NCAA Men's Basketball: Analysis, Spreads and Predictions

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IFebruary 15, 2011

CHAMPAIGN, IL - JANUARY 22: Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes signals for a timeout after stealing the ball late in the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Assembly Hall on January 22, 2011 in Champaign, Illinois. Ohio State won 73-68. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Mississippi State (13-11, 5-5 SEC) vs. No. 22 Kentucky (17-7, 5-5 SEC)

The Wildcats are coming off of another tough loss (their third loss this month of four points or less). The last loss was against No. 24 Vanderbilt, who grabbed the victory at home.

Brandon Knight and Kentucky will look to snatch their second win in February as they take on Mississippi State. 

The Bulldogs are currently 2-2 in the month of February, with victories against LSU and Arkansas. Their most recent battle was against Auburn, in which they fell short by three points. 

SBG Spread: Mississippi State is +17.5

Prediction: The way the Wildcats have played as of late, they should be able to dominate this matchup and cover the college basketball betting spread.


Wake Forest (8-17, 1-9 ACC) vs. No. 19 North Carolina (18-6, 8-2 ACC)

North Carolina holds a record of 9-2 during the last two months, with losses to Georgia Tech and No. 5 Duke.

The Tar Heels are 13-3 at home this basketball betting season and will face off against an 8-17 Wake Forest squad tonight.

The Demon Deacons have now lost four straight games and will have a tough assignment against North Carolina.

Spread: Wake Forest is +22.5

Prediction: North Carolina will have no problem demolishing Wake Forest tonight, take the spread for the Tar Heels.


Michigan State (14-10, 6-6 Big Ten) vs. No. 3 Ohio State (24-1, 11-1 Big Ten)

Ohio State lost its first game of the season last Saturday against the Wisconsin Badgers.

The Buckeyes enter this game ranked No. 3 in the nation and third overall in field-goal percentage (shooting .497 from the field).

Freshman Jared Sullinger is projected to be the top overall pick in the NBA Draft this year and is leading his team in scoring, averaging 18.0 PPG and 10.3 RPG on 56.9 percent shooting from the field.

The Buckeyes have three others players that average at least 11 PPG and average 77.4 points per contest—good enough for 25th best in the nation.

Sportsbook Spread: Michigan State is +12.5

Prediction: After coming off their first loss of the season, you can expect Ohio State to come out strong. Take the Buckeyes with the spread.