NCAAB News and Notes Saturday 12/20

NCAAB News and Notes Saturday 12/20

Saturday's Tip Sheet
By Brian Edwards

Bettors have four bowl games to wager on in college football Saturday, but that’s certainly not all that’s on the agenda. Gamblers also have the best card of college hoops that we’ve seen all year, including enticing matchups like Xavier-Duke, UConn-Gonzaga and Davidson-Purdue. Let’s take a look at those contests and more.

**Xavier vs. Duke**

--These teams will square off in East Rutherford, NJ. Las Vegas Sports Consultants opened Duke (9-1 straight up, 5-4 against the spread) as an eight-point favorite.

--Xavier (9-0 SU, 4-4 ATS) is undefeated to date and not because of a cupcake schedule. The Muskateers already have quality wins over teams like Va. Tech, Missouri, Memphis and Cincinnati. We should also mention that all four of those victories were away from home with three coming on neutral courts.

--Sean Miller’s squad is coming off a 76-66 win at Cincinnati last Saturday. The Muskateers easily hooked up their backers as two-point road favorites. Derek Brown had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners, while C.J. Anderson finished with 17 points and 11 boards.

--Duke’s only loss of the season came on Dec. 6 when Michigan captured an 81-73 win as a 9 ½-point home underdog. Since then, the Blue Devils have played just once while taking final exams. They were back in action Monday, collecting a 99-56 home win over UNC-Asheville in a non-lined affair.

--Duke has four players scoring in double figures led by sophomore forward Kyle Singler, who averages 16.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Junior guard Jon Scheyer is scoring at a 13.3 PPG clip.

--Xavier has only been an underdog once this season, beating Memphis 63-58 as a five-point ‘dog. As for Duke, it has only been a single-digit favorite once in the aforementioned loss to Michigan. The Blue Devils have been double-digit favorites in every other game except one, a 76-60 win over Purdue as two-point ‘dogs.

--The ‘over’ has hit in three consecutive games for the Muskateers. Meanwhile, Duke has seen the ‘under’ go 5-4 overall.

--Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Eastern on CBS.
   
**Connecticut vs. Gonzaga**

--LVSC opened Gonzaga (8-1 SU, 5-2 ATS) as a two-point favorite for this contest that’ll be played at Key Arena in Seattle.

--UConn (9-0 SU, 2-2 ATS) has been beating up on cupcake foes for the most part this year, but we should mention victories over Wisconsin (76-57) and Miami (76-63) on a neutral floor in the Virgin Islands.

--Mark Few’s team suffered its first loss of the season last Sunday in Phoenix, where Arizona won 69-64 in a mild upset. Gonzaga took the outright defeat as a six-point favorite. The Bulldogs bounced back Tuesday by blasting Texas Southern 84-42 in a non-lined matchup.

--Few probably has his deepest and most talented team, and we’re talking about a program that has been to 10 consecutive NCAA Tournaments. Six players are averaging at least 8.9 points per game.

--Senior guard Jeremy Pargo is the heart and soul of Gonzaga’s squad. He averages 8.9 PPG and is dishing out a team-high 7.6 assists per game. Senior center Josh Heytvelt has been steady all year, scoring a team-high 15.7 PPG and also pulling down 6.2 RPG.

--UConn is led by junior center Hasheem Thabeet, who is averaging 14.9 points and 12.1 rebounds per game. Thabeet is one of the country’s premier shot blockers, rejecting 3.8 shots per game.

--These teams have met three times since an epic battle in the Elite Eight of the 1999 NCAA Tournament, when UConn beat Gonzaga 67-62 en route to winning the national championship. However, Casey Calvary and Co. covered the spread as 10 ½-point underdogs. The schools have split a pair of meetings since then, but Gonzaga has taken the cash both times. The Bulldogs won an 85-82 decision last year as 5 ½-point underdogs in a game played in Boston. Back in 2005 at the Maui Classic, UConn won by a 65-63 count as a five-point ‘chalk.’

--The ‘under’ is 6-1 overall for Gonzaga, while totals have been a wash in UConn’s four lined games.

**Syracuse at Memphis**

--LVSC opened Memphis (6-2 SU, 4-4 ATS) as an eight-point favorite.

--If you were surprised to see Syracuse (10-1 SU, 3-5 ATS) as such a healthy underdog, keep in mind that junior guard Eric Devendorf will not play after being suspended indefinitely by the school for an incident with a female last month. Devendorf, who went down early last year with a season-ending knee injury, was playing extremely well, averaging 13.9 points and 3.4 assists per game.

--John Calipari’s team has a pair of losses to date. The Tigers dropped a heartbreaker at Georgetown last week, losing 79-70 in overtime. They failed to cover the number as six-point ‘dogs when the Hoyas banked home a meaningless buzzer beater. The other loss for Calipari and Co. came earlier in the season to Xavier.

--Sophomore guard Jonny Flynn leads the ‘Cuse in scoring, averaging 17.5 points and 4.8 assists per game. Freshman guard Tyreke Evans leads Memphis in scoring, pouring in 16.1 PPG.

--The ‘over’ is 5-3 overall for the Orange, 4-4 for the Tigers.

--ESPN will provide television coverage at 6:00 p.m. Eastern.

**B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**

--Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy didn’t have a good week in Cincinnati. For starters, he was arrested after an incident between he and his staff and a couple of cab drivers. It doesn’t sound as if Kennedy and his crew were in the wrong. Even worse than the arrest was a knee injury suffered by sophomore guard Chris Warren in the waning moments of a 76-63 loss to Louisville. Warren had an MRI on Friday and results were not yet known. Warren is the SEC’s third-leading scorer with a 19.8 PPG average. CBSports.com's Gary Parrish reported Friday that the Ole Miss doctor has "no doubt" that Warren's ACL is torn, meaning he would become the third Rebel player to go down for the season.

--Parrish also filed this report about Kennedy on Friday.

--Davidson and Purdue will collide at 4:00 p.m. Eastern in a much-anticipated showdown on CBS.

--Bettors looking for late-night action Saturday can wager on VCU’s trip to Norman. The Sooners opened as 13-point home favorites. ESPN2 will have the telecast at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.

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(6) Duke (9-1, 5-4 ATS) vs. (7) Xavier (9-0, 4-4 ATS) (at East Rutherford, N.J.)

The Izod Center in East Rutherford hosts a clash of Top 10 programs, as Xavier puts its unbeaten season on the line against Duke.

The Musketeers remained perfect with last Saturday’s 76-66 rout of rival Cincinnati, cashing as a 2½-point road favorite. Xavier is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in road/neutral-site games this season, and the Musketeers are allowing opponents to make just 35.7 percent of their shots, which is the 12th best field-goal defense in the nation.

Duke bounced back from its first loss – a shocking 81-73 defeat at Michigan as a 10-point road favorite two weeks ago – with Wednesday’s 99-56 rout of North Carolina-Asheville in a non-lined home game. The Blue Devils are 3-1 SU and ATS on the road, and eight of their nine their wins have come by double digits. Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s squad ranks 11th in the nation in scoring at 83.4 points per game.

These teams last met in the Elite Eight of the 2004 NCAA Tournament, with Duke eking out a 66-63 victory, but the Musketeers cashed as a 6½-point underdog.

The Blue Devils have failed to cash in five straight games on Saturday and nine of their last 13 at neutral venues. Meanwhile, Xavier is on ATS runs of 28-9 at neutral sites and 4-1 against winning teams, but they’ve failed to cover in eight of their last 11 on Saturday.

For Duke, the under is on runs of 11-4 overall (all in non-conference play), 8-1 at neutral sites, 4-1 versus Atlantic 10 foes and 6-1 coming off a victory of more than 20 points. Conversely, the Musketeers are on over stretches of 3-0 overall, 12-5 in non-conference action, 4-1 on Saturday and 5-2 after a spread-cover.

ATS ADVANTAGE: XAVIER


(19) Michigan State (7-2, 3-4 ATS) vs. (5) Texas (9-1, 4-3 ATS) (at Houston)

Texas takes its six-game winning streak east to Houston for a non-conference clash with Michigan State at the Toyota Center.

Since knocking off then-No. 15 Villanova 67-58 as a two-point favorite at Madison Square Garden in New York, the Longhorns have slept-walked to victories over Division II foes Southwest Texas State (81-73) and Texas Southern (88-72) in non-lined home games. Texas has scored at least 67 points in all 10 of its games and is outscoring visitors by an average of 17 points per game (76-59).

