College Hoops Parlay Of The Day 1-8-22

For the first time in a while, it finally feels like a full Saturday of college hoops action! With 133 games on the schedule, there are games all day long, and there are lots of opportunities for high-value bets. While we did lose a handful of games due to COVID-19, most of the games on the schedule today are set to be played, and I, for one, am excited!

On a day with so many marquee games on the slate, it is hard to nail down which games are the headliners, but for my money, the game of the day comes to us from Lubbock, Texas, as the Texas Tech Red Raiders host the Kansas Jayhawks in a Big 12 battle. Other top games on the day include Tennessee at LSU, Iowa State at Oklahoma, Colorado State at San Diego State, Villanova at DePaul, Florida at Auburn, and Miami at Duke. There is something for everybody today, and without further delay, we will jump right into it, with everyone’s favorite way to play, the parlay!

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.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-115) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

We can talk endlessly about how the ACC only has one team ranked nationally right now, but something tells me that is about to change, as now that we are in the thick of league play, we are going to see some teams emerge as legit threats to make a deep run in March. Teams like Miami, North Carolina, Louisville, and Wake Forrest are all playing good basketball and are a couple of undefeated weeks away from breaking into the top-25 of the major polls. But the team that I have my eye on right now as a sleeper in the ACC is Notre Dame.

The Irish will take their show on the road today as they head to Atlanta for a showdown with a struggling Georgia Tech squad. Notre Dame came out of the gates slow to start the season with early losses to St. Mary’s, Texas A&M, and Illinois, but they have turned things around recently, as they have won 5 of their last 6 games, including knocking off Blue Bloods North Carolina and Kentucky. If the Irish want to continue this momentum, they are going to have to find a way to win on the road today at Georgia Tech.

It has been a frustrating year for Josh Pastner at Georgia Tech, as they are just 6-7 on the year, and they don’t have a single win over the national top-100. In fact, 5 of their 6 wins have come over teams ranked outside of the top-200! Normally I am very leery of betting road teams in conference games to win outright, but the Yellow Jackets have lost 3 of their last 4 home games, and I think Notre Dame is going to be too much for them today. We are sure to sweat this one out as Tech isn’t going to just lay down at home, but I just don’t think they have the talent to beat this more talented Notre Dame team.

Northern Iowa Panthers at Missouri State Bears (-200)

I have been high on Missouri State since the preseason as I felt that the Bears were the one team that had a real shot at giving conference kingpin Loyola-Chicago a run for their money in the Missouri Valley Conference this year. I looked a bit silly early on, as the Bears started their season out by losing 4 of their first 8 games, with bad losses to Southeast Missouri State and East Tennessee State, but the Bears are finally starting to look like the team that I thought they were all along as of late, as they have won 7 of 8 including quality victories over Drake and South Dakota State.

There was a time during Ben Jacobson’s long tenure at Northern Iowa that the Panthers regularly won 20+ games and were a program that nobody wanted to face in the NCAA tournament. But it is starting to look like Jacobson’s time is nearing an end, as the Panthers have only had a winning record once in the last 6 seasons, and this year is looking like another disappointment as well, as UNI has a losing record this year, and they have ugly losses to Nicholls State, Bradley, and Liberty on their resume. Expect the Panthers to put up a fight but inevitably come up short today on the road as the Bears take care of business with a game that they must win.

Florida Gators at Auburn Tigers (-350)

We all know that the SEC is loaded this year, and while you hear a lot about teams like Kentucky, Tennessee, LSU, and Alabama, I have this sneaking suspicion that the Auburn Tigers might actually be the best team in the league. Bruce Pearl has his boys playing high-level basketball, and they have jumped out to an impressive 13-1 record. The only loss for Auburn came all of the way back in November, in the Bahamas, when they lost a heartbreaker in double overtime to UCONN. But wins over Loyola-Chicago, Syracuse, UCF, Saint Louis, Murray State and LSU has me thinking that this team is the team to beat in the SEC.

The Florida Gators are trying to make a name for themselves in what just might be the toughest league in all the land, and a win over Auburn today would go a long way into doing just that. On December 1st, Florida was 6-0, and they had wins over Florida State and Ohio State, but the Gators have not played well since, dropping 4 of their last 7 games, including an unforgivably bad home loss to 206th ranked Texas Southern.

