Free Picks: Service Plays for Sunday February 17

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Miami (FL) at Clemson
The Hurricanes look to build on their 6-2-1 ATS record in their last 9 road games. Miami (FL) is the pick (-6) according to Dunkel, which has the Hurricanes favored by 10 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Miami (FL) (-6)

Game 803-804: Penn State at Michigan (12:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Penn State 54.115; Michigan 74.862
Dunkel Line: Michigan by 20 1/2; 128
Vegas Line: Michigan by 22 1/2; 132
Dunkel Pick: Penn State (+22 1/2); Under

Game 805-806: Ohio State at Wisconsin (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Ohio State 69.860; Wisconsin 76.100
Dunkel Line: Wisconsin by 6; 124
Vegas Line: Wisconsin by 3 1/2; 119 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Wisconsin (-3 1/2); Over

Game 807-808: Louisville at South Florida (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Louisville 74.617; South Florida 58.467
Dunkel Line: Louisville by 16; 122
Vegas Line: Louisville by 13 1/2; 118 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Louisville (-13 1/2); Over

Game 809-810: WI-Milwaukee at Cleveland State (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: WI-Milwaukee 43.590; Cleveland State 55.236
Dunkel Line: Cleveland State by 11 1/2
Vegas Line: Cleveland State by 7
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland State (-7)

Game 811-812: WI-Green Bay at Youngstown State (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: WI-Green Bay 58.309; Youngstown State 55.445
Dunkel Line: WI-Green Bay by 3
Vegas Line: WI-Green Bay by 1 1/2
Dunkel Pick: WI-Green Bay (-1 1/2)

Game 813-814: Minnesota at Iowa (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 69.312; Iowa 66.596
Dunkel Line: Minnesota by 2 1/2; 130
Vegas Line: Iowa by 1; 133 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (+1); Under

Game 815-816: Arizona at Utah (3:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Arizona 69.980; Utah 58.751
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 11
Vegas Line: Arizona by 9
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (-9)

Game 817-818: Miami (FL) at Clemson (6:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Miami (FL) 74.574; Clemson 63.987
Dunkel Line: Miami (FL) by 10 1/2; 126
Vegas Line: Miami (FL) by 6; 120
Dunkel Pick: Miami (FL) (-6); Over

Game 819-820: Illinois at Northwestern (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Illinois 65.428; Northwestern 67.137
Dunkel Line: Northwestern by 1 1/2; 122
Vegas Line: Illinois by 4 1/2; 129 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Northwestern (+4 1/2); Under

Game 821-822: James Madison at Delaware (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: James Madison 52.747; Delaware 56.921
Dunkel Line: Delaware by 4
Vegas Line: Delaware by 5
Dunkel Pick: James Madison (+5)

Game 823-824: Wichita State at Illinois State (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Wichita State 63.885; Illinois State 64.078
Dunkel Line: Even; 133
Vegas Line: Illinois State by 2; 136
Dunkel Pick: Wichita State (+2); Under

Game 825-826: USC at California (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: USC 64.000; California 64.632
Dunkel Line: California by 1; 139
Vegas Line: California by 7; 135 1/2
Dunkel Pick: USC (+7); Over

Game 827-828: Appalachian State at NC-Greensboro (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Appalachian State 46.332; NC-Greensboro 51.485
Dunkel Line: NC-Greensboro by 5
Vegas Line: NC-Greensboro by 4
Dunkel Pick: NC-Greensboro (-4)

Game 829-830: Niagara at Manhattan (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Niagara 54.325; Manhattan 62.419
Dunkel Line: Manhattan by 8
Vegas Line: Manhattan by 2
Dunkel Pick: Manhattan (-2)

Game 831-832: Marist at Rider (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Marist 48.717; Rider 55.207
Dunkel Line: Rider by 6 1/2
Vegas Line: Rider by 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Marist (+8 1/2)

Game 841-842: Holy Cross at American (12:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Holy Cross 44.987; American 49.391
Dunkel Line: American by 4 1/2; 112
Vegas Line: American by 5; 117
Dunkel Pick: Holy Cross (+5); Under

NHL

St. Louis at Vancouver
The Canucks look to build on their 5-1 record in their last 6 games against teams with a winning record. Vancouver is the pick (-140) according to Dunkel, which has the Canucks favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Vancouver (-140)

Game 51-52: Pittsburgh at Buffalo (12:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh 12.244; Buffalo 11.064
Dunkel Line & Total: Pittsburgh by 1; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Pittsburgh (-150); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-150); Under

