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  • Wednesday's Wagers
    January 23, 2018


    **Temple at Cincinnati**

    -- As of early Tuesday night, most betting shops had Cincinnati (17-2 straight up, 8-7-1 against the spread) listed as a 13.5-point favorite.

    -- Cincinnati is atop the American Athletic Conference standings with its 6-0 record in league play. Houston and Wichita St. are in a second-place tie in the conference, two games back of the Bearcats. Temple is in 10th place with a 2-5 mark in AAC action.

    -- Mick Cronin’s team is unbeaten in 10 home games with a 4-3 spread record. Since losing to Florida 66-60 at Barclays Arena in Brooklyn on Dec. 9, UC has won 10 consecutive games while going 5-3-1 ATS in its nine lined affairs.

    -- Cincinnati is off an 86-60 win Saturday over East Carolina, but it failed to cover the enormous 28.5-point spread at BB&T Arena. The 146 combined points soared ‘over’ the 128-point total. Kyle Washington had 17 points and three blocked shots for the winners, while Jacob Evans added 17 points, two steals and two blocks. Gary Clark had a double-double with 14 points, 14 rebounds and a pair of blocks, while Jarron Cumberland contributed 14 points, four rebounds and three steals.

    -- Cincinnati is ranked ninth in the Associated Press’s Top 25 this week and is No. 25 in the latest updated RPI Rankings. The Bearcats are 2-2 versus the RPI Top 50 and 8-2 against the Top 100. UC’s only other loss besides vs. UF came in an 89-76 loss at Xavier (RPI #3) back on Dec. 2. Cronin’s team has wins at Temple, at UCLA and at UCF, in addition to neutral-court triumphs over Buffalo and Wyoming. The Bearcats also have home wins over Mississippi St., SMU and Memphis.

    -- Evans leads UC in scoring (13.9 points per game) and assists (3.4 APG), while Clark (12.8 PPG) paces the team in rebounding (9.1 RPG), steals (1.5 SPG) and blocks (1.3 BPG). Washington (11.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG) is hitting 52.2 percent of his field-goal attempts and 40.0 percent of his 3-pointers. Cumberland (10.8 PPG) is also scoring in double figures.

    -- UC is ranked second in the nation in scoring defense (57.4 PPG) and third in FG percentage defense (36.9%).

    -- Temple (10-9 SU, 8-10-1 ATS) is 2-5 SU and 3-4 ATS on the road. The Owls endured a five-game losing streak, including four losses to start AAC play, but they’ve answered with three wins in their last four games.

    -- Fran Dunphy’s club won a 60-51 decision Saturday over his old school, Penn. Temple took the cash as a 1.5-point road favorite, while the 111 combined points stayed ‘under’ the 139-point total. Obi Enechionyia led the way with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Shizz Alston Jr. contributed 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. The Owls knocked down 7-of-16 attempts from 3-point range (43.8%).

    -- Quinton Rose leads Temple in scoring (14.4 PPG), FG percentage (44.7%) and steals (1.8 SPG). Alston (13.3 PPG) is making 40.6 percent of his 3-balls and 92.3 percent of his free throws, while Enechionyia (11.7 PPG) is pacing the Owls in rebounding (7.0 RPG) and blocks (1.7 BPG).

    -- Temple is No. 45 in the RPI thanks to Top-10 wins over Auburn (88-74) and Clemson (67-60) on a neutral floor. The Owls are 2-4 versus the Top 50 and 5-7 against the Top 100. They have a win at SMU and two more neutral-court scalps of South Carolina and Old Dominion.

    -- When these team met in Philadelphia on Jan. 4, UC captured a 55-53 win but failed to cover the spread as a 7.5-point road ‘chalk.’ The 108 combined points went ‘under’ the 137-point tally. Despite dealing with foul trouble that limited him to only 22 minutes of playing time, Washington led UC with 18 points, six rebounds and one blocked shot. Evans added 14 points, six boards, four assists and three steals, while Clark was also in double figures with 10 points. Enechionyia finished with 14 points and eight rebounds in the losing effort.

    -- UC has won three in a row over Temple by margins of two, seven and six points. However, the Owls won outright in the three previous meetings and are 5-0-1 ATS in the past six encounters. The ‘over’ is on a 6-2 run in this rivalry.

    -- The ‘under’ is 10-6-1 overall for UC, but the ‘over’ is 4-3 in its home games. The ‘over’ is on a 3-1 run for the Bearcats, who have seen their first four totals of the season in the 120s in the past four contests.

    -- The ‘under’ is 10-9-1 overall for the Owls, 4-3 in their road contests. The ‘under’ is on a 6-1 run for Temple in its past seven outings.

    -- Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. Eastern on the CBS Sports Network.

    **Nevada at Wyoming**

    -- As of early Tuesday night, most spots had Nevada (18-3 SU, 11-7-2 ATS) installed as a 5.5-point favorite.

    -- Nevada is alone in first place in the Mountain West Conference with its 7-0 record. The Wolf Pack are 1.5 games ahead of Boise State after pushing past BSU 74-68 as a six-point home favorite late Saturday night in Reno. This was a brutal loss for me and some other Boise State backers (I posted my BSU play at +5.5 early Saturday before the line moved to six – and even got to 6.5 at a few spots), as Nevada’s Jordan Caroline hit a pair of FTs with four seconds left. One second earlier, BSU’s Zach Haney made only one of two attempts at the charity stripe. BSU had the ball down only two with 35 seconds remaining when Chandler Hutchison missed a 3-pointer. Down three with 16 ticks left, BSU’s Alex Hobbs committed a turnover.

    -- Caleb Martin scored a game-high 28 points against the Broncos, who got a team-best 27 points out of Hutchison. Caroline finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Kendall Stephens added 11 points. Cody Martin, who was nursing an Achilles injury that kept him out of last week’s win at San Jose St. (on a miracle cover that made SVP’s Bad Beats section for Spartans’ backers), was able to give 21 minutes of effort from off the bench. Martin finished with four points, three rebounds, three steals, two blocks and three assists without a turnover before fouling out.

    -- Eric Musselman’s squad is 7-1 SU and 5-2 ATS on the road. The lone outright defeat came at Texas Tech in overtime when the Red Raiders miraculously covered as 5.5-point home favorites in an 82-76 victory.

    -- Nevada is ranked 23rd in the latest AP poll and 14th in the RPI. The Wolf Pack is 2-2 versus the RPI Top 50 and 5-2 against the Top 100. They have home wins over Rhode Island, BSU, Illinois State, UC Davis and Wyoming.

    -- Since a neutral-court loss to San Francisco, Nevada has won seven in a row with five of the wins coming by double-digit margins.

    -- Caleb Martin’s 19.7 PPG average leads Nevada. He’s shooting at a 46.0 percent clip from 3-point range and also averages 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Meanwhile, his brother Cody Martin (12.8 PPG), another transfer from N.C. St., paces the Wolf Pack in FG percentage (52.7%), steals (1.7 SPG) and blocks (1.6 BPG). Caroline averages 16.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, while Stephens (12.8 PPG) is draining 44.8 percent of his 3’s and 89.3 percent of his FTs. Lindsey Drew (7.2 PPG, 1.1 SPG) has a stellar 92/33 assist-to-turnover ratio and also has 20 blocks.

    -- Wyoming (12-7 SU, 8-9 ATS) is 9-2 SU and 4-5 ATS at home. This is the third game as a home underdog for Allen Edwards’s team. The Cowboys won outright in both previous such spots, beating San Diego State 82-69 as three-point ‘dogs and edging BSU 79-78 in overtime as one-point ‘dogs in a game they trailed by 16 at intermission.

    -- Wyoming avoided a three-game losing streak after losses at New Mexico and vs. Colorado St. by winning 85-77 Saturday at Utah State. The Cowboys took the cash in the outright victory as three-point road underdogs. Alan Herndon was the catalyst with 21 points, four rebounds, three blocks and two assists. Hayden Dalton added 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Hunter Maldonado finished with 14 points before fouling out. Justin James contributed 11 points, nine boards and five assists compared to merely one turnover.

    -- James is averaging 17.3 points and 6.2 RPG, while Dalton is averaging 17.2 points and 8.3 RPG. Herndon (12.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG) averages team-highs in FG percentage (49.4%) and blocks (2.3 BPG).

    -- These MWC rivals met in Reno on Jan. 3 when Nevada won a 92-83 decision, but the Cowboys took the money as 12-point underdogs. The 175 combined points jumped ‘over’ the 155.5-point total. James had 30 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one blocked shot before fouling out in the losing effort. All five Wolf Pack starters scored at least 13 points led by 22 points and 12 rebounds from Cody Martin. Caleb Martin finished with 19 points, five boards and two blocks, while Carolina added 18 points, 16 boards and four assists. Drew had 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

    -- The ‘over’ is 11-9-2 overall for Nevada, 4-4 in its road assignments.

    -- The ‘over’ is 10-7 overall for the Cowboys, 7-2 in their home games. The ‘over’ has cashed at a 10-2 clip in Wyoming’s past 12 contests.

    -- ESPNU will have the telecast at 11:00 p.m. Eastern.

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    • NCAAB
      Long Sheet

      Wednesday, January 24


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      MARQUETTE (13 - 6) at XAVIER (18 - 3) - 1/24/2018, 6:30 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      XAVIER is 14-7 ATS (+6.3 Units) in all games this season.
      XAVIER is 14-7 ATS (+6.3 Units) in all lined games this season.
      XAVIER is 261-214 ATS (+25.6 Units) as a favorite since 1997.
      XAVIER is 52-29 ATS (+20.1 Units) in home games in January games since 1997.
      XAVIER is 37-20 ATS (+15.0 Units) in home games on Wednesday games since 1997.
      XAVIER is 237-184 ATS (+34.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1997.
      MARQUETTE is 141-99 ATS (+32.1 Units) as an underdog since 1997.
      MARQUETTE is 24-11 ATS (+11.9 Units) as a road underdog of 6.5 to 9 points since 1997.
      MARQUETTE is 126-86 ATS (+31.4 Units) in road games since 1997.
      MARQUETTE is 126-86 ATS (+31.4 Units) in road lined games since 1997.
      MARQUETTE is 96-68 ATS (+21.2 Units) in January games since 1997.
      MARQUETTE is 53-33 ATS (+16.7 Units) in road games versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game since 1997.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      XAVIER is 3-3 against the spread versus MARQUETTE over the last 3 seasons
      XAVIER is 4-2 straight up against MARQUETTE over the last 3 seasons
      4 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      BOSTON COLLEGE (13 - 7) at SYRACUSE (13 - 6) - 1/24/2018, 7:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      BOSTON COLLEGE is 118-84 ATS (+25.6 Units) in road games since 1997.
      BOSTON COLLEGE is 118-84 ATS (+25.6 Units) in road lined games since 1997.
      BOSTON COLLEGE is 113-84 ATS (+20.6 Units) in road games against conference opponents since 1997.
      BOSTON COLLEGE is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) in January games over the last 2 seasons.
      BOSTON COLLEGE is 100-70 ATS (+23.0 Units) versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game since 1997.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      SYRACUSE is 3-1 against the spread versus BOSTON COLLEGE over the last 3 seasons
      SYRACUSE is 3-1 straight up against BOSTON COLLEGE over the last 3 seasons
      2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      RHODE ISLAND (15 - 3) at FORDHAM (6 - 13) - 1/24/2018, 7:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      RHODE ISLAND is 25-15 ATS (+8.5 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
      RHODE ISLAND is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
      RHODE ISLAND is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) after a conference game over the last 2 seasons.
      RHODE ISLAND is 16-5 ATS (+10.5 Units) off a win against a conference rival over the last 2 seasons.
      RHODE ISLAND is 35-20 ATS (+13.0 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a losing record after 15 or more games since 1997.
      FORDHAM is 4-11 ATS (-8.1 Units) in all games this season.
      FORDHAM is 4-11 ATS (-8.1 Units) in all lined games this season.
      FORDHAM is 7-18 ATS (-12.8 Units) when the total is 130 to 139.5 over the last 2 seasons.
      FORDHAM is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) as an underdog this season.
      FORDHAM is 1-7 ATS (-6.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      FORDHAM is 2-1 against the spread versus RHODE ISLAND over the last 3 seasons
      FORDHAM is 2-1 straight up against RHODE ISLAND over the last 3 seasons
      2 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      ST JOSEPHS (9 - 9) at ST BONAVENTURE (12 - 6) - 1/24/2018, 7:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      ST BONAVENTURE is 7-16 ATS (-10.6 Units) after a conference game over the last 2 seasons.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      ST BONAVENTURE is 2-2 against the spread versus ST JOSEPHS over the last 3 seasons
      ST BONAVENTURE is 4-1 straight up against ST JOSEPHS over the last 3 seasons
      4 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      RICHMOND (6 - 13) at DUQUESNE (14 - 6) - 1/24/2018, 7:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      DUQUESNE is 64-89 ATS (-33.9 Units) in home games after a conference game since 1997.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      RICHMOND is 2-0 against the spread versus DUQUESNE over the last 3 seasons
      RICHMOND is 2-0 straight up against DUQUESNE over the last 3 seasons
      1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      S CAROLINA (12 - 7) at FLORIDA (14 - 5) - 1/24/2018, 7:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      FLORIDA is 38-24 ATS (+11.6 Units) as a favorite over the last 3 seasons.
      S CAROLINA is 42-23 ATS (+16.7 Units) in road games versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games since 1997.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      S CAROLINA is 3-1 against the spread versus FLORIDA over the last 3 seasons
      S CAROLINA is 3-1 straight up against FLORIDA over the last 3 seasons
      2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      GEORGIA TECH (10 - 9) at FLORIDA ST (14 - 5) - 1/24/2018, 7:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      FLORIDA ST is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) in all home games over the last 2 seasons.
      FLORIDA ST is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) in home lined games over the last 2 seasons.
      GEORGIA TECH is 47-32 ATS (+11.8 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
      GEORGIA TECH is 47-32 ATS (+11.8 Units) in all lined games over the last 3 seasons.
      GEORGIA TECH is 17-7 ATS (+9.3 Units) against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
      GEORGIA TECH is 16-4 ATS (+11.6 Units) in January games over the last 3 seasons.
      GEORGIA TECH is 27-15 ATS (+10.5 Units) after a conference game over the last 3 seasons.
      GEORGIA TECH is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) off a loss against a conference rival over the last 2 seasons.
      GEORGIA TECH is 15-5 ATS (+9.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games over the last 2 seasons.
      GEORGIA TECH is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games over the last 2 seasons.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      GEORGIA TECH is 2-0 against the spread versus FLORIDA ST over the last 3 seasons
      GEORGIA TECH is 2-0 straight up against FLORIDA ST over the last 3 seasons
      1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      MASSACHUSETTS (10 - 10) at LASALLE (8 - 12) - 1/24/2018, 7:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      MASSACHUSETTS is 9-18 ATS (-10.8 Units) against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
      MASSACHUSETTS is 5-14 ATS (-10.4 Units) on Wednesday games over the last 3 seasons.
      MASSACHUSETTS is 15-28 ATS (-15.8 Units) after a conference game over the last 3 seasons.
      MASSACHUSETTS is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) as a road underdog of 6.5 to 9 points over the last 3 seasons.
      LASALLE is 27-42 ATS (-19.2 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
      LASALLE is 27-42 ATS (-19.2 Units) in all lined games over the last 3 seasons.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      MASSACHUSETTS is 4-1 against the spread versus LASALLE over the last 3 seasons
      MASSACHUSETTS is 4-1 straight up against LASALLE over the last 3 seasons
      3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      NEBRASKA (14 - 8) at RUTGERS (12 - 9) - 1/24/2018, 7:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      NEBRASKA is 94-130 ATS (-49.0 Units) in road games since 1997.
      NEBRASKA is 94-130 ATS (-49.0 Units) in road lined games since 1997.
      NEBRASKA is 17-35 ATS (-21.5 Units) in a road game where the total is 120 to 129.5 since 1997.
      NEBRASKA is 84-113 ATS (-40.3 Units) in road games against conference opponents since 1997.
      NEBRASKA is 81-109 ATS (-38.9 Units) in road games after a conference game since 1997.
      NEBRASKA is 59-85 ATS (-34.5 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games since 1997.
      NEBRASKA is 19-35 ATS (-19.5 Units) in road games versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game after 15+ games since 1997.
      NEBRASKA is 29-50 ATS (-26.0 Units) in road games versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game since 1997.
      RUTGERS is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) in all home games this season.
      RUTGERS is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) in home lined games this season.
      NEBRASKA is 14-6 ATS (+7.4 Units) in all games this season.
      NEBRASKA is 14-6 ATS (+7.4 Units) in all lined games this season.
      NEBRASKA is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      NEBRASKA is 3-1 against the spread versus RUTGERS over the last 3 seasons
      NEBRASKA is 3-1 straight up against RUTGERS over the last 3 seasons
      3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      LOUISVILLE (15 - 4) at MIAMI (14 - 4) - 1/24/2018, 8:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      LOUISVILLE is 120-90 ATS (+21.0 Units) in road games against conference opponents since 1997.
      LOUISVILLE is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in January games over the last 2 seasons.
      MIAMI is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) on Wednesday games over the last 2 seasons.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      MIAMI is 2-0 against the spread versus LOUISVILLE over the last 3 seasons
      MIAMI is 1-1 straight up against LOUISVILLE over the last 3 seasons
      2 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      LOYOLA-IL (16 - 4) at DRAKE (12 - 9) - 1/24/2018, 8:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      DRAKE is 18-7 ATS (+10.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
      DRAKE is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game over the last 2 seasons.
      LOYOLA-IL is 28-16 ATS (+10.4 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
      LOYOLA-IL is 28-16 ATS (+10.4 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
      LOYOLA-IL is 13-3 ATS (+9.7 Units) in January games over the last 2 seasons.
      LOYOLA-IL is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) on Wednesday games over the last 2 seasons.
      LOYOLA-IL is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) off a win against a conference rival over the last 2 seasons.
      LOYOLA-IL is 17-8 ATS (+8.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
      LOYOLA-IL is 16-6 ATS (+9.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games over the last 3 seasons.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      DRAKE is 3-1 against the spread versus LOYOLA-IL over the last 3 seasons
      DRAKE is 2-2 straight up against LOYOLA-IL over the last 3 seasons
      2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      INDIANA ST (10 - 10) at S ILLINOIS (12 - 9) - 1/24/2018, 8:00 PM
      There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      S ILLINOIS is 4-0 against the spread versus INDIANA ST over the last 3 seasons
      S ILLINOIS is 4-0 straight up against INDIANA ST over the last 3 seasons
      3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      ILLINOIS ST (10 - 10) at N IOWA (10 - 10) - 1/24/2018, 8:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      ILLINOIS ST is 27-47 ATS (-24.7 Units) in road games on Wednesday games since 1997.
      N IOWA is 15-29 ATS (-16.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
      N IOWA is 15-29 ATS (-16.9 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
      N IOWA is 2-11 ATS (-10.1 Units) off a loss against a conference rival over the last 2 seasons.
      N IOWA is 3-14 ATS (-12.4 Units) after scoring 60 points or less over the last 2 seasons.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      N IOWA is 2-2 against the spread versus ILLINOIS ST over the last 3 seasons
      ILLINOIS ST is 3-1 straight up against N IOWA over the last 3 seasons
      2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      EVANSVILLE (12 - 9) at VALPARAISO (11 - 10) - 1/24/2018, 8:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      VALPARAISO is 54-33 ATS (+17.7 Units) in January games since 1997.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.




