College Basketball Best Bets – 1/19/23

Wichita State @ Memphis

The Wichita State Shockers are coming off back-to-back wins against Tulsa and USF. Mandatory Credit: William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis had dreams of a National Title when Penny Hardaway took over nearly five years ago. He’s had four years to implement a system and recruits, yet the Tigers still sit near the bottom of the AAC, one game above .500 and 3-5 in conference play.

Not possessing a title in this run is understandable, as sometimes it can take a coach four of five recruiting classes to truly make it his team, but they might not make the tournament this year. Memphis is by no means a blue blood, but they are a school that expects to be invited to the dance most every year. Being a Memphis kid, the school will give Hardaway another year or two, especially with his kid committing, but the ice is undoubtedly thinning for Penny.

Wichita State has been an unpredictable team this season. While they have been mostly mediocre, they have kept some games close that bettors wouldn’t have expected — they lost by five to 13th-ranked Kansas State.

Memphis is horrible at covering the spread, especially double-digit ones. They have won five of their last seven games but dropped all seven ATS.

Wichita State +10 (-110) & Under 140 (-110)

Purdue @ Minnesota

Another team that hasn’t been great at covering spreads is the third-ranked Purdue Boilermakers. They have one loss on the season, but they are 7-10-1 ATS.

Today, they are a (-13.5) favorite playing a Minnesota team they have already seen once this season. Purdue beat the Golden Gophers by 19 in early December — which was only good enough for a push at the spread. This is a short spread in comparison, and Purdue has a history of beating up Minnesota. While I would be more comfortable with a 10-point difference, Purdue should be able to handle 14 tonight.

Also, given the rate at which both teams can score, the total is a joke. They have gone over this number with ease in their last nine matchups.

Purdue -13.5 (-110) & Over 133.5 (-110)

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