|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABWith eighteen of the Top 25 ranked college basketball teams in the country playing games on Saturday, this weekend will be huge for NCAA betting opportunities.
But there are also a large number of teams fighting to secure positions in the March Madness tournament this year who are playing this weekend, and may make for even more entertaining games.
With 68 teams playing in this year's tournament compared to 64 in the past, there are more teams than ever on the bubble. Some teams that are questionable for the tournament include Virginia Tech, Penn State, Boston College, Michigan, Butler, Southern Miss, Gonzaga, Maryland, Colorado State, Clemson, Richmond, Nebraska, UAB, Wichita State, Minnesota, and VCU.
Virginia Tech will take on the #1 ranked Duke Blue Devils on Saturday in Virginia. If the Hokies are expecting to compete against the elite in the tournament, scoring a win against the top-ranked team is a good start.
Wichita State is playing an important game against Missouri State in Missouri. This game is huge for the Shockers. Wichita State needs to win this game to improve their tournament record, especially in the event that they are unable to pull out a victory in their own conference tournament.
Baylor will be taking on the #17 Texas A&M Aggies in a must-win game for Baylor. If the Bears can not win against the Aggies, they are almost eliminated from the bubble entirely. And if they want a decent showing during March Madness, they will need to be able to knock off some of the lower Top-25 teams, such as Texas A&M.
Michigan is playing a tough game at Minnesota on Saturday. The game may be the last shot for either team to make it to the tournament, with the winner making it in and the loser sitting out this year. This elimination game will be worth keeping an eye on.
While it may already be too late for Gonzaga to make it to the tournament, other teams have better opportunities this weekend. Butler should dismantle the Ramblers of Loyola Chicago, and Clemson should beat Wake Forest. Other teams, such as UAB and the Nebraska Cornhuskers must win their games this weekend.
For Sunday college basketball betting action, take a look at the Maryland-North Carolina game. North Carolina is ranked #19, and this is a must-win game for Maryland, as well as one of their best shots at a win. But the Terrapins have not had much success this season in big games.