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      DEPAUL (8 - 11) at GEORGETOWN (13 - 6) - 1/24/2018, 8:30 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      DEPAUL is 21-34 ATS (-16.4 Units) as an underdog over the last 3 seasons.
      DEPAUL is 2-11 ATS (-10.1 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games over the last 3 seasons.
      DEPAUL is 7-16 ATS (-10.6 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
      GEORGETOWN is 17-28 ATS (-13.8 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
      GEORGETOWN is 17-28 ATS (-13.8 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
      GEORGETOWN is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) in all home games over the last 2 seasons.
      GEORGETOWN is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) in home lined games over the last 2 seasons.
      GEORGETOWN is 13-27 ATS (-16.7 Units) in a home game where the total is 140 to 144.5 since 1997.
      GEORGETOWN is 173-218 ATS (-66.8 Units) against conference opponents since 1997.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      GEORGETOWN is 4-2 against the spread versus DEPAUL over the last 3 seasons
      GEORGETOWN is 5-1 straight up against DEPAUL over the last 3 seasons
      4 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      INDIANA (12 - 8) at ILLINOIS (10 - 11) - 1/24/2018, 9:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      INDIANA is 15-35 ATS (-23.5 Units) in road games when playing with one or less days rest since 1997.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      INDIANA is 3-0 against the spread versus ILLINOIS over the last 3 seasons
      INDIANA is 3-0 straight up against ILLINOIS over the last 3 seasons
      2 of 3 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      AIR FORCE (8 - 10) at UTAH ST (10 - 11) - 1/24/2018, 9:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      AIR FORCE is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) after a conference game this season.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      UTAH ST is 3-1 against the spread versus AIR FORCE over the last 3 seasons
      UTAH ST is 3-1 straight up against AIR FORCE over the last 3 seasons
      4 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      TEMPLE (10 - 9) at CINCINNATI (17 - 2) - 1/24/2018, 9:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      TEMPLE is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in a road game where the total is 120 to 129.5 over the last 3 seasons.
      TEMPLE is 42-67 ATS (-31.7 Units) in road games versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game since 1997.
      TEMPLE is 8-0 ATS (+8.0 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games over the last 3 seasons.
      TEMPLE is 15-4 ATS (+10.6 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.
      CINCINNATI is 15-29 ATS (-16.9 Units) as a home favorite of 12.5 to 15 points since 1997.
      CINCINNATI is 113-155 ATS (-57.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games since 1997.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      TEMPLE is 4-0 against the spread versus CINCINNATI over the last 3 seasons
      CINCINNATI is 3-2 straight up against TEMPLE over the last 3 seasons
      3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      NC STATE (13 - 7) at PITTSBURGH (8 - 12) - 1/24/2018, 9:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      NC STATE is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
      PITTSBURGH is 9-21 ATS (-14.1 Units) in home games after allowing 80 points or more since 1997.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      NC STATE is 2-0 against the spread versus PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons
      NC STATE is 2-0 straight up against PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons
      2 of 2 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      AUBURN (17 - 2) at MISSOURI (13 - 6) - 1/24/2018, 9:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      AUBURN is 11-4 ATS (+6.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
      MISSOURI is 31-50 ATS (-24.0 Units) after scoring 60 points or less since 1997.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      MISSOURI is 2-2 against the spread versus AUBURN over the last 3 seasons
      MISSOURI is 2-2 straight up against AUBURN over the last 3 seasons
      2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      STANFORD (11 - 9) at USC (15 - 6) - 1/24/2018, 9:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      STANFORD is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in January games this season.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      STANFORD is 2-1 against the spread versus USC over the last 3 seasons
      STANFORD is 2-1 straight up against USC over the last 3 seasons
      2 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      SAN JOSE ST (3 - 15) at BOISE ST (16 - 4) - 1/24/2018, 10:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      BOISE ST is 99-68 ATS (+24.2 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1997.
      BOISE ST is 53-34 ATS (+15.6 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record after 15 or more games since 1997.
      BOISE ST is 30-50 ATS (-25.0 Units) in home games in January games since 1997.
      BOISE ST is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) in home games after a conference game over the last 2 seasons.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      BOISE ST is 2-2 against the spread versus SAN JOSE ST over the last 3 seasons
      BOISE ST is 3-1 straight up against SAN JOSE ST over the last 3 seasons
      2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      UC-RIVERSIDE (5 - 14) at UC-IRVINE (8 - 14) - 1/24/2018, 10:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      UC-RIVERSIDE is 25-39 ATS (-17.9 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
      UC-RIVERSIDE is 25-39 ATS (-17.9 Units) in all lined games over the last 3 seasons.
      UC-RIVERSIDE is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) after 3 or more consecutive losses over the last 2 seasons.
      UC-RIVERSIDE is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in road games in January games over the last 2 seasons.
      UC-RIVERSIDE is 19-7 ATS (+11.3 Units) in road games when playing with 5 or 6 days rest since 1997.
      UC-IRVINE is 26-43 ATS (-21.3 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record after 15 or more games since 1997.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      UC-IRVINE is 4-1 against the spread versus UC-RIVERSIDE over the last 3 seasons
      UC-IRVINE is 5-0 straight up against UC-RIVERSIDE over the last 3 seasons
      4 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      COLORADO ST (10 - 11) at SAN DIEGO ST (11 - 7) - 1/24/2018, 11:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      COLORADO ST is 124-158 ATS (-49.8 Units) as an underdog since 1997.
      COLORADO ST is 26-43 ATS (-21.3 Units) in road games in January games since 1997.
      COLORADO ST is 167-207 ATS (-60.7 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1997.
      COLORADO ST is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
      COLORADO ST is 18-8 ATS (+9.2 Units) after a conference game over the last 2 seasons.
      COLORADO ST is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) off a loss against a conference rival over the last 2 seasons.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      COLORADO ST is 3-2 against the spread versus SAN DIEGO ST over the last 3 seasons
      SAN DIEGO ST is 3-3 straight up against COLORADO ST over the last 3 seasons
      3 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      NEVADA (18 - 3) at WYOMING (12 - 7) - 1/24/2018, 11:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      WYOMING is 32-21 ATS (+8.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
      WYOMING is 32-21 ATS (+8.9 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
      WYOMING is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in home games on Wednesday games over the last 2 seasons.
      WYOMING is 23-10 ATS (+12.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
      WYOMING is 14-4 ATS (+9.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games over the last 2 seasons.
      WYOMING is 47-27 ATS (+17.3 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game since 1997.
      NEVADA is 33-19 ATS (+12.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
      NEVADA is 33-19 ATS (+12.1 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
      NEVADA is 30-14 ATS (+14.6 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
      NEVADA is 131-99 ATS (+22.1 Units) in road games since 1997.
      NEVADA is 131-99 ATS (+22.1 Units) in road lined games since 1997.
      NEVADA is 22-10 ATS (+11.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
      NEVADA is 24-10 ATS (+13.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games over the last 3 seasons.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      WYOMING is 2-2 against the spread versus NEVADA over the last 3 seasons
      NEVADA is 4-0 straight up against WYOMING over the last 3 seasons
      3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      WOFFORD (14 - 5) at VMI (6 - 12) - 1/24/2018, 7:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      WOFFORD is 26-16 ATS (+8.4 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
      WOFFORD is 26-16 ATS (+8.4 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      WOFFORD is 4-0 against the spread versus VMI over the last 3 seasons
      WOFFORD is 5-0 straight up against VMI over the last 3 seasons
      3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      FURMAN (14 - 6) at UNC-GREENSBORO (14 - 5) - 1/24/2018, 7:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      FURMAN is 25-14 ATS (+9.6 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
      FURMAN is 25-14 ATS (+9.6 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      FURMAN is 3-2 against the spread versus UNC-GREENSBORO over the last 3 seasons
      FURMAN is 3-2 straight up against UNC-GREENSBORO over the last 3 seasons
      4 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      MANHATTAN (10 - 10) at NIAGARA (12 - 9) - 1/24/2018, 7:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      MANHATTAN is 50-27 ATS (+20.3 Units) in road games after allowing 60 points or less since 1997.
      NIAGARA is 58-89 ATS (-39.9 Units) in home games after a conference game since 1997.
      NIAGARA is 22-40 ATS (-22.0 Units) in home games after allowing 80 points or more since 1997.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      NIAGARA is 2-2 against the spread versus MANHATTAN over the last 3 seasons
      MANHATTAN is 3-1 straight up against NIAGARA over the last 3 seasons
      2 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      MERCER (10 - 10) at E TENN ST (16 - 4) - 1/24/2018, 7:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      E TENN ST is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) in all games this season.
      E TENN ST is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) in all lined games this season.
      E TENN ST is 23-13 ATS (+8.7 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
      MERCER is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) off a loss against a conference rival over the last 2 seasons.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      E TENN ST is 6-1 against the spread versus MERCER over the last 3 seasons
      E TENN ST is 7-0 straight up against MERCER over the last 3 seasons
      4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      SAMFORD (7 - 13) at UT-CHATTANOOGA (6 - 14) - 1/24/2018, 7:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      UT-CHATTANOOGA is 8-17 ATS (-10.7 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
      UT-CHATTANOOGA is 5-13 ATS (-9.3 Units) in all home games over the last 2 seasons.
      UT-CHATTANOOGA is 5-13 ATS (-9.3 Units) in home lined games over the last 2 seasons.
      UT-CHATTANOOGA is 6-20 ATS (-16.0 Units) against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
      UT-CHATTANOOGA is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in January games over the last 2 seasons.
      UT-CHATTANOOGA is 6-19 ATS (-14.9 Units) after a conference game over the last 2 seasons.
      UT-CHATTANOOGA is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record after 15 or more games over the last 2 seasons.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      SAMFORD is 5-1 against the spread versus UT-CHATTANOOGA over the last 3 seasons
      UT-CHATTANOOGA is 4-2 straight up against SAMFORD over the last 3 seasons
      4 of 6 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons




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      S DAKOTA ST (17 - 5) at S DAKOTA (17 - 5) - 1/24/2018, 8:00 PM
      Top Trends for this game.
      S DAKOTA is 32-15 ATS (+15.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
      S DAKOTA is 32-15 ATS (+15.5 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
      S DAKOTA is 7-1 ATS (+5.9 Units) when the total is 150 to 159.5 this season.
      S DAKOTA is 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
      S DAKOTA is 17-6 ATS (+10.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
      S DAKOTA is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.
      S DAKOTA ST is 15-5 ATS (+9.5 Units) when the total is 150 to 159.5 over the last 2 seasons.
      S DAKOTA ST is 90-59 ATS (+25.1 Units) against conference opponents since 1997.
      S DAKOTA ST is 85-58 ATS (+21.2 Units) after a conference game since 1997.
      S DAKOTA ST is 19-8 ATS (+10.2 Units) after scoring 80 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
      S DAKOTA ST is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.


      Head-to-Head Series History
      S DAKOTA ST is 3-2 against the spread versus S DAKOTA over the last 3 seasons
      S DAKOTA ST is 4-1 straight up against S DAKOTA over the last 3 seasons
      3 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

      Comment


      • NCAAB

        Wednesday, January 24


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        Trend Report
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        MARQUETTE @ XAVIER
        MARQUETTE

        The total has gone OVER in 5 of Marquette's last 5 games on the road
        The total has gone OVER in 4 of Marquette's last 5 games when playing Xavier
        XAVIER

        Xavier is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
        Xavier is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games
        NEBRASKA @ RUTGERS
        NEBRASKA

        Nebraska is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
        Nebraska is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
        RUTGERS

        Rutgers is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games at home
        The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rutgers's last 6 games
        BOSTON COLLEGE @ SYRACUSE
        BOSTON COLLEGE

        The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston College's last 5 games when playing on the road against Syracuse
        Boston College is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
        SYRACUSE

        The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Syracuse's last 5 games at home
        Syracuse is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games at home
        GEORGIA TECH @ FLORIDA STATE
        GEORGIA TECH

        The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Georgia Tech's last 7 games
        The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Georgia Tech's last 13 games when playing Florida State
        FLORIDA STATE

        Florida State is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home
        Florida State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Georgia Tech
        SOUTH CAROLINA @ FLORIDA
        SOUTH CAROLINA

        The total has gone UNDER in 5 of South Carolina's last 5 games on the road
        South Carolina is 11-2 ATS in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Florida
        FLORIDA

        Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
        Florida is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
        SAINT JOSEPH'S @ ST. BONAVENTURE
        SAINT JOSEPH'S

        The total has gone OVER in 5 of Saint Joseph's's last 6 games on the road
        The total has gone OVER in 4 of Saint Joseph's's last 5 games when playing St. Bonaventure
        ST. BONAVENTURE

        The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Bonaventure's last 5 games
        St. Bonaventure is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
        UMASS @ LA SALLE
        UMASS

        UMass is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing La Salle
        UMass is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing La Salle
        LA SALLE

        The total has gone OVER in 5 of La Salle's last 5 games
        The total has gone OVER in 5 of La Salle's last 5 games at home
        RHODE ISLAND @ FORDHAM
        RHODE ISLAND

        Rhode Island is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
        The total has gone OVER in 8 of Rhode Island's last 9 games on the road
        FORDHAM

        Fordham is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Rhode Island
        Fordham is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Rhode Island
        RICHMOND @ DUQUESNE
        RICHMOND

        Richmond is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Duquesne
        Richmond is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Duquesne
        DUQUESNE

        Duquesne is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
        Duquesne is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
        FLORIDA GULF COAST @ NORTH FLORIDA
        FLORIDA GULF COAST

