Yesterday was a bit of an up and down day as we went 4-5 total on our parlay picks, but we did manage to snag two nice money line, underdog winners. We were able to take advantage of a couple of bad numbers and got paid. We backed the Oklahoma State Cowboys as underdogs against an Oklahoma Sooners team they had just beaten two days before, and the Cowboys picked up the bedlam series sweep over their archrivals and cashed our ticket. The other money line dog that came in for us yesterday was a small conference play, where we took Campbell as home dogs against Gardner-Webb and Campbell picked up the win.
No. 17 Oklahoma State gets their second straight W vs. No. 16 Oklahoma. pic.twitter.com/2k6LRmTpIh
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 2, 2021
It was by no means our best day, but with a couple of outright underdog winners booked, we live to fight another day. With that, let’s jump right into today’s parlay of the day picks by heading to Morgantown for a top-10 battle in the Big 12 between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Baylor Bears.
Point Spread Parlay
Not all parlays are the same. In this first section, we are going to focus on point spread parlays. A point spread parlay is a parlay bet where all of the games bet are point spreads, and you will have to lay a little juice on each bet. A standard 3-team point spread parlay will payout 6-1, a 4-teamer pays out 11-1, and a 10-teamer pays out a whopping 720-1! As you can see, the payouts can get really big, really fast, on point spread parlays!
Baylor Bears at West Virginia Mountaineers (+4.5)
On a day that is chalked full of college hoops action, I am not sure there is any better game on the schedule than this one between West Virginia and Baylor. We will get to see how Baylor reacts to losing their last game, their first loss of the season, against the Kansas Jayhawks. Losing in Lawrence is certainly nothing to be ashamed of but having to follow it up with a road trip to Morgantown is particularly brutal. Looking ahead on the schedule, the Bears have to play a red-hot Oklahoma State team and a very good Texas Tech team before heading to the Big 12 tournament for what is sure to be a couple of more tough matchups in the loaded Big 12. Life is never easy at the top of the mountain and Baylor is feeling that right now.
— WVU Men’s Basketball (@WVUhoops) March 2, 2021
After a shaky start to conference play, the Mountaineers are finding their stride in the second half of league play, as they have won eight out of their last ten games. That run includes signature wins over Texas, Texas Tech (twice), and Kansas. Bob Huggins has his team playing their best basketball of the season at just the right time. It is almost unheard of to see West Virginia get this many points at home in the last several seasons, as winning in Morgantown is amongst the toughest things to do in the nation. I know that Baylor is really good, but I just can’t pass up on backing West Virginia at home getting so many points. Expect an all-out war tonight in Morgantown.
Illinois Illini (+8.5) at Michigan Wolverines
The other marquee game of the day comes to us from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the Illinois Illini will try and slow down the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan has emerged as the best team in the Big 10 with wins over Ohio State, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Purdue. They have the regular season league title all but locked up, with a 3-game lead over 2nd place Illinois. The Wolverines moved up to #2 in the most recent AP Poll and are hoping to stay undefeated at home tonight.
Game Day in Ann Arbor!
Top-5 matchup against the Wolverines set for 6 pm on ESPN! pic.twitter.com/wr7Z4iGXoH
— Illinois Basketball (@IlliniMBB) March 2, 2021
For Illinois, the Illini are a legit top-10 team in their own right, and they have won nine out of their last ten games. Illinois should have their star player Ayo Dosunmu back for this game, as Dosunmu missed the Illini’s last game against Wisconsin with a broken nose. Illinois has played really well on the road this season, and while I don’t know if they are going to pull off the outright upset, I do think that they keep this one close. Illinois has league road wins at Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Indiana, Northwestern, and Penn State. Expect the Illini to keep it close enough to cover, and if Michigan doesn’t bring their best game, they could get upset.
Arkansas Razorbacks (-6.5) at South Carolina Gamecocks
The Arkansas Razorbacks are trying to chase down the Alabama Crimson Tide for the regular season SEC title, and they are on fire, winning nine of ten games, including beating the Tide last week. The SEC isn’t getting a lot of love in the national media, as the Big 10 and the Big 12 are so good right now, but this is a talented league, and you can see that by looking at the fact that all of the Razorbacks recent league wins have come against top-100 teams. Arkansas is playing as well as any team in the country in the last month, and they have road wins in conference play at Missouri, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and Auburn.
Last regular season road trip.
📊 https://t.co/qQqvGrRylF pic.twitter.com/ccGMYPCzVO
— SECN 5:30pm 🐗 (@RazorbackMBB) March 2, 2021
Wins just haven’t been a big part of the equation for Frank Martin’s Gamecocks this season. They won their last game against Georgia, but that was their first win in almost a month. The Cocks only have four wins in SEC play, two of them coming against Georgia and wins over Florida and Texas A&M. A win over the Razorbacks would be, by far, the best win of the season for South Carolina, and I just don’t see how they don’t get run over in this one by the streaking Hogs. You hate to ever lay wood on the road in league play, but this is a mismatch, and I see Arkansas running up the score and dominating.
Point Spread Parlay
- Teams Odds
- West Virginia Mountaineers (+4.5) -100
- Illinois Illini (+8.5) -110
- Arkansas Razorbacks (-6.5) -110
$100 Bet Wins $600
Money Line Magic
This next type of parlay we are going to look at is an all money line parlay. With these types of bets, you don’t care about points spreads, it is just who wins or loses the games that matter. Want to load up on a bunch of favorites and get paid when they all win? Do you smell a couple of big upsets? Parlay those together on a money line parlay, and you can get paid big!
Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan State Spartans (-143)
This is a loser out game in the Big 10, as both of these teams are hanging around right at the cut line for the NCAA tournament. The Hoosiers have really struggled down the stretch, losing four out of their last five games, but they do have plenty of big wins on their resume, and if they can find a couple more here late in the season, they are going to be dancing in March.
B1G night at the Breslin Center 🏀 pic.twitter.com/agcC14jXuq
— Michigan State Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) March 2, 2021
The Spartans are in a better spot than the Hoosiers are right now, but not by much. Michigan State rose from the dead with late season wins over Illinois, Ohio State, Indiana, and Penn State but they did drop their last game to Maryland on the road. Sparty really needed that win, and they really need this one too, and I think they take care of business tonight in the Breslin Center. Michigan State is 10-3 at home this year, with the losses coming to Purdue, Wisconsin, and Iowa, all teams ranked in the top-15 on Kenpom. I don’t know if Michigan State is going to be good enough to cover the point spread, but I do like them to find a way to win the game, so I’ll back them on the money line instead.
Wisconsin Badgers at Purdue Boilermakers (-130)
How many road teams have managed to win in Mackey Arena this season? Michigan. That’s it. Only the Wolverines have won at Purdue, and the Boilermakers have proven once again that they have one of the best home-court advantages in the nation, no matter how many fans are in the stands. Purdue has home wins over Ohio State, Maryland, Penn State, Minnesota, and Michigan State, and I think they add the Wisconsin Badgers to that hit list tonight.
The start to a big final week. pic.twitter.com/xutbiXT6Av
— Purdue Mens Basketball (@BoilerBall) March 2, 2021
No disrespect to Wisconsin, they are very good, but they have been inconsistent as of late, with a 4-6 record in their last ten games. The schedule has been especially nasty for the Badgers as five of those six losses came to teams ranked in the top-10 on Kenpom, but the rough scheduling continues tonight at Purdue, and I don’t think that the Badgers will be up to the task of pulling off the upset.
Marquette Golden Eagles (-235) at DePaul Blue Demons
Sometimes I feel bad for DePaul. In a league that is always great year in and year out, the Blue Demons just aren’t able to stay competitive in the Big East. This season, DePaul is 0-7 at home in league play. Some of those losses were to good teams like Creighton, whereas others came to teams that won’t be playing meaningful games in March, like Georgetown, Providence, St. John’s, and Butler. Marquette isn’t great this season, but they have been better than expected on the road, with road wins over Creighton, Georgetown, St. John’s, Butler, and North Carolina, and in the Big East, a game against DePaul is basically a bye week, so I expect the Golden Eagles to fly out of Chicago with the win.
Money Line Magic Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Michigan State Spartans -143
- Purdue Boilermakers -130
- Marquette Golden Eagles -235
$100 Bet Wins $329
The Daily Dog
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Duke Blue Devils (+102) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
This is another game where there might not be enough room in the NCAA tournament for both teams. Duke wasn’t even in the NCAA bubble conversation before catching fire late in the season and picking up wins over Virginia, NC State, and Syracuse. The Blue Devils lost a heartbreaker in overtime at Louisville in their last game, but they have looked like an entirely different team without Jalen Johnson hogging the ball and messing up their on-court chemistry.
Gameday in The A‼️
— Duke Men’s Basketball (@DukeMBB) March 2, 2021
Georgia Tech is also trying to get their names into the tournament conversation as they hit this game on a 4-game winning streak. The Yellow Jackets have been elite at home with victories over Florida State, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Clemson, North Carolina, and Kentucky, but my gut says they come up short tonight. Coach K is one of the greatest coaches of all-time, and he knows he has to have this win, and I think he gets it. This is a much better team without Jalen Johnson on the floor, and I smell upset.
