The January 25 CBB lines are live on BetRivers.com, and as has been the case all season long, Tuesdays tend to provide the strongest slate of college basketball games.
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Rob Dauster, a longtime national college basketball writer, and co-founder of the Field of 68 Podcast Network breaks down the January 25 CBB lines, and has some opinions on where to put your money on Thursday night in WVU vs. Texas Tech, Virginia vs. Syracuse, and Texas Southern vs. Mississippi Valley State.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ODDS: JANUARY 25 CBB LINES
SYRACUSE (9-4, 3-3) at #13 VIRGINIA (10-2, 6-0), 7 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Virginia -315, Syracuse +255
SPREAD: Virginia -7
OVER/UNDER: 129 points
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Syracuse looked like they were really rounding into form this past week.
After starting out the season with a 7-4 record and going 1-3 in their first four ACC games, the Orange whipped up on both Miami and Virginia Tech last week, winning those two games by an averaging of 22 points. Quincy Guerrier and Alan Griffin both look like killers on the wing of the 2-3 zone, while the emergence of Kadary Richmond has made this defense that much longer and more athletic at the top of the zone.
And while Virginia has been better as well, I’m still not fully buying the shooting or the offense, which is why I like Syracuse getting the points in this spot. What that 2-3 zone forces you to do is to try and shoot over the top. If Virginia is making those shots, it could be a long night. But if they aren’t, then I’m not convinced they’ll make any kind of effort to get to the offensive glass.
TEXAS SOUTHERN (3-7, 1-2) at MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE (0-13, 0-5), 8:30 p.m.
SPREAD: Texas Southern -25
OVER/UNDER: 146 points
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Mississippi Valley State is one of the worst basketball teams that we have ever seen in the college ranks. Not only do they rank dead last in KenPom at 357th, but they also rank dead in both offensive and defensive efficiency. They’ve lost their last two games by a combined 87 points. They scored 31 points against Prairie View A&M on Saturday. Fade city.
#12 TEXAS TECH (11-4, 4-2) at #14 WEST VIRGINIA (10-4, 3-3), 9 p.m.
MONEYLINE: West Virginia -132, Texas Tech +112
SPREAD: West Virginia -2
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Texas Tech is in the middle of their most difficult stretch in conference play, as this is their third road gave in a stretch where they play four of five away from Lubbock. The home game during this stretch? Last Saturday’s loss at home against Baylor.
In tonight’s Big Monday nightcap, the Red Raiders will be hosting the new-and-improved West Virginia Mountaineers, who have gone away from the Press Virginia bottle and are now playing 4-around-1 with double-double machine Derek Culver anchoring an offense that has turned into the best three-point shooting team in the Big 12.
And ultimately that’s where I think this game is going to be won. West Virginia is leading the conference in three-point shooting during league play while Texas Tech ranks dead last in three-point percentage defense. West Virginia has really struggled to score inside the arc, and Texas Tech leads the nation in block rate and defensive two-point field goal percentage.
So I like the Mountaineers laying the points here. They’ll be playing at home, they already played a tune-up coming off of their COVID layoff and they’ll get a chance to play in their own building.