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On 12/31/2013 11:47 PM in NCAA Basketball

Cnotes January's College Basketball POD'S-Stats-Trends-News !

VI Top 25 Ranking

Conference Rankings (Top 10)

1) Big Ten

2) ACC

3) Big 12

4) Pac-12

5) SEC

6) American

7) Big East

8) Atlantic 10

9) West Coast

10) Mountain West

Projected Final Four
Michigan State, Arizona, Louisville, Oklahoma State

Player of the Year Accolades
Marcus Smart - Oklahoma State State - Player of the Year Smart started December tasting his only loss, but carries a five-game winning streak into 2014. He's won showdowns with LaTech's Raheem Appelby and Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie despite shooting poorly, so don't get lost in the numbers here. He's consistently impacting the game with his presence and physically taking smaller lead guards out of their comfort zone, exciting NBA scouts and executives by oozing intangibles. Randle's tremendous afternoon in Kentucky's conquest of Louisville narrows the gap, but we'll stick with Smart.

First Team VI All-Americans
F - Julius Randle, Kentucky
F - Doug McDermott, Creighton
C - Patric Young, Florida
G - Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
G - Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

Second Team VI All-Americans
F - Aaron Gordon, Arizona
F - Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
C - Adreian Payne, Michigan State
G - Gary Harris, Michigan State
G/F - Jabari Parker, Duke

Team to Watch (Dec. 31 - Jan. 6)
Louisville - Coming off a humbling loss at rival Kentucky where it never even resembled the team Rick Pitino has built, Louisville goes back to work without dismissed power forward Chane Behanan. Invaluable as a starter last year, he'd had a rough season and fallen out of favor, hitting rock bottom with a scoreless effort against the 'Cats before crossing the point of no return. The Cardinals begin their lone season of American Athletic Conference play with a New Year's Eve date at UCF before a date with Rutgers at the RAC over the weekend. Considering Memphis follows after that, Pitino will certainly want to get his team back on track. The Ville sure misses Georgui Dieng.


College Basketball Rankings (Through 12/30/13)

Rank Team Betting Notes Previous

1 Arizona (13-0 SU, 9-3 ATS) 1

2 Ohio State (13-0 SU, 6-6 ATS) 3

3 Wisconsin (13-0 SU, 8-4-1 ATS) 4

4 Syracuse (12-0 SU, 5-3 ATS) 8

5 Michigan State (11-1 SU, 5-5-1 ATS) 5

6 Wichita State (13-0 SU, 7-2-1 ATS) 7

7 Oklahoma State (12-1 SU, 6-3 ATS) 9

8 Iowa State (11-0 SU, 6-3 ATS) 10

9 Oregon (12-0 SU, 9-2 ATS) 11

10 UConn (11-1 SU, 4-6 ATS) 12

11 Duke (10-2 SU, 7-5 ATS) 13

12 Florida (10-2 SU, 4-2-2 ATS) 14

13 Memphis (9-2 SU, 5-4 ATS) 15

14 Baylor (10-1 SU, 3-5 ATS) 16

15 North Carolina (9-3 SU, 6-6 ATS) 17

16 Kentucky (10-3 SU, 5-5-1 ATS) 28

17 Louisville (11-2 SU, 6-5 ATS) 2

18 Villanova (11-1 SU, 8-2 ATS) 6

19 Kansas (9-3 SU, 5-6 ATS) 19

20 Iowa (11-2 SU, 7-4 ATS) 20

21 Pittsburgh (11-1 SU, 3-7 ATS) 21

22 Massachusetts (11-1 SU, 9-3 ATS) 22

23 Missouri (11-1 SU, 5-4-1 ATS) 23

24 Xavier (10-3 SU, 7-4 ATS) 24

25 Colorado (11-2 SU, 8-4 ATS) 25

Dropped out of Top 25: None

On the Radar: Arizona State, Utah, George Washington, Toledo, Saint Mary's, Creighton, Illinois, Texas, Gonzaga, Stanford, San Diego State, Dayton, New Mexico, Tennessee, Indiana, Butler, Boise State, Marquette, Notre Dame, Michigan, Oklahoma, Georgetown, VCU, Kansas State, LSU, SMU, Cal, USC, Minnesota, Virginia, Providence, Cincinnati, NC State, BYU, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Saint Louis, Harvard, Missouri State, Princeton.

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01/01/2014 12:01 AM

Conference Reset: A new boss leads in the new Big East

December 31, 2013 11:14 am ET

We're once again doing our mid-season catch-up on the 10 biggest leagues in college hoops. We're going to run these on the day leagues start intra-conference play -- or at least as close to them as possible. The Big East gets underway here on New Year's Eve, so let's see how this reformed union is stacking up so far.

Here's the Big East reset, and a look at how the Big East has compared to other major leagues this season can be found here.

Teams on track to make the Field of 68: Villanova, Creighton, Georgetown, Xavier.

Teams with work to do: Marquette, Butler, St. John's.

Teams already out, barring a miracle: Providence, Seton Hall, DePaul.

Most memorable moment to date: Villanova announces its legitimacy by beating Kansas in the Bahamas. It was the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals, and the Wildcats got some big shots from Ryan Arcidiacano late. The final was 63-59 back on Nov. 29, and it made everyone sit up and start paying attention to Jay Wright's team. The Cats got out to an 11-0 start, which finally culminated in a loss last weekend at Syracuse.

Storyline you were too busy to notice: Butler is still Butler (we think). No more Brad Stevens, which you knew, but new coach Brandon Miller has this team off to a 10-2 start -- about as good as anyone could have hoped for, given the roster turnover in addition to a post-Stevens era. The Bulldogs are still something of a mystery, but it's impossible to see how this year will be seen as a disappointment. Miller looks like a worthy successor.

Coach feeling the heat: Oliver Purnell has been coaching for nearly three decades without an NCAA tournament win, yet he's never been fired. Does he ever feel heat? Anyway, this is his fourth season with DePaul, and he's never won more than 12 games with the program. It looks like the worst team in the league, though Seton Hall could have something to say about that.

Player who needs to step up: At 7.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per, 6-11 Chris Otule needs to give more for Marquette in this his senior season. The Golden Eagles have played five teams worthy of NCAA tournament consideration -- and fallen to each one. Otule's not the sole reason for the drop for MU so far, but if he steps up, Buzz Williams' team will have a formidable front court that should give it a shot at finishing in the top three in the league.

Team better than its record: Marquette ... I hope? With five losses, it has the most in the conference, tied with DePaul. Buzz Williams has never had a team at Marquette not make the NCAAs/win less than 22 games. For the latter to happen, Marquette will need to go at least 11-7 in the league and win the conference tournament. That is possible, yes.

Team not as good as its record: I'm going with Butler. A 10-2 team, that's an .833 win percentage, and I don't think Butler will even be above .700 by the time Selection Sunday gets here. It's a fine team, but record and power numbers would indicate this is a top-40 club nationally, and I don't think that's the case.

Three must-see games:

St. John's at Butler (Jan. 25)
Villanova at Georgetown (Jan. 27)
Creighton at Xavier (March 1)

Player of the Year favorite: Doug McDermott has now eclipsed 2,500 points for his career, and the Creighton senior is showing once again why he's one of the better all-around scorers in the sport over the past 15 years. Not a transcendent player, but college hoops purists will annoy their children with Doug McDermott references 20 years from now. I fear his ability will be forgotten after he's gone for how little his career's been on TV, but he's absolutely on track to be a First Team All-American for the third straight year -- and how many times has that ever happened in college hoops?

