Texas (-5.5) beat Kansas State 67-64 Jan 21 in Austin, just second win in last eight series games- they outscored Wildcats 12-6 over last 4:31 in brickfest where teams conbined to make 7-28 from arc. Wildcats are 4-0 at home in league, 2-1 as favorites, winning by 3-6-22-8 points. Texas is 0-3 in last three visits here, losing by 9-4-26 points. Big X home teams are 8-6 vs spread in games with spread of less than 5 points.
Michigan (-2.5) beat Iowa 75-67 Jan 22, game that started Hawkeyes on current 2-3 skid; Wolverines won eight of last nine games with Iowa, are 3-2 in last five visits here, losing by 16 LY. Iowa is 2-3 as home favorite, losing last two at home SU to Michigan State/Ohio State. Michigan won four of five Big Dozen road games, losing only at Indiana. Big Dozen home favorites of 4+ points are 12-19 vs spread.
Kansas swept West Virginia by 5-26 points LY, beating WVU 91-65 at home in Mountaineers’ first year in Big X; Jayhawks are 2-1-1 as home favorites, winning home games by 26-2-10-11 points. Big X double digit home favorites are 3-6 vs spread. West Virginia won last three games, is 2-1 as road dog (3-2 SU on road), losing away games at K-State by 22, at Oklahoma State by 6- they covered last four games overall.
Saint Louis is 9-0 in A-13, winning road games by 1-8-4-16 points; they are 1-1 as road favorites. LaSalle lost four of last five games, but is 3-1 at home in league, losing to VCU in double OT; Explorers lost last three games vs Saint Louis by 8-7-24 points. Billikens won their last 15 games overall, their three visits to LaSalle. A-13 home underdogs of 5 or less points are 5-7 against the spread.
Oregon lost seven of last nine games, with last four losses all by 4 or less points; Ducks are 2-4 on Pac-12 road, 1-1 as road dogs- they won last three games with Arizona State by 7-9-3 points, but lost last three trips to Tempe, by 18-10-20 points. Pac-12 home favorites of 4 or less points are 3-4 vs spread. ASU won four of last five games with last two wins in OT; Sun Devils won last four games by 19-4-21-4 points.
Ole Miss won two of three vs Missouri LY in Tigers’ first year in SEC, nipping Tigers 64-62 in SEC tourney; Rebels are 2-2 as SEC favorites at home, winning all four games by 3-14-19-4 points. SEC home favorites of 5 or less points are 8-3 vs spread. Mizzou is 2-1 as road dogs, losing three of last four away games by 3-6-10 points. Tigers lost their last two games, Rebels lost two of last three, with both losses on road.
Cincinnati (-7.5) beat SMU 65-57 in AAC opener Jan 1, outscoring the Mustangs 23-8 on foul line, with +9 (17-8) turnover ratio. Bearcats won last 15 games, are 11-0 in AAC, 2-0 as road dogs, winning at Memphis, Louisville. SMU won six of its last seven games, is 5-0 as a AAC home favorite, winning its home games by 9-17-14-15-23 points. AAC home favorites of less than 5 points are 5-2 vs spread.
St Joe’s is playing only six guys due to injuries; in last 10:00 of last three games, they’ve been outscored by 6-7-12 points, will be hard for them to hang with pressing VCU squad for 40:00 here. Hawks are 3-1 at home in league, losing last game to Saint Louis by 18. VCU won last six games, covered four of last five; they’re 2-1 on A-13 road, losing at GW. A-13 home underdogs of 5 or less points are 5-7 vs spread.
Minnesota lost last three games, losing in triple OT at Purdue three days ago; Gophers are 3-2 in conference home games, with underdogs 5-0 vs spread in those games- Minnesota is 0-3 as home favorite, winning by 3-10-13 points. Indiana is 1-1-1 as road dog, losing three of four road tilts, by 3-5-5 points. Both teams are now bubble teams; this is a bigger game than it looks. Big Dozen home favorites of 4+ points are 12-19.
Wichita State (-11.5) beat Northern Iowa 67-53 at home Jan 5, after it trailed 12-2 early; Shockers are 4-1 as road favorites, winning on road by 15-3-15-17-7 points. Panthers lost four of last five games, covered one of last seven; they’re 4-1 SU at home in Valley, losing last home game by six to Indiana State. UNI is 5-6 SU in Valley despite being dog once. MVC home teams are 17-8-1 in games where spread was 5+ points.
Memphis won four of last five games but did lose two home games in January (Memphis/UConn);. they won 62-58 at Gonzaga last time they played Zags, three years ago. Tigers are making 38.2% of 3-pointers in AAC games. Gonzaga blew 17-point halftime lead to Portland at home in last game, held Pilots off by 5 for their 7th win in row. Bulldogs won five of seven games vs top 100 teams, losing to Dayton/Kansas State.
San Diego State swept Nevada by 21-13 points LY in Wolf Pack’s first year in Mountain West. Aztecs are 1-3 as home favorite, winning by 3-8-11-9 points- they won last game at Boise State with big comeback in last 11:00. Nevada covered four of last five games, is 4-1 as MW road dog, losing last two road games by 2-8 points- three of their last five games went OT. MW double digit home favorites are 5-9 vs spread.
UCLA (-12) blasted USC 107-73 in first meeting Jan 5, Bruins’ 6th win in last seven series games- they won last two visits in Galen Center by 16-19 points. Trojans are 1-8 in Pac-12 but covered three of last four- they’re 1-3 as home underdogs, losing by 19-20-8, with an upset of Cal. Pac-12 home underdogs are 11-8 vs spread. UCLA split its four away games in league, winning by 13-2– underdogs were 3-0 vs spread.
— Spurs/Bobcats both won three of their last four games.
— Rockets won/covered their last four games.
— Warriors won three of their last four games.
— Heat won six of their last seven games.
— Memphis lost last two games, by 9-14 points, after winning 11 of 13 games before that. Atlanta lost three of its last five at home.
— Detroit lost six of its last nine games. Nuggets lost three of their last four road games.
— Minnesota lost four of their last five games. Trailblazers lost four of their last six.
— Bucks lost seven of their last eight games, but covered last three.
— Suns lost last two games, by 14-9 points, after winning seven of their previous eight games.
— Utah lost its last four games (0-3 vs spread last three).
— Spurs won last five games with Charlotte, covered last four.
— Hawks won six of their last eight games with Memphis.
— Nuggets won their last six games with Detroit.
— Trailblazers won six of last seven games with Minnesota.
— Rockets are 5-3 in their last eight games with Milwaukee.
— Warriors won seven of last eight games with Phoenix.
— Jazz won four of last six vs Miami, winning last two here.
— Four of last five Charlotte games stayed under total.
— Ten of last twelve Memphis games stayed under; five of Hawks’ last six games went over
— Four of last five Denver games stayed under total.
— Under is 6-2-1 in last nine Portland games.
— Four of last five Milwaukee games went over.
— Five of last six Golden State games stayed under.
— Last four Utah games stayed under the total.
Back to backs
— Nuggets are 2-5 vs spread if they played night before. Detroit is 4-7-1 if it played night before, but 3-2 if they won.
— Minnesota is 5-5 vs spread if it played night before. Portland is 7-6 vs spread if it played night before, 1-2 if it lost.
— Utah is 5-7 vs spread if it played night before.