Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 14:05 PM
Monday's Tip Sheet
Monday’s Presidents Day doubleheader of college basketball action on ESPN starts at 7:00 p.m. with a pair of teams in the ACC looking for a quality victory to add to the win column. Later in the Big 12, one of the top teams in that conference will try and avenge an earlier loss.
Miami, Fl. at Notre Dame (ESPN, 7:00 p.m. ET)
Betting Odds: Notre Dame -4, Total 137
Miami’s three-game straight-up losing streak has dropped it to an even 7-7 in the ACC and 18-8 overall. The Hurricanes closed as 4 ½-point home favorites in Saturday’s 62-55 loss to Syracuse to fall to a very costly 2-9 against the spread over their last 11 games. The total stayed UNDER 129 points in that loss and it has stayed UNDER in each of the last three games. Miami is 3-4 ATS in seven conference road games this season.
Scoring has suddenly become an issue for a Miami team that has averaged 73.8 points a game. It was held to 50 points against Virginia’s shutdown defense last Tuesday before putting up just 55 points against the Orange. The Hurricanes have failed to cross the 70-point mark in four of their last six contests. Freshman guard Chris Lykes scored a team-high 14 points on Saturday and sophomore forward Dewan Huell ended the game with seven points. Miami shot just 33.9 percent from the field; going 7-for-31 from three-point range.
With Saturday’s 84-67 road victory against Boston College as 1 ½-point underdogs, the Fighting Irish have won three of their last four games both SU and ATS. The lone loss was to North Carolina on the road after beating both BC and Florida State at home as favorites in this four-game span. The total went OVER 144 points in Saturday’s win and it has gone OVER in five of their last seven outings. Notre Dame is 6-8 both SU and ATS in conference play.
Senior guard Matt Farrell has filled some pretty big shoes replacing an injured Bonzie Colson as the team’s top scorer with an average of 17.1 points. He really stepped up his game on Saturday by posting a career-high 37 points while connecting on 10 of his 12 shots from three-point range. He has now surpassed his scoring average in three of his last four starts. Notre Dame is averaging 76.4 PPG on the year and it has now scored at least 84 points in three of its last four games.
-- The Hurricanes are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games following a SU loss and the total has gone OVER in four of their last five road games.
-- The Fighting Irish have failed to cover in their last four Monday games and the total has gone OVER in their last four games played at home.
-- Notre Dame has the slight 3-2 SU edge in the last five meetings, but Miami has covered ATS in four of the last six games between the two. The total has stayed UNDER in three of the last four meetings.
No. 23 Oklahoma at No. 13 Kansas (ESPN, 9:00 p.m. ET)
Betting Odds: Kansas -8 ½, Total 167
Oklahoma’s extended losing streak reach five games with Saturday’s 77-66 loss to Texas as a 6 ½-point home favorite. It has now failed to cover in its last seven games and the total has stayed UNDER in seven of the last 10 games it has played. The Sooners are in freefall in the Big 12 at 6-8 SU with a 4-8 record ATS. They have failed to cover in seven of nine games this season on the road and the total has gone OVER in their last two road games.
Going back over Oklahoma’s last five losses, it has failed to score more than 80 points in any of those games. The Sooners are still one of the highest scoring teams in the nation with an average of 87.5 PPG, but they have hardly looked the part. Freshman guard Trae Young still leads the country in scoring with an average of 29.0 points, but he failed to reach that mark in four of his last five starts. He ended Saturday’s game against Texas with 26 points while going just 7-for-21 from the field.
Kansas is 5-2 SU since its 85-80 loss to Oklahoma on Jan. 23 as a two-point road underdog. It is coming off Saturday’s 77-69 victory against West Virginia as a three-point favorite at home. This was just the fourth time in the Jayhawks’ last 12 games they covered ATS and the total has now stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in nine of their last 11 games, including the 171 ½-point line against the Sooners. Kansas is tied with Texas Tech for the lead in the Big 12 standings at 10-4 SU.
Sophomore center Udoka Azubuike scored 21 points and senior guard Devonte’ Graham added 15 more in Saturday’s win against the Mountaineers. Azubuike is averaging 14.1 PPG while leading Kansas in rebounds (7.0) and Graham has been the team’s leading scorer this season with an average of 17.4 points. The Jayhawks are five deep in players averaging at least 12 PPG as part of 81.6-point scoring average this season. However, Saturday was the sixth time in their last seven games they failed to score at least 80 points.
-- The Sooners have failed to cover in five of their last seven Monday games and the total has stayed UNDER in five of those seven contests.
-- The Jayhawks are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games played on a Monday and the total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in eight of their last nine Monday games.
-- Head-to-head in this Big 12 tilt, the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in the last four games between the two.