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    — Baltimore @ Pittsburgh (-5)
    — Las Vegas (-3) @ Atlanta
    — Arizona (-2.5) @ New England
    — NJ Giants (-5.5) @ Cincinnati


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    13) 11am Wednesday morning, East Tennessee State vs Abilene Christian kicks off this year’s college basketball season, live from Estero, FL. McNeese-Nebraska is the noon game on Big Ten Network- they have games on that channel all day/night.


    Things are very fluid; games are being dropped from the schedule because of COVID, others are being added. It’ll be an unusual season, just like this whole year has been unusual, everywhere.


    We’ll do our best to stay on top of things, but its a work in progress. Hopefully by the time the NCAA tournament rolls around, there will be a vaccine and things will be calming down some. Hopefully.


    12) 68-year old Rick Pitino is the new coach at Iona, which made six of the last eight NCAA tournaments, but was just 12-17, when their last coach was on the sidelines with health issues.


    Iona had nine open scholarships when Pitino got to New Rochelle, so the Gaels won’t have a lot of experience, though their two returnees are senior guards, which helps. Iona has four big men who are all from other countries; Pitino is following the Gonzaga model; get quick guards, bring in quality transfers and get your big guys from other countries.


    Iona will be an interesting team to follow.


    11) UConn is back in the Big East, after seven years in the ACC; Huskies never won an AAC title, but they did win the national championship in their first year in the AAC. Huskies were 19-12 under Danny Hurley last year, and they have four starters back, but they’re moving up in class.


    10) Speaking of the AAC, Wichita State fired Gregg Marshall after former players complained about Marshall’s coaching style, which they claimed was abusive. Six players transferred out of Wichita last season, which lit the fuse for his dismissal.


    Marshall was 331-121 in 13 years at Wichita and made a Final Four; not often a coach with a record like that is told to take a hike.


    9) Top six teams in America this season, according to KenPom.com:
    — Gonzaga
    — Duke
    — Baylor
    — Villanova
    — Kansas
    — Texas Tech


    8) San Diego State poached grad transfer Terrell Gomez from Cal-Northridge to be its point guard; Aztecs lost three starters from LY’s 30-2 team that was probably going to be a 1-seed in the NCAA’s- eight of their 12 players this year are juniors/seniors. Thats a good thing.


    7) Cal-Oregon State is a late addition to Wednesday’s schedule; this will be a non-conference game between Pac-12 rivals. Both teams needed a game, so they hooked up on short notice.


    6) SEC will play an 18-game conference season, starting December 29-30. There will also be a set of games between SEC and Big X teams in there somewhere, too.


    5) 7-foot-3 big man Matt Haarms left Purdue, then chose BYU over Kentucky as his next stop, which raised eyebrows. BYU is picked 2nd in the WCC by Blue Ribbon, and that’s because Gonzaga is picked #1 in the country.


    4) MAC is changing how its conference tournament works; only 8 of 12 teams will make it this year, which eliminates the on-campus first round games in Championship Week.


    3) Big West has two new teams this year; UC San Diego and Cal-Bakersfield; Bellarmine is new to the Atlantic Sun and Division I. Tarleton State joins D-I and the WAC.


    2) South Dakota State is the heavy favorite in the Summit League, which is down to eight teams; Jackrabbits have all five starters back from LY, and also have three subs back who played 11+ minutes a game.


    1) Memphis-Saint Mary’s in the 2:00 game on ESPN2, live from that basketball hotbed of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Excellent early season matchup.


    This should be a fun, interesting, odd season. Let’s get started.


    Answer to yesterday’s trivia question: Cal Golden Bears have had five of their QB’s start a Super Bowl, more than any other college program:
    Joe Kapp, Craig Morton, Vince Ferragamo (started at Cal, transferred to Nebraska), Aaron Rodgers, Jared Goff
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    603OAKLAND -604 XAVIER
    XAVIER is 14-25 ATS (-13.5 Units) as a favorite in the last 3 seasons.


    607W MICHIGAN -608 BUTLER
    BUTLER is 175-104 ATS (60.6 Units) in non-conference games since 1997.


    609W CAROLINA -610 UNC-WILMINGTON
    UNC-WILMINGTON is 48-29 ATS (16.1 Units) in all tournament games since 1997.


    613OLD DOMINION -614 MARYLAND
    MARYLAND is 10-2 ATS (7.8 Units) as a home favorite of 6.5 to 12 points in the last 3 seasons.


    615FAIRFIELD -616 PROVIDENCE
    PROVIDENCE is 40-61 ATS (-27.1 Units) as a favorite of 10 or more points since 1997.


    619OKLAHOMA ST -620 TX-ARLINGTON
    TX-ARLINGTON is 67-38 ATS (25.2 Units) as a dog since 1997.


    625IDAHO -626 SEATTLE
    IDAHO is 2-10 ATS (-9 Units) against the WAC since 1997.


    633BALL ST -634 N KENTUCKY
    Darrin Horn is 11-3 ATS (7.7 Units) when the total is 130 to 139.5 (Coach of N KENTUCKY)


    633BALL ST -634 N KENTUCKY
    N KENTUCKY is 11-3 ATS (7.7 Units) when the total is 130 to 139.5 over the last 2 seasons.


    635COLL OF CHARLESTON -636 N CAROLINA
    COLL OF CHARLESTON is 71-38 ATS (29.2 Units) in road games in non-conference games since 1997.
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    Wednesday's College Basketball Odds, Tech Trends


    College basketball begins it's 2020-2021 season just one day before Thanksgiving, and what a slate it is.


    There are multiple big games to open the college basketball season, with the biggest games of the day listed below.


    Check out the odds, information and betting trends for college basketball's top games today.


