College Basketball Parlay Of The Day For 3-12-22

If you ask me, Selection Sunday should be a national holiday, as it is at least as exciting as Christmas morning! But instead of getting yet another pair of socks or a tie from your kids, you get to see the entire field of 68 get revealed live on national television! Some of your favorite teams out there might be sweating it out on the bubble, whereas others have already punched their ticket to the madness, and they are just waiting around to see who they play first.

And while Selection Sunday might be my single favorite day of the year, we still have some work left to do today, as we have all kinds of action on the college hoops hardwood, as teams compete to hear their names called tomorrow afternoon. We have championship games in many tournaments and semifinals games in the rest, on what is going to be an action-packed day of games. Highlight games include UCLA against Arizona, Kentucky against Tennessee, and Texas Tech against Kansas.

NCAA tickets will be punched today for the American East, ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Sky, Big West, Conference USA, MAC, MEAC, Mountain West, PAC-12, Southland, and the WAC. With so much action on the board, I can’t wait to jump right in! With that, we will get after it, delivering max value, with everyone’s favorite way to play, the parlay! Let’s get started!

Money Line Magic Parlay

Our money line magic college basketball parlay is a parlay that is made up of exclusively money line bets. Unlike point spread plays where a team has to win by a certain amount of points to win your bet, on a money line play, all your team has to do is win the game to get you paid. To make up for the fact that some teams are favorites and others are underdogs, you are going to either lay odds when betting on favorites or be paid out at odds for your bet if you take the underdog.

Texas Tech Red Raiders at Kansas Jayhawks (-145)

The Big 12 will crown their league champion today, as the Kansas Jayhawks square off against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Nobody is shocked to see these teams as the last 2 teams playing in this tournament as both teams have been excellent all season long, and the winner of this game could climb all of the way up to the 1-line in the NCAA tournament. With so many elite teams losing in the last couple of weeks, with the exception of the Gonzaga Bulldogs, who are done playing and have a 1-seed firmly locked up, the rest of that top line is wide open.

If the Jayhawks win this game, they will almost certainly snag a 1-seed, and that is how I see this one playing out. KU is just happy to not have to be playing TCU again, as they were forced to play the Horned Frogs 3 times in the last 2 weeks. Kansas lost one of those games but erased that rough night off of their resume with back-to-back wins over TCU, including knocking them out of this tournament last night. The Jayhawks will play another team today that has a win over them already this season, against the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech took the first meeting between these teams earlier this year in Lubbock, and they nearly swept them in the regular season, as they went into Lawrence and took KU to overtime before coming up short in the extra period. So, we know that the Red Raiders CAN win this game, the question is, WILL they? I just don’t think so.

No disrespect to the Red Raiders, but I just think Kansas is the more talented team in this matchup. This game is sure to be tightly contested, and we are absolutely going to have to sweat it hard, but winning in the Big 12 is a birthright for Jayhawks fans, and they have done it far too consistently, for far too long, not to want to be on their side today.

While this is a neutral floor game, it is in Kansas City, so you can expect the stands to be packed with blue and red, as the Jayhawk supporters should be out in droves. This game is must-see TV, so make sure that you don’t miss a minute of the action and that you get your bets in on Kansas at a very reasonable price. Rock, chalk, Jayhawk!

Virginia Tech Hokies at Duke Blue Devils (-250)

For our next play, we will head to the ACC tournament finals, where perennial powerhouse Duke will play a Virginia Tech Hokies squad that is making their first-ever appearance in the ACC tournament finals. The Blue Devils are favored, and rightly so, as they have dominated the ACC for much of the season. A lot has been made of how down the ACC is this year, but a win for the Blue Devils likely puts them on the top line for the NCAA tournament, and when I see that Duke has wins over the likes of Gonzaga and Kentucky this year, this is a team that must be considered a national title contender.

The same just can’t be said for Virginia Tech, as the Hokies came into this tournament sitting fairly close to the bubble, and they are just happy to be here right now. I would think that this run to the ACC finals should be enough to secure their dancing shoes when the field is announced tomorrow, and the Hokies are going to be a team that nobody wants to see in their bracket, as they have played quality basketball down the stretch.

It has been a remarkable turnaround in Blacksburg this season, as the Hokies were once just 2-7 in league play, so to see them finish the regular season with a winning record in conference and then follow it up with 3 wins in as many days in the ACC tournament, has been impressive. But my gut tells me that run ends today, as the gas tank has to be on E after playing 4 games in the last 7 days, with one of those games going into overtime and all of them being tightly contested.

