Study group: Tuesday's Top 25 NCB betting notes

Jan 28, 2013 |
Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on all of Tuesday’s ranked college basketball games:

Wisconsin at (11) Ohio State (-7, 119.5)

The Badgers started 4-0 in conference play and then lost back-to-back games before edging Minnesota 45-44 on Saturday. Tough defense is a Wisconsin program staple and the Badgers have held consecutive opponents under 50 points for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign. Wisconsin held Michigan State to a season-low 49 points and then limited Minnesota to its season-worst output. The Buckeyes have won back-to-back outings and are 11-1 at home. The Badgers are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games.

(19) N.C. State at Virginia (-4.5, 125)

In its win over North Carolina last weekend, North Carolina State often found little resistance and seemingly scored at will. Points figure to be a bit more at a premium when the high-flying Wolfpack hit the road in an attempt to solve one of the nation’s top defenses in Virginia. North Carolina State – the sixth-highest scoring team in the country – will likely be forced to play a much slower pace against the Cavaliers, who own the nation’s second-best scoring defense and are 12-1 at home this season. Virginia has held 16 opponents – including all six ACC foes – to less than 60 points and allowed no more than 64 points in any game. The Wolfpack are 1-6 ATS in their last seven meetings.

Indiana State at (14) Wichita State (-12)

Wichita State is 12-0 at home this season with nine of the victories coming by double digits. The Shockers suffered a blow when sophomore guard Evan Wessel recently underwent season-ending hand surgery. Freshman guard Ron Baker (foot) is also sidelined but the Shockers recently got back senior forward Carl Hall from a thumb injury that sidelined him seven games. The Sycamores have won three of four games, including a 59-58 victory over Northern Iowa on Saturday when Jake Odum hit two free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining. Indiana State is 6-1 ATS in its last seven road games.

Kentucky at (16) Mississippi (-2.5, 146.5 )

Mississippi will put the SEC’s longest current winning streak on the line when the Rebels host Kentucky. Ole Miss is 6-0 in conference play for the first time in school history with nine straight wins overall. The Rebels enter the week as the nation’s fifth-highest scoring team (80.3) but are a combined 23-for-50 from the free-throw line in the last two games. Kentucky has a pair of 6-10 forwards in Kyle Wiltjer and Nerlens Noel, but will likely be without 7-foot freshman Willie Cauley-Stein, who missed the last three games with a knee injury. Noel has been playing especially well lately, earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors the last two weeks. The Wildcats are 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.

Nebraska at (24) Minnesota (-19, 122.5)

After a 15-1 start made the Golden Gophers a trendy pick to contend for the Big Ten title, a four-game losing streak has put Minnesota below .500 in the conference. Coach Tubby Smith was thought to have assembled one of the conference's premier offenses, but consecutive 48- and 44-point performances make that seem like a distant era. The Cornhuskers have won two of their last three Big Ten contests. But playing ranked opponents on the road has been unkind to Nebraska as its lost to Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State away from home - all by double digits. Nebraska is 4-1 ATS in its last five games versus a team with a winning record.

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