College Basketball Betting News and Notes Tuesday, February 25

College Basketball Betting News and Notes Tuesday, February 25

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Iowa (-8.5) beat Minnesota 94-73 at home Jan 19, its 4th win in last five series games; Hawkeyes lost four of last five visits here, with the win by 4 in '12. Iowa won/covered its last three road games, by 26-7-12 points; they are 3-0 as road favorites. Minnesota lost six of its last eight games; they're 2-0 as home dogs- underdogs are 6-1 vs spread in its home games in league. Big Dozen home underdogs of 5 or less points are 6-9.

Kansas State (-9) beat Texas Tech 66-58 at home Jan 28, holding Tech to 34% from floor; Wildcats won last eight games with Tech, winning its last three visits to Lubbock by 19-22-9 points. Big X home underdogs of 5 or less points are 8-4 vs spread. Tech is 9-3 vs spread in its last dozen games, but lost last three games, by 6-1-22 points. K-State lost their last six road games- their only road win was at TCU.

St John's won five of last six games, is 8-1 vs spread in last nine; they got beat 70-60 (+5) at Xavier in Big East opener Dec 31, shooting 26% inside arc, 7-14 outside it. Red Storm won/covered its last four games at home, winning three by 15+. Big East home favorites of 7 or less points are 17-11 vs spread. Xavier is 3-5 in its last eight games after starting 5-1 in its first Big East season- they're 1-4 as a road underdog.

St Joe's (+5) won 60-57 at Dayton Jan 29, holding on after leading by 15 with 10:07 left. Flyers lost last four visits here by 14-6-1-14 points, but they're 5-3 in last eight series games overall. A-13 home favorites of 5 or less points are 12-13 vs spread. St Joe's won six of its last seven games, is 2-2 as home favorite, with only one home win by more than 9 points. Dayton won five of last six games, is 1-1 as a road underdog.

Clemson (-7.5) beat Wake Forest 61-53 Jan 18, outscoring Deacons 18-7 on foul line in 5th straight series win. Tigers are 4-4 on ACC road, 2-0 as road favorites, winning road games by 2-7-4-8 points. Wake lost seven games in row, losing by 33 in Chapel Hill Saturday; Deacons lost three in row at home, by 10-9-7 points, after winning first three. ACC home underdogs of 4 or less points are 4-11 vs spread.

Wright State (+4.5) won 62-45 at Valparaiso Jan 10, in brickfest where both teams shot 33% inside arc, just Raiders' second win in last eight series games; Wright won three of last four games overall, with last three games decided by total of 9 points- they're 3-3 as a home favorite. Valpo won eight of last 11 games, is 3-3 as road dogs. Horizon home favorites of 5 or less points are 4-17 against the spread.

Florida is 14-0 in SEC, 2-3 as road favorite, with no road wins by more than 11 points; their last two wins were by total of 9 points. Gators are 5-1 in last six games with Vanderbilt, losing four of last six visits here. Vandy won three of last four home games, with last four decided by 6 or less points- they're 2-3 as home underdogs. SEC home underdogs of 4+ points are 8-4 vs spread. Florida covered twice in its last seven games as the favorite.

Drake (-7) scored 55 points in second half, beat Evansville 94-66 (-7) in MVC opener Jan 1; Bulldogs won five of last six series games, but lost seven of eight Valley road games, with only win at SIU. Aces lost seven of last games, losing three of last four at home- they're 1-1-1 as a home favorite. MVC home teams are 9-8 vs spread in games where spread was 3 or less points. Drake covered twice in six games as a road dog.

Milwaukee (-1.5) won 67-63 at UIC Jan 16, after trailing by 3 at half; Panthers lost last three games, are 2-3 as home favorites, winning home games by 6-4-22 points. Flames lost last 17 games, are 0-14 in Horizon, 5-2 as road dogs-- visitors are 11-3 vs spread in their Horizon games. UIC lost last five visits here, three by 5 or less points. Horizon home favorites of more than 5 points are 15-12 vs spread.

Seton Hall won seven of last eight games with DePaul, beating Demons 86-69 (-8) at home Jan 25; it was 45-25 at half. Pirates lost four of last five games, three of last four at home- they lost at Creighton by a point Sunday. DePaul lost last ten games, is 2-5 as a home dog, with five of last six losses by 12+ points- they lost last game in OT to Marquette. Big Eaat home underdogs are 10-13 against the spread.

Indiana (+4) upset Wisconsin 75-72 at home Jan 14, its first win in last 13 games vs Badgers, but Hoosiers are 3-6 since that game, 1-3-1 as dog on road, losing away games by 3-5-5-6-18 points, winning at Penn St., Northwestern. Indiana lost its last eight visits to Madison, last six by 7+ points. Badgers won won its last five games, but failed to cover last five home games. Big Dozen double digit home favorites are 12-8 vs spread.

