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Gators & Seminoles Host Key Saturday Tilts

Their campuses are less than a three hour drive apart on a pair of interstates, as long as you don't hit a delay around the Lake City exchange. The two conferences they reside in have shared recent dominance on college gridirons and hardwood. One more matter the Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles have in common is both face crucial hoops matchups on their home floors as part of Saturday's packed slate of games.

The similarities don't stop there. Each team has reeled off six straight wins since beginning conference play with a loss. The Gators and Seminoles will also be taking on teams directly behind them in their respective conference standings.

One final connection is both games will tip at the same time, just after lunch on the East Coast and perfect for a Bloody Mary start to the day for those lucky souls in Las Vegas or on the West Coast.

Vanderbilt at No. 12 Florida (-7, 143)
O'Connell Center, Gainesville – 1:00 p.m. (ET) CBS

Six games over the course of the next month will determine who gets the No. 1 seed for the Southeastern Conference Tournament. This is the first of two between the Commodores and Gators, with Florida making the return visit to Nashville on Feb. 28. Vandy (5-2 in SEC play) and the Gators (6-1) each have two games left against Kentucky, who is sitting pretty atop the SEC with an 8-0 mark.

The Commodores are obviously the long shot of the trio to end the regular season on top of the conference, but they can still play spoiler to either the 'Cats or Gators. It's been a very tough season for Kevin Stallings' team that was No. 7 in both preseason polls. Not having Festus Ezeli around early on was part of the team's inconsistencies, but the senior center is back now and problems have persisted.

Vanderbilt is just 2-4 against the spread the last six times out, and that includes a couple of outright losses as favorites. The 'Dores dropped a 78-77 overtime decision at home to Mississippi State as 6½-point chalk, and fell 82-74 this past Tuesday at Arkansas while laying three. The one consistency during the stretch has been cashing the 'over' in five of the last six.

Billy Donovan's Gators have also run into a tough stretch at the college basketball betting window recently, covering just three of their last seven. A lineup so dependent upon guards and outside shooting like Florida's is often prone to such, and the key to the Gators covering the NCAA odds has been hitting the three-pointers. Florida is just 1-4 ATS in the last five games the team has made 33 percent or less from beyond the arc.

Florida opened as a 7-point favorite with 143 for Saturday's total. The Gators have won the last three in this series and covered six of the last nine. Six of the last eight meetings played in Gainesville have finished 'under' the scoreboard tally.

No. 16 Virginia at No. 21 Florida State (-4, 116)
Tucker Center, Tallahassee – 1:00 p.m. (ET) ESPN3

The Seminoles were just outside of both preseason polls in 26th when the season started, but a 4-6 stretch from around Thanksgiving into early January seemed to doom the team to also-ran status and relegate FSU to an NIT invite at best.

That was before the 'Noles caught fire with six straight wins (SU & ATS) to not only put the team firmly back into the NCAA Tournament picture by pushing Florida State into a current three-way tie atop the ACC standings with Duke and North Carolina. The six wins have all come against conference foes, including the Blue Devils on their home court, and defense has been a huge factor. Leonard Hamilton's troops fell 79-59 in their ACC opener at Clemson, but have since allowed less than 61 points per game, and they've been stingy all season giving up the three-pointer, 12th-best in the country with opponents hitting just 28.3 percent.

Of course, Tony Bennett and the Virginia Cavaliers know a thing or two about defense as well. Widely regarded as the top defensive club in the ACC, the Cavs are surrendering a little more than 52 PPG on the ACC slate and rank 18th in the land by letting all foes convert on just 38.9 percent of field goal attempts.

Something will have to give between the two clubs on the betting front. In addition to their current string of covers, the Seminoles are a healthy 8-2 ATS at home this season while Virginia comes in a very strong 6-0 ATS in true road games, 8-1 ATS when you throw in neutral-court clashes.

This is the first meeting this campaign between the squads; Florida State will pay a visit to Virginia on March 1. The Seminoles have dominated the series the past six seasons and have won five straight though the Cavs have covered two of their last three trips to Tallahassee. The 'under' has also ruled FSU-Virginia clashes with seven straight games finishing below the total, and nine of the last 10.
 

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Tough College Road Tests On Super Saturday

There is a ‘Super Saturday’ in college basketball betting with five huge games on ESPN, just one day before the Super Bowl.

The major conferences are right around the halfway point in their league schedules, and this is a dangerous time to get tripped up, especially with seven of the top-10 Coaches Poll teams playing on the road.

The only top-10 team at home on Saturday is the No. 4 Missouri Tigers, and they have to face No. 8 Kansas.

No. 2 Syracuse Orange at St. John’s Red Storm
12:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPN

The Orange (22-1 straight up, 14-8 against the spread) get back center Fab Melo, who missed the last three games due to academic issues. Melo only scores 7.2 PPG, but he’s their leading rebounder (5.7) and shot-blocker (3.0). They had their only loss without him, 67-58 at Notre Dame on January 21. Scoring also dipped to 60.3 PPG the last three games (1-2 ATS), the ‘under’ 5-0 in the most recent outings.

The Red Storm (10-12 SU, 8-11 ATS) have had their own big loss this year with coach Steve Lavin out since November due to cancer treatments. This freshman dominated lineup has played better the last three games (2-1 SU, 3-0 ATS). Team scoring is way up the last four (79.3 PPG) versus the season average (67.6 PPG). That’s helped the ‘over’ go 4-0.

Syracuse has won the last six meetings against St. John’s, covering the last four.

No. 6 (tie) Baylor Bears at Oklahoma State Cowboys
1:45 p.m. (ET) on ESPN3

Baylor (20-2 SU, 7-8 ATS) has won three straight after consecutive losses to highly ranked squads, at Kansas (92-74) and home to Missouri (89-88). Covering spreads has still been difficult at 1-2 ATS in the last three and 3-6 ATS in Big 12 play.

The Cowboys (11-11 SU, 10-10 ATS) are looking for another home upset after beating then No. 2 Missouri, 79-72 as 8½-point ‘dogs on January 25. That improved their home mark to 8-2 SU (3-5 ATS). The problem in this game could be on the glass. Oklahoma State is last in the Big 12 in rebounding margin (-3.6), while Baylor is third (+5.2).

Oklahoma State got killed at Baylor (106-65) on January 14, but is 4-0 SU and ATS the last four home games against the Bears.

No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes at No. 20 Wisconsin Badgers
2:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPN

Ohio State (19-3 SU, 11-6 ATS) has seen all three of its losses come on the road. The first was at Kansas (78-67) with Jared Sullinger injured, with the latter two in the Big Ten at Indiana (74-70) and Illinois (79-74). The Buckeyes have played well since Illinois, 4-0 SU and ATS including a 79-45 blowout at Nebraska.

Wisconsin (18-5 SU, 12-8 ATS) is 7-3 SU in the conference, tied with Michigan and only a half-game behind Ohio State (7-2 SU). The Badgers have won six straight (3-3 ATS) since losing 59-41 at Michigan on January 8. The Buckeyes are easily the toughest team in this current stretch.

Wisconsin beat then No. 1 Ohio State in Madison last year (71-67), and also 65-43 the prior year when OSU was ranked No. 15.

No. 6 (tie) North Carolina Tar Heels at Maryland Terrapins
4:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPN

The Tar Heels (19-3 SU, 11-10 ATS) have won four straight games, the last three coming after losing guard Dexter Strickland (knee) for the year. They most recently failed to cover large spreads in wins versus Georgia Tech (93-81) and at Wake Forest (68-53), and depth could be an issue down the stretch.

The Terrapins (13-8 SU, 7-9-1 ATS) are 11-2 at home at the Comcast Center, but just 3-5-1 ATS. They had another marquee home matchup with Duke on January 25, losing 74-61 as 10 ½-point ‘dogs. Guard Terrell Stoglin (21.8 PPG) is the main scorer. He had 61 points the last two games versus Virginia Tech (73-69 win) and at Miami (90-86 OT loss). Both were covers.

Maryland is 3-0 SU and ATS the last three home games against North Carolina. The ‘over’ is 6-0 in the last six meetings overall.

No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats at South Carolina Gamecocks
6:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPN

The Wildcats (22-1 SU, 7-14-1 ATS) have won 14-straight games and are even covering spreads lately at 3-0 ATS in the last three. The defense has stepped up the last three games (46 PPG), with two of them on the road at Georgia (57-44) and LSU (74-50). The ‘under’ is 9-0 outside of Rupp Arena this year.

South Carolina (9-12 SU, 8-8 ATS) ranks 11th in the SEC in scoring at 63 PPG, almost 15 PPG lower than Kentucky (77.8 PPG). The Gamecocks are 1-6 SU in the conference (4-3 ATS). They’ve covered their last three and also at Kentucky on January 7, a 79-64 loss as huge 21-point ‘dogs.

The ‘under’ is 3-0 in the last three meetings between the teams in South Carolina. Kentucky won (67-58) and covered last year, but was upset (68-62) as the No. 1 team the year before.

No. 9 Murray State Racers at Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks
7:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPN3

Murray State (22-0 SU, 8-8-2 ATS) is the only undefeated team in Division I and the only top-10 team outside the six major conferences. The Racers are a perfect 10-0 SU in the Ohio Valley, but 0-5-1 ATS in their last six.

Tennessee Martin (3-21 SU, 6-13 ATS) has lost 12 straight overall, the last 11 in the conference (3-8 ATS). That include a 78-54 loss at Murray State before Christmas, failing to cover the 22 ½--point spread.

Murray State has won the last six meetings (4-2 ATS) against Tennessee-Martin overall. The ‘under’ is 6-1 in the last seven.

No. 8 Kansas Jayhawks at No. 4 Missouri Tigers
9:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPN

The Jayhawks (18-4 SU, 11-10 ATS) beat Oklahoma (84-62) at home on Wednesday after getting upset at Iowa State (72-64) on Saturday. The Iowa State game went ‘under’ the 143 ½-point total and is now 9-0 in Kansas’ road plus neutral site games this year.

The Tigers (20-2 SU, 10-6-1 ATS) have had some tough road games the last two weeks, winning at Baylor (89-88) and Texas (67-66), but losing at Oklahoma State (79-72). They’re happy to return home to Mizzou Arena where they’re a perfect 12-0 SU this season (5-2 ATS).

Kansas is 6-1 SU and 6-0-1 ATS in the last seven meetings between the teams.
 

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Kansas at Missouri

February 3, 2012

Kansas can move one step closer to a Big 12 regular-season championship when it travels to Columbia on Saturday night to take on Missouri in a crucial conference clash at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

BetOnline.com opened Missouri (20-2 straight up, 10-6-1 against the spread) as a three-point favorite with a total of 147 ½.

