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.

Thursday’s college hoop
Marshall lost 82-76 at Old Dominion Jan 13; Thundering Herd won four of last six series games, but lost three of four C-USA visits to ODU, with losses by 7-17-21 points. ODU won 16 of its last 18 games, with both losses at home; they’re 7-0 in C-USA road games. Monarchs won last two games by 38-49 points. Marshall won its last five games; they won six of seven C-USA home games, losing to WKU. Marshall is 22-12 vs spread in last 34 C-USA home games, 4-3 this year; ODU is 7-9 in its last 16 road games. C-USA home teams are 42-57 vs spread.

Northeastern won its last five games, with home wins by 7-6-2 points. Huskies made 10-19 on arc in 77-62 win at Towson Feb 10— they’re 6-3 in last nine series games, 2-2 in last four played here- these teams split pair of game in last two CAA tourneys. Towson is 4-5 in its last nine games; they’re 3-4 on CAA road. Northeastern is 7-10 in last 17 road games, 3-5 this year; Towson is 15-9 in last 24 games as road underdogs, 1-1 this year; Huskies are are 8-13-1 in last 22 games as home favorites, 2-5-1 this year. CAA home favorites are 25-30 vs spread.

Georgia Southern was +8 (19-11) in turnovers in 74-59 home win over Tex-Arlington Jan 27; Eagles were 9-24 on arc in game they trailed by 13 early on. Teams split six series games; Southern lost by 1-20 points in two games played here. Eagles lost three of last four games; they are 4-3 on Sun Belt road. UTA won its last four home games but is 5-6 in last 11 games overall. Arlington is 11-4-1 in last 16 games as home favorites, 5-2 this year. Eagles are 3-5 in last eight games as road underdogs, 0-1 this year. Sun Belt home teams are 38-42 vs spread.

Houston won its last five games, with wins at UCF/Temple; they’re 4-3 on AAC road, giving up 80+ points in all three losses. Memphis lost its last three home games, by 14-20-4 points; they won at SMU/Tulane in last two games, by total of eight points. Houston/Memphis split their last six meetings; Cougars’ 72-71 win here LY was their first win in last nine visits to Memphis. Houston is 16-9 vs spread in last 25 road games; under Smith, Memphis is 7-8 vs spread in AAC home games, 3-3 this year. AAC home underdogs are 15-14 vs spread.

Washington lost three of its last four games after a 17-6 start; Huskies are 3-4 on Pac-12 road, losing last road tilt in double OT at Oregon St. Stanford is 3-5 in its last eight games but they won five of last six at home, with only loss by hoop to Arizona. Stanford won 73-64 at Washington Jan 13, their 5th win in last seven series games. Huskies lost last three games on the Farm by 12-8-7 points. Stanford is 11-5 in last 16 Pac-12 home games; Huskies are 5-10 in last 15 games as road underdogs. Pac-12 home favorites are 30-24 vs spread.

UCLA made 12-23 on arc in 83-64 home win over Utah Jan 11; Bruins are 4-3 in last seven series games- they split four visits here, winning 83-82 LY. UCLA won six of its last seven games; they are 2-4 on Pac-12 road, winning at Cal/Arizona. Utah won seven of its last nine games overall, four in row at home; they scored 74.8 ppg in winning their last four games. Under Alford, UCLA is 20-22 vs spread on Pac-12 road, 3-3 this year; last five years, Utah is 25-12-4 vs spread in Pac-12 home games, 4-1-1 this year. Pac-12 home teams are 44-37 vs spread.

San Francisco never trailed, was 11-25 on arc in 69-67 home win over Pacific Jan 25; Dons won nine of last ten series games- they won three of last four visits to Stockton. USF won four of last five games overall but lost four of last five on road. Tigers won four of their last six games but lost two of last three home games- they’re 3-14 vs teams ranked in top 200. Pacific is 6-14 in last 20 games as home favorites, 2-2 this year; under Smith, USF is 3-5 as road underdogs, 2-2 this year. WCC home favorites are 17-27 vs spread.

Irvine won six of its last seven games since they lost 70-58 at Santa Barbara is first meeting Jan 20; Anteaters won six of last nine series games. UCSB lost four of last five games in Bren Center. UCI is 4-2 in Big West home games, losing to Fullerton/Hawai’i. UCSB won eight of its last nine games; they’re 5-1 in Big West home games, losing last one to Cal-Davis Saturday. Gauchos are 13-9 vs spread in last 22 road games, 4-2 this year; Irvine is 9-5 in last 14 home games, 3-3 this year. Big West home favorites are 14-16 vs spread.

