College basketball season always provides a flurry of twists and turns that few saw coming — especially when March Madness comes around. This can make college basketball one of the most challenging sports to bet on.
Fortunately, we have plenty of tools available that can aid our chances of taking the most favorable college basketball bets. Bart Torvik and KenPom are excellent sources that give insights into team-level efficiency, and Sports Reference provides a wide range of useful team stats, as well.
Let’s check out FanDuel Sportsbook’s college basketball odds and select some of the best bets of the day by utilizing the mentioned tools.
Please note lines are subject to change throughout the day after this article is published.
College Basketball Best Bets
No. 16 Alabama at LSU
Through the past four years, the Alabama Crimson Tide have done well to improve their presence on the hardwood. Head coach Nate Oats is navigating his fifth season in Tuscaloosa. The Tide is still performing strong in 2024; they’ve played to a 16-7 overall record, which includes 8-2 versus SEC rivals.
‘Bama will battle the LSU Tigers on Saturday for the second time this year. Louisiana State is attempting to defend home court in Baton Rouge while also looking to draw the annual series score even versus the Tide. For the Tigers, head coach Matt McMahon has gotten the program to 12-10 in the current campaign.
LSU has scored 77.1 PPG in 2024, which leaves them narrowly within college basketball’s top-100 teams. Comparing that to the Tide, Alabama has been noticeably higher at 89.5 PPG. However, we could be in store for a slower game at Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
According to numberFire, ‘Bama is projected to win at LSU by a score of 78.84-75.49. That estimation presents a combined total of approximately 154.33. Going against the FanDuel’s set total of 166.5 points (-110 odds), an under play here is supported by a double-digit cushion.
No. 13 Baylor at No. 4 Kansas
In what should be the best college basketball action of the weekend, the Baylor Bears will head to Lawrence for a heavyweight clash with the Kansas Jayhawks. Currently, these programs are log-jammed together in a spectacular Big 12 conference. Entering Saturday, BU is half a game ahead of Kansas in the grouping.
This will be the first meeting between Baylor and KU this year. Still, the Bears will head into Allen Fieldhouse with hopes of an upset. Well, the Jayhawks are a perfect 12-0 at home in 2023-24, so expect the energy to be through the roof in this bid.
Tipping off at 6 p.m. ET, Kansas is laying 6.5 points (-110 odds) versus Baylor. In this instance, it feels foolish to deny home cooking. One week ago, the Jayhawks hosted an extremely strong Houston Cougars team only to blow the Cougs out by 13 points.
Jayhawks head coach Bill Self is going through his 21st campaign in Lawrence. He has accumulated an .814 winning percentage in 735 regular-season games with Kansas. That is the sort of consistency I can trust in a conference game of this magnitude.
Lastly, I don’t believe the Bears have a player on the current roster that can deal with KU seven-footer Hunter Dickinson. The big man is averaging a double-double behind 18.9 PPG and 11.1 RPG. I’m looking at Dickinson to have a productive evening at home.
No. 8 Arizona at Colorado
For Saturday’s nightcap, the Arizona Wildcats will travel to Boulder where the Colorado Buffaloes roam. At the moment, U of A is the top men’s basketball team in the Pac-12. Stop me if you’ve heard that one before.
The Buffs and ‘Cats — despite both currently playing in their final Pac-12 campaign — will continue to be conference foes in the future, as the respective institutions are each joining the Big 12 for the 2024-25 academic year. Still, Saturday night will be the second meeting of the season for these two sides.
Back on January 4th, the Golden Buffaloes visited the Wildcats in Tucson only to lose by nearly 50. U of A dominated every facet of that game; it resulted in a 97-50 victory over Colorado. Additionally, ‘Zona showcased three different players with more than a dozen points in the contest.
With the venue now flipped to Boulder, I will gladly take the points (+1.5) with Arizona. I admit that CU is certainly a respectable side, but the Wildcats are national-title contenders in my eyes. FanDuel Sportsbook sees it this way too, as U of A is listed with the fifth-shortest price (15-to-1 odds) to go all the way in 2024.
Not only can Arizona keep this road game close, but they can absolutely win straight up. Back at numberFire, the NCAAB power rankings have the Wildcats (19.32 nERD) at the third-best team in Division I. Compared to the Buffs, ‘Zona is 19 places ahead. Go ‘Cats!
The above author is a FanDuel employee and is not eligible to compete in public daily fantasy contests or place sports betting wagers on FanDuel. The advice provided by the author does not necessarily represent the views of FanDuel. Taking the author’s advice will not guarantee a successful outcome. You should use your own judgment when participating in daily fantasy contests or placing sports wagers.