Michigan State has ripped off three consecutive blowout home victories since an embarrassing loss to top-ranked North Carolina, crushing Bradley 75-59 as a 15-point home favorite, Alcorn State 118-60 in a non-lined game and The Citadel 79-65 as a 28-point home chalk, the latter contest played on Wednesday. The Spartans are 3-1 away from home, but 1-2 ATS.

These teams met each of the last two years, with Michigan State going 2-0 SU and ATS, winning 78-72 as a 4½-point road underdog in 2006 and 78-72 as a four-point home chalk in 2007. The SU winner is 4-0 ATS in the last four head-to-head battles going back to 1999.

The Spartans are on ATS upticks of 4-0 versus the Big 12 and 4-1 after a non-cover, but they’re 0-5 ATS in their last five after a SU victory and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games on Saturday. Meanwhile, Texas is 6-1 ATS in its last seven on Saturday, but 1-4 ATS in its last five against the Big Ten.

The over is 7-1 in Michigan’ State’s last eight games against Big 12 foes and 7-3 in Texas’ last 10 after a SU win.

ATS ADVANTAGE: NONE


(9) Louisville (6-1, 4-2 ATS) vs. Minnesota (9-0, 4-2 ATS) (at Glendale, Ariz.)

Minnesota puts its unbeaten record on the line at University of Phoenix Stadium when it faces its first Top 25 opponent this year in ninth-ranked Louisville.

The Golden Gophers have rolled to five straight double-digit wins, going 3-0 ATS in lined contests during this stretch. They’ve been idle since Dec. 10, when they pounded South Dakota State 74-60 in a non-lined home game. Tubby Smith’s squad has played just once away from Minneapolis this year, and they eked out a 72-71 victory at Colorado State, pushing as a one-point road favorite.

The Cardinals faced Ole Miss in a neutral-site game in Cincinnati on Thursday, struggling to a 77-68 win but coming up short as a 16-point favorite. Since suffering a stunning 14-point loss to Western Kentucky on Nov. 13, Rick Pitino’s troops have won five in a row (2-1 ATS) by an average margin of 25 ppg.

Louisville’s defense has been tremendous to this point, ranking 22nd in the nation in points allowed (57.6 ppg), 11th in field-goal defense (35.8 percent) and second in three-point defense (24.5 percent). Meanwhile, Minnesota is giving up 62.1 ppg on 39.2 percent shooting (32.7 percent from three-point range). However, the Gophers make 49 percent of their shots (73.6 ppg), while Louisville connects at a 44.5 percent rate (79.6 ppg)

The Golden Gophers are 1-7 ATS in their last eight neutral-site games, while Louisville is 0-4 ATS in its last four against the Big Ten, but 21-9-1 ATS in its last 31 overall and 6-2 ATS in its last eight on Saturday.

For Minnesota, the under is on streaks of 16-5 overall in lined games, 37-14 on Saturdays, 5-2 in non-conference play, 4-0 at neutral sites and 8-2 after a SU win. Also, Louisville is on under stretches of 6-1 overall, 4-1-1 at neutral venues, 35-17-1 in non-conference games and 5-0 after a non-cover.

ATS ADVANTAGE: LOUISVILLE and UNDER


(22) Davidson (8-1, 4-3 ATS) vs. (13) Purdue (8-2, 4-4 ATS) (at Indianapolis)

Player-of-the-Year candidate Stephen Curry takes his sharp-shooting act to Conseco Fieldhouse as he leads Davidson in a Top 25 non-conference clash against Purdue.

Davidson has been involved in three consecutive nail-biters, but won them all, including last Saturday’s 100-95 victory over Chattanooga, falling way short as a 23-point home favorite. Curry went 11-for-22 from the field (5-for-11 from 3-point range) and finished with 41 points, the third time this season he’s netted more than 40. Curry leads the nation in scoring at 32 points per game, despite the fact he was held scoreless once this season.

Purdue also has been off since last Saturday, when it pounded Indiana State 76-62, coming up short as a 25-point home favorite. Since consecutive losses to ranked foes Oklahoma (87-82 in overtime in New York) and Duke (76-60 at home), the Boilermakers have won three in a row by margins of 48, 29 and 24 points, going 1-1 ATS in lined games. Purdue has followed up an 18-4-1 ATS run by going 1-4 ATS in its last five lined outings.

With Curry leading the way, Davidson ranks seventh in the nation in scoring at 86.1 ppg, while making 44.8 percent of its shots. However, the Boilermakers are allowing just 57 ppg on 34.7 percent shooting, figures that rank 17th and fifth in the nation, respectively.

Davidson, which has alternated spread-covers in its last six games, is on a bunch of positive ATS runs, including: 48-22-1 overall, 44-18 away from home, 11-2 in non-conference play, 4-0 against the Big Ten, 46-19-1 after a SU win and 40-19-2 on Saturdays. On the flip side, in addition to its 1-4 ATS rut overall, Purdue is in pointspread funks of 0-4 at home and 1-4 against winning teams, but the Boilers have cashed in seven of their last nine on Saturdays.

The over is 5-1 in Davidson’s last six road games, but the under is 4-1 in its last five oveall and 7-2 in its last nine on Saturdays.

ATS ADVANTAGE: DAVIDSON


(2) Connecticut (9-0, 3-2 ATS) vs. (8) Gonzaga (7-1, 5-2 ATS) (at Seattle)

Less than a week after its perfect season came to an end, Gonzaga will attempt to hand second-ranked UConn its first setback as the Bulldogs make the short trip from Spokane to Seattle for what is technically a neutral-site contest at Key Arena.

Gonzaga, playing its sixth straight game on a road or neutral court, went to Arizona as a six-point road chalk Sunday but fell 69-64. It marked the first time all year that the Bulldogs failed to score at least 70 points, and was just the third time they had given up more than 59. However, Mark Few’s team bounced back from the Arizona loss with Thursday’s 84-42 home rout of Texas Southern in a non-lined contest.

As usual, UConn has fattened up on cupcakes early in the season, including four straight wins over the likes of Bryant (88-58), Delaware State (79-49), Buffalo (68-64) and Stony Brook (91-57). Only the Buffalo victory was on the betting board, and the Huskies failed to cash as a 15-point road favorite in that one.

Gonzaga played UConn on a neutral court in Boston last December and came away with an 85-82 victory, covering as a 5½-point underdog. The Bulldogs are 3-0 ATS in three meetings against the Huskies since 1999, all as an underdog.

For the season, Gonzaga is averaging 78 points per game on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 57.7 ppg on 35.2 percent shooting, the latter number good for ninth-best in the country. Meanwhile, UConn is 15th in the nation in scoring (83 ppg) and seventh in field-goal percentage (51.1), and Jim Calhoun’s troops give up just 60 ppg on 37.1 percent shooting.

UConn is 9-3-1 ATS in its last 13 games against winning teams and 5-2 ATS in its last seven on Saturday, but otherwise the Huskies are in pointspread dips of 5-13 in lined non-conference games, 4-17 at neutral sites, 1-4 against the West Coast Conference and 0-6 when coming off a victory of more than 20 points.

Gonzaga is on ATS tears of 5-2 overall (all in non-conference), 21-7 on Saturdays, 4-0 against the Big East and 6-2 after a win of more than 20 points.

The Huskies are on “over” stretches of 8-2 overall in lined contests, 13-3 at neutral sites and 5-1 after a SU win. The over is also 20-6 in Gonzaga’s last 26 games on Saturday, but otherwise the Zags are on “under” spurts of 6-1 overall and 4-0 at neutral venues.

ATS ADVANTAGE:  GONZAGA and OVER


(11) Syracuse (10-1, 3-5 ATS) at (23) Memphis (6-2, 4-4 ATS)

Syracuse looks for its third victory of the season against a ranked opponent when it heads to the FedEx Forum in Memphis for a battle with the Tigers.

The Orange opened the season with nine straight wins, including back-to-back victories over 18th-ranked Florida (89-83) and 22nd-ranked Kansas (89-81). However, their unbeaten season ended in brutal buzzer-beating fashion Monday, as Cleveland State hit a 60-foot shot as time expired to steal a 72-69 win at the Carrier Dome as a 10½-point road underdog. Jim Boeheim’s squad rebounded from that setback with Wednesday’s 82-60 rout of Canisius, but failed to cover as a 23-point home favorite, dropping to 1-4 ATS in its last five lined games.

Memphis also bounced back from a tough loss on Wednesday, downing Arkansas-Little Rock 59-51 at home but coming nowhere close to covering the 22-point spread. Last Saturday, the Tigers went to Georgetown and took the 19th-ranked Hoyas to overtime before falling 79-70 as a six-point road underdog.

