BetQL Editors' College Basketball Picks For Thursday, Dec. 8

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Today's College Basketball Best Bets

There's more college basketball action today, which means even more tough decisions for bettors to go along with NBA, NFL, NHL and college football this week. To help you make the best bets today, the BetQL editors have picked a few of their favorite college basketball bets below using key trends, data and picks from the BetQL model.

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Kate Constable: Iowa -4

There is a huge showdown tonight in Iowa City with the Hawkeyes taking on the Cyclones in the Cy-Hawk series. Iowa is coming off of a bad loss against Duke, but thankfully for the Hawkeyes, Iowa State doesn’t present the same challenges that the Blue Devils did. The Cyclones are a great defensive team, especially when it comes to guarding the perimeter where they are holding opponents to just 26% from deep. That’s not going to matter much tonight, though, because Iowa isn’t a 3-point shooting team. In fact, they’ve only hit 18 3s all season. Iowa State is also great at forcing turnovers. Unfortunately for them, Iowa is the best team in the country at taking care of the basketball.

However, Iowa does most of their damage scoring in the paint and around the rim. That’s an area where the Cyclones struggle to defend. Iowa State also struggles to rebound, which is something that Iowa does well and should be able to take advantage of tonight. So give me Iowa to bounce back and cover at home in a huge rivalry game.

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Dan Karpuc: Iowa State at Iowa Under 138.5
Whether it’s football or basketball, Iowa is the under capital of the world. The under has gone 13-3 combined in games involving these two teams so far this season and per KenPom, Iowa State boasts the 13th-most efficient defense in the country. While Iowa’s Kris Murray (19.4 points, 10.1 rebounds) should be the best player on the court and has the capability of putting up 30 points on any given night, I expect a gritty, physical, low-scoring game between these rivals.

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Brad Pinkerton: Michigan at Minnesota Under 135.5

Michigan wants to push the pace and could certainly help push this total over, but I think Minnesota controls the game and stays in their comfort zone with a slower tempo at home. The Gophers are just 2-6 O/U this season, including 0-4 O/U at home, and this is Michigan's first true road game this season, so don't be surprised if the Wolverines are a little frustrated on offense tonight.

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Lucy Burdge: Colorado State +4 at Colorado
Colorado has failed to cover the spread in four straight games, while Colorado State has covered two of their last three. Colorado is also 1-6 ATS as the favorite, so I like Colorado State to cover as the underdog here.

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