The Gators haven’t beaten a top-200 team since they knocked off Ohio State in late November and I see them as heavily outmatched in this game. I see Auburn winning this game, and to be honest, it might not even be all that competitive as these teams are just on different levels right now. I’ll pay the juice for what I see as a free money play on the home team Tigers.

Money Line Magic Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish -115
  • Missouri State Bears -200
  • Auburn Tigers -350

$100 Bet Pays $361

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.

UAB Blazers at Rice Owls Over 148.5

The Blazers of UAB are another team that you aren’t hearing much about that are a lot better than you might think. The Blazers are ranked 42nd on Kenpom, which tells me that this team will compete for an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament come March. UAB has a balanced attack with efficient offense and defense, but I expect their offensive attack to carry them tonight against Rice, who has the 278th ranked D in the country. UAB has eclipsed the century mark several times already this season, and they have scored 80 or more points a whopping 8 times. As long as Rice can hang around and not get completely blown out, this game sails to the over without much sweat.

Baylor Bears at TCU Horned Frogs Over 139.5

The Baylor Bears are the defending national champions, and they are undefeated and ranked number 1 in the nation. They catch a break today, as they play at TCU, against a Horned Frogs team that hasn’t played in nearly a month due to COVID-19 related delays. Jaime Dixon had his Frogs out to a great start at 10-1 before the program got shut down and having to face Baylor in their first game back feels like cruel and unusual punishment.

Baylor should dominate this game, and I see them doing more than enough to send this game to the over on what I see as a bad line. This line opened up at 142 points, and the public has bet it down to where it stands now at 139.5 points, presumably because TCU hasn’t played a game in a while and they expect them to be rusty, but with Baylor being so efficient scoring the basketball I see the Bears threatening triple digits, which would be more than enough to cash our ticket on the over no matter how rusty the Horned Frogs look.

Georgia Bulldogs at Kentucky Wildcats Over 147

This is another mismatch of a game as the Wildcats of Kentucky are massive favorites today at Rupp Arena over a limited Georgia Bulldog’s team. The ‘Cats dropped their last game to LSU, scoring only 60 points in the loss to the Tigers, and I see them taking it out on Georgia today. Kentucky averages over 82 points per game, and they are going to feast on the Bulldog’s 275th ranked defense. We will need Georgia to keep playing to cash this over, but even if they give up, don’t be shocked if the Wildcats pour it on late as they have one of the largest average margin of victory in the nation, and they love to blow teams out by 20+ points.

Game Total Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • UAB Blazers at Rice Owls Over 148.5 -110
  • Baylor Bears at TCU Horned Frogs Over 139.5 -110
  • Georgia Bulldogs at Kentucky Wildcats Over 147 -110

$100 Bet Pays $700

The Daily Dog

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Wofford Terriers at East Tennessee State Buccaneers (+115)

What is going on at Wofford right now? The Terriers were expected to compete with Chattanooga and Furman at the top of the SOCON this year, but that hasn’t been the case as they just aren’t playing very well right now as they are 8-6 on the year and are 0-2 in league play, with both league losses coming at home. The Terriers have a tough task ahead of them today with a conference road game against East Tennessee State.

The Buccaneers are hoping that Wofford’s struggles will open things up for them to move up a notch or two in the league hierarchy. East Tennessee State was robbed of their best chance ever at winning a couple of games in the NCAA tournament when the tourney was canceled in 2020, in a year that the Bucs won 30 games.

Head coach Steve Forbes bolted after that season and is now leading the way for the upstart Demon Deacons at Wake Forrest, and after a 1-year experiment with Jason Shay running the program, the Buccaneers hired Desmond Oliver to coach the team in the offseason. 5 of ETSU’s 6 losses have come away from home, and I expect them to grind out a win tonight over a Wofford team that just doesn’t look like themselves right now. The ball will have to bounce our way late in this one, but I will take my stand on the home underdog Buccaneers in a thriller.

Iona Gaels (+155) at Saint Louis Billikens

I want to be completely transparent here, I am a HUGE fan of Iona head coach Rick Pitino. It is exceedingly rare that a team playing in a league like the Metro Atlantic ends up with a head coach with the resume of Rick Pitino, and the Hall of Famer wasted no time getting things turned around at Iona, as he led the Gaels to the MAAC tournament title and the trip to the NCAA tournament that goes with it, in his first year at the helm. This year, he has the Gaels ranked inside of the top-100 nationally with an 11-2 record, which includes one of the best wins of any team this season, a win over Alabama.

The Gaels will play at Saint Louis today as road underdogs against the Billikens. The Billikens are lacking in the signature win department and picking up a quality non-conference win like this one would be a nice feather in their cap on Selection Sunday. One thing that I find interesting about this Billiken’s resume is that 3 of their 4 losses this season have come at home.

Now, those losses were all to solid teams, with losses to Auburn, Belmont, and UAB, so I won’t knock them too hard for them, but it does tell me that they are capable of losing on their own floor if the competition is high enough. That is what I see happening tonight in this game, as I feel that Iona is criminally underrated and that with Pitino leading the way, they aren’t going to be remotely intimidated to play, and win, in the Billiken’s house. I smell upset tonight at Chaifetz Arena!

The Daily Dog Money Line Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • East Tennessee State Buccaneers +115
  • Iona Gaels +155

$100 Bet Pays $549

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.

Kansas Jayhawks at Texas Tech Red Raiders (+4.5)

What a game we have in store for you today as the Red Raiders of Texas Tech host the Kansas Jayhawks in a battle for supremacy in the Big 12. You can absolutely make a case that the SEC is the best conference in the country right now, and the SEC is really, really good, but I see the Big 12 being even better. The Red Raiders lost their league play opener to a vastly improved Iowa State team in a tightly contested game last week, and for the 2nd game in a row, Texas Tech will face a ranked opponent, this time, the Kansas Jayhawks.

Normally I would feel at least a little bit of sympathy for a team that has to play 3 straight teams against top-10 opponents, they play Baylor in their next game, but I don’t at all feel bad for Texas Tech, as they played a joke of a non-conference schedule with 7 of their 9 wins coming over teams outside of the top-200. But just because Texas Tech hasn’t played many good teams doesn’t mean that they can’t compete with the best teams in the nation, and we saw that when they beat a very good Tennessee team a little over a month ago.

Kansas knows that they are going to have to win road games in hostile territory if they want to give Baylor a run for their money for the Big 12 regular season title, and they too played a fairly soft schedule in the non-conference, making this game one of the biggest tests of the year for Bill Self’s team thus far. Kansas only has one win over the top-50 right now, and that came on opening night against Michigan State. This is a very talented team that has 3rd-weekend upside in the NCAA tournament, but to see them laying more than a full possession’s worth of points on the road against a strong Texas Tech team feels just a bit too high. I will snatch up the points and back the Red Raiders in what should be a highly entertaining affair.

Louisville Cardinals (+4.5) at Florida State Seminoles

For our next play, we head to Tallahassee, where the Louisville Cardinals play the Florida State Seminoles. Neither of these teams have quite lived up to their preseason hype, but the Cardinals have played well in conference play, starting their league play season out 4-0, with wins over NC State, Wake Forrest, Georgia Tech, and Pittsburgh. Chris Mack and company have had a couple of weird no-show games this year, but for the most part, they have played pretty well.

I am not sure that you can say the same thing about Florida State though, as this team is struggling. The ‘Noles have already lost to several mediocre teams that rate out similarly as this Louisville squad, with losses to Florida, Syracuse, and South Carolina. I see the Seminoles on upset alert again today at home, and I almost can’t believe they are laying this many points. Really all we need to cash this bet is for Louisville to remain competitive, and that is exactly what I see happening tonight. Give me the Cardinals and the points on the road at Florida State.

Tennessee Volunteers at LSU Tigers (-1.5)

Our final play of the day is a blockbuster matchup between Tennessee and LSU. This line opened up at the Tigers -3-points, and the public was quick to back the Vols, driving the line down to where it sits now at LSU -1.5. I mean, I see what people like in Tennessee, as the Vols are a very talented team, but 8 of their 10 wins have come at home, and this game ain’t in Knoxville.

The schedule has been brutal for LSU, as this will be their 3rd straight game against a ranked team, and after losing at Auburn, the Tigers rebounded in a major way with a home win over Kentucky in their last game. The Bayou Bengals are a perfect 9-0 in Baton Rouge this year, and I see that record running to 10-0 today with a win over the Vols. I didn’t love a play on LSU at that opening number, as this game is sure to be tightly contested, but now that the public has moved it to a more reasonable price, I will back LSU laying just a point and a half.

Point Spread Plays Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Texas Tech Red Raiders (+4.5) -110
  • Louisville Cardinals (+4.5) -110
  • LSU Tigers (-1.5) -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 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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