College basketball season actually started over a week ago, though we can’t really blame you if you missed it. The sport isn’t doing a great job of opening the season with a bang, as there are a lot of massive broadcasts and big schools playing unknown institutions in the first few weeks. Sure, sometimes you’ll get a huge upset like last night, where TCU lost as a 28.5-point home favorite to Northwestern State. However, most of the time it’s a bunch of pointless confrontations.
If you haven’t checked out college basketball season yet, Tuesday night might be a good place to start. The sports calendar is a little thinner without the NFL, and we have the annual “State Farm Champions Classic” on the bill in the world of college basketball. Three of the top seven teams in the nation are in action in Indianapolis as we get a solid doubleheader to kick off the season.
At the start of the game, Kentucky is a 6.5-point favorite over Michigan State. The Spartans are coming off a heartbreak on Friday, as they blew a 12-point lead over Gonzaga and lost by a final score of 64-63. Unsurprisingly, Kentucky handled Howard and Duquesne in their first two games. Kentucky is the highest ranked team at KenPom and has the third highest odds to win the title at BetMGM, so they are a deserved favorite in this game. However, Tom Izzo and Michigan State kept him very close against Gonzaga, so the Spartans holding him within 6.5 points on Tuesday night is certainly not out of the question.
In the nightcap, Duke is a 1.5 point favorite against Kansas. Obviously the story with Duke is Jon Scheyer replacing Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils have knocked out their opponents in their first two games, but defending national champion Kansas is certainly about thirty spots above Duke’s first two opponents. These teams are ranked 10th and 11th in KenPom, so there really isn’t much separating them, just as the gap suggests.
MACtion returns mid-week
Some people don’t like to get into college basketball until the college football season is over. This aligns pretty well with the end of the bowling season just as conference play begins in college basketball. If you’re one of those people, the midweek MACtion might be of more interest to you on Tuesday nights.
Tuesday’s slate features two teams trying to become bowling eligible, but both are underdogs in their quest to make it happen.
Sitting at 5-5, Bowling Green must win one of their last two games to become bowling eligible, but it won’t be easy as they end the season with two road games in Toledo and Ohio, the top two teams of the conference. . Tuesday, the The Bowling Green Falcons are 15.5-point underdogs on the road against Toledo.
Ball State has a much better chance of becoming bowl-eligible on Tuesday because they’re just a 4-point home underdog against Ohio. Ohio has been betting money in conference play as they are 6-0 ATS. The Bobcats control their own destiny when it comes to making it to the MAC Championship Game, but they face a tough test against a pesky Ball State team looking to become bowl eligible in front of their home fans.
NBA and NHL seasons continue
Things are going well in the NBA and NHL as their seasons progress.
In the NBA, we have a five-game list to dig into. The The New Orleans Pelicans are the home favorites with 3.5 points against the Memphis Grizzlies. Zion Williamson is doubtful to play for New Orleans, while Jaren Jackson is expected to make his season debut for the Grizzles.
Elsewhere, the Dallas Mavericks are 7.5-point favorites against the Los Angeles Clippers with Kawhi Leonard unlikely to fit in Los Angeles.
The NHL has nine games scheduled for Tuesday night.
The New Jersey Devils have won nine straight and are -175 favorites to Montreal for their 10th straight win. The Florida Panthers are -190 home favorites against Washington Capitals in what is a rematch of a playoff series from last season. The Pittsburgh Penguins have a slight -105 home underdog against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
First look at Week 11 NFL lines
Week 10 of the NFL season ended Monday night with the Washington Commanders put it back Philadelphia Eagles their first loss of the season. Washington was an 11-point road underdog and paid at +400 on the moneyline.
Jacksonville, Miami, Seattle and Tampa Bay are resting in Week 11, but there are still 14 games scheduled for this coming weekend. here is a first look at the first betting lines on BetMGM: