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The Florida Gators and the Kansas Jayhawks face off on Tuesday in Gainesville in college basketball action among ranked teams. The Gators are -2 point favorites over the Jayhawks.
The Florida Gators are 6-2 on the season and they are looking to bounce back from a loss in their last game as they fell at UConn. The Gators are playing a rough stretch facing Florida State, UConn, Kansas, and Memphis all in order. Casey Prather leads UF averaging 19.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Michael Frazier II is averaging 13.5 points, Scottie Wilbekin is averaging 11.3 pints and 5.7 assists, and Dorian Finney Smith is averaging 10.3 points and 8.2 rebounds. As a team Florida is averaging 72.4 points and they are shooting 46.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.9 points and their opponents are shooting 40.5 percent. The Gators are 5-0 at home this season but 0-2 against teams ranked in the top 25.
The Kansas Jayhawks have lost two of their last three games and the schedule doesn’t project to get any easier. Kansas has played the toughest schedule in the nation and it is projected to be the toughest schedule in the country this year. Andrew Wiggins leads KU averaging 15.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Perry Elis is averaging 14.5 points and 6.8 rebounds, Joel Embiid is averaging 9.2 points and 6.6 rebounds, and Wayne Selden Jr. and Frank Mason are averaging 9.1 points each. Kansas is averaging 79.1 points and they are shooting 50.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.6 points and their opponents are shooting 41.6 percent. Kansas is 0-1 on the road this year and they are 1-1 against teams ranked in the top 25.
Florida is 5-11 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 4-10 against the spread in their last 14 home games against a team wit a losing road record, and 1-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the spread. Kansas is 7-3 against the spread against the SEC, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven home games, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four games.
Florida is favored here as the home team but they haven’t played well against the better teams this season and I look for Kansas to win outright but for little bonus paid here for the money line taking the points is the play.
Kansas Jayhawks +2 Florida Gators
The Cal Golden Bears and the Nevada Wolfpack face off on Tuesday in Berkley in college basketball action. The Golden Bears are -14.5 point favorites over the Wolf Pack.
The Cal Golden Bears have lost three of their last four games and while they have played tough competition it won’t get any easier when they start their Pac-12 schedule. Cal has lost three of their last four games but they are a perfect 5-0 at home this season. Justin Cobbs is averaging 13.9 points and 6.4 assists to lead the Golden Bears. David Kravish is averaging 12.7 points and 8.4 rebounds, Jabari Bird is averaging 12.2 points, and Richard Solomon is averaging 11 points and 10.9 rebounds. Cal is averaging 74.1 points and they are shooting 44.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.7 points and their opponents shoot 39.5 percent. Cal has Fresno and Creighton up in their next two games.
The Nevada Wolfpack are 4-5 on the season but ended a three game losing streak by getting the win over UC Davis in their last game. Nevada has been netter on the road than they have been at home going 3-1 on the road so far. Deonte Burton leads the Wolfpack averaging 23.1 points per game. Jerry Evans Jr. is averaging 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds, Michael Perez is averaging 11.2 points, and Cole Huff is averaging 9.4 points. Nevada is averaging 75.3 points and they are shooting 43.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 79.4 points and their opponents are shooting 49.4 percent. Nevada has played the 110th ranked schedule thus far and it looks to get slightly tougher.
Cal is 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 1-4 against the spread against the Mountain West, and 2-6-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Nevada is 2-5 against the spread following a win, 1-4 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, and 17-8-3 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread.
Cal is the better team and they are at home but I don’t see them being good enough to lay this kind of number that is about 4 or 5 points to the high side.
Nevada Wolf Pack +14.5 California Golden Bears
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Bryant Bulldogs face off in South Bend o Monday Night in college basketball action. The Fighting Irish are -13.5 point favorites over the Bulldogs with an over/under point total set 129.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 6-2 for the season including a 6-1 mark at home this season. ND has played just the 334th ranked schedule but with games against Indiana and Ohio State coming up before starting their ACC schedule things get more difficult in a hurry. Lerian Grant leads the Irish averaging 19.4 points and 5.9 assists per game. Garrick Sherman is averaging 14.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, Eric Atkins is averaging 13.6 points and 5.0 assists, and Pat Connaughton is averaging 12.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. Notre Dame is averaging 84.4 points per game and they are shooting 50.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.4 points and their opponents are shooting 44 percent from the floor. Notre Dame will need to pile up wins while and when they can because they aren’t going to come easy this year.
