College Basketball Betting News and Notes Saturday, Dec. 22

College Basketball Betting News and Notes Saturday, Dec. 22

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-- Boeheim goes for win #901, against Temple team that had bad loss to Canisius last game; Orangemen beat San Diego State by 9 on a ship, won by 13 at Arkansas in only two non-home games- teams shoot 26% from arc, 39% inside it vs Syracuse. Orange is 3-0 vs top 100 teams, winning by 9-13-4 (Detroit) points. Temple's best win is over #98 Villanova.
-- Providence only plays seven guys, but they're holding teams to 21.9% behind arc (#3 in country); Friars are 8-2 playing #327 schedule; this is first road game, against BC team they've lost to three of last four years, losing by 2-5 in last two visits here. Eagles are 5-5, 0-3 vs top 100 clubs, with losses by 10-16-16 points- their best win is #154 Auburn.
-- Texas whacked North Carolina Wednesday, its first win in three top 100 games (lost by 22-2); Longhorns won last two games vs Michigan State by 11-12 points (teams didn't play LY). 9-2 Spartans have 2 wins over teams ranked better than #172; they turn ball over 23% of time, not a typical Izzo team. Texas has a defensive FG% of 36% (#1 in US).
-- Northern Iowa's big men played scared in 14-point loss at UNLV in last game Wednesday; game wasn't that close. 5-5 Panthers are vs teams in top 50, with three losses by 7 or less points. UNI lost at St Mary's by 16 LY. 8-2 Gaels lost by 9 on neutral court to Georgia Tech, its only game against team ranked higher than #127- they make 40.8% of 3's.

-- 9-3 Richmond is 0-3 vs top 60 teams; best team they've beaten so far this year is #131 Wofford; Spiders used to be CAA rivals with George Mason, but teams haven't played in at least a decade. Mason has been off for two weeks since OT loss to Northern Iowa; Patriots are 1-4 vs top 100 teams, with all four losses by seven or less points.
-- First true road game for Kansas team that beat Ohio State at home by 11 LY; Jayhawks are 6-1 vs top 100 teams, 1-1 vs top 50, losing by 3 on neutral court to Michigan State. Kansas has blocked 24.2% of foes' shots this year. Buckeyes are 9-1, with 73-68 loss at Duke in its only away game; best team they've beaten is #101 Washington, by 11.
-- 12-0 Illinois has three top 100 wins, Gonzaga/Butler best of the three; Illini lost last three years to Missouri (all games played in St Louis) by 4-11-13 points after winning previous seven meetings. Mizzou is 9-1 vs #319 schedule; they've beaten Stanford/VCU, lost to Louisville by 23, but none of other seven opponents are ranked in top 200.
--9-1 Florida gagged away 6-point lead in last minute at Arizona a week ago, its only loss- they won by 25 at Florida State in its other road tilt. Gators beat Kansas State in last meeting, two years ago. 8-2 K-State lost to pair of top 20 teams, by 14 to Michigan, 16 to Gonzaga- best win is by 3 at #134 George Washington. KState rebounds 44% of its misses.
-- Murray State has three road wins, but is 1-1 in top 100 games, with a 72-67 win over St John's, 7-point loss to Colorado on neutral floor- they beat Dayton by 17 at home LY. Flyers are 1-2 vs top 100 teams, losing to Colorado by 10, Illinois State by 1, beating Alabama by 5. Dayton is turning ball over 21.9% of time, a lot for a good team.

-- 12-0 New Mexico just beat in-state rival New Mexico State twice; last game was 78-73 in Las Cruces Wednesday. Lobos are #1 in country at getting to foul line, where they make 76.1% as team. South Dakota State is pretty good, they're 0-3 vs top 100 teams, losing by 3-24-27 points, losing 76-49 at Belmont Wednesday. Summit road underdogs are 19-24.
-- Idaho State are 0-8 vs D-I teams after losing by 14 at Portland State in its Big Sky opener; Bengals lost last nine visits to Eastern Washington, losing by 13 points each of last two years. Six of State's eight D-I losses are by 8+ points. Eastern is 2-9 after losing by 21 at home to Weber St. in its league opener- they allowed 74+ points in their last six games.
-- 7-3 South Carolina turns ball over 26.5% of time; their best guard is a WR on football team, and they're prepping for bowl game. Gamecocks haven't beaten a team in top 200 (#209 Rider is best win). Manhattan is 3-6 after losing by 27 to LIU; their best win is over #234 Fordham, so both teams are struggling. SEC road favorites are 7-9 against spread.
-- Weber State won four of last five games, winning at EWU by 21 in its Big Sky opener; Wildcats won eight of last ten games with Portland St., but lost two of last three visits here. Weber is holding opponents to 24% behind arc this year. Vikings beat Idaho State by 14 in league opener, its first win in six D-I games; they turn ball over 22.7% of the time.

