College Basketball Betting News and Notes Tuesday 11/13

College Basketball Betting News and Notes Tuesday 11/13

State Farm Champions Classic: What Bettors Need to Know

The State Farm Champions Classic features four teams that have been to the national title game in four of the last five years. Here's a look at the two marquee games going down in the Georgia Dome Tuesday night:

Michigan State Spartans vs. Kansas Jayhawks (-2.5, 129)

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo wasn’t pleased with his frontcourt after a surprising season-opening loss to rebuilding Connecticut.  He’ll need his post players to bounce back quickly given the 22nd-ranked Spartans’ next opponent.

Michigan State will face reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Jeff Withey and 2011 national runner-up Kansas in the opening round of the State Farm Champions Classic on Tuesday in the Georgia Dome.

The Spartans failed to exploit an obvious mismatch against the inexperienced Huskies' frontcourt in a 66-62 loss in Germany. Seventh-ranked Kansas, meanwhile, opened with a 74-55 victory over Southeast Missouri State.

This is the ninth meeting between schools with a combined 22 Final Four appearances and five national championships. It’s the first since Michigan State knocked off Kansas in the 2009 NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal before losing to North Carolina in the final.

ABOUT MICHIGAN STATE (0-1): Izzo’s teams always play a stiff non-conference schedule and usually improve as the season progresses. And Michigan State, which returns four of its top six scorers, has nowhere to go up but after a dismal showing against the Huskies in Germany. The Spartans fell behind 20-6 early, shot 37 percent and committed 15 turnovers while allowing Connecticut to shoot more than 46 percent. The front-court combination of Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix, charged with helping to replace All-American Draymond Green, combined for 12 points and seven turnovers. On a positive note, guard Branden Dawson, who tore his ACL last March, had 17 points and seven rebounds and point guard Keith Appling added 17.

ABOUT KANSAS (1-0): Kansas is favored to win a ninth straight Big 12 title despite losing star forward Thomas Robinson to the NBA, and Withey’s presence is a big reason. The 7-footer has become the Jayhawks’ go-to player and he responded with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks in the season-opening win. Withey is one of three returning starters who are joined by promising red-shirt freshman Ben McLemore (12 points, nine rebounds, five assists) and freshman Perry Ellis (15 points, eight rebounds). There’s plenty of room for improvement after Kansas shot only 38 percent against the Redhawks, including 2-of-21 from 3-point range. Point guard Elijah Johnson, the team’s leading returning scorer (10.2 points), played through foul trouble and finished with only four points on 1-of-5 shooting.


* Spartans are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.
* Spartans are 7-2 ATS in their last nine vs. Big 12.
* Jayhawks are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 vs. Big Ten.
* Over is 5-2-1 in Spartans last eight non-conference games.
* Under is 19-7 in Jayhawks last 26 non-conference games.


1. “I just thought that Payne looked out of it and I think it was because he was trying to maybe do what (Draymond) did at that position and he can't,” Izzo told the Detroit News.

2. Withey set an NCAA Tournament record last season with 31 blocked shots in six games.

3. The winner plays the winner of Tuesday’s matchup between No. 9 Duke and No. 3 Kentucky.

Duke Blue Devils vs. Kentucky Wildcats (+3.5, 140)

While the college basketball season offers a feast of stellar games over the sum of its duration, there is already a tasty morsel on the plate. No. 9 Duke will tip off against third-ranked and defending national champion Kentucky on Tuesday during the Champions Classic in Atlanta.

The traditional powers were both successful in their season openers as the experienced Blue Devils cruised to a 74-55 triumph over Georgia State while the new-look Wildcats eked out a 72-59 win over Maryland.

Kentucky, which received two first-place votes in Monday's USA Today/ESPN Top 25 poll, is adjusting after overhauling the majority of its roster following last season's national championship.

ABOUT DUKE (1-0): Mason Plumlee made his presence felt with 19 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots as the Blue Devils blasted the Panthers. Plumlee could wreak havoc on the boards against Kentucky, which was outrebounded by a 53-38 margin (28-13 on the offensive end) in its opener. Despite being hampered by a sore foot, fellow senior Seth Curry drilled a trio of 3-pointers en route to a 15-point performance. Duke erupted for 11 3-pointers in the season-opening victory.

