Thursday, December 6
-- 2-6 Rhode Island won two of last three games; their last three losses are all by 5 or less points, or in OT; home team won seven of Rams' last eight games with Providence- URI lost last four visits here, by 13-1-29-7 points. 6-2 Friars have 7 scholarship guys; losses are vs teams ranked #94/131- they've won last four games, allowing 54.8 ppg.
-- 7-0 Cincinnati beat Alabama by hoop last game, now enters soft part of schedule; their four wins vs teams not in top 100 were by 23-42-54-19 points. Bearcat opponents are making 36% inside arc, 29.5% outside it. Ark-Little Rock is 0-2 on road, losing by 18 at Louisiana Tech, by 40 at Ole Miss. Sun Belt double digit road underdogs are 4-10 vs spread.
-- Inexperienced Vanderbilt lost four of last five games; their three losses vs top 100 teams are by 26-13-10 points. Xavier won 83-70 in OT LY at Vandy; Musketeers are surprising 6-1, winning by 6 at Purdue in last game. Vandy lost its only road game by 26 at Oregon. A-16 double digit home favorites are 6-11 vs spread. SEC road underdogs are 11-16.
-- Home teams won seven of last ten Creighton-Nebraska games, but the Bluejays lost last three visits here, by 5-2-12 points. First road game for Creighton, which beat Wisconsin/Arizona State on neutral floor, but also got beat at home by Boise State. Cornhuskers are 6-1, allowing 63 points or less in its wins, 74 in its loss. Big Dozen dogs are 10-9, 2-0 at home.
-- Long Beach State overschedules in pre-conference play every year; so far this year, they lost to North Carolina by 15, at Arizona by 22. Trip to central NY in December seems extreme for Long Beach- they get 34% of points behind arc- this is in a dome. 6-0 Syracuse leads country in steals, #3 in blocked shots. Big West double digit underdogs are 11-4.
-- Inexperienced (#329) UCSB is 0-3 vs top 100 teams, losing by 28-16-28 points; they lost 76-75ot to San Diego State LY, Aztecs' 4th straight series win, with 90-64/68-51 wins here. Gauchos are 0-3 on road, with a 14-point loss at LSU. Aztecs beat UCLA/USC in last three games, are off for nine days after this game, better not overlook well-coached foe.
-- Green Bay lost four of last five games, losing all three road games by 2-10-16 points; UWGB won both games vs teams not in top 200, with wins by 5-12 points. Tennessee Tech lost last three games vs D-I teams; they turn ball over 23.5% of time. Horizon League favorites are 6-9 vs spread, 2-8 if laying 5 or less points. OVC home underdogs are 2-4.
-- Idaho-Eastern Washington split last 10 meetings; Vandals lost twice in last three visits here. Idaho is 2-6, losing road games vs top 100 teams by 15-9 points. EWU allowed 84+ points in its five losses, 70-75 in its two wins. WAC road favorites are 5-0 vs spread. Big Sky underdogs of less than 5 points are 4-7 vs spread, 2-4 at home.