College basketball Top 25 betting cheat sheet

Jan 4, 2013 |
If you're looking to get some action down but only have a few minutes to handicap, let our college basketball cheat sheet help you out. We grab the best quick-hitting betting info on each of Saturday’s Top-25 games with odds available.

(22) Pittsburgh at Rutgers (+7)

The Panthers haven't shot the ball well from long range the last two games, including an 0-of-10 performance from 3-point range in a loss to Cincinnati. Rutgers’ guard combo of Eli Carter and Myles Mack is one of the most productive back court duos in the Big East. Carter averages 17.1 points and Mack 13.3, shooting 56.6 percent from the field – 47.8 from 3-point range. Pittsburgh is 5-1 ATS (against the spread) in its last six games following a loss.

Seton Hall at (19) Notre Dame (-10)

After closing out the non-conference portion of the schedule with 10 straight wins, Notre Dame will be trying to carry that momentum into Big East play when it hosts Seton Hall. The Fighting Irish lead the nation in assists and rank near the top in field goal percentage thanks to an efficient offense that has averaged 82.6 points over the last five games. Notre Dame has not let a team within single digits during its winning streak.

Wake Forest at (1) Duke (-24.5)

Duke is putting up 80.1 points per game and winning by an average of 18.3. The Blue Devils have also won five straight versus Wake Forest and 13 consecutive contests at home in the series by an average of 20.0 points. The Demon Deacons are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.

Purdue at (18) Michigan State (-11)

Michigan State lost its conference opener to Minnesota while allowing a season-high 76 points. The Spartans have always been a tight defensive team under Tom Izzo, but allowed the Golden Gophers to shoot 56.6 percent from the floor in the setback. The Boilermakers are not the sharpest shooting team in the conference and will be trying to out-muscle the Spartans. Michigan State is 0-4 ATS in its last four games overall.

(21) Oklahoma State at Kansas State (-2.5)

The Cowboys are coming off a tough 69-68 home loss to Gonzaga on Dec. 31, while the Wildcats have won four in a row, including an impressive victory over a Top-10 Florida team. Oklahoma State allows just 56.6 points and its opponents are shooting only 36.8 percent from the field. The Wildcats are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall.

(16) Georgetown at Marquette (-3)

The Hoyas haven’t played since an easy win against American on Dec. 22. The long layoff could affect a Georgetown team that has struggled to score this season. Marquette is riding a 17-game home winning streak and is 5-1 ATS in its last six Saturday games.

New Orleans at (20) Butler (N/A)

The Bulldogs haven't taken their foot off the pedal since defeating then-No. 1 Indiana 88-86 in overtime Dec. 15. Butler's winning streak reached eight with its 70-57 victory over Pennsylvania on Wednesday and isn't expected to have much trouble with the Privateers, who have lost four straight and seven of their last eight games. The Bulldogs are 8-0 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS loss.

(8) Ohio State at (14) Illinois (+3)

Ohio State ventures out for a true road game for only the second time all season when it visits Illinois. The Buckeyes lost at Duke back on Nov. 28 before playing eight consecutive home games, a stretch that culminated with an impressive 70-44 rout of Nebraska in Wednesday’s Big Ten opener. The Fighting Illini are 7-0 at home but began conference play with a thud by losing at Purdue 68-61. Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last five home games.

Indiana State at (11) Creighton (-14)

Creighton has won 13 straight over Indiana State at Omaha and 15 of the last 16 there, with the victories in that span coming by an average of 15.0 points. Creighton has also reeled off six straight wins overall, winning by an average of 18.5 points. The Sycamores' last four wins were by four or fewer points - two of them coming in overtime. Indiana St. is 6-0 ATS in its last six games overall.

St. John’s at (15) Cincinnati (-13)

Both teams have strong back courts and are among the top shot-blocking teams in the country. The Red Storm have lost three of their last five games, including a 98-86 overtime defeat at Villanova on Wednesday. Cincinnati rebounded from its loss to New Mexico with a resounding 70-61 win at Pittsburgh on Monday. The Bearcats have outrebounded teams by an average of more than 10 and St. John’s has struggled on the boards this season. The Red Storm are 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.

(25) N.C. State at Boston College (+9)

The Eagles begin their ACC slate with perhaps their toughest test to date when they host streaking North Carolina State. Boston College has won five in a row, its longest winning streak in over two years, after a 79-58 trouncing of Dartmouth on New Year's Eve. But the Wolfpack have won seven in a row, the latest an 89-68 win over UNC Greensboro. Coach Mark Gottfried's hot-shooting bunch leads the nation with a 53.5 percent mark from the floor and the team won all three meetings with B.C. last season. The Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win.

Bucknell at (12) Missouri (N/A)

One of the smallest teams in the country last season, the Tigers have remade themselves into the top rebounding team in the nation with Laurence Bowers healthy and Alex Oriakhi transferring into the program to anchor the front court. That size will be a key to keeping Bucknell star Mike Muscala away from the basket. The senior is averaging 18.9 points and 10.7 rebounds. The Tigers are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games.

Utah at (3) Arizona (-18.5)

The Utes were a just couple plays short of pulling off a huge road win over Arizona State on Wednesday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. Utah held a high-scoring ASU outfit to just 55 points and now faces an unbeaten Arizona squad that rallied from a 17-point first-half deficit, downing the Buffaloes in overtime in a wild Pac-12 opener Thursday. The Utes are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five road games.

(10) Gonzaga at Santa Clara (+7)

The Bulldogs shot a season-low 43.4 percent from the field in their win Thursday night at Pepperdine. One player who remained hot is sophomore guard Kevin Pangos, who is 13 for 22 from 3-point range over the last three games. His biggest responsibility against Santa Clara will be guarding senior guard Kevin Foster, who is averaging 19.1 points while shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc this season. The Bulldogs are 2-9-2 ATS in their last 13 road games.

Cal. State – Bakersfield at (24) UNLV (-21)

UNLV bounced back from its loss last Saturday in North Carolina with a 74-52 victory over Chicago State on Thursday. The Rebels have a quick turnaround with another home game Saturday night against Cal State-Bakersfield before opening Mountain West play. UNLV is just  4-12 ATS in its last 16 games following a win.

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