College Basketball Betting News and Notes Saturday January, 5

College Basketball Betting News and Notes Saturday January, 5

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-- Michigan State won last three games vs Purdue by 18-25-14 points; Boilers won two of last three visits here, but are 1-4 away from home this year, with an awful loss to Eastern Michigan. Spartans are turning ball over 22.9% of time; they're 3-3 vs top 100 teams, winning by 3-4-11 points. Purdue is making just 27.8% outside the arc.
-- Notre Dame won nine of last ten games vs Seton Hall, winning three in row, by 12-12-13 points; Pirates lost last five visits here, by 3-12-12-9-12 points. Irish are 12-1 vs schedule #312; they're 3-1 vs top 100 teams, winning by 10-14-13 points. 12-2 Seton Hall played #329 schedule; vs top 100 teams, they're 1-1, with only win by point over Stony Brook.
-- Kansas State beat Oklahoma State twice LY, by 8-19 points, after 2-7 skid in previous nine series games; three of their last four series wins are by 19+ points. Wildcats are 1-2 vs top 20 teams, losing to Michigan and Gonzaga, upsetting Florida; they're making only 31% behind arc. OSU is 4-1 vs top 100 teams- they lost at home by point to Gonzaga Monday.
-- Home side won seven of last nine Georgetown-Marquette games, as Hoyas lost last three visits here by 12-3-14 points. Georgetown is 3-1 vs top 100 teams, winning by 8-1-23 points, but they haven't played a good team since Dec 4. Eagles are 8-0 at home, beating UConn in OT in Big East opener- they're 3-2 vs top 100 teams (wins by 10-4-6).

-- Baylor won six of last eight games with Texas, sweeping Longhorns by 5-5 points LY; Texas had won 13 series games in row before that- they're 1-2 in last three visits here, losing by 15-5. Baylor split its six games vs top 100 teams; they've lost to both Charleston/Northwestern at home. Texas is 1-3 vs top 100 teams, losing by 23-2-11 points.
-- Ohio State won 11 of last 13 games vs Illinois, but lost 79-74 here in LY's visit; 11-2 Buckeyes lost to only top 100 teams they played, with its best win over #109 Washington. OSU lost only true road game by 5 at Duke. Illini lost two of last three games after 12-0 start; they get 37% of points behind arc, so when shooting skips, they're more vulnerable.
-- Miami won eight of last ten games with Georgia Tech, sweeping Tech by 15-18 points LY, but with star Johnson (hand) out, they're just not same team. Hurricanes are top 20 team with Johnson in lineup. Jackets won last six games, but last five were vs teams ranked #248 or lower, so hard to tell. Tech is 2-2 vs top 100 teams, losing by 15-11 points.
-- Home side won 14 of last 17 Creighton-Indiana State games; State lost last nine visits here, by 4-19-16-5-17-11-13-14-26 points. Sycamores won three of last four games vs top 100 teams, with all three wins by 2 points each- three of their last eight games went OT. Bluejays had solid win at Illinois State Wednesday; their 59.5eFG% is #1 in country. .
-- Stanford gagged away Pac-12 opener by hoop at USC after being up nine at half; Cardinal lost 10 of last 12 games with UCLA, losing its last seven visits here, by 17-14-10-34-4-11-11 points. Stanford is 3-4 away from home- their last three games were all decided by six or less points. UCLA won its last six games, scoring 90.2 ppg in last five.

