We’ve got four teams in the Top 50 playing tonight, and then a few games from some HBCU hoops as well.
Duke is No. 7 in the AP Poll until about 2 p.m. today where they will drop precipitously, and they face NC State at Cameron Indoor Stadium tonight. The Wolfpack beat Duke by 22 (!!) a week and a half ago in Raleigh, and the Blue Devils desperately need to get back on track: they lost at a bad Wake Forest last week, and at Virginia on Saturday.
NC State is still likely out of the tournament, but sweeping Duke twice in 12 days would at least make the NCAA Selection Committee discuss them on March 15th. They could play their way into contention tonight and with a nice win or two in Greensboro at the ACC Tournament. But the bookmakers don’t think that’s going to happen: the Wolfpack are a 12.5 point underdog in early trading, but are receiving 70% of the bets and 71% of the dollars wagered.
No. 2 Baylor is also getting dropped down this afternoon after their stunning loss at TCU yesterday, and they host No. 22 Texas Tech, who will fall out of the polls today after losing to Oklahoma and at home to Texas this week. The Bears need to get back on track after playing themselves off the top-seed line, and are 7.5 point favorites tonight to do so. The bettors think that’s not enough, as the Bears get 71% of the bets and 76% of the handle.
Meanwhile Texas Tech finishes the season with Baylor and Kansas. If they flamed out at the conference tournament, they could be 18-14, 9-10 in the Big 12 — and that possibly means going from the Top 25 to out of the NCAA tournament in three weeks. Life and basketball come at you fast sometimes.
Here are the lines this morning from DraftKings Sportsbook:
Morning Line March 2
|7:00 PM||NC State||+12.5 -110||O 151.5 -109|
|7:00 PM||Duke||-12.5 -110||U 151.5 -112|
|7:30 PM||Norfolk State||-9 -110||O 147 -109|
|7:30 PM||Delaware State||+9 -110||U 147 -112|
|7:30 PM||Bethune-Cookman||+4.5 -109||O 139 -110|
|7:30 PM||North Carolina Central||-4.5 -113||U 139 -112|
|7:30 PM||Maryland-Eastern Shore||+2.5 -109||O 140.5 -109|
|7:30 PM||Howard||-2.5 -112||U 140.5 -112|
|7:30 PM||North Carolina A&T||-1 -109||O 143.5 -109|
|7:30 PM||South Carolina State||+1-112||U 143.5 -112|
|8:30 PM||Mississippi Valley State||+16.5 -110||O 155.5 -109|
|8:30 PM||Grambling St||-16.5 -110||U 155.5 -112|
|8:30 PM||Arkansas-Pine Bluff||+11.5 -110||O 120.5 -114|
|8:30 PM||Jackson State||-11.5 -110||U 120.5 -108|
|8:30 PM||Alabama A&M||+14-110||O 132.5 -108|
|8:30 PM||Prairie View A&M||-14 -110||U 132.5 -113|
|8:30 PM||Alabama State||+8.5 -110||O 142.5 -109|
|8:30 PM||Texas Southern||-8.5 -110||U 142.5 -112|
|9:00 PM||Texas Tech||+7.5 -115||O 130 -108|
|9:00 PM||Baylor||-7.5 -106||U 130 -113|
|9:00 PM||Idaho State||+6.5 -110||O 140 -109|
|9:00 PM||Weber State||-6.5 -110||U 140 -112|
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