Freshman of the Year favorite: Villanova's Josh Hart is contributing 9.5 points (second among Big East freshmen) and 4.8 rebounds (tops among all league newbies). He's unquestionably been a glue guy to the max, an impact first-year player that's been part of the elixir in Villanova's surprise season so far.

Probable all-league team: Doug McDermott (Creighton); James Bell (Villanova); D'Angelo Harrison (St. John's); Bryce Cotton (Providence); Markel Starks (Georgetown).

Ranking the teams from first to worst:

1. Villanova: Part of why you have to love Villanova so far: It's played the toughest schedule of any Big East team. Its defense ranks No. 3 overall in adjusted points per 100 possessions (90.5), and they're outscoring opponents by nearly 16 points per game. The balance is there, and they have a big-shot-maker in Ryan Arcidiacono. Jayvaughn Pinkston on the block gets 15.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, and is in fact the team's leading scorer in points per 40 minutes. They'll drop at least three games in the conference, but it's impossible to say this isn't the best team heading into Big East play.

2. Creighton: The Bluejay's weak SOS (251 on KenPom) means we're going to have to see some provin'. But as you'd expect, this group is awesome with the ball yet again. The 1.20 points per possession is tops in the league, and this is the best-shooting team Greg McDermott's ever coached. I really like this group and hope it reaches the second weekend of the NCAAs; dodging that No. 1 seed in the Round of 32 should be happening this time around. The group is No. 16 in terms of experience in all of college basketball, and the program's won 90 games since the start of the 2010-11 season.

3. Xavier: You know X won't be kept down for long. It was a lost season last year, but Semaj Christon isn't the only player contributing this time. Matt Stainbrook is a 6-10 reliability down low, and as a group the team as upped its defense prowess. It ranks top-25 in adjusted defensive efficiency on KenPom.com. Traditional stats? X gives up just 63.5 per game.

4. Georgetown: Beaten VCU and Kansas State. Lost to Oregon in South Korea to start the year. Very good team from inside the arc, shooting nearly 57 percent on its 2. Markel Starks, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Mikael Hopkins have made this team solid in wake of losing Otto Porter, who was as MVP-ish as any player in recent memory. Hoyas aren't outstanding, but they won't be beaten down. RPI likely to rise, and defense needs to get a tick or two better. It will, I think.

5. Marquette: Probably better on defense than people think. Has four games with 10 or more steals, including 17 against Ball State, one of the best swipe jobs in all of hoops this year. As of right now the offense is the "worst" it's ever been under Buzz, but Marquette is still scoring 1.06 points per possession. It's allowing 61.5 points per game, lowest in the conference. I thought this would be the Big East's best team. I thought wrong.

6. St. John's: Many still believe this group has the most natural basketball talent of any team in the Big East. It will win some games it shouldn't and lose some games it can't. But that's the way, I suppose. Fun, athletic and loves to run. Will be helped by its penchant not to foul. Probably the most disciplined team in the league in that respect.

7. Butler: Grabbing 56.7 percent of rebounds through 12 games has led to Butler being the best group on the boards in the Big East. Combine that with a turnover rate of just 14.7 (best in the conference), and I'm totally willing to admit I'm underrating BU right now. Rebounding and a lack of turnovers signals one thing: terrific coaching. Those are habits that don't dissolve midway through a season. The offense overall has me concerned; I wonder if Butler will have the gasoline to win 12 games in this league. But I do want to note that I think the biggest gap in this league falls between the 7 and 8 line.

8. Providence: The injuries will cost PC a chance at the NCAAs. Kris Dunn, who could've been First Team Big East, has a shoulder issue that's keeping him out. Bryce Cotton will probably put up heroic numbers in a sub-.500 campaign. Ed Cooley is a terrific motivator with a lot of patience, but it's unlikely Providence can be a 10-win Big East team. It's been a good 10-3 start, but tough times ahead, methinks.

9. Seton Hall: The worst per-possession defense (tied with DePaul, .975 PPP) and worst strength of schedule in the league (in the 330s). Best win is Kent State, ranked 175 in KenPom and 159 in RPI. Fuquan Edwin is a terrific on-ball defender, and Sterling Gibbs is a whir with the ball at times, but they are bright spots that dont' shine often enough. Also lost a guy to foreign military duty.

10. DePaul: Scoring 1.03 points and allowing .98 per possession, worst in the conference on both ends. It also turns the ball over 19.1 percent of the time, so nearly once every five times it has a possession. Also worst in the Big East. Cleveland Melvin is now a senior, a very solid player, and were DePaul even as good as No. 7 on this list, he'd have a dark horse chance at making First Team for the league. He's one of the more talented guys in that program in the past decade, and it's a shame he's been so good while cloaked in four years of mediocrity.

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01/01/2014 12:03 AM

Conference Reset: AAC will see battle at the top in its first year

December 31, 2013 1:18 pm ET

We once again are doing our midseason catchup on the 11 biggest leagues in college basketball. We're going to run these on the day leagues start conference play – or at least as close to them as possible. The AAC starts Tuesday, so let's take a look at how the new league is faring so far.

Here's the American Athletic Conference reset:

Teams on track to make the Field of 68: Connecticut, Memphis, Louisville

Teams with work to do: Cincinnati, SMU

Teams already out, barring a miracle: UCF, South Florida, Houston, Temple, Rutgers

Most memorable moment to date: Shabazz Napier's buzzer-beater to beat Florida. Bringing to mind Rip Hamilton's shot to beat Washington in the 1998 Sweet 16, Napier followed his own missed shot and hit a leaner as time expired to give Connecticut a 65-64 win over Florida. At the time, it kept the Huskies undefeated – and also cemented Napier as one of the favorites to win National Player of the Year honors. The Huskies will need more magic from Napier in the AAC season.

Storyline you were too busy to notice: Fran Dunphy has won at last 21 games in six straight seasons, but that streak will end this season. Temple lost most of its firepower from last season's NCAA tournament team, and is sitting at 5-5 heading into conference play. Among those five losses are three home defeats, as well as a road loss at Towson. Four players are averaging at least 14 points per game, but the defense has been lacking.

Coach feeling the heat: I can't imagine any of the 10 coaches being fired after this season, but there are a few that need to start winning some games. Stan Heath received a six-year extension two seasons ago, but South Florida took a step back last season and isn't expected to finish in the top half of the league. Houston has finished below .500 in each of James Dickey's three seasons, but he should be fine too.

Player who needs to step up: After winning Most Outstanding Player honors at last season's Final Four, many expected Louisville's Luke Hancock to become a more consistent contributor this season. It hasn't happened. Over his past four games, Hancock has averaged 5.4 points and shot 7-for-21 from the field (4-for-13 from 3). Especially with Chane Behanan gone, Hancock will need to improve his consistency from the perimeter – while also getting more involved on the glass.

Team better than its record: We've mentioned Temple and its struggles already, but the Owls still aren't as bad as that 5-5 record would indicate. Four of those five losses were by six points or fewer, including two by one point. They also own wins over UAB and Saint Joseph's. With Fran Dunphy at the helm and Will Cummings running the show, Temple is going to win some games in the AAC.