-- West Virginia is 0-4 vs top 100 teams because they can't shoot, with 27.5% mark behind arc; best team they've beaten is #132 Va Tech, by a point. WVa lost 77-70 to Oklahoma six weeks ago at Disney World, as Mountaineers shot 36%, missed 10 FTs. #67 Sooners' last two losses are by combined total of 4 points; they're 2-3 vs top 100 teams.
-- Home side won 14 of last 18 Florida State-Clemson games; FSU is 1-8 in last nine trips to Littlejohn, losing last three by 10-18-20 points. FSU lost its first true road game by 6 at Auburn last game; they turn ball over 22.7% of time. 8-4 Clemson is 0-3 vs top 100 teams; they won only one game over team ranked higher than #199 (by 21 vs #127 UTEP).
-- Gonzaga won three in row, 20 of last 22 games with Santa Clara; they won eight of last nine visits here, winning by 16-4-13-8-5-8-11 points. Broncos won six of last seven games, with loss at Duke (they led Duke in second half); their other two losses were both in OT. Zags won last five games; they're 3-0 in true road games, winning by 2-1-16 points.
-- Washington won four of last five games after 4-4 start; they're 2-3 vs top 100 teams, 1-1 in true road games, losing by 8 at UConn, winning at crosstown rival Seattle by 13. Huskies won seven of last nine games vs Washington State; they won three of last four visits to Pullman, winning by 20-7-4 points. Wazzu won seven of last eight games; their best win is over #144 Fresno State. Washington is #109.

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Games to Watch
By David Schwab

Wake Forest vs. Duke

The Demon Deacons will face Xavier this Wednesday night before opening play in the ACC. They are 6-5 on the year with SU losses to Nebraska, Richmond and Seton Hall in their last six games. Wake Forest has gone 3-1 ATS in its last four games and the total has gone OVER in both of its games with a posted line. It is averaging 70.8 points a game while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor.

Duke wraps-up the non-conference portion of its schedule this Wednesday night against Davidson. It ascended to the top of the rankings with a perfect 12-0 SU start that included quality wins over Kentucky, Louisville and Ohio State. The Blue Devils are 7-5 ATS and the total has stayed UNDER in three of their last five games. Led by Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry, Duke is averaging 81.2 points a game, which is the 11th-highest total in the nation.

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College Basketball: Streaks, Tips, Notes 

Wake Forest at Duke

Duke defeating Davidson 67-50 on Wednesday night completed the non-conference portion of its schedule a perfect 13-0 (8-5 ATS) including quality wins over then 3rd-ranked Kentucky, 4th-ranked Louisville and 8th-ranked Ohio State. Blue Devils with five double digit scorers led by Mason Plumlee (18.8) and Seth Curry (16.2) are averaging 80.1 points/game while holding the opposition to 61.8 per/contest. The Demon Deacons knocking off Xavier 66-59 last time out head into Durham for the ACC opener 7-5 (6-3-1 ATS) but with only two in double digits score 70.4 points/game while giving up 68.5 per/contest. Duke ridding a 56-3 (27-29-1 ATS) stretch at Cameron Indoor Stadium have won sixteen straight (14-2 ATS) hosting Demon Deacons. Plenty of reason to back Duke but keep in mind Blue Devils are on a 1-8 ATS home skid vs conference opponents while Demon Deacons enter 8-5 ATS vs ACC foes including 2-0 ATS running the hardwood vs Duke.

Oklahoma State at Kansas State

The Oklahoma Cowboys (10-2, 7-3-1 ATS) and Kansas State Wildcats (11-2, 3-6 ATS) collide in a BIG 12 opener for both teams. Cowboys recently upset in Stillwater by Gonzaga face a tough challenge. Cowboys do not travel well, they've lost their only true road game this season and head onto Fred Bramlage Coliseum hardwood in Manhattan, Kansas on a 1-8 (4-5 ATS) road skid including a loss/non-cover in this venue last season. Consider K-State as Wildcats are 3-5 SU/ATS in conference home openers, Cowboys are 0-6 (1-5 ATS) in their first road game vs the Big 12.

Georgetown at Marquette

The Georgetown Hoyas are in Milwaukee Saturday to take on Marquette, owners of a 17-game home winning streak. Tough spot for Hoyas on a 2-5 ATS road road skid vs conference opponents. Golden Eagles are outscoring teams by a 14.2 margin at home posting a perfect 8-0 mark this season. Golden Eagles ridding a 12-4-1 ATS stretch within the conference have cashed six of nine tickets running the hardwood vs Hoyas including 4-of-5 at the Bradley Center.

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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.