Kentucky Wildcats (+133) at Ole Miss Rebels
There isn’t a team that is more disappointing this season than the Kentucky Wildcats. They have wasted their immense talent, and unless they win the SEC tournament, they are sitting at home in March. But strangely enough, they have actually been great on the road. The Wildcats have road wins over Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida, and Mississippi State. Two of those road wins have come in the last week as Kentucky is finally starting to play up to their potential. Ole Miss is on the outside looking in right now for the NCAA tournament as recent losses to Mississippi State and Vanderbilt were damning to the Rebel’s at-large bid dreams. Mississippi State has suspect home losses to LSU, Georgia, Wichita State, and Mississippi State, and I think Kentucky pulls off the upset tonight in Oxford.
The Daily Dog Money Line Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Duke Blue Devils +102
- Kentucky Wildcats +133
$100 Bet Wins $371
Get Rich Or Die Trying
In this final section, we are going to go for the jumbo payouts! These are your lottery ticket types of plays that aren’t going to come in all that often but pay off big time when they do. A wise man once said, if you don’t swing hard, you never hit any home runs. Well, in this section, we swing for the fences!
Xavier Musketeers at Georgetown Hoyas (+2.5)
This is just a home dog in league play bet. The Hoyas have been decent at home with wins over Seton Hall, Butler, Providence, and St. John’s, and Xavier has been shaky on the road with losses to St. John’s and Providence in the last two weeks. The Musketeers picked up a must-have win over Creighton in their last game, and this feels like a standard letdown spot in a game that is going to be tougher than it looks on the surface.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane at UCF Knights (-3)
I am all about fading the public, and the public is all over Tulsa in this one. The Knights opened up at -5-points, and the public action has moved it to where it stands now at just -3-points. After starting out the season 7-3 with wins over Houston and Memphis, the wheels have fallen off for the Golden Hurricanes lately as they are just 3-7 in their last ten games. Tulsa has losses to teams outside the top-100 to Cincinnati, Tulane, Temple, and TCU, and they lost at home to these very same Knights by seven points just over three weeks ago. It’s hard to see them being much better tonight on the road than they were at home, and I have UCF winning and covering.
Ohio Bobcats at Kent State Golden Flashes (-2)
Kenpom has Kent State winning this game 78-74, and after an early public line move, there is a nice little gap between the data and the betting line. Kent State has played well in the MAC after losing their first two games, as they have won 12 of 15 since. The Golden Flashes have been great at home all season long with a 9-2 record, and now that I get a discount on the spread, I will take the home team. Ohio only has one win over the top-100 this season, coming against Buffalo a month ago, and I just don’t think they are going to be good enough to beat a respectable Kent State team in hostile territory.
Eastern Michigan Eagles at Ball State Cardinals (-7.5)
This is another public fade spot as the line opened up with Ball State -9-points and has moved towards the Eagles ever since. Kenpom says the opening number was a sharp one as they have this game at 76-67. Eastern Michigan only has five wins this season, and three of them came against D2 teams, and one came against 331st ranked Northern Illinois. They don’t have a single road win, and in every single one of their road losses, they lost by double digits. This is just a bad number. Take Ball State and pick the low hanging fruit as the Cardinals are going to cruise.
Wake Forrest Demon Deacons at Pitt Panthers (-5)
It wasn’t all that long ago that Pitt was a team that looked like they could be an NCAA tournament-level team. After starting the season out 8-2 with wins over Duke, Syracuse (twice), and Northwestern, the Panthers have completely fallen apart, losing eight of their last nine. But there is playing bad, and there is losing to Wake Forrest at home bad, and I am not so sure the Panthers are going to lose to the Demon Deacons on their home floor. Wake is 1-8 on the road this season, with their lone victory coming at 4-13 Boston College. This line opened at Pitt -9 and has moved a whopping 4-points towards the Demon Deacons. Home team, league play, fade the public, this is all standard stuff here, take Pitt to win and cover.
Get Rich Or Die Trying Parlay
- Teams Odds
- Georgetown Hoyas (+2.5) -110
- UCF Knights (-3) -110
- Kent State Golden Flashes (-2) -110
- Ball State Cardinals (-7.5) -110
- Pitt Panthers (-5) -110
$100 Bet Wins $2,000
Parlays are a great way to make quick cash, and here you have four different ways to get in on the parlay bet action! Thanks for reading and make sure that you stay tuned to TheSportsGeek for all of your March Madness betting advice and be sure to check out our college hoops betting page, where we bring you free daily betting picks each and every day!