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Villanova Wildcats at Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Preview November 13, 2019

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

The Villanova Wildcats will take on the Ohio State Buckeyes at 7pm ET on Wednesday. Ohio State is 2-0 overall and 2-0 at home, while Villanova is 1-0 and is playing on the road for the first time this season. The Wildcats opened their season in a huge way, rolling over Army, 97-54. Ohio State, meanwhile, opened its season with a eight-point victory over Cincinnati before overwhelming UMass Lowell at home, 76-56. The Buckeyes are favored by 2.5-points in the latest Ohio State vs. Villanova odds, while the Over-Under is set at 127.5.

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In a sloppy game that saw the teams combined for 26 turnovers, Ohio State took down UMass Lowell 76-56 on Sunday. Ohio State’s success was spearheaded by the efforts of F Kaleb Wesson, who finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds along with five assists, and F Kyle Young, who had 10 points and four rebounds. Young is averaging just 22.5 minutes on the court through the first two games, but he leads the Buckeyes in a number of categories, including points, steals and blocks.

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Meanwhile, Villanova took care of business in a 97-54 victory over Army in its only game this season. Four players scored in double digits for the Wildcats, led by freshman forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, who finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore forward Saddiq Bey also had a big day against the Black Knights, adding 22 points and five rebounds. The Wildcats will certainly be relying on their explosive young playmakers in a hostile road environment against a ranked opponent on Wednesday.

This should be a fun game to watch; both have the play makers to help each team make a run in the NCAA Tournament.  Jay Wright and Chris Holtmann are both great coaches as well.  These will be two teams, that don’t let the turnovers beat them in close games.  The Buckeyes have gotten off to a slow start in each of the first two games of the season.  This is a situation, where the Buckeyes cannot get off to a slow start, if they want to win at home.  Villanova has a little bit more fire power offensively then the Buckeyes do.  However, both teams are great defensively.  Both teams are giving up less than 56 points per game this year.  This should be a defensive battle all the way through.

The NCAA College Basketball action Tuesday November 5, 2019

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

The NCAA College Basketball action for Tuesday November 5th features the Kansas Jayhawks and Duke Blue Devils who will kick off the NCAA basketball season at Madison Square Garden for the Champions Classic. The Jayhawks have gotten the best of the Blue Devils in recent history and are 3-0 SU and ATS in the last three games in this matchup.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home team Duke Blue Devils favored by -2 ½ points with the over under line of 153 points.

The Kansas Jayhawks went 26-10 SU and 16-19-1 ATS last season. Losing seven-foot center Udoka Azubuike to an injury after just nine games was a big loss for the program, but he’s back this season for his senior year and should create a matchup problem for most teams around the nation down low. The Jayhawks also return guard Devon Dotson, who scored 12.3 points per game last season and should see an uptick in production on offense with last year’s two leading scorers no longer on the team.

The Blue Devils went 32-6 on the season and won the ACC championship, but a 15-8 ATS run to start the season eventually gave way to a 3-12 ATS slump to end it, including the team’s disappointing loss to the Michigan State Spartans as 2.5-point favorites in the Elite Eight. Duke won’t have the kind of star power it did last season with those three elite prospects off to the NBA, but Tre Jones returns and is joined by a new talented group of freshmen that include forward Matthew Hurt and center Vernon Carey. Duke is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games against Big 12 opponents. This one feels like a coin flip, but with Devon Dotson grading out a bit higher than Tre Jones and the matchup issues that a healthy Udoka Azubuike can create.

 

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Monday, April 8th, 2019

The college basketball action for Monday April 8th features the NCAA National Championship Game over national television to the satisfaction of sports bettors worldwide.

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It all gets underway at 9:20PM Eastern Time on CBS TV as the Virginia Cavaliers face the Texas Tech Red Raiders from Minneapolis Minnesota. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Virginia Cavaliers favored by -1 ½ points with the over under line of 118 points.

Texas Tech has dominated four of their five opponents in this NCAA Tournament. Four wins by the Red Raiders have come by ten points or greater. The lone win in single digits came against the number one seed in the Gonzaga Bulldogs 75-69. Prior to that win the team held Michigan to 44 points. In their Final Four game the Red Raiders faced Michigan St and came away with the 61-51 victory. Red Raiders shot 39.1% from three in the win. It was another strong defensive performance by Texas Tech as they held the Spartans to only 31.9% shooting along with 7 of 24 from the three point line. Team got a strong performance by Matt Mooney who had 22 points hitting on 8 of 16 from the field. Their bench produced 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting.

