Last Updated: 2018-01-03
NCAA – TRENDS OF THE DAY
The third day of 2018 brings us the biggest number of matchups in NCAA Division I basketball so far this week, 56, and you can thoroughly check them all here. In this article we’ll try to identify a couple of most telling active trends including the factor of most interesting duels in our selection, so you hopefully don’t have to make any discrepancies in which game you watch and which one you follow. Of this 56, seven games will feature the ranked teams but there will be no H2H matchups between our nation’s strongest squads.
Nevertheless, there’s plenty of action for everyone, including couple of very interesting ones like: Marquette (10-4) at Providence (10-5), North Carolina (12-2) at Florida State (11-2), Clemson (12-1) at Boston College (10-4), Rutgers (10-5) at Purdue (13-2), Kentucky (11-2) at LSU (9-3), Virginia (12-1) at Virginia Tech (11-3), Oklahoma State (10-3) at Oklahoma (11-1) and Miami-Florida (12-1) at Georgia Tech (6-7).
- The Golden Eagles are 16-5 in their last 21 road games following a three or more consecutive home games.
The Marquette Golden Eagles are visiting Providence Friars after a three-game combo of home games during the holidays. The Friars are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games overall making the ATS win for the guests close to a no-brainer.
- The Eagles are 5-12 in their last 17 games overall.
The trends that considerate the most recent tendency of a certain team are always the most telling ones, and we have one of those here. The fact that the Boston College Eagles face Clemson Tigers who are 6-0 ATS in last six games overall clearly indicates the Tigers’ ATS victory and that’s where you should go here.
- The Boilermakers are 18-7-1 in their last 26 games vs. a team with a winning & above .600.
In this Big Ten foes showdown, the trends suggest that the home team will have the upper hand ATS. The Purdue Boilermakers are also 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win while the Rutgers Scarlet Knights stand at 8-18 ATS in their last 26 road games.
- The Yellow Jackets are 41-20-2 in their last 63 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
The straight-up winner is probably already known here having in mind that the Hurricanes stand for a much better team this season but the ATS line is set at 5.5 in favor of the guests and by my opinion that hives enough breeding space for the home team. By my opinion, the Yellow Jackets will be able to take down the Hurricanes, especially if we take into the consideration guests’ 1-5 ATS record in last six games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Over is 12-3-1 in Tar Heels last 16 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
When I see this kind of tendency lurking around, I never miss it. The trend in question is Over in Totals and it states that two teams that are going to square off, have same exact O/U record in the same exact segment. Besides aforementioned Tar Heels’ trend, the Seminoles are also 12-3-1 in last 16 vs. a team with a winning straight up record. Jackpot.
- Over is 24-8 in Tigers last 32 overall.
The matchup with the biggest high-scoring potential is the one that will take place at Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge between the LSU Tigers and Kentucky Wildcats. Both teams are hot on offense right now and the fact that the Wildcats are 6-1 in Over in last seven games following a straight up win doesn’t leave many unknowns.
- Under is 33-16-2 in Cavaliers last 51 road games.
Showdowns between state foes are always ungrateful when it comes to ATS picks because the ATS line is mostly set very low. That’s the case her (2.0 in favor of the Virginia Cavaliers) making the O/U pick the only sane thing to do. The matchup between Cavaliers and Hokies is expected to be very tough defensively and that’s the main reason I would go with Under here.
- Under is 9-1 in Cowboys last 10 overall.
The Cowboys-Sooners rivalry gets another epilog this Wednesday and the winner will gain some bragging rights at the moment. The ATS line here is set a bit high (9.5 in favor of the Sooners) but my advice to you is to avoid this pick and go for Totals. The fact that the Sooners are 21-9 in Under in last 30 conference matchups defines our path here.
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