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12/27/2012 03:40 PM

NCAAB
Top 25 Short Sheet

Thursday, December 27

New Mexico at Cincinnati, 9:00 ET ESPN2
New Mexico: 15-4 ATS after playing as a home favorite
Cincinnati: 0-7 ATS at home off a win by 10+ points

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NCAAB

Thursday, December 27

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Fast Break: Wyatt shines vs. Syracuse, Muhammad finds rhythm, more
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by Seth Davis

The Christmas rush has not slowed down the Fast Break. We're flying this week with a high-scoring Owl and a pair of sticky Hawks. We've got jumping Jackrabbits and galloping Griffins. And if you're in the mood for a little holiday inspiration, we have a visit with a midmajor coach who won over hearts and minds by seizing a microphone in Columbus. So climb aboard, little elves, and fill the lanes with me. Ho ho ho!

Player of the Week: Khalif Wyatt, six-foot-four senior guard, Temple

These are weekly awards, not single-game awards, but Wyatt's effort against third-ranked Syracuse on Saturday was too sublime to pass up. Coming just three days after the Owls lost at home to Canisius (Wyatt had 17 points in that game, although he needed 16 shots to do it), the 6-foot-4 senior went for 33 points, four assists and three rebounds in the 83-79 upset. The best part of Wyatt's afternoon was his use of the foul line, where made all 15 of his attempts. Wyatt and his teammates obviously have consistency issues, but give him credit for being a giant slayer. Last season, he had 22 points, five steals and three assists in a 78-73 upset of No. 3 Duke.

Team of the Week: South Dakota State

There was no logical reason to believe the Jackrabbits could win at New Mexico on Saturday. In their previous outing, they had lost by 27 points at Belmont. Inclement weather canceled their connecting flight to Chicago, forcing them to take a 20-hour bus ride to Albuquerque. Moreover, the team's best player, 6-4 senior guard Nate Wolters, was playing on a bum ankle. And they were playing an undefeated, ranked team in one of the toughest road environments in the country. So of course, they won, 70-65, thanks to Wolters's 28-point, seven-assist, four-rebound effort. I'd say they earned a chartered flight back to Brookings.

Glue Guy of the Week: Travis Releford and Kevin Young, Kansas (tie)

These were the two tone-setters in the Jayhawks' 74-66 win at Ohio State on Saturday. While freshman Ben McLemore was racking up 22 points and senior center Jeff Withey was dominating the paint as usual, Releford and Young were the ones who held Kansas together despite a 14-0 Ohio State run midway through the first half. As usual, Releford drew the toughest defensive assignment, harassing the Buckeyes' leading scorer, Deshaun Thomas, into a 4-for-11 shooting day. Young, meanwhile, made just one field goal, but he grabbed ten rebounds to go along with three assists and one steal. It's not a coincidence that both these guys are fifth-year seniors. They're versatile, smart, tough and unselfish -- the very intangibles that turn a good team into a championship team.

Freshman of the Week: Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA

You remember this guy, right? It took a couple of weeks for Muhammad to get into a rhythm after missing the first three games with an NCAA suspension, but he is rounding into form. The 6-6 swingman from Las Vegas had a total of 48 points and 13 rebounds in UCLA's wins over Long Beach State and Fresno State. He has now scored more than 20 points in three straight games, and on the season he is averaging 18.8 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 47.8 percent from three-point range. I sure hope that all those people who wrote the Bruins off two weeks ago did so in pencil.

Under-the-Radar Player of the Week: Billy Baron, Canisius

If I'm gonna give Wyatt some love, the least I can do is throw a bone to the guy who beat the Owls earlier in the week. Baron is literally Buffalo's favorite son. He transferred to Canisius over the summer because the school hired his father, Jim, after Jim was fired from Rhode Island. Previously, Billy left Virginia midway through his freshman season to join his dad at Rhode Island. Baron was terrific against the Owls, finishing with 19 points, five assists and four rebounds in the ten-point road win. He followed that up by scoring 30 points (on 4-for-7 three-point shooting) to go along with six assists and five rebounds in an 89-74 loss at UNLV. The Golden Griffins' 8-3 start includes two conference road wins. They've established themselves as the favorite in the MAAC, and Billy Baron is the biggest reason why.

Best Win: Kansas State 67, Florida 61

We knew the Wildcats had some players, but we didn't know how good of a team they were (and frankly, how good of a coach Bruce Weber was going to be for this group). In their only two tests of the season, they were badly outclassed by Michigan and Gonzaga. Both of those games were away from home, so if this team had suffered another pratfall against Florida in Kansas City, it could have damaged its confidence. Will Spradling, the 6-2 junior who grew up nearby in Overland Park, had arguably the finest game of his career (17 points, six rebounds, five assists and zero turnovers) against the Gators, while Jordan Henriquez added five blocks in 18 minutes off the bench. Kansas State pounded the Gators on the glass and locked up their three-point shooters. That's a nice dose of karma heading into the holidays.

Worst Loss: Old Dominion 63, Virginia 61

The Monarchs came into this game having lost nine consecutive games and owning a 1-10 record. It's understandable the Cavaliers might take them lightly, but to outright lose the game is unacceptable, especially since Virginia was up by 10 points early in the second half. Defensively, the Cavs allowed Old Dominion sophomore guard Dimitri Batten score a career-high 23 points. The loss snapped Virginia's eight-game win streak. Not exactly the way a team wants to head into conference play.

Most Hopeful Sign: Ryan Harrow, Kentucky

Sure, it was a home game against a Marshall team that was playing without leading scorer DeAndre Kane, who is out indefinitely with a hand injury. Still, given how rocky Harrow's season has been early on, his performance sent ripples of hope across the Commonwealth. Harrow, a 6-2 sophomore point guard who transferred from N.C. State, missed four games earlier this season because of a lingering flu and the ever-mysterious "personal issues" that prompted him to spend a few days back home in Georgia. He has been steadily more productive since returning six games ago, but he had a breakout game against Marshall, scoring a career-high 23 points. Harrow also had four rebounds, four assists and three steals in the 82-54 win. We'll find out more about this player and this team when they visit Louisville this weekend, but it looks like Harrow may finally be ready for his close-up.

Stat Line of the Week: Derrick Nix, Michigan State vs. Texas

Over his previous ten games, Nix attempted a total of 25 free throws. So it was pretty surprising to see him take 13 against the Longhorns. But what was truly stunning was that he made 13 of those en route to a career-high 25 points. When Nix was a freshman, he made just 27.1 percent from the foul line. As a junior, he made 58.1 percent. For good measure, Nix added 11 rebounds and four steals against the Longhorns. Pretty good day's work, I'd say.

Five Games I'm Psyched To See This Week

Arizona vs. San Diego State, Tuesday, 10 p.m. As if you have something better to do on Christmas night than watch this game. I can't wait to see Mark Lyons and Jamaal Franklin go at it.

New Mexico at Cincinnati, Thursday, 9 p.m. It looked like this was going to be the battle of unbeatens before the Lobos' loss at home to South Dakota State over the weekend. Cincinnati still hasn't lost, but the team has had a bear of a time scoring the ball. The Bearcats play great D, but they're going to need buckets if they want to stay perfect.

Missouri at UCLA, Friday, 10 p.m. As I mentioned earlier, the Bruins have been playing better the last two weeks, but those wins came against relatively weak competition. There's nothing weak about Missouri, but the Tigers don't have the same incentive. If UCLA really wants to turn its season around, it needs to win this one in Pauley.

UNLV at North Carolina, Saturday, 2 p.m. The Tar Heels are in a similar must-win position as the Bruins, only they're facing a UNLV team that is without one of its most important players in Mike Moser, the 6-8 junior forward who is out with a dislocate elbow. Still, the Tar Heels are really weak at center, so they'll have to shoot well from three to win this one.

Kentucky at Louisville, Saturday, 4 p.m. This is one major nonconference rivalry that John Calipari can't bring to an end. Thank goodness for that.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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12/27/2012 03:43 PM

Cincinnati Aims To Stay Undefeated Against New Mexico

New Mexico Lobos at Cincinnati Bearcats
College Basketball Betting Preview
Date: 12/27/2012 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Cincinnati -8, O/U 136½
Television: ESPN2

New Mexico: Coach Steve Alford and the Lobos (12-1 straight-up, 5-6-1 against the spread) suffered their first loss of the season last Saturday with a 70-65 setback at home vs. South Dakota State. New Mexico was giving up 14½ points in the defeat that cost the Lobos a spot in the rankings after entering No. 16 and No. 17, respectively, according to the AP and Coaches Poll. South Dakota State's upset also stopped a 4-0-1 run against the spread for the Lobos, who began the campaign covering just one of their first six lined affairs. New Mexico is tied for 70th in the country, committing 12.4 turnovers per game, but in the bottom 20 percent coming up with just 5.3 steals per contest. Kendall Williams leads the Lobos in scoring, averaring nearly 15 points per game, and the junior point guard also tops the team charts with five assists each outing. Seven-foot sophomore Alex Kirk is New Mexico's leading rebounder with 7.5 per game.

