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College Basketball Betting News and Notes Saturday, February 8

College Basketball Betting News and Notes Saturday, February 8

College Basketball Injury Report
By Brian Edwards

After missing seven straight games with a foot injury, Michigan St. senior center Adreian Payne returned Thursday night in an 82-67 home win over Penn St. at Breslin Center. Payne scored 12 points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out two assists and blocked one shot in 18 minutes of playing time. However, starting guard Keith Appling couldn’t go against PSU due to a wrist injury. Appling, who averages 15.0 points and 4.9 assists per game, is ‘questionable’ for Sunday’s game at Wisconsin. Also, Branden Dawson (hand) remains out and isn’t expected to be back until early March.

Florida freshman center made his debut in Tuesday’s non-covering home win over Missouri. Walker played only seven minutes, scoring four points with a pair of dunks and two blocked shots. Look for his minutes to gradually increase as he becomes more comfortable with what the Gators are running on both ends of the court.

Minnesota leading scorer Andre Hollins returned from a sprained ankle suffered on Jan. 22 to play in Wednesday’s 77-74 overtime loss at Purdue. Hollins had missed back-to-back games (both defeats). He played 36 minutes and finished with eight points, four rebounds and two assists. However, Hollins, who averages 14.8 points per game, made only 3-of-14 shots from the field.

FSU guard Ian Miller missed Wednesday’s 70-50 home win over Va. Tech. Miller, who averages 12.7 PPG, is a question mark Saturday at Maryland.

Creighton guard Grant Gibbs dislocated his kneecap in a win at DePaul on Jan. 7. The injury was diagnosed as 4-6 weeks and Gibbs is right on track. There’s a possibility the sixth-year senior could play Friday vs. DePaul, as he’s listed as ‘questionable.’ Gibbs averages 6.1 points, 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game. He has a 62/26 assists-to-turnovers ratio and made 49 percent of his shots from the field in the Bluejays’ first 15 games. I reached out to my man Nick Bahe, the color analyst for Creighton’s radio broadcast and a member of the 1620 The Zone team in Omaha, Thursday afternoon to get the latest. Bahe told BE Sports, “He started practicing at full speed on Tuesday and told me he feels pretty good. It’ll be a game-time call. My gut says no against DePaul and even if he plays, it’ll be limited minutes.”

DePaul has been without its leading scorer Cleveland Melvin in the last three games, and the Blue Demons have lost all three contests while going 2-1 against the spread. Melvin is in the midst of an indefinite suspension that Oliver Purnell has been coy about. As of early Friday afternoon, there was no change in his status. so gamblers should consider him ‘out tonight (I doubt he even made the trip, but haven’t been able to confirm that). Melvin leads DePaul in scoring (16.7 PPG), rebounding (6.3  RPG), field-goal  percentage (47.1%) and blocked shots (1.6 per game).

San Diego St.’s Winston Shepard (12.8 PPG, 4.1 RPG) injured his wrist in Wednesday’s come-from-behind win at Boise St. He’s ‘questionable’ Saturday vs. Nevada.

Texas point guard Javan Felix (12.0 PPG) didn’t play in this week’s win at TCU due to a concussion. He is ‘questionable’ for Saturday’s game vs. Kansas St.

Va. Tech’s Adam Smith will miss his sixth consecutive game (calf injury) Saturday at Pittsburgh. Smith (11.0 PPG) hasn’t played since Jan. 19. The Hokies also have a pair of players that are question marks against the Panthers. C.J. Barksdale (8.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG) is dealing with a groin injury, while Marshall Wood (4.6 PPG) is under the weather with an illness.

After missing a month with an appendix issue, Washington St.’s DaVonte Lacy (18.3 PPG) returned to the court on Feb. 1. The Cougars are 1-1 SU and 2-0 ATS since Lacy came back. Lacy looked 100 percent in a loss to Colorado this week as he dropped 34 points on the Buffaloes.

Ga. Tech starting point guard Trae Golden is ‘questionable’ for Saturday’s home game vs. Virginia due to a groin injury. Golden couldn’t go in Tuesday’s 45-41 loss at Clemson that was a spread cover for the Yellow Jackets, who are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games. Golden, a transfer from Tennessee who went to McEachern High School about 30 miles north of Atlanta, is averaging a team-high 14.0 points and 3.6 assists per game.

UMass might be missing Maxie Esho for Saturday’s game at Rhode Island. Esho left Saturday’s 73-68 loss at St. Joseph’s with a concussion and hasn’t been cleared for contact yet. Esho averages 8.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest.

After missing Saturday’s 76-70 win at Oklahoma St. with an ankle sprain, Baylor starting point guard Kenny Cherry played limited minutes in Tuesday’s blowout loss to Kansas at home. Cherry clearly wasn’t 100 percent, logging only 11 minutes and scoring just three points without dishing an assist. The juco transfer averages 10.6 point and 4.8 assists per game. He’ll play Saturday at Oklahoma but bettors shouldn’t consider him fully health yet.

After serving one-game suspensions in Saturday’s blowout loss at LSU, Arkansas forward Alandise Harris and guard Michael Qualls were back on the court in Wednesday’s 65-58 non-covering home win over Alabama. Both are still somewhat in Mike Anderson’s doghouse, however, evidenced by the fact that they didn’t start and played just 14 minutes apiece against the Crimson Tide. Harris had eight points and a pair of steals, while Qualls finished with two points, five boards and two assists. The Hogs, who are mired in a 2-7 ATS slump, play Saturday at Vandy.