These teams last met at Madison Square Garden in November 2004, with the Orange rolling to a 77-62 victory as a 2½-point favorite. Two years earlier, Memphis beat Syracuse 70-63 as a 4½-point home ‘dog.

Syracuse has scored at least 69 points in every game this year, producing 79 or more eight times, and the Orange rank 20th in scoring offense (82 ppg) and 17th in field-goal offense (49.7 ppg). Meanwhile, the Tigers have scored 80 points or more five times, but have also been held to 58 and 59 points in two of their contests. John Calipari’s squad is netting 78 ppg on just 42.1 percent shooting, including a woeful 27.3 percent from 3-point land.

Syracuse is 4-1 ATS in its last five on Saturday, but 0-8 ATS in its last eight following a victory of more than 20 points. Meanwhile, Memphis 4-1 ATS in its last five on Saturday, but 1-4 ATS in its last five against teams with a winning record.

The over is on streaks of 4-1 for Syracuse on Saturday, 5-2 for Syracuse following a victory, 5-1 for Memphis on Saturday and 8-0 for Memphis when facing Big East opponents.

ATS ADVANTAGE: OVER

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MIAMI OHIO (6 - 3) at W VIRGINIA (7 - 2) - 12/20/2008, 12:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
W VIRGINIA is 72-46 ATS (+21.4 Units) in non-conference games since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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TEMPLE (5 - 3) at KANSAS (7 - 2) - 12/20/2008, 2:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
KANSAS is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) in all home games over the last 2 seasons.
KANSAS is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) in home lined games over the last 2 seasons.
KANSAS is 16-7 ATS (+8.3 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
KANSAS is 16-7 ATS (+8.3 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
TEMPLE is 26-14 ATS (+10.6 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
TEMPLE is 26-14 ATS (+10.6 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
TEMPLE is 18-6 ATS (+11.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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N CAROLINA (10 - 0) vs. VALPARAISO (3 - 6) - 12/20/2008, 2:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
N CAROLINA is 27-15 ATS (+10.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
N CAROLINA is 27-15 ATS (+10.5 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
N CAROLINA is 26-15 ATS (+9.5 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
N CAROLINA is 12-2 ATS (+9.8 Units) in December games over the last 3 seasons.
N CAROLINA is 19-7 ATS (+11.3 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
N CAROLINA is 19-6 ATS (+12.4 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
N CAROLINA is 21-11 ATS (+8.9 Units) after scoring 80 points or more over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
N CAROLINA is 1-0 against the spread versus VALPARAISO over the last 3 seasons
N CAROLINA is 1-0 straight up against VALPARAISO over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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MICHIGAN ST (7 - 2) vs. TEXAS (9 - 1) - 12/20/2008, 2:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
MICHIGAN ST is 2-0 against the spread versus TEXAS over the last 3 seasons
MICHIGAN ST is 2-0 straight up against TEXAS over the last 3 seasons
1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NEW MEXICO (7 - 4) at TEXAS TECH (7 - 3) - 12/20/2008, 1:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEW MEXICO is 27-14 ATS (+11.6 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
NEW MEXICO is 27-14 ATS (+11.6 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW MEXICO is 2-0 against the spread versus TEXAS TECH over the last 3 seasons
TEXAS TECH is 1-1 straight up against NEW MEXICO over the last 3 seasons
1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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LASALLE (5 - 4) at CORNELL (4 - 5) - 12/20/2008, 2:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
CORNELL is 8-0 ATS (+8.0 Units) after scoring 60 points or less over the last 3 seasons.
LASALLE is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
LASALLE is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road lined games over the last 2 seasons.
LASALLE is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in road games on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.
LASALLE is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) in road games after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
LASALLE is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in road games in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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TROY (3 - 6) at UAB (6 - 3) - 12/20/2008, 2:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
TROY is 10-19 ATS (-10.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
TROY is 10-19 ATS (-10.9 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
UAB is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in home games on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
UAB is 1-0 against the spread versus TROY over the last 3 seasons
UAB is 1-0 straight up against TROY over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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MINNESOTA (9 - 0) vs. LOUISVILLE (7 - 1) - 12/20/2008, 2:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LOUISVILLE is 18-35 ATS (-20.5 Units) in all neutral court games since 1997.
LOUISVILLE is 6-15 ATS (-10.5 Units) in December games over the last 3 seasons.
LOUISVILLE is 18-35 ATS (-20.5 Units) when playing on a neutral court since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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RICE (4 - 5) at DUQUESNE (5 - 4) - 12/20/2008, 2:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
RICE is 48-73 ATS (-32.3 Units) in road games since 1997.
RICE is 48-73 ATS (-32.3 Units) in road lined games since 1997.
DUQUESNE is 15-33 ATS (-21.3 Units) in home games on Saturday games since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
DUQUESNE is 1-0 against the spread versus RICE over the last 3 seasons
DUQUESNE is 1-0 straight up against RICE over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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XAVIER (9 - 0) vs. DUKE (9 - 1) - 12/20/2008, 2:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
DUKE is 131-91 ATS (+30.9 Units) after scoring 80 points or more since 1997.
XAVIER is 19-10 ATS (+8.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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ARIZONA (7 - 2) at UNLV (9 - 2) - 12/20/2008, 3:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
UNLV is 136-103 ATS (+22.7 Units) in all games since 1997.
UNLV is 136-103 ATS (+22.7 Units) in all lined games since 1997.
UNLV is 13-3 ATS (+9.7 Units) in December games over the last 3 seasons.
UNLV is 62-39 ATS (+19.1 Units) on Saturday games since 1997.
UNLV is 33-17 ATS (+14.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.
ARIZONA is 41-21 ATS (+17.9 Units) as an underdog since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
ARIZONA is 1-0 against the spread versus UNLV over the last 3 seasons
ARIZONA is 2-0 straight up against UNLV over the last 3 seasons
2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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VA COMMONWEALTH (7 - 3) vs. OKLAHOMA (10 - 0) - 12/20/2008, 10:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
OKLAHOMA is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in December games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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CONNECTICUT (9 - 0) vs. GONZAGA (8 - 1) - 12/20/2008, 4:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
CONNECTICUT is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) as an underdog over the last 3 seasons.
CONNECTICUT is 1-13 ATS (-13.3 Units) in road games after allowing 60 points or less over the last 3 seasons.
CONNECTICUT is 26-46 ATS (-24.6 Units) in road games after scoring 80 points or more since 1997.
CONNECTICUT is 7-17 ATS (-11.7 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.
GONZAGA is 18-7 ATS (+10.3 Units) on Saturday games over the last 3 seasons.
GONZAGA is 80-56 ATS (+18.4 Units) when playing with one or less days rest since 1997.
GONZAGA is 36-19 ATS (+15.1 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game since 1997.
GONZAGA is 10-21 ATS (-13.1 Units) versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
GONZAGA is 1-0 against the spread versus CONNECTICUT over the last 3 seasons
GONZAGA is 1-0 straight up against CONNECTICUT over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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PROVIDENCE (7 - 3) at BOSTON COLLEGE (8 - 2) - 12/20/2008, 4:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON COLLEGE is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) after allowing 60 points or less over the last 3 seasons.
BOSTON COLLEGE is 8-19 ATS (-12.9 Units) in home games in December games since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
PROVIDENCE is 2-0 against the spread versus BOSTON COLLEGE over the last 3 seasons
PROVIDENCE is 2-0 straight up against BOSTON COLLEGE over the last 3 seasons
1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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ST BONAVENTURE (6 - 3) at E MICHIGAN (2 - 7) - 12/20/2008, 4:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ST BONAVENTURE is 44-68 ATS (-30.8 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1997.
E MICHIGAN is 48-73 ATS (-32.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
E MICHIGAN is 1-0 against the spread versus ST BONAVENTURE over the last 3 seasons
E MICHIGAN is 1-0 straight up against ST BONAVENTURE over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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IOWA (9 - 2) at DRAKE (8 - 3) - 12/20/2008, 4:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
DRAKE is 23-11 ATS (+10.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
DRAKE is 23-11 ATS (+10.9 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
DRAKE is 16-4 ATS (+11.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
DRAKE is 15-4 ATS (+10.6 Units) versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
DRAKE is 2-0 against the spread versus IOWA over the last 3 seasons
DRAKE is 2-0 straight up against IOWA over the last 3 seasons
2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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UC-SANTA BARBARA (5 - 5) at SAN DIEGO ST (7 - 3) - 12/20/2008, 4:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAN DIEGO ST is 1-0 against the spread versus UC-SANTA BARBARA over the last 3 seasons
SAN DIEGO ST is 1-0 straight up against UC-SANTA BARBARA over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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HOFSTRA (8 - 1) at MASSACHUSETTS (3 - 6) - 12/20/2008, 4:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
HOFSTRA is 14-3 ATS (+10.7 Units) on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.
MASSACHUSETTS is 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) in home games after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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AUBURN (5 - 4) at VIRGINIA (4 - 3) - 12/20/2008, 4:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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BYU (10 - 0) vs. ARIZONA ST (8 - 1) - 12/20/2008, 4:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BYU is 45-72 ATS (-34.2 Units) as an underdog since 1997.
BYU is 34-71 ATS (-44.1 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1997.
BYU is 19-36 ATS (-20.6 Units) in road games versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game since 1997.
ARIZONA ST is 3-13 ATS (-11.3 Units) in road games in December games since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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LSU (8 - 0) vs. TEXAS A&M (9 - 1) - 12/20/2008, 4:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LSU is 1-11 ATS (-11.1 Units) in road games after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
LSU is 1-10 ATS (-10.0 Units) in road games in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
LSU is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in road games versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game over the last 3 seasons.
TEXAS A&M is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in all neutral court games over the last 2 seasons.
TEXAS A&M is 12-2 ATS (+9.8 Units) in road games on Saturday games over the last 3 seasons.
TEXAS A&M is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) when playing on a neutral court over the last 2 seasons.
TEXAS A&M is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in road games after allowing 60 points or less over the last 3 seasons.
TEXAS A&M is 34-21 ATS (+10.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.
TEXAS A&M is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) in road games versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game over the last 3 seasons.
LSU is 60-36 ATS (+20.4 Units) after allowing 60 points or less since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
TEXAS A&M is 1-1 against the spread versus LSU over the last 3 seasons
TEXAS A&M is 1-1 straight up against LSU over the last 3 seasons
2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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GEORGIA TECH (6 - 2) at PEPPERDINE (1 - 10) - 12/20/2008, 5:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PEPPERDINE is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) in December games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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LOYOLA-IL (5 - 5) at N ILLINOIS (4 - 7) - 12/20/2008, 6:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LOYOLA-IL is 18-37 ATS (-22.7 Units) in December games since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
N ILLINOIS is 1-0 against the spread versus LOYOLA-IL over the last 3 seasons
LOYOLA-IL is 1-0 straight up against N ILLINOIS over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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ST MARYS-CA (8 - 1) vs. S ILLINOIS (4 - 5) - 12/20/2008, 6:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ST MARYS-CA is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
S ILLINOIS is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
S ILLINOIS is 2-0 against the spread versus ST MARYS-CA over the last 3 seasons
S ILLINOIS is 2-0 straight up against ST MARYS-CA over the last 3 seasons
2 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NEVADA (6 - 4) at CALIFORNIA (7 - 2) - 12/20/2008, 6:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
CALIFORNIA is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) in home games after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
CALIFORNIA is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in home games in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
NEVADA is 137-100 ATS (+27.0 Units) in all games since 1997.
NEVADA is 137-100 ATS (+27.0 Units) in all lined games since 1997.
NEVADA is 68-43 ATS (+20.7 Units) on Saturday games since 1997.
NEVADA is 85-60 ATS (+19.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
CALIFORNIA is 1-1 against the spread versus NEVADA over the last 3 seasons
CALIFORNIA is 1-1 straight up against NEVADA over the last 3 seasons
2 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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UCF (5 - 3) vs. FLORIDA (7 - 2) - 12/20/2008, 6:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
FLORIDA is 175-136 ATS (+25.4 Units) in all games since 1997.
FLORIDA is 175-136 ATS (+25.4 Units) in all lined games since 1997.
FLORIDA is 141-109 ATS (+21.1 Units) as a favorite since 1997.
FLORIDA is 71-44 ATS (+22.6 Units) after a non-conference game since 1997.
FLORIDA is 69-45 ATS (+19.5 Units) in non-conference games since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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COLORADO ST (3 - 7) at DENVER (3 - 6) - 12/20/2008, 6:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
COLORADO ST is 5-13 ATS (-9.3 Units) after 3 or more consecutive losses over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
DENVER is 2-0 against the spread versus COLORADO ST over the last 3 seasons
COLORADO ST is 2-0 straight up against DENVER over the last 3 seasons
1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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HOUSTON (6 - 1) at TOLEDO (2 - 7) - 12/20/2008, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
HOUSTON is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in road games versus poor offensive teams - scoring <=64 points/game since 1997.
TOLEDO is 17-32 ATS (-18.2 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
TOLEDO is 1-0 against the spread versus HOUSTON over the last 3 seasons
HOUSTON is 1-0 straight up against TOLEDO over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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Re: NCAAB News and Notes Saturday 12/20