    Wednesday's College Basketball Top Games


    East Tennnessee State vs. Abilene Christian (11 a.m., FloSports)
    Drake vs. Kansas State (2 p.m., ESPNU)
    Bowling Green vs. Michigan (4 p.m., ESPN2)
    Saint Mary's vs. Memphis (4:30 p.m., ESPN)
    Western Kentucky vs Northern Iowa (4:30 p.m., ESPNU)
    Liberty vs. Purdue (6 p.m., CBSSN)
    Saint Peter's vs. St. John's (7 p.m., FS2)
    Rhode Island vs. Arizona State (7 p.m., ESPN)
    West Virginia vs. South Dakota State (7 p.m., ESPN2)
    Clemson vs. Mississippi State (8:30 p.m., CBSSN)
    Villanova vs. Boston College (9:30 p.m., ESPN)
    Utah State vs. VCU (9:30 p.m., ESPN2)
    UCLA vs. San Diego State (11 p.m., CBSSN)


    Wednesday's College Basketball Odds & Trends


    ETSU (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U) vs. Abilene Christian (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U)


    TV-Time: FloSports, 11 a.m.
    Venue: Hertz Arena
    Location: Estero, Florida
    Spread: ETSU -3.5
    Moneyline: -
    O/U: 136.5
    Implied Probability: -


    Tech Trends


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    Drake (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U) vs Kansas State (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U)


    TV-Time: ESPNU, 2 p.m.
    Venue: Bramlage Coliseum
    Location: Manhattan, Kansas
    Spread: KST -7.5
    Moneyline: KST -360 / DRK +275
    O/U: 135.5
    Implied Probability: Kansas State - 78.3%


    Tech Trends


    Drake has lost five straight road games.
    Kansas State has won eight of its last nine home games when playing on a Wednesday.
    Kansas State has lost the second half in four straight games.
    Drake has failed to see either team score 78 or more points in seven straight games.


    Bowling Green (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U) at Michigan (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U)


    TV-Time: ESPNU, 4 p.m.
    Venue: Crisler Center
    Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Spread: MICH -14
    Moneyline: MICH -1430 / BG +800
    O/U: 149
    Implied Probability: Michigan - 93.5%


    Tech Trends


    Michigan has won three straight games when facing Bowling Green.
    Bowling Green has seen the home team win the second half in seven straight games.
    Michigan has won 34 of its last 40 home games.
    Bowling Green has lost three straight games.
    Bowling Green has scored exactly 57 points in two of its last three games when facing Michigan.


    Saint Mary's (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U) vs. Memphis (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U)


    TV-Time: ESPN, 4:30 p.m.
    Venue: Sanford Pentagon
    Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    Spread: MEM -4.5
    Moneyline: MEM -190 / SMC +155
    O/U: 140.5
    Implied Probability: Memphis - 65.5%


    Tech Trends


    Memphis has won two straight games when facing Saint Mary's.
    Saint Mary's has won 25 of its last 32 games.
    Memphis has won the first half in five of its last six games.
    Saint Mary's has won four of its last five games when playing on a neutral court.


    Western Kentucky (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U) vs. Northern Iowa (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U)


    TV-Time: ESPNU, 4:30 p.m.
    Venue: Sanford Pentagon
    Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    Spread: WKY -2
    Moneyline: -
    O/U: 145.5
    Implied Probability: -


    Tech Trends


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    Liberty (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U) at Purdue (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U)


    TV-Time: CBSSN, 6 p.m.
    Venue: Mackey Arena
    Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
    Spread: PUR -11
    Moneyline: PUR -770 / LIB+525
    O/U: 123
    Implied Probability: Purdue - 88.5%


    Tech Trends


    Liberty has won 11 of its last 12 games.
    Liberty has won six straight games when playing on a neutral court.
    Liberty has won the second half in four straight games whenn playing in a neutral court.
    Purdue has won three of its last four non-conference regular-season games.
    Purdue has lost five of its last seven games.


    Saint Peter's (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U) at St. John's (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U)


    TV-Time: FS2, 7 p.m.
    Venue: Carnesecca Arena
    Location: Queens, New York
    Spread: STJ -9.5
    Moneyline: STJ -530 / STP +390
    O/U: 140.5
    Implied Probability: St. John's - 84.1%


    Tech Trends


    St. John's has won three of its last four games.
    Saint Peter's has won eight of its last nine games.


    Rhode Island (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U) vs. Arizona State (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U)


    TV-Time: ESPN, 7 p.m.
    Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena
    Location: Uncasville, Connecticut
    Spread: -
    Moneyline: -
    O/U: -
    Implied Probability:


    Tech Trends


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    West Virginia (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U) at South Dakota State (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U)


    TV-Time: ESPN2, 7 p.m.
    Venue: Sanford Pentagon
    Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    Spread: WVU -9.5
    Moneyline: WVU -530 / SDST +380
    O/U: -
    Implied Probability: West Virginia - 84.1%


    Tech Trends


    South Dakota State has won 10 straight games when playing on a Wednesday.
    South Dakota State has won the second half in seven straight games.


    Clemson (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U) vs. Mississippi State (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U)


    TV-Time: CBSSN, 8:30 p.m.
    Venue: Mackey Arena
    Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
    Spread: CLEM -3.5
    Moneyline: CLEM -175 / MSST +140
    O/U: 135.5
    Implied Probability: Clemson - 63.6%


    Tech Trends


    Mississippi State has won two of its last three games when facing a school from South Carolina.
    Mississippi State has won five of its last six games when playing on a neutral court during a Wednesday.
    Mississippi State has won the first half in six straight games when playing on a neutral court during a Wednesday.


    Villanova (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U) vs. Boston College (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U)


    TV-Time: ESPN, 9:30 p.m.
    Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena
    Location: Uncasville, Connecticut
    Spread: NOVA -14.5
    Moneyline: NOVA -2000 / BC +950
    O/U: 141.5
    Implied Probability: Villanova - 95.2%


    Tech Trends


    Villanova has won four of its last six games when facing Boston College.
    Boston College has lost six straight games.
    Villanova has won 40 of its last 43 games when playing on a neutral court.
    Boston College has lost the second half in seven of its last eight games.


    Utah State (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U) vs. VCU (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U)


    TV-Time: ESPN2, 9:30 p.m.
    Venue: Sanford Pentagon
    Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    Spread: -
    Moneyline: -
    O/U: -
    Implied Probability:


    Tech Trends


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    UCLA (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U) at San Diego State (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U)


    TV-Time: CBSSN, 11 p.m.
    Venue: Viejas Arena
    Location: San Diego, California
    Spread: UCLA -2.5
    Moneyline: UCLA -148 / SDST +120
    O/U: 134
    Implied Probability: UCLA - 59.7%


    Tech Trends


    UCLA has won seven of its last eight games.
    San Diego State has won 30 of its last 32 games.
    San Diego State has won the second half in six straight home games.
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    Villanova vs. Boston College Odds
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    The Big East’s Villanova Wildcats will square-off against the ACC’s Boston College Eagles this Wednesday in a 9:30 p.m. ET tip at Mohegan Sun Arena.


    Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena
    Location: Uncasville, Connecticut
    Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
    Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
    TV: ESPN
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    Villanova-Boston College Betting Odds


    Spread: Villanova -14
    Money-Line: Villanova -2000 Boston College +900
    Total: 141.5
    Implied Probability: Villanova 95.24%


    The Wildcats opened as 13 ½-point favorites for this neutral-site clash. There has been some upward movement to 14 points in early betting with the general betting consensus leaning heavily toward Villanova covering against the spread.


    The total line for this game opened at 141 ½ points and it has held steady since being released. Bettors appear to be evenly split on the OVER/UNDER heading into Wednesday’s anticipated tip.


    The money line odds for this Big East/ACC matchup is heavy with Villanova listed as a -2000 price at a few operators, meaning a $100 return would net back $5.


    Villanova finished last season with a 14-15-2 record ATS. The Wildcats went 10-13-1 ATS closing as favorites and they were 1-2-1 ATS in neutral-site games.


    Boston College was 14-18 ATS with a straight-up record of 13-19. The Eagles failed to cover in 14 of 24 games closing as underdogs.


    Betting Analysis – Villanova Wildcats


    SU: 24-7
    ATS: 14-15-2
    SU - Home: 13-3
    SU - Away: 11-4
    O/U: 12-19


    Betting Analysis – Boston College Eagles


    SU: 13-19
    ATS: 14-18
    SU - Home: 9-10
    SU - Away: 4-9
    O/U: 14-17-1


    Inside the Stats – Villanova Wildcats


    2019-20 stats



    PS/G: 73.2 (116th)
    PA/G: 66.4 (91st)
    Off Rtg: 107.8 (54th)
    Def Rtg: 97.8 (134th)
    SRS: 16.84 (18th)
    SOS: 10.03 (19th)


    As one of the top college basketball teams in the nation, Villanova starts the season with the second-best odds to win the 2021 NCAA Tournament behind the Gonzaga Bulldogs. It ranks third in both major national polls.


    The main strength of the Wildcats is their returning lineup. Saddiq Bey left some big shoes to fill. However, the other four starters are in place led by Collin Gillespie as the leading scoring with 15.1 points per game.


    The only real weakness could be rust. The late start to the season contributed to the long layoff, so there is always the risk of a slow start.


    Inside the Stats – Boston College Eagles


    2019-20 stats



    PS/G: 64.6 (322nd)
    PA/G: 70.6 (211th)
    Off Rtg: 92.4 (336th)
    Def Rtg: 101.1 (218th)
    SRS: 1.82 (142nd)
    SOS: 7.86 (51st)


    Boston College is on the wrong side of this long-established rivalry with a 24-52 record SU in 76 previous meetings. The last time the Eagles faced Villanova was in the Sweet 16 of the 2006 NCAA Tournament. They lost in overtime 60-59.


    As far as this year’s team, Jim Christian may already be on the hot seat entering his seventh season as head coach. An overall record of 75-119 has dialed up the pressure for this campaign.


    Losing three starters from last year’s team does not help the situation. BC will turn to sophomore guard Wynston Tabbs as their top scorer from a year ago with 13.9 PPG. Another sophomore guard to watch is Jay Heath, who averaged 13.1 PPG last year.


    Key Players to Watch


    2019-20 stats



    BC - Jay Heath (13.1 ppg)
    BC - Steffon Mitchell (7.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg)
    NOVA - Collin Gillespie (15.1 ppg, 4.5 apg)
    NOVA - Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (10.5 ppg, 9.4 rpg)
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    UCLA vs. San Diego State Odds


    The Pac-12’s UCLA Bruins will open their season against the Mountain West's San Diego State Aztecs this Wednesday in an 11 p.m. ET tip at Viejas Arena.


    Venue: Viejas Arena
    Location: San Diego, California
    Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
    Time: 11 p.m. ET
    TV: CBSSN


    UCLA-San Diego State Betting Odds


    Spread: UCLA -3.5
    Money-Line: UCLA -175 San Diego State +143
    Total: 133.5
    Implied Probability: UCLA 63.6%


    Mick Cronin's Bruins begin the 2020-21 campaign as road favorites, entering a tough environment against a team with Final Four aspirations a year ago. The San Diego State Aztecs are home underdogs, despite winning 30 of their last 32 games. The spread has moved to -2.5 with some sportsbooks, so it appears the public may not be as sold on UCLA as oddsmakers are.


    UCLA is coming off a 11-3 SU record to end last year, arguably one of the hottest teams in the country to close out the season. Tyler Campbell is also a contender for the John Wooden Award this season, so it seems justified in the oddsmakers leaning towards Cronin's club. It's worth noting UCLA has lost four of its last five games when facing an inter-state school, which includes losses to Stanford and Cal State Fullerton.


    Betting Analysis – UCLA Bruins


    SU: 19-12
    ATS: 17-13-1
    SU - Home: 13-6
    SU - Away: 6-6
    O/U: 13-17-1-


    Betting Analysis – San Diego State Aztecs


    SU: 28-1
    ATS: 18-10
    SU - Home: 15-1
    SU - Away: 13-0
    O/U: 14-13-1


    Inside the Stats – UCLA Bruins


    2019-20 stats



    PS/G: 65.9 (229th)
    PA/G: 67.1 (116th)
    Off Rtg: 103.7 (130th)
    Def Rtg: 100.1 (190th)
    SRS: 9.83 (67th)
    SOS: 8.23 (43rd)


    UCLA is a favorite to win the Pac-12 this season, after catching fire to end the 2019-20 campaign. It's tough to bet against Mick Cronin, who seems right on track to continue his Cincinnati success in the City of Angels.


    What makes the Bruins so dangerous is that they return their top five scorers from a year ago. With the same core in tact, and an offseason to develop more chemistry, the Bruins should see similar success to how they ended the 2019-20 season.