Give the Hokies a hard-earned participation trophy today in Brooklyn, as Duke is going to win this game. And now that Virginia Tech’s spot in the Big Dance is locked down, I am sure Hokie’s fans will be happy with how they finished up the season win or lose today. This will be Coach K’s final ACC tournament game, and as long as the Blue Devils don’t allow that to distract them like they did in the regular season finale against North Carolina, I see the Dukies coasting to the win today.

Monmouth Hawks at Saint Peter’s Peacocks (-150)

When the Iona Gaels got upset by Rider in their opening game of this tournament, it left this MAAC tournament field wide open. The Gaels were the regular season champions of the league and the prohibitive favorites to win this tournament and head back to the NCAA tournament for the 2nd consecutive season. But now that Rick Pitino’s team is out, that leaves the 2-seed, the Saint Peter’s Peacocks, as the new favorites to represent the league in the madness.

The Peacocks have played the favorites roll well, with wins over Fairfield and Quinnipiac, with both wins coming by double digits, and I expect them to stay hot today with a win over the 4-seed Monmouth. To see the Hawks still playing right now was hard to expect, as they barely snuck past Niagara in their first game on the MAAC tournament. They undeniably caught a huge break with Rider beating Iona, and they took full advantage of it, ending the Broncs season with a 72-68 win yesterday. But not many people had the Hawks in the tournament finals today, and I think that this run is just about over for Monmouth.

The Hawks limped into the postseason, losing 3 of their last 4 games of the regular season, including a homecourt loss to Saint Peter’s in late February. When you see that Saint Peters is playing their best basketball of the season right now, with a 7-1 record in their last 8 games, I will make my play on the hot hand Peacocks. It is very difficult to beat a team 3 times in one year, but that is what is going to happen in this one, as the Peacocks win and advance.

Money Line Magic Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Kansas Jayhawks -145
  • Duke Blue Devils -250
  • Saint Peter’s Peacocks -150

$100 Bet Pays $395

Game Total Parlay

Game total plays are commonly referred to as over/under bets because you are betting over or under the posted point total for a game. The game total is calculated by adding up the final scores of both teams. If that total score adds up to more than the total, the over bets win. If the total score adds up to under that total, bets on the under win. If the total score lands exactly on the posted total, all bets push.

Tulane Green Wave at Houston Cougars Over 132

One thing that I love about championship week is that we get to see many games that we have already seen play out in the regular season. We can crunch numbers and project games all that we want, but to have the knowledge of how these teams actually match up on the floor is a great tool to have in our toolbox when it comes to handicapping these games. In this matchup between Tulane and Houston, we have already seen these teams play twice this year.

In the first game, the final score finished at 135 points. In their next meeting, the final score was 148 points. Kenpom has this 3rd meeting projected to finish at 138 points, which, based on the previous matchups, feels like a sharp line. But when I see that the books are going to ignore those previous games, and the analytics, with this line sitting at just 132 points, it opens up tremendous value on the over.

I mean, I get it, Houston has a great defense, but they had that same great D in both of those first games that went over this total too, so I won’t let that change my mind. I will take the over in this game, and as long as Tulane can keep it somewhat close, we won’t have to sweat it out much at all, as this game sails to the over on what can only be described as a bad line that must be exploited.

Creighton Blue Jays at Villanova Wildcats Over 128

Is there a team doing more with less right now than the Creighton Blue Jays? Creighton lost their best player a couple of weeks ago when starting point guard Ryan Nembhard went down with a season-ending injury, but that hasn’t slowed the Blue Jays down much, as they have won 3 of their last 4 games with signature wins over UCONN, Marquette, and a massive beatdown over the Big East regular season champions, the Providence Friars, last night.

I expect that hot streak to continue today against Vilanova with a trip to the tourney on the line. I have the Blue Jays in my field of 68, but they are sitting right at the cut line, so this game means a lot for Creighton. After watching them drop 85 points on PC yesterday and score 79 on Villanova in a win over the Wildcats earlier this season, Creighton is going to score some points tonight. And as long as the Blue Jays score, we are going to cash this ticket on the over, as we all know that Nova is going to get theirs too. I am on the over in this game that will likely be played out in the 70’s.

