College Hoops Parlay Of The Day 1-3-22

Conference play is finally here, and that means the action on the college hoops hardwood is about to heat up! With nearly every league jumping into conference play at this point, we are going to see what some insiders see as the real start to the season. We here at TheSportsGeek always pride ourselves on providing high-value, FREE, sports betting picks, and that is just what we are going to do today, with everyone’s favorite way to play, the parlay! Let’s get started!

Money Line Magic Parlay

Our money line magic 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.

Towson Tigers (-135) at Drexel Dragons

The Towson Tigers open up their conference play season today on the road against the Drexel Dragons. The Tigers are the favorites in the Colonial Athletic Association, and they hit league play having won 6 of their last 7 games. Towson is lurking just outside of the Kenpom top-100, and while the CAA rarely ever has a team that competes for an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament, this is an experienced squad that has managed to stay competitive with good teams like Ohio State and San Francisco.

For Drexel, the Dragons are very much in the CAA title discussion as well, but the non-conference didn’t go as planned for the Dragons, as they suffered losses to the likes of Syracuse, Tulane, Jacksonville State, Princeton, and Abilene Christian. While I don’t like to get into a habit of fading home teams in league play, I see a fairly large gap between Towson and the rest of the CAA, and when I look at the Dragons record against the Kenpom top-140, a disappointing 0-5 on the year, it feels like the Dragons are going to be outmatched tonight at home. I will bank on the more talented team and back the Tigers on the road as small favorites.

Florida A & M Rattlers (-130) at Bethune Cookman Wildcats

For our next play, we will head to the SWAC for a matchup between the Wildcats of Bethune Cookman and the Rattlers of Florida A & M. This game is the definition of an ugly affair, as both of these teams are downright bad. The SWAC tends to take a beating in the non-conference, and these teams have just 4 wins between them combined, as wins have been hard to come by for both programs.

But just because these teams couldn’t hang with teams from more powerful conferences in non-conference play doesn’t mean that they aren’t fairly evenly matched once league play kicks off. If you are a disciple of Ken Pomeroy’s ranking algorithms, and you absolutely should be if you bet college hoops, they will tell you that Bethune Cookman might be the worst team in the nation. The Wildcats are ranked 353rd out of 358 D-1 teams, so if they aren’t the worst team in the country, they are certainly in the running for that dubious title.

This line opened up at Florida A & M laying -3 points, but the action has been steadily coming in on the home team ever since, moving the line towards the Wildcats. If you follow line moves closely, you will know that home dogs almost always attract early betting sharp action. But after watching this line continue to move in the wrong direction, that gap opens up a ton of value on A & M. I will thank the sharps for moving the number to a more reasonable one and expect the Rattlers to sneak out of Daytona Beach tonight with a hard-fought outright victory.

Alabama A & M Bulldogs (-140) at Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions

If my last bet didn’t satisfy your appetite for SWAC basketball action, maybe this one will, as we head to Arkansas Pine Bluff for their league opener against Alabama A & M. This bet is mostly just a line move play, as the books opened this one up at a pick ’em, despite the Bulldogs being the superior overall team, at least on paper.

The sharps hammered on the road team in this one, something that they very rarely do, moving the line two and a half points towards A & M, and while I wouldn’t want to lay any points in a conference road game, I do think that the Bulldogs are going to win this game. With so many teams and so many leagues, the books occasionally miss on a game here and there, and the sharps made them pay in this one. It isn’t the number I would have preferred in terms of price, but I will follow their lead and back the Bulldogs as small road favorites tonight in Pine Bluff.

Money Line Magic Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Towson Tigers -135
  • Florida A & M Rattlers -130
  • Alabama A & M Bulldogs -140

$100 Bet Pays $528

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.

Towson Tigers at Drexel Dragons Over 130 Points (-110)

We already talked a little bit about this game above and how I expect Towson to win on the road in this one. The main reason I like the Tigers is based on their offense, which is ranked 66th in the nation in terms of efficiency. They do play a slower pace, which limits their scoring potential, but they can score the basketball, and after watching this line open at 141, right where Kenpom has it coming in at, and then drop all of the way down to 138 points, I will fade the public and fire on the over.

Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros at Sam Houston State Bearkats Under 149.5 Points (-110)

Finding value on totals usually boils down to taking advantage of bad lines. Every once in a while, the books slip up and post a bad number, but most of the time, these bad lines come from line moves where the public fell in love with one side, forcing the books to adjust.

This total opened up at 142.5 points and has exploded upwards, sitting at 149.5 points now, for a whopping 7-point move! It is exceedingly rare that we see a line move so far, so fast, and while the opening line was very likely too low, the public never seems to understand the concept that too much of a good thing isn’t a good thing! Fading the public line moves are a great way to find value on totals, and that is just what I will do in this one, give me the under.

Colorado Buffaloes at Oregon Ducks Over 132.5 Points (-110)

Ok, ok, enough small conference ball for now, as for our final totals play, we will switch gears and head out west for a PAC-12 game between the Oregon Ducks and Colorado Buffaloes. This could very well end up being a key game in the PAC-12, as outside of the top-3 in UCLA, USC, and Arizona, the league is wide open. Whoever wins this game is going to have a feather in their cap on Selection Sunday, and after barely seeing the floor in the last several weeks due to the holidays and various COVID-19 outbreaks in the league, these teams are going to be rested and ready to play tonight in Eugene.

