NCAAB News and Notes Thursday 1/29

NCAAB News and Notes Thursday 1/29

Thursday's Tip Sheet
By Brian Edwards

**Clemson at Virginia Tech**

--Las Vegas Sports Consultants opened Va. Tech (14-5 straight up, 7-7 against the spread) as a one-point favorite with a total of 144.

--Seth Greenberg’s team returns home in this spot after winning back-to-back road games over ranked teams. The Hokies went into Winston Salem and stunned top-ranked Wake Forest by a 78-71 count as 13-point underdogs. Then on Sunday night, they outlasted Miami 88-83 in overtime as seven-point ‘dogs. Bettors backing Va. Tech on the money line against the ‘Canes earned a lucrative plus-250 return (paid $250 on $100 wagers).

--Va. Tech has won five in a row, covering the number in four straight games. The Hokies are 7-1 SU and 2-3 ATS at home this season.

--Clemson (17-2 SU, 6-7-1 ATS) bounced back from its first two losses of the season by spanking Ga. Tech 73-59 Sunday night. The Tigers hooked up their backers, albeit barely, as 13-point home favorites. Terrence Oglesby paced the winners with 18 points, while Trevor Booker had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

--Clemson has won three in a row over the Hokies, including a 75-74 win in Blacksburg last year as a six-point underdog.

--Assuming Oliver Purnell’s team remains the underdog, it’s relevant to point out its 2-1 record both SU and ATS in ‘dog spots. As a one-point puppy earlier this year, Clemson went on the road and beat Illinois 76-74.

--The ‘over’ has been a big-time money maker for the Hokies all year, hitting at a 10-3 overall clip. They have seen the ‘over’ go 4-1 in their home assignments.

--The ‘under’ is 8-6 overall for Clemson.

**Alabama at Arkansas**

--LVSC opened Arkansas (12-5 SU, 5-5 ATS) as a 4 ½-point home ‘chalk.’

--Alabama (12-7 SU, 6-8 ATS) is playing its first game without Mark Gottfried as its head coach in more than a decade. Gottfried was fired – to be clear, he did not quit as some reported earlier this week – Monday morning a few weeks after fifth-year senior point guard Ronald Steele quit the team.

--John Pelphrey’s team was the nation’s biggest surprise going into SEC play. The Razorbacks had produced shocking upset wins over Oklahoma and Texas. In fact, they remain the lone team that has knocked off Blake Griffin and Co. However, the Hogs have gone 0-4 both SU and ATS versus SEC competition.

--Arkansas might be off its worst performance of the season, losing 73-51 at home against Auburn as a three-point ‘chalk.’ Courtney Fortson had 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the losing effort.

--Since Steele quit the team after a home win over LSU to open conference play, ‘Bama has lost four in a row ATS, dropping three of those games outright. The Tide is off a 61-51 loss to Kentucky as a six-point home underdog.

--Arkansas is 11-2 SU and 4-3 ATS at home.

--The ‘under’ is 6-4 overall for Arkansas, 4-3 in its home games. The ‘under’ has cashed in five consecutive games for the Razorbacks (regardless of venue).

--The ‘over’ is 9-5 overall for ‘Bama, 8-3 in its last 11 games.

--Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News reported Wednesday that VCU head coach Anthony Grant will not be interested in the Alabama job. Gentry Estes of the Mobile Press-Register filed this report on the latest coaching search tidbits for the Crimson Tide.

--Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

**Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga**

--Gonzaga (14-4 SU, 9-7 ATS) has won six consecutive games, posting a 4-2 spread record during that stretch. Mark Few’s team is off a 93-60 win at Loyola-Marymount as a 28-point favorite. Matt Bouldin paced five Gonzaga players in double figures with 18 points. Austin Daye finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

--Saint Mary’s (17-1 SU, 8-5-1 ATS) went into San Diego last Thursday and thumped the Toreros by a 68-45 count as a four-point road favorite. It was the Gaels’ 15th straight victory, improving their ATS mark to 8-3-1 over that span.

--“Saint Mary’s has been covering nearly every time out lately,” LVSC oddsmaker Mike Seba told VI. “They looked really good in the win at San Diego last week. As for Gonzaga, it has an outstanding team, but they haven’t played particularly well lately.”

--LVSC opened Gonzaga (14-4 SU, 9-7 ATS) as a 7 ½-point favorite with a total of 142. Seba personally made the numbers 7 ½ and 142 ½. LVSC’s Chief Opertain Officer Kenny White had the number a good bit higher than the rest of the gang at LVSC, making the ‘Zags a 12-point ‘chalk.’

--Both schools are perfect in five conference games to date. Also, they are both 3-2 ATS in those five spots.

