The January 13 CBB lines are live on BetRivers.com, and with a handful of conference games already out of the way, the college basketball landscape is starting to even itself out.
Rob Dauster, a longtime national college basketball writer, and co-founder of the Field of 68 Podcast Network, took a gander at the January 13 CBB lines and breaks down the numbers that matter.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ODDS: JANUARY 13 CBB ODDS
AUBURN (6-6, 0-4) at GEORGIA (7-3, 0-3), 7 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Auburn -115, Georgia -105
SPREAD: Auburn -1
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Yes, I fully admit that this is me overreacting to a one game sample of a team that ended up losing a game, but for my money, I cannot understand how in the world Auburn is getting points against a bad Georgia team regardless of where the game is being played.
Georgia is not good.They are currently 0-3 in the SEC this season, and they are coming off of a 30-point loss to an Arkansas team that has better computer numbers than they do talent on the roster. The Bulldogs went 7-0 in the non-conference, but the majority of those wins came over competition that isn’t worth mentioning. They did knock off Cincinnati at home earlier this season, but this is not Mick Cronin’s Cincinnati team.
Auburn, on the other hand, got Sharife Cooper back on Saturday, and he changes everything.
The Tigers have finishers on their roster. They have guys like Allen Flanigan and Justin Powell, sharpshooters that can make catch-and-shoot threes. They have lob targets like JT Thor around the basket. They have a bunch of wings and athletic bigs that can run the floor in transition. What they lacked was a playmaker, a guy that could get the ball to those players in positions where they can be a threat.
They needed someone that could put their finishers in a position to, you know, finish.
That’s precisely what Cooper, who is just a terrific passer, can do.
So I love the Auburn moneyline here as much as I love any line tonight.
I am also going to be on the over.
Cooper’s addition will mean that Auburn is playing faster and more efficiently on offense. It also means that they are not going to be as good defensively. Combine all that with the fact that the Bulldogs rank 11th nationally in tempo, and what you have is a game that is going to see upwards of 80 possessions.
Let’s get em.
#15 TEXAS TECH (10-3, 3-2) at #4 TEXAS (10-1, 4-0), 9 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Texas -141, Texas Tech +116
SPREAD: Texas -2.5
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This is just a quintessential letdown spot for the Longhorns.
Coming off of a big, emotional win at West Virginia, one where cancer survivor Andrew Jones hit a game-winning three, they come home to take on a Texas Tech team that has been playing much better of late. They blew out Iowa State on Saturday. They beat up on Kansas State last week. And they would have beaten Oklahoma State last Saturday if Cade Cunningham wasn’t getting foul calls at the same rate that Kobe Bryant did.
The concern here is that Texas opened as just a 2.5-point favorite. I was expecting that number to be closer to 4 or 4.5, which changes the discussion a bit. I think the play here is either to back Texas to cover, or to take the Texas Tech moneyline at +116. I will be doing the latter, although I will be waiting to see if the line moves towards Texas at all before I lock in a bet.
JANUARY 13 CBB ODDS: NOTABLE GAMES
4:30 p.m: Notre Dame at #18 Virginia (-9.5). O/U 123
7:00 p.m.: Northwestern at #21 Ohio State (-8.5). O/U 139
7:00 p.m.: Tulsa at Wichita State (-3.5). O/U 133.5
7:00 p.m.: Auburn (-1) at Georgia. O/U 157
7:00 p.m.: Arkansas at LSU (-1.5). O/U 160.5
8:30 p.m.: #16 Louisville (-8) at Wake Forest. O/U 136.5
9:00 p.m.: #15 Texas Tech at #4 Texas (-2). O/U 131
9:00 p.m.: Boise State (-9) at Wyoming. O/U 147.5
9:00 p.m.: Texas A&M at Mississippi State (-4.5). O/U 130.5