With a loaded college basketball schedule on Tuesday evening this week, it is a solid opportunity for some fun wagers. The teams in the Top 25 have some matchups that may look like cakewalks on paper, but as we saw last week, identifying those games can be difficult.
Saturday's "easiest" leg of the four-team parlay ended up suffering a broken femur as the Wolverines dropped their first game of the season while visiting the Minnesota Golden Gophers. On Tuesday, the Wolverines return to Crisler Arena, where they are 7-2 against the spread with an average margin of victory of over 17 points per game. The Wolverines are also overperforming the spread by 4.6 points per game.
Maryland broke its three-game losing streak a week ago with an impressive win over Illinois, but its primer for playing one of the best teams in the nation was routing Division II Wingate on Friday. A slow start from the Terrapins wouldn't be outside the realm of possibilities here. Look for Michigan to "get right" at home and resume its journey towards a number one seed in the tournament.
Due to a delayed start to the season, most people may have overlooked the Tennessee Volunteers, but Rick Barnes' group has lived up to its preseason billing thus far. The Vols are one of the deepest and most talented teams in the SEC while also ranking as one of the best defensive groups in the nation, according to Kenpom.
The Vols have played two true road games this season and came away victorious both times. Their margin of victory at 17 points per game and outperforming the spread by 9.5 points per game are both impressive numbers. Tennessee is 8-3 against the spread overall this season.
The Gators have performed well at home this season, but now that Scottie Lewis is out with an injury and Keyontae Johnson is out for the season, they look primed for a bit of a slide.
The Missouri Tigers are just 2-3 against the spread at home this season, but the South Carolina Gamecocks have lost four of their last five road games against Missouri.
South Carolina has only played six games on the season, so its metrics still have yet to stabilize. But the Gamecocks' 22% turnover rate is a scary number, to be sure.
When you combine that number with the fact that the Tigers are one of the top 15 teams in the nation in defensive effective field-goal percentage, it could be a long night for the Gamecocks.
South Carolina is also one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the nation at under 31% on the season, while Missouri is holding opponents under 28% so far this year. All signs point to a low-scoring affair.
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