ABOUT KENTUCKY (1-0): Nerlens Noel will be looked upon to soften the blow of the departure of Anthony Davis, who was the top overall pick of the 2012 NBA draft. Noel is hardly a scoring machine, but the 6-foot-10 freshman had nine rebounds and three blocked shots against Maryland. Jarrod Polson eclipsed his career total by scoring 10 points in the opener. Polson could see additional time with fellow guard Ryan Harrow still battling the flu. Harrow, who is a North Carolina State transfer, has been held out of practice since Friday's victory.


* Blue Devils are 0-4 ATS in their last four vs. Southeastern.
* Wildcats are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. Atlantic Coast.
* Under is 4-1 in Blue Devils last five non-conference games.
*  Over is 5-2 in Wildcats last seven non-conference games.


1. Sophomore power forward Kyle Wiltjer had a game-high 19 points and top-10 recruit Archie Goodwin added 16 in Kentucky's season-opening victory.

2. Duke guard Tyler Thornton picked up the surprise start in the opener and didn't disappoint. The junior drew rave reviews from coach Mike Krzyzewski following his 13-point, three-assist, two-steal performance.

3. Wildcats backup guard Julius Mays suffered an eye injury versus Maryland and is uncertain for Tuesday's game.

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Four Top 25 College Basketball Teams Play In Doubleheader
By: Willie Bee

Michigan State Spartans vs. Kansas Jayhawks

Michigan State Spartans: Coach Tom Izzo's Spartans (0-1 straight-up and against the spread) fell in their season opener last Friday, as UConn scored a 66-62 win as an 8-point underdog in the Armed Forces Classic played in Germany. The Spartans fell behind by double digits early and were never able to catch up to the running Huskies. Branden Dawson stuffed the stat sheet for MSU with 15 points, 10 boards and five steals.

Kansas Jayhawks: Jeff Withey paced KU (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) to a 74-55 victory in Friday's matchup with Southeast Missouri State, a preliminary contest in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. The senior center led the Jayhawks with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks while freshman Perry Ellis added 15 points in his Kansas debut. Jayhawks backers failed to cash on the 19½-point spread. Michigan State leads this all-time series 5-4, including a 67-62 win in the last meeting which came in the Sweet 16 round of the 2009 NCAAs.

Duke Blue Devils vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Duke Blue Devils: Coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS) just missed a cover in their 74-55 season-opening win vs. Georgia State last Friday. Duke closed as 19½-point chalk and was paced by three scorers in double digits, including Mason Plumlee, who tallied a team-high 19 points to go with 14 rebounds. The Blue Devils are 8-11 all-time vs. UK (4-1 since Coach K's arrival in Durham), and eked out a 95-92 home win in overtime the last time the two squads met in 2001.

Kentucky Wildcats: This will be the second straight ACC opponent for the 'Cats (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS), who just got past Maryland last Friday in the Barclays Center Classic, 72-69. Kyle Wiltjer led UK with 19 points, but it was junior Jarrod Polson's 10 points off the bench that secured the outright victory in a contest that closed with the Wildcats laying 10 points. Touted freshman Nerlens Noel grabbed nine boards and blocked three shots for Kentucky in his collegiate debut.

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College hoops 24-Hour Marathon Betting Cheat Sheet

College basketball bettors are pulling an all-nighter this Tuesday with ESPN’s annual 24-hour NCAAB marathon, starting with West Virginia at Gonzaga, which tips off at midnight Tuesday.

If you’re planning to put on the coffee and take in all the action or just picking your spots, here’s a cheat sheet for Tuesday’s college hoops marathon.

12 a.m. ET – West Virginia Mountaineers at Gonzaga Bulldogs (-11, 138)

Two teams that faced each other in last season’s NCAA tournament square off late Monday night when No. 22 Gonzaga hosts West Virginia in an Old Spice Classic play-in game. The Bulldogs cruised to a 77-54 victory over the Mountaineers in the Round of 64 and have more familiar faces returning than reloading West Virginia.

2 a.m. ET – Davidson Wildcats at New Mexico Lobos (-5.5, 144)

New Mexico was one of the best bets in college basketball last season, boasting a 23-9 ATS mark. The Lobos return three starters from that team, but Davidson is the favorite to win the Southern Conference and brings eight of its top nine players back from 2011-12.

4 a.m. ET – Houston Baptists Huskies at Hawaii Warriors (-13, 148.5)

In the shadow of point shaving accusations, the Warriors posted the best over mark in the land. They topped the total in 20 of their 28 games in which a number was set. Hawaii, which lost some talented supporters this offseason and returns only two starters, leaned on its defense in a win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Sunday. It held the Golden Lions to 54 points on 26 percent shooting, including 7-of-38 shooting in the second half.

6 a.m. ET – Stony Brook Seawolves at Rider Broncs (-3)

Stony Brook knocked off Rider 79-62 last season. The Seawolves were the class of the America East in 2011-12, going 22-10 SU and 3-3 ATS in lined games. All three of those ATS losses came away from home in neutral-site conference tournament games. Rider finished 14-12-1 ATS, including a 7-5 ATS mark in lined home games.

8 a.m. ET – Northern Illinois Huskies at Valparaiso Crusaders (-18.5)

The Crusaders return all five starters for a team that took the Horizon League regular season title last year. Valparaiso defeated NIU, 59-48, on the road last season but just failed to cover as a 12-point favorite. Six-foot-7 Australian forward Ryan Broekhoff scored 19 points in that win. He’s one of six seniors back for Valpo this year.

10 a.m. ET – Harvard Crimson at UMass Minutemen (-9.5)

The Minutemen do have an up-and-coming team in the A-10, with budding stars like Chaz Williams leading a roster that returns four starters. However, UMass may be looking past their New England rivals in this early-morning matchup, with a trip to tropical Puerto Rico on this week’s itinerary. Harvard is projected to win the Ivy League again and knocked around some notable programs last season.

12 p.m. ET – Temple Owls at Kent State Golden Flashes (+3.5)

Kent State has already had a tough test to start the season, slipping by Drexel 66-62 as a 7.5-point home underdog Friday. The Golden Flashes looked to seniors Chris Evans and Randal Holt down the stretch, giving a young KSU team another upset win to start a season. Last year, the Golden Flashes stunned West Virginia out of the gates.

2 p.m. ET – Detroit Titans at St. John’s Red Storm (-5)

Steve Lavin is back on the sidelines for the Johnnies after missing most of last season while recovering from prostate cancer surgery. Lavin benched PG D’Angelo Harrison in an exhibition last week after some behavior issues and is still waiting to hear the fate of Orlando Sanchez and Marco Bourgault, who are waiting for the NCAA’s go-ahead.

4 p.m. ET – Butler Bulldogs at Xavier Musketeers (+4)

Xavier and Butler have split their last four meetings, going back to 2008, with the Musketeers taking the two most recent encounters. Three of those four games have played over the total. These two programs meet for the first time as conference rivals Tuesday, with Butler making the jump to the A-10. Xavier blew away shorthanded Fairleigh Dickinson in the opener, with seven players scoring in double figures.

7 p.m. - Michigan State Spartans vs. Kansas Jayhawks (+2.5)

Tom Izzo said his team had a “deer in the headlights” feel to them in a season-opening loss to UConn in Germany Friday. There may be more of the same when MSU faces Kansas at the Georgia Dome in one of two marquee games to wrap up the marathon. The Spartans may be a little worn down after coming back from Germany and then having to make the trip to Atlanta. They could also be without guard Travis Trice, who is doubtful after suffering a concussion versus UConn.

9 p.m. ET – Duke Blue Devils vs. Kentucky Wildcats (-3.5)

As far as names go, they don’t get any bigger than this in college hoops. These two superpowers have met just once since 2000, with Duke taking a 95-92 OT win over UK in 2001. The Blue Devils will look to their big men to dominate the glass and pick up second-chance looks. The Wildcats nearly got burned by another ACC member, escaping with a 72-69 win over Maryland as 10.5-point favorites Friday. Kentucky was out-rebounded 46-34 by the Terps and is now just 3-12-1 ATS in its last 16 games versus ACC opponents heading into Tuesday's showdown with Duke.