Frank Haith’s team has won all 13 of its home games, cashing tickets at a 5-3 ATS clip. The Tigers, who are tied with Baylor for second place in the Big 12, are one game back of the league-leading Jayhawks, who are 8-1 in conference play.

Missouri bounced back from a stunning loss at Oklahoma St. to beat Texas Tech and Texas on Jan. 28 and Jan. 30, respectively. The Tigers went into Austin on Monday and won a 67-66 decision over the Longhorns as one-point road favorites. The 133 combined points stayed ‘under’ the 144 ½-point total.

Michael Dixon Jr. scored a game-high 21 points, while Phil Pressey and Ricardo Ratliffe chipped in with 13 points apiece.

Kansas (18-4 SU, 11-10 ATS) is 0-2 both SU and ATS in a pair of underdog situations in neutral-site games vs. Kentucky and Duke earlier this season. The Jayhawks have posted a 4-1 SU record and a 3-2 ATS mark in five true road games.

Bill Self’s squad saw its 10-game winning streak snapped in last Saturday’s 72-64 loss at Iowa St. as a seven-point road favorite. However, KU bounced back to trounce Oklahoma by an 84-62 count Tuesday in Lawrence. The Jayhawks hooked up their backers as 17-point home ‘chalk.’

Thomas Robinson was the catalyst against the Sooners, producing 20 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Tyshawn Taylor scored 21 points and dished out six assists.

Robinson is a top candidate for National Player of the Year honors, averaging 17.6 points and 12.0 rebounds per game. Taylor has been inconsistent at times, committing too many turnovers for Self’s taste, but he’s tough to defend when playing at his best. Taylor is averaging 16.7 points and 5.3 assists per game.

All five Missouri starters are scoring in double figures led by Marcus Denmon, who is scoring at a 17.1 PPG clip. The Tigers like to press and have some of the nation’s best overall quickness. The only glaring weakness is a lack of depth, as Haith employs just a seven-man rotation.

The ‘under’ is 14-7 overall for KU, while the ‘over’ is 9-8 overall for Missouri, 4-4 in its home games.

**B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**

--UConn’s legendary head coach Jim Calhoun has taken yet another medical leave of absence from the team, the school announced Friday. At the age of 69, Calhoun is dealing with a worsening condition that causes him severe lower back pain. The Huskies host Seton Hall on Saturday. As of early Friday night, most spots had UConn listed as a seven-point favorite with a total of 125.

--With Middle Tennessee failing to cover in Thursday’s win, Manhattan is now all along atop of the national ATS rankings with its 17-5 spread record. The Jaspers host Iona on Saturday with sole possession of first place in the MAAC standings on the line. The Gaels are 2 ½-point road favorites with the total set at 144.

--Most offshore books opened Florida as a 6 ½-point favorite for Saturday’s home game versus Vanderbilt. The total was 145 ½ on the send-out. The Gators failed to take the money in Thursday’s home win over South Carolina as double-digit favorites, while the Commodores are looking to bounce back from Tuesday’s loss at Arkansas.

--San Jose State’s Keith Shamburger is ‘questionable’ for Saturday’s home game versus Hawaii. Shamburger averages 13.6 points and 4.9 assists per game.
 

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No. 8 Kansas visits No. 4 Missouri Saturday

KANSAS JAYHAWKS (18-4)

at MISSOURI TIGERS (20-2)


Tip-off: Saturday, 9:00 p.m. EDT
Line: Missouri -3, Total: 147.5

Two of college basketball’s best take the stage for a critical Big 12 match when No. 8 Kansas and No. 4 Missouri tip-off in Mizzou Arena.

Missouri is relentless on its home floor, going 12-0 SU (5-2 ATS) and outscoring these visitors by 25.7 PPG. And this isn’t all against cupcakes, as the Tigers have won their four Big 12 home games by an average of 20.3 PPG. They are also 11-6 ATS overall and 6-3 ATS in conference play. However, Missouri has lost five consecutive games to the Jayhawks, and 10 out of 11, going 2-7-2 ATS in this stretch.

Who will get the victory in this Big 12 marquee matchup on Saturday night? Check out the College Basketball Weekday 6-Pack for picks covering all the big games in college basketball each week.

Bill Self’s Kansas squad is top-heavy with two elite scorers in 6-foot-10 forward Thomas Robinson (17.6 PPG, 12.0 RPG) and Tyshawn Taylor (16.7 PPG, 5.3 APG). Robinson grabs over five more rebounds per game than any Missouri player. He showed his potential to take over a game against a smaller team going 9-of-12 from the field for 20 points and 17 boards in the Jayhawks’ 84-62 win over Oklahoma on Wednesday. Taylor is a strong passer, and he and Robinson play a good two-man game. He has performed particularly well as of late with 20.8 PPG in his past five, averaging 2.4 threes per game in that span. Travis Releford (9.8 PPG) and Elijah Johnson (9.1 PPG) are also important contributors to this team as complementary scoring options. Joining Robinson in the paint, 7-foot center Jeff Withey’s (8.5 PPG, 5.9 RPG) size could prove daunting for the Tigers as well. The FoxSheets provide another trend supporting the Jayhawks:

Play On - Road teams where the line is +3 to -3 (KANSAS) - average 3PT shooting team (32-36.5%) against an average 3PT defense (32-36.5%) after 15+ games, after a game where a team made 55% of their shots or better. (89-45 since 1997.) (66.4%, +39.5 units. Rating = 2*).

At 6-foot-3, Marcus Denmon (17.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG) leads the strong Missouri exterior attack with 2.6 threes per game. He is just one of five Tigers, however, who average double-digit points. Kim English (14.1 PPG, 2.4 threes) joins him on the outside where he is among the most precise shooters in the nation, with a 49.5% rate from beyond the arc. His efficiency does not compare, however, to that of Ricardo Ratliffe (14.7 PPG) on the inside, who seemingly never misses. He makes shots at an absurd 75.1% clip, utilizing his 6-foot-8 frame effectively in the paint. He may have trouble though, against a body such as Robinson who is larger and more physical. Michael Dixon (12.1 PPG) and Phil Pressey (10.0 PPG, 6.0 APG) round out the Tigers’ double-digit scorers, with Pressey controlling the rock on offense. The FoxSheets provide another trend backing the Tigers:

MISSOURI is 10-2 ATS (83.3%, +7.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season. The average score was MISSOURI 80.3, OPPONENT 64.1 - (Rating = 2*).
 

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No. 12 Florida looks to tame No. 25 Vandy

VANDERBILT COMMODORES (16-6)

at FLORIDA GATORS (18-4)


Tip-Off: Saturday, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Line: Florida -7, Total: 145.5

No. 12 Florida aims for a seventh straight victory when it entertains No. 25 Vanderbilt Saturday afternoon in Gainesville.

Vandy is 12-3 ATS in road games over the past two seasons but hasn’t been treated kindly in Gainesville, going 2-12 SU there since 1998. And despite Vandy's respectable 6-8 ATS mark in these games, only one of the 12 defeats was by fewer than eight points.

Will the Gators be able to win big again on Saturday? Connect to the College Basketball Weekday 6-Pack for picks covering all the big games in college basketball each week.

The Commodores offense has been pretty good this season, as their 74.6 PPG and 46.9% FG both rank third in the conference. They also shoot 39.8% from three-point range. Vanderbilt is paced by seniors John Jenkins (SEC-leading 19.9 PPG) and Jeffery Taylor (17.4 PPG, 3rd in SEC). Jenkins averaged 18.0 PPG in three meetings against the Gators last year, and Taylor has scored at least 17 points in five straight contests. Seniors Lance Goulbourne (9.6 PPG, 7.0 RPG) and Festus Ezeli (9.0 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.2 BPG) provide the muscle inside. The FoxSheets provide another trend siding with the Commodores:

VANDERBILT is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons. The average score was VANDERBILT 70.5, OPPONENT 68.8 - (Rating = 2*).

The Gators beat the Commodores three times last year behind 18.7 PPG from Kenny Boynton. Florida has not only beaten its past six SEC foes by an average of 12.0 PPG, but the Gators have also won 10 of their 12 home games by at least a dozen points. Overall, they have reeled off 18 straight victories at the O’Connell Center. Florida won a hard-fought game, 74-66 over South Carolina on Thursday, as Boynton had a game-high 24 points. Freshman Bradley Beal had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the victory, while Erving Walker chipped in with 14 points and dished out seven assists. The FoxSheets provide another trend backing the Gators:

VANDERBILT is 2-11 ATS (18.1%, -10.1 Units) vs. teams who are called for 3+ less fouls/game than their opponents over the last 3 seasons. The average score was VANDERBILT 69.7, OPPONENT 68.8 - (Rating = 2*).
 

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Maryland hosts No. 5 UNC on Saturday

NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS (19-3)

at MARYLAND TERRAPINS (13-8)


Tip-off: Saturday, 4:00 p.m. EDT
Line: North Carolina -13, Total: 150.5

No. 5 North Carolina heads to the Comcast Center as heavy favorites to take on Maryland for the first time without Gary Williams since 1989.

The Terrapins have lost four of their past five games. UNC leads the nation with 84.1 PPG on offense, but it is 2-8 ATS (3-7 SU) in its past 10 trips to College Park. And in the past six meetings overall, the Tar Heels are just 1-5 ATS (2-4 SU).

Can struggling Maryland find a way to keep the final score close? Check out the College Basketball Weekday 6-Pack for picks covering all the big games in college basketball each week.

North Carolina has more scoring options than Roy Williams knows what to do with, but the team has stalled a bit over the past five games with just 74.8 PPG. The Tar Heels are led by small forward Harrison Barnes (17.3 PPG) who can take opponents off the dribble, and can also stroke it from deep, where he averages 1.3 threes per game. The biggest test for any Tar Heel opponent, however, is defending against their giants in the paint, Tyler Zeller (15.0 PPG, 9.7 RPG) and John Henson (14.2 PPG, 10.0 RPG). Both average above 50% from the field and dominate the boards in every game. Henson is also a beast on the defensive end where he swats away 3.3 BPG. With Kendall Marshall (9.5 APG) feeding those three the ball, North Carolina is dynamic on the offensive end. The FoxSheets provide another trend backing the Tar Heels:

Play On - Road favorites of 10 to 19.5 points (NORTH CAROLINA) - after allowing 60 points or less against opponent after scoring 25 points or less in the first half last game. (48-23 over the last 5 seasons.) (67.6%, +22.7 units. Rating = 2*).