--Randy Bennett’s squad has one of the nation’s most underrated players in sophomore guard Patrick Mills, who averages a team-high 18.9 points per game and 4.1 assists per contest. Mills will be going up against one of the top on-the-ball defenders in the country in Gonzaga senior Jeremy Pargo. When Gonzaga won 88-76 at home last year, Mills went for 20 points, but Pargo had 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting. And Pargo’s usually more of a distributor than a scorer.

--Gonzaga is 6-1 SU and 3-2 ATS at home. The Bulldogs are facing their first situation as a single-digit home favorite. Meanwhile, St. Mary’s is an underdog for the first time this season.

--Gonzaga has seen the ‘under’ go 9-7 overall, 3-2 in its home games. However, the ‘over’ is on a 6-3 run for the Bulldogs (regardless of venue).

--The ‘under’ has cashed in five consecutive games for the Gaels.

--These WCC rivals have split the last four head-to-head meetings both SU and ATS. The ‘over’ is 3-1 in those four encounters.

--ESPN2 will have television coverage at 11:00 p.m. Eastern.

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MICHIGAN ST (16 - 3) at IOWA (12 - 8) - 1/29/2009, 7:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
IOWA is 3-1 against the spread versus MICHIGAN ST over the last 3 seasons
IOWA is 2-2 straight up against MICHIGAN ST 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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ARK-LITTLE ROCK (14 - 6) at FLA ATLANTIC (4 - 17) - 1/29/2009, 7:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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CLEMSON (17 - 2) at VIRGINIA TECH (14 - 5) - 1/29/2009, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
VIRGINIA TECH is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) after a conference game over the last 2 seasons.
VIRGINIA TECH is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) off a win against a conference rival over the last 2 seasons.
VIRGINIA TECH is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) after scoring 80 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
VIRGINIA TECH is 15-6 ATS (+8.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
VIRGINIA TECH is 1-1 against the spread versus CLEMSON over the last 3 seasons
CLEMSON is 2-0 straight up against VIRGINIA TECH 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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WRIGHT ST (12 - 8) at YOUNGSTOWN ST (6 - 13) - 1/29/2009, 7:35 PM
Top Trends for this game.
WRIGHT ST is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) after allowing 60 points or less this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
YOUNGSTOWN ST is 3-1 against the spread versus WRIGHT ST over the last 3 seasons
WRIGHT ST is 4-1 straight up against YOUNGSTOWN ST over the last 3 seasons
4 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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DETROIT (5 - 14) at CLEVELAND ST (13 - 8) - 1/29/2009, 7:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
DETROIT is 15-27 ATS (-14.7 Units) against conference opponents over the last 3 seasons.
DETROIT is 38-59 ATS (-26.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1997.
CLEVELAND ST is 80-108 ATS (-38.8 Units) against conference opponents since 1997.
CLEVELAND ST is 35-70 ATS (-42.0 Units) off a loss against a conference rival since 1997.
CLEVELAND ST is 20-37 ATS (-20.7 Units) after 3 or more consecutive losses since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
CLEVELAND ST is 3-2 against the spread versus DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
CLEVELAND ST is 4-1 straight up against DETROIT over the last 3 seasons
3 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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LA-LAFAYETTE (7 - 12) at MIDDLE TENN ST (12 - 8) - 1/29/2009, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LA-LAFAYETTE is 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game over the last 3 seasons.
LA-LAFAYETTE is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) in road games against conference opponents over the last 3 seasons.
MIDDLE TENN ST is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) as a home favorite of 9.5 to 12 points over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
MIDDLE TENN ST is 2-0 against the spread versus LA-LAFAYETTE over the last 3 seasons
MIDDLE TENN ST is 2-0 straight up against LA-LAFAYETTE 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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SAINT LOUIS (11 - 8) at DAYTON (18 - 2) - 1/29/2009, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SAINT LOUIS is 3-10 ATS (-8.0 Units) in all games this season.
SAINT LOUIS is 3-10 ATS (-8.0 Units) in all lined games this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAINT LOUIS is 3-2 against the spread versus DAYTON over the last 3 seasons
DAYTON is 4-1 straight up against SAINT LOUIS 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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HAWAII (9 - 10) at LOUISIANA TECH (8 - 12) - 1/29/2009, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
HAWAII is 16-28 ATS (-14.8 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
HAWAII is 16-28 ATS (-14.8 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
HAWAII is 2-12 ATS (-11.2 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
LOUISIANA TECH is 16-7 ATS (+8.3 Units) against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
LOUISIANA TECH is 16-7 ATS (+8.3 Units) after a conference game over the last 2 seasons.
LOUISIANA TECH is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) off a loss against a conference rival over the last 2 seasons.
LOUISIANA TECH is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
LOUISIANA TECH is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record after 15 or more games over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
LOUISIANA TECH is 4-1 against the spread versus HAWAII over the last 3 seasons
HAWAII is 3-2 straight up against LOUISIANA TECH over the last 3 seasons
3 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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W KENTUCKY (13 - 7) at ARKANSAS ST (13 - 7) - 1/29/2009, 8:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
W KENTUCKY is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) in January games over the last 3 seasons.
ARKANSAS ST is 12-5 ATS (+6.5 Units) in all games this season.
ARKANSAS ST is 12-5 ATS (+6.5 Units) in all lined games this season.
W KENTUCKY is 18-7 ATS (+10.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
W KENTUCKY is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games over the last 2 seasons.

