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Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 14:00 PM

Saturday's Tip Sheet

A trio of nationally ranked Big Ten teams coming off an early week of conference play highlight this Saturday’s late-afternoon college basketball betting board, including a pair of matchups pitted against teams from the Big East.

Maryland gets things started at home against the Missouri Valley’s Loyola-Chicago Ramblers. The Wisconsin Badgers will go on the road to face Marquette in an in-state battle in Milwaukee and Nebraska will play host to Creighton to round-out this Big Ten trifecta.

Opening Odds per [...]

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers at No. 23 Maryland Terrapins (Big Ten Network, 4:00 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Maryland -9 ½, Total 141 ½

Betting Matchup

The Ramblers have just one win in their last four games both straight-up and against the spread after falling to Ball State 75-69 on Wednesday night as five-point home favorites. They are 5-4 SU overall with a 3-6 record ATS. The total has gone OVER in four of their last six games. Loyola-Chicago is averaging 71.6 points per game with senior guard Marques Towns (14.8 PPG) leading the way.

Maryland wrapped up its brief two-game stint in early Big Ten play with Saturday’s 66-59 victory against Penn State as a 6 ½-point favorite and Thursday’s tight 62-60 road loss to Purdue as a 8 ½-point underdog. The Terrapins are 7-2 SU with a five-point loss to former ACC rival Virginia also on the early resume. They are 3-1 ATS in their last four games after failing to cover as 3 ½-point home underdogs against the Cavaliers.

Betting Trends

-- The Ramblers are 7-2 ATS is their last nine neutral-site games, but they are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games against the Big Ten. The total has stayed UNDER in eight of their last 11 games at a neutral site.

-- The Terrapins have a 29-13-4 record ATS in their last 46 Saturday games, but they have failed to cover in four of their last five games at a neutral site. The total has stayed UNDER in their last nine games coming off a SU loss.

No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers at Marquette Golden Eagles (FOX, 5:00 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Pick 'em, Total 136

Betting Matchup

The Badgers moved to 2-0 SU in Big Ten play with Monday’s 69-64 victory against Rutgers at home, but they could not cover the closing 12-point spread. They closed as two-point road favorites in last week’s 72-66 win against Iowa. Wisconsin is 8-1 SU overall with a 5-4 record ATS after failing to cover in three of its last four games. Senior forward Ethan Happ has scored 19 points or more in three of his last four games.

With Tuesday’s 76-69 victory against UTEP, the Golden Eagles have won their last four games SU to improve to 7-2 overall. They failed to cover in that game as heavy 20 ½-point home favorites to fall to 4-5 ATS. Marquette is 6-0 SU and 4-2 ATS in six previous home games this season with the total going OVER in two of its last three games at home.

Betting Trends

-- The Badgers have covered the spread in their last nine road games and they are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a SU win. The total has gone OVER in four of their last five games against the Big East.

-- The Golden Eagles are 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team from the Big Ten and they are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games coming off a loss ATS. The total has gone OVER in four of their last five games against the Big Ten.

-- Head-to-head in this in-state rivalry, the road team has covered in four of the last five meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in six of the last eight meetings at Marquette.

Creighton Bluejays at No. 24 Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big Ten Network, 6:00 p.m. ET)

Opening Odds: Nebraska -6, Total 151

Betting Matchup

Last Saturday, Creighton (6-2 SU, 4-4 ATS) put up a valiant effort against the top team in the nation with a 103-92 loss to Gonzaga as a 6 ½-point underdog. This snapped a four-game winning streak both SU and ATS. The total went well OVER the closing 167-point line against the Bulldogs and it has gone OVER in the Bluejays’ last five games. Sophomore guard Ty-Shon Alexander put up 27 points against Gonzaga while going 11-of-22 from the field.

Nebraska split its first two conference games starting with Sunday’s 75-60 victory at home against Illinois as a 13-point favorite. The Cornhuskers came up short on Wednesday night in a 85-78 loss to Minnesota as four-point favorites on the road. The total went OVER 145 points in that game after staying UNDER in their previous four contests. They are 7-2 SU overall with a 6-2-1 record ATS.

Betting Trends

-- The Bluejays have covered the spread in nine of their last 11 games following a double-digit loss and they are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games against the Big Ten. The total has gone OVER in their last four Saturday games.

-- The Cornhuskers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games against a team from the Big East, but they have gone18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 home games. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their last six games at home.

-- The favorite in this matchup has covered in five of the last seven meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in the last four meetings in Nebraska.

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