We got our first real taste of the new college basketball season with last Tuesday’s 24-hour marathon that featured two head-to-head matchups between teams ranked in the top five. If some of these early games between ranked opponents are any indication of what we are in for, it should be a great few months of action in men’s hoops. Each and every week of the season up until the conference championships in early March, NCAA Basketball Betting Trends will go through the schedule to highlight some of the biggest and best matchups on tap.
There is one head-to-head matchup between ranked teams on Tuesday night’s slate with No. 13 Memphis on the road against No. 8 Oklahoma State. The Tigers only have one win under their belt while the Cowboys are off to a 3-0 start, but neither of these teams has yet to be tested. The total has stayed UNDER in 10 of Memphis’s last 12 games against a team from the Big 12 and Oklahoma State is just 1-6-1 against the spread in its last eight games at home.
Ohio State is ranked No. 10 in the nation heading into Wednesday night’s home game against American University. The Buckeyes started the season with a 10-point win over Ohio as 19-point home favorites, but they stepped-up their game this past Saturday with an impressive 52-35 romp of then- No. 17 Marquette as one-point favorites on the road. Other games on Wednesday featuring a ranked team have No. 16 Wichita State on the road against Tulsa and No. 23 Baylor at home against Charleston Southern.
The Puerto-Rico Tip-Off gets underway this Thursday night with Long Beach State taking on No. 7 Michigan in a 5 p.m. start followed by Florida State vs. No. 14 VCU. The Wolverines should fall in the rankings after losing to Iowa State 77-70 as one-point road underdogs this past Sunday. The Rams started their season on a strong note with a 96-58 romp over Illinois State as 21-point home favorites followed by a solid 59-56 victory over then- No. 25 Virginia as three-point underdogs on the road.
Friday’s schedule has two top-five teams in action with Towson on the road against No. 5 Kansas and Virginia Tech on the road against No. 2 Michigan State. The Jayhawks passed their first big test of the season with last Tuesday’s 94-83 victory over then-No. 4 Duke in the State Farm Classic as 5.5-point underdogs. The Spartans were also part of that event and should move into the top spot in the nation after beating then-No. 1 Kentucky 78-74 as four-point favorites. Later Friday night, No. 21 Notre Dame will host Santa Clara and No. 24 UCLA will be at home against Morehead State.
The Mohegan Sun Arena will host this season’s Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off this upcoming Saturday starting with a matchup between the Richmond Spiders and the No. 12 North Carolina Tar Heels. Following that contest the Fairfield Stags will square-off against the No. 3 Louisville Cardinals. North Carolina is sure to take a tumble in this week’s rankings after losing to Belmont this past Sunday 83-80 as a 14-point home favorite. The defending national champion Cardinals improved to 3-0 SU (2-1 ATS) with a 99-54 romp over Cornell as 31-point home favorites this past Saturday. Other games of interest on Saturday’s slate have Memphis hosting Nicholls State, No. 20 Wisconsin at home against Oral Roberts and Liberty on the road against Virginia.
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