College Basketball Betting News and Notes Friday, November 22

College Basketball Betting News and Notes Friday, November 22

Friday's Betting Notes
By David Schwab
VegasInsider.com

The championship round of this season’s Coaches vs. Cancer Classic men’s basketball tournament tips off this Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with two semifinal matchups on the slate.

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Seton Hall Pirates

Oklahoma opened as a 1½-point favorite over Seton Hall on Thursday evening.

The Sooners opened the season with a solid 82-73 victory over Alabama as four-point underdogs in the Buckets and Boots Showcase. As part of the preliminary rounds of this tournament as one of four host sites, they cruised past Idaho last Wednesday 85-65 at home in a game that had no posted line after posting a 95-82 victory over North Texas as 15 ½-point favorite on Nov. 11.

Buddy Hield has led Oklahoma is scoring so far with 18.3 points a game as part of a foursome of players scoring in double-figures. The Sooners are averaging 87 points a game while shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range. They have also done a good job under the boards with 40 rebounds a game.

Seton Hall faced Niagara as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer series in its season opener and came away with an 83-72 victory as a 14½-point home favorite. Its next game was against Kent State and the Pirates prevailed with a 78-76 win, but they failed to cover as eight-point favorites at home. They went on to lose to Mercer 77-74 in overtime last Saturday in a game that had no posted line and this past Monday they beat Monmouth 82-66, but fell to 0-3 against the spread after failing to cover as 19½-point home favorites.

The Pirates feature a trio of players that can put the ball in the hoop in Sterling Gibbs, Fuquan Edwin and Patrik Auda. They have accounted for 46.8 of the team’s 79 PPG. Gibbs has led the way in points (17.0) and assists (4.5) and Auda is Seton Hall’s leading rebounder with 6.3 a game.

The Sooners have failed to cover in four of their last five games dating back to last season and the total has gone OVER in their last seven games following a straight-up win. Seton Hall is just 14-30 ATS in their last 44 neutral site games and they are 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight nonconference games.

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. No. 1 Michigan State Spartans

Michigan State opened as a 15-point favorite over Virginia Tech on Thursday evening.

Virginia Tech opened this ongoing tournament series with a stunning 64-63 loss to USC Upstate in a game with no posted line but it quickly bounced back with three straight wins including an 87-82 victory over West Virginia as a three-point home underdog. The also covered as a 5½-point home favorite in a 79-61 win over Western Carolina in another game that was part of this series.

The Hokies have averaged 83.5 points in their first four games with five different players scoring in double figures. Both Jarell Eddie and CJ Barksdale are averaging 16 points a game and Trevor Thompson is pulling down a team-high 7.3 rebounds. Overall, Virginia Tech is averaging 45 rebounds a game which is the 19th highest total in the nation. It is shooting 46.4 percent from the field and an impressive 44.8 percent from beyond the arc.

Michigan State came into this season as the No. 2 team in in the country in both major polls and the ascended to the top spot by knocking-off then-No. 1 Kentucky 78-74 in the State Farm Classic on Nov. 12. The Spartans were four-point favorites over the Wildcats in a game that ended as a PUSH. Since then, they had to sweat out a 62-53 win over Columbia as 23 ½-point home favorites in their first game in this series and shake off a sluggish first half to get by Portland 82-67 as 23-point favorites at home this past Monday in its second Coaches vs. Cancer series game.

The trio of Adreian Payne, Gary Harris and Keith Appling has lived up to all the preseason hype with a combined 49.3 points which is 62 percent of the team’s 80 point scoring average. Branden Dawson has done a good job under the boards with 9.5 rebounds and Appling leads in assists with 6.3 a game. The Spartans are ranked fourth in the nation in team assists with 21.5 and pulling down 40.8 rebounds a game.

The Hokies are just 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine neutral site games but they are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games against the Big Ten. Michigan State started this season 0-2-1 ATS and it is now 2-6-1 ATS in its last nine games dating back to last season.

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Kansas State ia 2-2, losing to Northern Colorado/Charlotte; they made only 5-26 from arc yesterday, with two guards playing 37-39 minutes. Now they meet Georgetown club that that was outscored 38-20 in 2nd half yesterday, after leading by 11 at half. Hoyas have a starter who did not take a shot, but played 18:00. Big East favorites are 10-6 vs spread.

