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The No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll has lost in each of the past three weeks, a statistic that University of Michigan coach John Beilein has made his team aware of, no doubt. The Wolverines rose to the top spot in the poll on Monday for the first time since the start of the 1992-93 season when the Fab Five were sophomores.

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Michigan took care of Northwestern 68-46 easily on Wednesday, but then U-M's biggest test of the season awaits Saturday night at No. 3 Indiana, which highlights a busy Saturday of live college basketball betting at the book. It should be one of the most offensively entertaining games of the season. Michigan entered this week No. 3 nationally in field-goal percentage and No. 12 in scoring. Indiana, the preseason No. 1 team in the nation, is No. 2 in scoring and No. 6 in shooting.

Saturday's winner certainly will have the upper hand for the Big Ten regular-season title, although the teams finish the season against one another in Ann Arbor. Indiana big man Cody Zeller was the preseason favorite for both Big Ten and National Player of the Year, but he might be slightly behind Michigan guard Trey Burke for both. The Hoosiers also have fallen behind Michigan on Bovada's national championship odds, with U-M now the 5/1 favorite and IU right behind at 11/2.

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Michigan will be an underdog for just the third time in 2012-13. The Wolverines were +1.5 at No. 15 Ohio State on January 13 and suffered their only loss 56-53. Four days later, Michigan was +2.5 at No. 9 Minnesota and won 83-75. U-M is 3-2 ATS overall in true road games this season. Indiana is 13-1 at home this season and 7-5 ATS (0-4 in past four).

The Hoosiers are 3-0 against ranked foes in Bloomington after going 4-0 against Top 25 teams at Assembly Hall last year. That included a 73-72 upset of No. 1 Kentucky on a three-pointer at the buzzer and 73-71 victory against No. 13 Michigan.

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No. 6 Syracuse at Pittsburgh
No. 5 Duke at Florida State
Tennessee at Arkansas
No. 7 Gonzaga at San Diego.

The Orange's once-deep roster has taken another hit. Already without second-leading scorer James Southerland because of an eligibility issue, Syracuse lost starting center DaJuan Coleman for at least four weeks after knee surgery Tuesday. Coleman's numbers don't look too important as he averaged 5.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in 14 minutes per game. His numbers are a bit better in SU's 18 wins, but in the Orange's two losses he averaged 0.0 points and just 0.5 rebounds in 5.5 minutes. Syracuse isn't a very big team without the 6-foot-8 Southerland and 6-foot-9 Coleman and thus could have a problem with Pittsburgh 7-foot-0 freshman Steven Adams.

As for Duke, it is responsible for two of those past three losses by the nation's No. 1 team. Last Wednesday's shocking 90-63 loss at Miami (Fla.) doesn't bode well for the Blue Devils' national title hopes. It was the third-worst loss ever for an AP No. 1 team and Duke's worst since the 1990 national title game. Here's the kicker: no team that has lost any game by at least 27 points during the season has won the national title since the Big Dance expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Duke is currently 8/1 at the book to cut down the nets.

On Super Bowl Sunday, there will be one live NCAA betting game: No. 25 Marquette at No. 5 Louisville. The Golden Eagles could take sole possession of the Big East lead with an upset win and a Syracuse loss Saturday. There is one Super Bowl XLVII cross sport Prop for MU-Louisville. It's the number of assists by Cardinals star guard Peyton Siva at pick'em against the number of receptions for 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree against Baltimore. Siva averages 6.0 assists this season, while Crabtree is averaging 7.5 receptions in two playoff games.

Winless Update

Could Saturday finally be the day when Grambling State (0-18) becomes the final Division I team to win a game this season? It's already been a disappointing week for the Tigers, the lowest-scoring team in the nation at 49.5 ppg. They had a good shot winning at home Monday against a Mississippi Valley State club that entered at 2-16. Grambling State managed to outshoot and outrebound the Delta Devils, but 20 turnovers were a killer in a 65-50 loss.

Grambling's chances don't look good Saturday as it visits Southern (14-7), which is atop the SWAC at 8-1. The Tigers have lost every game thus far by at least 11 points, while Southern is likely to be ornery after losing 61-57 at Alcorn State last Saturday, which ended the Jaguars' 11-game winning streak. Southern, which won at a solid Texas A&M team early this season, crushed Grambling 82-43 in the Tigers' gym on January 6.

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