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    College Basketball Best Bets Today March 9 From Matt Youmans

    Matt Youmans shares his favorite college basketball picks for Saturday, March 9.


    College Basketball Best Bets from Matt Youmans

    VSiN betting analyst and host of VSiN Tonight, Matt Youmans, shares his top college basketball picks for today, March 9.

    Kentucky +8 at Tennessee

    A hot-shot transfer from Northern Colorado turned out to be the difference in the SEC title race this season. Dalton Knecht, a 6-6 senior guard, might also be the difference-maker Tennessee needs to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament this month.


    The Volunteers, 24-6 and riding a seven-game winning streak, are a hot topic after clinching the outright conference championship. The media hype is over the top for Tennessee, which is a good bet to be announced as a No. 1 seed on Selection Sunday, March 17. A team known for defense is now well-rounded due to what Knecht brings on the offensive end, where he averages 20.7 points and shoots 40.6% from 3-point range.

    In the betting market, the Vols’ value seems to have peaked. DraftKings opened Tennessee as a 9.5-point home favorite against Kentucky today. If that line looked too high to you, you’re not alone because sharp money moved it to 8 and 7.5 by the morning.

    Three talented scoring guards — Antonio Reeves, Rob Dillingham and Reed Sheppard — lead the attack for the Wildcats, who have topped 100 points four times in conference play. Kentucky (22-8) has won six of its past seven games.

    The Wildcats, 9-point underdogs in a 70-59 win at Auburn on Feb. 17, are 5-1 ATS in six games as ‘dogs this season. As 11-point underdogs in Knoxville last season, Kentucky stunned the Vols, 63-56.

    This is a new-look Tennessee team, of course, and Knecht is the biggest difference. The Vols rank No. 3 in the nation in defensive efficiency, per Kenpom.com, and a much-improved 21st in offensive efficiency — a formula that fits the profile of a Final Four team.

    When these rivals met on February 3, Tennessee rolled to a 103-92 win at Kentucky. Revenge is a factor that should benefit the high-powered Wildcats, who have turned in a few of their most impressive performances in the underdog role.

    College Basketball Best Bet: (661) Kentucky +8.

    My plays in this column went a combined 10-7 ATS the past two Saturdays, and here are four more plays for today (with betting rotation numbers in parenthesis):

    (696) Fresno State (-1.5) over Wyoming
    (728) USC (+8) over Arizona
    (729) UNLV (+6) at Nevada
    (733) Cal State Bakersfield (+7.5) at Hawaii

    Matt Youmans
    Matt Youmans
    Matt Youmans is a Senior Editor of VSiN.com and has been writing for the website and hosting shows on the network since the beginning in January 2017. He currently hosts VSiN Tonight, weeknights from 9 p.m. to midnight ET, in addition to writing weekly handicapping columns.

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