The college basketball season actually started about a week ago, but we can’t really blame you if you missed it. The game doesn’t do a great job of opening the season with a bang, given the massive expansion and big schools playing unknown institutions in the first few weeks. Sure, sometimes you’ll have a big upset like last night, where TCU lost to Northwestern State as a 28.5-point home favorite. Mostly, though, it’s an uninspiring set of matches.
If you haven’t gotten into the college basketball season yet, Tuesday night might be a good place to start. The sports schedule is a little lighter without the NFL, and we have the annual “State Farm Champions Classic” on tap in the college basketball world. Three of the top seven teams in the country are in action in Indianapolis as we get a solid doubleheader to get the season rolling.
In the early game, Kentucky is a 6.5-point favorite over Michigan State. The Spartans are coming off a heartbreaker on Friday, where they blew a 12-point lead to Gonzaga and lost by a final score of 64-63. Surprisingly, Kentucky has handled Howard and Duquesne in their first two games. Kentucky is KenPom’s top-ranked team and BetMGM’s third-highest odds to win the title, so they are the rightful favorites in this matchup. However, Tom Izzo and Michigan State kept it very close against Gonzaga, and it certainly isn’t out of the question for the Spartans to keep it within 6.5 points on Tuesday night.
In the nightcap, Duke is a 1.5-point favorite against Kansas. Obviously the story with Duke is John Scheer replacing Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils have destroyed their opponents in their first two games, but Kansas, the defending national champions, is certainly about thirty tiers above Duke’s first two opponents. These teams are ranked 10th and 11th in KenPom, so there isn’t really as much separating them as the spread suggests.
Midweek MACtion returns
Some people don’t want to get into college basketball until after the college football season. It lines up perfectly with the end of the bowl season right around the time college basketball’s conference play begins. If you’re one of those people, Midweek MACtion might be of more interest to you on Tuesday nights.
Tuesday’s slate features two teams trying to qualify for the bowl, but both are underwhelming in their quest to get there.
Sitting at 5-5, Bowling Green needs to win one of their final two games to become bowl eligible, but it won’t be easy as they finish the season with two road games at Toledo and Ohio, the two best teams in the conference. . On Tuesday, the Bowling Green Falcons are a 15.5-point road underdog against Toledo.
Ball State has a better chance to qualify for a bowl game on Tuesday, as they have a 4-point deficit against Ohio. Ohio has been money for bettors in conference play, as they are 6-0 against the spread. The Bobcats control their own destiny heading into the MAC Championship Game, but they face a tough test against a pesky Ball State team that looks to be bowl eligible in front of their home fans.
NBA, NHL seasons are underway
Things are going well for both the NBA and NHL as their seasons progress.
In the NBA, we have five games to dig our teeth into. The New Orleans Pelicans are 3.5-point favorites against the Memphis Grizzlies. Zion Williamson is questionable for New Orleans and Jeron Jackson is expected to make his debut for the Grizzlies.
Elsewhere, Kawhi Leonard, who is 7.5-point favorites against the Dallas Mavericks against the Los Angeles Clippers, is no match for Los Angeles.
The NHL has nine games on tap Tuesday night.
The New Jersey Devils have won 9 games in a row and are -175 favorites to win their 10th straight in Montreal. The Florida Panthers are 190 favorites at home against the Washington Capitals, a rematch of last season. The Pittsburgh Penguins are a slight -105 home underdog against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Check out Week 11 NFL Lines
Week 10 of the NFL season ended on Monday night with the Washington Commanders handing their first loss of the season to the Philadelphia Eagles. Washington was an 11-point road underdog and paid +400 on the moneyline.
Jacksonville, Miami, Seattle and Tampa Bay have byes in Week 11, but still have 14 games scheduled this coming weekend. Here’s a first look at BetMGM’s early bets: