NCAA Basketball Betting Picks: Banker and Parlay – March 7, 2022

By @Joes_Picks

BANKER (Charleston vs. NC Wilmington)

Charleston is a team who I have been hot and cold with cold with this season but I think tonight is a great spot to back them early. Charleston is coming off a very impressive game where they defeated Hofstra as 4 point underdogs and basically led for the entire game and were even up by 22 points at one point. They were in a revenge spot vs Hofstra and now find themselves in another revenge spot here against UNCW. UNCW has been a very solid team and a great surprise in the CAA but one thing they have struggled with all season is starting fast. They have been a very bad 1H team all year and always seem to find their rhythm after halftime in the second half. In the previous matchup with these 2 teams, UNCW probably had their best 1H performance of the season as the scored over 40 points and led by just under double digits. The Charleston offense has been playing great the last few games and I think they will be able to carry momentum over into a strong 1H performance here. The line is also a bit telling in this matchup as UNCW has a better record, is the higher seed, won the last matchup, and yet is an underdog. That’s very telling to me and I think it’s saying that Charleston is the right side tonight so I am rolling with Charleston 1H ML as one of my favorite picks of the night. Score Prediction: 41-35 1H Charleston

Banker: Charleston 1st Half ML at -115 (1.87) at BetUS

2-Team Parlay

St Mary’s always has a solid team out of the WCC but frequently gets overshadowed by the success of Gonzaga but not this year. St Mary’s defeated Gonzaga in impressive fashion a few games ago and is currently ranked in the AP top 25 poll so they are finally getting some respect. In this game they’ll face a Santa Clara team in a revenge spot. Santa Clara has a very solid offense and multiple options that can beat you but I think the St Mary’s defense will play much better this time around and will be able to neutralize their prolific offensive attack. In their last meeting, St Mary’s gave up a total of 77 points which is the most they have given up this seasons I expect a very focused effort on defense tonight from the Gael’s and think they come away with a close, hard fight, low scoring win. Score Prediction: 71-63 St Mary’s

South Dakota St is the darling of the summit conference as they are usually the best team year in and year out. This year is no different as they are the favorite to win the summit tournament again and thy get a favorable matchup vs their in-state rivals. South Dakota had an impressive win over UMKC last night but I just don’t think South Dakota had the offensive firepower to take down the Jackrabbits. South Dakota State has one of the most prolific offenses in the country as they are currently ranked 14th overall in adjusted offensive efficiency, number 1 overall in offensive effective field goal percentage, number 1 in 3-point percentage, and 11th in 2-point percentage. South Dakota has struggled on defense this season as they are currently ranked 255th in overall adjusted defensive efficiency, 273rd in effective field goal percentage defense, 298th in 3-point percentage defense, and 230th in 2-point defense. South Dakota State just has too much offensive firepower and too many weapons on that side of the ball for South Dakota to keep up. I don’t know if they cover the -9 spread but I think South Dakota st comes away with a solid win here and advances to the next round. Score Prediction: 82-74 South Dakota St

Parlay: St Mary’s ML/South Dakota St ML -109 (1.92) at BetUS

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