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College Basketball Betting News and Notes Monday December, 31

College Basketball Betting News and Notes Monday December, 31

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-- Cincinnati won 66-63 at Pitt LY, its first win over Panthers in last six tries; they had lost previous three visits here by 12-17-6 points. Cincy is 12-1, 4-1 vs top 100 teams- they lost last game to New Mexico by a point. Pitt is 12-1 but best team they've beaten in #70 Lehigh. Bearcats' opponents shoot 36.6% inside arc- -best defense in country so far.
-- Michigan State is 11-2 despite turning ball over 23% of time; Spartans are 12-1 in last 13 games with Minnesota, winning last five visits here, by 5-5-1-12-5 points. State hasn't played in nine days; their opponents shoot 38.3% inside arc (#6). Gophers are 12-1, rebounding 48.9% of its missed shots, but best team they've beaten is #49 Memphis.
-- Denver is 0-5 on road, all vs teams ranked #102 or better, losing by 7-11-13-10-8 points; three of Pioneers' four wins are vs teams ranked #318 or worse (best win over #144 Mercer). Texas-Arlington turns ball over 28% of time, 2nd-worst in country, but they're 6-3, with all three losses to teams in top 75. Mavericks' best win is over #123 New Mexico St.
-- First true road game for 12-1 Indiana; two of their three neutral court games went OT. Hoosiers are 3-1 vs top 100 teams, winning by 26-10-24 points- they're 2-6 in last eight games with Iowa, losing last four tilts here by 12-14-16-4 points. Hawkeyes are 11-2, splitting pair vs top 50 teams, losing to Wichita State by 12, beating Iowa State by 9.

-- St Joe's lost three of last five games; they're 3-3 vs top 100 teams, as they've played #79. Hawks are 1-3 in games decided by 7 or less points; they're 4-3 in last seven games vs Drexel, with all seven games decided by 10+ points. 4-7 Dragons are banged-up; opponents are making 54% inside arc against them- best team they've beaten is #74 Davidson.
-- 10-1 Utah State survived 71-67 win at UTSA Saturday, despite 10-21 shooting from foul line; Aggies have played #330 schedule- best win so far was in OT at #78 Santa Clara- they're 3-0 on road, winning by 2-6-4 points. Texas State is 3-9 vs D-I teams, with best win #249 Fordham; Bobcats play fastest pace in country, but shoot 31.4% behind arc.
-- Oklahoma State billionaire booster Boone Pickens bought 4,000 tix for this game and gave them out for free, so this will be enthusiastic sellout crowd backing Cowboys, even with school out of session; State lost by 21 at Gonzaga in last meeting two years ago. 12-1 Bulldogs won by two at Washington State, in their only true road games this season. OSU won four of five vs top 100 teams, beating #27 NC State by 20.
-- 9-4 Nevada is 1-3 on road, losing by 14-7-6 points, with only win by 3 at #110 Washington, best team Wolf Pack played so far. Four of nine Nevada wins are by 3 or less points. 10-2 Oregon is playing #34 pace in country; Ducks are 9-0 at home, with all wins by 10+. Oregon lost in triple OT last week at UTEP; their other loss was to #19 Cincinnati.
-- 13-1 New Mexico handed Cincinnati first loss Saturday; they're 3-0 on road, winning by 5 at New Mexico State, in OT at Indiana State, by a point at Cincy. Lobos score 28.6% of their points on foul line, tops in country. Saint Louis won last six games after 3-3 start; they're 1-2 vs top 100 teams- their best win is 62-49 over #88 Valparaiso.

-- New Mexico State lost three of last four games, scoring 62.7 in three losses; Aggies won last seven games with Louisiana Tech, winning last three visits here, by 10-1-14 points. State is 1-5 on road this year, with losses by 9-3-1-15-21 points. 10-3 Tech is 5-0, with all five wins by 8+ points; Bulldogs force turnovers on 24.3% of possessions (36th in US).
-- 7-4 Harvard upset Cal by 5 in Berkeley Saturday; they don't sub a lot, since depth was thinned by off-court situations- they're 1-2 vs top 100 teams, losing 19 to St Joe's, 8 to UConn. St Mary's won six of last seven games, beating Harvard's rival Yale by 16 Sunday. Gaels are 0-2 against top 100 teams, losing to Ga Tech by 9, Northern Iowa by 7.
-- 7-4 St Bonaventure hasn't played in nine days since losing at NC State by 19; Bonnies are 0-2 vs top 100 teams, also losing by 5 at Ohio. Iona is 1-3 on road, losing by 2-14-5 points, with only win by 3 at Georgia. 6-6 Gaels are disappointment, seeing as they're #79 in experience- only one of their six wins is against a team ranked in top 130.
-- Delaware lost seven of last nine games, with only wins vs Radford and Penn; Blue Hens omehow won at Virginia- theur other three wins are vs teams ranked #257 or lower. Rider lost last three games, scoring 51 ppg; Broncs turn ball over 24.9% of time- they beat CAA's Drexel by 9 four weeks ago. Delaware is shooting just 28% behind the arc.

