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Biggest Games Of The Week For January 27-31

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In this college basketball regular season, the end of January means the SEC-Big 12 Challenge. Look for those games in our online sportsbook on Saturday, along with other featured attractions. Let’s take a closer look at the biggest online betting odds for this week.

Creighton Bluejays vs Seton Hall Pirates (Wednesday)

The Creighton Bluejays lost a game they were not expected to when they fell at home to the Providence Friars. They have virtually no remaining margin for error in their bid to catch and pass the Big East-leading Villanova Wildcats for the conference title. This is going to be a tough road test. Seton Hall has been a tough out at home in recent seasons, and the Pirates nearly won at Villanova last week. If Creighton can survive this road trip, that will be a good and hopeful indicator for the Jays as they head into the month of February.

College Basketball Betting: Biggest Games Of The Week For January 27-31
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Virginia Tech Hokies vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Wednesday)

This game is important for Virginia Tech, which just got spanked by Syracuse over the weekend and needs to avoid a two-game losing streak with tougher ACC games ahead in February. Virginia Tech got into a losing spiral last season, and once that downward movement began, the Hokies weren’t able to halt their slide. It’s important that Virginia Tech doesn’t get sucked into a negative vortex once again. The Hokies have to take care of the games they are expected to win. If they do, they should be good for the NCAA Tournament since they have a high-quality win over Villanova on their resume.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs North Carolina State Wolfpack (Wednesday)

This is a must-win for North Carolina State, a team on the bubble playing at home against an inferior opponent. North Carolina State has to play a tough schedule in February, so if it can’t take care of games such as this one, the Wolfpack are in huge trouble for the NCAA Tournament.

Wisconsin Badgers vs Maryland Terrapins (Wednesday)

This game is important for both teams. Maryland won at Wisconsin earlier in the season, so the Badgers are playing for revenge. Wisconsin lost to Ohio State on Saturday and needs to avoid a losing streak as well. Maryland has some great wins on the road but has not won big games at home. The Terps need to be able to stack together wins and show they can beat good teams at home.

Louisville Cardinals vs Clemson Tigers (Wednesday)

These teams have struggled in recent weeks, but Louisville was at least able to dig out a tough, ugly win over Duke on Saturday. Clemson has been blown out repeatedly. Both teams are on frail footing, but Clemson is on the verge of allowing this season to completely slip away. There will be a ton of pressure involved in this contest, with two squads trying to reorient their expectations and their sense of what is possible in the coming weeks.

Boise State Broncos vs Colorado State Rams (Wednesday)

This game is a meeting of two of the top three teams in the Mountain West. Both are in good shape for the NCAA Tournament, but Colorado State is not in quite as good a spot as Boise State. The Rams have improved their resume in recent weeks with a huge win over Utah State, but they need to build on that result to feel secure about their March Madness chances.

Michigan State Spartans vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Thursday)

These Big Ten teams are on the bubble and need a spark before February. The stakes are high and the sense of desperation surrounding these programs is noticeable.

Oregon Ducks vs UCLA Bruins (Thursday)

This is a game between the best teams in the Pac-12. The Ducks and Bruins were originally supposed to play in late December but had that game postponed due to COVID-19 issues among the referees for the game. This could be the Pac-12 game of the season and will be interesting to monitor for the college basketball odds.

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Illinois Fighting Illini (Friday)

This is a Top-20 matchup, with Iowa trying to bounce back from a loss to Indiana this past Thursday. Iowa has a great offense and a shaky defense. Illinois has a tendency to go through terrible lulls on offense. Illinois has a smaller margin for error here.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs Oklahoma Sooners (Saturday)

This is part of the SEC-Big 12 Challenge, a set of nonconference games in the middle of the conference season. Alabama is now the favorite to win the SEC. Coach Nate Oats has done an amazing job with the Tide in a short amount of time. Oklahoma has wins over Kansas and West Virginia. Beating Alabama here would make OU a near-lock for the NCAA Tournament.

Florida Gators vs West Virginia Mountaineers (Saturday)

This SEC-Big 12 Challenge game features bubble team Florida against Top-20 team West Virginia. It’s a huge chance for the Gators to move up the board and reduce their nerves heading into February. Florida could breathe a lot easier if it can bag an upset on the road.

Villanova Wildcats vs Seton Hall Pirates (Saturday)

This game is a rematch of a game played last week. Villanova led by one point in the final seconds, and Seton Hall dropped a pass that would have given the Pirates a chance for a game-winning layup. Let’s see if Seton Hall can bounce back and earn a split of the season series.

Virginia Cavaliers vs Virginia Tech Hokies (Saturday)

The ACC-leading Cavaliers have not yet lost a game in their conference. Virginia Tech is trying to stay in the ACC title hunt and at least gain a top-four placement for seeding purposes at the ACC Tournament in March. Virginia Tech could badly use a win here.

Kansas Jayhawks vs Tennessee Volunteers (Saturday)

This game is a clash of two teams that were expected to be great before the season started, and which have not lived up to those high-end expectations. Kansas has a lack of a dynamic point guard, and Tennessee doesn’t have a scorer it can trust to take over at the end of a game. This contest will test both teams’ weaknesses.

Texas Longhorns vs Kentucky Wildcats (Saturday)

These teams have engaged in role reversal. In most years, Kentucky would be headed for a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament while Texas would struggle and be headed for the NIT. This time, it’s Texas in the elite position and Kentucky facing the possibility of not playing in the postseason with a sub-.500 record. Let’s see if Kentucky – with over a month left in its season – can turn things around. Additionally, to check out more specific information about the NCAAB props available for the Miami Florida vs Houston matchup.

Michigan State Spartans vs Ohio State Buckeyes (Sunday)

The Ohio State Buckeyes are safely in the NCAA Tournament, but Michigan State is not. Can the Spartans come up with a special performance and reduce their level of bubble pressure?

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