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NCAAB Preview

-- Harvard was 26-5/12-2 LY, but their senior co-captains withdrew from school due to a cheating scandal; Crimson beat a D-3 team by 15 in opener. UMass has 4 starters back from 25-12/9-7 team, including best PG in A-16. Minutemen are picked #5 in A-16.
-- Temple lost 3 starters from 24-8/13-3 team that won regular season in A-14; WV transfer Pepper will help. Owls are picked #4 in bigger A-16. Kent State had solid 66-62 win over Drexel in opener, a brickfest where both teams shot under 37%. Kent is picked #3 in MAC East.
-- St John's lost 69-63 at Detroit LY; Red Storm is still very young and they lot tactician/assistant coach Dunlap to NBA, but Levin is healthy and they have a quality PG- they're picked #12 in Big East. Detroit beat stiffs by 35 in its opener; Titans are picked #2 in Horizon.
-- Xavier lost two starters to graduation, two to off-court issues- they also lost two assistant coaches, so they're rebuilding. Musketeers won by 12 at Butler LY; these teams are now A-16 rivals, but kept this game as non-league tilt. Both teams beat stiffs in opener. Butler has 4 starters back from 22-15/11-7 team, plus shooter in Arkansas transfer Clarke.

-- Michigan State played in Germany Friday night, so lot of travel for Spartans, who lost to UConn by 4, shooting 38% (10 shots blocked). Kansas has 3 starters back from 32-7/16-2 team- they won opener by 19, despite making just 2-21 from arc.
-- Kentucky won opener by 3 over Maryland on neutral court; Wildcats were outrebounded 46-34- they're very young, as always. Duke has 4 starters back from 27-7/13-3 team- they made 11-24 from arc in 74-55 win over Georgia State in its opener.
-- Princeton won 71-62 at Northeastern LY; Tigers have 4 starters back from 20-12/10-4 team that is picked to win Ivy- they won opener by 5 at Buffalo. Huskies have 4 starters back from 14-17/9-9 team- they won opener 65-64 over Boston U.
-- VCU beat Wichita State 62-59 in NCAAs last spring; Rams have four starters back from 29-7/15-3 team as it moves from A-16 to CAA- they won opener by 23 over stiffs. Wichita lost 3 starters from 27-6/16-2 club but Oregon transfer Armstead takes over at PG.
-- Misissippi State has new team, new coach; they lost opener at Troy State of Sun Belt- they're picked last in SEC. Florida Atlantic shot 28% in 80-56 loss at North Carolina Sunday; it was only 32-24 at half. Owls lost 3 starters from 11-19/7-9 team.

-- Long Beach State lost four starters from 25-9/15-1 team; they won by 10 in opener, move up in class here, facing USC squad that has reloaded with players after LY's 6-26/1-17 debacle, when they lost PG Fontan to knee injury on offseason trip to Brazil. He's back now.
-- Houston struggled (81-76) to beat Florida A&M in opener; Cougars lost 4 starters from 15-15/7-9 team, are still rebuilding. San Jose St. has 3 starters back from 9-22/1-13 team; Spartans lost to New Orleans in their opener, a bad loss, since UNO hasn't been D-I for couple years.
-- Western Kentucky lost opener in OT at Southern Miss; Hilltoppers have 4 starter back from 16-19/7-9 team that played better after coach got fired. Austin Peay shot 54%, 9-20 from arc in 75-64 win in opener over Samford. Governors were 12-20 LY and are rebuilding.
-- Boise State has 4 starters back from 13-17/3-11 team; they're picked #7 in last year in MWC- they crushed a stiff team in opener. Oakland is no stiff, but they lost 90-79 in opener at UL-Lafayette, as ULL shot 57% from floor, helped by 20 Oakland turnovers.

