We have been stupid hot basically all season long, but in the last several weeks, we have been absolutely killing the game on a daily basis, and that was the case yesterday as we smashed not 1, but 2, of our parlay of the day plays, for a combined payout of over $1,300! We hit our standard 3-team point spread parlay for a juicy $700 with wins on Providence (-1), Virginia (+5.5), and Fordham (-3).
Kenpom might tell you that the Providence Friars are the luckiest team in the nation, but at this point, I guess they would rather be lucky than good, as they won again last night to run their record to 23-3, and they are now guaranteed at least a share of what will be the programs first-ever Big East regular season title. They made us sweat it out as usual, but at the end of the day, they still got us paid!
— Creighton Men’s Basketball (@BluejayMBB) February 24, 2022
The point spread winner might have paid out slightly better, but the bet I was most proud of winning yesterday was our all-underdog money line parlay! Anybody can pick favorites to win, but it takes a real sharp to back dogs and still get paid, and that is just what we did yesterday when we connected on a 2-teamer that paid out a hefty $616 bucks! That play came in with winners on Creighton (+180) and South Carolina (+120).
The parlay wins are always the highlight of any day, as afterall this article is titled the parlay of the day, but we also picked up some straight bet winners on Iowa State (-222) and Notre Dame (-208) on what was a hugely successful day betting college hoops. Today, we will stack up yesterday’s cash and get right back to the grind, 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.
Charleston Cougars at Delaware Blue Hens (-185)
For our first play of the day, we will head to the Colonial Athletic Association for the game between the Blue Hens of Delaware and the Charleston Cougars. Neither of these teams are going to be playing in the NCAA tournament in March, barring an unlikely CAA conference tournament title for either team, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find ample value for a play in this contest. The Blue Hens will be looking for the season sweep over Charleston tonight, as they knocked off the Cougars on their own floor in late December, and I think that they are going to get the job done.
Charleston played fairly well in the non-conference as they picked up wins over Chattanooga and Tulane, and they played competitive games with top-100 teams like North Carolina and Furman. But since that decent start, wins have been hard to come by for the Cougars and looking back on the full body of work, Charleston is just 3-7 against teams ranked inside the national top-150, with only the win over Drexel coming in the last 2 months. The Cougars like to play a very fast tempo, but I see that working against them in this game, as Delaware can score the ball efficiently and the faster Charleston pushes the ball, the more point the Blue Hens are going to score.
Final homestand begins tonight!
— Delaware Men’s Basketball (@DelawareMBB) February 24, 2022
Delaware is no world beater by any means, but they are playing quality basketball in the last couple of weeks, with 3 wins in their last 4 games, and I like them to win again tonight at home. This game means a lot for the Blue Hens, as they still have an outside shot of backdooring into the CAA regular season title, as they are 2 games back of 1st place, but they play both UNC Wilmington and Towson in the regular season’s final week, the teams that they are chasing.
I doubt they will have what it takes to pull off the epic comeback, but the fact that they have a shot at doing it tells me that they aren’t going to let this very winnable game tonight pass them by. The game will likely be tightly contested just as the first game was, but I see Delaware pulling away late and taking this game outright to keep their postseason and league title dreams alive.
DePaul Blue Demons (-130) at Georgetown Hoyas
The Georgetown Hoyas are a complete and utter embarrassment this season. Even after last year’s Big East Conference tournament title that got the Hoyas into the NCAA tournament, it won’t be enough to save Patrick Ewing’s job after this mess of a season, as the Hoyas are a joke right now. Not only has Georgetown not won a single game in the Big East, they are rarely even competitive, as they make getting blown out an everyday occurrence. Even at home, they have double-digit losses to Creighton, Providence, St. John’s, Villanova, Butler, and Marquette.
DePaul is used to being the doormat in the Big East, but this year, they have actually played fairly well, despite their subpar league record. The Blue Demons have wins over Seton Hall, Xavier, and Georgetown, and they have several near misses where they almost beat some really good teams on the road. DePaul lost at Providence in overtime, at Seton Hall by just 2 points, at Butler by 4, and at St. John’s by only 5.
Thursday night hoops ?
— DePaul Basketball (@DePaulHoops) February 24, 2022
There are no moral victories in the Big East, but DePaul consistently plays well against quality teams in conference, whereas Georgetown does everything that they can just to not get blown out. I almost can’t believe I am typing this right now, but I like a play on DePaul. I am not sure I can ever remember a time where the Blue Demons were road favorites in a Big East game, let alone me actually backing them as one, but a wise man once said that families are always rising and falling in America, and that rings true for college basketball programs as well. Give me the Blue Demons as this nightmare of a season for Georgetown continues.
