Miami won last three games, vs teams ranked outside top 200, after OT loss to #192 St Francis in opener; Hurricanes made 7-11 from arc in its 70-54 win at Charleston Monday. Central Florida made just 5-22 behind arc in 72-50 loss to Miami last year; UCF is turning ball over 21.5% of time in 2-1 start, with only loss 80-68 at home to Florida State.
Florida has injury/suspension issues; they’ve still forced turnovers on 22.8% of time. Gators beat Middle Tennessee 66-45 LY, shooting 58% from floor, pulling away from 29-26 halftime lead. Blue Raiders are 4-0 but are on road for first time- their best win was 80-73 vs Akron. SEC home favorites are 10-4 vs spread. C-USA road underdogs are 9-7.
Gonzaga beat Washington State 89-81/71-69 last two years, after losing to Coogs year before that; this has become bigger game for State, since Zags became mational program. Gonzaga made 45.7% of 3’s in 3-0 start, winning by 24-32-15 points. Wazzu allowed 60 ppg in winning its first two games vs stiffs. WCC home favorites are 13-6 against the spread.
Kansas State won its last two games by 8-13 points after losing opener to Northern Colorado; Wildcats are shooting 25.9% from arc, 61.5% on foul line. Charlotte blew 16-point halftime lead and lost to Charleston by point- they beat couple stiffs by 5-14 points. Big X home favorites are 9-5 against the spread. C-USA road underdogs are 9-7 vs spread.
Georgetown hasn’t played in 8 days since beating Wright State by 18, in first game after they got back from Korea (lost to Oregon by 7). Hoyas made 29.7% behind arc in first two games. Northeastern lost first couple games to America East teams (Boston U by 3, Stony Brook by 7), beat Central Connecticut by 7 last game. CAA underdogs are 7-5 vs spread.
Michigan made just 8-29 from arc in 77-70 loss at Iowa State Sunday, its first loss after wins by 27-34 over stiffs. Long Beach State is young and in trouble against this non-league schedule, losing three games by 34-1-13 points, after beating an NAIA team. Big Dozen favorites are 12-9 vs spread. Big West road underdogs are 4-10 against the spread.
VCU forced turnovers on 29% of possessions in winning its first three games by 38-3-21 points; Rams won by 3 at Virginia of ACC in its only road game. Florida State scored 86.7 ppg in winning its first three games by 24-12-28 points, but they’ve turned ball over 24.3% of time. FSU is #4 in country at forcing turnovers, getting one on 27.3% of possessions.
Nebraska won its first three games by 24-15-26 points; Cornhuskers are forcing turnovers 24.3% of time, making 41.9% of 3’s, but UMass will be step up in competition, having already beaten Boston College, LSU while scoring 89 ppg. Minutemen have four starters back from a 21-12 team. A-13 favorites are 8-11 vs spread. Big Dozen underdogs are 1-2.
New Mexico scored 98.5 ppg in winning first two games vs stiffs; hard to tell much from that, but Lobos have four starters back from 29-8 club to go with its new head coach, former assistant Neal. UAB won its first two D-I games, beating Rutgers/Troy while scoring 80 ppg. Blazers are turning ball over 20.3% of time, but they killed Rutgers/Troy on boards.
Georgia split its first two games, losing 80-71 at home to Ga Tech in last game Friday. Davidson allowed 87.3 ppg in losing first three games, by 34-4-13 points; teams are shooting 62% inside arc, 41% from arc against them. SEC teams are 2-4 vs spread away from home; SoCon teams have covered only three of 20 games, two of 16 as an underdog.
Clemson allowed 48.3 ppg in winning first three games, beating its rival South Carolina 71-57 Sunday, holding SC to 35.4% from floor. Temple lost four starters from LY, lost to Kent State/Towson last couple games while allowing 78 ppg and forcing turnovers only 11.4% of time. ACC favorites are 14-8 vs spread. Big East underdogs are 0-2 against spread.
Indiana scored 92 ppg in winning first four games, all at home, but their 1-point win over LIU is little bit of red flag; Hoosiers held its first four opponents to 25.8% behind arc. Washington scored 88-92 points in its two wins, but also lost by 14 at home to Cal-Irvine. Long trip east for Huskies. Pac-12 underdogs are 2-2. Big Dozen favorites are 12-9.
South Dakota State lost its first three D-I games by 8-9-4 points, with win over NAIA team since then; Jackrabbit opponents are making 61% of shots inside arc. Texas Tech beat three stiffs, lost by 7 at Alabama in its only road game; Red Raiders are making 59.3% of shots inside arc, but also only 59.3% from line. Big X favorites are 9-6 against spread.
— Clippers won five of their last six games. Thunder won six of eight.
— Bulls won their last five games, allowing 81.6 ppg.
— Nuggets lost last two games, allowing 118.5 ppg, but they’ve won last three home games, by 2-12-4 points.
— Five of last six Thunder games went over the total.
— Five of last six Chicago games stayed under the total; six of last seven Denver games went over.
— Seven of last eight Clipper-Thunder games went over total.
— Nuggets won six of last seven games with Chicago.