Study group: Saturday's Top 25 NCB betting notes

Mar 8, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes for all of Saturday’s ranked college basketball games:

(9) Florida at Kentucky (+6, 131)

Florida visits Kentucky on Saturday having clinching the No. 1 seed in the SEC tournament with a 66-40 win over Vanderbilt on Wednesday. The Gators earned their fourth outright league title and second in the last three years, finishing a perfect 15-0 at home this season. Fourteen of their SEC victories came by double-digits, including a 69-52 rout of the Wildcats on Feb. 12. Kentucky is coming off back-to-back losses after falling to Georgia 72-62 on Thursday, but the Gators are only 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

UAB at (20) Memphis (-15.5, 143)

Memphis is chasing history as it heads into its regular-season finale Saturday afternoon against UAB. The Tigers are one win away from becoming the fifth Conference USA team to go undefeated in conference play, and the fourth Memphis team to post a perfect league record. A win guarantees UAB the No. 5 seed in the C-USA tournament, and would end a 12-game losing streak against the Tigers. Memphis is 5-0 ATS in its last five Saturday games.

(16) Syracuse at (5) Georgetown (-1, 121)

The Hoyas lost a chance to clinch at least a share of the league title when they fell at Villanova on Wednesday, snapping an 11-game winning streak and falling into a tie with Louisville and Marquette, both of whom will play later Saturday. At the same time, Syracuse was in the process of ending its three-game slide with a 78-57 win over DePaul. During its three-game skid, all against ranked opponents, the Orange shot 39.5 percent from the floor and had more turnovers than assists. The Hoyas are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games.

La Salle at (15) Saint Louis (-7.5, 131)

The Explorers could still garner a share of the A-10 title and the No. 1 tourney seed with a win over the Billikens and a VCU loss at Temple on Sunday, which would create a three-way tie for first place. Saint Louis comes in off a 77-66 overtime loss at Xavier on Wednesday, which snapped the Billikens' 11-game win and ATS streak. The road team is 7-0-1 ATS in the last eight meetings.

(10) Kansas State at (14) Oklahoma State (-5.5, 133)

A loss at Iowa State on Wednesday ended Oklahoma State's chance of capturing a piece of the Big 12 regular-season title. Now, locked into third place, the Cowboys look to play spoiler when they host Kansas State. Kansas State is tied with rival Kansas for the conference lead. The Wildcats have won six straight and will clinch at least a share of their first conference title since 1977 with a win at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Cowboys are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five home games.

(17) Marquette at St. John’s (+8, 127)

Marquette can claim at least a share of the Big East regular-season title for the first time when it visits sliding St. John's. Marquette had already secured the coveted double-bye for the upcoming Big East tournament before it knocked off Rutgers 60-54 on Tuesday. At the same time, the Red Storm were bottoming out with a 26-point loss to the Fighting Irish that featured a late fight involving swingman Sir'Dominic Pointer. The sophomore, who leads St. John's in assists and steals, is suspended for the finale. The Red Storm have lost three straight and five of six.

(22) Pittsburgh at DePaul (+12, 135)

Pittsburgh routed DePaul 93-55 in their first matchup Jan. 26. The Blue Demons have won only one game in the last two months. Since that victory, a 75-69 result over Rutgers on Feb. 16, DePaul has logged five losses by an average of 17.6 points. Most recently, the Blue Demons dropped a 78-57 contest to the Orange on Wednesday. The Blue Demons haven’t held an opponent under 69 points since Dec. 22 and are 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall.

Clemson at (7) Miami-Florida (-12.5, 113)

The Hurricanes must beat visiting Clemson on Saturday to clinch the ACC regular-season title for the first time since joining the conference for the 2004-05 season. Miami has lost three of its last four games, including two straight, after a 14-game win streak and is coming off a 71-69 loss at home to Georgia Tech on Wednesday. Miami has taken the last two meetings, including 45-43 at Clemson on Feb. 17. The Tigers are 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.
(25) Oregon at Utah (+4.5, 125)

The Ducks get another chance to wrap up their first regular-season title since 2002 with a victory at Utah on Saturday. Oregon, UCLA and California entered the final week of the regular season with a chance to claim the title, but only the Ducks continue to control their own destiny. If they stumble, UCLA wins the title with a victory at Washington on Saturday. The Utes are No. 1 in the Pac-12 in scoring defense at 62.9 points while the Ducks are second at 63.3. Utah is 4-0 ATS in its last four home games.

(24) Notre Dame at (6) Louisville (-12.5, 122)

These teams engaged in the longest game in Big East regular-season history on Feb. 9 – a 104-101 five-overtime thriller in which Notre Dame overcame an eight-point deficit in the final 44 seconds of regulation and rallied in three of the first four overtime periods before prevailing. Eight of the last 13 meetings have been decided in overtime, including the last three. The over is 8-1 in the last nine meetings.

Arizona State at (18) Arizona (-11, 134)

The Wildcats have won 29 of the last 37 meetings, including 71-54 on Jan. 19 in Tempe. Arizona State, which is 4-5 on the road and sixth in the Pac-12, looks to snap a three-game losing streak. The last five meetings at McKale Center have been decided by an average of 8.6 points and the Sun Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.

(3) Kansas at Baylor (+3, 142)

Kansas will know before it tips off at Baylor on Saturday whether it has a chance to win the Big 12 Conference title outright. The Jayhawks enter the weekend tied with Kansas State and their in-state rivals play at Oklahoma State earlier Saturday afternoon. Baylor has lost five of six to cripple its NCAA Tournament hopes but a win against Kansas and some wins at the conference tournament could help fix its resume. Kansas has held 18 opponents, including nine Big 12 opponents, to 60 points or fewer. The Jayhawks are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games overall.

(11) New Mexico at Air Force (+3, 128)

New Mexico is on pace to shoot its lowest field-goal percentage in 51 years. The Lobos are hitting on 41.8 percent of their shots this season, making half their attempts or better in five games. They’ve excelled on defense, however, and have done an exceptional job avoiding turnovers, especially lately. During its current six-game winning streak, New Mexico is allowing an average of 57.3 points, while limiting the opposition to 37.3 percent from the floor. The Falcons are 8-0 ATS in their last eight home games.

(4) Duke at North Carolina (-1.5, 153)

Duke needs a win and Miami to also lose to Clemson on Saturday to grab a share of its 23rd regular-season title. The Blue Devils have won six of the last eight meetings, including their 73-68 victory in February. North Carolina has won each of its last seven home games by double figures and is 7-0 ATS in its last seven overall.

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