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George Washington is 6-1 after losing to Cincinnati by 5 in Brooklyn last weekend; GW is #32 team in experience; they beat Virginia at home, beat Tennessee on neutral floor- they lost 58-54 at Seton Hall, in a brickfest where teams shot combined 4-22 on arc. Pirates are 5-1, with wins over Ole Miss/Georgia- their loss was by 3 to Long Beach on neutral floor.

Hofstra is 4-2 with win over Florida State, but they lost to Gamecocks, Indiana State at Virgin Islands tourney; Pride plays its starters 5th-most minutes in country- they’re shooting 41.1% on arc, won only true road game by 6 at St Bonaventure. LaSalle won by 9 at Hofstra LY, making 9 of 18 on arc- they’re 4-1 vs schedule #328- they sub less than Hofstra.

Cincinnati is 7-0 with wins over Nebraska/GW in Brooklyn last weekend; Bearcats force turnovers 25.4% of time, have #14 eFG% defense in USA- they sub a lot are very athletic. Butler is 4-1 with 10-point loss to Miami at Puerto Rico tourney; Bulldogs protect ball well, shoot 59.6% inside arc are #67 in experience- this is their first true road games this season.

Michigan State beat Louisville 76-70 in OT in Elite 8 game LY; Spartans trailed by 8 at half. MSU is 7-0 after winning Anaheim tourney over the weekend- they have three top 70 wins- Kansas-Boise-Providence, all on neutral floors. Louisville is 5-0 vs lame schedule; teams are shooting 32% inside arc against them, but best team they’ve played is #105 No Florida.

Syracuse is 6-0 after beating UConn/Texas A&M back/back to win event in Bahamas; Orangemen almost never sub; they turn ball over 21.6% of time, but have #23 eFG% on defense. Wisconsin is 4-3 with best win over VCU by a point; teams are shooting 45% from arc against Badgers ACC teams are 6-5 vs Big 14 teams, 3-3 vs spread when favored.

Middle Tennessee just won Alaskan Shootout, big thing for this program; Blue Raiders are 4-1 vs D-I teams, with best win over #135 Toledo four nights ago in Shootout final. MTSU shoots only 58% on line, but 39.8% from arc- they beat Will Wade’s Chattanooga team 68-58 LY, outscoring Mocs 15-3 on line. Wade’s first VCU team is 4-2, with losses to Duke, Wisconsin in Madison Square Garden.

Oklahoma State shot 62% inside arc in 73-58 win over Tulsa LY in Las Vegas; Cowboys are 5-1, with last two wins over Long Beach State, one in Charleston, one at home. Tulsa beat Wichita when Van Vleet was in lineup, then lost its last two games, to South Carolina/Little Rock. Big X home favorites are 8-4 against spread; AAC underdogs are 11-4.

Creighton is 5-1, losing by 21 to Indiana in only top 100 game; best team they’ve beaten so far is #120 UMass. Bluejays play fast, are making 59% of shots inside the arc. Arizona State is 4-2; four of its six games were decided by 3 or less points, or in OT; ASU is shooting just 28.2% from arc- they’re fairly experienced- this is Sun Devils’ first true road game.

Illinois has been ravaged by injury, they’re 3-4- this is first game at their renovated arena- they played three “home” games in Springfield. Illini has #284 eFG% defense so far, not good. Notre Dame lost two of three down in Orlando over weekend, losing to Monmouth/Alabama; Irish are thin team that is better on offense, making 38% of 3’s. This is their first true road game this season.

Iowa lost two of three in Orlando, whacking injury-riddled Wichita after losing to Dayton/Notre Dame by total of 11 points. Hawkeyes are #93 team in experience; they sub a lot, are making 40.7% on arc. Florida State is 4-1 after winning two of three in Virgin Islands; best team they’ve beat is #152 DePaul- they lost to Hofstra by 5. ACC underdogs are 4-8.

Indiana had rough time on Maui, losing to Wake Forest/UNLV, giving up 77 ppg in those games. Hoosiers are 5-2 with 86-65 win over Creighton by far their best win. Indiana is shooting 44.9% from arc, has #2 eFG% in country- this is their first true road game. Duke doesn’t play its first true road game until Jan 2; they’re 6-1, beating VCU by 8, Georgetown by 2, both in NYC. blue Devils are making 38.7% from arc.

Utah beat BYU 81-64/65-61 last two years. Utes outscored BYU 19-6 on foul line in LY’s win in Provo. Utah is 5-1, with only loss to Miami by 24 in Puerto Rico- they’ve beaten San Diego State/Temple. BYU won four of first five games, losing by point at BYU in only road games up to now. Pac-12 home favorites are 18-12 vs spread; WCC dogs are 6-13.

Rider won 10 of last 13 games with St Peter’s, but lost to Peacocks 68-59 in MAAC tourney last March; St Peter’s lost four of last five visits here, losing by 3-35-15-13 points. Rider is 1-5 despite having an experienced team, but they’re shooting only 25.8% on arc, turning ball over 20.7% of time. St Peter’s lost its last four games, three of them by 3 or less points..