Game 53-54: Boston at Winnipeg (6:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston 10.137; Winnipeg 11.658
Dunkel Line & Total: Winnipeg by 1 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: Boston (-140); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Winnipeg (+120); Over

Game 55-56: Calgary at Dallas (6:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Calgary 10.227; Dallas 11.850
Dunkel Line & Total: Dallas by 1 1/2; 4 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 57-58: Los Angeles at Chicago (3:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Los Angeles 12.586; Chicago 11.591
Dunkel Line & Total: Los Angeles by 1; 5 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Chicago (-135); 5
Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (+115); Over

Game 59-60: Detroit at Minnesota (6:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit 11.224; Minnesota 10.887
Dunkel Line & Total: Detroit by 1/2; 6
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 61-62: Washington at NY Rangers (6:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington 11.105; NY Rangers 11.456
Dunkel Line & Total: NY Rangers by 1/2; 5
Vegas Line & Total: NY Rangers (-160); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Rangers (-160); Under

Game 63-64: St. Louis at Vancouver (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis 10.759; Vancouver 11.907
Dunkel Line & Total: Vancouver by 1; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Vancouver (-140); 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Vancouver (-140); Under

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The Illini got the season off to a fabulous start with 12 straight wins and as 2012 came to a close, John Groce’s 1st-year squad was sitting chilly at 13-1. But a freeze hit when Illinois slammed the wall right after the New Year, thanks to the start of the Big Ten schedule (or was it too much New Year’s champagne in Champaign?), losing three straight games twice during a 2-7 skid, including a 68-54 loss to the Wildcats on their home floor as a 10-point favorite. However, just when things were spinning out of control, Tyler Griffey’s layup at the buzzer knocked off then-No.1 Indiana, and a tough road victory at Minnesota followed, suggesting that the season might be headed back in the right direction. Now the Illini head back to Evanston with revenge on their minds to take on the Wildcats in front of a sellout crowd, needing a victory to put them on the cusp of another 20-win season, and hopefully cementing a spot in the Big Dance. Meanwhile Northwestern is in the middle of a Buckeye/Badger revenge sandwich, where they are 3-6-1 ATS after Ohio State and just 1-8 ATS before a home tilt with Wisky. In addition the battered Cats are down to seven lives, having lost the services of F Jared Swopshire (knee) and senior Drew Crawford (shoulder) for the season. The clincher is the Wildcats’ dismal 4-10-1 ATS record at Welsh-Ryan Arena in this series. You know what to do.  We recommend a 1-unit play on Illinois.

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Really having to fade big totals now. In year's past we thought it was high to see a total in the 250's, now we see the 2013 number open at 289 and rise to 291 on Saturday. But does history support this? Lets look at the All Star totals since 2000. Last year's game in Orlando was the highest scoring regulation game of the 2000's with the West winning 152-149 (301 pts). But, previous to that season we have these totals: 281 (2011), 280 (2010), 265 (2009), 262 (2008), 285 (2007), 242 (2006), 240 (2005), 268 (2004), 300 (in 2 OT's, 2003), 255 (2002), 221 (2001) and 263 (2000). We have seen the total points trending upwards each year, but so has the oddsmaker. That's why we see such a high total on this year's contest. But I think it's over inflated. The oddsmaker knows people like to play All Star games over and they are going to make you pay for it. The history of the game shows this total is still too high and the value here on Sunday is UNDER.

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We go back to the Big 10 for our free play after cashing Nebraska by a half point for Saturdays free play. Minnesota has covered 10 of the last at Iowa and is 4-1 as a road dog of 3 or less. They have a solid RPI Ranking at 13 and have played the 2nd toughest schedule in the country and are 8-0 vs teams ranked 51 to 100. Iowa is 2-7 this season vs top 100 RPI Ranked teams and has lot 3 of the last 4 here to the Gophers. They are also 1-5 to the spread at home when the total is 130 to 135. Look for Minnesota to emerge with the win.

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USC at California
Prediction: USC

The simulator shows a high probability that USC will lose this game by fewer than five points and has a solid shot at an upset win. In games like this where the sim shows solid projections for the upset, I have found that using a combination bet serves to increase my bottom line profits over the course of the season. In this case, consider making a 7* wager on the line and a 3* amount using the money line. Supporting this graded play is a proven system posting a 102-55 ATS for 65% winners since 2006. Play against home favorites of 3.5 to 9.5 points making 4 or less 3 point shots per game on the season. Cal does not shoot well from the perimeter, especially beyond the arc. Cal ranks 333rd attempting just 12.7 3-point shots per game and 334th making an average of just 4.0 3-point shots per game. This will allow USC to pack a 2-3 zone into the box and force Cal into taking perimeter shots. US defense ranks 78th allowing 44.6% shooting from 2 point range. Take the Trojans.

