1/11 Notes and Nuggets

Miami's Kameron McGusty is averaging 18.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

There are 33 lined games on tonight’s reguar rotation in college basketball, in addition to five extra games.

The card tips off at 2:00 p.m. Eastern when Iona (11-3 straight up, 10-4 against the spread) takes on Fairfield as a seven-point road favorite. Rick Pitino’s team is 6-2 both SU and ATS in the last eight head-to-head meetings against the Stags, who are looking to snap a four-game losing streak both SU and ATS.

Iona saw its five-game winning streak snapped in Saturday’s 68-67 loss at Saint Louis. However, the Gaels took the cash as 3.5-point underdogs to improve to 9-3 ATS in their last 12 outings.

Pitino’s bunch is No. 95 at KenPom, with neutral-court wins over Alabama, Yale and Liberty. The Gaels’ lone defeats outside of Saturday’s loss to the Billikens came against Belmont and Kansas on neutral floors (Kissimmee, FL.).

The ‘under’ is on a 5-2 run for Fairfield. The total is in the 139.5 to 140.5 range.

Stanford (8-4 SU, 5-6-1 ATS) is set to host USC on ESPN2 today in an early game at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. As of this morning, most spots had the Trojans installed as 5.5 or six-point road ‘chalk,’ with a total in the 138.5 to 139.5 neighborhood.

Stanford is undefeated in six home games, but the Cardinal is just 2-4 ATS. Jerod Haase’s team is returning from an extended COVID-19 pause. Stanford hasn’t played since beating Liberty 79-76 in Honolulu at The Diamond Head Classic on Dec. 23.

It is unknown how many players for Stanford have been impacted by the virus and might be out of action today. Stanford’s administration has placed a moratorium on fan attendance at all home sporting events, with the exception of players’ families.

USC (13-0 SU, 8-5 ATS) is one of two remaining teams — along with Baylor — that are still undefeated in college basketball. The Trojans just came back from a two-week COVID pause, though, beating California 77-63 as 5.5-point road ‘chalk’ this past Thursday.

Rutgers (9-5 SU, 5-8-1 ATS) is 0-4 both SU and ATS in four road assignments going into tonight’s game at Penn St. as a short underdog. The ‘over’ is on a 7-2 run for the Scarlet Knights, who have won four consecutive games and covered in three straight.

Baylor (15-0 SU, 9-5-1 ATS) will host Texas Tech tonight as a 12-point home favorite (as of late this morning) tonight on ESPN2 at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Bears are 6-3 ATS at home, 6-4-1 ATS in 11 games as double-digit favorites. Scott Drew’s team has won by double-digit margins in 12 of its 15 victories.

Texas Tech (11-3 SU, 8-6 ATS) is 3-1 ATS with a pair of outright wins over Tennessee and Kansas in four games as an underdog. There are no shameful defeats on the Red Raiders’ resume. They’ve lost at Providence, vs. Gonzaga on a neutral court and at Iowa St.

Mark Adams’s team will be without leading scorer Terrence Shannon, who is averaging 14.3 points per game. Kevin McCullar (13.5 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.5 APG and 1.6 SPG) is listed as ‘questionable.’

For Baylor, Jeremy Sochan (7.9 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2.0 APG and 1.1 SPG) is ‘questionable’ with a sprained ankle.

The ‘over’ has hit at a 5-0-1 clip for the Bears in their last six games. On the flip side, the ‘under’ is on a 6-1 roll for the Red Raiders in their last seven contests.

I’m not sure if there’s a team in action tonight that needs a win more than Syracuse. The Orange are a 10.5-point home favorite vs. Pittsburgh. Jim Boeheim’s team is looking to snap a three-game losing streak, although we’ll note that The ‘Cuse has covered in back-to-back games.

Syracuse (7-8 SU, 7-8 ATS) is No. 70 at KenPom and No. 103 in the NET rankings. I’m not implying that a win over Pitt is a quality one, but the Orange need to start racking up victories galore.