Virginia has had close calls in the tournament. It was a slow start in their first round game and the Cavaliers powered by a strong second half came away with the 71-56 win to Gardner Webb. Virginia struggled getting separation against PAC 12 tournament champion Oregon winning 53-49. Then the Cavaliers faced a young upstart team in the Purdue Boilermakers. Virginia was taken to overtime and came away with the 80-75 win. In their Final Four contest the Virginia Cavaliers faced Auburn. Down by two points late the Cavaliers were fouled with half a second remaining from the three point line and made all three free throws to gain the victory. In that win against the Tigers it was Virginia shooting 49% and making 7 of 19 from three. Team struggled at the free throw line with 6 of 12 conversions.

NCAA Tournament College Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Saturday April 6, 2019

Friday, April 5th, 2019

The NCAA Tournament moves into the Final Four on Saturday April 6th as there are two games scheduled over national television to the satisfaction of college basketball bettors worldwide.

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The Final Four begins from Minneapolis Minnesota at 6PM Eastern Time on CBS TV as the Virginia Cavaliers face the Auburn Tigers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Virginia Cavaliers favored by -6 points with the over under line of 131 points. Auburn started off the NCAA Tournament with a scare as they survived a game winning shot attempt by New Mexico St in their 78-77 victory. Then came double digit wins to Kansas and North Carolina. Auburn in the Elite Eight defeated Kentucky in overtime 77-71. Tigers are a good three point shooting team that is not strong defensively. Virginia also faced overtime in the Elite Eight and came away with the 80-75 victory to Purdue. Cavaliers grabbed eight more rebounds than the young upstart Boilermakers team. Virginia a strong defensive team surrendered 49% shooting to the Boilermakers. A major injury for Auburn as Chuma Okeke is out with a torn ACL on his left knee. Okeke averaged 12 points with 6.8 rebounds per game on the season.

At 8:49PM Eastern Time on CBS TV the Michigan St Spartans will meet Texas Tech Red Raiders. Michigan St is favored by -2 ½ points with the over under line of 132 ½ points. Two elite defensive teams face off. Michigan St blew out Bradley, Minnesota and LSU prior to facing Duke in the Elite Eight. Spartans got past the Blue Devils 68-67 despite losing the rebounding battle by 11 boards. Difference in the game was Michigan St forcing 17 Blue Devils turnovers while committing only 6 for the game. Spartans only attempted six free throws. Texas Tech had a very difficult path to the Final Four. Red Raiders had to beat a good Northern Kentucky team, Buffalo, Michigan and Gonzaga to get to Minneapolis. Their defense held good offensive team in Buffalo to only 58 points and limited the Wolverines to just 44. In the win against Gonzaga, Red Raiders held the Bulldogs to just 42.4% shooting and 7 of 26 from three.

College Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for April 4, 2019

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

The college basketball action for Thursday April 4th features two games on the schedule to the delight of sports bettors worldwide.

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The NIT Finals begin at 7PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as the Texas Longhorns meet Lipscomb Bison from Madison Square Garden. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Texas Longhorns favored by -1 point with the over under line set at 143 points. Lipscomb earns there way into the NIT Finals with road wins to start this tournament at Davidson, UNC Greensboro and Wichita St. It was a great defensive effort by the Shockers in their semifinal win. Bison held Wichita St to 35.3% shooting with only 5 of 23 from three point range. Lipscomb is a very good shooting team that converts on 47.3% of their shots. Texas has had an up and down year. They had lost five of their past six games prior to starting the NIT Tournament. In the semis on Tuesday it was the Longhorns getting pat TCU 58-44 behind a strong defensive performance. Lipscomb won three straight on the road in the NIT to face Wichita St in the semifinal round. Behind a strong defensive effort, the Bison got past the Shockers 71-64.

On WatchCIT.com it is the finals of the CIT Tournament as the Marshall Thundering Herd are home to the Green Bay Phoenix at 7PM Eastern Time. Marshall is favored by -5 ½ points with the total set at 168 points. Green Bay opened play in the CIT with an eight point road win at East Tennessee St. Team then went on to win their past three all at home. Phoenix come off the 87-86 home overtime victory to Texas Southern. Marshall has won three straight and nine of their past ten games. Thundering Herd in the CIT semis defeated Hampton at home 80-78. Marshall has not been sharp this season on defense allowing 46% shooting to their opponents. Green Bay has shot the ball extremely well in the CIT hitting over 50% from the field. Thundering Herd has played all their games in this tournament on their home court.

College Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Tuesday

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

The college basketball card for Tuesday April 2nd features four games on the schedule to the delight of sports bettors worldwide.

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The NIT Tournament has reached the semifinals from Madison Square Garden in New York with the opener featuring the Wichita St Shockers battling the Lipscomb Bison at 7PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Wichita St Shockers favored by -1 point with the over under line of 150 ½ points. Lipscomb had to play all their games in the NIT thus far on the road and earned three wins to make it to the Big Apple. After a 17 point win at UNC Greensboro the Bison defeated NC State by 1. Bison has down a good job of shooting the basketball in the NIT Tournament. Lipscomb has not played on a neutral court this season and the Bison are a good three point shooting team so it will be interesting how they handle playing in a huge NBA arena. Wichita St earned wins at Clemson and Indiana to get to the semifinals. Shockers have done a great job of defense and rebounding in the NIT tourney.

In Semifinal 2 of the NIT Tournament from Madison Square Garden at 9:30PM Eastern Time the TCU Horned Frogs face the Texas Longhorns. TCU is favored by -1 ½ points with the total set at 138 points. This will be the third meeting of the season between these two teams from the Big 12 conference. Horned Frogs have won all two games home and away. The latest was a 13 point win on the road shooting 48% and grabbing 11 more rebounds than the Longhorns. TCU has played all three games in the NIT at home winning by double digit margins in each game. In their past two games the Horned Frogs got past Nebraska by 16 and Creighton by 13. Texas has three wins at home in the NIT and they did survive a scare in their second game beating Xavier by two in overtime. Following that was a good defensive effort at home disposing of Colorado by 13 with a good defensive performance limiting the Buffaloes with 18 of 55 from the field.

NCAA Tournament College Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Sunday

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

The Elite Eight from the NCAA Tournament concludes of Sunday March 31st with two games scheduled over national television to the satisfaction of college basketball bettors worldwide.

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It all gets underway on CBS TV at 2:20PM Eastern Time from Kansas City Missouri as the Kentucky Wildcats face the Auburn Tigers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Kentucky Wildcats favored by -4 ½ points with the over under line of 142 points. These two SEC teams met twice in the regular season and it was Kentucky winning both times. After a two pint win on Auburn’s home court the Wildcats blew out the Tigers 80-53 at home. Kentucky shot 54.5% in the win and held Auburn to only 19 of 58 shooting from the field. Wildcats dominated the glass doubling the Auburn Tigers output as Kentucky grabbed 42 boards. Kentucky faced a tough test in this Sweet Sixteen round and got past a very good Houston Cougars team 62-58 holding their AAC conference opponents scoreless in the final minute and a half. Auburn pulled off the upset of North Carolina in the Sweet Sixteen with the 97-80 victory behind a strong shooting performance that saw the Tigers converting on 54.5%. Auburn a very good three point shooting team that does have struggles on defense.

On CBS TV at 5PM Eastern Time from Washington D.C. the Duke Blue Devils battle the Michigan St Spartans. Duke is favored by -2 points with the over under set at 150 points. Duke had another nail biter getting past Virginia Tech in the Sweet Sixteen 75-73 having to dodge a three point attempt by the Hokies in the closing seconds. Prior to that in the Round of 32 the Blue Devils beat UCF by a single point. Duke has not yet played at their best in this tournament. Michigan St comes off a blowout victory to LSU 80-63. All three wins by the Spartans in this NCAA Tournament have come by double digit margins. Michigan St has been very strong rebounding the basketball in this tournament. Duke has been a weak three point shooting team this season while Michigan St strong with their offense and defense in the paint.

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Sunday, March 31st, 2019

The NCAA Tournament enters the Regional Finals on Saturday March 30th as there are two games scheduled over national television to the satisfaction of college basketball bettors worldwide.

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It all begins at 6:09PM Eastern Time on TBS TV from Anaheim California as the Gonzaga Bulldogs meet the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Gonzaga Bulldogs favored by -4 points with the over under line of 137 points. Gonzaga enters the Elite Eight after a 72-58 victory to Florida St. Bulldogs were able to get their revenge because it was Florida St who eliminated Gonzaga last season. Gonzaga won the battle on the boards by five rebounds and had a good night at the three point line making 7 of 19 shots. Bulldogs defended Florida St well as they held the Seminoles to 39.3% shooting with only 3 of 20 from the three point line. Texas Tech continued their strong defensive performance in the NCAA Tournament as they pound Michigan in the Sweet Sixteen 63-44. Red Raiders built on a 24-16 halftime lead. They held the Wolverines to 32.7% from the field and only 1 of 19 from the three point line. Red Raiders top defensive team in all of college basketball. They hold teams to only 36.7% shooting with 29.4% from three point range.

