Our staff’s top 4 picks for Tuesday

We have a special college basketball slate this Tuesday, one that includes Kansas facing Kansas State and Texas facing Iowa State.

With that in mind, our staff has the best four bets, with two SEC fights, a game featuring the first team in the country, and a game featuring the first team in the ACC standings.

Dive in now for the best college basketball odds and Loaded Tuesday menu picks.


Top 4 bets for college basketball on tuesday

The team logos in the table below represent each of the games the college basketball team is targeting on Tuesday’s playoff slate. Click on the team logos for a match below to go to a specific bet discussed in this article.


Tennessee versus Mississippi

by BJ Cunningham

These teams played against each other about two weeks ago, and Tennessee absolutely nailed the lights. He hit 77% from the floor, including 12-of-21 from behind the arc to win, 87-53.

I think the downhill shooting came on Saturday against Kentucky. In the game against Mississippi State, only two of the 21 qualifying 3-pointers attempted were “open” 3-pointers.

In fact, ShotQuality had Mississippi State win the game by two points.

Image via ShotQuality

Mississippi State for a lot of positive downturn, as it is currently 1-4 in the SEC but has won a ShotQuality game in every one of those five games.

The Bulldogs went 0-for-18 from behind the arc against Auburn on Saturday and are shooting 28.8% depth for the season.

I understand that Tennessee is the best defensive team in the country, according to KenPom, but Mississippi State can’t keep shooting badly from the ground. The Bulldogs also shoot 61.9% from the free throw line, which is one of the worst marks in the country.

Tennessee isn’t really great on offense, which was on display against Kentucky this weekend. The Volunteers shoot 33.5% from behind the arc while ranking 144th in effective field goal percentage and 263rd in turnover percentage.

That’s a big one against Mississippi State, a top 10 team in forcing turnovers defensively.

This is ugly, but I’d love for the Bulldogs to take a little revenge in Starkville.

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Houston vs. Tulane

by DJ James

The Houston Cougars are the only team in the nation ranked in the top 10 in both adjusted offensive efficiency and adjusted defensive efficiency, according to KenPom.

They’ve gone 10-8 to Under this season, so there may be more direction in their defense towards the end.

The Cougars rank 334th in modified tempo, also according to KenPom. They hold the opposition by 18.2 seconds per possession on defense and hold the ball themselves on offense for an average of 18.8 seconds per possession.

Now, one of their issues this season has been on the defensive glass, as they’re ranked 203rd in offensive rebound percentage allowed. But on Tuesday, they play the Tulane Green Wave, which ranks 358th in offensive rebound percentage.

One area of ‚Äč‚Äčinterest in a defense-focused game is that Tulane ranks 192nd in defensive rebound percentage, while the Cougars are 3rd in offensive rebound percentage.

This suggests that Houston should get second chances.

Now, Houston holds opponents to 25.1% on 3-pointers and 41.6% on 2s. Tulane shoots 34% from deep and 54.6% from inside the arc, which means that part of the Green Wave game should be heavily restricted in this matchup.

Houston doesn’t necessarily go out in transition very often, but she turns opponents over 24% of the time. Fortunately for the backers, Tulane converts it just 14.1% of the time, ranking fourth in the NCAA.

Since the Cougars often miss due to their aggressive defensive setup, the Green Wave must be able to score from the line. About 22% of their points come from the charity bar, as they shoot 82.1% from there.

Otherwise, look for Houston to control the tempo in a lower-scoring match.


Clemson vs Wake Forest

by Mike McNamara

Winston-Salem is where Clemson’s magical, undefeated start to ACC play ends.

Brad Brownell’s team was the surprise hit in the conference, and it’s a credit to players like PJ Hall and Hunter Tyson that stuck with the program.

The Tigers were lucky, however, with a few close games that they pulled away from. This is a good basketball team that will make the NCAA Tournament, but I’m still not convinced Clemson is the best in the ACC.

Meanwhile, Wake Forest really started to click offensively and came into this game as three winners in a row.

Tyree Appleby was a huge catch by Steve Forbes at the transfer gate, and he should be able to score it and also set up for others against Clemson’s mediocre defense.

The Demon Deacons are one of the best offensive teams in the conference, with shooters on the perimeter and Andrew Carr starting to play big on the inside.

The students will be back from recess and must fill the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum with the best dog coming to town.

I think Wake gets what he wants offensively for much of the night, as the Tigers fail to keep up.


Georgia vs. Kentucky

by Brett Bond

After a decisive win at No. 9 Tennessee over the weekend, Kentucky went from rock bottom to having everyone say the Wildcats are back.

However, I think that ruling came a little too quickly, which is why I’m supporting Georgia for coverage at Rupp Arena on Tuesday night.

Not only was there a huge swing in the media and the public, we saw a massive adjustment in the market. Head coach John Calipari’s team has gone from an 11-point underdog in Knoxville, Tennessee, to now needing coverage as a double-digit favorite.

Yes, I understand there is a drop in talent going from the Volunteers to the Bulldogs, but do we really think it’s worth swinging 20+ points? This is still the Georgia team that defeated Auburn in SEC playoffs.

Mike White’s team is also strong defensively, ranking in the top 50 in AdjD (45), eFG% (32) and 3-point shot defense (8), according to Bart Torvik.

The Bulldogs will stop, but it will come down to keeping the Wildcats away from the attacking glass.

Odds makers are also asking a Kentucky team that ranks outside of the top 275 on free throws to clinch a late win.

I don’t buy it, so give me Georgia to keep this close.


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