As we enter the month of January, we’re headed into the prime of the college basketball season. Saturday will be a very busy day in the college basketball world, as we’ll see 16 ranked teams in action. 16 should have been 18 ranked teams, but unfortunately, we’re still seeing the effects of the coronavirus on the college basketball world. Because of COVID-19 issues, the 10th-rated Michigan Wolverines game against Penn State, and #23 Saint Louis’s game at St. Joes will be postponed. Let’s take a closer look at the top games for the weekend so you can bet against their NCAAB odds.
Top NCAAB Games to Bet On Jan. 9th & 10th
Saturday’s feature matchup will have Shaka Smart’s Texas Longhorns travel to Blacksburg, West Virginia to take on Bob Huggins and his West Virginia Mountaineers. Shaka Smart has his Longhorns playing some great basketball this season, as they’ve climbed all the way to #4 in this week’s rankings. While many had been disappointed in Smart’s tenure at Texas, he’s proving his critics this season.
Texas has had the week off to prepare for the Mountaineers. The Longhorns are coming off of a 84-59 thrashing of the Kansas Jayhawks at Phog Allen Fieldhouse. Texas has one of the best defenses in the country, plus an offense that can put up points in bunches. After a fast start to the season, the Mountaineers have gone 2-2 in their last four games. They lost at Kansas and Oklahoma, but they also had a huge come-from-behind victory over Oklahoma State. A win against Texas can put West Virginia back on the right track.
Another top game on Saturday is an ACC battle between #19 Clemson and North Carolina. Clemson had never won at North Carolina until last season. Brad Brownell’s Tigers have started off the season 8-1. They own a huge ACC win over Florida State. Roy Williams’s squad is young, and they’re still trying to put everything together. A win over Clemson would be a big boost to the season for North Carolina.
Although this probably won’t be a very close contest, another game to watch will be #1 Gonzaga at Portland. Gonzaga has a high-powered offense that is fun to watch. They are one of the most dominant teams in recent history. Any time they play, it is a game that a college basketball fan should try and take in.
On Sunday, we’ll see a premier matchup in the Big 10, as the 16th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers will travel to Carver-Hawkeye arena in Iowa City to take on the #5 Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa will have revenge on their mind, as Minnesota defeated them in overtime on Christmas night.
Luka Garza and the Iowa Hawkeyes are one of the top offensive teams in the country. With Garza in the low post, surrounded by some great shooters, Iowa has numerous ways to score. Iowa is one of the teams that many think can actually contend with Gonzaga and Baylor.
Minnesota has been a surprise team this year, as many saw this as a rebuilding year for Richard Pitino. The Gophers have played better than expected, as a young team along with some transfers have exceeded expectations. Getting a second win over a very good Iowa squad would be huge going forward for Minnesota.