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Monday's Tip Sheet



ESPN’s final Big Monday of the college basketball regular season offers up a pair of games in the ACC and the Big 12 featuring two teams looking to make a very deep run in the postseason. In a bonus game on ESPN2, two of the other top teams in the Big 12 are looking to add one more quality victory to the resume.

No. 5 Duke at Virginia Tech (ESPN, 7:00 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Duke -5 ½, Total 161

Betting Matchup

The Blue Devils have won their last five games both straight-up and against the spread with Saturday’s 60-44 romp over Syracuse as 13 ½-point home favorites. The total stayed UNDER 142 ½-points in that game and it has stayed UNDER in five of their last six outings. Duke is now 12-4 SU in ACC play and 24-5 overall. Freshman sensation Marvin Bagley III returned to the lineup on Saturday after missing is last his last four starts and scored a game-high 19 points playing off the bench.

Virginia Tech is coming off a 75-68 loss to Louisville on Saturday as a four-point home favorite. The total stayed UNDER 151 ½ points and it has stayed UNDER in the Hokies’ last six games. They are in a three-way tie for sixth place in the ACC standings at 9-7 SU (8-8 ATS) with two games left to play. Junior guard Justin Robinson scored a team-high 16 points in Saturday’s loss as one of five players averaging at least 11 points per game this season. He has exceeded his team-high 13.8-point average in four of his last five starts

Betting Trends

-- The Blue Devils have gone a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last four Monday games and the total has gone OVER in their last five games on a Monday.

-- The Hokies are 4-1 ATS in their last five games coming off an ATS loss and the total has stayed UNDER in four of their last five home games.

-- Duke has won nine of the last 10 meetings SU including a 74-52 rout on Feb. 14 as an 11-point home favorite. Virginia Tech has a slight 3-2 edge ATS in the last five meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in eight of the last 10 games between the two.

Texas at No. 8 Kansas (ESPN, 9:00 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Kansas -9, Total 138

Betting Matchup

Texas got past Oklahoma State 65-64 on Saturday, but it could not cover as a five-point home favorite. It has failed to cover in five of its last six games while going 2-4 SU. The total has stayed UNDER in the Longhorns’ last three games. They are 7-9 SU in Big 12 play with a 9-7 record ATS. Junior guard Kerwin Roach II is one of four Texas players averaging at least 12 PPG and he scored the game-winner on Saturday as part of his 12 points on the day. Junior forward Dylan Osetkowski is the team’s leading scorer (13.7 points) and he added 13 points in the winning cause.

With Saturday’s thrilling 74-72 victory over rival Texas Tech, the Jayhawks laid claim to a record 14th-straight Big 12 regular season title. They are 12-4 SU with two conference games left to play. Kansas covered in that game as a 2 ½-point road underdog and the total went OVER 142 ½ points. It has now covered in its last three games with the total going OVER in three of its last four outings. Senior guard Devonte’ Graham scored a game-high 26 points against the Red Raiders.

Betting Trends

-- The Longhorns are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a SU win and the total has stayed UNDER in 24 of their last 34 road games.

-- The Jayhawks have covered in their last four Monday games and the total has stayed UNDER in seven of their last 10 games coming off a SU win.

-- Kansas beat Texas 92-86 in its Big 12 opener as a four-point road favorite. The road team in this matchup is now 7-0 ATS in the last seven meetings with the total staying UNDER in the last six meetings in Kansas.

No. 6 Texas Tech at No. 21 West Virginia (ESPN2, 9:00 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: West Virginia -5 ½, Total 142 ½

Betting Matchup

The Red Raiders have lost their last three games both SU and ATS to fall to 10-6 SU (7-9 ATS) in conference play. The total has gone OVER in three of their last four games. Texas Tech is just 2-5 both SU and ATS in its last seven road games in the Big 12 and the total has stayed UNDER in five of those contests. Guards’ Zhaire Smith and Jarrett Culver combined to score half of the team’s 72 points in Saturday’s loss to Kansas. The Red Raiders are averaging 75.7 points on the year.

At 10-6 in conference play, the Mountaineers will be looking to avenge an earlier 72-71 loss to Texas Tech on Jan. 13 as 4 ½-point road underdogs to secure the second seed in the upcoming Big 12 Tournament. They have won three of their last four games SU with Saturday’s 85-70 victory against Iowa State as heavy 17-point home favorites. West Virginia is now 4-6 ATS in its last 10 games with the total staying UNDER in five of its last seven outings. Jevon Carter became the first player from a major conference to post more than 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals in their collegiate career.

Betting Trends

-- The Red Raiders are 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a SU loss and the total has stayed UNDER in 10 of their last 13 road games.

-- The Mountaineers are 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games on a Monday and the total has stayed UNDER in seven of their last eight Monday games.

-- Head-to-head in this conference clash, the road team is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings and the total has gone OVER in four of the last five meetings in West Virginia.

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