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Saturday’s Betting Tips

Saturday’s Betting Tips

College Basketball Betting Odds and Key Matchups: Jan. 19

This could be the best Saturday of the season to date, with so many quality college basketball games. There are several big conference games involving top 25 teams and there's a traditional matchup that could burst one of these teams bubble. Don't miss the action today and if you need some assistance, check out ATS Sportsline.

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Maryland (14-3 SU, 5-5 ATS) at North Carolina (11-5 SU, 8-6 ATS)

Last game: (3/9/12). NORTH CAROLINA (-14.5) over Maryland, 85-69.  Maryland didn't have the size to compete with North Carolina last year nor the experience. Now both teams are fairly young and looking to make a mark in the ACC. Maryland is coming off a 51-50 win over NC State on Wednesday night, giving 3. That was the big win Maryland needed to help their resume'. North Carolina is coming off a 77-72 road win over Florida State getting 3 last Saturday and that broke a rare two-game losing streak. Maryland is 2-6 ATS last 8 road games. College Basketball Line: North Carolina is a 5-point favorite. Total: NT.

#17 Missouri (13-3 SU, 7-5 ATS) at #10 Florida (13-2 SU, 8-4 ATS)

#17 Missouri has a tough battle against #10 Florida especially considering the uncertain status of injured leading scorer Laurence Bowers. Missouri bounced back from a 15-point loss at Mississippi last Saturday with a 79-62 win over Georgia on Wednesday, giving 13. Florida has won five straight including a 68-47 win over Texas A&M on Thursday giving 10. Their defense ranks third in the nation, allowing just 52 points per game.  Florida is 6-2 ATS last 8 home games. College Basketball Odds: NL. Total: NT.

#6 Syracuse (16-1 SU, 9-4 ATS) at #1 Louisville (16-1 SU, 10-7 ATS)

Last game: (3/3/12): SYRACUSE (-8.5) over Louisville, 58-49. Two of the game's top coaches go against each other as Jim Boeheim takes on Rick Pitino. Syracuse is missing one of their top players in James Southerland, who is ineligible. #6 Syracuse is coming off six straight wins including a 72-61 win last Saturday giving 14. #1 Louisville has won 11 straight including a 73-58 road win over Connecticut on Monday giving 6.5. Syracuse will need to extend their zone against Louisville guards Peyton Siva and Russ Smith. Syracuse is 3-8 ATS last 11 vs. the Big East.  Hoops Odds: Louisville is a 6-point favorite. Total: NT.

#8 Gonzaga (17-1 SU, 9-6-1 ATS) at #13 Butler (15-2 SU, 10-5 ATS)

Last game: (12/20/11). GONZAGA (-13) over Butler, 71-55. This is a tough game for Butler, who will have to play this game without leading scorer Rotnei Clarke (neck). Two-time national runner-up Butler has won 12 straight since losing to Illinois in Maui two months ago. It has already upset then-No. 1 Indiana and then-No. 9 North Carolina, as well as three traditional A-10 front-runners in St. Joseph's, Dayton and Richmond. They beat Richmond at home on Wednesday, 62-47 giving 9. Gonzaga has won eight straight after losing to Illinois. They beat Portland on the road on Thursday, 71-49, giving 15.5. Butler is 4-1 ATS last 5 Saturday games. College Basketball Lines:  NL Total: NT.

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