College Basketball Best Bets – 1/4/23

VCU @ Duquesne

Virginia Commonwealth Rams forward Brandon Johns Jr. is averaging 12 points per game this season. Mandatory Credit: Chris Day/Commercial Appeal / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Dukes host the Rams as they try to climb back up the standings. Duquesne has the best record in the Atlantic 10, but due to .500 conference play, they are in the middle of the pack. A win here would go a long way.

Both teams are playing great basketball of late, and bettors should familiarize themselves now, as they should still be playing come March.

VCU has been a cinderella favorite for years. Mike Rhoades has done a fantastic job of continuing the success of Shaka Smart. The Rams had some struggles early in the season, but they are currently on a five-game winning streak.

Duquesne enters play 11-4, and they are steamrolling opponents. Most recently, they defeated Rhode Island by 11, and in their previous win, they took Winthrop by 17. VCU is a more formidable opponent, but they should handle business tonight.

Duquesne (-120) & Over 137.5 (-110)

Duke @ NC State

Winthrop transfer, D.J. Burns Jr., is averaging 9/5 this season. Mandatory Credit: Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports

The Blue Devils head to Raleigh to renew one of the oldest rivalries in college basketball.

Before the Coach K years, the Wolfpack was a perennial program in North Carolina, but due to NCAA violations and the rise of the greatest coach in basketball history, NC State has become an afterthought.

In recent years, the Wolfpack haven’t been competitive in the ACC, but things are always tight when North Carolina schools face off.

Duke took the last three games straight up and at the spread versus NC State, but before that, the Wolfpack won six in a row ATS.

This will be Jon Scheyer’s first game against the Wolfpack, and he may not realize what he’s in for. Bettors should expect a close, low-scoring game.

Under 144.5 (-110) & NC State +4.5 (-110)


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