Cincinnati: One of only five undefeated squads coming out of the Christmas break, the 'Cats (12-0 SU, 5-3 ATS) are ranked eighth in both polls released this past Monday. Thursday's clash with the Lobos is the last before Coach Mick Cronin's crew begins the Big East slate at Pittsburgh on New Year's Eve. Cincinnati struggled on the offensive end in its final two games before the holiday, combining to shoot just 35.6 percent (47-of-132) in victories vs. Xavier and Wright State, including 10-of-42 from outside the arc. The Bearcats rank 18th in scoring, averaging 79.8 points per game despite those shooting woes, and are second in rebounding (46.4 per game). Free-throw shooting has been an issue all season with Cincy 321st in the country, converting just over 61 percent of its charity tosses. Sean Kilpatrick leads the Bearcats with 19.2 ppg, and he is also second on the team in rebounding (6.3 per game). Cashmere Wright (14.2 ppg) and JaQuon Parker (11.6 ppg) follow Kilpatrick on the scoring list.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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12/27/2012 03:59 PM

Thursday, December 27

Game Score Status Pick Amount

IUPU - Ft. Wayne - 7:00 PM ET IUPU - Ft. Wayne -1 500
Indiana - Purdue -

Florida Atlantic - 8:00 PM ET Troy -5 500
Troy -

Florida International - 8:00 PM ET Western Kentucky -8.5 500
WesternKentucky -

Oakland - 8:00 PM ET Oakland +4.5 500 POD
Western Illinois -

Louisiana-Lafayette - 8:05 PM ET Louisiana-Lafayette +7 500
Arkansas St. -

Northern Arizona - 9:00 PM ET Brigham Young -17.5 500
Brigham Young -

New Mexico - 9:00 PM ET Cincinnati -6 500
Cincinnati - Over 137.5 500

Rhode Island - 10:00 PM ET St. Mary's -19.5 500
St. Mary's -

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27570 Followers:33
12/28/2012 06:53 PM

Friday, December 28

Game Score Status Pick Amount

High Point - 7:00 PM ET High Point -3.5 500
Chattanooga -

Howard - 7:00 PM ET Central Florida -15.5 500
Central Florida -

Iona - 7:00 PM ET Iona +8 500 POD
St. Joseph's -

Providence - 7:00 PM ET Providence -12 500
Brown - Under 129.5 500

Southern Miss - 7:30 PM ET Southern Miss -4.5 500
Morehead St. -

Baylor - 8:00 PM ET Baylor +9.5 500
Gonzaga - Over 144.5 500

SIU - Edwardsville - 8:00 PM ET Saint Louis -24 500 POD
Saint Louis -

Bowling Green - 8:00 PM ET North Dakota +3 500
North Dakota -

Jacksonville - 8:00 PM ET Jacksonville +36 500
Indiana - Over 151 500

Belmont - 9:30 PM ET Belmont -9 500 POD
Boston U -

Yale - 10:00 PM ET Yale +12 500 POD
Nevada -

Missouri - 10:00 PM ET Missouri +3.5 500
UCLA - Under 150 500

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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12/28/2012 07:00 PM

NCAAB
Dunkel

First Post

Baylor at Gonzaga
The Bulldogs look to build on their 11-3 ATS record in their last 14 home games. Gonzaga is the pick (-8 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Bulldogs favored by 9 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Gonzaga (-8 1/2). Here are all of today's games.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28

Game 825-826: Detroit at Temple (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings:
Dunkel Line:
Vegas Line:
Dunkel Pick:

Game 827-828: Providence at Brown (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Providence 58.704; Brown 47.461
Dunkel Line: Providence by 11; 135
Vegas Line: Providence by 13; 130 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Brown (+13); Over

Game 829-830: Baylor at Gonzaga (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Baylor 65.330; Gonzaga 75.074
Dunkel Line: Gonzaga by 9 1/2; 140
Vegas Line: Gonzaga by 8 1/2; 143
Dunkel Pick: Gonzaga (-8 1/2); Under

Game 831-832: Yale at Nevada (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Yale 45.875; Nevada 61.997
Dunkel Line: Nevada by 16
Vegas Line: Nevada by 12 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Nevada (-12 1/2)

Game 833-834: Missouri at UCLA (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Missouri 68.707; UCLA 72.362
Dunkel Line: UCLA by 3 1/2; 148
Vegas Line: UCLA by 2; 150 1/2
Dunkel Pick: UCLA (-2); Under

