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Check out our quick-hitting betting notes on all of Sunday’s ranked college basketball games:
(19) VCU at Temple (+2)
Virginia Commonwealth needs to land a tough road win at Temple to clinch at least a share of the Atlantic 10 regular-season title. The Rams have won three straight to keep the pressure on Saint Louis on top of the tightly-wound standings. The running Rams are 12th in the nation in scoring averaging 78 points and they've rang up at least 90 points eight times on the season. Temple is suddenly the hottest team in the conference. The Owls are 13-3 at home and bring a six-game winning streak into Sunday afternoon's contest. The Owls have an RPI of 41 and would relish another signature win to add to their NCAA Tournament resume. VCU is 0-5 ATS in its last five road games.
(21) Wisconsin at Penn State (+8.5)
Two consecutive losses in the past week knocked the Wisconsin Badgers out of the Big Ten title race. On Sunday, the Badgers will try to avoid finishing their regular season on a season-high three-game losing skid. Penn State, guaranteed to finish at the bottom of the conference, has won two of three after snapping a 14-game losing skid with a shocking home win over No.4 Michigan. The Nittany Lions were blown out by Minnesota on the road after that, but recovered to defeat Northwestern by seven points. Wisconsin defeated Penn State 60-51 at home on Jan. 3 to open conference play for both teams. The Nittany Lions are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Illinois at (13) Ohio State (-9.5)
When Ohio State met a ranked Illinois team on Jan. 5, the Illini enjoyed their largest margin of victory against a ranked opponent since 1964. But when the Buckeyes host Illinois on Sunday, they will have a chance to avenge that loss and earn a share of their fourth consecutive Big Ten title. Ohio State began the season 11-2, but endured one of its worst shooting performances against the Illini in a 74-55 road loss. The Buckeyes have since recovered and won four straight – including Tuesday’s 67-58 victory at Indiana – after a 1-3 stretch in February. Ohio State is one game behind Indiana in the Big Ten standings, but can grab a share of regular-season crown with a loss by the Hoosiers at Michigan on Sunday and a win against Illinois. The Fighting Illini are 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.
(2) Indiana at (8) Michigan (Pick)
Indiana has already secured the top seed in next week’s Big Ten Tournament, but one more win on Sunday at Michigan could wrap up its first outright conference title since 1993. Indiana also owns a league-best 6-2 road record and an 81-73 victory over the Wolverines in Bloomington on Feb. 2, but has lost two of its last three. Michigan has won four of five, with three of the victories coming at the Crisler Center. The Wolverines, who shared the regular-season title with the Buckeyes and Spartans last season, are 17-0 at home this season. Michigan is 1-8 ATS in its last nine games overall.
Northwestern at (12) Michigan State (-19.5)
Michigan State can possibly claim a piece of the Big Ten title when it hosts Northwestern in the regular-season finale Sunday. The Spartans will need Indiana to lose earlier in the day at No. 8 Michigan to put itself in position to share the championship with a win against the Wildcats. Michigan State is coming off four straight games against ranked opponents. The Spartans ended a three-game losing streak with a win Thursday against Wisconsin. Northwestern enters the game on a seven-game slide, their longest losing streak since 2007-08. The Wildcats have lost five players for the season due to injury or disciplinary reasons. The road team is 9-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Wolverines (Pick, 145.5)
No. 2 Indiana has already secured the top seed in next week’s Big Ten Tournament, but one more win on Sunday at No. 8 Michigan could wrap up its first outright conference title since 1993. However, a loss to the Wolverines could open the door for as many as four teams – including Michigan – to share the regular-season crown. The Hoosiers hold a one-game lead over Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan and have already guaranteed themselves a piece of the Big Ten crown for the first time since 2002.
Indiana also owns a league-best 6-2 road record and an 81-73 victory over the Wolverines in Bloomington on Feb. 2, but has lost two of its last three. Michigan has won four of five, with three of the victories coming at the Crisler Center. The Wolverines, who shared the regular-season title with the Buckeyes and Spartans last season, are 17-0 at home this season.
