User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
SEC/Big East Challenge

**Kentucky at Notre Dame**

--Most books are listing Notre Dame (6-1 straight up, 2-3 against the spread) as a two-point ‘chalk’ with the total in the 133-134 range. Bettors can take John Calipari’s team on the money line for a plus-110 payout (risk $100 to win $110).

--Mike Brey’s squad has won four in a row since suffering its lone loss of the season, a 79-70 overtime defeat to St. Joseph’s as a four-point home favorite. Jack Cooley finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.

--Kentucky (4-1 SU, 0-3 ATS) has a quality win over Maryland and its loss came to Duke in a 75-68 decision at the Ga. Dome in Atlanta. Alex Poythress scored 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the loss to the Blue Devils.

--Cooley, a senior forward, is averaging a double-double with 14.3 points per game and 11.3 rebounds per game. Jerian Grant is the Irish’s second-leading scorer with a 13.0 PPG average.

--Archie Goodwin, UK’s freshman guard from Little Rock, Ark., is leading the Wildcats in scoring with 19.0 PPG average. Poythress is averaging 18.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, while freshman center Nerlens Noel is averaging 12.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Noel also has 18 blocked shots in five games.

--The ‘over’ has cashed in both of UK’s games with a total. The ‘over’ is 2-1 for the Irish.

--Dating back to 2001, Kentucky has won five of the last six head-to-head meetings with Notre Dame both SU and ATS. In the last encounter two years ago, UK collected a 72-58 win as a five-point home favorite.

--Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.

Advertisement
**Marquette at Florida**

--As of late this morning, most books were listing Florida (5-0 straight up, 2-1 against the spread) as an 11-point favorite with a total of 137. Gamblers can take the Golden Eagles to win outright for a lucrative plus-550 return (risk $100 to win $550).

--Billy Donovan’s team sent Marquette out of the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a 68-58 win at the West Region semifinals in Phoenix. The Gators took the cash as one-point underdogs. Bradley Beal, who turned pro early and was taken with the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards, paced UF with a game-high 21 points. Kenny Boynton scored 11 points and dished out five assists, while Erik Murphy finished with seven points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.

--Marquette (5-1 SU, 2-2 ATS) has won three in a row since losing to Butler at the buzzer in its first-round game at The Maui Classic. Buzz Williams’s squad bounced back from the loss to the Bulldogs by beating Mississippi St. (89-62) and Southern Cal (72-64). Then when the Golden Eagles got back home, they trounced Maryland-Baltimore 79-46 in a non-lined affair. Jamil Wilson led the way with 15 points and six rebounds.

--UF is coming off Friday’s 79-66 home win over Central Florida. Although the Gators were ahead of the number for most of the game, they disappointed their backers as 16-point home favorites. Boynton was the catalyst with 24 points and eight rebounds. Scottie Wilbekin, who missed the first three games due to a suspension, added 17 points, eight assists, five rebounds and three steals. Boynton and Wilbekin both made 4-of-9 attempts from 3-point land.

--Florida junior forward Casey Prather made his season debut against UCF after missing the first four games due to a concussion. Prather picked up where he left off last season when he emerged as a key contributor in both the SEC and NCAA Tournaments. Prather logged 13 minutes, making all three shots from the field and both free-throw attempts en route to an eight-point effort.

--Marquette is led by junior forward Davante Gardner, who is averaging a team-high 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Vander Blue is averaging 11.4 PPG.

--Boynton is scoring at a 16.2 PPG clip to lead the Gators.

--The ‘over’ is 4-0 for Marquette, 1-0 for UF.

--ESPN2 will provide television coverage at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.

**B.E.'s Bonus Nuggets**

--UCLA junior center Joshua Smith has left the program. Smith, a solid post player who averaged 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last year, has struggled with weight problems throughout his collegiate career.

--Stanford junior forward Anthony Brown is out for the season with a hip injury that will require surgery. Brown averaged 8.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game last season.

--After enjoying a stellar campaign on the gridiron, South Carolina's Bruce Ellington is back with the basketball team until the Gamecocks resume football practice in December.

Brian Edwards can be reached at briane@vegasinsider.com.

For daily sports gambling analysis, follow Brian Edwards on twitter at Vegasbedwards.

  
HEADLINES
Edwards: Saturday's Tip Sheet
Creighton crushes Longwood, 113-58
Wake beats Greensboro on late three
Hartford stuns Boston College, 65-63
Florida Gulf Coast holds off Siena, 73-69
Anderson leads Navy over Columbia
Patton is game-changer for Creighton
Sophomore Sima to transfer from St. John's
Kentucky opens trek against Hofstra
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAA BK College Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA BK Hot Streaks
20-6 L26 G-Plays, 29-11 L40 Picks
5-1 L6, 11-3 Run, 7-1 L8 G-Plays
7-3 L10 G-Plays, +2,430 Overall TY
5-1 L6 G-Plays, 8-3 L11 Picks
25-14 L39, +1,627 This Year
3-1 LN, 21-10 Run, 9-4 G-Plays
6-2 L3 Days, 11-2 L13 G-Plays
5-2 L7 Guaranteed Plays
7-2 L9 G-Plays, +1,909 Overall TY
4-2 L6 G-Plays, 6-3 L9 Picks
6-2 Last 8 CBK Selections
8-4 NCAA BK Record TY
4-2 Last 6 CBK Over/Unders
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2016 CBK SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 2215
Bruce Marshall + 1909
Jim Feist + 1627
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Doc's Sports + 595
Bruce Marshall + 486
John Fisher + 455
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Brian Edwards 71 %
Michael Black 67 %
Scott Rickenbach 66 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 1044
Brian Edwards + 490
Jim Feist + 480
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 1392
Kyle Hunter + 690
Bill Marzano + 480
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 923
Kyle Hunter + 685
Kevin Rogers + 621
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership