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College Basketball Betting News and Notes Saturday, January 11

College Basketball Betting News and Notes Saturday, January 11

College Basketball Injury Report
By Brian Edwards

Ole Miss star guard Marshall Henderson served the first of a two-game suspension in Thursday’s non-covering 65-62 home win over Auburn. Henderson will also have to sit out Saturday at Mississippi State as well. The suspension is for the Rebels’ first two SEC games dating back to his off-season shenanigans. Reports out of Oxford indicate that he might not have been able to play anyway, because he got injured (neck/back) serious enough for a hospital trip when he got banged up in practice during a rebounding drill earlier this week. Henderson is averaging a team-high 18.8 points per game.

Michigan State center Adreian Payne is ‘questionable’ Saturday vs. Minnesota due to a foot injury. Payne averages 16.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Travis Trice (illness), who averages 7.6 PPG, is also a question mark.

Vandy was already short-handed this season with the surprising loss of three likely starters over the offseason (one went pro in Europe, one transferred and one got suspended). Now Kevin Stallings's team is up against it again. Eric McClellan has been suspended for the rest of the season for a violation of the university's academic policy. McClellan was averaging 14.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.

Cincinnati freshman forward Jermaine Lawrence is out indefinitely with a toe injury sustained on Jan. 6. Lawrence averages 4.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, but stats don’t tell the whole story. The Bearcats are a team based on defense and rebounding, and Lawrence provides length and athleticism in the paint. Just how much does Cincy depend on defense and rebounding? Enough so that the ‘under’ is 9-1 for the Bearcats this year, 42-12 in their last 54 games.

Creighton guard Grant Gibbs has a dislocated kneecap and will be out for 4-6 weeks. The sixth-year senior was averaging 6.1 points and 4.1 assists per game. Doug McDermott was also injured in Tuesday's 81-62 win over DePaul. An MRI revealed that McDermott has a minor shoulder sprain and a bruised rotator cuff, but he plans on playing against Xavier this weekend.

Florida captured a 74-58 win over South Carolina on Wednesday night, but the Gators failed to cover the number as 16.5-point home favorites. The bigger story was Scottie Wilbekin injuring his ankle again with 2:50 remaining. The senior point guard shook off an ankle sprain quickly in early December. Wilbekin had a game-high 17 points against the Gamecocks.

In Billy Donovan’s post-game presser, he said Wilbekin was ‘questionable’ this weekend against Arkansas. That remained the case as of early Friday. Also, Casey Prather (sore knee) has been ruled ‘out’ against the Razorbacks. Prather averages a team-best 17.0 PPG. If Prather and Wilbekin can’t go, UF will have a very tough task in ending the Hogs’ 25-game home winning streak. Donovan also said on Wednesday that Damontre Harris is back in school and although he’s suspended for the rest of the year, he can earn his way back onto the team for next season. Finally, there’s nothing new on freshman Chris Walker, the McDonald’s All-American who continues to wait on his eligibility from the NCAA Clearinghouse.

South Carolina won't have the services of senior point guard Bruce Ellington this year. Ellington has declared for the NFL Draft and decided to give up hoops.

In a 61-56 loss at UConn on Wednesday night, Harvard played without leading scorer Wesley Saunders (15.7 PPG). The Crimson failed to cover for just the second time this year, and both of those ATS setbacks were crushers for their backers. Harvard, a 4.5-point ‘dog at UConn, had the ball down three in the waning seconds. However, Siyani Chambers, who scored 21 points and drained 5-of-7 from long range, was stripped in the final seconds and then committed a foul with 1.6 ticks left. Obviously, the Huskies hit both free throws for the cover. The other non-cover came in an eight-point loss at Colorado as a six-point ‘dog. Tommy Amaker’s squad led the Buffs (outright) in Boulder for the first 35 minutes before a late three-point barrage put it away. Saunders is ‘doubtful’ Saturday against Dartmouth and could be out for a week or two. Kenyatta Smith remains out indefinitely with a foot injury.

BYU forward Eric Mika didn’t play in Thursday’s non-covering win over Pepperdine due to a hip injury. Mika, who averages 13.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, is ‘questionable’ Saturday vs. Loyola-Marymount.

California guard Jabari Bird remains out indefinitely with an ankle injury. Bird went down on Dec. 22 and hasn’t played since. Although he averages 11.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, the Bears have fared just fine without him. They are 3-0 both straight up and against the spread without Bird.

Georgia Tech suffered a huge blow when sophomore forward Robert Carter tore his meniscus last week. Carter is out indefinitely and possibly for the rest of the season. He was averaging 10.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest.

Rutgers guard Jerome Seagears is ‘doubtful’ Saturday at Cincinnati. Seagears averages 9.1 points, 4.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.

Temple might be down several players for Saturday’s home game vs. Memphis. The Owls are definitely going to be without Daniel Dingle (6.7 PPG), who is done for the season with a torn meniscus. Guard Will Cummings is ‘doubtful’ due to a concussion. Cummings averages 16.5 points, 4.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game. Mark Williams (4.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG) is ‘questionable’ because of a sprained ankle. The Tigers are on a quick turnaround (and perhaps a letdown situation) after picking up a monster win Thursday night at Louisville.

