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11/23/2010 12:00:00 AM
Here are the latest headlines for the past week in college
basketball, featuring the opposing movements of Minnesota and North
Carolina. Follow along for more
Just a couple weeks or so into college basketball we have
seen our fair share of unexpected, as well as expected, events across the
nation. For this edition of the recap of
the past week in NCAAB betting action – we look at the current state of two
teams we saw in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament.
#17 Minnesota Playing
Unranked to start the season, Minnesota is now ranked 17th
in the nation. Give them a tournament
title in Puerto Rico and a five-game
undefeated record as well – for yet another strong team in the Big Ten.
Now 5-0 and ranked 17th, Minnesota is 3-1 against-the-spread. Leading the team between 13 and 14 points per
game are Trevor Mbakwe, Ralph Sampson III, and Blake
Hoffarber hit the game-winning 3-pointer in the
tournament-winning 74-70 win over West Virginia. He scored 12 points only on four 3-pointers,
Nolen led the team with 17 points.
The game featured nine lead changes in a tough matchup for
the tournament victor. Mbakwe was named
the MVP of the tournament.
Keep in mind that Minnesota has accomplished this without Devoe
Joseph, a versatile offensive player.
He was indefinitely suspended for violating team rules this month.
#25 North Carolina
Loses Second Straight
On a different path is North Carolina – who started the
season ranked eighth in the country, now standing at 25th.
In the last week they lost a couple of games in the same
tournament, including a five-point defeat at the hands of Minnesota. They followed
that up with a seven-point loss to Vanderbilt at Puerto Rico as well.
The Tar Heels
shot just 36.9% and 40.7% in the respective losses. They also had 40 turnovers in the two games,
combined as well. Their 59.8% at the
stripe is particularly a cause for concern as well, along with 3-point
Facing a couple of tough opponents, North Carolina will get
a chance to finds its groove, playing next against North
Carolina-Asheville. In a week they will
have the honor of facing both Illinois and Kentucky in a row.
Of course these are just a couple noteworthy stories early
in the college basketball season. Other
tournament and regular season action has been interesting as well.
However keep an eye on these teams as there will surely be
plenty of shifts along the upper echelon of college basketball. We’ll see, for instance, how #1 Duke can fare with their
undefeated record – both straight up and against-the-spread.
Stay tuned for more coverage of college basketball and other
sports betting topics.