The Bryant Bulldogs are 6-3 on the season and are coming off of a loss last time out falling to North Dakota State. Bryant plays in the NEC and the conference looks to be up for grabs this season. Dayami Starks leads the bulldogs averaging 23.4 points per game. Alex Francis is averaging 16.2 points and 6.4 rebounds, Joe O’Shea is averaging 9.4 points, and Corey Maynard is averaging 9.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists. Bryant is averaging 73.8 points and they are shooting 48.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.4 points and their opponents are shooting 44.4 percent. Bryant has played the 95th ranked schedule in the nation and it will get much easier when they begin NEC play.
Notre Dame is 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight non-conference games, 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight games overall, and 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six home games. Bryant is 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four games.
I m going to take the points as the longer term trend and the numbers add up to a Bryant cover.
Bryant Bulldogs +13.5 Notre Dame
The Texas Longhorns and the Vanderbilt Commodores face off on Monday Night in college basketball action. The Longhorns are -7 point favorites over the Commodores.
The Texas Longhorns enter this game at 6-1 on the season but they have a brutal schedule ahead even before they hit Big 12 play. With games against North Carolina, Michigan State, and Temple in the next two weeks UT will be battle tested for conference play. Jonathan Holmes is averaging 13.3 points and 6.7 rebounds to lead the Longhorns. Demarcus Holland is averaging 12 points and 6.1 rebounds, Javan Felix is averaging 10.9 points, and Isaiah Taylor is averaging 10.4 points. Texas is averaging 78.9 points and they are shooting 45.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.6 points and their opponents are shooting 40.4 percent. Texas’ schedule projects to be the 14th ranked schedule in the country this season.
The Vanderbilt Commodores are off to a 4-2 start but they have won their last two coming into this game. Vandy’s two losses are to Butler and Providence and Kevin Stallings may be in for some rebuilding this season. Ed McClellan leads the Commodores averaging 16.8 points and 4.7 rebounds. Rod Odom is averaging 13.7 points and 4.8 rebounds, Kyle Fuller is averaging 11.8 points, and James Siakam is averaging 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. Vanderbilt is averaging 75.8 points and they are shooting 49.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 72.5 points and their opponents are shooting 42.5 percent. Vandy still has Georgia Tech and St. Louis on their out of conference schedule.
Texas is 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 6-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, and 5-2-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Vanderbilt is 5-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 non-conference games, and 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 road games.
I think the Commodores will keep this game close and I will take them plus the points in this game.
Vanderbilt Commodores +7 Texas Longhorns
The Iowa State Cyclones and the Auburn Tigers face off on Monday in college basketball action. The Cyclones are -17 point favorites over the Tigers.
The Iowa State Cyclones are off to a 5-0 start to the season and are ranked 17th in the nation. Fred Hoiberg’s Cyclones already has wins over Michigan and BYU under their belt do they are battle tested. Melvin Ejim is averaging 18 points and 7.3 rebounds to lead ISU. DeAndre Kane is averaging 16.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 4.8 assists, Georges Niang is averaging 13.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.8 assists, Naz Long is averaging 11 points, Matt Thomas is averaging 10.2 points, and Dustin Hogue is averaging 10 points and 8.6 rebounds. Iowa State is averaging 90.4 points and they are shooting 51.1 percent and they are allowing 64.2 points and their opponents are shooting 35.2 percent. Iowa State is deep in talent and experience and that should take them far this season.
The Auburn Tigers are off to a 4-1 start and hopes are this team is improved over what we have seen from them in recent years. The Tigers have played the 351st ranked schedule in the nation but we should learn a lot about Tony Barbee’s team in this spot. Chris Denson is averaging 20.8 points and 5.6 rebounds to lead Auburn. K.T. Harrell is averaging 17.4 points and 4.6 rebounds, Tahj Shamsid-Deen is averaging 9.0 points, and Asaughn Dixon –Tatum is averaging 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds. Auburn is averaging 79.8 points and they are shooting 45.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 71.8 points and their opponents are shooting 44.1 percent. This Auburn’s first road game of the season.
Iowa State is 19-7 against the spread in their last 26 home games, 5-0 against the spread in their last five games, and 2-10 against the spread in their last 12 games. Auburn is 5-1 against the spread in their last six non-conference games, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven road games, and 0-7 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
There is a monster spread in this one but Iowa State should have it covered.
