Not everyone gets the day off today. Which NCAA Basketball programs are we counting on to help cash our betting tickets today?

Thursday night’s college basketball betting features a pair of quarterfinal matchups in the Battle 4 Atlantis, with both battles showcasing ranked squads. The No. 19 Memphis Tigers open the evening against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams, while the No. 2 Louisville Tigers square off with the Northern Iowa Panthers.

Let's take a look at both of these matchups and decide where bettors have the best chances of cashing in with their NCAA Basketball picks tonight.

Rams listed as short dogs vs Memphis

VCU RamsThe NCAA Basketball odds makers at Bookmaker opened Memphis as a one-point favorite, with early ‘steam’ on the Tigers quickly lifted the number to three. The ‘total’ was first listed at 131, rising north to 132 after initial betting action favored the OVER.

Memphis notched a second straight win to start the season in Saturday’s 65-54 victory against the Samford Bulldogs, falling well short of cashing as 25 ½-point home ‘chalk.’  Tigers forward Adonis Thomas logged a team-high 16 points, while mate Joe Jackson grabbed three of his squad’s eight steals.

Virginia Commonwealth rolled over the Winthrop Eagles in their latest spot, cruising to a 90-54 win in Saturday’s ‘non-board’ affair. The victory followed a defeat Tuesday’s 53-51 setback against the Wichita State Shockers, who upset VCU as a nine-point road dog. 

I am going to back the short number. We are looking for VCU to give Memphis a fight in the Bahamas. The Tigers have been overvalued away from home with a 0-4 ATS mark in their last four neutral-site affairs, while VCU collected with a 4-0 spread record in all four of its spots last year as a non-favorite. 

Rams forward Juvonte Reddic has come out of the gate this year leading his troops in scoring (16.3 PPG) and rebounds (8.7 RPG), while he and his mates look to extend their 4-1 ATS mark in their last five non-conference clashes.

NCAA Basketball Pick:  VCU +3 (

Cardinals, Panthers both start with streaks first listed Louisville as a nine-point favorite, while the College Basketball betting lines at other sites saw early wagers on the OVER lift its ‘total’ opener from 124 ½ to 125. 

Louisville reeled off three blowout victories to start its year in a trio of ‘cupcake’ contests, outscoring their foes by a combined margin of 239-144. The latest triumph came in Sunday’s 80-39 spanking of the Miami (Ohio) Red Hawks, collecting as a 25-point home favorite.

Northern Iowa cruised in Saturday’s 72-47 win as 16-point home ‘chalk’ against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. Panthers guard Matt Bohannon drained 3-of-5 buckets beyond the arc en route to 11 points, while forward Seth Tuttle pulled in a team-high nine rebounds.

Louisville has not recently found itself in an early-season tourney away from home, making it a challenging spot for Rick Pitino’s crew. Northern Iowa is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 neutral-site battles, while capturing last November’s South Padre Island Invitational with a 79-62 victory in Texas against the Providence Friars.

Northern Iowa’s Jake Koch leads the Missouri Valley Conference in boards with 9.7 RPG, while mate Deon Mitchell ranks in the top five for scoring (17.7 PPG) and assists (4.7 APG). The Panthers have hit triples at a sizable clip of 43.1 percent, while being the group’s top foul-shooting squad (77.6 percent).

Look for the Panthers to give Louisville a tougher than expected fight here, connecting their share of buckets en route to cashing.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Northern Iowa +9 (