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

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TROY (11 - 10) at N TEXAS (12 - 7) - 1/29/2009, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
N TEXAS is 6-16 ATS (-11.6 Units) when playing with 5 or 6 days rest since 1997.

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

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FLA INTERNATIONAL (8 - 14) at NEW ORLEANS (9 - 11) - 1/29/2009, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 26-40 ATS (-18.0 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 26-40 ATS (-18.0 Units) in all lined games over the last 3 seasons.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 2-8 ATS (-6.8 Units) in road games this season.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 2-8 ATS (-6.8 Units) in road lined games this season.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 9-19 ATS (-11.9 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.
FLA INTERNATIONAL is 3-14 ATS (-12.4 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record after 15 or more games over the last 3 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW ORLEANS is 1-1 against the spread versus FLA INTERNATIONAL over the last 3 seasons
NEW ORLEANS is 1-1 straight up against FLA INTERNATIONAL 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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WASHINGTON (15 - 4) at ARIZONA (12 - 8) - 1/29/2009, 8:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ARIZONA is 33-54 ATS (-26.4 Units) after allowing 80 points or more since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
ARIZONA is 3-1 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
ARIZONA is 3-1 straight up against WASHINGTON 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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WASHINGTON ST (11 - 8) at ARIZONA ST (16 - 3) - 1/29/2009, 9:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON ST is 1-10 ATS (-10.0 Units) after scoring 60 points or less this season.
ARIZONA ST is 24-11 ATS (+11.9 Units) in home games after allowing 60 points or less since 1997.
ARIZONA ST is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in home games versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game after 15+ games over the last 3 seasons.
ARIZONA ST is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in home games versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
ARIZONA ST is 2-2 against the spread versus WASHINGTON ST over the last 3 seasons
WASHINGTON ST is 4-0 straight up against ARIZONA ST 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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NEVADA (12 - 7) at UTAH ST (19 - 1) - 1/29/2009, 9:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEVADA is 139-106 ATS (+22.4 Units) in all games since 1997.
NEVADA is 139-106 ATS (+22.4 Units) in all lined games since 1997.
NEVADA is 80-56 ATS (+18.4 Units) against conference opponents since 1997.
NEVADA is 82-54 ATS (+22.6 Units) after a conference game since 1997.
NEVADA is 87-62 ATS (+18.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1997.
NEVADA is 52-33 ATS (+15.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games since 1997.
UTAH ST is 6-15 ATS (-10.5 Units) in January games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
UTAH ST is 4-1 against the spread versus NEVADA over the last 3 seasons
UTAH ST is 3-2 straight up against NEVADA 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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SAN JOSE ST (9 - 9) at NEW MEXICO ST (9 - 11) - 1/29/2009, 9:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW MEXICO ST is 3-2 against the spread versus SAN JOSE ST over the last 3 seasons
NEW MEXICO ST is 5-0 straight up against SAN JOSE ST over the last 3 seasons
4 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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ILLINOIS (17 - 3) at MINNESOTA (17 - 3) - 1/29/2009, 9:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ILLINOIS is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) as a road underdog of 3 points or less or pick over the last 3 seasons.
ILLINOIS is 16-28 ATS (-14.8 Units) after allowing 60 points or less over the last 3 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 0-7 ATS (-7.7 Units) as a home underdog of 3 points or less or pick over the last 3 seasons.
MINNESOTA is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
ILLINOIS is 4-1 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
ILLINOIS is 5-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
4 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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RUTGERS (9 - 11) at SETON HALL (10 - 9) - 1/29/2009, 9:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
RUTGERS is 15-25 ATS (-12.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
RUTGERS is 15-25 ATS (-12.5 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
RUTGERS is 7-17 ATS (-11.7 Units) after a conference game over the last 2 seasons.
RUTGERS is 23-41 ATS (-22.1 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
RUTGERS is 3-1 against the spread versus SETON HALL over the last 3 seasons
SETON HALL is 2-2 straight up against RUTGERS 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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ALABAMA (12 - 7) at ARKANSAS (12 - 5) - 1/29/2009, 9:05 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
ARKANSAS is 2-2 against the spread versus ALABAMA over the last 3 seasons
ARKANSAS is 3-1 straight up against ALABAMA 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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S ALABAMA (11 - 9) at DENVER (8 - 11) - 1/29/2009, 9:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
DENVER is 11-4 ATS (+6.6 Units) in all games this season.
DENVER is 11-4 ATS (+6.6 Units) in all lined games this season.
DENVER is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) in all home games over the last 2 seasons.
