College Basketball Betting News and Notes Wednesday, February 26
College Basketball Betting News and Notes Wednesday, February 26
College Basketball Information
Michigan (-11) beat Purdue 75-66 Jan 30, making 7-13 from arc; they've won four of last five series games, winning by 2-5 in last two visits here. Wolverines split their last six games; underdogs are 6-1 vs spread in their road games. Michigan is 0-2 as a road favorite. Purdue lost seven of last nine games; they're 0-3 as a home underdog. Big Dozen home underdogs of 5 or less points are 6-9 against the spread.
Virginia won last 11 games (8-3 vs spread); they play Syracuse in next game Saturday, can't look past Miami squad that won three of last four games, covered five of last seven- they're 4-0 as road dogs. ACC double digit home favorites are 7-12 vs spread. Miami won five of last six games vs Virginia, with last three wins by 3 or less points or in OT, but they lost last two visits to Charlottesville, by 1-18 points.
Buffalo won five of last six games, but loss was 73-70 (-5.5) at home to Ohio 11 days ago, when Bulls blew 10-point lead with 7:35 left. MAC underdogs are 21-14 vs spread in games with spread of 4 or less points. Bobcats won last seven games with Buffalo, winning last two games here by 8-18 points. Bulls are 5-2 vs spread on road; all fouir of their MAC losses are by 6 or less points. Ohio is just 2-5 as a home favorite.
Charleston lost six of last nine games, but beat Drexel 47-46 (-3.5) Feb 13, in hideous brickfest where teams combined to go 2-22 from arc, 25-49 on foul line. Cougars lost six of last nine games, covered one of its last five- they lost last five road games, last two in OT. CAA home favorites of 5 or less points are 6-17 vs spread. Drexel won four of last six games but is 1-4-1 as a home favorite- they're 1-4 in games decided by 5 or less.
West Virginia (+2) made 13-22 from arc in 102-77 home rout of Iowa St. Feb 10, but is 0-2 since, allowing 88 points both games. WVU is 2-2-1 as road underdogs; they lost last two road games, by 14-17 points. Iowa State won six of last seven games, but is 2-5 as home favorite; they are 2-10 vs spread in last dozen games. Big X home favorites of 9+ points are 7-10 vs spread. 12 of last 14 West Virginia games went over total.
Indiana State (-8.5) made 11-21 from arc, beat Illinois State 76-62 Jan 25 at home, its 5th win in last seven series games, but Sycamores lost last two visits here, by 13-2 points. Indiana State split its last six road tilts, covered one of last six overall. Illinois State is 7-1 at home, with loss by 15 to Wichita State; they're 4-6 in last ten games overall. MVC home teams are 17-14 in games where spread was 5 or less points.
LSU won its last seven home games, but four of seven wins were by 7 or less points; Tigers (-3.5) lost 83-73 at Texas A&M Feb 12- Aggies made 10-23 from arc in game where LSU shot 59% inside arc. LSU lost four of last six games but had Kentucky beat in Rupp Saturday before tiring out late. SEC double digit favorites are 11-14 vs spread. A&M won four of last six games, covering last four- they're 2-4 as a road underdog.
North Carolina won/covered its last nine games; they beat NC State in first meeting 84-70 (-9.5), rebounding 22 of its 46 missed shots, totally dominating boards. Tar Heels is 21-2 in last 23 series games, but lost in Raleighby 8 LY. ACC home underdogs of 5 or less points are 7-12 vs spread. Eight of last 11 UNC games went over the total. Wolfpack won six of last nine games, covered four of their last five.
Home team won four of five Nebraska-Illinois games; Huskers (-3) beat Illini 67-58 Feb 12, after trailing by 6 early in second half. Nebraska won seven of last eight games, covering last five; they're 5-1 as underdogs on road, winning last two away games SU. Big Dozen home favorites of 4 or less points are 9-7 vs spread. Illini lost last five home games, nine of last 11 games overall- they're 1-5-1 vs spread at home.