Louisville’s Wayne Blackshear didn’t make the trip to Houston for this team’s win earlier this week after sustaining a concussion at practice. Blackshear (9.7 PPG, 3.4 RPG) is a question mark for the Cardinals when they return to the court Thursday vs. Temple.

Air Force leading scorer Tre Coggins (17.4 PPG) is ‘questionable’ for Saturday’s home game vs. Colorado St. Coggins has missed three straight games due to a suspension. Without him, the Falcons are winless with a 1-2 spread record. However, one of the non-covers was as 10-point ‘dogs in a 13-point setback in overtime. Air Force is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games.

ULM’s Amos Olatayo is done for the season with a torn ACL. Olatayo was averaging 13.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Warhawks.

Loyola-Maryland will be without its leading scorer Dylon Cormier for the rest of the season (hand injury). Cormier averaged 21.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

UL-Lafayette’s Kasey Sheperd (8.2 PPG, 2.4 RPG) is done for the year with a torn meniscus.

Old Dominion’s Dimitri Batten (11.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG) has an injured shoulder and is ‘questionable’ for Saturday’s home game vs. UTEP.

Northern Iowa has lost back-to-back games since losing Nate Buss to a knee injury. He hurt his knee on Jan. 29 and will be out for 1-2 more weeks. The Panthers will certainly miss him when they host Wichita St. on Saturday. Buss, who averages 10.8 PPG and 4.3 RPG, scored a season-high 26 points in a win over Missouri St. on Jan. 18.

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Texas (-5.5) beat Kansas State 67-64 Jan 21 in Austin, just second win in last eight series games- they outscored Wildcats 12-6 over last 4:31 in brickfest where teams conbined to make 7-28 from arc. Wildcats are 4-0 at home in league, 2-1 as favorites, winning by 3-6-22-8 points. Texas is 0-3 in last three visits here, losing by 9-4-26 points. Big X home teams are 8-6 vs spread in games with spread of less than 5 points.

Michigan (-2.5) beat Iowa 75-67 Jan 22, game that started Hawkeyes on current 2-3 skid; Wolverines won eight of last nine games with Iowa, are 3-2 in last five visits here, losing by 16 LY. Iowa is 2-3 as home favorite, losing last two at home SU to Michigan State/Ohio State. Michigan won four of five Big Dozen road games, losing only at Indiana. Big Dozen home favorites of 4+ points are 12-19 vs spread.

Kansas swept West Virginia by 5-26 points LY, beating WVU 91-65 at home in Mountaineers' first year in Big X; Jayhawks are 2-1-1 as home favorites, winning home games by 26-2-10-11 points. Big X double digit home favorites are 3-6 vs spread. West Virginia won last three games, is 2-1 as road dog (3-2 SU on road), losing away games at K-State by 22, at Oklahoma State by 6- they covered last four games overall.

Saint Louis is 9-0 in A-13, winning road games by 1-8-4-16 points; they are 1-1 as road favorites. LaSalle lost four of last five games, but is 3-1 at home in league, losing to VCU in double OT; Explorers lost last three games vs Saint Louis by 8-7-24 points. Billikens won their last 15 games overall, their three visits to LaSalle. A-13 home underdogs of 5 or less points are 5-7 against the spread.

Oregon lost seven of last nine games, with last four losses all by 4 or less points; Ducks are 2-4 on Pac-12 road, 1-1 as road dogs- they won last three games with Arizona State by 7-9-3 points, but lost last three trips to Tempe, by 18-10-20 points. Pac-12 home favorites of 4 or less points are 3-4 vs spread. ASU won four of last five games with last two wins in OT; Sun Devils won last four games by 19-4-21-4 points.

Ole Miss won two of three vs Missouri LY in Tigers' first year in SEC, nipping Tigers 64-62 in SEC tourney; Rebels are 2-2 as SEC favorites at home, winning all four games by 3-14-19-4 points. SEC home favorites of 5 or less points are 8-3 vs spread. Mizzou is 2-1 as road dogs, losing three of last four away games by 3-6-10 points. Tigers lost their last two games, Rebels lost two of last three, with both losses on road.

Cincinnati (-7.5) beat SMU 65-57 in AAC opener Jan 1, outscoring the Mustangs 23-8 on foul line, with +9 (17-8) turnover ratio. Bearcats won last 15 games, are 11-0 in AAC, 2-0 as road dogs, winning at Memphis, Louisville. SMU won six of its last seven games, is 5-0 as a AAC home favorite, winning its home games by 9-17-14-15-23 points. AAC home favorites of less than 5 points are 5-2 vs spread.

St Joe's is playing only six guys due to injuries; in last 10:00 of last three games, they've been outscored by 6-7-12 points, will be hard for them to hang with pressing VCU squad for 40:00 here. Hawks are 3-1 at home in league, losing last game to Saint Louis by 18. VCU won last six games, covered four of last five; they're 2-1 on A-13 road, losing at GW. A-13 home underdogs of 5 or less points are 5-7 vs spread.

Minnesota lost last three games, losing in triple OT at Purdue three days ago; Gophers are 3-2 in conference home games, with underdogs 5-0 vs spread in those games- Minnesota is 0-3 as home favorite, winning by 3-10-13 points. Indiana is 1-1-1 as road dog, losing three of four road tilts, by 3-5-5 points. Both teams are now bubble teams; this is a bigger game than it looks. Big Dozen home favorites of 4+ points are 12-19.

