Saturday's NCAABK Action
February 2, 2013
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Super Bowl XLVII has got the attention of the globe this weekend but there are plenty of other great games going on this weekend before the “big game.” The NHL and NBA are in full swing now and the college basketball season is in the final stretch before conference tournaments and March Madness begin. Here are a few games to keep on your radar this weekend:
Sat. 4 pm: #14 Miami vs. # 19 NC State
These two ranked ACC foes meet for the only time this year as the higher ranked Hurricanes hope to go on the road and spoil the party. Miami is 15-3 SU on the year and have won eight straight leading up to this game. They are 6-2 ATS in those eight wins, but both ATS losses came as road favorites, including earlier this week @ Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes are 8-0 ATS in their last eight Saturday games, but they haven’t won SU in NC State in their last four tries and are 4-6 SU in the last 10 overall with N.C. State.
On the other side, N.C. State has lost two of their last three and three of their last five. All three of those losses came away from home though as they are a perfect 12-0 on their own court. But they will likely be without start PG Lorenzo Brown which is a huge loss as they generally only go 6 or 7 deep to begin with. The home crowd will definitely be on their side but even that may not be enough to help the Wolfpack in this one; especially if they are laying a point or two.
Sat. 9 pm: #1 Michigan vs. #3 Indiana
This is the biggest game on the college card this weekend as the top two teams in the Big 10 meet in the Hoosier state. Michigan and Indiana have yet to meet this year and with their eventual rematch coming in the regular season finale (in Michigan), this game means quite a bit for both going forward.
This is also the start of a daunting stretch for Michigan as they have to play @ Indiana, vs. Ohio State, @ Wisconsin and @ Michigan State in their next four. Three out of four on the road will be a great test for this one-loss team but they will likely need every one of their 78 points per game average to knock off Indiana here.
The Hoosiers average 84 points per contest themselves and are coming off a 97-60 romping in Purdue. That was the first ATS win for Indiana in six tries and with home-court advantage here they will likely be favored by a few points. The home team has won outright in the last six between these two teams and eight of the past ten. Seeing a #1 lose has become more of a routine on Saturday’s in college basketball this year and Michigan is likely to be the next victim here.
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