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Burns’ Best Bets: February 2, 2019

It’s been a solid start to the college basketball season as we’ve had back-to-back winning weeks. Kansas State suffered a surprising loss at A&M, but other then that blemish it was a great week. I am confident we will keep the momentum going this weekend. The results from last week are below.


Iowa State + 1 over Mississippi – W

Marquette -2 Over Xavier – W

Kansas State – 4 Over Texas A&M – L

LSU – 4.5 Over Missouri – W

Washington + 1.5 Over Oregon State – W


Best Bets for College Basketball – February 2nd


Providence Friars + 1 (10-11 ATS) vs. DePaul Blue Demons ( 10-9-1 ATS)


Both teams are coming off tough losses earlier this week with Providence losing a close game against Seton Hall, and DePaul’s loss at home to Villanova. Both teams are in the bottom half of the Big East, but I think the Friars can make a run towards a tournament bid. Alpha Diallo leads Providence in scoring, and the return of freshman A.J. Reeves from injury has given them a boast. DePaul has some strong wins this season in conference play, but they have lost three consecutive games. The Friars are 9-4 ATS in their previous 13 road games. DePaul lost to Providence earlier this year and are only 3-8 SU in the last 11 games against the Friars. I’m taking Providence to win as a slight underdog.


Kentucky Wildcats -3 (11-9 ATS) vs. Florida Gators (9-11 ATS)


The Wildcats are playing great basketball and have won seven games in a row and absolutely crushed Vanderbilt on the road earlier this week. Keldon Johnson leads Kentucky in scoring, but they have multiple players up and down the roster who can score and create opportunities for their teammates. The Gators are a very talented team, but they have been inconsistent this season.

Florida recently lost forward Keith Stone for the season with a knee injury. The loss of Stone is a huge loss in this game when you consider the size and length of the post players for Kentucky. Freshman guard Noah Locke is playing well for the Gators and seems to be a star in the making. The Wildcats are 5-0 ATS over their last five games and are 6-3 SU in the last nine games played against the Gators. Florida is 2-4 ATS in their previous six games and 0-4 ATS in their last four home games. I think Florida will play well and have some great moments, but the talent of Kentucky will be too much. I favor Kentucky to win and cover the three points.


Kansas Jayhawks – 3.5 (8-13 ATS) vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-13-1)


The Jayhawks have really struggled since the loss of center Udoka Azubuike for the season with a hand injury. Kansas is on a two game losing streak after losses to Kentucky and Texas. Kansas has been led by Dedric Lawson and Lagerald Vick who both average over 14 points per game. The Red Raiders have also struggled recently, but did get a key win over TCU on Monday night. Jarrett Culver has been fantastic for Texas Tech. He leads the team in points, rebounds and assists.

The Red Raiders are one of the best defensive teams in the country and have only given up an average of 56 points per game which has them ranked third in the country. Kansas is 17-1 SU in their last 18 games against Texas Tech and 14-3 ATS in the last 17 games at home against the Red Raiders. Texas Tech is 2-8-1 ATS over the past 11 games and only 1-5 ATS in their last six away games. This is a game Kansas must have if they want to extend their streak of 14 consecutive Big 12 titles. I think KU gets it done and they cover the spread Saturday in Lawrence.


Syracuse Orange -2.5 (12-9 ATS) vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (13-8 ATS)


Syracuse has won five out of six games and has steadied the ship after losses to UConn and Old Dominion in non-conference play. Everything came together when they played Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium earlier this season. They shocked the Blue Devils and handed them their second loss of the season and first in conference play. Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett are both key contributors for the Orange and both have a chance to play in the NBA.

Pittsburgh has played better than expected in head coach Jeff Capel’s first season leading the Panthers with home wins over Louisville and Florida State. Since their win over FSU, however, the Panthers have lost four straight games all by double digits. Syracuse is 4-1 ATS in their last five away games and 8-2 ATS overall in their past ten games. Jeff Capel should have the Panthers contending for NCAA tournament bids in the very near future, but that future is not tomorrow. Look for the Syracuse zone to give Pittsburgh some issues and force the Panthers into some questionable offensive possessions. Syracuse -2.5 is the play here.


Shawn Burns is one of the newest content writers for BetQL. As a former staffer for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Director of Football Relations at Florida International University, Burns brings a new perspective and unique handicapping techniques to our readers. You can follow Shawn on Twitter @sburns4597

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