Game 835-836: Austin Peay vs. Utah Valley State (4:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Austin Peay 44.439; Utah Valley State 44.189
Dunkel Line: Even
Vegas Line: Utah Valley State by 1 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Austin Peay (+1 1/2)

Game 837-838: High Point at Chattanooga (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: High Point 47.520; Chattanooga 45.396
Dunkel Line: High Point by 2
Vegas Line: Pick
Dunkel Pick: High Point

Game 839-840: Howard at Central Florida (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Howard 43.458; Central Florida 62.378
Dunkel Line: Central Florida by 19
Vegas Line: Central Florida by 16
Dunkel Pick: Central Florida (-16)

Game 841-842: Belmont vs. Boston U (9:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Belmont 67.702; Boston U 53.343
Dunkel Line: Belmont by 14 1/2
Vegas Line: Belmont by 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Belmont (-9 1/2)

Game 843-844: Iona at St. Joseph's (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Iona 55.715; St. Joseph's 65.415
Dunkel Line: St. Joseph's by 9 1/2
Vegas Line: St. Joseph's by 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: St. Joseph's (-7 1/2)

Game 845-846: Rider at Rutgers (3:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Rider 51.320; Rutgers 63.177
Dunkel Line: Rutgers by 12
Vegas Line: Rutgers by 10 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Rutgers (-10 1/2)

Game 847-848: Southern Mississippi at Morehead State (7:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Southern Mississippi 56.594; Morehead State 56.343
Dunkel Line: Even
Vegas Line: Southern Mississippi by 2 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Morehead State (+2 1/2)

Game 849-850: Bowling Green at North Dakota (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Bowling Green 51.264; North Dakota 49.826
Dunkel Line: Bowling Green by 1 1/2
Vegas Line: Bowling Green by 3
Dunkel Pick: North Dakota (+3)

Game 851-852: SIU-Edwardsville at St. Louis (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: SIU-Edwardsville 42.103; St. Louis 68.023
Dunkel Line: St. Louis by 26
Vegas Line: St. Louis by 21 1/2
Dunkel Pick: St. Louis (-21 1/2)

Game 853-854: Jacksonville at Indiana (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Jacksonville 43.156; Indiana 83.149
Dunkel Line: Indiana by 40; 149
Vegas Line: Indiana by 37 1/2; 153 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Indiana (-37 1/2); Under

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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12/28/2012 07:02 PM

NCAAB
Long Sheet

Friday, December 28

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DETROIT (7 - 5) at TEMPLE (9 - 2) - 12/28/2012, 3:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
DETROIT is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) after allowing 60 points or less 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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PROVIDENCE (8 - 3) at BROWN (3 - 6) - 12/28/2012, 7:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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BAYLOR (8 - 3) at GONZAGA (11 - 1) - 12/28/2012, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BAYLOR is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) when the total is 140 to 149.5 over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
GONZAGA is 1-0 against the spread versus BAYLOR over the last 3 seasons
GONZAGA is 1-0 straight up against BAYLOR 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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YALE (4 - 7) at NEVADA (8 - 4) - 12/28/2012, 10:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NEVADA is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in December games over the last 2 seasons.
NEVADA is 17-8 ATS (+8.2 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
YALE is 29-13 ATS (+14.7 Units) 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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MISSOURI (10 - 1) at UCLA (9 - 3) - 12/28/2012, 10:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MISSOURI is 18-7 ATS (+10.3 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record 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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AUSTIN PEAY (4 - 8) vs. UTAH VALLEY ST (6 - 8) - 12/28/2012, 4:30 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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HIGH POINT (4 - 6) at UT-CHATTANOOGA (3 - 8) - 12/28/2012, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
UT-CHATTANOOGA is 0-7 ATS (-7.7 Units) in home games in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
UT-CHATTANOOGA is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in all tournament 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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HOWARD (3 - 10) at UCF (7 - 3) - 12/28/2012, 7:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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BOSTON U (5 - 6) vs. BELMONT (8 - 3) - 12/28/2012, 9:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON U is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) in all neutral court games since 1997.
BOSTON U is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) when playing on a neutral court since 1997.
BOSTON U is 22-10 ATS (+11.0 Units) in non-conference games since 1997.
BELMONT is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) in all tournament games 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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IONA (6 - 5) at ST JOSEPHS (5 - 4) - 12/28/2012, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
IONA is 6-16 ATS (-11.6 Units) after scoring 80 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
IONA is 4-12 ATS (-9.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
ST JOSEPHS is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.