Texas (+5.5) won 74-60 at Baylor Jan 25; regular season series has been swept nine of last 10 years; teams split last four games played here. Big X home favorites of 5 or less points are 10-6 vs spread. Four of last five Texas games went over total. Baylor won last four games, with two of last three going OT; they're 2-2-1 as road dogs. Texas won last six home games- they're 2-3 as home favorites- they lost last two games, on road.
Boise State (-14) led by 24 late in first half, beat Fresno State 86-79 Jan 4, in game where Bulldogs scored 40 points in last 10:00 to cover spread. Boise won seven of last eight series games, last three by 7-9-7. Fresno covered last eight games, won last three home games. Mountain West home teams are 8-13 in games where spread was 3 or less points. Nine of last ten Fresno games went over the total.
Arizona (-6.5) didn't score in last 2:42, lost 60-58 at Cal Feb 1, Wildcats' first loss of year- they lost at home to Cal LY, are 4-5 in last nine series games, with Cal covering last four visits here. Arizona won four of last five home games but covered one of last four. Bears covered twice in last nine games but won three of last four; their road losses are at UCLA by 12, USC by 8. Pac-12 double digit favorites are 14-12 vs spread.
Colorado State (-2) beat UNLV 75-57 at home Feb 5; they've lost four of last five visits here, losing by 19-2 in last two. Mountain West home favorites of 6 or less points are 16-24 vs spread. Last three State games went over total. Rams lost three of last four games, are 2-3 as road dogs in MW, with three losses by 7, two by 9 points. Rebels lost their last two games, are 2-4 as home favorites- they're 4-1 in last five at home.
Re: College Basketball Betting News and Notes Wednesday, February 26
By Brian Edwards
Michigan at Purdue
As of early this morning, most books had Michigan (19-7 straight up, 13-10-1 against the spread) installed as a five-point road favorite.
With four games remaining, Michigan is all alone atop the Big Ten standings after beating Michigan State for the second time this season Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor. Nik Stauskas and Caris LaVert scored 25 and 23 points, respectively, to lead the Wolverines to a 79-70 win as 1.5-point home favorites. They committed just two turnovers and forced the Spartans into 13 giveaways. Glenn Robinson III also chipped in 15 points.
John Beilein's team is No. 14 in the RPI Rankings behind a 4-4 record vs. the Top 25, a 9-5 ledger against the Top 50 and a 10-6 mark versus the Top 100.
Purdue (15-12 SU, 8-15 ATS) is hoping to get an NIT bid at this point. The Boilermakers are just 5-9 in Big Ten play and they are winless against five RPI Top-25 opponents and 2-8 versus the Top 50.
Matt Painter's team has won 12 of its 15 home games, only to limp to an atrocious 3-8 spread record. Purdue is 0-3 as a home underdog with defeats by margins of nine, 14 and 15 points.
Purdue has lost back-to-back games since trouncing arch-rival Indiana at home two Saturdays ago. The Boilermakers got blasted 94-79 at home by Michigan State last Thursday. Then on Sunday at Nebraska, they were smashed 76-57 as 5.5-point underdogs. Bryson Scott was the only Boiler to show up in Lincoln, producing a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The 'under' is 13-10 overall for the Boilers, 6-5 in its home games.
The 'over' has cashed in three of Michigan's last four games to improve to 13-10-1 overall.
Michigan has won three in a row over Purdue in this Big Ten rivalry and it hasn't tasted defeat in West Lafayette since 2010. However, the Boilers own a 3-0-1 spread record in the last four encounters. The 'over' is 5-1 in the last six head-to-head meetings. When these schools squared off in Ann Arbor on Jan. 30, Michigan captured a 75-66 home win but Purdue took the cash as an 11-point underdog. Stauskas scored a team-best 16 points, while A.J. Hammons also had 16 points and eight boards in the losing effort.
