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Saturday’s NCAAB Top 25 betting cheat sheet

Each team has just a handful of games remaining on their schedule to put impressive wins on their resumes before Selection Sunday. So ranked teams look to secure high seeds and bubble teams hope to stamp their dance ticket, we break down Saturday’s Top 25 action in our betting cheat sheet.

Florida Gators at No. 23 South Carolina Gamecocks (-2.5, OFF)

* Florida is coming off a 57-53 win at Georgia on Tuesday and knows it will face an even tougher environment at South Carolina, but have won seven straight meetings dating to Jan. 15, 2011, and they haven’t lost at South Carolina since 2010.

* South Carolina has lost two straight – a blowout home loss to Kentucky and a stunning 72-67 defeat at Missouri on Tuesday – and needs to get back on track to buoy its postseason prospects. The Gamecocks are slumping at the offensive end, having shot just 33.1 percent in their back-to-back losses.


* Florida is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings at South Carolina.
* South Carolina is 13-3 ATS in its last 16 home games.
* Over is 5-0 in Florida’s last five home games.
* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings at South Carolina.

No. 19 Duke Blue Devils at Louisville Cardinals (-7, OFF)

* The Blue Devils have ripped off five straight victories – the last three of which have come against three of the teams vying for the ACC title (Louisville, Virginia and North Carolina). The shorthanded Blue Devils sustained yet another injury Wednesday – this time to starting guard Matt Jones – yet somehow managed to sneak out of Chapel Hill with their second straight one-point win.

* The Cardinals overcame a two-game slide that began with the loss to Duke and staged arguably their finest performance in conference play, defeating Syracuse 72-58 on Wednesday.Chinanu Onuaku (9.7 points, 8.6 rebounds) led the interior effort with 13 points, a career-high tying 15 boards and four assists, producing his ninth double-double of the season.


* Duke is 0-4 ATS in its last four games following an ATS win.
* Louisville is 5-1 ATS in its last six home games.
* Under is 5-1 in Duke’s last six games overall.
* Under is 5-1 in Louisville’s last six games overall.

No. 7 Xavier Musketeers at Georgetown Hoyas (+4.5, OFF)

* Xavier is in a lookahead spot Saturday versus Georgetown with a huge battle with No. 1 Villanova on the dockett next weeek. The Musketeers’ 11 wins are already the most in three seasons in the Big East and they can point to depth and balance as the key ingredients to success, with six players recording at least 9.4 points per contest.

* Georgetown dropped a 72-64 decision Wednesday against Seton Hall for its fifth loss in six games, falling to .500 in the league. The Hoyas lost senior center Bradley Hayes (broken left hand) indefinitely and 6-10 freshman Jessie Govan has started in his place the last two games, scoring a season-best 27 on Wednesday.


* Xavier is 4-1 ATS in its last five road games.
* Georgetown is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games versus a team with a winning SU record.
* Under is 5-1 in Xavier’s last six road games.
* Under is 4-1 in the last five meetings.

St. Bonvaventure Bonnies at No. 13 Dayton Flyers (-8, OFF)

* St. Bonaventure needs to do some work if it wants to get on the right side of the NCAA Tournament bubble and it did not do itself any favors on Wednesday, when its five-game winning streak came to an end with a 71-64 loss at last-place La Salle.

* The Flyers had their own lengthy winning streak come to an end when a 79-70 setback at St. Joseph’s on Wednesday snapped a nine-game streak. The Flyers dropped back into a three-way tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 with St. Joseph’s and VCU with Wednesday’s loss.


* Over is 4-0 in Dayton’s last four games overall.
* Over is 4-0 in the last four meetings.
* Road team in 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
* St. Bonaventure is 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings.

No. 10 Miami Hurricanes at No. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels (-6, OFF)

* The Hurricanes dominated Virginia Tech in the second half on Wednesday night to win 65-49 and set up a showdown for first place. Senior guard Sheldon McClellan, who leads the Hurricanes in scoring (16.1 on 52.1 percent shooting), has come up big against the best – averaging 17.3 points on 57.1 percent shooting against the five ranked foes Miami has beaten.

* North Carolina doesn’t have any time to feel sorry for itself after its painful loss to rival Duke on Wednesday with first place in the ACC on the line Saturday. Johnson leads the Tar Heels in scoring (16.9 points per game), is first in the ACC in field goal percentage (62.3) and tied for first in rebounds (10.4).


* Under is 6-0 in the last six meetings at North Carolina.
* Miami is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Under is 5-0 in North Carolina’s last five overall.
* North Carolina is 1-4 ATS in its last five games overall.

No. 22 Baylor Bear at No. 25 Texas Longhorns (-5, OFF)

* The Bears, who are a Big 12-best 4-2 in road conference games, face the league’s top four teams in the final weeks. Taurean Prince leads the Bears with 15.1 points and is the only player in the Big 12’s top 12 in scoring, rebounding (5.8) and steals (1.3).

* Texas meets its fourth straight ranked opponent and is 3-0 at home against Top 25 teams this season. The Longhorns, who swept West Virginia and are looking to sweep Baylor, also have a chance to avenge losses to Oklahoma and Kansas. Texas has won five of seven against Baylor, including a 67-59 victory earlier this month.


* Baylor is 0-5 ATS in its last five games following a straight up win.
* Texas is 8-1 ATS in its last nine games overall.
* Baylor is 4-0 in Baylor’s last four games overall.
* Under is 6-0 in last six games following a SU win.

Butler Bulldogs at No. 1 Villanova Wildcats (-10.5, OFF)

* The Bulldogs have won four of five with their only loss in that stretch coming against a quality Xavier team. The team is coming off a 13-point home win against Creighton behind 21 points and eight rebounds from Kelan Martin.

* The Wildcats appear headed toward a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament with 15 wins in their last 16 games. The Wildcats disposed of Temple by 16 points their last time out with Jalen Brunson pacing the team with a career-high 25 points.


* Under is 3-0-1 in the last four meetings.
* Favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.
* Butler is 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings.
* Under is 5-1 in Butler’s last six road games.

No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners at No. 11 West Virginia Mountaineers (-2.5, OFF)

* No. 3 Oklahoma suddenly appears very vulnerable, especially on the road. The Sooners will try to avoid a third straight loss overall and a third straight road setback on Saturday. The slump has dropped the Sooners into third place in the Big 12 standings, one game behind the Mountaineers and two back of the Jayhawks with five games remaining in the regular season.

* West Virginia had a chance to make its own case for the top spot in the Big 12 but sandwiched road losses at Kansas and at Texas around a home win over TCU. The Mountaineers are searching for healthy bodies on the perimeter with guards Daxter Miles Jr. (hamstring) and Jaysean Paige (ankle) both nursing injuries.


* Oklahoma is 0-4 ATS in its last four games overall.
* West Virginia is 8-1 ATS in its last nine games following a SU loss.
* Under is 4-0 in Sooners last four games versus a team with a winning % above .600.
* Under is 7-1 in West Virginia’s last eight home games.

No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks at Kansas State Wildcats (+5.5, OFF)

* The second-ranked Jayhawks eye their seventh straight victory Saturday. Entering the weekend, Kansas sits a game up on West Virginia for first place in the Big 12 standings.

* Kansas State is near the bottom of the league standings and had a hard time keeping up with the Jayhawks when the teams met earlier this month. The Wildcats defeated TCU by 14 their last time out, while the Jayhawks crushed Oklahoma State by 27.


* Kansas is 6-0 ATS in its last six games overall.
* Kansas State is 0-4 ATS in its last four games a straight up win.
* Under is 6-1 in Kansas’ last seven road games.
* Over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings at Kansas State.

No. 14 Kentucky Wildcats at No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies (Pick’em, OFF)

* Jamal Murray is averaging 28.3 points over the past four games – the Wildcats won each by an average of 22.5 points – and is averaging a team-best 19.2 entering Saturday. The Wildcats will be without senior forward Alex Poythress (10 points, 6.6 rebounds) for the fifth straight game due to a knee injury, and junior forward Marcus Lee (6.6 points, 6.2 rebounds) is questionable after injuring his lower back against Tennessee.

