The final two unbeaten groups in males’s school basketball—USC and Baylor—misplaced for the primary time final week, and No. 6 Duke dropped its second ACC sport Tuesday night in opposition to Florida State. It’s turning into more and more troublesome to type by way of fixed motion within the high 25 and weekly upsets.
No. 1 Gonzaga +600
No. 6 Duke +900
No. 4 Purdue +900
No. 5 Baylor +1100
No. 7 Kansas +1200
No. 3 Arizona +1500
No. 12 Kentucky +1800
No. 9 UCLA +2000
No. 2 Auburn +2000
No. 11 Villanova +2000
With just a little greater than six weeks remaining within the common season, our writers reveal which groups they’d guess to chop down the nets in March Insanity.
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SI Betting’s Frankie Taddeo:
It is extremely simple to choose a Gonzaga membership that has catapulted again to being the top-ranked staff within the nation following three consecutive wins that has witnessed the Bulldogs scoring 110-plus factors in every victory. However at odds of +600, the worth is just not there to again the general betting favourite who got here up brief final season with arguably a more-talented squad. My funding within the futures’ market is on Villanova at odds of +2000. Earlier than you declare that I’m simply making a ‘homer choose’ as a graduate of Villanova, let me clarify. Jay Wright is arguably one of the best coach in school basketball and it is arduous to even make an argument in opposition to that. Wright has gained two Nationwide Championships since 2016 and he has the Wildcats on course to make a deep run at a 3rd in March. Villanova, who has gained six consecutive video games, are simply starting to hit their stride evidenced by wins over Large East foes Creighton and Butler by a mixed 74 factors within the final two weeks. The Wildcats, who’ve performed arguably the toughest schedule of any staff within the nation, possess one of the best level guard within the nation in Collin Gillespie who ranks third within the Convention at 17.1 factors per sport. On the block, sophomore massive man Eric Dixon is creating into a significant component on Villanova’s entrance line, whereas Justin Moore is turning into the newest guard to develop into a star on the Essential Line below Wright’s tutelage. Villanova might solely be ranked No. 11 within the newest ballot, however they’re the third greatest staff within the nation in response to Ken Pom scores. At odds of +2000, if the Wildcats can proceed to develop bench contributions from gamers like Bryan Antoine, Villanova presents bettors immense worth in a season that’s really wide-open.
BET: Villanova (+2000)
SI College Basketball’s Kevin Sweeney:
If you happen to’re looking for worth, I really like backing Auburn at this quantity. This staff has a coach who has three Candy 16’s, an Elite Eight and a Closing 4 to his identify, one of the best frontcourt in school basketball and a dynamic group of guards that has stepped up massive recently. Freshman ahead Jabari Smith could be school basketball’s most unguardable participant. He’s 6-foot-10, as pure a shooter as there’s within the sport and is quickly enhancing in different sides of his sport. When paired with rim protector extraordinaire Walker Kessler, no staff has a 4/5 duo just like the Tigers. Add within the excellent play of late from EKU switch PG Wendell Inexperienced, and Auburn looks like a frontrunner to chop down the nets in New Orleans. To get a staff this gifted and coached by among the finest in Bruce Pearl at +2000? That’s one of the best guess on the board.
BET: Auburn (+2000)
SI Fantasy’s Craig Ellenport:
When unsure, look to the Large Ten. There are presently 5 Large Ten squads within the AP Prime 25 (tied with the Large 12 for essentially the most), and the excessive stage of competitors between these groups could have them prepared for event play. No. 4 Purdue is the top-ranked staff within the convention proper now, however I’m searching for one thing higher than their +900 quantity. Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State all are available in at +4000, and I’ll roll with the No. 8 Badgers. Sophomore sensation Johnny Davis is averaging 22.1 factors per sport and Wisconsin has gained seven straight prematurely of a Friday evening showdown in East Lansing. Wisconsin is constructing some momentum proper now, so it’s time to get on the bus.
BET: Wisconsin (+4000)
SI Betting’s Matt Ehalt:
I am not going to let Tuesday’s extra time loss to a scrappy Florida State staff deter me. Give me Duke. First, I am getting nice worth at +900. Signal me up for a Duke staff with 9-to-1 worth. The Blue Devils have arguably one of the best participant within the nation in Paolo Banchero. He is a ridiculous expertise who could also be drafted first total. And final, however definitely not least, that is Coach Okay’s closing season. Duke is infamous for getting whistle and draw within the NCAA Match. Stranger issues have occurred. Add it up, and I really like the worth. Auburn at +2000 can also be a fantastic possibility, however let’s stick to the fairytale ending for Coach Okay.
BET: Duke (+900)Advertisements
SI Betting and Fantasy’s Kyle Wooden:
Why not guess the Boilermakers? Purdue is tied for the fourth-highest scoring offense within the nation (86.2 PPG) and has the No. 1 adjusted offensive effectivity on KenPom.com. The staff shoots higher than 40% from three-point vary, a top-five mark and is within the high 10 in assists per sport with three succesful distributors. Purdue has loads of shooters surrounding 7-foot-4 sophomore middle Zach Edey, who shoots higher than 70% from the sector, and it has fairly a decent resume, having held the highest spot within the nation for a time. The Boilermakers have wins over North Carolina, Villanova, Iowa and Illinois, and a 28-point win over Florida State appears to be like even higher after the Seminoles beat Duke on Tuesday. Matt Painter’s groups are a mainstay within the massive dance, however have been unable to string sufficient wins collectively in the case of crunch time to win all of it. I feel that modifications this 12 months.
BET: Purdue (+900)
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