Wake Forest power forward Devin Thomas is ‘questionable’ Saturday at Pittsburgh due to a head injury. Thomas averages 10.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest.

Washington State could be without its best player for an indefinite period of time. DaVonte Lacy, who averages 17.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, is dealing with an appendix issue.

SMU center Yanick Moreira will be out for the next 4-6 weeks with a knee injury. Moreira averages 9.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

Seton Hall won’t be at full force Saturday at Marquette. Center Gene Teague is ‘out’ (concussion) and could miss several games. Teague averages 10.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Fuquan Edwin is ‘questionable’ with a knee injury. Edwin averages 12.2 points per game and has a team-high 38 steals.

Louisiana Tech’s Raheem Appleby is out indefinitely with an ankle injury. Appleby averages 16.1 PPG.

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College Basketball: Streaks, Tips, Notes 

North Carolina at Syracuse

The Orange survived their first road game in the ACC on Tuesday, cruising past Virginia Tech 72-52 cashing as 11.5 point favorites. Orange now 2-0 vs the ACC return to the Carrier Dome where they'll host North Carolina. Orange will be tough to topple on home court as they're a sparkling 49-2 (26-15 ATS) last fifty-one in front of the frenzied crowd. The Tar Heels have been a Jekyll and Hyde team this year beating Louisville, Michigan State and Kentucky but have losses to against Belmont, UAB, Texas and most recently Wake Forest, Miami-Flo moving to 0-2 SU/ATS in conference play. Orange with it's stifling defense (59.3) wouldn't surprise if Roy Williams' troops remain winless in the ACC as they're on a 1-7 (2-6 ATS) skid away from Smith Center when netting less than 70 points/game.
Kansas St. at Kansas

Jayhawks (10-4, 6-8 ATS) recovering from the 61-57 loss to Aztec's in Allen Fieldhouse went on the road and took care of business defeating Sooners 90-83 as 6 point road favorites. Jayhawks returning home for a tilt against K-State (12-3, 8-4-1 ATS) will make amends for the earlier loss on home court. Jayhawks netting 78.6 points/game along with a little focus on defense should have little trouble vs K-State scoring just 67.7 points/contest. Jayhawks on a 13-2 (12-3 ATS) run vs K-State including 7-0 SU/ATS in front of the home crowd are the choice.

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Saturday Early Action
By Brian Edwards

North Carolina at Syracuse

As of late Friday afternoon, most books had Syracuse (15-0 straight up, 7-4 against the spread) installed as a 7.5-point favorite.

Jim Boeheim’s team is fourth in the RPI Rankings with five wins over RPI Top-50 opponents and eight scalps of Top 100 foes. The ‘Cuse is out to a 2-0 start in its debut season in the ACC. The Orange won 72-52 at Va. Tech on Tuesday as an 11.5-point road favorite. C.J. Fair led the way with 17 points and six rebounds, while Jerami Grant recorded a double-double with 12 points, 10 boards, two steals and a pair of blocked shots.

North Carolina (10-5 SU, 7-8 ATS) has been one of the bigger Jekyll & Hyde acts that we’ve seen in years. UNC has posted a 3-0 record against RPI Top-50 schools, including wins over Louisville, Michigan State and Kentucky. However, the Tar Heels are an abysmal 1-5 against opponents ranked between 51 and 100 in the RPI.

UNC is mired in a 1-5 ATS slump and has dropped back-to-back games to start ACC play. The Tar Heels lost a 73-67 decision last Sunday at Wake ForeState Then on Wednesday, Miami came to Chapel Hill and picked up a 63-57 triumph as a 10.5-point road underdog.

UNC has thrived in a pair of underdog situations this year, winning outright at Michigan State and vs. Louisville. The Tar Heels were catching 10 points in both spots.

Syracuse has been a single-digit favorite six times this season, compiling a 5-1 spread record. The Orange has gone 3-3 ATS in six lined home games at the Carrier Dome.

Fair averages a team-high 17.2 points per game for the ‘Cuse. Marcus Paige is averaging a team-best 17.0 PPG for UNC. Paige is one of the nation’s premier free-throw shooters, splashing the nets at a 91.8 percent clip from the charity stripe.

These schools haven’t faced each other since November 20 of 2009 when the ‘Cuse ran away with an 87-71 victory as a 1.5-point underdog.

The ‘under’ is 9-5 overall for UNC. Dating back to last year, the ‘under’ is 8-2 in the Tar Heels’ last 10 road assignments.

Totals have been an overall wash for the Orange (4-4-2), but the ‘under’ has cashed in each of its last three games.

ESPN will have television coverage from the Carrier Dome at noon Eastern.

Florida at Arkansas

Most spots opened Arkansas (11-3 SU, 7-4 ATS) as a one-point home favorite. -- Florida (12-2 SU, 5-4-1 ATS) senior guard Scottie Wilbekin is ‘questionable’ at Arkansas. The veteran PG sprained his right ankle in Wednesday's 74-58 win over South Carolina. Wilbekin scored a team-high 17 points against the Gamecocks, but the Gators failed to take the cash when they got beat by a hook as 16.5-point home favorites. Wilbekin quickly shook off a sprained ankle last month when he went down in a buzzer-beating loss at UConn. He returned and was the best player in the court in leading UF to a win over Kansas a week later.

