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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Texas State Bobcats at SMU Mustangs

11.20.2013     12:55 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Texas State at SMU -13
Recommendation: SMU


SMU is deep, with nine different players averaging double digit minutes in their first three games and all five starters back from last year’s squad. They have a strong backcourt led by Nic Moore and Nick Russell. Frosh sensation Keith Frazier – the first McDonald’s All American to ever play for SMU – should be back in the lineup tonight after missing their game at Arkansas on Monday.

For their first two games, the Mustangs defense was nothing short of stellar; both in transition and in the halfcourt; completely shutting down TCU and Rhode Island in their first two games (33% shooting allowed).  But they laid a real stinker on Monday Night, unable to defend the three point line or to avoid turnovers leading to easy transition buckets in a hostile environment against Arkansas’s pressure defense.

Expect a strong bounceback effort from Larry Brown’s squad here; a team I’m looking to support off a shoddy showing, especially as they step down in class tonight.  Texas State is 0-3 because they haven’t played a lick of defense, allowing Read more



Tags: College Basketball Texas State Bobcats SMU Mustangs Teddy Covers




College Basketball Betting Preview: Iowa State Cyclones at BYU Cougars

11.20.2013     07:58 AM     Printer Friendly
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A ton of angles to consider for tonight's Iowa State-BYU matchup. From a situational standpoint, the spot favors the home side as the Cougars are in a revenge mode after last year's 83-62 loss in Ames. The Cyclones are also off a big over Michigan and head on the road (to elevation) for the first time this year with a host of new players. On the flip side, ISU can score and BYU has had its struggles on the defensive end of the floor. Up 20 with 13 minutes to go against Weber State, the Cougars allowed the Wildcats to climb back in it late and failed to cover the closing number in a nine-point win. Going back to last season, BYU allowed the quality offenses of Gonzaga, St. Mary's, Washington, Santa Clara, and San Francisco to top 1.03 points per possession at the Marriott Center. Also a factor is the health of BYU's Tyler Haws (29.5 ppg) who missed the last two Read more



Tags: College Basketball Iowa State Cyclones BYU Cougars




College Basketball Betting Free Play: East Carolina Pirates at Duke Blue Devils

11.19.2013     12:37 PM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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East Carolina at Duke -23.5
Recommendation: Duke


East Carolina knows it is lucky to be in this spot after rallying back from 17 down in the second half to clip Norfolk State by two. I give credit to the Pirates for fighting back but a vast majority of their win had to do with Norfolk's shortcomings (2-of-14 from 3, 10-of-20 from the line including multiple misses in crunch time). No question ECU put forth a ton of effort in that comeback win and with no rest they must turnaround and face a Duke squad that has had no trouble handling lesser competition. The Blue Devils have wins by 34, 33, and 36 on their home court. And to me, ECU is not far removed personnel wise to that of Davidson, Florida Atlantic, and UNC Asheville. Also note that as Jeff Lebo has built up the ECU program, he's been pretty active is staying away from top-tier competition. In 2011, they faced Clemson (No. 22 Ken Pom) and last year lost by six at North Carolina (No. 32). With the exception of Memphis in C-USA, those are arguably the two toughest teams ECU has faced in three-plus years – and this year’s version of Duke is far better than all three. And East Carolina was Read more



Tags: College Basketball East Carolina Pirates Duke Blue Devils Andrew Lange




College Basketball Handicapping: UNLV tries to bounce back after ugly loss

11.15.2013     08:03 AM     Printer Friendly
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It's been a rough start to the season for UNLV. They were up only one at half against Big Sky bottom feeder Portland State before pulling away. The Rebels had 18 turnovers and shot 13-of-28 from the free throw line. And on Tuesday, UC Santa Barbara, who won only 11 games last year, waltzed into the Thomas & Mack Center and won by 20. The Las Vegas Review-Journal summed it up best with a post-game article titled, 'UCSB shows Rebels, Rice how to play, coach.' The Las Vegas Sun pointed out UNLV's struggles against the zone – something they’ll likely see more of moving forward.


“Obviously, it’s a very, very difficult loss,” Rice said. “Santa Barbara played well. We played very, very poorly. We got beat in every aspect of the game. It’s very disheartening; very disappointing.”



Heading into tonight's game against Nebraska-Omaha, head coach Dave Rice announced that Read more



Tags: College Basketball Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks UNLV Rebels




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Rice Owls at Texas A&M Aggies

11.15.2013     07:42 AM     Printer Friendly
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Rice at Texas A&M -18
Recommendation: Texas A&M


In 2012, Rice was a nice story with 19 wins and two postseason victories. But the following year six players left the program including Arsalan Kazemi who proved to be a high-quality DI player during his time at Oregon. It is one thing for players to leave when a program bottoms out but it isn't a good sign following a season head coach Ben Braun had been spent three years working towards. Not surprising, last year was a mess as the Owls posted just one conference win and lost by single digits on only four occasions. Heading into this year, Rice lost its top two scorers and rebounders and Braun was forced to reload once again. In their season opener, the Owls shot less than 40% in a nine-point win over NAIA St. Thomas. And last time out, in what was a huge red flag, the Owls were beat on their home floor by Southeastern Louisiana who opened the season with an 89-53 loss at Missouri. Texas A&M has looked sharp in the early going with an 82-58 win over Buffalo and 91-67 win over Mississippi Valley State. The Aggies lost Elston Turner but returned four players with starting experience. Turner's Read more



Tags: College Basketball Rice Owls Texas A&M Aggies Andrew Lange




College Basketball Handicapping: Scoring up over 6% thanks to fouls, free throws

11.12.2013     07:28 AM     Printer Friendly
Ken Pomeroy gave us the low-down on the statistical changes in college basketball through Sunday's games. It looks like the NCAA is getting what it wants – more scoring. But as Pomeroy points out most of it is coming from free throws.




