|-- Michigan State won last three games vs Purdue by 18-25-14 points; Boilers won two of last three visits here, but are 1-4 away from home this year, with an awful loss to Eastern Michigan. Spartans are turning ball over 22.9% of time; they're 3-3 vs top 100 teams, winning by 3-4-11 points. Purdue is making just 27.8% outside the arc.
Posted: 1/5/2013 3:40:19 AM
-- Notre Dame won nine of last ten games vs Seton Hall, winning three in row, by 12-12-13 points; Pirates lost last five visits here, by 3-12-12-9-12 points. Irish are 12-1 vs schedule #312; they're 3-1 vs top 100 teams, winning by 10-14-13 points. 12-2 Seton Hall played #329 schedule; vs top 100 teams, they're 1-1, with only win by point over Stony Brook.
-- Kansas State beat Oklahoma State twice LY, by 8-19 points, after 2-7 skid in previous nine series games; three of their last four series wins are by 19+ points. Wildcats are 1-2 vs top 20 teams, losing to Michigan and Gonzaga, upsetting Florida; they're making only 31% behind arc. OSU is 4-1 vs top 100 teams- they lost at home by point to Gonzaga Monday.
-- Home side won seven of last nine Georgetown-Marquette games, as Hoyas lost last three visits here by 12-3-14 points. Georgetown is 3-1 vs top 100 teams, winning by 8-1-23 points, but they haven't played a good team since Dec 4. Eagles are 8-0 at home, beating UConn in OT in Big East opener- they're 3-2 vs top 100 teams (wins by 10-4-6).
-- Baylor won six of last eight games with Texas, sweeping Longhorns by 5-5 points LY; Texas had won 13 series games in row before that- they're 1-2 in last three visits here, losing by 15-5. Baylor split its six games vs top 100 teams; they've lost to both Charleston/Northwestern at home. Texas is 1-3 vs top 100 teams, losing by 23-2-11 points.
-- Ohio State won 11 of last 13 games vs Illinois, but lost 79-74 here in LY's visit; 11-2 Buckeyes lost to only top 100 teams they played, with its best win over #109 Washington. OSU lost only true road game by 5 at Duke. Illini lost two of last three games after 12-0 start; they get 37% of points behind arc, so when shooting skips, they're more vulnerable.
-- Miami won eight of last ten games with Georgia Tech, sweeping Tech by 15-18 points LY, but with star Johnson (hand) out, they're just not same team. Hurricanes are top 20 team with Johnson in lineup. Jackets won last six games, but last five were vs teams ranked #248 or lower, so hard to tell. Tech is 2-2 vs top 100 teams, losing by 15-11 points.
-- Home side won 14 of last 17 Creighton-Indiana State games; State lost last nine visits here, by 4-19-16-5-17-11-13-14-26 points. Sycamores won three of last four games vs top 100 teams, with all three wins by 2 points each- three of their last eight games went OT. Bluejays had solid win at Illinois State Wednesday; their 59.5eFG% is #1 in country. .
-- Stanford gagged away Pac-12 opener by hoop at USC after being up nine at half; Cardinal lost 10 of last 12 games with UCLA, losing its last seven visits here, by 17-14-10-34-4-11-11 points. Stanford is 3-4 away from home- their last three games were all decided by six or less points. UCLA won its last six games, scoring 90.2 ppg in last five.
-- West Virginia is 0-4 vs top 100 teams because they can't shoot, with 27.5% mark behind arc; best team they've beaten is #132 Va Tech, by a point. WVa lost 77-70 to Oklahoma six weeks ago at Disney World, as Mountaineers shot 36%, missed 10 FTs. #67 Sooners' last two losses are by combined total of 4 points; they're 2-3 vs top 100 teams.
-- Home side won 14 of last 18 Florida State-Clemson games; FSU is 1-8 in last nine trips to Littlejohn, losing last three by 10-18-20 points. FSU lost its first true road game by 6 at Auburn last game; they turn ball over 22.7% of time. 8-4 Clemson is 0-3 vs top 100 teams; they won only one game over team ranked higher than #199 (by 21 vs #127 UTEP).
-- Gonzaga won three in row, 20 of last 22 games with Santa Clara; they won eight of last nine visits here, winning by 16-4-13-8-5-8-11 points. Broncos won six of last seven games, with loss at Duke (they led Duke in second half); their other two losses were both in OT. Zags won last five games; they're 3-0 in true road games, winning by 2-1-16 points.
-- Washington won four of last five games after 4-4 start; they're 2-3 vs top 100 teams, 1-1 in true road games, losing by 8 at UConn, winning at crosstown rival Seattle by 13. Huskies won seven of last nine games vs Washington State; they won three of last four visits to Pullman, winning by 20-7-4 points. Wazzu won seven of last eight games; their best win is over #144 Fresno State. Washington is #109.
|Compass Bowl (Birmingham, AL)
Posted: 1/5/2013 3:40:33 AM
Pitt is playing in this game for third year in row, which usually raises a red flag towards player apathy, but Panthers breathed sigh of relief when coach Chryst didn't bolt to Wisconsin; that would've been nightmare for Pitt program that is headed to ACC next year. Chryst is Pitt's 4th coach in last three years; they're 2-3 in last five bowls, scoring just 11.8 ppg. Ole Miss is in first bowl since '09; they figure to have crowd edge, since new coach Freeze has raised hopes in Oxford. Rebels won three of last four bowls, but last three were all Cotton Bowls- their last minor bowl was '02 win over Nebraska in Shreveport. Ole Miss is 8-3 vs spread this year, 4-1 as a favorite; all six teams that beat team are better than Pitt, whose QB Sunseri is son of former Alabama assistant coach who was at Tennessee this year, but Vols didn't play Ole Miss. Underdogs are 16-15 vs spread in bowls this season; under is 19-13. Big East teams are 3-1 in bowl games this year, 3-0 vs spread as underdogs. SEC teams are 4-3 SU/ATS; they've been favored in every game.