UF might have Wilbekin, but it won't have leading scorer Casey Prather. The senior forward is 'out' with a knee injury. According to reports out of Gainesville, Prather won't need surgery but had fluid drained from his knee. Prather is averaging 17.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Arkansas has won 25 consecutive home games and is 5-1 versus the number at Bud Walton Arena this year.

Arkansas saw its seven-game winning streak snapped in Wednesday’s SEC opener in College Station. The Razorbacks got blasted 69-53 at Texas A&M as two-point road ‘chalk.’ Rashad Madden was the only Arky player to score in double figures with a team-best 12 points.

Arkansas is led in scoring by sophomore guard Michael Qualls, who is averaging 12.9 points per game. Freshman phenom Bobby Portis has been as advertised thus far. The five-star recruit is averaging 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting at a 56.7 percent clip from the field.

-- In nine trips to Fayetteville during Billy Donovan's tenure, UF has a 4-5 straight-up record. The Gators have won six of the last seven head-to-head meetings, including a 71-54 home win over Hogs as 17.5-point home favorites last season. UF is 5-2 ATS in the last seven encounters. However, in Mike Anderson’s first year as head coach two seasons ago, Arkansas beat UF by an 80-69 count as an 11.5-point home puppy.

The ‘under’ is 7-2 in the last nine games between Arkansas and Florida.

The 'under' 7-2-1 overall for UF, 5-1-1 in its last seven games with a total. The ‘under’ is a perfect 2-0 in UF’s two road assignments that had a total.

The ‘over’ is 6-4 overall for the Hogs, 3-2 in their lined home games. Dating back to last season, Arkansas has seen the ‘over’ go 9-4 in its last 13 outings.

Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.

B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets

Georgia Tech suffered a big blow when Robert Carter tore his meniscus last week. Carter is out indefinitely and possibly for the rest of the season. The sophomore forward was averaging 10.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per conteState -- Michigan State center Adreian Payne is ‘questionable’ Saturday vs. Minnesota due to a foot injury. Payne averages 16.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Travis Trice (illness), who averages 7.6 PPG, is also a question mark.

Ole Miss senior guard Marshall Henderson (18.8 PPG) will not play Saturday at Mississippi State Henderson is serving a two-game suspension to start SEC play for off-season shenanigans. Reports out of Oxford this week have indicated that Henderson might not have been able to play against Auburn on Thursday anyway. He was injured during a rebounding drill at practice earlier this week, so much so that it required a trip to the hospital. The Rebels won but failed to cover at home against Auburn.

South Carolina won’t have the services of senior point guard and three-year starter Bruce Ellington this year. Ellington has decided to give up hoops and enter the NFL Draft after a banner season for the Gamecocks on the gridiron.

Rutgers guard Jerome Seagears is ‘doubtful’ Saturday at Cincinnati. Seagears averages 9.1 points, 4.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.

Cincinnati freshman forward Jermaine Lawrence is out indefinitely with a toe injury sustained on January 6. Lawrence averages 4.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, but stats don’t tell the whole story. The Bearcats are a team based on defense and rebounding, and Lawrence provides length and athleticism in the paint. Just how much does Cincy depend on defense and rebounding? Enough so that the ‘under’ is 9-1 for the Bearcats this year, 42-12 in their last 54 games.

SMU center Yanick Moreira will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a knee injury. Moreira averages 9.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. -- Seton Hall won’t be at full force Saturday at Marquette. Center Gene Teague is ‘out’ (concussion) and could miss several games. Teague averages 10.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Fuquan Edwin is ‘questionable’ with a knee injury. Edwin averages 12.2 points per game and has a team-high 38 steals.

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Saturday's Top 25 NCAAB Cheat Sheet: Early Games

With college football done for another season, the focus shifts to an exciting college basketball campaign - and Saturday's early schedule should provide a hearty fix for NCAA hoops fans.

North Carolina Tar Heels at Syracuse Orange (-7.5)

Marcus Paige averages 17 points to lead the Tar Heels in scoring, but struggled in the last two games while making 5-of-27 from the field – 3-of-19 from behind the 3-point arc. But it has been more than off nights from Paige that has caused the Tar Heels’ problems after they beat No. 4 Michigan State, No. 8 Louisville and No. 16 Kentucky earlier in the season. The talent is there with James Michael McAdoo (14.4) leading four more players averaging in double figures scoring.

Opponents are shooting 41.2 percent against them, but the Orange limit teams to 6.7 less shots per game while leading the ACC in turnover margin (plus-6.07) and steals (9.5). C.J Fair averages 17.2 points and Trevor Cooney is next at 13.9 while shooting 45.3 percent from 3-point range. Tyler Ennis runs the show, scoring 11.7 per contest and standing first in the league in steals (2.6) and third in assists (5.6) with only 18 turnovers overall.


* Tar Heels are 1-5 ATS in their last six games.
* Orange are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games.
* Under is 8-2 in North Carolina's last 10 road games.
* Under is 4-1-1 in Syracuse's last six games.

