Thursday college basketball odds – Top 25 NCAAB Lines
Purdue and Minnesota hook up in a key Big Ten battle of Top 25 ranked schools where the line is even but the total might be the best play when you look at historical college basketball betting trends.
The Boilermakers and Golden Gophers have played 8 UNDERs in a row when they clash. Keep that in mind when you study the matchup details for that game and others today.
Big Ten odds - No. 18 Purdue Boilermakers (14-4) at No. 20 Minnesota Golden Gophers (16-2) PK
The NCAA line for this game at SportsBetting.ag was even, which means bookmakers see it as a toss-up.
The Golden Gophers will have to contain Guard E'Twaun Moore (13.9 PPG), who dished out 19 assists in the Boilermakers last game. If he is able to penetrate and score they may win this huge away game.
Guard Lawrence Westbrook (14.1 PPG) leads the Golden Gophers, but they may be shorthanded tonight, as starting center Jon Williams may miss the game due to injury and PG Kevin Payton was recently suspended for academic reasons.
Both teams have two losses in the Big Ten and both need to win this game to keep pace with Michigan State, as the Spartans only have one loss in the conference.
Purdue comes into this game on a three-game winning streak, but Minnesota has only lost one game at home this season and they will bounce back and win a close game tonight. Again, check out the matchup report for the live NCAAB lines and to see that under trend, which you can get at 130 at SportsBetting.ag.
Big East odds - West Virginia Mountaineers (13-4) at No. 14 Georgetown Hoyas -5.5 (12-4)
The NCAA line for this game sees the Hoyas as 5.5 point favorites at Bovada.
For the Mountaineers to have any chance in this game, they will have to contain the big men of the Hoyas in 6’11” center Greg Monroe (13.2 ppg 6.3 rpg) and 6’8” forward DaJuan Summers (15.5 ppg 4.4 rpg).
The Mountaineers have to snap out of their scoring slump to score an upset tonight, as in their last three Big East games they are shooting only 34.3% from the floor and averaging 56.7 points. That's why the Big East odds are not favoring them.
Guard Alex Ruoff (16.5) and forward Da'Sean Butler (16.4 ppg) will have to work together and give the Mountaineers a solid inside/outside game tonight.
West Virginia is only 1-3 against ranked opponents this season.
Georgetown is too strong in the post and are at home, as they should easily win this game and cover the spread against a struggling West Virginia team.
Pac 10 odds - No. 11 UCLA Bruins -5 (14-3) at Washington State Cougars (11-6)
The NCAA line for this game at Bovada has the Bruins as 5 point favorites and it's possible the Bruins are the best bet here even as a small road favorite. They have covered the spread five straight times at Washington State and they are 11-3 ATS in their past 14 road games overall.
The Bruins are coming off their first Pac 10 loss of the season, as they lost to Arizona State in their last game 61-58 in OT, which also snapped the Bruins 10-game winning streak.
WSU’s guard Taylor Rochestie (12.7 ppg) will have to have a stellar game, both penetrating and creating plays and scoring, for the Cougars to win this game. That will not be easy, as the Bruins are one of the best defensive teams in the country.
In recent years UCLA has dominated this series winning 30 of their last 31 against Washington State, including eight in a row and 15 in row at WSU.
Bruins guard Darren Collison (14.9 ppg) and guard/forward Josh Shipp (12.1 ppg) are a tough tandem to deal with.
Look for the Bruins to control this game on the defensive end and continue their domination of the Cougars, as they will win this game and cover the spread. WSU bettors may find the best college basketball underdog odds closer to game time at Bovada
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