Hello, sports fans! Starting today, we here at TheSportsGeek are going to bring you a brand new daily column, where we focus exclusively on everyone’s favorite way to bet, parlays! Parlays are a fun and exciting way to bet because you can turn a small investment, into a jumbo payout! Not only are parlays an exciting way to get in on the action, but they can also be very profitable too!
Normally, to make money betting on parlays, you need scour the betting markets for the day and do a lot of homework. Well, I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound like too much fun if you ask me! So, instead of staring at your computer monitor looking for value for hours every day, all you have to do is swing by TheSportsGeek every morning, check out our parlay of the day, and get paid! We will kick off things off today by focusing on college hoops!
Point Spread Parlay
Not all parlays are the same. In this first section, we are going to focus on point spread parlays. A point spread parlay is a parlay bet where all of the games bet are point spreads, and you will have to lay a little juice on each bet. A standard 3-team point spread parlay will payout 6-1, a 4-teamer pays out 11-1, and a 10-teamer pays out a whopping 720-1! As you can see, the payouts can get really big, really fast, on point spread parlays!
Iowa Hawkeyes (+5.5) at Michigan Wolverines
The headlining game of the day in college hoops comes to us from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the Michigan Wolverines host the Iowa Hawkeyes in a Big 10 battle. The Wolverines are deservingly the favorites, as they are one of the top teams in the nation, and they are on an absolute tear right now. Big Blue has lost only once this season, and they are ranked 3rd in the latest AP Poll. Michigan is coming off of their biggest win of the year, a road win at their archrivals, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and you have to wonder if this is going to be a bit of a letdown game for the Wolverines?
🆚: No. 9 Iowa
📍: Ann Arbor, Mich.
🏟: Crisler Center
🕖: 7 p.m.
🏠: https://t.co/qVxyGa21rI#GoBlue 〽️🏀 pic.twitter.com/Y5lLk2yOj0
— Michigan Men's Basketball (@umichbball) February 25, 2021
It is hard to ever pick a team as good as Michigan is right now to lose, but luckily for us, we don’t have to! That’s because the books will give us +5.5 points to back Iowa. The Hawkeyes are playing some of their best basketball of the season right now, winners of four straight games, including signature road wins at Wisconsin and Michigan State. Iowa already has five road wins in Big 10 play, and while I think they come up just short of pulling off the upset tonight in Ann Arbor, I do think that they cover the spread. Give me the Hawkeyes +5.5 as the first leg of my 3-team point spread parlay.
UCLA Bruins (-1.5) at Utah Utes
I think the UCLA Bruins are being heavily undervalued right now. They have mostly dominated in the PAC-12 this year and going back to last season, head coach Mick Cronin’s first year in Westwood, the Bruins have won 27 out of their last 35 games. The Bruins hit a rough patch a month ago when they lost three out of four games, but they have righted that ship recently and have reeled off three straight victories, with the last two coming over quality teams in Arizona State and Arizona.
The Bruins are on the road, taking on Utah in Salt Lake City this evening. Game time is 5 p.m. (PT).
— UCLA Men’s Basketball (@UCLAMBB) February 25, 2021
When you look at Utah, they just haven’t been able to stay competitive in the PAC-12 this season. The Utes are just 6-9 in league play and have lost three straight. Utah is hot and cold, but when they are at their worst, they are really bad. The Utes have losses on their resume to Washington, Oregon State, and Cal, all teams ranked outside of the top-100 nationally. Utah has been better at home than on the road in PAC-12 play, so they will keep this one competitive, but at the end of the day, I see the Bruins winning and sneaking in a cover tonight in Salt Lake City. Back the Bruins.
Nebraska Cornhuskers at Illinois Illini (-12.5)
This line just doesn’t make a lot of sense. Nebraska is 1-13 in Big 10 play, and in most games, they get completely blown out. The Cornhuskers have lost by double-digit points to Maryland, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, and Creighton. I could go on, but do I really need to at this point? The Huskers did somehow push this Illinois team to overtime when they hosted them in Lincoln a couple of weeks ago, so I guess that is what is keeping this line tight?
— Illinois Basketball (@IlliniMBB) February 25, 2021
This is what I call a double revenge game. The Illini lost their last game, getting upset by Michigan State. That loss snapped a seven-game winning streak, and the Illini are sure to be fired up tonight at home. Throw in the fact that Nebraska actually made them play the last time these two teams met up, and I see Illinois hammering the Huskers in this one. Kenpom has the Illini winning by 17-points, and we can thank the public for a hefty line move, as the books opened up at Illinois -16 and the public has moved the line sharply towards Nebraska. I get to bet against the worst team in the Big 10, on the road no less, in a double revenge game, and fade the public? Umm, yeah, give me all of that!