        No trends to report
        NORTH FLORIDA

        No trends to report
        STETSON @ JACKSONVILLE
        STETSON

        No trends to report
        JACKSONVILLE

        No trends to report
        NJIT @ KENNESAW STATE
        NJIT

        No trends to report
        KENNESAW STATE

        No trends to report
        ALBANY @ VERMONT
        ALBANY

        No trends to report
        VERMONT

        No trends to report
        BINGHAMTON @ UMBC
        BINGHAMTON

        No trends to report
        UMBC

        No trends to report
        NEW HAMPSHIRE @ MAINE
        NEW HAMPSHIRE

        No trends to report
        MAINE

        No trends to report
        STONY BROOK @ UMASS-LOWELL
        STONY BROOK

        No trends to report
        UMASS-LOWELL

        No trends to report
        GARDNER-WEBB @ UNC ASHEVILLE
        GARDNER-WEBB

        No trends to report
        UNC ASHEVILLE

        No trends to report
        RADFORD @ HIGH POINT
        RADFORD

        No trends to report
        HIGH POINT

        No trends to report
        WINTHROP @ LONGWOOD
        WINTHROP

        No trends to report
        LONGWOOD

        No trends to report
        MANHATTAN @ NIAGARA
        MANHATTAN

        Manhattan is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
        The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Manhattan's last 5 games when playing on the road against Niagara
        NIAGARA

        Niagara is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
        The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Niagara's last 5 games when playing at home against Manhattan
        COLGATE @ ARMY
        COLGATE

        No trends to report
        ARMY

        No trends to report
        BOSTON UNIVERSITY @ LAFAYETTE
        BOSTON UNIVERSITY

        No trends to report
        LAFAYETTE

        No trends to report
        BUCKNELL @ NAVY
        BUCKNELL

        No trends to report
        NAVY

        No trends to report
        LOYOLA-MARYLAND @ LEHIGH
        LOYOLA-MARYLAND

        No trends to report
        LEHIGH

        No trends to report
        SAMFORD @ CHATTANOOGA
        SAMFORD

        Samford is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Chattanooga
        Samford is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
        CHATTANOOGA

        Chattanooga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Samford
        The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chattanooga's last 5 games when playing at home against Samford
        MERCER @ EAST TENNESSEE STATE
        MERCER

        No trends to report
        EAST TENNESSEE STATE

        No trends to report
        FURMAN @ UNC GREENSBORO
        FURMAN

        Furman is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
        The total has gone OVER in 4 of Furman's last 5 games when playing UNC Greensboro
        UNC GREENSBORO

        UNC Greensboro is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
        UNC Greensboro is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
        WOFFORD @ VMI
        WOFFORD

        Wofford is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
        Wofford is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing VMI
        VMI

        No trends to report
        PRESBYTERIAN @ CHARLESTON SOUTHERN
        PRESBYTERIAN

        No trends to report
        CHARLESTON SOUTHERN

        No trends to report
        USC UPSTATE @ LIPSCOMB
        USC UPSTATE

        No trends to report
        LIPSCOMB

        No trends to report
        NEW ORLEANS @ NORTHWESTERN STATE
        NEW ORLEANS

        No trends to report
        NORTHWESTERN STATE

        No trends to report
        SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA @ SAM HOUSTON STATE
        SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA

        No trends to report
        SAM HOUSTON STATE

        No trends to report
        LOUISVILLE @ MIAMI
        LOUISVILLE

        Louisville is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
        Louisville is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
        MIAMI

        The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games
        Miami is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home
        LOYOLA-CHICAGO @ DRAKE
        LOYOLA-CHICAGO

        The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Loyola-Chicago's last 5 games on the road
        Loyola-Chicago is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
        DRAKE

        Drake is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
        Drake is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Loyola-Chicago
        EVANSVILLE @ VALPARAISO
        EVANSVILLE

        The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Evansville's last 5 games on the road
        The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Evansville's last 7 games
        VALPARAISO

        The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Valparaiso's last 7 games at home
        Valparaiso is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games at home
        ILLINOIS STATE @ NORTHERN IOWA
        ILLINOIS STATE

        The total has gone OVER in 8 of Illinois State's last 9 games on the road
        The total has gone OVER in 6 of Illinois State's last 8 games when playing on the road against Northern Iowa
        NORTHERN IOWA

        Northern Iowa is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Illinois State
        Northern Iowa is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Illinois State
        INDIANA STATE @ SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
        INDIANA STATE

        The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana State's last 5 games
        Indiana State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
        SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

        Southern Illinois is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
        Southern Illinois is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Indiana State
        ABILENE CHRISTIAN @ TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI
        ABILENE CHRISTIAN

        No trends to report
        TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI

        No trends to report
        STEPHEN F. AUSTIN @ CENTRAL ARKANSAS
        STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

        No trends to report
        CENTRAL ARKANSAS

        No trends to report
        INCARNATE WORD @ HOUSTON BAPTIST
        INCARNATE WORD

        No trends to report
        HOUSTON BAPTIST

        No trends to report
        NICHOLLS STATE @ LAMAR
        NICHOLLS STATE

        No trends to report
        LAMAR

        No trends to report
        SOUTH DAKOTA STATE @ SOUTH DAKOTA
        SOUTH DAKOTA STATE

        South Dakota State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
        South Dakota State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing South Dakota
        SOUTH DAKOTA

        South Dakota is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
        South Dakota is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
        DEPAUL @ GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
        DEPAUL

        The total has gone UNDER in 5 of DePaul's last 5 games when playing on the road against Georgetown Univer
        The total has gone UNDER in 8 of DePaul's last 11 games when playing Georgetown University
        GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

        The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Georgetown University's last 5 games when playing at home against DePaul
        Georgetown University is 20-2 SU in its last 22 games when playing DePaul
        NORTH CAROLINA STATE @ PITTSBURGH
        NORTH CAROLINA STATE

        North Carolina State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
        North Carolina State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
        PITTSBURGH

        The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games
        Pittsburgh is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
        TEMPLE @ CINCINNATI
        TEMPLE

        The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Temple's last 7 games
        Temple is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
        CINCINNATI

        Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
        Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
        INDIANA @ ILLINOIS
        INDIANA

        The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 5 games on the road
        The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Indiana's last 8 games
        ILLINOIS

        Illinois is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Indiana
        Illinois is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games at home
        AUBURN @ MISSOURI
        AUBURN

        The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Auburn's last 5 games
        Auburn is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games
        MISSOURI

        Missouri is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
        The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Missouri's last 5 games
        AIR FORCE @ UTAH STATE
        AIR FORCE

        The total has gone OVER in 5 of Air Force's last 5 games when playing Utah State
        Air Force is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
        UTAH STATE

        The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah State's last 5 games at home
        The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah State's last 5 games when playing Air Force
        STANFORD @ USC
        STANFORD

        Stanford is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
        Stanford is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing USC
        USC

        USC is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
        USC is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
        SAN JOSE STATE @ BOISE STATE
        SAN JOSE STATE

        The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Jose State's last 7 games on the road
        The total has gone UNDER in 11 of San Jose State's last 16 games
        BOISE STATE

        Boise State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
        Boise State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against San Jose State
        UC RIVERSIDE @ UC IRVINE
        UC RIVERSIDE

        The total has gone OVER in 4 of UC Riverside's last 5 games when playing UC Irvine
        The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UC Riverside's last 5 games
        UC IRVINE

        UC Irvine is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing UC Riverside
        UC Irvine is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against UC Riverside
        NEVADA @ WYOMING
        NEVADA

        Nevada is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
        The total has gone OVER in 6 of Nevada's last 7 games when playing Wyoming
        WYOMING

        Wyoming is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games at home
        The total has gone OVER in 6 of Wyoming's last 7 games when playing Nevada
        COLORADO STATE @ SAN DIEGO STATE
        COLORADO STATE

        The total has gone OVER in 6 of Colorado State's last 7 games on the road
        The total has gone OVER in 5 of Colorado State's last 6 games
        SAN DIEGO STATE

        San Diego State is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Colorado State
        The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Diego State's last 6 games at home

        Comment


        • Friday’s 6-pack

          More over/under betting propositions for home runs this season:

          30.5— Kyle Schwarber

          28.5— Charlie Blackmon

          25.5— Francisco Lindor

          25.5— Kyle Seager

          24.5— Corey Seager

          22.5— Greg Bird

          Quote of the Day
          “I think it would be in their best interests to know how our industry financially operates before they start working with legislators across the country on sports gaming bills. I’m not aware of any league inquiries at this time. I would like to see that change in the near future on both levels. I hope we can discuss and meet with the leagues and legislators who are considering or processing sports betting bills. I believe it would be a tremendous benefit for all of them to understand the sports gaming industry and how it operates.”
          Jay Kornegay, VP of Westgate Race and Sports Book

          Friday’s quiz
          NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans have traded their first round draft pick four of the last five years; the one player they did draft. they later traded to Sacramento— who is he?

          Thursday’s quiz
          Benjamin Franklin’s picture is on the $100 bill.

          Wednesday’s quiz
          Mike Krzyzewski played his college basketball at West Point.

          ********************************

          Friday’s List of 13: Random stuff with weekend here……

          13) We’ve entered the age of “guilty until proven innocent.”

          I’m talking now about Sean Miller and the situation at Arizona, where ESPN claimed that Miller was caught on an FBI wiretap talking about an illegal payoff for star player DeAndre Ayton.

          Problem is, there is no recording of this conversation, no transcript of it, and there isn’t 100% agreement on when this conversation supposedly took place, or whether the player being talked about on the tape in question was even Ayton.

          So Miller remains the coach at Arizona, but if he is indeed innocent, where does he go to get his reputation back, since there will always be people that believe he broke the rules?

          12) Arizona xx, Stanford xx— Allonzo Trier was cleared to play by the NCAA, so all-around, it was a solid day to be a Wildcat in Tucson.

          11) Bartolo Colon pitched for the Rangers Thursday; Luis Urias was the Padres’ 2B in the same game. Colon made his major league debut April 3, 1997, two months before Urias was born.

          10) Other than who the Rams take, the one thing I’ll be looking for when the NFL Draft rolls around is where Louisville QB Lamar Jackson winds up. My personal opinion is that there is a place for him in the NFL, but I’m just a guy typing on his laptop.

          One NFL personnel guy has to risk his career on Jackson being an NFL QB.

          9) When the Cleveland Browns interviewed Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough at the NFL Combine, one of the questions they asked him was if he thought God is an Auburn fan.

          What does that have to do with anything?

          8) Minnesota Vikings went 13-3 this past season, their best record in 19 years, but it is likely that none of their three QB’s from last year will be on their 2018 roster.

          Case Keenum had a great season, but it looks like Minnesota will let him test the free agent market; Sam Bradford’s knee is so bad that they’d be stupid to sign him- Mike Zimmer called it “degenerative”, and Teddy Bridgewater had a non-contact injury in 2016 that he still may not be fully recovered from. All three of those quarterbacks are free agents, and all three will likely be elsewhere in a few months.

          7) Bruins led Pittsburgh after the first period Thursday night; it was most goals scored in first period of an NHL game since Arizona led Nashville 6-3 after first period on March 28, 2013.

          6) RB’s Saquon Barkley, Nick Chubb did 29 bench press reps at the NFL Combine.

          Barkley and Chubb had more reps than all but five of the 36 offensive linemen to bench press at the Combine this year.

          5) No quarterback who played at USC has ever started a Super Bowl.

          QB’s from Fresno State, Arizona, Morehead State, Northern Iowa, Navy, Southern Miss and Grambling have all won Super Bowls.

