NCAA Men’s Basketball Previews, Picks and Predictions for Thursday, Feb. 17

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Previews, Picks and Predictions for Thursday, Feb. 17
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Here is tonight's college basketball 3-pointer, betting advice on three NCAA men's college basketball games.

Michigan vs. Iowa

  • Carver-Hawkeye Arena
  • 7 p.m. ET Tip-Off

Michigan vs. Iowa Trends and Angles

The Michigan Wolverines find themselves in sixth place and the Iowa Hawkeyes in seventh place in the Big 10 Conference standings.

The Wolverines are 13-10 straight-up (SU) and 9-14 against the spread (ATS) including a 13-10 Over-Under record for the season. The Hawkeyes are 17-7 SU and 14-10 ATS including a 17-6-1 Over-Under record.

The betting line opened with Iowa as a 6-point home favorite and a posted total of 151.5 points. Iowa ranks fifth nationally among the 358 Division I basketball programs in scoring offense, averaging 84 points per game. It ranks eighth in pace of play, averaging 65 field goal attempts per game.

The Wolverines must play slow, given their struggles on offense, where they rank 147th, averaging 72.1 points per game.

I like Iowa because Michigan's defense will not contain the Hawkeyes' offense, nor will the Wolverines' offense keep in stride with the powerful Iowa offense.

Utah Utes vs. Stanford Cardinal

  • Maples Pavilion
  • 11 p.m. ET Tip-Off

Utah vs. Stanford Trends and Angles

Diving into the database, we uncover solid and highly profitable short- and long-term trends and angles that support the Utes.

They are 4-1 ATS when they have covered the spread in their previous game. The Utes are coming off an 81-76 road loss to Colorado and covered the spread as 5.5-point underdogs.

The Utes are 8-1 ATS coming off three or more consecutive Overs in games played in the past three seasons. The Utes are on a four-game Over streak. They are 23-7-1 ATS after having lost eight or more of their past 10 games over the last 25 seasons and 14-5 ATS after losing five or six of their last seven games.

Stanford coach Jerod Haase is 20-27 ATS from game No. 16 on out when taking on an opponent that is averaging 12 or fewer forced turnovers per game.

I like the Utes plus the points as a 3-Unit Best Bet tonight in Palo Alto.

Washington State vs. UCLA

  • Pauley Pavilion
  • 11 p.m. ET Tip-Off

Washington State vs. UCLA Trends and Angles

Here are highly profitable short- and long-term trends and angles that support a wager on the Over in this PAC-12 matchup.

The betting line for this matchup opened with UCLA installed as a 9.5-point favorite and with a posted total of 129.5 points.

The Washington State Cougars are 14-10 straight-up (SU) for the season, 11–13 against the spread, including a 7-1-1 Over-Under record. The Bruins are 17-4 SU and 10-11-1 ATS, including a 10-12 Over-Under record.

The Over bet is supported by an outstanding betting system that has produced a 72-34 Over record spanning the last 25 NCAA basketball seasons and produced a 24-5 Over record in just the past five seasons.

The requirements are to be Over with a road team that is coming off two close losses of five or fewer points to conference foes is a modest losing-record team with a win percentage between 49-51% is facing a winning record foe in the current game.

I am leaning on the Over bet in this matchup.