College basketball best bets for Saturday, 2/24: Wake Forest picks up a signature win

The college basketball season is in full swing and Saturday brings us another terrific slate of games, as we’ve got high-profile matchups between AP Top 25 teams and showdowns between top conference foes from the blue bloods to the mid-majors. In all, Saturday should be filled with nonstop action and marquee games from Noon until deep into the night on the east coast.

While the college hoops market is as sharp as its ever been, there are still a few good value bets of which to take advantage of. Let's take a look at my best bets for these games on Saturday, but make sure you also check out our college basketball picks for the biggest games of the day.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons -1 over Duke Blue Devils (-110)

We’ve arrived at the time of year where teams on the NCAA Tournament bubble are desperately searching for a signature win. That’s exactly the situation that Wake Forest finds itself in as it hopes to punch its ticket to the Big Dance with a marquee victory over the first place Duke Blue Devils. On the surface, there isn’t much reason to fade Duke at the moment, as the Blue Devils are in the midst of a 5-game winning streak and are coming off back-to-back road victories over Florida State and Miami. However, the Demon Deacons boast a perfect 14-0 record at home this season and are quietly up to 20th in KenPom, sitting inside the top 30 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.

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