South Dakota Coyotes at UMKC Roos (-135)
After a slow start to their season, the Roos of UMKC have played good basketball in the 2nd half of the year. The Roos have a 10-2 record in their last 12 games, and while they aren’t going to be able to catch South Dakota State for 1st place in The Summit League, this is a team to be feared right now.
UMKC has been forced to play 7 of their last 9 games on the road, which makes this run that much more impressive, and now that they finally get to head home, I expect them to continue to play well. UMKC lost their first 2 home games of the season in conference play, but they haven’t lost one since, and their 10-2 record at home has me liking them today against South Dakota.
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— Kansas City Men's Basketball (@KCRoosMBB) February 24, 2022
The Coyotes have played well recently, too, as they ride a 4-game winning streak into play tonight. If there has been an Achilles Heel for the Coyotes this season, it has been true road games, as 6 of their 10 losses have come on other team’s floors. That includes bad losses to Northern Colorado and San Jose State. With the exception of South Dakota State, who is undefeated on the road this season in Summit League play, this conference has been very home team dominated.
But I guess the public never got that memo, as they have been all over the road team in this one, driving the opening line of UMKC -165 down 30 full points to where it stands now at -135. For my regular readers, you know that I love to fade the betting public, and I love to take home teams in conference play, and in this game, I get to do both of those things with a play on the Roos. Give me UMKC as they handle their business at home, with a win over South Dakota.
Money Line Magic Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Delaware Blue Hens -185
- DePaul Blue Demons -130
- UMKC Roos -135
$100 Bet Pays $475
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.
Elon Phoenix at Hofstra Pride Over 144
Speedy Claxton has the Hofstra Pride playing high-level basketball in the last several weeks, as they have a 10-2 record in their last 12 games, including an active 6-game winning streak. How are they winning all of these games? They play at a fast pace, and they score the ball efficiently, and that has led to some eye-popping point totals. If you can’t guard the Pride, they can threaten to drop triple digits on you.
These teams just played a little over a week ago at Elon, and in that game, the Pride busted out their boomsticks, as they beat down the Phoenix to the tune of a 97-64 final score. Now that they get to play the rematch at home, they could absolutely eclipse the century mark, which would be more than enough to send this game sailing to the over.
Hofstra is going to get their points in this game, so in reality, all we need to do to cash our ticket is have Elon not get completely obliterated. If they can lose this game by just 20 points and not 30 or 40, we are in great shape. Give me the over as Hofstra torches Elon and pushes this game to the over while they do it.
Marshall Thundering Herd at Middle Tennessee Blue Riders Over 152
Normally I don’t like taking the over on super high totals like this one as a lot of things have to go right for teams to score this many points in a 40-minute game. But when I see that in the first meeting between these teams, they scored a combined 160 points and that Kenpom has this game finishing at 155 points, this total feels a little light.
You might have to line shop this one a bit, as I do see several 153’s floating around out there and getting the best price possible is always key when making over/under bets. But even at 153 points, there should still be room for a cover with a couple of point gap between the analytics and the betting line. I will lock in my action now on the over 152 points before it swells and the play losses its value.
Morehead State Eagles at Eastern Illinois Panthers Under 125
For our final totals play, we will switch gears from high scoring games to what could very well be a super low scoring game between Morehead State and Eastern Illinois. Eastern Illinois just might be the single worst team in the nation, as they are currently ranked 356th on Kenpom, and the driver for all of the Panther’s struggles has been their inability to score the basketball. Only IUPUI scores the ball less efficiently than Eastern Illinois, and when you couple that with their slow-paced offense, it has led to a lot of ugly final scores.
The Panthers have managed to score less than 60 points in nearly every game this season, and they have failed to hit the 50-point mark on several occasions as well. When these teams played at Morehead State earlier this season, the final score was 63-50, with the Eagles shutting down the Panther’s weak offensive attack and the teams combining for just 113 points.
This play is going to boil down to exploiting a bad line, as Kenpom has this game finishing at 121 points, the first meeting finished at 113 points, and that gap gives us plenty of value for another fade the public play. This number opened up at 122.5 points, and the public did what they always seem to do, and that is they got on the wrong side of this one and inflated the line. I am on the other side with a play on the under in what is sure to be an ugly affair tonight in Charleston, Illinois.
