We have plenty to choose from this January weekend for their sports picks, as college basketball conference play explodes across the country, alongside the NFL playoffs and some horse racing.
Betting: Selections for Saturday
Here's our take on a couple
of Saturday's college cage games, with free picks for your contemplation.
This Week's Hoops Betting Record: 0-1
BYU at Santa Clara
(4:30 pm ET)
The 13-4 Cougars meet up for a West Coast Conference bout
with the 12-5 Broncos.
BYU is on a bit of a roll, winning its last five games in a
row, four of them in blow-out fashion. The Cougars' only losses this season
have come against Florida State, Notre Dame, Iowa State and Baylor.
Last time out, two nights ago, BYU went off as an 18-point
favorite over Pepperdine, trailed at the half by five points, then roared back
to out-score the Waves 46-16 in the second half to win 76-51 and cover the
Santa Clara has basically their entire roster back from last
season, and started this season by winning 11 of its first 13 games. However,
the Broncos have hit some turbulence lately, losing three of their last four.
After falling in a tough game to Gonzaga last Saturday 81-74 Santa Clara then
got upset at Loyola-Marymount Thursday night 84-80.
Statistically speaking these two teams are about a wash; the
Broncos are out-shooting the Cougars slightly from 3-point land, but BYU has
better numbers on the boards. There is no great statistical discrepancy for
this match-up; our pick for this game is based more on where we think Santa
Clara will be emotionally.
BYU swept the two games from the Broncos last year, winning
by 17 and 15 points. So, Santa Clara might have revenge in mind. Also, after a
good start, then a stumble, this is suddenly a big game for the Broncos.
Hopefully, they're up for the challenge. Otherwise, our basketball betting would flop out.
Free Pick: Santa Clara
at the +1 offered at Pinnacle.
See what is going on with Duke right here~
St. Louis at Temple
(6 pm ET, ESPNU)
The 12-3 Billikens, riding a nine-game winning streak, hit
Philly to take on the 10-4 Owls.
St. Louis was pretty highly regarded in some of the
pre-season polls. Then, stumbled a bit out of the gate, splitting their first
six games. But the Billikens have since reeled off nine wins in a row. They
also recently covered four spreads in a row, although last time out, as 10-point
favorites over UMass they couldn't quite cash in, winning 70-62.
Temple, meanwhile, started 6-0 this year, got to 10-2 but
has lost its last two games. Last weekend the Owls fell at Kansas 69-62,
covering as 12-point dogs, but Thursday night they lost at Xavier 57-52 as
By the numbers St. Louis is shooting 46 percent from the
floor this season and 37 percent from long range; Temple, meanwhile, is only
shooting 40 percent from the field and 30 percent from beyond the arc.
After a slow start St. Louis seems to be putting things
together. Come March the Billikens should be somewhere near the top of the
Atlantic 10, and maybe even in the conversation for a decent seed in the NCAA
tournament. Getting points here is just a bonus.
Get live college basketball betting odds on all of the games with lines, right here.
Free Pick: St. Louis
at the +4 points offered at Pinnacle.
Bonus Picks For
Saturday: For our NFL playoffs two-team parlay for Saturday we like the
Broncos to beat the poser Ravens and cover the nine points, and the 49ers to
take care of business against the Packers out in San Francisco.
And for the San Fernando Stakes out at Santa Anita Saturday
afternoon we'll go with an exacta with the eight horse, Fed Biz, ridden by Mike
Smith, keyed over the Nos. 3 and 4 horses; and another exacta with the one
horse, Battle Force, piloted by Garrett Gomez, over the Nos. 5 and 9 horses.
I hope this satiates your daily appetite for sports picks. Good luck!