S ALABAMA (6 - 5) at FLA INTERNATIONAL (4 - 7) - 12/20/2008, 7:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
S ALABAMA is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.
S ALABAMA is 48-30 ATS (+15.0 Units) when playing with one or less days rest since 1997.
S ALABAMA is 60-40 ATS (+16.0 Units) in road games after a conference game since 1997.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 1-7 ATS (-6.7 Units) in all games this season.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 1-7 ATS (-6.7 Units) in all lined games this season.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) as an underdog this season.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 39-64 ATS (-31.4 Units) in all home games since 1997.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 39-64 ATS (-31.4 Units) in home lined games since 1997.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 28-46 ATS (-22.6 Units) in home games against conference opponents since 1997.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 18-36 ATS (-21.6 Units) in December games since 1997.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 24-49 ATS (-29.9 Units) when playing with one or less days rest since 1997.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 14-32 ATS (-21.2 Units) in home games off a loss against a conference rival since 1997.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 28-46 ATS (-22.6 Units) after 3 or more consecutive losses since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 2-2 against the spread versus S ALABAMA over the last 3 seasons
S ALABAMA is 3-1 straight up against FLA INTERNATIONAL over the last 3 seasons
2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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RHODE ISLAND (8 - 3) vs. OKLAHOMA ST (7 - 3) - 12/20/2008, 6:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
RHODE ISLAND is 16-5 ATS (+10.5 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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DETROIT (3 - 6) at ILLINOIS (9 - 1) - 12/20/2008, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
DETROIT is 13-26 ATS (-15.6 Units) in December games since 1997.
DETROIT is 36-55 ATS (-24.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1997.
ILLINOIS is 5-14 ATS (-10.4 Units) in all home games over the last 2 seasons.
ILLINOIS is 5-14 ATS (-10.4 Units) in home lined games over the last 2 seasons.
ILLINOIS is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) in December games over the last 3 seasons.
ILLINOIS is 10-21 ATS (-13.1 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
ILLINOIS is 4-16 ATS (-13.6 Units) after allowing 60 points or less over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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SYRACUSE (10 - 1) at MEMPHIS (6 - 2) - 12/20/2008, 6:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SYRACUSE is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 191-153 ATS (+22.7 Units) in all games since 1997.
MEMPHIS is 191-153 ATS (+22.7 Units) in all lined games since 1997.
MEMPHIS is 142-101 ATS (+30.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1997.
SYRACUSE is 28-14 ATS (+12.6 Units) in road games after allowing 60 points or less since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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PORTLAND (5 - 4) at OREGON (4 - 6) - 12/20/2008, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PORTLAND is 24-40 ATS (-20.0 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
PORTLAND is 24-40 ATS (-20.0 Units) in all lined games over the last 3 seasons.
PORTLAND is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) on Saturday games over the last 3 seasons.
PORTLAND is 38-61 ATS (-29.1 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
OREGON is 2-0 against the spread versus PORTLAND over the last 3 seasons
OREGON is 2-0 straight up against PORTLAND over the last 3 seasons
2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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TULSA (6 - 4) at LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT (0 - 11) - 12/20/2008, 10:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
TULSA is 15-6 ATS (+8.4 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT is 10-25 ATS (-17.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT is 10-25 ATS (-17.5 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT is 10-24 ATS (-16.4 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT is 53-78 ATS (-32.8 Units) on Saturday games since 1997.
LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT is 8-22 ATS (-16.2 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT is 8-22 ATS (-16.2 Units) in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT is 0-8 ATS (-8.8 Units) versus poor offensive teams - scoring <=64 points/game over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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BRADLEY (5 - 4) at WI-MILWAUKEE (5 - 5) - 12/20/2008, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
WI-MILWAUKEE is 6-19 ATS (-14.9 Units) in home games in non-conference games since 1997.
WI-MILWAUKEE is 6-15 ATS (-10.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
BRADLEY is 1-0 against the spread versus WI-MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
BRADLEY is 1-0 straight up against WI-MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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IL-CHICAGO (7 - 2) at ILLINOIS ST (10 - 0) - 12/20/2008, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
IL-CHICAGO is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in December games over the last 2 seasons.
IL-CHICAGO is 76-44 ATS (+27.6 Units) in non-conference games since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
ILLINOIS ST is 2-0 against the spread versus IL-CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
ILLINOIS ST is 2-0 straight up against IL-CHICAGO over the last 3 seasons
1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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ARKANSAS ST (8 - 2) at ARK-LITTLE ROCK (7 - 3) - 12/20/2008, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ARKANSAS ST is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) in all games this season.
ARKANSAS ST is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) in all lined games this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
ARKANSAS ST is 3-1 against the spread versus ARK-LITTLE ROCK over the last 3 seasons
ARKANSAS ST is 3-1 straight up against ARK-LITTLE ROCK over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NEW MEXICO ST (5 - 4) at UTEP (5 - 4) - 12/20/2008, 9:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
UTEP is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) after scoring 80 points or more over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
UTEP is 2-2 against the spread versus NEW MEXICO ST over the last 3 seasons
NEW MEXICO ST is 3-2 straight up against UTEP over the last 3 seasons
3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NORTHWESTERN (7 - 1) at STANFORD (6 - 0) - 12/20/2008, 10:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
STANFORD is 1-1 against the spread versus NORTHWESTERN over the last 3 seasons
STANFORD is 2-0 straight up against NORTHWESTERN over the last 3 seasons
1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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SANTA CLARA (5 - 5) at PACIFIC (5 - 3) - 12/20/2008, 10:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
PACIFIC is 1-1 against the spread versus SANTA CLARA over the last 3 seasons
PACIFIC is 1-1 straight up against SANTA CLARA over the last 3 seasons
1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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MURRAY ST (5 - 3) vs. S FLORIDA (3 - 5) - 12/20/2008, 3:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MURRAY ST is 11-24 ATS (-15.4 Units) versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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ORAL ROBERTS (2 - 8) vs. WRIGHT ST (3 - 7) - 12/20/2008, 5:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
WRIGHT ST is 22-11 ATS (+9.9 Units) as an underdog over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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VIRGINIA TECH (6 - 4) vs. COLUMBIA (3 - 5) - 12/20/2008, 2:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
COLUMBIA is 80-56 ATS (+18.4 Units) as an underdog since 1997.
COLUMBIA is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road games on Saturday games over the last 3 seasons.
COLUMBIA is 30-12 ATS (+16.8 Units) in road games after allowing 60 points or less since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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MARIST (3 - 6) at ST JOHNS (8 - 1) - 12/20/2008, 4:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
MARIST is 1-0 against the spread versus ST JOHNS over the last 3 seasons
ST JOHNS is 1-0 straight up against MARIST over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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UC-IRVINE (1 - 7) vs. MIDDLE TENN ST (4 - 5) - 12/20/2008, 6:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
UC-IRVINE is 11-1 ATS (+9.9 Units) in December games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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NORFOLK ST (1 - 6) at MISSOURI ST (5 - 3) - 12/20/2008, 9:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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IONA (4 - 6) at OHIO ST (7 - 0) - 12/20/2008, 12:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
IONA is 9-20 ATS (-13.0 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
IONA is 5-14 ATS (-10.4 Units) in road games in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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APPALACHIAN ST (4 - 3) vs. KENTUCKY (7 - 3) - 12/20/2008, 12:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
KENTUCKY is 30-16 ATS (+12.4 Units) when playing with 5 or 6 days rest since 1997.
KENTUCKY is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in road games in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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WOFFORD (4 - 3) at GEORGIA (6 - 3) - 12/20/2008, 4:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
GEORGIA is 21-9 ATS (+11.1 Units) in home games in December games since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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SACRAMENTO ST (1 - 8) at WYOMING (8 - 1) - 12/20/2008, 4:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SACRAMENTO ST is 8-22 ATS (-16.2 Units) in road games in December games since 1997.
SACRAMENTO ST is 8-0 ATS (+8.0 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
WYOMING is 45-71 ATS (-33.1 Units) after a non-conference game since 1997.
WYOMING is 45-66 ATS (-27.6 Units) in non-conference games since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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DAVIDSON (8 - 1) vs. PURDUE (8 - 2) - 12/20/2008, 4:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PURDUE is 42-26 ATS (+13.4 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
PURDUE is 42-26 ATS (+13.4 Units) in all lined games over the last 3 seasons.
PURDUE is 29-17 ATS (+10.3 Units) as a favorite over the last 3 seasons.
DAVIDSON is 27-14 ATS (+11.6 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
DAVIDSON is 27-14 ATS (+11.6 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
DAVIDSON is 9-0 ATS (+9.0 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
DAVIDSON is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) in all neutral court games over the last 2 seasons.
DAVIDSON is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in road games on Saturday games over the last 3 seasons.
DAVIDSON is 16-7 ATS (+8.3 Units) after a conference game over the last 2 seasons.
DAVIDSON is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) when playing on a neutral court over the last 2 seasons.
DAVIDSON is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
DAVIDSON is 16-7 ATS (+8.3 Units) off a win against a conference rival over the last 2 seasons.
DAVIDSON is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) in road games after allowing 80 points or more since 1997.
DAVIDSON is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) in road games after scoring 80 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
DAVIDSON is 19-7 ATS (+11.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
DAVIDSON is 10-1 ATS (+8.9 Units) versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game over the last 2 seasons.
PURDUE is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) in December games over the last 2 seasons.
PURDUE is 56-80 ATS (-32.0 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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THE CITADEL (5 - 6) at S CAROLINA (7 - 1) - 12/20/2008, 5:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
THE CITADEL is 70-98 ATS (-37.8 Units) in all games since 1997.
THE CITADEL is 70-98 ATS (-37.8 Units) in all lined games since 1997.
THE CITADEL is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in road games in December games over the last 2 seasons.
S CAROLINA is 9-19 ATS (-11.9 Units) in all home games over the last 3 seasons.
S CAROLINA is 9-19 ATS (-11.9 Units) in home lined games over the last 3 seasons.
S CAROLINA is 16-30 ATS (-17.0 Units) in home games after allowing 60 points or less since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
S CAROLINA is 2-0 against the spread versus THE CITADEL over the last 3 seasons
S CAROLINA is 2-0 straight up against THE CITADEL over the last 3 seasons
2 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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WEBER ST (5 - 4) at UTAH (5 - 4) - 12/20/2008, 6:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
UTAH is 20-8 ATS (+11.2 Units) in home games in December games since 1997.
UTAH is 36-18 ATS (+16.2 Units) in home games after a non-conference game since 1997.
UTAH is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in home games after failing to cover the spread in 3 or more consecutive games since 1997.
WEBER ST is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.
WEBER ST is 21-8 ATS (+12.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
UTAH is 2-0 against the spread versus WEBER ST over the last 3 seasons
UTAH is 2-0 straight up against WEBER ST over the last 3 seasons
2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


