College Basketball Betting News and Notes Thursday, January 2

College Basketball Betting News and Notes Thursday, January 2

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Minnesota is 2-2 vs top 100 teams, losing to Syracuse/Arkansas out on Maui; Gophers won last six games, but last four were vs stiffs- they're forcing turnovers 20.9% of time. Michigan won four in row, eight of last nine games with Minnesota; Wolverines are 0-2 on road, losing by 7 at Iowa State, 10 at Duke in their only true road games this season.

Green Bay won last three games with Cleveland State by 4-27-7 points; Vikings lost six of last seven visits here, with five of six losses by 9+. Cleveland State is 0-3 vs top 100 teams, losing by 7-3-4 points; they're turning ball over 20.4% of time. Green Bay is 3-3 vs teams in top 200, with all three wins by 8 or less points- they're forcing turnovers 20.9%.

Youngstown won its last four games with Milwaukee, with three of four wins by 8 or less points; Penguins won last two visits here, after losing nine of previous 10. 9-4 Milwaukee is 2-2 vs top 200 teams- they won last two home games (No Iowa/Bradley) by 11-6 points. Youngstown is 5-6 in its last eleven games, allowing 83+ points in all six losses.

Home side won last four South Alabama-Western Kentucky games, with Hilltoppers losing last two visits here, 66-61/65-57. WKU is 1-4 on the road, with only win at #233 So. Illinois- they're turning ball over 22.7% of time, making just 45.4% inside arc. USA lost its last five D-I games, including a triple OT game at Rice- they're shooting 38.2% inside arc.

Washington won its last seven games with Arizona State, winning last three visits here, by 17-6-9 points; Huskies are 0-3 vs top 100 teams so far this year, losing by 18-7-12 points, and they've only played couple road games, winning at Tulane, losing by 7 at San Diego State. Arizona State won its last four games; they're holding teams to 27.9% on arc.

Oregon won four of five Pac-12 games with Utah, winning 64-45 in LY's conference tourney; Ducks won by 10 in OT at Ole Miss in its one true road game this year. Oregon is making 42.4% from arc, 55.5% inside it. Utah is 1-1 vs top 100 teams, losing by hoop at Boise State, winning by 17 over rival BYU. Utes are #1 in country, making 60.7% inside arc.

Illinois State won three of last four games with Missouri State, but they lost three of last four visits here, losing by 4-11-7 points. Redbirds won six of last seven games, beating Dayton/DePaul; they're 2-2 in true road games, winning at Northwestern/San Francisco. Bears are 10-2 but that is against #304 schedule; their best win was by 3 at #140 Oral Roberts.

Gonzaga won six of last eight games with St Mary's, sweeping Gaels in LY's games by 5-17-14 points; St Mary's lost nine of last ten visits to Spokane, losing last two visits by 14-5 points. Gonzaga won its first two leaue games by 14-28 points, despite Dower's injury; they're #14 in US behind arc, making 41.3%. Gaels lost three of last four games, are without coach Bennett (suspended)- they're making 43.3% from arc.

Home teams won five of last six Cal-Stanford games; Bears lost by 14-5-10 points in last three visits here. Cal is 0-2 on road this year, losing by 7 at UCSB, 14 at Creighton- half their four losses came when Solonon was out with eye injury. Stanford won its last five home games after a 112-103 loss to BYU in home opener- they're #9 in country behind arc, making 42.1% of their 3's.

Colorado is 3-2 in Pac-12 games vs Oregon State, with all three of LY's meetings decided by six or less points; Beavers split their two visits to Boulder, winning by 6 LY, losing by 22 in '12. 8-4 OSU beat Maryland in its only top 100 game; they lost other two true road games, by 12 at DePaul by 6 at Hawai'i. Colorado won 11 of last 12 games, winning its last three at home, by 3-17-14 points.

Santa Clara won five of last seven games with Pepperdine, sweeping the series LY by 7-10 points; Waves lost seven of last eight visits to Santa Clara, with four of seven losses by 10+ points. Broncos were 12-23 on arc in win at Portland last game, are making 38.1% for year. Waves won three of four true road games, with loss by 17 at Washington State.

San Francisco won three of last four games with LMU, losing to Lions in WCC tourney LY, after beating them by 9-2 points during season; Dons won three of last four visits here; they're 3-4 vs teams in top 150, with best win over #111 Cleveland St. LMU won its first two WCC games by 11-3 points; they're 2-2 on road, winning at Long Beach/Riverside.

Iona lost last four games, allowing 92 ppg since winning first two games in MAAC by 9-11 points; Gaels are 2-5 on road, with only two wins at Fla Gulf Coast/Fairfield by 18-11 points. Quinnipiac is 3-1 at home; its only home loss was by 3 to Boston U; they're 0-3 vs teams in top 130, losing by 6-3-8 points. Road teams are 7-3-1 vs spread in MAAC tilts.

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St. Mary's at Gonzaga: What Bettors Need to Know
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St. Mary's Gaels at Gonzaga Bulldogs

Injuries and a busy schedule haven't slowed No. 21 Gonzaga, which hosts Saint Mary's on Thursday for an early West Coast Conference showdown. Guard Gary Bell Jr. (hand) is out for the Bulldogs, who are playing their third game in six days, while guard Kevin Pangos (turf toe) is playing injured and center Sam Dower Jr. (back) is questionable. Drew Barham and transfers Gerard Coleman and Angel Nunez have helped fill those gaps.

"As a player you wait and wait for your chance and when you get a chance you have to make the most of it," Gonzaga coach Mark Few told The Spokane Spokesman-Review after Monday's win against San Francisco. "By and large, everybody that got in did that." The Gaels will be without coach Randy Bennett, who is serving the second game of a five-game suspension for NCAA rules violations. Saint Mary's is 2-3 away from home, snapping a three-game skid with a win over Pacific in its WCC opener Monday.

LINE: The line and total are currently off the board.

ABOUT SAINT MARY'S (10-3, 7-4 ATS): Forward Brad Waldow leads the Gaels with 16.8 points and seven rebounds and is second in the league with a 64.2 shooting clip. Stephen Holt (13.2), James Walker III (12.3) and Beau Levesque (11.8) also average double figures for the balanced Gaels, who started the week ranked 12th nationally in 3-point shooting percentage (43.3). The Gaels, in the middle of a three-game road swing to open conference play, are second in the WCC in scoring defense (66.3 points) and second in scoring margin (plus-10.9).

ABOUT GONZAGA (12-2, 5-6-1 ATS): Pangos leads the Bulldogs with 17.6 points and Dower (13.8) and Bell (12.7) are team's next two leading scorers. Coleman, who transferred from Providence, is averaging 8.1 points off the bench and Nunez, who became eligible after the first semester after transferring from Louisville, has scored 14 total points in his first two games. 7-1 center Przemek Karnowski adds 9.9 points and a team-high eight rebounds and can be a defensive difference in the middle.

TRENDS:

* Under is 7-1 in the last eight meetings in Gonzaga.
* St. Mary's is 4-1 ATS in its last five games following an ATS win.
* Gonzaga is 2-10-2 ATS in its last 14 games following an ATS win.
* Over is 6-1 in St. Mary's last seven games overall.

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1. Saint Mary's and Gonzaga join Duke and Kansas as the only Division I program with 25 or more wins in each of the past five seasons.

2. The Gaels and Bulldogs have meet in each of the past five WCC Tournament championships games, with Gonzaga winning three times. Gonzaga has won 8 of the 10 regular-season meetings during that span.

3. Gonzaga started the week ranked third nationally at 51.3 percent shooting and 18th at 84.5 points.

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