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We’ve arrived at that great point of the college basketball season where games are really starting to matter. Selection Sunday is only five weeks away and we’re only 38 days away from the start of the First Four games.
This also means that, before we know it, we’ll have run out of college hoops games to bet on, so let’s take advantage while we can. We’ve circled three games we like on Saturday’s slate.
West Virginia vs. Oklahoma
West Virginia -3
Oklahoma has been strong on their own court this season with a home record of 12-2 on the year, but they welcome a Mountaineers squad that is coming in hot.
West Virginia has won its last two games by a combined 24 points and the ‘Neers will be looking to make a statement on the road in an under the radar big game when it comes to the Big 12 landscape.
The biggest difference-maker in this one is that West Virginia dominates the glass while Oklahoma absolutely does not. West Virginia may be shooting less than 44% from the field this season, but this team is also scoring 73.4 points per game and that’s due to them getting second-chance points off the offensive glass.
West Virginia’s lockdown defense on top of the fact it leads the Big 12 in offensive boards while Oklahoma sits dead last in the conference will be the difference in a tight game.
Kentucky vs. Tennessee
The Wildcats don’t like traveling to Knoxville seeing as how they’ve lost four-straight at Tennessee, but that number won’t reach five on Saturday.
Tennessee guard Josiah-Jordan James is banged up and he’ll likely be a game-time decision in this one. If he can’t go then it could be an even longer day for the Vols who sit 12th in the SEC averaging 66.6 points per game. His possible absence throws in a not so great wrinkle with the Vols’ rotation. Kentucky, on the other hand, is loaded with talented guards that can score on their own while also feeding big man Nick Richards, who should have a big day in Knoxville.
Kentucky is 4-1-0 against the spread away from Lexington and that record will improve on Saturday as the Wildcats will continue to build momentum.
Minnesota vs. Penn State
Penn State -6
Penn State will be looking for revenge in this one as the Nittany Lions lost to the Golden Gophers 75-69 on the road earlier in the season.
The Nittany Lions enter this one winners of five straight and are fresh off of an impressive win at Michigan State. Minnesota beat Wisconsin in its most recent game, but the Gophers have lost two of three overall.
The biggest factor in this one? The game itself, and the fact that it’s on Penn State’s floor. This could be the biggest home game for Penn State hoops in many years and this team is entering the big game with all the momentum on its side.
Revenge is in the air and Big Ten is still up for grabs with the Nittany Lions still alive in the chase, Penn State wins this one big.