DENVER is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) in home lined games over the last 2 seasons.
DENVER is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) against conference opponents this season.
DENVER is 17-4 ATS (+12.6 Units) in January games over the last 3 seasons.
DENVER is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) after a conference game this season.
S ALABAMA is 62-41 ATS (+16.9 Units) in road games after a conference game since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
DENVER is 1-1 against the spread versus S ALABAMA over the last 3 seasons
S ALABAMA is 2-0 straight up against DENVER 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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SAN DIEGO (12 - 8) at PORTLAND (13 - 7) - 1/29/2009, 10:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SAN DIEGO is 30-19 ATS (+9.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN DIEGO is 30-19 ATS (+9.1 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN DIEGO is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) as a road underdog of 3 points or less or pick since 1997.
SAN DIEGO is 14-4 ATS (+9.6 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN DIEGO is 14-4 ATS (+9.6 Units) in road lined games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN DIEGO is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road games against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
SAN DIEGO is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road games in January games over the last 3 seasons.
SAN DIEGO is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) after a conference game over the last 2 seasons.
SAN DIEGO is 17-7 ATS (+9.3 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.
PORTLAND is 4-12 ATS (-9.2 Units) in all home games over the last 2 seasons.
PORTLAND is 4-12 ATS (-9.2 Units) in home lined games over the last 2 seasons.
PORTLAND is 69-99 ATS (-39.9 Units) against conference opponents since 1997.
PORTLAND is 16-31 ATS (-18.1 Units) off a win against a conference rival since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAN DIEGO is 3-1 against the spread versus PORTLAND over the last 3 seasons
SAN DIEGO is 4-0 straight up against PORTLAND 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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BOISE ST (14 - 5) at IDAHO (9 - 10) - 1/29/2009, 10:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
IDAHO is 103-74 ATS (+21.6 Units) after a conference game since 1997.
IDAHO is 39-20 ATS (+17.0 Units) after allowing 60 points or less since 1997.
IDAHO is 43-26 ATS (+14.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games since 1997.
BOISE ST is 63-37 ATS (+22.3 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
BOISE ST is 3-1 against the spread versus IDAHO over the last 3 seasons
BOISE ST is 4-0 straight up against IDAHO 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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PEPPERDINE (4 - 17) at SAN FRANCISCO (8 - 12) - 1/29/2009, 10:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SAN FRANCISCO is 39-22 ATS (+14.8 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record after 15 or more games since 1997.
SAN FRANCISCO is 4-11 ATS (-8.1 Units) in all games this season.
SAN FRANCISCO is 4-11 ATS (-8.1 Units) in all lined games this season.
SAN FRANCISCO is 4-12 ATS (-9.2 Units) in all home games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN FRANCISCO is 4-12 ATS (-9.2 Units) in home lined games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN FRANCISCO is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) off a loss against a conference rival over the last 3 seasons.
SAN FRANCISCO is 8-21 ATS (-15.1 Units) in home games after scoring 60 points or less since 1997.
SAN FRANCISCO is 2-11 ATS (-10.1 Units) versus poor offensive teams - scoring <=64 points/game over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAN FRANCISCO is 4-0 against the spread versus PEPPERDINE over the last 3 seasons
SAN FRANCISCO is 4-0 straight up against PEPPERDINE 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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LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT (1 - 20) at SANTA CLARA (9 - 13) - 1/29/2009, 10:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT is 13-29 ATS (-18.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT is 13-29 ATS (-18.9 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT is 13-28 ATS (-17.8 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT is 11-22 ATS (-13.2 Units) after a conference game over the last 3 seasons.
LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT is 1-11 ATS (-11.1 Units) after allowing 80 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT is 8-19 ATS (-12.9 Units) after 3 or more consecutive losses over the last 3 seasons.
LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT is 42-63 ATS (-27.3 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1997.
SANTA CLARA is 104-75 ATS (+21.5 Units) against conference opponents since 1997.
SANTA CLARA is 60-35 ATS (+21.5 Units) after allowing 60 points or less since 1997.
SANTA CLARA is 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 3 seasons.
SANTA CLARA is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) versus poor offensive teams - scoring <=64 points/game after 15+ games since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
SANTA CLARA is 2-2 against the spread versus LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT over the last 3 seasons
SANTA CLARA is 2-2 straight up against LOYOLA-MARYMOUNT 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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CS-FULLERTON (9 - 10) at LONG BEACH ST (10 - 8) - 1/29/2009, 10:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LONG BEACH ST is 23-9 ATS (+13.1 Units) as a favorite over the last 3 seasons.
