Week 3 College Basketball Free Picks
This Week College Basketball Returns to the Basics

The weekend ushers in a round of college basketball betting that ball fans shouldn’t miss namely Florida vs. Syracuse and Vanderbilt vs. Louisville on Friday and UNC vs. Kentucky and Marquette vs. Wisconsin on Saturday.

Here is a quick preview of these games to get you started thinking of where to place your bets once betting lines are put to press at BetUS.com.pa.

No.9 Florida vs. No.3 Syracuse:
Florida Gators (5-1, 0-0 SEC) take on the undefeated Syracuse Orange (7-0, 0-0 Big East) on Friday, a game that should be interesting to tune into. Syracuse is after an impressive 84-48 routing of EMU and is looking to make it 8 wins in a row. Can the Gators halt them in their tracks?  Form is encouraging as the Gators are riding a four-game winning streak since dropping their second game of the season to OSU, 81-74. Moreover, they are third overall this season in points per game and 8th overall in rebounds per game.

Important betting trends to keep in mind: Florida is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games on the road and the total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida's last 5 games on the road. Syracuse is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games and  5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home.

If a team were to hand Syracuse its first defeat of the season, Florida is a good bet to bet on accomplishing the upset.

No. 19 Vanderbilt vs. N.6 Louisville:
The 19th ranked Vanderbilt is faced with a tough ask on Friday: to attempt to hand No. 6 Louisville its first defeat on the season. Vanderbilt is a solid 5-2, 0-0 SEC on the season but the Louisville loom large with an unblemished 6-0, 0-0 Big East record.  The task becomes more difficult considering that Vanderbilt is after a heartbreaking 82-70 OT defeat to No.11 ran Xavier Musketeers.

Several recent betting trends are encouraging for Vanderbilt however including that they are 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 games on the road and 5-2 SU in the last 7 games on the road. Still this is Louisville’s game to lose and given that they are 5-0 SU in the last 5 games and 5-0 SU in the last 5 games at home, they do appear to be the better bet.

Louisville to extend winning form

No.5 UNC vs. Kentucky:
The fifth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels rebounded nicely after dropping their first game on the season, 90-80 to UNLV, with a crunch 60-57 win over No.7 Wisconsin. That narrow victory couldn’t have come at a better time than before a big date with top-ranked University of Kentucky Wildcats, who are an irreproachable 6-0, 0-0 SEC on the season and dubbed as the faves in markets across the board.  

Worthwhile betting trends to note: Kentucky is 1-7-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing North Caroline and 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing North Carolina. On the flipside, North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road and the total has gone UNDER in 16 of North Carolina's last 22 games on the road Pick: With both teams going into this clash on a wave of optimism this game should be the weekend’s main course. Expect a tight and competitive battle between these two teams with UNC potentially pulling off the unthinkable.

No.16 Marquette vs. No.7 Wisconsin:
The Marquette Golden Eagles take a perfect 6-0, 0-0 Big East record to Kohl Centre where they’ll take on the seventh-ranked Wisconsin Badgers 6-1, 0-0 Big Ten, hoping to extend their run of form to seven in a row. And the prognosis for the Marquette Golden Eagles seems to be rather encouraging, if you ask me. Why? Because the Badgers are after their first defeat on the term. Granted it was a narrow 60-57 road defeat to UNC but the combination of travel and defeat can take its toll, even on such a good team as Wisconsin so obviously is.

Historically, the Golden Eagles haven’t fared well against Wisconsin, boasting a meagre 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Wisconsin. But it might be time to beef up that stat and the opportunity is there for the taking.

Pick: Undoubtedly, Wisconsin is a good bet to win but methinks Marquette could give them a good run for their money in NCAA College Basketball betting.