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NCAA Men's Basketball: Analysis, Spreads and Predictions

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 29:  Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats dribbles the ball during the SEC game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Rupp Arena on January 29, 2011 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 66-60.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Brandon RibakSenior Writer IFebruary 8, 2011

Tonight's NCAA Men's Basketball brings up a double-header on ESPN, and a battle between No. 6 San Diego State and Utah.

I will break down three of the top games, providing you with analysis, spreads and predictions on who to place your money on for tonight.

 

Utah (10-13, 3-6 MWC) vs. No. 6 San Diego State (23-1, 8-1 MWC)

The Aztecs won twenty straight games before snapping their winning streak against No. 9 BYU. San Diego State is led by Kawhi Leonard, who is averaging 15 PPG and 10.5 RPG thus far this college basketball betting season.

Not many of San Diego's wins are too impressive (being in the Mountain West Conference) aside from their victory over No. 12 Gonzaga in November.

Utah holds a 10-13 overall record with just three wins in conference play. Junior Will Clyburn will lead the way for the Utes, averaging 18.3 PPG and 8.6 RPG on 42.1 percent shooting from the field.

SBG Global.com Spread: San Diego State is -17.

Prediction: The last time the two teams collided, the Aztecs won by just 9 points. Clyburn scored a team-high 17 points, while his team shot just a mere 38 percent from the field. If the Utes can improve their shooting percentage, they should be able to cover the spread. Take Utah to cover.

 

Indiana (12-12, 3-8 Big Ten) vs No. 12 Purdue (18-5, 7-3 Big Ten)

Purdue is coming off of a seven-point loss to No. 18 Wisconsin, just after defeating No. 18 Minnesota by 12 points.

Boilermaker JaJuan Johnson has been on a scoring surge as of late, scoring at least 20 points in each of his last seven contests. 

Indiana holds a 2-4 record against ranked teams thus far this season, defeating Illinois last month and Minnesota in February (each victory by three points).

Spread: Indiana is +14.

Prediction: The Hoosiers have yet to win a game on the road this NCAA basketball betting season and it's very unlikely that they will tonight. Take Purdue and hope that Indiana doesn't cover the spread.

 

Tennessee (15-8, 5-3 SEC) vs No. 18 Kentucky (16-6, 4-4 SEC)

Kentucky has last two straight games, each by a mere two points. The Wildcats are led by freshman Brandon Knight, who is posting 17.5 PPG and dishing out 3.8 assists per night.

Kentucky and Tennessee both hold records of 3-1 against ranked teams, with Tennessee defeating Pittsburgh and Villanova.

Tennessee is notorious for beating tough teams in the past and will have an opportunity to defeat another one tonight.

Spread: Tennessee is +8.5

Prediction: The Volunteers should be able to keep this game relatively close, giving them an edge with the 8.5 points. Take them to cover the Sportsbook spread.

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