Greg Gard and his Wisconsin Badgers will look to inch closer to Purdue for tops in the Big Ten standings, and build their resume for March vs. an ailing Ohio State Buckeyes team in Columbus, tonight. The teams met earlier this year in Madison, and the result was nothing short of a beat-down – a game in which the Badgers got up 18 more shots, and out-rebounded the Buckeyes by 11 to eventually win 89-66. Ohio State will look to return the favor, tonight, in Columbus, but have been reeling as of late.
Late February and early March can be very challenging times to bet college basketball. The Bracketology type stuff can really skew perceptions and create some interesting lines and line movement. Let’s take a look at some possible wagering angles over the remainder of the regular season with regards to the conference tournaments.
Tonight, under the lights of the ESPN prime-time spotlight, the two titans of the ACC will clash for first place in the division; as Rick Pitino will take his Louisville Cardinals into Chapel Hill to try to up-end Roy Williams and his North Carolina Tar Heels. The two will meet for the first and only time this year, both riding winning streaks.
Before placing a bet on either the side or the total in these games, make sure you see what these teams have to play for in the way of a conference title or even seeding for the conference tournament.
The ACC will take the primetime stage tonight, as Buzz Williams and his Virginia Tech Hokies play host to Brad Brownell’s Clemson Tigers in Blacksburg. These two played down to the wire in their previous meeting in Clemson, with VA Tech pulling out an 82-81 victory thanks to Seth Allen’s 17 points, 3 Reb, and 6 assists. The Hokies will look to keep their tournament hopes alive, while Clemson will seek revenge for that tough loss at home in January.
Two of the Big 12’s finest will take the stage in Lubbock, Texas as Steve Prohm and his red-hot Iowa State Cyclones take on Chris Beard and his Texas Tech Red Raiders.
This evening, under the prime-time lights, Tony Bennett will take his reeling Virginia Cavaliers on the road to take on Roy Williams’ North Carolina Tar Heels. With UNC leading the ACC at 10-3 in conference and Virginia only 2 games back at 8-5, this matchup will prove pivotal in determining ACC Tournament seeding. They will meet for the first time this year tonight in Chapel Hill.
Tonight, two of the top teams in the A-10 conference will take it to the hardwoods, as Will Wade and his VCU Rams will stay in Richmond to take on Chris Mooney and the Richmond Spiders on the Spiders’ home court. The last game between the two on Feb. 1, played in Wade Arena, resulted in a 81-74 VCU victory, in which ShawnDre’ Jones’ 30 pts weren’t enough for Richmond to overcome the Rams who got to the foul line 31 times, hitting 24 of them. Jones, and Richmond, will look to avenge this loss on their home court this evening.
John Beilein and the Michigan Wolverines look to make it 3 wins in a row this evening as they play host to Greg Gard and the reeling Wisconsin Badgers who look to bounce back after their disappointing home loss to Northwestern on Sunday. Wisconsin won the first game between the two, in Madison, 68-64; a game in which Wisconsin out-executed with an inside out game -getting the ball to Ethan Happ inside (11pts) and feeding Bronson Koenig (16pts) from the arc.
Tonight, Mark Turgeon and his 23rd ranked Maryland Terrapins hit the road for a clash of Big Ten class with Chris Collins’ Northwestern Wildcats. These teams will meet for the first and only time this year, with the Wildcats (8-4) one game behind Maryland (9-3) in the race for Big Ten tournament seeding.
Tonight, Brad Brownell and the Clemson Tigers play host to Danny Manning and his Wake Forest Demon Deacons in this ACC showdown. Wake Forest will look to avenge its 73-68 home loss to the Tigers on New Year’s Eve, in which turnovers plagued the Demon Deacons, but was a very even game statistically none-the-less.
It is only a month until the NCAA Tournament gets underway. This is the stretch run in college basketball. The first conference tournaments start in just a little more than two weeks. It's a great time of the year for college basketball fans!