(22) Pittsburgh at Rutgers (+7)

The Panthers haven't shot the ball well from long range the last two games, including an 0-of-10 performance from 3-point range in a loss to Cincinnati. Rutgers’ guard combo of Eli Carter and Myles Mack is one of the most productive back court duos in the Big East. Carter averages 17.1 points and Mack 13.3, shooting 56.6 percent from the field – 47.8 from 3-point range. Pittsburgh is 5-1 ATS (against the spread) in its last six games following a loss.

Seton Hall at (19) Notre Dame (-9.5)

After closing out the non-conference portion of the schedule with 10 straight wins, Notre Dame will be trying to carry that momentum into Big East play when it hosts Seton Hall. The Fighting Irish lead the nation in assists and rank near the top in field goal percentage thanks to an efficient offense that has averaged 82.6 points over the last five games. Notre Dame has not let a team within single digits during its winning streak.

Wake Forest at (1) Duke (-25)

Duke is putting up 80.1 points per game and winning by an average of 18.3. The Blue Devils have also won five straight versus Wake Forest and 13 consecutive contests at home in the series by an average of 20.0 points. The Demon Deacons are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.

Purdue at (18) Michigan State (-13)

Michigan State lost its conference opener to Minnesota while allowing a season-high 76 points. The Spartans have always been a tight defensive team under Tom Izzo, but allowed the Golden Gophers to shoot 56.6 percent from the floor in the setback. The Boilermakers are not the sharpest shooting team in the conference and will be trying to out-muscle the Spartans. Michigan State is 0-4 ATS in its last four games overall.

(21) Oklahoma State at Kansas State (-2.5)

The Cowboys are coming off a tough 69-68 home loss to Gonzaga on Dec. 31, while the Wildcats have won four in a row, including an impressive victory over a Top-10 Florida team. Oklahoma State allows just 56.6 points and its opponents are shooting only 36.8 percent from the field. The Wildcats are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall.

(16) Georgetown at Marquette (-2)

The Hoyas haven’t played since an easy win against American on Dec. 22. The long layoff could affect a Georgetown team that has struggled to score this season. Marquette is riding a 17-game home winning streak and is 5-1 ATS in its last six Saturday games.

New Orleans at (20) Butler (N/A)

The Bulldogs haven't taken their foot off the pedal since defeating then-No. 1 Indiana 88-86 in overtime Dec. 15. Butler's winning streak reached eight with its 70-57 victory over Pennsylvania on Wednesday and isn't expected to have much trouble with the Privateers, who have lost four straight and seven of their last eight games. The Bulldogs are 8-0 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS loss.

(8) Ohio State at (14) Illinois (+3.5)

Ohio State ventures out for a true road game for only the second time all season when it visits Illinois. The Buckeyes lost at Duke back on Nov. 28 before playing eight consecutive home games, a stretch that culminated with an impressive 70-44 rout of Nebraska in Wednesday’s Big Ten opener. The Fighting Illini are 7-0 at home but began conference play with a thud by losing at Purdue 68-61. Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last five home games.

Indiana State at (11) Creighton (-14.5)

Creighton has won 13 straight over Indiana State at Omaha and 15 of the last 16 there, with the victories in that span coming by an average of 15.0 points. Creighton has also reeled off six straight wins overall, winning by an average of 18.5 points. The Sycamores' last four wins were by four or fewer points - two of them coming in overtime. Indiana St. is 6-0 ATS in its last six games overall.

St. John’s at (15) Cincinnati (-14)

Both teams have strong back courts and are among the top shot-blocking teams in the country. The Red Storm have lost three of their last five games, including a 98-86 overtime defeat at Villanova on Wednesday. Cincinnati rebounded from its loss to New Mexico with a resounding 70-61 win at Pittsburgh on Monday. The Bearcats have outrebounded teams by an average of more than 10 and St. John’s has struggled on the boards this season. The Red Storm are 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.

