Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:59 AM
Sunday's Tip Sheet
Sunday’s top betting action in college basketball is all over the map coast to coast. Getting things started in the Big Ten is an early afternoon Midwest showdown between Ohio State and No. 11 Michigan State.
Moving to the East Coast in a late-afternoon tip in the Big East, No. 13 Villanova will be on the road against St. Johns. Closing out Sunday’s action on the West Coast, Arizona squares off against Colorado in a Pac-12 tilt in Boulder.
Ohio State Buckeyes at No. 11 Michigan State Spartans (CBS, 1:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Michigan State -12, Total 137 ½
The Buckeyes slipped back under .500 in Big Ten play at 6-7 straight-up with Thursday’s 63-56 loss to Illinois as eight-point home favorites. This snapped a SU three-game winning streak that included a big road win against Indiana as 2 ½-point underdogs last Sunday.
Ohio State is 16-8 SU overall with a 10-14 record against the spread. The total has stayed UNDER in seven of its last 10 games. Sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson leads the Buckeyes in scoring with 14.5 points per game.
Michigan State is tied with Michigan at the top of the conference standings at 11-3 as part of a SU record of 20-5. Following a three-game skid both SU and ATS, the Spartans have won their last two outings including a big 67-59 road win against Wisconsin on Tuesday as two-point favorites.
The total has stayed UNDER in eight of their last 10 games. Cassius Winston had the hot hand against the Badgers on Tuesday with 23 points. The junior guard leads the team with 18.8 PPG.
-- The Buckeyes are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a SU winning record. The total has stayed UNDER in their last five road games.
-- The Spartans have gone 15-3 ATS in their last 18 games following a SU win and the total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in five of their last six games at home.
-- Michigan State won the first meeting this season 86-77 as a two-point road favorite with the total going OVER 146 ½ points. The Spartans are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
No. 13 Villanova Wildcats at St. John’s Red Storm (FOX Sports 1, 5:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Villanova -1 ½, Total 145 ½
The Wildcats are 11-1 SU in Big East play with a tenuous one-game lead over Marquette for the regular season title. They bounced back from a tight one-point road loss to the Golden Eagles last Saturday with Wednesday’s 85-67 romp over Providence as 10 ½-point favorites at home.
Villanova (20-5 SU, 17-8 ATS) has covered the closing number in eight of its last nine games. Eric Paschall scored 25 points in Wednesday’s win and senior guard Phil Booth added 22 points as the Wildcats’ leading scorer (18.5 PPG) this season.
St. Johns was on the wrong end of a 76-71 loss to Villanova in early January, but it covered the 6 ½ points on the road. Tuesday’s 77-73 home win in overtime against Butler ended as a PUSH. The total went OVER 146 points in that win after staying UNDER in seven of the Red Storm’s previous nine contests. They are 18-7 SU overall with a 10-13-2 record ATS. This includes a 5-8-1 mark ATS at home.
Mustapha Heron put up a season-high 28 points on Tuesday night with junior guard Shamorie Ponds (20.5 PPG) adding 14 points to the winning effort.
-- The Wildcats have a 6-1 record ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win and the total has stayed UNDER in four of their last five Sunday games.
-- The Red Storm are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games following a SU win and the total has stayed UNDER in four of their last five games overall.
-- The underdog in this matchup has covered the spread in four of the last five meetings with the total going OVER in three of the last five games between the two.
Arizona Wildcats at Colorado Buffaloes (ESPNU, 8:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Colorado -4 ½, Total 141
The Wildcats’ current SU losing streak reached six games with Thursday’s 83-76 setback against Utah as 3 ½-point road underdogs. They have failed to cover in all six of those defeats.
Arizona started Pac-12 play this season with a 64-56 loss to Colorado as a 6 ½-point home favorite and it has been a struggle ever since at 5-7 SU in the conference standings. The Wildcats are 3-4-1 ATS on the road and 1-6-1 ATS closing as underdogs.
Colorado extended its current winning streak both SU and ATS to four games by beating Arizona State 77-73 on Wednesday as a slight 1 ½-point favorite at home. The Buffaloes improved to an even 6-6 (SU and ATS) in conference play.
They are 15-9 SU on the year with an even 12-12 record ATS. Colorado is 9-2 SU and 7-4 ATS at home. Sophomore McKinley Wright IV has led the way in scoring this season with 13.5 PPG and he has combined for 44 points in his last two starts.
-- The Wildcats are 0-4 ATS in their last four road games against a team with a SU winning record at home. The total has gone OVER in six of their last seven road games.
-- The Buffaloes have gone 12-4 ATS in their last 16 home games against a team with a SU losing record on the road. The total has stayed UNDER in 14 of their last 20 games following a SU win.
-- The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the total has gone OVER in the last four meetings in Colorado.