College Basketball Best Bets for Saturday, December 18th 2021

There have been a number of college football games canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 concerns for Saturday, but there are still plenty of games on the schedule. College basketball betting is really starting to heat up now that it’s almost time for conference season.

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With this in mind, here are five of the best against the spread college basketball picks for Saturday.

Gonzaga Bulldogs at Texas Tech Red Raiders

Gonzaga vs. Texas Tech Picks

Best Bet: Gonzaga -8

Gonzaga and Texas are set to meet up in Phoenix, Arizona, and this is going to be a contrast of styles. The Bulldogs love to get up and down the court and score, while Texas Tech wants to win games with defense.

The Red Raiders have picked up some impressive wins of late, but they have also had trouble scoring. It takes a great offensive effort to keep up with Gonzaga, and Texas Tech just doesn’t have enough offense.

Take Gonzaga -8.0 as they cruise to another big win over a solid Texas Tech squad.


North Carolina Tar Heels at Kentucky Wildcats

North Carolina vs. Kentucky Picks

Best Bet: Kentucky -2

Kentucky and North Carolina were not supposed to play this weekend but will meet up thanks to some COVID-19 issues. Both of these teams clearly have a ton of talent, but Kentucky has been the much better defensive team this season.

North Carolina has to do much of their scoring inside, and they are facing a Kentucky team with a ton of size. The Tar Heels are going to struggle to score points in this game, and it could ultimately get away from them in the second half.

Kentucky wins this game by three points, at least.


Auburn Tigers at Saint Louis Billikens

Auburn vs. Saint Louis Picks

Best Bet: Auburn -6

The Auburn Tigers travel to St. Louis, Missouri, for an intriguing matchup with the Billikens. Both of these teams are scoring right around 83 points per game, and this could be a high-scoring affair on Saturday night.

St. Louis has the talent to score against Auburn, but getting stops is going to be the biggest challenge. The Billikens are going to struggle in that department as Auburn is going to take control of this one late.

This is going to be tight, but taking Auburn -6.0 is the right move.


Baylor Bears at Oregon Ducks

Baylor vs. Oregon Picks

Best Bet: Baylor -7

The final game to focus on takes place late Saturday night as Oregon hosts the Baylor Bears. Baylor is now the number one ranked team in the polls, and the Bears have been blowing out some terrific teams this season.

The Bears have been winning games by an average of 27 points per night, and it hasn’t mattered where the games have been played. Oregon has been a bit inconsistent this season, and the Ducks are going to struggle to get stops in this one.

Baylor will break this game open in the second half and easily cover the seven-point spread.

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