Akron Zips at Kent State Golden Flashes Over 123.5

Akron and Kent State will battle it out today for the MAC championship in what is sure to be one of the most exciting games on the slate this afternoon. Kent State has caught fire in the 2nd half of the season, as after a 9-9 start, they enter play today riding a 14-game winning streak. The Golden Flashes haven’t been known for their ability to score the basketball, but they have posted some eyepopping totals down the stretch.

Kent State has scored 75 or more points in 8 of their last 14 games, as they have picked up the pace on offense, and they have scored efficiently. If the Golden Flashes come anywhere near 75 points in this game, this over will come in with ease, as the Zips are sure to put up a fight and keep this game close.

The last time these teams played, the final total was 130 points, and I wouldn’t at all be surprised if this game is even higher scoring tonight. I’ll call this one at 73-65 with Kent State staying hot and punching their dance card to the madness.

Game Total Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Tulane Green Wave at Houston Cougars Over 132 -110
  • Creighton Blue Jays at Villanova Wildcats Over 128 -110
  • Akron Zips at Kent State Golden Flashes Over 123.5 -110

$100 Bet Pays $700

The Daily Dog

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Kentucky Wildcats at Tennessee Volunteers (+130)

What a monster game this is between Tennessee and Kentucky. Technically any team that hears their names called tomorrow on Selection Sunday has a chance to win the national title, but in reality, I see about a dozen teams that could actually cut down the nets at the Final Four. Both the Vols and Wildcats are in that top tier of teams, making this game a potential Final Four preview.

You hate to ever fade a team as talented as Kentucky, but when I see how Tennessee has played in the last month, I just can’t resist being able to back them as underdogs. The Vols went 13-2 in the 2nd half of the regular season, a run that included quality wins over Kentucky, Auburn, Arkansas, and LSU. The win over the Wildcats was particularly impressive, as Tennessee beat them by 13 points.

Kentucky has been elite all season long, but when they have played against teams that fall into that top tier of teams that could win the national title, they have mostly struggled. The Wildcats have losses to Tennessee, Duke, Auburn, and Arkansas this season, and their only truly elite wins came over Tennessee at home and Kansas on the road, and both of those came way back in January. This game is splitting hairs as both of these teams are really good, but being able to get the Vols as dogs shows too much value to pass up on.

Memphis Tigers at SMU Tigers (+170)

If you have been reading my championship picks all week, you will know that a great place to find an upset is by backing a team that has already lost to the opposition twice during the regular season. It is very tough to beat a quality team 3 times in a single season, and that is where I go to find many of my upset picks in early March. But in this game, we have the script flipped, as SMU is the team that picked up the regular season sweep over Memphis, but it is the Tigers that are major favorites in game 3.

That doesn’t make a ton of sense, as we have already watched the Mustangs handle the Tigers over the course of 80 minutes of on the floor action. I do have to give the Tigers credit though, as they have gone 11-2 down the stretch, but both of those losses came to SMU!

As a guy that loves to watch UFC fights, I know that styles make fights. And in college basketball, sometimes a team just stylistically isn’t a great matchup for another squad, despite that team being more accomplished overall. I will stick with that styles make fights mentality and back the Mustangs to win this game as massive underdogs, as they just seem to have the Tiger’s number this year.

The Daily Dog Money Line Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Tennessee Volunteers +130
  • SMU Tigers +170

$100 Bet Pays $621

Point Spread Plays

In this final section, we are making plays on the point spread. A point spread bet is the most basic of all college hoops bets. In order to cash a bet on the point spread, your team must cover the number. Like a team as a big favorite? You might have to lay a bunch of points in order to win your bet. Think the underdog will lose, but keep the game close? Then snatching up the points is the side you’ll want to be on.

Michigan State Spartans (+6.5) at Purdue Boilermakers

Tom Izzo is a winner, period, end of story. Izzo just moved into 1st place on the all-time Big 10 wins list for a head coach, and he is reminding people that March is Izzo time, with this deep run in the Big 10 conference tournament. The Spartans have not at all been consistent this season, and they nearly tanked hard enough late in the regular season to play themselves off of the bubble, but betting against Izzo in March is never a very good idea.

Izzo and his Spartans are hoping to build on the momentum that has seen them win their last 3 games, with wins over Maryland (twice) and a big win over Wisconsin yesterday. Michigan State is going to have their hands full today against Purdue, as the Boilermakers hit this tournament as the betting favorites to win it all. But the Spartans did beat Purdue at home a little over 2 weeks ago in these team’s only game during the regular season.