CS-FULLERTON is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
CS-FULLERTON is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) in road lined games over the last 2 seasons.
CS-FULLERTON is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in road games against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
CS-FULLERTON is 12-2 ATS (+9.8 Units) in road games after scoring 80 points or more over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
LONG BEACH ST is 2-2 against the spread versus CS-FULLERTON over the last 3 seasons
LONG BEACH ST is 2-2 straight up against CS-FULLERTON 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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CALIFORNIA (16 - 4) at UCLA (15 - 4) - 1/29/2009, 10:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
CALIFORNIA is 12-25 ATS (-15.5 Units) versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game after 15+ games since 1997.
CALIFORNIA is 18-7 ATS (+10.3 Units) in road games against conference opponents over the last 3 seasons.
CALIFORNIA is 30-15 ATS (+13.5 Units) in road games in January games since 1997.
CALIFORNIA is 17-7 ATS (+9.3 Units) in road games after a conference game over the last 3 seasons.
CALIFORNIA is 19-8 ATS (+10.2 Units) after failing to cover the spread in 3 or more consecutive games since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
UCLA is 3-3 against the spread versus CALIFORNIA over the last 3 seasons
UCLA is 5-1 straight up against CALIFORNIA over the last 3 seasons
4 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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STANFORD (13 - 4) at USC (13 - 6) - 1/29/2009, 10:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
USC is 3-2 against the spread versus STANFORD over the last 3 seasons
USC is 3-2 straight up against STANFORD 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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UC-IRVINE (6 - 13) at UC-RIVERSIDE (11 - 7) - 1/29/2009, 11:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
UC-RIVERSIDE is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record after 15 or more games over the last 3 seasons.
UC-IRVINE is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) off a loss against a conference rival over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
UC-RIVERSIDE is 4-1 against the spread versus UC-IRVINE over the last 3 seasons
UC-IRVINE is 4-1 straight up against UC-RIVERSIDE over the last 3 seasons
4 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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CS-NORTHRIDGE (7 - 10) at UC-SANTA BARBARA (8 - 11) - 1/29/2009, 11:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
UC-SANTA BARBARA is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in home games in January games over the last 2 seasons.
UC-SANTA BARBARA is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) after allowing 60 points or less over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
UC-SANTA BARBARA is 3-1 against the spread versus CS-NORTHRIDGE over the last 3 seasons
UC-SANTA BARBARA is 3-1 straight up against CS-NORTHRIDGE 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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ST MARYS-CA (18 - 1) at GONZAGA (14 - 4) - 1/29/2009, 11:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ST MARYS-CA is 5-16 ATS (-12.6 Units) versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game after 15+ games since 1997.
ST MARYS-CA is 6-17 ATS (-12.7 Units) versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game over the last 3 seasons.
GONZAGA is 37-20 ATS (+15.0 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game since 1997.
GONZAGA is 11-22 ATS (-13.2 Units) versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
GONZAGA is 2-2 against the spread versus ST MARYS-CA over the last 3 seasons
GONZAGA is 2-2 straight up against ST MARYS-CA 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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CANISIUS (7 - 13) at SIENA (16 - 5) - 1/29/2009, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SIENA is 2-8 ATS (-6.8 Units) against conference opponents this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
SIENA is 4-0 against the spread versus CANISIUS over the last 3 seasons
SIENA is 4-0 straight up against CANISIUS over the last 3 seasons
4 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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ELON (5 - 12) at THE CITADEL (11 - 10) - 1/29/2009, 7:05 PM
Top Trends for this game.
THE CITADEL is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in all games this season.
THE CITADEL is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in all lined games this season.
THE CITADEL is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) against conference opponents this season.
THE CITADEL is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) in January games this season.
THE CITADEL is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) revenging a road loss vs opponent this season.
THE CITADEL is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) off a win against a conference rival over the last 2 seasons.
THE CITADEL is 8-22 ATS (-16.2 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record since 1997.
THE CITADEL is 15-30 ATS (-18.0 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record after 15 or more games since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
THE CITADEL is 3-2 against the spread versus ELON over the last 3 seasons
ELON is 3-2 straight up against THE CITADEL 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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WOFFORD (8 - 9) at APPALACHIAN ST (7 - 10) - 1/29/2009, 7:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
APPALACHIAN ST is 4-0 against the spread versus WOFFORD over the last 3 seasons
APPALACHIAN ST is 4-0 straight up against WOFFORD over the last 3 seasons
2 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 