Wichita State (-11.5) beat Northern Iowa 67-53 at home Jan 5, after it trailed 12-2 early; Shockers are 4-1 as road favorites, winning on road by 15-3-15-17-7 points. Panthers lost four of last five games, covered one of last seven; they're 4-1 SU at home in Valley, losing last home game by six to Indiana State. UNI is 5-6 SU in Valley despite being dog once. MVC home teams are 17-8-1 in games where spread was 5+ points.

Memphis won four of last five games but did lose two home games in January (Memphis/UConn);. they won 62-58 at Gonzaga last time they played Zags, three years ago. Tigers are making 38.2% of 3-pointers in AAC games. Gonzaga blew 17-point halftime lead to Portland at home in last game, held Pilots off by 5 for their 7th win in row. Bulldogs won five of seven games vs top 100 teams, losing to Dayton/Kansas State.

San Diego State swept Nevada by 21-13 points LY in Wolf Pack's first year in Mountain West. Aztecs are 1-3 as home favorite, winning by 3-8-11-9 points- they won last game at Boise State with big comeback in last 11:00. Nevada covered four of last five games, is 4-1 as MW road dog, losing last two road games by 2-8 points- three of their last five games went OT. MW double digit home favorites are 5-9 vs spread.

UCLA (-12) blasted USC 107-73 in first meeting Jan 5, Bruins' 6th win in last seven series games- they won last two visits in Galen Center by 16-19 points. Trojans are 1-8 in Pac-12 but covered three of last four- they're 1-3 as home underdogs, losing by 19-20-8, with an upset of Cal. Pac-12 home underdogs are 11-8 vs spread. UCLA split its four away games in league, winning by 13-2-- underdogs were 3-0 vs spread.

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Saturday Early Action
By David Schwab

The race for regular season conference titles in men's college basketball heats things up on Saturday with a trifecta of showdowns in the SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten. No. 18 Kentucky will go for the season sweep of Mississippi State and No. 15 Texas will try and extend its current winning streak to eight games.

The biggest matchup of the three pits No. 10 Michigan on the road against No. 17 Iowa in a battle between two of the top three teams in the Big Ten. The following takes a closer look at the key stats and betting trends for all three games.

No. 18 Kentucky Wildcats vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs

Head coach John Calipari's recent rant that Kentucky is the "most overanalyzed team" in sports history might be a bit of a stretch, but his team cannot afford any kind of letdown this Saturday with a showdown against No. 3 Florida on next Saturday's slate. The Wildcats are 7-2 straight-up in the SEC and 17-5 overall. They have gone 4-1 against the spread in their last five games as part of a 10-8-2 record ATS. The total has gone OVER in four of five road games this year. Kentucky is averaging 80 points a game and shooting 47.6 percent from the field. Led by John Randle (9.9 rebounds) it is ranked seventh in the nation in rebounds with 41.7 a game.

Mississippi State's current losing streak reached four games with this past Wednesday's 72-52 drubbing as a 7½-point road underdog against Texas A&M. The Bulldogs are 13-9 SU overall as a result of a less than competitive nonconference schedule, but against the rest of the SEC they are only 3-6. They have covered in four of six home games this season and the total has gone OVER in four of those contests. Mississippi State could be considered a balanced team, but that is not necessarily a positive thing. While the Bulldogs are holding teams to 68.5 points a game, they are scoring an average of just 68.1 points on the other end of the court. They will be at a huge disadvantage under the boards in this matchup with an average of 33.4 rebounds a game.

Kentucky has been opened as a 12-point road favorite this time around after beating the Bulldogs 85-63 in early January as a 20 ½-point favorite at home.

The Wildcats have won the last six meetings in this series SU and they have covered in the last two. The total went OVER the closing 142-point line in the first game and it has now gone OVER in five of the last six meetings.

No. 15 Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas State Wildcats

The Longhorns opened up this year's Big 12 campaign with back-to-back losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State both SU and ATS, but they have been perfect ever since to run their conference record to 7-2, which is just one game in back of No. 8 Kansas in the standings. Texas has not enjoyed the same success ATS with a 4-5 mark during this stretch, although it has covered in four of its last six contests. The Longhorns are averaging 76.9 points a game and holding teams just below 70 points on the other end of the court. Their biggest strength could be under the boards with an average of 42.8 rebounds a game.

Kansas State kicked off play in the Big 12 with a stunning 74-71 victory over No. 19 Oklahoma State as a 5½-point home underdog, but it has been tough sledding ever since with just four SU wins in its last eight games. The Wildcats are 15-7 SU overall and an extremely tough out at home with just one loss in 12 games. The have also been a fairly solid bet on their home court with a record of 6-3-1 ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in seven of nine home games this year. This is not the most dynamic offense in the Big 12 with 68.2 points a game, but Kansas State is still ranked 22nd in the nation in points allowed (62.0 points) even after giving up 81 points to both Iowa State and West Virginia in two of its last three outings.

Kansas State has been opened as a slight four-point home favorite over the Longhorns after falling 67-64 as a 5 ½-point road underdog when they first met on Jan. 21.

Despite this loss, the Wildcats have a 6-2 edge both SU and ATS in the last eight meetings and Texas is just 2-6-1 ATS in its last nine trips to Kansas State. The total stayed UNDER the 135-point line in the first meeting, but it went OVER in five of the previous six meetings.

