Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on all of Thursday’s ranked college basketball games:
Purdue Boilermakers at (3) Michigan Wolverines (-16)
Purdue has won three consecutive games and six of eight after a shaky start. The Boilermakers routed West Virginia 79-52 in a non-conference contest in their last outing. Purdue is 2-2 on the road, including a conference victory over Nebraska. Michigan’s only home loss last season was to the Boilermakers. The Wolverines are 11-0 at Crisler Arena with seven of the victories coming by 28 or more points. Michigan is scoring nearly 20 points more a game – 79.3 to 59.5 – than it is allowing.
(16) VCU Rams at Richmond Spiders (+8)
Virginia Commonwealth has taken the conference by storm in its first year since its move from the Colonial, winning its first four conferences games. The Rams have also won 13 straight contests overall. Richmond, meanwhile, snapped a two-game slump by beating Charlotte at home on Saturday. The Spiders’ offense focuses largely on perimeter shooting as Richmond is second in the country in 3-pointers per game and 29th in the nation in 3-point percentage (38 percent). Virginia Commonwealth forces an average of about nine more turnovers than it gives up per game. The Spiders are 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win.
Tennessee Volunteers at (24) Ole Miss Rebels (-8.5)
The Volunteers have some extra motivation heading into this one. Not only did the Rebels score a 92-74 victory in their Jan. 9 meeting, but Marshall Henderson vexed the Vols late in the game by openly boasting he was going to score 30 points. Henderson, the SEC's leading scorer and the reigning SEC Player of the Week, finished with 32 points. Since beating the Vols on the road, Ole Miss has entered the national rankings--and rides a seven-game win streak into this rematch. Meanwhile, Tennessee just snapped a four-game losing streak with Saturday's win over Mississippi State. The Rebels are 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall.
UCLA Bruins at (6) Arizona Wildcats (-8.5)
UCLA hasn’t won in Tucson since the 2007-08 season, which also marks the last time the Bruins defeated a ranked team on the road. That victory came at Washington State on Feb. 7, 2008. Bruins freshman forward Kyle Anderson missed Tuesday’s practice with a stomach virus and freshman guard Jordan Adams also was experiencing similar symptoms. Coach Ben Howland is hopeful both players will be on the floor against Arizona. Anderson has six double-doubles and leads the team in rebounding (9.1) to go with a 9.9 scoring average. Adams averages 15.2 points, second on the squad behind freshman forward Shabazz Muhammad (17.9). UCLA is 1-4 ATS in its last five road games.
BYU Cougars at (10) Gonzaga Bulldogs (-9)
The Bulldogs are the lone unbeaten team in conference play and the Cougars would be unblemished as well if not for a recent one-point loss to Saint Mary’s. BYU Sophomore guard Tyler Haws has scored 20 or more points in seven consecutive games after pouring in 25 during the victory over San Diego. Haws has 14 20-point outings on the season and has failed to score in double digits just once all season. Gonzaga is 1-4 ATS in its last five home games.