Point Spread Parlay
- Matchup Odds
- UCLA (-1.5)
- Illinois (-12.5)
- Iowa (+5.5)
$100 bet wins $600
Money Line Magic
This next type of parlay we are going to look at is an all money line parlay. With these types of bets, you don’t care about points spreads, it is just who wins or loses the games that matter. Want to load up on a bunch of favorites and get paid when they all win? Do you smell a couple of big upsets? Parlay those together on a money line parlay, and you can get paid big!
Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan State Spartans (+155)
There are great games all over the Big 10 today, and I smell upset in East Lansing! Ohio State made a run to the top-10 when they won ten out of eleven games in conference play, in the nation’s toughest conference. They lost their last game, though, at home to Michigan, and when you look back on their very successful season, they do have one glaring issue, road games in league play. Ohio State lost at Purdue, at Northwestern, and at Minnesota. Those teams are a combined 19-29 in conference play.
Late night hoops in East Lansing 🏀 pic.twitter.com/jqmtkySf3B
— Michigan State Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) February 25, 2021
Tom Izzo’s Spartans are showing some signs off life after struggling in Big 10 play for months. Michigan State has won back-to-back games, with quality wins over Illinois and Indiana, as they desperately try to play themselves onto the right side of the NCAA tournament bubble. At home this season, Sparty has wins over Illinois, Penn State, Nebraska, Rutgers, and Notre Dame. Michigan State hasn’t been super consistent this season, but their only home losses came to Purdue, Wisconsin, and Iowa, all teams ranked 18th or better on Kenpom right now. It feels like Izzo is ramping up for a strong finish to the season, and Ohio State is vulnerable on the road, so I am picking the upset here.
Northwestern Wildcats at Minnesota Golden Gophers (-205)
There might not be a team that has a starker contrast of results between home and road games than the Minnesota Golden Gophers. At home, Minnesota has beaten the likes of Saint Louis, Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, and Purdue. On the road, they are a dismal 0-8. Northwestern has lost 13-straight games, and they only have one road win all season long, and that came way back in December at Indiana. This is a standard home/road splits game, and you can safely back the Gophers to take care of business and win outright.
Boise State Broncos at San Diego State Aztecs (-275)
First place in the Mountain West Conference is on the line tonight as the San Diego State Aztecs host the Boise State Broncos. These two teams are in a three-way tie atop the MWC standings with Colorado State, with all three teams having three losses apiece and with two games in three days between the Broncos and the Aztecs, the regular-season league championship could very well be decided this weekend. Boise State has surprised a lot of people this year, but nearly all of their success has come on their home floor.
𝘽𝙐𝘾𝙆𝙇𝙀 𝙐𝙋… it's going to be a good one tonight!
— Boise State MBB (@BroncoSportsMBB) February 25, 2021
All four of Boise States losses have come on the road, including back-to-back losses to Nevada earlier this month, that were devastating to the Broncos NCAA tournament at-large dreams. The Aztecs haven’t lost at home in almost two months, and they are 11-2 in San Diego this season. The game will be competitive, and I certainly wouldn’t want to lay much wood on San Diego State tonight, but I do think that they win this game and take over sole possession of first place in the MWC.
Washington Huskies at Arizona State Sun Devils (-500)
You can file this one under free money. Washington might be the worst power conference team in America, as the Huskies currently rank 184th on Kenpom. The Huskies have won just two of their last nine games, with both wins coming against bottom of the pack teams in the PAC-12, Washington State and California. These two teams played on Tuesday night in Tempe, and the Sun Devils ravaged the Huskies 97-64. I don’t see any compelling reason why we won’t see more of the same tonight, in a nearly identical matchup. You are paying a hefty price to take the Sun Devils, but I just don’t see how they can lose.
- Matchup Odds
- Michigan State (+155)
- Minnesota (-205)
- San Diego State (-275)
- Arizona State (-500)
$100 bet wins $521
The Daily Dog
Do you want a chance at jumbo payouts? The best way to stack the cash fast is by parlaying underdogs! You can back these teams getting the points, but the best way to get a huge return on your money is to take these teams on the money line!
USC Trojans (+143) at Colorado Buffaloes
I think the USC Trojans are the most talented team in the PAC-12 this season. Kenpom seems to agree with me, as Pomeroy has the Trojans ranked 12th in the country, the highest of any team in the league. Evan Mobley is a freak show talent, and USC is peaking at the right time, having won eight of their last nine games and fourteen of their last sixteen. No disrespect to Colorado here, as they are tough to beat in Boulder, but the Buffs have bad losses on their resume to Cal and Washington, and I think the Trojans avenge their early season loss and win tonight on the road.
