The Wednesday, February 24 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. The Wednesday night college basketball odds line up for a fun night of games and betting action, thanks to a lopsided ACC matchup of No. 11 Florida State vs. Miami and a top 25 SEC showdown between No. 6 Alabama and No. 20 Arkansas.
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Rob Dauster, a longtime national college basketball writer, and co-founder of the Field of 68 Podcast Network breaks down the February 24 CBB lines.
February 24 CBB Lines: Boosted Bets
- #11 Florida State & #25 Tennessee both win. Was -200. Now -175.
- #6 Alabama to win and make 10+ 3-pointers vs. Arkansas. Was +225. Now +275.
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL ODDS: FEBRUARY 24 CBB LINES
#11 FLORIDA STATE (13-3, 9-2) at MIAMI (7-13, 3-12), 8:30 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: FSU -770, Miami +550
SPREAD: FSU -11.5
OVER/UNDER: 143 points
Click here for the full list of FSU-Miami odds.
No team in college basketball has been through more this season than Miami, who has never had more than six or seven guys healthy at any point this season. It’s a mess.
And the last thing that anyone in college basketball is going to want to do when they are banged up, short-handed, and worn down after a grueling season is to deal with Florida State’s pressure and relentless flow of athletes that are in your face defensively. That’s who Florida State is. They are the team that absolutely suffocated Virginia in a battle of the two best teams in the league earlier on this season.
Keep in mind, the first time that these two teams squared off this season, Florida State won by 22 points.
#6 ALABAMA (18-5, 13-1) at #20 ARKANSAS (17-5, 9-4), 9 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Arkansas -132, Alabama +112
SPREAD: Arkansas -2
OVER/UNDER: 157.5 points
Click here for the full list of Alabama-Arkansas odds.
On the surface, taking Alabama as an underdog in a season where they are going to coast to an SEC regular-season title seems like a pretty solid play to make, especially when it is against a team that they beat by 31 points earlier this season.
Arkansas, however, has turned their season around from that point. They have won seven of eight since then, and are now sitting all alone in second place in the SEC standings. They also match up pretty well with Alabama, as they can play small-ball and actually have more size in their small-ball lineups than the Crimson Tide do. Throw in the fact that Alabama has struggled on the road in their last three away games — losing at Oklahoma and Missouri, beating South Carolina by just three points — and I think that the line here is about right.
What I’m more interested in is the over.
I think the fact that Jordan Bruner is back significantly helps Alabama on the offensive end of the floor, and given that both of these teams love playing at pace, I’m expecting a game with upwards of 80 possessions. If that’s the case, this game should be played in the 80s.
TULANE (9-9, 4-9) at MEMPHIS (12-6, 8-3), 8 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Memphis -590, Tulane +430
SPREAD: Tulane -10
OVER/UNDER: 131 points
Click here for the full list of Memphis-Tulane odds.
This logic is pretty simple, really.
Memphis has been a bad team on the offensive end of the floor this season, and while they were playing better of late, that was before their two-week COVID shutdown. They are due for some regression shooting from three as well. Combine all of that with the fact that we want to fade teams coming off of a pause, and I think backing Ron Hunter and the Green Wave is a savvy play in this spot.