College football is in the rearview mirror, which means college basketball is on pace to shine nationally over the next couple of months.
Our staff has been trapped since the start of the season in November, though. And we’re continuing our way into March with our three best bets for Tuesday’s list.
So, dive in right away and get the best college basketball odds and picks for Tuesday.
Top 4 bets for college basketball on tuesday
The team logos in the table below represent each of the games the college basketball team is targeting on Tuesday’s playoff slate. Click on the team logos for a match below to go to a specific bet discussed in this article.
Ball State vs. Ohio
ball state She’ll be looking to keep her seven-win streak alive on Tuesday night. Cardinals will be matched with Ohiowho comes home after losing their last two games on the road.
Both teams have been on offense this season, averaging just under 80 points per game.
On the defensive side, both teams struggled, ranking outside the top 230 in adjusted efficiency.
This defensive struggle is a result of the two teams’ inability to effectively defend the three-point line so far this season. Ball State and Ohio rank 252nd and 247th in defensive 3-point percentage, respectively.
This will be a problem, as both offenses are ranked inside the top 60 nationally in 3-point shooting.
In addition to the success of both teams on the outside, this will be a game that Ohio will seek to turn into a track meet. The Bobcats have the shortest average offensive possession time, 60th nationally at 16.4 seconds.
I love the added value in a game that has two teams relying on their offenses to get the job done so far this season.
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Texas Tech vs. Iowa
There is a great buy and sell low point in Ames on Tuesday night.
The Red Raiders desperately need a win, as they remain winless in a Big 12 game after losing overtime to Oklahoma Saturday night.
while, Iowa Coming home after a dramatic last-second win at TCU as Gabe Kalcher hit a backwards three-pointer with a hand to the face to give the Hurricanes the win.
Mark Adams’ team can still defend at a high level, and despite losing 11 points to Creighton in November, every game Texas Tech It was taut and down to the wire.
On the other hand, Iowa remains a mediocre offensive bunch that relied on its defense to get off to such a fast start in Big 12 play.
The Cyclones will have a hard time getting consistently good looks in their half of the field, and Tech’s pressure should also be able to force some turnovers.
In the end, that’s one too many points in the game to be honing all the time, especially with the Red Raiders in desperation mode.
Air Force vs Colorado
air forces I’m making a quick trip to Fort Collins to meet Colorado State This evening in a game between Mountain West.
The stingy Falcons defense will be called upon to slow down Colorado State’s offense. Fortunately, defense is the Air Force’s strong suit.
The Air Force will rely on effective field goal defense (EFGD) to slow Colorado State’s offense. Currently, the Air Force ranks 48th in the nation in EFGD, allowing opposing offenses to score on just 46.4% of attempts.
The vast majority of the Air Force’s EFGD comes from its ability to defend shots from behind the arc. The Falcons are ranked 18th in the country in 3-point defense.
The Air Force offense is equally competent, but will be taken a little further from the Colorado State offense. However, I expect the defense will do enough to slow the Rams down and keep this game close.
I envision the Air Force as the five-point underdog in this conference game and see strong value for the nine-point line.
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not address the fact that the Air Force is a service academy and that these schools are usually very well traveled, highlighting the discipline associated with the military.
I like Air Force at nine points or better this evening, and I expect the defense to appear ready to hit its ground. I recommend running this on 7.5.
North Carolina vs. Virginia
North Carolina I played better lately. The Heels took care of business against Notre Dame and Wake Forest and had back-to-back Big Ten wins against Michigan State and Ohio State.
However, I don’t know if I’m ready to trust these Tar Heels.
Was any of the recent North Carolina State wins this impressive? Ohio State on a neutral ground is not bad. On the other hand, I’m not impressed with Michigan, Wake Forest, or Notre Dame.
while, Virginia It should get better, as the Cavs have failed to cover in four of their last five games. The Cavaliers are 3-10 ATS overall and 1-9 ATS as a favorite this season.
But this looks like a solid low-buy spot for Tony Bennett. Remember, Bennett is one of the most profitable ATS coaches ever, going 43-29-3 as a conference favorite the five seasons prior to this season.
From the point of view of the court, the game is good for Virginia.
The Cavs run at a glacial pace, which should upset the Heels’ speed style while keeping them out of transition.
Offensively, Virginia will run a lot of perimeter combos, including points, offscreen action and chopping. Meanwhile, North Carolina is a below-average defense against those kits, and the Heels refuse to pressure ball coaches (329 in defensive turnover).
Also look out for Jayden Gardner, Kadin Shedrick, and Ben Vander Plas for pick-and-roll. Despite Armando Bacot’s two-way flair, the Heels are a surprisingly weak defense (1,190 PPP allowed, 11th percentile).
Ultimately, that handicap is mostly down to Coach Bennett against a North Carolina team I don’t believe in. The Cavs haven’t covered much this season, but the Heels are 0-3 ATS as an underdog.
The font looks correct from a digital standpoint, but I like the slick. I probably wouldn’t play in the Cavs any higher than they are now, but I think UVA wins convincingly.