Georgia (+11) won 70-64 in OT in SEC opener at Mizzou Jan 8; Dawgs were down 5 in OT, won despite going 13-26 on line. Missouri lost six of last seven road games; they're 2-4 in games with spread of 3 or less. Georgia is 6-1 at home in SEC, winning last three by 13-1-12- they are 5-1 vs spread in SEC games with spread of 3 or less points. SEC home teams are 19-10-1 vs spread in games where spread was 3 or less.

New Mexico (+2) won 78-65 at Utah State Jan 28; Lobos won/covered last three games, cruising past Rebels/Aztecs in two sharp efforts last week- they've covered four of last five home games, eight of last 10 tilts overall. Mountain West double digit home favorites are 8-11 vs spread. Utah State lost last three games, covered three of last ten; they're 2-3 as road underdogs, losing away games by 1-8-4-20-17-15 points.

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Tuesday's Tip Sheet
By Brian Edwards

Florida at Vanderbilt

Florida (25-2 straight up, 11-11-1 against the spread) took over the nation's No. 1 ranking Monday for the first time during the regular season since Feb. 12 of 2007. However, head coach Billy Donovan downplayed the significance and told the Gainesville Sun, "Anytime that happens, it's an honor. In reality, that means nothing for our preparation for Vanderbilt. I don't think our guys are playing for rankings."

As of early Monday night, most books had UF listed as an 8.5-point favorite for Tuesday's trip to Music City. The Gators own a 2-3 spread record in five games as road favorites.

Florida is coming off a 75-71 win Saturday at Ole Miss. UF failed to cover the number as a seven-point favorite because Martevius Newby buried a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining to give gamblers on the Rebels the ATS victory. The game was tied at intermission and most spots made the Gators 4.5 or five-point favorites for the second half, so Newby's trey also beat bettors who took UF at halftime.

Scottie Wilbekin scored 18 points and dished out seven assists at The Tad Pad. At this point, Wilbekin appears to be the favorite to win SEC Player of the Year honors. Michael Frazier II got up 200 shots Saturday morning in Oxford, leaving the hotel for the arena before the rest of the team. The work paid off as Frazier knocked down 5-of-10 from deep and finished with 17 points.

Vanderbilt (15-11 SU, 13-10-2) has made the most of what easily could've been a lost season. Along with Texas Tech's Tubby Smith, Kevin Stallings has done one of the more underrated coaching jobs in America this season. The Commodores lost three likely starters during the off-season, and then their leading scorer and starting point guard was dismissed from school in early January. Nevertheless, the 'Dores have remained extremely competitive and own a 7-7 record in SEC play. The .500 league record has come about despite the presence of only seven healthy scholarship players.

Despite trailing 32-25 at intermission of Saturday's game at Auburn, Vandy dominated the second half en route to a 67-59 win as a 4.5-point underdog. Dai-Jon Parker was the catalyst with a game-high 21 points. He drained 5-of-9 attempts from 3-point range.

Vandy has been a home underdog six times, posting a 2-3-1 spread record with a pair of outright wins over Tennessee and Missouri.

On the prospect of possibly beating the nation's No. 1-ranked team, Stallings told The Tennessean, “It would be very, very gratifying to be able to be victorious against a team of their caliber. But talking about it and wishing on it and all that kind of stuff is a lot different than doing it. It would take our best game of the season, unquestionably."

When these teams met at The O-Dome in Gainesville last season, Florida stroked Vandy 66-40 as a 19.5-point home 'chalk.' However, Memorial Gymnasium has been a venue where the Gators have enjoyed much success over the last several decades. The 'Dores beat UF 77-67 in the last meeting in Nashville two years ago.

The 'over' has hit in back-to-back games for UF, but the 'under' is 15-7-1 overall.

The 'under' has cashed in four consecutive Vandy games and nine of its last 10. The 'Dores have seen the 'under' go 17-6-2 overall, 8-3-2 in their home games.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

Wichita State at Bradley

As of late Monday night, most books had second-ranked Wichita State (29-0 SU, 19-6-1 ATS) listed as a 12-point road favorite.

Wichita State has won eight in a row over Bradley both SU and ATS, including a 72-50 win as a 17.5-point home 'chalk' on Jan. 14. Fred VanVLeet was the catalyst for the Shockers, producing 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. VanVLeet also contributed seven rebounds, three steals and three assists compared to just one turnover.

