College Hoops Parlay Of The Day 2-25-22

The wins just keep on coming as we have been blistering hot all week long, and yesterday was no exception, as we again got the money. What has made this recent run so special has been that we aren’t just winning the majority of our bets, we are winning them on outright money line underdogs! Anybody can give you a bunch of -400 favorites and claim to have a winning streak, but here at TheSportsGeek, we pride ourselves on finding the real value by playing underdogs and cashing tickets.

For the 2nd day in a row, we went undefeated on dog plays, with yesterday’s winner coming in on Detroit Mercy (+105) and Oregon (+130), and it paid out a juicy $472! We have been on fire on the underdog plays, and you can see how well they payout, as we got back nearly 5-1 on our 2-teamer. The underdog winners were the highlight of the day, but we also found winners on DePaul (-130), UMKC (-135), and Murray State (-3) on what was yet another winning day on the college hoops hardwood.

Today’s slate of games is on the light side as teams gear up for the weekend, but that didn’t stop us from finding ample value. 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.

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at Georgia State Panthers (-275)

The Panthers of Georgia State will look to pick up their 7th consecutive win tonight as they welcome the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana to town for a Sun Belt Conference game. This is the final regular season game for both teams as the Sun Belt is one of the first leagues to play their conference tournament each season, and both teams are playing for positioning tonight. In small leagues like the Sun Belt, only the conference tournament winner gets into the Big Dance, which makes seeding for the league tourney important, as it is all or nothing for all of these teams!

I am always going to lean towards the home team in conference play, and when I see how well the Panthers are playing right now, I doubt they are going to come out flat tonight on senior night. Georgia State had a rough first half of the season, but they have played really quality basketball down the stretch, and assuming they take care of business tonight at home, they will hit the Sun Belt tournament having won 9 of their last 10 games, making them one of the hottest teams in the field, as the league decides who gets to go dancing in March.

For the Ragin’ Cajuns, they too have played better as of late, as they ride a 3-game winning streak into play tonight. But all 3 of those wins came over teams ranked outside of the top-250 nationally, and prior to this nice run, they had lost 8 of their previous 10 games. The full body of work for Louisiana doesn’t tell a very good story, as they are just 10-13 overall and 5-8 in Sun Belt play. They lost at home to Georgia State earlier this year, and I don’t see them winning this rematch on the road.

Normally I don’t like to lay odds this steep, but the number opened up at -333, and the public has backed the road team, dropping the line significantly, which opens up a ton of value on the home team. I will back the Panthers and thank the public for giving me a 50-point discount on what should be a fairly easy win for Georgia State.

Manhattan Jaspers at Marist Red Foxes (-205)

This is another game where the betting public has moved the line sharply towards the road team, and I, for one, just don’t understand what they see in the Jaspers in this matchup. This line opened up at Marist -250 and has since dropped 45 points. That is a massive line move, and I always love when I get to position myself on the other side of the public.

Marist is playing their best basketball of the season right now, as they have won 5 games in a row, and they have always been tough to beat at home, having not lost a home game in well over a month. This winning streak includes victories over teams like Monmouth, Niagara, and Sienna, all teams that rate out as being better than Manhattan. I don’t usually go too far down the rabbit hole of I beat this team, and that team beat another team, so I should beat them too, but my point here is that the Red Foxes have played against solid competition, and they are winning games.

The Jaspers found a way to win their last 2 road games, which was hard to see coming, as on the year, they were just 2-8 in true road games prior to those wins. Winning on the road is never easy, but I am not overly impressed with the Jasper’s wins over Quinnipiac and Fairfield, as neither of those teams are any good.

Manhattan did beat Marist at home earlier this season, but now that the season series has shifted to Poughkeepsie, I expect the Red Foxes to get their revenge. This is the final home game of the season for Marist, and they are playing too well right now not to love a play on them at what is now a very reasonable price.

Northwestern Wildcats at Penn State Nittany Lions (-125)

It has been a disappointing season for Penn State, as wins have been hard to come by for the Nittany Lions in the loaded Big 10. And while this season won’t be ending with a trip to the NCAA tournament for Penn State, they have done a more than respectable job of protecting their home floor. The Nittany Lions are 5-2 at home in Big 10 play, with wins over Indiana, Rutgers, Iowa, Michigan State, and Minnesota.

The Big 10 is always a very home-dominated league, and this year has been more of the same as home teams have won at a 60% clip, which is very high for a power conference. If all you have done is blind bet the home team in Big 10 league games, you have gotten rich! With how home-dominated the league is, I am shocked to see this game at basically even money.

When I take a closer look at the Wildcat’s record and see that they have lost 4 of their last 5 road games, with the lone victory coming over Nebraska, that is 1-15 in conference play, I don’t know why anybody would expect them to win tonight in University Park.

