Sometimes I need to just quit while I’m ahead for the day, as the first several games worked out very well for me yesterday. North Carolina crushed Florida State, Pittsburgh came up with a nice win over N.C. State and Kentucky bludgeoned Florida. But when things moved west, Eastern Washington couldn’t cover the number against Idaho State and Washington State somehow managed to lose at home to Arizona State, likely putting an end to its bubble hopes.
So Saturday was a win, but it wasn’t anywhere near as good as it could have been. There aren’t a lot of games available today because of football, but there’s still a few games to bet. Here are my best plays for February 13.
PURDUE -15.5, -110
Maryland has been blown out in three of its past four games, and Purdue should come into this game pretty ticked off. The Boilers should be ready to put up a huge number against a weak Maryland squad that isn’t likely to make any kind of run at the top half of the conference. This could get ugly in a hurry.
IOWA -16.5, -110
Nebraska on the road has been a train wreck. Losing by 27 to Purdue at Mackey Arena? Understandable. Losing by 28 to Rutgers in New Brunswick? That’s a different story. The Huskers have played decently against good teams in Lincoln, but making the trek down Interstate 80 is likely not going to end well. Iowa should put up huge numbers and its team total should also be in good shape here.
CHARLOTTE +6, -110
The danger here with the 49ers is that they can struggle on the boards, but if they can hold their own when it comes to rebounding, they’ve got a good chance to cover against Middle Tennessee. Charlotte shoots pretty well from both inside and outside, so as long as they don’t get bludgeoned inside, they should be fine.
UNC GREENSBORO -4, -110
The Spartans should shoot a lot better than the 37 percent that they put up in Macon earlier this season against Mercer. UNCG lost that game by nine strictly because the shots were not dropping, but things should go a lot better this time around at home.
BENGALS +4.5, -110
I’m honestly not going to bother taking the spread, because it virtually never comes into play when you take the underdog. But I think the Bengals have the better offense and should be able to move the ball on the Rams as long as they keep Joe Burrow healthy. I don’t expect a high scoring game at all, but I do think Cincinnati wins.