TV: 4 p.m. ET, CBS
ABOUT INDIANA (25-5, 13-4 Big Ten): Three starters – Victor Oladipo (49.1 percent), Jordan Hulls (48.3) and Christian Watford (48.1) – are shooting over 48 percent beyond the arc, contributing to the nation’s fourth-best 3-point field goal percentage (41.8). Along with Cody Zeller and Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, the Hoosiers boast the highest-scoring starting lineup in college basketball. The Hoosiers also convert more free throws per game than any other team (19.7), rank second in scoring margin (plus-19.1) and third in scoring (81.1 points). The Hoosiers enjoyed a 22-6 advantage from the foul line over Michigan in February and have made 111 more free throws than their opponents have attempted (590-479).
ABOUT MICHIGAN (25-5, 12-5): Trey Burke (19.1 points, 6.9 assists) is averaging 24 points and shooting 52.1 percent from the floor over his last five games. He became only the fourth Wolverine to post more than 200 assists in a season in last Sunday’s win over the Spartans and is 28 assists shy of setting the school record for the most in a single season. Michigan leads the country in fewest turnovers (9.4 per game) and is shooting 49 percent from the floor – the seventh-best mark in the nation. The Wolverines are 22-0 when converting at least 33 percent of their 3-pointers this season, but 3-5 when they do not.
* Wolverines are 1-8 ATS in their last nine games overall.
* Over is 4-1 in Hoosiers’ last five road games.
* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
1. Indiana has won the last four meetings when both teams are ranked in the top 10, but lost each of its last three in Ann Arbor.
2. Michigan – seeking its fifth undefeated home season since 1976-77 – has won seven straight home games against nationally-ranked opponents.
3. Six starters in this game (Oladipo, Hulls, Watford, Zeller, Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr.) have scored at least 1,000 career points.
The Cavaliers look to build on their 7-0 ATS record in their last 7 home games against teams with a losing road record. Virginia is the pick (-8) according to Dunkel, which has the Cavaliers favored by 13. Dunkel Pick: Virginia (-8). Here are all of today's early games.
SUNDAY, MARCH 10
Time Posted: 8:30 a.m. EST
Game 819-820: Wisconsin at Penn State (12:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Wisconsin 69.733; Penn State 63.271
Dunkel Line: Wisconsin by 6 1/2; 122
Vegas Line: Wisconsin by 9; 118 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Penn State (+9); Over
Game 821-822: VCU at Temple (12:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: VCU 70.407; Temple 67.489
Dunkel Line: VCU by 3; 141
Vegas Line: VCU by 1 1/2; 145 1/2
Dunkel Pick: VCU (-1 1/2); Under
Game 823-824: Illinois at Ohio State (12:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Illinois 66.731; Ohio State 78.027
Dunkel Line: Ohio State by 11 1/2; 136
Vegas Line: Ohio State by 9; 132 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Ohio State (-9); Over
Game 825-826: Virginia Tech at Wake Forest (2:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Virginia Tech 57.439; Wake Forest 61.277
Dunkel Line: Wake Forest by 4
Vegas Line: Wake Forest by 5 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Virginia Tech (+5 1/2)
Game 827-828: Indiana at Michigan (4:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Indiana 76.801; Michigan 72.077
Dunkel Line: Indiana by 4 1/2; 149
Vegas Line: Michigan by 1; 145 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Indiana (+1); Over
Game 829-830: Maryland at Virginia (6:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Maryland 62.400; Virginia 75.331
Dunkel Line: Virginia by 13; 118
Vegas Line: Virginia by 8; 122
Dunkel Pick: Virginia (-8); Under
Game 831-832: Northwestern at Michigan State (6:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Northwestern 54.787; Michigan State 72.017
Dunkel Line: Michigan State by 17 1/2; 125
Vegas Line: Michigan State by 19 1/2; 121 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Northwestern (+19 1/2); Over
Play Against - Any team (MARYLAND) revenging a home loss vs opponent against opponent off 2 or more consecutive upset losses as a road favorite
41-15 since 1997. ( 73.2% 24.5 units )
3-1 this year. ( 75.0% 1.9 units )
CBB ILLINOIS at OHIO ST.
Play On - Home favorites of -165 to -500 vs. the money line (OHIO ST) revenging a road loss vs opponent, off a road win against a conference rival.
235-57 over the last 5 seasons. ( 80.5% 81.1 units )
27-10 this year. ( 73.0% 0.4 units )
CBB WISCONSIN at PENN ST.
Play Against - Any team (WISCONSIN) after going under the total by more than 18 points in two consecutive games, in March games.
46-18 over the last 5 seasons. ( 71.9% 26.2 units )
1-0 this year. ( 100.0% 1.0 units )