College Hoops Parlay Of The Day 2-28-22

We are now just 1 day away from the start of March, and if you have been paying attention recently, you may have noticed that the madness arrived early this year, as the last week has been utter insanity. On Saturday, we set a new all-time NCAA record when 7 of the national top-10 all lost on the same day, including each of the top-6. That upset filled day is sure to shake up the projected field of 68 for the NCAA tournament, and while Saturday was the peak of the madness, we have seen several other ranked teams lose since last Monday.

The hit list of ranked teams that have lost since the last AP poll was released a week ago includes Ohio State, Purdue, Kentucky, Auburn, Texas Tech, Kansas, Arizona, Gonzaga, Illinois, UCLA, and Villanova. That is a who’s who of national powerhouse programs, and only the Duke Blue Devils and Baylor Bears remained as top-10 teams that survived the week without a loss. It will be very interesting to see the new AP poll when it is released later today, as there is sure to be a lot of movement!

You wanted madness? You got madness! Today, we will try and unpack everything that has happened over the weekend while trying to stay focused on the task at hand, which is finding the value and stacking the cash. We will get right back to the grind 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.

Charleston Cougars at Hofstra Pride (-230)

The Colonial Athletic Association is one of the more wide-open leagues right now, as you could make a case that every team in the top half of the CAA standings has a legit chance at winning the league’s postseason tournament and the auto-bid into the NCAA tournament that comes with it. You are never going to hear too much from the mainstream media about the CAA, but this is a competitive league that likely plays a higher quality brand of basketball than most people seem to realize. Kenpom has the CAA as the 15th best conference in the nation right now, trailing just behind the WAC and Conference USA, which makes the CAA a better than average league with 32 conferences in the country.

Hofstra won’t win the CAA regular season title, as they are in 3rd place, 2 games back of both Towson and UNC Wilmington, but there may not be a hotter team in the CAA right now than the Pride. Hofstra has won 7 of their last 8 games and 11 of their last 14 as they surge up the standings in the CAA. Hofstra plays their best basketball at home, where they are 11-2 this season, and I expect them to stay hot tonight with a win over a Charleston team that they already beat on the road earlier this season.

Charleston plays one of the fastest tempos in the country, and while that makes them fun to watch, it has led to a lot of losses as they tend to focus on speed rather than efficiency, and that has led to some sloppy performances and a lot of losses. Wins haven’t been a major part of the equation for the Cougars this season, as they have a losing record in league play and are barely above the Mendoza Line overall, at 16-13.

Interestingly enough, Charleston tends to play better on the road than they do at home, so I don’t want to be in a position where I am laying a bunch of points in this game. The Cougars have road wins at Delaware, Northeastern, Elon, and William and Mary in conference play. Road wins in league play are always impressive, but none of those teams are as good as this Hofstra squad, and I don’t think that the Cougars will be able to slow the Pride down in a game that they are going to really want to win on senior night. Give me the home team as Hofstra pulls away late for the win.

Syracuse Orange at North Carolina Tar Heels (-333)

The ACC is way down this season, and both of these teams are high up on my list of most disappointing teams in the country this year. Both of these squads have more than enough talent to make a run to the NCAA tournament, but neither of them have been able to stay consistent and string together many wins. A week ago, it was looking like the Orange might get their act together just in time to save their season as they reeled off 6 wins in 7 games, but after last week’s disappointing 0-2 record with losses to Notre Dame and Duke, Syracuse is back to being on the wrong side of the bubble with time running out.

Things aren’t getting any easier for the Orange today, as they have to head to Chapel Hill to play a Tar Heels team that is badly in need of a win themselves, as they are sitting right at the cut line for the NCAA tournament with just 2 games left in the regular season. North Carolina has a solid record at 21-8, but quality wins have been few and far between, and unfortunately for Tar Heel’s fans, this is one of those games where they will get very little credit for winning and destroyed for losing.