Iowa State Cyclones at Oklahoma Sooners (+3)

The Cyclones and Oklahoma leads the Big 12 in points per game at 87, but Iowa State allows just 67.5 per game, good for fifth in the conference. Four players score in double figures, including forward Melvin Ejim (17.8 per game), guard DeAndre Kane (16.1) and forward Georges Niang (15.4). Kane, who transferred after averaging double figures in all three seasons at Marshall, had the first 30-point performance of the season for the Cyclones against Baylor.

The Sooners allowed Kansas to shoot 54.7 percent, including 8-of-16 from 3-point range, and sent them to the line 30 times. They currently rank last in the Big 12 in scoring defense, allowing 79.1 points per game and are ninth in field-goal percentage allowed at 43 percent, ahead of only Texas Tech. Oklahoma leads the series 111-81, including 61-23 at home.


* Cyclones are 22-6 ATS in their last 28 Saturday games.
* Sooners are 0-4 ATS in their last four home games.
* Under is 5-0 in Iowa State's last five road games.
* Over is 9-1 in Oklahoma's last 10 games vs. teams with winning records.

St. Bonaventure Bonnies at Massachusetts Minutemen (-8.5)

Production for the Bonnies has been backcourt-heavy this season, with their top three scorers all guards in Matthew Wright (16.5), Charlon Kloof (12.5) and Andell Cumberbatch (11.3). Wright in particular has been hot, averaging a shade under 20 points and shooting 9-for-19 from 3-point range in St. Bonaventure’s last three games. If they can improve upon their 32.4 percent rate from long range, the Bonnies could be more dangerous than expected in the Atlantic 10.

Point guard Chaz Williams is the unquestioned leader of the Minutemen, but he had been focused more on distribution than scoring over a recent five-game stretch where he scored 12 points or less each time out. That changed with a game-high 22 against the Hawks, but Williams’ numbers are still extremely well-balanced. The diminutive senior — he stands just 5-8 — leads the team with 15.9 points and is second nationally in assists with 7.4.


* Bonnies are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games vs. the Atlantic 10.
* Minutemen are 0-4 ATS in their last four games.
* Under is 5-1 in St. Bonaventure's last six games following an ATS win.
* Home team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings.

Villanova Wildcats at St. John's Red Storm (+4.5)

The Wildcats' proficiency at both ends of the floor has been a major factor in their early-season success. Villanova ranks second in the Big East in scoring average (81.3 points) and field goal percentage defense (39.1) while leading the conference with 7.9 steals per game. JayVaughn Pinkston is the focus of the Wildcats' offense, averaging 16.1 points, while James Bell (14.4) and Darrun Hilliard (14.1) give Villanova three players among the top 15 scorers in the conference.

The Red Storm are led offensively by D'Angelo Harrison, who averages 18.5 points per game - good for fourth in the conference. JaKarr Sampson is the only other St. John's player averaging double figures, posting 12 points per game. Chris Obekpa leads the Red Storm and the Big East, averaging 4.2 blocks, which trails only Arizona State's Jordan Bachynski (4.8) nationally and lifts St. John's to its NCAA-leading nine blocks per game as a team.


* Wildcats are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games.
* Red Storm are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a loss.
* Over is 5-0 in Villanova's last five games.
* Over is 5-1 in the last six meetings.

Florida Gators at Arkansas Razorbacks (-1)

Point guard Scottie Wilbekin is questionable for the contest after he injured his right ankle late in Wednesday’s victory. Wilbekin ranks second in scoring (12.3) and leads the team in steals (2.2) and assists (3.9) while expertly running the offense. Forward Casey Prather is shooting a torrid 62.4 percent from the field while averaging a team-high 17 points, and guard Michael Frazier II (11.6) and center Patric Young (10.9) also average in double figures.

The Razorbacks had topped 100 points in two of their previous four games before going cold against the Aggies. Leading scorer Michael Qualls had an especially tough time, going 1-of-12 from the field while scoring a season-low two points to drop his average to 12.9. Second-leading scorer Bobby Portis (12.4) had just seven points on 3-of-10 shooting and third-leading scorer Alandise Harris (10.4) scored eight as fourth-leading scorer Rashad Madden (10.3) was the only Arkansas player to score in double digits with 12.


* Gators are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games.
* Razorbacks are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss.
* Under is 7-0 in Florida's last seven Saturday games.
* Under is 7-2 in the last nine meetings.

TCU Horned Frogs at Baylor Bears (-15.5)

Injuries have ravaged the Horned Frogs’ roster, which has forced assistant coaches Brent Scott and Kwanza Johnson along with Trey Zeigler and Chris Washburn (both ineligible to play due to NCAA transfer rules) to practice against the starters. TCU forced 18 turnovers Tuesday against Kansas State, but managed only eight points off those miscues and was outrebounded 37-21. The Horned Frogs shot a season-worst 12.5 percent beyond the 3-point arc, ending a four-game stretch in which they had connected at a 42-percent rate.

The Bears, who entered Tuesday ranked 293rd in the country in 3-point attempts, matched season highs in makes (11) and attempts (25) against Iowa State. In doing so, however, Baylor watched the undersized Cyclones outscore them in the paint 47-26 and in transition 16-0. The 21-point disparity in paint points was one more than it had allowed in the three other games in which it was outscored in the paint combined while the fast-break points were four more than it had surrendered over the previous six contests.


