Study group: Tuesday's Top 25 NCB betting notes

Mar 4, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on all of Tuesday’s ranked college basketball games:

St. John’s at (24) Notre Dame (-9.5)

St. John’s could use a strong road win to impress the NCAA tournament selection committee. The Red Storm did not do themselves any favors with a loss at Providence on Saturday and have dropped four of their last five games. Coach Steve Lavin suspended leading scorer D’Angelo Harrison for the remainder of the season Friday, a move that will be taken into account by the selection committee. The Fighting Irish are close to a lock for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament but could use wins over St. John’s and at Louisville in their final two regular season tests to really secure their fate. The Red Storm are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.

Virginia Tech at (4) Duke (-20)

Blue Devils F Ryan Kelly scored a career-high 36 points as Duke defeated first-place Miami on Saturday in a stunning performance. He had missed the previous 13 games with a foot injury. Virginia Tech beat Clemson on Saturday for its second win in three games. The Hokies had lost nine straight games prior to recent victories over Florida State and Clemson and reside in last place in the 12-team conference. Virginia Tech was routed at home by the Blue Devils 88-56 on Feb. 21. The Hokies are 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a win.

(17) Marquette at Rutgers (+5.5)

Marquette has been unbeatable at home, but the Golden Eagles will have to win on the road if they hope to have a shot at winning the Big East Conference regular-season championship. Marquette is tied for second place with Louisville - one game behind Georgetown - with two to play. Rutgers will be holding Senior Night as it attempts to reverse a skid that has seen the team drop four straight and 10 of 11 games. The Scarlet Knights' drought continued with a 64-51 defeat at Big East leader Georgetown on Saturday. Rutgers' only win in the last 11 games was a two-point decision at home over Seton Hall, although each of its last four losses prior to Saturday was by eight points or fewer. Marquette has won the past six meetings with the Scarlet Knights and is 4-1 ATS in its last five games overall.

TCU at (10) Kansas State (-21.5)

Kansas State has made itself a lock for the NCAA tournament with wins in five straight games and nine of its last 10. The 10th-ranked Wildcats will be trying to keep their hopes of a regular-season Big 12 title alive when they host lowly Texas Christian. The Horned Frogs made their season with a shocking 62-55 triumph over Kansas back on Feb. 6, but have dropped seven straight since then and squandered their only chance to stay out of the Big 12 basement by falling at Texas Tech on Saturday. The Wildcats won at TCU 67-54 on Jan. 16, but will have to be careful not to overlook the Horned Frogs with a battle at Oklahoma State coming up on Saturday. TCU is 0-6 ATS in its last six road games.

(13) Ohio State at (2) Indiana (-8.5)

Indiana attempts to clinch the Big Ten regular-season title when the Hoosiers host Ohio State. The Hoosiers have a two-game lead over four other programs – including the Buckeyes – entering play in the final week. Ohio State has won three straight games but suffered an 81-68 home loss to the Hoosiers on Feb. 10. Indiana’s victory last month was just its second in the last nine meetings with Ohio State. The Buckeyes are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.

(20) Memphis at Texas El-Paso (+4)

One game removed from clinching the Conference USA regular-season title, Memphis will try to remain unbeaten in league play when it travels to Texas El-Paso. The Miners will be returning home after playing three of four on the road, where they have struggled this season. In conference play, they've gone 3-4 away from the Don Haskins Center and 6-1 inside its confines. A win on senior night would help wrap up a first-round bye for the Miners in next week's Conference USA Tournament. The Miners have held opponents to below 40-percent shooting for five straight games and are 4-0-1 ATS in that span.

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