- The #5 Kansas Jayhawks are favored to beat the #8 Creighton Bluejays by four points.
- The #3 Iowa Hawkeyes have -155 odds as the favorite over the #16 North Carolina Tar Heels
- The ACC/Big Ten Challenge game between Duke-Illinois has a point total of 146.5.
LAS VEGAS — The college basketball season is continuing despite some turmoil from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Early in the season college basketball bettors have already seen some of the top ranked teams in the nation face off and Tuesday’s slate of games follows that trend.
There are three matchups of teams ranked in the Top 25 facing each other. The slate of games features two matchups of teams ranked in the top 10 battling it out as well as a ranked matchup between two of the best teams from the Big Ten And ACC respectively.
These games could be early previews of NCAA Tournament teams and bettors shouldn’t hesitate to get in on the action.
No. 8 Creighton Bluejays vs. No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks @ 5 p.m. EST
- Spread: Kansas (-4)
- Moneyline: #8 Creighton +165 vs. #5 Kansas -190
- O/U: 149
Winner: Creighton Bluejays ML (+165). The Creighton Bluejays are a team that cannot be overlooked this college basketball season. Creighton will face their toughest test thus far in taking on the Kansas Jayhawks which will be a great early gut check for the team.
Neither the Jayhawks (1-3 ATS) or the Bluejays (1-2 ATS) have done well at covering this season so the money line is where the best value lies. Bettors should lean towards taking the Bluejays +165 odds as they look to make their first major statement of the season against a powerhouse in Kansas.
No. 16 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes @ 7:30 p.m. EST
- Spread: Hawkeyes (-3.5)
- Moneyline: #16 Tar Heels +135 vs. #3 Hawkeyes -155
- O/U: 158.5
Winner: Hawkeyes ATS (-3.5). The Iowa Hawkeyes are being led by preseason All-American Luka Garza who in three games this season is averaging 34 points, and 9.7 rebounds on 76% shooting from the field.
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Garza is also favored at online sportsbooks to win the Naismith Player of the Year award.
The Hawkeyes will have the best player on the floor and Garza should dominate a Tar Heels team trying to rebound after dropping their first game of the season to the Texas Longhorns. Take the Hawkeyes to cover the narrow 3.5-point spread as they should be able to beat North Carolina by more than three points behind Garza having a big game.
No. 6 Illinois Fighting Illini vs. No. 10 Duke Blue Devils @ 9:30 p.m. EST
- Spread: Duke (-3.5)
- Moneyline: #6 Illinois +150 vs. #10 Duke -170
- O/U: 146.5
Winner: Illinois (+150). This ACC/Big Ten challenge game is one of the premier matchups on the slate. This should be a close game and the spread shouldn’t be avoided for this matchup either.
However, since the moneyline odds are favorable for this matchup, lean that way and take the Fighting Illini to pull off the upset over Duke tonight. The Blue Devils struggled to contain the Michigan State Spartans in their last game and Illinois has similar players that could warrant an upset over Duke.
Take the +150 moneyline odds on Illinois to come out of a win without having to worry about points.
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