The January 9 CBB lines are live on BetRivers.com, and the weekend brings an incredibly strong slate of college basketball games for bettors to wager on, thanks to 15 ranked teams hitting the hardwood on Saturday.
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Saturday’s marquee matchup tips off at noon, as No. 4 Texas heads to Morgantown to take on No. 14 West Virginia in the day’s only ranked matchup.
Rob Dauster, a longtime national college basketball writer, and co-founder of the Field of 68 Podcast Network, took a gander at the January 9 CBB lines and breaks down the numbers that matter.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ODDS: JANUARY 9 CBB ODDS
#4 TEXAS (9-1, 3-0) at #14 WEST VIRGINIA (9-3, 2-2), 1:00 p.m.
MONEYLINE: West Virginia -125, Texas +102
SPREAD: West Virginia -1.5
OVER/UNDER: 140.5 points
Click here for the full list of Texas-West Virginia odds.
Just like Kansas, I think that West Virginia is just a terrific matchup for this Texas team, especially with the way that the Mountaineers are playing without Oscar Tshiebwe in the mix.
Now that they are forced to go with this smaller lineup, they play into the hands of the Longhorns, who have a pair of 6-foot-10 combo-forwards that more or less make them matchup-proof in Greg Brown and Kai Jones. Brown and Jones can both make threes, score off the dribble, defend at the rim and stay in front of wings on the perimeter. This is not what you want to hear if you are the Mountaineers, who have spent the last two games playing four-around-one now that Derek Culver is the only big man that they have.
And to his credit, he’s had a really good season! While he struggles in the loss at Oklahoma, he was dominant at Oklahoma State (22 points, 19 boards). Now, the Pokes don’t have anyone on the interior that can deal with him, but Texas does. Jericho Sims has the size and the strength to hold his own. Royce Hamm has, at the least, five fouls to give. Brown and Jones can provide help. It makes sense.
Now, combine that with the fact that Texas is as good as any team in the country at running their opponents off of the three-point line (West Virginia has taken 39 percent of their field goals from beyond the arc the last two games) and forcing them to create in isolation, and I’m struggling to see where the Mountaineers are going to get points from. Maybe reverting to that Press Virginia style will work, but it is worth noting that Texas has one of the oldest backcourts in the country, led by the perennially underrated Matt Coleman.
I love Texas in this spot.
MIAMI (4-5, 0-4) at N.C. STATE (6-2, 2-1), 12:00 p.m.
MONEYLINE: North Carolina State -295, Miami +230
SPREAD: North Carolina State -6.5
OVER/UNDER: 143.5 points
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I think my hottest take in college basketball this season is that, if they were healthy, Miami would be the best team in the ACC.
They’ve been without Chris Lykes since the second game of the season. Earl Timberlake missed five games. Kam McGusty missed four games. Elijah Olaniyi didn’t get eligible under Dec. 16th. Matt Cross has been banged up. Rodney Miller is done for the year. So is Sam Waardenburg. It’s as bad in Coral Gables as it is anywhere in the country.
But this team just battles. They erased a 20-point second-half deficit to beat Purdue earlier this despite having just six players available, two of whom were walk-ons. They have five losses on the season, but three of them are by two points or less and a fourth is by four. They’re getting healthier — Timberlake is back, McGusty is back — and Isaiah Wong is playing really well.
I actually think N.C. State is pretty good as well, but they’re coming off of an OT loss and won their previous two games by a combined six points — against BC and a bad North Carolina team.
Put another way, neither team has played a game that would have covered a 6.5 point spread in the last three weeks.
WASHINGTON STATE (9-1, 2-1) at STANFORD (7-3, 3-1), 9:30 p.m.
MONEYLINE: Stanford -360, Washington State +280
SPREAD: Stanford -7.5
OVER/UNDER: 133.5 point
Click here for the full list of Washington State-Stanford odds.
The logic here is pretty simple: Washington State is one of the most undervalued teams in college basketball right now.
They played a lot of games closer than they should have been early in the season, but they were young and dealing with some issues adjusting to this new roster. As it stands, the Cougars are 9-1 on the season, and the only loss came in double-overtime against Arizona last weekend.
Stanford’s home court isn’t really a home court. They can’t play in the Pavilion due to the county’s COVID protocols.
JANUARY 9 CBB ODDS: NOTABLE GAMES
12:00 p.m.: St. John’s at #7 Creighton (-13). O/U 149
12:00 p.m.: Ohio State at #15 Rutgers (-4.5). O/U 139.5
12:00 p.m.: Wake Forest at #21 Duke (-13). O/U 144
1:00 p.m.: #4 Texas at #14 West Virginia (-1). O/U 140
2:00 p.m.: #9 Tennessee (-10.5) at Texas A&M. O/U 130
2:00 p.m.: #22 Virginia (-8.5) at Boston College. O/U 131.5
3:00 p.m.: #2 Baylor (-12.5) at Kansas State. O/U 143.5
4:00 p.m.: Tulane at #11 Houston (-19). O/U 128.5
4:00 p.m.: #18 Texas Tech (-7.5) at Iowa State. O/U 133.5
4:30 p.m.: Oklahoma at #6 Kansas (-7). O/U 144.5
8:00 p.m.: #1 Gonzaga (-32.5) at Portland. O/U 163
9:30 p.m.: #17 Oregon (-1.5) at Utah. O/U 138.5