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Playing in Lubbock hasn’t been much of an edge for Texas Tech when Kansas has been the visitor. Granted, Texas Tech has beaten Kansas just once in the past 19 meetings overall, but the Red Raiders have lost eight straight to the Jayhawks in Lubbock, dating back to 2009. Current Texas Tech coach Chris Bears was on the Red Raiders’ bench for that game — as an assistant to Patrick Knight, who was then in his first season as the head man in Lubbock. Since then, Knight, Billy Gillispie and Tubby Smith have all come and gone, and not one managed to win a home game versus Kansas. Is this the game? The bookie’s line suggests it could be and DJ has a suggestion on your basketball bet!
Neither of these two squads are Kentucky, a strong mix of both offensive and defensive excellence. But, both of them can score points in bunches while struggling to get stops at the other end. Over its past nine contests, LSU has held exactly one team under 70 points, and that’s bottom-feeder Texas A&M.
The only two teams that have beaten the Virginia Cavaliers since last season, the Duke Blue Devils and UMBC. Before we Google UMBC to find out who that is, lets just say Duke is a clear and present danger, and UVA is going to need to do everything in their power to avoid seeing Coach K’s squad come tournament time. A win today versus Louisville will help. Sportsbooks have the Cards as 5 point underdogs. Find out who Kyle Cash has!
This isn’t how things were supposed to go for the Hoosiers. Indiana was supposed to be on the upswing in Archie Miller’s second season in Bloomington, and Romeo Langford was supposed to lead the Hoosiers back into the NCAA tournament. It started out that way, but Indiana hasn’t looked anything like itself for the past two months. Sportsbooks have the Hoosiers as 7 point underdogs vs Iowa which no one would have predicted in pre-season. Is there value in a dog named Hoosier? DJ gives his prediction!
Was the win over the Hoosiers the boost that Minnesota needs to get back on track, or a sign of just how far Indiana has fallen? If it’s the former, the Gophers have an excellent shot at getting a win they badly need in this contest. Minnesota nearly pulled off a stunner at Crisler Center on Jan. 22 by overcoming a 10-point deficit to tie the game, only to fall to Charles Matthews’ buzzer-beater. But in that defeat, Minnesota showed that the Wolverines could be beaten if they could defend the 3-pointer and find some offense of their own. DJ looks at tonight’s matchup and the sportsbook’s opening line of Michigan -4.5.