Game Total Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Elon Phoenix at Hofstra Pride Over 144 -110
- Marshall Thundering Herd at Middle Tennessee Blue Riders Over 152 -110
- Morehead State Eagles at Eastern Illinois Panthers Under 125 -110
$100 Bet Pays $700
The Daily Dog
The daily dog parlay is a play where all we take are money line underdogs. Parlaying underdogs is the best way to rack up jumbo payouts on small upfront investments. Want to win a jackpot payout? Then parlaying underdogs is for you!
Cleveland State Vikings at Detroit Mercy Titans (+105)
We went undefeated yesterday on underdog plays, and we will look to stay hot on dogs today with a pair of home underdog plays. Home dogs are my jam, and similar to yesterday’s home dog winner on South Carolina, I can’t quite wrap my head around why the road team would be favored in this game. No disrespect to Cleveland State, they are actually a very solid basketball team that is close to wrapping up the Horizon League regular season title, but they barely snuck past Detroit at home, beating them by 2-points in what was a thriller of a game, and now that the Vikings get to play host for the rematch, I like Detroit to even up this season series at a game apiece.
???????! As we look for another home win with #HLMBB champions Cleveland State in town ?
— Detroit Mercy MBB (@DetroitMBB) February 24, 2022
Mike Davis has made a name for himself as a coach that loves to play on the road, as he is happy to cash a paycheck from a major program to go into their house and get beaten up on, and while that mentality has led to a lot of losses for the Titans, it also has them as the most battle-tested team in their conference. The Titans don’t play at home very often, but when they do, they don’t lose, as they are a perfect 7-0 on the year. Detroit nearly beat Cleveland State in Cleveland, and I can’t resist being able to get a team that is undefeated at home as underdogs. Give me the Titans.
UCLA Bruins at Oregon Ducks (+130)
The Oregon Ducks have been one of the strangest teams in the country this year. They came into the season looking like a team that could win the PAC-12, but they played poorly in the non-conference, and when they hit the bulk of conference play, they were sitting at 7-6. But then the Ducks went on a run that saw them win 9 of 10 games in league play, and they again looked like a team that could do some damage in March.
But that run is over now, as Oregon is back to struggling, with losses in 3 of their last 4 games. The road loss to Arizona in their last game is certainly nothing to be ashamed of as the Wildcats are one of the best teams in the country, but recent losses to Arizona State and Cal has the Ducks sliding back to the wrong side of the bubble. Things aren’t going to get any easier today as the UCLA Bruins come to town, trying to snap out of their recent funk on the road.
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— Oregon Men's Basketball (@OregonMBB) February 23, 2022
UCLA is a very good basketball team. They went to the Final Four last season, and after returning their entire roster this season, they have high hopes of a repeat trip to the 3rd weekend of the Big Dance. The Bruins have put together a nice season, but personally, I am a bit underwhelmed by UCLA, particularly when they are away from home. It is tough to poke too many holes in the Bruins resume, as they have spent the majority of the season in the top-10, but they have a neutral floor loss to Gonzaga, where they got completely destroyed by the Zags, and they have true road losses at Arizona, Arizona State, and USC. If you are going to beat the Bruins, the time to do it, is when they are away from home.
I try to never overreact to a small sample size of data, and while these recent losses for the Ducks gives me a little bit of concern, I still see Oregon as a legit tournament-level team and as one of the best teams in the PAC-12. We have seen what UCLA has done against the top of the PAC-12 this season on the road, and I think tonight is the night that the Ducks get their season back on track with a huge home floor victory. I smell upset tonight in Eugene. Give me the Ducks and the juice as they beat the Bruins for the 2nd time this season after beating them in Westwood in January.
The Daily Dog Money Line Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Detroit Mercy Vikings +105
- Oregon Ducks +130
$100 Bet Pays $472
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.
Youngstown State Penguins (+7.5) at Wright State Raiders
As a general rule, I would always much rather be on a home team than a road team. But when you are an elite handicapper, you have to keep an open mind, and that means that you have to go where the data sends you, and in this game between Youngstown State and Wright State, the data tells me that I need to be on the road team.
The Penguins are playing their best basketball of the season right now, as they have won 8 of their last 9 games, and a win tonight over Wright State could potentially move them up several spots in the Horizon League hierarchy, which gives them a much better shot at shocking the world and winning the league tourney to punch their dance cards for the madness. While I will stop just short of calling the outright upset in this game, I do feel that this is a bad line, as the Penguins already beat Wright State once this year, and all we need to do to cash our bet on this play is for them to not get blown out.
