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Sunday's Tip Sheet



Sundays now belong to college basketball when it comes to betting on the games. This week's lineup is highlighted by a trio of matchups that cover the nation from coast-to-coast starting in the ACC moving to the Big Ten and winding-up out west in the Pac-12.

No. 9 Duke at Georgia Tech (ESPN, 6:00 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Duke -9 Tota, 147 ½

Betting Matchup

Following their stunning 81-77 loss to St. John’s last Saturday as 10 ½-point road favorites, the Blue Devils came up short against their bitter rivals on Thursday night in an 82-78 road loss to North Carolina as slight 1 ½-point underdogs. This rare two-game skid both straight-up and against the spread drops Duke to 19-5 SU (13-10 ATS) with a 7-4 SU (6-5 ATS) record in the ACC. Freshman guard Gary Trent Jr. scored a team-high 16 points against the Tar Heels and freshman forward Marvin Bagley III added 15 points in the losing cause.

The Yellow Jackets have just one SU victory in their last seven games as part of a 4-7 record in conference play. They have failed to cover in five of those seven games and the total has gone OVER in four of their last six contests. In Thursday’s 77-54 loss to Louisville as a seven-point road underdog, Georgia Tech got a big effort from sophomore guard Josh Okogie with a game-high 25 points. He continues to lead the team in scoring with an average of 18.4 points as part of the Yellow Jackets’ 65.6 points per game.

Betting Trends

-- The Blue Devils have gone 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a SU loss and the total has gone OVER in 17 of their last 23 road games.

-- The Yellow Jackets are 17-5 ATS in their last 22 games at home and the total has gone OVER in their last four Sunday games.

-- Head-to-head in this ACC tilt, the favorite is 22-8 ATS in the last 30 meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in 15 of the last 20 games between the two.

Penn State at Illinois (Big Ten Network, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Penn State -2 ½, Total 146 ½

Betting Matchup

The Lions have won four of their last five games both SU and ATS coming off Wednesday’s 74-70 victory against Maryland as 4 ½-point home favorites. The total has gone OVER in three of their last five games. Penn State is 7-6 SU in Big Ten play and 17-9 overall behind an offense that is averaging 76.2 PPG while allowing an average of 66.9 points on the defensive side of the ball. Sophomore guard Tony Carr is the Lions’ top scorer with an average of 19.3 points a game.

Illinois is much farther down the list in the standings at 2-10 SU in conference play as part of a 12-13 record on the year. The Fighting Illini could not get past Wisconsin at home on Thursday night in a 78-69 loss as 4 ½-point favorites. The total went OVER 135 ½ points and it has gone OVER in four of their last five games while giving up an average of 74.2 points during this same span. Illinois is averaging 77.0 PPG behind Leron Black (14.3 points) and Trent Frazier (12.5 points).

Betting Trends

-- The Nittany Lions are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games coming off a SU win and the total has gone OVER in four of their last five road games.

-- The Fighting Illini have covered ATS in five of their last six games on Sunday and the total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in their last five home games.

-- Penn State has gone 9-2 ATS in its last 11 road games against the Fighting Illini and the total has stayed UNDER in six of the last seven meetings in Illinois.

Washington State at Oregon (ESPNU, 8:00 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Oregon -15 ½, Total 149 ½

Betting Matchup

It has been a long winter for the Cougars at 1-10 SU in Pac-12 play as part of an overall record of 9-14. Their current losing streak reached six games both SU and ATS with Thursday’s 94-62 loss to Oregon State as nine-point road underdogs. The total has gone OVER in five of their last six games. The two bright spots for Washington State has been the play of junior forward Robert Franks and sophomore guard Malachi Flynn with a combined 32.4 PPG as part of the team’s 74-point scoring average.

The Ducks remain in the middle of the pack in the conference standings at 6-5 both SU and ATS after beating Washington 65-40 on Thursday night as 8 ½-point home favorites. The total has stayed UNDER in eight of their last 11 games. Oregon is averaging 78.6 PPG behind a trio of players scoring at least 12 points a game. Freshman forward Troy Brown (12.1 PPG) scored a game-high 21 points against the Huskies and sophomore guard Payton Pritchard (14.3 PPG) added 12 points in the winning effort.

Betting Trends

-- The Cougars have failed to cover in their last eight road games and the total has gone OVER in five of their last six games played on the road.

-- The Ducks have gone 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games at home and the total has stayed UNDER in five of their last six home games.

-- Washington State is 2-6 ATS in its last eight road games against Oregon and the total has gone OVER in three of the last four meetings.

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