College Basketball Best Bets Today | Expert Picks for Tuesday, Feb. 27

The college basketball regular season continues with a busy slate today -- headlining several key games in the ACC and Big 10.

Let's dive into our College basketball best bets and expert picks for Tuesday, February 27.

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College Basketball Best Bets | Expert Picks for Tuesday, Feb. 27

Virginia Tech vs Syracuse

by Kevin Rogers

Virginia Tech rolled past Virginia in a home blowout, but the Hokies were run out at Pittsburgh on Saturday night to fall to 7-9 in ACC play.

Syracuse jumped out to a huge 29-point lead on Saturday against Notre Dame before hanging on for an 88-85 victory. The Orange failed to cover as a favorite for the fifth straight time, while allowing at least 77 points in seven of the past eight games.

The Hokies rank 1st in ACC play in 2-point percentage, while the Orange sit in last place in conference action defending 2-point attempts.

Virginia Tech has dropped four straight games away from Blacksburg, but this Hokies' squad is 30 spots higher than Syracuse in the KenPom rankings.

Pick: Virginia Tech +1.5 (-110)

Penn State vs Iowa

Penn State Nittany Lions +9.5 (-115)

Penn State (14-14 straight up, 14-14 against the spread) has won back-to-back games both SU and ATS, including a 90-89 win over Illinois as a 7.5-point home underdog and an 83-74 win over Indiana as a 2.5-point home favorite.

First-year head coach Mike Rhoades is demonstrating his coaching chops here late in the season, as he dismissed leading scorer Kanye Clary two weeks ago when it was clear the team was better off without him.

Why, you ask? Well, Clary demanded the ball a lot, took a lot of shots and forced point guard Ace Baldwin to defer to him all too often.

Without Clary for most of the month with the exception of limited time in three games, Baldwin has thrived and looked like the guy that won Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honors and led Rhoades's VCU squad to the 2023 NCAA Tournament.

Baldwin had 23 points, nine assists, four rebounds, four steals and one blocked shot in Saturday's win over the Hoosiers. He had 10 points, 12 assists, two steals, two rebounds and one block in the win over the Fighting Illini.

PSU is 5-3 SU and 6-2 ATS in its last eight games, including an 89-79 win over Iowa as a 1.5-point home underdog, an 85-71 win at Indiana as a seven-point road underdog and a 61-46 win at Rutgers as a 7.5-point road underdog.

Baldwin torched the Hawkeyes for 22 points, six assists and four steals. He had 22 points, eight assists and two steals in the win at Indiana.

In the win over the Scarlet Knights at the RAC, Baldwin produced 15 points, 10 assists (compared to only two turnovers) five rebounds, five steals and one blocked shot.

Iowa (16-12 SU, 11-17 ATS) is 12-3 SU and 6-9 ATS in 15 home games, while PSU is 2-6 SU and 5-3 ATS in eight road assignments. The Hawkeyes have lost six of their last 11 games while limping to a 3-8 ATS record.

They're 4-7 ATS when favored by five points or more this year. On the flip side, Penn State is 8-3 ATS with five outright wins in its last 11 games as an underdog of five points or more.

PSU has won three straight head-to-head meetings in this rivalry both SU and ATS. The Nittany Lions are 6-4 SU and 5-3-2 ATS in the last 10 head-to-head meetings, but only one of the Hawkeyes' four wins has been by more than nine points.

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Kentucky vs Mississippi State

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