* Horned Frogs are 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games vs. the Big 12.
* Bears are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following an SU loss.
* Over is 6-2-1 in TCU's last nine road games.
* Over is 7-3 in Baylor's last 10 games vs. Big 12 foes.

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Saturday's Top 25 NCAAB Cheat Sheet: Late Games

With college football done for another season, the focus shifts to an exciting college basketball campaign - and Saturday's late schedule should provide a hearty fix for NCAA hoops fans.

Duke Blue Devils at Clemson Tigers (+5.5)

The Blue Devils leaned on Rodney Hood for 27 points in the 79-57 win over Georgia Tech, matching the sophomore’s point total from the Notre Dame loss. Duke freshman Jabari Parker dominated the non-conference slate but is finding ACC play a little less inviting with an average of 9.5 points on 27.3 percent shooting in the first two games. Parker was benched at the end of the Notre Dame loss and struggled again against Georgia Tech.

The Tigers just barely scrapped by ACC doormat Boston College in their conference opener and shot 30 percent from the field in the home loss to Florida State. Clemson is one of the best defensive teams in the country but struggles on the offensive end and committed 18 turnovers against the Seminoles. K.J. McDaniels was the only Tigers player to score more than six points with 14 against Florida State.


* Blue Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last five games.
* Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last four Saturday games.
* Under is 5-2 in Duke's last seven games following a win.
* Under is 6-1 in the last seven meetings.

Kansas State Wildcats at Kansas Jayhawks (-9.5)

The Wildcats win with defense and allow just 58 points per game while holding opponents to 39.2 percent shooting from the field and 25.1 percent from 3-point range. Guard Marcus Foster averages a team-best 14.1 points, while forwards Thomas Gipson (11.9 points, team-best 6.5 rebounds) and Shane Southwell (10.8) also average in double digits. Southwell leads Kansas State in assists (3.3) and blocked shots (16) and is tied with guard Will Spradling for the team lead with 17 steals.

Wayne Selden made five 3-pointers in his big outing against Oklahoma after making just 12 prior to the contest. He raised his season average to 9.6 points, which ranks fourth on the squad behind guard Andrew Wiggins (15.3), forward Perry Ellis (13.8 points, 6.9 rebounds) and center Joel Embiid (10.5 points, 7.2 rebounds). Point guard Naadir Tharpe (8.3 points, 5.1 assists) was surprisingly good as a scorer against the Sooners with 17 points – his second-most of the season – and he recorded 13 of them in the second half.


* Wildcats are 6-0 ATS in their last six games.
* Jayhawks are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. Big 12 foes.
* Under is 16-5 in Kansas State's last 21 games.
* Favorite is 25-8 ATS in the last 33 meetings.

Missouri Tigers at Auburn Tigers (+4)

Guards Jordan Clarkson (18.8 points) and Jabari Brown (18.4) are the second-highest scoring tandem in the SEC behind Auburn's duo of Chris Denson and KT Harrell, but Clarkson endured a rough night against Georgia. Both Clarkson and Brown have scored in double figures in each of Missouri's 14 games; no Tiger has done so in the first 15 games of a season since Kareem Rush started the 2000-01 campaign with a string of 21 straight double-digit games.

Chris Denson (19.8 points) leads the SEC in scoring -- and he put up 28 against Ole Miss -- and KT Harrell (18.7 points) isn't far behind. The Tigers' scoring drops off considerable after that duo, though, and the lack of depth was apparent with Harrell in early foul trouble against the Rebels. Auburn might have an edge inside with seniors Allen Payne (6.9 points. 6.5 rebounds) and 7-footer Asauhn Dixon-Tatum (6.3 points, 6 rebounds, 2.17 blocks).


* Missouri is 2-6-1 ATS in its last nine Saturday games.
* Auburn is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games.
* Under is 7-0 in Missouri's last seven games.
* Over is 7-3 in Auburn's last 10 games vs. SEC opponents.

Minnesota Golden Gophers at Michigan State Spartans (-11)

Andre Hollins led the Golden Gophers in scoring in both games against Michigan State last season and he's leading the team in scoring again at 15.8. He's still looking for one of his breakout games from long distance, however, failing to make more than three 3-pointers in a game this season after making five or more six times last season, including three of the last four games. Two transfers who have helped improve the team this season are guards Malik Smith (Florida International) and DeAndre Mathieu (Morehead State), who are third and fourth on the team in scoring.

The foot injury to Adreian Payne has limited his rebounding abilities, as the 6-10 forward has reached double figures five times this season after hitting that mark in seven of the last 11 games last winter, but 6-6 forward Branden Dawson has picked up a big chunk of the slack. Dawson is averaging 8.6 rebounds after averaging 5.9 as a sophomore, despite playing just two more minutes per game than last season. He's coming off his least productive game of the season, however, finishing with four points and four rebounds in 34 minutes against Ohio State.


* Golden Gophers are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games.
* Spartans are 5-1 ATS in their last six games.
* Under is 6-2 in Minnesota's last eight games.
* Under is 12-2 in the last 14 meetings at Michigan State.

Memphis Tigers at Temple Owls (+7.5)

The Tigers get balanced scoring - all five starters hit double digits against Louisville - with guard Joe Jackson (15 points, 3.5 assists) leading the way. Memphis was tough on the boards against the Cardinals with Geron Johnson recording a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Shaq Goodwin (12.3 points, 6.8 rebounds) turning in a strong effort. Missouri transfer Michael Dixon Jr. (11.4 points) has played well off the bench but had just six points against Louisville.

