We bring bettors three of the best college basketball predictions on Thursday. Fill your boots before a big weekend of sport with our midweek parlay. The online sportsbook features the best games on the card, including Stanford vs. Utah, Purdue vs. Indiana, and Pepperdine vs. Gonzaga. Fans of online betting will enjoy all three games, so see our College Basketball Thursday Parlay predictions below.
Stanford (8-3) vs Utah (4-5)
When: Thursday, 5 p.m., ET
Where: Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City
Analysis: Stanford started well and the 8-3 record is reflective of its overall talent. Oscar da Silva has emerged as a rising star, with the forward averaging 19.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
It holds a 4-1 conference record and is doing a good job of chasing down 5-0 UCLA. The Cardinal have won four of their last five games, with the only loss coming to Oregon earlier in January.
Utah hasn’t been as impressive, posting a 4-5 record and it’s 1-4 in conference play. The Utes are riding a four-game losing streak, which started with a loss to UCLA. Losses to USC, Oregon, and Colorado, have put the Utes in a tough position.
It appeared as though Utah was in for a good season after starting 4-1. However, cracks have started to appear and Stanford could hold the aces.
We respect the talent shown by Utah earlier but the recent losing streak is a worry. Therefore, we have Stanford winning on the road.
Stanford comes off impressive wins over Washington and Washington State, so it is battle-hardened and ready to win again.
Pick: Stanford 74 Utah 68
Purdue (8-5) vs Indiana (8-5)
When: Thursday, 7 p.m., ET
Where: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Indiana
Analysis: Two 8-5 teams do battle as the Boilermakers head to Indiana to face the Hoosiers.
Purdue is always a tough team to beat, and Michigan State found that out last week. The 55-54 win was a statement victory for Purdue, which could go on a winning run.
The win came on the back of consecutive losses to Rutgers and Illinois, tough college basketball teams. Facing Indiana is another tough outing, given the Hoosiers’ recent form.
The Hoosiers lost to Illinois on Boxing Day, but have rebounded with three wins from their last four games. Wins over Penn State, Maryland, and Nebraska, have put Indiana right back into contention.
Trayce Jackson-Davis is averaging 20.1 points and 9.3 rebounds, so a double-double is well within his reach. He could be the difference and offset the play from Purdue’s Trevion Williams.
A close game is expected but we give the edge to Indiana. Playing at home helps its chances, and recent confidence gained from beating Nebraska could be all it needs.
The inside defense could be a big factor for Indiana, which averages five blocks per game. If the Hoosiers can guard the paint, it will force Purdue to make outside shots.
Pick: Indiana 72, Purdue 65 I
Pepperdine (4-5) vs Gonzaga (12-0)
When: Thursday, 9 p.m, ET
Where: McCarthey Athletic Center
Analysis: College basketball markets aren’t giving Pepperdine much of a chance to beat the best team in the country. It’s a fair assessment but the Waves have shown fight throughout the season.
They pushed UCLA in December, and despite losing three of four games since, Pepperdine has talented players. Colbey Ross averages 19 points per game, and Kessler Edwards looks to have a bright future.
Is it enough to beat March Madness-bound Gonzaga? Pepperdine is unlikely to give the Bulldogs a stern test, but the Waves could stick around for the first half. Gonzaga is 12-0 after beating Portland 116-88, and it will eye this as another easy game.
The Bulldogs were tested earlier in the season when beating Kansas, West Virginia, and Iowa, but they haven’t faced much in the way of opposition since.
Gonzaga will be the firm favorites to beat Pepperdine, and the points spread should be in the high 30’s. The Bulldogs are good enough to cover whatever spread the online sportsbook releases.
Bettors should be confident with Gonzaga and our three-team parlay is unlikely to lose on the final leg.
Pick: Gonzaga 109, Pepperdine 70