NCAA Basketball Picks: Sunday NCAAB Betting Options

Joe Freda

Sunday, February 24, 2013 4:09 PM GMT

Where are the best plays in Sunday’s late action as four struggling squads look to heat up and how do we make our college basketball picks for these ACC matchups?

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Sunday’s college hoops card has its menu of betting opportunities, winding down with a pair of evening duels featuring foes from the ACC and Big Ten. The Florida State Seminoles head north to meet the Virginia Tech Hokies, while the Purdue Boilermakers host the Northwestern Wildcats.

Florida State and Virginia Tech meet in the middle of cold streaks, going a combined 1-6-1 ATS over their last four games each. Purdue looks to avenge its 75-60 defeat earlier this month to Northwestern, while losing three straight as part of a four-game stretch since then.

Florida State Seminoles at Virginia Tech Hokies

Virginia Tech logged its ninth straight loss in Thursday’s 88-56 spanking from the Duke Blue Devils, failing to cash as a 12 ½-point home dog. Hokies guard Erick Green notched a team-high 22 points, while he and his mates gave up 12-of-17 buckets from three-point land.

Florida State was sizably outrebounded, 39-18, in Tuesday’s 84-66 defeat to the North Carolina State Wolfpack, falling short as an eight-point road dog. Seminoles mates Michael Snaer and Okaro White combined for 33 points and seven boards, with Snaer adding two of his side’s five blocks. 

FSU came away with a 48-47 home win in last February’s meeting between these rivals, holding the Hokies to a 32.7 percent night from the floor. Virginia Tech held on to cash as a 10-point road dog, with Green notching 18 points and four steals. 

Bookmaker.eu opened thier basketball odds with Florida State as one-point road ‘chalk’ for Sunday’s duel, with early betting on the Seminoles lifting the number a ‘hook’ to 1 ½. The ‘total’ was first set at 141 ½, remaining unchanged after initially mixed action.

I am backing Virginia Tech as a short dog here, looking for the Hokies to be the better bet of two evils. Last February’s cashed ticket for the Hokies moved the underdog to a 4-1 ATS mark in the last five meetings between these foes.

Green leads the nation in scoring with 25.2 PPG, while FSU has been held to a sparse 50.2 PPG in its last five road spots. Virginia Tech should have just enough here to edge out the Seminoles in another low-octane affair, avenging last year’s tight defeat.

NCAAB Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies + 1 ½ (Bookmaker.eu) 

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Northwestern Wildcats at Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue has been out of action since a Feb. 16 defeat to the Indiana Hoosiers, dropping the lopsided affair, 83-55. The Boilermakers were held to 37.5 percent shooting, leading to cashed tickets for my followers backing Indiana as 18 ½-point home ‘chalk.’

Northwestern has dropped four straight matchups by double digits, with the latest setback coming in Wednesday’s 69-41 defeat to the Wisconsin Badgers. Wildcats guard Reggie Hearn was the sole member of his squad to reach double figures with 13 points, while he and his mates failed to cash as an eight-point home dog.

Northwestern’s win over Purdue earlier this month ended a four-game losing streak for the Wildcats in their last five meetings with the Boilermakers. Hearn piled in 26 points, while his mates Dave Sobolewski and Alex Marcotullio combined for 11 assists.

5Dimes.eu opened Purdue as a six-point home favorite for this rematch, with early betting on the Boilermakers lifting the number a ‘hook’ to 6 ½.

I am tailing the ‘steam’ with Purdue here, looking for the Boilermakers to come back from an extended layoff with a roaring triumph. The home team has collected with a 4-1-1 ATS mark in the last six battles between these foes, with the same home-road disparity set to show itself again here.

Purdue is 3-0 ATS in its last trio of spots as a home favorite, while cashing with a 6-0 spread record in their last six games against rivals with losing records. The drop in class for this affair combined with revenge from the 15-point setback against the Wildcats, three weeks ago, should point to piling on some extra buckets to get the cover in this spot.

NCAAB Pick: Purdue Boilermakers -6 ½ (5Dimes.eu) for your college basketball picks.

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