Sunday Betting Tops: College Hoops

Sam Dekker and the Wisconsin Badgers will look to defeat Ohio State and move up the Big Ten standings and AP rankings on Sunday afternoon.

Three more AP ranked sides fell to unranked opposition on Saturday, the most noteworthy of which was #2 Duke’s two-point loss to “rivals” Maryland. That result will generate another shakeup in the AP poll to be released on Monday and in the NCAAB futures to be released on Wednesday.

#21 Notre Dame and #25 Kentucky joined Duke on the loser’s list, falling to Providence and Tennessee respectively. Both teams will be struggling for an NCAA tournament berth now.

Sunday’s college hoops slate features a host of ranked teams looking to avoid a similar fate. Whilst we expect #4 Michigan and #12 Louisville to handle business against Penn State and South Florida respectively, the remaining three AP top 25 fixtures have more than a little intrigue about them.


#13 Ohio State @ #20 Wisconsin

1:00 PM ET

The ultra-tough Big Ten conference has made it tough to gage just how good #13 Ohio State (18-6, 8-4 Big Ten) and #20 Wisconsin (17-8, 8-4 Big Ten) are this season. Both have their fair share of wins this year, but losses have begun piling up as well. The same can be said of Michigan and Minnesota.

The Buckeyes and Badgers will both be looking to add a win to their tally Sunday afternoon in Madison. Ohio State grabbed a victory over Northwestern on Thursday, snapping a two-game losing streak. Wisconsin lost in Minnesota that same day, putting the brakes on a three-game winning streak.

Wisconsin has been solid at home this season. The Badgers have won their last three at the Kohl Center and 13 of the last 14. Ohio State has been less than stellar on the road, going 3-4 away from Columbus. They’ll be extra cause for concern for the Buckeyes; the side is 1-6 against opponents ranked in the AP top 25. Wisconsin is 4-4 in that same category.

Wisconsin’s last three games have gone to overtime, a testament to how tough the Badgers play opponents in their very deliberate offense. That very deliberate offense has generated just 237 turnovers (9 ½ per game) which ranks the side the third best in the country.

This Season: Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 58-49 in Columbus on Jan. 29.

Last Season: The two sides split a pair of regular season meetings, with each school winning on its opponent’s floor.

Favorite: Wisconsin Spread: 2 Total: 119½

Take: WISCONSIN – Ohio State hasn’t proved itself on the road this season and the Badgers are very good at home. That should be enough for the straight up victory. Ohio State (12-10-0 ATS) has fared better than Wisconsin (9-14-0 ATS) against the spread this season, but with the spread at just two points it’ll be hard to cover. Take the Badgers t cover. Although both teams trend towards the under, take the total to go over, especially if this one goes to overtime.


#9 Arizona @ Utah

3:00 PM ET

With consecutive losses, #9 Arizona (20-4, 8-4 Pac-12) has slipped to third in the Pac-12, just one game ahead of rivals Arizona State in the loss column. UCLA and #23 Oregon – both winners on Saturday – are ahead of the Wildcats.

Utah (11-13, 3-9 Pac-12) will welcome the slumping Wildcats with open arms. The Utes may look a mess in terms of their record, but Sunday’s game will provide the side with a good opportunity to knock-off a quality opponent. The Utes came close to doing exactly that when the two sides met earlier in the year.

Utah scored a victory over Arizona State on Wednesday, snapping a two-game losing streak in the process. The side limits opponents to just .386 shooting (25th in the nation) and will look to put the shackles on an Arizona side used to scoring.

This Season: Arizona scored a narrow 60-57 win over Utah when the two met Tucson on Jan. 5.

Last Season: Arizona won both games between the two schools last year, including a 77-51 win in Salt Lake City.

Favorite: Arizona Spread: Total:

Take: ARIZONA – Expect the Wildcats to grab a bounce back win, but expect it to come at a cost. Utah (14-8-0 ATS) has been tremendous against the spread this season, compiling an 8-5-0 ATS record at home and a 10-5-0 ATS record as underdog. Take the Utes to cover again on Sunday.


#3 Miami (FL) @ Clemson

6:00 PM ET

Duke’s loss to Maryland on Saturday leaves #3 Miami (20-3, 11-0 ACC) way out front in the ACC standings. A win on Sunday would put the Hurricanes three games ahead with six to play. That loss also opens up the possibility that Miami can take the #2 spot in the AP poll on Monday (with two wins, Indiana will stay at #1).

The trick now is to stay ahead of the game and not to lose focus, particularly against a Clemson (13-11, 5-7 ACC) side that will be all too happy to play spoiler. The Tigers don’t have a quality win on their résumé this season, which should give Miami all the more reason to be wary.

This Season: This is the first meeting between the schools this season. They’ll meet again on Mar. 9 in Coral Gables.

Last Season: Miami defeated Clemson 76-73 in Coral Gables in the only meeting between the schools last season.

Favorite: Miami Spread: Total: 120

Take: MIAMI – It’s hard not to expect the Hurricanes to slip up somewhere along the way, but the side seemingly is refusing to do so. It wouldn’t be a stretch to the imagination to see the side head into Duke on Mar. 2 with a 15-0 ACC record. The side won’t slip up against Clemson, a side that is 0-4 against AP ranked opponents. The game could be close though, particularly as the Tigers have won seven of the last nine at home. Still, take Miami (14-4-2 ATS) to cover the spread. With both teams able to stop opponents scoring, take the total to go under.


AP Top 25 Schedule (Sunday)

#3 Miami (FL) @ Clemson

Penn State @ #4 Michigan

#9 Arizona @ Utah

#12 Louisville @ South Florida

#13 Ohio State @ #20 Wisconsin