Penn State is by no means a great team, but they are considerably better than Nebraska. The first meeting between these teams was a tightly contested game, and I am sure that this one will be as well, but when all is said and done tonight, the Nittany Lions are going to win this game and get us paid.

Money Line Magic Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Georgia State Panthers -275
  • Marist Red Foxes -205
  • Penn State Nittany Lions -125

$100 Bet Pays $366

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.

Saint Peters Peacocks at Monmouth Hawks Under 131.5

This play is going to be driven by the analytics, as Kenpom has this game finishing at 127 points, and that 4.5-point gap between the betting line and the data opens up some nice value. Neither of these teams are very good, but both of them are surprisingly strong on defense, as they both rank inside the top-100 in defensive efficiency.

This feels like a game that will play out in the high 50s or low 60s, and I love a play on the under. In Monmouth’s last 5 wins, they have held opposing teams to under 60 points 3 times, allowing an average of just 59 points per game during that span. With the Hawks hosting this game, I expect them to win and to shut down the Peacocks defensively along the way. Give me the under.

Harvard Crimson at Princeton Tigers Over 141.5

The Princeton Tigers are the class of the Ivy League, and they are winning games by racking up gaudy point totals on a nightly basis. The Tigers have scored at least 80 points in 16 of their 24 games this season, making them one of the most consistently high scoring teams in the country. The Tigers are a half of a game back in the win column for 1st place in the Ivy League standings, trailing Yale, who they just beat in their last game, making this upcoming back-to-back home and home with Harvard a pair of must-win games.

Tommy Amaker just doesn’t have the guys this season to compete at the top of the Ivy, and they have shown a tendency to get torched on the road. 6 of Harvard’s 10 losses have come on the road, and in those 6 games, they have allowed 75 points or more in all but one of them. In this game, we have a home team that scores at will against a road team that can’t slow teams down away from home. That is a recipe for a high scoring affair if I have ever seen one, and I will take my stand on the over tonight from Jadwin Gymnasium.

Niagara Purple Eagles at Rider Broncs Under 133

If you are looking for a pretty basketball game, this one ain’t it, as this game between Rider and Niagara is sure to be an ugly affair. Neither of these teams score the basketball efficiently, and Niagara plays one the slowest tempos in the nation. Kenpom has this game coming in at 129 points, and I always love when I can find that large of a gap between the data and the betting line.

Niagara is used to scoring in the 50s, as they have done that 8 times already this season, and if the Purple Eagles can’t score, this game can’t go over the total. I will take the under and try not to fall asleep while watching what is going to be a painfully poorly played game.

Game Total Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Saint Peters Peacocks at Monmouth Hakws Under 131.5 -110
  • Harvard Crimson at Princeton Tigers Over 141.5 -110
  • Niagara Purple Eagles at Rider Broncs Under 133 -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!

Saint Louis Billikens (+140) at Richmond Spiders

We have been killing the game on underdogs all week, and we will continue that tear today, with a play on Saint Louis, in their game with Richmond. You could certainly make a case that Richmond should be favored in this game, as they are the home team, but this line is undeniably inflated. This is as close to a coin flip game as you are ever going to get, as these teams are very evenly matched.

When I first saw this number this morning, I wondered how it could be so high, but then when I saw that the books actually opened the game up at Saint Louis +115, which is a much sharper number and only moved it as a reaction to public action, I started to understand what happened here. The public loves to take sharp numbers and move them, and that is what happened in this one. In these spots, I nearly always jump on the other side and fade the public to exploit the bad line, and that is what I will do in this game as well.

The Billikens beat the Spiders in their first meeting this season, coming at Saint Louis, and they have actually been decent on the road with true road wins at La Salle, George Mason, Duquesne, and Boise State. Richmond has been mostly good at home, but they do have home losses to Dayton, Saint Joe’s, and VCU, so they are capable of losing in their own building.

What really puts this play over the top for me, besides the price, is the fact that Richmond has played 6 teams ranked inside of the top-80 nationally, and they are 0-6 in those games. Against the top-100, the story isn’t much better, as the Spiders are just 3-8. Nothing about how Richmond has played this season leads me to believe that they are capable of beating a team as good as the Billikens, even at home, and for that reason, I must back the road team.

Texas State Bobcats at Troy Trojans (+110)

If I had to single out my favorite type of play when betting NCAA men’s college basketball, it would be taking home underdogs in conference play. Home dogs are great plays in basically every sport, but in college basketball, the home teams win at a very high rate, and when you get a chance to snag a home dog, you should always take a hard look at backing them. Most of the time, when you are taking home dogs, the home team is deservedly the underdog, but that isn’t the case in this game, as Troy should absolutely be favored, and this is just a bad line.

Troy went into Texas State in December and gave the Bobcats an old-fashioned Texas beatdown, beating them by 15-points on the road. And now they are somehow the underdogs in the rematch at home? Yeah, I just don’t get it.