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NCAAB game of the day: Kansas at Ohio State

Kansas at Ohio State (-5, 139)

A big-time showdown is on tap Saturday when No. 8 Kansas visits No. 7 Ohio State in a rematch of last season’s Final Four contest won by the Jayhawks. Both teams are powerful again despite losing a stellar inside player – Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Kansas’ Thomas Robinson – from the teams that met twice last season. The Jayhawks won both of last season’s meetings and bring an eight-game winning streak into Saturday’s tilt. Coach Bill Self views the trip to Columbus as a major gauge for his squad despite winning the last three games by an average of 31 points. “Let’s be serious – the season starts Saturday,” Self said. “Now we can go up there and hopefully take a real enthusiastic team up there, hunker down, see how tough we are and find out a lot about ourselves.” Ohio State has won five straight games and has won 39 consecutive home non-conference games after posting a 10-point win over Winthrop on Dec. 18.

ABOUT KANSAS (9-1): Center Jeff Withey blocked seven shots in last season’s national semifinal and leads the nation with 54 rejections (5.4 per game). His offensive game has improved and his 17-point, 13-rebound outing against Richmond on Dec. 18 was his fourth double-double of the campaign. Withey is averaging 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds and shooting 59.3 percent from the field. Freshman guard Ben McLemore is averaging a team-leading 15.9 points and senior guard Travis Releford is averaging 13 points while shooting 58 percent from the field. Senior point guard Elijah Johnson is averaging 9.6 points and 5.3 assists. The contest marks the Jayhawks’ first true road game of the season. “I’ve been to (Ohio State’s) building three times when I was at Illinois,” Self said. “It’s a good building. It will be juiced and ready.” Kansas’ only loss was to Michigan State on a neutral court in Atlanta.

ABOUT OHIO STATE (9-1): The Buckeyes have an average winning margin of 25.8 points since losing to Duke on Nov. 28 but the 65-55 victory over Winthrop smacked of a team looking ahead to its next game. Ohio State didn’t put the game away until late and junior forward Deshaun Thomas (21 points on 7-of-21 shooting) admitted after the game that the Buckeyes took Winthrop lightly. Junior guard Aaron Craft was highly displeased with the showing. “If we need a wake-up call for our upcoming game this weekend then we shouldn’t be playing at all,” Craft said. “Every team we play, we take it one game at a time. If we are not sure we are ready to play Kansas with what’s at stake, then we need to reevaluate ourselves as a team.” Thomas leads Ohio State in scoring (20.4) and rebounding (6.9) and junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. averages 11.5 points.


* Over is 4-1 in Jayhawks’ last five overall.
* Home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.
* Buckeyes are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five vs. Big 12 opponents.
* Jayhawks are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 vs. Big Ten foes.


1. Kansas has won the last five meetings and has a 7-3 series edge over the Buckeyes.

2. The Jayhawks haven’t trailed in a game since Nov. 15 against Tennessee-Chattanooga, a span of 293 minutes, 17 seconds.

3. Thomas has five 20-point outings and has scored in double figures in all 10 games.

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College Basketball Top 25 Betting Cheat Sheet

If you're looking to get some action down but only have a few minutes to handicap, let our college basketball cheat sheet help you out. We grab the best quick-hitting betting info on each of Saturday’s Top-25 games with odds available.

McNeese State at (19) North Carolina (-22)

The Tar Heels were upset by Texas on Wednesday, giving coach Roy Williams plenty of ammunition for his team as the ACC schedule nears. McNeese State enters having won five straight, including a victory at Texas Tech on Sunday for the school's first-ever win over a Big 12 opponent. North Carolina has allowed five of its last seven opponents to score at least 80, dropping three of those contests.

Temple vs. (3) Syracuse (-10.5)

The Orange has done little wrong through 10 games, averaging 83.4 points and holding teams to 34.5 percent shooting from the field. The Owls have shot just 38.1 percent from the field – 24.4 from 3-point range – over the last four games. Syracuse is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games overall.

Tennessee Tech at (24) Oklahoma State (-22)

The Cowboys will go for their 10th victory in 11 games when they host Tennessee Tech. Oklahoma State has reeled off four double-digit victories since its only loss at Virginia Tech on Dec. 1 and has won its last three by at least 20 points. The Cowboys have already held four opponents under 50 points and do not figure to have much trouble with the Golden Eagles. Tennessee Tech is making the fourth stop of a five-game road trip and is coming off an 81-62 loss at Auburn on Tuesday. Oklahoma State is 6-1-1 ATS in its last eight games overall.

