Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 10:00 AM
Sunday's Tip Sheet
This Sunday’s college basketball betting action gets an early start with a trio of matchups featuring a nationally ranked team. First on in the ACC, the No. 11 Florida State Seminoles and the Boston College Eagles clash in Chestnut Hill.
Shifting to the Big East, the Providence Friars will be on the road against the No. 15 Marquette Golden Eagles. A bit later in the afternoon, the Illinois Fighting Illini will square off against the No. 23 Iowa Hawkeyes in a Big Ten tilt at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
No. 11 Florida State at Boston College (ESPNU, 12:00 p.m. ET)
A pending winter storm in the Boston area could impact this game
Opening Odds: Florida State -6, Total 144 ½
It has been a rough start for Florida State in ACC play. Losses to Virginia on the road and Duke at home as an underdog in each game is understandable. However, Monday’s 75-62 road loss to Pittsburgh as 4 ½-point favorites dropped the Seminoles to 1-3 both straight-up and against the spread in the conference standings. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in all four of those games.
Boston College’s current SU slide reached five games with Wednesday’s 80-70 loss to Louisville as an 11-point road underdog. The Eagles have gone 3-2 ATS during this same span with the total going OVER in four of the five games. They are 9-7 SU overall with an 8-8 record ATS. Boston College has failed to cover in eight of its first 10 home games this season. One big positive is junior guard Ky Bowman with an average of 19.9 points per game while also leading the way in rebounds (8.3) and assists (3.6).
-- The Seminoles are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five road games and the total has stayed UNDER in 12 of their last 13 games on the road.
-- The Eagles have gone 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a SU loss and the total has gone OVER in 23 of their last 32 home games.
-- The home team has covered the spread in the last five meetings with the total going OVER in the last four games between these conference foes.
Providence at No. 15 Marquette (CBS Sports Network, 12:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Marquette -7, Total 140
Providence snapped a three-game skid in Big East play (SU and ATS) with Tuesday’s 72-63 victory against Seton Hall as a slight 1 ½-point home favorite. The total stayed UNDER 142 points in that win and it has stayed UNDER in four of the Friars’ last six games. Junior guard Alpha Diallo has led the way in scoring this season with 17.2 PPG, but freshman guard David Duke led the way in Tuesday’s win with 18 points.
The Golden Eagles are off to a SU 15-3 start with an 11-7 record ATS. They started Big East play with a lopsided road loss to St. John’s as two-point road underdogs. However, with a big 74-71 road win against Georgetown on Tuesday as a 1 ½-point favorite, Marquette improved to 4-1 SU (3-2 ATS) with the four-game winning streak. Star guard Markus Howard (24.4 PPG) left Tuesday’s contest with a stiff back and his status for Sunday is currently listed as questionable.
-- The Friars have gone 7-2 ATS in their last nine games on the road and the total has gone OVER in their last four road games against a team with a SU winning record.
-- The Golden Eagles are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games coming off a SU win with the total going OVER in five of their last seven Sunday games.
-- The favorite has covered the closing number in 13 of the last 18 meetings with the total going OVER in three of the last five matchups.
Illinois at No. 23 Iowa (Big Ten, 1:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Iowa -9 (-105), Total 156 ½
Wednesday’s 95-68 romp over Minnesota as a one-point home underdog snapped a five-game losing streak. Illinois is 3-3 ATS during this six-game span with the total going OVER in its last two games. The Fighting Illini are 0-4 SU in four previous road games this season as part of a 5-12 record overall. They are scoring as many points (74.4) as they are giving up at the other end of the court (74.3).
Iowa raced past Penn State 89-82 on Wednesday closing as a 3 ½-point road underdog. This was its fourth win in a row both SU and ATS. The Hawkeyes lost their first three Big Ten games SU with a 1-2 mark ATS. The total went OVER 139 points in Wednesday’s win after staying UNDER in six of their previous eight contests. Sophomore Luka Garza led the way against the Lions with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Junior forward Tyler Cook is Iowa’s leading scorer this season with 17.1 PPG, but he remains questionable for Sunday with an ankle injury.
-- The Fighting Illini have gone 1-6 ATS in their last seven games after covering the spread in their previous game. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in six of their last seven games on Sunday.
-- The Hawkeyes are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games after covering in their previous game with the total going OVER or ending as a PUSH in nine of their last 12 games.
-- The road team is 6-2-1 ATS in the last eight meetings with the total staying UNDER or ending as a PUSH in 11 of the last 14 meetings in Iowa.