Gregg Marshall's squad has covered the spread in three straight games and five of its last six, including Saturday's 83-54 win over Drake as a 16-point home favorite. Tekele Cotton led the way for Wichita State with 21 points and seven steals. VanVleet added 15 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals without committing a turnover. Darius Carter also had 15 points and blocked four shots.

Bradley (12-17 SU, 9-16-1 ATS) has won 11 of its 15 home games, going 6-5-1 ATS. The Braves ended a three-game losing slide both SU and ATS with Saturday's 55-38 win over Loyola-Illinois as 4.5-point home favorites. Walt Lemon Jr. led the winners with 16 points and five steals.

Bradley has been a home underdog four times this year, compiling a 2-2 record both SU and ATS.

Wichita State owns a 9-1 spread record as a road favorite. As double-digit road 'chalk,' the Shockers are 4-0 ATS.

The 'over' has hit in five consecutive Wichita State games to improve to 14-12-1 overall.

The 'under' has been an extraordinary money maker in Bradley games, cashing at a 20-4-1 overall clip. The 'under' is 9-2 in the Braves' 11 lined home games.

ESPN2 will have the telecast at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.

B.E.'s Bonus Nuggets

Missouri will be seeking revenge for an overtime home loss to Georgia when it invades Stegeman Coliseum in Athens on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs won a 70-64 decision as 11.5-point road underdogs back on January 8. Most books have installed UGA as a 1.5-point home favorite. Mark Fox's team is third in the SEC with a 9-5 league record, and it has won 12 of 14 home games while going 8-4 ATS.

Kansas State has lost six straight road games and its only true road win came at TCU. The Wildcats, who are No. 42 in the RPI Rankings, play Tuesday at Texas Tech in a pick 'em matchup. The Red Raiders are 10-5 SU and 8-4 ATS at home.

The 'under' is on an 8-1 run in Texas Tech games.

Syracuse shook off back-to-back defeats to win 57-55 Monday at Maryland. However, the Terrapins took the cash as four-point home underdogs. Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair scored 20 and 17 points, respectively, to pace the Orange. Seth Allen hit six 3-pointers and scored 22 points for the Terps, but his off-balance 3-point attempt at the buzzer was off the mark.

After losing seven straight games and struggling through a 0-8 ATS slide, Oklahoma State has won a pair of games both SU and ATS over a 48-hour stretch. The Cowboys finished strong last night in Ft. Worth on its way to a 76-54 triumph as 13.5-point road favorites. Marcus Smart produced 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals, while Phil Forte scored a game-high 23 points.

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College Basketball: Streaks, Tips, Notes

Virginia Tech at Duke

Blue Devils (22-6, 17-10-1 ATS) knocking off Syracuse this past weekend take a huge step down in class Tuesday when they host ACC cellar-dwelling Virginia Tech Hokies (9-17, 9-12 ATS). Duke lead by Jabari Parker (19.1) netting 80.1 points/game, Virginia Tech averaging a lowly 65.2 points/contest sports books aren't giving Hokies much of a chance as they've pegged Blue Devils -21.5 point favorite. A boat load of points to be sure but Coach K's troops on a 31-0 (17-13-1 ATS) streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium including 16-0 (10-5-1 ATS) hosting a conference rival are facing a pretty awful VTech team. Hokies hit the hardwood on a 2-12 (5-9 ATS) slide against the ACC, are in the midst of a dreadful 1-13 (6-8 ATS) road skid and are 0-11 (3-8 ATS) when pegged double digit underdogs. Note: although Duke has cashed 7 of it's last 10 tickets laying 16 or more points they've had a 'Devil-Of-A-Time' covering when spotting 20 or more posting a vig-losing 2-2 ATS mark.

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College Basketball Betting Guide and Picks
By: Larry Hartstein

Top-ranked Florida (25-2, 10-10-3 ATS) goes for its 20th straight win when the Gators visit Vanderbilt (15-11, 12-11-2 ATS) at Memorial Gym in Nashville on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN). Florida has covered four of the last five meetings.

Line: Florida -8.5, Total: 123.5

How will the Gators handle being ranked No. 1 for the first time since 2007? The pressure isn’t likely to be an issue against a Commodores squad down to seven scholarship players and playing a couple of walk-ons.

Florida allows an SEC-low 58.7 points and should have no trouble stifling Vandy, whose leading scorer, Rod Odom (14.2), has been bothered by a thigh injury. To their credit, the Commodores overcame a 16-point deficit to win at Auburn on Saturday and move to .500 in conference play. Vandy’s last eight games have been decided by single digits (they are 5-3 SU, 4-3-1 ATS over that stretch).

Florida sophomore guard Michael Frazier II said his team can handle the attention that goes along with the ranking.

