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2015 College Basketball Betting – Picks For Games On Thursday, February 5

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/4/2015 9:50:38 PM

In a college basketball season that has seen a few teams rise above the rest (Kentucky, Virginia, and Wisconsin), how will other teams handle the pressure of trying to compete?

Game 1: Iowa Hawkeyes @ Michigan Wolverines – Thursday, February 5

Michigan’s roster keeps getting whittled down by injuries. The Wolverines are remaining competitive, as shown by the fact that they were able to take Michigan State into overtime on the road this past Sunday before falling short, but they might be running on fumes the more they play with a limited supply of players. A few weeks ago, agile scorer and wing player Caris LeVert was knocked out of the lineup with an injury. Now, it has been announced that Derrick Walton will not be available for this game due to an injury. Michigan loses both experience and athleticism with LeVert and Walton out of the lineup. These two players were core parts of Michigan’s run to the Elite Eight last season. The Wolverines find ways to stay in games with their 1-3-1 zone defense and other maneuvers by head coach John Beilein, but can they survive Iowa’s big and bruising bodies in the paint? Adam Woodbury, Aaron White, and Gabriel Olaseni provide a level of size and muscle that Michigan is going to have a hard time containing. This game should be close all the way, but Iowa is more likely to get key rebounds, points in the paint, and defensive plays near the rim in the final minutes. Give the Hawkeyes a slight edge on the road.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Iowa

Game 2: UCLA Bruins @ Stanford Cardinal - Thursday, February 5

When these teams last met, UCLA was down by double digits with seven minutes to go in regulation. Then the Bruins made a furious rally down the stretch and managed to outlast the Cardinal in overtime. UCLA has done well at home in Pac-12 Conference play, but the Bruins have not looked very good on the road. They were whipped by Oregon State and Oregon in their most recent road trip. They are 1-4 on the road in conference games. Stanford is coming off a bad loss in its most recent game – the Cardinal fell this past weekend at Washington State. The Cardinal should be highly motivated for this game to begin with. Playing at home should give them an extra edge.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Stanford

Game 3: Gonzaga Bulldogs @ Santa Clara Broncos – Thursday, February 5

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are cruising toward a number one seed in the NCAA tournament. They have not been tested very often in the West Coast Conference, only occasionally being threatened when they’ve gone on the road. Can Santa Clara threaten the Zags? The Broncos are under .500 overall and in the WCC. They have been a lot better in previous seasons. This does not seem to be the year in which they can give Gonzaga a serious test. Take the Zags on the road.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Gonzaga

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