The Owls boast plenty of offensive prowess, but they have trouble getting stops, especially against quality opponents. Guard Dalton Pepper (16.7 points, 5.5 rebounds) leads four starters who average at least 14 points -- making the Owls the only team in the nation with such a high-scoring quartet -- but the bench doesn't produce much. Anthony Lee (14.3 points, 9.5 rebounds) is the league's top rebounder and has six double-doubles, and Quenton DeCosey (15.8 points) is the only Temple player who has scored in double figures in every game.


* Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games.
* Owls are 7-18 ATS in their last 25 home games.
* Under is 8-2 in Memphis' last 10 games.
* Over is 19-6-1 in Temple's last 26 Saturday games.

Kentucky Wildcats at Vanderbilt Commodores (+8)

James Young tied career highs with 26 points and 10 rebounds and also had a career-best five assists while starring against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. He now ranks second on the team in scoring behind forward Julius Randle (17.4 points, 10.9 rebounds) and has put together back-to-back double-doubles while aggressively looking for his shot. The Commodores are limiting opponents to 27.9 percent shooting from 3-point range.

Eric McClellan missed Tuesday’s 68-63 road loss to Alabama and the school announced his departure the following day. The Commodores will further rely on senior forward Rod Odom, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds against Alabama to raise his season averages to 13.8 points and a team-leading 6.1 rebounds. Center Damian Jones (10.7) and guard Kyle Fuller (10) also average in double digits for Vanderbilt, which averages 70.2 points per game.


* Wildcats are 7-16 ATS in their last 23 games vs. SEC opponents.
* Commodores are 7-2 ATS in their last nine Saturday games.
* Under is 19-8-1 in Kentucky's last 28 road games.
* Under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.

Oklahoma State Cowboys at West Virginia Mountaineers (+5.5)

Oklahoma State was not content with its effort level in the Big 12 Conference opener but bounced back in strong fashion behind Marcus Smart in a win on Wednesday. The Cowboys lost senior center Michael Cobbins for the remainder of the season due to an Achilles injury on the eve of Big 12 play and did not handle the absence well in a 74-71 loss at Kansas State but they performed much better against Texas. Oklahoma State took both meetings last season by an average of 15 points.

The Mountaineers won their first two conference games and are winners of three straight overall with Juwan Staten and Eron Harris leading the way. The two combined for 43 points in the win over Texas Tech but coach Bob Huggins was most impressed by the effort on the defensive end at the end of the game. Staten is shooting 61 percent from the field over the last four games.


* Cowboys are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an SU win.
* Mountaineers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games.
* Over is 4-0 in Oklahoma State's last four games.
* Over is 6-0 in West Virginia's last six games vs. Big 12 foes.

Wichita State Shockers at Missouri State Bears (+10)

Sixth-ranked Wichita State puts its perfect record on the linewhen it visits Missouri State, which has won four of its last five games. The Shockers extended their win streak to 16 games after cruising past Illinois State 66-47 on Wednesday, but standout guard Fred VanVleet suffered a scare when he left the game with a knee injury. VanVleet, who averaged 19.5 points in the two previous games, returned for the final 10 minutes and is expected to play against the Bears.

Wichita State made an effort to improve defensively Wednesday, holding the Redbirds to 32.7 shooting. "We are just more engaged as a group on that end," coach Gregg Marshall told reporters. An invigorated Shockers' defense is the last thing the Bears need after they were held to less than 70 points for the sixth time this season in Wednesday's 68-65 victory over Bradley.


* Shockers are 9-0 ATS in their last nine road games.
* Bears are 5-1 ATS in their last six games vs. MVC opponents.
* Over is 8-0 in MSU's last eight games following a victory.
* Under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings at Missouri State.

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Saint Louis won six of last eight games with Dayton; they lost here LY in OT, are 2-5 in last seven trips here. Billikens won last seven games, are 5-0 on road, but only one of those five foes is in top 150.Dayton has not played in week, since OT win over Ole Miss; this is their first A-13 game of season. SLU is 2-2 vs top 100 teams, 0-2 vs top 5 teams, losing to Wisconsin-Wichita State.

North Carolina lost first two ACC games by six points each, scoring 62 ppg; they get only 13.6% of points from arc, last in country, but they're 3-0 vs top 20 teams, 7-5 vs everyone else- they've played their best vs best opponents. Syracuse is 7-0 vs top 100 teams; they're #5 in country at forcing turnovers (25.2% of time). How does a team that doesn't like to shoot from outside score vs 2-3 zone?

Iowa State won four of last five games with Oklahoma, but they're 1-5 in last six visits to Norman, with only win two years ago. Cyclones are 2-0 in true road games, winning by 2 at BYU, 11 at Texas Tech; they shoot 57.9% inside arc (#2), have 56.6eFG% (#5). Sooners lost last two home games, to La Tech/Kansas; they're 0-3 vs top 50 teams, losing by 11-4-7 points. Oklahoma lost to Kansas despite being 29-36 on foul line.

