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College Basketball Betting News and Notes Monday, February 24

College Basketball Betting News and Notes Monday, February 24

Game of the Day: Oklahoma at Kansas

Oklahoma Sooners at Kansas Jayhawks (-11, 158)

Kansas put up one of the most impressive wins of the Big 12 season with an 85-54 drubbing of a ranked Texas squad Saturday to push its winning streak to three. The Jayhawks will quickly turn the page and try to clinch at least a tie for the Big 12 regular-season title when they host Oklahoma on Monday. The Sooners are one of three teams three games behind Kansas with four games to play.

The Jayhawks, who have as much talent as any team in the country with Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid rocketing up NBA draft boards, put it all together against the Longhorns on both ends of the floor. Wiggins buried three 3-pointers and added several highlight-worthy dunks as Kansas got out in transition and outscored Texas 26-0 on fast-break points. Oklahoma will not be afraid to get out and run with the Jayhawks; the Sooners nearly upset the Jayhawks at home on Jan. 8 before falling 90-83.

LINE HISTORY: Kansas opened as a 11-point home favorite. Early odds in Las Vegas suggested a total of 158 points.

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Oklahoma (-10.1) - Kansas (-16.7) + Home Court (-3.0) = Kansas -9.6

WHAT SHARPS SAY: "This has been a high-scoring series with seven of the past nine meetings going Over during the past six years, including 173 total points in the meeting last month. Not a surprise, as these are two of the best offensive teams in the nation and Oklahoma has been a weak defensive team this season, allowing 77 points per game." -- Covers Expert Steve Merril.

ABOUT OKLAHOMA (20-7 SU, 14-10-1 ATS, 14-10 O/U): The Sooners are among the nation’s leaders in scoring average at 82.8 and are coming off back-to-back wins, including an 86-73 triumph over Kansas State on Saturday. Cameron Clark went for 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting but has not reached 20 points since matching a career high with 32 in the loss to Kansas on Jan. 8. The senior swingman spent that game slashing to the basket against the Jayhawks’ bigger frontline but gave up enough size that Kansas posted a 36-22 rebounding advantage.

ABOUT KANSAS (21-6 SU, 14-12-1 ATS, 16-10 O/U): The Jayhawks needed only nine points from Wiggins and six from Embiid in the first meeting as fellow freshman Wayne Selden Jr. (24 points) carried the scoring load. Wiggins keyed a 32-5 run in the first half against the Longhorns and likes to get going early on offense. “When I start early it builds up my confidence in my game,” Wiggins told reporters. "Especially if I get a three, I feel like I’m on fire automatically.” Selden showed off his skills as a distributor with a season-high seven assists in the win over Texas, and Frank Mason Jr. rounds out the freshman quartet with long-range shooting off the bench.


* Favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Over is 7-2 in the last nine meetings.
* Sooners are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Sooners are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Kansas.

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Not only has Syracuse lost its last two games after its 25-0 start, they scored 61 or less points in each of last six games; Orange are 4-0 as home favorites, winning four road wins by 10+ points. ACC home underdogs of 6 or less points are 8-13 vs spread. Maryland didn't play on Saturday while Syracuse was losing at Duke; Terps are 5-1 at home in ACC, with only loss by four points to Pitt.

Oklahoma State got Smart back Saturday, snapped 7-game skid with big win over Texas Tech; State won its first three Big X games with TCU by 18-17-32 points; they drilled the Horned Frogs 82-50 (-20) at home Jan 15- they're 1-6 on Big X road, 0-4 as road favorites, with only road win by point at West Virginia. TCU is 0-14 in Big X, 2-5 as home dogs, with five of last six home losses by 11+. Big X home dogs are 15-7-1.

Kansas (-6) ended first half on 11-1 run, won 90-83 at Oklahoma Jan 8, its 11th win in last 12 games with Sooners, who lost last six visits here, with five losses by 13+ points. Jayhawks are 4-1-2 as home favorites, with six wins by 10+ points. Big X double digit home favorites are 5-10 vs spread. Oklahoma won three of last four games, covered six of its last eight; they covered four of their last five away games.

Samford swept Citadel LY by 4-12 points, after losing previous five vs Bulldogs; Samford lost four of last six games, is 1-6 in conference away games, with only win by 8 at Furman. Citadel is 1-24 vs D-I teams; its only D-I was November 12; three of their last four Southern Conference home losses were by 13+ points. SoCon home underdogs of 5 or less points are 3-12 against the spread.

Portland State (-2) beat Eastern Washington 92-83 Jan 27, Vikings made 21-32 (65.6%) of shots inside arc- they won 10 of last 12 series games, but lost of last three visits here. Big Sky home favorites of 6+ points are 13-19 vs spread. Eagles won five of last six games, winning last three at home by 4-13-19 points- they're 2-1-1 as home favorites. Vikings lost four of last five games, are 2-4 vs spread as road underdogs.

Elon won its last three games with Furman by 7-14-4 points; Phoenix is 4-2 in its last six visits here. Elon won its last seven games (5-2 against spread), winning last three road games by 13-7-5 points. Furman won two of last three games, covered four of last five; they're 0-3 as a SoCon home dog- faves covered five of their six conference home tilts. SoCon home underdogs of more than 5 points are 0-6 vs spread.