The Terrapins have proven that they can handle the lines in ACC play so far this year (4-2-1 ATS) and have turned up their offense in their past two games, averaging 79.5 PPG in ATS wins over both Virginia Tech and Miami. Maryland’s offense has been the Terrell Stoglin (21.8 PPG) show this year. He has not shown any signs of slowing down, with 30.5 PPG in the team’s back-to-back ATS wins entering play on Saturday night. Sean Mosley (10.1 PPG) is the team’s second-leading scorer and averages 1.2 three-pointers per game. Alex Len, who finally looked healthy again playing 31 minutes against Miami, will be a big factor offensively and defensively in the post for the Terrapins. At 7-foot-1, he is one of the few people in the country who can match up with either Henson or Zeller. The FoxSheets have a three-star trend siding with the Terps:

Play Against - Favorites of 10 or more points (NORTH CAROLINA) - off 2 consecutive wins by 10 points or more against conference rivals, top level team, winning 80% or more of their games on the season. (113-59 over the last 5 seasons.) (65.7%, +48.1 units. Rating = 3*).
 

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Marquette-Notre Dame clash Saturday in South Bend

MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES (19-4, 8-2 Big East)

at NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH (14-8, 6-3 Big East)


Tip-Off: Saturday, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Line: Marquette -1, Total: 130

No. 15 Marquette looks to secure a firm hold on second place in the Big East when it travels to South Bend to take on surging Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon.

Marquette has rattled off seven consecutive SU wins after a rough 1-2 start in Big East play, and boasts an impressive 7-3 ATS record in conference games. The Golden Eagles have made a bad habit of falling behind early in games—down at halftime in four of their past seven wins, including first-half deficits of 16 and 18 against Louisville and Villanova, respectively—but playing exceptional ball in the second half to grind down opponents. The Irish experienced no letdown after handing Syracuse its first loss of the season, picking up two impressive road wins (SU and ATS) at Seton Hall and Connecticut.

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Marquette is beginning to distance itself from the rest of the pack in the Big East, posting a perfect 4-0 ATS mark in conference road games this season. The Golden Eagles are probably the only team with any legitimate chance—albeit small—of catching Syracuse for the regular season conference crown. They haven’t lost since dropping back-to-back road games to Georgetown and the Orange, led by the two-headed monster of seniors Darius Johnson-Odom (18.3 PPG—3rd in Big East) and Jae Crowder (16.6 PPG, 7.6 RPG). The tandem might be the best inside-outside combination in the conference, and Crowder is a matchup nightmare for opposing big men, shooting 39% from three-point range. At 6-feet-6-inches, Crowder is not the prototypical big man, but he is built like a truck and does a terrific job of outmuscling oversized opponents on the glass. Crowder’s partner in the paint—sophomore Davante Gardner (9.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG) is questionable for this game with a knee sprain that sidelined him for the Golden Eagles’ 66-59 win over Seton Hall on Tuesday night. The FoxSheets provide another trend siding with the Golden Eagles:

Play Against - Home teams where the line is +3 to -3 (NOTRE DAME) - after 4 straight games where both teams score 70 points or less. (104-58 over the last 5 seasons.) (64.2%, +40.2 units. Rating = 2*).

The Irish are flying high during their current three-game winning streak, but they have not scored more than 67 points in any of the three victories, and have scored in the 60s just twice in their last six games. Instead, the Irish play solid defense and grind opponents down with long possessions, draining timely baskets. Sophomore guards Eric Atkins (12.9 PPG) and Jerian Grant (12.7 PPG) lead the Irish backcourt, but they will need a big game from 6-foot-9 forward Jack Cooley (10.7 PPG, 8.4 RPG) inside against Crowder and the rest of Marquette’s physical lineup. Cooley had a workmanlike performance in the 50-48 win at UConn on Sunday, grabbing seven rebounds to go along with eight points (4-of-6 FG) against the Huskies’ large front line. The FoxSheets provide another trend backing the Irish:

NOTRE DAME is 15-5 ATS (75.0%, +9.5 Units) versus very good teams - outscoring their opponents by 8+ points/game after 15+ games over the last 3 seasons. The average score was NOTRE DAME 69.1, OPPONENT 66.4 - (Rating = 1*).
 

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All-Stars Involved In Saturday NBA Betting

The NBA announced the starters on Thursday that fans voted in for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game to be played at Orlando's Amway Center. Most of the names aren't all that surprising, and with 13 games on Saturday's docket, we will have a shot to engage in NBA betting action with almost all of the All-Stars being on the court over the course of the night.

It shouldn't be a shock that the Los Angeles Lakers are well-represented on the All-Star team. Kobe Bryant is an all-star for the 14th time in his career, and he is going to be joined by teammate Andrew Bynum.

These two men in purple and gold have a tough task ahead of them on Saturday night though, as they have to take on the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz might not have all that many stars to showcase, but they are winning as a team. Utah is 10-4 straight up and 9-5 against the spread at home, numbers which are dominant in comparison to the 2-7 SU and ATS marks that the Lakers have on the road.

Los Angeles and Utah tip-off at 9:00 p.m. (ET) on Saturday.

The Lakers have owned Tinseltown for quite some time, but this year, they most certainly have some company on the hardwood. The Los Angeles Clippers have a pair of players that will be starting in the All-Star Game in Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, who has been a fantastic addition to the Clip Joint, and the team is still on a roll.

Los Angeles proved that it had the goods to win road games, doing so for the first time in Utah since 2003 earlier this week. The Clippers are back on the road on Saturday at the lowly Washington Wizards in a 7:00 (ET) tip.

The last Western Conference All-Star is Kevin Durant, and his Oklahoma City Thunder have a challenge on their hands at the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.

San Antonio might have lost the first game between these two this year 108-96, but it had been dominating this series up to that point. The Spurs were 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS in the previous seven meetings of these potential playoff combatants. Oklahoma City has the best record in the league though at 17-4, so don’t expect to see the visitors back down in this 8:30 (ET) duel even though San Antonio is 12-1 SU and 9-4 ATS at home.

In the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat have two reps in the All-Star Game in the form of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Miami is off on Saturday.

Perhaps the biggest shock of the All-Star voting came when Carmelo Anthony was put on the team. He has been wildly inconsistent all season, and is playing on a New York Knicks team that is vastly underachieving. The Knicks play host to the New Jersey Nets on Saturday at 7:30 (ET).

New Jersey is hoping to snap a streak of eight straight ATS losses on Saturdays in this matchup, and the time might be just right against a New York squad that is only 3-11 ATS in its last 14 home games.

Not a shock is seeing Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose voted in as starters for the All-Star Game. These two could be teammates by the end of the year, as the Orlando Magic are clearly going to be shopping Howard on the trade market. Chicago is one of the teams that has the assets to get the deal done.

Howard's Magic are going to have an interesting Saturday, as they have to travel in from Cincinnati to reach their game against the Indiana Pacers in a poorly scheduled game on the eve of the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. The tip is set for 7:00 (ET), and coverage can be found on NBA TV.

Chicago is on the road Saturday as well with a trip to face the Milwaukee Bucks, who have suddenly become world beaters after taking down the Heat for the second time this year last week. This one from Bradley Center gets started at 8:30 (ET).

The other 7:00 (ET) tip time pits the Atlanta Hawks against the Philadelphia 76ers in a battle of two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

At 7:30 (ET), the Detroit Pistons host the New Orleans Hornets in a battle of two of the worst teams in the league, while the Dallas Mavericks hope to stay hot when they head to Quicken Loans Arena to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Houston Rockets take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in an 8:00 (ET) showdown, while the Charlotte Bobcats and Phoenix Suns get it on at 9:00 (ET).

The night wraps up with the Golden State Warriors at the Sacramento Kings and the Denver Nuggets taking on the Portland Trail Blazers. Both games are 10:00 (ET) start times.
 

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Game Score Status Pick Amount

Seton Hall - 12:00 PM ET Connecticut -8.5 500
Connecticut - Over 126 500

Syracuse - 12:00 PM ET Syracuse -13.5 500
St. John's - Over 137 500

Detroit - 12:00 PM ET Detroit +3.5 500
Butler - Under 134 500

La Salle - 12:00 PM ET St. Joseph's -2 500
St. Joseph's - Over 141.5 500

Virginia - 1:00 PM ET Florida St. -5 500
Florida St. - Over 119 500

Xavier - 1:00 PM ET Xavier +5 500
Memphis - Under 139.5 500

Charlotte - 1:00 PM ET Charlotte -3.5 500
Fordham -

Boston College - 1:00 PM ET Boston College +9 500
Georgia Tech - Over 122.5 500

Marquette - 1:00 PM ET Marquette -2 500
Notre Dame - Under 128 500

Vanderbilt - 1:00 PM ET Florida -6 500
Florida - Under 145 500

Wake Forest - 1:00 PM ET Wake Forest +13.5 500
N.C. State - Over 141.5 500

IUPU - Ft. Wayne - 1:00 PM ET Indiana - Purdue -6.5 500
Indiana - Purdue - Under 145.5 500

Baylor - 1:45 PM ET Baylor -6.5 500
Oklahoma St. - Over 140.5 500

Arkansas - 1:45 PM ET Louisiana State -4.5 500
Louisiana State - Over 136 500

Georgia Southern - 2:00 PM ET Western Carolina -6 500
Western Carolina -

Wis.-Milwaukee - 2:00 PM ET Green Bay -1.5 500
Green Bay - Over 125 500

Charleston - 2:00 PM ET Appalachian St. +1 500
Appalachian St. - Over 135.5 500

Ohio St. - 2:00 PM ET Ohio St. -3.5 500
Wisconsin - Over 116 500

Delaware - 2:00 PM ET James Madison -4 500
James Madison - Under 137.5 500

Samford - 2:00 PM ET Samford +11 500
Wofford -

Temple - 2:00 PM ET Rhode Island +8.5 500
Rhode Island - Over 143 500

Central Michigan - 2:00 PM ET ( Ohio -14 500 GOM )
Ohio -

NC-Greensboro - 3:00 PM ET NC-Greensboro +6.5 500
Furman -

Penn St. - 3:00 PM ET Penn St. +6.5 500
Iowa - Under 136 500

Central Florida - 3:00 PM ET Central Florida -3.5 500
Southern Methodist - Over 117.5 500