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Niagara +2

This matchup falls into a system to play against a team like Manhattan when the line is between +3 and -1 and that team is coming winning between 20-40% of their games and coming off a win over a conference rival facing a team with a winning record. This system is 55-25 ATS over the last five seasons.

Niagara is 18-6 ATS the last 24 when playing on the road against a team that has won between 20-40% of their games after the 15 game point in the season. This should be an easy opportunity for the Purple Eagles who average 74.2 PPG to improve that number because the Jaspers average only 59.1 PPG and have major issues with rebounding and turnovers.

Niagara has already handed Manhattan a loss this season and there is no reason to believe we won’t see a similar outcome in today’s matchup. The Purple Eagles are protecting their 11-4 conference record and should be well prepared to take on this weak Jaspers team.

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Iowa -1

First off, Iowa has been great at home where it is 12-2 this season. The losses came to Indiana and Michigan State, by 4 and 3 points respectively, in games the Hawkeyes easily could have won. Iowa is an impressive 20-8 ATS in its last 28 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Secondly, Iowa will be very hungry today. It gave a game away late at Minnesota earlier this month and will be out for some serious revenge. This is also a big game for the Hawks in terms of its NCAA tourney chances as it is currently 5-7 in conference play. Iowa is a perfect 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games versus teams with a winning percentage above .600, and it is 8-1 ATS in all games this season versus teams that carry a winning percentage of .600 to .800. Iowa won last season's home meeting by 4 points, and I expect a similar outcome here. The Golden Gophers have dropped 4 straight on the road and will have a tough time ending this skid in Iowa City.

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Kings / Blackhawks Under

Blackhawks expected starting goalie today vs the LA Kings is Ray Emery 4-0-0. The backstop has allowed nine goals (2.21 GAA) in his starts Chicago as a team owns a brilliant 1.86 GAA. Meanwhile .Jonathan Quick is expected to be in goal for LA, . He brings a 3-4-2 record and 2.70 goals-against average with him. Last season, Quick's GAA was 1.95 and once again hes capable of becoming stingier as the season progresses behind a tough defense, that coincidentally allowed just 13 shots on goal in their last tilt. These teams despite of being able to light the cage up on a consistent basis , are still defense first teams, and Im expecting thats what translates onto the ice today and the final score.

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USC Trojans +7

The California Bears are way overvalued tonight as a 7-point home favorite over the USC Trojans Sunday. I look for this game to go right down to the wire and to be decided in the final few possessions.

USC comes in playing its best basketball of the season. It has won four straight with road victories over UCLA as a 10-point underdog and Stanford as a 9.5-point dog. It also beat Washington State and Washington at home during this streak.

Cal if also playing well coming in, but that's why it is overvalued here. It has won four of its last five with two of those victories coming by a combined 7 points. Off a road win at Arizona and a home triumph over UCLA, and with Oregon on deck, this is clearly a big letdown spot for the Bears.

Cal is 11-25 ATS in home games after covering 5 or 6 of its last 7 against the spread since 1997. The Trojans are 54-27 ATS after a win by 6 points or less since 1997. The Bears are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

USC is a perfect 5-0 ATS in its last 5 meetings in California. It will be the more motivated team heading into this one to try and revenge a 64-72 home loss to Cal on January 5th in their first meeting of the season. This is a completely different Trojans team now than it was a month ago. Bet USC Sunday.

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Bruce Marshall

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Pick: Delaware

Expect a bit more from Delaware this afternoon in New-ARK than what the Blue Hens produced in their first meeting vs. JMU back on Jan. 23 when shooting a paltry 28.9% from the floor and getting outrebounded by a whopping 46-28 margin in a 64-50 loss at Harrisonburg. U-Dee can turn the tables at home , however, as Blue Hens enter on a 3-game win streak and are finding other scoring options to supplement star 19-ppg scorer Devon Saddler (G Jarvis Threatt contributed 20 points in midweek upset win at Northeastern). Play Delaware

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CALIFORNIA -7 over Southern Cal

Both teams have identical 7-5 conference records so it might make these points being offered look rather appealing. Not so, as identical in talent they are not. The Trojans are imposters. Their 7-5 record is the result of them beating every team below them in the standings. USC has played five ranked teams this season and were defeated by all of them. Its best win this year came against UCLA in OT by four points. This visitor doesn’t excel in any area and we can’t even say they’re good in any one area. They’re a pedestrian team with an unimpressive résumé.

