College Hoops Parlay Of The Day 1-7-22

After back-to-back days of finding a lot of winning plays but not cashing any parlay tickets, we broke through yesterday when we nailed our 3-team all totals parlay for a hefty $700 payout. The bet came in when connected on Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at Troy Trojans under 138.5, Southeast Missouri State RedHawks at Belmont Bruins Over 159.5, and Washington Huskies at Utah Utes Under 149, and it was more than enough juice to make the day a winner overall.

While the parlay hit was the highlight of the day for sure, we also picked up a money line winner on the Wisconsin Badgers (-125) and covered in the late game on Colorado (-1.5) as they roughed up the visiting Washington State Cougars 83-79. All in all, it was a profitable day betting on college hoops, and as always, we will get right back to the grind today, with everyone’s favorite way to play, the parlay! Lets’ 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.

Marquette Golden Eagles (-140) at Georgetown Hoyas

It is a slow day for college hoops as we don’t have many games on the schedule and the ones that are set to be played are mostly from smaller conferences as the big boys ramp up for the weekend ahead. But we do have a pair of games from the Big East on the schedule today, and that is where we will kick off our action, as the Georgetown Hoyas square off against the Marquette Golden Eagles in a matchup where both teams badly need the win.

Shaka Smart had a great start to his career at Marquette, as the Golden Eagles came out of the gates hot, running up an 8-3 record in the non-conference with signature wins over Illinois, West Virginia, and Kansas State. But league play has proven tough for Marquette, as they lost each of their first 3 conference games to Xavier, UCONN, and Creighton.

It was looking pretty bleak for the Golden Eagles until they shocked the nation by blowing out a Providence Friars squad that was one of the hottest teams in the country, smashing PC 88-56 in their last game. Road games in the Big East never come easy, but if Smart wants to take his Golden Eagles to the NCAA tournament, these are the types of games that they must win.

Patrick Ewing has his hands full at Georgetown this year as he has one of the most inexperienced teams in the Big East, with several underclassmen playing big roles. Despite playing a very soft schedule so far, the Hoyas have struggled, and their 6-5 record looks even worse when you see that 5 of their 6 wins have come over teams ranked outside the top-200 nationally.

I am never a huge fan of taking road teams in conference play, but Marquette looked really good their last time out, and while they do have quite a few losses, none of them are bad ones, and I just see the Golden Eagles as the far superior team in this game. I wouldn’t want to lay a bunch of points tonight, as Georgetown is likely to keep the game competitive, but I think when all is said and done tonight at Capital One Arena in Washington DC, Marquette is going to win this game.

Brown Bears at Harvard Crimson (-150)

For our next play, we head to the Ivy League for a matchup between a couple of the favorites in the league, Harvard and Brown. The Ivy never really has a shot at any team in their league picking up an at-large bid, which makes these league games all that much more important. If you want to go dancing out of the Ivy, you have to win the league, period.

This marks the league opener for Harvard, and a win over Brown would put the Bears in a deep 0-2 hole, as Brown blew it against Penn on the road in their first conference game. Mamy expect Harvard to win the Ivy this year, but they are going to be pushed by Princeton, Yale, and Brown for that regular season title. I have always loved what Tommy Amaker has been able to do in his time running this Harvard program, and the Crimson are long overdue for a trip to the NCAA tournament as they haven’t gone dancing since 2015.

Brown has one of the better squads that they have had in recent memory, but I don’t think they have enough depth to go into Cambridge and leave with the win. Expect a back-and-forth game where Harvard pulls away late to lock up their first conference win of the season over a talented Brown team that won’t have enough gas in the tank to pull off the road upset.

Marist Red Foxes at Fairfield Stags (-150)

Casual basketball fans have heard of conferences like the ACC, Big 12, and Big 10. Diehard fans are aware of teams playing in leagues like the WCC, MWC, and MAC. But it only us true sickos that follow teams playing in leagues like the MAAC. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Association is amongst the smallest leagues in the country, and you never hear anything about these teams until Iona, Sienna, or occasionally Manhattan, breaks through to the NCAA tournament only to get blown out in the first round as a double-digit seed.

But just because the mainstream media and the casual fans barely know that these leagues exist, doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of value to be had betting on these games. Conference kingpin Iona is again the prohibitive favorite to take the league’s auto-bid to the Big Dance, but the Fairfield Stags are the 3rd highest-rated team in the conference per Kenpom, trailing only Iona and Monmouth, and they have gotten out to an undefeated start at 2-0.

Fairfield welcomes Marist to town tonight, and while Marist isn’t expected to compete at the top of the league this season, they have already played Iona twice, and they did a respectable job of hanging with the Gaels, despite losing both games. The fact that the Red Foxes gave Iona a game in both contests tells me that they are going to play hard tonight as well against Fairfield. This is going to be a tightly contested game, and I see Marist again picking up the moral victory with a close game, but an outright loss, as the Stags are going to find a way to win the game.

