Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 14:00 PM
Monday's Tip Sheet
Three of Monday night’s top college basketball Betting Matchups feature a pair of nationally ranked teams from the ACC and the Big 12.
In a head-to-head showdown between ranked teams in the ACC, No. 15 Louisville will be on the road against No. 12 Virginia Tech as part of ESPN’s Big Monday doubleheader. In the other matchup, the Big 12’s West Virginia Mountaineers will square off against No. 16 Texas Tech. As a bonus game in that same conference, No. 20 Iowa State takes on Oklahoma in Norman.
No. 15 Louisville Cardinals at No. 12 Virginia Tech Hokies (ESPN , 7:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Virginia Tech -5 ½, Total 140
Saturday’s 79-69 loss to North Carolina as a slight 1 ½-point home underdog ended Louisville’s recent straight-up six-game winning streak. This was just the third time in their last nine games that the Cardinals failed to cover against the spread.
The total stayed UNDER 158 points against the Tar Heels and it has stayed UNDER in five of their last seven games. Sophomore forward Jordan Nwora leads Louisville (16-6 SU, 12-9-1 ATS) in scoring with 17.9 points per game, but was held to 11 points in Saturday’s loss.
In the ultimate defensive grinder, Virginia Tech almost doubled up North Carolina State on Saturday with a 47-24 victory as a three-point road underdog. The Hokies have won their last three games SU and ATS with the total staying UNDER in two of those contests.
They are tied with Louisville in the ACC standings at 7-2 as part of a SU record of 18-3. Virginia Tech is 13-8 ATS this season with a 7-4 record ATS at home. Junior forward Kerry Blackshear scored 13 points with 13 rebounds to help pace Saturday’s win.
-- The Cardinals have covered in six of their last seven road games with the total staying UNDER in six of those seven contests.
-- The Hokies are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games played on Monday with the total staying UNDER in seven of those last nine Monday games.
-- The underdog has gone 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the total has gone OVER in four of those five games.
West Virginia Mountaineers at No. 16 Texas Tech Red Raiders (ESPN, 9:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Texas Tech -12 ½, Total 135 ½
West Virginia doubled its Big 12 victories this season with Saturday’s 79-71 upset against Oklahoma as a 2 ½-point home underdog. Its only other SU victory in conference play came against Kansas at home on Jan. 19 against seven losses.
Freshman guard Brandon Knapper came of the bench to score 25 points in Saturday’s win. The Mountaineers are 5-4 ATS in the Big 12 and they did manage to cover as 4 ½-point home underdogs in a 62-59 loss to Texas Tech on Jan. 2.
The Red Raiders fell to 5-4 SU in conference play with Saturday’s 79-63 road loss to Kansas as 4 ½-point underdogs. This was their fourth loss in their last six games SU while going a costly 1-5 ATS. Texas Tech (17-5 SU) is 12-1 at home this season with a 4-8-1 record ATS.
The total has stayed UNDER in 14 of its 22 games played overall. Sophomore guard Jarrett Culver is averaging 18.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists a game. However, he was held to 10 points with six rebounds and one assist against Kansas.
-- The Mountaineers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games with the total going OVER in five of the seven road games.
-- The Red Raiders have a 5-15-1 record ATS in their last 21 games following a SU loss. The total has stayed UNDER in nine of their last 13 games at home.
-- The road team is 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings and the total has gone OVER in five of the last seven meetings at Texas Tech.
No. 20 Iowa State Cyclones at Oklahoma Sooners (ESPN2, 9:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Iowa State -1, Total 144 ½
Iowa State beat Texas 65-60 on Saturday, but it could not cover as an eight-point home favorite. The Cyclones are 6-3 in the Big 12 both SU and ATS. The total stayed UNDER 139 ½-points against Texas after going OVER in the previous three games.
This was the first time the Cyclones (17-5 SU, 14-8 ATS) failed to score at least 76 points in their last four starts. Their overall scoring average this season is 79 points behind senior guard Marial Shayok’s 19.2-point scoring average. He was held to 12 points in Saturday’s win. Saturday’s loss to West Virginia was the Sooners’ fourth SU setback in their last six games as part of a 3-6 record in the conference. They are 15-7 SU overall while going a productive 15-5-2 ATS. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in 14 of those 22 games.
Oklahoma has covered in five of eight home games this season. Senior guard Christian James (16.0 points) and sophomore forward Brady Manek (11.4 points) have accounted for the bulk of the scoring as the only two players in double figures.
-- The Cyclones have a 2-6-1 record ATS in their last nine Monday games and the total has stayed UNDER in nine of their last 12 conference games.
-- The Sooners are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a SU winning record with the total staying UNDER in eight of their last 10 home games.
-- Iowa State has an 8-1 edge ATS over the last nine meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in nine of the last 13 games between the two.