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On Tap Bets: College Basketball Edition – 1/20/21

Get in on some college basketball betting action tonight with these four picks.

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After a tough 1-3 night on Tuesday, let’s look to get back on track with a few strong plays for Wednesday. The record sits at 89-108-5 (45.2%) for the season. There has not been much improvement since falling below .500 earlier this season. After hitting around 52% in 2019-20, college basketball gambling is an extremely long investment and grind. Stick with me, and we will post some winners. Without further ado, here are the games to line your pockets with some cash for Wednesday.

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Clemson vs. Georgia Tech (-1.5)

In this matchup, Clemson’s seventh-ranked defensive efficiency ranking looks to get the Tigers back on track after a putrid loss to Virginia on Saturday. KenPom has the Tigers winning this game by one point, so there was value in the line. Both teams play at a slow tempo, and Nick Honor, who averages 1.7 steals per game will more than likely be able to keep Jose Alvarado in check. Aamir Simms can take on Moses Wright. The Yellow Jackets are 0-1 against Quad 1 teams while Clemson is 2-1, proving they can battle with the best. Since the Tigers are a perfect match, lay the points on the small road dog.

Pick: Clemson +1.5

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Tulsa/Houston – Total 124.5

Houston plays at the 309th tempo in the NCAA and they take their time shooting (19.3 seconds per possession this season). Tulsa’s tempo is even slower at 334th, and they take 17.8 seconds per possession. Both have top-35 defensive efficiencies on KenPom, which is why this total is so low. Neither has a tendency to light it up from three-point range either (32.4% for Houston, 27.6% for Tulsa). Since Tulsa also shoots 65.3% from the free-throw line, on one end at least, they will not be taking advantage of free scoring opportunities. Houston has a 7-4 ATS record on unders while Tulsa is 6-5. Given these trends, expect this total to go under.

Pick: Under 124.5

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Fresno State vs. Boise State (-14)

If you’ve followed my futures bets, I snagged a future on Boise State at +3400 to make the Final Four. This team is that good. They rank 13th in the NET rankings and 57th on KenPom. Their only loss is to Houston in the first game of their season. Boise is also 7-4 ATS on the season, while Fresno State is 3-5 with a series of postponements. Fresno State’s average margin of loss against both Colorado State and Nevada was 18.5 points. Expect the line to move in the Broncos’ direction. With the sudden appearance of Devonaire Doutrive from Arizona, an already strong Boise State team became a juggernaut in the Mountain West. No one will be able to guard both Derrick Alston Jr. and Abu Kigab. Take the Broncos.

Pick: Boise State -14

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Washington vs. Colorado (-12.5)

This is more of a bet against Washington than for Colorado, but the Buffs are possibly the best PAC-12 team. Colorado is 10-4 ATS. Washington is 3-9. Colorado is 15th on KenPom and the last time these two played, Colorado won by 23. This could be a trap game, but given how the market has not caught up to either of these teams, I’ll take the risk.

Pick: Colorado -12.5

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There you have it, folks. As always, follow me on Twitter @cwsdjt, where I give out picks in addition to these articles. Best bets!


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