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Texas A&M won its last five games, winning by point at Miss State last game, its first true road win in two tries (lost at Arizona State). Aggies won last three games vs Tennessee by total of 10 points, winning 57-56 in last visit here, in ’14. Vols are 8-0 at home, 0-6 away from home; they spanked Florida by 14 last game. Five of six Texas losses are by 8 or less points. SEC home underdogs are 3-2 vs spread.

Last three Creighton-Seton Hall games were decided by one point; teams split last four meetings, going 1-1 in each other’s arena. Bluejays are 1-4 vs top 100 teams, losing by 21-2-13-14 points; they’re 1-3 in true road games, with only win at lowly St John’s. Big East home favorites of 7 or less points are 4-1. Villanova snapped Seton Hall’s 7-game win streak on Wednesday; Pirates are 4-2 against top 100 teams.

Virginia won eight of last nine games with Georgia Tech, winning three in row by 28-19-29 points; Cavaliers had 11-game win streak snapped at Va Tech Monday- they’re 1-2 in true road games, winning at Ohio State, but losing at GW. Tech is much-improved this year, but lost first two games in ACC by 8-5 points, allowing 87.5 ppg. Jackets are 1-3 vs top 50 clubs with only win over VCU. ACC home underdogs are 4-4 vs spread.

Home side is 14-2 in last 16 Baylor-Iowa State games; Bears won 79-70 in Ames LY, ending 7+-game skid at Iowa State, beating Cyclones for 3rd time in last four tries. Baylor is 3-2 in last five games, with four of them decided by 7 or less points; Bears are 0-3 in true road games, losing by 7-19-28 at Oregon, Tex A&M, Kansas. Iowa State is 5-2 vs teams in top 100. Big X home favorites are 4-4 against spread.

Vanderbilt won six of last seven games with South Carolina, going 3-1 in last four visits here, but Gamecocks are 14-0 this season, with only one win by less than 8 points and four top 100 wins. Carolina holds teams to 40.7% inside arc, has #41 eFG% defense. Vandy lost six of its last nine games, allowing 90 points in each of its first two SEC games (0-2). SEC home favorites are 6-1 against the spread.

Eastern Michigan won nine of last 11 games with Northern Illinois, with four straight wins, all by 8 or less points, but Huskies are improved- they are 6-0 at home vs D-I teams. NIU has played schedule #331, so they’ll have to prove themselves in MAC play. Eagles are 5-3 vs teams outside top 100; they won MAC opener by 19 at Central Michigan. EMU has made only 30.1% of its 3’s (#312)- they force TOs 20.3% of time.

Wichita State won eight of last nine games with Southern Illinois, taking wins by 15-22 points in last two visits to Carbondale. Shockers are 3-0 in Valley, winning by 20-27-3 points; they’re 2-2 in true road games, with wins at Saint Louis, Bradley. Salukis are a much-improved 14-2, but vs schedule #344; SIU won its last six games, with four of last five games on road. MVC home teams are 6-9 against the spread.

Pitt won its last two games with Notre Dame by four points each after losing five in row to Irish before that; Panthers are 1-3 in last four visits to South Bend, losing by 12-13-15 points. ACC home favorites are 2-4 vs spread. Notre Dame won easily in Boston Thursday; they’re 2-3 in top 100 games, 7-0 at home, 3-2 in last five SU. This is Pitt’s first true road game of the season, on January 9. Oy.

UCLA won seven of last nine games with Arizona State; Sun Devils lost last five visits to Westwood, with three losses by 15+ points. Bruins had great win over Arizona Thursday; all three of their Pac-12 games were decided by 7 or less points. ASU allowed 84.5 ppg in losing its first two league games, by 12-10 points. Pac-12 home favorites are 4-3 vs spread. Sun Devils split four true road games, winning at Creighton/UNLV.

Arizona won six of last seven games with USC but lost four of last six at Galen Center; Wildcats allowed 83 ppg in splitting first two Pac-12 tilts, winning by 12 at ASU, losing by 3 at UCLA Thursday. USC won eight of last nine games; they blew 22-point lead in the loss, at Washington. Trojans have #11 eFG% defense in US, holding foes to 41.6% inside arc. Pac-12 home underdogs are 5-2 against the spread.

Memphis beat UConn twice LY by total of four points after losing three in row to Huskies before that; Tigers split pair of games here that were decided by total of six points. Memphis lost its only true road game, by 10 at South Carolina; Tigers have #3 eFG% defense vs schedule #326. UConn had 5-game win streak snapped by Temple last game; they’re 3-3 vs top 100 teams. AAC home favorites are 4-7 vs spread.

Syracuse went 4-5 while Boeheim was suspended; he comes back here vs North Carolina team that split pair of home court wins with Orange last two years, losing 57-45 here in ’14. Syracuse is 0-3 in ACC, losing by 11-13-1 point; they’re 3-5 vs top 100 teams. Carolina is expected to get big man Meeks back for this game; UNC is 1-2 in true road games, losing at UNI/Texas. ACC home underdogs are 4-4 vs spread.

Cal won its last five games with Oregon State, winning three of last four by 5 or less points; Bears won three of last four visits to Corvallis- they are 1-2 in true road games, with win in OT at Wyoming- they lost by 1-3 at Virginia/Oregon. Beavers had 4-game win streak snapped by Stanford last game; OSU is shooting 39.1% on arc- they have #53 eFG% defense. Pac-12 home underdogs are 5-2 against the spread.