March 12, 2013
By Kevin Rogers
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College basketball heats up with Championship Week continuing on Wednesday. The Big East and Pac 12 are among the conferences that will showcase four matchups in the quarterfinal round, while the SEC and Big 12 tip off their tournaments with a pair of contests. We'll take a look at these 15 games to get you ready for a monster week of action leading up to the NCAA Tournament.
Big East (Madison Square Garden, New York):
(8) Providence vs. (9) Cincinnati - 12:00 PM EST
-- The Bearcats are listed as 3 ½-point favorites with a total of 122 ½.
-- Cincinnati is 2-4 SU and 0-6 ATS the last six games, while losing four consecutive road contests.
-- Providence has won seven of its last nine contests, while covering six times in this stretch.
-- The Friars beat the Bearcats as four-point home underdogs, 54-50 on February 6.
(5) Syracuse vs. (12) Seton Hall - 2:30 PM EST
-- Syracuse started conference play at 10-3, but the Orange stumbled down the stretch by losing and failing to cover four of their final five games.
-- Seton Hall won for just the second time in the last 13 games by rallying past USF last night in overtime, 46-42.
-- The Orange beat the Pirates at the Prudential Center, 76-65 as 8 ½-point favorites on February 16.
(7) Villanova vs. (10) St. John's - 7:00 PM EST
-- The Wildcats are listed as 4 ½-point favorites with a total of 125 ½.
-- Villanova owns a 6-3 SU/ATS record the past nine games, but all three losses came on the road.
-- St. John's is 1-6 SU and 4-3 ATS the previous seven contests, while scoring 59 points or less in five straight away games.
-- The Wildcats beat the Red Storm in overtime, 98-86 on January 2 to cash as 7 ½-point 'chalk.'
(6) Notre Dame vs. (11) Rutgers - 9:30 PM EST
-- Notre Dame split its final six games, but lost four of its last five road contests.
-- Rutgers won its second consecutive game with last night's 76-57 blowout of DePaul, while covering five of its last six contests.
-- The Irish edged the Scarlet Knights on January 19 in South Bend, 69-66 as 11 ½-point 'chalk.'
Pac 12 (MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas):
(8) Stanford vs. (9) Arizona State - 3:00 PM EST
-- Stanford is listed as a 3 ½-point favorite with a total of 134.
-- The Cardinal split their last 10 games, while posting a 2-4 ATS record as a favorite.
-- The Sun Devils have dropped four straight, while cashing the 'under' in eight of the last nine.
-- Stanford squeezed by Arizona State on February 9 as 1 ½-point road 'dogs, 62-59.
(5) Colorado vs. (12) Oregon State - 5:30 PM EST
-- Colorado is listed as a 4 ½-point favorite with the total set at 134.
-- The Buffaloes have split their last six games, while cashing the 'under' in 13 of the past 14 contests.
-- The Beavers snapped a five-game skid by beating Colorado last Saturday, 64-58 in Boulder as 9 ½-point underdogs.
-- CU owns a 1-4 ATS the last five games as a favorite, while OSU is 5-3 ATS the previous eight opportunities as a single-digit 'dog.
(7) USC vs. (10) Utah - 9:00 PM EST
-- USC is listed as a 1 ½-point favorite.
-- The Trojans have lost four of six since a four-game winning streak, while posting a 1-4 ATS record the last five.
-- The Utes closed conference play with back-to-back home wins over Oregon and Oregon State, while covering six of the last eight games overall.
-- USC blasted Utah as three-point road 'dogs on January 12 in a 76-59 rout.
(6) Washington vs. (11) Washington State - 11:30 PM EST
-- Washington is listed as a 1 ½-point favorite with the total set at 127.
-- The Huskies have won four of their previous six, while hitting the 'under' in eight of the last nine games.
-- The Cougars finished the season with a sweep of the L.A. schools by beating USC and UCLA in Pullman. WSU compiled an 0-9 SU and 3-5-1 ATS record against conference foes on the road.
-- Washington beat Washington State each time this season, but the Cougars covered in Seattle on March 3 as seven-point 'dogs in a 72-68 defeat.
Big 12 (Sprint Center, Kansas City):
(8) West Virginia vs. (9) Texas Tech - 7:00 PM EST
-- West Virginia is listed as an 8 ½-point favorite with the total set at 131.
-- The Mountaineers enter their first Big 12 tournament with a 1-7 SU/ATS record the last eight games, with the lone victory coming against Texas Tech, 66-64.
-- The Red Raiders have won just one of their previous 12 trips to the court, while posting a 4-8 ATS record in this stretch.
-- WVU swept the season series, which included a 77-61 road triumph on February 2 as 4 ½-point 'chalk.'
(7) Texas vs. (10) TCU - 9:30 PM EST
-- Texas is listed as 11-point favorites with a low total of 115.
-- The Longhorns are 5-3 SU and 5-2-1 ATS the last eight games, while beating Baylor and Oklahoma at home.
-- TCU snapped an eight-game skid by holding off Oklahoma in the season finale, 70-67 as 11 ½-point home underdogs.
-- Texas took both meetings from TCU, including a 68-59 triumph in Ft. Worth on February 19 as 5 ½-point favorites.
SEC (Bridgestone Arena, Nashville):
(12) South Carolina vs. (13) Mississippi State - 7:30 PM EST
-- South Carolina is listed as a 5 ½-point favorite with the total set at 128.
-- The Gamecocks failed to cover each of their last five games, which included a 79-72 victory over Mississippi State as nine-point favorites.
-- After losing 13 straight games, the Bulldogs won two of their final three contests, while covering in three consecutive games.
-- In the seven-point victory by South Carolina last week, Mississippi State shot 51% from the floor, but missed 11 free throws.
(11) Texas A&M vs. (14) Auburn - 10:00 PM EST
-- Texas A&M is listed as 5 ½-point favorites with the total set at 119.
-- The Aggies have lost four of their previous five, while going 3-6 ATS the last nine games.
-- The Tigers can't catch a break by losing nine straight, while failing to cover in eight consecutive contests.
-- Texas A&M knocked off Auburn in a pick-em spot on February 20 on the road, 65-56.