You have heard of a win/win situation. This is basically a lose/lose situation for North Carolina as they must win tonight, but it’s not going to do much to boost their NCAA tournament resume. That being said, the Heels have made a living this year beating up on bad teams in the ACC, so I don’t see them blowing this game tonight at home. Syracuse is 3-7 on the road in ACC play, and North Carolina is 14-2 at home on the year. Sometimes you have to pick some low hanging fruit and get paid in an easy money spot, give me North Carolina.

Baylor Bears (-120) at Texas Longhorns

The Baylor Bears have been battling through injuries for much of the 2nd half of the season, and while that has cost them a couple of games for sure, the defending national champs are figuring things out on the fly with their new on the floor rotation, and they are playing elite basketball. If Baylor doesn’t repeat as national champions this season, Bear’s fans are always going to wonder what if, as this team was undefeated and ranked number 1 in the nation prior to losing several key players.

The Bears made a huge statement this week when they welcomed Kansas to Waco and handed the Jayhawks a rare loss. The game was a lot closer than the final soccer might lead you to believe, but the win was a huge one, as they denied Kansas from locking up the Big 12 title in their house, and they now have won 5 of their last 6 games as they gear up for another national title run. Life in the Big 12 is brutal, and that continues today for Baylor as they head to Austin to play Chris Beard and his Texas Longhorns.

If Beard is going to turn UT into a national powerhouse, he needs to find a way to rule the state of Texas, as it is one of the best recruiting areas in the country, and with Baylor and Texas Tech both a couple steps ahead of the Longhorns, winning these in-state rival games will be big for his future success. Texas got swept this season by Texas Tech, and if they lose this game tonight against Baylor, they will have been swept by the Bears as well, and that is what I think happens, as Baylor is playing far too well to deny them right now.

I am a bit worried this could be a letdown game for Baylor after the big win over Kansas, but Scott Drew has been there and done that so many times in his tenure at Baylor that the Bears rarely ever come out flat and play poorly. They were down by as many as 13 points against the Jayhawks and battled their way back to win the game, and I see them riding that momentum tonight to a win over the Longhorns. This game is very likely to be a thriller, but when all is said and done tonight at the Erwin Center, Baylor is going to find a way to gut out the win and get us paid.

Money Line Magic Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Hofstra Pride -230
  • North Carolina Tar Heels -333
  • Baylor Bears -120

$100 Bet Pays $343

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.

New Mexico Lobos at Fresno State Bulldogs Under 134.5

It has been a disappointing end to the season for the Bulldogs of Fresno State, as they were feeling like a team with legit NCAA tournament aspirations not long ago before a late-season collapse has seen their season fall apart. That is unfortunate, as I always saw this team as one that had all of the pieces to win a game in the tournament, as they play hardnosed defense and make teams earn every single point.

The Bulldogs regularly hold teams to under 60 points, as they have held opposing teams to 60 points or fewer in 16 games this season. When Fresno is at their best, they have been known to hold teams to totals in the 40s, which they have done 5 times this season. This game comes down to a stylistic matchup as Fresno plays very slow, and New Mexico likes to play fast.

When these teams matched up earlier this season at New Mexico, it was a fairly fast paced game, and even then, it finished at just 125 total points. Now that the Bulldogs get this game at home, I see them imposing their will, slowing things down, and keeping this game very low scoring. Give me the under and when this game struggles to even hit the century mark in the 2nd half, remember who told you first!

UCLA Bruins at Washington Huskies Under 139.5

The UCLA Bruins are seemingly falling off many casual fan’s radars as they haven’t played up to their potential in the last several weeks. But I will say this right now, if you don’t think the Bruins can make it all of the way to the Final Four, you are crazy, as this is an extremely talented and well coached team, and they are going to be a tough out in March.

