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College Basketball Best Bets, March 6: UConn vs Marquette, Minnesota vs Indiana, and More!

Vaughn Dalzell shares his four favorite plays on the Wednesday slate, including Minnesota hosting Indiana, Marquette versus UConn, and more!

Indiana at Minnesota (-5.5): O/U 149.5

The Gophers have their final home game of the season following an epic comeback on Senior Day versus Penn State. Indiana has won two straight over Wisconsin and Maryland after losing five consecutive.

The Hoosiers are 3-6 in road games this season, ranking last in the Big Ten for free-throw percentage (64%) and bottom four in offensive turnover percentage (18.7%), offensive rebounding percentage (25%), and three-point percentage (31.6%).

Indiana has not won back-to-back road games all season and won at Maryland on Sunday. The Hoosiers beat the Gophers, 74-62, at Indiana earlier this season, so this is a revenge home spot for Minnesota.

The Gophers never led against Indiana and the Hoosiers were up by as much as 21 points. Indiana’s won three straight at Minnesota, but I like that streak to end today. This is the best Minnesota team in that span and versus the worst Indiana squad.

I expect Minnesota to control this game as the script often flips in Big Ten games according to location. Minnesota is 16-3 at home with five straight wins. The Gophers won by six or more points in 13 of those 16 victories.

I played Minnesota -5.5 at -110 odds and would go out to -6 for 1.5 units.

Pick: Minnesota -5.5 (1.5u)

Miami has lost seven straight games, while Boston College has dropped four consecutive. However, this is good news for the Hurricanes as they receive Nijel Pack and Wooga Poplar back from injury.

Both players have been out during parts of the losing streak, and Miami has had off since February 26. With such extended rest, Miami may come off rusty in the first half but should go on runs and benefit from having those back healthy.

Since February 10th, Boston College ranks 307th in defensive efficiency, doesn’t shoot free-throws (326th) often, or forces turnovers (310th) with subpar two-point (289th) and…


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Publish date : 2024-03-06 19:32:15

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