Team not as good as its record: There's a severe dropoff between the top five teams and the bottom five teams, so we're going to go with the team in the bottom half with the most wins: South Florida. The Bulls are 9-4, with only two of those wins by more than 10 points. They lost to Detroit, Mississippi and Santa Clara, and also got steamrolled by Oklahoma State. Victor Rudd and Chris Perry are solid up front, but the guards have struggled.

Three must-see games:

Cincinnati at Memphis (Jan. 4)
Louisville at Connecticut (Jan. 18)
Louisville at Memphis (March 1)

Player of the Year favorite: Before Shabazz Napier struggled against Maine and Stanford, he might have been the favorite for National Player of the Year. However, he's bounced back nicely, and is the frontrunner at this point for AAC Player of the Year. He's one of the best guards in the country, capable of knocking down shots from the perimeter, hurting teams off with the pull-up jumper, or distributing to teammates for open shots. At 15.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.9 assists, he's a triple-double threat on many occasions – he even has one already this season.

Freshman of the Year favorite: Most of the top teams are veteran-laden groups; as a result, South Florida's Chris Perry has won Rookie of the Week honors four times this season. He's posted two double-doubles already, scoring in double-figures in six of his last seven games. Moreover, over his past three games, he's shooting 19-for-27 from the field.

Probable all-league team:

Shabazz Napier (Connecticut); Russ Smith (Louisville); Joe Jackson (Memphis); Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati); TaShawn Thomas (Houston)

Ranking the teams from first to worst:

1. Louisville: Even without Chane Behanan, the Cardinals should be the favorite to win the league. Their interior takes a hit, but their backcourt is unchanged – meaning they can still go toe-to-toe with the perimeter groups of Connecticut and Memphis. Russ Smith and Chris Jones need to do a more effective job at initiating offense, but a smaller lineup with Luke Hancock and Wayne Blackshear playing forward could be interesting. Montrezl Harrell will have to shoulder the load inside.

2. Memphis: This season got off to a poor start for Memphis, with a 21-point loss at Oklahoma State in the second game. However, the Tigers have since bounced back, beating the Cowboys in a rematch and taking Florida to the wire at Madison Square Garden. The Tigers have terrific guards, led by Joe Jackson and Mike Dixon, but the key has been the development of Shaq Goodwin and Austin Nichols on the interior. If those two can consistently contribute down low, Josh Pastner's team will have more ways to win games.

3. Connecticut: The gap between the top three isn't very big, but until Connecticut gets consistent inside play, the Huskies sit at the third spot. Shabazz Napier is an All-American guard, while Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun are excellent complements. DeAndre Daniels has been up and down at times, but the key will be Connecticut's ability to rebound and get points in the paint. They rely so heavily on the 3-point shot. If Napier is cold and the Huskies aren't hitting shots, it's tough for them to overcome.

4. Cincinnati: While the offense might be a work-in-progress (and that's being kind), the Bearcats' defense means they won't be out of too many games this season. Mick Cronin's team plays an elite-level caliber of defense, and hasn't allowed more than 64 points in a game this season. Corralling the guards of Louisville, Memphis and Connecticut isn't easy, but the Bearcats will make life difficult for them. Sean Kilpatrick is the primary scorer offensively, but he will need help on a regular basis in the AAC.

5. SMU: It's tough to project what the Mustangs will do in conference play. They are 10-2 heading into Wednesday's opener against Cincinnati, but the best wins are over Texas A&M and Wyoming – and the lone losses are to Arkansas on the road, and a neutral-site defeat to Virginia. They're not bad, they're not great – but they have the talent and defense to compete for an NCAA tournament bid. Nic Moore runs the show, and Yanick Moreira and Markus Kennedy guard the rim. Their depth is a huge asset.

6. Temple: We've discussed the Owls multiple times so far, but they will find ways to win games in the AAC. Fran Dunphy is a terrific coach, and he has four consistent options: Will Cummings, Dalton Pepper, Quenton DeCosey and Anthony Lee. They have to figure out to win close games consistently, but they have the core pieces to stay out of the bottom third.

7. UCF: Winners of five in a row heading into conference play, the Knights haven't done anything all that impressive in the non-league, but Donnie Jones has his team poised to compete. They can score in different ways, and they crash the offensive glass. Isaiah Sykes is a terrific all-around player, and scorers like Calvin Newell and Tristan Spurlock are useful weapons.

8. South Florida: Back in 2012, South Florida won 22 games and went to the NCAA tournament. Since then, though, the Bulls have been trending downward. They won just 12 games last season, and it might be hard to break into the upper half of the league this season. There is some good young pieces inside with Chris Perry and John Egbunu, but the guards are struggling to create good offense.

9. Rutgers: Eddie Jordan knew it wouldn't be easy when he took over after the Mike Rice scandal in the spring, and it hasn't been. However, there have been signs of promise despite a 6-7 start and a four-game losing streak. Myles Mack has taken on most of the offensive burden, but guys like Kadeem Jack and Pittsburgh transfer J.J. Moore have helped. The defense has been the weakness.

10. Houston: Things looked optimistic after a 5-0 start, but two losses in Brooklyn ended up spiraling into a stretch in which the Cougars lost five out of seven games. Danuel House's has certainly hurt, and there's just not enough help for double-double machine TaShawn Thomas. The defense has struggled, especially on the perimeter.

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01/01/2014 12:04 AM

Conference Reset: ACC clearly an underachieving lot to this point

December 30, 2013 4:20 pm ET

We're once again doing our mid-season catch-up on the 10 biggest leagues in college hoops. We're going to run these on the day leagues start intra-conference play -- or at least as close to them as possible. The ACC (here's our preseason preview, if you'd like to see it) started over the weekend, so let's get right to it.

Here's the Atlantic Coast Conference reset, and a look at how the ACC has underperformed this season can be found here.

Teams on track to make the Field of 68: Duke, Syracuse, North Carolina, Florida State

Teams with work to do: Pittsburgh, Virginia, Notre Dame, North Carolina State, Clemson, Wake Forest

Teams already out, barring a miracle: Maryland, Boston College, Miami, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech

Most memorable moment to date: North Carolina's road win against Michigan State. That's my pick, anyway, but there are about five moments tied to UNC and another three with Duke. The Tar Heels have been the most vexing team in college hoops to this point. They're a 9-3 team, the losses to Belmont, UAB and Texas. Wins over Louisville, Kentucky and Michigan State. The Spartans were undefeated until UNC came to town, and that produced this great locker room moment for Roy Williams.

Storyline you were too busy to notice: North Carolina State: Surprisingly, not that terrible! It was thought Mark Gottfried's Wolfpack would be in for a rebuilding year, perhaps a year that would see the team struggle to be above .500. But the team's at 9-3 and looking like it will make a go of being part of the bubble conversation. T.J. Warren is a massive part of that, as is Cat Barber, and we'll get to those two in the N.C. State capsule below.

Coach feeling the heat: Steve Donahue's team has top-six talent in the ACC this season. The Eagles have fallen flat yet again. No doubt about it, this is the most disappointing team in the country. A 4-9 start has Boston College fans irked even more than Wake Forest honks -- and that's saying something! If BC isn't able to get to .500 in the league, is there any way Donahue keeps his job? The pace he's on right now would leave him at 13.5 wins per season in four years at BC with no trips to the NCAA tournament.