The offense gets most of the attention for this UCLA team, but statistically, they are actually better on D, as they are 10th in the nation in defensive efficiency. In their last 4 wins, the Bruins have allowed just an average of just 53 points per game. If they can hold the Huskies to under 60 points, this game won’t even sweat going over the total. Oh, and did I mention that when these teams played in Westwood less than 2 weeks ago, that Washington scored just 50 points? I am on the under in this one, and I am not sure we are even going to sweat it as this one could come in well under the total.

Washington State Cougars at Oregon State Beavers Under 138.5

We will stay in the PAC-12 for our final totals play in the game between Oregon State and Washington State. The Beavers have been struggling through a nightmare of a season, as after last year’s improbable PAC-12 conference tournament title win and even more improbable trip to the Sweet 16, the Beavers have been downright bad this season. Oregon State has lost 14 straight games as they have completely bottomed out.

You know things have gotten bad when you are getting double-digit points at home to a team like Washington State that isn’t even sniffing the NCAA tournament bubble. The Beaver’s struggles have mostly surrounded their inability to score the basketball, as they are ranked outside the national top-300 when it comes to offensive efficiency, which is an absolute embarrassment for a power conference team.

Washington State hasn’t played great down the stretch either, as they have lost 6 of 7, but the one thing they are able to do is defend, as they are 23rd in the country in defensive efficiency. In a game where one team can’t score, and they are playing a team that defends at an elite level, this feels like it is going to be a game where points are going to be very hard to come by. I will jump on the under tonight from Corvallis as the Beavers stumble through yet another blowout loss.

Game Total Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • New Mexico Lobos at Fresno State Bulldogs Under 134.5 -110
  • UCLA Bruins at Washington Huskies Under 139.5 -110
  • Washington State Cougars at Oregon State Beavers Under 138.5 -110

$100 Bet Pays $700

The Daily Dog

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Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks (+155) at Morgan State Bears

There are teams that should be big favorites in games, and there are teams that shouldn’t. The Morgan State Bears are a team that falls firmly in the category of a team that should never be prohibitive favorites, as they are just a bad basketball team. None of the teams in the MEAC are really any good, as it is one of the worst conferences in the country, but even through that lens, the Bears of Morgan State stand out as bad.

The Bears are 10-13, which on the surface isn’t all that awful, but when you see that 4 of those wins came over D2 schools, and 5 more wins came over teams ranked outside the national top-300, that leaves only their win over Norfolk State as a decent win. And you are telling me that this is a team that you are going to lay close to -200 on? Yeah, not me!

I am not going to try and pretend that Maryland Eastern Shore is some monster team by any means, but they are serviceable, and they have had quite a bit of success on the road this year. The Hawks have true road wins at North Carolina Central, Delaware State, Coppin State, Lehigh, and Fordham. They also have a home win over Morgan State as well. At the worst, I would call this game a coin flip, and I always want to be on the side getting the juice, rather than laying it, in a game that could go either way. I will take a flyer on Maryland Eastern Shore as they pick up their 3rd win in a row on the road at Morgan State.

San Diego State Aztecs at Wyoming Cowboys (+115)

I have been betting college basketball for well over a decade, and I very rarely see a line that I completely don’t understand. Even when there are lines that I disagree with or that I think are downright wrong, I can generally see what the books were thinking when they came up with the line. But in this game, I just don’t understand how the books have San Diego State as favorites.

That is no disrespect to the Aztecs, they are a solid team that has a real shot at snagging an at-large bid into the NCAA tourney, and they have played their best basketball of the season in the last month. But Wyoming has been fantastic all season long, and at home, they have been unbeatable, literally, with a 13-0 record in Laramie. The Cowboys have big home wins over Colorado State, Boise State, and Utah State, with all of those wins coming in the last month.

The Mountain West Conference is a very home-court-dominated league this season, as home teams are winning at over a 58% clip, one of the highest rates in the nation. We have seen that trend play out with both of these teams, as San Diego State has road losses to Boise State, Colorado State, and Utah State, and all 3 of Wyoming’s league losses have come in true road games. The Cowboys catch a big break by getting this game at home, as the teams will only play once in the regular season this year, and I absolutely love that I can back the Cowboys as home underdogs in what I see as an outrageously high value spot.

