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Coach Tark & BiffbasketballAll basketball, both college and pro, is discussed here on daily basis from late October to mid-June; we give info on every NBA game every day, and give info on top 13 college games every day. Good luck with your handicapping…keep in mind when I reference college hoop rankings, there are 351 teams.

I’ve added a table on bottom of this page which breaks down how the home favorites, home underdogs do in each conference we follow. .

College basketball knowledge is posted every day thru the Final Four.

Monday’s extra basketball tournament

Long road trip from Wyoming to Coastal Carolina; this is a best-of-3 series that resumes in Laramie Wednesday. Wyoming is 11-3 outside Mountain West; they beat Troy State of Sun Belt 72-66 in Laramie Dec 19. Cowboys won four of last five games overall but lost last three true road games- their last true road win was Feb 4 at Air Force. Coastal Carolina is 6-8 outside the Sun Belt; they’ve won last four games overall. Chanticleers are ##117 experience team that plays pace #135. Wyoming is #138 experience team that plays pace #14.

Tuesday’s NIT games
NIT’s Final Four has three coaches who are in their first year at that school.

Rod Barnes is in his 6th year at Bakersfield; his Roadrunners won a 4OT game in semis of WAC conference tourney, then understandably lost final to New Mexico State. Bakersfield won road games at Cal/Colorado St/Tex-Arlington to get here- they’re first #8-seed to make it to the Final Four of NIT. Roadrunners are 9-6 outside WAC; they start three seniors, two juniors- they’re #14 experience team. Georgia Tech lost five of last seven games before 3-0 run in NIT, with two home wins and 74-66 win at Ole Miss. Jackets is #121 experience team that has #19 eFG% defense. WAC teams are 6-1 vs spread this postseason; ACC teams 6-15-1, 4-11-1 if favored. a Tech was in NYC three weeks ago, in Brooklyn, for ACC tournament.

Central Florida coach Dawkins won NIT twice when he was at Stanford; his Knights won nine of last ten games, are 12-3 outside AAC. UCF is 1-4 vs top 40 teams, with losses by 5-11-10-10 points; they have a 7-6 center, hold teams to 39.7% inside arc, best in country, but they also turn ball over 22.1% of time (#339). UCF is #51 experience team that plays pace #276. TCU is 14-1 outside Big X, with only loss at SMU of AAC by 15- they won five of last six games overall, after losing last seven regular season games. Horned Frogs are #208 experience team that plays pace #234. AAC teams are 3-3 vs spread this postseason; Big X teams are 11-5-1, 9-3 when favored.

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Today’s tips
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NBA knowledge

Monday’s games
Orlando won three of its last four games; they’re 3-6 vs spread in last nine road games. Three of their last four road games stayed under. Toronto won its last five games; they’re 4-2 vs spread in last six home games. Under is 13-6 in their last 19 games. Raptors won seven of last ten games with Orlando; six of last eight series games stayed under the total. Magic lost three of last four visits to Toronto (3-1 vs spread).

Detroit lost six of its last seven games; they’re 0-7 vs spread in last seven road games. Seven of their last nine games stayed under total. Knicks lost their last five games but covered four of last six; they’re 4-2 vs spread in last six home games. Over is 5-2 in their last seven games. Home side won last six Detroit-New York games; Pistons lost last three visits to New York (0-3 vs spread). Three of last four series games stayed under.

Cleveland is 5-7 in its last 12 games, 4-6 vs spread in last ten road games. Their last four games all went over the total. San Antonio won its last four games; they’re 3-7 vs spread in last ten home games. Over is 5-2 in their last seven games. Spurs won eight of last ten games with Cleveland; six of last eight series games went over total. Cavaliers lost four of last five visits to the Alamo (3-2 vs spread).

Oklahoma City won six of last eight games; they’re 3-7 vs spread in last ten road games. Over is 5-2 in their last seven road games. Mavericks lost five of last eight games; they’re 1-4 vs spread in last five home games. Under is 7-2 in their last nine games. Thunder won eight of last ten games with Dallas; they won four of last five games in this arena. Four of last five series games went over total.

Pelicans won four of their last five games; they’re 7-5 vs spread in last 12 road games. last three New Orleans games stayed under total. Jazz lost four of last five games; they’re 4-9 vs spread in last 13 home games- their last three games went over total. Utah won its last three games with the Pelicans, by 12-32-5 points; over is 7-3 in last ten series games. Teams split last four series games played here.

Grizzlies lost their last three games; they’re 4-6 vs spread in last ten road games. Five of their last six games stayed under total. Sacramento beat the Clippers in Staples last night, ending its 4-game skid; Kings are 2-5-1 vs spread in last eight home games. Under is 5-3 in their last eight games. Memphis won six of last seven games with the Kings; they won/covered three of last four visits to Sacramento. Under is 7-2 in last nine series games.

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thru March 5 (2016-17)
HF
HU
H
American 32-23-2 17-19-1 49-43-3
ACC 44-37-2 27-14-1 72-52-3
Atlantic 14 36-42-1 15-23 43-59-1
Big 14 44-39-1 17-9-1 61-49-1
Big X 25-34-3 11-12 37-47-3
Big East 27-28-3 15-14-2 43-42-5
Big Sky 29-37-2 15-18-2 45-57-4
Big West 25-25 12-7 37-32
CAA 25-28-2 13-13 40-43-2
C-USA 40-35-3 23-18 64-55-3
Horizon 27-33 9-18 38-52
Ivy 15-18-2 8-13-1 22-27-3
MAAC
28-37-2
11-26
38-63-2
MAC 30-44-2 15-12-1 49-64-2
Missouri Valley 25-26-1 14-16 40-42-1
Mountain West 33-36-2 11-11-1 44-50-3
Ohio Valley 28-38 11-16-1 39-55-1
Pac-12 33-32 18-19-2 51-51-2
SEC 41-45-1 16-17 57-63-1
Southern 26-28-3 11-15 35-43-3
Summit 27-24 8-6 37-31
Sun Belt 35-38 15-11-1 50-50-1
WCC 24-30 8-24-3 30-51-3