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College Basketball Betting News and Notes Sunday, March 2

College Basketball Betting News and Notes Sunday, March 2

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Iowa has gotten soft, losing its last three games while allowing 79-95-93 points; Hawkeyes covered once in last four home games (3-4 overall as a home favorite)- they're 2-11 in last 13 games with Purdue, but did beat Boilers by 10 here LY. Big Dozen double digit home favorites are 12-9 vs spread. Purdue lost three in row, eight of last ten games; they're 3-3 as road dogs, losing last five road games by 3-9-11-18-19 points.

Ohio State won eight of last ten games with Indiana, winning four of last five visits here; Buckeyes won six of last eight games overall, but lost at Penn State in last game, a bad loss. OSU is 4-4 on Big Dozen road, 2-3 as road favorites. Big Dozen home underdogs of 3 or less points are 3-5 vs spread. Indiana lost four of last six games; they're 4-3 at home, 3-1 as home underdogs- dogs covered five of their seven home games.

Maryland won last three games with Clemson by 2-2-13 points; Terps lost four of last six visits here, but won last one by hoop in '12- they've lost three of last four games overall but are 4-0-1 vs spread in last five, losing last three away games by 12-2-8 points. ACC home favorites of 5 or less points are 8-16 vs spread. Clemson lost four of its last six games; they're 2-2 as home favorites, with home wins by 13-8-4-17.

Louisiana Tech won six of last seven games but split its last four games on road; they got star Appleby back for limited action (5 minutes) in last game, for first time since Jan 9. UAB just won three straight road games by total of nine points; they're 3-3 at home, with underdogs covering 5 of the 6 games. C-USA home underdogs of 8 or less points are 14-13 vs spread. Blazers lost three of their last five home games.

Villanova (-2.5) won 94-85 in OT at Marquette Jan 25, after blowing an 11-point lead in last 4:53 of regulation; Wildcats were 10-28 from arc, Eagles just 2-11. Villanova won eight of last nine games, is 4-2 as home favorite, with five of six home wins by 17+ points. Big East double digit home favorites are 10-5 vs spread. Marquette lost three of last four trips to Villanova, with losses by 18-5-4 points.

North Texas won its last four games, winning three in row by hoop each, after starting 2-8 in league. Mean Green lost four of its last six at home, is 1-2 as home dog. C-USA home underdogs of less than 5 points are 7-9 vs spread. UTEP lost three of last five games, is 5-1 vs spread on road, 3-0 as road favorite, winning away games by 9-2-11-14-18 points, with only road loss at Southern Mississippi.

Wisconsin won four in row, 17 of last 19 vs Penn State, winning by 6-3 in last two visits to Happy Valley, which is fairly close to where coach Ryan grew up. Badgers won last six games overall after a 1-5 skid- they won last three road games, by 12-13-5 points. Penn State lost four of its last six games; they're 1-4 as home underdogs. Big Dozen home dogs of 5 or less points are 8-9 against the spread.

Southern Miss won three in row, 10 of last 12 games, but they lost last two road games, at UAB/Middle Tennessee; Golden Eagles are 3-2 as a road favorite, with all three road wins (3-3) by 10+ points. C-USA home underdogs of less than 5 points are 7-9 vs spread. Florida Atlantic lost its last four games, is 0-1-1 as home dog, losing home games (2-4) by 5-4-19-2 points. USM forces turnovers 24.3% of time, #1 in C-USA.

Florida State won its last eight games with Georgia Tech, winning three in row at home by 4-2-14 points; Seminoles lost six of last nine games, but won last game at Pitt- they've lost three of last four at home, are 2-4 as home favorites, with one home win by more than a hoop. ACC home favorites of 9+ points are 11-14 vs spread. Tech lost five of its last six games, but they've covered last five games on foreign soil.

New Mexico (-12) beat Nevada 90-72 at Pit Feb 15, leading 48-24 at half in game that was made respectable by Nevada making 11-21 on the arc. Lobos are 3-0 vs Nevada in Mountain West play, winning by 13 here in LY's visit. MW home underdogs of 6 or less points are 7-11 vs spread. Wolf Pack lost five of last six games, with only win at Air Force; they're 4-3 at home, 1-1 as home dogs. Lobos are 1-3 as road favorites.

