Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 10:06 AM
Sunday's Tip Sheet
The first Sunday of the New Year offers a full slate of college basketball betting action highlighted by a trio of night games featuring some of the best teams in the ACC, American Athletic and Pac-12 conferences. Everything gets underway at 6 p.m. (ET) with the first of two matchups on ESPNU.
No. 24 Florida State Seminoles at No. 15 Miami Hurricanes (ESPNU, 6 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Miami -3.5
Florida State kicked off play in the ACC with a tight 100-93 loss to Duke on Dec. 30 as an 11 ½-point road underdog and it earned a PUSH in Wednesday’s big 81-80 victory at home against North Carolina as a one-point favorite. This will be the Seminoles third-straight game against a ranked opponent in conference play with Louisville next up on the slate. They are 12-2 straight-up on the year with a 9-2-1 record against the spread. Florida has covered in its first three road games this year.
The Hurricanes made their way up the national polls with a SU 12-1 run through their first 13 games including a 67-53 victory against Pittsburgh in their ACC opener as 12 ½-point road favorites to close out the year. However, things did not go their way on Wednesday night in a stunning 64-54 loss to unranked Georgia Tech as five-point road favorites. Miami (7-5 ATS) had no answer for the Yellow Jackets’ Josh Okogie, who burned its vaunted defense for 30 points.
-- The Seminoles are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games and they are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games following a SU win. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in six of their last seven conference games.
-- The Hurricanes have gone 6-14 ATS in their last 20 home games and they are 7-20-1 ATS in their last 28 games coming off a SU loss. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in six of their last seven Sunday games.
-- The underdog in this ACC clash is 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in four of the last five meetings in Miami.
SMU Mustangs at No. 19 Cincinnati Bearcats (ESPN2, 6 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Cincinnati -7.5
SMU knocked off Central Florida and South Florida at home to begin AAC play as part of a straight-up five-game winning streak to close out 2017, but in its first game of the New Year on Thursday night it came up short in a 73-70 road loss to Tulane as nine-point favorites. The Mustangs are now 12-4 SU with an even 5-5-1 record against the spread. The total has gone OVER in three of their last five games. This was the just the second time SMU allowed more than 69 points this season.
Cincinnati has established itself as the early frontrunner in the AAC along with Wichita State at 13-2 SU and it opened conference play with victories against Memphis at home and Temple on the road. The Bearcats had their hands full with the Owls in Thursday’s 55-53 squeaker with Jacob Evans III hitting the game winner with less than a second to play. Cincinnati failed to cover as a 7 ½-point favorite against Temple to fall to an even 7-7 ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in nine of those 14 games.
-- The Mustangs are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games following a SU loss and they have gone 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games on Sunday. The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in nine of their last 11 conference games.
-- The Bearcats have gone 5-2 ATS in their last home seven games against a team with a SU losing record on the road and they have gone 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games overall. The total has stayed UNDER in seven of their last nine games following a SU win.
-- The home team has won eight of the last nine meetings SU with SMU holding a 3-0 edge ATS in the last three games. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in six of the nine games.
No. 4 Arizona State Sun Devils at Utah Utes (ESPNU, 8 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Arizona State -2.5
Arizona State’s perfect 12-0 SU run through nonconference play while going a profitable 9-2-1 ATS has been severely tainted with back-to-back road losses to Arizona and Colorado to begin play in the Pac-12. The Sun Devils closed as six-point underdogs in an 84-78 loss to the rival Wildcats in a PUSH and they went on to lose to the Rams on Thursday night by nine points in overtime as nine-point favorites. Arizona State is the sixth-highest scoring team in the nation with 90.0 points per game, but it is allowing an average of 73.9 points on defense.
Utah (10-4 SU, 7-5 ATS) started conference play with back-to-back road victories against Oregon as a 9 ½-point underdog and Oregon State in a game that closed as a PICK. On Thursday night at home, the Utes had no answer for Arizona in a 94-82 loss as 3 ½-point underdogs. The total went OVER 142 points in that game after staying UNDER in their previous five outings. Utah runs five deep in players putting up at least 10 points a game as part of its 76.1-point scoring average.
-- The Sun Devils have gone 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games coming off a SU loss and they are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games against a SU winning team. The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in six of their last seven Sunday games.
-- The Utes are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games and the total has gone OVER in three of their last five home games against a team with a SU losing record on the road. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in nine of their last 10 games on Sunday.
-- Head-to-head in this Pac-12 tilt, the favorite has covered in the last five meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in four of the last five meetings in Utah.