It's a Trap! Four Favorites To Face Tough Tests Today

Jay Pryce

Saturday, March 4, 2017 3:36 PM UTC

Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017 3:36 PM UTC

Watch out for these four trap games on the final Saturday of college basketball's regular-season schedule: No. 9 Kentucky at Texas A&M, No. 11 Baylor at Texas, South Carolina at Ole Miss, and Providence at St. John's. The favorites may be in trouble in each. Check out why here.

South Carolina Gamecocks vs Ole Miss Rebels

The consensus among experts is that no matter the result tonight, the Gamecocks are in the NCAA tournament. Ole Miss, though, will provide a stern test. It’s senior night in Oxford and the team is healthy. Rebels top scorer Deandre Burnett (16.5 ppg) missed USC’s 67-56 victory over Columbia on Jan. 15 due to a bad ankle. Ole Miss has won five of their last six at home against conference opponents. The Gamecocks, meanwhile, are just 1-5 ATS on the road in SEC play since a Jan. 11 cover at Tennessee. Rebels on the money line for an upset.


Free NCAAB Pick: Ole Miss +135Best Line Offered: at BetDSI

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Providence Friars vs St. John's Red Storm

Providence opened a 1-point pup, but the line jumped the fence in early trading in favor of the Friars. Providence enjoys a five-game win streak, but have caught some conference foes suffering from injuries (Creighton, Marquette) and more in this stretch. The Red Storm shocked in the first meeting, winning 91-86 as 7-point underdogs. St. John’s has won three in a row at home, and are playing more maturely each and every game during head coach Chris Mullin’s rebuild. The Red Storm prove a matchup nightmare for the Friars with their athletic backcourt. Freshman guards Shamorie Ponds and Marcus LoVett combined for 48 points in the first matchup. The two were instrumental in upset wins over Seton Hall and Marquette as well. St John’s is 4-0-1 ATS in their last five against Big East opponents at the Garden, winning by 6.6 points per game. Storm on the money line in a coin-flip encounter is the college basketball pick.


Free NCAAB Pick: St. John's Red Storm +103Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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Kentucky Wildcats vs Texas AM Aggies  

Kentucky thrashed the Aggies 100-58 at Rupp Arena on Jan. 3. Don’t let the score fool you. The Aggies hardly had a chance to run their offense and experienced as many self-imposed issues as the Wildcats presented. For one, Texas A&M coughed it up 25 times. Head coach Bill Kennedy has worked on ball handling since, which will come in handy as they're likely to get a heavy dose of pressure from John Calipari’s unit. Home court advantage and practice will soak much of it up. The Aggies will make this tight at the end as they are a front court nightmare for Kentucky, fielding four “bigs” at 6-foot-9 or taller. Kentucky is just 2-7 ATS on the road this season, covering the spread by more than a bucket in just one game in a 99-76 win at Ole Miss. Take the points with Texas A&M.


Free NCAAB Pick: Texas A&M +8Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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Baylor Bears vs Texas Longhorns

A win at Austin will give Baylor just its fifth 25-win season in school history, but don’t expect a victory to come easy—or at all. Texas is young and had experienced growing pains much of the year, suffering is 20th loss earlier this week at Texas Tech. The Longhorns are tough at Frank Erwin Center, though, going 4-4 in conference play with wins over Iowa State and Oklahoma State. Head coach Shaka Smart’s squad has dropped only one game by more than three points at home, losing 77-67 to Kansas in its last defense. 


Free NCAAB Pick: Texas +5.5Best Line Offered: at JustBet

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