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

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RIDER (6 - 6) at RUTGERS (8 - 2) - 12/28/2012, 3:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
RIDER is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) in road games after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
RUTGERS is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
RUTGERS is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) on Friday nights since 1997.
RUTGERS is 5-15 ATS (-11.5 Units) after allowing 60 points or less 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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SOUTHERN MISS (8 - 4) at MOREHEAD ST (5 - 7) - 12/28/2012, 7:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MOREHEAD ST is 34-54 ATS (-25.4 Units) in non-conference games since 1997.

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

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BOWLING GREEN (5 - 6) at N DAKOTA (2 - 8) - 12/28/2012, 8:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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SIU EDWARDSVL (4 - 5) at SAINT LOUIS (8 - 3) - 12/28/2012, 8:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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JACKSONVILLE (5 - 7) at INDIANA (11 - 1) - 12/28/2012, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
INDIANA is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) in all games this season.
INDIANA is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) in all lined games this season.
INDIANA is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) as a favorite this season.
INDIANA is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) as a home favorite of 12.5 or more points this season.
INDIANA is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) in all home games this season.
INDIANA is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) in home lined games this season.
INDIANA is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) after a non-conference game this season.
INDIANA is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) in non-conference games this season.
INDIANA is 14-3 ATS (+10.7 Units) after allowing 60 points or less over the last 2 seasons.
INDIANA is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in home games after scoring 80 points or more this season.

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

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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12/28/2012 07:03 PM

NCAAB
Armadillo's Write-Up

Friday, December 28

-- 5-5 Detroit won four of last five games after 1-4 start (also have two non-D-I wins); Titans are 1-5 on road, with only win at #331 Akron- they're 1-4 vs top 100 teams, beating Akron at home, losing by 3-15-13-4 points. Temple just upset Syracuse after losing to Canisius; six of its nine wins are by 11+ points.
-- Providence won last five games with crosstown rival Brown by 31-27-16-24-19 points; Friars only play seven guys, are 4-0 vs teams not in top 200, winning by 1-32-10-34 points. Brown lost five of last six tilts, losing by 27 to Notre Dame, 21 to Northwestern in last two; they turn ball over 21.8% of time- this is their second game in last 20 days.
-- Gonzaga beat Baylor 68-64 in Texas two years ago, in last meeting in series; Bears are 4-2 vs top 100 teams, but Kentucky (64-55 Baylor win in inly road game) was only one of six that is ranked above #45. Gonzaga is 6-1 vs top 100 teams, 1-1 vs top 70, losing by 11 to Illinois at home, before beating K-State by 16- they shoot 57.5% inside the arc.

-- 7-4 Nevada won its last three games; they're 3-0 vs teams not in top 200, winning by 18-1-13 points; all four Wolf Pack losses are vs teams ranked from 138-165, so they're no superpower- they still haven't been in a top 100 game. 3-7 Yale is playing first D-I game in 20 days; they're turning ball over 23.6% of time, have one loss by more than 13 points.
-- First true road game for 10-1 Missouri's whose only loss was to #2 Louisville on neutral court; they beat rival Illinois in St Louis last game; Tigers' other top 100 win was by 3 over VCU on neutral floor. UCLA won last four games, scoring 91.7 ppg in last three; they're 1-2 against top 100 teams, with only win by a basket over Texas in Houston.
-- Underachieving Iona is 6-5, losing by 14 at LaSalle in only game with A-16 squad; they're 1-2 on road, winning by 3 at Georgia, losing by 2 at St Peter's. Gaels allowed 81+ points in four of five losses. St Joe's has also disappointed at 5-4, losing at home to MAAC's Fairfield last game; Hawks lost 104-99 in double OT at Iona last season.
-- 6-6 Rider scored 52-45 points in losing last two games; they turn ball over 24.9% of time, are 2-3 on road, losing by 12-13-17 points, winning at Drexel/Siena. Rutgers is playing better with Coach Rice suspended- this is last game of his sentence. Knights won four in row, eight of last nine games- they start Big East play with game at Syracuse next week.