“We have a good group of guys, guys that are level-headed for the most part, especially our seniors,” he told the Gainesville Sun. “They do a good job of trying to keep everything in perspective. All in all as a group, we understand that there's a lot of things that we can get better at. We just want to be the No. 1 team in the country at the end of the season.”

Trends to note: The UNDER is 25-10-1 in Florida’s last 36 games. … The UNDER is 9-4 in Florida’s last 13 road games. … The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings. … Vandy is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 home games against teams with .600-plus road winning percentages.

The Linemakers’ lean: There’s a huge disparity between these team – our power ratings give Florida about a 15-point edge on a neutral court – but the Gators haven’t exactly been a reliable bet, covering just three of their last eight games. It tends to take them a while to get motivated, evidenced by their 1-5 record against the first-half lines over their last six games. We cashed on our Ole Miss first-half play on Saturday, and we’ll take a shot with Vandy +4 in the first half tonight.

These teams are combined 13-32-2 O/U this season, but we don’t think there's much value with the UNDER tonight, and we also question Florida’s motivation on the defensive end, so we’re passing on the total.

Wisconsin at Indiana

No. 14 Wisconsin (22-5, 14-12-1 ATS) will be out for revenge when the Badgers host Indiana (15-11, 12-12-1) at the Kohl Center in Madison. The Hoosiers snapped a 12-game skid in the series with a 75-72 home win Jan. 14, handing Wisconsin its first loss this season.

The underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings, and the road team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings.

Line: Wisconsin -10, Total 136.5

Wisconsin comes in hot, having won five straight while shooting 39.2 percent from 3-point range. Three of the Badgers’ last four wins have come against ranked foes. Seven-footer Frank Kaminsky has scored 46 points the past two games, wins over Iowa and Michigan State.

"He's literally taking the ball from the 3-point line and getting all the way to the basket,” Hoosiers coach Tom Crean told the Indianapolis Star. “The shooting is there, the post-up is there, without question, but the driving game is something that obviously they are spending a lot of time on.”

Indiana, which snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday at Northwestern, is starting a stretch of three games in six days due to last week’s postponement vs. Iowa. Leading scorer Yogi Ferrell (17.7) is just 20 of 56 over his last four games.

Trends to note: Wisconsin is 0-5 ATS in its last five home games. … The UNDER is 8-1 in Indiana’s last nine Big Ten games. … Indiana is 1-5-1 ATS in its last seven games following an ATS win. … Wisconsin is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings.

The Linemakers’ lean: Wisconsin is coming off road wins over Iowa and Michigan, but there won’t be any let up against an Indiana team that beat the Badgers earlier this season. Our numbers say Wisconsin should be an 8-point favorite on a neutral court, and Kenny White says the Kohl Center home court is worth another 6 points. There is extreme value with Wisconsin -10 tonight, and we’re going to lay the points on the first-half line as well.

Wichita State at Bradley

No. 2 Wichita State (29-0, 19-6-1 ATS) tries to remain the nation’s only undefeated team and continue cashing for bettors when the Shockers visit Bradley (12-17, 9-16-1 ATS) at Carver Arena in Peoria.

The Shockers own the second-best ATS mark in the nation, behind Cleveland State’s 20-6, and they’ve covered eight straight meetings with the Braves.

Line: Wichita State -12, Total: 130.5

Wichita State likely needs to stay unblemished to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Shockers shouldn’t have too much trouble Tuesday, as their average margin of victory over Bradley is 23.5 points over those last eight meetings.

On Jan. 14, Wichita State covered the 17.5-point line by beating the Braves 72-50. Point guard Fred VanVleet scored 22 points, adding seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. The Shockers dominated the glass 41-31 and made 23 of 29 free throws.

Bradley ended a three-game losing streak with Saturday’s 55-38 win over Loyola of Chicago, but the Braves are averaging just 58.8 points in their last four games. For the season, Bradley ranks last in the MVC in scoring (63.8) while Wichita State paces the league at 75.8.

The Braves, however, do play tough defense. They just forced Loyola into 23 turnovers and 26.5 percent shooting.

It will be raucous at Carver, as fans say goodbye to four Bradley seniors on Senior Night. Among them is Walt Lemon – one of four MVC players to produce 1,600 points (1,659), 300 assists (357) and 200 steals (211) in his career. Larry Bird, Darren Brooks and Hersey Hawkins are the others.

Trends to note: Wichita State is an incredible 38-16 ATS in its last 54 road games. … Bradley is 5-1 ATS in its last six home games. … The OVER is 5-0 in the Shockers’ last five games. … The UNDER is 9-2 in the Braves’ last 11 home games. … The favorite is 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

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