Max Out Your Profit With These Top NCAA Basketball Picks ATS

Thursday, March 5, 2015 12:31 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 5, 2015 12:31 PM UTC

Our handicapper has his eyes on three nine o'clock games on Thursday's college basketball betting card, starting with the No. 5 Arizona Wildcats hosting the California Golden Bears.

<p><strong>California vs. Arizona</strong><br /> The Arizona Wildcats are guaranteed at least a share of the regular season Pac-12 title, and by virtue of two wins over the Utah Utes, they're set as the No. 1 seed for the <a href="" target="_blank" title="NCAA Tournament Futures Odds: Kentucky Leads the Pack, but Who Else is Worthy of your Picks?">NCAA tournament</a> next week in Las Vegas. Sean Miller's crew can wrap everything up officially in front of the home fans with a victory Thursday against the California Golden Bears.</p> <p>ESPN will begin its broadcast at 9 PM (ET), the Wildcats favored by 19-19½ on the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Compare NCAA Basketball odds here">NCAA Basketball odds</a> and a total forthcoming.</p> <p>Arizona (26-3 straight up, 18-11 against the spread) can claim the title on its own with a win either against Cal or Saturday vs. Stanford. Both games are in Tucson while the Utes are in the Evergreen State this week against Washington State and Washington.</p> <p>The Wildcats have reeled off six straight wins, the latest <a href="" target="_blank" title="Revisit Our NCAAB Pick for Arizona vs. Utah">last Saturday in Utah with a 63-57 decision over the Utes</a> as small underdogs. Arizona suffered through one of its worst offensive performances of the campaign in the victory, shooting a season-low 33.3% from the field and connecting on just 2-of-12 from 3-point range. They hammered the glass to help overcome the poor shooting.</p> <p>California (17-12 SU, 13-16 ATS) stopped a 3-game slide on Sunday with a 73-56 triumph vs. Oregon State. Four Bears scored in double-figures to help Cal backers beat the 3 point spread, and three of their last four of their games have gone 'over' the total thanks to the team shooting about 44% in that span.</p> <p><strong>NCAA Basketball Pick: </strong>Cal-Arizona Over. The first meeting stayed 'under' the total in Berkeley, but I'm expecting this one to hurdle a mark in the upper-120s for my first free pick.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" border="0" frameborder="no" height="140px" id="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" name="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" scrolling="no" src=";timezone=16&amp;theme=article&amp;line-type=spreadntotals.type=whole-game&amp;odds-type=US&amp;books=19,43,227,1096,999996,93,238,123,139&amp;trackers=1409845611531.xml&amp;event-id=362479" style="width:642px;border:medium none;overflow:hidden;"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Click Here &amp; Find a Different Pick for Memphis/UConn"><strong>Memphis vs. Connecticut</strong></a><br /> At the same time over on The Deuce, the Memphis Tigers will be out to stop a 2-game skid with a battle in Storrs against the Connecticut Huskies. A rematch from their February 19 clash in Memphis, the Huskies opened -6½ with that spread now up a point.</p> <p>Memphis (17-12 SU, 12-14 ATS) may have to go without leading scorer Austin Nichols after the sophomore forward reinjured his ankle in last Saturday's overtime loss to Tulsa. Nichols missed a couple of games earlier in February with the same injury, and is officially listed as questionable for this one.</p> <p>Connecticut (17-11 SU, 10-15 ATS) has strung together three consecutive wins, the latest a small upset at home last Sunday against the SMU Mustangs. Rodney Purvis had 28 for the Huskies, Ryan Boatright adding 23, as UConn put up a season-high 81 against an SMU team that is among the nation's leaders allowing under 60 per game.</p> <p>The Tigers had just enough to cover a -2 line in the 75-72 triumph over the Huskies a couple of weeks back, but UConn is the way I'm going this time.</p> <p><strong>NCAA Basketball Pick: </strong><a href="http://;book=in-article-bet-online" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Visit BetOnline and Place Your Bet">Connecticut -7.5 at BetOnline</a></p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" border="0" frameborder="no" height="140px" id="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" name="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" scrolling="no" src=";timezone=16&amp;theme=article&amp;line-type=spreadntotals.type=whole-game&amp;odds-type=US&amp;books=19,43,227,1096,999996,93,238,123,139&amp;trackers=1409845611531.xml&amp;event-id=362481" style="width:642px;border:medium none;overflow:hidden;"></iframe></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Virginia Commonwealth vs. Davidson</strong><br /> Closing out our trio of 9 PM (ET) contests is a big one in the Atlantic 10 where the Virginia Commonwealth Rams travel to face the Davidson Wildcats. ESPNU will carry this one, and the Wildcats are 3½ point chalk after the spread started a point higher.</p> <p>The A-10 heads into Thursday with VCU and Davidson two of the four teams sitting just 1.5 games apart at the top of the ranks. Davidson (21-6 SU, 19-5 ATS) can move into a tie with Dayton with a victory over Virginia Commonwealth (21-8 SU, 11-17 ATS), and the Wildcats hold the tiebreaker for the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Shooting for Bracketology Perfection">No. 1 seed in the conference tourney</a> over the Flyers should those two teams end deadlocked for the regular season crown.</p> <p>The Wildcats are on a 7-game run as they look to avenge a 71-65 loss at VCU nearly two months ago. This is only the third meeting ever between the team, and first to be played at Belk Arena.</p> <p>Let's close out these free <a href="" target="_blank" title="We share more NCAA Basketball Picks here">NCAA basketball picks</a> with a play on the home team.</p> <p><strong>NCAA Basketball Pick:</strong> <a href=";book=inarticle5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place Your Bet at 5Dimes">Davidson -3.5 at 5Dimes</a></p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" border="0" frameborder="no" height="140px" id="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" name="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" scrolling="no" src=";timezone=16&amp;theme=article&amp;line-type=spreadntotals.type=whole-game&amp;odds-type=US&amp;books=19,43,227,1096,999996,93,238,123,139&amp;trackers=1409845611531.xml&amp;event-id=362482" style="width:642px;border:medium none;overflow:hidden;"></iframe></p>
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