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Top NCAAB Betting Picks of the Week – December 25th, 2023

By Hank Blaine

John Calipari coached Kentucky throws down against the Illinois State Redbirds on Friday to open our Top NCAAB Betting picks of the week. After Illinois State and Kentucky face off on Friday, Gonzaga hosts 2023 NCAA Tournament runner-up San Diego State. Then on Saturday, the best matchup of the week takes place when 12 Creighton heads to Wisconsin to take on 6 Marquette. Which teams get it done this week? Check out college basketball odds, analysis, and free picks for six of this week’s top matchups.

Top NCAAB Betting Picks of the Week (December 25th, 2023)

Illinois State Redbirds vs. Kentucky Wildcats

  • When: Friday, December 29th, 2023, 7:00 PM ET
  • Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
  • TV: SEC Network
  • Radio: WJBC AM 1230 (Illinois State) // 840 AM (Kentucky)
  • Live Stream: SEC Network
  • NCAAB Betting Odds: TBA

No doubt, Kentucky is going to be a massive favorite. Backing the Wildcats may not be the best move, though. The Illinois State Redbirds are 8-4 straight up and 6-4-1 against the spread.

The Redbirds are 5-1 against the spread in their last 6. Kentucky should win for sure, but Illinois State figures to keep any loss to within the number.

NCAAB Betting Pick: Illinois State Redbirds

San Diego State Aztecs vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs

  • When: Friday, December 29th, 2023, 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, WA
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Radio: Sports Diego 760 AM (San Diego State) // 103.5 The Game FM (Gonzaga)
  • Live Stream: ESPN+
  • NCAAB Betting Odds: TBA

Last season’s National Championship runner up has a terrific 10-2 straight up record. But San Diego State isn’t performing well against the spread. The Aztecs have won 3-of-10 ATS.

Gonzaga is 9-3 SU. The Zags have dropped games against Purdue, Connecticut, and Washington. Gonzaga is almost as bad against the spread as SDSU, going 4-7 this season. The Aztecs prevail ATS.

NCAAB Betting Pick: San Diego State Aztecs

Creighton Bluejays vs. Marquette Golden Eagles

  • When: Saturday, December 30th, 2023, 2:00 PM ET
  • Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
  • TV: CBS
  • Radio: 1620 The ZONE AM (Creighton) // 94.5 ESPN FM (Marquette)
  • Live Stream: CBS Sports
  • NCAAB Betting Odds: TBA

Saturday’s top matchup should be a good one. Creighton has lost 2-of-3 straight up, but when the underdog in this hits their three-point shots, few teams can hang with the Bluejays. Creighton is 0-3 against the spread in their last 3, though.

Marquette is 2-4 against the spread in their last 6. The Golden Eagles failed to cover 3 double- digit spreads and lost straight up to Providence a couple of games ago.

The Golden Eagles allow 31.3% from behind the arc. Creighton shoots 37.5%. The Bluejays lost to Villanova in overtime in their last. Expect a Creighton bounce back. Bluejays pull off the upset victory.

NCAAB Betting Pick: Creighton Bluejays

Wichita State Shockers vs. Kansas Jayhawks

  • When: Saturday, December 30th, 2023, 4:00 PM ET
  • Where: T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Radio: KEYN 103.7 FM (Wichita State) // KKSW FM 105.9 (Kansas)
  • Live Stream: ESPN+
  • NCAAB Betting Odds: TBA

The 8-4 Shockers are just 4-6-1 ATS this season. 4 of Wichita’s 6 ATS losses have come in their last 4, a win against Southern Illinois and losses to Missouri, South Dakota State and Kansas State.

The Jayhawks have a single straight-up loss. Kansas, though, is terrible against the spread, going 4-8 ATS overall and losing 5-of-6. The spread victory in the last 6 came against half a point versus Connecticut. Wichita State covers.

NCAAB Betting Pick: Wichita State Shockers

Bryant Bulldogs vs. Ole Miss Rebels

  • When: Sunday, December 31st, 2023, 4:00 PM ET
  • Where: The Sandy and John Black Pavilion at Ole Miss, Oxford, MS
  • TV: SEC Network
  • Radio: Woon 1240 AM (Bryant) // 93.7 FM (Ole Miss)
  • Live Stream: SEC Network
  • NCAAB Betting Odds: TBA

Bryant has found their footing. After 2 straight losses, Byrant has bounced back with victories over Towson and Drexel.

But although Bryant has played well, they face a tough squad in Ole Miss on Sunday. The Rebels are 12-0 straight up. Ole Miss has beaten a couple of quality teams in Memphis and NC State.

Also, even though the Rebels are 6-6 ATS overall, they’ve gone 6-1 ATS in their last 7 and 4-0 ATS in their last 4. Ole Miss takes this.

NCAAB Betting Pick: Ole Miss Rebels

Arizona Wildcats vs. Stanford Cardinal

  • When: Sunday, December 31st, 2023, 4:00 PM ET
  • Where: Maples Pavilion, Stanford, CA
  • TV: PAC-12
  • Radio: 1290 AM KCUB(Arizona) // KZSU 90.1 FM (Stanford)
  • Live Stream: PAC-12 Live
  • NCAAB Betting Odds: TBA

Stanford isn’t a good basketball team, which is why even though this game happens in Norther California on Stanford’s floor, the Arizona Wildcats are the team to back.

U-of-A has won 9 and lost 2. The Cats are also 9-2 ATS. Zona blew a 14-point first half lead against Florida Atlantic to lose in double-overtime in their last recorded game. Expect a massive effort from the Wildcats in an impressive win and cover.

NCAAB Betting Pick: Arizona Wildcats

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