Double Dogs Barking for our College Basketball Picks

Swinging Johnson

Saturday, December 16, 2017 1:49 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 1:49 PM UTC

There is a full slate of games on the NCAAB slate but we have locked on to a pair of underdogs that are poised to cover. Let's review the college basketball odds and cash those pups!

Virginia Tech (9-1 SU, 7-1 ATS) vs. Kentucky (8-1 SU, 4-5 ATS)

* Kentucky is 2-5 ATS in home games this season.

* Kentucky is 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS win.

* Virginia Tech is 4-1 ATS in their last five Saturday games.

* Virginia Tech is 4-1 ATS in their last five games as a road underdog of 0.5-6.5.

* Virginia Tech is 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600.

* Virginia Tech is 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.

I had to look twice at the college basketball odds board this morning because I saw that the better team was getting a 5 ½ point head start. You see, the name "Kentucky" holds a great deal of sway in the minds of the basketball betting public and this is the quintessential case in point. Both teams boast impressive records but we have the No. 1 ranked offensive team in the nation, averaging over 96 points per game, matching up against a middling-at-best Kentucky defense, holding opponents to 67.3 points per game.

Virginia Tech is 5-0 ATS in their last five non-conference games, 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games and have covered in 40 of their last 56 outings. Watch the Hokies take care of business as their fast-paced, frenetic style will be too much for the Wildcats to handle. And although I believe V-Tech will win this game outright, I will gladly take the generous 5 ½ points being offered and back the road pup here in my college basketball picks.

Free College Basketball Pick: Virginia Tech +5 ½
Best Line Offered:Bookmaker

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Louisiana Tech (7-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) vs. Texas (6-3 SU, 1-4 ATS)

* Texas is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games as a favorite.

* Texas is 1-5 ATS in their last six home games.

* Texas is 0-4 ATS in their last four games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600.

* Louisiana Tech is 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS loss.

* Louisiana Tech is 18-8 ATS in their last 26 road games following three or more consecutive home games.

* Louisiana Tech is 3-1 ATS as a road underdog of 9.5 to 12 points.

Texas hails from the Big 12 which gives them a few more notches on their holster in the minds of the betting public than say a little team like Louisiana Tech from a lesser tiered conference like Conference USA. That said, these teams are not that far apart in talent and the double-digit spot we are getting from the oddsmakers is simply too good to resist.

Louisiana Tech is hot off the heels of a 75-71 loss to Louisiana while Texas dropped a 59-52 decision to Michigan as 5 ½ point home chalk. The Longhorns have not covered the number in their last four lined games and they are facing a team in La Tech that averages 84.4 points per contest which ranks them 35th in the nation in points scored. I simply don't see Texas as an imposing enough team that can lay double digits to an offensive-minded squad like La Tech. Let's grab all those points that the bookmakers are giving us and cash a ticket on the dog...or should I say the Bulldogs!

Free College Basketball Pick: Louisiana Tech +11 ½
Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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