March 13 CBB Lines

The February 6 CBB lines are live on, and college basketball fans and sports bettors alike have a lot to look forward to on Saturday. If you are a bettor then you should definitely try the Michigan sports betting experience with BetRivers.

The Saturday slate of college basketball features three games pitting ranked teams against each other, with 11 other ranked teams in action.

Rob Dauster, a longtime national college basketball writer, and co-founder of the Field of 68 Podcast Network breaks down the February 53 CBB lines, focusing on a big showdown in the Big Ten between #19 Wisconsin and No. 12 Illinois and No. 9 possibly being on upset alert against Iowa State.

Saturday, February 6 CBB Lines & Predictions

#19 WISCONSIN (14-5, 8-4) at #12 ILLINOIS (12-5, 8-4), 2:30 p.m.
Illinois -167, Wisconsin +143
Illinois -3.5
136.5 points
Click here for the full list of Wisconsin-Illinois odds.

I’ve said it all season long: The key to betting Illinois is figuring out if the matchup is a good one or a bad one for Kofi Cockburn.

And I think this one is kind of a wash?

Look, he should be able to overpower Micah Potter and Nate Reuvers on the block. Both of them should be able to find some success on the perimeter against Cockburn, so I’m not sure where the advantage lies.

I also don’t think that there is much of an advantage for Illinois when they go small. I’ve discussed this before, but when Illinois goes small, they are really, really small. That’s going to be tough for Wisconsin’s two center lineups to deal with, but they’ll be able to get theirs on the other end.

To me, what this matchup comes down to is simple: I do not buy Wisconsin. I did not buy them last season, I have not bought into them this season and I will not be buying into them today.

Illinois is better. Lay the points.

IOWA STATE (2-10, 0-7) at #9 OKLAHOMA (11-5, 6-4), 12 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Oklahoma -1667, Iowa State +950
SPREAD: Oklahoma -15
OVER/UNDER: 140.5 points
Click here for the full list of Iowa State-Oklahoma Odds.

It never feels comfortable betting on a team that is 2-10 on the season with a pair of wins over SWAC opponents, but it’s a Saturday deep into college basketball season and that’s exactly what we are going to do here.

I think Oklahoma is a little overvalued by the market right now. They beat Alabama in a game Alabama probably should have won. They beat Texas when Texas was shorthanded. They beat Kansas, but Kansas is wildly overrated this year. I know they’re coming off of that loss at Texas Tech, but this is still a really nice sell high spot, despite the fact that Austin Reaves will be coming back.

But to me, this is more about Iowa State.

The Cyclones have played opponents tough when they’ve been at full strength this season. They lost by 11 at home to Baylor. They lost at Texas by six. They have hung with West Virginia twice. They did get blown out by Oklahoma State and Mississippi State in recent weeks, but they were coming off of a two-week COVID shutdown and they weren’t at full strength.

Well, Solomon Young is back. Jalen Coleman-Lands is back. Javan Johnson is expected to be back. It’s time to buy the Cyclones low.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE (7-7, 3-6) at BOSTON COLLEGE (3-10, 1-6), 12 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: NC State -225, Boston College +180
SPREAD:  NC State -5
OVER/UNDER: 145.5 points
Click here for the full list of NC State-Boston College odds.

This has been a disastrous season for the Wolfpack, who are now just 7-7 overall and 3-6 in the ACC after losing six of their last seven games.

But at least they’re not BC!

The Eagles were very nearly forced to play this week despite the fact that they only had four scholarship players available. They’ll have more than four on Saturday, but not by much. So I’ll take the fighting Kevin Keatts’ here.