This total feels slightly low, especially when you consider how efficiently the Ducks can score the basketball. It is somewhat rare that we see high profile games such as this one have the opening line differ from what the data is telling us by more than a point, but we have a juicy 2.5 points gap between this number and the Kenpom total of 135. I will jump on the over as I see the Ducks knocking off the Buffaloes in a higher-scoring game.

Game Total Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Towson Tigers at Drexel Dragons Over 130 Points -110
  • Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros at Sam Houston State Bearkats Under 149.5 Points -110
  • Colorado Buffaloes at Oregon Ducks Over 132.5 Points -110

$100 Bet Pays $700

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.

Wisconsin Badgers (+13) at Purdue Boilermakers

The Big 10 is always one of the best conferences in the country, and while the league is getting a bit overshadowed right now by the SEC and the Big 12, you can’t deny that the Big 10 has more than their fair share of quality basketball teams. Two of those teams square off today in West Lafayette as the Purdue Boilermakers welcome the Wisconsin Badgers to town. The Big 10 is as home court dominated as any major conference in the country, as home teams historically do most of the winning.

I see the home team following that strong trend and winning tonight, but this line feels inflated. The Badgers are playing good basketball, as they are off to a 10-2 start, with an impressive collection of wins, including victories over Houston, Saint Mary’s, Marquette, and Indiana. The Badgers only losses came to Providence, who just happen to be in the first place in the Big East, with the Friars leading the nation in quad 1 wins with 6, and to Ohio State, another first place team, as the Buckeyes are tied with Michigan for first place in the Big 10 standings.

Fading Purdue does scare me a little bit, as they can maul teams if they play their best, but the Boilermakers have seemed just a bit off since losing at the buzzer in a shocker to Rutgers about 3 weeks ago. Purdue rose all of the way to number 1 in the AP poll after an 8-0 start, but since losing to Rutgers, they needed overtime to beat a mediocre NC State team, and games against Incarnate Word and Nicholls State were closer than expected, and the Boilermakers failed to cover in either contest. That is what I see happening again tonight, as I expect the Badgers to keep this one competitive most of the game before fading late and sneaking in a cover. I am taking the points.

Washington Huskies (+24.5) at Arizona Wildcats

I feel like I am going a bit crazy right now, as a lot of my plays today are on road teams in league play, something that I try to not make a habit of, but when you are betting college hoops, it is always about the price, and if the price is right, you gotta fire. Similar to the game between Purdue and Wisconsin, I expect the home team to win, but this line is just too large. You could make a case for the Wildcats as the best team in the PAC-12, and some people even see this team as a potential Final Four threat, but to see the Wildcats laying (-24.5) is just too much.

The Wildcats have only played 1 game in the last 3 weeks, a loss in Knoxville to the Tennessee Volunteers, and you would have to think that they are going to be at least a little bit rusty tonight at home. The Huskies are bad this year, and UW could very easily finish last in the PAC-12 standings, but if you give me this many points on a power conference school in league play, I am liable to take it every time.

Huskies head coach Mike Hopkins has a lot of work to do to turn things around in Seattle, but last year, Washington lost by just a single point in their road game at Arizona, and I just can’t resist being able to snatch up this many points. Expect the Wildcats to build a big lead early and coast to an easy win, but my money is on the Dawgs to cover as they don’t need to be very competitive to not lose by 25 points!

Maryland Terrapins (+9) at Iowa Hawkeyes

Our final play of the day comes to us from the Big 10 as the Maryland Terrapins head to Iowa City for a showdown with the Iowa Hawkeyes. Keegan Murray is a superstar in the making for the Hawkeyes, and he is leading the charge for Iowa after the Hawkeyes lost National Player of the Year Luka Garza to graduation last year. Iowa is a very solid team, but life in the Big 10 is never easy, and we have seen that in the early goings for the Hawkeyes as they are quickly 0-2 in league play with losses to Purdue and Illinois.

While there is certainly no shame in losing to either of those teams, this is what Big 10 basketball is all about, and there are never any days off in league play. Maryland is in the bottom half of the league right now, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a team with NCAA tournament aspirations. The Terps have nice wins over Richmond, Vermont, and Florida and while they have already lost 4 games, losses to Louisville, Virginia Tech, and Northwestern aren’t bad ones.

When you look at Maryland’s 4 losses, they have all been competitive games, with none of the losses coming by more than 8 points. They lost to Virginia Tech by 4 points, Louisville by 8 points, Northwestern by 6 points, and George Mason by 5. I see a similar game playing out today, as Iowa is going to win this game, but it is going to be closer than most people seem to expect. The early money came in on Iowa, moving this line towards the Hawkeyes, and I will get on the other side and take the Terps to stay competitive and lose close. Give me Maryland and the +9 points.

Point Spread Plays Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Wisconsin Badgers (+13) -110
  • Washington Huskies (+24.5) -110
  • Maryland Terrapins (+9) -110

$100 Bet Pays $700

Wrap Up

Parlays are a great way to make quick cash, and here you have three different ways to get in on the parlay bet action! Betting on NCAA Men’s College Hoops can be both fun and exciting, as well as being very profitable! Make sure you swing by TheSportsGeek’s NCAA Men’s Basketball betting page, where our team of pro 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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