Our blistering hot month betting on college hoops continued yesterday as we nailed not 1, but 2, of our parlay of the day plays for a combined payout of over $1,100 bucks! The first play that came in was our all-money line parlay with bets on Kansas State (-160), Dayton (-130), and Virginia Tech (-190) and it paid out a hefty $439. We didn’t stop there, though, as we also connected on our 3-team spread parlay as well for a juicy $700! That bet came in with winners on Delaware (-5.5), UCF (-7.5), and Washington State (+5).
— Dayton Basketball (@DaytonMBB) February 15, 2022
With the regular season winding to a close, we are heating up, and we found straight bet winners on Purdue Fort Wayne (+115) as well as Western Kentucky/Southern Miss over 135.5 in addition to the parlay hits. On the day, we ran up an 8-3 overall record, and we nearly scooped the board as both of our totals losers came by just a bucket, and our play on Saint Louis as underdogs was a thriller that came down to the final few possessions to be decided. We will look to stay hot today, delivering max value, 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.
Michigan State Spartans (-145) at Penn State Nittany Lions
For our first play of the day, we will head to the Big 10 for a conference game between Penn State and Michigan State. The Nittany Lions have been relegated to a spoiler role at this point of the season, as they just haven’t been able to win consistently enough to have a shot at getting an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament. They will have a shot at spoiling a potential league title for Tom Izzo and his Spartans, as Michigan State is a half of a game back of 1st place in the loss column in the Big 10 standings.
After a 3-3 start to conference play, Penn State has seen the wheels fall off recently, dropping 6 of their last 7 games. That being said, 5 of those losses came on the road, and with 4 of their next 5 games coming here in University Park, the Nittany Lions will have a chance to lock up a couple more wins before the Big 10 tournament as they try and turn their season around.
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— Michigan State Men's Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) February 15, 2022
I almost always take the home team in spots like this one, particularly in the Big 10, as winning on the road in Big 10 is very tough to do. But I will switch gears in this one and take the road team Spartans, as they have been too good not to love a play on them at this price. Sparty has road wins in the Big 10 over Maryland, Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Minnesota. This game means too much for Michigan State for them to lose, and while the game is sure to be tightly contested, I see the Spartans leaving the Bryce Jordan Center with the win tonight.
Memphis Tigers (-145) at Cincinnati Bearcats
I am not sure it makes a ton of sense, but the Memphis Tigers have been significantly better since losing top freshman Emoni Bates. Penny Hardway and his Tigers came into the season hyped up as a national title contender, but Memphis didn’t play well in the non-conference, and they quickly went from a Final Four threat to a bubble team. But since Bates left the team, the Tigers have turned things around, and they ride a 5-game winning streak into play tonight, on the road against the Bearcats.
Playing together. Playing for the Ⓜ️.
— Memphis Basketball (@Memphis_MBB) February 15, 2022
Looking back on the Tiger’s early season struggles, a couple of those losses looked bad at the time, but they don’t look nearly as bad now. Memphis lost to Iowa State and Murray State, and both of those teams have had strong seasons, despite not having high expectations back in November. And the collection of wins for the Tigers is starting to impress as they have wins over Saint Louis, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Wichita State, Cincinnati, UCF, and a massive road win over Houston in their last game. The Tigers have 4 games left on their regular season schedule against top-100 teams, and they will need to find a way to win at least a couple of those if they want to feel comfortable on Selection Sunday.
The Bearcats of Cincinnati have been solid at home, with an 11-3 record. But they did lose to Monmouth and Tulane at home, and only their win over SMU came against a top-100 team. Winning in the ‘Nati is never an easy thing to do, but the Tigers have been a completely new team in the last 2-to 3 weeks, and this roster has always had the talent of a 2nd-weekend type of team. The Bearcats are going to put up a fight, but ultimately they don’t have the guys to hang with this streaking Memphis squad.
Clemson Tigers at Florida State Seminoles (-125)
A month ago, I would have told you that Florida State was a lock to be dancing in March. They were sitting at 13-5 with wins over Miami (twice), Duke, and Syracuse, and none of their losses were bad ones. But since then, the bottom has dropped out for Florida State, and they have now lost 6 in a row, with bad losses to Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh. Even with the ACC down this season, if Florida State can get back to above .500 in league play, I would think that they would get a bid into the Big Dance, and that makes this game tonight against Clemson a big one.
For Clemson, the Tigers would need to either run the table in the regular season or win the ACC tournament to get into the NCAA tournament, and nothing that they have done this season makes me think that either of those things are going to happen. The Tigers are just 2-8 in their last 10 games, with both of those wins coming at home. Now, to be fair to Clemson, 1 of those wins did come over Florida State, but with this game being played in Tallahassee, I don’t see the Tigers winning.