Player who needs to step up: An academic issue led to Jerian Grant's dismissal from Notre Dame last week. He was the Irish's best scorer. Without him, it's quite clear senior guard Eric Atkins is going to have to produce in a big way in order for Mike Brey's team to have a chance to dance in two and a half months. Atkins currently scoring 13.2 points per game while dishing 4.5 assists. Nice, but the load will heavy.

Team better than its record: At 8-5, Maryland's spent the past two months operating a team without a starting point guard. But Seth Allen is back after a broken foot had him on the sidelines. I don't think the Terps are making the NCAA tournament, but I do think they'll be a bubble team because Allen is a nice point guard that can keep this group from toppling against weaker foes.

Team not as good as its record: At 11-1 and with the one loss against the only good team it's played, Pittsburgh is the only choice. This is not a team that will end the season with anything close to its .917 winning percentage as of today.

Three must-see games:

Duke at Syracuse (Feb. 1)
Syracuse at Pittsburgh (Feb. 12)
Duke at North Carolina (Feb. 12)

Player of the Year favorite: Jabari Parker is the winner in this category currently -- at the national level. So of course he's the pick here. Parker has been as bad as good and as great as phenomenal. Seldom does he put himself in a bad spot. No one is like him in college hoops. His averages: 22.2 points; 7.8 boards; 1.3 blocks. He's above 46 percent from 3, which is standout for a fella who's 6-8 and around 235 pounds. Entering league play, his 3-point shooting is third-best in the league.

Freshman of the Year favorite: We can't have Jabari at the POY and not have him here.

Probable all-league team: Jabari Parker (Duke); C.J. Fair (Syracuse); Tyler Ennis (Syracuse); T.J. Warren (N.C. State); Marcus Paige (North Carolina)

Ranking the teams from first to worst:

1. Duke: It's a tight call between the Blue Devils and the Orange as the ACC's best, but give me Mike Krzyzewski and the best player in basketball, Mr. Parker. Duke's scoring 85.2 points per game, best in the conference, and the 1.20 points per possession is also better than any other team in the league. The plethora of options at guard and wing for Duke is as deep as any team in the country. There are questions around the rim, in terms of defensive options and rebounding reliability, but I have never believed they are so vulnerable in the paint that Duke would solely lose games because of a lack of size or presence within five feet of the rim. Also, Quinn Cook's dishing out 6.5 assists per game, more than anyone in the ACC.

2. Syracuse: I think this Syracuse team is very close to being the best group Jim Boeheim's had since the team that won the 2003 national title. That's praise I don't toss out lightly; I know last year's club made the Final Four, and he's had other teams as of late earn No. 1 seeds. But the balance on both sides and the reliability of Tyler Ennis has me thinking this team is as capable of winning it all as any team in the country. And with a + 6.4 margin in turnovers (top five in the country), it's hard to say Syracuse isn't one of the two or three best teams -- at the moment -- out there. Long-term, I like Duke just a smidge better.

3. Pittsburgh: Kind of taking a chance here. Pittsburgh's strength of schedule is around the 150 mark, depending on which metric you're looking at. Either way, it's weak, and the best wins are over Penn State and Stanford, neither of which will make this year's NCAAs. I put Pitt at No. 3 because the team is top-20 in offensive and defensive efficiency on KenPom.Com. Another bright spot: Pittsburgh has a 1.74 assists-above-turnovers margin, which is fourth-best in the nation.

4. Florida State: Wins against VCU and UMass have done wonders for FSU, which enters league play at 9-3 if it defends Charleston Southern on Monday night. The losses came to Michigan, Minnesota and Florida by a combined 13 points and one overtime. The Noles have the No. 7 defense in the country on KenPom and feature a top-20 RPI as of now, which will go a long way. Unless the bottom falls out, you figure FSU will be a top-40 RPI team, which means this group is almost definitely going to the NCAAs if it navigates to 20 wins (minimum 11-7 league record).

5. North Carolina: The wins are great, but the losses are bad, and I'm putting UNC fifth because I've seen how streaky the team is. I believe it's going to be up and down all season, never putting together a losing streak of more than two games and a winning streak of more than five. I think this team is really helped by the emergence of J.P. Tokoto, and of course Marcus Paige has played beyond expectation. Losing P.J. Hairston was a saga that's finally over. Can Leslie McDonald come in and give the Heels 12/game? That'd go a long way.

6. Virginia: Allowing an ACC-best .833 points per possession. On offense, it's not nearly as nice. 1.026 PPP is near the bottom of the league. The Cavaliers have that pack-line D that keeps them in every game ... but does the same for their opponents. Four of the next five games for UVa come on the road, so it's going to get uglier before it gets better. By season's end, I think things are "OK" and this team is a No. 9 seed.

7. Clemson: I'm high on the Tigers -- but putting them at No. 7 also speaks to the ACC as of now. Still, this squad has quietly done all right for itself this season. Allowing 53 points per game, Clemson is second-best nationally in points-per-game D. It's not pace, either. Teams are shooting just 35.8 percent against Brad Brownell's team. At 882 blocks overall, the ACC is the highest-swatting team in the country. The best in the league? Plays for Clemson. K.J. McDaniels gets 2.8 per game.

8. North Carolina State: McDaneils at Clemson has the per-game lead in blocks, but N.C. State's Jordan Vandenberg's 8.8 block rate is best in the conference. T.J. Warren is the stud, though. He takes 35 percent of the team's shots when he's on the floor -- a very high ratio -- but they need him. He also leads the team in steals and free throw percentage and rebounds. Freshman Cat Barber has been very refereshing at the point. Also, opponents are hitting 79.1 percent of their free throws against N.C. State, a very high/unlucky number. All the more impressive the team is 9-3.

9. Notre Dame: I was dead wrong on the Irish. I thought this team could compete with Syracuse to finish second behind Duke. No way. I'm now selling big-time and willing to be wrong again, should it come to that. Jerian Grant's absence leaves a huge hole to be filled. There's been unrest in the program all season, really, and this is looking like a group that's as underachieving as anyone in this conference outside of the team ranked 15th. The best news is the team tallies nearly 20 assists per game. It is an offense that communicates well.

10. Maryland: I'm guessin Seth Allen will have tangiable impact and ultimately help the Terps be a team that plays the role of spoiler very well. Decent rebounding team but not that good from just about everywhere with their shots. Call 'em what they are: average.

11. Wake Forest: Might be the best rebounding team in this conference, actually. Currently snagging more than 40 per game, and the rate on the defensive end is top-25 in the country. Offensively, Wake is too fast and out of control for its own good. But beating USC and Richmond has helped Jeff Bzdelik's team start 10-3. I have to see growth inside the league, though. I do not believe this team gets to 20 wins. Eighteen would be a huge year.

12. Georgia Tech: Saw this team in person in Brooklyn in November. They're OK. A 4-1 December is a good sign. But it's cloaked in a non-conference SOS that's near 200 overall. Trae Golden is the one-year transfer from Tennessee that's come in, been OK, but won't be enough to get this team to the NCAA tournament.

