With so many conferences and so many teams, it’s hard to keep a handle on everything going on in betting college basketball. Here are helpful betting tips to consider for upcoming games.
With the loss of 6-9 Dajuan Coleman for at least a month with a knee injury, Syracuse is down to seven scholarship players. No matter how good your starters play, illness, fouls or off-nights will cause a coach to go to his bench. Jim Boeheim’s club is painfully thin and could really use ineligible James Southerland right now.
Here is something everyone who is betting college basketball should know; the top five ACC teams in the standings are 17-1 SU and 14-4 ATS on their home court in league play, with the only straight up defeat among themselves.
Don’t look now, but the supposed two-team race in the Missouri Valley has picked up a third partner. Indiana State went into Wichita and shocked the Shockers 68-55 as 12-point road underdogs last evening. The Sycamores moved into third place in the conference, just one loss behind Wichita State and Creighton. If Indiana State can avoid a letdown at Drake on Saturday, they still have the two teams ahead of them in the standings at home in February. The Sycamores are 13-5 ATS and have beaten ranked teams Miami-FL and Ole Miss.
Long Beach State lost four very good starters from last year’s NCAA squad and coach Don Monson brought in several transfers to fill the starting spots. The 49ers were overscheduled in non-conference action, playing teams like North Carolina, Arizona, Syracuse, Ohio State, USC and UCLA, and they went 0-6 SU and ATS against this imposing group. At 4-7, Long Beach State appeared to be in for a tumultuous season. Once Big West Conference play commenced, the 49ers went down in the class of competition and the team came together and once again they are on top of the conference with a 7-1 record (5-3 ATS), having rattled off six straight winners. Chances are oddsmakers are not going to give them much attention.
Virginia might be in second place in the ACC by themselves, however, they are no shoo-in for an NCAA bid at 15-5 even after defeating N.C. State. The Cavaliers have three atrocious non-conference losses to Old Dominion (2-17), Delaware (9-11) and a below average George Mason crew at 12-8. With 11 ACC games remaining, it would figure the Wahoos would need to reach a dozen conference victories and possibly a semi-final appearance in the post-season tournament to overcome those losses. Of the remaining games on the docket, winning at least two against North Carolina, Duke or Miami would help make Virginia’s case.
Oregon has yet to lose in Pac-12 play, yet they are far from a safe bet this week in the Bay Area. Point guard Dominic Artis is out for at least three games with a foot injury suffered against Washington last Saturday according to coach Dan Altman. Though the Ducks have won nine in a row, they are 1-4 ATS in their last five and Artis’s replacements committed nine turnovers against the Huskies. Oregon has not swept Stanford and Cal on the road since Sylvester Stallone starred in the original “Rocky” movie. (1976) The Ducks are three-point underdogs at Stanford tonight.
For us tonight, the most intriguing contest on the docket is Iowa State at Oklahoma State. In spite of both squads having fine seasons, they are in the middle of the Big 12 pack. After a 10-1 start, the Cowboys are 3-4 since. As is Okie State’s custom, they are special at Gallagher-Iba Arena, sporting as 10-1 and 7-3 ATS record. Iowa State needs to prove they are legit away from Ames. The Cyclones are 2-4 SU and ATS away from home and 0-3 and 1-2 ATS as true road underdogs. Oklahoma State is favored by 7.5-points.