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CBB: Streaks, Tips, Notes 

Duke vs. Kentucky

Lead by Kyle Wiltjer (19), Archie Goodwin (16) and Jarrod Polson (10) the Kentucky Wildcats who lost their starting five from last years National Championship squad squeaked out a 72-69 win over Maryland Friday dropping the cash as 10.5 favorite. Meanwhile, Duke getting 19 points from Mason Plumlee along with Seth Curry chipping in 15 toppled Georgia State 74-55 in it's opener and just like Wildcats failed at the betting window as 19.5 point favorites. John Calipari's young troops' near miss against Maryland should scare bettors off the Wildcats Tuesday at the Georgia Dome when they clash with the Blue Devils. The non-cover Friday increased Wildcats' ATS slide against the ACC to 0-10 and 1-12-1 ATS last fourteen vs the conference. Duke with the experienced senior starters and 7-3 ATS in November neutral site games have been pegged 3 point favorites.

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College Basketball Odds and Trends: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012
By: The Linemakers

Here's a look at some trends for tonight’s top 25 college basketball action. For updated point spreads on today’s games, visit our live odds screen.

Tuesday’s card is highlighted by the Champions Classic doubleheader at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, featuring Michigan State vs. Kansas at 7:00 p.m. ET and Duke vs. Kentucky at 9:30 p.m.

No. 21 Michigan State vs. No. 7 Kansas, 7:00 p.m. ET, Georgia Dome, Atlanta

Line: Kansas -3, Total: 129


Spartans are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.

Spartans are 16-34-2 ATS in their last 52 Tuesday games.

Spartans are 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games.

Jayhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss.

Jayhawks are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 vs. Big Ten.

The Linemakers’ take: Michigan State had a long trip back from Germany after losing to an inexperienced Connecticut squad, and it doesn’t get any easier tonight, as they’ll have to face 7-footer Jeff Whitney, who figures to be a more intricate part of the Kansas offense going forward. Whitney is one of three returning starters for the Jayhawks. They’ll need him to continue blocking and altering shots inside, because they look to have some issues shooting the ball from the perimeter.

No. 9 Duke vs. No. 3 Kentucky, 9:30 p.m. ET, Georgia Dome, Atlanta

Line: Duke -3, Total: 140.5


Blue Devils are 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a SU win.

Blue Devils are 0-7 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Blue Devils are 0-4 ATS in their last four vs. SEC.

Blue Devils are 0-4 ATS in their last four neutral site games.

Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last five Tuesday games.

Wildcats are 4-13-1 ATS in their last 18 non-conference games.

Wildcats are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. ACC.

The Linemakers’ take: This is a tough spot here: do you side with the experience of Duke or the youth, talent and athleticism of Kentucky. The Wildcats struggled with Maryland in their last game, winning by three when favored by 10. By January, we may see this Kentucky squad make a strong run and exceed expectations, but this may be a little too early in regards to chemistry. Duke has its own issues at guard, but the Blue Devils’ experience should help them come out on top tonight.

Cleveland State vs. No. 5 Michigan, 8:00 p.m. ET

Line: Michigan -15, Total: 128


Vikings are 1-5 ATS in their last six non-conference games.

Wolverines are 32-14-1 ATS in their last 47 games overall.

Wolverines are 16-7-1 ATS in their last 24 non-conference games.

The Linemakers’ take: If Michigan wins tonight, it’ll be headed to Madison Square Garden for the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals. The question, though, is not necessarily whether they’ll win – it’s whether they’ll cover. Cleveland State lost four starters from last season’s 22-win squad, but in its last game, an overtime win against Bowling Green, the new guys went bombs away from 3-point land and hit 9-of-20 shots. Michigan looks to have a lot of balance inside and out that might overwhelm the young Cleveland State squad. This is technically a neutral-site game, but it's being played in Ann Arbor.

UC Irvine vs. No. 13 UCLA, 11:30 p.m. ET

Line: UCLA -18, Total: N/A


Anteaters are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

Anteaters are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in UCLA.

Underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

Road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.

The Linemakers’ take: UCI had an impressive win over Nevada on Saturday, against a Wolf Pack squad that has great guard play and won 28 games last season. UCLA beat UCI by 29 points last season and is 7-2 all-time in the series. Still looks like a lot of points here lay, despite the recent history.

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