-- Morehead State lost five of last six games, is putting opponents on the foul line more than any team in country; their old coach Tyndall comes to town here with new team Southern Miss which is 8-4 but turning ball over 25.9% of time. All four USM losses are against teams ranked in top 110- they're 4-0 vs teams not in top 200, with wins by 12-18-38-2.
-- Bowling Green lost last game in triple OT at South Florida; they're 0-2 on road, also losing by 11 at Robert Morris. North Dakota is 0-8 against D-I teams, losing last three games by 29-12-9 points; they make 28.9% of shots behind arc, lost home games vs D-I teams by 3-9 points. BG allowed average of 50.5 ppg in its four Division I wins.
-- Veteran Saint Louis squad won last five games, allowing 46.7 ppg in its last three; Billikens are 2-0 vs teams not in top 200, winning by 22-27 points- they've got New Mexico visiting Monday. SI-Edwardsville is 0-4 on road vs D-I teams, losing by 14-11-11-19 points; they're making only 39% of 2-point shots, turning ball over on 22% of possessions.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:27570 Followers:33
12/28/2012 07:04 PM

NCAAB

Friday, December 28

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Trend Report
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3:00 PM
DETROIT vs. TEMPLE
Detroit is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Temple is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

3:00 PM
RIDER vs. RUTGERS
Rider is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Rider is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Rutgers is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Rutgers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Rider

4:00 PM
SIENA HEIGHTS vs. EASTERN MICHIGAN
No trends available
Eastern Michigan is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Eastern Michigan is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

7:00 PM
HOWARD vs. CENTRAL FLORIDA
No trends available
Central Florida is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Central Florida is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home

7:00 PM
RIO GRANDE vs. CLEVELAND STATE
No trends available
Cleveland State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

7:00 PM
NOTRE DAME (OH) vs. BUFFALO
No trends available
Buffalo is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Buffalo is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games at home

7:00 PM
HIGH POINT vs. CHATTANOOGA
No trends available
Chattanooga is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Chattanooga is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home

7:00 PM
STONY BROOK vs. SETON HALL
No trends available
Seton Hall is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Seton Hall is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

7:00 PM
IONA vs. SAINT JOSEPH'S
Iona is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Iona is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Saint Joseph's is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games at home

7:00 PM
CORNELL vs. ST. FRANCIS PA
Cornell is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
No trends available

7:00 PM
NJIT vs. VILLANOVA
No trends available
Villanova is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Villanova is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

7:00 PM
PROVIDENCE vs. BROWN
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Providence's last 7 games when playing at home against Brown
Providence is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Brown
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Brown's last 7 games when playing on the road against Providence
Brown is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Providence

7:30 PM
BUCKNELL vs. LOYOLA
No trends available
Loyola is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
Loyola is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games

7:30 PM
SOUTHERN MISS vs. MOREHEAD STATE
Southern Miss is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Morehead State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Morehead State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games

8:00 PM
JACKSONVILLE vs. INDIANA
No trends available
Indiana is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
Indiana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

8:00 PM
BAYLOR vs. GONZAGA
Baylor is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Baylor's last 7 games on the road
Gonzaga is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
Gonzaga is 24-1 SU in its last 25 games at home

8:00 PM
SIU EDWARDSVILLE vs. SAINT LOUIS
SIU Edwardsville is 3-22 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Saint Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Saint Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

8:00 PM
HOUSTON BAPTIST vs. LSU
No trends available
LSU is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
LSU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

8:00 PM
BOWLING GREEN vs. NORTH DAKOTA
Bowling Green is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Bowling Green is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
North Dakota is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games at home
North Dakota is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games

8:00 PM
NORTH CAROLINA A&T vs. TEXAS TECH
No trends available
Texas Tech is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Texas Tech is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

8:00 PM
ORAL ROBERTS vs. MEMPHIS
No trends available
Memphis is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home
Memphis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

9:30 PM
ALBERTSON vs. UTAH
No trends available
Utah is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Utah is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games

9:30 PM
BOSTON UNIVERSITY vs. BELMONT
No trends available
Belmont is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games

10:00 PM
YALE vs. NEVADA
Yale is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Nevada is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Nevada is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home

10:00 PM
MISSOURI vs. UCLA
Missouri is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Missouri's last 6 games on the road
UCLA is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
UCLA is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home

10:30 PM
FRESNO PACIFIC vs. PEPPERDINE
No trends available
Pepperdine is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Pepperdine is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

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12/28/2012 07:07 PM

NCAAB

Friday, December 28

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First look: UCLA vs. Missouri basketball
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by Peter Yoon

What: No. 7 Missouri Tigers (10-1) vs UCLA Bruins (9-3)

When: Friday, 7 p.m. PT

Where: Pauley Pavilion

TV: ESPN 2

Radio: AM 570

Scouting the Bruins: UCLA is on a season-best four-game win streak, but is looking for its first victory over a ranked opponent this season. Offensively, the Bruins have been on a tear the past three games as they are averaging 91.6 points per game and shooting 57.6 percent over that stretch. Freshmen Shabazz Muhammad (18.8 points per game) and Jordan Adams (18.2) continue to battle for the team’s scoring lead and both have scored 20 or more in consecutive games. Kyle Anderson joined the 20-point club last time out and is also the team’s top rebounder at 8.7 per game.

