Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 14:05 PM
Monday's Tip Sheet
A new week of college basketball betting action kicks things off on Monday night. Along with the traditional doubleheader of matchups in the ACC at 7:00 p.m. and Big 12 at 9:00 p.m. on ESPN there is a bonus game in the Big 12 on ESPN2 also tipping off in the late-night spot.
Notre Dame at No. 21 North Carolina (ESPN, 7:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: North Carolina -9 ½, Total 150 ½
The Fighting Irish have strung together a pair of victories at home against Boston College and Florida State as favorites both straight-up and against the spread following an extended seven-game losing streak in which they failed to cover in six of those games. The total has gone OVER in four of their last five contests. In Saturday’s 84-69 romp over Florida State as a one-point favorite, Notre Dame (15-10) was led by Matt Farrell’s 28 points. This was a career high for the senior guard, who is now leading the team in scoring with 16.5 points per game.
Coming off last Thursday’s big 82-78 victory against rival Duke as 1 ½-point home favorites, the Tar Heels took care of another in-state rival on Saturday with a 96-89 win over North Carolina State as four-point favorites at home. North Carolina has won its last three games SU and ATS with the total going OVER in six of its last eight games. It is now 8-5 SU in ACC play with an even 6-6-1 record ATS. Junior Forward Luke Maye is also coming off a career best in scoring with 33 points in the victory against the Wolfpack.
-- The Fighting Irish have failed to cover in their last four road games and the total has stayed UNDER in four of their last five games on the road.
-- The Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS on their last five games coming off a SU win and the total has gone OVER in 16 of their last 21 home games.
-- North Carolina extended its SU winning streak against Notre Dame to four games with a tight 69-68 victory on Jan. 12 as a five-point road favorite. The Irish have covered in six of the last eight meetings and the total has four of the last five games between the two.
Baylor at Texas (ESPN, 9:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Texas -3, Total 132 ½
In what has been a roller-coaster ride through the Big 12 this season, Baylor followed up a SU four-game losing streak with three victories in its last three games both SU and ATS. Saturday’s 80-64 upset over Kansas as a 2 ½-point home underdog was on the heels of last week’s 67-56 road upset against Oklahoma State as two-point underdogs. The total stayed UNDER in both of those games. The Bears are 5-7 SU in conference play with an 8-4 record ATS. Senior guard Manu Lecomte scored 18 points in each of those last two wins.
Texas fell to 5-7 SU (7-5 ATS) in the Big 12 with back-to-back losses to Kansas State at home and to TCU on the road in its last two games. One of those seven losses was to Baylor on the road in early January after coming up on the wrong end of a 69-60 setback as a three-point underdog. In Saturday’s 87-71 loss to TCU as 5 ½-point underdogs, the Longhorns were outscored by 11 points in the first half and could never close the gap. Forward Mohamed Bamba scored 23 points in the losing cause.
-- The Bears have gone 20-8 ATS in their last 28 road games and the total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in eight of their last 10 games on the road.
-- The Longhorns are 5-1 ATS in their last six games at home and the total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in 15 of their last 20 Monday games.
-- Head-to-head in this Big 12 tilt, the road team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven games and the total has gone OVER in three of the last five meetings.
TCU at No. 19 West Virginia (ESPN2, 9:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: West Virginia -6, Total 161
With Saturday’s win over Texas, the Horned Frogs snapped a two-game slide as part of their SU 5-7 record in conference play. They have covered in four of their last six games and the total has gone OVER in four of those outings. Senior forward Vladimir Brodziansky led all scorers in that game with 25 points and TCU, as a team, shot 54.8 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range. It is tied for 12th in the nation in scoring with 85.0 PPG.
West Virginia is coming off a costly 88-85 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday as a 12 ½-point home favorite. This snapped a brief two-game winning streak (SU and ATS) to put the Mountaineers two games behind Texas Tech in the Big 12 standings at 7-5 (SU and ATS). The total has gone OVER in five of their last seven games. Senior guard Jevon Carter has led the team in scoring this season with 17.2 PPG and he put up 33 points against the Cowboys in a losing cause.
-- The Horned Frogs are 5-1 ATS in their last six Monday games and the total has gone OVER in 13 of their last 19 games on the road.
-- The Mountaineers have gone 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games played on Monday and the total has gone OVER in six of their last eight games following a SU loss.
-- TCU drew first blood in the season series with an 82-73 victory on Jan. 22 as a two-point home underdog. It now has a 5-2 edge ATS in the last seven meetings. The total has gone OVER in three of the last four games.