College basketball is littered with important conference games all day long, but if you're betting, look no further than this trio of games right here. These three spreads are so close, it's like picking straight up. I wish it were always this easy...
Ohio State @ Wisconsin(-1):Take Wisconsin- Only at the Kohl Center would the only undefeated team in the nation come in as an underdog. Here's why. The Badgers score over 75 PPG at home, six points more than their overall scoring average. This game won't be about offensive stats though, this one will be won on the defensive end where the the Badgers boast the top defense in the league holding opponents to just 56 PPG. Don' t be shocked if 61 points wins this game, and if it does, I like the Badgers.
Kentucky @ Vanderbilt(-1):Take Vanderbilt- Losers of four of their last five away from Rupp Arena, Kentucky has proven to be a poor pick on the road. The key to this game may be the big African in the middle, Festus Ezeli. In four of Vandy's six losses, Ezeli didn't reach double figures. When he's ballin', the Commodores are at their best. Lately, the Wildcats can't take care of the basketball, coughing it up 45 times in their last three games. Go with the home team in this one.
Pittsburgh @ Villanova(-3):Take Pittsburgh- We're jumping in with a late change here after the Twitterverse revealed that Villanova's second leading scorer and top long range threat, Corey Stokes, will not play tonight. Simply put, a Pittsburgh team without Ashton Gibbs is better than a Villanova team without Stokes. Look for athletic wing Gilbert Brown to bounce back from a relatively quiet last three games and step up in Gibbs' absence. Also, the Pitt defense can now key in on Fisher knowing that Stokes won't be spotting up. Take the Panthers on the road!