Minnesota will take the biggest hit in injury news. Follow along for the latest in college injury
updates that will affect your betting lines in NCAAB.
The college basketball betting season is now in full gear,
fresh off exciting opening week and Thanksgiving week tournaments. On the injury front there is one major update.
Minnesota Guard Al
Nolen Out for Two Weeks
Starting guard Al Nolen could miss “a couple weeks
or longer” for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, according
to coach Tubby Smith. He is
battling a foot injury.
5-0 on the season, Minnesota
is one of the hottest teams in the country and in the impressive Big Ten. They are 3-1 against the spread on the year,
including two wins as the underdog.
Averaging 9.2 points per game on the season, Nolen is second
on the team in minutes and leads the team in steals at 2.8 per game. He is second in assists at 4.2 per game.
Their best backup is Devoe Joseph, yet to play this
season due to a violation of team rules.
Smith stated that he was unsure if he’ll bring Joseph back for the Virginia
game on Monday night – he also mentioned that Joseph had academic issues.
A potential big blow for the on-fire Golden Gophers, it is
good that they do not have a particularly tough schedule ahead in the near
future. However, watch the NCAAB lines
closely due to Minnesota’s lack of depth at the point. There could be value in each direction
depending on how NCAAB odds makers react.
Note that small forward Rodney Williams, a starter, will
also be out for Monday’s game – be sure to watch his status going forward. He sprained his ankle in the previous game.
Quick Injury Updates
As an update to last week’s NCAAB
betting overview for injuries – Elias Harris looks to be back to full
strength for Gonzaga.
Harris looked good in the 66-63 win over Gonzaga from the 23rd. In the first half he scored 15 points in 18
minutes. Gonzaga took the win against
the spread as well; we’ll see how they fare against #19 Illinois on December 4th.
After Stanford’s 81-74 victory over DePaul on Saturday, guard Jeremy
Green was sent to the hospital.
After fighting a stomach virus all week, Green was
light-headed and passed out after leaving the court. He led Stanford
with 19 points. Stanford doesn’t play
next until December 12th, when they host UC Riverside.
As always watch these injuries for upcoming college
basketball lines. It will be interesting
to see how Minnesota does against
upcoming competition with their injury and other situations as well.
Look for other college basketball
betting previews from SBR. The NCAAB
Handicapping Forum and live odds also
are a worthwhile stop to get ready for betting odds.