(25) N.C. State at Boston College (+8)

The Eagles begin their ACC slate with perhaps their toughest test to date when they host streaking North Carolina State. Boston College has won five in a row, its longest winning streak in over two years, after a 79-58 trouncing of Dartmouth on New Year's Eve. But the Wolfpack have won seven in a row, the latest an 89-68 win over UNC Greensboro. Coach Mark Gottfried's hot-shooting bunch leads the nation with a 53.5 percent mark from the floor and the team won all three meetings with B.C. last season. The Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win.

Bucknell at (12) Missouri (N/A)

One of the smallest teams in the country last season, the Tigers have remade themselves into the top rebounding team in the nation with Laurence Bowers healthy and Alex Oriakhi transferring into the program to anchor the front court. That size will be a key to keeping Bucknell star Mike Muscala away from the basket. The senior is averaging 18.9 points and 10.7 rebounds. The Tigers are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games.

Utah at (3) Arizona (-18.5)

The Utes were a just couple plays short of pulling off a huge road win over Arizona State on Wednesday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. Utah held a high-scoring ASU outfit to just 55 points and now faces an unbeaten Arizona squad that rallied from a 17-point first-half deficit, downing the Buffaloes in overtime in a wild Pac-12 opener Thursday. The Utes are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five road games.

(10) Gonzaga at Santa Clara (-5.5)

The Bulldogs shot a season-low 43.4 percent from the field in their win Thursday night at Pepperdine. One player who remained hot is sophomore guard Kevin Pangos, who is 13 for 22 from 3-point range over the last three games. His biggest responsibility against Santa Clara will be guarding senior guard Kevin Foster, who is averaging 19.1 points while shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc this season. The Bulldogs are 2-9-2 ATS in their last 13 road games.

Cal. State – Bakersfield at (24) UNLV (N/A)

UNLV bounced back from its loss last Saturday in North Carolina with a 74-52 victory over Chicago State on Thursday. The Rebels have a quick turnaround with another home game Saturday night against Cal State-Bakersfield before opening Mountain West play. UNLV is just  4-12 ATS in its last 16 games following a win.

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College Basketball Point Spreads, Betting Lines, Trends: Weekend Matchups
By: The Linemakers

Sixteen of The Associated Press’ Top 25 teams are in action Saturday, but an off-the-radar game caught our eye.

Marshall (7-7) visits rival Ohio (8-5) at 2 p.m. ET. The Thundering Herd are still looking for their first ATS win. At 0-8-1, Marshall was the only team in the nation (as of Friday) that had played four or more lined games without covering any.

Marshall dropped a stunning 53-51 decision at home Wednesday to Delaware State, which was missing its leading scorer. There was no line on that game. In the Herd’s most recent lined game, on Dec. 22, Marshall lost 82-54 at Kentucky as a 20-point dog.

It was the fifth straight Marshall game that stayed under.

“We’re so inefficient on offense, inept really, that I clearly don’t have enough adjectives to describe it,” coach Tom Herrion said after Wednesday’s loss.

Marshall averaged 82.5 points on 48 percent shooting in its first six games. In the last eight, the Herd have averaged 60.5 points on 37 percent shooting while committing nearly 17 turnovers per game.

Marshall sorely misses junior guard DeAndre Kane, who has missed four straight games with a hand injury. He's not expected to return Saturday.

The Herd also have been horrible from the foul line, hitting 57.8 percent for the season.

Ohio (5-4 ATS) isn’t lighting it up, either. The Bobcats have lost five of seven after a 6-0 start.

In last Saturday’s 74-63 loss at Oklahoma, Ohio committed a season-high 18 turnovers and shot 8-of-26 on 3-pointers. For the season, however, Ohio ranks 59th in offensive efficiency, 102 spots better than Marshall. And it will have the most dynamic player Saturday in senior guard D.J. Cooper (14.3 ppg, 7.8 apg, 1.7 spg).

These schools are about 80 miles apart, and Marshall is Ohio’s most frequent non-MAC opponent. The Bobcats have won two straight, including 70-68 last season in Huntington, W. Va., and lead the all-time series 52-46.

Line: Ohio -13.5


— Marshall is 7-21-1 ATS in its last 29 non-conference games.

— Marshall is 0-6 ATS in its last six road games.