We go for our 19th win and the season sweep of the Raiders tonight! ??
— YSU Men's Basketball (@YSUMensHoops) February 24, 2022
The Raiders of Wright State spent much of the season sitting at or near the top of the Horizon League standings, but the Raiders are seemingly running out of gas down the stretch as they are 1-3 in the last 2 weeks. Those losses have cost the Raiders their shot at the regular season league title, and you have to wonder if this team has given up on the year? My gut says the Raiders win tonight, but I would be shocked if this game doesn’t come down to the final few possessions to be decided. I will take the Penguins and the points tonight from the Nutter Center.
Belmont Bruins at Murray State Racers (-3)
For the casual fans out there, let me word you up on this game between Belmont and Murray State. This game is like the Super Bowl of the Ohio Valley Conference, and if you are looking for this year’s Cinderella in the NCAA tournament, you need to look no further than both of these teams as these boys can flat out ball. Murray State hasn’t lost in months, and that last loss came in a true road game against Auburn, a team that has Final Four aspirations and has spent time at number 1 in the country recently. The Racers are a very good basketball team, and no team in the nation has more wins than Murray State’s 26.
This game is the final test of the year for the Racers as they look to cap off an undefeated conference play season with a win over a very talented Belmont squad. In most seasons, the Bruins would be running away with the OVC title at 14-2, but not this year, as Murray State just won’t lose. Belmont has won 10 games in a row, and as much as I want this game to be an entertaining affair, I just don’t think that these teams are on the same level.
It’s this season’s last GAMEDAY in The Bank!
Murray State vs. Belmont
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— Murray State MBB (@RacersHoops) February 24, 2022
Belmont is a very good team for a team playing in the OVC. Murray State is a very good team no matter which conference they are playing in. There are levels to college basketball, and these teams aren’t on the same one. When Belmont hosted Murray State in January, the game was not close, as the Bruins lost by 22 points at home. Now that they have to play at Murray State, where the Racers are 14-0, things could get ugly.
My heart wants this to be an all-time type of game as both of these teams deserve the attention, but my brain smells blowout. Murray State has an average margin of victory of over 14 points per game this season. The only teams that win by more points per game than the Racers do are Gonzaga, Arizona, Houston, Kentucky, and Duke. That is a who’s who of top-10 teams, and whether or not the public wants to believe it, Murray State isn’t far back of those elite teams. I will back the home team as I see Murray State coasting in for a double-digit win where we won’t sweat our action much at all.
Arizona State Sun Devils at Colorado Buffaloes (-5.5)
Our final play of the day comes to us from Boulder, Colorado, where the Buffaloes welcome the Sun Devils of Arizona State to town for a PAC-12 conference game. Over the course of the last couple of years, Colorado has emerged as one of the most underrated home teams in the nation, and this year, they have continued with that success as they are 11-4 at home, with all 4 of those losses coming to teams that are currently projected to be playing in the NCAA tournament. If you are going to win in Boulder, you have to be an elite team, and of all of the adjectives that come to mind when thinking about Arizona State, elite certainly isn’t one of them.
The Sun Devils have played better in the 2nd half of conference play than they did in the 1st half, but that being said, the ASU resume is one that leaves a lot to be desired. Arizona State is 10-16 overall, including 6-10 in league play. In road and neutral floor games, the Sun Devils are just 3-10. ASU has a couple of nice wins on their record, but those have been few and far between, and I don’t think they have what it takes to beat Colorado on the road, as the Buffs are sitting right at the cut line for the Big Dance, and they know they have to win this game tonight.
— Colorado Men's Basketball (@CUBuffsMBB) February 22, 2022
Colorado has won 5 games in a row as they try and play themselves onto the right side of the bubble, and they must have this game tonight, and they know it. With so much on the line for Colorado, I think they are going to leave nothing to chance and run up the score to ensure that they don’t give the game away late. I don’t normally like to lay this many points, but this game shouldn’t be overly competitive. Give me Colorado laying -5.5 points at home as they pick up a fairly easy win tonight.
Point Spread Plays Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Youngstown State Penguins (+7.5) -110
- Murray State Racers (-3) -110
- Colorado Buffaloes (-5.5) -110
$100 Bet Pays $700
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