Scouting the Tigers: Missouri enters on a six-game win streak and is coming off of an impressive 82-73 victory over then-No. 10 Illinois. The Tigers have a lot of size and strength inside and are leading the nation in rebounding with 47.2 per game. Alex Oriakhi, a 6-9 forward, is averaging 9.1 rebounds per game while 6-7 forward Laurence Bowers is averaging 6.7. They have out-rebounded opponents by more than 14 per game. Bowers also leads the team in scoring with 16.9 points per game and has made 13 of 23 3-point attempts (56.5 percent). The Tigers average 78.2 points per game with quick point guard Phil Pressey running the offense. This will be Missouri’s first road game of the season, though the Tigers are 3-1 in neutral-site games. Their lone loss came against No. 4 Louisville.

The series: UCLA leads the series 5-1, though Missouri won the last time out with an 82-73 victory in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament. UCLA’s best memory in the series came during the 1995 run to the NCAA championship when Tyus Edney dribbled the length of the court in 4.8 seconds and scored the game-winning basket in a 75-74 victory in the second round of the NCAA tournament. This will be the first time since 1975 that the teams have met in Pauley Pavilion.

Quick quote: "We need a win over anybody we play, ranked or unranked,” UCLA coach Ben Howland on the importance of getting a win over a ranked opponent.

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12/28/2012 07:08 PM

NCAAB

Friday, December 28

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Sizing up the remaining unbeatens
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by Andy Katz

The beauty of the college basketball regular season is that a team can lose a few games and still be in fine position for a national championship run.

But there is always an allure about those who enter their conference season unblemished to see how invincible they will be entering the New Year.

Prior to Thursday night's games, there were five remaining unbeaten teams and 19 one-loss teams, as well as two others (Florida, 8-2) and (Kentucky, 8-3) that cannot and should not be dismissed from any Final Four discussion. Both the Wildcats and Gators have played a much more difficult schedule than the majority of one-loss and undefeated teams.

There are a slew of one-loss teams that are more than capable of winning the national title such as Kansas (10-1), Louisville (11-1), Syracuse (10-1), Indiana (11-1), Creighton (11-1), UNLV (11-1), Missouri (10-1) and Gonzaga (11-1). And it's easy to make the argument that those teams, such as Kansas, Louisville, Syracuse and Indiana, are more likely to challenge for the national title than the five remaining undefeated teams.

But for the purposes of this argument, let's look at the remaining unbeatens as they stand today:

Duke (11-0)

Most impressive wins: Minnesota, VCU and Louisville in successive days in Atlantis; Kentucky in Atlanta; Ohio State at home and Temple in New Jersey.

Biggest question answered: Quinn Cook is a starting point guard and has been a stable presence.

National player of the year candidate: Mason Plumlee. Plumlee has been a double-double machine for the Blue Devils. He may be the most reliable player at his position in the country.

Difference-maker: When Seth Curry is making 3s, the Blue Devils are even harder to beat.

What to watch for: How will Duke handle true road games in the ACC? The three toughest games on the schedule would seem to be at NC State (Jan. 12), at Maryland (Feb. 16) and at North Carolina (March 9).

Final Four potential: Duke has to be considered a favorite to land in Atlanta. The team possesses experience at key positions, younger players who are becoming increasingly comfortable, there is size inside and now a growing confidence that it can win the championship.


Michigan (12-0)

Most impressive wins: Pitt in New York at the NIT Season Tip-Off and NC State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Biggest question answered: The Wolverines don't miss Stu Douglass and Zach Novak as much as was predicted. The youthful Wolverines have bought into John Beilein's defensive concepts.

National player of the year candidate: Trey Burke is an exceptional point guard. He gets the Wolverines up and running as efficiently as any point in the country. His play has allowed Tim Hardaway Jr., to flourish in his natural position.

Difference-maker: The continued development of the Michigan big men in Jordan Morgan, Mitch McGary and Glen Robinson III as well as the stretch shooting of Nik Stauskas.

What to watch for: How does Michigan get through the Big Ten gauntlet? The Big Ten is the toughest conference this season, and Michigan will have to navigate trips to Ohio State (Jan. 13), Minnesota (Jan. 17), Illinois (Jan. 27), Indiana (Feb. 2), Wisconsin (Feb. 9) and Michigan State (Feb. 12). I would put that conference road schedule against any other contender in the country. It's not close. This is the toughest.