Arizona - 3:00 PM ET Stanford -3.5 500
Stanford - Over 129.5 500

Evansville - 3:05 PM ET Evansville -2 500
Southern Illinois - Under 141.5 500

New Mexico - 4:00 PM ET Boise St. +7.5 500
Boise St. -

Chattanooga - 4:00 PM ET Davidson -16 500
Davidson - Over 150.5 500

Auburn - 4:00 PM ET Auburn +12 500
Mississippi St. - Over 128.5 500

North Carolina - 4:00 PM ET Maryland +11.5 500
Maryland -

Georgia St - 4:00 PM ET Georgia St -3 500
Hofstra - Over 126.5 500

UNLV - 4:00 PM ET Wyoming +3.5 500
Wyoming - Under 125.5 500

Miami (OH) - 4:00 PM ET Ball St. -7 500
Ball St. - Over 120 500

Texas A&M - 4:00 PM ET Kansas St. -11.5 500
Kansas St. -

Clemson - 4:00 PM ET Clemson +3 500
Virginia Tech -

Rutgers - 4:00 PM ET Rutgers +10.5 500
Louisville - Over 127 500

Middle Tennessee St. - 4:00 PM ET Denver -2.5 500
Denver - Over 125 500

Old Dominion - 5:00 PM ET George Mason -5 500
George Mason -

Oregon St. - 5:00 PM ET Oregon St. -13 500
Utah -

UCLA - 5:00 PM ET UCLA -3 500
Washington St. -

Rice - 5:00 PM ET Rice +3.5 500
East Carolina - Under 139 500

Creighton - 5:00 PM ET Creighton -1.5 500
Northern Iowa -

Air Force - 5:00 PM ET Colorado St. -8 500
Colorado St. -

Arizona St. - 5:00 PM ET (California -18.5 500 GOM)
California -

Dayton - 5:00 PM ET Dayton +12 500
Saint Louis -

Tennessee Tech - 5:30 PM ET Jacksonville St. +2.5 500
Jacksonville St. -

Kentucky - 6:00 PM ET Kentucky -12 500
South Carolina -

Pennsylvania - 6:00 PM ET Pennsylvania -7 500
Brown -

Iowa St. - 6:00 PM ET Oklahoma -2 500
Oklahoma -

Northern Illinois - 6:00 PM ET Northern Illinois +15.5 500
Bowling Green -


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Pittsburgh - 1:00 PM ET Boston -145 500
Boston - Under 5.5 500

New Jersey - 1:00 PM ET Philadelphia -167 500
Philadelphia - Over 5.5 500

Washington - 2:00 PM ET Montreal -117 500
Montreal - Over 5 500

Vancouver - 3:00 PM ET Colorado +129 500
Colorado - Over 5.5 500
 

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Saturday’s betting tips: Barnes iffy for UNC

Who’s hot

NBA: The under is 11-2 in Sacramento’s last 13 overall.

NBA: Denver is 23-6 against the spread in its last 29 road games.

NCAAB: Syracuse is 19-7 against the spread in its last 26 road games.

NCAAB: The under is 9-0 in Notre Dame’s last nine home games.

NHL: New Jersey has won seven of its last 10 road games.

NHL: San Jose has won 10 of its last 12 meetings with Phoenix.

Who’s not

NBA: Golden State is 2-5 against the spread in its last seven overall.

NBA: Utah has dropped four of its last five against the spread vs. the Lakers.

NCAAB: North Carolina is 1-5 against the spread in its last six meetings with Maryland.

NCAAB: Virginia is 2-9 against the spread in its last 11 meetings with Florida State.

NHL: The over is 4-13-4 in Colorado’s last 21 overall.

NHL: Florida is 1-8 in its last nine road games.

Key stat

8 – The Iowa Hawkeyes are the only team in the country with eight players who have attempted at least 125 field goals. They have five players putting up more than eight points per game, helping the club average 74 points per contest. Iowa is set as a 7-point home favorite against Penn State Saturday.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Harrison Barnes, North Carolina Tar Heels – Barnes is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game against Maryland with a sprained left ankle. The forward hurt his ankle in Tuesday’s win at Wake Forest. He was able to return to the game, but was on crutches Wednesday. X-rays came back negative but he didn’t practice Thursday.

Game of the day

Kansas Jayhawks at Missouri Tigers (-2.5, 147.5)

Notable quotable

"I got a text from Gretzky, which is unbelievable. He’s the greatest player of all time and to get a text from him … it's just so classy for him to do. And actually Paul Coffey called me this morning. For them to take the time out to call me after a game like last night … it's just so special and it shows a lot about the kind of people they are." – Edmonton Oilers forward Sam Gagner after scoring eight points against the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night, tying Gretzky and Coffey for the single-game franchise record. The Oilers take on the Detroit Red Wings Saturday.

Note and tips

Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun will take an indefinite medical leave of absence to deal with spinal stenosis, which causes pain and limits mobility. Friday's announcement marks the third time that the Hall of Fame coach has left the Huskies for medical reasons. Associate head coach George Blaney will guide the team in Saturday's game versus Big East foe Seton Hall and Monday's tilt against Louisville. Calhoun has guided the Huskies to three national championships.

Free agent forward Kenyon Martin has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract to play with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Yahoo! Sports on Friday. Martin signed a contract with the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association earlier this season, which could delay his debut with the Clippers until after Feb. 16. The 34-year-old averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in 48 games for the Denver Nuggets last season.

Syracuse men's basketball center Fab Melo was reinstated from suspension and will be available for Saturday's game against St. John's. Orange coach Jim Boehim said he was uncertain whether Melo will start or come off the bench. He had been suspended due to an academic issue. The 7-foot Melo started the first 20 games, averaging 7.2 points and 5.7 rebounds to go with a team-high 60 blocked shots. Syracuse (22-1, 9-1) suffered its first loss of the season without Melo, losing at Notre Dame on Jan. 21.

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard will be sidelined at least two games with a broken finger on his right hand, the team announced on Friday. Howard suffered the injury during the third period of Thursday's 4-3 shootout victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The All-Star netminder will miss the team's next two games of the road trip before being re-evaluated on Tuesday. The 27-year-old Howard has posted a 32-11-1 mark with five shutouts and a 2.03 goals-against average this season. Detroit recalled goaltender Joey MacDonald from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. Ty Conklin will likely receive the start versus the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
 

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Armadillo: Saturday's six-pack

Bonuses received by the top six picks in LY's baseball draft:

6) Anthony Rendon, 3B, Nationals-- $6,000,000

5) Bubba Starling, OF, Royals-- $7,500,000

4) Dylan Bundy, P, Orioles-- $4,000,000

3) Trevor Bauer, P, Arizona-- $3,400,000

2) Danny Hultzen, P, Mariners-- $6,350,000

1) Gerrit Cole, P, Pirates-- $8,000,000


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Armadillo: Saturday's List of 13: Clearing out a cluttered mind.......

13) To me, an avid A’s fan, one of the most interesting aspects of Moneyball is how little Billy Beane watches the actual games, saying it helps him avoid making emotional decisions; that’s something for me to think about today, the day after I watched the Washington Huskies beat UCLA 71-69 in game I picked on this website (unfortunately, I had Washington -3.5).

12) My reason for bringing this up is that I got really annoyed during the game with Washington’s casual disrespect for the ball; very few pass fakes, lazy one-hand passes, even one behind-the-back bounce pass in the normal course of running the offense, which was easily picked off by the defense. (In all my years watching basketball, I had never seen a behind-the-back bounce pass except in transition, and there were very few of those).

Washington is a very talented team, but they play fast and loose-- Coach Romar benched his point guard for the last 8:00 of the game, and the team played better without him, a lot better.

11) Lesson learned is that while there is information to be gained by watching, you have to detach yourself from the result to properly analyze whats going on. Hopefully I learned that lesson last night. Its important for me to watch the games, but only to gain knowledge.

10) UCLA is now 0-5 in Pac-12 games played outside LA; their only road win was at USC.

9) Knicks have been on ESPN/TNT three times in last eight nights; don’t the TV programmers know the Knicks aren’t good?

8) ESPN’s Hubie Brown ripped NBA players who campaign to be traded in the media, saying significant fines would put an end to such nonsense. If you’re not happy where you are, it reduces your chances of being happy in your next stop, especially when you’re getting paid millions to be there.

7) Speaking of overpaid, Simon Cowell is rumored to be offering Beyonce Knowles $100M to be a judge on X Factor; exactly where does that money come from?

Would her presence on the show recoup the production company their $100M back? I’m not saying it wouldn’t, I’m just wondering.

6) For 30 minutes Thursday, Murray State looked like a team playing with a big load on their shoulders, the load of being a mid-major that’s the last unbeaten team left in country; hopefully they’ll learn to deal with it.

5) Excellent coaching job being done by NC-Greensboro interim coach Wes Miller, who has the Spartans at 9-14 after being 1-11 at one point. Greensboro actually leads their half of the Southern Conference.

4) Bill Belichick’s non-Brady NFL coaching record: 52-62.

I’m just sayin’…….

3) Looking ahead to when I retire from my day job in three years, I’m planning on going to A’s spring training for a week or so; I’ve never been to spring training. Hopefully they’ll get the go-ahead for that stadium in San Jose this summer, which would make 2016 the year they resume trying to win, so spring training would be a little more fun than usual.

2) I’m wondering why college basketball doesn’t have a Signing Day like college football does, then the next second I realize how thankful I am that they don’t; players are full enough of themselves as they are, and yes, I know I sound old when I say that.

1) I’m totally sick of hearing about Peyton Manning’s neck, but it should be pointed out that older brother Cooper’s football career as a WR at Ole Miss also ended because of a neck injury.
 

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This isn't all of today's schedule. I'll try to find time to finish this report later. If Dunkel finishes pretty soon, There'll be no problem getting it in.

