The January 30 CBB lines are live on BetRivers.com, and the final Saturday in January provides bettors and college basketball fans with a loaded slate of games and quite a bit of interesting odds.
With 17 ranked teams in action, three games featuring two ranked teams, and the Big 12/SEC Challenge, there is a wide variety of January 30 CBB lines to choose from and a lot of different ways you can bet.
Rob Dauster, a longtime national college basketball writer, and co-founder of the Field of 68 Podcast Network breaks down the January 30 CBB lines, focusing on two ACC matchups and a ranked showdown in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Check out our basketball betting odds and be ready to win.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 CBB LINES
#9 ALABAMA (14-3) at #24 OKLAHOMA (10-4), 12:00 p.m.
MONEYLINE: Alabama -135, Oklahoma +115
SPREAD: Alabama -1
OVER/UNDER: 154 points
This line moved overnight. What opened up as the Crimson Tide getting 1.5 points when I went to bed turned into Alabama laying a point by the time that I woke up.
That said, I’m still in on Alabama in this spot. It’s a combination of two things:
1) This is an ideal sell-high spot on Oklahoma, who is riding high after a pair of wins over ranked teams. Those teams? Kansas and Texas. The Jayhawks are a Kansas team in name only. They don’t have anywhere near the talent that we are used to seeing a Bill Self team have, and it’s showing in their performances.
And Texas? They were down two starters — Jericho Sims and Courtney Ramey — as well as head coach Shaka Smart. Oklahoma is good. But they’re not as good as you would think after beating Kansas and a top ten team.
2) Where the Oklahoma defense really struggles is defending the three-point line. They allow opponents to shoot better than 35 percent from beyond the arc. That’s a problem going up against an Alabama team whose entire offense is built around running, chucking up threes or taking layups. They are the collegiate version of Moreyball, and that is a very bad matchup for Oklahoma this year.
CLEMSON (10-4, 4-4) at DUKE (6-5, 4-3), 12:00 p.m
MONEYLINE: Duke -220, Clemson +180
SPREAD: Duke -5
OVER/UNDER: 135 points
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Duke finally covered!
For just the second time this season on Wednesday night, the Blue Devils ensured that their backers were winners, hitting six free throws down the stretch to cover by a point in a game that the Yellow Jackets led in the final two minutes. It was a pretty disgusting beat for those of us that have been fading Duke all season long.
Which means I’m getting back on that horse.
FLORIDA STATE (10-2, 6-1) at GEORGIA TECH (7-5, 3-3), 4:00 p.m.
MONEYLINE: Florida State -186, Georgia Tech +155
SPREAD: Florida State -4
OVER/UNDER: 142.5 points
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Florida State is the best team in the ACC.
Yeah, I said it.
You can hate me if you want, Virginia fans, but I’ve set up camp on Seminole Island and I’ll be living here for the next two months. Come see me when Leonard Hamilton is cutting down the nets for his second straight league title.
Anyway, I love them in this spot against a Georgia Tech team that is coming off of a loss at Duke. I know why people are into Josh Pastner’s team this season, but I’m not ready to buy it fully. Georgia Tech is a good ACC team. Florida State is a potential Final Four team. There’s a big difference.
FADE THE LAYOFFS:
There are four teams that are coming off of a stretch where they have not played for more than two weeks: Canisius (Jan. 2nd), Elon (Jan. 3rd), Georgetown (Jan. 9th) and Xavier (Jan. 10th).
Using that logic, I will be on the Quinnipiac ML (+112) at Canisius, Delaware (-6) at home again Elon and Providence (-4) at Georgetown.
Xavier (-1) at Butler fits the system here, but I just refuse to back Butler in all situations this season.