13. Miami: Hurricanes' ACC-winning season from a year ago seems like five times as long. It'll be a forgotten year for this program. They score .984 points per possession, the worst in the conference. Could you tell me one player that dresses for this team? Senior Rion Brown leads the group, scoring 13.6 per game.

14. Virginia Tech: With Jerian Grant now off ND, Jarell Eddie is the second-most productive senior in the league to Fair at Syracuse. Eddie's averaging 17.4 points and snagging 6.1 rebounds. Overall, Va. Tech doesn't have the bodies to withstand a brutal ACC schedule that awaits.

15. Boston College: Think about how bad it would be if BC didn't make its free throws. That 78.5 percent from the charity strip is No. 2 in the nation. But the team's won just four games and probably won't get to 12 this year. A shame, because Olivier Hanlan and Ryan Anderson will most definitely make money playing basketball for at least 10 years after they leave.

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01/01/2014 12:06 AM

Conference Reset: The West Coast has a lot of mystery to it

December 30, 2013 1:00 pm ET

We're once again doing our mid-season catch-up on the 10 biggest leagues in college hoops. We're going to run these on the day leagues start intra-conference play -- or at least as close to them as possible. The WCC started over the weekend, so let's get right to it.

Here's the West Coast Conference reset:

Teams on track to make the Field of 68: Gonzaga

Teams with work to do: Saint Mary's, Pacific

Teams already out, barring a miracle: BYU, rest of the league.

Most memorable moment to date: It's actually been a pretty quiet couple of months, all told, for the West Coast Conference. The biggest news was the sudden departure Cody Doolin took from San Francisco. That was just after Thanksgiving, and it left USF in a lurch. The team isn't nearly as strong now with him gone. Game-wise, there haven't been many standout performances from either teams or players. It's not a weak league, but it's not been burning down the world, either.

Storyline you were too busy to notice: Saint Mary's exceeded expectations by starting 9-0 ... then promptly fell to Earth with an 0-3 showing at the Diamond Head Classic. And now, because of NCAA sanctions, SMC will not have head coach Randy Bennett for the first five games of conference play. That's a big deal, for sure. The Gaels were fool's gold early, most definitely.

Coach feeling the heat: For the second year in a row we think it's San Diego's Bill Grier, who hasn't finished above .500 since 2007-08. Minimally, we think USD needs to go 9-9 in league this season for Grier to feel somewhat comfortable.

Player who needs to step up: At 14 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, Cole Dickerson leads San Francisco in those categories. But he's down from his average last year, and the Dons do not have enough around him now -- since Doolin left the team a month ago -- to make up for the production. He hasn't underperformed, but he can be better, for sure.

Team better than its record: At 9-5, San Diego's a team with options that hasn't fully clicked yet. I could see a situation where the Toreros get their act together and become a top-four team in the conference.

Team not as good as its record: Although it is off to a nice start with new coach Ron Verlin, I'll pick Pacific for this one. The Tigers have a lot to prove in the league. More on them below, but their game -- tonight, in fact -- against Saint Mary's is a big-time opportunity.

Three must-see games:

Pacific at Gonzaga (Jan. 4)
Saint Mary's at Gonzaga (Jan. 25)
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's (March 1)

Player of the Year favorite: Tyler Haws has been good for BYU, but it's Kevin Pangos. He's the best player on the best team, and his stats are close to Haws'. Pangos has just one game so far where he's failed to score double digits. He's averaging 18.2 points in addition to 4.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds. He's also practically automatic from the foul line (92.3 percent). He's scoring nearly 1.4 points per possession, which is among the most efficient in the country. Pangos!

Freshman of the Year favorite: Eric Mika has been just about what we thought he'd be. The big man at BYU is putting up 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds in 26 minutes per. And he goes on his Mormon mission for the next two seasons after this one's over. It'll be BYU and college hoops' loss for him to show us something like this, then have to leave for two seasons.

Probable all-league team: Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga); Anthony Ireland (Loyola Marymount); Tyler Haws (BYU); Brad Waldow (Saint Mary's); Johnny Dee (San Diego)

Ranking the teams from first to worst:

1. Gonzaga: The Bulldogs are still the class of this league, and you wonder if it's ever going to change. There just isn't a club that's even close to the Zags, and I say this in a "down" year for Mark Few's program. Realistically this looks like a No. 4 or No. 5 seed. And it's miles ahead of who I've got at second in the WCC. Gary Bell, Jr. has been quite solid (UPDATE: but now is out with a bad paw), and Sam Dower (13.8 PPG) has finally shown progress here in his final season (but also on in the short-term because of injury).

2. Saint Mary's: The Gaels at No. 2 is something of a guess, I think. Now without Bennett for five games, it could be hard to judge the team. But Steve Holt! and Waldow have been too solid to bypass SMC below second in the league at this point.

3. Pacific: The Tigers could be the biggest surprise in the league if they're able to keep rolling into January. Already at 9-2, getting to 20 wins this year would be one of the better coaching jobs in the country. Ron Verlin's team is best in the WCC in only one major category: free-throw percentage. At 81 percent from the foul line, that will be a valuable asset.

4. BYU: The Cougars have way too much talent to be 8-6 right now. There've been a few disappointing teams across the country, but give me BYU at the top of that list. I'm giving the team the benefit of the doubt by placing it fourth overall. Only Santa Clara has more losses in this league.

5. Loyola Marymount: The Lions have senior Anthony Ireland to carry the load. They've been helped by a bad non-conference schedule (only San Diego's is worse in the WCC).

6. San Diego: Junior Johnny Dee can lead the way, but I'm putting USD at No. 6 because the Toreros have proven to possess the best defense in the conference so far. Allowing .966 points per possession, it's the lowest mark of all in the WCC. At their best, the Toreros are the most exciting team outside of Gonzaga in this conference.

7. Pepperdine: The Waves have a solid defender in Brendan Lane, but outside of him there's not a lot to like when they don't have the ball. In general this group is the definition of average, I think. An 8-5 team with a mediocre RPI and strength of schedule, Pepperdine lacks explosiveness, and while it's not the worst team, it's unlikely it'll be able to beat any of the top three teams in the league.

8. San Francisco: Rex Walters is just trying to make due in a season that could've spiraled out of control -- but hasn't yet. Cole Dickerson is the key. The team is swiping the ball 8.4 times per game, which is best in the conference. I think that's keeping them afloat, because opponents are scoring on USF almost at will; the team's adjusted defensive rating sits at 111.3 points per 100 possessions, by far the worst in the WCC.

9. Portland: The Pilots will get up and down the court, which has led to them scoring more than 80 per game. The defense isn't made for that kind of wear and tear, though. Eric Reveno is a smart coach who's efficient with his roster, but a lack of talent means this team has a ceiling. I might be underselling their place in the conference here, but there's no way this is a top-six team in the league.

10. Santa Clara: When you lose more than 4,000 points worth of production, this happens. It's not Kerry Keating's fault. Santa Clara's the only school other than Saint Mary's and Gonzaga to finish top-four in the WCC five of the past seven years. A down year comes with the territory. The bright spot: The Broncos turn the ball over less than 10 times per game. A silver lining for any coaching staff.