The Golden Bears résumé is much more impressive than USC’s. They’ve won four of their past five games with three of those victories occurring against the top three clubs in the PAC-12. California defeated #10 Oregon by 4, they went into #7 Arizona and won by eight and capped it off with a 13-point win over UCLA. Suddenly, they’re a bubble team and if they run the table, the committee has to consider them for an at-large bid. The Bears are also a threat for an automatic bid should they win the conference tournament. The Golden Bears went into Southern Cal on January 5 and defeated the Trojans by eight points. The Bears were not in top form at that time but they are now. With the stakes higher and Cal on a roll, they should have little trouble disposing of this inferior opponent.


ILLINOIS STATE -2 over Wichita State

We’ve previously talked about the Redbirds of Illinois State being one of the most undervalued squads in the country. Even with a mediocre 7-7 conference mark and 16-10 overall record, that still holds true. The Redbirds are now a small home favorite over Missouri Valley leader Wichita State, a team that defeated ISU back on January 16 by 12 points to put the Redbirds in a 0-6 hole in its first six MVC games. 

What a difference a month can make. The Redbirds now sit at 6-7 in Valley play. One of their recent wins came at #16 Creighton as an eight-point dog. Over their past seven games, the Redbirds are scoring more points per possession than any team in Division I basketball. Jackie Carmichael and Tyler Brown are thriving as an inside-outside combination, one that is proving very challenging for opposing defenses to slow down. Out of 347 Division I schools, the Redbirds rank 24th in the nation in points scored, 25th in assists per games and 39th in FG percentage. Illinois State’s only chance of reaching the NCAA tournament consists of winning the Missouri Valley tournament (held annually in St. Louis). That's going to be a tall order but they’re playing the best basketball of any Valley team right now and this bargain price appears to be unaware of that.

Pass CBB

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Washington +140

Plus the nice +140 as the Wash Capitals are improving nicely in a nasty nasty dog role here as we will go 2 fisted on the Caps Sunday late late tipper..... Riding a sweet high here as Nebby + 9.5 late winner and Washington U cruised by the Ore State ball club last night .... #'s are strong with these Caps tonight as they invade the Garden    ..let's hammer home the Dog here to steal 1.... Capitals will  go for the 4th consecutive victory on Sunday when they visit Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers.

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Illinois St. -2

Who is the hottest team in the Valley? It certainly isn't the league leaders. Entering the weekend, Wichita was on a 2-3 SU run, Creighton was on a 0-3 SU (1-8 ATS) slide, and Indiana St was just 2-2 SU (1-3 ATS) of late. Hello Redbirds! After a mind boggling 0-6 SUATS beginning in league play, first year HC Mullins (Stallings disciple), has turned things around in Normal. Today they enter on a 7-1 SU run, having won and covered each of their last four games. Including an upset of Creighton, 75-72 as +10. The sixth game of their season opening losing streak was a 74-62 loss at Wichita. These Redbirds will be as dangerous as any team come tourney time. In the recent 4-0 SUATS run, they have covered by 50 points, indicating there is plenty of upside available. Following a miraculous road favorite cover at Bradley on January 6th, this bureau and others anointed sixth year Wichita HC Marshall as one of the best road coaches in the nation. At that time, it was backed up by a 19-4 ATS road chalk mark. In the last six weeks however, the Shockers have gone 1-3 SU, 0-4 ATS as road chalk, including losses at Evansville, N. Iowa and S. Illinois. None of whom is anywhere near as good as these Redbirds. Momentum and revenge is a profitable situation to back.

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Miami Florida vs. Clemson
Play: Miami Florida

On Saturday three top 25 teams lost #2 Duke, #16 Pittsburgh, and #21 Notre Dame what do all those losses have in common they came on the road. Today Miami Florida the #3 team in the land head on the road to ACC rival Clemson. The biggest loss of yesterday came in ACC play with Duke losing at Maryland. This loss gives 20-3 Miami Florida a big leg up to pass Duke if they can hold on as the Blue Devils fall to 22-3 and now 9-3 in the ACC. Miami Florida is a perfect 11-0 in ACC play. Look for the trend of Saturday to stay there as the Hurricanes continue to roll through ACC opponents as they win in Clemson on Sunday evening and looking to jump ahead of Duke in the top 5 in tomorrows rankings. Play Miami Florida

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Wichita St. vs. Illinois St.
Pick: Illinois St.

Situational Analysis

Wichita State is most recently coming off a 71-56 win over Drake on February 13th. Fred VanVleet had 17 points off the bench. However, this is a "revenge game" for the home side after it lost 74-62 to the Shockers on January 16th.

