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Year of the Blue Bloods...NOT 💩
Fun fact: Duke, UNC and Kentucky are currently unranked. In a season with new teams rising to the top, keep an eye on the Providence vs. Marquette match-up tonight in the Big East. Plus a big chance for UConn to bounce back on the road. Let's discuss 🏀 (4 min read)
College Hoops Check-In
Now that intra-conference play has had some time to settle, let's take a temperature check around the country to see where the balance of power lies. After lauding UConn last month for putting together the best start to their season since 2008, the Huskies proceeded to lose four of their last five 😩
Sticking with that theme, one of the most interesting aspects of the early-season has been the blue blood programs faltering — namely a trio of schools that, after this past week, have fallen out of the rankings entirely 😅
Check out the sights and sounds from Sunday's win at No. 6 UConn 🎥
— St. John's Men’s Basketball (@StJohnsBBall)
Jan 17, 2023
After coming off a national championship last year, UNC was expected to at least remain competitive after returning key contributors to that squad in Armando Bacot, Caleb Love and RJ Davis, but an ugly stretch in the beginning of the season (four losses in a row) quickly dropped the Tar Heels from the AP standings 💩
Kentucky meanwhile has looked like an average team, despite the stellar play of projected lottery pick Cason Wallace. Against their top challenges like Gonzaga, UCLA, and Alabama, the Wildcats have came up short. It's worth noting that Calipari's squad recently beat a good Tennessee team, although they followed it up with a loss to South Carolina
An 12-6 start is definitely not what Coach Calipari had in mind, but he'll take last night's W vs. Georgia
I would like to see Cason Wallace attacking the rim more often, but when he does it can be really good.
Currently making 73.3% of his rim attempts (only 30 so far).
— Poliseli (@BBall_Poliseli)
Jan 17, 2023
Duke seems to be unable to find consistency, especially on the road. The Blue Devils best win has come at home (a nine point victory over Ohio State), but the program has also suffered blowout losses while visiting Purdue and NC State 👀
Kyle Filipowski has emerged as a do-it-all prospect, but Duke expected more from No. 1 overall recruit Derek lively, who is only averaging 4 PPG
Clemson takes down Duke 72-64, and the fans storm the court.
— Justin Robertson (@j_probertson)
Jan 15, 2023
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Big East Matchups
The game of the night belongs to Providence and Marquette, two ranked Big East teams that are fighting to keep pace with Xavier — both programs boast conference records of 6-1 and 6-2 respectively, while the Musketeers are perfect at 7-0. Meanwhile, Uconn takes on Seton Hall in what shouldn't be a competitive game. However the Huskies, as mentioned, have dropped four of their last five, while the Pirates have won four of their last five
📍 #22 Providence @ #20 Marquette
Both of these teams are coming into this matchup with some momentum — Providence in particular has won nine of their last ten, including a double OT thriller against Marquette right before Christmas
Bryce Hopkins in particular has been a revelation for the Friars and may play himself into favorable NBA draft position if he can continue providing two-way excellence
Bryce Hopkins is in the midst of a breakout sophomore campaign.
29 PTS, 23 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL, 1 BLK to will Providence to a 2OT win over Marquette.
An absolute bull in the paint battling for boards + drawing double-digit fouls.
Walling up + maintaining verticality defensively.
— Jon Chepkevich (@JonChep)
Dec 21, 2022
Providence has their own potential NBA talent in Kam Jones, who embodies the big guard archetype at 6'4, and possesses a wealth of defensive tools
Betting Preview (subject to change)
Spread: Marquette -6.5
Moneyline: Marquette -265 (bet $265, win $100), Providence +215 (bet $100, win $215)
📍 #15 Uconn @ Seton Hall
We've already hammered home the ups and downs of this UConn season so far, but this match up is intriguing for the sole fact that both teams are trending in opposite directions 🔁
The Huskies are 4-4 in conference play and desperately need a win tonight — expect Adama Sanogo, who is averaging 17.3 PPG and 6.8 RPG, to make an impact
Early odds favor UConn, but because of their recent troubles, are not too lopsided. It could be worth checking out the Huskies' spread unless you believe the tailspin will continue
UConn snapped their 2-game losing streak yesterday with the help of a big-time performance from Adama Sanogo
Sanogo finished with 26 points & 9 rebounds and got the better of reigning Defensive PoY Ryan Kalkbrenner
Sanogo said after the game: "I knew I had to be 'Adama' today"
— Ryan Cassidy (@ryancassidycbb)
Jan 8, 2023
Spread: Uconn -3.5
Moneyline: UConn -178 (bet $178, win $100), Seton Hall +146 (bet $100, win $146)
Trivia Question: When was the last time Duke fell out of the AP Top-25 rankings?
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For My Parlay Gurus
Marquette and Providence seem like a game that's too tight to call, so I'm just going to rely on the Friars covering the spread. On the other hand I think UConn comes out with a vengeance because this is an early-season must win. Give me the Huskies spread even if they have looked shaky, take a look 👇
Providence +6.5 @ Marquette: -110
UConn -3.5 @ Seton Hall: -115
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Trivia Answer: In case anyone has short-term memory loss, the Blue Devils failed to make the Top-25 during a turbulent 2020-21 season, in which Coach K missed his first NCAA tournament since 1995