College Basketball Betting News and Notes Monday, December 30

College Basketball Betting News and Notes Monday, December 30

Toledo at Kansas: What Bettors Need to Know
By Covers.com

Toledo Rockets at Kansas Jayhawks

Kansas looks to extend its nonconference home win streak to 68 games on Monday when the 16th-ranked Jayhawks host surprising Toledo. The unbeaten Rockets, averaging 86.2 points, are off to the program’s best start since the 1966-67 team opened with 14 consecutive wins. Toledo faces its toughest test against Kansas, which shot 54.3 percent in a convincing 86-64 victory over Georgetown on Dec. 21.

Forward Perry Ellis, averaging 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds, left the Georgetown game early in the second half after taking an elbow to the back of his head, but he’s expected to be at full strength against the Rockets. Toledo boasts a plus-7.3 rebounding margin, but the Rockets will be tested by the Jayhawks’ formidable frontline. Freshman Joel Embiid has been a revelation as the Jayhawks’ starting center, and forward Tarik Black was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week after collecting 17 points and six rebounds against Georgetown.

ABOUT TOLEDO (12-0): Five different players average in double figures for the Rockets, who are coming off an 85-66 win over Coppin State on Saturday. Senior wing Rian Pearson led the Rockets in scoring, rebounding and steals in each of the past two seasons, and he’s continued his strong play by averaging 16.6 points while shooting 53.8 percent from the field. The Rockets can’t compete with Kansas’ size near the basket, but five players average more than four rebounds with 6-6 forward J.D. Weatherspoon leading at six per game.

ABOUT KANSAS (8-3): Coach Bill Self gave his team four days off after the Georgetown win, and the break came at a good time for players such as freshman guard Wayne Selden, who has cooled since scoring 15 points against Duke on Nov. 12. “Since the Duke game, I think he’s been up and down,” Self told KUSports.com. “His health hasn’t been great, but it’s not anything structurally that’s bothering him. He just probably hasn’t felt 100 percent much in the last month or so.” Freshman guard Andrew Wiggins is averaging 15.5 points, but he’s missed 15 of his last 21 shots over the last two games.

TRENDS:

* Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games.
* Under is 9-2 in Jayhawks last 11 Monday games.
* Jayhawks are 5-0 ATS in their last five vs. Mid-American.
* Under is 7-1 in Rockets last eight games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.

TIP-INS:

1. Kansas has outrebounded its opponent in 10 of its first 11 games.

2. The teams are meeting for only the second time, with Kansas winning 68-58 on Dec. 9, 2006.

3. G Julius Brown averages 7.3 assists for Toledo, which has won six straight road games dating back to last season.

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St Bonaventure is 0-2 vs top 100 teams, losing by 4-15 points; Bonnies are forcing turnovers 22.8% of time (#17 in US)- this is their first home game in 27 days. Delaware is 6-1 vs teams outside top 100, 0-5 vs top 100 teams; Bonnies are #103. Blue Hens are making 37% from arc- they lost three of last four games, winning last game 108-107 in OT. This is first game in nine days for both sides.

Virginia beat Tennessee 46-38 LY, in one of worst games ever seen on ESPN, a brickfest where teams shot 4-27 from arc. Virginia lost by 3 at Green Bay in its only true road game; they turn ball over 20.6% of time, make just 64.5% from line. Vols are 2-3 vs top 100 teams, splitting pair with ACC teams- they're 5-1 at home, losing 65-58 to NC State.

Toledo is quietly 12-0; none of its four road wins are over teams in top 150; Rockets' best win was 103-99 over #103 Stony Brook on a neutral court. Kansas split its last six games but five of those were vs teams in top 50; Jayhawks are making 57.5% of shots inside arc- they haven't played in nine days since whacking Georgetown by 22 in Lawrence.

Ole Miss lost three of last five games after 6-0 start; they're 6-0 outside top 100, with five of six wins by 9+ points. Western Kentucky is 7-0 at home with upset over Southern Miss; Hilltoppers are turning ball over 22.5% of time, making just 30.8% from arc. WKU forces turnovers 21% of time- they're 8-4 overall, with all four losses by ten or more points.

Louisiana Tech is 10-3, 0-3 vs top 100 teams, with losses by 13-9-15 points, including 70-55 loss to Oklahoma State. Bulldogs force turnover 23.5% of time (#13), shot 53.2% inside arc but may be in over their head athletically here. Oklahoma opens league play with Texas on Saturday; they've won last seven games- their best win is 82-73 over Alabama.

San Francisco rallied from down 35-27 at half to win WCC opener in OT at Portland Saturday; Dons are 3-15 in last 18 series games, losing ten in row here, last three by 17-11-14 points. Gonzaga's big guy Dower sat out Saturday's 74-60 win over Santa Clara, game they led by hoop with 10:00 left. Zags outscored Broncos 23-6 on foul line Saturday, are #13 in US, making 41.9% of its 3-pointers.

Saint Louis won its last five games, is 11-2, with true road wins by 24-9-2 points; Billikens are experienced but their PG shoots 58% from foul line, making end-game situations little dicey. Vanderbilt won last three games, two by a hoop here; they turn ball over 20.4% of time, make only 62.2% of FTs. SLU is forcing turnovers 22.7% of time, #19 in US.

Santa Clara swept Portland by 24-12 points LY, after losing eight of ten series games before that; Broncos lost five of last six visits here, losing by 6-1-13-10-10 points. Pilots blew 8-point halftime lead, lost by 6 in OT Saturday despite making 10-20 from arc; USF shot 69.2% inside arc vs Portland. Santa Clara is 1-5 on road, with all five losses by 11+ pts.

San Diego won its last three games with Loyola Marymount, winning its last two visits here by total of four points; Toreros lost last two away games overall, by 7-11 points- they've lost four of last five D-I games. LMU made 8-17 from arc, was +6 in turnovers in upset win over BYU Saturday; Lions had been shotting under 28% from arc before Saturday.

BYU won its four WCC games vs Pepperdine by average of 19 points, but wins here were by 13-2 points; Cougars got upset in WCC opener at LMU, are 1-4 on road- their only road win was 112-103 at Stanford in ESPN Marathon game seven weeks ago. Waves are 0-2 vs teams in top 100, losing by 8 to Green Bay, 3 to Indiana State- they're making 38.3% of their 3's, #51 in country.

St Mary's is without coach Bennett here, as he begins 5-game ban from NCAA; Gaels went 0-3 on Hawai'i trip after starting 9-0; all three o fits losses are by 7 or less points. St Mary's lost by 10 Pacific on neutral floor LY, before Tigers joined WCC; Pacific hasn't played in nine days since splitting pair in Vegas; they're 1-2 vs top 100 teams, with 10-pt win at Utah State an attention grabber.

Fordham beat Siena last two years by 6-15 points; Rams won five of seven vs teams outside top 200, losing to Sacred Heart/Monmouth by 12-9 points. Saints turn ball over 21.4% of time, make just 30.7% from arc- they beat St Bonaventure, Hofstra in last two home games, after losing home opener to Albany. Fordham bench played total of only 36 minutes in 94-86 home loss to Harvard Saturday.

Jacksonville State won last three games with UT-Martin by 11-31-10 points, winning 77-46 in Skyhawks' last visit here. JSU is 4-9 vs D-I teams, with best win by 11 over #281 Coppin State on a neutral floor. Martin is 2-6 on road; their opponents shoot 59.8% inside arc, 39% on arc- they're 3-10 vs D-I teams, with best win over #291 Samford. .

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