— Ohio is 5-1 ATS in its last six home games.

— Underdog is 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings.

— Under is 12-4 in Ohio’s last 16 home games.

— Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings.

Quick Hits

No. 8 Ohio State (11-2 SU, 7-4 ATS) at No. 11 Illinois (13-2 SU, 4-7 ATS), 2:15 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network

Ohio State -3. Total: 142

The Illini, who live and die by the 3-point shot, enter on an 0-4 ATS skid (2-2 SU) in which they’ve hit 29.1 percent of their trey attempts (28-of-96). In losses to Purdue and Missouri, they were outrebounded by an average of 16.5 boards. Illinois brings a meager plus-0.3 rebounding margin compared to Ohio State’s plus-8.1. Led by lockdown guard Aaron Craft, the Buckeyes hold opponents to 36.8 percent shooting overall and 31.4 percent from deep. It should be noted that Illinois has played a tougher schedule (30th) than OSU (89th), and that this is only the Buckeyes’ second true road game.


— Ohio State is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games.

— Ohio State is 4-1 ATS in its last five Big Ten games.

— Illinois is 5-16 ATS in its last 21 Big Ten games.

— Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last five home games.

— Over is 16-6 in Ohio State’s last 22 games.

— Over is 5-0 in Illinois’ last five games vs. winning teams.

— Over is 5-0 in the last five meetings.

— Favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.

No. 10 Gonzaga (14-1 SU, 7-5-1 ATS) at Santa Clara (12-3 SU, 6-5 ATS), 8 p.m. ET

Gonzaga -6.5

The Bulldogs are on a quick turnaround after Thursday night’s physical battle at Pepperdine. They should be on upset alert, as the Broncos are one of the nation’s most improved teams. Santa Clara hung with Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium last Saturday before falling 90-77 (covering as a 17-point dog). The Broncos have the size in Marc Trasolini (15.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg) and the backcourt in Kevin Foster and Evan Roquemore (combined 33.0 ppg, 10.8 apg) to make this interesting. And even though it’s still winter break on campus, coach Kerry Keating is determined to make the Leavey Center as noisy as possible.

"We need all their energy," Keating told the San Francisco Chronicle. "And if any of them read this and any of them want to stay here and can't have a room on campus ... I want them to personally call the office and I will reimburse them up to $100 for a hotel room."

Santa Clara is 4-0 ATS (1-3 SU) in its last four home games against Gonzaga.


— Gonzaga is 4-10-2 ATS in its last 16 West Coast Conference games.

— Gonzaga is 2-9-2 ATS in its last 13 road games.

— Santa Clara is 3-13 ATS in its last 16 home games.

— Santa Clara is 4-1 ATS in its last five games vs. winning teams.

— Over is 8-1 in Gonzaga’s last nine games vs. winning teams.

— Under is 4-0 in Santa Clara’s last four home games.

— Home team is 8-1 ATS in the last nine meetings.

Saturday's Leans

Texas (8-5) at Baylor (8-4), 2 p.m. ET

Baylor -10

Texas is led by Sheldon McClellan (15.2 ppg). The Longhorns started off poorly although they have played better as of late. They did beat North Carolina by 18 but that was on their home floor. They play good defense but really don't shoot it well. Baylor is led by Pierre Jackson (19.6) and 7-foot freshman Isaiah Austin (14.5). They are the opposite of Texas in that they are a very good shooting team. We usually aren't impressed by a team in a loss but Baylor played very well in a losing effort in a 7-point game at Gonzaga. Too much size and too much talent if the Bears are ready to play.

Stanford (9-5) at UCLA (11-3), 3 p.m. ET


Stanford lost by two at USC on Thursday. We think that may have been a lookahead spot. The Cardinal’s other losses are all respectable (Belmont, Missouri, Minnesota and NC State), and they were in all of those games. UCLA has started to come on of late and freshman Shabazz Muhammad (19.3 ppg) is the real deal. He was impressive in Bruins’ big win over Missouri. We think this game is going to be a battle, and we expect the Cardinal to stay in it all the way.

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