Study group: Thursday's Top 25 NCB betting notes

Jan 30, 2013 |
Butler's leading scorer Rotnei Clarke is back from injury and hasn't missed a beat.
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Butler's leading scorer Rotnei Clarke is back from injury and hasn't missed a beat.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on all of Thursday’s ranked college basketball games:

Illinois at (9) Michigan State (-8.5)

Michigan State attempts to bounce back from a loss to Indiana and keep its perfect home record intact when the Spartans host sinking Illinois. Michigan State had won six straight games before the loss at Indiana and is one of four Big Ten teams with two or fewer conference losses. The Spartans are 11-0 at home as they entertain the Fighting Illini, who are just 3-6 after a 12-0 start. The Spartans have won five consecutive matchups at home, holding the Illini to an average of 55.0 points on 36.3 percent shooting. Illinois is 3-12 ATS in its last 15 road games.

(10) Butler at Saint Louis (-2.5)

Butler got a boost last week when leading scorer Rotnei Clarke returned to the starting lineup after missing three games with a sprained neck. He picked up where he left off Saturday against Temple, scoring 24 points and distributing a career-high nine assists in the 83-71 win. St. Louis ranks 16th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just over 57 points a game. The Bulldogs are 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall and on the road.

(8) Arizona at Washington

Arizona, which has lost five consecutive games on Washington’s home floor, tries to end that skid when it visits the Huskies.  The Wildcats have lost two of their past five after a 14-0 start and hope last Saturday’s 74-50 trouncing of USC is the start of another long streak. The Huskies have lost three straight following a 4-0 start in conference play.  But Washington hasn’t lost four consecutive games since the 2007-08 campaign. The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last five meetings.

(7) Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount (+16)

Gonzaga is in its customary first-place spot in the West Coast Conference and seeks to remain unbeaten in league games when it visits Loyola Marymount on Thursday. The Bulldogs have won 10 of their last 11, the only blemish a last-second loss to Butler on Jan. 19. That also was Gonzaga’s lone road loss in six outings this season. Loyola Marymount has lost four consecutive games and last played Jan. 24 when it suffered a 60-57 home loss against Pepperdine. The Lions are tied for last in the nine-team league with Portland. Loyola Marymount is 0-4 ATS in its last four games.
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