No. 10 Michigan Wolverines vs. No. 17 Iowa Hawkeyes

Michigan has a half-game lead over rival Michigan State in the Big Ten standings with a record of 9-1 SU. Its only setback was a 63-52 loss to Indiana this past Sunday as a three-point road favorite. Despite that loss, the Wolverines have also covered in the rest of their conference games as part of an overall ATS record of 11-8-1. The total stayed UNDER in their last two games after going OVER in five of their previous six outings. This is another team that knows how to play defense by holding opponents to 63.7 points a game. Michigan is averaging 76.1 points and shooting a very productive 48.7 percent from the field. The one glaring weakness has been under the boards with just 32.9 rebounds a game.

It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride for the Hawkeyes as a late with a loss following a win both SU and ATS in their last six games. They are now 6-4 SU in conference play as a part of an overall record of 17-6. Iowa has covered in 13 of 21 games with a posted line and the total has gone OVER in 13 of 20 games this year. It is 6-5 ATS at home and the total has gone OVER in seven of 10 games. The Hawkeyes are scoring 83.7 points a game which is the 10th-highest total in the country and they are ranked third in rebounds with 43.4. Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White have done most of the damage with a combined 29.3 points, 11.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists a game.

Michigan drew first blood in this season's series with a 75-67 victory on Jan. 22 as a three-point home favorite. The Hawkeyes will be looking to return the favor as six-point favorites at home for Saturday's tilt.

The home team in this matchup has won eight of the last 10 meetings SU and it is 9-1 ATS. The total stayed UNDER the 148-point line in the first meeting after going OVER in three of the previous four games between these two.

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Gonzaga at Memphis
By Brian Edwards

When the BracketBuster games were created for mid-major schools nearly a decade ago, Memphis and Gonzaga weren't included because they already played brutal non-conference schedules and weren't in need of quality wins in late February.

Therefore, then-Memphis coach John Calipari and Mark Few decided create a cross-coast rivalry between the Tigers and the Bulldogs. These teams met for six consecutive years with Memphis winning five times but only covering the spread at a 3-3 clip.

After a two-year hiatus, the rivalry returns Saturday when Gonzaga flies across the country to take on Memphis at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

Most books opened Memphis as a 4.5-point home favorite.

Gonzaga (21-3 straight up, 11-10-1 against the spread) has won seven in a row while going 4-3 ATS. The Bulldogs are off of Wednesday's 71-66 win at Portland. They failed to cover the spread as 15.5-point road favorites.

Angel Nunes, Kevin Pangos and David Stockton led the way with 13 points apiece. Pangos is one of the nation's best perimeter shooters who averages a team-high 15.3 points and 4.1 assists per game. He has made 43.4 percent of his shots from 3-point land and is draining 89.3 percent of his free throws.

With that said, Pangos is in a bit of slump. He's been held to single digits in scoring in three of the last six games. Pangos was in double figures in 17 of his team's first 18 games. In Gonzaga's last three outings, Pangos has hit only 5-of-24 shots from the field and 3-of-12 from 3-point land.

Memphis (17-5 SU, 12-7 ATS) has won seven of its last nine games, compiling a 6-2 spread record during this stretch. The Tigers demolished Rutgers by a 101-69 count as 14.5-point home 'chalk.' Austin Nichols led six players in double figures with a team-high 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field. Chris Crawford produced a double-double with 12 points , 11 rebounds and five assists.

Josh Pastner's squad has won 10 of its home games, but it has a mediocre 4-5 spread record. Whether at home, on the road or at a neutral site, the Tigers are 4-2 ATS in six games as single-digit favorites.

Memphis is No. 32 in the RPI Rankings. All five of its defeats have come against opponents in the RPI Top 50, but we should note that four of those losses came by double-digit margins. The Tigers are 3-5 against RPI Top-100 foes, with their best wins coming over Oklahoma State at a neutral venue and at Louisville.

Gonzaga is No. 24 in the RPI with a 7-2 ledger against Top-100 teams. The Bulldogs have won six of those seven games by double-digit margins. Their three setbacks came to Kansas State and Dayton on neutral courts and at Portland.

This will be Gonzaga's first game as an underdog this season.

Although the 'over' has cashed in back-to-back games, the 'under' is still 12-6 overall for the Tigers, 6-2 in their home games.

The 'under' is 13-9-1 overall for Gonzaga, cashing in five consecutive games and 11 of its last 14.

B.E.'s Bonus Nuggets

LSU went into Athens for an SEC showdown Thursday night at Stegeman Coliseum. According to ESPN Bracketology guru Joe Lunardi, the Tigers were a part of the quartet of teams considered 'the last four in' the NCAA Tournament field. But after a 91-78 loss at Georgia, LSU now has three losses to teams with an RPI of 117 or worse. For a bubble team, the lack of effort, intensity and toughness on the defensive end from LSU was absolutely deplorable. The second half was basically lay-up lines for the Bulldogs, who are 5-4 in the SEC and steadily improving. If LSU doesn't hear its name called on Selection Sunday, it will have zero right to bitch about it because it pulled a complete no-show on Thursday.

After missing seven straight games with a foot injury, Michigan State senior center Adreian Payne returned Thursday night in an 82-67 home win over Penn State at Breslin Center. Payne scored 12 points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out two assists and blocked one shot in 18 minutes of playing time. However, starting guard Keith Appling couldn't go against PSU due to a wrist injury. Appling, who averages 15.0 points and 4.9 assists per game, is 'questionable' for Sunday's game at Wisconsin. Also, Branden Dawson (hand) remains out and isn't expected to be back until early March.

