December 12, 2011
There is bound to be a major shake-up at the top of the rankings this week after Indiana’s stunning last-second 73-72 upset of No.1 Kentucky as a 5 ½-point home underdog and No.13 Kansas’s 76-67 victory over No.2 Ohio State as a 1 ½-point home favorite this past Saturday.
The following is a brief look at the top matchups for each day this week along with a few facts and figures to help handicap the games.
Tuesday, Dec 13 - Florida Atlantic Owls vs. No.18 Mississippi State Bulldogs
Florida Atlantic comes into this game 4-5 SU and 4-3 ATS. The Owls could not cover as 19 ½-point road underdogs in a 77-54 loss to then-No. 14 Kansas on Nov. 30. They are now 1-4 SU on the road this season, but 3-2 ATS.
Mississippi State lost to Akron 68-58 as a nine-point home favorite in its second game of the season, but since then has reeled-off eight-straight victories to run its record to 9-1 SU (6-4 ATS). The Bulldogs are 7-1 SU at home, but just 4-4 ATS. Last season, the Owls stunned the Bulldogs 61-59 as 10-point road underdogs with the total staying ‘under’ the 148-point line.
Wednesday, Dec. 14 - Florida International Golden Panthers vs. Maryland Terrapins
It has been a rough start for FIU this season with just three wins in its first nine games. The Golden Panthers are 3-2 ATS overall and 2-1 ATS on the road. They are ranked in the bottom third of Division-I in both scoring and rebounds.
Maryland improved to 5-3 SU on the year with wins in three of its last four games. The Terrapins have only covered twice in six games with posted lines this season and are 1-2 ATS at home. They are averaging 68 points a game, but giving-up 70.9 points, which is ranked 254th in the nation.
Thursday, Dec.15 - Oral Roberts Golden Eagles vs. No.22 Gonzaga Bulldogs
Oral Roberts fell to 6-3 SU on the year with a 73-59 loss to Oklahoma last Thursday and takes-on Arkansas-Little Rock tonight as a seven-point road favorite. The Golden Eagles are 1-4 ATS overall and have failed to cover in their last three games.
Gonzaga is coming off back-to-back losses to Illinois and Michigan State that will most likely knock it out of the top 25. The Bulldogs are now 5-2 SU on the year and 3-4 ATS. They are 3-1 SU at home this season, but just 1-3 ATS.
Friday, Dec.16 - Weber State Wildcats vs. California Golden Bears
Weber State is off to a solid 6-2 start SU, but it is 2-4-1 ATS overall and 0-2-1 ATS on the road. The Wildcats are coming off an 84-66 victory over Southern Utah this past Saturday as 12-point home favorites. The total has gone ‘over’ in six of their first seven games as they have averaged 80.3 points a game.
California moved to 8-2 SU on the year with a 73-46 pasting of Jackson State this past Sunday. The Golden Bears are 5-3 ATS and a profitable 4-1 ATS at home. Behind a stifling defense that is holding opponents to an average of just 56.5 points a game, the total has stayed ‘under’ in seven of the Bears’ first eight games.
Saturday, Dec.17 - No.3 Syracuse Orange vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack
Syracuse will most likely come into this game as the No.1-ranked team in the country after an 85-50 romp over George Washington on Saturday as a 21-point home favorite. The win raised its record to a perfect 10-0 SU. The Orange are 6-3 ATS overall, but they have yet to play on the road this season with the exception of two neutral-site games.
NC State is off to a 6-3 SU start overall and is 4-2 SU at home this season, however it is 3-4 ATS overall and just 1-3 ATS at home. Last season, the Wolfpack lost to Syracuse 65-59 as 12-point home underdogs. The total stayed ‘under’ the 141-point line.