Illinois State comes into this game with plenty of momentum after hammering Bradley 79-59 on February 13th. Jackie Carmichael had 27 points and 13 boards. Tyler Brown added 22 points, eight boards and five assists. And it was the way the Redbirds closed the game which leads me to believe they'll continue strong tonight, finishing on a 24-4 run.

Statistical Analysis

Note that Wichita State is just 3-6 ATS on the road this year.

Note that Illinois State is a perfect 4-0 ATS this month, and 9-8 ATS when playing the role of favorite.

Pick Analysis

"Revenge" is a powerful motivator. Look for the Redbirds to take advantage of home court, and find a way to get the job done at the end of the night!

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Illinois at Northwestern
Play: Under

Have to respect the job Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody has done with his injury plagued squad this season. Despite losing top scorer Drew Crawford early on and then key starting forward Jared Swopshire last week, the Wildcats were able to hang in until the closing minute and get an easy pointspread cover at Ohio State Wednesday night. Today the task becomes even more difficult as starting center Alex Olah will not play (head injury) and starting guard Reggie Hearn (ankle) will likely play at less than 100%. Olah is crucial to NU’s Princeton style attack since he’s used as a high screener and primary passer away from the basket. His abilities in those areas will again force the Wildcats to adjust offensively. Always patient and deliberate on the attack end, expect Northwestern to be even more methodical in this contest by milking every possession. Also figure the ‘Cats to focus strongly on the defensive end where they have the pieces to pester Illinois’ guard oriented offense. In its earlier 68-54 road win over Illinois, NU held the Illini to 38.8% from the floor and they really protected the 3-point line allowing just 3-for-20, 15%.  Welsh-Ryan Arena has also been a positive force recently as Northwestern is on a 3-0 ATS run there. All of the elements present in this game including the Wildcats 2-6-1 O/U mark since January 13th point to a low scoring outcome. The disciplined host should exert 40 minutes of defensive focus which combined with their own offensive limitations make the 129.5 total seem a few point too high.

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Illinois State - over Wichita State

Illinois State is just 7-7 in conference play but they are 7-1 in the last eight games after an awful six game losing streak to open the Missouri Valley season. All six of those losses came by 10 or fewer points and the Redbirds had to open with three of the best teams in the conference. Losing three close games in a row carried into the next few games but it was just a matter of time before this team started putting things together. Recent wins over Indiana State and Creighton gives a lot of credibility to this recent run and the last two home games have featured dominant wins for the Redbirds. Wichita State is one of the best teams in the Missouri Valley but the Shockers have dropped three of the last five games including losing in three of the last four road games. Illinois State shot just 33 percent in the first meeting between these teams but still only lost by 12 in a valiant second half effort. The favorite has covered in eight of the last 10 games in this series and the recent efficiency of Illinois State on offense has been impressive. Illinois State has been the better shooting team and the Redbirds have the ability to close the gap in the rebounding deficit from the first meeting between these teams. Look for the home team to deliver as the Missouri Valley standings continue to become less clear.

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MINNESOTA (+2) over Iowa

The Gophers have managed to go 18-7 SU this year against the toughest schedule in the entire country and that makes them a bit underrated here today. Minnesota plays the kind of defense that will cause Iowa fits. The Hawkeyes are 0-7 this year when held to less than 70 points and the Gophers are only allowing 60 points per game. Minnesota has also gone a rock-solid 5-2 ATS this year on the road and is 4-1 ATS the last three years as a road dog of three points or less. Take the points.

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Clemson +6.5

There is really not much separation as far as talent goes in the ACC. Miami is the best team in this conference, but I am not thrilled when I see them as favorites this big on the road. They have blown out a few really good programs, but they were all done at home. Clemson plays pretty good defense and this game should come down to the final few minutes. Take Clemson.

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Wichita State at Illinois State
Prediction: Illinois State

The Shockers (21-5) have won two in a row after their 71-56 win versus Drake -- but they are 1-4-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight-up victory. Wichita State now goes on the road where have failed to cover the point spread in 4 straight games. Additionally, the Shockers are just 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games against teams with a winning percentage over 60%. Illinois State (16-10) has won four straight after their 79-59 win versus Bradley as an 11.5-point favorite. The Redbirds should build off that momentum as they have covered the point spread in 11 of their last 16 games following a victory. Additionally, Illinois State has covered the point spread in 9 of their last 13 games following a point spread win. Furthermore, the Redbirds have now covered the spread in 4 straight games in the Missouri Valley Conference. They will be looking to avenge their 74-62 loss to Wichita State as an 8-point underdog back on January 16th -- and the favorite has covered the spread in 8 of the last 10 meetings between these two teams. Lay the points with Illinois State in this one.

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