San Diego State's Winston Shepard (12.8 PPG, 4.1 RPG) injured his wrist in Wednesday's come-from-behind win at Boise State. He's 'questionable' Saturday vs. Nevada. The Aztecs opened as 12-point home favorites.

Texas point guard Javan Felix (12.0 PPG) didn't play in this week's win at TCU due to a concussion. He is 'questionable' for Saturday's game vs. Kansas State.

After missing a month with an appendix issue, Washington State's DaVonte Lacy (18.3 PPG) returned to the court on February 1. The Cougars are 1-1 SU and 2-0 ATS since Lacy came back. Lacy looked 100 percent in a loss to Colorado this week as he dropped 34 points on the Buffaloes. Wazzu is a 13-point 'dog Saturday night at Utah.

Georgia Tech starting point guard Trae Golden is 'questionable' for Saturday's home game against Virginia due to a groin injury. Golden couldn't go in Tuesday's 45-41 loss at Clemson that was a spread cover for the Yellow Jackets, who are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games. Golden, a transfer from Tennessee who went to McEachern High School about 30 miles north of Atlanta, is averaging a team-high 14.0 points and 3.6 assists per game.

Cincy has quick turnaround and tough test Saturday night at SMU. The Mustangs, who are unbeaten at home, opened as 3.5-point favorites. The Bearcats had to rally to slip past UConn at home Thursday night. As usual, Sean Kilpatrick was the catalyst and put yet another game on ice with clutch shooting at the charity stripe.

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Saturday's Top 25 NCAAB Cheat Sheet: Early Games

Here's a quick look at the marquee early games on Saturday's NCAA basketball schedule:

Virginia Cavaliers at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (+7)

The Cavaliers’ success is sparked by a defense that holds opponents to 38.2 percent shooting from the field and has held ACC opposition to less than 50 percent from the field in 26 consecutive games. Malcolm Brogdon has played particularly well on offense of late, averaging 16.8 points in his past four contests. Virginia won by double digits in 11 of its past 12 victories, with the upset of Pittsburgh the lone close win.

Yellow Jackets center Daniel Miller is one of the hottest players in the ACC, averaging 16.8 points and 9.8 rebounds in his past four games with a pair of 14-rebound efforts. The Yellow Jackets are very thin at guard without Golden, and sophomore Marcus Georges-Hunt didn’t help matters Tuesday by shooting 1-for-13 from the field. Georgia Tech will next face Duke at home and travel to top-ranked Syracuse.


* Cavaliers are 5-0 ATS in their last five road games.
* Yellow Jackets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games vs. ACC foes.
* Over is 5-0 in Virginia's last five games vs. teams with winning records.
* Over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings.

Virginia Tech Hokies at Pittsburgh Panthers (-20)

The Hokies have lost nine consecutive games and are 1-9 in ACC play. Part of the Hokies' problem has been a major lack of efficiency, with each of their top three scorers - swingman Jarell Eddie and guards Ben Emelogu and Adam Smith - shooting less than 40 percent from the floor. Eddie is shooting a combined 3-of-22 from the field over his past two games, including 1-of-12 from 3-point range.

The Panthers do many things well at both ends of the floor, but passes that lead to baskets have been their specialty. Pittsburgh is 19th nationally in assists per game (16.1), with Patterson (4.4) and guard James Robinson (four) taking on an active role in that regard. Patterson has been one of the most well-rounded players in the conference, averaging 17.7 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc.


* Hokies are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games.
* Panthers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games vs. ACC opponents.
* Under is 10-1 in Virginia Tech's last 11 games following an ATS loss.
* Over is 12-5 in Pittsburgh's last 17 games.

Alabama Crimson Tide at Florida Gators (-14)

Trevor Releford has been the Crimson Tide’s only consistent offensive threat, averaging 18 points to place seventh in the SEC while shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 90 from the free throw line. Guard Retin Obasohan is the other player averaging in double figures scoring (11.4) for Alabama, but shot 6-of-24 in the last three contests. Freshman forward Shannon Hale has totaled only 21 points in three games.

Freshman Chris Walker gives the Gators another offensive threat on the interior to go along with Patric Young and Dorian Finney-Smith - averaging 10.7 and 10 points, respectively. That should help guard Michael Frazier II, who is averaging 15.8 points over the last five games including 18 against Alabama, while making 62 from 3-point range overall. Casey Prather leads the SEC in shooting percentage (62.3) and the Gators in scoring (15.7).


* Crimson Tide are 2-7 ATS in their last nine road games.
* Gators are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss.
* Under is 16-5 in Alabama's last 21 games following an ATS win.
* Over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

Texas Longhorns at Kansas State Wildcats (-4)

Jonathan Holmes leads the team in scoring (13.7) and had another stellar game versus TCU, pouring in 20 points and grabbing a career-high 16 rebounds. The Longhorns are ranked fifth nationally in rebounding and have won the battle of the boards in 17 of their 22 games this season. Isaiah Taylor tops the Longhorns in assists (3.6) and dished out a game-high seven helpers against the Horned Frogs.

Marcus Foster leads the Wildcats in scoring (13.9) and tallied a team-high 23 points in the loss to West Virginia. Free-throw shooting continues to plague Kansas State, which is making 64.4 percent of their attempts from the line, and finished just 8-of-19 versus the Mountaineers. The Wildcats are ranked 20th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense, holding their opponents to 28.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc.


* Longhorns are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games following an ATS loss.
* Wildcats are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games.
* Over is 9-2 in Texas' last 11 Saturday games.
* Under is 14-3 in Kansas State's last 17 home games.