Florida is 1-2 in true road games, losing by 6 at Wisconsin, 1 at UConn with rout at Jacksonville; Gators are without Prather here- they're 9-2 in last 11 games with Arkansas- former Hog coach Pelphrey is an assistant for Florida. Hogs are 9-0 at home with wins over SMU/Clemson; they're #6 in US, forcing turnovers 25.1% of time. Arkansas lost at Texas A&M by 16 in SEC opener, snapping 7-game winning streak.

Kansas is 21-3 in its last 24 games with K-State, winning last seven here by 14+ points; Jayhawks lost last home game to San Diego State, then won by 7 at Oklahoma in Big X opener. Wildcats opened 2-3, won ten in row since, winning by 18 at TCU in first true road game this season. K-State forces turnovers 21.2% of time; they held nine of last ten foes to 62 or less points.

Duke won its last five games with Clemson, winning by 13-7 in its last two visits to Littlejohn; Blue Devils lost by hoop at Notre Dame in its only true road game this year- their last five wins are all by 17+. Tigers had 18 turnovers, 15 hoops in ugly 56-41 home loss to Florida State on Thursday, their first loss this year by more than 6 points. Clemson is #1 in country defending arc- teams make 23.8% from arc against them.

Michigan State is 13-2 in last 15 games with Minnesota, winning last 9+ games played here, with last three by 9-16-11 points. Spartans come off OT win over Ohio State, when they blew 17-point lead with 7:10 left, but still won; their last five wins before that were all by 14+. Minnesota is 2-1 in league, with all three games decided by exactly 3 points. Double digit favorites are 5-0 vs spread in Big Dozen play so far this season.

Vanderbilt threw its PG/leading scorer off team yesterday; he didn't play in 68-63 loss at Alabama Wednesday. Vandy was already committing a turnover 21.2% of time- they're 6-5 in last 11 games, with none of losses by more than 8 points. Knetucky is 9-2 in last 11 games vs Vandy, 3-3 in last six visits here, with wins by 13-2-2 points. Wildcats lost by 5 at North Carolina in their only true road game this season.

Oklahoma State swept West Virginia by 16-14 points in LY's games, in Mountaineers' first year in Big X; Cowboys are 1-1 in true road games this year, winning by 26 at USF, losing by 3 at K-State. West Virginia lost last two home games by total of 7 points to Gonzaga/Purdue- they swept first conference road trip, at TCU/Texas Tech. Home underdogs are 1-4-1 vs spread early in Big X play this year.

Virginia won last five regular season games with NC State but lost to the Wolfpack in last two ACC tourneys; Cavaliers won last two visits here- three of last four series games were decided by 3 or less points. Virginia won first two ACC games by 12-23 points, with win at Florida St, after they lost by 35 at Tennessee. NC State won at Notre Dame after they g lost by 12 to Pitt in ACC home opener.

St Mary's gets coach Bennett (suspension) back here after losing its last game on buzzer beater to Santa Clara; Gaels are 2-5 in last seven games vs D-I teams, after starting year 9-0. San Francisco is 4-1 in WCC with couple OT wins and 69-41 loss at Gonzaga; Dons lost last 16 games vs St Mary's, losing last 10+ here, last four by 16-14-15-6. WCC home favorites of 4+ points are 5-8 vs spread so far this season.

Oregon State is honoring Gary Payton at this game, should have good crowd after upsetting Stanford here Thursday; Beavers lost five of last six games with Cal, losing last year's pair by total of 4 points. Cal won first two Pac-12 games by 7-13 points at Stanford/Oregon- they're good halfcourt defensive team with Solomon back healthy. Bears are 5-3 in last eight visits here, winning two of last three.

Eastern Kentucky swept Morehead State by 7-21 points LY, after going 2-10 in previous dozen series games, but Colonels allowed average of 79 ppg in 1-2 OVC start, losing last two games to Edwardsville/Murray St. Teams are shooting 54.1% inside arc against EKU. Morehead won by 7-8 in its first two OVC tilts, both on road; they force turnovers 22.9% of time (#14 in US). OVC single digit home favorites are 5-3 vs spread.

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By Joe Gavazzi

Kansas St. at Kansas

We avoid the obvious in backing the Defensive Dandy, Kansas St., as road dog at a site where they have a history of success The Wildcats enter, frothing at the mouth, with 10 consecutive wins and 8-1 ATS record and triple revenge motive from last year. The much maligned Jayhawks redeemed themselves with their 23rd straight opening conference win at Oklahoma. But, they will have great motivation after losing their previous game at the Phog, where they are 53-3 SU 3+Y. Note that under 11th year HC Self, the Jayhawks are 27-11 ATS at home in this price range.

Missouri at Auburn

After releasing selections on over 12,600 consecutive days, one would think I would be a little better at Game Selection Management. Apparently, I go through phases where I believe GSM to stand for Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre. Clearly, I should be consuming more Chateauneuf du Pape. A prime example came Thursday night when these Auburn Tigers were one of my 3 late scratches (all winners) from my LTS selections. At a reduced price, following the announcement that over-rated Henderson was suspended for Ole Miss, I pulled the plug. Naturally, the Tigers came cruising in. In that original analysis, I had written of the strong guard play of Denson and Harrell who knock down nearly 40 a game for the Tigers. Don’t think that happens tonight against Missouri’s version of the Tigers who will be out for blood, after allowing an emotional Georgia team recorded a 70-64 upset at Mizzou Arena when motivated by the death of the father of HC Fox. Now, the emotions are reversed and an angry Missouri team, who has won their only true road game at NC State gets a comfortable double digit victory.

