Monday College Basketball Best Bets: Targeting Duke – Virginia, Kansas – Texas

Written By Eli Hershkovich on February 7, 2022 - Last Updated on February 8, 2022
College Basketball Best Bets

There are only four ranked teams on Monday’s college hoops schedule, but three of them are a part of Big Monday. Let’s break down my college basketball best bets — with Virginia at No. 7 Duke and No. 8 Kansas at No. 20 Texas.

Some of these angles stem from situational spots, including bounce-back, letdown, look-ahead or revenge opportunities. Click on the odds below to place a bet.

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Virginia Cavaliers at Duke Blue Devils

Considering Duke is coming off consecutive double-digit wins at Notre Dame and North Carolina, this spread is a bit inflated — especially in a potential letdown spot.

Mike Krzyzewski’s unit will be going up against an improving Virginia defense, surrendering 0.98 points per possession (PPP) over its last four games. Tony Bennett’s pack-line setup limits dribble penetration in particular, and the Blue Devils attack the paint at the third-highest frequency in the ACC (via ShotQuality).

While Duke freshman wing A.J. Griffin is spacing the floor at a 50.0% clip, expect the Blue Devils’ offense to be held in check as a whole.

Moreover, ShotQuality notes that Duke is outperforming its metrics by three wins, proving that there’s likely negative regression in store. Keep in mind, the Blue Devils are allowing the lowest conference’s perimeter clip (28.0%) despite letting up open 3-pointers on 44.0% of their opponents’ attempts.

If Kihei Clark & Co. deliver some level of efficiency in that department, the ‘Hoos will hang within a few possessions.

Eli’s College Basketball Best Bets: Virginia +11.5 (-110)
Best Available Line: Virginia

Kansas Jayhawks at Texas Longhorns

Speaking of shooting regression, Kansas is yielding the Big 12’s lowest 3-point clip (27.6%). Despite waxing Baylor over the weekend, Scott Drew’s bunch was clearly out of sync offensively.

Enter Texas, which is tallying the conference’s third-highest perimeter scoring rate. The Longhorns are steady in the halfcourt, and — unlike Texas Tech — the Jayhawks don’t possess the length to force takeaways. In turn, Texas should see its fair share of open looks from behind the arc while Kansas won’t be able to thrive in transition.

Plus, the Jayhawks will often face Chris Beard’s no-middle scheme if the Longhorns have success playing at their preferred, slower tempo. That should limit Bill Self’s creativity in generating clean attempts for Ochai Agbaji, along with Texas’ ball pressure producing Kansas’ own turnover issues.

Although the Longhorns haven’t racked up a signature win under Beard, that narrative will be erased in a motivational spot. The value has also increased after the line opened with the Longhorns as a one-point home favorite.

Eli’s College Basketball Best Bets: Texas +1.5 (-110)
Best Available Line: Texas

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Eli Hershkovich is a lead sports betting writer with TheLines and Catena Media, formerly with Audacy and The Action Network. His goal is to provide you with data and information to lead you to winning bets. Eli is an avid college basketball gambler — among many other sports — and still hasn't forgiven Virginia for ruining his 2018-2019 Texas Tech futures.

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