2012 College Basketball Betting: NCAA Basketball Weekend Picks For March 3-4

Game 1: Northwestern Wildcats @ Iowa Hawkeyes – Saturday, March 3

Sports betting experts are immersed in many college basketball discussions these days, and two of them concern the Big Ten Conference’s bubble teams, Northwestern and Illinois. The Illinois Fighting Illini have to beat Wisconsin on Sunday to have a shot at the NCAA Tournament, and as for Northwestern, the Wildcats will likely need to beat Iowa to do the same. Northwestern, as is well known, has never made the NCAAs, and there’s a reason for that. The Wildcats usually get smothered by the pressure of the moment. They fail to win the one game they absolutely need to win. They also don’t have a second crunch-time scorer behind star forward John Shurna. Iowa has been extremely impressive at home in Carver-Hawkeye Arena this season, taking down upper-tier foes from Michigan and Wisconsin and Indiana. Northwestern will have a very tall order winning this game. History says that it will fail in the attempt. Pick Iowa at home on Senior Day for the Hawkeyes.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Iowa

Game 2: Washington Huskies @ UCLA Bruins – Saturday, March 3

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, you will quickly come to the conclusion that the Washington Huskies really need to win this game if they want to feel good about their NCAA Tournament chances. Washington might lead the Pac-12 Conference with a 13-3 league record, but the Pac-12 has only one win against the top 50 of the RPI (ratings percentage index). That win was Stanford’s victory over Colorado State. Washington’s non-conference profile is awful. The Huskies got throttled by 19 points at home against South Dakota State. Washington needs to win the Pac-12 regular season championship outright to be on the plus side in the battle for an NCAA bid. The Huskies should receive a stiff challenge from UCLA, and since Washington has not won very many big games this season, it’s hard to trust the Huskies in this moment on this stage. UCLA will be fired up, and that’s why the Bruins are the better pick at home.

College Basketball Betting Pick: UCLA

Game 3: Southern Miss Golden Eagles @ Marshall Thundering Herd – Saturday, March 3

The college basketball betting experts who follow the goings-on in Conference USA are very much aware that Southern Mississippi has really struggled over the past few weeks. Coach Larry Eustachy’s team was rolling through C-USA for most of the season, but recent losses to Houston and UTEP, two very poor teams, have thrown this team’s toughness and stamina into question. Marshall is better than Houston and UTEP, and the Thundering Herd will play this game at home. Marshall is the smart pick, not only because of its own quality – it might play in the NIT this season – but because Southern Mississippi really seems to be losing steam. The Golden Eagles look tired, and they will fall on the road in Huntington, West Virginia.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Marshall

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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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