Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 12:00 AM
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Okay, so let’s call these the “dog days” of this 2018-19 college basketball season:
We’re not quite into the March Madness mania just yet but these late-season / regular-season games the final week of February are uber-important and so we’ll tackle a few of the Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday tilts in just a second but first this key reminder …
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Tonight, it’s …
#22 IOWA (21-6, 10-6) at OHIO STATE (17-10, 7-9) – 7 p.m. ET, Big 10 Network
The Iowa Hawkeyes are the kings of the close wins lately with four wins in their last five games – with these five games decided by a mere 15 total points. Hey, Iowa has nothing to worry about when it comes to an NCAA Tournament berth but this Ohio State squad needs to stack together some wins after going 12-1 SU (straight-up) to open this season. Folks, go back the last 15 games for the Buckeyes and you’ll see they’re 4-11 ATS (against the spread) and here the ‘Eyes are expected the return of second-leading scorer C.J. Jackson who missed last Saturday’s 72-62 loss at 6-point fav Maryland.
SYRACUSE (18-9, 9-5) at #5 NORTH CAROLINA (22-5, 12-2) – 9 p.m. ET, espn3
Don’t look now but the North Carolina Tar Heels have designs on getting onto to that #1 seed line for next month’s NCAA Tournament. The Chapel Hill crew enters this evening’s home game against the ‘Cuse tied for the ACC lead with Duke and Virginia … now the Heels are counting on a better shooting night from deep (they’re just 9-of-40 from tripleville the past two games) to get ‘em over the top as 12-point betting favorites here. If North Carolina can win or share ACC top honors and then nab the ACC Tournament, it’ll be a lead-pipe cinch to grab a #1 NCAA Tourney seed – check it out: North Carolina has covered eight of its past 10 games and is an electric 10-4 vig-wise against fellow ACC opponents this year. That’s super stuff in the country’s best conference, eh?
On Wednesday, it’s …
#10 MARQUETTE (23-4, 12-2) at VILLANOVA (20-8, 11-4) – 9 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1
What on earth has happened to the Villanova Wildcats?
Jay Wright’s team has been spinning out of control ever since that 66-65 loss at Marquette back on Feb. 9th – the ‘Cats have dropped three in a row and four of their last five games and did you know during this recent slide that Villanova has shot better than 40 percent from the floor only once (see 52 percent shooting game in 86-67 win/cover against Providence on Feb. 13th). Maybe ‘Nova can defrost its shooters here – the defending champs were held scoreless for more than 9 minutes in last weekend’s 66-54 loss at 5.5-point home dog Xavier. Spread stat to note here: Since mid-January, Marquette’s a snazzy 8-2 versus the vig.
On Thursday, it’s …
MINNESOTA (17-11, 7-10) at NORTHWESTERN (12-15, 3-13) – 9 p.m. ET, espn2
Let’s set the record straight: The Minnesota Golden Gophers have zero chance to making it into this year’s NCAA Tournament unless they win a minimum of 20 games – and so that makes this tilt in Evanston a “must-win” for a Minny crew that owns just three “Quadrant 1” wins and keep in mind Richard Pitino’s crew has dropped six of its last seven guys SU. There’s lots of talk about how many Big 10 teams will be getting into this year’s “Big Dance” – we say it’s likely six with a shot at seven – but Minnesota better get a third scorer here to go with 14-ppg guys Jordan Murphy and Amir Coffey. Here’s one thing regarding the N’western gang: The ‘Cats are a crummy 1-6-1 spreadwise in their last eight games and that includes an 0-2-1 ATS mark in home games during this recent stretch.
In other College Basketball News & Notes …
How about a major shout-out to a couple of non-power conference teams that have been striking it rich this hoops season?
Cal State-Northridge is a dizzying 17-7-2 ATS this year including a 13-3-1 spread run since Dec. 19th;
Drake is an even-better 19-7-1 versus the vig but the truth is the Bulldogs are just 4-3-1 against the odds in their last eight games;
And USF is 17-8-1 against the Las Vegas price tag overall with the Bulls teetering lately and just 0-3-1 ATS in their last four outings.
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