College Basketball Betting Report – Dec. 24

College Basketball Betting Report - Dec. 24

College Basketball Betting Report – Dec. 24, The men’s college basketball betting season will take a bit of a break this week to celebrate the Christmas Holiday, but there are still a couple of major matchups on-tap this Saturday including one of the biggest rivalries in the nation.

There has been little doubt that the No.1 Kentucky Wildcats have been the top team in the nation through the nonconference portion of the schedule, but they will put that lofty ranking on the line with a trip to archrival Louisville this Saturday in a 2 p.m. tip at the KFC Yum Center. The Cardinals come in ranked No. 4 in the latest AP Top 25 and both of these teams have combined for 23 straight-up victories against zero defeats.

When it comes to betting on these teams, the SEC’s Wildcats are 7-4-1 against the spread on 5Dimes’ closing betting odds and the total has stayed UNDER in 10 of their first 12 games. Kentucky has now covered in three of its last four games after beating UCLA 83-44 last Saturday as 15.5-point home favorites.

The Cardinals now play out of the ACC and they will come into this showdown fresh-off an 80-55 romp against CS Northridge as 24.5-point favorites at home this past Tuesday. It was just the second time in their last eight games they covered to improve to 4-5-1 ATS on the year. The total stayed UNDER 5Dimes’ closing 136.5-point line in that game and it has now stayed UNDER in three of Louisville’s last five outings.

The No. 2 team in nation heading into the holiday break is the Duke Blue Devils at 10-0 SU and 6-4 ATS. The total has gone an even 4-4 in eight games with posted betting odds. Duke will be back in action next Monday against Toledo before closing-out 2014 against Wofford on New Year’s Eve.

Coming in at No. 3 on the current AP Top 25 is the Pac-12’s Arizona Wildcats, but they are sure to fall in the rankings after getting stunned by UNLV 71-67 on Tuesday night as 12.5-point road favorites. The Wildcats are now 12-1 SU on the year and they have fallen to 6-7 record ATS after failing to cover in their last two NCAAB Sportsbooks betting games.

Rounding-out this week’s top-five at No. 5 is another ACC team. Virginia has reeled-off 11 SU wins to start the season and it is a profitable 8-3 ATS. The Cavaliers beat Harvard 76-27 as 11.5-point home favorites this past Sunday and they will close-out the nonconference portion of their schedule on Dec. 30 against Davidson. Top

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