College Basketball Betting News and Notes Friday, Dec. 21
College Basketball Betting News and Notes Friday, Dec. 21
-- 8-2 UConn's only two losses are both to top 30 teams, New Mexico/ NC State; Huskies are 3-0 vs teams not in top 200, winning by 6-8-34 points. Fordham is 2-8, losing to Pitt by 35, St John's by 11; their only wins are vs Ivy League teams, by 2-3 points. Big East double digit home favorites are 15-17. Atlantic 16 double digit road underdogs are 7-4.
-- Penn lost seven of last eight games, with only win vs Binghamton of America East (#341); Quakers beat Delaware by 9 LY, but lost 84-69 to the Blue Hens Nov 12- Delaware had 15 offensive boards, scored 1.08 ppp. CAA home favorites are 5-8 against spread. Ivy League road dogs are 9-17 vs spread. Delaware also lost seven of its last eight games.
-- Bowling Green played its heart out in 11-point home loss to Michigan State Tuesday; 5-5 Falcons lost by 11 at Robert Morris in only road tilt so far this year. South Florida won four of last five games; they're 6-2 vs teams not in top 100-- one of losses was to MAC's Western Michigan. MAC double digit road underdogs are 10-13 against the spread.
-- 11-0 Wyoming went to Cal-Santa Barbara Nov 28, crushed Gauchos 68-40, outscoring UCSB 23-2 on foul line, holding them to 31% from floor; Cowboys are 6-0 vs teams ranked #175 or lower, but four of six wins were by 14 or less points. UCSB is 2-6 vs D-I teams, with five of six losses by 24+ points. MWC double digit home faves are 10-8.
-- 7-3 Baylor is erratic, losing at home to Charleston/Northwestern, with a win at Kentucky in between; Bears are 3-2 vs top 100 teams, but are 0-3 in games decided by less than nine points. Baylor won 86-83 LY at BYU. Cougars are 0-3 vs top 100 teams, losing by 18-10-21 points. Big 12 single digit home favorites are 5-3 against spread.
-- 7-4 Stanford lost its first road game of year Tuesday, at NC State by 9; Cardinal is 2-4 vs top 100 teams, with only wins vs Denver/No Iowa- their losses are by 8-8-3-9 points. Stanford is shooting just 26% from the arc. Northwestern is without its best player Crawford for rest of year, big blow; they're 2-3 in last five games, with wins by 4-6 points.
-- 8-3 Middle Tennessee is 2nd-most experienced team in country; they are 3-3 away from home, with all three losses to teams in top 60. MTSU lost last four years to Vanderbilt, by 8-19-20-7 points. Vandy is 1-3 vs top 100 teams, losing by 23-16-10 points, with only win over Xavier in OT. SEC single digit underdogs are 11-18 against the spread.
-- Northridge lost its last three games vs D-I teams by 12-26-11 points (have two non-D-I wins in there); they haven't beaten a D-I team since November 18. 7-3 Utah avenged an earlier loss to SMU Tuesday; they're 1-3 in games decided by 7 or less points. Utes don't force turnovers but hold teams to 39% inside arc. Pac-12 single digit home favorites: 14-7.
-- First game in eight days for 7-1 Washington State squad that is 7-1 vs teams not in top 150, with only loss by hoop at Pepperdine; Coogs have played #302 schedule thus far. First game in 13 days for a 4-7 Buffalo team that is 0-3 vs top 100 teams, losing by 27-15-3 points. Single digit MAC road underdogs are 12-11 against the spread.
-- 5-6 Niagara is 0-3 vs top 100 teams, losing by 19-17-5 points; they're 1-3 on road, with only one loss (102-83 at Oregon State) by more than 11 points. Third game in five nights for 11-1 Notre Dame, which is off for two weeks until Big East opener after this- two teams they beat this week are stiffs. MAAC double digit road underdogs are 4-5 vs spread.
-- North Dakota State won 69-57 at Morehead State Dec 5, making 15-33 from arc, surviving 22 turnovers; Bison are 2-0 at home against D-I teams, winning by 44-20 points. 5-6 Morehead State lost four of its last five games but did upset Indiana State; they're 0-3 vs top 100 teams, losing by 22-11-12 points. OVC double digit road underdogs are 11-12.
-- Northern Colorado is 0-6 vs D-I teams (have two non-D-I teams) with losses by losses by 17-26 points last two games; Bears turn ball 23% of time, make 28% from arc. North Dakota is 0-7 vs D-I teams, with two wins vs non-D-I teams; they've lost three games by 5 or less points. The two teams North Dakota has beaten: Crown and Presentation. Really.
-- Montana came from behind to win by 6 at Northern Arizona in league opener Wednesday; star G Cherry played 35 minutes in first extended action of year. Griz won its last 11 games with Sacramento State, with wins in last five visits here, by 9-16-1-12-7 points. Hornets won opener in league by 5 over Montana State; they're 1-1 vs top 200 teams.
Re: College Basketball Betting News and Notes Friday, Dec. 21
Games to Watch
By David Schwab
Florida Atlantic vs. No. 1 Indiana
The Owls will host Stetson on Wednesday before going on the road to Indiana this Friday. Playing out of the Sun Belt, they are an even 5-5 SU (1-4 ATS) this season overall and 1-1 SU in conference play. Florida Atlantic has really struggled shooting the ball this season with a 38.8 shooting percentage that is ranked 314th in the nation.
Indiana will look to bounce back after Saturday's shocking 88-86 overtime loss to Butler as a 10.5-point favorite. It will play Mount St. Mary's at home on Wednesday before hosting the Owls on Friday night. The loss dropped the Hoosiers to 9-1 SU and 6-2 ATS. The total has gone OVER in three of their last four games. Cody Zeller continues to lead the team in both scoring (15.7 points) and rebounds (8.5) a game.
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