Behind the Lines – Week 3Posted by rtmsf on December 20th, 2008
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Welcome to the Week Three edition of Behind the Lines. On a weekly basis, we will cover the betting lines that stand out from the week that was in college basketball. This week I am going to do something a bit different. I am going to preview the potentially best upcoming games this week including analysis based on recent previous games played.
It is a slow week except for tonight, which is definitely an exception. There are some great games on tap.
Saturday, December 20th
Michigan St(22) at Texas(5)
Behind the line: This will be Michigan St.’s first big road test. Texas has shown they they will let opponents stick around in games; a dangerous thing to do with Michigan St.
Arizona at UNLV
Behind the line: UNLV is going to be favored here (a very small favorite), making this a friendly betting line.
Davidson(20) at Purdue(18)
Behind the line: Davidson will be getting a little more than a handful of points on the road. They certainly have the potential to win the game outright. They have proven they can play on the road as they played @Oklahoma and covered.
Connecticut(2) vs Gonzaga(7)
Behind the line: Gonzaga is actually going to be favored. Personally, I think this UConn team is very good and as underrated as a #2 can be. UConn getting points, definitely a friendly line.
Sunday, December 20th
Clemson(25) at Miami-Florida
Behind the line: This is only Clemson’s third road game. Their previous two where @Illinois and @Charlotte where they squeaked out 2 and 1 point wins respectively.If Miami is getting points here, I like this line.
Tuesday, December 22nd
Butler at Xavier(7)
Behind the line: Butler is 4-1 on the road. The one loss was their last game @ Ohio State in which they only lost by 3. If this line is large enough it, Butler has potential to be a solid bet.
Wednesday, December 23rd
Kansas at Arizona
Behind the lines: Kansas is yet to have a true road game. However, we saw what happened on national television versus UMass last weekend. That makes this an intriguing game.
There are no games on Christmas Eve and Day, making this a short week. Still, Saturday gives us an early Christmas of great college basketball action. If you don’t hear from me until after the holidays than Happy Holidays everyone!