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01/01/2014 12:07 AM

Conference Reset: The Big Ten could go four different ways at the top

December 31, 2013 12:01 pm ET

The Big Ten was tough at the top last season -- proof being that Indiana earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, and Michigan played for the national title despite finishing fourth in the league with a 12-6 conference record. This season, I'm not sure any team is as good as last season's Hoosiers that were led by Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller, but there's still quality at the top considering this is the conference that three of the top five schools in the latest AP poll -- specifically Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State -- call home.

Big Ten play gets underway on Tuesday.

Here's the Big Ten Reset:

Teams on track to make the Field of 68: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota

Teams with work to do: Indiana, Purdue, Penn State, Nebraska

Teams already out, barring a miracle: Northwestern

Most memorable moment to date: Frank Kaminsky averaged 1.8 points as a freshman and 4.2 points as a sophomore, meaning he's just about the last person anybody expected to drop 43 on somebody in November of his junior year. But that's exactly what Kaminsky did. He took 19 shots, made 16 and finished with a career-high 43 in a win over North Dakota that pushed the Badgers to 4-0. They're now 13-0, by the way. And Kaminsky is averaging 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 56.1 percent from the field.

Storyline you were too busy to notice: Minnesota AD Norwood Teague fired a 61-year-old Tubby Smith to hire a 30-year-old Richard Pitino last April in a move designed to inject energy into the program. So far, so good. The Golden Gophers are 11-2 heading into Thursday's Big Ten opener with a win over Florida State and just one loss to an unranked team. The result has Minnesota rated 30th in the RPI, 35th in KenPom and 40th in Sagarin. So the computers seem to suggest this team is better than most anticipated.

Coach feeling the heat: Oddly, there's not a single Big Ten coach under fire because every Big Ten coach is either an established winner with a solid foundation in place, or too early in his tenure to be on the so-called hot seat. Consequently, no matter what happens in this league over the next three months, you can safely expect to see all 12 coaches return next season unless one (or two) of them voluntarily leaves for another job.

Player who needs to step up: Michigan senior Jordan Morgan averaged 9.2 points as a freshman but has watched his scoring average decrease every year since, which is obviously rare. His lack of relevancy is partially tied to the enrollment of Mitch McGary, the All-American center who took a bunch of Morgan's minutes last season and early this season. But now McGary is sidelined with a back injury for what will likely be the rest of the year, meaning Morgan will be asked to start playing 20-plus minutes per game again. What he does with those minutes could determine whether Michigan makes the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight season. He and Jon Horford need to perform in McGary's absence.

Team better than its record: Michigan is one of just two Big Ten schools already with four losses, but don't read too much into that because it has more to do with the Wolverines' schedule than ability. Three of those losses are to the schools ranked No. 1 (Arizona), No. 7 (Duke) and No. 13 (Iowa State) in the latest AP poll, and Michigan does own respectable wins over Florida State and Stanford. So is Michigan disappointing relative to preseason expectations? Yes. But the Wolverines are still a borderline Top 25 outfit.

Team not as good as its record: Purdue's 10-3 record looks nice, and it is nice (or at least better than, say, a 9-4 record). But the Boilermakers best win is a win over a West Virginia team that's probably just slightly better than OK, and there's a bad loss to Washington State on the resume. Beyond that, Purdue is rated 86th in KenPom, 81st in Sagarin and 93rd in the RPI. So the computers aren't too impressed.

Three must-see games:

Ohio State at Michigan State (Jan. 7)
Ohio State at Wisconsin (Feb. 1)
Michigan State at Wisconsin (Feb. 9)

Player of the Year favorite: Adreian Payne ranks fifth in scoring, fifth in rebounding and 11th in blocks per game among Big Ten players, and he's doing all of this for a consensus top-10 team. It's been a joy watching the 6-foot-10 forward develop throughout this four-year career. If he keeps it up, Payne will stack hardware in March.

Freshman of the Year favorite: Indiana's Noah Vonleh was the only top-25 recruit (according to 247Sports) from the Class of 2013 to enroll at a Big Ten school, meaning the 6-10 forward was the preseason favorite to win this honor. His averages of 12.0 points and a Big Ten-best 9.5 rebounds per game also make him the midseason favorite.

Probable all-league team: Aaron Craft (Ohio State), Gary Harris (Michigan State), Nik Stauskas (Michigan), Sam Dekker (Wisconsin), Adreian Payne (Michigan State)

Ranking the teams from first to worst:

1. Ohio State: Again, the Big Ten could probably go four different ways at the top, just like last season, but the Buckeyes are getting the nod here because, well, they're undefeated and ranked third in the Top 25 (and one), which is higher than any other Big Ten school. You can expect to see Aaron Craft in his fourth straight Sweet 16, third straight Elite Eight and, perhaps, his second Final Four in the past three seasons.

2. Wisconsin: I love the Wisconsin program for a variety of reasons -- and not just because it's adopted my response to fans who often suggest on Twitter that there's nothing fun about the Badgers. What's that response, you ask? #WinningIsFun. (Because, you know, it just is.) And the Badgers have quite literally done nothing but win this season, which is why you'll see them in the NCAA tournament for the 13th consecutive year under Bo Ryan.

3. Michigan State: The Spartans would still be ranked No. 1 in the nation if not for that questionable home loss to North Carolina. So don't pay too much attention to the No. 3 beside its name here. Again, any of the top four teams could reasonably be projected to win the Big Ten. Throw them in a hat, pull them out. Any order is a sensible order for Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Iowa.

4. Iowa: The Hawkeyes are still lacking a signature win. That's undeniable. But, regardless, the computers love Iowa, and Sunday's game at Wisconsin will present the kind of opportunity that could force the nation to pay attention, especially if Fran McCaffery's team records a victory.

5. Illinois: Yes, I know, the Illini started 12-0 last season, then finished in a three-way tie for seventh in the Big Ten. But I think the Illini will handle their early success a little better this season thanks, in part, to Rayvonte Rice, a transfer from Drake who is averaging 18.2 points and 5.5 rebounds in his first year with the Illini.

6. Michigan: The loss of Mitch McGary to a back injury, presumably for the season, is obviously a tough blow. But there's still enough talent on the roster to make the NCAA tournament, and, I believe, John Beilein will figure out a way to do exactly that.

7. Minnesota: The Golden Gophers should be in all projected Fields of 68 at this moment, but can they sustain the winning in a tough league under a first-year coach? It's fair to be skeptical; I think most Minnesota fans would acknowledge that. But, either way, 11-2 heading into league play is 11-2 heading into league play. And, don't forget, the Golden Gophers have experienced and talented guards, most notably Andre Hollins, and those tend to help in January, February and March.

8. Indiana: Yogi Ferrell, Noah Vonleh and Will Sheehey provide Tom Crean with a nice core, and, no question, the Hoosiers could certainly finish higher than eighth. But they haven't really done anything to date except lose to two good teams (Syracuse, Connecticut), one OK team (Notre Dame) and beat a bunch of bad teams -- most notably Washington and, I guess, Stony Brook. No joke, Stony Brook might be IU's best win so far. That's not ideal.

9. Purdue: The Boilermakers have so far been a team that beats bad opponents and loses to the good ones, for the most part. But a pre-Christmas win at West Virginia offered some hope, and a win over Ohio State in the league opener would obviously be terrific.

10. Nebraska: The Huskers have a good coach, accomplished assistants, a new facility and no bad losses heading into the start of conference play. So things are genuinely headed in the right direction. But does Nebraska have enough talent to breakthrough in the Big Ten this season? I'm not sure. But, again, things are turning up in Lincoln.