The Daily Dog Money Line Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks +155
  • Wyoming Cowboys +115

$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.

UMASS Minutemen at Fordham Rams (-2)

The Fordham Rams haven’t won a ton of games this season, but when they do win games, it is almost always at home. Only 3 of the Ram’s 13 wins have come in true road games, and all 3 of their home losses in A-10 play have come to top-100 teams. Home wins over Rhode Island and George Mason are quality ones, and I am surprised to see that this line with UMASS is such a tight one.

The Minutemen are 3-10 away from home this season, and nearly all of those losses have come by double digits. UMASS has lost to Dayton by 21, St Bonaventure by 12, Saint Louis by 31, Davidson by 10, Richmond by 8, North Texas by 9, Weber State by 15, and Yale by 20. Nothing about what the Minutemen have been able to do away from home this season has me thinking that they are going to win on the road tonight at Fordham, and they have been blown out with such regularity on the road. I can only expect more of the same in this game. I will take the home team, laying a couple of points as the Rams coast to victory over the Minutemen.

Northwestern Wildcats at Iowa Hawkeyes (-10)

This time of the year is what I like to call blowout season. I call it that because we see a lot of matchups like this one between Iowa and Northwestern where one team is battling for seeding in the NCAA tournament and gearing up for a deep run in March, whereas the other team is completely out of contention and for all intents and purposes their season is over. That dynamic leads to a lot of blowouts, as one team has so much to play for, and the other team is already thinking about next year.

Our final 2 plays of the day are both games that fall into this blowout category, and both of these games could get ugly. Iowa will play host to Northwestern tonight on senior night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and if how the Hawkeyes have played in the month of February is any indication of how they are going to play tonight, they are going to run away with this game. Iowa has been one of the hottest teams in the Big 10 in the last month, and at home, they are slaughtering teams.

The Hawkeyes are 6-1 this month, with wins over Minnesota, Maryland, Nebraska (twice), Ohio State, and Michigan State, and none of those wins were close, as they all came by double digits with an average margin of victory of a whopping 18 points per game. That certainly does not bode well for Northwestern tonight, as they are just 3-7 in true road games this season.

The Wildcat’s only road win in the last month and a half came over cellar-dwelling Nebraska, and I smell blowout tonight in Iowa City. I rarely ever like to lay this much wood in a game, but this game won’t be overly competitive, and with the Hawkeyes playing for style points as they try to move up seeding lines in the NCAA tournament, they are going to do their best to run this score up like they been doing in the last month. Give me the Hawkeyes to win this one going away and cover the jumbo spread in their final home game of the season.

Kansas State Wildcats at Texas Tech Red Raiders (-12)

The Red Raiders of Texas Tech picked up a rare loss this weekend, dropping their road game at TCU in a very tightly contested game. I see the Red Raiders taking out those frustrations tonight against an overmatched Kansas State Wildcats team. Texas Tech has yet to lose in Lubbock this season, which includes wins over elite teams like Baylor, Texas, and Kansas, and they aren’t going to start losing now to Kansas State.

Kansas State did manage to beat the Red Raiders earlier this year when these teams matched up in Manhattan, and that only makes me like Texas Tech even more in the rematch, as this team is sure to be fired up after their loss this weekend and will be motivated to avenge that loss to the Wildcats. You have to go all of the way back to the Red Raiders Big 12 home opener against Kansas to find a game where Texas Tech didn’t win by double digits at home in Big 12 play, a streak of 8 straight dominating victories. You might as well pencil Tech in for number 9 as they are going to hammer K State in this one.

Point Spread Plays Parlay

  • Teams Odds
  • Fordham Rams (-2) -110
  • Iowa Hawkeyes (-10) -110
  • Texas Tech Red Raiders (-12) -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!

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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