          4) This from covers.com:
          “Nevada has seen explosive popularity in sports betting over the past decade. The annual handle rose from $2.8 billion in 2010 to $4.9 billion in 2017……”

          3) If you care about such things, Lee Westwood has the most career earnings at The Masters without ever having won the tournament. Justin Rose is 2nd, Ernie Els is 3rd on that list.

          2) University of Nevada has only seven healthy scholarship basketball players right now; they’ve added three walk-ons in the last month, including two WR’s from the football team. Adding the walk-ons allows them to practice 5-on-5 at least.

          1— Our thoughts/prayers go out to Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly, who once again is battling cancer. He’s a tough guy; we wish him well in this latest battle.

          Comment


          • NCAAB
            Dunkel

            Friday, March 2



            I'll re-post when the lines are set for the missing matchups:

            Buffalo @ Bowling Green

            Game 821-822
            March 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            Buffalo
            56.347
            Bowling Green
            51.873
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            Buffalo
            by 4 1/2
            167
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            Buffalo
            by 7 1/2
            161
            Dunkel Pick:
            Bowling Green
            (+7 1/2); Over

            Eastern Michigan @ Toledo

            Game 823-824
            March 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            Eastern Michigan
            55.624
            Toledo
            57.165
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            Toledo
            by 1 1/2
            148
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            Toledo
            by 5
            144
            Dunkel Pick:
            Eastern Michigan
            (+5); Over

            Kent State @ Akron

            Game 825-826
            March 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            Kent State
            48.981
            Akron
            52.318
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            Akron
            by 3 1/2
            142
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            Akron
            by 1 1/2
            146 1/2
            Dunkel Pick:
            Akron
            (-1 1/2); Under

            Columbia @ Dartmouth

            Game 827-828
            March 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            Columbia
            53.228
            Dartmouth
            48.190
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            Columbia
            by 5
            140
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            Columbia
            by 3
            149
            Dunkel Pick:
            Columbia
            (-3); Under

            Cornell @ Harvard

            Game 829-830
            March 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            Cornell
            44.316
            Harvard
            56.873
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            Harvard
            by 12 1/2
            134
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            Harvard
            by 10 1/2
            140
            Dunkel Pick:
            Harvard
            (-10 1/2); Under

            Princeton @ Brown

            Game 831-832
            March 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            Princeton
            54.673
            Brown
            49.132
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            Princeton
            by 5 1/2
            141
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            Princeton
            by 2
            145 1/2
            Dunkel Pick:
            Princeton
            (-2); Under

            Pennsylvania @ Yale

            Game 833-834
            March 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            Pennsylvania
            53.214
            Yale
            54.387
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            Yale
            by 1
            146
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            Pennsylvania
            by 1
            140 1/2
            Dunkel Pick:
            Yale
            (+1); Over

            Western Michigan @ Central Michigan

            Game 835-836
            March 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            Western Michigan
            52.094
            Central Michigan
            50.523
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            Western Michigan
            by 1 1/2
            153
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            Central Michigan
            by 3 1/2
            147
            Dunkel Pick:
            Western Michigan
            (+3 1/2); Over

            Ohio @ Miami-OH

            Game 837-838
            March 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            Ohio
            49.525
            Miami-OH
            55.672
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            Miami-OH
            by 6
            137
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            Miami-OH
            by 4
            142
            Dunkel Pick:
            Miami-OH
            (-4); Under

            TX-Arlington @ Texas State

            Game 839-840
            March 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            TX-Arlington
            55.894
            Texas State
            49.521
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            TX-Arlington
            by 6 1/2
            133
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            TX-Arlington
            by 3 1/2
            138 1/2
            Dunkel Pick:
            TX-Arlington
            (-3 1/2); Under

            Ball State @ Northern Illinois

            Game 841-842
            March 2, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            Ball State
            52.319
            Northern Illinois
            52.418
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            Northern Illinois
            Even
            152
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            Ball State
            by 3 1/2
            147 1/2
            Dunkel Pick:
            Northern Illinois
            (+3 1/2); Over

            Rhode Island @ Davidson

            Game 843-844
            March 2, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            Rhode Island
            67.541
            Davidson
            66.449
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            Rhode Island
            by 1
            149
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            Davidson
            by 2 1/2
            144 1/2
            Dunkel Pick:
            Rhode Island
            (+2 1/2); Over

            Iowa State @ Oklahoma

            Game 845-846
            March 2, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            Iowa State
            63.487
            Oklahoma
            68.912
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            Oklahoma
            by 5 1/2
            171
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            Oklahoma
            by 10
            166 1/2
            Dunkel Pick:
            Iowa State
            (+10); Over

            Wisconsin @ Michigan State

            Game 847-848
            March 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            Wisconsin
            65.224
            Michigan State
            72.376
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            Michigan State
            by 7
            137
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            Michigan State
            by 11
            131 1/2
            Dunkel Pick:
            Wisconsin
            (+11); Over

            Bradley @ Drake

            Game 857-858
            March 2, 2018 @ 3:30 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            Bradley
            55.673
            Drake
            52.518
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            Bradley
            by 3
            134
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            Bradley
            by 1
            138
            Dunkel Pick:
            Bradley
            (-1); Under

            Indiana State @ Illinois State

            Game 861-862
            March 2, 2018 @ 9:30 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            Indiana State
            53.762
            Illinois State
            50.397
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            Indiana State
            by 3 1/2
            140
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            Indiana State
            by 1
            146 1/2
            Dunkel Pick:
            Indiana State
            (-1); Under

            Youngstown St @ Cleveland State

            Game 863-864
            March 2, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            Youngstown St
            38.512
            Cleveland State
            42.671
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            Cleveland State
            by 4
            146
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            Cleveland State
            by 1 1/2
            153
            Dunkel Pick:
            Cleveland State
            (-1 1/2); Under

            Detroit @ Green Bay

            Game 865-866
            March 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            Detroit
            44.557
            Green Bay
            44.423
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            Detroit
            Even
            168
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            Green Bay
            by 4
            163 1/2
            Dunkel Pick:
            Detroit
            (+4); Over

            Portland @ Loyola Marymount

            Game 867-868
            March 2, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            Portland
            52.473
            Loyola Marymount
            51.556
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            Portland
            by 1
            147
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            Loyola Marymount
            by 2 1/2
            142
            Dunkel Pick:
            Portland
            (+2 1/2); Over

            VMI @ The Citadel

            Game 871-872
            March 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            VMI
            38.237
            The Citadel
            44.869
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            The Citadel
            by 6 1/2
            156
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            The Citadel
            by 4
            161 1/2
            Dunkel Pick:
            The Citadel
            (-4); Under

            Chattanooga @ Samford

            Game 873-874
            March 2, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

            Dunkel Rating:
            Chattanooga
            45.637
            Samford
            44.708
            Dunkel Team:
            Dunkel Line:
            Dunkel Total:
            Chattanooga
            by 1
            159
            Vegas Team:
            Vegas Line:
            Vegas Total:
            Samford
            by 2 1/2
            153 1/2
            Dunkel Pick:
            Chattanooga
            (+2 1/2); Over

            Comment


            • Friday's Wagers
              March 2, 2018


              **Nebraska vs. Michigan**

              -- Michigan (25-7 straight up, 19-11 against the spread) advanced to the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals by beating Iowa 77-71 in overtime Thursday afternoon in the second round at MSG in NYC. The Hawkeyes covered the number as nine-point underdogs. John Beilein’s squad trailed by five at intermission, and it was made a nine-point ‘chalk’ for second-half wagers (-4 adjusted). The 148 combined points inched ‘over’ the 147-point total in the extra session. Charles Matthews led the winners with 16 points and eight rebounds. Mo Wagner was limited to 16 minutes of playing time and fouled out, scoring 11 points beforehand. The Wolverines took the cash on halftime bets.

              -- Wagner leads Michigan in scoring (14.3 points per game), rebounding (7.0 RPG) and field-goal percentage (53.5%). Zavier Simpson (7.0 PPG) paces the Wolverines in assists (3.6 APG) and steals (1.2 SPG). Matthews is scoring at a 13.1 PPG clip and is pulling down 5.5 RPG.

              -- Nebraska (22-9 SU, 22-7 ATS) is on one of the sickest ATS runs you’ll ever see, cashing tickets at an 18-2 ATS clip in its past 20 games. Tim Miles’s squad has won eight of its past nine games both SU and ATS, including a 76-64 win over Penn State as a three-point home favorite Sunday. The final score was misleading, as the assbeating was much more ruthless than the final score indicated. Nebraska led by 17 at intermission and PSU never cut the deficit to single digits in the second half. Isaac Copeland led the way with 17 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Isaiah Roby hit 5-of-6 field-goal attempts and scored 13 points, grabbed seven rebounds and three assists.

              -- When these teams squared off in Lincoln on Jan. 18, Nebraska smashed Michigan by a 72-52 count as a five-point home underdog. Michigan had previously won eight in a row over Nebraska since it joined the Big Ten, going 5-3 versus the number. The ‘over’ had hit in three straight in this rivalry, but the 124 combined points dipped ‘under’ the 136-point tally. James Palmer Jr. scored a game-best 19 points, while Isaiah Roby contributed 14 points, three rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and one steal. Copeland finished with 13 points and Anton Gill was also in double figures with 10 on 4-of-5 shooting from the field.

              -- Nebraska is currently in Joe Lunardi’s First Four Out in his latest edition of ‘Bracketology’ at ESPN.com. In other words, the Cornhuskers need to pass three teams to get into the 68-team field, at least according to Lunardi. Those thee teams are Syracuse, UCLA and Texas. The teams currently behind Nebraska who are also threats include Washington and Lunardi’s Next Four Out, which includes Mississippi State, Utah, Marquette and Notre Dame.

              -- Lunardi has Michigan as a No. 5 seed that would face Louisiana in a first-round game in San Diego. The winner would advance to take on the 4/13 survivor of Texas Tech vs. Murray State.

              -- Nebraska is No. 52 in the RPI Rankings, posting a 0-4 record against the RPI Top 25, a 1-5 mark vs. the Top 50 and a 4-8 ledger against the Top 100. The Cornhuskers have home wins over Michigan, Maryland, Penn State and Boston College. They have just one bad loss to a team outside of the RPI Top 100, falling 72-66 at Illinois a couple of Sundays ago in a game they led by five midway through the second half. Although the Big Ten is down this year, it’s worth noting that Miles’s squad did finish 13-5 in league play.

              -- Michigan is ranked 15th in the latest Top 25 from the Associated Press. John Belein’s club is 26th in the RPI, compiling a 2-4 record vs. both the Top 25 and the Top 50. The Wolverines are 7-6 versus the Top 100. They own quality home scalps over Ohio State, UCLA and Maryland, in addition to road triumphs at Michigan State, at Texas, at Penn State and at Maryland.

              -- The ‘under’ is 19-10 overall for Nebraska, going 4-1 in its past five games.

              -- The ‘under’ is 16-13-1 overall for Michigan, but the ‘over’ is 3-0-1 in its past four contests.

              -- BetOnline.ag opened Michigan as a five-point favorite this morning. However, it quickly moved the number to 4.5, while the total was 133.5 points.