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Syracuse at Maryland

Syracuse (25-2 SU 13-8 ATS) at Maryland (15-12 SU, 13-10 ATS) Line & Total: Syracuse -3

After starting the year undefeated, Syracuse has now lost two in a row and will look to snap that skid on Monday night when it heads to College Park to face Maryland.

The Orange's first loss of the season came Wednesday in overtime to ACC cellar dweller Boston College, and they followed that up with a narrow 66-60 road loss to Duke on Saturday. Starting with a one-point win against 13.5-point underdog NC State, Jim Boeheim’s squad has now lost three in a row. Syracuse is now 14-9 ATS overall and 8-6 ATS against ACC teams, with a 5-2 ATS mark on the road.

The Terrapins enter this one having covered in four straight games (2-2 SU), most recently beating 9-point underdog Wake Forest 71-60 on Tuesday. In the game before that, they narrowly lost to Duke 69-67, covering a whopping 13.5-point spread. The Terrapins are 13-10 ATS overall this season, going 5-4 ATS at home and 8-6 ATS in the ACC.

Syracuse is 2-0 (SU and ATS) in its past two meetings against the Terrapins, but the most recent of those was in 2008, an 88-72 decision in the Carrier Dome.

Although road teams after 3+ straight ATS defeats facing a team with 3+ ATS wins are 115-74 ATS (61%) over the past five seasons, Maryland is 8-1 ATS in February home games in the past three seasons.

However, the Orange are a miserable 1-8 ATS since 1997 when coming off two straight games of scoring 60 points or less, while the Terrapins are a poor 6-16 ATS coming off a win against a conference rival in the past three seasons.

Syracuse has far from the most intimidating offense in the nation this season, averaging 69.2 PPG (238th in Div. I) on 44.6% shooting (159th in nation) with 12.5 APG (199th in Div. I). The team has not topped 60 points in five straight games, averaging a miserable 58.0 PPG on 38.3% FG during this stretch. However, the Orange make up for it on the defensive end, where they hold opponents to 58.6 PPG (7th in nation) on 40.8% FG and 34.2% threes.

The backcourt has been at the center of the team’s recent offensive struggles, with freshman PG Tyler Ennis (11.7 PPG, 5.7 APG, 3.4 RPG, 2.1 SPG) shooting just 31% from the field (2-of-11 threes) over the team's past five contests. He went 2-for-13 FG in Syracuse’s loss to Duke, but still had four steals, four rebounds and six assists, marking the ninth straight game of at least five helpers. For the season, Ennis has a terrific 3.6 Ast/TO ratio. SG Trevor Cooney (13.0 PPG) is usually lights out from beyond the arc, hitting 41.4% of his threes, but is just 1-for-9 from long range in the team’s two losses.

SF C.J. Fair (16.4 PPG, 6.0 RPG) is the team’s leading scorer and was at the center of a controversial call to end the Duke game, when he was whistled for a charge and his head coach Jim Boeheim was subsequently ejected. Fair remains the team's lone consistent force on offense, scoring in double-figures in all but two games this season, averaging 16.0 PPG and 9.0 RPG during his team's two-game losing skid.

He’s joined on the block by PF Jerami Grant (12.6 PPG, 7.2 RPG), the team’s top rebounder, who was a bright spot against Duke with 17 points (8-of-15 FG) and eight rebounds before fouling out.

Maryland’s defense is not nearly as stingy as Syracuse’s, giving up 68.5 PPG (128th in nation) on 42.4% shooting and 35.3% threes. Offensively, the Terps average 71.8 PPG (162nd in Div. I) on 43.9% shooting (209th in nation) with 12.0 APG (235th in Div. I). The best part about the offense is its balance, with five players averaging double-figure points.

SG Dez Wells (14.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG) leads the charge, playing a swing role in the offense. He scored in double-figures for 10 straight games before being held to six points (2-of-8 FG) in Tuesday's win over Wake Forest.

PG Seth Allen (12.0 PPG, 3.2 APG) is the team’s top passer and has averaged 21.0 PPG (9-of-19 threes) in his past two home games, including a 32-point barrage versus Florida State on Feb. 8.

Junior SG Nick Faust (10.1 PPG, 3.6 RPG) has been red-hot in his past three games with a 57% FG clip, and scored a team-high 20 points (4-of-7 threes) with four assists in Tuesday's victory. Sophomore swingman Jake Layman (12.1 PPG, 4.7 RPG) can also threaten from the perimeter, hitting 40% of his threes this season, including 4-of-7 in the team’s past two games leading to 14.5 PPG.

Junior SF Evan Smotrycz (11.0 PPG, 6.2 RPG) is cut from the same cloth as Layman, hitting 1.7 treys per game on a 35% clip, though he is just 2-for-19 from long range in his past four contests.

Smotrycz and sophomore PF Charles Mitchell (7.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG) will have a busy day down low, trying to protect the glass from Grant and Fair. Mitchell has been looking for his offense more recently with 12.0 PPG on 12-of-23 FG in his past two games.

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