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Games to Watch
By David Schwab

No. 13 Gonzaga vs. No. 22 Oklahoma State

Gonzaga is off to a blazing 12-1 start straight-up and is 6-5 against the spread. Last Monday it knocked-off Baylor 94-87 but could not cover as a 9½-point home favorite. The Bulldogs are now just 1-4 ATS in their last five games with a posted line. They are averaging 81.8 points a game and ranked second in the nation in field goal percentage at 52.1.

The Cowboys have just one SU loss in their first 11 games; an 81-71 setback on the road against Virginia Tech on Dec. 1 as two-point favorites. They are a profitable 7-2-1 ATS on the year and 7-1 ATS in their last eight games. The team, as a whole, is shooting 44.2 percent from the floor while averaging 72.1 points a game.

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College Basketball: Streaks, Tips, Notes 

Cincinnati Bearcats at Pittsburgh Panthers

Cincinnati Bearcats start BIG EAST Conference play on New Year’s Eve when they travels to Pittsburgh for a noon tip off against the Panthers. Bearcats (12-1, 5-4 ATS) suffering it's first blemish of the season last time out vs New Mexico (55-54) hope to rebound in Pittsburgh. Bearcats started league play last year with a 66-63 win against Panthers it's 3rd consecutive Big East opening victory. Despite the win Bearcats remain 2-7 (4-5 ATS) last nine vs Panthers including 1-5 (3-3 ATS) playing in Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, Panthers (12-1, 3-3 ATS) posting a 59-43 home win over Kennesaw State on December 23 winning all nine on home court (1-2 ATS) to start the season enter the contest on an 8-0 (2-1 ATS) streak since their lone setback against Michigan (67-62) back in November. Other trends of interest: Bearcats 18-2 (14-6 ATS) in December games are on a 6-3 (7-2 ATS) road stretch vs the conference, Panthers 17-3 (14-6 ATS) in December are on a 4-12 (7-9 ATS) skid at home vs the Big East.

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College Basketball Betting Preview
By: Larry Hartstein

If you’re tired of seeing top 10 teams play the likes of Central Michigan, American, Alcorn State and Chicago State – as they did Saturday – we're right there with you. Fortunately, conference play gets underway in earnest Monday. Here’s a look at three of the biggest matchups:

No. 8 Cincinnati (12-1 SU, 5-4 ATS) at No. 24 Pittsburgh (12-1 SU, 3-3 ATS), noon ET, ESPN2

Pittsburgh -6

Remember when Pitt started 11-2 last season only to lose its first seven Big East games? Well, the Panthers are 12-1 now and lost to their only big-time opponent, Michigan. But there are indications Pittsburgh is more than a paper tiger this season. The Panthers lead the nation in offensive efficiency (Cincy is 50th). With James Robinson (5.3 assist-to-turnover ratio) and a healthy Tray Woodall (11.7 ppg, 5.8 apg), they lead the nation in assists (19.6) and rank fourth in shooting percentage (51.8). The Bearcats hold opponents to 34.9 percent shooting and are 8-4 in their last 12 games against ranked teams. They’ve had four days to stew on their one-point loss to New Mexico.


Cincinnati is 6-1 ATS in its last seven road games.

Cincinnati is 6-1 ATS in its last seven Big East games.

Pittsburgh is 1-4 ATS in its last five home games vs. teams with winning road records.

Pittsburgh is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games following a SU win.

Under is 5-0 in Cincinnati’s last five games.

Over is 7-1 in Pittsburgh’s last eight games.

No. 19 Michigan State (11-2 SU, 3-7 ATS) at No. 11 Minnesota (12-1 SU, 7-4 ATS), 2 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Minnesota -6.5

This should be one of the season’s most physical games. Both teams are loaded with size and strength and great rebounders. The Golden Gophers lead the nation in offensive rebounding, grabbing nearly 50 percent of their misses. Each team sports a plus-10.2 rebounding margin. The Gophers are on a 14-5-1 ATS tear dating to last season, but coach Tubby Smith is 3-15 all-time against Michigan State. The last five times these teams have met when both have been ranked, the Spartans won.


Michigan State is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 Big Ten games.

Michigan State is 1-5 ATS in its last six road games.

Minnesota is 14-5-1 ATS in its last 20 games.

Minnesota is 4-0 ATS in its last four Big Ten games.

Under is 5-1 in Michigan State’s last six road games.

Under is 17-5 in the last 22 meetings.

No. 5 Indiana (12-1 SU, 8-3 ATS) at Iowa (11-2, 6-3 ATS), 4 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Indiana -7

The Hawkeyes have won the last four meetings in Iowa City. And this will be a frenzied, sold-out atmosphere. Long-suffering fans believe that in coach Fran McCaffery’s third year, they have a team capable of making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. The Hoosiers – who lead the nation in scoring (89.4) and rank third in shooting percentage (52.0) and fourth in 3-point percentage (42.1) – have played with a vengeance since their Dec. 15 home loss to Butler. With Indiana’s array of shooters, the Hawkeyes cannot afford to collapse on Cody Zeller? If they don’t, the All-American should have his way with Iowa freshman center Adam Woodbury.


Iowa is 5-0 ATS in its last five games.

Iowa is 20-8 ATS in its last 28 home games.

Indiana is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 road games.

Indiana is 2-7 ATS in its last nine road games following three or more consecutive home games.

Over is 10-1 in Indiana’s last 11 games vs. winning teams.

Over is 6-1 in last seven meetings in Iowa City.

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