College Basketball Injuries Bettors Need to Know on Saturday

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As we get later into the college basketball season, injuries start to pile up across the nation.

And it seems like there are quite a few key injury questions going into this loaded Saturday college basketball card, so I wanted to touch on 12 games that could be impacted. I will update as I get confirmation on any.

Texas at Iowa State (-1)

You probably know by now that Iowa State lost potential lottery pick Tyrese Halliburton for the season to injury. The Cyclones were blown out by Oklahoma in their first game since he went down and remember that they lost earlier this season at home as 25-point favorites to Florida A&M when Halliburton didn’t play.

I’m starting to think Haliburton could be worth six or seven points to the spread, which is almost unheard of in college hoops.

That said, Texas has no shortage of injuries. The Longhorns won’t have the services of big man Jericho Sims in addition to guard Jase Febres and forward Kai Jones. Sims not only leads the team in rebounds at north of eight per game, he’s the only one on the team to average more than four.

Clear stay away game for me.

Northwestern at Penn State (-13)

Penn State’s win at Purdue was even more impressive when you consider second-leading scorer Myreon Jones didn’t play. He’s officially questionable but I don’t think he suits up based on some recent comments from head coach Pat Chambers.

Illinois at Rutgers (-3.5)

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