Money Line Magic Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Marquette Golden Eagles -140
  • Harvard Crimson -150
  • Fairfield Stags -150

$100 Bet Pays $477

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.

Kent State Golden Flashes at Ohio Bobcats Under 135.5

The Ohio Bobcats shocked just about everyone last year when they won the MAC tournament after a disappointing regular season to steal the league’s auto-bid and make the NCAA tournament. Then they went into the tournament and knocked out the Virginia Cavaliers as a 13 seed in the first round, to continue the unlikely late-season run. This year, they are looking to ride that momentum to another MAC title and are well on their way with a 2-0 start to conference play.

The Bobcats have a tough one tonight against Kent State, and they are going to need to rely on their stellar defense to win the game. Ohio forces a lot of turnovers, and they play very efficient defense. They are only giving up an average of 55 points per game in MAC play, and I expect that stout defense to be on display again tonight.

If the Bobcats can slow Kent State down and keep them under 60 points, I don’t think we are going to have to sweat this one much at all, and I see it staying well under the total. This line opened up at 131.5 points and quickly jumped up to 135.5, and I will fade the public and jump on the under.

IUPUI Fort Wayne Mastodons at Youngstown State Penguins Over 142.5

Our next bet comes to us from the Horizon League, where Purdue Fort Wayne plays at Youngstown State. The most exciting about this matchup is probably the team names, as we don’t get many games between Penguins and Mastodons! This just feels like a bad number as the line opened up at 144 points, which already felt a bit low as Kenpom has this one finishing at 145 points. But the public hasn’t seen it that way, as they have been driving this line down ever since, opening up some nice value on a play on the over. Fade. The. Public. I am taking the over.

Lehigh Mountain Hawks at Army Black Knights Over 144

Up next, we head to the Patriot League for the game between the visiting Lehigh Mountain Hawks and the Black Knights of Army. This is another line move play as the opening number of 147, which felt sharp, has been bet all of the way down to 144. Kenpom has the game at 147, and I love when the data is on one side, and the public is on the other. Yesterday we scooped all 3 of our totals plays, and all 3 were plays just like these ones where I found a way to position myself on the opposite side of the betting public. A person is smart, people are stupid, fade the public.

Game Total Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Kent State Golden Flashes at Ohio Bobcats Under 135.5 -110
  • IUPUI Fort Wayne Mastodons at Youngstown State Penguins Over 142.5 -110
  • Lehigh Mountain Hawks at Army Black Knights Over 144 -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.

Xavier Musketeers at Butler Bulldogs (+6.5)

We already talked about one of the Big East games today, and here we will break down the action in the other Big East game as Butler welcomes Xavier to Hinkle Fieldhouse. Home dogs in league play are always one of my favorite go-to plays, and even though the Butler Bulldogs are down this season, they are still tough to beat on their own floor. Butler does have home losses to Michigan State and Seton Hall, and while the Musketeers rate out on a similar level as those teams, my gut tells me that they are a bit overrated right now.

On paper, Xavier has an impressive resume with an 11-2 record and wins over teams like Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, Cincinnati, and Marquette. At the time of each of those games, they looked like elite wins, but with all of those teams starting to look like they too were a bit overrated, I am not sure that those wins are going to look as great in March as they do right now. Xavier probably wins this game, but you can never completely discount that Hinkle magic and the Musketeers are going to be on upset alert all night tonight. I expect Butler to keep it close enough to cover, and they just might find a way to win outright.

SE Louisiana Lions at McNeese State Cowboys (+2.5)

Did someone say home dogs in league play? I can see why the books have made McNeese State underdogs. Kenpom has them ranked 316th in the nation, and they have an awful record at 5-9. But when you take a little closer look at the Cowboys record, all of their 9 losses have come away from home, and they are 3-0 on their own court. None of those wins are good ones, with wins over D2 teams Champion Christian, Ecclesia, and Carver, but it’s not like SE Louisiana is any good either.

The Lions had lost 7 out of 8 games prior to picking up a win over 353rd ranked Houston Baptist in their last game, as wins have been hard to come by. Kenpom has the Lions ranked slightly higher, coming in at 302nd, and as bad as McNeese State is, I just can’t justify seeing a team as terrible as SE Louisiana as road favorites, no matter who they are playing. Give me the home team and the points in an ugly battle between a couple of the worst teams in the country.

Kent State Golden Flashes at Ohio Bobcats (-7.5)

We touched on this game above, and you know that I have a lot of confidence in the Ohio Bobcat’s defense. I see them keeping this game lower scoring as they shut down the Kent State attack and make the Golden Flashes work for each and every bucket. As a general rule, you don’t ever want to lay too many points in a low-scoring game, as the lower the score is, the harder it is to cover a big line. We are going to have to sweat this one out, but this feels like a 65-55 type of game that stays under the total, and Ohio wins and covers at home.

Point Spread Plays Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Butler Bulldogs (+6.5) -110
  • McNeese State Cowboys (+2.5) -110
  • Ohio Bobcats (-7.5) -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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