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MONTANA ST (4 - 4) at LONG BEACH ST (4 - 5) - 12/20/2008, 6:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LONG BEACH ST is 19-7 ATS (+11.3 Units) as a favorite over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
MONTANA ST is 1-0 against the spread versus LONG BEACH ST over the last 3 seasons
MONTANA ST is 1-0 straight up against LONG BEACH ST over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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TENNESSEE TECH (6 - 3) at VANDERBILT (7 - 3) - 12/20/2008, 6:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
VANDERBILT is 1-0 against the spread versus TENNESSEE TECH over the last 3 seasons
VANDERBILT is 1-0 straight up against TENNESSEE TECH over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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N COLORADO (3 - 6) at SAN JOSE ST (3 - 3) - 12/20/2008, 6:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
N COLORADO is 14-4 ATS (+9.6 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN JOSE ST is 0-7 ATS (-7.7 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
SAN JOSE ST is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) on Saturday games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN JOSE ST is 8-19 ATS (-12.9 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
SAN JOSE ST is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
SAN JOSE ST is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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E KENTUCKY (7 - 3) at CINCINNATI (8 - 2) - 12/20/2008, 6:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
CINCINNATI is 42-25 ATS (+14.5 Units) in December games since 1997.
CINCINNATI is 17-8 ATS (+8.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
E KENTUCKY is 28-13 ATS (+13.7 Units) in road games on Saturday games since 1997.
E KENTUCKY is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in road games after allowing 60 points or less over the last 2 seasons.
E KENTUCKY is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) in road games versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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UNC-GREENSBORO (1 - 7) at DAYTON (9 - 1) - 12/20/2008, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
UNC-GREENSBORO is 8-23 ATS (-17.3 Units) as a road underdog of 12.5 or more points since 1997.
UNC-GREENSBORO is 14-32 ATS (-21.2 Units) in road games after a non-conference game since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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N ARIZONA (3 - 6) at WICHITA ST (4 - 5) - 12/20/2008, 8:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
N ARIZONA is 1-0 against the spread versus WICHITA ST over the last 3 seasons
N ARIZONA is 1-0 straight up against WICHITA ST over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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UTAH ST (7 - 1) at IDAHO ST (2 - 8) - 12/20/2008, 9:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
IDAHO ST is 81-109 ATS (-38.9 Units) in all games since 1997.
IDAHO ST is 81-109 ATS (-38.9 Units) in all lined games since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
UTAH ST is 1-0 against the spread versus IDAHO ST over the last 3 seasons
UTAH ST is 1-0 straight up against IDAHO ST over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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JACKSONVILLE ST (6 - 2) at IOWA ST (6 - 3) - 12/20/2008, 9:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
IOWA ST is 60-38 ATS (+18.2 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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E WASHINGTON (6 - 4) at WASHINGTON (6 - 3) - 12/20/2008, 10:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
E WASHINGTON is 2-0 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
WASHINGTON is 2-0 straight up against E WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
2 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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MONTANA (6 - 5) at PORTLAND ST (7 - 3) - 12/20/2008, 10:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
PORTLAND ST is 2-2 against the spread versus MONTANA over the last 3 seasons
PORTLAND ST is 3-1 straight up against MONTANA over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 

