Big East Previews

While there are numerous college basketball tournaments taking place right now, the Big East seems to be where the intrigue is.

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Ranked No. 3 in the nation and seeded No. 1 in the Big East championship tournament, the Syracuse Orange had a minor setback on their road to March Madness.

Syracuse lost yesterday in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament to the eight-seed Georgetown Hoyas, who won 91-84. They covered, as online sportsbooks had them as 6-point favorites.

The Orange suffered even more, as C/F Arinze Onuaku went down with what looked to be a right knee injury.

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said that Onuaku has a strain and will have an MRI; he did not return to the game.

In the meantime, the Georgetown Hoyas will prep for Friday’s semifinal game against the Marquette Golden Eagles.

The Golden Eagles are 11-2 straight up and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.

While the No. 3 Orange dropped out of their respective conference tournament, the No. 1 team in college basketball and top-seed in the Big 12 conference championship, the Kansas Jayhawks, are still alive and kicking.

The Jayhawks were big 17.5-point favorites for their matchup against the Texas Tech Red Raiders yesterday.

While they were able to beat Texas Tech 80-68, the Jayhawks were unable to cover the big spread.

The consensus No. 1 will gear up for a game against the No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies on Friday.

Kansas has been a study in contrast when it comes to SU and ATS records; the Jayhawks are a sparkling 11-1 SU in their last 12 overall but only 3-9 against the number.

The Aggies have been solid across the board in their last 11, going 9-2 SU and 10-1 ATS and their last eight games, there have been 2 Overs and 6 Unders.

Texas A&M defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 70-64 in the two teams’ Big 12 matchup yesterday but the Aggies failed to cover as 7.5-point faves.

The Jayhawks have the edge over the Aggies in their last 15 meetings, with a record of 14-1 SU and while the Kansas Jayhawks also have an ATS edge at 10-5, they have been more hit and miss in their last eight Texas A&M matchups, going 3-5 ATS in that time.

The Purdue Boilermakers are fifth-ranked in the nation and the second seed in the Big Ten despite losing forward Robbie Hummel to a torn right ACL in late-February.

The Boilermakers make their debut in the conference tournament on Friday with a date with the Northwestern Wildcats.

In Purdue’s last 12 games, there have been 3 Overs and 9 Unders and in the Boilermakers last eight games against Northwestern, there have been 6 Overs and 2 Unders.

The conference tournaments are good but everyone eagerly awaits the Big Dance.

Enjoy your weekend.

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Posted: 3/12/10 2:50PM ET

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