College Basketball Betting News and Notes Thursday, November 21
College Basketball Betting News and Notes Thursday, November 21
Puerto Rico Tip-Off
By David Schwab
This Thursday from the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off gets underway featuring teams such as No. 10 VCU, No. 14 Michigan, Georgetown, Kansas State and Florida State. To help get you ready for all the action, the following is a tip-sheet for Thursday's opening round games.
Charlotte 49ers vs. Kansas State Wildcats
Oddsmakers opened Kansas State as a 5½-point favorite but the number quickly dropped to 4½.
Charlotte is 2-1 SU (2-0 ATS) in its first three games and coming off a 83-69 victory over Elon last Saturday as a 2½-point home favorite. It has scored an average of 81.7 points a game behind the hot hands of Shawn Lester and Pierria Henry, who are both averaging 17 points a game. All told the 49ers have four players averaging at least 13 points a game.
Kansas State improved to 2-1 SU (0-1-1 ATS) with Sunday's win over Long Beach State. The Wildcats started the season on a bad note with a 60-58 loss to Northern Colorado as 12 ½-point home favorites. They are averaging 66.7 points a game and shooting 41.7 percent from the field. Marcus Foster leads the team in scoring with 16.7 points a game.
The 49ers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six nonconference games and the Wildcats are just 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games outside the Big 12.
Northeastern Huskies vs. Georgetown Hoyas
The Huskies have one SU win in their first three outings with no posted lines for any of the games. They are scoring an average of 72.7 points a game while pulling down 39.3 rebounds on the strength of Scott Eatherton, who leads the team in both categories (14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds).
Georgetown has split its first two games this season with a 82-75 loss to No. 17 Oregon as a 4½-point favorite in its opener followed by an 88-70 victory over Wright State as a 9 ½-point home favorite last Wednesday. The Hoyas have shot the ball well from the floor and they are hitting 47.8 percent of their attempts, but they have struggled from beyond the arc; converting on just 29.7 percent of their attempts.
Northeastern has covered in five of its last seven neutral site games and the total has stayed UNDER in five of Georgetown's last six games against a team from the CAA.
The Hoyas have been installed as 14-point favorites over Northeastern.
Long Beach State 49ers vs. No. 14 Michigan Wolverines
Long Beach State opened the new season with a 71-59 victory over Hawaii Pacific in a that had no posted line, but it has been testing itself ever since. First it lost to No. 5 Arizona 91-57 as a 20½-point road underdog and this past Sunday it battled to a draw as a 13-point underdog on the road in a 71-58 loss to Kansas State. The 49ers are averaging 64.8 points a game and shooting just 37.7 percent from the Field.
The Wolverines are off to a 2-1 straight-up after losing to Iowa State 77-70 this past Sunday as one-point road underdogs. The total ended as a PUSH in this game against a closing line of 147. Nik Stauskas leads the team in both points (17.3) and assists (4.3) with Caris LeVert chipping in another 15.3 points a game. Michigan has four players scoring in double figures and it has shot 43.7 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from three-point range.
The 49ers are 5-16 against the spread in their last 21 games against a team with a SU winning record. The Wolverines are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games following a SU loss.
Oddsmakers tabbed Michigan as a 14 ½-point favorite and some books pushed the number up to 16.
Florida State Seminoles vs. No. 10 VCU Rams
VCU is listed as a 7½-point favorite over FSU.
Florida State jumped out to a 3-0 SU (2-0 ATS) start after beating Tennessee-Martin 89-61 as a 23½-point home favorite this past Sunday. The Seminoles have averaged 86.7 points in their first three games and they have the 11th-best shooting percentage in the nation at 53.7 percent. Okaro White and Ian Miller have combined for 31.3 points a game and White leads the team in rebounds with 6.3 a game.
VCU has already worked its way to No. 10 in the nation after starting the season ranked No. 14 on the strength of a 59-56 victory over then-No. 25 Virginia as a three-point road underdog. The Rams are 3-0 SU (2-0 ATS) overall to start the year. Treveon Graham leads the team in both scoring with 16.3 points and rebounds with 6.3 a game, but this lineup is deep with talent. Seven different players are scoring at least seven points a game and the team as a whole is shooting 39.2 percent from three-point range.
The Seminoles come into this tournament 5-1 ATS in their six neutral site games and VCU is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games against a team from the ACC.
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College Basketball Information
Miami won last three games, vs teams ranked outside top 200, after OT loss to #192 St Francis in opener; Hurricanes made 7-11 from arc in its 70-54 win at Charleston Monday. Central Florida made just 5-22 behind arc in 72-50 loss to Miami last year; UCF is turning ball over 21.5% of time in 2-1 start, with only loss 80-68 at home to Florida State.
Florida has injury/suspension issues; they've still forced turnovers on 22.8% of time. Gators beat Middle Tennessee 66-45 LY, shooting 58% from floor, pulling away from 29-26 halftime lead. Blue Raiders are 4-0 but are on road for first time- their best win was 80-73 vs Akron. SEC home favorites are 10-4 vs spread. C-USA road underdogs are 9-7.
Gonzaga beat Washington State 89-81/71-69 last two years, after losing to Coogs year before that; this has become bigger game for State, since Zags became mational program. Gonzaga made 45.7% of 3's in 3-0 start, winning by 24-32-15 points. Wazzu allowed 60 ppg in winning its first two games vs stiffs. WCC home favorites are 13-6 against the spread.
Kansas State won its last two games by 8-13 points after losing opener to Northern Colorado; Wildcats are shooting 25.9% from arc, 61.5% on foul line. Charlotte blew 16-point halftime lead and lost to Charleston by point- they beat couple stiffs by 5-14 points. Big X home favorites are 9-5 against the spread. C-USA road underdogs are 9-7 vs spread.
Georgetown hasn't played in 8 days since beating Wright State by 18, in first game after they got back from Korea (lost to Oregon by 7). Hoyas made 29.7% behind arc in first two games. Northeastern lost first couple games to America East teams (Boston U by 3, Stony Brook by 7), beat Central Connecticut by 7 last game. CAA underdogs are 7-5 vs spread.
Michigan made just 8-29 from arc in 77-70 loss at Iowa State Sunday, its first loss after wins by 27-34 over stiffs. Long Beach State is young and in trouble against this non-league schedule, losing three games by 34-1-13 points, after beating an NAIA team. Big Dozen favorites are 12-9 vs spread. Big West road underdogs are 4-10 against the spread.
VCU forced turnovers on 29% of possessions in winning its first three games by 38-3-21 points; Rams won by 3 at Virginia of ACC in its only road game. Florida State scored 86.7 ppg in winning its first three games by 24-12-28 points, but they've turned ball over 24.3% of time. FSU is #4 in country at forcing turnovers, getting one on 27.3% of possessions.
Nebraska won its first three games by 24-15-26 points; Cornhuskers are forcing turnovers 24.3% of time, making 41.9% of 3's, but UMass will be step up in competition, having already beaten Boston College, LSU while scoring 89 ppg. Minutemen have four starters back from a 21-12 team. A-13 favorites are 8-11 vs spread. Big Dozen underdogs are 1-2.
New Mexico scored 98.5 ppg in winning first two games vs stiffs; hard to tell much from that, but Lobos have four starters back from 29-8 club to go with its new head coach, former assistant Neal. UAB won its first two D-I games, beating Rutgers/Troy while scoring 80 ppg. Blazers are turning ball over 20.3% of time, but they killed Rutgers/Troy on boards.
Georgia split its first two games, losing 80-71 at home to Ga Tech in last game Friday. Davidson allowed 87.3 ppg in losing first three games, by 34-4-13 points; teams are shooting 62% inside arc, 41% from arc against them. SEC teams are 2-4 vs spread away from home; SoCon teams have covered only three of 20 games, two of 16 as an underdog.
Clemson allowed 48.3 ppg in winning first three games, beating its rival South Carolina 71-57 Sunday, holding SC to 35.4% from floor. Temple lost four starters from LY, lost to Kent State/Towson last couple games while allowing 78 ppg and forcing turnovers only 11.4% of time. ACC favorites are 14-8 vs spread. Big East underdogs are 0-2 against spread.
Indiana scored 92 ppg in winning first four games, all at home, but their 1-point win over LIU is little bit of red flag; Hoosiers held its first four opponents to 25.8% behind arc. Washington scored 88-92 points in its two wins, but also lost by 14 at home to Cal-Irvine. Long trip east for Huskies. Pac-12 underdogs are 2-2. Big Dozen favorites are 12-9.
South Dakota State lost its first three D-I games by 8-9-4 points, with win over NAIA team since then; Jackrabbit opponents are making 61% of shots inside arc. Texas Tech beat three stiffs, lost by 7 at Alabama in its only road game; Red Raiders are making 59.3% of shots inside arc, but also only 59.3% from line. Big X favorites are 9-6 against spread.