Study group: Tuesday's NCAAB betting notes

Jan 7, 2013 |
After hosting Clemson, Duke hits the road for four of its next six contests.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
After hosting Clemson, Duke hits the road for four of its next six contests.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on all of Tuesday’s ranked college basketball games:

Alabama at (12) Missouri (-10.5)

Missouri coach Frank Haith doesn’t think junior forward Tony Criswell - a valued energy guy off the bench - will be ready for Tuesday. Criswell has missed Missouri's last two games with a broken finger on his left (non-shooting) hand. Keep in mind the Tigers are nasty on the boards, averaging a nation-best 46.7 per game. Alabama is 1-4 ATS in its last five overall and 0-4 ATS in its last four contests vs. a team with a winning record.

Clemson at (1) Duke (-18)

While the sharpshooting of Ryan Kelly (13.5 points per game) and Seth Curry (16.6) from the perimeter is deadly, the Blue Devils like to work the interior through Mason Plumlee (18.4 points, 11.3 rebounds) and play well defensively. Clemson also relies heavily on its 14th-ranked defense (56.2) points per game and is 4-1 ATS in its last five games after a loss.

Drake at (11) Creighton (-21)

Creighton is enjoying its best start in Missouri Valley Conference play since the 2003-04 season. The Blue Jays will look to continue that momentum by winning their ninth contest overall when they welcome Drake. Reigning MVC Player of the Year Doug McDermott showed why he is one of the top scorers in the nation by collecting 25 points and nine rebounds as Creighton recorded a 79-66 victory over Indiana State on Saturday. Drake suffered its third straight loss with a 77-65 setback to Missouri State on Saturday. The Bulldogs are 0-5 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss.

(14) Ohio St. at Purdue (+6.5)

The Buckeyes were clobbered 74-55 at Illinois on Saturday, shooting just 33 percent from the field (including 21 percent from 3-point range), turning the ball over 16 times (six more than their average) and getting outrebounded 39-28. Purdue also suffered a setback Saturday, falling 84-61 to Michigan State after beating Illinois in its Big Ten opener on Wednesday. Ohio State is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games following a loss and the Boilermakers are 1-6 ATS in their last seven overall.

Pittsburgh at (22) Georgetown (-2)

Georgetown averages just 65.1 points, better than only one team (South Florida) in the 15-team Big East, but boasts a defense that has held six of its last eight opponents to 50 or fewer points. The Panthers enter as one of just two 0-2 teams in the league after falling to Rutgers on Saturday. Pitt leading scorer Talib Zanna was limited to nine points and a season-low one rebound in the loss before fouling out on a flagrant in the closing minutes. The Hoyas are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
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