Final Four potential: Michigan has proved that it has the point guard play, the shooting, the power play inside and can defend well enough to get to Atlanta.


Arizona (12-0)

Most impressive wins: Florida in Tucson and San Diego State in the final of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.

Biggest question answered: Mark Lyons has adjusted as well as any one-year transfer I can remember. He was handed a leadership role and has excelled, making a game-winning shot to beat Florida. He has proved to be a consistent presence for the Wildcats at the point.

National player of the year candidate: Lyons, Solomon Hill and Nick Johnson have all had their moments and will be in contention for Pac-12 player of the year. But none will get enough momentum for consideration for national player of the year.

Difference-maker: Johnson. He has been the ultimate glue guy, making key plays in a variety of ways, none bigger than blocking Chase Tapley's potential game-winning layup in the Diamond Head final.

What to watch for: Arizona is the favorite in the Pac-12 and enters the conference doing more than enough to raise the conference's profile. The road wins at Texas Tech and Clemson were games the Wildcats should have won and they did. The comeback win over Florida was a tremendous effort and confidence boost. Getting through the rugged Diamond Head proved they had the stamina. Now, Arizona has to rise to the challenge of being the team to beat in the Pac-12. It is more than doable based on the inconsistency of the rest of the conference.

Final Four potential: This squad has it. The key will be the continued development of the newcomers, notably Kaleb Tarczewski, who is getting featured more and more as he improves his activity on the court.


Cincinnati (12-0)

Most impressive wins: Oregon in Las Vegas; Xavier in a rivalry game and Alabama at home when the Tide were playing well.

Biggest question answered: The Bearcats are never going to be a dominant low-post scoring team. But when needed, the Bearcats have been able to finish around the basket. Titus Rubles, JaQuon Parker, Justin Jackson and Cheikh Mbodj can take care of business of scoring and defending the post when locked in to the task at hand. The Bearcats have bigs serviceable enough to get by in the Big East.

National player of the year candidate: Sean Kilpatrick will enter the Big East as a legit player of the year contender. He has the ability to score in bunches. He flourishes playing off Cashmere Wright, who has stabilized the point.

Difference-maker: Wright. Mick Cronin has the confidence to hand him the ball and let him make a play, as he did against Alabama. Wright is a senior and has asserted himself as much more of a leader on a team that desperately needed to be led.

What to watch for: The Bearcats take possessions off and sometimes go through the motions. That cannot happen in the Big East with a host of teams that could easily knock them from their perch. Cincinnati believes it is in the same category as Louisville and Syracuse and above Pitt, Georgetown and Notre Dame in the pecking order of Big East title contenders. Now the Bearcats have to prove it. The schedule didn't do them any favors since they go to Syracuse (Jan. 21) and Louisville (March 4) without a return game. Cincinnati will find out about itself early at Pitt (Dec. 31) and at home against Notre Dame (Jan. 7).

Final Four potential: The Bearcats have it, but I'd be surprised. The lack of a proven post player may cost them in trying to win four in the NCAA tournament. Their lack of focus at times could bite them in an early round.


Wyoming (12-0)

Most impressive wins: Colorado and at Illinois State.

Biggest question answered: Leonard Washington has been a leader for the Cowboys despite all his issues, including a suspension last year. The Cowboys weren't sure who they could rely on early on but Washington has done everything asked of him so far.

National player of the year candidate: Washington is a Mountain West Conference Player of the Year candidate, but he won't be in the conversation for the national honor.

Difference-maker: Larry Nance Jr. The sophomore has played up in the big games for Wyoming, scoring 14 against Colorado, 19 in the win over Illinois State and 21 in a win over rival Denver. The Cowboys' staple has been their defense, as you'd expect from a Larry Shyatt-coached team, but it's their surprisingly-balanced offense that has been a pleasant plus.

What to watch for: Wyoming may be in the most balanced league in the country. It has to deal with two games against UNLV, San Diego State, New Mexico, Colorado State and Boise State, let alone playing Nevada and Air Force. There are zero easy games on this schedule. To expect Wyoming to get through this without getting beaten up is unrealistic.

Final Four potential: No shot. But the Cowboys are going to the postseason. Shyatt has already put the Cowboys in the NIT conversation, barring a complete collapse. An NCAA berth is hardly out of the question if they can hold serve at the Arena Auditorium.


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