Maximize Your Saturday's NCAA Basketball Picks With This Three-Team Parlay

Darin Zank

Saturday, February 7, 2015 3:53 PM UTC

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 3:53 PM UTC

We've already made three free college basketball picks for Saturday elsewhere on these pages; now we'll have some fun. Here's our shot at a 3-pick college basketball parlay for Saturday.

Arizona vs. Arizona State
The 'Cats and Sun Devils clash in Tempe.

Arizona has won six in a row, the last five ATS, after disposing of Oregon State eight days ago 57-34 which you should consider when looking over the college basketball odds. The Wildcats broke open a close game late in the first half, and pulled away from there, grinding out a cover as 18-point favorites. Two days before that Arizona bombed Oregon 90-56, and just before that it won at Cal 73-50. So the 'Cats are living up to preseason expectations, and lead the Pac-12 at 8-1.

Arizona State, meanwhile, is 3-6 in conference play, after losing in overtime to Oregon eight days ago 68-67. The Sun Devils are actually 3-2 both SU and ATS over their last five games, but to be honest, we just don't have much betting faith in this outfit at the moment.

Arizona just beat up on its little basketball brother a month ago 73-49, covering as a 14-point home favorite. The Wildcats led that game by 20 at the half, and for the game shot 51 percent from the floor, while holding the Sun Devils to a total of 14 field goals.

Arizona might not win by 24 today, but it should win, with room enough for the cover.


SMU vs. Tulsa
The Mustangs, coming off a tough loss last time out, visit the Hurricane for a big game in the AAC.

SMU had won eight games in a row, going 5-1-2 ATS, but struggled down the stretch and lost at home to Cincinnati Thursday night 62-54. The Mustangs shot just 37 percent from the floor Thursday, while the Bearcats shot 57 percent.

But in our handicapping book a performance like that just sets SMU up for a bounce-back play next time out.

Tulsa, meanwhile, has won 12 games in a row, going 7-4 ATS, after winning at Houston Thursday 57-44. The 'Cane trailed that game by five points at the half, then held the Cougars to just 10 points in the second half, and covered as six-point favorites.

So Tulsa leads the AAC at 10-0 in conference play, with SMU in second place at 9-2.

Bottom line, SMU might have been looking ahead to this match-up when it lost Thursday night. But now that they're here we give the Mustangs a good chance to rebound. We'll take what we think is still the better team in this match-up, even though we're catching no break with the line.


Kentucky vs. Florida
For our final NCAA basketball pick we look to Gainesville, where the undefeated Wildcats go against the disappointing Gators.

Kentucky is 22-0, 11-11 ATS, after beating Georgia Tuesday 69-58, but it's 0-3 ATS over its last three games because it's been favored by so much. The Wildcats couldn't quite cover 18 points against the Bulldogs, 17 points against Alabama or 17 against Missouri. But they are 3-2 ATS in their last five true road games, because the lines are a little more manageable.

Florida, meanwhile, had won two in a row, but lost Tuesday at Vandy 67-61. The Gators never led, shot just 37 percent from the field and lost straight-up as three-point favorites.

So Kentucky leads the SEC at 9-0, while Florida is tied for fifth place at 5-4.

This is another case of the better team, playing on the road, giving fewer points than we might expect. Also, the Gators swept three games from the Wildcats last season, and while we don't usually put much credence in the revenge factor, the 'Cats might have exactly that in mind today.

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NCAA Basketball Picks: Kentucky -8, SMU at a pick 'em and Arizona -8 – and enjoy the chance of hitting at odds of around 6/1.

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