Charlotte was 20-29 from line, had 17 offensive boards in its win over K-State; no 49er played more than 33:00. Northeastern lost first couple games to America East teams (Boston U by 3, Stony Brook by 7), but beat Georgetown by 7, despite missing 13 foul shots (20-33). C-USA favorites are 6-4 vs spread. CAA underdogs are 7-6 against spread.

Florida State hammered VCU by 18, holding Rams to 29% from floor; they won first four games by 24-12-28-18 points, despite turning ball over 25.7% of time. Three Michigan guys played 34:00+ in its easy win over Long Beach, but McGary only play 14:00. Wolverines made 14-30 from arc yesterday. No Seminole played more than 32:00 vs VCU.

VCU forced turnovers on 29.1% of possessions in winning three of first four games by 38-3-21 points, but they struggled to score vs FSU and you can't press if you don't score; Long Beach State is young and in trouble against this schedule, losing last four games by 34-1-13-24, after beating an NAIA team. Big West road underdogs are 5-11 vs spread.

UAB lost in double OT yesterday; five guys played 35+ minutes, two played 46+; Rucker had 14 boards, 7 assists but was 3-21 from floor. Is going to be tough game to bounce back from. Nebraska lost 96-90 but no one played more than 29:00 in game with 82 FTs, 35 offensive boards. UAB is in bottom 5 in country so far at forcing turnovers.

UMass is 4-0 with three top 90 wins and they've scored 85+ points in all four games; Minutemen have four starters back from a 21-12 team; vs Nebraska, UMass played three guys 31:00+- they made 33-43 FTs, hit 55% inside arc. New Mexico played three kids 44+ minutes in double OT win vs UAB; they were 8-38 from arc, but hit two to tie game late. Lobos played both OTs without their best big guy Bairstow.

Georgia allowed 87 ppg in losing last two games (GT/Davidson); Dawgs put Davidson on line 41 times (34-41) yesterday- they had three guys play 31:00+, but no one more than 32. Temple lost four starters from LY, lost last three games to Kent State/Towson/Clemson. Owls led by 11 in first half yesterday, but shot 30.2% for game- they had three guys play 32:00+, but used three subs double digit minutes.

Clemson is 4-0, beating So Carolina/Temple in last two games, holding teams to 50.8 ppg, 19% from arc, 37% inside it. Davidson is 1-3 after it beat Georgia 94-82 Thursday; Wildcats had lost by 34-4-13 points, and two of those three were vs Duke/Virginia, so another ACC opponent is not going to phase them. Problem is, SoCon dogs are 3-15 vs spread.

LMU scored 85 ppg in 4-0 start, but all vs teams ranked outside the top 200; Lions are forcing turnovers 22.5% of time, making just 25% from arc. Northern Iowa lost first two D-I games by 11-6 points, scoring 67 ppg. Panthers lost three starters from LY's 21-15 team; they've turned ball over 20% of time, made just 28% from arc, but is higher class team, more disciplined than anyone LMU has played so far.

Providence ia 4-0, beating BC in OT then three stiffs; Friars was 19-15 LY, has four starters back- this is Friars' first game away from home, vs Vanderbilt team that lost in OT at Butler Tuesday, after being down 14 with 7:43 left. Vandy lost all 5 starters from LY; they made 5-16 from arc, had 19 TOs at Butler, are shooting just 61.7% from line so far.

Indiana whacked Washington 102-84 last nite; they're 5-0, have grabbed 47.6% of rebounds on own misses (#5 in US), are scoring 94 ppg and do not have great shooting %'s- only two kids played more than 29:00 last nite. UConn is 5-0, with 1 and 2-point wins; they've made 47.8% from arc, played three kids 32+ minutes, will have big crowd edge in this one.

Southern Miss is 3-0 with wins at DePaul/North Dakota State; they've turned ball over 25% of time, but forced TO's 26%-- they won last three games with South Alabama by 12+ points, but USA has new coach now, is 1-1 vs D-I teams, losing by 7 at Texas- they've turned ball over 20.7% of time. C-USA favorites are 5-4; Sun Belt underdogs are 3-12 vs spread.

Seton Hall will have crowd edge in Brooklyn; they're 3-1, losing Sunday in double OT at Mercer-- they've brought in new PGs, are turning ball over 21.2% of time. Oklahoma is 3-0, beating Bama by 9 and couple of stiffs; Sooners haven't played in nine days. Big X favorites are 11-7, but 0-2 away from home. Big East underdogs are 0-2 against the spread.

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