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12:00 PM APPALACHIAN STATE vs. KENTUCKY
Appalachian State' is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Appalachian State' is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Kentucky' is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Kentucky' is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home


12:00 PM IONA vs. OHIO STATE
Iona' is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Ohio State' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Ohio State' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games


12:00 PM MIAMI (OHIO) vs. WEST VIRGINIA
Miami (Ohio)' is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
West Virginia' is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
West Virginia' is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games


1:00 PM CENTRAL MICHIGAN vs. ROBERT MORRIS
Central Michigan' is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Central Michigan' is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
No trends available


1:00 PM LA ROCHE vs. CLEVELAND STATE
No trends available
Cleveland State' is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Cleveland State' is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games


1:00 PM MOUNT ST. MARY'S vs. GEORGETOWN
No trends available
Georgetown' is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Georgetown' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home


1:00 PM NEW MEXICO vs. TEXAS TECH
New Mexico' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
New Mexico is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Texas Tech
Texas Tech is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing New Mexico
Texas Tech' is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games


1:00 PM PRINCETON vs. CENT CONN STATE
Princeton' is 3-17 SU in its last 20 games
No trends available


1:00 PM RICE vs. DUQUESNE
Rice' is 4-21 SU in its last 25 games
Duquesne' is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games at home
Duquesne' is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games


2:00 PM BRYANT vs. RUTGERS
No trends available
Rutgers' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Rutgers' is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games at home


2:00 PM CENTENARY vs. KANSAS STATE
No trends available
Kansas State' is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Kansas State' is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home


2:00 PM DEPAUW vs. INDIANA STATE
No trends available
Indiana State' is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Indiana State' is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games at home


2:00 PM FLORIDA GULF COAST vs. BUTLER
No trends available
Butler' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Butler' is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games


2:00 PM HAVERFORD vs. WILLIAM & MARY
No trends available
William & Mary' is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
William & Mary' is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home


2:00 PM LA SALLE vs. CORNELL
La Salle' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Cornell' is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
Cornell' is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games


2:00 PM LIPSCOMB vs. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
No trends available
North Carolina State' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
North Carolina State' is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games


2:00 PM MICHIGAN STATE vs. TEXAS
Michigan State' is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Texas' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Texas' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home


2:00 PM MINNESOTA vs. LOUISVILLE
Minnesota' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Louisville' is 16-7 ATS in its last 23 games
Louisville' is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games


2:00 PM NAVY vs. CANISIUS
No trends available
Canisius' is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games


2:00 PM NORTH CAROLINA vs. VALPARAISO
North Carolina' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Valparaiso' is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Valparaiso' is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games at home


2:00 PM NORTH DAKOTA vs. WISC-GREEN BAY
No trends available
Wisc-Green Bay' is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Wisc-Green Bay' is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home


2:00 PM TROY vs. UAB
Troy' is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games
UAB' is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
UAB' is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games


2:00 PM VIRGINIA TECH vs. COLUMBIA
No trends available
Columbia' is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Columbia' is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games


2:00 PM WOFFORD vs. GEORGIA
Wofford' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Georgia' is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Georgia' is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games


2:00 PM XAVIER vs. DUKE
Xavier' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Duke' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Duke' is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games


2:30 PM TEMPLE vs. KANSAS
Temple' is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games
Kansas' is 20-2 SU in its last 22 games
Kansas' is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games at home


3:00 PM ARIZONA vs. UNLV
Arizona' is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Arizona' is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
UNLV' is 22-2 SU in its last 24 games at home
UNLV' is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games


3:00 PM BELMONT vs. TENNESSEE
No trends available
Tennessee' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Tennessee' is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games


3:00 PM MURRAY STATE vs. SOUTH FLORIDA
Murray State' is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
South Florida' is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
South Florida' is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games at home


3:00 PM NJIT vs. RIDER
No trends available
Rider' is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Rider' is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home


3:00 PM NORTH DAKOTA STATE vs. USC
No trends available
USC' is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
USC' is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home


4:00 PM AUBURN vs. VIRGINIA
Auburn' is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games
Auburn' is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Virginia' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home


4:00 PM COASTAL CAROLINA vs. GEORGIA STATE
No trends available
Georgia State' is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games


4:00 PM CONNECTICUT vs. GONZAGA
Connecticut' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Gonzaga' is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Gonzaga' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home


4:00 PM DAVIDSON vs. PURDUE
Davidson' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Purdue' is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
Purdue' is 19-3 SU in its last 22 games at home


4:00 PM HOFSTRA vs. MASSACHUSETTS
Hofstra' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Massachusetts' is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Massachusetts' is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games at home


4:00 PM IOWA vs. DRAKE
Iowa is 1-3-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Drake
Iowa is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing Drake
Drake' is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Drake is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Iowa


4:00 PM MICHIGAN vs. OAKLAND
Michigan' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Michigan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Oakland
No trends available


4:00 PM PROVIDENCE vs. BOSTON COLLEGE
Providence' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Boston College' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Boston College' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games


4:00 PM SANTA BARBARA vs. SAN DIEGO STATE
Santa Barbara is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Diego State
Santa Barbara' is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
San Diego State' is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
San Diego State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Santa Barbara


4:00 PM ST. BONAVENTURE vs. EASTERN MICHIGAN
St. Bonaventure' is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
St. Bonaventure' is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games
Eastern Michigan' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Eastern Michigan' is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games


4:00 PM UNC ASHEVILLE vs. BUFFALO
No trends available
Buffalo' is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Buffalo' is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home


4:05 PM SACRAMENTO STATE vs. WYOMING
Sacramento State' is 1-16 SU in its last 17 games
Wyoming' is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Wyoming' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home


4:30 PM BYU vs. ARIZONA STATE
BYU' is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
BYU' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Arizona State' is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Arizona State' is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games


4:30 PM LSU vs. TEXAS A&M
LSU' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Texas A&M' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Texas A&M' is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home


4:30 PM MARIST vs. ST. JOHN'S
Marist' is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
St. John's' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
St. John's' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home


5:00 PM DREXEL vs. BUCKNELL
Drexel' is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Drexel' is 7-14-3 ATS in its last 24 games
No trends available


5:00 PM GEORGIA TECH vs. PEPPERDINE
Georgia Tech' is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Pepperdine' is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Pepperdine' is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games


5:00 PM THE CITADEL vs. SOUTH CAROLINA
The Citadel' is 6-19 SU in its last 25 games
The Citadel is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing South Carolina
South Carolina' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
South Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against The Citadel


5:30 PM ORAL ROBERTS vs. WRIGHT STATE
No trends available
Wright State' is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games at home
Wright State' is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games


6:00 PM COPPIN STATE vs. WISCONSIN
No trends available
Wisconsin' is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Wisconsin' is 20-3 SU in its last 23 games


6:00 PM IUPU FORT WAYNE vs. NEBRASKA
No trends available
Nebraska' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Nebraska' is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games


6:00 PM LOYOLA OF CHICAGO vs. NORTHERN ILLINOIS
Loyola of Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Loyola of Chicago
Northern Illinois' is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games at home


