Tulsa sits at 5-5 in the AAC and has played well despite a brutal part of their schedule that saw the Golden Hurricanes favored just once in their last 7 games. Still, Tulsa managed to cover 4 times and is coming off a 76-67 win over SMU on Thursday. After losing their first 7 AAC games, South Florida nearly pulled off the upset over UCF then did pull off an even bigger upset against Tulane as 13 pt underdogs. However, aside from the pair of games, very little has gone right for the Bulls as they sit in last place in the AAC at 1-9 and have lost by 20+, even 30+ points on numerous occasions. The Bulls rank as one of the worst teams in Division I and even their good showing against UCF was directly after the Knights lost a crucial player to injury. The Golden Hurricanes have held opponents to just 39% shooting in their last 5 games despite playing the likes of Temple, SMU and Wichita St twice. The visitors should dominate in all aspects of the game and we can't see anything but another blowout loss for the hosts.
The Tigers have had an incredible season thus far with an 8-1 record in SEC play and 20-2 overall that's propelled them to the #11 ranking in all of college basketball. The Commodores started slowly but have found some traction of late, covering in their last 4 games and winning 2 of them outright. Despite their 8-14 record, the Commodores have the talent to create some match up issues and their preference to keep the game in a half court set should suit them well in regards to the spread.
Saint Louis has started to make some noise in the Atlantic-10 as they've won 4 of their last 5 games and sit at 5-5 in conference play. It hasn't been quite so rosy for Fordham as they got just their 2nd conference win on Tuesday against Massachusetts to end their 6 game losing streak. The Rams really struggle rebounding the ball but it has been an area of improvement in recent weeks and as much as the Billikens have improved ths year, we were a bit surprised to see them favored by double digits. Visitors to keep it respectable!
Xavier is on a roll winning their last 5 games and sits in 2nd place at 8-2 behind Villanova in the highly competitive Big East. Georgetown has struggled to stay afloat at 3-7 in conference play but we like the progress that Patrick Ewing's team has made. One area that Georgetown excels in is rebounding the ball which is a testament to Ewing's positive influence. We like the Hoyas to play their physical style of ball and limit the Musketeers' advantages in other areas. At least, this should be enough to keep this within reason.
New Mexico has steadily improved throughout the course of the season and have done well in conference play at 6-4 and 8-2 ATS. San Jose St is still searching for their first win in the Mountain West and sit at a dismal 3-18 on the year. The Spartans have shown to be competitive at times but the Lobos have too much firepower in our opinion and this was evident in the reverse fixture that was won 80-47 by New Mexico. A few of the bench players are likely out for the Lobos but they do get key contributor Antino Jackson back from suspension and the Spartans' track record following their game against UNLV has generally been poor.
In last seasons Superliga Union Santa Fe beat todays opponent 2-0. However, that match took place in the reverse stadium, and it’s Rosario who are hosts today. Leonardo Fernandez’s side won their last two fixtures at home, but in the last round they were defeated in Gimnasia L.P. (2-1). That was actually their first defeat in six outings and their had been signs of improvement. However, since then the missing list has grown to include German Herrera, and another forward Marco Ruben will miss is second game on the bounce. Washington Camacho, Marcelo Ortiz and Nestor Otigoza are also confirmed absentees, and their are also question marks over Fernando Tobio and Mauricio Martinez. Union Santa Fe are third in the table and they only lost once in their last seven (4-2-1). In the last round they dominated Racing Club and won easier than the scoreline suggests, plus they won 2 from their last three on the road including a visit to Velez. Union have just two players sidelined and they only started 4 games between them this season! Although it’s hard to win on the road in Argentina, that’s what we imagine will happen here. Take draw no bet, odds are still interesting!
Both teams have two players suspended ahead of tonights clash, and they also have three other confirmed absentees between them. With regards to team news, we believe it’s fair to call it honours even. However, we can’t understand why the bookmakers would make Bordeaux clear favourites. Afterall, only two points separate them in the league table, and the fact is the hosts took 6 more points at home than the visitors away. Odds hard to understand - Host with draw no bet option!
Arsenal have been struggling of late, albeit that’s mainly been on the road. Back at the Emirates stadium the hosts are an highly credible 9-2-1, the joint second best home team in the league. We believe the Gunners have made a good signing in Aubameyang although he won’t be able to play today. Nevertheless, we still expect the hosts to be too good for an average Toffee’s and they are likely to push on and with this by more than one!
Jose Mourinho was livid with his team for conceding a goal inside a minute against Tottenham, and he wouldn’t have been happy that they then put another in their own net. Suffice to say it was an off night for the then visitor, and now they are expected to take that annoyance out of a weakening Huddersfield. Four defeats in a row for the Terriers and getting worse by the game. Take United to win by more than 2 goals.
FREE PREMIUM - We believe TAKINGRISKS would have won at Kelso if he had not fallen after travelling well. Suffice to say, with an unchanged mark we are wanting to give Nicky Richard’s runner another chance. Craig Nichol taking over in the saddle is a good thing, because he’s likely to get this fella into a proper rhythm at a track that should suit. KNOCKGRAFFON and MERCIAN PRINCE won last time out, so naturally they are up in the ratings. Both having to give weight to the selection could be the difference.
FREE PREMIUM - With all due respect, why should FOOTPAD be 8/15 and PETIT MOUCHOIR 3/1. When they met in last seasons Champion hurdle the De Bromhead charge was 6/1 and FOOTPAD 14/1, and they finished accordingly. Yes the Mullin’s six year old has won his two chasers in good style, but their was nothing wrong with the way PETIT MOUCHOIR beat a decent type on his first attempt. We are really struggling to understand why these odds are so biased, is it the blind leading the blind!
Virginia enters this match up at 21-1 and the #2 ranked team in the country and will face a Syracuse team that's coming off a dreadful offensive performance in their 55-51 loss to Georgia Tech. Nevertheless, the Cavaliers have gotten a few undeserved covers in our opinion against Wake Forest and on Wednesday against Louisville and we'll take them on gain in what we believe is a slightly inflated line. The Orange will gladly play the Cavaliers game as they play at one of the slowest paces in the country and will of course play their vaunted zone defense. Virginia's strength is in their defense too, of course, but we don't believe they have the consistent enough shooters to win this by a large margin and Syracuse's home court advantage should be magnified given the scenario and opponent.