At 8:49PM Eastern Time on TBS TV from Louisville Kentucky it will be the Virginia Cavaliers battling the Purdue Boilermakers. Virginia is favored by -4 ½ points with the total set at 126 points. Purdue is the surprise team in the Elite Eight. This is a young team that brings freshman off the bench. They have peaked late as they had to replace scoring from the team from last season. After a blowout win to Villanova in the Round of 32 the Boilermakers got past Tennessee 99-94 in overtime. Virginia had two double digit wins to start the NCAA Tournament beating Gardner Webb and Oklahoma. They had a defensive struggle against a good Oregon team finally winning in the end 53-49 by holding the Ducks to only 37.8% shooting.

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Friday, March 29th, 2019

The NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen concludes on Friday March 29th with four games on the schedule to the delight of college basketball bettors worldwide.

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The action begins at 7:09PM Eastern Time on CBS TV from Washington D.C. as the Michigan St Spartans meet the LSU Tigers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Michigan St Spartans favored by -6 points with the over under set at 148 points. Michigan St has won seven straight with wins by double digits in each of their first two games of the NCAA Tournament against Bradley and Minnesota. Spartans defense and rebounding have been outstanding thus far holding opponents 36% shooting and outrebounding their opponents by a combined 76-38. On the season Michigan St is holding teams to 37.7% shooting and only 31.4% from beyond the arc. LSU has won both games in the tournament, but each game was close. It was a five point win to Yale then against Maryland the Tigers pulled out the 69-67 win. LSU has been outscored in each second half since losing their head coach to a suspension while investigated. Tigers have struggled making three point shots this season at 32%.

The late night game tips from Washington DC at 9:30PM Eastern Time as Duke Blue Devils battle the Virginia Tech Hokies. Duke is favored by -7 ½ points with the total lined at 143 ½ points. These teams met once in ACC play with Virginia Tech posting the 77-72 home win as a +3 ½ point underdog. Blue Devils did not play Zion Williamson due to injury. Virginia Tech met mid-majors in their first two games of the NCAA Tournament with the Hokies posting a 14 point win to Saint Louis and to Liberty. Hokies a strong defensive team that defends the paint well and forces team to shoot threes. Duke after a 23 point win to North Dakota St survived a scare in the Round of 32 by defeating UCF 77-76. Blue Devils surrendered 47% shooting to the Knights in the win. On the year Virginia Tech is limiting teams to only 40.4% shooting and 32.7% from the three point line. Duke has been weak shooting the three ball at 30.7%.

College Basketball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Thursday

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

The NCAA Tournament moves into the Sweet Sixteen on Thursday March 28th with four games scheduled over national television to the satisfaction of sports bettors worldwide.

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It all gets underway from Anaheim California at 7PM Eastern Time as Gonzaga Bulldogs face the Florida St Seminoles on CBS TV. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Gonzaga Bulldogs favored by -7 ½ points with the over under line of 147 points. The teams met in the NCAA Tournament last season with Florida St pulling off the 75-60 upset win as a six point underdog. Bulldogs shot poorly in defeat converting on 33.9% with only 5 of 20 from three point range. Gonzaga missed 9 of 24 free throw attempts. Florida St converted on 46% in the victory. Seminoles went deep into their rotation with ten of their players logging in double digit minutes. Florida St is a deep team this season and stymied Cinderella runs by Vermont and Murray St in the tourney. Seminoles come off a 28 point win against a good Murray St team. Gonzaga thus far in the tourney blew out Farleigh Dickinson and beat Baylor in the Round of 32 by the score of 83-71 shooting 54.4% and crushing the Bears on the glass by 11 rebounds.

At 9:30PM Eastern Time from Anaheim on CBS TV it will be the Michigan Wolverines battling the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Michigan is favored by -2 points with the total set at 125 ½ points. This is a matchup between two stout defensive teams. Red Raiders battled two very good offensive mid-major teams in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. They disposed of both Buffalo and Northern Kentucky by double digits beating the Norse by 15 points and Bulls by 20 points. Red Raiders are shooting 52% in the NCAA Tournament while still displaying strong defensive form. Michigan have two blowout wins in the tournament as well beating Montana by 19 points then a 15 point win to Florida. Wolverines have been strong rebounders in this tournament winning the boards by 12 rebounds to Montana and by 11 to the Gators.