6:00 PM NEVADA vs. CALIFORNIA
Nevada' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
California' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
California' is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games


6:00 PM NORTHERN COLORADO vs. SAN JOSE STATE
Northern Colorado' is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
San Jose State' is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games


6:00 PM SAINT MARY'S vs. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
Saint Mary's' is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Saint Mary's' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Southern Illinois is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Saint Mary's
Southern Illinois is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Saint Mary's


6:00 PM SYRACUSE vs. MEMPHIS
Syracuse' is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
Memphis' is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 6 games at home


6:00 PM TENNESSEE TECH vs. VANDERBILT
Tennessee Tech' is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Vanderbilt' is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Vanderbilt' is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home


6:00 PM TEXAS SOUTHERN vs. IDAHO
No trends available
Idaho' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home


6:00 PM WEBER STATE vs. UTAH
Weber State' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Utah' is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Utah' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home


6:05 PM MONTANA STATE vs. LONG BEACH STATE
Montana State' is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
Long Beach State' is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Long Beach State's last 5 games at home


6:30 PM CENTRAL FLORIDA vs. FLORIDA
Central Florida' is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Florida' is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Florida' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games


6:30 PM COLORADO STATE vs. DENVER
Colorado State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Denver
Colorado State' is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Denver is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Colorado State
Denver is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games when playing Colorado State


6:30 PM EASTERN KENTUCKY vs. CINCINNATI
Eastern Kentucky' is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Cincinnati' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Cincinnati' is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home


6:35 PM UC IRVINE vs. MIDDLE TENNESSEE
UC Irvine' is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
Middle Tennessee' is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Middle Tennessee' is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home


7:00 PM BOWLING GREEN vs. CENTRAL ARKANSAS
Bowling Green' is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
No trends available


7:00 PM CUMBERLAND KY vs. MARSHALL
No trends available
Marshall' is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home
Marshall' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games


7:00 PM DELAWARE STATE vs. NOTRE DAME
No trends available
Notre Dame' is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Notre Dame' is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games at home


7:00 PM HOUSTON vs. TOLEDO
Houston' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Toledo' is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games
Toledo' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home


7:00 PM IUPUI vs. SETON HALL
No trends available
Seton Hall' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Seton Hall' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games


7:00 PM STETSON vs. MISSOURI
No trends available
Missouri' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Missouri' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games


7:00 PM WINTHROP vs. OLD DOMINION
No trends available
Old Dominion' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Old Dominion' is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home


7:30 PM RHODE ISLAND vs. OKLAHOMA STATE
Rhode Island' is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Oklahoma State' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Oklahoma State' is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games


7:30 PM SOUTH ALABAMA vs. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
South Alabama' is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Florida International' is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Florida International' is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games


8:00 PM ARKANSAS STATE vs. ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK
Arkansas State' is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Arkansas State' is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Arkansas-Little Rock' is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Arkansas-Little Rock' is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games at home


8:00 PM BRADLEY vs. WISC-MILWAUKEE
Bradley' is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Bradley' is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Wisc-Milwaukee' is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Wisc-Milwaukee' is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games


8:00 PM DETROIT vs. ILLINOIS
Detroit' is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games
Illinois' is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Illinois' is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home


8:00 PM ILLINOIS-CHICAGO vs. ILLINOIS STATE
Illinois-Chicago' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Illinois State' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Illinois State' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home


8:00 PM PORTLAND vs. OREGON
Portland' is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
Portland' is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games
Oregon' is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home
Oregon' is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games


8:00 PM STEPHEN F. AUSTIN vs. ARKANSAS
No trends available
Arkansas' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Arkansas' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games


8:00 PM UNC GREENSBORO vs. DAYTON
UNC Greensboro' is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
UNC Greensboro' is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Dayton' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Dayton' is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games


8:05 PM NORTH CAROLINA A&T vs. EVANSVILLE
No trends available
Evansville' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Evansville' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games


8:05 PM NORTHERN ARIZONA vs. WICHITA STATE
Northern Arizona' is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Wichita State' is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
Wichita State' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home


8:30 PM CHATTANOOGA vs. MISS VALLEY STATE
Chattanooga' is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
No trends available


9:00 PM JACKSONVILLE STATE vs. IOWA STATE
Jacksonville State' is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Iowa State' is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Iowa State' is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games


9:05 PM NEW MEXICO STATE vs. TEXAS EL PASO
New Mexico State' is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
Texas El Paso' is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home


9:05 PM NORFOLK STATE vs. MISSOURI STATE
No trends available
Missouri State' is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Missouri State' is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home


9:05 PM UTAH STATE vs. IDAHO STATE
Utah State' is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Idaho State' is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games


9:30 PM TEXAS-ARLINGTON vs. BAYLOR
No trends available
Baylor' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Baylor' is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games


10:00 PM HOWARD vs. OREGON STATE
No trends available
Oregon State' is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games at home
Oregon State' is 3-22 SU in its last 25 games


10:00 PM NORTHWESTERN vs. STANFORD
Northwestern' is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Stanford' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Stanford's last 20 games


10:00 PM SANTA CLARA vs. PACIFIC
Santa Clara' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Pacific' is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Pacific' is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games at home


10:00 PM VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH vs. OKLAHOMA
Virginia Commonwealth' is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Oklahoma' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Oklahoma' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home


10:05 PM BOISE STATE vs. CS BAKERSFIELD
Boise State' is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
Boise State' is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
No trends available


10:05 PM EASTERN WASHINGTON vs. WASHINGTON
Eastern Washington' is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Washington' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Washington' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home


10:05 PM MONTANA vs. PORTLAND STATE
Montana' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Portland State' is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
Portland State' is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games at home


10:05 PM TULSA vs. LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Tulsa' is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games
Loyola Marymount' is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Loyola Marymount' is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home


10:30 PM MERCER vs. UCLA
No trends available
UCLA' is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
UCLA' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

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Re: NCAAB News and Notes Saturday 12/20

College basketball bettors' TV guide
By MATT SEVERANCE

It's not an NCAA Tournament weekend but Saturday’s loaded lineup sure looks like one with two games featuring two top-10 teams and five games overall with both teams ranked. Sit back and enjoy before the bowls steal the spotlight back for a few weeks.

Michigan State Spartans vs. Texas Longhorns (Saturday, 2 p.m., CBS)

The No. 22 Spartans didn’t look great in beating The Citadel Wednesday night but one important thing came from that game: the return of starting center Goran Suton. He played 17 minutes after missing six games and then undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. This will be MSU’s 91st game against a ranked opponent since the 1999-2000 national championship season. It is 44-46 in that span.

The No. 5 Longhorns already have beaten ranked teams UCLA and Villanova and lost to Notre Dame after missing a last-second shot. Saturday’s game is at Houston’s Toyota Center and the Horns are 3-0 all-time in that building. Michigan State has beaten Texas on neutral courts the past two seasons. In his last four games, UT guard A.J. Abrams is averaging 28.5 points per game while hitting 18-of-33 (.545) 3-pointers and 28-of-33 (.848) free throws.

Duke Blue Devils vs. Xavier Musketeers (Saturday, 2 p.m., CBS)

This game at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. is just the third meeting between the schools. They have played only three times including two meetings in the NCAA Tournament with the last and only regular-season meeting coming in 1993. Xavier has reached its highest ranking ever at No. 7. Its 9-0 start is the second best in school history and the best since the 1996-1997 season.

Duke is quite at home at the Meadowlands, going 17-1 there all-time. Duke had 11 days off following its loss at Michigan before crushing UNC-Asheville by 43 points on Wednesday when coach Mike Krzyzewski started five reserves, saying it sent a message that he believes in his bench. The under is 8-1 in Duke’s past nine neutral site games and the Blue Devils are 0-5 ATS in their past five Saturday games.

Louisville Cardinals vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (Saturday, 2 p.m., Fox Sports Net)

There is one unbeaten team in this game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale and it’s not the No. 9 Cardinals. The Gophers have fattened up on a weak schedule and only one road game. Their best home wins so far are over Virginia and Cornell, which may contend in the Ivy League. The Gophers’ current RPI rankings is 128. Guard Blake Hoffarber, who missed the last game because of a sprained ankle, and forward Paul Carter, who missed the past four games with a similar injury, both should play.

Since Louisville was upset by Western Kentucky in late November it hasn’t looked back, winning five in a row. Only one of those victories came by fewer than 19 points and that was Thursday’s 77-68 win over Ole Miss. Earl Clark had career highs of 25 points and 16 rebounds in that game. Louisville is 2-5 in its past seven regular-season, neutral-site games.

