NCAA Basketball Betting Picks: Banker and Parlay – February 9, 2022

By @Joes_Picks

BANKER (Bellarmine vs. North Florida)

Bellarmine is a solid team out of the Atlantic Sun conference who runs very efficient offense very time down the floor. Bellarmine also takes very good care of the ball as they are ranked 39th in the nation in lowest offensive turnover percentage. They are also ranked 124th in adjusted offensive efficiency, 82nd in offensive effective field goal percentage, and 30th in 2-point percentage which are all very solid numbers for a lowly mid major like Bellarmine. In this matchup, they will be taking on a North Florida team who has really struggled on defense this year. North Florida is currently ranked 252nd in overall adjusted defensive efficiency, 200th in defensive effective field goal percentage, and they are dead last in the nation in defensive rebounding percentage, so they allow a ton of 2nd chance opportunities to their opponents.

UNF has also struggled on the offensive side of the ball as well as they are 265th in adjusted offensive efficiency, 346th in offensive turnover rate, and 290th in 2-point percentage so they struggle to take care of the ball and don’t really shoot it that well from any position on the court. Bellarmine also played a tough non-conference schedule this year which I think will have them prepared to go on the road and grab a win here. Bellarmine played the 4th hardest non-conference schedule in the nation and will be facing a UNF team who has struggled at home as of late. UNF is only 1-4 in their last 5 home games and Bellarmine is 4-1 in their last 5 away games, so Bellarmine has been playing much more confident on the road as well. Bottom line for me in this game is that bellarmine takes care of the ball and runs a much more efficient offense and should be able to get a much higher quality of shot every time down the floor compared to UNF. With that being said, I am rolling with Bellarmine -1 at -110 in this A-sun matchup. Score Prediction: 78-74 Bellarmine 

Banker: Play: Bellarmine -1 at -110 (1.91) at BetUS

2-Team Parlay

Oakland is one of the better teams out of the Horizon conference this year and has a chance to make the NCAA tournament as the horizon winner, but they have been struggling as of late. Oakland has dropped their last 2 games, both on the road, to Northern Kentucky and then Wright State. They have bounced back from losses well this season as they have yet to lose 3 games in a row on the year and think this is the perfect get right spot for them. Oakland takes on Youngstown St team who has really struggled on the defensive end this year as they are ranked 286th in adjusted defensive efficiency, 260th in 3-point percentage defense, and 268th in defensive turnover rate. One thing that Oakland does well is draw fouls and get to the free throw line. They are currently first in the horizon conference in foul rate drawn and they are also 1st in the conference in free throw shooting as a team. I think they will be able to use their toughness inside to get to the line, knock down shots, and grab a much-needed road win here. Score Prediction: 75-67 Oakland.  

Campbell is a team out of the Big South conference who runs very efficient offense but plays at a slow and methodical pace. They are ranked 352nd in the nation in adjusted tempo so they play at a very slow pace, and It is tough to speed them up. Campbell is also a very good offensive team as they rank 34th in offensive effective field goal percentage, 36th in lowest offensive turnover rate, 32nd in 2-point percentage, and 79th in 3-point percentage. They face a Gardner Webb team who has struggled against the better teams in the conference as they lost to Longwood, Winthrop, and USC upstate. Campbell at times can struggle defensively but Gardner Webb is not a good offensive team and think they will struggle here on the road. I see Campbell being able to knock down shots as they usually do and being able to get enough stops to come away with a solid home win. Score Prediction: 69-62 Campbell.  

Parlay: Oakland ML/Campbell ML at +200 (3.0) at BetUS 

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