NCAA Basketball Picks of the Day: ATS Bets Offer Top Betting Value for Tonight's Ticket

Steven Suarez

Monday, March 9, 2015 12:51 PM GMT

Is there a lot of college basketball betting value to exploit in the college basketball landscape tonight? We believe we've found two picks that stand out above the rest.

Pepperdine Waves vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs
The Bulldogs have raced away from the rest of the pack in the West Coast standings, holding a four-game cushion above the closest competitor. They've wrapped up the regular season WCC crown and will look to end things on a positive note by winning the WCC tournament, with only Pepperdine standing in the way before the final.

And, looking over the college basketball odds, it's clear Gonzaga shouldn't have much trouble again tonight. The NCAA Basketball odds show the Bulldogs favored by 14 points, and so it'd be a huge surprise if they weren't able to book their place in the WCC title game.

Flying high with a 30-2 overall record, Gonzaga has been a team to be reckoned with once again this season. Transfer Kyle Witljer, who you may remember from his days with Kentucky, has been reborn with the Bulldogs, averaging a team-high 16.6 points per game while shooting a ridiculous 44.7 percent from three. As a team, Gonzaga is averaging 78.8 points per game and is ranked first in the entire country in field goal percentage (52.4 percent) to boot. This is a team that's incredibly hard to contain on any given night.

The Waves will likely find that out the hard way again late this evening. They buckled down defensively on their way to a 50-47 win in the quarterfinals (over San Diego), and they've now won three of their previous four games heading into tonight. That being said, despite hanging pretty close with Gonzaga, they've lost both regular season meetings, and it's hard to see them bucking that trend here. In search of yet another berth into the conference title game, we expect the Bulldogs to showcase their superior talent and eventually pull away for the win and ATS cover.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Gonzaga Bulldogs -14 at 5Dimes

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Portland Pilots vs. BYU Cougars
The other semi-final will feature BYU and Portland, with the odds a little closer in this one. The top sportsbooks have the Cougars favored by 8.5 points, while the total is all the way up at 154. Considering BYU is averaging 83.3 points per game this season, the second-best mark in college basketball, that O/U shouldn't really take anyone by surprise.

All in all, it's been another very successful season for the Cougars. They'll be coming into this semi-final with a great deal of confidence, as they've reeled off seven consecutive wins ahead of tonight. Included in that streak is the team's best win of the entire year: a road triumph over none other than Gonzaga (73-70). Needless to say, the Cougars are going to be loving their chances of not only winning the semi-final, but winning the whole tournament

As for the Pilots, they shocked a lot of people by crushing Saint Mary's by 17 in the quarter-finals. Considering they had ended the regular season with four consecutive defeats, few expected such a performance against the Gaels. They'll look to keep the good times rolling against BYU, and it's going to be up to the trio of Kevin Bailey, Alex Wintering and Thomas van der Mars to carry most of the load offensively.

However, it seems all but a formality that we'll be seeing BYU and Gonzaga go at it once again in the finals, and with the Cougars showcasing some scary efficiency offensively, it's hard to go against them. They can get hot in a hurry and run away from their competition, so we're not all that intimidated by the relatively high number.

To wrap up your NCAA Basketball Picks for the day, consider taking another chalky play in BYU. 

NCAA Basketball Pick: BYU Cougars -8.5 at BookMaker