    Inside the Stats – San Diego Aztecs


    2019-20 stats



    PS/G: 74.8 (77th)
    PA/G: 59.5 (3rd)
    Off Rtg: 113.3 (3rd)
    Def Rtg: 90 (10th)
    SRS: 18.38 (10th)
    SOS: 3.92 (97th)


    San Diego State enters the season without two of their top three scorers from a year ago. The most notable is Malachi Flynn, who averaged 17.6 points per game. Also, Yanni Wetzell is gone after averaging 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.


    Matt Mitchell and Jordan Schakel will have to carry the load for San Diego State to be successful. It's worth noting that San Diego State is without K.J. Feagin this year, meaning Nathan Mensah and Trey Pulliam will need to step up as well.


    Time will tell if San Diego State can stay a top the Mountain West food chain, and what a better way to test your club then against a favored school from a power-five conference. The Aztecs are known for defense, so if they can continue limiting schools to under 60 points per game they should be fine. The offense will be tough to match from a season ago, however (third best rating in country last year).


    Key Players to Watch


    2019-20 stats



    UCLA - Tyger Campbell (8.3 ppg, 5 apg)
    UCLA - Chris Smith (13.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
    SDST - Matt Mitchell (12.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
    SDST - Jordan Schakel (10 ppg)
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    Wednesday, November 25



    Drake @ Kansas State
    Drake
    — 3 starters back from LY’s 20-14 team
    — picked 7th in MVC by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #158 by KenPom, 6th in MVC
    — Last year was first time since 1971 Drake won 20 games in back/back years.


    Kansas State
    — 2 starters back from LY’s 11-21 team
    — picked last in Big X by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #114 by KenPom, last in Big X
    — Last year was Bruce Weber’s worst year as a head coach.


    Old Dominion @ Maryland
    Old Dominion
    — 4 starters back from LY’s 13-19 team
    — picked 6th in C-USA by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #101 by KenPom, 3rd in C-USA
    — LY was Jones’ first losing year at ODU.
    — Monarchs have good guards, are expected to bounce back this year.


    Maryland
    — 3 starters back from LY’s 24-7 team
    — picked 10th in Big 14 by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #51 by KenPom, 11th in Big 14
    — Terps tied for Big 14 title LY; they’re not as talented now.


    Toledo @ Bradley
    Toledo
    — 3 starters back from LY’s 17-15 team
    — picked 4th in MAC by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #128 by KenPom, 2nd in MAC
    — Last year was Toledo’s worst since 2013.
    — They’re deeper this year, should be better on offense.


    Bradley
    — 2 starters back from LY’s 23-11 team
    — picked 3rd in MVC by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #126 by KenPom, 3rd in MVC
    — Bradley won the MVC tournament last year.
    — Braves are good up front, have ?’s at guard.


    Oklahoma State @ Tex-Arlington
    Oklahoma State
    — 1 starter back from LY’s 18-14 team
    — picked 8th in Big X by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #35 by KenPom, 7th in Big X
    — Cowboys can’t go to NCAA’s this year; probstion.
    — Cunningham is one of nation’s best freshmen; he’s so good they hired his brother as an assistant coach. Go figure.


    Tex-Arlington
    — 3 starters back from LY’s 14-18 team
    — picked 8th in Sun Belt by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #159 by KenPom, 4th in Sun Belt
    — UTA shot 30.4% on arc LY, were small inside. No bueno.
    — How did they get Oklahoma State to come on road for opener?


    Charleston @ North Carolina
    Charleston
    — 1 starter back from LY’s 17-14 team
    — picked 3rd in CAA by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #176 by KenPom, 4th in CAA
    — More balanced this year; will transfers step up?
    — Won 17 games LY, after 75 wins previous three years.


    North Carolina
    — 3 starters back from LY’s 14-19 team
    — picked 3rd in ACC by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #22 by KenPom, 4th in ACC
    — Last year was Roy Williams’ first losing season.
    — Solid inside; who will replace Anthony at the point?


    Hofstra vs Monmouth
    Hofstra
    — Coach Mihalich took a leave of absence; they have an interim coach.
    — 3 starters back from LY’s 26-8 team
    — picked 2nd in CAA by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #153 by KenPom, 1st in CAA
    — Hofstra won their first CAA tourney last year.


    Monmouth
    — 2 starters back from LY’s 18-13 team
    — picked 2nd in MAAC by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #182 by KenPom, 2nd in MAAC
    — Four senior starters, but point guard is new.
    — Supposedly have an impressive freshman class.


    — Hofstra beat Monmouth last three years, by 1-2-20 points.


    South Dakota vs Colorado (@ Kansas State)
    — South Dakota has 1 starter back from LY’s 20-12 team
    — picked 2nd in Summit by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #208 by KenPom, 5th in Summit


    — Lost five of top six scorers from LY.
    — Can 4 JC kids, 3 redshirts fill the void?


    — Colorado has 3 starters back from LY’s 21-11 team
    — picked 6th in Pac-12 by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #62 by KenPom, 8th in Pac-12.
    — Have senior PG, but lost Tyler Bey to NBA.
    — Were #3 in country in minutes continuity LY.


    Georgia State @ Georgia Tech
    — Georgia State has 4 starters back from LY’s 19-13 team
    — picked 2nd in Sun Belt by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #108 by KenPom, 1st in Sun Belt
    — Whole backcourt from last year returns.
    — How good are the new guys up front?


    — Georgia Tech has 4 starters back from LY’s 17-14 team
    — picked 6th in ACC by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #72 by KenPom, 11th in ACC
    — Has one of ACC’s best returning backcourts.
    — Popular wisdom: its a good year to have an experienced team.


    Cal-Irvine vs Pepperdine (@ San Diego)
    — Cal-Irvine has 1 starter back from LY’s 21-11 team
    — picked 2nd in Big West by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #122 by KenPom, 2nd in Big West.


    — Anteaters played in last two NCAA tourneys.
    — Irvine lost 77-73 at Pepperdine last year.


    — Pepperdine has 4 starters back from LY’s 16-16 team
    — picked 4th in WCC by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #106 by KenPom, 5th in WCC
    — Waves have a very good senior point guard.
    — Deeper, more athletic than they’ve been recently.