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7:00 PM ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK vs. FLORIDA ATLANTIC
Arkansas-Little Rock' is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Arkansas-Little Rock' is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Florida Atlantic' is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Florida Atlantic' is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games


7:00 PM CANISIUS vs. SIENA
Canisius' is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Canisius' is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Siena' is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Siena' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games


7:00 PM CLEMSON vs. VIRGINIA TECH
Clemson' is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Clemson' is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games
Virginia Tech' is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Virginia Tech' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games


7:00 PM FURMAN vs. WESTERN CAROLINA
Furman' is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Furman' is 2-15 SU in its last 17 games
Western Carolina' is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Western Carolina' is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games


7:00 PM MICHIGAN STATE vs. IOWA
Michigan State' is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Michigan State' is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
Iowa' is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
Iowa' is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games


7:00 PM UNC GREENSBORO vs. COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
UNC Greensboro' is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
UNC Greensboro' is 2-14 SU in its last 16 games
College of Charleston' is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
College of Charleston' is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games


7:00 PM WOFFORD vs. APPALACHIAN STATE
Wofford' is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Wofford's last 8 games
Appalachian State' is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games at home
Appalachian State' is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games


7:05 PM ELON vs. THE CITADEL
Elon' is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Elon' is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
The Citadel' is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
The Citadel' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games


7:30 PM DETROIT vs. CLEVELAND STATE
Detroit' is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
Cleveland State' is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland State's last 5 games


7:35 PM WRIGHT STATE vs. YOUNGSTOWN STATE
Wright State' is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Wright State' is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
Youngstown State' is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Youngstown State' is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

8:00 PM FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL vs. NEW ORLEANS
Florida International' is 5-13 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida International's last 6 games
New Orleans' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home


8:00 PM GEORGIA SOUTHERN vs. SAMFORD
Georgia Southern' is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Georgia Southern's last 5 games
Samford' is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Samford' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games


8:00 PM HAWAII vs. LOUISIANA TECH
Hawaii' is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Hawaii' is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Louisiana Tech' is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Louisiana Tech' is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games


8:00 PM LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE vs. MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Louisiana-Lafayette' is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Louisiana-Lafayette' is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
Middle Tennessee' is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Middle Tennessee' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home


8:00 PM SAINT LOUIS vs. DAYTON
Saint Louis' is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Saint Louis' is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
Dayton' is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Dayton' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home


8:00 PM TROY vs. NORTH TEXAS
Troy' is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Troy' is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
North Texas' is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games at home
North Texas' is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games


8:05 PM WESTERN KENTUCKY vs. ARKANSAS STATE
Western Kentucky' is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Western Kentucky' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Arkansas State' is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Arkansas State' is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games


8:30 PM WASHINGTON vs. ARIZONA
Washington' is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games
Arizona' is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Arizona' is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games at home


8:45 PM JACKSONVILLE STATE vs. SE MISSOURI STATE
Jacksonville State' is 1-6-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Jacksonville State' is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
SE Missouri State' is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
SE Missouri State' is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games


9:00 PM ALABAMA vs. ARKANSAS
Alabama' is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Alabama' is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
Arkansas' is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Arkansas' is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games


9:00 PM ILLINOIS vs. MINNESOTA
Illinois' is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Illinois' is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games
Minnesota' is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games


9:00 PM RUTGERS vs. SETON HALL
Rutgers' is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Rutgers' is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Seton Hall' is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Seton Hall' is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games


9:00 PM SAN JOSE STATE vs. NEW MEXICO STATE
No trends available
New Mexico State' is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
New Mexico State' is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games at home


9:00 PM SOUTH ALABAMA vs. DENVER
South Alabama' is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
South Alabama' is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Denver' is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Denver' is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games


9:00 PM TENNESSEE STATE vs. MOREHEAD STATE
Tennessee State' is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Tennessee State' is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Morehead State' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Morehead State' is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games


9:00 PM TENNESSEE TECH vs. EASTERN ILLINOIS
Tennessee Tech' is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Tennessee Tech' is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Eastern Illinois' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Eastern Illinois' is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games