The Big Ten Network will have the telecast at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.
North Carolina at North Carolina State
As of early this morning, most books had North Carolina (20-7 straight up, 16-11 against the spread) as a 4.5-point road favorite.
North Carolina State (17-10 SU, 12-11-1 ATS) has won six of its last nine games both SU and ATS, including Saturday's 71-64 win at Va. Tech as a 2.5-point road 'chalk.' T.J. Warren exploded for a game-high 31 points to lead the Wolfpack into the win column.
Mark Gottfried's team is sitting at No. 55 in the RPI Rankings, leaving it starving for a win in this spot. The Wolfpack blew a golden opportunity to get a signature win at Syracuse two Saturdays ago, in part due to a shaky call but mostly due to a costly turnover. N.C. State is winless in seven games against the RPI Top 50 and has a 3-8 record versus the Top 100.
North Carolina has won nine in a row both SU and ATS to improve to 10-4 in ACC action. Roy Williams's team is coming off Saturday's 105-72 win over Wake Forest as a 14-point home favorite. Leslie McDonald led six double-figure scorers with 19 points thanks to 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point land.
UNC's surge has allowed it to climb to No. 22 in the RPI Rankings. The Tar Heels 3-3 against the RPI Top 25, 6-3 vs. the Top 50 and 10-4 against Top-100 foes.
UNC has dominated this Tobacco Road Rivalry recently, winning nine of the last 10 meetings while going 8-2 versus the number. When these teams met in Chapel Hill on Feb. 1, the Tar Heels collected an 84-70 win as 9.5-point home favorites. McDonald scored a team-high 20 points, while James Michael McAdoo had a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Marcus Paige finished with 15 points and five assists. In the losing effort, Warren had 21 points, eight boards, three steals and two blocked shots. Desmond Lee added 18 points.
The 'over' is on a 6-2 run in N.C. State's last eight games, cashing in three straight home contests. For the season, the Wolfpack has seen the 'under' go 12-11-1 overall, 6-6 in its home outings.
The 'over' is in the midst of an 8-3 spree in UNC's last 11 games to improve to 13-13 overall.
Gamblers can tune into this ACC showdown at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on DirecTV channel 724 as part of the ESPN Game Plan.
B.E.'s Bonus Nuggets
After getting clubbed 71-56 last night in Athens, Missouri fell into ninth place in the SEC and one game below .500 in conference play. The Tigers got swept by Georgia this year and suffered another killer loss this past Saturday at Alabama. The Bulldogs are in third place in the SEC with a 10-5 record in league play, but they have no shot at an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. But UGA has saved Mark Fox's job and will have a good squad next year, assuming Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines return healthy.
Nebraska is on an 11-1 ATS run in its last 12 games as it rolls into Champaign-Urbana tonight to face Illinois as an underdog.
Florida survived a game effort from Vanderbilt last night thanks to solid defense and the offense of Dorian Finney-Smith, who broke out of a prolonged slump to score 19 points and grab nine rebounds. UF back-up freshman PG Kasey Hill missed his third consecutive game with a groin injury. I would think Hill will be ready for Saturday's home game vs. LSU.
Xavier and Kansas State picked up monster road wins last night at State John's and at Texas Tech, respectively. However, the biggest bubble winner on Tuesday had to be Minnesota. The Gophers knocked off Iowa 95-89 as 3.5-point home underdogs. Austin Hollins dropped 27 points on the Hawkeyes.
DePaul ended its 10-game losing streak by beating Seton Hall 65-60 last night as a 5.5-point home underdog.
The 'under' improved to 21-4 in Bradley games when its 69-49 home loss to Wichita State saw the 118 combined points stay 'under' the 130.5-point total.
With the win over Bradley, the Shockers became the first 30-0 team since the 1990-1991 UNLV team led by Larry Johnson, Stacy 'The Plastic Man' Augmon, Greg Anthony and Anderson Hunt.