    UCLA @ San Diego State
    — UCLA has all 5 starters back from LY’s 19-12 team
    — Bruins are picked 2nd in Pac-12 by Blue Ribbon
    — UCLA is ranked #29 by KenPom, 3rd in Pac-12.
    — Bruins won 11 of last 14 games LY, after a 7-9 start.
    — UCLAS is expected to compete for the Pac-12 title.


    — San Diego State has 2 starters back from LY’s 30-2 team
    — picked 2nd in Mountain West by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #44 by KenPom, 1st in Mountain West
    — Aztecs poached grad transfer PG Gomez from Northridge.
    — 8 of San Diego State’s 12 scholarship guys are juniors/seniors.


    Montana State @ UNLV
    — Montana State has 3 starters back from LY’s 16-15 team
    — picked 4th in Big Sky by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #220 by KenPom, 5th in Big Sky
    — Bobcats have a new point guard this year.
    — Will try to play faster this year.


    — UNLV has 2 starters back from LY’s 17-15 team
    — picked 3rd in Mountain West by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #119 by KenPom, 5th in Mountain West
    — Rebels have new PG, very good transfer from South Dakota State.
    — UNLV won six of its last seven games LY.


    Clemson vs Mississippi State (Melbourne, FL)
    — Clemson has 4 starters back from LY’s 16-15 team
    — picked 8th in ACC by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #40 by KenPom, 8th in ACC.
    — Tigers are expected to be in the NCAAs this year.
    — Clemson’s best player is a 6-8 senior who passed up NBA Draft.


    — Mississippi State has 2 starters back from LY’s 20-11 team
    — picked 10th in SEC by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #77 by KenPom, 12th in SEC
    — Need transfers to be good in order to maintain success.
    — won 68 games the last three years.


    North Dakota State vs Nevada
    — North Dakota State has 2 starters back from LY’s 25-8 team
    — picked 3rd in Summit by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #175 by KenPom, 2nd in Summit.
    — Won Summit tourney LY.
    — Bison are rebuilding a little after LY’s 25-8 team.


    — Nevada has 1 starter back from LY’s 19-12 team
    — picked 6th in Mountain West by Blue Ribbon
    — ranked #120 by KenPom, 6th in Mountain West
    — Lost five of top six scorers from last year.
    — Young players have to contribute quickly.
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    TOWS at UVA 01:30 PM
    UVA -17.0



    ODU at MD 02:00 PM
    ODU +9.0


    MEM at SMC 02:00 PM
    O 134.5


    FAIR at PROV 02:00 PM
    U 126.5


    APP at SCST 02:00 PM
    U 138.5

    DRKE at KSU 02:00 PM
    DRKE +4.5


    PEAY at NEOM 02:00 PM
    O 150.0


    ILST at OSU 02:00 PM
    O 135.5


    TOL at BRAD 03:00 PM
    TOL +2.5
    O 142.0



    LAM at HOU 03:00 PM
    HOU -22.5


    NDSU at NEV 03:00 PM
    NEV -3.5


    ALCN at UAB 03:30 PM
    O 146.0


    UNCW at WCU 04:00 PM
    UNCW +3.5
    O 160.0



    UMASS at SF 04:00 PM
    U 148.5


    DSU at WAKE 04:00 PM
    U 149.5


    OKST at UTA 04:00 PM
    U 142.0


    BGSU at MICH 04:00 PM
    U 148.5


    UMBC at GTWN 04:00 PM
    GTWN -13.0


    EVAN at LOU 04:00 PM
    LOU -21.0


    NCCU at IOWA 04:00 PM
    IOWA -27.0


    FDU at QUIN 04:30 PM
    U 149.0


    WKU at UNI 04:30 PM
    U 140.5


    UCRV at PAC 05:00 PM
    O 127.5


    LIB at PUR 05:30 PM
    PUR -9.5


    COPP at MRSH 06:00 PM
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    EMU at MSU 06:00 PM
    U 137.0


    BALL at NKU 06:00 PM
    BALL -2.5


    WMU at BUT 06:00 PM
    WMU +18.5


    MORE at UK 06:00 PM
    UK -25.0


    COFC at UNC 06:00 PM
    UNC -17.0


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    HOF at MONM 07:00 PM
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    U 151.5



    IDST at SCU 07:00 PM
    SCU -11.0

    SPC at SJU 07:00 PM
    U 141.0


    FAMU at FGCU 07:00 PM
    FGCU -5.5


    NWST at TTU 07:00 PM
    O 145.5


    ORU at MIZZ 07:00 PM
    MIZZ -14.5


    ASU at URI 07:00 PM
    ASU -6.5

    SIUE at SLU 07:00 PM
    O 136.0


    SH at RUTG 07:00 PM
    U 139.0


    SFPA at PITT 07:00 PM
    U 138.0


    UIC at NIU 07:00 PM
    NIU -2.0


    HP at DAV 07:00 PM
    DAV -18.0


    SDST at WVU 07:00 PM
    WVU -10.5


    WIGB at MINN 07:00 PM
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    CAL at ORST 07:00 PM
    U 136.5


    SELA at PFW 07:00 PM
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    MVSU at ARK 07:30 PM
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    UTRGV at TEX 08:00 PM
    TEX -21.0


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    U 133.5



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    BRAD at XAV 12:00 PM
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    O 138.5



    CHS at ILL 12:00 PM
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    O 146.0



    NEV at NEB 02:00 PM
    NEB -3.5
    O 152.0



    LAS at SJU 02:00 PM
    SJU -10.0
    U 143.5



    ETSU at PEAY 02:00 PM
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    O 140.0



    TOL at OAK 03:00 PM
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    U 143.0



    AUB at STJOE 04:30 PM
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    SIUE at LSU 07:00 PM
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    UNO at BYU 09:00 PM
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    VILL at ASU 09:00 PM
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    11/25/2020 33-35-0 48.53% -2750 Detail


    Total................39-48-0 44,82% -69.00





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    O/U Picks 13-31-0 29.55% -10550 1749 of 1780
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    Friday’s 6-pack
    Over/under win totals for NBA teams (72-game season):

    47.5— Lakers
    46.5— Clippers, Boston
    45.5— Brooklyn
    44.5— Denver, Miami, Philadelphia
    42.5— Dallas
    41.5— Toronto, Utah


    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 261,136
    PLEASE wear a mask when you go out.



