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 information.

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 Extremely Well

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.

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, as Al 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 shooting.

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.