College basketball Saturday parlay at mega +850 odds today 3/9: UConn wraps up regular season in style 

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It’s the penultimate day of college basketball’s regular season, and what a lineup it presents. A whopping 18 ranked teams are taking the court, including 6 in a trio of all-ranked showdowns. That list includes North Carolina vs Duke in a battle between the top 2 squads in the ACC. 
Below is my mega parlay for Saturday, and also be sure to check out all of our NCAAB picks. 

Kansas State ML (+130)  
UConn -9.5 (-114) 
Arizona -9.5 alternate spread (+120) 
NCAAB parlay odds: +850 

For this parlay I am going with 2 favorites against the spread – 1 on an alternate number – and 1 underdog on the money line. Let’s break down each of the 3 legs.

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Kansas State ML over Iowa State (+130)  

This is a rematch of a Jan. 24 battle in Ames which saw the Cyclones pick up a 78-67 win as a 8.5-point favorites. Iowa State has won 3 out of the past 4 games in the series, although it lost the most recent trip to Manhattan on Feb. 18, 2023 last season when in a similar spot – favored by 4 points. The Wildcats made a strong run in the NCAA Tournament last season, but it appears they’re slowly fading from the postseason picture. K-State has dropped 5 of the past 7 games while going just 3-9 straight up in the past 12 outings, and that skid started with the loss in Ames on Jan. 24. However, KSU has won its last 2 games at home, and 3 of the past 4, including wins over BYU and Kansas. Kansas State is a strong play on the money line in a game that head coach Jerome Tang’s team absolutely needs. I see enough value on the ML. 

UConn -9.5 over Providence (-114) 

UConn won by “only” 9 earlier this season when these teams squared off in Storrs. However, the Huskies shot an abysmal 4-for-23 from 3-point range in that contest and they still won with relative ease. It’s hard to envision such a horrid shooting performance this time around. What is sustainable, though, is that UConn won the rebounding battle 43 to 36. The Huskies are 27-3 overall and 17-1 in their last 18 outings. They don’t need to make a statement heading into the conference tournament, but I bet they want to. Count on UConn winning by double-digits.

Arizona -9.5 alternate spread over USC (+120) 

When the Pac-12 schedule was made for the final time, there is no doubt that the conference expected Arizona and USC to be atop the standings and battling for first place on the final weekend. Arizona has held up its end of that bargain, already locking up the conference crown. The Trojans, however, crashed and burned. Riddled by injuries and unable to find the chemistry with a roster of young studs, USC has been living at the bottom of the conference standings all year. This team is finally healthy now, but it is too little, too late. It feels like Arizona has really hit its stride in time for March Madness and won’t want to throw away any momentum. Give me the ‘Cats to win big. 
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