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Matt McCuen shares his three favorite plays in College Basketball on the Saturday slate.

College Basketball Picks: 3 Best Bets For Saturday's Games

I am back with my three best bets for this college basketball slate. We will look to stay hot on these and rack up some more profit! The first game I will be looking at will concern the UCLA Bruins and the UNLV Runnin Rebels.

UCLA vs UNLV Prediction


The Bruins come into this game as a heavy ten-point favorite coming off a tough loss to the Gonzaga Bulldogs where they were blown out and embarrassed. This looks like a perfect get me right spot for the Bruins today facing this UNLV Team. I believe UNLV was slightly underrated coming into this season, but today is overvalued facing a UCLA team who will be a matchup nightmare. The first half spread is what I am eyeing in this game today. I believe UCLA comes out in this game early and dominates on both ends of the floor, especially the defensive side of things. The books think this will be a tough game for the Rebels offense giving them a low team total, and I believe the same thing. The bet I will be taking in this game will be UCLA's first half at -5.5. UCLA is the more skilled team by a landslide and will come out in this basketball game motivated to prove a point off that embarrassing loss to the Zags. UNLV will struggle to gain any flow on the offensive end and UCLA will have favorable matchups across the board on offense. The Bruins should roll for us in this spot today.


  • Pick: UCLA 1H -5.5 (-115)

Indiana vs Marshall Prediction

Indiana vs Marshall Odds

The next play I will be attacking on this slate will be an affair between the Marshall Thundering Herd and the Indiana Hoosiers. These teams come into this game with a combined 9-1 record on the young season. Marshall has been very impressive, playing to the tune of a 4-1 record while the Hoosiers will look to stay perfect and improve to a 6-0 record today. The Hoosiers were active in the offseason, adding sharpshooter Miller Kopp and new head coach Mike Woodson. Woodson has been a great addition for the Hoosiers, leading them to one of their best starts in the past few seasons. The play I will be looking at here is yet another first-half under which has been great to us this season. The first half under is sitting at an even seventy points, which is far too high for the Hoosiers' pace and the defense that Indiana can play. Marshall is a solid group all around, but I believe that the Hoosiers will be too much for them to handle on the defensive end and limit the Herds offense.

Indiana vs Marshall Pick

  • Pick: Marshall/Indiana 1H under 70 (-110)

NJIT vs St Johns Prediction

NJIT vs St Johns Odds

The final play I will be looking at will be a battle between NJIT and St Johns. This is a solid St John's bunch who brings back some of their best players from just a season ago. The play I will be looking at in this game is backing the heavy dog in the first half. I have supported NJIT against some solid teams this year in the first half-dog spots, and they have been good to be, so I am going back to the well here. Twelve points is too many points for a St John's team who is not great on the defensive side of the basketball and is a streaky scoring team on the offensive side of things. I am ready to cash in another dog here!

NJIT vs St Johns Pick

  • Pick: NJIT 1H +12

Article Author


Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.


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