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Armaan Franklin of the Virginia Cavaliers shoots over Darius Maddox of the Virginia Tech Hokies in the second half during a game at John Paul Jones Arena.
Armaan Franklin of the Virginia Cavaliers shoots over Darius Maddox of the Virginia Tech Hokies in the second half during a game at John Paul Jones Arena. Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images/AFP.

College basketball action heats up on Tuesday with seven AP-ranked teams playing. We've highlighted the odds, movement, and our college basketball best bets for Tuesday.

The newly No. 1 ranked Houston Cougars are among the top teams on the court Tuesday. They sit atop the AP poll for the first time since the Phi Slama Jama days of 1983.

The Cougars received 45 of the 63 first-place votes, with four teams getting some recognition for the top spot. No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Virginia, and No. 5 Purdue were the other three schools, and each squad was ranked 12th or lower in the preseason poll.

Here are our best bets for Tuesday’s college basketball schedule (odds via Caesars Sportsbook, PointsBet, BetMGM, and DraftKings Sportsbook; Pick confidence is based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Tuesday’s College Basketball Schedule and Odds

(odds via DraftKings)

  • Bellarmine (OFF) vs. Kentucky
  • Maryland (-900) vs. Louisville (+625)
  • Syracuse (+550) vs. Illinois (-750)
  • Norfolk State (+2000) vs. Houston (-12500)
  • Baylor (-280) vs. Marquette (+235)
  • Virginia (-175) vs. Michigan (+150)
  • UC Irvine (+480) vs. San Diego State (-635)

Tuesday’s College Basketball Best Bets

  • Moneyline: Virginia (-175 via DraftKings)
  • Spread: Iowa -15.5 (-110 via BetMGM)
  • Total: Maryland-Louisville Under 136 (-110 via PointsBet)
  • Upset: Wichita State (+110 via Caesars)
  • Prop Pick: Illinois First Half Spread (OFF)

Tuesday’s College Basketball Top Picks

Moneyline: Virginia (-175) ★★★★

The Cavaliers rank sixth in the country in Division I experience, and they've used that to beat excellent teams like Baylor and Illinois over a three-day span. While this is Virginia’s first true road test, Tony Bennett’s squad is unflappable and isn't easy to speed up (362nd in tempo) or rattle (top 40 in turnover percentage).

Bennett isn't going to let Wolverines big man Hunter Dickinson beat him. Dickinson ranks fifth in the Big Ten in scoring at 18.5 points per game, but Bennett will mix up his coverages and double-team him often in various ways. Michigan hasn't been able to knock down perimeter shots consistently (31.8% from 3-point range, which ranks 230th). That's necessary against Bennett’s pack-line defenses.

DraftKings provides the best value for a moneyline wager, as all other sportsbooks are at -180 or higher.

Spread: Iowa -15.5 (-110) ★★★★

Iowa was the only team to drop out of the top 25 this week after suffering a 13-point loss to TCU in the finals of the Emerald Coast Classic. But I'm not worried about the Hawkeyes’ outlook going forward, chalking their recent results up to two consecutive games when the team underperformed. The squad also failed to cover as 8.5-point favorites during a 74-71 win over Clemson. Iowa didn't seem to like its surroundings and sightlines at The Arena at Northwest Florida State, too.

The Hawkeyes shot 53.6% or better from 2-point range in three of their first four games, and they've been connecting on 46% or greater from beyond the arc in two of those contests. Iowa is averaging 100.3 points per game in their first three home outings, and they're preparing to shoot their way to success against whatever defense Josh Pastner uses, especially a 1-3-1 zone.

BetMGM is one of the lone sportsbooks still not at -16 or -16.5. Take the extra value and make your wager there.

Total: Maryland-Louisville Under 136 (-110) ★★★

Maryland is six games into the Kevin Willard era, and the Terrapins are already buying into the tough and aggressive defensive principles he brought with him from Seton Hall. Maryland ranks 41st in adjusted defensive efficiency and 32nd in effective field-goal percentage defense, and the team is allowing opponents to connect on just 26.3% of their 3-point attempts (24th).

Over three losses in Maui, there was a 25.6-point average margin of defeat during Louisville's games, and the team hasn't scored more than 62 points in any of its last four affairs. The “boo birds” will be out in full force at the KFC Yum! Center, especially if the 0-6 Cardinals get off to another poor start.

PointsBet is the only sportsbook as high as 136, so make your wager there instead of all the other books offering 135.5.

Upset: Wichita State (+110) ★★★

The Shockers have been tough to beat at home during Isaac Brown’s three seasons at the helm, going 20-9 and narrowly falling to a ranked Houston team in 2021-22, suffering a two-point loss in double overtime. Wichita State also went on the road and beat Missouri 61-55 last season, getting 10 points and seven rebounds from Kenny Pohto. While Pohto was a reserve last campaign, he now provides stability in the frontcourt as a starter. However, the team’s strength is a backcourt that Craig Porter Jr. and Jaykwon Walton lead. They're combining for 27 points per game. 

Missouri is a tad overrated in this game, as it's feasted on seven ranked opponents outside of KenPom’s top 155 to build its 7-0 record.

Prop Pick: Illinois First Half Spread (OFF) ★★★

Syracuse has trailed Bryant by 11 points at the half and was outscored 21-16 over the final 10 minutes of the first half against St. John’s, with both games ending in losses.

Against the best competition, Jim Boeheim has needed to adjust his 2-3 zone to opponents, not the other way around. This is by far the Orange’s biggest test of the young season, and its first true road game against the No. 16 team in the country. Without the Boeheim brothers (Buddy and Jimmy), no one on the Syracuse roster has proven they will step up and lead the squad in what will be a raucous “Orange Crush” atmosphere.

Where to Bet on College Basketball

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College basketball best bets from 11/29/2022 at 7:42 a.m. ET.