* Texas A&M started 7-0 in SEC play, and the win over the Rebels halted a five-game conference losing streak. The Aggies are 14-1 at home with the lone defeat coming against South Carolina on Feb. 6.


* Kentucky is 6-1 ATS in their last seven games versus a team with a winning SU record.
* Texas A&M is 1-4 ATS in its last five games overall.
* Over is 13-5 in Kentucky’s last 18 road games.
* Under is 10-1 in Texas A&M’s last 11 games overall.

TCU Horned Frogs at No. 15 Iowa State Cyclones (-17.5, OFF)

* No. 15 Iowa State looks to avoid its fifth loss in seven games Saturday. The Cyclones stand among the top 20 in the nation in scoring (82.6) and were third in field goal percentage (50.3) going into the weekend, but struggled on the defensive end in a 100-91 overtime loss at Baylor on Tuesday.

* TCU has dropped four of its last five contests and must contain productive senior forward Georges Niang, who went over 2,000 points in his career last time out. The Horned Frogs are better on the defensive end – 69.1 points per game against – than on offense, where they are last in the league at 40.6 percent from the field and in scoring (66.2).


* TCU is 1-7 ATS in its last eight road games.
* Iowa State is 4-1 ATS in its last five Saturday games.
* Under is 4-0 in TCU’s last four versus Big 12 teams.
* Under is 4-1 in Iowa State’s last five Saturday games.

No. 18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (+2, OFF)

* Notre Dame puts an impressive three-game winning streak on the line Saturday. The 18th-ranked Fighting Irish have knocked off then-No. 1 North Carolina, Clemson and Louisville in succession to climb into an enviable position in the ACC, as they enter the weekend in position to gain a double-bye in the upcoming conference tournament.

* The Yellow Jackets are looking to climb at least one spot in the standings in order to avoid having to play in the first round of the ACC tourney, which includes only the bottom four seeds. They have won two of their last three after an 86-80 win at Florida State on Wednesday.


* Notre Dame is 0-5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
* Georgia Tech is 1-4 ATS in its last five games overall.
* Over is 4-0 in Notre Dame’s last four road games.
* Under is 5-1 in Georgia Tech’s last six games overall.

No. 16 Purdue Boilermakers at No. 21 Indiana Hoosiers (-4, OFF)

* No. 21 Indiana looks to take sole possession of first place in the Big Ten Saturday. Indiana controls its own destiny in the quest for its second Big Ten title in four years, but has struggled recently against its bitter rival, and hopes to beat the Boilermakers for the first time since Feb. 16, 2013.

* Purdue bounced back from a disappointing 61-56 loss to Michigan with a 71-61 win over Northwestern to move within two games of Iowa and Indiana with four regular-season contests remaining. The Boilermakers are a sparkling 15-1 at home but have dropped three of their last four road games and are averaging just 58.5 points in their last two defeats away from home. Purdue has enjoyed some recent success against the Hoosiers, winning the last three games in the series, including a 67-63 victory in Bloomington on Feb. 19, 2015.


* Purdue is 0-4 ATS in its last four games overall.
* Indiana is 5-1 ATS in its last six home games.
* Under is 13-3 in Purdue’s last 16 Saturday games.
* Over is 4-1 in Indiana’s ;ast five games versus a team with a winning SU record.

Oregon State Beavers at No. 17 Oregon Ducks (-10.5, OFF)

* Oregon State won the first meeting between these teams earlier this season, which followed a 13-day layoff for the Beavers and broke a four-game losing streak against the Ducks. Gary Payton II continues to lead Oregon State in scoring, rebounding and assists, but the 6-foot-3 senior guard has been less active on the boards lately, finishing below his 7.7 rebounding average in six straight games and eight of the last nine.

* Oregon shot poorly while losing back-to-back games in the Bay Area to California and Stanford last week and needs a win to keep pace with No. 12 Arizona for the conference lead. Dillon Brooks continues his breakout season for Oregon, as the 6-6 sophomore wing is averaging 23.7 points over the last three games to raise his scoring average to a team-high 17.2.


* Over is 4-0 in the last four meetings at Oregon.
* Home team is 5-1-1 ATS in the last seven meetings.
* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Oregon State is 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings.