2012 College Basketball Betting: NCAA Basketball Weekend Picks For February 18-19

Game 1: Kansas State Wildcats @ Baylor Bears – Saturday, February 18

Sports betting experts are immersed in many college basketball discussions these days, and two of them concern the rapidly deteriorating prospects for both Kansas State and Baylor. Kansas State once felt like a lock for the NCAA Tournament, but the Wildcats have gone into a tailspin over the past few weeks, putting themselves very much on the bubble in the chase for a spot in the field of 68. The general consensus is that Kansas State must win one of its next two games against Baylor and Missouri to feel good about its chances. The better chance for a win is against Baylor because the Bears have slid almost as far as Kansas State has in recent weeks. The difference between these teams is that Baylor was a No. 1 seed in early January, whereas Kansas State was a No. 7 seed. Baylor is still comfortably in the tournament field, but recent face-plants against Kansas and Missouri have destroyed the Bears’ sense of confidence. The sense here is that Kansas State will throw all of its energies at Baylor and score a genuine upset win on the road in Waco, Texas.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Kansas State

Game 2: Drexel Dragons @ Cleveland State Vikings – Saturday, February 18

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, you will quickly find that it’s hugely important for both teams’ chances of making the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team if they can’t win their respective conference tournaments in early March. Drexel might have a slightly better shot at this point, but the bottom line is that this is a must-win for either side. Drexel has been trending upward in recent weeks, going 13-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association under resolute head coach Bruiser Flint. Cleveland State looked like a team that was going to sew up an NCAA berth until it crashed and burned last week, scoring under 50 points in two bad home-court losses to Valparaiso and Butler. Drexel is a rugged team that should be able to keep Cleveland State mired in a slump. The Dragons will win this BracketBuster game on the road in Cleveland.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Drexel

Game 3: Duke Blue Devils @ Boston College Eagles – Sunday, February 19

The college basketball betting experts who follow the Atlantic Coast Conference remember the time when Boston College stood on even terms with everyone else in the league. Boston College gave Duke a big-time battle in the 2006 ACC Tournament Championship Game. Now, however, the Eagles are a shell of their former selves. They have no weapons at any spot on the court. They should be easy pickings for a Duke squad that flourishes as long as it doesn’t play opponents with imposing size or length near the basket. Duke should have its way with Boston College for 40 minutes on Sunday evening in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Duke

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Jess Kelm is a Canadian sports betting expert and part of the famed Canadian Crew betting syndicate. Email contact@joeduffy.net

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