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College Basketball Gambling: Behold! The Niagara-Seton Hall box score...

11.11.2013     08:31 AM     Printer Friendly
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The box score of the Niagara-Seton Hall game from Saturday is probably a little extreme but one that bettors should be prepared to endure more of moving forward thanks to the new rule changes.

Here are a couple of noteworthy stats...

- With 16:05 left in the first half, Niagara was in the bonus.

- Five players fouled out.

- There were 72 fouls committed.

- There were 102 free throw attempts.

- Both teams combined to shoot 4-of-26 from 3-point range.

- Both teams combined for less than a point per possession and yet there were 155 points.

- Two players, Niagara's Antoine Mason and Seton Hall's Sterling Gibbs, combined to shoot 43 free throws. Note that two years ago Gibbs played about 225 minutes at Texas and attempted only 22 free throws. Against Niagara he played 32 minutes and took 23 free throws.





Tags: College Basketball Niagara Purple Eagles Seton Hall Pirates




College Basketball Betting Free Play: UW-Milwaukee Panthers at Davidson Wildcats

11.11.2013     08:11 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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UW-Milwaukee at Davidson -12.5
Recommendation: Davidson


One of the lone highlights for UW-Milwaukee last year was its improbable home win over Davidson. The spots wasn't ideal for the Wildcats after losing a hard fought game at New Mexico and a high profile tournament in Florida on deck. It wasn't the type of loss that has Davidson salivating for revenge but certainly one they remember. Also adding to the situation is Friday's 111-77 loss at Duke. Davidson had to reload somewhat during the offseason but returns a lot of experience. Obviously a tough spot for former secondary/role players to step in and thrive. It is a result that I put little stock in. I get the sense that the UWM program is probably in the twilight of the Rob Jeter era. As mentioned, last year's win over Davidson was one of only eight victories – and only one came away from home; a 95-88 double OT triumph over IUPUI who went 6-26. The Panthers return only one proven player (Jordan Aaron, 14.4 ppg LY) and are relying on former role players and transfers. Davidson lost three key players but also return four seniors who have starting experience. And the Wildcats have had no Read more



Tags: College Basketball UW-Milwaukee Panthers Davidson Wildcats Andrew Lange




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Florida International Panthers vs. Eastern Kentucky Colonels

11.08.2013     08:22 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Florida International vs. Eastern Kentucky -5 (at Kennesaw, Ga.)
Recommendation: Eastern Kentucky


Despite losing head coach Richard Pitino and three starters it looks as if Florida International has enough talent to compete in C-USA. But as with a lot of teams that suffer offseason turnover (and in FIU's case postseason ineligibility), it is going to take some time. They draw a tough first game matchup against a very seasoned and difficult to prepare for Eastern Kentucky squad. Head coach Jeff Neubauer has a reputation of doing less with more but decided last season that he was going to bring in some speed and athleticism. He did just that an EKU won 25 games including 12-4 in OVC play. The Colonels return four starters from that group – the lone loss was all-league point guard Mike DiNunno but Neubauer is reportedly going to use senior Glen Cosey (15.2 ppg) and a JC recruit as the team's primary ball handlers. Overall, EKU is a veteran club that is extremely efficient (55% 2s, 35% 3s, 78% FTs) and with the influx of athletes runs a very aggressive 1-3-1 zone (6th nationally in TO rate last year). In the grand scheme of things, Eastern probably Read more



Tags: College Basketball Florida International Panthers Eastern Kentucky Colonels Andrew Lange




College Basketball Handicapping: New rules in place to increase scoring

11.06.2013     06:45 AM     Printer Friendly
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Good article on college basketball's new emphasis on hand-checking. Scoring (67.5 ppg) was at its lowest since 1982 so referees have been told to pretty much call all physical contact on the perimeter. This in theory will obviously lead to a lot more fouls (especially early on while everyone tries to adjust) which will result in more free throws and thus more points. The biggest complaint from coaches – most of which from the bigger, more physical power conferences – is that games are now going to be even uglier and longer than before. Imagine for a second a Louisville-Cincinnati matchup. Yikes.


Here's Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger's prediction for early season games: "Tons of fouls, a lot of free throws, long, ugly games. Hopefully fans can prepare for that. It is going to be frustrating."

"They don't want a great 57-52 game, hard played, competitive. They want an 86-82 game. Do they want to watch that garbage for four-and-a-half hours? Do they want to do that by shooting 70 free throws?  People don't want to watch free-throw

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