Texas at (19) Michigan State (-10)

Michigan State has won five straight games for the second time this season after a 64-53 win at Bowling Green on Tuesday. The Spartans have held opponents to an average of 50.6 points during their winning streak. Texas may be distracted by the news that guard Myck Kabongo has been suspended for the entire season for an inappropriate relationship with an agent and for reportedly providing inaccurate information to the NCAA. The Longhorns are 0-5 ATS in their last five road games.

Evansville at (25) Butler (-10.5)

The Bulldogs, NCAA Tournament runners-up in 2010 and 2011, knocked the Hoosiers from the unbeaten ranks and the top of the USA Today Top 25 poll with an 88-86 victory in overtime last Saturday for their fifth straight win. While an upset by the Purple Aces doesn't appear likely, Butler can't take Evansville lightly. The Purple Aces, who have won two straight against the Bulldogs, are on a two-game winning streak following their 103-69 victory over Division II Oakland City on Tuesday. The Purple Aces are 4-1 ATS in their last five road contests.

South Dakota State at (17) New Mexico (-15)

New Mexico will try to extend its home winning streak over non-conference foes to 15. The Lobos, who've outscored opponents by an average of 19.2 points during that run, are 89-4 in such games dating to 2003. South Dakota shot 27 percent from the field- its lowest mark since the 2004-05 campaign – in a blowout loss to Belmont on Wednesday.  The Lobos are 5-1 ATS in their last six Saturday contests

Wright State at (11) Cincinnati (-18)

The Bearcats are just one of eight unbeaten teams in Division I and for the second time in three years have started the season with 11 straight wins while Wright State carries a three-game winning streak of its own into this regional showdown. The Bearcats have won eight of their 11 games by 15 or more points and rank fifth in the nation in scoring margin (24.1).

(8) Kansas at (7) Ohio State (-3)

The Jayhawks bring an eight-game winning streak into Saturday’s rematch of last season’s Final Four contest. Kansas has taken the last five meetings but the Buckeyes have an average winning margin of 25.8 points since losing to Duke on Nov. 28. The home team is 4-0 ATS in their last four meetings.

Marshall at (23) Kentucky (-19)

Marshall ranks fourth in the country in offensive rebounds, which may cause Kentucky some problems since the Wildcats are in the middle of the pack in the Southeastern Conference in rebounding. The Wildcats will play for just the second time in two weeks and could be a little rusty. After playing three games over the first eight days of December, Kentucky will take the court just three times over the final 23 days of the month. Marshall is 1-9-1 ATS in its last 11 games overall.

(15) San Diego State vs. San Francisco (+10.5)

San Diego State hopes to have its leading scorer, rebounder, and playmaker Jamaal Franklin back in the lineup after he sat out the romp of Point Loma Nazarene on Tuesday with a lingering back injury. The Aztecs have won 29 straight games against California teams and 22 straight overall in December. San Diego State is 4-1 ATS in its last five games.

(10) Illinois vs. (12) Missouri (-1)

Illinois senior guard Brandon Paul has emerged as one of the best players in the country. Paul is one of just three players to lead his team in points (18.8), rebounds (5.1), assists (3.5) and steals (1.5), joining San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin and Rice’s Tamir Jackson. The Tigers lead the nation in rebounding (46.1 per game) and opponents are shooting just 35.8 percent against them season. Illinois is 1-5 ATS in its last six Saturday games.

Lafayette at (16) Minnesota (-30)

The Golden Gophers are coming off an 11-day rest since their last game, a 70-57 victory over North Dakota State. The extended break, combined with the Big Ten opener against Michigan State looming next on the schedule, could make Minnesota a potential upset victim. The Leopards probably aren't the team to pull it off; however, as they've lost all six of their road games this season and fell 101-49 in their only other game against a ranked opponent this season (Kentucky). The Golden Gophers are 6-0 ATS in their last six games against an opponent with a losing record.

(9) Florida vs. Kansas State (+9)

The Gators – second in the country in scoring defense – also rank ninth in field-goal defense and are defeating opponents by an average of 23.9 points. Florida has held six of its nine opponents under 50 points. The Wildcats are 0-4 ATS in their last four overall.

Western Kentucky vs. (4) Louisville (-21.5)

The Cardinals have won five straight, including a 79-55 victory over Florida International on Wednesday and appear to be a national championship contender. Louisville is third in the nation in steals (11.9) and has scored 35 percent of its points off turnovers, which doesn't bode well for the Hilltoppers, who average 15.9 giveaways per game. The Cardinals are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games.