11. Penn State: Tim Frazier is a terrific college player who gets overshadowed a bit in the Big Ten because he doesn't play at one of the top-tier programs. But, make no mistake, he could play and play well at any of them. The senior guard is averaging 18.2 points and 7.5 assists, and I hate that he's not on the probable all-league team listed above because he's talented and productive enough to be there. But there's just no room, is there?

12. Northwestern: Chris Collins is going to eventually be good enough at Northwestern to place himself in the conversation to someday replace Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. I genuinely believe that. But Collins simply does not have the players to compete in a league like this right now. Bottom line, it's going to take some time.

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01/01/2014 11:22 AM

NCAAB
Dunkel

Nevada at San Jose State
The Wolf Pack travel to San Jose State tonight to face a Spartans team that is coming off an 87-59 win over Pacifica College and is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games following a victory of more than 20 points in the previous game. Nevada is the pick (-1 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Wolf Pack favored by 4 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Nevada (-1 1/2). Here are all of today's games.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1

Game 711-712: Loyola-Chicago at Indiana State (3:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Loyola-Chicago 46.580; Indiana State 63.606
Dunkel Line: Indiana State by 17
Vegas Line: Indiana State by 14 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Indiana State (-14 1/2)

Game 713-714: UNLV at Fresno State (3:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: UNLV 62.118; Fresno State 61.522
Dunkel Line: UNLV by 1
Vegas Line: UNLV by 4 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Fresno State (+4 1/2)

Game 715-716: Boston College at Harvard (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston College 55.249; Harvard 63.254
Dunkel Line: Harvard by 8
Vegas Line: Harvard by 11
Dunkel Pick: Boston College (+11)

Game 717-718: SMU at Cincinnati (6:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: SMU 61.616; Cincinnati 73.432
Dunkel Line: Cincinnati by 12
Vegas Line: Cincinnati by 6
Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (-6)

Game 719-720: Old Dominion at William & Mary (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Old Dominion 49.203; William & Mary 57.805
Dunkel Line: William & Mary by 8 1/2
Vegas Line: William & Mary by 3 1/2
Dunkel Pick: William & Mary (-3 1/2)

Game 721-722: Utah State at Air Force (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Utah State 58.982; Air Force 54.149
Dunkel Line: Utah State by 5
Vegas Line: Utah State by 9
Dunkel Pick: Air Force (+9)

Game 723-724: Evansville at Drake (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Evansville 56.040; Drake 61.159
Dunkel Line: Drake by 5
Vegas Line: Drake by 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Evansville (+7 1/2)

Game 725-726: Bradley at Northern Iowa (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Bradley 48.395; Northern Iowa 63.359
Dunkel Line: Northern Iowa by 15
Vegas Line: Northern Iowa by 11 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Northern Iowa (-11 1/2)

Game 727-728: Temple at Rutgers (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Temple 64.832; Rutgers 54.656
Dunkel Line: Temple by 10
Vegas Line: Temple by 1 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Temple (-1 1/2)

Game 729-730: San Diego State at Colorado State (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego State 66.712; Colorado State 66.536
Dunkel Line: Even
Vegas Line: San Diego State by 4 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Colorado State (+4 1/2)

Game 731-732: Nevada at San Jose State (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Nevada 54.888; San Jose State 50.398
Dunkel Line: Nevada by 4 1/2
Vegas Line: Nevada by 1 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Nevada (-1 1/2)

Game 733-734: College of Charleston at Davidson (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: College of Charleston 48.729; Davidson 58.788
Dunkel Line: Davidson by 10
Vegas Line: Davidson by 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Davidson (-5 1/2)

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01/01/2014 11:23 AM

NCAAB
Long Sheet

Wednesday, January 1

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LOYOLA-IL (5 - 7) at INDIANA ST (9 - 3) - 1/1/2014, 3:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
LOYOLA-IL is 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) in all games this season.
LOYOLA-IL is 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) in all lined games this season.
LOYOLA-IL is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) after a non-conference game this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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UNLV (9 - 4) at FRESNO ST (7 - 6) - 1/1/2014, 3:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
UNLV is 7-18 ATS (-12.8 Units) in road games over the last 3 seasons.
UNLV is 7-18 ATS (-12.8 Units) in road lined games over the last 3 seasons.
UNLV is 12-23 ATS (-13.3 Units) against conference opponents over the last 3 seasons.
FRESNO ST is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) on Wednesday games over the last 2 seasons.
UNLV is 10-3 ATS (+6.7 Units) in all games this season.
UNLV is 10-3 ATS (+6.7 Units) in all lined games this season.
UNLV is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) as a favorite this season.
UNLV is 10-3 ATS (+6.7 Units) after a non-conference game this season.
UNLV is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) after scoring 80 points or more this season.

Head-to-Head Series History
FRESNO ST is 2-0 against the spread versus UNLV over the last 3 seasons
FRESNO ST is 2-0 straight up against UNLV over the last 3 seasons

