February 5, 2013

College Basketball Betting By the Numbers for 2/5/13

When you bet on the college hoops, you should know all about the numbers. Numbers for stats, numbers for trends, numbers for betting lines, numbers for ‘totals’ – You should know it all. Here at Bang the Book, we are set to talk about the basketball betting lines for this week, and showing you some of the most important numbers that you should be keeping an eye on!

4: The number of consecutive weeks that the No. 1 team in the country has been beaten. That’s a streak that could ultimately be intact once again once this week is over with, as the new No. 1 team in the land, the Indiana Hoosiers, are going to have a pair of road games against the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Ohio State Buckeyes to deal with, and those certainly aren’t going to be fun games for IU to face.

9: The number of consecutive ‘under’ games that the Hofstra Pride had played before losing 72-59 to the William & Mary Tribe on Saturday. Hofstra has been an odd statistical anomaly over the course of the last few weeks, as it has played such bad offense this year (59.4 PPG) that the team is actually 1-10 for ‘total’ bettors on the season.

9: The number of consecutive ‘under’ games that the James Madison Dukes had played before losing 74-63 to the George Mason Patriots on Saturday. Sound familiar? It’s basically the exact same situation that Hofstra has been in this year. The Dukes haven’t scored more than 64 in a conference game since putting 78 on a terrible UNC Wilmington team back at the start of conference play, and that’s why they have had a horrid time for ‘over’ bettors.

10: The number of covers that the Missouri State Bears have in their last 11 games, all of which have been played in the Missouri Valley Conference. The team isn’t all that great, having won just two of its last seven SU, but as long as the Bears are staying in front of the number, that’s about all that we care about. This is one of the best cover teams in the nation in conference play this year, and the six-game ATS winning streak that the team is on is one of the longest in America.

15: The number of wins that the Miami Hurricanes are likely to have in a row in the ACC when they go into Cameron Indoor Stadium for the rematch with the Duke Blue Devils on March 2nd. They’re two touchdown favorites on Tuesday against the Boston College Eagles at home, and there won’t be another ACC game in which Miami is an underdog until going to Durham. This is one of the most dangerous teams that the ACC has to offer this year, and the Canes are going to be ones to watch out for come March Madness this year.

20: The number of personal fouls that were called on the Duke Blue Devils when they met the NC State Wolfpack earlier this year. G Quinn Cook, F Amile Jefferson, and F Tyler Thornton all fouled out of that game, as the Wolfpack ended up taking 23 free throw attempts to Duke’s 12. Think that Dookies might remember that 84-76 loss in Raleigh? This week, they’re going to get a chance to avenge that defeat against this NC State unit, which really is sliding right now in the ACC.

25: The number representing the percentage of games that the Kentucky Wildcats have covered this year in the SEC. They’re just 2-6 ATS to show for their work over the course of their first eight conference games, and that just isn’t going to cut it for us. The team has a relatively week ahead with the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Auburn Tigers coming to Rupp Arena, but we have seen Kentucky fail in these spots as well. Remember that the team is 0-3 ATS and just 2-1 SU in three games in Lexington this year in the SEC.

26.5: The number of points per game that the Florida Gators have beaten their eight SEC foes by this year. Granted, the schedule really hasn’t been all that tough, and there haven’t been any games along the way that the team hasn’t been favored by fewer than 10 points in, and this week isn’t going to be an exception to that. What’s going to be interesting is seeing how many points UF will be favored by over the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Gainesville on Saturday? It could be 30+, considering the fact that the Bulldogs were getting 20 when these two met in Starkville… and Florida won by 35.

33: The number of points that F Christian Watford and F Cody Zeller put up on the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday night. That’s bad as it is, but it’s worse news knowing that the Ohio State Buckeyes are set to come to Ann Arbor on Tuesday night. The Bucks are a stingy defensive teams, so if F Deshaun Thomas can come out and dominate down low the same way that Zeller and Watford did, the former No. 1 team in the land might be taking a mighty fall down the rankings in the Big Ten in a hurry.

33: The number of games that the Kansas Jayhawks had won at home in a row before losing to the Oklahoma State Cowboys in shocking fashion over the weekend. Kansas was in line to take over as the No. 1 team in the land before losing to the Pokes, and now, they have to start the climb back up the ladder this week. Both games this week are on the road though, so the TCU Horned Frogs and Oklahoma Sooners are sure to take their best cracks at the boys from the Phog.

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Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.

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