9:00 PM WASHINGTON STATE vs. ARIZONA STATE
Washington State' is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Washington State's last 16 games
Arizona State' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Arizona State' is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games


9:05 PM EASTERN WASHINGTON vs. MONTANA STATE
Eastern Washington' is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Eastern Washington' is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Montana State' is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montana State's last 7 games


9:05 PM NEVADA vs. UTAH STATE
Nevada' is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
Nevada' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Utah State' is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Utah State' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games


9:05 PM PORTLAND STATE vs. MONTANA
Portland State' is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Portland State's last 6 games
Montana' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Montana' is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games


9:05 PM WEBER STATE vs. IDAHO STATE
Weber State' is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Weber State' is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Idaho State' is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Idaho State's last 5 games at home


10:00 PM LOYOLA MARYMOUNT vs. SANTA CLARA
Loyola Marymount' is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Santa Clara' is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Santa Clara' is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home


10:00 PM PEPPERDINE vs. SAN FRANCISCO
Pepperdine' is 3-17 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pepperdine's last 5 games
San Francisco' is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
San Francisco' is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games


10:00 PM SAN DIEGO vs. PORTLAND
San Diego' is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Diego's last 5 games
Portland' is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Portland' is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games


10:05 PM BOISE STATE vs. IDAHO
Boise State' is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Boise State' is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
Idaho' is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Idaho' is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home


10:05 PM CS FULLERTON vs. LONG BEACH STATE
The total has gone OVER in 6 of CS Fullerton's last 8 games
Long Beach State' is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Long Beach State' is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home


10:05 PM NORTHERN COLORADO vs. SACRAMENTO STATE
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Colorado's last 5 games
Sacramento State' is 1-14 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Sacramento State's last 5 games


10:30 PM CALIFORNIA vs. UCLA
California' is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
California' is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
UCLA' is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
UCLA' is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games


10:30 PM STANFORD vs. USC
Stanford' is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Stanford' is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
USC' is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of USC's last 6 games


11:00 PM CS NORTHRIDGE vs. SANTA BARBARA
CS Northridge' is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Santa Barbara' is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Santa Barbara' is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games


11:00 PM SAINT MARY'S vs. GONZAGA
Saint Mary's' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Saint Mary's's last 5 games
Gonzaga' is 19-3 SU in its last 22 games at home
Gonzaga' is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games


11:00 PM ST MARYS TX vs. GONZAGA
No trends available
Gonzaga' is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Gonzaga' is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games


11:00 PM UC IRVINE vs. UC RIVERSIDE
UC Irvine' is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games
UC Riverside' is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home

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NCAAB Today

Notes on the best of today's games.

Home side won last six Michigan State-Iowa games; Spartans lost three in a row at Iowa, by 12-2-7 points (was 43-36 LY). State is 4-0 on road in Big 11, winning by 12-11-5-11 points (2-0-1 as road favorite)- they're just 16 for last 56 beyond arc. Hawkeyes lost four of last five; five of their seven conference games were decided by five or less points.

Underdog covered last six Clemson-Virginia Tech games, with only one of the six won by more than a hoop- Tigers beat Tech by a point in last two meetings. Hokies won last four games, winning at Wake Forest and Miami in last two- they won both their ACC home games. Clemson lost two of last three games, shooting less than 38% in all three.

Washington lost last two visits to Tucson by 30-20 points, but they're 7-5 in last 12 series games, with favorites covering last four. Arizona is Huskies won last four games, are 3-0 on Pac-10 road- they took 83 foul shots last weekend, in home wins vs the LA schools. Arizona was lucky to beat Houston in last game, snapping their three-game skid.

Washington State won four in row and six of last seven vs Arizona State, holding ASU to 55 or less points in last five series wins- they won by a point in each of last two visits to Tempe. Sun Devils are 2-0 as Pac-10 home favorite, winning by 31-18 at home. Four of last five Cougar games were decided by four or less points; dogs covered 6 of their 7 in league.

Underdog is 5-2 vs spread in last seven Nevada-Utah State games, with Wolf Pack losing two of last three visits here. Utah State is 7-0 in WAC, covering five of last six games; their wins at home are by 9-4-14 points. Nevada won last five games, allowing 62.5 ppg in last four. WAC home favorites are 7-16 against the spread.

Illinois won last 10 games vs Minnesota, winning last four here by 10-6-12-24 points (8-2 vs spread); Illini won four of last five games, but lost last two road games, at both Michigan schools- they allowed 53 ppg in last five games. Minnesota lost two of last three games; they're 4-0 when they score 67+ points, 1-3 when they don't.

