Caesar’s releases lines for upcoming rivalry games

B.E. is endorsing LSU at 100/1 odds to win the national championship. Tremont Waters is one of the main reasons why.

Published on Thursday, 2/7/19, at 12:13 p.m. Eastern.

Caesars Palace’s sports book has released spreads for some upcoming rivalry games in college hoops. Let’s take a look…

Saturday, 2/9: Virginia -1.5 vs Duke (total 136)

Monday, 2/11: North Carolina -2.5 vs. Virginia (137.5)

Saturday, 2/16: Kentucky -4 vs. Tennessee (146.5)

Wednesday, 2/20: Duke -8 vs. UNC (169)

Sunday, 2/24: Michigan -3.5 vs. Michigan St. (134)

Saturday, 3/2: Tennessee -4 vs. UK (146.5)
Gonzaga -9.5 at Saint Mary’s (153)
Nevada -1 at Utah St. (149.5)

There’s also the following prop for Kansas: KU wins/shares 2019 Big 12 regular-season title: No -280, Yes +240

**Bonus Nuggets**

–Arizona, a one-point home underdog tonight vs. Washington, will be without Brandon Williams, who is ‘out’ indefinitely with an injured knee. Williams (12.0 points per game) has a 76/36 assist-to-turnover ratio.

–Washington takes an 11-game winning streak into Tucson. The Huskies have covered the number in nine straight. They might be without leading rebounder Noah Dickerson, who is ‘doubtful’ due to an ankle sprain. The senior power forward, who originally signed with Billy Donovan and the Gators but changed his mind after Billy D bolted for OKC, is averaging 12.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Dickerson is shooting at a team-best 56.8 percent clip from the field.

–I’m endorsing future-ticket purchases for Syracuse and LSU to win the national championship at 80/1 and 100/1 odds, respectively. The ‘Cuse got clipped at home earlier this week by FSU, but the Orange are poised for another deep run in March. They brought back everybody of note from last year’s Sweet 16 team that was eliminated by Duke (but covered on its way out of the Tournament) and have added Buddy Boeheim, who had scored in double figures three times in five games while making 13-of-22 launches from 3-point range before going 0-of-6 from downtown in Tuesday’s home loss to FSU.

–LSU saw its 10-game winning streak snapped in Saturday’s one-point loss vs. Arkansas. The Tigers bounced back nicely last night by winning 92-88 at Mississippi St. in overtime as three-point underdogs. Freshman Naz Reid had 29 points and nine rebounds, while Tremont Waters finished with 26 points, five assists, five steals and four rebounds. Waters and MSU’s Quinndary Weatherspoon waged an outstanding Pissing Contest late in regulation and throughout the extra session. Weatherspoon was outstanding in a 27-point effort, but it was Waters ensuring quality shots galore on basically every possession at crunch time.

–I see a pink slip in Sean Miller’s future, but it was still a great dish to Jerome Lane for that backboard-breaking flush with Bill Raftery on the call: “Send it in, Jerome!!!” Who beat that nasty 1988 Pitt team that also had former Knick Charles Smith in the frontcourt? That would be Vanderbilt, which beat the Panthers 80-74 in the Tournament after Barry Goheen hit a buzzer-beating 3-ball to force overtime in the Round of 32. The southpaw, who would also hit buzzer beaters to knock off Georgia and Louisville the following season, actually hit a pair of 3’s in the final six seconds of regulation. Barry Flippin’ Goheen!

–San Francisco has lost by double digits only once this year, falling 96-83 at home to Gonzaga. However, that game was tied at 79-79 at the under-4 television timeout. The Dons are 18-point underdogs at Gonzaga tonight.

My picks for tonight.

-Here are your TV games for tonight…

Central Connecticut at St. Francis-PA (ESPNU, 5:00 p.m.)
Houston at UCF (CBSSN, 7:00 p.m.)
Radford at Hampton (ESPNU, 7:00 p.m.)
Cincinnati at Memphis (ESPN2, 7:00 p.m.)
Penn State at Ohio State (ESPN, 7:00 p.m.)
Washington State at Arizona State (PAC12, 8:00 p.m.)
Iowa at Indiana (ESPN, 9:00 p.m.)
Western Kentucky at Rice (CBSSN, 9:00 p.m.)
Washington at Arizona (ESPN2, 9:00 p.m.)
Stanford at Oregon State (PAC12, 10:00 p.m.)

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