Buckeyes set to battle Badgers in Sunday showdown
It's been a tumultuous recent stretch in college basketball, and there's no reason to believe this weekend won't bring more of the same.
Here's a quick peek at some of the upcoming college hoops happenings, with some tips for those out there who a enjoy a little weekend betting action.
Our look at Saturday's action begins in the ACC when 18-6 Virginia, which is a very profitable 14-6 vs. the pointspreads so far this season, visits 16-8 North Carolina (Noon ET, ESPN3).
Up in the Big East No. 16 Pittsburgh, 4-1 ATS over its last five games, visits No. 18 Marquette (1 pm ET, CBS).
Down in the SEC No. 25 Kentucky, which is 8-13 ATS and now without F Nerlens Noel, visits 12-10 Tennessee (1 pm ET, CBS).
In the basketball version of "Bedlam", No. 17 Oklahoma State will test its current six-game winning streak against 16-7 Oklahoma (which is 12-7 ATS) in a battle set for Stillwater (1:30 pm ET, ESPN3).
Back down in the SEC Big Dance hopefuls meet when 18-6 Missouri visits 15-9 Arkansas (4 pm ET, ESPN).
Again in the ACC No. 2 Duke, coming off a victory over rival UNC Wednesday night, visits 17-7 Maryland (6 pm ET, ESPN).
In the Ivy League, which awards its automatic NCAA tournament bid to its regular-season champion, first-place Harvard hosts second-place Princeton (7 pm ET, NBC Sports Network).
In a key game in the Atlantic 10 Conference 18-5 St. Louis, 12-9 ATS on the season, hosts 18-6 Charlotte which is 12-6 ATS (7 pm ET).
No. 10 Kansas State, coming off a 21-point loss to Kansas Monday night, looks to bounce back when it hosts 15-8 Baylor (7 pm ET, ESPNU).
Out in the Mountain West 18-6 UNLV, which is just 9-15 ATS on the season, hosts 18-5 San Diego State (9 pm ET, NBC Sports Network).
In the Pac-12 Colorado, at 16-7, hosts 18-6 Arizona State (9 pm ET, ESPNU).
And for a Saturday nightcap from the WAC, 17-5 Utah State hosts 17-8 New Mexico State (11 pm ET, ESPNU).
Sunday's big game takes place in the Big Ten, or more accurately Madison, as No. 20 Wisconsin hosts No. 13 Ohio State (1 pm ET, CBS). The Badgers finally jumped into the rankings thanks in large part to their overtime victory over Michigan last weekend, but then lost a game in overtime Thursday night at Minnesota. Meanwhile the Buckeyes snapped a two-game losing slide with a 69-59 win over Northwestern Thursday.
On the updated NCAA championship futures market Duke is getting 8/1 followed by, among others, Ohio State at 25/1, Pitt and Kentucky at 50/1, Kansas State at 60/1, Wisconsin at 80/1 and San Diego State, Marquette, Oklahoma State, Baylor and UNLV all at 100/1.