Canisius at (18) UNLV (-13.5)

The Runnin' Rebels will look for their 10th straight win when they host Canisius. UNLV has to be alert defensively as the Golden Griffins are one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the nation. Canisius has won five of its last six games with its only loss during the streak coming at Syracuse. The Golden Griffins are 5-1 ATS in their last six overall.

(5) Arizona vs. East Tennessee State (-24.5)

The Wildcats are off to their best start since winning their first 12 games in 1987-88. Part of the reason is the play of their talented trio of first-year big men, an area they were woefully thin last season. Grant Jerrett, a 6-10 forward, scored a season-high 15 points Tuesday in an 89-64 win against visiting Oral Roberts. Brandon Ashley, a 6-8 forward, and 7-foot center Kaleb Tarczewski are also playing significant roles. That could be a problem for East Tennessee State, which doesn’t have a player taller than 6-7. The Buccaneers are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games following a loss.

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College Basketball: Streaks, Tips, Notes 

Kansas Jayhawks at Ohio State Buckeyes

A pair of top 10 teams square off in Columbus Saturday as 7th-ranked Buckeyes host 8th-ranked Jayhawks. Ohio State off to a fast start winning nine of its first ten games (5-3 ATS) netting 78.6 points/game knocking down 46.9% of their shots are lead by Deshaun Thomas (20.4), Lenzelle Smith (11.5) the only two double-digit scorers. At the other end, Buckeyes allow 57.2 PPG on 37.2% from the field. Meanwhile, Jayhawks also 9-1 (5-5 ATS) are just as potent at both ends of the floor scoring 77.8 on 49.1% from the field while allowing the opposition 58.5 PPG on just 35.1% shooting. Ben McLemore (15.9) leads three Jayhawks scoring double-digits. Making a case for Jayhawks has its challenges knowing Buckeyes have won 39 straight non-conference home games and have an astounding 75-2 mark in Columbus in nine seasons under head coach Thad Matta. However, Kansas won last years meeting 78-67 in Lawrence as 1.5 point chalk then took care of business in the Tourney dispatching Buckeyes 64-62 as 3 point dogs. Look for Jayhawks to move to 19-2 (13-7-1 ATS) vs the Big 10, Buckeyes to fall to 1-6-1 ATS vs the Big 12.

Marshall Thundering Herd at Kentucky Wildcats

Wildcats losing their starting five from last years National Championship squad enter Saturdays contest 7-3 (2-5 ATS). This group of Cats' going through growing pains have already had a setback at Rupp Arena losing to Baylor. But Calipari's troops behind solid defensive work have won three straight at Rupp Arena in convincing fashion outscoring the opposition 83.3 to 50.6. UK teams are tough to topple at Rupp Arena posting an amazing 61-1 mark but they've been dicey bets going 21-27-1 ATS in lined games over the span. UK does head into Saturday action on a 8-13 ATS slide at home in Nov/Dec games, 7-17-1 ATS skid in non-conference games, 0-6 ATS vs CUSA foes but Thundering Herd haven't even come close to covering this season (0-7-1 ATS) and enter the contest 3-9 ATS L12 on the road.

Illinois Fighting Illini at Missouri Tigers

Tigers are 9-1 (3-4 ATS) on the season, with their only loss coming to Louisville Cardinals in a semifinal game at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. Tigers having little trouble getting the ball through the hoop (77.8) with four double digit scorers lead by Laurence Bowers (16.3) have a tough one when Fighting Illini come to town. Illinois has gotten off to a great start. Lead by Brandon Paul (18.8) the Fighting Illini netting 76.9 PPG are undefeated at 12-0 with a 5-4 mark against-the-oddsmaker. Still, got to like Tigers chances. Missouri has won 71 consecutive home games against non-conference opponents, are on a smart 7-1 (5-3 ATS) stretch overall vs Big 10 foes including 3-0 (2-1 ATS) running the hardwood vs Fighting Illini which are on a 3-8 SU/ATS skid in true road games.

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Games to Watch
By David Schwab

No. 10 Illinois vs. No. 12 Missouri

Illinois moved to a perfect 12-0 SU with a 66-53 victory over Eastern Kentucky this past Sunday but could not cover as a 14 ½ -point home favorite. It is now 4-4 ATS and the total has gone OVER in four of six games with posted lines. The Fighting Illini are averaging 76.9 points behind Brandon Paul's 18.8 points a game.

Missouri will host South Carolina State this Monday before welcoming Illinois to the Scottrade Center on Saturday night. The Tigers improved to 8-1 SU and 3-4 ATS with a 68-38 romp over Tennessee State on Dec. 8 as 14 ½-point home favorites. They are averaging 75.1 points and ranked second in the nation in rebounds with 45.9 a game.

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