College Basketball Odds: Wednesday December 9 CBB lines and betting preview
The third week of the 2020-2021 college basketball season continues with another night of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and all the latest December 9 CBB lines are live at BetRivers.com.
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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 December 9 CBB lines and has questions to ask about Duke-Illinois.
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL ODDS: WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 9 CBB LINES
INDIANA (3-1) at #20 FLORIDA STATE (1-0), 7:15 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Florida State -157, Indiana +130
SPREAD: Florida State -3
OVER/UNDER: 139.5 points
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Virginia-Michigan State was cancelled, which means that the biggest game of the night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge will feature Indiana heading to Tallahassee in a return game from last season, when the Hoosiers beat up on the Seminoles in Bloomington.
This is just the second game that Florida State will be playing this season, and while it’s tough to get a gauge on how good the program is based off of one performance against an overmatched North Florida team, I do think that this is a great spot to bounce on FSU.
What Florida State does defensively is switch. Everything. They play a man-to-man, but it morphs into something of an amorphous blob given just how much Leonard Hamilton’s team changes who they are guarding. It works because everyone on their roster is basically interchangeable. How many versatile, athletic 6-foot-6 to 6-foot-9 guys with 7-foot-plus wingspans are there on the planet? Because it feels like 75 percent of the people with those tools end up playing for Ham.
This is a problem for Indiana. The way to beat a defense like this is to have individual playmakers that can beat a mismatch. Indiana has that in Trayce Jackson-Davis, but for him to win a matchup will require him to get post touches. And I just think that Florida’s size and athleticism will eat Indiana’s guards up. Throw in the fact that they are one of the best in the country at forcing turnovers and getting to the offensive glass, two things that Indiana struggles with, and laying three is just not enough points.
NORTHERN IOWA (1-3) at #19 RICHMOND (3-0), 6 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: Richmond -360, UNI +275
SPREAD: Richmond -7.5
OVER/UNDER: 1483.5 points
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Northern Iowa has the best player in this game on their roster in AJ Green. The problem? He will not be on the floor, as he is out indefinitely trying to recover from a hip injury.
That’s a nightmare scenario for a Panthers team that started out the year with three straight losses in the Angry Lawnmower Men of the Dakotas Classic over Thanksgiving. Now, Ben Jacobson still does have some talent on his roster, and giving him two weeks to try and figure out a way to play without his star is not exactly the most comfortable place to be, but I think we have to fade UNI in this spot. Richmond is just too good, too experienced and too well-coached.
EASTERN ILLINOIS (2-3) at EVANSVILLE (0-3), 7 p.m. ET
MONEYLINE: EIU -175, Evansville +143
SPREAD: Eastern Illinois -3.5
OVER/UNDER: 129.5 points
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This line makes no sense to me. Evansville is one of the worst teams in the mid-major ranks. They are coming off of a season where they lost all 18 league games despite winning at Kentucky because their coach got in so much legal trouble he was fired by the school less than two months after upsetting the No. 1 team in the country on their own court.
Think about that.
Enter Todd Lickliter, who has not exactly gotten off to the best start, as he is 0-3 with a 35 point drubbing against Louisville and a pair of losses to sub-300 KenPom teams Prairie View A&M and UT-Martin, who coach tragically died last month and whose best player left the team as a result.
EIU, on the other hand, has actually looked OK. They gave Wisconsin a fight in Madison. They gave Dayton a fight in Dayton. They beat up on Chicago State. They won at Green Bay. The spread is 2.5 points off of what KenPom has as the projected score, and those points carry more value in a game where the total is only projected to be 131.