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BOSTON COLLEGE (4 - 9) at HARVARD (11 - 1) - 1/1/2014, 4:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON COLLEGE is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) in all games this season.
BOSTON COLLEGE is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) in all lined games this season.
BOSTON COLLEGE is 2-8 ATS (-6.8 Units) after a non-conference game this season.
BOSTON COLLEGE is 2-8 ATS (-6.8 Units) in non-conference games this season.
BOSTON COLLEGE is 97-64 ATS (+26.6 Units) in road games since 1997.
BOSTON COLLEGE is 97-64 ATS (+26.6 Units) in road lined games since 1997.
BOSTON COLLEGE is 36-19 ATS (+15.1 Units) in road games in January games since 1997.
BOSTON COLLEGE is 29-15 ATS (+12.5 Units) in road games on Wednesday games since 1997.
BOSTON COLLEGE is 29-15 ATS (+12.5 Units) in road games after scoring 60 points or less since 1997.
BOSTON COLLEGE is 112-83 ATS (+20.7 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1997.
BOSTON COLLEGE is 80-54 ATS (+20.6 Units) versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game since 1997.
HARVARD is 17-35 ATS (-21.5 Units) after allowing 80 points or more since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
HARVARD is 2-0 against the spread versus BOSTON COLLEGE over the last 3 seasons
HARVARD is 2-0 straight up against BOSTON COLLEGE over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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SMU (10 - 2) at CINCINNATI (11 - 2) - 1/1/2014, 6:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SMU is 45-72 ATS (-34.2 Units) after allowing 60 points or less since 1997.
CINCINNATI is 10-21 ATS (-13.1 Units) in all home games over the last 3 seasons.
CINCINNATI is 10-21 ATS (-13.1 Units) in home lined games over the last 3 seasons.
CINCINNATI is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) in home games against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
CINCINNATI is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) in home games versus good defensive teams - allowing <=64 points/game over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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OLD DOMINION (5 - 8) at WM & MARY (6 - 5) - 1/1/2014, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
OLD DOMINION is 0-7 ATS (-7.7 Units) in January games over the last 2 seasons.
OLD DOMINION is 105-145 ATS (-54.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
WM & MARY is 2-2 against the spread versus OLD DOMINION over the last 3 seasons
WM & MARY is 2-2 straight up against OLD DOMINION over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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UTAH ST (10 - 2) at AIR FORCE (6 - 5) - 1/1/2014, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
UTAH ST is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in January games over the last 3 seasons.
AIR FORCE is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in all home games over the last 2 seasons.
AIR FORCE is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in home lined games over the last 2 seasons.
AIR FORCE is 8-0 ATS (+8.0 Units) in home games against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
UTAH ST is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) in all games this season.
UTAH ST is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) in all lined games this season.
UTAH ST is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) as a favorite this season.
UTAH ST is 31-14 ATS (+15.6 Units) in road games after scoring 80 points or more since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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EVANSVILLE (7 - 6) at DRAKE (9 - 3) - 1/1/2014, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
EVANSVILLE is 42-28 ATS (+11.2 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
EVANSVILLE is 42-28 ATS (+11.2 Units) in all lined games over the last 3 seasons.
EVANSVILLE is 23-8 ATS (+14.2 Units) as an underdog over the last 3 seasons.
EVANSVILLE is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) in January games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
DRAKE is 4-0 against the spread versus EVANSVILLE over the last 3 seasons
DRAKE is 3-1 straight up against EVANSVILLE over the last 3 seasons
2 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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BRADLEY (5 - 8) at N IOWA (6 - 6) - 1/1/2014, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BRADLEY is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) in all games this season.
BRADLEY is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) in all lined games this season.
BRADLEY is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) in road games against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
BRADLEY is 1-7 ATS (-6.7 Units) after a non-conference game this season.
BRADLEY is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in road games after failing to cover the spread in 3 or more consecutive games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
BRADLEY is 3-2 against the spread versus N IOWA over the last 3 seasons
N IOWA is 4-1 straight up against BRADLEY over the last 3 seasons
2 of 3 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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TEMPLE (5 - 5) at RUTGERS (6 - 7) - 1/1/2014, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
TEMPLE is 164-125 ATS (+26.5 Units) against conference opponents since 1997.
RUTGERS is 6-15 ATS (-10.5 Units) in all home games over the last 2 seasons.
RUTGERS is 6-15 ATS (-10.5 Units) in home lined games over the last 2 seasons.
RUTGERS is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) on Wednesday games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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SAN DIEGO ST (10 - 1) at COLORADO ST (9 - 4) - 1/1/2014, 9:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SAN DIEGO ST is 83-59 ATS (+18.1 Units) after allowing 60 points or less since 1997.
COLORADO ST is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) after scoring 80 points or more over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAN DIEGO ST is 2-1 against the spread versus COLORADO ST over the last 3 seasons
SAN DIEGO ST is 3-2 straight up against COLORADO ST over the last 3 seasons
3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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NEVADA (5 - 8) at SAN JOSE ST (6 - 6) - 1/1/2014, 10:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEVADA is 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) in road games over the last 3 seasons.
NEVADA is 19-9 ATS (+9.1 Units) in road lined games over the last 3 seasons.
SAN JOSE ST is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) as a favorite over the last 3 seasons.
SAN JOSE ST is 2-11 ATS (-10.1 Units) in all home games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN JOSE ST is 2-11 ATS (-10.1 Units) in home lined games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN JOSE ST is 5-13 ATS (-9.3 Units) against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
SAN JOSE ST is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) in January games over the last 3 seasons.
SAN JOSE ST is 53-79 ATS (-33.9 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
SAN JOSE ST is 2-1 against the spread versus NEVADA over the last 3 seasons
NEVADA is 3-0 straight up against SAN JOSE ST over the last 3 seasons
2 of 3 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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COLL OF CHARLESTON (6 - 7) at DAVIDSON (4 - 9) - 1/1/2014, 2:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
COLL OF CHARLESTON is 74-46 ATS (+23.4 Units) as an underdog since 1997.
COLL OF CHARLESTON is 93-58 ATS (+29.2 Units) in road games since 1997.
COLL OF CHARLESTON is 93-58 ATS (+29.2 Units) in road lined games since 1997.
COLL OF CHARLESTON is 70-48 ATS (+17.2 Units) after a non-conference game since 1997.
COLL OF CHARLESTON is 68-44 ATS (+19.6 Units) in non-conference games since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
DAVIDSON is 3-2 against the spread versus COLL OF CHARLESTON over the last 3 seasons
DAVIDSON is 4-1 straight up against COLL OF CHARLESTON over the last 3 seasons
2 of 3 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27507 Followers:33
01/01/2014 11:23 AM

NCAAB

Wednesday, January 1

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Trend Report
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2:00 PM
WARNER SOUTHERN vs. FLORIDA ATLANTIC
No trends available
Florida Atlantic is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games

2:00 PM
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON vs. DAVIDSON
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of College of Charleston's last 5 games on the road
College of Charleston is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Davidson is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against College of Charleston
Davidson is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing College of Charleston

2:00 PM
WINTHROP vs. DAYTON
No trends available
Dayton is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games at home
Dayton is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games

3:00 PM
UNLV vs. FRESNO STATE
UNLV is 6-15 ATS in its last 21 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of UNLV's last 6 games on the road
Fresno State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Fresno State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing UNLV

3:00 PM
LIBERTY vs. DELAWARE
No trends available
Delaware is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home
Delaware is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

3:05 PM
LOYOLA OF CHICAGO vs. INDIANA STATE
Loyola of Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Loyola of Chicago is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Indiana State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Indiana State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

4:00 PM
WESTERN STATE vs. WYOMING
No trends available
Wyoming is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Wyoming is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home

4:00 PM
BOSTON COLLEGE vs. HARVARD
Boston College is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Boston College is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Harvard is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston College
Harvard is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

6:00 PM
SOUTHERN METHODIST vs. CINCINNATI
No trends available
Cincinnati is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
Cincinnati is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games at home

7:00 PM
OLD DOMINION vs. WILLIAM & MARY
Old Dominion is 3-15 SU in its last 18 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Old Dominion's last 5 games on the road
William & Mary is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Old Dominion
William & Mary is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Old Dominion

8:00 PM
TEMPLE vs. RUTGERS
Temple is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Rutgers is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Rutgers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Temple

8:00 PM
UTAH STATE vs. AIR FORCE
Utah State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Air Force is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games at home

8:00 PM
BRADLEY vs. NORTHERN IOWA
Bradley is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Bradley is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Northern Iowa's last 7 games when playing Bradley
Northern Iowa is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Bradley

8:05 PM
EVANSVILLE vs. DRAKE
Evansville is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Drake
Evansville is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Drake is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Drake is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games

9:00 PM
SAN DIEGO STATE vs. COLORADO STATE
San Diego State is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Colorado State
San Diego State is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Colorado State
Colorado State is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games when playing San Diego State
Colorado State is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games

10:00 PM
NEVADA vs. SAN JOSE STATE
Nevada is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Nevada is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against San Jose State
San Jose State is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Nevada
San Jose State is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Nevada

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27507 Followers:33
01/01/2014 11:24 AM

NCAAB
Short Sheet

Wednesday, January 1

AIR FORCE is 8-0 ATS in home games against conference opponents

UNLV is 9-1 ATS after 3 consecutive non-conference games

LOYOLA-IL is 1-9 ATS in all games

UTAH ST is 6-0 ATS off a home win

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs: