Monday’s Quick Hitters
Published on Monday, 2/24/14, at 1:34 p.m. Eastern.
By Brian Edwards
–Kansas is 5-0-1 ATS in its last six games as a double-digit favorite. The Jayhawks, who are favored by 11.5 tonight at home vs. Oklahoma, can clinch at least a share of their 10th consecutive Big 12 regular-season title with a win over the Sooners.
–Oklahoma owns a 7-3-1 spread record in 11 games as an underdog this season. The Sooners have only lost by a double-digit margins once all year in an 87-76 defeat to Michigan St. at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
–The ‘over’ is on an 8-3 run for KU.
–Although OU has seen the ‘over’ go 14-10 overall, the ‘under’ is 5-2 in its road assignments.
–Maryland has played improved basketball of late and been tough at home. The Terrapins have won seven of their last eight home games, going 5-2 ATS in the seven lined contests. They catch Syracuse tonight on a quick turnaround in College Park as short home underdogs. Mark Turgeon’s team hasn’t played since last Tuesday’s home win over Wake Forest, so the spot certainly sets up well for the Terps.
–Jim Boeheim’s technical fouls really hurt ‘Cuse backers in Saturday’s loss at Duke. The Orange closed as a 6.5-point underdog at some books, but the early number was six and plenty of gamblers got a chafe push due to the 3-of-4 made free throws for the technicals issued with 10 seconds remaining.
–Oklahoma St. ended its seven-game losing streak and 0-8 ATS slide with Saturday’s clubbing of Texas Tech. The Cowboys can’t afford a loss tonight as double-digit favorites at TCU. The Horned Frogs are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games, but they will most likely be without Amric Fields against the Cowboys. Fields is ‘doubtful’ with a knee injury. He averages 13.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
–Many consider UConn’s backcourt of Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright as the nation’s best. However, it wasn’t the best set of guards on the court Sunday in Storrs, where SMU picked up a key road win for its resume by knocking off the Huskies by a 64-55 count as a 6.5-point underdog. Nic Moore and Nick Russell outplayed Napier and Boatright, who combined to make only 8-of-28 shots from the field.
–With a hat tip to Andrew Lange of Sports Memo, check out this Brent Musberger interview on sports radio in Las Vegas with Mitch Moss. Musberger touches on sports gambling, Jimmy the Greek and much more.