The February 17 CBB lines are live on BetRivers.com, and with less than four weeks until Selection Sunday, teams are looking to solidify their tournament resumes and separate themselves from the March Madness bubble.
Rob Dauster, a longtime national college basketball writer, and co-founder of the Field of 68 Podcast Network breaks down the February 17 CBB lines for Duke vs. Wake Forest, Tennessee vs. South Carolina, and a non-conference game between North Carolina and Northeastern.
Boosted Bets: Wednesday CBB Specials
- #17 Southern Cal, #19 Tennessee and #23 Kansas all win by 10+. Was +351. Now +415
- Indiana -4.5 & Over 137.5 total game points vs. Minnesota. Was +255. Now +285
Wednesday, February 17 CBB Lines & Predictions
NORTHEASTERN (9-7) at NORTH CAROLINA (12-7), 7:00 p.m.
MONEYLINE: North Carolina -2500, Northeastern +1150
SPREAD: North Carolina -17
OVER/UNDER: 138 points
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I like the Huskies in this spot. Bill Coen is a tremendous coach, and his style should be able to match up pretty well with what UNC does. Northeastern hits the defensive glass. They do not allow transition opportunities. They do not go after offensive rebounds, and while I am worried about the size mismatch inside, I think that the pace of play, as well as a game-plan that is going to focus on taking away post touches, should do enough to keep NE within 16 points.
And it’s worth mentioning here that this is a spot where UNC would typically be playing a conference opponent. When you’re expecting to play a ranked Virginia Tech team but instead draw a mid-major, it’s always going to be the mid-major that is more fired up and excited to play.
DUKE (8-8, 6-6) at WAKE FOREST (6-9, 3-9), 8:30 p.m.
MONEYLINE: Duke -286, Wake Forest +230
SPREAD: Duke -6.5
OVER/UNDER: 144.5 points
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The big news of the week in college basketball is that Jalen Johnson, Duke’s star freshman and a potential top ten pick in this year’s NBA Draft, is no longer on the roster.
After playing just eight minutes in Duke’s win over N.C. State on Saturday, Johnson left the program, citing a foot injury, to try and prepare for the NBA Draft. And while, on the surface, this looks like a bad thing for Duke, the truth is that Johnson’s effort level has been inconsistent throughout the season and his buy-in has been at a discount.
Put another way, the distraction of Johnson’s will-I-stay or will-I-go routine has taken a toll, and now that it is settled — and now that everyone on the roster has the same end goal — it could end up being a better thing for the Blue Devils.
And that goes beyond the fact that Johnson was an awkward fit on a roster where both he and Matthew Hurt are terrific offensive weapons that can’t really guard. Playing them together was difficult, but now that won’t be an issue. We’ve heard of the Ewing Theory, right? Well, maybe we see a little bit of that tonight.
Either way, Duke (-6.5) is no longer on the Fade Train!
SOUTH CAROLINA (5-9, 3-7) at #19 TENNESSEE (14-5, 7-5), 9:00 p.m.
MONEYLINE: Tennessee -835, South Carolina +540
SPREAD: Tennessee -11.5
OVER/UNDER: 144 points
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This hurts me deep, deep down into my soul to say this, but I think that it is going to be time to start fading the Vols.
I’ve wanted to be in on this team all season long. I want them to figure this mess out. I want them to win a national title. Yes, I have a Tennessee future at 35:1, why do you ask?
But the truth is that the Vols are banged up and discombobulated. Yves Pons has a bum knee that has kept him from playing near 100 percent for a couple of weeks. John Fulkerson’s wrist is almost as banged up as his confidence. They’re tired, both physically and mentally, and they are no where near playing their best basketball.
And if there’s one thing that you cannot be against a Frank Martin coached team, it’s tired and banged up and a step slow. Gamecocks to cover.