College Hoops Weekend Preview: Wildcats vs Hoosiers, Hoyas vs Huskies, KS Wildcats vs Rebels
Now that the college football schedule is done, Saturdays belong to basketball. There is a busy slate of college basketball betting this weekend, with plenty of Top 25 teams in action. Here’s a look at the highlights…
Kentucky Wildcats at Indiana Hoosiers
This classic matchup between two of college hoops’ most historic programs has been a bit one-sided in the last few years. The Wildcats smashed the Hoosiers 72-54 last season as 17.5-point home favorites. While these programs sit at opposite ends of the totem pole, don’t discount Indiana.
Head coach Tom Crean is coming off his first signature win against Pittsburgh on Tuesday and has a talented group of players looking to make a name for themselves against Kentucky’s prized freshmen. The fact that this year’s meeting is in Assembly Hall should give the Hoosiers added energy. Taking IU to win outright is a real long shot but bettors shouldn’t be surprised if Indiana covers the spread.
Georgetown Hoyas vs. Washington Huskies
This is a great matchup between ranked programs at the Wooden Classic. The Hoyas are riding high following a victory over Butler on Tuesday. The most promising thing to come out of that win was the emergence of sophomore stud Greg Monroe. The versatile 6-foot-11 forward finally took charge on offense, scoring 24 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.
The Huskies will struggle to keep Monroe off the glass. Washington is still adjusting to life with center Jon Brockman, getting solid work under the boards from Matthew Bryan-Amaning. Small forward Quincy Pondexter is the glue guy on the roster and is coming off his second straight Pac-10 Player of Week award after scoring 51 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in his last two games.
Kansas State Wildcats at UNLV Runnin’ Rebels
This could turn out to be the most entertaining game of the weekend. Both teams are red-hot heading in with signature wins over tough opponents. Kansas State boasts wins over Xavier, Dayton, and Washington State in recent weeks. The Wildcats have a great one-two punch with Denis Clemente and Jacob Pullen but also get great contributions off the bench. That’s helped KSU cover the college basketball point spread in its last three lined games.
UNLV is ranked in the Top 25 after grabbing wins over Arizona, Louisville, and Nevada. The Rebels scored their seventh straight win over Santa Clara last Saturday, but failed to cover the 8-point spread. Star guard Tre’Von Willis has been a second-half stud, scoring 23 of his 25 points versus Arizona and all of his 14 points versus Santa Clara in the final 20 minutes. He has to stay out of foul trouble and on the floor against KSU’s backcourt.