    Tweet of the Day
    “You know, in spite of what America and the rest of the world is experiencing right now, there are many reasons to be thankful. There are more and more people extending helpful hands to do a kindness to their neighbors, and that’s a good thing.”
    The late Alex Trebek, in a filmed message


    Friday’s quiz
    Who was the Washington Redskins’ coach, last time they won a playoff game?


    Thursday’s quiz
    The shot clock came to college basketball for the 1985-86 season.


    Wednesday’s quiz
    Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason were the Bengals’ QB’s in their two Super Bowls.


    ************************


    Friday’s Den: Doing some thinking out loud…….


    13) Roger Goodall must’ve had some indigestion with his turkey when he heard that Ravens’ QB Lamar Jackson tested positive for COVID.


    If the Baltimore-Pittsburgh game gets postponed out of this week, it probably creates a Week 18 of the regular season, which would push the playoffs back a week and eliminate the extra week between conference title games and the Super Bowl.


    12) Texans 41, Detroit 25
    — Texans won three of their last four games, after a 1-6 start.
    — JJ Watt had a pick-6 in the first quarter.
    — Two of Houston’s four TD drives were shorter than 40 yards.


    — Detroit lost four of last five games, giving up 32.6 ppg.
    — Lions are 6-12 ATS in last 18 games as a home underdog, 0-3 TY.
    — From 2014-17, Detroit was 36-28 under Jim Caldwell; he got fired.
    — Last three years, Detroit is 13-29-1 under Matt Patricia; he still has a job.


    11) Since Barry Sanders retired in 1999, Detroit has averaged 92.2 rushing yards/game, the lowest amount of any NFL team during that time.


    10) Washington 41, Dallas 16
    — Washington won three of its last four games, after a 1-5 start.
    — Washington scored a defensive TD, had short TD drives for 19-23 yards.
    — Washington is 3-2 inside the division, with losses by 1-3 points.
    — Washington is 17-12-1 ATS in last 30 games as a road underdog.


    — Things unraveled for Dallas after an ill-fated fake punt failed badly.
    — Cowboys lost five of their last six games.
    — Last nine games, Dallas is minus-13 in turnovers.
    — Cowboys are 2-9 ATS this year; their three wins by total of 7 points.
    — Dallas lost four of its last six Thanksgiving games.


    9) Western Kentucky 75, Memphis 69:
    — WKU big man Charles Bassey had 21 points, 14 rebounds.
    — Hilltoppers play West Virginia in the tournament final Friday.


    8) Gonzaga 102, Kansas 90:
    — Game was tied with 16:35 left; Zags pulled away late.
    — Gonzaga scored 1.24 points/possession, very efficient.
    — Talent level for Kansas is down a little this season.


    7) Villanova 83, Arizona State 74
    — Villanova was +16 on the boards in this game.
    — Arizona State was 12-21 on foul line, after going 34-46 Wednesday.


    6) Virginia Cavaliers scored 89 points in their season opener Wednesday; they averaged 57 ppg last year, with a season-high of 78, in a win over Boston College. Tony Bennett added shooters, and Virginia looks poised for another excellent year.


    5) ESPN’s Paul Biancardi was saying this week that this year’s freshman class in college hoop is one of the most talented in years. Something to keep an eye on this winter.


    4) Strange/ominous scores from this week so far:
    — USC 95, Cal Baptist 87 OT
    — St Francis PA 80, Pittsburgh 70


    3) When Sam Merrill got drafted by Milwaukee, it was the first time in 34 years the NBA had drafted a Utah State Aggie (Greg Grant).


    2) After he passed away in 2015, former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith sent each of his former players a $200 check for a night out on him- he had a lot of former players.


    1) Belated congratulations to the NC Dinos, who won the Korean World Series in six games over the Doosan Bears. I enjoyed learning about the KBO this year, but the 5am first pitch for lot of their games was a bit much.
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    TOL at XAV 12:00 PM
    O 135.5

    OHIO at ILL 01:00 PM
    ILL -15.5


    WKU at WVU 01:30 PM
    O 143.0


    ACU at PEAY 02:00 PM
    U 144.0


    SDAK at DRKE 02:00 PM
    SDAK +10.0


    UCLA at PEPP 03:00 PM
    U 146.0


    NAVY at MD 03:00 PM
    MD -16.5


    BRAD at OAK 03:00 PM
    U 136.5


    BSU at HOU 03:00 PM
    HOU -13.0

    UNCW at UNCA 03:30 PM
    U 155.5


    LAS at SPC 04:00 PM
    O 138.5


    USU at UNI 04:00 PM
    USU +3.0

    TOWS at BUFF 04:30 PM
    BUFF -6.5


    SOU at IOWA 05:00 PM
    U 151.0


    GRAM at ARIZ 05:00 PM
    ARIZ -27.0


    UNF at NCST 05:30 PM
    O 154.0


    SDST at SMC 06:30 PM
    SDST -1.0
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    11/26/2020 6-13-0 31.58% -4150 Detail
    11/25/2020 33-35-0 48.53% -2750 Detail


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    Saturday’s 6-pack
    Over/under win totals for NBA teams (72-game season):

    22.5— Knicks, Cavaliers
    23.5— Pistons, Thunder
    25.5— Hornets
    27.5— Timberwolves
    28.5— Kings, Spurs
    29.5— Bulls, Wizards


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    Quote of the Day
    “He’s a terrific player, obviously, being league MVP a few years ago. Fifty touchdowns is pretty hard to do – there’s not many guys who have done that. To continue that last year with the Super Bowl championship and playing at an extremely high level this year – he’s just getting more and more comfortable.


    So much about playing quarterback is having experience, learning from year-to-year [and] improving your routine. Watching the last time he was out there playing, you give him a chance to win and he takes advantage of it and leads the team down there. He does a tremendous job.”
    Tom Brady, talking about Patrick Mahomes


    Saturday’s quiz
    Which two college football teams play every year for the Little Brown Jug?


    Friday’s quiz
    Joe Gibbs was the Washington Redskins’ coach the last time they won a playoff game, in 2005.


    Thursday’s quiz
    The shot clock came to college basketball for the 1985-86 season.


    *********************************


    Saturday’s Den: Random stuff with the weekend here……..


    13) San Francisco 61, Virginia 60— Playing for third day in a row, Dons pulled a big upset, going 13-28 on the arc. Not often do you beat a top 10 team, 48 hours after losing to Mass-Lowell.


