A lighter slate on Tuesday still has plenty of college basketball betting parlay potential. BetUS online sportsbook has most of these games on hand with several complete with their own props.
We’ve got at least five Top 25 teams on deck but matchup-wise, I only favor one game with a Top 25 team. Let’s focus on the three best matchups per online sports betting odds.
College Basketball Parlay
(11) Alabama Crimson Tide vs South Carolina Gamecocks
Starting off, let’s head to the SEC where no. 11 Alabama takes on South Carolina, a team that’s been limited to 12 games due to quarantine. ‘Bama leads the SEC but saw its bid for an unbeaten conference record snapped by Missouri. They’re 10-1 and 15-5 overall. UofSC is 3-5 in the conference and 5-7 overall.
We’re beginning with a layup here. Alabama should still be incensed at falling short in beating Mizzu on Saturday. The Tide maintained their pinpoint three-point accuracy but shot poorly everywhere else. This is a team that still ranks 11th in the nation ins threes made per game at 10.5.
The Gamecocks have solid perimeter defense, but it won’t be enough to put a lid on Bama while their own offense won’t be able to keep up (ranked 100th). The Tide have the second-best rated defense by KenPom.com and they hold opponents to 29.6% shooting from deep. Even Mizzu hit just three of their 20 treys.
It’s back to business for Bama who will comfortably get back on the win column with a double-digit win over the Gamecocks.
Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide to win and cover
Arkansas Razorbacks vs Kentucky Wildcats
Sticking with the SEC, this tilt featuring the injury-laden Razorbacks and Wildcats could look ugly, but Arkansas “got this.” The team is 6-4 in the conference tied with Tennessee and Florida. They’re 14-5 overall. UK is 4-6 and 5-12 overall and one of this season’s most disappointing teams.
Both of these squads have elite defenses and ranked in the top 20 by KenPom. The disparity here lies with the offense. The Wildcats have been atrocious on this end. Their 29.9% shooting from deep is 310th in the nation and they’ve only broken the 80-point barrier twice.
Arkansas isn’t a great offense as well, but they can score consistently. They have decent outside shooting and can fill it up in a hurry as several of their 90-point explosions have shown. They also have great team rebounding.
This will be a grueling game and despite the Razorbacks’ 11-7 record against the spread, they’ve only covered in three of their last five games as a favorite. I like them to beat Kentucky confidently but within a certain range.
Pick: Arkansas Razorbacks to win
St. John’s Red Storm vs Butler Bulldogs
Capping it off is a Big East battle between St. John’s and Butler. The Red Storm are 7-6 in the conference and 13-7 overall while Butler is 5-8 and 6-10. These two teams already met previously with St. John’s winning by a dozen, a result that should be replicated here.
I favor St. John’s here but not by too much. The last game was close and while the Red Storm have superior firepower, Butler has an underrated defense. The Bulldogs lost the last game because they were too sloppy on offense and couldn’t hit free throws.
In a close game, those mistakes will always cost Butler, especially against one of the best teams at forcing turnovers like St. John’s. Even if SJU isn’t special in anything, they’re an opportunistic team and play efficiently enough to beat the Butlers of the world.
Pick: St. John’s Red Storm to win
Parlay: Alabama to cover, Arkansas to win, and St. John’s to win
We continue to inch toward NCAA March Madness and doing these parlays is like picking the teams to look out for in the tournament.
Alabama and Arkansas are two SEC teams that should make noise thanks to their defense. St. John’s is on the fringe, but their ability to win turnover battles is one to watch.
Instead of straight covers, I went with the money line. It’s a smaller payout, but given the defense-first nature of the matchups, we might see less scoring and more “what are you guys doing?!” Save on the sweat.