NCAA Basketball Week of December 3 Betting Recap
It was a tremendous week of college basketball for bettors as all five of the most-wagered games at Bovada were winners for the players.
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Tops on the list was second-ranked Duke's surprisingly easy 90-67 victory over a solid and previously unbeaten Temple team on Saturday in East Rutherford, N.J. That improved the Blue Devils to 9-0 for the 15th time under Coach Mike Krzyzewski. East Rutherford is like a home away from home for Duke as it is 20-1 at the Izod Center all-time under Coach K and is riding a 12-game winning streak there. The Blue Devils were eight-point favorites against Temple and took more than 75% of the action. At -370, Duke took nearly 99% of the lean.
The other big win for bettors was Florida's 72-47 blowout at Florida State on Wednesday. The Gators have looked terrific so far, winning all seven of their games by at least 13 points (4-1 ATS). They have a big one this weekend at fellow Top-10 team Arizona (look for more on that matchup later this week in the weekend Live Betting preview). Florida closed as a 6.5-point favorite versus the Seminoles and took more than 80% of the action. At -275, UF took almost 97%.
From a player prop perspective the top results for bettors were: NC State star C.J. Leslie over 13.5 points against Connecticut; UCLA's Kyle Anderson over 18.5 total points, assists and rebounds against Texas; and Illinois' Brandon Paul over 15.5 points versus Gonzaga. For the book, the top results were: Florida's Kenny Boynton under 15.5 points against FSU; Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie under four points against Kansas; and Duke's Mason Plumlee under 17.5 points against Temple. The 16 he had tied for his season low. Plumlee, Indiana's Cody Zeller, Creighton's Doug McDermott and Illinois' Brandon Paul are the early favorites for national player of the year honors.
Rebels' Title Hopes Hinge On Moser's Elbow
There was a potentially devastating injury on Sunday as UNLV, which is off to a 7-1 start (4-4 ATS) and opened the season at 35/1 to win the national title, lost star Mike Moser to a dislocated left elbow in the Rebels' 76-75 win over California on Sunday. He was injured diving for a loose ball in the first half and didn't return.
A preseason All-American, the 6-foot-8 Moser is averaging 12.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game after averaging 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds last season. It's possible Moser, a Mountain West Conference Player of the Year favorite, is lost for the season but at a minimum it will be weeks.
It's certainly a shame for UNLV, which has the talent to win it all. The Rebels are about to finally get top recruit Khem Birch. The 6-foot-9 transfer from Pitt will be eligible to play next Monday against UTEP. The former McDonald's All-American and Moser would give the Rebels one of the nation's top frontcourts. Birch is the first-ever McDonald's All-American from Montreal.
UNLV isn't the only team about to get an eligible transfer. Missouri's Jabari Brown will make his debut against South Carolina State next Monday as well. He's been practicing with the Tigers since transferring from Oregon a year ago. The 6-foot-5 Brown played in two games for the Ducks last year and was a highly touted recruit himself. Brown will help fill a scoring void left by the transfer of Michael Dixon amid sexual assault allegations. Dixon averaged 13.5 points last season and was voted national sixth man of the year but didn't suit up for a game this year. Missouri (8-1, 3-4 ATS) is off this week.
There will be no Live Betting college basketball games at the book until Saturday. It's finals week at many universities so the schedule overall during the week is a little light. Check back Thursday for a weekend Live Betting preview.
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