If you are asking yourself can the Spartans win, you got the questions answered at the Breslin Center on February 26th, and that answer is absolutely they can. Purdue is the more accomplished team in this matchup, and I see the Boilermakers as the team from the Big 10 with the best chance to win the national title, but this line is too high. The Boilermakers have looked mighty mediocre in their last 4 games, as they went 2-2, with losses to Michigan State and Wisconsin, and the wins over Indiana and Penn State were both tightly contested games.

If I had to take a stand on a side in this game, I would lean ever so slightly towards Purdue. But I can’t see many scenarios where this game isn’t highly competitive and comes down to the final few possessions to be decided. Giving Tom Izzo more than 2 full possession’s worth of points seem ludicrous, and I will snatch up those points in what should be a thriller of a game tonight from Indianapolis.

Richmond Spiders at Dayton Flyers (-2)

I have been driving the hype train for the Dayton Flyers for more than a month. The Flyers have been trying to make up for their awful start all season long, and they have played themselves into the bubble conversation with wins in 15 of their last 18 games.

The problem for the Flyers is that they tend to play down to bad competition far too often. The Flyers have losses to UMASS Lowell, Lipscomb, Austin Peay, and La Salle. All of those teams are ranked outside of the top-200 nationally, and those bad losses are making it very hard for the Flyers to get an at-large bid.

But when Dayton plays quality teams, they step up accordingly, and their wins over Miami, Kansas, Belmont, Virginia Tech, Saint Louis, St. Bonaventure, VCU, and Davidson have me hoping that the Flyers get to go dancing. The Flyers went into Richmond and beat the Spiders in the final week of the regular season, and now that this rematch will be on a neutral floor, I can only expect a better performance from Dayton. It doesn’t make a ton of sense, but Dayton plays better against decent teams, and that is what will happen in this game as the Flyers win and cover against a quality Richmond squad.

San Diego State Aztecs at Boise State Broncos (+2.5)

Our final play of the day is the top mid-major game on the slate, in the game between Boise State and San Diego State. I am high on the Mountain West Conference and hope that the league gets at least 3 bids into the Big Dance, and maybe even a 4th, as this is a high-quality league. Of all of the good teams that call the MWC home, the Broncos of Boise State stick out to me as the best of the bunch. 2 of the Broncos 3 conference losses came to Colorado State, so Boise State owes a high five to San Diego State for knocking out the Rams last night in the semifinals.

Against the rest of the league, the Broncos were exceedingly hard to beat. BSU beat San Diego State in both of their regular season meetings, holding them to just 37 points on the road. Both of these teams pride themselves on defense, and we have certainly seen that in both of their meetings, as both games were very low scoring. But where I draw the line in this one is on offense, as the Aztecs don’t have a go-to scorer, and that has led to a lot of long scoring droughts.

We have seen those struggles play out in their 4 games so far in March, as they have failed to score more than 65 points in 3 of their 4 games this month, and all 4 games were very competitive with an average margin of victory of just over 3 points per game. That includes a pair of 1-point wins over Fresno State and Nevada. Boise State is going to win this game outright, and I almost can’t believe I can get the Broncos with points against a team that they have completely shut down twice already this season. If the Aztecs can’t score, they can’t win, give me the Broncos.

Point Spread Plays Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Michigan State Spartans (+6.5) -110
  • Dayton Flyers (-2) -110
  • Boise State Broncos (+2.5) -110

$100 Bet Pays $700

Wrap Up

Parlays are a great way to make quick cash, and here you have four different ways to get in on the college basketball parlay action for today! Betting on NCAA Men’s College Hoops can be both fun and exciting, as well as being very profitable! While parlays are the name of the game, we also encourage you to make any of these plays as straight bets as well, as all of these college basketball parlay picks are high value. Make sure you swing by TheSportsGeek’s NCAA Men’s Basketball page, betting page, where our team of expert handicappers bring you sharp betting advice and free college hoops picks each and every day!

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Jason Gray / Author

Jason is a true Las Vegas insider as he has called the sports betting capital of the world his home for sixteen years. Jason started out his career in gaming by running the biggest poker tournaments in the world and managing some of the biggest sportsbooks on the strip. Jason has transitioned out of casino operations and has been covering sports betting for the sports geek for just over two years. His main focus is on baseball, college basketball, and the NFL

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