    12) Illinois 77, Ohio U 75— Visiting Bobcats led by 8 with 13:47 left, but couldn’t hang on; they were 4-9 on foul line, Illinois 15-24.


    Ohio was +9 in turnovers (16-7); they have kid Jason Preston who scored 31 points- only reason Ohio offered him a scholarship is because they saw a highlight reel he made himself and posted it on Twitter. He wasn’t even on the varsity at the prep school he went to in Florida.


    11) UCLA 107, Pepperdine 98 3OT— Rough start to season for the Bruins, splitting pair with a couple of teams they would never normally schedule. Pepperdine led this game by 7 at the half; PG Ross scored 33 points, but Pepperdine was only 9-41 on the arc- they shot 62% inside arc.


    UCLA played only seven guys; three of them played 51:00+. They’re missing two players right now; judging from this week, they must be two valuable guys.


    10) West Virginia 70, Western Kentucky 64- Both teams were winners this week; West Virginia was down 9 in second half, rallied to win the tournament and improve to 3-0. Hilltoppers were not originally in this event; they gained lot of national respect and got a win over Memphis that will resonate on Selection Sunday.


    WKU star Bassey got banged up, only played 19:00; if they keep him healthy all season, it is likely that the Hilltoppers will be in the NCAA’s.


    9) Syracuse 85, Bryant 84— Syracuse kids hadn’t practiced in 10-12 days because of COVID; they were down 13 in second half of this game. Bryant put five guys in double figures but turned ball over 21 times (-7) and missed some open shots in last minute.


    There were total of 72 3’s taken in this game, 74 2-point shots; playing in an empty dome, not the best shooting background, it is like playing outdoors.


    8) This week’s Ravens-Steelers game has been pushed back to Tuesday night; next week’s Cowboy-Raven game has been pushed back to Monday, December 7.


    7) NFL QB knowledge:
    — Sam Darnold will start for the Jets this week.
    — Mitch Trubisky will start for the Bears this week.


    6) Over the last six games, Ron Rivera’s Washington team has outscored opponents 90-26 in the second half of games- they lead the NFC East, albeit with a 4-7 record.


    5) Sign of the times: Baylor’s basketball team flew to Las Vegas Thursday, where they’re going to play two games, against Louisiana Saturday, Washington Sunday. The game with the Ragin’ Cajuns was put together Friday- the team flew to the desert not knowing who their first opponent would be. Baylor coach Scott Drew is still in self-isolation with COVID.


    4) Lot of football coaches are nomads; they wander all over the country, getting jobs in various places. Todd Bowles has been a highly successful coach (NFL coaches make good bank); he was even head coach of the Jets, but he has done his share of moving. Here is how Bowles spent his last 21 years:


    2000— Jets, secondary coach
    2001-04— Browns, secondary coach, nickel package
    2005-07— Cowboys, secondary coach
    2008-11— Dolphins, assistant head coach, secondary coach
    2012— Eagles, secondary coach
    2013-14— Cardinals, defensive coordinator
    2015-18— Jets, head coach
    2019-20— Buccaneers, defensive coordinator


    3) Contrast that resume to Steve Alford’s resume as a basketball coach; there was a time when I would have wagered that Alford would be the coach at Indiana someday, since he was such a good player there. Doesn’t look like that will happen, but he’s also had an interesting career:


    1991-95— Manchester
    1995-99— Missouri State
    1999-2007— Iowa
    2007-13— New Mexico
    2013-18— UCLA
    2019-20— Nevada


    2) Baseball’s postseason star Randy Arozarena was in some hot water in his native Mexico this past week, getting locked up after a fracas with his ex-wife and her father, which revolved around custody of their child; he is out of jail now and will not be charged.


    If he keeps hitting during the season, Arozarena is going to be really rich in a couple years, but he needs to stay out of the headlines in the off-season.


    1) Villanova-Virginia Tech are playing Saturday at Mohegan Sun, a matchup cobbled together Thursday night/Friday. Thats part of what will make this season so much fun, things changing on the fly— the teams that handle the chaos the best will likely win the most.
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    CSN at AFA 04:00 PM
    O 143.5


    SCAR at LIB 04:00 PM
    SCAR -7.0


    HP at ELON 04:00 PM
    ELON -7.5


    WCU at UNCA 04:00 PM
    O 159.5


    IDST at UCD 04:00 PM
    U 137.5


    UTSA at UTRGV 04:00 PM
    U 155.0


    NWST at UTA 04:00 PM
    NWST +7.5


    URI at USF 05:30 PM
    URI +1.5

    LMU at MINN 06:00 PM
    MINN -15.0


    UNT at ARK 06:00 PM
    ARK -8.0
    O 142.0



    CWM at ODU 07:00 PM
    CWM +12.5


    NICH at SCU 07:00 PM
    SCU -5.0


    NORF at RAD 07:00 PM
    NORF -3.0


    CMU at UIC 07:00 PM
    U 148.5


    TXSO at OKST 07:30 PM
    OKST -19.5


    TLSA at TCU 07:30 PM
    TCU -3.5

    ULL at BAY 08:00 PM
    BAY -21.0


    VT at VILL 08:00 PM
    VILL -9.5


    ND at MSU 08:00 PM
    ND +10.0


    MONT at USC 09:00 PM
    U 138.5


    UVU at BYU 09:00 PM
    BYU -19.0

    EWU at WSU 11:00 PM
    WSU -4.5
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    11/27/2020 6-11-0 35.29% -3050 Detail
    11/26/2020 6-13-0 31.58% -4150 Detail
    11/25/2020 33-35-0 48.53% -2750 Detail


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    Sunday’s 6-pack
    NFL leaders in passing yards:
    3,201— Watson, Hst
    3,035— Mahomes, KC
    2,986— Wilson, Sea
    2,978— Ryan, Atl
    2,955— Brady, TB
    2,889— Rodgers, GB


    Americans who have died from COVID-19: 265,866
    PLEASE wear a mask when you go out.


