The Tuesday, February 23 CBB lines are live on BetRivers.com, and with conference tournaments coming into view, college basketball teams are running out of opportunities to improve their seeding or make a last-ditch effort to get off the bubble.
Rob Dauster, a longtime national college basketball writer, and co-founder of the Field of 68 Podcast Network breaks down the February 23 CBB lines, focusing on No. 2 Baylor vs. Iowa State and No. 8 Villanova vs. St. John’s
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL ODDS: FEBRUARY 23 CBB LINES
IOWA STATE (2-16, 0-13) at #2 BAYLOR (17-0, 9-0), 8 p.m. ET
SPREAD: Baylor -23.5
OVER/UNDER: 147.5 points
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The best team in college basketball is back!
After a three-week pause for COVID regulations, the Baylor Bears return to action on Tuesday night, hosting the Iowa State Cyclones in a warm-up for a showdown this Thursday with West Virginia.
Now, I do not think that Iowa State is going to win this game. I’m not even expecting it to be particularly close. But Baylor has had all of two practices leading up to their first game back from a three-week shutdown. These guys are not going to be in-game shape, not even close to it. When Michigan came back from their two-week shut down, they had a week’s worth of practices to get ready.
So this is simply a process play. Is a team coming back from a shutdown? Fade them.
But I also think that the matchup here does make a little bit of sense as well. Baylor’s defense is designed to force their opponents into situations where they have to basically play 1-on-1. They don’t let you run offense. Well, Iowa State’s roster is filled with guys that can make plays 1-on-1 and … well, not much else.
Mostly, this is just a lot of points for a team that coming off of such a long shutdown.
ST. JOHN’S (14-9, 8-8) at #8 VILLANOVA (14-3, 9-2), 8 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Villanova -670, St. John’s +480
SPREAD: Villanova -11
OVER/UNDER: 153 points
Click here for the full list of Villanova vs. St. John’s odds.
I love two bets in this game, and both of them are a result of how I expect this game to play out.
There is a misconception about the Wildcats because they have been such an efficient offense over the years. People seem to think that this is a team that loves to get out and run and put up points, but their high-scoring numbers tend to be the result of high efficiency as opposed to a fast pace. When they are playing their best, Villanova is walking the ball up the floor, using 25 seconds, and running offense until they get a good look. They’re basically Wisconsin, but instead of having a bunch of bigs that shoot twos, they are overloaded with talented guards and love to chuck up threes.
Shoot ’em up, sleep in the streets.
St. John’s wants to press. They want to try and force turnovers. They play that Mike Anderson 40 minutes of hell style, and it worked the first time that these two teams faced off … and the final score was St. John’s 70, Villanova 59. There were just 69 possessions in that game.
I don’t think that the Johnnies will be able to impact this game the way they did defensively in the first game. Villanova averages the fewest turnovers per 100 possessions in the country. I think this will be a slow-paced, relatively low-scoring game, so not only will I be on the under here, but I will be on the Johnnies. 11 points is a lot of points in a low-scoring game.