Arizona (-5) won 60-57 at Stanford Jan 29, its 8th win in row over the Cardinal, who led by 7 with 12:34 left but scored only four points in last 10:00 of game. Stanford lost last four visits to Tucson by by 14-8-10-7 points; they're 2-2 as road dogs, losing away games by 9-17-4-12- they won five of seven overall. Wildcats are 4-4 as home favorites, winning last two at home by 22-28. Pac-12 double digit home faves are 14-12.

UCLA gets suspended stars Anderson/Adams back from one-game ban after Bruins lost in double OT to Oregon Thursday; Bruins (-5) lost at Oregon State 71-67 Feb 2, making just 6-21 from arc. Beavers lost last eight visits to Westwood, last three by 10 or less points. Pac-12 home favorites of 9+ points are 18-13 vs spread. Bruins are 6-1 as favorites in Pauley Pavilion, with only non-cover when shorthanded Thursday.

Manhattan won four of last five games with Canisius, winning 84-73 in first meeting (+2.5) Feb 7 in Buffalo, making 11-22 from arc, surviving 20 turnovers (-9). Jaspers had emotional OT win over Iona Friday night; they're 5-4 as home faves, winning last three at home by 20-18-3 points. Canisius won/covered its last four road games; they lost last two visits here, by 13-13. MAAC home favorites of 6 or less points are 13-20-1.

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Sunday's Pac-12 Action
By David Schwab
The madness of March is just getting started, but this Sunday in the Pac-12, it will be front and center with two key conference matchups on the slate. The first pits Stanford on the road against No. 3 Arizona as the Cardinal will attempt to avenge a tight three-point loss to the Wildcats in late January. In the nightcap, UCLA will try and snap a two-game skid when it plays host to Oregon State.

We'll take a closer look at some key stats and betting trends for both of these conference showdowns.

Stanford Cardinal vs. No. 3 Arizona Wildcats

Stanford has been penciled-in as a mid-range seed for the NCAA Tournament by quite a few basketball experts, but a win on Sunday would probably seal the deal. It lost the first meeting in this season’s series 60-57 as a six-point home favorite as part of an overall straight-up conference record of 9-6. The Cardinal have been on a profitable run to close out the season with a 7-2 record against the spread in their last nine games with the total staying UNDER in four of their last five contests.

Heading into this matchup, Stanford has exceeded its scoring average of 75.2 points per game in five of its last nine outings. However, it could only muster 64 points in this past Wednesday’s 12-point loss to Arizona State as a two-point road underdog. This followed a huge 83-74 victory over then-No. 23 UCLA as a two-point favorite at home. At times, the Cardinal have not helped their cause with a defense that is allowing an average of 69.0 PPG.

Dwight Powell and Josh Huestis each scored 13 points in the first matchup against the Wildcats and Chasson Randle added 12 points in the losing cause. Randle leads Stanford in scoring with an average of 18.7 points while shooting a solid 47.9 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from 3-point range. Huestis is pulling down a team-high 8.4 rebounds and Powell leads the team in assists with 3.7.

Arizona has already clinched the Pac-12 regular season title with a three-game lead over UCLA combined with an earlier win over the Bruins. The big carrot that the Wildcats are still playing for in their last three regular season games and the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament is a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament. They come into this game with an overall record of 26-2 SU and they are 17-10 ATS after covering in four of their last five games. Arizona is 10-6 ATS at home and the total has stayed UNDER in 11 of 15 home games with a posted line.

The Wildcats have dialed-up the offense in their last two contests with 88 points against Colorado and 87 points in a romp over Cal, but their strong suit is still a defense that is holding opponents to an average of just 57.9 points, which is the fifth-lowest total in the nation. Arizona has also been highly effective under the boards with an average of 39.1 rebounds a game.