Kentucky Wildcats at Mississippi State Bulldogs (+13)

The Wildcats are second in the league in scoring behind Arkansas while topping the SEC in shooting percentage (47.6) and rebounding margin (plus-10.4). Kentucky has won five of its last six games, but will look to improve on its 2-2 road record in the conference – the losses coming by a combined seven points. Draft lottery prospect Julius Randle leads the way, shooting 52.3 percent from the field

The Bulldogs are third in the league in steals per game (8.2), but have struggled overall on the defensive end while allowing a league-worst 44.3 percent shooting. Leading scorer Craig Sword (13.2) has been limited to 7.2 points per game and 14-of-47 shooting over the last five contests after averaging 17.3 over the previous four. Gavin Ware contributes 10.5 points and a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game.


* Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last five games.
* Bulldogs are 5-0 ATS in their last five home games.
* Over is 4-1 in Kentucky's last five road games.
* Underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.

Michigan Wolverines at Iowa Hawkeyes (-5)

Wolverines Forward Glenn Robinson III (13.6) is second on the team in scoring behind Stauskas (17.3) and tied his career high of 23 points in the rout of Nebraska. Robinson had failed to reach double digits in each of the previous three games but made a season-high three 3-pointers while rediscovering his shooting stroke. The Wolverines have won 11 of the past 13 meetings.

Backup center Gabriel Olaseni has scored 14 or more points in three of the past four games after tallying 14 on 5-of-5 shooting in a loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Tuesday. Olaseni averages 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds and has taken major strides as a junior. Iowa leading scorer Roy Devyn Marble (16 per game) had only 10 points against Ohio State, his lowest output in Big Ten play this season.


* Wolverines are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games.
* Hawkeyes are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games following a loss.
* Over is 22-6-1 in Michigan's last 29 Saturday games.
* Home team is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

TCU Horned Frogs at Iowa State Cyclones (-19)

The injury-plagued Horned Frogs, who have five players out for the season due to injuries, have struggled on the boards with a minus-6.7 rebounding margin and were outrebounded 56-25 in Tuesday's loss to Texas. Junior guard Kyan Anderson, one of only four players on the roster to play in all 21 games this season, leads the team in scoring (15.1) and has connected on 26-of-70 3-point attempts.

Marshall transfer DeAndre Kane, who is averaging 16.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game, is making a strong run for All-American honors and just missed a triple-double in the win at Oklahoma State, finishing with 26 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Cyclones forward Melvin Ejim leads the Big 12 in scoring (18.3) and has posted seven double-doubles.


* Horned Frogs are 8-22 ATS in their last 30 games vs. Big 12 opponents.
* Cyclones are 4-1 ATS in their last five games vs. teams with losing records.
* Under is 5-1 in TCU's last six games.
* Over i 20-5-1 in Iowa State's last 26 home games.

West Virginia Mountaineers at Kansas Jayhawks (-13.5)

The Mountaineers rank last in the Big 12 in field-goal percentage defense, allowing teams to go off at 43.6 percent, and do not get much offensively from anyone other than Eron Harris, Juwan Staten and fellow guard Terry Henderson. Wednesday's victory over Oklahoma was the first in a string of four straight games against ranked teams. Staten (5.96) and Tharpe (5.19) both rank in the top-3 in the Big 12 in assists.

The Jayhawks enjoy one of the finest collections of freshmen talent in the country, including a pair of potential No. 1 overall draft picks in Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid. The two have taken turns showing off their skills but are battling inconsistency. Embiid was held to five points on 1-of-6 shooting while struggling through foul trouble in the win over Baylor and Wiggins is 6-of-25 from the floor in the last two contests.


* Mountaineers are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game.
* Jayhawks are 6-2-1 in their last nine games.
* Over is 12-2 in West Virginia's last 14 games vs. Big 12 foes.
* Over is 7-0 in Kansas' last seven Saturday games.

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Saturday's Top 25 NCAAB Cheat Sheet: Late Games

Here's a quick look at the marquee late games on Saturday's NCAA basketball schedule:

Saint Louis Billikens at La Salle Explorers (+4)

Guard Austin McBroom is the only player among the Billikens' top eight scorers that shoots better than 33 percent from 3-point range. The 5-9 sophomore connects at 39 percent from long range and is also the team's top free-throw shooter at 91.1 percent. Dwayne Evans paces Saint Louis in scoring (14.6) and rebounding (6.5).

The Explorers' best player in last Saturday's win against Duquesne was center Steve Zack, who posted 16 points and 16 rebounds, as well as three blocks and a pair of steals in the 71-63 triumph. Jerrell Wright paced the team against UMass with 16 points and seven boards, but senior guard Tyrone Garland continued to struggle in both games. Garland (13.9 points per game) is shooting a career-worst 34.4 percent this season.


* Billikens are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games vs. Atlantic 10 foes.
* Explorers are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games.
* Under is 8-0 in Saint Louis' last eight road games vs. teams with winning home records.
* Underdog is 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine meetings.

Purdue Boilermakers at Ohio State Buckeyes (-11.5)

The Boilermakers had surrendered an average of 75.3 points in three previous games but limited Minnesota to 60 in regulation on Wednesday and controlled the glass 50-40 to pull out of their slump. A.J. Hammons collected 20 points and 14 boards in the win and will be counted on again to counter the interior strength of the Buckeyes. Hammons went for 18 points, a career-high 16 rebounds, five blocks and four assists in the first meeting.

