Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:59 AM
Sunday's Tip Sheet
The first Sunday in March should be a good one for college basketball betting fans with a trio of intriguing matchups in the Big East, Big Ten and Pac-12. Getting things started in Milwaukee, the No. 10 Marquette Golden Eagles play host to Creighton.
A bit later in the afternoon, the No. 9 Michigan Wolverines and the No. 17 Maryland Terrapins battle it out in College Park. Highlighting Sunday night’s action, the Arizona State Sun Devils will be on the road against Oregon State.
Creighton Bluejays at No. 10 Marquette Golden Eagles (FOX Sports 1, 3:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Marquette -8, Total 150
Creighton has won its past two games both straight-up and against the spread over DePaul on the road and Georgetown at home to improve to 6-9 SU in Big East play. The total stayed UNDER 160 points in last Saturday’s 82-69 romp against the Hoyas and it has stayed UNDER in nine of the Bluejays’ last 11 games.
They are now 15-13 SU (14-14 ATS) overall. Earlier in the season, they lost a wild one against Marquette in overtime by a final score of 106-104 as 3 ½-point favorites at home. Each team went in different directions from that point on.
The Golden Eagles gave up some ground in the chase for the Big East regular season title with Wednesday’s 67-61 road loss to Villanova as 5 ½-point underdogs. This was their third SU loss in conference play verse 12 victories with a 10-5 record ATS.
Marquette (23-5 SU, 18-10 ATS) still has a half-game lead over the Wildcats in the standings with three games left to play. Junior guard Markus Howard scored 53 points in that earlier win against Creighton and he is averaging a team-high 25.2 points on the year.
-- The Bluejays are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a SU win and the total has stayed UNDER in their last four games on the road.
-- The Golden Eagles have gone 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games with the total staying UNDER or ending as a PUSH in seven of their last eight games played at home.
-- The road team have covered in five of the last seven meetings with the total going OVER in the last five matchups.
No. 9 Michigan Wolverines at No. 17 Maryland Terrapins (CBS, 3:45 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Michigan -1, Total 129 ½
Opening Odds: Michigan (25-4 SU, 16-13 ATS) has slipped a half-game behind the Michigan State Spartans and Purdue in the Big Ten standings with two losses in its last five games (SU and ATS). At 14-4 SU (12-6 ATS) in conference play, the Wolverines followed up last Sunday’s disappointing seven-point loss at home to the Spartans as 4 ½-point favorites with Thursaday’s 82-53 beatdown of Nebraska as 10 ½-point favorites at home.
They will get another shot at Michigan State on the road in next Saturday’s season finale. The Wolverines have averaged 70.7 points per game this season to complement a defensive effort that is ranked third in the nation in points allowed (58.2).
Maryland (21-8 SU, 16-13 SU) was on the wrong end of a 65-52 loss to Michigan on Feb. 16 closing as a 7 ½-point underdog on the road. More recently, it is coming off a bad 78-61 road loss to Penn State on Wednesday as a slight 1 ½-point favorite. Spotty play over the Terrapins’ last 10 games has lead to a 5-5 record both SU and ATS.
The total has gone OVER in their last two games after staying UNDER or ending as a PUSH in their previous 10 contests. Junior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. continues to lead the Terrapins in scoring with 15.9 PPG, but he was held to 10 points in the first meeting against Michigan after going 4-for-12 from the field.
-- The Wolverines have an 11-2 record ATS in their last 13 Sunday games and the total has stayed UNDER in six of their last eight games following a SU win.
-- The Terrapins are 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games played on Sunday with the total going OVER in seven of their last 10 home games.
-- The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings with the total going OVER in three of the last five games between the two.
Arizona State Sun Devils at Oregon State Beavers (ESPNU, 8:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Oregon State -2, Total 146
Arizona State lost the first of three road games left on the regular season with Thursday’s 79-51 loss to Oregon as a 2 ½-point underdog. The total stayed UNDER 139 points and it has stayed UNDER in four of its last six games.
The Sun Devils (19-9 SU, 14-13-1 ATS) are 10-6 SU in Pac-12 play with an even 8-8 record ATS. Freshman guard Luguentz Dort leads the team in scoring with 16.1 PPG, but he went cold against the Ducks on Thursday night with just seven points on a 3-for-11 shooting performance.
The Beavers are coming off a tough 74-72 loss to Arizona on Thursday as 4 ½-point home favorites. The total went OVER 136 points in that game after staying UNDER in four of their previous five games. Oregon State is 9-6 SU (11-4 ATS) in conference play as part of an overall record of 17-10. It is 16-11 ATS with a 1-4 record ATS in its last five home games.
The Beavers were able to cover as four-point road underdogs in a 70-67 loss to Arizona State on Jan. 17. They come into this rematch with a trio of players averaging at least 13 PPG led by junior forward Tres Tinkle (20.0).
-- The Sun Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last five games coming off a SU loss. The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in four of their last five games against a team with a SU winning record.
-- The Beavers have gone 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a SU loss with the total staying UNDER in 17 of their last 24 games on a Sunday.
-- Oregon State has a 4-1 edge ATS in the last five meetings overall and it is 4-1 ATS in its last five home games against Arizona State. The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in six of the last seven meetings.