The college basketball weekend wraps up with a solid dose of Sunday hoops, and BetRivers.com is proud to present the latest December 13 CBB lines, odds, spreads and props.
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Rob Dauster, a longtime national college basketball writer, and co-founder of the Field of 68 Podcast Network, analyzes the December 13 CBB lines, taking an extra look at the intriguing ranked matchup between No. 19 Richmond and No. 11 West Virginia.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ODDS: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 CBB LINES
#19 RICHMOND (4-0) at #11 WEST VIRGINIA (5-1), 1 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: WVU -335, Richmond +270
SPREAD: WVU -7.5
OVER/UNDER: 45 points
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This is going to be a fascinating matchup of styles.
On the one hand, you have West Virginia, who plays as tough and as physical as anyone in college basketball. They pound the offensive glass, they have arguably the biggest frontline in the sport and they play the kind of aggressive halfcourt defense that you only see from a team coached by Bob Huggins.
Richmond, on the other hand, wants to run the Princeton. Their offense is chock full of backdoor cuts and three pointers and little guards that are overloaded with skill. Their offensive centerpiece is a 6-foot-11 big man who looks like he’s an extra in a movie on the 70’s hippie movement.
Now, I have a tough time picking a side here. I think I lean towards Richmond, because this feels like too many points in this matchup. And there is always a chance that West Virginia’s big men foul themselves out of relevance in a game like this. That said, Richmond struggles on the defensive glass, which is a very bad thing against a team pounds the o-boards as hard as anyone.
So I’ll lean to the under. This is not a Press Virginia team, but they still want to be able to play in transition. I think Richmond will control the tempo, take time on offense and try to keep this game in the 60s. That gives us the under with some room to spare.
PENN STATE (3-1) at MICHIGAN (5-0), 2 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Michigan -305, Penn State +250
SPREAD: Michigan -7
OVER/UNDER: 151.5 points
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The Wolverines have scored at least 80 points in all five of their games so far this season. They are seventh-nationally in offensive efficiency, according to KenPom. The three-wing experiment that Juwan Howard is working with seems to be a net-positive. They are certainly willing to get out and run the floor.
Penn State, on the other hand, absolutely does want to run. They want to get up threes. The only game where they did not have at least 72 possessions in their first three came against Virginia Tech, who moves at the pace of a snail. The Nittany Lions are also going to get threes up. More than 45 percent of their field goal attempts come from beyond the arc, and they are hitting them at a 37.8 percent clip. Michigan? They are middle-of-the-pack nationally in defending the three, and are happy to allow opponents to fire from distance.
Jim Ferry, Penn State’s interim coach, has always been known for high-scoring teams. Juwan Howard will be more than happy to run with them. The over makes too much sense.
UMASS (1-0) at NORTHEASTERN (0-1), 12 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: UMass -205, Northeastern +165
SPREAD: UMass -4.5
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Two times this weekend, there were teams that played each other in back-to-back games. Iona beat Fairfield on Friday by 28 points. They lost to Fairfield on Saturday by 15 points. UC Santa Barbara beat Loyola Marymount on Monday by 11 points. They lost to Loyola Marymount on Saturday.
Northeastern, who is coached by Bill Coen and is consistently one of the better mid-majors on the east coast, lost to UMass on by 15 points on Friday. They play again today, at home. That moneyline, at +155, is awful tasty.