March 13 CBB Lines

The February 2 CBB lines are live on, and as has been the case all season long, Tuesday nights are loaded with the best college basketball of the workweek.

Would you like to bet on College Basketball? First you should read all the online sports betting odds from BetRivers to make sure you will place your bets safely.

Nine ranked teams are in action on Tuesday night, including a must-see showdown between No. 2 Baylor and No. 6 Texas. But there are two Big Ten games with some great betting value, as No. 12 Illinois travels to Indiana and No. 8 Iowa hosts Michigan State.

Rob Dauster, a longtime national college basketball writer, and co-founder of the Field of 68 Podcast Network breaks down the February 2 CBB lines, focusing on two big showdowns in the Big Ten.


MICHIGAN STATE (8-6, 2-6) at #8 IOWA (12-4, 6-3), 7 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Iowa -500, Michigan State +370
SPREAD: Iowa -9.5
OVER/UNDER: 155.5 points
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The Spartans are a mess. Their point guard play is not good enough. Their big men are not good enough. They do not have a go-to guy that has been able to move Aaron Henry into a complementary role. Combine all of that with the fact that they are just a week removed from a 20-day COVID shut down, and what you get is a team that lost by 30 at Rutgers before heading to Columbus to get dropped by 17 Ohio State.

And what do the Spartans get now?

A trip to Iowa, a top ten team that is coming off of a pair of losses. After getting worked over at home by Indiana last Thursday, the Hawkeyes went into Champaign and lost to Illinois on Friday in a game where the officiating was, shall we say, not all that impartial? A very bad goaltending call ended up having undue influence on the result, and I can promise that the guys on that roster are not happy about it.

So Michigan State is all out of sorts. They are playing their third straight game on the road. They don’t have the perimeter weapons to be able to break down Iowa’s porous perimeter defense. They don’t have a perimeter-based five that can pull Luka Garza away from the basket. And they have to face one of the best offenses in the country?

Give me Iowa (-10). Give me the Hawkeyes team total (83) over. Let’s go.

GEORGIA (10-6, 3-6) at AUBURN (10-8, 4-5), 7 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Auburn -435, Georgia +340
SPREAD: Auburn -9
OVER/UNDER: 162 points
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First and foremost, bet Auburn.

They’ve been a cash cow for us. That is going to continue. Georgia is not a good team. They lost to Auburn at home 95-77 just three weeks ago.

That said, that was the last of four straight losses for Georgia, which forced Tom Crean to change how they’re playing. The Bulldogs have not had more than 72 possessions in a game since that loss. They have not had more than 68 possessions in a win since Thanksgiving.

So I love the under in this spot as much as I love laying the nine.

#12 ILLINOIS (11-5, 7-3) at INDIANA (9-7, 4-5), 9 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Illinois -132, Indiana +112
SPREAD: Illinois -2
OVER/UNDER: 142.5 points
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Illinois has been the easiest team for us to build a process with this season.

Is it a good matchup for starting center Kofi Cockburn. At 6-foot-11 and 290 pounds, Cockburn is the quintessential throwback center, a guy that is utterly dominant on the block but that can be exposed when he is pulled away from the basket. We’ve seen teams do it over and over and over again.

Indiana does not have a center that can do that. As good as Trayce Jackson-Davis is, he has not attempted a three all season long. Indiana’s guards are not built to be able to space the floor, to run ball screen after ball screen after ball screen, to be able to put slow-footed five-men in the blender.

So I love Illinois in this spot, which may just be the kiss of death for Brad Underwood’s club.