet, where Action Network users can access an exclusive promotion to get a 200% deposit match (deposit $50, bet with $150). No strings attached. No rollover required.

Mike Randle

  • Odds: West Virginia +10 at Kansas
  • Over/Under: 141
  • Time: 4 pm
  • TV: ESPN+

This game compares perfectly to yesterday’s Ohio State-Wisconsin battle. It’s a conference battle between two top teams, where the metrics created an initial betting of close to double-digits. But this game should come down to the last few minutes, just like the Badgers 61-57 win at Ohio State.

West Virginia (11-1) is coming off an impressive 67-59 win over those Buckeyes and has only lost a two-point game at St. John’s. The Mountaineers are 6-6 overall against the spread but have covered three of their past four games.

Kansas (10-2) returns home after an impressive 72-56 road win over Stanford. The Jayhawks are only 7-5 ATS including just 3-2.

The Mountaineers bring incredible defensive pressure, ranking second in the nation in effective field goal percentage and holds opponents to a microscopic 41.9% from 2P.

Even more importantly, West Virginia ranks third in the country against the 3P, allowing opponents to only shoot an average of 25.4%.

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