Davidson Wildcats vs. Purdue Boilermakers (Saturday, 4 p.m., CBS)

This game is part of the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis. You probably know one thing about No. 20 Davidson: Stephen Curry. He is leading the nation in scoring at 31.9 points per game. He has scored 44 points twice this season and shoots 47.9 percent from the field. He also averages 10 3-point attempts per game. If you throw out that fluke game against Loyola (Md.) where he was double-teamed on every play and didn’t score, Curry is averaging 35.9 points per game.

One could argue that the No. 18 Boilermakers have really played only two good teams and lost to both (Duke and Oklahoma). Since that Duke loss, Purdue has won three in a row by more than 30 points a game. Of course, that was against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Ball State and Indiana State. Purdue’s Chris Kramer is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year and will get the defensive assignment on Curry.

Connecticut Huskies vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs (Saturday, 4 p.m., CBS)

This is by far the best game Saturday and a potential matchup of No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. The two teams met in Boston last December and the Zags pulled out an 85-82 win.

No. 2 UConn is outscoring foes by an average of 23 points and hasn’t really been challenged except for a hiccup against Buffalo. Stanley Robinson, who averaged 10.4 points per game last season, returned to the team in Monday’s rout of Stony Brook after taking a semester off from school to deal with personal issues.

No. 7 Gonzaga rebounded from a loss at Arizona last Sunday with a 42-point rout of Texas Southern Thursday night. Many of the starters didn’t play much in the second half to rest up for UConn. The Zags are No. 12 in the nation in defensive field goal percentage (40.7 percent).

BYU Cougars vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net)

This follows the Louisville-Minnesota game in Glendale, Ariz. The unranked Cougars are probably the most overlooked 10-0 team in the nation and are off to their best start since the 1987-88 season. Brigham Young guard Jimmer Fredette is the reigning co-MWC Player of the Week after averaged 20.0 points per game while shooting 72.7 percent from the field as BYU crushed Boise State and Portland last week.

No. 17 Arizona State is led by super sophomore James Harden, who leads the team with a scoring average, shooting percentage, 3-point shooting and steals and is second in rebounding (6.9 per game) and assists (35). Harden is shooting 72 percent from the 3-point line in the past five games. Four players average double figures for ASU which is 8-1 for just the fourth time in 34 seasons.

Syracuse Orange at Memphis Tigers (Saturday, 6 p.m., ESPN)

The No. 11 Orange can finish off a sweep of the teams in last season’s national championship game. Syracuse beat Kansas by eight in overtime earlier this season. Syracuse starting guard Jonny Flynn is a game-time decision with a sprained ankle. SU loves the free-throw line, having outscored its foes 212-82 there this season.

No. 21 Memphis has lost two of its past four games but those were to Xavier and Georgetown. Freshman guard Tyreke Evans leads Memphis in scoring at 16.1 ppg, while Shawn Taggert leads the team in rebounding at 9.5 rpg and is second on the squad in scoring (12.9 ppg). These schools have split two previous meetings with the last coming in 2004. Saturday’s game is the first not on a neutral court.

Pittsburgh Panthers at Florida State Seminoles (Sunday, 5:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net)

The No. 3 Panthers have had a cupcake schedule thus far and have yet to face a ranked team. The Noles aren’t ranked but they are 11-1 and 6-0 at home. Pitt is struggling from 3-point range, hitting just 34.7 percent. Tyrell Biggs, all 250 pounds of him, leads the Panthers in hitting 53.5 percent (8-for-15) from behind the arc. Concerning is that shooting guard Jermaine Dixon is hitting just 16.7 percent (5 for 30).

Florida State might have found a beast in the middle in Solomon Alabi. The 7-foot-1 freshman, a native of Nigeria, had his first double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds to go with six blocks as the Seminoles crushed Charleston Southern Thursday night. His matchup against Pitt sophomore DeJuan Blair might determine this game. Blair recorded his seventh double-double in 11 games this season with a 21-point, 16-rebound effort in a 79-66 victory over Siena on Wednesday.

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NCB non-conference schedule: What we've learned so far
By JOSH NAGEL

For college basketball fans, the first eight weeks of the season are akin to an appetizer, before the start of the new year brings in the main course. From early November through late December, our appetites are whet with a sampling of each team has to offer.

So what have we learned so far? If nothing else, it’s clear that North Carolina is, as CBS analysts Clark Kellogg put it, “At least a head-and-a-half ahead of everyone else.” Tyler Hansbrough and friends have fought through some injuries to key players to bolt out to a 9-0 start.

But the oddsmakers were ready for them. Knowing the Tar Heels were loaded and capable of running up some huge numbers, they were accordingly given some astronomical spreads to cover.

What’s more, the time for taking a future on them to win it all probably came and went sometime around July. Opening at about 3/1 in most sportsbooks, these odds have dwindled to barely above even money in most online and Nevada books.

So while a team like North Carolina might be transparent, the potential of others isn’t so clear. Last Saturday provided an interesting day of double-figure spreads and the teams that covered them.

For instance, a still-rebuilding Kentucky squad gave up 17 points to downtrodden Indiana in their annual rivalry game and, thanks to a blistering first half, the Wildcats held on and covered in a 72-54 win.

Conversely, defending national champion Kansas, a team depleted by graduation and NBA defections, was laying a similar number against a Massachusetts club that reached the final of last year’s postseason NIT. The Minutemen beat the Jayhawks 61-60.

What does it all mean? In short, that bettors and oddsmakers alike still are feeling their way through the college hoops landscape.

“A lot of times, the bookmakers are the last ones to catch on to what’s going on,” said Chris Andrews, director of Leroy’s sportsbooks for Northern Nevada. “It’s usually the players that are aware of who has the goods and who doesn’t.”   

With this in mind, here is a snapshot of what we’ve seen in college basketball thus far in terms of performance both on the court and in the pocket books of gamblers:

Pleasant surprises

Gonzaga - Long the class of the West Coast Conference, coach Mark Few’s club had fallen off the national radar a bit in the past few years because his teams weren’t as talented as the ones that had made them a perennial Sweet Sixteen contender. The program should return to that status this year with a seasoned squad led by playmaker Jeremy Pargo and center Josh Heytvelt. The Bulldogs are 8-1 overall and have impressive wins over Washington State and Oklahoma State already on their resume. They are 5-2 ATS thus far. Current odds to win it all: 15/1. 

Oklahoma - The Sooners were expected to be improved, but player of the year candidate Blake Griffin and his supporting cast have been better than advertised. Under second-year coach Jeff Capel, they have been reminiscent of the Kelvin Sampson-coached clubs that won games with a smothering defense but had some scoring punch as well. They are 10-0 with a 5-2 ATS mark. Current odds: 18/1. 

Michigan – Wolverines fans finally have cause for founded optimism based on their start under second-year coach John Beilein. Their dominant performance in an 81-73 home win over Duke – as a 9.5-point dog – showed how far they have come. They are 7-2 overall and 4-1-1 ATS. Current odds: 100/1.

Disappointments

Kentucky – Despite its win and cover over Indiana, the Wildcats often still look stuck in the mud and confused on offense. In other words, a lot like last year in Billy Gillespie’s first season. Kentucky is 7-3 overall and 2-2-1 ATS. Current odds: 80/1.

Florida – More improvement was expected than what we’ve seen from the Gators, who had high expectations after a year of growing pains. Nick Calathes is a blue-chip talent but has been inconsistent. The Gators are 7-2 and 1-4 ATS. Current odds: 50/1.

UNLV – A trendy darkhorse Final Four pick, Lon Kruger’s club boasts perhaps the nation’s top point guard in Wink Adams. But home losses to Cal and Cincinnati and struggles against inferior clubs have derailed its start. The Rebels are 8-2 and 3-6 ATS. Current odds: 100/1.

To soon to say

Pitt – A tempting club to back because the Panthers always provide great defense and rebounding, but their half-court style often prevents them from covering big numbers. Their 10-0 start doesn’t include any formidable opponents; they are 3-2-1 ATS. Current odds: 12/1.

Michigan State – Tom Izzo’s teams historically start slow and play brutal schedules, but the Spartans looked awful in blowout losses to North Carolina and Maryland. They should still be a force by season’s end, though. Their 6-2 mark includes a 3-4 ATS effort. Current odds: 40/1.

Duke – As usual, Duke comes with great expectations, and a bet on the Devils usually will give you a fighting chance. But the loss to Michigan and a close call against Rhode Island showed that they have some vulnerability to relying on outside shots. Their 8-1 overall mark includes a 5-4 ATS record. Current odds: 15/1.

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