— Florida State Men’s Basketball (@FSUHoops) February 15, 2022
Clemson is 2-6 on the road this season, and against the national top-100, they are 3-11. This feels like a game that the ‘Noles have to win, and I think that they can win, as 8 of their 13 wins have come on their own floor. I wouldn’t want to lay any points in what is sure to be another competitive game, but Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton has been here too many times to let this game slip past them. I am on the home team in what should be a thriller.
Money Line Magic Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Michigan State Spartans -145
- Memphis Tigers -145
- Florida State Seminoles -125
$100 Bet Pays $514
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.
Akron Zips at Western Michigan Broncos Over 128.5
The Western Michigan Broncos are in the conversation when it comes to the worst teams in the nation. The Broncos are ranked 336th on Kenpom, and their win this weekend over Central Michigan snapped a 14-game losing streak. So, what makes this team so bad? Their defense. The Broncos are 349th in defensive efficiency, and they allow teams to score on them quickly as well, which has led to some high scores coming against them.
I see a lot of points coming tonight, as Akron plays efficient offense, and against this putrid defense, they should threaten to score 80+ points. In these team’s first meeting this year, the score landed at 147 points, and Kenpom has this one finishing at 132 points. That makes this line of 128.5 points seem mighty low. I will jump on the over as this line just feels like a bad one in a game that should coast to the over without too much sweat.
Northern Iowa Panthers at Illinois State Redbirds Over 143
This game is going to come down to tempo. Both teams have a reputation for playing fast on offense but playing slow on defense, forcing long possessions. But you have to wonder which strength will shine through today?
Will it be both teams playing fast and scoring points, or will it be the defenses that dominate and slow things down? I like the over. When these teams played a couple of weeks ago at Northern Iowa, the score finished at 144 points. Kenpom has it coming in at 148 points. That 5-point gap opens up a ton of value, and I will expect another higher scoring game tonight that ends up over 143 points.
Iowa State Cyclones at TCU Horned Frogs Under 127
This is another game that we already got a chance to see earlier this season, and in that 1st matchup, points were very hard to come by for both teams. That game finished with the Horned Frogs winning 59-44, and it is shocking to see the rematch have a total 24 points higher. We never see these games go exactly like they did the first time around, but with TCU hosting this game, you can expect the Frogs to again give a strong effort.
TCU prides themselves on D, and I think we are going to see more of that tonight against an Iowa State team that has really struggled to score in several games this season. Iowa State scored just 47 against Jackson State, 51 against Texas Tech, 44 against TCU, and 41 against Texas. If the Cyclones don’t score at least 50 points tonight, this game can’t go over the total. There is too much data telling me this game will be low scoring not to want to jump on the under tonight in Fort Worth.
Game Total Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Akron Zips at Western Michigan Broncos Over 128.5 -110
- Northern Iowa Panthers at Illinois State Redbirds Over 143 -110
- Iowa State Cyclones at TCU Horned Frogs Under 127 -110
$100 Bet Pays $700
The Daily Dog
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Texas Longhorns at Oklahoma Sooners (+100)
Chris Beard has done an excellent job of changing the culture in Austin in his first year running this Longhorn program. He has Texas firmly as a tournament-level team, and with wins over teams like Kansas and Tennessee, this team is going to be a tough out in March. But the Horns draw a tough assignment today, as they will head to Norma to play the Oklahoma Sooners, who are badly in need of a win.
OU has played a brutal schedule, and while their overall record might not seem impressive on the surface, this team has wins over Texas Tech, Arkansas, Florida, West Virginia, Iowa State, and Kansas State. The Sooners are 4-8 in Big 12 play, but if they can go 4-2 down the stretch and win a game or two in the Big 12 tournament, they should have no problem getting into the NCAA tournament.
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— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) February 15, 2022
As great as Texas has been this season, they have had plenty of struggles on the road. The Longhorns are just 2-6 in true road games this season, and they are going to have their hands full tonight in Oklahoma in this Red River Shootout rivalry game. And for the Sooners, nearly all of their big wins have come at home. Home dogs in league play are always going to be my favorite type of plays, and that is where I will take a stand in this one with a play on the Sooners.
Kentucky Wildcats (+110) at Tennessee Volunteers
If you ask me, there are about a dozen teams that could win the national title this year, and the Kentucky Wildcats are one of those teams. Oscar Tshiebwe is a lock for the national player of the year award, and he is leading his Wildcats to one of the best resumes in the country, with a 21-4 record that includes a 10-2 record in the SEC. When the Vols went to Lexington, they got hammered, as Kentucky blew them out 107-79, and while I am sure that this game will be much more competitive, I almost couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that I could get Kentucky as underdogs in this game.
