Sunday's Tip Sheet
February 2, 2013
By David Schwab
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At around 6:30 p.m. (ET) this upcoming Sunday afternoon the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers are set to square off in Super Bowl XXLVII. A perfect warm-up to the biggest sports betting event of the year are a couple of men's college basketball games that should peak your interest including our featured matchup of the day between No. 25 Marquette and No. 12 Louisville. The following is a brief betting guide for this Big East showdown as well as a couple of the other top games on the slate from the Big Ten and ACC.
Game of the Day
No. 25 Marquette Golden Eagles vs. No. 12 Louisville Cardinals (2 p.m. ESPN)
The Golden Eagles come into this matchup in a first-place tie with Syracuse in the Big East at 6-1 and 15-4 straight-up overall. Their only setback in the conference was a thrilling 71-69 overtime loss to Cincinnati as 7 ½-point road underdogs. Marquette has covered in four of its last five games to improve to 8-7 ATS overall. The total has gone OVER in three of its last five games.
Vander Blue and Davante Gardner remain the two primary scoring threats for the Golden Eagles. Blue is averaging 14.8 points a game while shooting 45.3 percent from the field. Gardner is chipping-in another 12.7 points and a team-high 5.5 rebounds a game. Overall, Marquette is averaging 70.1 points and shooting 46.3 percent from the field.
It has been a spectacular rise and a hard fall for Louisville this season. It made it all the way to No.1 in the country with a 16-1 record in its first 17 games. The stay at the top was brief with three-straight losses including unexplainable losses to Villanova and Georgetown as hefty road favorites. The Cardinals are 0-4 ATS in their last four games and 10-11 ATS overall. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their last seven games.
Despite the recent slide, Louisville is still one of the most potent teams in college basketball behind Russ Smith. He is averaging 18.4 points and the team as a whole is putting up 74 points a game. Chane Behanan and Peyton Siva have also been major contributors with over 10 points a game and Gorgui Dieng is pulling down an average of 10 rebounds.
Super Bowl Props
If you are looking to tie-in a few Super Bowl prop bets with this game, here are two that might peak your interest.
Who will have more?
RUSS SMITH (LOU) POINTS -2.5 -110
COLIN KAEPERNICK (SF) COMPLETIONS +2.5 -110
Who will have more?
LOUISVILLE POINTS -3.5 -110
FRANK GORE (SF) RUSHING YARDS +3.5 -110
The Best of the Rest
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. No. 23 Minnesota Golden Gophers (1 p.m. Big Ten Network)
The Hawkeyes ended a two-game skid with a 76-67 victory over Penn State this past Thursday as 13-point home favorites. They are now 3-5 SU in Big Ten play and 14-7 SU overall. Iowa is 10-7 ATS overall and 2-2 ATS on the road this season. The total has stayed UNDER in seven of its last 10 games. The team is averaging 73 points and ranked 17th in the nation in rebounds with 39.9 a game.
With just one loss in its first 17 games, Minnesota was on the fast track to the top of the national rankings. That all came to a screeching halt with four-straight conference losses. The Gophers ended the slide this past Tuesday with an 84-65 rout of Nebraska as a 17 ½-point home favorite. The net result is a 16-5 record SU (13-6 ATS) and a 4-4 record in Big Ten play. The total has gone OVER in four of the last six games. Minnesota remains extremely balanced with five different players scoring in double figures led by Andre Hollins 14.1 points a game.
Virginia Cavaliers vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3 p.m. ESPNU)
Virginia is riding high after knocking off North Carolina State this past Tuesday 58-55 as a 3 ½-point home favorite. It is now won four straight to move to 15-5 overall and 5-2 in the ACC. The Cavaliers have covered in three of their last four games and are a very profitable 11-5-1 ATS this season. The total has stayed UNDER in four of their last six games. Defense has been this team's biggest strength by far. Virginia is holding teams to just 51.2 points a game which is the third-lowest total in Division I.
The Yellow Jackets have just one SU victory in their last seven games to fall to 11-8 SU overall and a dismal 1-6 in conference play. They are 8-9 ATS overall and 5-4 ATS at home. The total has gone OVER in seven of their last eight games. Georgia Tech could have its hands full trying to put points on the board in this matchup with an average of just 65.5 points a game while shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 30.7 percent from three-point range.