Marquette at Notre Dame
The Golden Eagles look to build on their 4-0 ATS record in their last 4 road games. Marquette is the pick (-1) according to Dunkel, which has the Golden Eagles favored by 3. Dunkel Pick: Marquette (-1). Here are all of today's early games.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Game 527-528: South Florida at Georgetown (11:00 a.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: South Florida 62.994; Georgetown 73.734
Dunkel Line: Georgetown by 10 1/2; 117
Vegas Line: Georgetown by 9; 114 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Georgetown (-9); Over

Game 529-530: Eastern Michigan at Akron (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Easter Michigan 50.008; Akron 66.344
Dunkel Line: Akron by 16 1/2; 111
Vegas Line: Akron by 14 1/2; 115
Dunkel Pick Akron (-14 1/2); Under

Game 531-532: Detroit at Butler (12:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit 56.710; Butler 58.429
Dunkel Line: Butler by 1 1/2; 138
Vegas Line: Butler by 4; 133 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (+4); Over

Game 533-534: Seton Hall at Connecticut (12:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Seton Hall 62.156; Connecticut 70.509
Dunkel Line: Connecticut by 8 1/2; 121
Vegas Line: Connecticut by 7; 125
Dunkel Pick: Connecticut (-7); Under

Game 535-536: Syracuse at St. John's (12:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Syracuse 75.046; St. John's 60.399
Dunkel Line: Syracuse by 14 1/2; 131
Vegas Line: Syracuse by 12 1/2; 136
Dunkel Pick: Syracuse (-12 1/2); Under

Game 537-538: Boston College at Georgia Tech (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston College 50.152; Georgia Tech 59.149
Dunkel Line: Georgia Tech by 9; 127
Vegas Line: Georgia Tech by 10; 122 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Boston College (+10); Over

Game 539-540: Xavier at Memphis (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Xavier 62.282; Memphis 70.788
Dunkel Line: Memphis by 8 1/2; 135
Vegas Line: Memphis by 7; 140
Dunkel Pick: Memphis (-7); Under

Game 541-542: Virginia at Florida State (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Virginia 68.084; Florida State 70.974
Dunkel Line: Florida State by 3; 119
Vegas Line: Florida State by 5; 114 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Virginia (+5); Over

Game 543-544: Wake Forest at NC State (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Wake Forest 53.502; NC State 65.154
Dunkel Line: NC State by 11 1/2;
Vegas Line: NC State by 14; 140 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Wake Forest (+14);

Game 545-546: Vanderbilt at Florida (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Vanderbilt 67.788; Florida 76.959
Dunkel Line: Florida by 9; 150
Vegas Line: Florida by 6 1/2; 145 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Florida (-6 1/2); Over

Game 547-548: Charlotte at Fordham (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Charlotte 54.768; Fordham 51.252
Dunkel Line: Charlotte by 3 1/2; 128
Vegas Line: Charlotte by 2 1/2; 133
Dunkel Pick: Charlotte (-2 1/2); Under

Game 549-550: Marquette at Notre Dame (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Marquette 69.254; Notre Dame 66.159
Dunkel Line: Marquette by 3; 125
Vegas Line: Marquette by 1; 129
Dunkel Pick: Marquette (-1); Under

Game 551-552: Arkansas at LSU (1:45 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Arkansas 60.524; LSU 66.029
Dunkel Line: LSU by 5 1/2; 137
Vegas Line: LSU by 4; 134 1/2
Dunkel Pick: LSU (-4); Over

Game 553-554: Baylor at Oklahoma State (1:45 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Baylor 72.310; Oklahoma State 64.932
Dunkel Line: Baylor by 7 1/2; 144
Vegas Line: Baylor by 6; 139 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Baylor (-6); Over

Game 555-556: LaSalle at St. Joseph's (12:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LaSalle 62.637; St. Joseph's 65.691
Dunkel Line: St. Joseph's by 3; 133
Vegas Line: St. Joseph's by 1; 140
Dunkel Pick: St. Joseph's (-1); Under

Game 557-558: Temple at Rhode Island (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Temple 67.099; Rhode Island 55.850
Dunkel Line: Temple by 11; 141
Vegas Line: Temple by 9 1/2; 143
Dunkel Pick: Temple (-9 1/2); Under

Game 559-560: Delaware at James Madison (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Delaware 54.213; James Madison 53.160
Dunkel Line: Delaware by 1; 142
Vegas Line: James Madison by 3 1/2; 137
Dunkel Pick: Delaware (+3 1/2); Over

Game 561-562: Ohio State at Wisconsin (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Ohio State 75.362; Wisconsin 76.603
Dunkel Line: Wisconsin by 1; 108
Vegas Line: Ohio State by 2; 114 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Wisconsin (+2); Under

Game 563-564: WI-Milwaukee at WI-Green Bay (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: WI-Milwaukee 56.663; WI-Green Bay 53.056
Dunkel Line: WI-Milwaukee by 3 1/2; 125
Vegas Line: Pick; 122 1/2
Dunkel Pick: WI-Milwaukee; Over

Game 565-566: Central Michigan at Ohio (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Central Michigan 47.071; Ohio 63.679
Dunkel Line: Ohio by 16 1/2; 121
Vegas Line: Ohio by 14; 127
Dunkel Pick: Ohio (-14); Under

Game 567-568: Arizona at Stanford (3:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Arizona 66.930; Stanford 65.276
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 1 1/2; 133
Vegas Line: Stanford by 3; 129
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (+3); Over

Game 569-570: Penn State at Iowa (3:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Penn State 58.266; Iowa 63.248
Dunkel Line: Iowa by 5; 135
Vegas Line: Iowa by 7; 138 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Penn State (+7); Under

Game 571-572: Evansville at Southern Illinois (3:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Evansville 57.626; Southern Illinois 57.582
Dunkel Line: Even; 147
Vegas Line: Evansville by 2; 142
Dunkel Pick: Southern Illinois (+2); Over

Game 573-574: Central Florida at SMU (3:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Central Florida 60.763; SMU 55.591
Dunkel Line: Central Florida by 5; 121
Vegas Line: Central Florida by 3 1/2; 116
Dunkel Pick: Central Florida (+3 1/2); Over

Game 575-576: North Carolina at Maryland (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: North Carolina 76.250; Maryland 60.421
Dunkel Line: North Carolina by 16; 144
Vegas Line: North Carolina by 13; 150 1/2
Dunkel Pick: North Carolina (-13); Under

Game 577-578: Clemson at Virginia Tech (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Clemson 60.235; Virginia Tech 63.321
Dunkel Line: Virginia Tech by 3; 127
Vegas Line: Virginia Tech by 4 1/2; 123
Dunkel Pick: Clemson (+4 1/2); Over

Game 579-580: Georgia State at Hofstra (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Georgia State 58.388; Hofstra 57.145
Dunkel Line: Georgia State by 1; 119
Vegas Line: Georgia State by 3 1/2; 124
Dunkel Pick: Hofstra (+3 1/2); Under

Game 581-582: Texas A&M at Kansas State (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas A&M 60.237; Kansas State 74.138
Dunkel Line: Kansas State by 14; 127
Vegas Line: Kansas State by 11 1/2; 123 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Kansas State (-11 1/2); Over

Game 583-584: Rutgers at Louisville (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Rutgers 60.615; Louisville 72.975
Dunkel Line: Louisville by 12 1/2; 123
Vegas Line: Louisville by 10 1/2; 126
Dunkel Pick: Louisville (-10 1/2); Under

Game 585-586: UNLV at Wyoming (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: UNLV 71.148; Wyoming 65.552
Dunkel Line: UNLV by 5 1/2; 132
Vegas Line: UNLV by 4 1/2; 126
Dunkel Pick: UNLV (-4 1/2); Over

Game 587-588: New Mexico at Boise State (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New Mexico 68.307; Boise State 61.137
Dunkel Line: New Mexico by 7; 127
Vegas Line: New Mexico by 8; 135 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Boise State (+8); Under

Game 589-590: Auburn at Mississippi State (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Auburn 57.036; Mississippi State 67.639
Dunkel Line: Mississippi State by 10 1/2; 124
Vegas Line: Mississippi State by 12 1/2; 127 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Auburn (+12 1/2); Under

Game 591-592: Miami (OH) at Ball State (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Miami (OH) 52.237; Ball State 56.396
Dunkel Line: Ball State by 4; 122
Vegas Line: Ball State by 6; 119
Dunkel Pick: Miami (OH) (+6); Over

Game 593-594: Old Dominion at George Mason (5:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Old Dominion 56.155; George Mason 63.697
Dunkel Line: George Mason by 7 1/2; 120
Vegas Line: George Mason by 5; 124 1/2
Dunkel Pick: George Mason (-5); Under

Game 595-596: Rice at East Carolina (5:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Rice 55.263; East Carolina 60.545
Dunkel Line: East Carolina by 5 1/2; 145
Vegas Line: East Carolina by 4; 139 1/2
Dunkel Pick: East Carolina (-4); Over

Game 597-598: Air Force at Colorado State (5:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Air Force 54.622; Colorado State 60.623
Dunkel Line: Colorado State by 6; 127
Vegas Line: Colorado State by 8 1/2; 125 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Air Force (+8 1/2); Over

Game 599-600: Creighton at Northern Iowa (5:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Creighton 65.380; Northern Iowa 66.618
Dunkel Line: Northern Iowa by 1; 132
Vegas Line: Creighton by 2; 136 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Northern Iowa (+2); Under

Game 601-602: UCLA at Washington State (5:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: UCLA 65.732; Washington State 61.586
Dunkel Line: UCLA by 4; 144
Vegas Line: UCLA by 2; 139
Dunkel Pick: UCLA (-2); Over

Game 603-604: Dayton at St. Louis (5:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Dayton 57.568; St. Louis 70.828
Dunkel Line: St. Louis by 13 1/2; 131
Vegas Line: St. Louis by 12; 136
Dunkel Pick: St. Louis (-12); Under

Game 605-606: Arizona State at California (5:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Arizona State 51.930; California 68.307
Dunkel Line: California by 16 1/2; 122
Vegas Line: California by 19; 126 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Arizona State (+19); Under

Game 607-608: Oregon State at Utah (5:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oregon State 64.139; Utah 48.556
Dunkel Line: Oregon State by 14 1/2; 142
Vegas Line: Oregon State by 13; 139 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Oregon State (-13); Over

Game 609-610: Iowa State at Oklahoma (6:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Iowa State 67.786; Oklahoma 66.716
Dunkel Line: Iowa State by 1; 144
Vegas Line: Oklahoma by 1 1/2; 139 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Iowa State (+1 1/2); Over

Game 611-612: Kentucky at South Carolina (6:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Kentucky 74.135; South Carolina 63.715
Dunkel Line: Kentucky by 10 1/2; 126
Vegas Line: Kentucky by 12 1/2; 129
Dunkel Pick: South Carolina (+12 1/2); Under

Game 613-614: Middle Tennessee State at Denver (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Middle Tennessee State 63.098; Denver 60.665
Dunkel Line: Middle Tennessee State by 2 1/2; 120
Vegas Line: Denver by 1; 124
Dunkel Pick: Middle Tennessee State (+1); Under

Game 615-616: Northern Illinois at Bowling Green (6:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Northern Illinois 41.618; Bowling Green 57.857
Dunkel Line: Bowling Green by 16; 129
Vegas Line: Bowling Green by 18; 124 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Northern Illinois (+18); Over

Game 617-618: Pennsylvania at Brown (6:00 p.m. EST)
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Game 619-620: Princeton at Yale (6:00 p.m. EST)
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Game 621-622: Cornell at Dartmouth (7:00 p.m. EST)
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Game 623-624: Columbia at Harvard (7:00 p.m. EST)
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Game 625-626: Western Michigan at Kent State (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Western Michigan 52.118; Kent State 61.736
Dunkel Line: Kent State by 9 1/2; 145
Vegas Line: Kent State by 10 1/2; 140 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Western Michigan (+10 1/2); Over

Game 627-628: Buffalo at Toledo (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Buffalo 57.332; Toledo 53.466
Dunkel Line: Buffalo by 4; 133
Vegas Line: Buffalo by 6; 137 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Toledo (+6); Under

