Free College Basketball Picks: Friday NCAAB Value Plays

Steven Suarez

Friday, March 15, 2013 2:25 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 15, 2013 2:25 PM UTC

Another full day of tournament ball is here, so keep up with us as we continue to dish out our favorite college basketball picks.

Let SBR be your 2013 NCAA Tournament betting headquarters.

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Kansas Jayhawks

You'd be hard-pressed to find two better games than those involving Kansas and Iowa State this season.

Both contests were decided in overtime, with the Jayhawks finding a way to win each time.

Tonight a spot in the Big 12 championship game is up for grabs and the Cyclones have their chance to exact some revenge as well. The odds aren't in their favor however, as it's Kansas (-6.5) that's gotten the favorites tag. 

This is certainly a clash of the titans, with Iowa State at 6-2 ATS over their last eight and Kansas at -1 ATS over their last nine. That said, it's the Cyclones that have been the right side more often than not in the head-to-head series, covering in five of the past seven meetings. 

With our college basketball picks tonight, we're rolling with another Cylcones cover. This team has more than enough shooters to keep pace with a Kansas team that's looked excellent on the offensive end, and Iowa State knows for a fact that they can hang. 

That OT loss to the Jayhawks in February was a killer blow, especially since Iowa State fans thought the game was stolen from them by the referees. Look for the Cylcones to come out with a ton of energy tonight and get the ATS cover, particularly if their shots are hitting early on.

Free Pick: Iowa State Cyclones +6.5


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UNLV Runnin' Rebels vs. Colorado State Rams

We're switching gears for our second selection, this time focusing on a total play in the UNLV/Colorado State game in Las Vegas. 

Current NCAA basketball odds have the Runnin' Rebels favored by 4.5 points, while the O/U is in and around the 135-point area. 

Neutral-site games have brought the best out of these teams offensively. Colorado State has averaged 75.0 PPG on 46.1 percent shooting, while UNLV has been good for 72.0 PPG on an impressive 50.8 percent from the floor.

We believe there will be enough talent on that floor to push this total over. Anthony Bennett is a bonafide star for the Runnin' Rebels, averaging 16.1 PPG on 53.3 percent shooting and 8.1 RPG on the season, while the Rams are one of the most balanced teams in the country with four players putting up 11.3+ points per game. Colton Iverson (14.4 PPG and 9.6 RPG) is the primary option though. 

While this season's two meetings between these schools were defensive battles, we see more points being put on the board under the spotlight in Vegas. Both teams have almost identical season numbers in terms of offensive efficiency and we look for that to be put on display.

Despite the fact the UNDER is 5-0 in the last five encounters between these conference foes, we think the value lies in the OVER tonight. Best of luck with your sports picks for the day and enjoy all of the action! 

Free Pick: OVER 135

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