Fire Chris Holtmann! That’s all I got to say about the Ohio State Buckeyes right now after their disgraceful performance at home against Michigan State cost us back-to-back sweeps of my Sunday College Hoops Parlay Picks. What the hell was going on in Columbus on Super Bowl Sunday?! A whopping 14 first half points against a Sparty defense that conceded at least 75 points in its prior three road games? Needless to say, we never had a shot of cashing that over ticket. Thankfully we got back to the window with the other two positions after the Purdue/Northwestern game played to a low scorer and SMU found a way to cover the CBB odds in double overtime at Wichita State. Here’s to getting in the black at PointsBet Sportsbook with three more investments you can confidently throw into parlay cards to close out the week!
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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Purdue Boilermakers
Date and Time: Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 1 PM EST
Location: Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, IN
TV Coverage: CBS
The way I see it, we’ve got at least six more games to fade this Ohio State Buckeyes team with it having the look of a team that checked out months ago. I still can’t get over how poorly the team played in that home game against Michigan State coming off five straight losses. Then it went out and got its teeth kicked in by the Hawkeyes in Iowa City! It’s pretty safe to say that Chris Holtmann has lost the locker room and it’s likely only a matter of time until he’s handed a pink slip. Remember, the Buckeyes haven’t made the Sweet 16 under his watch and there’s a first round exit to Oral Roberts mixed in there as well.
As for Purdue, it returns home licking its wounds off dropping back-to-back road contests at Northwestern and Maryland. Both matchups saw the Boilermakers lose control of the game in the second half after getting outscored 34-21 over the final 20 minutes by the Wildcats and 43-26 by the Terrapins. As such, I firmly expect Matt Painter to have 100 percent of his kid’s attention when they run up against a Buckeyes team that they needed a closing seconds three to defeat 71-69 when the teams locked horns at Value City Arena in early January. They’ll be laying double digits in the rematch after catching two in the first meeting, but OSU is a corpse so fire away and look for Zach Edey and Co. to excel in this get-well spot.
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North Carolina Tar Heels vs. NC State Wolfpack
Date and Time: Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 1 PM EST
Location: PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
TV Coverage: ESPN
So I took the points with Terquavion Smith and the Wolfpack when they ventured into the “Dean Dome” back on January 21. NC State was in that one through a half of play trailing 34-33 before taking a multiple possession lead early in the second half. Then Smith was knocked out of the game on a flagrant 2 foul and everything went to shite. The Tar Heels would eventually go on to secure the 80-69 win and cover as 6.5-point favorites after outscoring the Pack 46-36 over the game’s final 20 minutes. As it stands right now, UNC is barely in the NCAA Tournament while NC State is an eight-seed. Kevin Keatts’ kids would love nothing more than to add to their hated rival’s misery!
But for that to occur, the Wolfpack must do a better job of competing on the glass after getting outboarded by Armando Bacot and Co. 39-25 in the first go-round. Either that, or run the Tar Heels ragged by getting up and down the court. While I lean towards laying the short home chalk with NC State, the Wolfpack’s questionable free throw shooting will keep me away. I really like the over in the rematch instead. These are two of the fastest teams in the country when going by tempo ratings, and the first meeting was in line to go over the 153-point total before Smith was injured. With it failing to do so, it’s possible PointsBet offers up a reduced number to beat. Either way, these squads should dent the scoreboard for 160+ and grant us a ticket cash!
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Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats
Date and Time: Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 6:30 PM EST
Location: Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, IL
TV Coverage: Big Ten Network
These B1G rivals crossed paths at the end of January in Iowa City where Kris Murray and his mates logged the 86-70 win and cover as 6.5-point favorites. Defense was optional in that one with Northwestern shooting 47 percent from the field with Chase Audige and Boo Buie combining for 35 points and Iowa countering with a 56 percent showing from the field which included an impressive 10 of 21 showing from beyond the arc. Iowa won the rebounding battle 28-23 and got the benefit of shooting eight more free throws in its home digs.
Now back in the comforts of its own gym, I expect the UNW defense to fare much better in the rematch. That being said, Iowa is simply just too tall a task for the defense to hold down over the course of a full 40 minutes. The Hawkeyes enter this tilt winners in five of six and scored an average of 82.2 points in those contests. Iowa’s ability to beat the Wildcats on the offensive glass (No. 79) will allow it multiple second chance looks that could get UNW into foul trouble or tire the defense out. The Hawkeyes possess the better overall team in my opinion. It’s on the precipice of snagging one of the conference’s top-four seeds for the upcoming B1G tourney, and that’s an opportunity I don’t foresee Fran McCaffrey letting slip through his teams fingers. Hit the moneyline at PointsBet immediately should the visitors be catching any points!
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