Arizona State is 6-1 in Pac-12 if they score 80+ points, 1-6 if they don’t; Oregon held five of last seven opponents under 80. Oregon won 76-72 in Tempe Jan 11, Ducks’ 7th win in row over ASU. Sun Devils lost last five visits to Eugene, losing by 9-3-7-1-3 points. ASU won three of its last four games; they’re 3-4 on Pac-12 road. Ducks won last four home games, but lost two brutal games in LA last weekend. Under Hurley, is 4-2-2 as Pac-12 road underdogs. Oregon covered 17 of last 24 games as home favorites. Pac-12 home favorites are 30-24 vs spread.

Rider won its last ten games, four of them on road; Broncs lead MAAC by a game. Monmouth lost five of its last seven games; they’re 3-4 in MAAC home games. Rider made 13-31 on arc in 92-85 home win over Monmouth Jan 29, a foulfest where both teams took 30+ foul shots. Rider won three of its last four visits here, but Hawks won four of their last six series games overall. Monmouth covered once in last five tries as home underdogs; Rider is is 15-6 in last 21 games as road favorites, 3-1 this year. MAAC home underdogs are 12-13 vs spread.

South Dakota can win Summit regular season crown with win here; Coyotes made 10-24 on arc in 87-68 home win over South Dakota State Jan 24. State is 5-2 in last seven series games- they won last two series games played here, by 1-17 points. USD won nine of its last 10 games; they’re 5-1 on Summit road, losing by 16 in Denver. State won its last six games, four of which were at home. Coyotes are 7-7 vs spread as Summit road underdogs; State is 8-5 in last 13 games as home favorites, 4-2 this year. Summit League home favorites are 18-12 vs spread.

Eastern Washington/Weber State split their last six meetings; Eagles lost four of last five visits to Ogden, losing by 9-8-7-3 points. Weber won its last nine games, with two of last three wins in OT; Wildcats are won their last six home games, with last three by 5-8-5 points. Eagles won five of last seven games, losing last two road games, by 13-2 points-  they swept the Montana schools at home LW. EWU is 12-6 in last 18 games as road underdogs, 1-2 this year; Weber is 13-19 in last 32 games as home favorites, 5-2 this year. Big Sky home favorites are 27-27 vs spread.

Belmont is 16-2 in OVC, but one of losses was 64-60 at home to Jacksonville State Jan 6, when Bruins went 7-34 on arc. Belmont is 9-3 in series games, 4-3 in last seven; they won four of five visits here. Belmont won 17 of its last 19 games; they’re 7-1 on OVC road, losing at Tennessee State. Jax State lost its last three games, scoring 64.7 ppg; they’re 5-3 in OVC home games, with losses by 20-4-18 points. Belmont is 10-6 in last 16 games as road favorites, 4-4 this year; Gamecocks are 1-6 in last seven tries as home underdogs. OVC home underdogs are 12-12.


Today’s tips
Belmont, -4

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NBA knowledge

Thursday’s NBA
Nets lost seven of their last eight games with the Hornets, but they covered their last five visits to Charlotte. Under is 5-2 in last seven series games. Brooklyn lost its last seven games; they’re 15-5 in last 20 games as road underdogs. Four of their last six rod games stayed under the total. Hornets lost four of their last five games; they’re 6-4 in last 10 games as home favorites. Three of their last four games stayed under.

Orlando/New York split their last 10 games; Knicks are 3-2 vs spread in last five visits to Magic Kingdom. Under is 7-3 in last ten series games. New York lost its last eight games; they’re 1-5 in last six tries as road underdogs. Eight of their last ten games stayed under. Orlando lost its last three games; they’re 1-7 as home favorites this season. Four of their last five games stayed under the total.

Cavaliers won five of last six games with Washington; road team won last five series games. Wizards covered three of last four visits to Cleveland. Three of last four series games went over. Wizards won seven of their last nine games; they’re 10-3 as road underdogs. Seven of their last ten games went over. Cleveland won/covered its last four games; they’re 7-17 as home favorites. Cavs’ last four games went over.

76ers lost eight of last ten games with Chicago; they’re 1-4 vs spread in last five visits to the Windy City. Seven of last ten series games went over. Sixers won their last five games; they’re 4-4 vs spread as road favorites. Five of their last seven games stayed under. Bulls lost eight of their last ten games; they’re 10-9 as home underdogs. Seven of their last ten games went under the total.

Thunder won three of last four games with the Kings; they’re 2-3 vs spread in last five visits to Sacramento. Last three series games stayed under. Oklahoma City lost six of its last nine games; they’re 7-14 as road favorites. Last three Thunder games went over total. Sacramento lost five of its last seven games; they’re 2-10 in last dozen games as home underdogs. Three of their last four games went over.

