The second weekend of the 2020-2021 college basketball season is almost here, and the December 4 CBB lines offer a wide variety of heavy favorites, interesting underdogs, and tantalizing spreads.
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The College basketball odds for Friday, December 4 are live, and although there aren’t any elite, marquee matchups, there are plenty of games worth wagering on.
Rob Dauster, a longtime national college basketball writer, and co-founder of the Field of 68 Podcast Network, breaks down the December 4 CBB lines and the games he likes.
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL ODDS: FRIDAY DECEMBER 4 CBB LINES
#4 WISCONSIN (3-0) at MARQUETTE (2-1), 7 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Wisconsin -200, Marquette +165
SPREAD: Wisconsin -4.5
OVER/UNDER: 133.5 points
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This line opened up at Wisconsin (-8.5) and dropped four points almost immediately. And that makes sense, an 8.5 point favorite on the road in a rivalry game is too much. I would have been on Marquette at that number as well.
But … it’s moved too much. I’ve seen Marquette play this year. I saw them lose at home to Oklahoma State, who is picked to finish in the bottom half of the Big 12. Wisconsin is the No. 4 team in the country. They have size inside, but both of their big men — Micah Potter and Nate Reuvers — have the ability to step out and shoot from the perimeter.
The one thing that I am worried about is how Wisconsin will guard Dawson Garcia, Marquette’s stretch four freshman that will give the Badgers two-center look some trouble. But it’s not enough to convince me that the Badgers should only be laying 4.5 points in a game where there is not going to be any kind of home-court advantage for the Golden Eagles.
KENT STATE (1-0) at #15 VIRGINIA (2-1), 6 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Virginia -5000, Kent State +1600
SPREAD: Virginia -20
OVER/UNDER: 125 points
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So here’s the thing about Virginia, and we’re going to get into the weeds of college basketball x’s and o’s here, but bear with me: For years, Tony Bennett ran an offense known as blocker-mover. The year that the ‘Hoos won the national title, he installed a ball-screen continuity offense, which was one of the first times that he had moved away from the offense his father, the legend Dick Bennett, had created.
In the loss to San Francisco last week, Virginia was running something known as five-out read and react, which is an offense that was created two years ago by a small Division III school in Maine. It … did not work. In the win over St. Francis PA earlier this week, Virginia was back to running blocker-mover, which is what they ran in the win over Towson.
Both of those wins were blowouts. Kent State is picked middle of the pack in the MAC. I’ll be on UVA here, hoping that Bennett has learned from the error of his ways.
JACKSONVILLE (3-0) at GEORGIA (2-0), 7 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Georgia -1667, Jacksonville +850
SPREAD: Georgia -14.5
OVER/UNDER: 145 points
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The Bulldogs are not very good this year. They weren’t very good last year and they lost Anthony Edwards and Rayshaun Hammonds from that team. And the Dolphins are dangerous. They already own a win at Southern Miss this season, and through three games are shooting 46 percent from three.
MCNEESE STATE (1-1) at STEPHEN F. AUSTIN (1-0), 7:30 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Stephen F. Austin -1250, McNeese State +750
SPREAD: Stephen F. Austin -13.5
OVER/UNDER: 150.5 points
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Stephen F. Austin was sent home from Bubbleville because of positive COVID tests. But they never shut the program down. They never went into quarantine. That’s because the positive test was to an associate AD and not a member of the team or the coaching staff. They’ve been practicing. They’re chomping at the bit to get a game in. And McNeese State? They were displaced by the hurricane that hit Louisiana earlier this month.
The Lumberjacks are consistently one of the toughest mid-major programs in the country. I think they win and get the cover tonight.