Study group: Tuesday's Top 25 NCB betting notes

Jan 21, 2013 |
Study group: Tuesday's Top 25 NCB betting notes
Kansas is riding a 12-game home win streak into action Tuesday at rival K-State.
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Kansas is riding a 12-game home win streak into action Tuesday at rival K-State.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on all of Tuesday’s ranked college basketball games:

Iowa at (15) Ohio State (-11)

After splitting a pair of three-point games against the high-powered Michigan teams of the Big Ten, Ohio State returns home for another pivotal league battle against Iowa. The Buckeyes handed rival Michigan its first loss of the season on Jan. 13 and took Michigan State to the wire on Saturday. The Hawkeyes also suffered a three-point loss to the Spartans before turning around their fortunes in the Big Ten with wins over Northwestern and Wisconsin, which had been unbeaten in conference play. Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas is leading the leading scorer in conference play at 23.2 points per game, while his team is posting just 62.2, better than only four other teams in the 12-team league. Iowa has lost seven straight meetings and six in a row at Ohio State.

South Carolina at (22) Missouri (-14.5)

The Tigers were clobbered 83-52 by the Gators on Saturday and have lost their first two Southeastern Conference road games, but are 10-0 at home this season. Missouri hasn’t looked good without senior forward Laurence Bowers (16.8 points, 6.9 rebounds), who has missed the past three games with a sprained MCL in his right knee. He is listed as doubtful. All three of South Carolina’s conference losses have come by seven points or less, including a 58-51 home defeat to Vanderbilt on Saturday. The Gamecocks are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games.

(11) Michigan State at Wisconsin (-6)

The Spartans have won five consecutive games, possess a 5-1 mark in conference play and are in first place by a half-game over Wisconsin and Michigan. Wisconsin had held 11 consecutive foes to 60 points or less before the Hawkeyes put up 70 points on them Saturday. The Badgers allow a conference-low 55.8 points per game. Michigan State is especially tough on the glass, outrebounding opponents by an average of eight per game. The Spartans are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games.

(18) NC State at Wake Forest (+7.5)

North Carolina State is among the top teams in the nation on offense, but needs to improve on defense if it is to emerge as an elite team down the stretch. The Wolfpack lead the ACC with an average of 78.9 points and in field goal percentage at 51.1 percent - one of seven teams in the country at 50 percent or better. North Carolina State, though, is second-to-last in points allowed at 68.6. The Demon Deacons are 7-2 at home, with both their ACC victories coming at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Wake Forest is coming off a 66-65 loss at Virginia Tech on Saturday and has lost five straight to N.C. State. The Demon Deacons are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall.

(5) Louisville at Villanova (+12)

Louisville’s run as the nation’s top-ranked team didn’t last long. Saturday’s two-point loss to Syracuse knocked the Cardinals down to No. 5 entering Tuesday’s road tilt at Villanova. The Wildcats have lost three consecutive games after falling to Providence on Saturday. Turnovers have been an issue all season for the Wildcats but they really plagued them during their recent 69-66 loss to Providence. Villanova committed a season-worst 25 miscues and the Friars had a huge 30-6 edge in points off turnovers. The Wildcats are averaging 57.8 points over their last four games after averaging 81.5 over the previous four contests.

(2) Kansas at (13) Kansas State (+3)

The top spot in the Big 12 standings will be on the line when Kansas State hosts bitter rival Kansas. The second-ranked Jayhawks and the Wildcats are the only teams undefeated in league play. The Jayhawks have won 15 straight - the longest win streak in the nation - since a 67-64 loss to Michigan State on Nov. 13, but they barely survived a sluggish effort Saturday in a 64-59 win at Texas. Kansas defends extremely well, holding opponents to 34.8 percent from the field - second-lowest in the nation. Kansas State has won eight straight since a loss to Gonzaga in Seattle, and the Wildcats are coming off a 69-60 home win over Oklahoma on Saturday. Kansas has won 44 of the past 47 meetings overall but is 1-4 ATS in its last five games overall.

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