LaQuinton Ross produced career highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds in the Dec 31 meeting and has done his part with 13 points in each of the last two contests, providing just enough at the offensive end to give Craft some support. Craft scored all seven of his points in the final four minutes at Wisconsin and followed it up with the stellar all-around game at Iowa to help ensure the Buckeyes a .500 conference record.


* Boilermakers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win.
* Buckeyes are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games.
* Over is 6-0 in Purdue's last six games vs. teams with winning records.
* Over is 6-0 in the last six meetings.

Duke Blue Devils at Boston College Eagles (+10.5)

Guard Rasheed Sulaimon (9.1 average) has put together strong back-to-back outings after going 2-of-15 from the field over a two-game span. Suliamon followed up a solid 16-point performance against Syracuse with 19 against Wake Forest and has scored in double digits in eight of 12 games following a slow start. The Blue Devils hold a 17-2 series edge and have won the last eight meetings.

Forward Ryan Anderson has been playing stellar basketball despite the team’s swoon and is averaging 19.7 points on 20-of-29 shooting over the past three games. Anderson leads the Eagles in rebounding (7.1) and ranks second on the squad in scoring (15.2) behind slumping guard Olivier Hanlan (17.7). Hanlan is averaging just 10 points on 8-of-20 shooting over the past three games.


* Blue Devils are 6-0 ATS in their last six games.
* Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last five games vs. the ACC.
* Over is 5-2 in Duke's last seven games following a victory.
* Under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.

Baylor Bears at Oklahoma Sooners (-5)

Cory Jefferson leads the Bears with 12.6 points and eight rebounds and Brady Heslip adds 11.3 points, hitting a team-high 46.8 percent from the 3-point line. Kenny Chery contributes 10.6 points and 4.8 assists and Gathers adds 7.9 points and 7.6 rebounds off the bench. The Bears are 2-4 against ranked opponents, including last week's road win at Oklahoma State that is Baylor's only win in its last seven games.

Buddy Hield leads five Sooner starters in double figures with 16.9 points and has hit at least three 3-pointers in seven conference games. Cameron Clark adds 15.8 points and freshman point guard Jordan Woodard, who has recorded at least seven assists eight times, adds 11.8 points. Ryan Spangler averages 11.1 points and a league-high 10.2 rebounds and has eight straight games with at least nine boards.


* Bears are 7-17 ATS in their last 24 Saturday games.
* Sooners are 6-0 ATS in their last six Saturday games.
* Over is 18-6 in Baylor's last 24 road games.
* Oklahoma is 21-7-2 ATS in the last 30 meetings.

Cincinnati Bearcats at SMU Mustangs (-3)

Sean Kilpatrick led the Bearcats in points (26), rebounds (12) and assists (six) against the Huskies and made five 3-pointers - his seventh straight game with multiple 3s. Fellow senior Titus Rubles is only 2-of-11 shooting over his last two games and has reached double figures in scoring just once since the beginning of December after scoring at least 10 points in five of his first six games.

The Mustangs have built a solid NCAA Tournament resume that includes victories over Texas A&M, Connecticut and Memphis, although a win over Cincinnati would go a long way for coach Larry Brown's team. SMU leading scorer Nic Moore (13.7 points) has watched his scoring dip in four straight games - from 28 to 23 to 14 and finally to 11 against the Owls.


* Bearcats are 4-1 ATS in their last five Saturday games.
* Mustangs are 6-0 ATS in their last six home games.
* Under is 9-2 in Cincinnati's last 11 games vs. the AAC.
* Under is 10-4 in SMU's last 14 games.

Gonzaga Bulldogs at Memphis Tigers (-4)

While the Bulldogs are well on their way to claiming the WCC regular season crown for the 15th time in 17 seasons, they haven't run away from opponents on a regular basis lately. Five of their last six games have been decided by 10 points or fewer and Mark Few's team needed to survive a tough second half in the win over Portland, with Kevin Pangos scoring seven of his 13 points in the final two minutes.

The Tigers have shown an ability to respond to some of their setbacks in a dramatic way, as evidenced by the rout of Rutgers, which came on the heels of a loss to Southern Methodist three days earlier. Austin Nichols has been the catalyst, making  30-of-41 shots while averaging 13 points in the first game after a loss, compared to 6.6 points on 51.4 percent shooting in all other contests.


* Bulldogs are 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 games following an ATS loss.
* Tigers are 6-0 ATS in their last six home games vs. teams with winning road records.
* Under is 12-3 in Gonzaga's last 15 road games.
* Under is 9-1-1 in Memphis' last 11 games following a victory of more than 20 points.

Wichita State Shockers at Northern Iowa Panthers (+6.5)

Many believe the Shockers will enter the NCAA Tournament undefeated and Cleanthony Early will be a big reason as the senior forward averages team bests of 16.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. Sophomore point guard Fred VanVleet is another key factor as his 11.9 points, 5.3 assists and four rebounds per game attest, while Ron Baker (12.7 points) and Tekele Cotton (9.6) also are threats.

The Panthers lost the Jan. 5 meeting with Wichita State 67-53 as they shot 33.9 percent overall and hit 5-of-24 from 3-point range. Junior forward Seth Tuttle leads the team with 14.6 points and eight rebounds per game. Junior guard Deon Mitchell averages 13.3 points and scored a team-high 16 while making 7-of-14 from the field against Wichita State last month.


* Shockers are 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 games.
* Panthers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games.
* Over is 22-7 in Wichita State's last 29 road games vs. teams with winning home records.
* Favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.