— Kentucky Men’s Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) February 15, 2022
That is not to say that Tennessee isn’t a really good team, they are, but when you get a chance to back a team as talented as the Wildcats are right now, as underdogs, you just don’t pass it up. The Vols have yet to lose at home this year, so it is going to take a huge effort from Kentucky to win tonight in hostile territory, but that is what I see happening. Expect this one to come down to the wire, but when all is said and done in Knoxville, the Kentucky Wildcats are going to pick up another win over the Volunteers.
The Daily Dog Money Line Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Oklahoma Sooners +100
- Kentucky Wildcats +110
$100 Bet Pays $420
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.
Florida Gators (+1.5) at Texas A&M Aggies
I went back and forth on this play a couple of times as I feel that from a very high level, Florida is a bit overrated, and that Texas A&M is a bit underrated. But I am not seeing that reflected in this betting line, as I feel that it is a fairly unbiased number. To me, this game comes down to momentum. That Gators have it, and the Aggies don’t. Florida lost their last game on the road against Kentucky, but the Wildcats are beating everybody right now, and prior to that loss, Florida had won 7 of their previous 9 games.
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— Florida Gators Men’s Basketball (@GatorsMBK) February 15, 2022
For A&M, their once-promising season seems destined to end in disappointment as, after a 15-2 start, they are now mired in an 8-game losing streak. Losses to LSU, Auburn, Tennessee, and Kentucky don’t bother me much, but home losses to South Carolina and Missouri have me wondering if this team has quit on Buzz Williams? I hate to do it, but my play in this one will be on the visiting Gators, as the Aggies are playing far too poorly to expect them to beat a quality, even if they are a tad overrated, Florida team.
Wake Forrest Demon Deacons (+10) at Duke Blue Devils
Is there a team in the nation that has played better and gotten less credit for it than the Demon Deacons of Wake Forrest? The Demon Deacons picked up their 20th win of the year last week, and they are within striking distance of 1st place in the ACC right now with a 10-5 league record. Despite their solid resume, the Deacons are still consistently priced as underdogs, though, and I am shocked that they are getting double-digit points tonight against Duke.
Another Big 4️⃣ Road Battle.
— Wake Basketball (@WakeMBB) February 15, 2022
I mean, I get it, Duke is a really good basketball team. But you could make a compelling case that these are the top 2 teams in the ACC, and I expect a tightly contested game tonight in Durham. The Blue Devils are great at home, but they did lose home games to Virginia and Miami, so they have shown that if a visiting team plays well in Cameron Indoor, they can win.
While I don’t see the outright upset happening tonight, I do expect the Demon Deacons to give the Blue Devils all that they can handle, and I love a play on Wake Forrest getting a fist full of points. Give me Wake and the points tonight in what should be a great game with a lot on the line for both teams.
Villanova Wildcats at Providence Friars (+4.5)
Our final play of the day comes to us from Rhode Island, where the upstart Providence Friars will try and silence the haters as they welcome Big East conference kingpins, the Wildcats of Villanova, to town, with the league title hanging in the balance. PC has one of the best records in the nation, and while the polls are starting to take notice of that, with PC coming in at 8th in the latest AP poll, the analytics hate the Friars, with Kenpom ranking them at 47th! So, are the Friars a bubble team or a Final Four threat? We are going to find out tonight with the Wildcats of Villanova looking to close the gap on Providence in the Big East.
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Annual Pink Out Friartown Game
— Providence MBB (@PCFriarsmbb) February 15, 2022
Villanova has played a savage schedule, but if they do have a weakness, it is playing away from home. The Wildcats have road or neutral floor losses to UCLA, Purdue, Baylor, Marquette, and Creighton. Those are mostly very good teams, but I am not so sure that Providence doesn’t have the resume to go toe to toe with any of those teams that have beaten the Wildcats this year. Providence has a 2-game lead in the Big East standings, and a win today would all but lock up that league title, which would be the first-ever for the Friars.
Providence is undefeated at home this season, and they have elite wins over Texas Tech, Wisconsin, UCONN, Xavier, and Seton Hall, so they aren’t at all going to be intimidated tonight. Throw in the fact that they know a win would give them the Big Eats title, and I expect an all-out war tonight at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Will the Friars win this game outright? Who Knows! But all we need for them to do is keep it close, and I am sure that will happen. Give me the criminally underrated Friars as home dogs getting +4.5 points in what should be the game of the day!
Point Spread Plays Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Florida Gators (+1.5) -110
- Wake Forrest Demon Deacons (+10) -110
- Providence Friars (+4.5) -110
$100 Bet Pays $700
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