Iowa St. Cyclones -17 Auburn Tigers
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the Wichita State Shockers face off in college basketball action. The Shockers are -5 point favorites over the Golden Hurricane with an over/under total set at 144.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have yet to win a game this season and while they have been completive it ads up to a 0-2 record. Tulsa dropped their opened to Oral Roberts then lost to Missouri State and it doesn’t get any easier in this spot. Shaquille Harrison is Tulsa’s leading scorer averaging 19.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. Rashad Smith averages 19 points and 4.5 rebounds, D’Andre Wright averages 9 points and 3 rebounds, and James Woodward averages 6 points and 9 rebounds. Tulsa is averaging 80.5 points ad they are shooting 49.5 percent from the floor, 26.1 percent from beyond the three-point arc, and 63.5 percent from the free throw line and their opponents are averaging 85 points and shoot 44.1 percent. Tulsa will need some production outside of their big two.
The Wichita State Shockers are off to a 4-0 start and are ranked 16th in the nation. While Wichita State hasn’t played the toughest of competition all of their wins were by double digits but this is their first road game of the season. Cleanthony Early is back and he leads the Shockers averaging 15.5 points and 7.0 rebounds. Fred Van Fleet is averaging 13 points and 5.8 assists, Ron Baker is averaging 10.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 5.5 assists, and Tekele Cotton is averaging 10 points. Wichita State is averaging 76.7 points and they are shooting 46.5 percent from the floor, 36.5 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 67.9 percent from the free throw line while defensively their opponents average 60.7 points and shoot 39.6 percent. Wichita State is looking like a force in the MVC once again this season.
Tulsa is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 home games, and 4-1-1 against the spread following a loss. Wichita State is 7-1-1 against the spread in their last nine non-conference games, 5-1-1 against the spread following a win, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a losing record.
The spread here looks suspiciously low but like a few of the games so far that have worked out, I am going to lay the points with the road favorite as it just shouldn’t be close.
Wichita St. Shockers -5 Tulsa Golden Hurricane
The UConn Huskies and the Maryland Terrapins face off in Brooklyn in their 2013-2014 college basketball season openers. The Huskies are -5.5 point favorites over the Terrapins with an over/under point total set at 143.
The Connecticut Huskies didn’t go to the NCAA Tournament a year ago because of academic reasons but they have a team that could very well be headed there this season. UConn returns a ton of talent from last year and looks to be loaded at the guard spot. Shabazz Napier averaged 17.1 points per game with 4.4 rebounds and 2 steals and Ryan Boatright averaged 15.4 points and 4.4 assists per game. DeAndre Daniels and his 12.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and Omar Calhoun and his 11.1 points per game is back as well as UConn’s entire starting five is back in action. UConn averaged 69.9 points per game and they shot 44.2 percent from the floor and their opponents averaged 65.4 points and shot 40.4 percent. If the perimeter shooting holds up the Huskies could be contenders this season.
The Maryland Terrapins return plenty of players with experience form last year’s team but the issue is whether or not they have the talent level to compete in what should be a very tough ACC. Dez Wells was the Terrapins leading scorer with 13.1 points per game and 4.9 rebounds and Nick Faust averaged 9.4 points. Shaquille Cleare will need to step up at Center where Alex Len left early for the NBA and while we didn’t see much of Cleare last season he came to Maryland as one of the top recruits in the nation. Roddy Peters was Maryland’s top recruiting get this season. Last season Maryland averaged 70.7 points and they shot 46.4 percent from the floor while defensively they allowed 64 points and their opponents shot 38.5 percent from the floor. Maryland is going to be up against it this season as the ACC got a lot tougher with the Big East schools moving in.
Connecticut is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games, 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games against the ACC, and 5-1 against the spread in their last six non-conference games. Maryland is 5-0 against the spread in their last five games away from home, 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games overall, and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games.
UConn is a big favorite here but this one could be a gigantic blowout if the Huskies hit from the outside.
UConn Huskies -5.5 Maryland Terrapins
The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Oklahoma Sooners tip off their 201-2014 college basketball seasons as they meet in Dallas. The Crimson Tide are -5 point favorites over the Sooners with an over/under point total set at 132.
The Alabama Crimson Tide went to the NIT last season and looks to improve on what they did a year ago. Trevor Releford is back and last season he averaged 14.9 points per game and he will be the leader of this year’s team. Second leading scorer Trevor Lacey transferred to NC State and it is a big loss but not one the Tide can’t overcome. Rodney Cooper averaged 10.2 points and 4.5 rebounds and Levi Randolph averaged 8.1 points and 4.2 rebounds. Carl Engstrom is the only seven footer on the roster with Moussa Gueye no longer on the team. Alabama averaged 63 points and shot 42.8 percent last season and defensively they allowed 58.4 points and their opponents’ shot 40.5 percent. Alabama went 23-13 last year and they are expected to make the NCAA Tournament field this season.
The Oklahoma Sooners made the NCAA Tournament last season but their stay in the post season didn’t last long as they were ousted by San Diego State. Oklahoma lost their entire front court from last year, Romero Osby, Steven Pledger, and Amath M’Baye and they accounted for over 37 points per game for the Sooners. The good news for OU is that they have three transfers coming in with Ryan Spangler who spent a year with Gonzaga, Keshaun Hamilton who will give the Sooners some size, and D.J. Bennett who is more of a defensive specialist. Jordan Woodward is the player to watch and the eventual leader of this team at the point guard spot. The Sooners averaged 70.6 points per game last season and shot 43.5 percent while defensively they allowed 66.3 points and their opponents shot 41.8 percent. This could be a building year for Oklahoma.
Alabama is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games but they are 1-5 against the spread in their last six games against the Big 12 while Oklahoma is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games against the SEC.
Alabama is the better team and even though this is a lot of points I see the Tide covering here.
Alabama Crimson Tide -5 Oklahoma Sooners
The Missouri Tigers and the Texas A&M Aggies face off on Thursday in Nashville for a round two SEC College Basketball Tournament game. The Tigers are -9 point favorites over the Aggies with an over/under point total set at 131.
The Missouri Tigers have put together a solid season as they look to get back to the NCAA Tournament to avenge their first round loss a year ago. Missouri is 11-7 in the SEC, 3-1 in neutral site games, but were just 2-8 on the road this season. As a team Missouri is averaging 77.2 points, 13.9 assists, and they are shooting 46.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.8 points, 11.4 assists, and their opponents are shooting 40.6 percent. Laurence Bowers is averaging 14.8 points and 6.3 rebounds, Jabari Brown is averaging 14 points, Phil Pressey is averaging 11.9 points and 7.1 assists, and Alex Oriakhi is averaging 10.9 points and 8.5 rebounds. Missouri’s only two conference road wins were at Mississippi State and South Carolina.
The Texas A&M Aggies had an up and down first season in the SEC but on Wednesday they were able to hold off a stubborn Auburn team to advance to the second round in Nashville. Elston Turner had a big night on Wednesday with 22 points while Alex Caruso had 14. Kourtney Roberson had 11 points and seven rebounds and Fabyon Harris had 11 points and six rebounds but more importantly he hit five of six free throws down the stretch. Texas A&M split the season series with Missouri with each team winning at home and of course this is the first SEC Tournament for both of these teams as they came over from the Big 12.
Missouri is 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 neutral site games, 5-2 against the spread following a loss, and 3-9 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Texas A&M is 2-9 against the spread in their last 11 neutral site games, 0-4 against the spread following a win, and 0-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Texas A&M has covered the point spread in 11 of the last 14 meetings of these two.
Texas A&M hasn’t been strong in conference and I know in tournaments is where teams generally make a stand but as little of a believer I am in Missouri coach Frank Haith I still see the Tigers blowing the Aggies out here.
Missouri Tigers -9 Texas A&M Aggies
The Marquette Golden Eagles and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish face off on Thursday in Madison Square Garden as they close out third round action of the Big East College Basketball Tournament. The Golden Eagles are -2 point favorites over the Fighting Irish with an over/under point total set at 126.5.
The Marquette Golden Eagles had a solid season winning their last four games and six of their last seven games. Marquette is 14-4 in Big East play, 2-1 in neutral site games, and they finished the year ranked 12th in the nation. As a team Marquette is averaging 69.1 points, 14.5 assists, and they are shooting 46.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 62.6 points, 13.5 assists, and their opponents are shooting 40.6 percent. Vander Blue is averaging 14.4 points, Davante Gardener is averaging 11.5 points, and Jamil Wilson is averaging 9.2 points. Marquette has been a typical Buzz Williams coached team with a workman like approach.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won four of their last six games including their second round game of the Big East Tournament against Rutgers on Wednesday. Pat Connaughton went off for 21 points and Tom Knight had 18 points and nine rebounds. Jack Cooley also grabbed nine rebounds while Jerian Grant had 11 points. Notre Dame is 3-1 in neutral site games this season but 2-4 against teams ranked in the top 25. Notre Dame lost the only meeting of these two this year in a game played at Marquette. Win or lose the Irish are in the NCAA Tournament field.
Marquette is 2-6 against the spread following a win, 10-3 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover the spread, and 105 against the spread in their last six Thursday games. Notre Dame is 3-7 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage over .600, 1-6 against the spread following a cover, and 1-5 against the spread following a win.
The total here looks aggressively low and it’s just a slight lean to the over for me.