              -- Nebraska owns an 11-3 spread with six outright wins in 14 games as an underdog. The Cornhuskers are 11-1 ATS with six outright victories in their past 13 such spots.

              -- Tip-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Eastern or 30 minutes after the conclusion of Michigan State vs. Wisconsin. As of early this morning, the Spartans were 10.5-point ‘chalk.’

              **Rhode Island at Davidson**

              -- As of early this morning, most books had Davidson installed as a one-point home favorite with a total of 144.5. A few offshores were all the way down to pick ‘em after the number was two at most spots last night.

              -- Davidson (17-11 SU, 14-12-1 ATS) is No. 90 in the RPI with its 1-5 record against both the RPI Top 25 and Top 50. The Wildcats own a 1-6 record against the Top 100. They have just one notable win, beating St. Bonaventure 83-73 at home.

              -- Bob McKillop’s team is off a gut-wrenching 117-113 triple-overtime loss at St. Bonaventure on Tuesday night. Making the defeat even more painful is how Davidson had the ball and a three-point lead when star Peyton Aldridge was whistled for his fifth foul on a terrible call as he was simply working hard to get position in the post. Aldridge had played all 51 minutes and scored 45 points to go with 12 rebounds and two blocked shots. Aldridge buried 14-of-22 FGA and a remarkable 8-of-11 launches from 3-point land. Freshman guard Kellan Grady exploded for a career-high 39 points, making clutch free throws in crucial situations in the first two extra sessions. Grady made all 16 of his free-throw attempts. Jon Axel Gudmundsson added 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists compared to merely two turnovers in 53 minutes of playing time.

              -- Davidson has been outstanding at home all season, winning 10 of 11 games outright while going 6-4 ATS.

              -- Aldridge, a first-team All A-10 selection, is averaging 21.4 points and 7.7 RPG. He has a 69/36 assist-to-turnover ratio and has hit 48.0 percent of his FGAs and 84.0 percent of his FTs. Grady (17.9 PPG) has a 54/28 assist-to-turnover ratio and is making 50.4 percent of his FGAs and 37.1 percent of his 3-balls.

              -- Rhode Island (23-5 SU, 15-10-1 ATS) has already clinched the Atlantic 10 regular-season championship with its 15-2 record in league play. The Rams are 15-2 in A-10 action and will be the top seed at next week’s conference tournament.

              -- Danny Hurley’s team is 17th in the latest AP Top 25 and 16th in the RPI. URI is 1-3 against the RPI Top 25, 3-3 versus the Top 50 and 5-4 against the Top 100. The Rams have home wins over Providence, St. Bonaventure, Charleston and Davidson, in addition to a neutral-court victory over Seton Hall.

              -- Rhode Island is off its worst performance of the season by far. The Rams hadn’t lost to a team worse than Alabama (#58 RPI) when it went down 68-64 in Tuscaloosa on Dec. 6. Their only other defeats had been at Nevada (88-81), vs. Virginia (70-55 on a neutral court) and at St. Bonaventure (77-74), but they lost at home Tuesday to St. Joseph’s (RPI #155) by 30! That’s right. Phil Martelli’s team went into URI and won 78-48 as a 13.5-point road underdog.

              -- URI is led by Jared Terell and E.C. Matthews. Terrell is averaging 17.6 PPG while draining 40.8 percent of his 3-pointers and 86.3 percent of his FTs. Matthews (13.2 PPG) has scored in double figures in four straight games.

              -- URI is 7-3 SU and 4-5-1 ATS in 10 true road assignments.

              -- The ‘over’ is 14-12 overall for the Rams, 8-2 in their road assignments. -- The ‘under’ is 16-11-1 overall for the Wildcats, 5-5 in their home games.

              -- Tip-off is slated for 8:00 p.m. Eastern on the CBS Sports Network.

              **B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**

              -- Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin said Thursday that freshman 5-star recruit Michael Porter Jr. will play Saturday “if he feels good.” The Tigers host Arkansas on Saturday. With Missouri currently slotted by Lunardi in an 8/9 game, you know that potential No. 1 seeds like Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, Michigan State and others don’t want to see Missouri (with a potentially healthy Porter) in their bracket. Think about it: A team worthy of an 8 or 9 seed as it is currently constructed is adding – if his back doesn’t flare up and he can develop some cardio quickly – perhaps the nation’s most talented player in Porter. That’s not a team a top seed wants to see as early as the Round of 32.

              -- Sean Miller went to war with ESPN and Mark Schlabach yesterday. War is probably a strong word, but careers and futures are undoubtedly on the line in this juicy controversy. ESPN’s Schlabach reported last Friday that his sources say that FBI wiretaps have Miller on a recording talking to Christian Dawkins, an associate of sports agent Andy Miller, about supplying him $100,000 to get 5-star freshman DeAndre Ayton to come to Arizona. However, after sitting out Saturday’s loss at Oregon, Miller held a presser Thursday in which he emphatically denied these accusations. Arizona apparently has his back and allowed him to coach in last night’s non-covering home win over Stanford. Miller was given a standing ovation by the home crowd when he came out of tunnel and on to the court. A report from SI.com yesterday threw that publication into the fray, and it took Miller and UA’s side. Meanwhile, ESPN and Schlabach are sticking to their reporting. Man, this is going to get wild! Like long-time Louisville scribe Rich Bozich tweeted yesterday as if he was caller on a sports radio show, “I’m just going to hang up and listen.”

              -- With Middle Tennessee’s blowout home win over Western Ky. last night to sweep the season series, the Hilltoppers’ slim at-large hopes were dashed. Therefore, bubble teams want to root for Middle Tennessee to win the Conference USA Tournament, because the Blue Raiders are undoubtedly a team that will garner an at-large berth. If any team other than Kermit Davis’s wins the C-USA Tourney, that’s one at-large bid that’ll be stolen from a bubble team.

              -- Was that the ultimate choke job by Louisville last night or what?! What on earth was the U of L defender doing anywhere near the shooter with a four-point lead and 0.9 seconds remaining? In that situation, you don’t even get close to a player on the opposing team, and you sure as hell don’t try to contest a 3-point attempt. The Cardinals fouled – again, up by four points! – UVA’s Ty Jerome with 0.9 seconds remaining. Jerome made the first two of his three FT attempts and then missed the third on purpose with the deficit trimmed to two. A UVA player went into the lane too soon on the third FTA, giving U of L the ball on the baseline. The referee clearly pointed out to the U of L player that he couldn’t run the baseline like you can after a made FG or FT. Nevertheless, he ran the baseline and was rightfully called for travelling. Then UVA inbounded a hit a bank shot for three for the win. I love it when athletes pay for making dumbass mistakes. The Cardinals remain winless against RPI Top-25 foes and barring a nice run at next week’s ACC Tournament, this will cost them an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

              Comment


              • FRIDAY, MARCH 2
                GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS

                WIS at MSU 12:00 PM
                WIS +11.5
                U 131.0

                UNI at L-IL 01:00 PM
                L-IL -6.5

                MICH at NEB 02:30 PM
                MICH -4.5

                BRAD at DRKE 03:30 PM
                BRAD -3.0

                VMI at CIT 05:00 PM
                CIT -3.0
                O 163.0


                DETU at GB 05:30 PM
                DETU +1.5

                EMU at TOL 06:00 PM
                EMU +5.0
                O 144.0


                BUFF at BGSU 06:00 PM
                BGSU +7.5
                O 161.0


                WIN at RAD 06:00 PM
                WIN -3.0

                PSU at OSU 06:30 PM
                PSU +4.5

                Comment


                • My Early Parlay:

                  Buffalo (-7.5)
                  Buffalo Over 161
                  Eastern Michigan (5)
                  Harvard (-9.5)
                  Rhode Island (1)
                  Michigan State (-4.5)
                  Penn State (4)
                  Loyola Chicago (-6.5)
                  The Citadel (-3)
                  Virginia Military Over 162.5

                  Comment


                  • Friday Evening Games:

                    CLMB at DART 07:00 PM
                    CLMB -3.0
                    O 146.5

                    PRIN at BRWN 07:00 PM
                    O 145.5

                    OHIO at M-OH 07:00 PM
                    M-OH -3.5

                    COR at HARV 07:00 PM
                    HARV -9.0
                    O 141.0

                    KENT at AKR 07:00 PM
                    AKR -1.5
                    O 146.5

                    PENN at YALE 07:00 PM
                    PENN -2.5
                    U 143.0

                    UTA at TXST 07:00 PM
                    UTA -3.5

                    BALL at NIU 08:00 PM
                    BALL -3.5

                    URI at DAV 08:00 PM
                    URI +1.0

                    ISU at OKLA 09:00 PM
                    OKLA -10.5
                    U 166.5

                    Comment


                    • Hoop Trends - Friday
                      March 2, 2018


                      ATS TREND OF THE DAY:

                      -- The Raptors are 14-0 ATS (11.00 ppg) on the road off a win in which they scored a least 18 fast break points.

                      OU TREND OF THE DAY:

                      -- The Bulls are 12-0 OU (13.04 ppg) as a dog after they scored fewer than 10 fast break points.

                      PLAYER TREND OF THE DAY:

                      -- The Timberwolves are 10-0 OU (13.95 ppg) after Taj Gibson took fewer than 10 shots last game.

                      CHOICE TREND:

                      -- The 76ers are 0-11 ATS (-8.23 ppg) with no rest off a road game in which they had fewer than 10 turnovers.

                      ACTIVE TRENDS:

                      -- The Thunder are 0-14 ATS (-10.89 ppg) as a favorite with rest after playing as a road favorite.

                      -- The Bucks are 0-11-2 OU (-9.81 ppg) after being outscored in the paint by double digits last game.

                      Comment


                      • Friday's Best Bet
                        March 2, 2018


                        Friday NBA Best Bet
                        Golden State vs Atlanta


                        With 10 games on the NBA card tonight, the Golden State/Atlanta game isn't exactly one that sticks out as a must-watch game to many. Everyone has already pencilled in a Golden State victory here as they really are no match for the rebuilding Hawks and oddsmakers would agree, installing the Warriors as -12.5 point road favorites.

                        But just because a game may not be that entertaining, doesn't mean we can't cash a betting ticket or two, so let's get right to where my money is going on this contest.

                        Bookmaker.eu Odds: Golden State (-12.5); Total set at 227

                        The Warriors are wrapping up this three-game east coast trip tonight as they've won the first two rather easily in New York and Washington. Tonight's game isn't expected to be any harder, but the 1-1 ATS record Golden State has in those two previous road games does give Atlanta backers a bit of hope their Hawks can keep it within the number. The problem is, Vegasinsider.com shows less then 10% of ATS bets so far have come the Hawks way, meaning that the number of Hawks bettors out there are few and far between.

                        The end of a road trip of any length can be a decent spot to fade almost any team in the NBA, but one like Golden State may not always fall into that category. However, they know tonight's game should be a cakewalk, they've got three full days off before they play again, and even then it's a home game against the Brooklyn Nets; another pencilled in win already. Focus could be a bit of a concern for Golden State tonight and 13 points is a lot to win by on the road, even if it is against one of the worst teams in the league. At the same time, it's really tough to trust this Atlanta team to hang around, making the +12.5 points the play I'd be inclined to take on the side, but am passing on it all together.

