College basketball season is getting closer and closer to its high point with the month of March (Madness) just 30 days away. March, of course, will bring conference tournaments, all kinds of upsets, and pure mayhem. However, before we get too excited about that magical month, let’s enjoy what should be a great group of games on Wednesday night.

Best College Basketball Parlays Today - Wednesday, Jan. 31, 4-Leg Parlay Picks (+1010)

Northwestern vs. No. 2 Purdue Prediction and Pick

Making a pick in this game almost feels like cheating -- or at least getting the free spot on a Bingo card -- but I want to start this parlay off right, so I’m going to jump into it with Northwestern and Purdue. It’s no surprise that No. 2 Purdue is one of the best teams in the nation, because the Boilermakers are led by a 7-foot-4 matchup nightmare in senior center Zach Edey and are loaded with talent throughout their roster. Purdue takes on a Northwestern team that already played spoiler once against the Boilermakers earlier in the season. The Wildcats dealt Purdue its first loss of the season back on Dec. 1, winning 92-88 in overtime. However, lightning won’t strike twice here because Purdue is back for revenge in this game, and this time it will have the home crowd on its side. Northwestern has been impressive in Big Ten play this season and will flirt with covering the spread, which is why I’m going to play it safe here and take Purdue outright.

Leg-1 Parlay Pick: Purdue ML (-1000)
No. 18 Baylor vs. Central Florida Prediction and Pick

This matchup between Baylor and UCF will be a great one Wednesday night, because I see both teams being tough to beat once March arrives. I think Baylor has NCAA Final Four potential, and UCF could certainly play a spoiler role, since it has already done that this season. Baylor has had its ups and downs in 2023-24, but this team features freshmen in guard Ja’Kobe Walter and center Yves Missi, and like any good program with young talent, the Bears had to expect an inevitable adjustment period. Meanwhile, the Central Florida Knights have played pretty well at Addition Financial Arena in Orlando, where they upset No. 3 Kansas on Jan. 10 and took former No. 18 BYU down to the final seconds three days later. Wednesday’s game won’t be a cakewalk for Baylor, because UCF has a talented team. Nevertheless, prior to their current three-game losing streak, the Bears had appeared nearly unbeatable. Baylor is coming out of a tough stretch in its schedule, but two of its three straight losses came in overtime and the third was the result of a buzzer-beater at Texas. The key here is that the rough patch is behind them and the Bears’ losing streak will end on Wednesday night.

Leg-2 Parlay Pick: Baylor ML (-170)

Alabama-Birmingham vs. North Texas Prediction and Pick

Alabama-Birmingham is slowly starting to rise out of the American Athletic Conference and building a potential NCAA Tournament-worthy resume. UAB is coming off an impressive 97-88 upset victory over No. 19 Memphis on Sunday, and the Blazers had two big non-conference wins over Drake and Maryland earlier in the season. This team will face a tough defensive test at North Texas on Wednesday, because the Mean Green are allowing the nation’s fourth fewest points per game this season. That remarkable defense is no fluke, either, because North Texas has shut down good offensive teams this season. The Mean Green held St. John’s to 53 points in a one-point November loss and then held LSU to just 66 points in another close game one day later. In addition, North Texas scored a 70-56 win over Tulane on Jan. 5. However, UAB’s ability to beat Memphis on Sunday was quite impressive, and while I might be too caught up on that one recent performance to make a judgment on this game, I love UAB outright on Wednesday night.

Leg-3 Parlay Pick: Alabama Birmingham ML (+240)
Boise State vs. No. 19 New Mexico Prediction and Pick

The New Mexico Lobos are quickly becoming one of my favorite college basketball teams to watch and wager on this season. They deserve to be, because the Lobos are averaging the nation’s 13th-most points at 84.3 per game and are 6-1 against the spread over their last seven games. New Mexico isn’t just covering spreads, it is burying them. On Wednesday night, the Lobos will face a Boise State that will not only try to ruin New Mexico’s run of success against the spread but also snap the Lobos’ five-game winning streak. However, as has been the case for most Mountain West Conference teams, I don’t think that Boise State is going to be able to keep up with the Lobos when it comes to scoring. New Mexico has the more physical and skilled team with a starting lineup full of NBA players’ family members. Lobos senior guard Jaelen House is the son of former NBA player Eddie House, and he is joined in the backcourt by Jamal Mashburn Jr, whose dad was an NBA All-Star. Meanwhile, Lobos freshman forward JT Toppin is the younger brother of Indiana Pacers forward Obi Toppin. In addition to all their NBA-related names, the Lobos have great talent in senior center Nelly Junior Joseph and sophomore guard Donovan Dent, who both play key roles. Look for New Mexico to continue its winning streak, because this group of kids is going to do something special come March.

Leg-4 Parlay Pick: New Mexico -10.5 (-115)

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