With pro football now officially in its offseason, the sports world turns to college basketball, and the Monday, February 8 CBB lines are Live at BetRivers.com.
For those making the swith to college hoops, you may notice things are not the same as always. Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State and North Carolina are not ranked and only UNC loos like an NCAA Tournament team. There are two teams head-and-shoulders above the rest of the competition, but if you think we’re guaranteed a National Championship Game between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 Baylor think again. The 2020-2021 college basketball season might look different, but the same NCAA Tournament tropes remain the same.
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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 February 8 CBB lines, focusing North Carolina, Gonzaga and Minnesota.
February 8 CBB Lines: Monday Special
- #1 Gonzaga, #7 Ohio State, and #3 Kansas all win by 5+ points (Was +363, NOW +400)
Monday, February 8 CBB Lines & Predictions
MIAMI (7-11, 3-10) at NORTH CAROLINA (12-6, 7-4), 7 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: North Carolina -500, Miami +380
SPREAD: North Carolina -9.5
OVER/UNDER: 141.5 points
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I think that Miami is actually my favorite bet of the day today.
The Hurricanes have been a tough out this season. They are depleted due to injuries and defections, but they are playing teams tough. They just took Virginia Tech to overtime on Saturday, and Jim Larranaga’s ball-screen offense should give North Carolina some issues.
I also think that it’s important to point out here that UNC is in the prime let-down spot. They are coming off of a huge win over their rival in Cameron Indoor Stadium, and now have just a two-day turnaround before hosting a scrappy team that matches up well with them.
I’ll take all 9.5 of those points.
NEBRASKA (4-9, 0-6) at MINNESOTA (11-7, 4-7), 8 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Minnesota -590, Nebraska +420
SPREAD: Minnesota -10
OVER/UNDER: 148.5 points
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Nebraska is a bad basketball team. Flat out. They are not good, and they weren’t good before they had their COVID pause. And while Minnesota has had their fair share of issues this season as well, the one place that they have had some success this season has been at home.
So I’ll be on the Gophers in this spot.
#1 GONZAGA (18-0, 9-0) at BYU (15-4, 6-2), 11:00 p.m.
MONEYLINE: Gonzaga -625, BYU +460
SPREAD: Gonzaga -10.5
OVER/UNDER: 155.5 points
Click here for the full list of Gonzaga-BYU odds.
For whatever reason, BYU has always seemed to have Gonzaga’s number. Last season, Gonzaga’s only loss to a WCC opponent came when they paid a visit to the Marriott Center, losing 91-78. In 2017, the Zags would have entered the NCAA tournament undefeated had they not lost to the Cougars at home in the final game of the regular season. They lost at home to BYU in the 2016 season as well, and in 2015, the Zags once again lost their only WCC game of the season to BYU at home.
When these two teams get together, it doesn’t always go well for Gonzaga.
And that leads me to believe that some of the same is going to happen today.
That said, I’m not entirely sold on this BYU team being able to pull off the upset, so this is what my game-plan is going to be today: I’m betting on another Gonzaga slow start. I’m betting that the Zags are going to struggle early on again. This has been a constant theme for them in recent weeks, as WCC play as dragged on and they’ve continued to not be tested. And if that slow start materializes, I’m going to try and find a live-line where I can get the Zags somewhere around -5.5 for the game.
We’ll see if that works out.