                        Instead, I'm looking at tonight's total and the 90%-plus of 'over' action and can't help but think the majority of bettors are going to be wrong tonight. A huge spread like we've got all but eliminates the possibility of OT (always a plus for 'under' tickets), and who's to say this game doesn't turn into one of those 30+ point blowouts for the Warriors that have them joking around in the 4th quarter as both teams bleed away the clock in garbage time. 228 points is a lot to ask, and no matter how good you believe the Warriors are, you're going to need plenty of help from Atlanta to reach that number as well.

                        Atlanta does produce more offensively at home, but with a 1-4 O/U run in their last five overall, and 3-7 O/U in their last 10, the same lack of trust you've got to have with Atlanta ATS has to bleed over into Atlanta's offensive prospects tonight. Sure, the potential for a lack of focus and just letting their superior talent win the game can suggest that Golden State will look to play a track meet/schoolyard style of game early to take control of the game, but a good pace for an 'over' may not mean a whole lot by the end.

                        Benches will be cleared to the final guy if it's a blowout, and if it isn't, chances are both teams have played some quality defense at times and force the other into defending late. That's one thing if the total is 220 or less for a Warriors game, but approaching 230 is still a lot to ask.

                        Golden State is 3-10 O/U in their last 13 games against Eastern Conference teams, while the Hawks are on a 3-13 O/U run after covering a spread their last time out. Atlanta is also on a 1-6 O/U run against teams from the West, and with Atlanta being 5-17 O/U when facing a team that scored 100+ last time out, and 5-16-1 O/U when coming off a rare SU win, all signs point to the 'under' cashing in this game tonight.

                        I expect this game to come in right around the 220 mark when all is said and done, so at 227 there is plenty of room for error in going against the masses.

                        Odds per - Bookmaker.eu

                        Best Bet: Under 227

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                        • Dinero Tracker - March 2
                          March 2, 2018


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                          Last night's ATS Records
                          NBA: 2-2 | NCAA BB: 6-18


                          Only Louisville's coaches, players and fans had a rougher evening than I did since its collapse can't be topped. I came close, though. An incredibly rough night included falling just short on my college lock, which wrapped up a night where little went right. There were a few games were bad breaks and poor free-throw shooting played a role, but mostly, it was just one of those "mama said" nights. Neither guarantee came in and the freebie failed, which has probably only happened one other time in a month's span. The key to bouncing back from a losing night is to bury the past and keep it from lingering. In that's sense, there has to be a next play/next day mentality. Time to put a brutal opening night in a month I expect to dominate in the rear-view. Here is Thursday's recap, complete with some of the highlights (and lowlights):

                          FRIDAY'S FREE SELECTION

                          The pick: Clippers/Knicks OVER 226.5

                          The Clippers will once again be without Danilo Gallinari and Avery Bradley, but have enough depth to handle the Knicks. What they do lack is any hope of playing perimeter defense, since their personnel on that end of the floor isn't adept at picking up Bradley's slack. That makes the Knicks dangerous since they're streaky and certainly capable of filling it up at Stpales, having scored an average of 114 points over the last four. New York has given up an average of 119.3 in losing three of those games. Ride the over.

                          THURSDAY'S FREE SELECTION

                          The pick: Oregon -7.5

                          Ernie Kent has gotten his Cougars to play their best basketall at home, but there is no question that his team is the less talented than most in the Pac-12 and are up against it with a Ducks team intent on making one final NCAA tournament push arriving in Pullman. After wins over Arizona and ASU wrapped up the slate in Eugene, Dana Altman's team needs to take care of business against both Washington schools and fare well in the conference tournament in order to secure a spot. Look for them to handle the first part of their objective in lopsided fashion. Lay the points and ride Oregon.

                          Result: The Ducks couldn't get a handle on Robert Franks and Malachi Flynn, which doesn't say much for Dana Altman's adjustments against his predecessor. The cover, barring OT, had no shot to come in once we entered the stretch run, and Oregon failed to avoid the upset altogether when Peyton Pritchard missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

                          THURSDAY'S LOCK

                          The pick: Heat -3.5

                          The Lakers have been on the road over the past few days after coming out of the All-Star break with a rout of Dallas, but this will be their toughest test since losing in Minnesota two weeks ago. L.A. will also be playing in its 12th different arena in a 14-game span since late January and has spent the last few days in South Florida, which has its ways of tempting young players. Coming off an incredible Dwyane Wade-led win over Philly, look for the Heat to continue its surge. Lay the 3.5 points and ride Miami, guaranteed.

                          Result: Any hopes that the Lakers would have a little too much fun with a few days to play in South Florida were instantly squashed in a 20-7 start, but the Heat had wrestled the lead back by the end of the quarter. The Lakers followed up displaying an early pulse by playing the role of rude guest with a 40-point second quarter, paving the way for a 131-113 rout. Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points off the bench in his best outing since returning from hip surgery.

                          LOCK THAT DIDN'T CLICK

                          The pick: Northern Colorado/Portland State OVER 165

                          It seems extremely likely that these teams will wind up on different sides of the Big Sky Tournament bracket, but the Bears clearly have more to play for as they try to catch Eastern Washington for the No. 4 seed that would get them a bye into the quarterfinals, avoiding a first-round date with league doormat Northern Arizona. This will be their first look at Portland State, which presses relentlessly for 40 minutes and has won four of their last five despite the absence of top scorer Deontae North, who is rumored to have left the program. Look for a high-scoring game in this one, since Northern Colorado has managed to pour in 79 points or more in 17 of 21 games since December began. Ride the over, guaranteed.

                          Result: This game started too slowly and featured brutal free-throw shooting. Ultimately, that's why we ended up a possession or two short in Northern Colorado's 85-78 win. There wasn't a point scored until 2:05 in, which combined with an 8-4 segment to open the game's final 10 minutes, proved to be a killer. The teams missed 16 (!) of 36 free throws. Disappointing.

                          BAD BEAT BULLETIN

                          The pick: Monmouth ML -150

                          These New Jersey-based rivals have never met in a MAAC Tournament and split this season's meetings, each winning at home. This rubber match in Albany is for the right to face this season's state champ, top-seeded Rider, tomorrow. The team most likely to make a surprise run are King Rice's Hawks, who have Micah Seaborn healthy again and have been knocked into this position by some tough breaks that likely have them looking at this MAAC Tournament as an opportunity to make up for everything that's gone wrong. Ride Monmouth on the money line to avoid laying the three points and flirting with a push or a loss if it's tight.

                          Result: This is where the day swung, in my opinion. After a slow start, the Hawks were up big most of the game and were going to set the tone for the rest of the night. They accomplished that, but it was by completely collapsing. Monmouth left the door open with brutal free-throw shooting and blew a 47-33 edge with seven minutes left when Nick Griffin nailed his fourth straight 3-pointer down the stretch to lift the Peacocks to a wild 60-58 victory thanks to his last one in the closing seconds.


                          TOTAL RECALL

                          The pick: Cavs/76ers UNDER 223.5

                          The Cavs have better defensive personnel than they've had when their run of poor defensive outings became an epidemic, so even though there are still issues, the perception that they simply can't stop anybody is going to be preyed on by line-setters. With Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons able to score efficiently, I think we've seen this number inflated, so ride the under in a game where both teams will be taking precautions in ensuring they don't get embarrassed by locking in defensively.

                          Result: This looked terrible out of the gate since the 76ers held a 32-29 after the first 12 minutes, but the action slowed down significantly the rest of the way. Aided by an 18-15 third-quarter output, the under was never in doubt down the stretch. Philly pulled the 108-97 upset.

                          UPSET CITY

                          The pick: UC-Santa Barbara -7

                          Forward Jalen Canty has finally served his penance and had his suspension lifted, which means one of the top two-way big men in the Big West will be back to make a difference. His presence makes life so much easier for Max Heidegger and Leland King, not to mention giving the Gauchos a strong option to help contain Gabe Levin. Lay the points and ride UC-Santa Barbara.

                          Result: The Gauchos didn't play well enough to come anywhere near covering in Canty's return, but a 13-4 run did give them a 69-68 lead with seconds remaining. Like everything else on a wild first day in March, Deishaun Booker pulled off the improbable, zooming down the court for a game-winning layup as Long Beach State won by a single point at the buzzer, cashing as 3-to-1 underdogs.

                          CARDIAC ATTACK

                          The pick: Louisville +5, Virginia/'Ville UNDER 124.5

                          Indy native Kyle Guy should have plenty of support in the stands, but the Cavs' top wing and leading scorer has been nursing a back issue that could keep him from being his normal self. Considering points will be hard to come by, that could make the difference as the Cardinals look to pull off a home upset at the Yum! Center. Ride Louisville plus the points and the under for the in-game parlay.

                          Result: Louisville covered, but wouldn't have even been in position to notoriously blow this game in the manner in which it did if Ty Jerome hadn't drilled a wild, step-back fadeaway 3-pointer that destroyed our total, pushing the game over. If he misses, the game would've ended at 64-59 if the final few seconds would've been dribbled out. Instead, Jerome drilled a remarkable shot, the Cardinals added two more free throws and then went on to make history by surrendering five points in less than a second due to asinine decision-making.

                          SWING AND A MISS

                          The pick: Lafayette +7.5, Cornell/Lafayette OVER 143

                          Lafayette will look to try and pull the upset of the No. 2-seeded Raiders and should come in confident since they've proven twice that they can play with the Raiders. In Matt Kilnewski and Alex Petrie, the Leopards have to terrific offensive threats that could help pull the outright upset. Back seventh-seeded Lafayette plus the points and ride the over for the in-game parlay in this Patriot League quarterfinal.

                          Result: The Leopards didn't show up. Klinewski led the team with 12, while Petrie managed just 4 points as Colgate dominated 76-54. Complete whiff.

                          PROOF OF CLAIRVOYANCE

                          The pick: Missouri State -1.5

                          The second MVC quarterfinal going off tonight marks Valpo's first appearance in Arch Madness after coming over from the Horizon League. With a terrific wing like Alize Johnson to contend with, this should be a tough baptism for the Crusaders. Ride Missouri State to win and cover.

                          Result: This wound up closer than expected, but we'll take any victory in March. That's the takeaway after Day 1. After leading by as many as 14 points in the second half, the Bears had to sweat out the closing stages, but Johnson's 22 points and 18 rebounds were too much. Told you so. Took a lot of L's. Time to bounce back.

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                          • Top 25 Capsules
                            March 2, 2018


                            NEW YORK (AP) Cassius Winston hit a go-ahead jumper with 7:17 to play and No. 2 Michigan State won its 13th straight game Friday, beating Wisconsin 63-60 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

                            Miles Bridges led the Spartans (29-3) with 20 points and Winston finished with 17 in advancing to the semifinals Saturday against No. 15 Michigan.

                            This was Michigan State's third win over Wisconsin (15-18) this season.

                            The ninth-seeded Badgers, who had won five of their last seven games, had a chance to tie the game in the waning seconds but the Spartans played tough defense and Brad Davison's long, contested 3-pointer from beyond the top of the key never hit the rim.

                            Ethan Happ had 22 points for Wisconsin.