Troy is 10-2 at home this season, and 5 of the Bobcat’s 6 losses have come in true road games. I am not suggesting that the Trojans should be prohibitive favorites in this game, but the fact that they are home dogs makes zero sense. Give me Troy and some juice in what is an outrageously high value spot.

The Daily Dog Money Line Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Saint Louis Billikens +140
  • Troy Trojans +110

$100 Bet Pays $504

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.

Akron Zips at Ohio Bobcats (-7)

The Ohio Bobcats are currently tied with Toledo for 1st place in the MAC standings with just 3 games left to play in the regular season. The Bobcats won last year’s MAC conference tournament and used the league’s auto-bid to go on to knock out the Virginia Cavaliers in the 1st round of last year’s NCAA tournament. Ohio has ridden that momentum into this season, with a stellar 23-5 record. But even with their elite record, they aren’t seen as a team worthy of an at-large bid right now, so they must keep winning if they want to hear their names called on Selection Sunday.

I like them to win tonight and win big against the Akron Zips. The Zips have a decent record at 18-9, but when you notice that their SOS is in the 300s, it makes that record look much worse. Akron lost at home to Ohio in their first meeting this year by 6 points, and all we need to cover in the rematch is for the Bobcats to win by 1 more point. I don’t know about you, but home court is worth more than a single point if you ask me.

Ohio is 15-1 at home this year, and they aren’t just winning nearly every game they play at the Convocation Center, they blow most of them out. Ohio beat Central Michigan by 16, Miami (OH) by 13, Western Michigan by 13, Eastern Michigan by 13, Ball State by 24, and Northern Illinois by 12.

Their closest home game in MAC play came in a 7-point win over Bowling Green, and that is far too much consistent winning by large margins not to love backing the Bobcats at home laying just -7-points. Give me Ohio laying some wood as they run the Zips out of the building with yet another home floor flogging.

Canisius Golden Griffins (+16) at Iona Gaels

I am going to get this out of the way right up front, I love Rick Pitino. What Pitino has been able to do at Iona has been amazing, and he has his Gaels set to make it to their 2nd consecutive NCAA tournament, after breaking through with a trip to the Big Dance last year in his first year at the helm of the Gales. All that being said, this line is just too high. Iona has dominated the MAAC with a 14-2 league record, but interestingly enough, they don’t normally run the score up on teams, despite the high winning percentage.

League wins over Marist (twice), Fairfield, Monmouth (twice), Saint Peter’s (twice), and Canisius all came by single digits for the Gaels. Iona is the best team in the league, but not by that much, and I see the Golden Griffins keeping this game close enough to cover. Canisius has had the exact opposite trend going, as they rarely win, but they almost never get blown out. The Golden Griffin’s have single-digit losses to Iona, Fairfield (twice), Marist, Rider, Siena, Monmouth, Saint Peter’s, and Manhattan.

Let me break it down to you like this. In this game, we have an Iona team that never blows teams out, playing against a Canisius team that never gets blown out, yet I can get the Golden Griffen’s getting a whopping 16 points? I can’t pass up on that play, as those trends are far too strong in both directions to ignore. Give me the road team and a fist full of points as the Gaels win, but won’t feel the need to run up the score late, allowing Canisius to cover.

Iowa Hawkeyes (-11.5) at Nebraska Cornhuskers

We have spent most of the day talking about small conference matchups, but for our final play of the day, we will give the big boys some love as we head to the Big 10 for the game between Nebraska and Iowa. The Cornhuskers have been a complete joke this season, as they are 1-15 in league play, and that story gets even worse when you see how often they get destroyed. Each of Nebraska’s last 4 losses have come by double digits, with an average margin of loss coming in at an astounding 19 points per game.

One of those came against this very same Hawkeyes team, as Iowa beat them up by 23 points in Ames a couple of weeks back. The Huskers have lost by at least 20 points 5 times this year, as they just haven’t shown that they can play with quality teams. I very rarely ever take the road team laying points in the Big 10, and I am certain this is the most points I have laid on a Big 10 road team this season, but with how the Hawkeyes have been playing in the 2nd half of the season, I smell a blowout.

Iowa either brings their best game with them on the road, or they don’t. In the Hawkeye’s 7 Big 10 road games, they are 3-4, and all 3 of those wins came by double digits. Iowa beat Minnesota by 10, Maryland by 23, and Ohio State by 13. Each of those wins have come in the last month as the Hawkeyes are gearing up for a deep run in March. Iowa is 5-1 in their last 6 games with an average margin of victory of over 19 points per game. I will break my own rules today and take Iowa laying the -11.5-points, and they go into Lincoln and hammer the Huskers.

Point Spread Plays Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Ohio Bobcats (-7) -110
  • Canisius Golden Griffins (+16) -110
  • Iowa Hawkeyes (-11.5) -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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