Alabama plays its first game without deposed coach Gottfried, who was forced out earlier this week; home side won six of last seven series games with Arkansas- Tide lost last three visits here by 2-27-4 points. Bama is 1-3 in last four ganes, and is without PG RSteele- they lost games on the SEC road by 9-14 points. Hogs are 0-4 in SEC, losing by 14,22 at home.

South Alabama is 4-1 on Sun Belt road, 0-4 at home; they're 3-0 in Sun Belt when they score 71+ points, 1-5 when they don't. Denver covered eight of nine league games; they're 2-0 as home favorite, and shot 50%+ in last five games. Pioneers held six of eight Sun Belt foes under 70 pts. Sun Belt home teams are just 23-33 against the spread.

Portland lost four in row, seven of last eight games vs San Diego, losing three of last four here (losses by 16-4-3 points); Pilots won four games in row (three by 15+ points)- they're 3-1 as a WCC favorite. Toreros are 4-1 in WCC, holding three of five opponents under 36% from the floor. WCC home favorites are 4-7 against the spread.

UCLA is 7-1 in last eight games vs Cal, winning last two played here by 1-10 points; underdog is 7-4 vs spread in last 11 series games. Bears are 5-2 in Pac-10, losing by 6-4 points- they're 3-1 as Pac-10 dog. UCLA is 1-2 in last three games, going -11/-12 in last two second halves; they're not getting to foul line, taking just 23 charity tosses in last three games.

Home side won last seven Stanford-USC games; Cardinal lost last three at USC by 11-4-13 points- favorites are 5-2-1 vs spread in series. USC won three of last four games, with last two wins by total of three points. Stanford lost both its Pac-10 road games by a point- they covered game that followed their first three Pac-10 losses.

St Mary's won its last fourteen games, with 10 of the 14 away from its home court, but they've lost last five visits to Spokane by 14-5-1-11-12 points. Favorites are 5-2 vs spread in last seven series games. Gonzaga is 2-1 as WCC home favorite, winning by 17-42-34 points. Both teams are 5-0 in conference play. WCC home favorites are 4-7 vs spread.

Portland State (-9) beat Montana 72-45 Dec 20, their fourth straight win in series- they won 108-56 here LY. Vikings are 6-1 in Big Sky, 3-0 on road, winning by 12-1-14 points (2-1 as road fave)- they won last three games overall by 27-14-22 points. Montana is 4-0 at home in Big Sky, but they're 1-3 vs spread as a Big Sky underdog.

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Thursday Research
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Clemson vs. Virginia Tech

I tell you what, Va Tech seems to be for real. After all, this team has moved to the top 65 power rankings, just beat top 50 Miami of Florida on the road in OT, too care of business against Wake Forrest on the road which not even Duke was able to do, beat BC at home and seems to be coming on strong in conference play. Clemson did take care of Georgia Tech at home, but they fell short to Wake Forrest at home by 10 and UNC by 24 on the road. Clemson is a top 25 power ranking team that hits the road once again and they did beat Illinois and routed Miami of Florida on the road which was very impressive. Heck, the fact that this team beat Illinois on the road Outright is truly impressive. This is going to be a great game, and I lean on Clemson a bit, but no thanks - I'm staying clear - but any team that can win at Illinois such as Clemson truly deserves respect.

Michigan State vs. Iowa


Michigan State comes off a huge win over Ohio State on the road by 11, but that was off of a shocking loss to Northwestern at home (the same team that only beat Indiana by a bucket at home). Iowa comes off a 4 point loss on the road but this is an eerily low line at 5.5 with over 70% of the public riding the Spartans. I'm not saying they don't cover here, b/c they did cover with a similar line at Minnesota when they covered. But, this was a similar line at Penn State on the road in which they did not cover, and now face an Iowa team at home that comes off a series of losses. no thanks.

Illinois vs. Minnesota

These two teams have not met this year. Illinois comes off a big win over Wisconsin and Ohio State at home and give them credit as they are a 17 win team this year. Keep in mind that Illinoi's two losses this year come to Michigan on the road by 10 and Michigan State on the road by 6. But, this team did beat Purdue and Vanderbilt on the road as well. For a team in Minnesota who lost to NW on the road and Purdue at home, Minnesota did not destroy Indiana as they only beat them by 4 (over 70% of the public took it up the chin in this game). Minnesota did beat Ohio State by 9 and Penn State by 20 at home and of course, even beat Louisville in neutral footing. Sure, I lean on my Illini here but I have a simple rule now, never get involved in any game that involves Tubby Smith as he defies all betting logic. I will take my chances elsewhere in another contest than deal with ol' Tubby who always seems to screw up any handicapping. no thanks.

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