Oklahoma State Cowboys at Texas Tech Red Raiders (+6.5)

The Cowboys have lost four of five and star guard Marcus Smart is working through a shooting slump. Smart leads the team with 17.3 points per game but is shooting 28.4 percent from the floor and 12.1 percent from 3-point range over the past five games. Markel Brown and Le'Bryan Nash have picked up their scoring over the past four games, averaging 19 and 20.5 points respectively.

Jaye Crockett leads the Red Raiders with 14.4 points per game on a league-best 55.3 percent shooting and 6.2 rebounds and is closing in on a program milestone. Crockett needs four steals to become the fifth Red Raider with 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 100 steals and 100 assists in a career. Jordan Tolbert adds 11.1 points and six rebounds per game for the Red Raiders, who are 1-3 against ranked opponents.


* Cowboys are 1-7 ATS in their last eight road games.
* Red Raiders are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss.
* Over is 5-0 in Oklahoma State's last five games.
* Over is 6-0 in the last six meetings at Texas Tech.

Nevada Wolf Pack at San Diego State Aztecs (-12)

Deonte Burton, whose 38.7 minutes per game leads the conference, scored 23 points against Utah State to move into second on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,944. Forward Ronnie Stevens was held scoreless in 14 minutes against the Aggies after missing 12 games with a leg injury, and he'll likely see more playing time off the bench as his conditioning improves.

The Aztecs aren’t a dynamic offensive team, but they’re allowing a league-low 56.6 points per game while holding opponents to 36.8 percent shooting. Forward Josh Davis, the Aztecs’ leading rebounder at 11.2 per game, returned against Boise State after missing one game with a bruised knee and collected 10 points and five boards in 29 minutes.


* Wolf Pack are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games.
* Aztecs are 4-1 ATS in their last five games vs. Mountain West opponents.
* Over is 19-7 in Nevada's last 26 Saturday games.
* Under is 11-1 in San Diego State's last 12 home games.

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College Basketball: Streaks, Tips, Notes

Florida State at Maryland

The Seminoles have dropped 4 of it's last 6 conference tilts losing the cash in five of those games. Tough putting much faith in Seminoles as they're on a 0-4 (3-1 ATS) skid vs Terps, 1-8 (2-7 ATS) slide last nine in Maryland's backyard.

Duke at Boston College

Duke Blue Devils (18-5, 15-8 ATS) shaking off their tough 2-point loss at Syracuse put a 20 point beating on Wake Forest this past week covering the 17.5 point spot. Coach K's troops will once again be laying a boat load when the team hits Boston College (6-16, 7-13 ATS) hardwood Saturday as Blue Devils have owned the series winning 14-of-15 meetings including 6-1 as a visitor. Blue Devils behind four players dropping double digits lead by Jabari Parker (18.7) and a smocking hot Andre Dawkins hitting 60.9% from outside (14-of-23) the past three games no reason to believe Blue Devils will falter against offensively challenged Eagles' netting a lowly 69.9 points/game. Duke`s money grabbing 6-0 ATS streak looks safe, the Blue Devils are 6-1 ATS off a 20 point conference win, 11-2 ATS overall laying double digits.

TCU at Iowa State

Cyclones (17-4, 10-9 ATS) having little trouble putting the ball through the hoop (85.1) have no excuses as they host offensively challenged Horned Frogs (9-12, 8-7 ATS) netting a lowly 65.0 points/game on the year and ridding an 0-9 (3-6 ATS) skid scoring a lowly 58.1 per/contest. Cyclones not been the best of bets of late (1-6 ATS) but a rare trip to the cash window looks promising as they cashed both meetings last season covering 11.5 and 18 point spots vs Horned Frogs.

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Saturday College Hoop Primetime Winners
By Joe Gavazzi

Alabama at Florida

Respect is afforded to the defensive tenacity of Alabama, who has covered both attempts, at UCLA and Arkansas, when getting 8 or more on the road. This, however, is a different animal. A one- man offensive gang, Releford, will be inundated by the Gators Defensive Dandy stop unit.   With the addition of frosh phenom Walker, the Gators will be at full strength and even more defensively tenacious.   They have ascended to the No. 3 spot in the rankings with 14 consecutive wins. Note that 18th year HC Billy D is a momentum coach with a record of 59-35 ATS as home favorite of 5 or more following consecutive victories.

Butler at Georgetown

Georgetown may have flashed a buy sign with return of Trawick keying an upset of Michigan St. and midweek romp of DePaul, a pair of depleted contingents. But, this has rarely been a role for the Hoyas under 10th year HC Thompson. Hoyas just 34-48 ATS home in conference play, including 1-3 ATS this year. Butler, who clearly has exceeded their Peter Principle in zooming from the Horizon, through the A10, to the Big East, is just 1-4 ATS as con-road dog, with every loss by 7 or more points. Nonetheless, the 70-67 OT win by Georgetown in the first meet implies this game could again come down to the wire.

S. Carolina at Tennessee

Rebuilding Gamecocks are manned at the point by emerging frosh. That is in no small part why the Cocks have yet to win on the road. That probably will not happen today, against an angry Tennessee team who is off a loss at rival Vandy, who fields only 7 warm bodies. Look for Stokes and Maymon to control the paint, while veteran PG McRae schools the youngsters of the visitor. Under 3rd year HC Martin, Vols. are 27-14 ATS at home (6-4 ATS this year) and 6-2 ATS/loss.

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