College Basketball Betting News and Notes Tuesday, March 11

College Basketball Betting News and Notes Tuesday, March 11

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Penn (+8.5) upset Princeton 77-74 at home Jan 11, just its second win in last 10 series games; Quakers were +17 on boards that night, but they've lost last four visits here, by 12-3-10-12 points, are 1-5 on Ivy road, with losses by 9-30-15-7-19 points. Princeton won four in row, seven of last nine games; only two of those seven wins were by more than 11 points. Penn is making an anemic 25.6% of its 3's in conference play.

C-USA Tournament

Rice (+1.5) jumped out to 25-8 lead, held off North Texas 75-70 Feb 6 in teams' only meeting this year, but they're 0-7 since, coming within 10 points in only two of seven games. Owls are 21-91 in league games last seven years, 2-5 in this tournament, losing first game last two years by 2-5 points. UNT is 4-7 in its last 11 games, with three of four wins by exactly two points. 11 of last 13 Rice games stayed under total.

Florida Atlantic (+4) won 65-57 at Marshall Feb 1, making 20-29 (69%) inside arc, but Owls lost their last six games overall, are 0-5 in last five conference tourneys- they fired their coach couple weeks ago. Marshall lost seven of its last nine games, going 2-6 on C-USA road. Seven of last nine Marshall games stayed under total; six of last nine FAU games went over. When Marshall coach gets fired (someday) he can thank DeAndre Kane for transferring from marshall to Iowa State.

East Carolina beat Tex-San Antonio 81-71 (-9) at home Feb 8, in teams' first C-USA meeting, outscoring Roadrunners 29-15 on foul line in game that UTSA made closer in garbage time. Home team won last eight ECU games- they're 1-7 on C-USA road, with only win at UAB. Pirates won first tourney game two of last three years, after going 0-5 previous five tourneys. Nine of last ten East Carolina games stayed under total.

Horizon Tourney

Home side won both Milwaukee-Wright State games this year; Panthers (+7) lost 73-57 here Jan 21, then beat Wright 68-64 (+2) at home nine days later. Panthers lost last nine visits here, with three of last four by 16+ points. Wright won its last six games, four by 7 or less points; they held last five opponents to 63 or less points- they lost in finals of this event twice in last four years. Milwaukee's last four tourney losses are all by 9+ points- their last tourney title was 2006.

Summit Tourney

Home side won both Fort Wayne-North Dakota State games this year; Mastadons (+7) won 82-71 at home Jan 9, then lost 69-58 (+13) Feb 9. Bison won four of last six series games, overall. Fort Wayne beat home team last night, but used three subs 23+ minutes in much tougher game than Bison had with Denver. FW won five in row, 18 of last 23 games; they lost by hoop at Illinois. Bison won last eight games- they won at Notre Dame when Jerian Grant was still playing for Irish.

WCC Tourney

Gonzaga is 19-3 in last 22 WCC tourney games; they're in final for 14th year in row. Zags beat BYU 84-69 (-8.5) Jan 25, then lost 73-65 (+3) in Provo Feb 20, just second win for Cougars vs Gonzaga in seven WCC meetings. BYU is in first final, in its third year in league; they had much tougher game in semis last night, beating USF in OT, using four starters 34:00+; Haws/Collinsworth played 40+. David Stockton scored 21 last night, unusually good production for the senior guard.

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Horizon League Championship Betting Preview

Horizon League Championship
UW-Milwaukee vs. Wright State
CRIS Opener: Wright State -6 O/U 129
CRIS Current: Wright State -6 O/U 129
Rob Veno Power Rating: Wright State -8

Quick Take: A last second shift in venue as top seed and host UW-Green Bay fell to UW-Milwaukee on Saturday. The finals now move to the top remaining seed, Wright State. Milwaukee finished only 7-9 in conference play and ranked near the bottom in both offensive (0.98 points per possession) and defensive (1.06 ppp allowed) efficiency. The Raiders have won six straight and finished with the top defense in the Horizon (0.95). The two teams split during the regular season with the home side winning both meetings. In a conference where littered with strong home courts Milwaukee has proven capable on the road with wins at Oakland, UIC, Detroit, and Green Bay twice.

