In this college basketball regular season, COVID-19 postponements are still to be accounted for. One high-profile game that was postponed was the Big 12 clash between Baylor and West Virginia. Stay tuned for more announcements and be on the watch for schedule adjustments. Meanwhile, at press time, these online betting games below for Wednesday through Sunday were still on track to be played:
Northwestern Wildcats at Ohio State Buckeyes (Wednesday)
The Northwestern Wildcats started the Big Ten season 3-0 but have since lost multiple games. One of Northwestern’s early wins was against Ohio State, so the Wildcats will be trying to sweep the season series. The Buckeyes will be out for revenge as they try to fight toward the top tier of the Big Ten standings.
Arkansas Razorbacks at LSU Tigers (Wednesday)
This game is one of a lot of bubble games. Arkansas and LSU are both trying to establish themselves in the SEC. Accumulating wins will provide a buffer against any potential losing streaks that might emerge. The winner of this game will noticeably improve its odds of making the NCAA Tournament, though plenty of basketball remains to be played.
Texas Tech Red Raiders at Texas Longhorns (Wednesday)
This is a matchup of Top 20 teams. Texas is No. 4 in the nation after winning on the road against West Virginia, a ranked opponent, Saturday. The Longhorns are getting clutch shotmaking up and down the roster. They simply shoot the ball better this season than they did in previous seasons under coach Shaka Smart. Andrew Jones was the man who hit the game-winning shot against West Virginia over the weekend, but on other occasions, it’s Matt Coleman who steps up for the Longhorns. This balance gives them a great chance to win anytime they step on a court. Texas Tech will have its hands full.
Stanford Cardinal at Utah Utes (Thursday)
This game is a must-have for a Utah team that just lost at home to Oregon and was lost to Colorado on Monday. Utah has already taken some significant hits in Pac-12 play, and it has to be able to rack up good wins at home. This would be one such win; Stanford has an NCAA Tournament resume and needs to stay on the right path. Utah can play spoiler for the Cardinal while giving itself a chance to achieve something substantial.
Washington State Cougars at UCLA Bruins (Thursday)
The Washington State Cougars are 9-2, much better than most people expected. Analysts are wondering, however, if that record is more a product of Washington State’s quality, or if it is the primary result of a soft nonconference schedule. The Cougars can prove they’re for real if they can beat Pac-12 leader UCLA. The Bruins are 5-0 in the conference. They haven’t dominated opponents, but they have still won every Pac-12 game. They’ll try to keep it rolling against Wazzu.
Purdue Boilermakers at Indiana Hoosiers (Thursday)
This game is a rivalry, but it’s also a bubble game. Neither Purdue nor Indiana have a large margin for error, having lost multiple games. The winner will feel a lot better about its March Madness chances, but the loser will have reason to worry.
Michigan State Spartans at Iowa Hawkeyes (Thursday)
The Michigan State Spartans have lost several Big Ten games. They are in the middle of the conference standings. Iowa, on the other hand, is in second place at 5-1 in the Big Ten. National Player of the Year favorite Luka Garza is powering Iowa to heights the program hasn’t known in multiple decades. This will be a tough assignment for Michigan State.
Arizona State Sun Devils at Oregon Ducks (Thursday)
This is a huge game for an Arizona State team that just lost to UCLA and USC at home this past week. The Sun Devils did not have their star player, guard Remy Martin, for either game. They hope to have him back against an Oregon team which is 4-1 in the Pac-12 under coach Dana Altman.
BYU Cougars at Saint Mary’s Gaels (Thursday)
This game is the battle for second place in the West Coast Conference behind Gonzaga. BYU and Saint Mary’s fight for positioning in the WCC while Gonzaga soars as the conference’s juggernaut. This game annually matters a lot, and this is no exception.
Wisconsin Badgers at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Friday)
The Wisconsin Badgers visit Michigan early in the week. If they lose at Michigan, this becomes a huge game for them. This is a big tilt for Rutgers, which has struggled with injuries and needs a pick-me-up at home.
Ohio State Buckeyes at Illinois Fighting Illini (Saturday)
The Buckeyes visit an Illinois team that just lost at home to Maryland. The Illini are going to be angry, and Ohio State will need to weather the storm against Ayo Dosunmu and the rest of the Illini.
North Carolina Tar Heels at Florida State Seminoles (Saturday)
This game is a clash of unknown teams. North Carolina has a young backcourt that makes a lot of mistakes and is requiring a lot of time to evolve and round into form. Florida State hasn’t played in a few weeks due to COVID-19, and the Seminoles lost a few games before their season was paused. This is a case of teams struggling and needing to find a spark. The winner here will hope to gain a real catapult midway through its season and get on a roll in late January.
Michigan Wolverines at Minnesota Golden Gophers (Saturday)
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost several blowout games on the road, but at home, they have beaten Iowa and multiple other quality Big Ten teams. Can Michigan solve Minnesota’s home-court problem? We’ll see.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at North Carolina State Wolfpack (Saturday)
This game is a bubble game in the ACC. These teams figure to be close to the bubble’s magic line in March, so any leverage the teams can get right now would be valuable.
Stanford Cardinal at Colorado Buffaloes (Saturday)
These teams both look like NCAA Tournament teams, but winning a head-to-head battle would make the victor feel a lot better about its chances of playing in March Madness.
Xavier Musketeers at Seton Hall Pirates (Saturday)
This is a Big East battleground game between teams fighting for third place in the conference. Villanova and Creighton are the class of the Big East, but the scramble for third is a free-for-all. The winner here gets a leg up.
Arkansas Razorbacks at Alabama Crimson Tide (Saturday)
This game is another SEC bubble game. Alabama started its season slowly but has become better of late. The Tide will try to stay on course, while Arkansas will try to grab a crucial road win.
Baylor Bears at Texas Tech Red Raiders (Saturday)
The fact that Baylor won’t play West Virginia on Tuesday will mean the Bears should enter this game physically fresh and rested. That could be an important advantage for the No. 2 team in the country.
Virginia Cavaliers at Clemson Tigers (Saturday)
This is a game in which Clemson is surprisingly the higher-ranked team and Virginia is likely to be an underdog on the college basketball odds. Brad Brownell has Clemson playing great basketball, while Virginia has not been able to find a higher gear under coach Tony Bennett. Virginia’s perimeter shooting has not been as good as the team – or national pundits – expected before the season began.
Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma State Cowboys (Saturday)
This game is a Big 12 bubble game featuring Oklahoma State freshman Cade Cunningham, viewed by many as a future top-five NBA draft pick. Oklahoma just got done with a rough part of its schedule, playing top-eight teams – Baylor and Kansas – in consecutive games.
Gonzaga Bulldogs at Saint Mary’s Gaels (Saturday)
The Gonzaga Bulldogs, unbeaten, might not get tested, but the Saint Mary’s Gaels, a longtime conference rival in the WCC, will try to push the Zags.
Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan State Spartans (Sunday)
The Hoosiers and Spartans are not in an ideal position in the Big Ten. The loser here might be in trouble as far as making the NCAA Tournament is concerned.
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