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College Basketball Best Bets: Three Favorite Picks for Thursday, November 24

It's a Thanksgiving Day in which the NFL will steal the headlines, but we're still at it with our college basketball best bets for Thursday. 

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College Basketball Best Bets for Thursday, November 24

Florida Gators vs. Xavier Musketeers - 5:30PM ET

Florida already has a pretty bad loss on its resume, as the Gators were unable to beat Florida Atlantic two games ago. This team will, however, take some time to really get going, as it has a new head coach and new starting point guard. But we believe in Todd Golden and feel he'll right the ship rather quickly. And the Gators have to like the way they match up against the Musketeers. 

In Colin Castleton, Florida has a very good big man that can hold his own — and probably outplay — both Jack Nunge and Zach Freemantle. It's also hard not to like Florida to win the battle in the backcourt here. Colby Jones is a very good all-around player, but Kyle Lofton is going to hit his stride for the Gators soon. Last year, Lofton averaged 12.8 points, 5.9 assists. 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game for a very good St. Bonaventure's team. It has been a slow start for Lofton thus far, but he gets up for games like these and we think he'll lead Florida to an outright win here. 

In his career as a head coach, Golden also happens to be 6-4 straight-up and 6-3-1 against the spread. 

BET: Florida +1.5 (-110) at DraftKings Sportsbook


🏀 Florida vs. Xavier Predictions
📈 Betting preview: Florida vs. Xavier

Purdue Boilermakers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - 10:00PM ET

West Virginia is off to a good start to the season, but this will be the team's first true test. Convincing wins over Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania are nice, but can the Mountaineers take it to the Boilermakers? We think so. 

It's never easy betting against a Purdue team that is consistently excellent, but the Boilermakers are a bit weak for their standards this year. Meanwhile, the Mountaineers have a very well-rounded starting five and have a roster that is pretty deep with contributors.

West Virginia also happens to look like a classic Bob Huggins team that can scrap away on both ends of the floor. It's also hard to ignore that the Mountaineers are 14-4 ATS after allowing 60 or fewer points in three games in a row since Huggins took over. West Virginia has won those games by an average of 14.0 points per game. 

BET: West Virginia +2.5 (-110) at DraftKings Sportsbook


🏀 Purdue vs. West Virginia Predictions
📈 Betting preview: Purdue vs. West Virginia

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Michigan State Spartans - 10:30PM ET

Michigan State is another team that isn't quite living up to the name of its head coach. The Spartans look like an above-average group, but far from the elite teams that Tom Izzo has fielded in the past.

Michigan State also happens to be without Malik Hall and Jaden Akins (doubtful) right now. Those are two huge blows to the Spartans rotation, but they're especially harmful against a Crimson Tide team that plays at one of the fastest paces in college basketball. More minutes for Michigan State's key players could mean tired legs down the stretch. 

Alabama also happens to be 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS after allowing 65 or less points in back-to-back games. The Tide also have the best player on the court in this one, which is a massive luxury in big games. Brandon Miller is averaging 20.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game this year and he has looked unstoppable early in the season. He should lead Alabama to a big win here. 

BET: Alabama -3.5 (-110) at DraftKings Sportsbook

Best College Basketball Parlay Today

There are numerous different ways you can wager on College Basketball games in 2022, such as the moneyline, spread, total, player and team props, and, of course, parlays. While we normally suggest taking our picks on their own, we also really love parlays! With that said, check out the fat payout you can get by throwing all of our best bets together tonight. 

🔥 Florida +1.5
🔥 West Virginia +2.5
🔥 Alabama -3.5 


*All odds and lines correct at time of publishing

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