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WCC Championship Betting Preview

West Coast Conference Championship
BYU vs. Gonzaga
CRIS Opener: Gonzaga -3.5 O/U 4
CRIS Current: Gonzaga -4 O/U 148
Rob Veno Power Rating: Gonzaga -3

Quick Take: BYU scored only six points the final 10 minutes of regulation against San Francisco but went on the win in overtime. Gonzaga dominated Saint Mary's, 70-54. The Zags have been to 16 straight WCC title games (11-5 SU). The home side won both meetings during the regular season. Interesting that BYU dominated the glass in both contests with a combined 74-57 edge including 27 offensive rebounds. This despite  the Zags allowing the lowest offensive rebounding rate in the  WCC.

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Summit League Championship Betting Preview

Summit League Championship
IPFW vs. North Dakota State
CRIS Opener: North Dakota State -8 O/U 142.5
CRIS Current: North Dakota State -8 O/U 142
Rob Veno Power Rating: North Dakota State -7.5

Quick Take: Fort Wayne was the no. 2 seed but needed two wins to reach the championship. They had a day off in between games and didn't put forth much effort in their 85-47 first round victory over IUPUI. NDSU was the top seed and has played only one game since March 1. They cruised past Denver, 83-48, in the semifinals. Despite ranking seventh in the league in defensive efficiency (1.08 points per possession allowed), IPFW has held four of its last five foes to under 1.00 ppp. The Bison ranked no. 1 in both offensive (1.15) and defensive (0.99) efficiency. The two teams split during the regular season with the home side prevailing in both contests.

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WCC - Gonzaga vs. BYU
By Brian Edwards

For the 17th consecutive season, Gonzaga (27-6 straight up, 16-14-1 against the spread) is in tonight's WCC Tournament finals after advancing with last night's easy win over Saint Mary's. Waiting for the Bulldogs will be BYU, which is making its debut appearance in the league's tournament finals.

As of early this afternoon, most books had Mark Few's team installed as a four-point favorite with a total of 147.5. Gamblers can back BYU (23-10 SU, 13-17 ATS) on the money line for a +165 return (risk $100 to win $165). For first-half wagers, Gonzaga is a two-point 'chalk.'
Gonzaga beat the Gaels in blowout fashion for a third time this year at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas last night. The Bulldogs won by a 70-54 count as 6.5-point favorites, while the 124 combined points stayed 'under' the 133.5-point total.

David Stockton was the catalyst with 21 points, six rebounds and four assists without a turnover. Gary Bell Jr. added 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field, while Sam Dower finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots.

Dave Rose's team had to go deep into the night to dispose of San Francisco. BYU needed overtime to sneak past the Dons in a 79-77 triumph. However, USC took the cash as 5.5-point underdogs. Bettors on the 'over' got an extremely fortunate winner when the 156 combined points slipped 'over' the 155-point tally.

Tyler Haws suffered through a 5-of-19 shooting night from the field, but he made all 14 of his free-throw attempts to take game-high scoring honors with 24 points. Haws, who averages a team-best 23.3 points per game, logged 41 minutes of playing time.

Kyle Collinsworth added 18 points and 12 rebounds in 42 minutes of action. Anson Winder chipped in with 15 points for the Cougars, who got a double-double from freshman center Eric Mika (11 points and 10 boards).

BYU has been an underdog six times, compiling a 3-3 spread record with two outright victories at Stanford and at Saint Mary's. Meanwhile, Gonzaga has been a single-digit favorite on 13 occasions, going 9-4 ATS.

The 'under' is 16-13 overall for BYU, but it has seen the 'over' cash at a 10-5 clip in its last 15 outings. The 'under' is 18-13 overall for Gonzaga.

These teams split a pair of regular-season meetings, with the home team winning and covering the number in each encounter.

In Spokane on Jan. 25, Gonzaga won an 84-69 decision as a nine-point home 'chalk.' The 153 combined points dipped 'under' the 158-point total. Kevin Pangos led the winners by scoring 24 points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing out seven assists without committing a turnover. Hawks had a team-high 23 points in the losing effort.

The rematch in Provo went to BYU by a 73-65 score, with the Cougars getting the money as three-point home favorites. The 138 combined points remained 'under' the 151.5-point mark. Winder scored a game-high 17 points, while Matt Carlino came off the bench to add 15 points, six assists and three steals.

Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

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