Hmm, you might have noticed that the calendar page flips forward to read “March” on Sunday.
Well, now you’re talkin’!
The hoops-mad month promises a slew of exciting College Basketball games – and plenty of opportunities for everyone here to cash — and we’ll touch on one of ‘em right there on March 1st in a moment but gotta finish up February with a batch of great “Leap Year Day” matchups.
Let’s roll through several weekend showdowns here with our quick-hitter observations / comments, but first this key reminder …
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SATURDAY, FEB. 29TH
#1 KANSAS (25-3, 14-1) at KANSAS STATE (9-19, 2-13) – 1:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Last time these in-state rivals collided there was a major brouhaha at game’s end as Kansas’ Silvio DeSousa was seen ready to whack a chair over an unsuspecting K-State player’s head … yikes!
Well, wild man DeSousa was suspended for 10 games – and rightly so and he’s out of the action here in this Big 12 tilt – but it likely doesn’t matter as Bill Self’s crew rolls into this bash on a six-game ATS (against the spread) winning streak thanks in large part because G Devon Dotson (17.9 ppg) has been brilliant.
Kansas State’s failed to cover five of its last six outings overall and is a dreary 11-17 against the odds this year.
#15 AUBURN (24-4, 11-4) at #8 KENTUCKY (23-5, 13-2) – 3:45 p.m. ET, CBS
Gotta go back to Feb.1st to find the last time the Kentucky Wildcats lost a game … and it was a 75-66 setback at then-2.5-point fav Auburn.
Since then, John Calipari’s crew has won seven in a row SU (straight-up) – while going 6-1 against the numbers – and only one SEC team during the last half-dozen games has scored more than 64 points in a game against ‘em … dee-fense, dee-fense!
Overall, the ‘Cats are just 15-13 spreadwise; Auburn is 13-15 against the odds but a real key here for the hosts is holding down War Eagle G Samir Doughty (16.1 ppg and team-best 47 triples).
#24 MICHIGAN STATE (19-9, 11-6) at #9 MARYLAND (23-5, 13-4) – 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Here’s the prime-time affair on the all-sports network and let’s getcha these spread stats first:
Maryland is 8-3-1 ATS in its last dozen affairs but dig deeper and you’ll see the Terrapins are just 1-3-1 spreadwise in their last handful of games. Overall, Maryland is 15-12 odds-wise this 2019-2020 campaign:
On the flip side, Michigan State’s a sub-par 12-16 against the juice and Tom Izzo’s squad has dropped six of its last seven spread verdicts while dating back to Feb. 1 … no kidding!
If Sparty is gonna get revenge for that 67-60 home loss (as 6.5-point betting favorites, no less) to Maryland, then it can’t surrender any 14-0 game-ending runs as happened two weeks ago when the Terps’ Anthony Cowan scored 11 of his game-best 24 points in the final two-plus minutes.
PROVIDENCE (16-12, 9-6) at #12 VILLANOVA (22-6, 11-4) – 12 p.m. ET, Fox
There’s no doubt the ‘Nova Wildcats – the NCAA champs in 2016 and ‘18 – are peaking at the exact right time as Jay Wright’s crew has won five in a row SU and covered its last four games in a row. Now, Villanova guns for the regular-season sweep after besting Providence 64-60 as 3-point road favorites back on Jan. 25th. Note that the Wildcats are just 14-14 ATS – Providence is just 12-14 versus the vig – and we say the Friars must win 20 games SU if it wants to be considered a “bubble team” come Selection Sunday. Got it?
SUNDAY, MARCH 1ST
#19 MICHIGAN (18-10, 9-8) at #23 OHIO STATE (19-9, 9-8) – 4 p.m. ET, CBS
Interestingly enough, both Michigan and Ohio State have 16-12 ATS marks while heading into this first-of-March tilt in the Buckeye State: Note the Wolverines were 61-58 losers as 3-point home favorites versus O-State back on Feb. 4th and you might recall from that first matchup that Buckeyes’ star Kaleb Wesson registered 23 points and 12 boards while Michigan canned just 10-of-31 triple tries. One final spread note: Ohio State started out the year at 8-1 ATS and is 8-11 ever since including home spread setbacks inside the Big 10 against Rutgers, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
Here’s a look at some of the NBA’s hot-hot-hot spread sides (through games of Feb. 27th) …
The Boston Celtics have covered their last five games in a row and go all the way back to Jan. 20th and you’ll see the C’s are 13-4 ATS in their last 17
The Houston Rockets have covered seven of their last 10 games and that includes four of their last five
The Los Angeles Lakers have notched spread wins in five of their last six games including that LeBron James-less 116-86 thrashing of 11-point home pup Golden State on Thursday night
The Milwaukee Bucks have banged out pointspread “W’s” in eight of their last 10 games and note the Bucks were laying 9.5-or-more points in seven of those last 10 tilts
The Sacramento Kings have covered four in a row and have cashed seven of their nine games overall since early February
NOTE: Lots more College Basketball plus NFL Draft coverage and more all next week!