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NCAA Basketball Betting Odds, Preview and Trends for Saturday March 7, 2020

Big 12, Big East, ACC - Betting Tips

This Saturday’s featured trio of betting matchups are highlighted by a few teams looking to make a deep run towards a national title.

The action starts off with the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks closing out the regular season on the road against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Next up, the No. 8 Seton Hall Pirates close things out in Omaha against the No. 11 Creighton Bluejays. The final season finale pits the No. 10 Louisville Cardinals in a road game against the No. 22 Virginia Cavaliers.

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Big 12 Matchup
No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks at Texas Tech Red Raiders

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
TV-Time: ESPN, 2:00 p.m. ET
Venue: United Supermarkets Arena
Location: Lubbock, Texas

Opening Odds: Kansas -3.5, Total 133.5

Betting Matchup

Kansas comes into its regular season finale with a straight-up 15-game winning streak after beating TCU 75-66 on Wednesday. It failed to cover the 16 ½-point spread as a home favorite as part of a 6-2 record against the spread over the past eight games. The total has gone OVER in four of the Jayhawks’ (27-3 SU, 18-12 ATS) last six contests.

Center Udoka Azubuike has been a huge part of this team’s success all season long. Playing on a sore ankle, he scored a career-high 31 points with 14 rebounds against TCU.

The Red Raiders slipped to 9-8 SU in Big 12 play with Monday’s 71-68 road loss to Baylor. Even though they covered in overtime with the seven points, they are 2-4 ATS over their last six games. The total has gone OVER in six of their last seven contests. Texas Tech is 18-12 SU overall with a 14-16 record ATS. With four different players scoring in double figures, the team is averaging 72.3 points a game.

Betting Trends

-- The Jayhawks have won their last seven road games SU as favorites with a 6-1 record ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in their last nine games giving points on the road.

-- The Red Raiders are 4-1 SU with a perfect 5-0 record ATS in their last five home games as underdogs. The total has gone OVER in five of their last six games at home getting points.

-- With the earlier win, Kansas improved to 8-2 SU in its last 10 games against Texas Tech. The series is tied 5-5 ATS with the total going OVER in seven of the 10 games.

Big East Matchup
No. 8 Seton Hall Pirates at No. 11 Creighton Bluejays

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
TV-Time: FOX, 2:30 p.m. ET
Venue: CHI Health Center
Location: Omaha, Nebraska

Opening Odds: Creighton -3.5, Total 151.5

Betting Matchup

Seton Hall’s 79-77 loss to Villanova on Wednesday as a 3 ½-point home favorite keeps the Big East regular season title in play. An earlier 87-82 loss to Creighton as a 5 ½-point favorite at home makes this a must-win at 13-4 in conference play. The Pirates are 21-8 SU overall but they slip to 17-11-1 ATS after failing to cover in four of their last six games. The total has gone OVER in five of those six outings.

Seton Hall will be facing a tough test on Saturday as road underdogs at Creighton.
Seton Hall will be facing a tough test on Saturday as road underdogs at Creighton. (AP)

Senior guard Myles Powell (23.1 points) scored 14 points in Wednesday’s loss.

The Bluejays are one game off the pace at 12-5 after hammering Georgetown 91-76 on Wednesday as 13-point home favorites. They are 6-1 both SU and ATS in their last seven games with the total going OVER in five of those contests. Creighton is 23-7 SU overall with a 17-10-2 record ATS.

Mitch Ballock led the way on Wednesday with seven three-point buckets as part of his 20-point total. The Bluejays finished well above their 78.4-point scoring average.

Betting Trends

-- The Pirates have a perfect 4-0 record SU and ATS in their last four games on the road. The total has gone OVER in three of those four games.

-- The Bluejays are 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS in their last six home games. The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in five of those six games.

-- Seton Hall slipped to 6-3 both SU and ATS in the last nine games of this series with the earlier loss at home to Creighton. The total has gone OVER in six of the last eight meetings.

ACC Matchup
No. 10 Louisville Cardinals at No. 22 Virginia Cavaliers

Date: Friday, March 7, 2020
TV-Time: ESPN, 4:00 p.m. ET
Venue: John Paul Jones Arena
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Opening Odds: Virginia -1, Total 115

Betting Matchup

The Cardinals are tied with Florida State at 15-4 atop the ACC standings. With two losses to the Seminoles, they need a win on Saturday and some help to claim the regular season title. A spotty 3-3 record both SU and ATS in their last six games has not helped the cause. Louisville (24-6 SU, 15-14-1 ATS) did beat Virginia 80-73 at home on Feb. 8 in a game that ended as a PUSH. The total went way OVER 114 ½ points and it has gone OVER in three of its last five games.

Jordan Nwora scored 20 points with 12 rebounds in Sunday’s 68-52 home victory against Virginia Tech.

Virginia is finding its form at the right time of the season. Since losing to Louisville, the Cavaliers have won their last seven games SU while going 5-1 ATS in their last six contests. The total has stayed UNDER in their last three outings. They are 14-5 in ACC play as part of a SU record of 22-7 (12-16-1 ATS) overall. Virginia has won its last four games by a combined 10 points while failing to score more than 59 points in any of those games.

Betting Trends

-- The Cardinals have lost their last three road games SU and ATS with the total going OVER in the last two games. The total has gone OVER in seven of their last 10 games on the road.

-- The Cavaliers are riding a SU five-game home winning streak with a 3-2 record ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in three of their last four home games.

-- Louisville snapped an extended SU nine-game losing streak to Virginia with the earlier win. The series is now tied 2-2-2 ATS over the last six meetings with the total going OVER in six of the last seven games between the two.

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