The loss of Brandon Ashley in mid-February with a season ending foot injury took a good chunk out of Arizona’s offensive attack, but Nick Johnson has been able to step up his game to help fill the void. He put up 22 points in this past Wednesday’s win over Cal and he is averaging a team-high 16.2 PPG. Aaron Gordon is adding 11.9 points and he leads the team in rebounds with 7.7. Overall, the Wildcats are averaging 73.9 PPG and shooting 47.1 percent from the field.

Arizona has been opened as a 12-point home favorite to complete the season sweep over the Cardinal.

Oregon State Beavers vs. UCLA Bruins

The Beavers have lost four of their last six games and things do not get any easier from here with games against Arizona and Arizona State to close-out the season. They are now 7-8 SU in conference play and after failing to cover in three of their last five outings they have fallen to 8-7 ATS in the Pac-12. The total has stayed UNDER in three of those five games.

Oregon State is coming off a 76-66 victory over USC this past Thursday as a one-point road underdog, but that was just the second time in its lasts last five games it eclipsed its season scoring average of 75.7 points. Conversely, the Beavers have allowed 75 points or more in six of their last nine contests, but that should not come as all that big of a surprise considering they are giving-up an average of 74.5 PPG.

Roberto Nelson has done it all for Oregon State this season with a team-high 20.6 points and 3.7 assists a game while shooting 38.8 percent from 3-point range. In a 71-67 victory over UCLA on Feb. 3 he was held to just 12 points, but Hallice Cooke came up big with a game-high 20 points. The Beavers closed as five-point home underdogs in that game. Devin Collier (13.5 points) and Angus Brandt (12.6 points) are the other two players scoring in double figures.

The Bruins followed up their recent loss to Stanford with an 87-83 double-overtime defeat against Oregon as 3 ½-point home favorites this past Thursday. The total went OVER the closing 153-point line and it has now gone OVER in five of their last six games. UCLA is second in the Pac-12 standings at 10-5 (both SU and ATS), but those two losses sunk its title hopes. It has covered in 11 of 16 home games this season and the total has gone OVER in six of its last eight games at home.

Both Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson are expected to play on Sunday after serving out a one-game suspension for violating team rules. Adams leads the Bruins in scoring with 17.2 PPG and Anderson has been a force across the board with 14.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 6.9 assists. In their absence this past Thursday night, freshman Bryce Alford put-up 31 points in the losing cause in his first career start at UCLA.

The Bruins remain one of the highest scoring teams in the nation with an average of 82.9 points and they are shooting 49.1 percent from the field. As is the case with many of the teams in this conference, defense does not appear to be a priority and UCLA is no exception. It is allowing an average of 71 PPG and this number has jumped to 74.2 points in its last six contests.

The Bruins have been opened as 13½-point home favorites over Oregon State to avoid the season sweep.

UCLA had dominated this series for years, but the Beavers have now won two of the last three meetings SU and they are 4-0 ATS in the last four games. Despite the high-scoring nature of both of these teams along with a lack of solid defense, the total has stayed UNDER in four of the last five contests.

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College Basketball: Streaks, Tips, Notes 

Wisconsin at Penn State

A flashing red light for Wisky backers. In the past eleven meetings between Wisconsin Badgers and Penn State Nittany Lions the underdog is 10-1 ATS. Nittany Lions' have cashed eight straight as underdog in the series including 3-0 ATS on home court.

Marquette at Villanova

This should be a spirited tilt based on the fact the series is 8-3 'Over' last eleven meetings. There's an 'Over'-Whelming chance this matchup goes 'Over'. The 'Over' has hit in 6 straight for Golden Eagles and in 9 of the past 10 Big East tilts. The Widcats are 'Over' in 14-of-16 running the hardwood against the conference.

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College Basketball Betting News and Notes

Dog has impressive streak between Arizona and Stanford

When Stanford travels to Arizona they will look to continue an impressive streak for the dogs Sunday. In the past 29 games between these two teams, the dog has covered the spread 22 times equalling a .759 winning percentage.

Stanford are an 11-point road dogs Sunday.

Wisconsin has not been a good play against Penn State

The Wisconsin Badgers have not covered a spread against Penn State in their last eight meetings. That 0-8 losing streak against the spread dates back to Feb 8, 2009.

The Badgers are 6-point road favorites Sunday.

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