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                            No. 8 PURDUE 82, RUTGERS 75

                            Carsen Edwards and Vincent Edwards each scored 26 points for Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament.

                            Corey Sanders scored 23 points, including a baseline jumper in the closing minute to pull Rutgers within 78-75. Sanders scored 74 points the three-game run by the last-place Scarlet Knights at Madison Square Garden..

                            Both Edwardses made free throws in the final 30 seconds to send Purdue (27-5) into the semifinals against seventh-seeded Penn State.

                            Geo Baker scored 25 points for Rutgers (15-19), the 14th seed.

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                            PENN STATE 69, No. 13 OHIO STATE 68


                            Tony Carr found Josh Reaves for a game-winning dunk with 3.1 seconds to play for Penn State in the NCAA Tournament.

                            Carr had 25 points for the second straight night and the seventh-seeded Nittany Lions scored the final five points in beating the 13th-ranked and second-seeded Buckeyes for the third time this season.

                            Penn State (21-12) will face No. 8 Purdue in the semifinals on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

                            Ohio State (24-8) had a chance to win after calling a timeout, but a last-second shot by C.J. Jackson was not close.

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                            No. 15 MICHIGAN 77, NEBRASKA 58


                            Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 21 points and Moe Wagner had 20 for Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament.

                            The fifth-seeded Wolverines (26-7) face top-seed Michigan State in the semifinals.

                            Isaiah Roby led the fourth-seeded Huskers (22-10) with 18 points.

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                            DAVIDSON 63, No. 17 RHODE ISLAND 61

                            DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) - Jon Axel Gudmundsson's driving layup with 3.1 seconds left lifted Davidson to the upset.

                            It was the second loss of the week for the Rams, who were coming off a shocking 30-point home defeat on senior night against unranked Saint Joseph's on Tuesday night.

                            Peyton Aldridge, who had a career-high 45 points in a 117-113 triple-overtime loss to St. Bonaventure on Tuesday night, had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (18-11, 13-5 Atlantic 10). Gudmundsson finished with 11 points.

                            Davidson outscored Rhode Island 9-0 over the final 1:47 of the game.

                            Jared Terrell had 22 points for the Rams (23-6, 15-3), who squandered a 6-point lead in the final 41 seconds after missing the front end of three straight 1-and-1s.

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                            • Saturday's Best Bets
                              March 2, 2018


                              Saturday College Basketball Best Bets

                              It's the final Saturday of the regular season for the bulk of the college basketball programs out there and that means it's a day filled with rivalries and last chances to improve their standing for upcoming conference tournament games. Big time matchups are littered throughout the entire board, but ther are three different underdogs that caught my eye. Let's get right to the plays:

                              Creighton at Marquette (FOX, 2:30 p.m. ET)

                              Creighton is looking for a bit of revenge in this game after they lost 90-86 at home to Marquette a few weeks ago. The Blue Jays were laying 6.5 points at home that day and didn't play horribly, they just couldn't slow down Marquette's offense and second chance opportunities killed them. Both teams shot an identical 56% from the field, but the four more field goals Marquette made was the difference in the game with Creighton making four more shots from the charity stripe.

                              Now the Blue Jays have a chance to return the favor and end this four-game losing streak against Marquette the program is on. Marquette has to be running out of gas as they've played five of their last six on the road and while a return home is nice, coming off an OT game earlier this week doesn't do the Golden Eagles any favors.

                              However, more importantly for Creighton is the ability to perform at their best away from home as bad road losses/play have plagued them all year. Going into the Big East tournament and the NCAA Tournament afterwards, this Blue Jays team has to prove to themselves that they can get the job done away from home against a quality opponent. Marquette isn't the best of the best foe they've seen this year, but they are good enough to be a huge confidence boost going forward should the Blue Jays ultimately get their revenge. With the road team a perfect 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings, and Marquette on a 1-4 ATS run off a SU win, look for Creighton to step up their defensive play here and ultimately get the outright victory.

                              Best Bet #1: Creighton Blue Jays +2.5


                              Georgia at Tennessee (SEC, 6:00 p.m. ET)


                              Georgia is the biggest underdog on my board as they look for the season sweep over Tennessee. The 73-62 win Georgia got at home as +3 underdogs against the Volunteers a few weeks ago definitely was a bit surprising, and while Tennessee has gone a perfect 3-0 SU and ATS since that defeat – including wins vs Florida and at both Mississippi schools – this line is a gross over-adjustment to the Volunteers current form, situation, and a straight up lack of respect for Georgia.

                              That first meeting Georgia didn't really do anything spectacular offensively, they shot just 42.6% from the field, it was their defense and holding Tennessee to just 35% shooting from the floor that carried them to the W. Georgia's record may show that they are much worse on the road (4-8 SU), and Tennessee is playing for at least a share of the SEC title, but all of those narratives lead oddsmakers to inflate this line by a point or two and I've got no problem taking the value with the team that's already beaten Tennessee this year. The last time Georgia got disrespected like this they were 10-point road underdogs at Florida and they came away with a three-point SU win in OT.

                              The odd thing about that result is the fact that Georgia was coming off three straight losses at the time and had lost six of seven heading into that game. Their lone win during that span was a surprising home win as +3.5 underdogs vs. Florida in the first meeting. This game against Tennessee shows a lot of parallels to that spot for the Bulldogs and while they may not ultimately get the outright victory, they'll be able to keep this game well within the number.

                              Best Bet #2: Georgia Bulldogs +10.5

                              North Carolina at Duke (ESPN, 8:15 p.m. ET)

                              Speaking of teams that are getting disrespected and should be able to keep it well within the number, we've got the UNC Tar Heels in arguably the game of the day against Duke. This rivalry is always played up to the nines, but like Georgia, UNC already has a victory over this conference rival and are simply getting too many points here simply because a change of venue. Yes, the Tar Heels didn't exactly look good in their loss to Miami earlier this week as -10 home favorites, but that was the ultimate look-ahead spot for them and while the outright loss can't be excused, did you really expect them to be their sharpest?

                              Duke also got caught in a look-ahead spot as they lost @ Virginia Tech this week as -5 road favorites, but because that game was on the road, bettors are more willing to let that result slide. I'm just not buying it as this is simply too many points in a game and scenario like this, especially when the Tar Heels won that first meeting having shot just 39% from the floor. Duke hit 48.4% of their shots that day, so by expecting some regression to the mean both ways you get Dukes percentage coming down, and UNC's percentage going up. And you are giving me 7.5 points on the Tar Heels in that scenario? Sign me up for that everyday, all day, and twice on Sunday.

                              Best Bet#3: North Carolina Tar Heels +7.5

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                              • Saturday's Big 12 Tips
                                March 2, 2018


                                The final Saturday of the college basketball regular season features a trio of key matchups in the Big 12 heading into next week’s conference tournament including a showdown featuring the regular-season champion.

                                No. 20 West Virginia at Texas (ESPN, 12:00 p.m. ET)

                                Opening Odds: West Virginia -3 ½, Total 139

                                Betting Matchup


                                West Virginia comes into its Big 12 regular season finale with a straight-up three-game winning streak after beating Texas Tech 84-74 on Monday to cover as a seven-point home favorite. It is now 11-6 SU in conference play with a 10-7 record against the spread. The total has stayed UNDER in five of its last seven Big 12 road games. Senior guard Jevon Carter added his name to the record books with 24 points and two assists to become the first player from a major conference with 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals in their college career.

                                Texas is 7-10 SU in Big 12 play and a win on Saturday could have a big impact on its seeding for next week’s conference tournament. The Longhorns have not helped their cause with just two victories in their last seven games both SU and ATS. They got hammered by West Virginia 86-51 on Jan. 20 as 9 ½-point road underdogs with the total going OVER the 136 ½-point line. Texas is averaging 71.4 points per game behind a trio of players scoring at least 12 points. Junior forward Dylan Osetkowski has led the team in both points (13.7) and rebounds (7.1).

                                Betting Trends


                                -- The Mountaineers are 1-4 ATS in their last five Saturday games and the total has stayed UNDER in five of their last seven games on the road.

                                -- The Longhorns have gone 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a SU loss and the total has gone OVER in four of their last five home games against a team with a SU winning road record.

                                -- The home team in this matchup has covered in seven of the last 10 meetings and the total has gone OVER in three of the last five meetings.

                                No. 6 Kansas at Oklahoma State (ESPN, 4:00 p.m. ET)

                                Opening Odds: Kansas -5, Total 154

                                Betting Matchup


                                Kansas extended its current SU winning streak to five games with Monday’s 80-70 victory against Texas, but it could not cover as a 12-point home favorite. This was the first time it failed to cover in its last four games and the total has gone OVER in four of its last five contests. The Jayhawks already locked up another Big 12 regular season title at 13-4 SU in conference play as part of their 24-6 record on the year. A big part of their success this season can be attributed to the play of senior guard Devonte’ Graham with a team-high 17.7 points and 7.2 assists a game.

                                The Cowboys are another 7-10 team in the Big 12 looking to close out their season with big win. They have gone an even 3-3 SU in their last six games while covering the spread in four of those contests including a recent 79-71 upset against Texas Tech as four-point home underdogs. Oklahoma State is averaging 76.7 PPG, but it has given up almost the same amount of points at the other end of the court with a points-allowed average of 73.5

                                Betting Trends

                                -- The Jayhawks have gone 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games and the total has stayed UNDER in five of their last seven games coming off a ATS loss.

                                -- The Cowboys are 5-1 ATS in their last six Saturday games and the total has stayed UNDER in 12 of their last 16 games at home.

                                -- Oklahoma State stunned Kansas 84-79 on Feb. 3 as a 12-point road underdog with the total going OVER 151 ½-points. The Cowboys have 4-2 edge ATS in the last six meetings.

                                TCU at No. 12 Texas Tech (ESPN2, 4:00 p.m. ET)

                                Opening Odds: Texas Tech -6 ½, Total 147

                                Betting Matchup


                                TCU has won its last four games both SU and ATS with Tuesday’s 66-59 victory against Kansas State as a 6 ½-point home favorite. With a 5-1 record (SU and ATS) in their last six games, the Horned Frogs are 9-8 in conference play. They have gone 2-5 SU in their last seven conference games on the road with a 4-3 record ATS. In Tuesday’s win, senior guard Kenrich Williams posted 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way. This was the first time in four games that TCU failed to score at least 82 points.

                                The Red Raiders early success in the Big 12 has faded to 10-7 SU and 7-10 ATS after losing their last four games both SU and ATS. They were on the wrong end of Monday’s loss to West Virginia after losing to Kansas 74-72 last Saturday as 2 ½-point home favorites. Texas Tech has averaged 75.6 PPG this season behind Keenan Evans (17.2 points), but he missed Monday’s game with a toe injury. He remains questionable for Saturday. The Red Raiders are holding opposing teams to 64.2 PPG.

                                Betting Trends

                                -- The Horned Frogs are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a SU win and the total has gone OVER in 11 of their last 12 games played on Saturday.

                                -- The Red Raiders have failed to cover in their last six games coming off a SU loss and the total has gone OVER in four of their last five home games.

                                -- Head-to-head in this in-state rivalry, the road team is 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings. Texas Tech won the first meeting this season 83-71 on Feb. 3 to cover as a 3 ½-point road underdog.

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