Duke at Clemson

Technicians will rejoice knowing that Clemson plays this game with 68-40 revenge, off a 56-41 home loss, on a Little John court where they are 41-15 SU 3+Y. Combine this with my favorite coach K personality trend for a potential upset. Blue Devils are 3-22 ATS as road favorite following a conference SU ATS victory when now facing a greater than .650 foe. Clemson, the better defensive team and better rebounding team, uses those fundamental advantages to make this technical play a potential SU winner against a Duke team who failed in their only road game vs. Notre Dame at a similar price point.

Memphis at Temple

Prior to the season, 8th year Temple HC Dunphy was prophetic when stating that his rebuilding Owls would have a tough time getting to the winning side of the ledger. A 0-3 SU, AAC start confirms his prediction. Owls are allowing an un-Temple like 75 PPG. That includes a Thursday night loss to USF (82-75) on this court, a team that Memphis has already beaten 88-73. 5th year Memphis HC Pastnor closed out his postgame comments by giving the proper dues to Dunphy and the Owls program. If he can get his team off the ceiling, after upsetting Louisville 73-67 as +10, the Tigers have the athleticism and experience to get the victory at Liacouris where after going 34-9 SU the previous 3 years, the Owls are just 1-3 SU ATS this season.

Kentucky at Vanderbilt

No overconfidence by HC Calipari noting that his Wildcats lost 64-48 in the CCT to Vandy LY. It may be a different story for his frosh laden team who has failed in their only true road game at N. Carolina (82-77). After struggling for over ½ the game in their SEC home opener vs. Mississippi St., the Wildcats erupted down the stretch for an 85-63 spread covering victory. Note that Calipari’s teams, however, are just 23-38 ATS following a win of 15 or more points. Before taking off the rubber band, note the suspension of Vandy PG McClellan who left the Coms rudderless in their loss, but cover, at Alabama midweek.

Alabama at Georgia

Emotion is a powerful tool in college sports. Thus, it was no surprise when the impetus of the death of the father of well-liked Bulldog 5th year HC Fox motivated Georgia to a 70-64 upset as +12 at Mizzou arena.   This on the heels of an 18 point road loss at G. Washington and 14 point road loss at Colorado. Should the Bulldogs carry that emotion to this afternoon’s game, they are capable of defeating an Alabama team who has yet to crack the win column at 0-5 SU, 1-4 ATS, in their travels away from Coleman Coliseum.

Virginia at NC St.

There is not a more consistent event in college sports than the letdown caused by upsetting Notre Dame in South Bend. Thus, it is little surprise if the Wolfpack revert to the home court form that saw them drop their 2 previous home games to defensively stout Pitt and Missouri. With or without best boy, Joe Harris, 5th year HC Bennett has proven his pack line defense is a force to be reckoned with. Cavs have opened league play at 2-0 SU ATS with an outright 62-50 upset at Florida St. and a wire-to-wire cruise (74-51) at home vs. Wake. That’s coverage of 31 points with a 50.5 PPG defense. Follow the Defensive Dandy as dog.

Texas A&M at Tennessee

Bad spot for the Aggies. As predicted on these pages, A&M upset Arkansas in the Hogs 1st road game Wednesday night by a count of 69-53. Now, it is the Aggies turn to make their first road start after feasting on cupcakes for the majority of the non-con season. Aggies will need to bring their “big boy” rebounding pants to face a Vols team who has a +9 rebound margin led by behemoth interior players Stokes and Maymon. The Vols enter on a 4-0 SU, 3-0 ATS run allowing just 51 PPG in their most recent 3 contests. That includes a 68-50 wire-to-wire destruction of LSU Tuesday night. Under 3rd year HC Martin, Tennessee is 26-12 ATS in conference games and 25-13 ATS at Thompson-Bolling Arena.

California at Oregon St.

Each of these teams comes off upset victories. Oregon St. beat Stanford on this court Thursday night 81-72. For Cal, it was a 96-83 wire-to-wire upset of Oregon which followed their own upset of Stanford 69-62 on opening night. PG Cobbs and interior force Solomon lead this 6th year edition of Mike Montgomery’s Bears. During his tenure, Cal is 79-56 ATS away, a gaudy road record. Qualifying as a Fundamentalist in our statistical indices, look for the Golden Bear’s 3-0 SU ATS roll to continue at Gill Coliseum.

Cal Irvine at Cal-Riverside

Highlander fans were hoping that 1st HC Cutts would change the juju at Riverside where the Student Rec Center is seldom rocking at this commuter school. True to form, he has gone 0-5 ATS this season. Now, they face their toughest test since opening night when they lost 77-41 at San Diego St. Riverside qualifies as both an Offensive Oaf and a Clueless team in my statistical analysis. As such, they are a pure play against. Irvine has interior force, 7ft. 6,” Ndiaye to protect the rim with little need to worry about the Highlanders’ perimeter marksmanship which sees them knocking down less than 5 triples per game with 30% accuracy.

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