Warriors won nine of last ten games with the Clippers but lost to LA in last meeting Jan 10; Clippers are 2-2 vs spread in last four visits to Oakland. Last six series games went over total. Clippers won seven of their last nine games; they’re 9-3 in last 12 games as road underdogs. Eight of their last nine games stayed under. Golden State split its last six games but won three in row at home. Warriors are 13-14-2 as home favorites. Over is 3-1 in their last four games.

NBA Finals
Cleveland-Golden State
GState 113-91, U225
GState 132-113, O222
GState 118-113, -3.5, O227
Clev 137-116, +4.5, O227
GState 129-120, -9, O231.5
Warriors win NBA title, 4-1

Conference finals:
San Antonio-Golden State
GState 113-111, -10, O209.5
GState 136-100, -13, O211
GState 120-108, -9.5, U215.5
GState 129-115, -11, O218.5
Warriors win series, 4-0

Clev 117-104, -4.5, O219
Clev 130-86, -5, U218.5
Boston 111-108, +16, O215.5
Clev 112-99, -15, U215
Clev 135-102, -10, O214
Cavaliers win series, 4-1

Second round playoff series:
Bos 123-111, -4.5, O216
Bos 129-119 O, -5, O218.5
Wash 116-89, -5.5, U218
Wash 121-102, -5, O214.5
Bos 123-101, -4, O218
Wash 92-91, -5, U215.5
Boston 115-105, -5, O211
Celtics win series 4-3

Clev 116-105, -7, O211
Clev 125-103, -7, O214.5
Clev 115-94, -3, U215
Clev 109-102, -7, O210.5
Cavaliers win series, 4-0

San Antonio-Houston
Hst 126-99, +6, O215.5
SA 121-96, -5.5, O215
SA 103-92, +5.5, U215
Hst 125-104, -5, O213.5
SA 110-107 OT, -5.5, O216
SA 114-75, -5, U215
Spurs win series, 4-2

Golden State-Utah
GState 106-94, -13, U206.5
GState 115-104, -13.5, O206
GState 102-91, -7, U209
GState 121-95, -9, O207
Warriors win series 4-0

Favorites 12-6-1 (32-28-2)
Over 12-7 (34-28)

First round playoff series:
Chi 106-102, +7, O207
Chi 111-97, +7.5, O206.5
Bos 104-87, -2.5, U206
Bos 104-95, -1.5, U204
Bos 108-97, –7.5, U205.5
Bos 105-83, -2, U203
Celtics win series 4-2

Clev 109-108, -9, O208.5
Clev 117-111, -9, O210
Clev 119-114, –1.5, O210
Clev 106-102, -4, U214
Cavaliers win series, 4-0

Mil 97-83, +7.5, U197.5
Tor 106-100, -8, O195
Mil 104-77, –2, U197
Tor 87-76, +2.5, U194
Tor 118-93, -6, O193
Tor 92-89, +1.5, U196.5
Raptors win series, 4-2

Wash 114-107, -5.5, O209.5
Wash 109-101, -6.5, U211.5
All 110-108, -2.5, O211
Atl 111-101, -2.5 U212.5
Wash 103-99, -6.5, U212
Wash 115-99, +3, O208.5
Wizards win series, 4-2

Golden State-Portland
GState 121-109, -15.5, O220
GState 110-81, –12, U219
GState 119-113, -5, O217.5
GState 128-103, -9, O222.5
Warriors win series, 4-0

San Antonio-Memphis
SA 111-82, -9.5, O190.5
SA 96-82, -10.5, U189
Mem 105-94, +3.5, O188
Mem 110-108, +5.5, O187
SA 116-103, -10.5, O188.5
SA 103-96, -5.5, O190.5
Spurs win series, 4-2

Houston-Oklahoma City
Hst 118-87 -7.5, U227.5
Hst 115-111, -7.5, O225.5
OC 115-113, -2.5, O224
Hst 113-109, +1, U223.5
Hst 105-99, -7.5, U223.5
Rockets win series, 4-1

LA Clippers-Utah
Utah 97-95, +6, U198.5
LAC 99-91, -9, U200
LAC 111-106, -1.5, O197.5
Utah 105-98, -5, O196
Utah 96-92, +3, U195.5
LAC 96-93, +5.5, U195.5
Utah 104-91, +3.5, O190.5
Jazz wins series, 4-3

Favorites: 19-24-1 vs spread
Over: 23-21

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thru March 5 (2016-17)
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
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