Game 629-630: William & Mary at NC-Wilmington (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: William & Mary 45.520; NC-Wilmington 51.349
Dunkel Line: NC-Wilmington by 6; 136
Vegas Line: NC-Wilmington by 8 1/2; 132 1/2
Dunkel Pick: William & Mary (+8 1/2); Over

Game 631-632: Drexel at Towson (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Drexel 60.237; Towson 44.387
Dunkel Line: Drexel by 16; 105
Vegas Line: Drexel by 18 1/2; 109
Dunkel Pick: Towson (+18 1/2); Under

Game 633-634: DePaul at Cincinnati (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: DePaul 56.529; Cincinnati 69.258
Dunkel Line: Cincinnati by 12 1/2; 152
Vegas Line: Cincinnati by 14 1/2; 146
Dunkel Pick: DePaul (+14 1/2); Over

Game 635-636: CS-Northridge at Long Beach State (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: CS-Northridge 43.379; Long Beach State 65.021
Dunkel Line: Long Beach State by 21 1/2; 139
Vegas Line: Long Beach State by 23; 144 1/2
Dunkel Pick: CS-Northridge (+23); Under

Game 637-638: Florida International at Florida Atlantic (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Florida International 49.499; Florida Atlantic 55.633
Dunkel Line: Florida Atlantic by 6; 120
Vegas Line: Florida Atlantic by 9; 124
Dunkel Pick: Florida International (+9); Under

Game 639-640: Santa Clara at San Diego (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Santa Clara 48.332; San Diego 53.655
Dunkel Line: San Diego by 5; 150
Vegas Line: San Diego by 7; 145 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Santa Clara (+7); Over

Game 641-642: Texas Tech at Texas (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas Tech 49.964; Texas 72.303
Dunkel Line: Texas by 22 1/2; 126
Vegas Line: Texas by 18 1/2; 130
Dunkel Pick: Texas (-18 1/2); Under

Game 643-644: Indiana at Purdue (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Indiana 66.326; Purdue 68.120
Dunkel Line: Purdue by 2; 145
Vegas Line: Purdue by 3 1/2; 142
Dunkel Pick: Indiana (+3 1/2); Over

Game 645-646: Richmond at Duquesne (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Richmond 57.642; Duquesne 60.981
Dunkel Line: Duquesne by 3 1/2; 147
Vegas Line: Duquesne by 5 1/2; 142
Dunkel Pick: Richmond (+5 1/2); Over

Game 647-648: Massachusetts at George Washington (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Massachusetts 62.057; George Washington 58.134
Dunkel Line: Massachusetts by 4; 133
Vegas Line: Massachusetts by 2; 139
Dunkel Pick: Massachusetts (-2); Under

Game 649-650: Northeastern at VCU (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Northeastern 50.995; VCU 66.719
Dunkel Line: VCU by 15 1/2; 118
Vegas Line: VCU by 13 1/2; 123
Dunkel Pick: VCU (-13 1/2); Under

Game 651-652: Mississippi at Alabama (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Mississippi 60.495; Alabama 74.092
Dunkel Line: Alabama by 13 1/2; 127
Vegas Line: Alabama by 11; 123 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Alabama (-11); Over

Game 653-654: South Alabama at Western Kentucky (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: South Alabama 49.610; Western Kentucky 55.106
Dunkel Line: Western Kentucky by 5 1/2; 124
Vegas Line: Western Kentucky by 3; 128
Dunkel Pick: Western Kentucky (-3); Under

Game 655-656: Georgia at Tennessee (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Georgia 57.001; Tennessee 64.358
Dunkel Line: Tennessee by 7+ 1/2; 120
Vegas Line: Tennessee by 8 1/2; 117 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Tennessee (+8 1/2); Over

Game 657-658: UL-Monroe at Arkansas Little Rock (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: UL-Monroe 43.177; Arkansas Little Rock 54.111
Dunkel Line: Arkansas Little Rock by 11; 126
Vegas Line: Arkansas Little Rock by 13; 122
Dunkel Pick: UL-Monroe (+13); Over

Game 659-660: Missouri State at Drake (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Missouri State 60.104; Drake 63.508
Dunkel Line: Drake by 3 1/2; 128
Vegas Line: Drake by 1; 131
Dunkel Pick: Drake (-1); Under

Game 661-662: Bradley at Illinois State (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Bradley 47.676; Illinois State 58.079
Dunkel Line: Illinois State by 10 1/2; 139
Vegas Line: Illinois State by 12; 136 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Bradley (+12); Over

Game 663-664: Houston at Tulane (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Houston 51.845; Tulane 57.138
Dunkel Line: Tulane by 5 1/2; 133
Vegas Line: Tulane by 8; 135 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Houston (+8); Under

Game 665-666: Marshall at Tulsa (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Marshall 59.966; Tulsa 61.595
Dunkel Line: Tulsa by 1 1/2; 122
Vegas Line: Tulsa by 3; 127
Dunkel Pick: Marshall (+3); Under

Game 667-668: Wright State at Valparaiso (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Wright State 51.640; Valparaiso 61.928
Dunkel Line: Valparaiso by 10 1/2; 129
Vegas Line: Valparaiso by 9; 125
Dunkel Pick: Valparaiso (-9); Over

Game 669-670: UL-Lafayette at Troy (8:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: UL-Lafayette 54.932; Troy 50.343
Dunkel Line: UL-Lafayette by 4 1/2; 150
Vegas Line: UL-Lafayette by 2; 146
Dunkel Pick: UL-Lafayette (-2); Over

Game 671-672: Hawaii at San Jose State (9:00 p.m. EST)
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Game 673-674: Oregon at Colorado (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oregon 62.166; Colorado 65.444
Dunkel Line: Colorado by 3 1/2; 136
Vegas Line: Colorado by 6; 138
Dunkel Pick: Oregon (+6); Under

Game 675-676: UAB at UTEP (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: UAB 57.014; UTEP 59.135
Dunkel Line: UTEP by 2; 120
Vegas Line: UTEP by 4; 115 1/2
Dunkel Pick: UAB (+4); Over

Game 677-678: UC-Santa Barbara at CS-Fullerton (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: UC-Santa Barbara 56.292; CS-Fullerton 55.320
Dunkel Line: UC-Santa Barbara by 1; 138
Vegas Line: CS-Fullerton by 2 1/2; 143
Dunkel Pick: CS-Fullerton (+2 1/2); Under
 

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Saturday, February 4


South Florida won four of last five games, is 3-2 vs spread as a Big East underdog, 1-2 on road. losing away games by 11 at Notre Dame, 20 at Marquette, with wins at Villanova/DePaul. Georgetown is 1-4 as a Big East home favorite, winning home games by 9-3-2-14 points, with loss to Cincinnati. Big East home favorites of 6+ points are 14-20-1 against the spread. Hoyas won four of last five series games, with three of four wins by 10+ points.

Virginia is 5-2 in ACC, with five of seven games decided by 3 points or less; underdogs covered six of the seven games, with Cavaliers 2-0 as a road underdog- their ACC losses are by 3 at Duke, 2 to Va Tech. Florida State won its last six games (5-1 vs spread); they're 3-0 at home in ACC, winning by 33-14-14 points. Seminoles are 2-2 as favorite, 1-1 at home. ACC single digit home favorites are 2-9 against the spread. Florida State allowed 52-54 points in winning its last two games.

Vanderbilt is 4-13 in its last 17 games with Florida, losing seven of last eight visits here, with losses by 10-8-23-10-22-14-4 points. Vandy was 0-3 against Gators LY, losing by 4-10-11 points. Commodores are 5-2 in SEC, giving up 78-82 points in two losses, 66 or less in five wins, with an average of 52.8 ppg. SEC home favorites of 5+ points are 8-13 against the spread. Florida won its last six games; they're 2-2 as home favorites, winning at home by 22-12-12-8 points.

Home team won five of last seven Marquette-Notre Dame games, with Eagles losing three of last four visits here, with losses by 12-3-5 points. Notre Dame is slowing games down and has found success, winning last three games while allowing 49.3 ppg; Irish are 3-1 at home, with a win over Syracuse and loss to UConn. Big East home underdogs of 3 or less points are 4-7 against the spread. Marquette won its last seven games, with wins by 7 at Providence, 4 at Villanova.

Home side won nine of last ten Ohio State-Wisconsin games; Buckeyes lost last seven visits to Madison by 30-6-5-3-5-22-4 points. Big Dozen home underdogs of 5 or less points are 11-3 against the spread. Ohio St is 7-2 in conference but just 2-2 on road, losing by 4 at Indiana, by 5 at Illinois- they've won at Iowa/Nebraska. Wisconsin won its last six games after starting 1-3 in Big Dozen play- they've won their last three home games, allowing 50.7 ppg.

Arizona won its last five games with Stanford, winning by 2-9 points in last two visits here; Wildcats trailed 22-8 Thursday at Cal, rallied to win by 4, their 4th straight road cover. Arizona is 3-1 as Pac-12 underdog on road, losing by 7 at UCLA, 1 at Colorado. Pac-12 home favorites of 4 or less points are 5-6 against the spread. Stanford is 5-0 at home in league, 1-4 on road, allowing 55 ppg at home, with wins by 1-8-3-20-24 points. Arizona's last three losses were by a total of five points.

Old Dominion shot 29.5% from floor, 12-25 from line in 63-54 loss at home to George Mason Jan 4; Monarchs had 19 offensive boards, but they missed ton of shots. ODU won four in a row, eight of its last nine games- they're 5-1 on CAA road, with only loss by 13 at VCU. Mason had six-game win streak snapped Wednesday at Delaware; Patriots are 2-4 as CAA home fave, winning in Fairfax by 14-3-26-12-6-10 points. CAA home favorites of 7 or less points are 7-10 against the spread.

Middle Tennessee-Denver were stranded at same gate in Dallas airport, with snow in Demver cancelling their flights; Blue Raiders are 10-0 so far in conference play, with four of five road wins by 10+ points- they've allowed average of 54.3 ppg in last four games. Sun Belt home favorites of 5 or less points are 4-8 against the spread. Denver split its last four games, with both losses in OT; they're 3-1 at home in conference play, with only loss as 14-point favorite to Ark-Little Rock.

Indiana lost its last five games with Purdue, losing by 14-19-14 points in its last three visits here; Hoosiers lost five of last seven games, with only wins at home vs Penn State/Iowa- they're 1-3 as Big Dozen road dog, losing on road by 15-17-1-7-12 points, with only win at Penn State. Big Dozen home favorites of 5 or less points are 5-7 against spread. Boilers are 3-4 in last seven games, 1-4 vs spread in last five; they're 1-3 as Big Dozen home favorite, losing two of their last three home games.

Oregon won/covered four of its five Pac-12 road games, with only loss at Washington by 16; Ducks won five of last six games overall- they're 0-3 when they allow 76+ points, 7-0 when they allow less. Colorado is 6-0 at home in conference, 5-1 as home favorite, with five of six wins by 11+ points. Buffs are 9-2 against teams not ranked in top 100. Pac-12 home favorites of 6+ points are 17-9-1 against the spread. Oregon lost six of nine games against teams ranked in top 80.

Santa Barbara (-9) held Fullerton to 34% from floor, 7-24 from arc in its 77-64 over the Titans Jan 5; Gauchos won five of last six series games, but are 3-4 in last seven visits here. UCSB is 4-1 on Big West road, with only loss by 9 at Riverside. Big West home favorites of 7 or less points are 2-8 against the spread. Fullerton won four of last five games; they're 4-0 at home in Big West, winning by 1-5-11-22 points; they're 1-4 vs teams ranked in top 150, with only win Thursday vs Cal Poly.

Kansas visits Columbia for last time as Big X rivals before Mizzou runs off to SEC; Jayhawks won five in row, 10 of last 11 games vs Missouri, winning four of last five visits here, 77-56/70-66 last two seasons. Big X home teams are 5-1-1 vs spread when number is 3 or less points. Tigers are 4-0 at home in conference, with all four wins by 11+ points. Kansas is 3-1 on Big X road, with only loss by 8 at Iowa State. ESPN Gameday is in Columbia for this big rivalry game.

Manhattan (+13) stunned Iona 75-72 in New Rochelle Jan 12, game they trailed by 17 at half; Jaspers won last eight games, are 5-1 in its MAAC home games- they're 17-7 this year, after being 17-45 the last two years. Gaels won five of last six games, are 5-1 on MAAC road, with only loss at Siena. MAAC home underdogs of 5 or less points are 1-4 against the spread. All ten of Iona's MAAC wins are by 9+ points- their losses are both by 3 points. Manhattan is 4-0 as a MAAC underdog.
 

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Syracuse Orange at St. John’s Red Storm, 12 p.m., ESPN (+12.6, 136)

Fab Melo is back – just maybe not in the starting lineup. The center who missed the past three games due to academic reasons has been cleared to play, but coach Jim Boeheim remained undecided if the sophomore would be immediately reinserted into the first unit. Melo averaged 7.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game with a team-high 60 blocks before his suspension.

“He’s got to get back to work and get back into the flow of the game,’’ Boeheim told the Syracuse Post-Standard. “We’ll have to wait and see. We’ll see how he reacts to being out.’’

Marquette Golden Eagles at Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 1 p.m., CBS (1, 129)

Don’t expect a lot of points for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame has won three league games where it has shot worse than 37 percent from the floor – against Louisville (31.7), at Seton Hall (35.1) and against UConn (36.2). But the team has countered its poor offensive output by playing at a snail’s pace and ratcheting up the defense.

Not only have the Fighting Irish given up an average of just 45 points the past two games, but the team has held its past three opponents to a combined four fast-break points.

“We understand each other, how to rotate,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey told reporters. “And we're keeping people for the most part to one-and-done.”

Ohio State Buckeyes at Wisconsin Badgers, 2 p.m., ESPN (2, 115.5)

Ben Brust is finally healthy. The Wisconsin guard and dynamic bench scorer has battled an illness that had him drop six pounds and forced him to play a season-low 11 minutes in a mid-week win at Penn State. Brust, who averages 9.3 points per game, missed all four of his field goals and committed a turnover in the victory over the Nittany Lions.

“I tried to put all my best energy out there,” Brust told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “But shots weren’t falling. Maybe fatigue, maybe not. I feel 1,000 times better.”

North Carolina Tar Heels at Maryland Terrapins, 4 p.m., ESPN (13, 150.5)

Sophomore Terrell Stoglin is giving the Terrapins a chance to win every game. The ACC leading scorer averages 21.8 points per game and is coming off his third 30-point performance of the season as he dropped a career-high 33 in a 90-86 double-overtime loss at Miami this week. Stoglin made just six of a school-record 20 3-pointers but he was a perfect 9 of 9 from the free-throw line and committed a mere three turnovers.

“If we popped in a film from Day One until now, I think you'd just be shocked how much better the kid is," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon told the Baltimore Sun. "He doesn't totally know how to play a certain way for us to win. In his mind, he's got to shoot every time for us to win. He's trying to figure it out."

Air Force Falcons at Colorado State Rams, 5 p.m., CBS College Sports (-8, 125.5)

Pierce Hornung needs to shrug off his most recent performance. Hornung, who missed extended time earlier this season with a concussion, had a horrific 31 minutes in a blow-out loss at UNLV, finishing with four points and three turnovers before fouling out. Hornung is the team’s top reserve and averaging 7.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

"We still have to prove it, but I think a lot of people have underestimated us,” Colorado State coach Tim Miles told the Denver Post. “We're not out of the woods, but I think we could show some people moxie I don't think they thought we had."

Indiana Hoosiers at Purdue Boilermakers, 7 p.m., Big Ten Network (-3.5, 143)

Terone Johnson made the most of a shot at the starting lineup at Northwestern. The sophomore guard delivered with the first unit in a mid-week win over the Wildcats, posting a team-high 14 points to go with three assists, two rebounds, two blocks and two steals. But is it enough to keep him with the starting five? Coach Matt Painter wouldn’t tip his hand.

"I thought he responded well to starting,” Painter told the West Lafayette Journal and Courier. “Sometimes, guys start, and it doesn't help them. Today, it looked like it did help him starting and being comfortable out there."

Kansas Jayhawks at Missouri Tigers, 9 p.m., ESPN (-3, 147.5)

Marcus Denmon is in the biggest slump of his career. The Missouri guard shot 50 percent from the floor and nearly 45 percent from 3-point range last season but has been much colder this season and downright frigid his past eight games. Over that span he is shooting a mere 31 percent with his woes coming to a head in a win over Texas earlier this week where he made just three of his 12 shots while missing all three of his 3-point attempts en route to a season-low six points.

“A guy like him, he knows he’s not shooting the ball well, so what do I need to talk to him about it for?” Missouri Coach Frank Haith told The Columbia Tribune. “All I need to do is continue to talk to him about taking good shots.”
 

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Kansas Jayhawks at Missouri Tigers (-3, 147.5)

The stakes are always high when border rivals Missouri and Kansas get together, but the intensity might be at an all-time crescendo when the No. 4 Tigers host the No. 8 Jayhawks at Mizzou Arena.

Not only are the teams squaring off for the 15th time when both are ranked in the top 10, but both are also in contention for the Big 12 title, and perhaps a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. To add to the atmosphere, ESPN’s College Gameday has selected Mizzou Arena as the site for its broadcast for the first time in school history.

This also could be the last season the archrivals meet for the foreseeable future, with Missouri headed to the Southeastern Conference next season.

The senior-laden Tigers are led by guard Marcus Denmon, whose 17.2 points per game ranks fourth in the Big 12, and forward Ricardo Ratliffe, who leads the nation in field goal percentage (75.1) and scored 14.7 points per game.

That experience could be the difference.

Pick: Tigers


Iowa State Cyclones at Oklahoma Sooners (-1.5, 139.5)


There shouldn't be any shortage of offense when these two teams hook up.

Something will have to give as Iowa State and host Oklahoma enter as two of the Big 12’s worst defensive teams. The Cyclones are eighth in scoring defense (66.6 points) and ninth in field goal percentage defense (43 percent), while the Sooners are last in points allowed (68.1) and eighth in field goal percentage defense (42 percent).

The Cyclones have climbed to fourth in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (45 percent), thanks in large part to a stretch of four wins in five games. In those five contests, Iowa State is shooting 45 percent (120 of 266), including 51 percent in the recent victory over Kansas State.

Royce White is among the Big 12 leaders in a number of categories, including rebounding (second, averaging 9.5) and field goal percentage (fourth, 54 percent). In the last five games, the redshirt sophomore is averaging 9.2 rebounds and shooting 55 percent, while averaging 15.8 points, nearly two points better than his season scoring average.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma has three players averaging better than 12 points per game. That depth and home court should get the Sooners through this test.

Pick: Sooners
 

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Game 679-680: Kansas at Missouri (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Kansas 74.697; Missouri 73.438
Dunkel Line: Kansas by 1 1/2; 152
Vegas Line: Missouri by 3; 147
Dunkel Pick: Kansas (+3); Over

Game 681-682: Louisiana Tech at New Mexico State (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Louisiana Tech 50.759; New Mexico State 65.989
Dunkel Line: New Mexico State by 15; 138
Vegas Line: New Mexico State by 12 1/2; 143 1/2
Dunkel Pick: New Mexico State (-12 1/2); Under

Game 683-684: UC-Davis at UC-Riverside (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: UC-Davis 39.550; UC-Riverside 52.736
Dunkel Line: UC-Riverside by 13; 119
Vegas Line: UC-Riverside by 11; 123 1/2
Dunkel Pick: UC-Riverside (-11); Under

Game 685-686: Pacific at UC-Irvine (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pacific 51.642; UC-Irvine 54.966
Dunkel Line: UC-Irvine by 3 1/2; 137
Vegas Line: UC-Irvine by 2 1/2; 132
Dunkel Pick: UC-Irvine (-2 1/2); Over

Game 687-688: Idaho at Nevada (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Idaho 53.082; Nevada 61.873
Dunkel Line: Nevada by 9; 133
Vegas Line: Nevada by 11; 129 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Idaho (+11); Over

Game 689-690: Utah State at Fresno State (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Utah State 56.999; Fresno State 59.222
Dunkel Line: Fresno State by 2; 121
Vegas Line: Fresno State by 1; 125 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Fresno State (-1); Under

Game 691-692: TCU at San Diego State (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: TCU 56.831; San Diego State 67.401
Dunkel Line: San Diego State by 10 1/2; 130
Vegas Line: San Diego State by 12 1/2; 134 1/2
Dunkel Pick: TCU (+12 1/2); Under

Game 693-694: Indiana State at Wichita State (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Indiana State 55.899; Wichita State 73.128
Dunkel Line: Wichita State by 17; 138
Vegas Line: Wichita State by 15; 132 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Wichita State (-15); Over

Game 695-696: BYU at Portland (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: BYU 64.169; Portland 53.710
Dunkel Line: BYU by 10 1/2; 147
Vegas Line: BYU by 12 1/2; 151
Dunkel Pick: Portland (+12 1/2); Under

