March 13 CBB Lines

The Saturday, February 27 CBB lines are live on BetRivers.com, and with just two weeks of the regular season remaining, the race to get off the NCAA Tournament bubble has never been more competative. The Saturday college basketball schedule is loaded with top 25 games from end to end, with plenty of opportunities to win big throughout the day and into the night.

Rob Dauster, a longtime national college basketball writer, and co-founder of the Field of 68 Podcast Network breaks down the February 27 CBB lines.

February 27 CBB Lines: Boosted Bets

  • Oklahoma to win & Over 140 total game points vs. Oklahoma State. Was +180, now +210.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL ODDS: FEBRUARY 27 CBB LINES

#3 MICHIGAN (17-1, 12-1) at INDIANA (12-11, 7-9), 12 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Michigan -335, Indiana +270
SPREAD: Michigan -7.5
OVER/UNDER: 139 points
Click here for the full list of Michigan-Indiana odds.

My favorite bet of the week this week was Michigan laying 5.5 at home against Iowa. Why did we like Michigan so much that day?

It was simple: Hunter Dickinson was big enough that he was able to handle Luka Garza 1-on-1, and Iowa’s offense is built around the idea of Garza being able to force a defense to adjust to him. Either he gets a bucket, or a double comes. Dickinson eliminated the need for the defense to move, and Iowa was left without options.

I think the same thing is going to happen today against the Hoosiers. Indiana’s offense runs through Trayce Jackson-Davis, and while he’s a bit more athletic and mobile than Garza, he’s still a guy whose effectiveness stems from his ability around the bucket. Dickinson is a brick wall, and if is able to take away TJD, I just do not know where Indiana’s offense is going to come from. Given the amount of defensive talent on Michigan’s roster right now, where will the points come from?

I love the Wolverines in this spot. I think they win by 15-plus.

KANSAS STATE (7-18, 3-13) at #10 WEST VIRGINIA (16-6, 9-4)
MONEYLINE: West Virginia -2000, Kansas State +950
SPREAD: West Virginia -15
OVER/UNDER: 138 points.
Click here for the full list of Michigan-Indiana odds.

I don’t think the country at large has figured out just how well Kansas State has been playing over the course of the last two-plus weeks. Yes, they have lost 13 straight Big 12 games, but they hung with both Texas and Oklahoma State two weeks ago, and in the last seven days they’ve won at TCU and knocked off Oklahoma at home.

Remember, the Wildcats rank 335th in experience, according to KenPom. This is an incredibly young and inexperienced team, and one thing that we are seeing across the country is that young teams are starting to figure things out down the stretch of the season.

The Mountaineers are riding high after a two-game road swing through Texas and they have Baylor coming up at home on Tuesday. A look-ahead spot against a heavy underdog in a game that I am expecting to be something of a slugfest? Yeah, it’s gross, but it was gross when we’ve played Iowa State in recent weeks.

EMAW!

#11 FLORIDA STATE (14-3, 10-2) at NORTH CAROLINA (14-8, 8-5), 4 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE:
Florida State -136, North Carolina +114
SPREAD: Florida State -2
OVER/UNDER: 152 points
Click here for the full list of FSU-UNC odds.

This is what I like to call a desperation play.

The Tar Heels are coming off of what was just a devastating home loss to a bad Marquette team during the week. That’s a loss that seriously put into question whether or not they will be able to play their way into the NCAA tournament, and given the fact that this is by far their best opponent left on the schedule, we’re approaching something in the realm of must-win status here with the Heels.

Now, I don’t love the matchup overall. Florida State’s switching defense forces opponents to have to beat them in isolation. That’s not how UNC is wired. That said, the Seminoles are not as good defensively this year as they have been in recent years, and Caleb Love, who has been better of late, actually does have the size to be able to deal with some of those FSU athletes. I also think there is a significant advantage that the Heels can tap into on the offensive glass, where they are second nationally if offensive rebounding rate against a team that ranks in the bottom half of the country in defensive rebounding.

Combine all of that with the fact that M.J. Walker, Malik Osborne and Tanor Ngom are banged up, and what you have is a desperate team coming off of a bad loss in a buy low spot at home against a banged-up favorite.

I’ll be on the Heels moneyline here.