    Quote of the Day
    “I caddied for Charles Barkley ~15 years ago. I’ll never forget it. He tipped more than teenage me could comprehend. When I gave the $ back, he said “Son, if I’ve taught you anything today, let it be this: if anyone ever hands you cash, you take that money and you run.”
    Joel Thompson


    Sunday’s quiz
    Who was QB for the Tampa Bay Bucs when they won their only Super Bowl title?


    Saturday’s quiz
    Michigan-Minnesota play every year, for the Little Brown Jug


    Friday’s quiz
    Joe Gibbs was the Washington Redskins’ coach the last time they won a playoff game, in 2005.


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    Sunday’s Den: Wrapping up a sports Saturday


    13) All three quarterbacks on the Denver Broncos’ roster are ineligible to play Sunday against the Saints after being deemed high-risk, close contacts in COVID-19 tracing.


    Denver has a WR Kendall Hinton who played some QB at Wake Forest; he completed 53% of his passes for 1,504 yards passing, eight touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He would seem like a logical candidate to take over, or they could run a Wildcat-type offense with their RB’s.


    Game has been taken off the board in several sportsbooks, but Circa Sports reposted with the Saints a 13-point favorite.


    12) Oklahoma State 50, Texas Tech 44- Strangest ballgame I’ve seen in quite a while:
    — Tech scored a TD with 7:15 left in 3rd quarter to go up 24-21
    — Tech tried a surprise onside kick; Oklahoma State ran it back for a TD.
    — On next series, Tech threw a pick-6, and now trailed 34-24.
    — Series after that, Tech drove 75 yards for a TD. 34-31.
    — Four TD’s in 4:43, with OSU’s offense never taking the field during that time.


    Oklahoma State was -12; with about 1:30 left, Cowboys had a third down play in Tech territory, and their RB breaks into the clear for an easy TD, but he slides down on the 8-yard line, since Tech was out of time-outs. If you took the 12 points, good for you; if you gave 12, not so much.


    11) Buffalo 70, Kent State 41:
    — Buffalo RB Jaret Patterson ran ball 36 times for 409 yards, 8 TD’s. He ran for 301 yards and four TD’s last week.


    10) Detroit Lions fired their coach and their GM Saturday; Lions were 13-29-1 under Matt Patricia, after the last coach went 36-28 and got fired. Very curious to see where they go next.


    9) For at least the next three weeks, the San Francisco 49ers are a team without a home; Santa Clara County issued stricter COVID-19 guidelines this weekend, effectively putting a three-week ban on any contact sports taking place in the county.


    During the next three weeks, 49ers have home games with Buffalo/Washington. They can’t even practice in Santa Clara County, so they’ll be pulling up stakes and moving elsewhere for at least a month or so.


    8) Indiana 27, Maryland 11— Hoosiers’ QB Michael Penix Jr left with a leg injury after suffering thru a bad day- 6-for-19 for 84 yards passing. Indiana is a surprising 5-1.


    7) College football upsets this week:
    — Oregon State (+14) 41, Oregon 38
    — Michigan State (+13.5) 29, Northwestern 20
    — East Carolina (+12.5) 52, SMU 38
    — Rutgers (+12) 37, Purdue 30
    — Ball State (+10) 27, Toledo 24
    — South Alabama (+7) 38, Arkansas State 31
    — Utah State (+6) 42, New Mexico 27


    6) Baylor 32, Kansas State 31
    — Bears scored 10 points in final 4:32 to pull out win, kicking GW 30-yard FG at gun.
    — K-State led 17-6 at halftime; loss drops them to 4-5.


    5) East Carolina 52, SMU 38:
    — Imagine laying 12 points with SMU and being down 45-7 at halftime?
    — East Carolina racked up 493 yards, improved its record to 3-6.


    4) Coastal Carolina-Louisiana will play in the Sun Belt title game Dec 19; Chanticleers routed Texas State 49-14, while the Ragin’ Cajuns waxed UL-Monroe 70-20.


    3) Virginia Tech 81, Villanova 73 OT
    — Really good game; Tech made 10-20 3’s to pull the upset.
    — Villanova played all five starters 37:00+; only six guys played more than 4:00.


    2) Saint Louis 85, LSU 81— This will be a significant score on Selection Sunday; Billikens have all five starters back from last year, are one of the best teams in the Atlantic 14.


    1) It says on the Interweb that this coming Tuesday morning at 10:30am, Western Kentucky will play Charlotte in a football game, to be telecast on CBS Sports Network. 10:30am; why?
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    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29


    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS



    RICH at UK 01:00 PM
    RICH +7.0
    O 144.5



    HOF at RUTG 04:00 PM
    HOF +14.5
    O 147.0



    JVST at USA 05:00 PM
    USA -4.5
    U 135.0



    TTU at HOU 05:30 PM
    TTU -2.5
    O 136.5



    OAK at MICH 06:00 PM
    U 149.0
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    801RICHMOND -802 KENTUCKY
    RICHMOND is 8-1 ATS (6.9 Units) after scoring 80 points or more over the last 2 seasons.

    805HOFSTRA -806 RUTGERS
    HOFSTRA is 11-2 ATS (8.8 Units) in road games when the total is 140 to 149.5 over the last 2 seasons.

    807N DAKOTA ST -808 CREIGHTON
    N DAKOTA ST is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) as a road underdog or pick in the last 3 seasons.

    809AIR FORCE -810 SEATTLE
    AIR FORCE is 96-69 ATS (20.1 Units) in non-conference games since 1997.

    811JACKSONVILLE ST -812 S ALABAMA
    JACKSONVILLE ST is 68-38 ATS (26.2 Units) in road games after 1 or more consecutive wins since 1997.

    813TEXAS TECH -814 HOUSTON
    TEXAS TECH is 14-29 ATS (-17.9 Units) in road games off a home blowout win by 20 points or more since 1997.

    819OAKLAND -820 MICHIGAN
    MICHIGAN is 142-109 ATS (22.1 Units) versus teams who are called for 17 or less fouls/game since 1997.

    821VIRGINIA TECH -822 S FLORIDA
    S FLORIDA is 21-10 ATS (10 Units) in non-conference games in the last 3 seasons.

    1081ARK-PINE BLUFF -1082 IOWA ST
    IOWA ST is 11-3 ATS (7.7 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.

    1083LIPSCOMB -1084 TULANE
    LIPSCOMB is 28-13 ATS (13.7 Units) in non-conference games since 1997.
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