The February 13 CBB lines are live on BetRivers.com, and college basketball fans and sports bettors alike have a lot to look forward to on Saturday. The Saturday slate of college basketball features 15 ranked teams in action and plenty of games with edges worth exposing.
Rob Dauster, a longtime national college basketball writer, and co-founder of the Field of 68 Podcast Network breaks down the February 13 CBB lines, focusing on showdowns in the ACC, Pac-12 and Big Ten.
Saturday, February 13 CBB Lines & Predictions
WAKE FOREST (6-8, 3-8) at #17 FLORIDA STATE (10-3, 6-2) , 12:00 p.m.
MONEYLINE: Florida State -1115, Wake Forest +700
SPREAD: Florida State -13.5
OVER/UNDER: 143 points
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I know Florida State is coming off of their pause. I know that they haven’t played in two weeks. I know that this is the spot that we normally want to fade, but I just think that this matchup is too good for the Seminoles today, even with the line as high as it is.
The way that Florida State’s defense works is interesting. They technically play a man-to-man, but they switch everything. Not just screens, either. What they do is effectively a matchup zone, and what this style of defense does is force their opponents to beat them in isolation, because simply running offense is not going to be able to create shots.
The think about Wake Forest this season?
They don’t have players that can create in isolation.
So I like Florida State here.
OREGON (11-4m 6-3) at ARIZONA (14-6, 8-6), 2:00 p.m.
MONEYLINE: Arizone -134, Oregon +112
SPREAD: Arizona -2
OVER/UNDER: 145.5 points
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I’m all the way in on Oregon this season. I think that the Ducks are the best team in the Pac-12 when they are healthy and at full strength, and while they are still playing without N’Faly Dante, this team is better when they can play smaller.
Put another way, this team is currently as close to full strength as they are going to get, and you can still get them at a discount because of those losses to Washington State and Oregon State. Oregon getting points against a team that isn’t playing in the postseason seems like terrific value.
#15 IOWA (14-6, 6-5) at MICHIGAN STATE (10-7, 4-7), 2:30 p.m.
MONEYLINE: Iowa -210, Michigan State +175
SPREAD: Iowa -5
OVER/UNDER: 152 points
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On the surface, laying five points with Iowa in a spot where they are facing a Michigan State team that has been a mess seems like something we should jump on.
But keep in mind, before Iowa’s win over Rutgers on Tuesday night, the Hawkeyes had failed to cover in five straight games. And while they did beat Rutgers, the Scarlett Knights missed seemingly every shot. Put another way, the fact that they only scored 66 points had everything to do with Rutgers missing great looks and nothing to do with Iowa preventing those great looks.
That may happen against Michigan State as well, but these two teams did just play a couple weeks ago, and the Spartans managed to put up 78 points, which was roughly what they had scored in their two previous games combined.
So as gross as it feels to type this out, I like Michigan State here. So hold your nose and click that button.
NORTH CAROLINA (12-6, 7-4) at #9 VIRGINIA (14-3, 10-1), 6:00 p.m.
MONEYLINE: Virginia -265, UNC +215
SPREAD: Virginia -6
OVER/UNDER: 129 points
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This is the perfect matchup for the ‘Hoos.
North Carolina gets their points three ways: In transition, through post touches, and off of the offensive glass. Those also happen to be the three things that Tony Bennett’s defense is designed to take away. To beat a Pack-Line, you have to be able to make threes over the top. The Heels are shooting 32 percent from three on the season, although that number has jumped up to 35.7 percent in league play.
I’d also note that UNC always plays two bigs, and UVA’s three-best shooters are their front court players. This is a weird matchup for UNC, one that I think they’ll have trouble winning.