Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 13:55 PM
Wednesday's Tip Sheet
The day before Thanksgiving should be a good one betting college basketball with a trio of highlighted matchups on the board from the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.
This first tip is an early afternoon start between the SEC’s Alabama Crimson Tide and the ACC’s No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels. Wednesday night’s action pits the West Coast Conference’s No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs against the Conference USA’s Southern Miss Golden Eagles.
This third featured game from Nassau is a much anticipated showdown between the Pac-12’s No. 11 Oregon Ducks and the Big East’s No. 13 Seton Hall Pirates.
Alabama vs. No. 5 North Carolina (ESPN+, 2:30 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Tar Heels -9, Total 157.5
The Crimson Tide have not been able to duplicate the football team’s success with a 2-2 start both straight-up and against the spread. They dropped an 81-80 decision against Penn as 7 ½-point favorites to start the season while also losing to Rhode Island 93-79 as one-point favorites. The total has gone OVER in three of the four games. Alabama is scoring an average of 79.5 points a game. Yet, they are allowing almost that many points (76.5) at the other end of the court.
North Carolina has won its first four games SU as one of the best teams in the nation. Closing as 22-point favorites or more in each of their last three matchups, the Tar Heels failed to cover in all three games. They opened the season with a 76-65 conference win against Notre Dame in the ACC to cover as 9 ½-point favorites. The total has stayed UNDER in all four outings. Freshman guard Cole Anthony has had the hot hand with a team-high 22.8 points per game while shooting 38 percent from the field.
-- The Crimson Tide are 4-11 ATS over their last 15 games with the total going OVER in 12 of their last 15 nonconference games.
-- The Tar Heels have a 2-6-1 record ATS in their last nine games against the SEC. The total has stayed UNDER in six of their last seven games against this conference.
-- This will be the first meeting between these two programs.
No. 8 Gonzaga vs. Southern Miss (ESPNU, 7 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Bulldogs -22, Total 138.5
With Saturday’s 77-49 romp against Cal State Bakersfield as 27-point favorites, the Bulldogs are off to a perfect 6-0 SU start with a 4-2 record ATS. The tightest spread was 8 ½-points in a 79-49 victory against Texas A&M on Nov. 15. The total has stayed UNDER in their last three outings after going OVER in their first three games this season. Gonzaga has six different players on its roster scoring in double figures. The team is shooting an efficient 51.9 percent from the field.
With three SU losses wrapped around a pair of wins against Delta State and William Carey, this was not the start Southern Miss was looking for. The Golden Eagles did cover as underdogs in losses to South Alabama and North Florida. The lone bright spot has been the play of senior forward Boban Jacdonmi. He leads the team in scoring with 16.4 PPG while also pulling down 7.6 rebounds. He scored 29 points in the season opener against Delta State.
-- The Bulldogs have covered in four of their last five games following a SU win. The total has stayed UNDER in six of their last eight games against a team from Conference USA.
-- The Golden Eagles are 5-2 ATS in their last seven nonconference games and the total has stayed UNDER in four of their last five games played at a neutral site.
-- This will be the first meeting between these two teams.
No. 11 Oregon vs. No. 13 Seton Hall (ESPN2, 9:30 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Ducks -3.5, Total 141
The climb in the national rankings has been fueled by a perfect 5-0 SU start. The Ducks failed to cover as 14 ½-point favorites in a season-opening 71-57 victory against Fresno State but they have covered the closing number in each of their last four games. The total has gone OVER in three of their last four outings. In last Friday’s 78-66 win against Houston as a seven-point home favorite, Oregon’s senior guard Anthony Mathis scored a team-high 18 points. He has averaged 15 points through five previous starts.
Seton Hall’s 4-1 start (SU and ATS) is marred by a tight 76-73 loss to Michigan State as a 5 ½-point underdog. The Pirates failed to cover as 20 ½-point favorites in an earlier 74-57 victory against Stoney Brook. The total has gone OVER in three of the five games. They are averaging 84.4 points a game while allowing 64.2 points on defense. Senior guard Miles Powell has scored an average of 22.6 points in six starts. This average was boosted by his 37 points in the loss to Michigan State.
-- The Ducks are a perfect 9-0 ATS in their last nine neutral-site games with the total going OVER in four of their last five games against the Big East.
-- The Pirates have a 15-5-1 record ATS in their last 21 games played at a neutral site. The total has gone OVER in 10 of their last 12 neutral-site games.
-- These two teams met once in 2000 in that year’s NCAA Tournament. Seton Hall squeezed out the 72-71 win with Oregon favored by three points.