Study group: Sunday's Top 25 NCB betting notes

Feb 23, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on all of Sunday’s ranked college basketball games:

(22) Pittsburgh at St. John’s (+5)

Pittsburgh looks to bounce back from back-to-back Big East losses when it takes on St. John’s in Madison Square Garden. Pittsburgh won seven of its last eight games before the skid. The Red Storm shoot a Big East-worst 64.8 percent from the foul line, rank second-to-last in 3-point percentage (30.2) and allow 66.5 points per game, good for third-to-last in the conference. The Panthers are 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings.

lllinois at (7) Michigan (-9.5)

Illinois looks to win its sixth straight game when it visits Michigan. The Fighting Illini’s five-game win streak includes victories over No. 1 Indiana on Feb. 7 and then-No. 18 Minnesota on Feb. 10. Michigan, which is 15-0 at home, has lost three of its last five and needed overtime to beat Ohio State 76-74 on Feb. 5. The Wolverines have beaten Illinois in the last four meetings, including 74-60 on Jan. 27 in Champaign. The Fighting Illini are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and Michigan is 0-5 ATS in its last five contests.

Boston College at (6) Duke (-16.5)

The Eagles are 0-6 all-time at Cameron Indoor Stadium, but did play Duke tough in Boston earlier this month in a 62-61 loss to the Blue Devils. Boston College must find a way to slow down Duke's dynamic duo of Mason Plumlee (17.5 ppg) and Seth Curry (17.1), who make the Devils one of only five teams in the country with two players averaging at least 17 points. The Blue Devils have lived and died with the 3-pointer all season, but had one of their finest perimeter shooting performances in Thursday's rout of Virginia Tech. Duke posted a .706 shooting percentage beyond the arc, the highest all season for a Division I team playing on the road.  The Blue Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.

Cincinnati at (25) Notre Dame (-3.5)

The Bearcats have lost four of five games and have slipped to 10th place in the Big East. Cincinnati would slip below .500 in league play with a loss to the Fighting Irish and any further decline could put their NCAA tournament hopes in jeopardy. Notre Dame has won six of its last eight games. The Fighting Irish defeated the Bearcats 66-60 in Cincinnati on Jan. 7, but are just 1-5 ATS in their last six home games.

(5) Michigan State at (18) Ohio State (-3.5)

Michigan State, which pounded No. 7 Michigan on Feb. 12, is in the midst of a five-game stretch where it will play the other four ranked teams in the Big Ten. The Spartans fell out of first place with Tuesday’s home loss to top-ranked Indiana – snapping a five-game winning streak – and must face the Big Ten’s two stingiest scoring defenses (Ohio State and No. 17 Wisconsin) in succession. The Buckeyes have lost three of five, but are coming off a 70-44 thumping of Minnesota on Wednesday. Ohio State is 1-7 against top-25 competition this season, which includes a 59-56 loss at Michigan State on Jan. 19. The Spartans are 8-1 ATS in their last nine trips to Ohio St.

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