Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:55 AM
Monday's Tip Sheet
Monday’s betting board for college basketball starts with a Maui Jim Maui Invitational matchup as the Virginia Tech Hokies take on the Michigan State Spartans from the Lahaina Civic Center in Hawaii.
Next, an in-state battle in Ohio pits Kent State against Ohio State from Columbus. Rounding out this trio of featured betting matchups is a battle in Brooklyn between the Auburn Tigers and the New Mexico Lobos, which is part of the Legends Classic event.
Virginia Tech vs. Michigan State (ESPN2, 5:00 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Spartans -9.5, Total 133
The ACC’s Hokies are off to perfect 5-0 straight-up start with a profitable 4-1 record against the spread. They opened the season with a big 67-60 conference win over Clemson as seven-point underdogs. Virginia Tech closed as a heavy double-digit favorite in the other four contests with the total staying UNDER in three of the five games. The team piled up 21 three-point shots in last Wednesday’s 100-64 romp against Delaware State closing as a heavy 32 ½-point home favorite.
Michigan State started the new season with 69-62 loss to Kentucky as the No. 1 team in the nation in the AP preseason Top 25. The Spartans closed as three-point favorites in that game. They went on to win their next three games SU while going 2-1 ATS. As the top ranked team in the Big Ten, Michigan State is averaging 83.0 points per game with their top player Cassius Winston scoring 17.5 PPG as a senior guard.
-- The Hokies are 7-2 ATS in their last nine neutral-site games with the total going OVER or ending as a PUSH in eight or their last 10 nonconference games
-- The Spartans are 9-0 ATS in their last nine Monday games. The total has gone OVER in nine of their last 12 games against the ACC.
-- Michigan State won the only previous meeting 96-77 as a 16-point home favorite back in November of 2013.
Kent State at Ohio State (Big Ten Network, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Buckeyes -17.5, Total 134
Playing out of the Mid-American Conference, the Golden Flashes are a perfect 5-0 SU with last Thursday’s 89-59 victory against Concord College. They have covered in two of the three games with a closing spread, including SU wins against Towson and Wright State as underdogs. The total stayed UNDER in two of those three games. Sophomore guard Anthony Roberts leads the team in scoring with 15.0 PPG. Junior forward Danny Pippen scored 17 points in Thursday’s win.
The Big Ten’s Buckeyes have won their first five games SU with a 4-1 mark ATS. The two biggest wins came against Cincinnati as five-point favorites and Villanova in a lopsided 76-51 romp as one-point favorites. The total has stayed UNDER in four of the five games. Junior forward Kaleb Wesson (11.8 PPG) is one of four players averaging at least nine points a game. He also leads the team in rebounds with 10.2 a contest.
-- The Golden Flashes have failed to cover in four of their last five games at a neutral site. The total has gone OVER in six of their last eight games against the Big Ten.
-- The Buckeyes are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games coming off an ATS victory. The total has stayed UNDER in 10 of their last 12 Monday games.
-- The last time these two teams met was in 2006 with Ohio Stale rolling to a 81-59 victory as an 8 ½-point home favorite.
Auburn vs. New Mexico (ESPNEWS, 9:30 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Tigers -7.5, Total 157
The SEC’s Tigers have extended their SU winning streak to five games with last Monday’s 91-62 rout of Colgate as 14 ½-point home favorites. They are 3-2 ATS with the total going OVER in three of those five games. Auburn has a trio of players scoring in double figures led by senior guard Samir Doughty’s 18.8 PPG. The Tigers are ranked ninth in the nation in scoring with an average of 87.2 points a game and they are holding opposing teams to 68.2 PPG.
The Lobos’ lone loss against five SU wins was to UTEP by the score of 66-63 closing as slight two-point underdogs. They are 4-2 ATS with the total going OVER in four of the six games after upsetting New Mexico State 78-77 as four-point road underdogs last Thursday. JaQuan Lyle scored 24 points in that game. The senior guard leads the team in scoring with 19.8 PPG. The Lobos are scoring an average of 85.5 points while giving up 73.7 points on defense.
-- The Tigers have failed to cover in four of their last five games against the Mountain West with the total going OVER in all five of those contests.
-- The Lobos are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games against the SEC. The total has gone OVER in five of their last six games against a team from that conference.
-- Auburn beat New Mexico 83-78 to cover as a four-point road underdog in 2015. The total went OVER 157 points.