Oregon Ducks at Stanford Cardinal (+104)
Home dogs in league play are always a nice play, and I like Stanford to knock off the Oregon Ducks tonight. Oregon is mired in a particularly brutal stretch of games where they have to play four of their last six regular season games on the road. They started this tough patch of scheduling with a road loss at USC Monday night, where they got blown out by the Trojans, and I think they slip up again tonight, against a very talented, yet somewhat underachieving, Stanford team. We are going to sweat this one out all night, but the Cardinal shows nice value as home dogs.
- Matchup Odds
- USC (+143)
- Stanford (+104)
$100 bet wins $396
Get Rich Or Die Trying
In this final section, we are going to go for the jumbo payouts! These are your lottery ticket types of plays, that aren’t going to come in all that often, but pay off big time when they do. A wise man once said, if you don’t swing hard, you never hit any home runs. Well, in this section, we swing for the fences!
Tennessee State Tigers at Morehead State Eagles (-10.5)
Belmont is getting most of the attention in the Ohio Valley this year, but Morehead State is making a name for themselves here in the second half of the year, as the Eagles have won fourteen out of their last fifteen games. Kenpom has Morehead State winning by -14 points, and to be able to back them at -10.5 is a bargain.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houston Cougars (-11.5)
I’m not one of those guys that thinks because Western Kentucky isn’t a household name that they aren’t any good. In fact, the Hilltoppers are actually a decent team. But Houston mauls teams at home, running up a 12-0 home floor record and blowing many of those games out. In Houston’s last game, they hosted a Cincinnati Bearcats team that ranks similarly to Western Kentucky, and they smashed the Bearcats by 38-points. Houston wins and coasts to the cover.
Southeast Missouri State RedHawks (+6) at Eastern Illinois Panthers
Oh, you wanted some more OVC action, you say? Well, take a look at this bet between two cellar dwellers in the Ohio Valley. This one is just a straight fade the public line move play. The books opened Eastern Illinois at -3 points, and it has moved all the way to -6 points. Kenpom has the Panthers winning by just two points, and that four point gap between the data and the public is what I call juicy value.
San Francisco Dons at BYU Cougars (-10)
You don’t hear much from the WCC that isn’t about the Gonzaga Bulldogs, but that is a disservice to what I see as an underrated league. Kenpom has the WCC rated as the 9th best conference in the country, ahead of mid-major leagues like the MVC and MWC, that are both expected to get multiple NCAA tournament bids this year. BYU is the 2nd best the WCC has to offer, and I sure hope the Selection Committee sends them dancing in March. BYU beat the Dons in San Francisco by nine points earlier this year, and I have to feel that the Cougars home floor is worthy of one more point. The Cougars are 8-0 at home against teams ranked outside of the top-100, and they win this one going away tonight.
Oregon State Beavers at California Bears (+2)
Cal stinks this year. But they are sneaky good at home. The Bears are 8-17 overall, but at home, they are 6-6. Still not great, but you would much rather play the Bears on your floor than theirs. When you look at how Cal has fared against the spread at home, they are actually great, as they are 8-4 against the number in Berkeley. Oregon State has played just one road game all season as a favorite, and of course, they lost outright. The Beavers are 1-6 on the road, and to see them laying wood in another team’s building is laughable.
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights at Sacred Heart Pioneers (-1)
How about some Northeastern Conference basketball? This is just another bad number that we are looking to take advantage of. Kenpom has Sacred Heart winning this game by three points, and we only have to lay just a single point. The public gets credit for this bad number, as they have moved the opening line of Sacred Heart -5 all of the way down to where it stands now. Repeat after me, fade the public, fade the public, fade the public.
Eastern Michigan Eagles at Ohio Bobcats (-10.5)
Eastern Michigan is really bad. They have just four wins on the season, and three of them came against D-2 teams. The Eagles are 0-6 in true road games this season, and the have lost every one of those games by at least eleven points. And while Ohio won’t be busting your bracket in the NCAA tournament this year, they are a solid MAC team, with an 8-4 conference record. The Bobcats are 7-2 in Athens, and I see them winning and covering with little effort tonight at home.
- Matchup Odds
- Morehead State (-10.5)
- Houston (-11.5)
- SE Missouri State (+6)
- BYU (-10)
- Cal (+2)
- Sacred Heart (-1)
- Ohio (-10.5)
$100 bet wins $9,000
Parlays are a great way to make quick cash, and here you have four different ways to get in on the parlay bet action! Thanks for reading and make sure that you stay tuned to TheSportsGeek for all of your March Madness betting advice and be sure to check out our college hoops betting page, where we bring you free daily betting picks each and every day!