Pitt (6-9 SU, 9-6 ATS) is 4-0 ATS in four road games this year.

Kentucky (12-3 SU, 7-8 ATS) is 0-2 both SU and ATS in a pair of true road games. John Calipari’s team is -8.5 tonight at Vanderbilt.

The Commodores had their four-game winning streak both SU and ATS snapped in Saturday’s 72-70 home loss to South Carolina.

UK guard Sahvir Wheeler (9.6 PPG, 7.3 APG and 1.4 SPG) is listed as ‘questionable’ with a neck injury that kept him out of Saturday’s 92-77 non-covering home win over Georgia.

The best game on tonight’s card is Auburn (14-1 SU, 11-4 ATS) at Alabama. Bruce Pearl’s squad brings an 11-game winning streak into Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers are 9-2 ATS during this 11-game surge.

Alabama (11-4 SU, 7-8ATS) has four Quad-1 wins over Gonzaga, Houston, Tennessee and Florida, but the Crimson Tide is just 3-3 in its last six outings. Some of ‘Bama’s losses have been headscratchers, particularly this past Saturday’s setback at Missouri. (The Tigers are No. 199 in the NET rankings.)

Nate Oats’s bunch is mired in a 1-6 ATS slump in its last seven contests.

Most shops had Alabama favored by three earlier today.

**B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**

My college basketball picks are on an 8-0 run since Jan. 5 and have cashed at an 11-1 clip since Christmas Day. If you wish, you can check out my plays for tonight right here.

–Miami (13-3 SU, 7-9 ATS) is a 6.5-point underdog tonight at FSU. The Hurricanes are unbeaten in three true road assignments, going 2-1 ATS. They’ve won nine consecutive games since losing by 32 to Alabama on Nov. 28. The ‘Canes are 4-1 both SU and ATS in five games as underdogs this season. FSU (8-5 SU, 5-8 ATS) has won five of its six home games while posting a 3-3 spread record. The ‘over’ is on a 5-1 run for Miami.

–Iowa St. is 5-1 ATS with four outright wins in its six games as an underdog this season. The Cyclones are 12.5-point underdogs tonight at Kansas.

–The ‘over’ is on an 8-1-1 run for Illinois in its last 10 games. The ‘over’ is on a 10-4 run for Nebraska. These teams collide in Lincoln tonight with a total of 150.5 or 151 points.

–LSU guard Xavier Pinson will not play Wednesday night at Florida, but there is hope that he can return this weekend. Pinson went down with a knee injury late in this past Saturday’s home win over Tennessee. Pinson is averaging 10.9 points, 4.7 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.

Check out today’s television menu below:

USC at Stanford (ESPN2, 5:00 p.m.)
South Carolina at Tennessee (SEC Network, 6:30 p.m.)
Rutgers at Penn State (BTN, 6:30 p.m.)
Kentucky at Vanderbilt (ESPN, 7:00 p.m.)
Texas Tech at Baylor (ESPN2, 7:00 p.m.)
DePaul at Marquette (FS1, 7:00 p.m.)
Pittsburgh at Syracuse (ESPNU, 7:00 p.m.)
Saint Louis at Dayton (CBSSN, 7:00 p.m.)
Miami-Florida at FSU (ACC Network, 8:00 p.m.)
Ole Miss at Texas A&M (SECN, 8:30 p.m.)
Illinois at Nebraska (BTN, 8:30 p.m.)
Oklahoma at Texas (LHN, 8:30 p.m.)
Auburn at Alabama (ESPN, 9:00 p.m.)
Purdue at Michigan (ESPN2, 9:00 p.m.)
Providence at Creighton (FS1, 9:00 p.m.)
Oklahoma State at West Virginia (ESPNU, 9:00 p.m.)
Valparaiso at Loyola-Chicago (CBS Sports Network, 9:00 p.m.)
New Mexico at UNLV (CBSSN, 11:00 p.m.)

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