Game 697-698: San Francisco at Loyola Marymount (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Francisco 56.862; Loyola Marymount 58.748
Dunkel Line: Loyola Marymount by 2; 152
Vegas Line: Loyola Marymount by 4; 145
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (+4); Over

Game 699-700: Gonzaga at Pepperdine (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Gonzaga 64.392; Pepperdine 53.555
Dunkel Line: Gonzaga by 11; 129
Vegas Line: Gonzaga by 13; 125 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Pepperdine (+13); Over

Game 701-702: USC at Washington (11:00 p.m. EST)
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Game 703-704: College of Charleston at Appalachian State (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: College of Charleston 50.251; Appalachian State 53.952
Dunkel Line: Appalachian State by 3 1/2; 138
Vegas Line: Appalachian State by 1; 134 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Appalachian State (-1); Over

Game 705-706: Georgia Southern at Western Carolina (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Georgia Southern 44.837; Western Carolina 51.541
Dunkel Line: Western Carolina by 6 1/2; 128
Vegas Line: Western Carolina by 5; 134 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Western Carolina (-5); Under

Game 707-708: Samford at Wofford (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Samford 47.853; Wofford 58.199
Dunkel Line: Wofford by 10 1/2; 120
Vegas Line: Wofford by 12; 124 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Samford (+12); Under

Game 709-710: NC-Greensboro at Furman (3:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NC-Greensboro 49.261; Furman 54.009
Dunkel Line: Furman by 4 1/2; 139
Vegas Line: Furman by 6 1/2; 136 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NC-Greensboro (+6 1/2); Over

Game 711-712: Chattanooga at Davidson (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Chattanooga 47.078; Davidson 60.383
Dunkel Line: Davidson by 13 1/2; 155
Vegas Line: Davidson by 15 1/2; 149 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Chattanooga (+15 1/2); Over

Game 713-714: Tennessee Tech at Jacksonville State (5:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tennessee Tech 52.743; Jacksonville State 53.204
Dunkel Line: Even; 131
Vegas Line: Tennessee Tech by 2; 135 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Jacksonville State (+2); Under

Game 715-716: Morehead State at Eastern Illinois (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Morehead State 48.874; Eastern Illinois 45.349
Dunkel Line: Morehead State by 3 1/2; 122
Vegas Line: Morehead State by 1 1/2; 119 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Morehead State (-1 1/2); Over

Game 717-718: Murray State at Tennessee-Martin (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Murray State 59.183; Tennessee-Martin 44.030
Dunkel Line: Murray State by 15; 137
Vegas Line: Murray State by 17; 140 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Tennessee-Martin (+17); Under

Game 719-720: The Citadel at Elon (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: The Citadel 40.401; Elon 48.603
Dunkel Line: Elon by 8; 144
Vegas Line: Elon by 10 1/2; 138
Dunkel Pick: The Citadel (+10 1/2); Over

Game 721-722: Iona at Manhattan (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Iona 60.620; Manhattan 56.298
Dunkel Line: Iona by 4 1/2; 141
Vegas Line: Iona by 2 1/2; 143 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Iona (-2 1/2); Under

Game 723-724: Canisius at Marist (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Canisius 38.003; Marist 44.968
Dunkel Line: Marist by 7; 137
Vegas Line: Marist by 5 1/2; 141
Dunkel Pick: Marist (-5 1/2); Under

Game 725-726: Northern Colorado at Weber State (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Northern Colorado 43.786; Weber State 61.085
Dunkel Line: Weber State by 17 1/2; 156
Vegas Line: Weber State by 13 1/2; 149
Dunkel Pick: Weber State (-13 1/2); Over

Game 727-728: Eastern Kentucky at SIU-Edwardsville (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Eastern Kentucky 46.002; SIU-Edwardsville 40.511
Dunkel Line: Eastern Kentucky by 5 1/2; 135
Vegas Line: Eastern Kentucky by 4; 131
Dunkel Pick: Eastern Kentucky (-4); Over

Game 729-730: Tennessee State at SE Missouri State (8:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tennessee State 52.104; SE Missouri State 53.285
Dunkel Line: SE Missouri State by 1; 136
Vegas Line: SE Missouri State by 2; 139
Dunkel Pick: Tennessee State (+2); Under

Game 731-732: Portland State at Northern Arizona (8:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Portland State 49.029; Northern Arizona 42.023
Dunkel Line: Portland State by 7; 147
Vegas Line: Portland State by 4; 143
Dunkel Pick: Portland State (-4); Over

Game 733-734: Montana at Montana State (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Montana 57.118; Montana State 51.530
Dunkel Line: Montana by 5 1/2; 132
Vegas Line: Montana by 7; 135
Dunkel Pick: Montana State (+7); Under

Game 735-736: Sacramento State at Eastern Washington (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Sacramento State 42.564; Eastern Washington 55.796
Dunkel Line: Eastern Washington by 13; 131
Vegas Line: Eastern Washington by 10; 135
Dunkel Pick: Eastern Washington (-10); Under

Game 741-742: IPFW at IUPUI (1:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: IPFW 48.907; IUPUI 52.672
Dunkel Line: IUPUI by 4; 155
Vegas Line: IUPUI by 6 1/2; 146 1/2
Dunkel Pick: IPFW (+6 1/2); Over

Game 743-744: Oakland at Western Illinois (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oakland 54.167; Western Illinois 53.547
Dunkel Line: Oakland by 1; 144
Vegas Line: Western Illinois by 1; 140
Dunkel Pick: Oakland (+1); Over

Game 745-746: Southern Utah at South Dakota State (8:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Southern Utah 50.549; South Dakota State 64.791
Dunkel Line: South Dakota State by 14; 138
Vegas Line: South Dakota State by 15 1/2; 143 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Southern Utah (+15 1/2); Under

Game 747-748: UMKC at South Dakota (8:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: UMKC 48.330; South Dakota 50.131
Dunkel Line: South Dakota by 2; 137
Vegas Line: South Dakota by 3; 134 1/2
Dunkel Pick: UMKC (+3); Over

Game 749-750: Oral Roberts at North Dakota State (8:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oral Roberts 60.445; North Dakota State 62.055
Dunkel Line: North Dakota State by 1 1/2; 136
Vegas Line: Pick; 140 1/2
Dunkel Pick: North Dakota State; Under
 

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Saturday's Top College Basketball Trends

TENN MARTIN is 14-0 ATS vs. teams averaging less than 53 shots/game (vs Murray State)

DREXEL is 10-0 ATS off back to back conference games (vs Towson St)

RICHMOND is 11-0 ATS after scoring 65+ pts BB games (vs Duquesne)

BOSTON COLLEGE is 10-0 ATS Away off a loss (vs Georgia Tech)

NORTHEASTERN is 0-9 ATS after scoring 60 pts or less (vs Va Commonwealth)

NEW MEXICO is 10-1 ATS after allowing 65 pts or less BB games (Boise St. )

MIDDLE TENN ST is 8-0 ATS playing w/ one or less days rest (vs Denver)

DRAKE is 17-3 ATS after committing 8 or less turnovers (vs Missouri St)

E ILLINOIS is 1-11 ATS at home off conference loss (vs Morehead St)
 

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Philadelphia at Atlanta
The Sixers look to bounce back from last night's 99-79 loss to Miami and build on their 7-0 ATS record in their last 7 games following a SU defeat. Philadelphia is the pick (+4) according to Dunkel, which has the Sixers favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (+4). Here are all of today's picks

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Game 501-502: Orlando at Indiana (7:00 p.m. EST)

Dunkel Ratings: Orlando 118.160; Indiana 120.747
Dunkel Line & Total: Indiana by 2 1/2; 190
Vegas Line & Total: Indiana by 6; 186 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Orlando (+6); Over

Game 503-504: Philadelphia at Atlanta (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia 123.577; Atlanta 122.488
Dunkel Line & Total: Philadelphia by 1; 175
Vegas Line & Total: Atlanta by 4; 179
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (+4); Under

Game 505-506: LA Clippers at Washington (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Clippers 118.798; Washington 110.006
Dunkel Line & Total: LA Clippers by 11; 195
Vegas Line & Total: LA Clippers by 8 1/2; 199
Dunkel Pick: LA Clippers (-8 1/2); Under

Game 507-508: New Jersey at New York (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New Jersey 112.210; New York 115.540
Dunkel Line & Total: New York by 3 1/2; 202
Vegas Line & Total: New York by 6; 195
Dunkel Pick: New Jersey (+6); Over

Game 509-510: New Orleans at Detroit (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: New Orleans 110.064; Detroit 113.796
Dunkel Line & Total: Detroit by 3 1/2; 171
Vegas Line & Total: Detroit by 2; 176 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-2); Under

Game 511-512: Dallas at Cleveland (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Dallas 120.725; Cleveland 113.429
Dunkel Line & Total: Dallas by 7 1/2; 193
Vegas Line & Total: Dallas by 5; 188
Dunkel Pick: Dallas (-5); Over

Game 513-514: Houston at Minnesota (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Houston 119.619; Minnesota 122.985
Dunkel Line & Total: Minnesota by 3 1/2; 200
Vegas Line & Total: Minnesota by 2; 204
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (-2); Under

Game 515-516: Chicago at Milwaukee (8:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Chicago 125.888; Milwaukee 118.855
Dunkel Line & Total: Chicago by 7; 194
Vegas Line & Total: Chicago by 4 1/2; 189 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Chicago (-4 1/2); Over

Game 517-518: Oklahoma City at San Antonio (8:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oklahoma City 120.913; San Antonio 125.405
Dunkel Line & Total: San Antonio by 4 1/2; 190
Vegas Line & Total: San Antonio by 2 1/2; 195
Dunkel Pick: San Antonio (-2 1/2); Under

Game 519-520: Charlotte at Phoenix (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Charlotte 100.864; Phoenix 117.000
Dunkel Line & Total: Phoenix by 16; 193
Vegas Line & Total: Phoenix by 9 1/2; 188
Dunkel Pick: Phoenix (-9 1/2); Over

Game 521-522: LA Lakers at Utah (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Lakers 118.135; Utah 122.908
Dunkel Line & Total: Utah by 5; 181
Vegas Line & Total: Utah by 1 1/2; 185
Dunkel Pick: Utah (-1 1/2); Under

Game 523-524: Golden State at Sacramento (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Golden State 117.441; Sacramento 114.888
Dunkel Line & Total: Golden State by 2 1/2; 207
Vegas Line & Total: Sacramento by 1 1/2; 199 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Golden State (+1 1/2); Over

Game 525-526: Denver at Portland (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Denver 123.426; Portland 125.237
Dunkel Line & Total: Portland by 2; 198
Vegas Line & Total: Portland by 6; 200
Dunkel Pick: Denver (+6); Under
 

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