Matt Norlander

College Basketball Expert

Matt Norlander is a national writer for CBS who has covered college basketball since 2007. From award-winning features to weekly game analysis, Norlander covers the sport in myriad ways. Every October he provides the Internet's most thorough ranking of all 351 college basketball teams. He also co-hosts the popular CBS Sports College Basketball Podcast. For Matt Norlander media inquiries, contact SportsLine@cbsinteractive.com.

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UNDER 213.5 UNDER 213.5

Denver 113 @ Portland 112
12/01
DEN 113 @ POR 112
12/01
LOSS
Fri 11/30

The Nuggets have stayed Under in 15 of their 21 games this season (12-9 ATS) and they force the issue even more on the road with eight of their nine away games staying Under. The Nuggets are playing at their best again after an unexplained hiccup when they lost six of seven. They've now won four straight and their last five stayed Under. Under is the play.

Alabama +5.5 BAMA +5.5

Alabama 81 vs Auburn 63
3/09
BAMA 81 vs AUBURN 63
3/09
WIN
Fri 3/9

The Crimson Tide still have a lot to play for, since they're not lock for the tournament. Auburn's a shorthanded team, Collin Sexton is not all Alabama has. The Tide will prove that on Friday.

Virginia -7.5 UVA -7.5

Louisville 58 vs Virginia 75
3/08
LVILLE 58 vs UVA 75
3/08
WIN
Thu 3/8

The Cavs pulled out one of the most miraculous wins of the century last week at Louisville. Now, with more rest and a neutral court and the advantage in coaching, the Wahoos will make simple work of the Cardinals. Louisville will sweat out Selection Sunday.

Oklahoma +8.5 OKLA +8.5

Oklahoma 74 @ Kansas 104
2/19
OKLA 74 @ KANSAS 104
2/19
LOSS
Mon 2/19

Morale for the Sooners has never been lower this season. This is a classic "go against your gut" kind of game. Remember, Kansas has lost three times at home this season and should have been beaten by West Virginia. Trae Young slump-buster game here? Potentially, but don't be surprised if role players step up and Oklahoma threatens to pull the upset.

Cincinnati -6 CINCY -6

Wichita St. 76 @ Cincinnati 72
2/18
WICHST 76 @ CINCY 72
2/18
LOSS
Sat 2/17

The Shockers' top-10 offensive efficiency will face off against Cincinnati's second-ranked defense. The Bearcats have won every home game by double digits this season, most of them by at least 20 points. Wichita State's shaky defense won't be enough. Bearcats win with room to spare.

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