Spartans hold edge in NCAA title game rematch

December 05, 2000 6:53 AM
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The revenge factor may be apparent when the Florida Gators travel to East Lansing, Mich., for a rematch of last April's NCAA title game with Michigan State, won and covered by the Spartans, 89-76.

The teams that battled for the top spot still rank as two of the elite clubs that have serious and legitimate aspirations to claim the crown this spring.

The Gators won but failed without Dupay at home against DePaul on Saturday. Spartans have covered two straight at home, including a substantial cover against North Carolina last week.

The fact that the public money may lean to Florida due to the revenge may lend value to the home side, especially if laying single digits. MICHIGAN STATE 88, Florida 76.

MISSOURI 80, DePaul 70 -- Also Wednesday, travel-weary Blue Demons covered Saturday in loss at Florida for first spread win. Missouri also comes in to this game 1-2 versus the number, covering single digits at home against Valpo.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 5

LOUISVILLE 73, Georgetown 72 -- The 5-0 Hoyas earned their only two spread wins when laying single digits to Charleston and Minnesota. A winner looks hard to call as the 2-3 Cardinals play their first at home after players loaded up against UL in road loss at Alabama Saturday.

Temple 72, VILLANOVA 68 -- Owls coming off three straight losses, including two to Duke. They head into Big 5 matchup with Wildcats, who have covered two of three lined games. Blue Devils beat 'Nova earlier, but failed to cover -19, and split the two games with TU against the number.

TENNESSEE 76, Memphis 66 -- Vols failed to cover as a sluggish favorite, but rallied for the win at West Virginia Saturday, so prefer not to lay doubles against Tigers. They stayed close against host Arkansas to get the money for the first time in five tries this season.

NOTRE DAME 77, Indiana 67 -- IU a dismal 2-4 against the number, including a loss, and failed in their only try as a dog against Temple. The Irish have covered two of three on the board so far, failing as a 4.5-point favorite at Vandy on Saturday.

 

Thursday, Dec. 7

Kansas 82, WAKE FOREST 80 -- Teams come in unbeaten, including Wake's 4-0 mark against the number. This will be the first try for the Jayhawks as a dog, as well as on an opponent's home floor.

TENNESSEE 83, Southern Methodist 63 -- Vols get a second chance as a home favorite this week going up against 3-0 Mustangs, who’ve covered both board games, albeit as a small home favorite.

 

Friday, Dec. 8

INDIANA 74, Western Michigan 50 -- Broncos are 0-5 straight up, but covered in their only attempt as a double-digit dog at Michigan. Hoosiers are 2-4 against the number and failed in their only opportunity as a double-digit choice.

 

Saturday, Dec. 9

Kentucky 77, GEORGIA TECH 73 -- UK showed signs of life with convincing win against UNC on Saturday, coving for the first time in four tries. Jackets improved to 4-1 and 1-0-1 against the number, beating UCLA as the obvious steam at +8.5 at the Wooden Classic.

FLORIDA 100, Rutgers 63 -- Gators failed their only opportunity laying doubles. Knights come into the week undefeated, but failed last time out as a double-digit steam favorite against JMU.

NOTRE DAME 85, Miami (Ohio) 60 -- Redhawks come in with spread mark of 5-1, but this is their toughest spot to date. The Irish have already covered a big number, bombing Illinois-Chicago as a 20-point favorite earlier.

ILLINOIS 86, Seton Hall 74 -- Pirates come in 4-0 straight-up, but 0-2 versus the spread. This is their first try as a dog. Illini are 4-1 against the number, but just 1-1 when laying points.

Temple 72, PENN STATE 68 -- Temple failed in this role Saturday, getting upset at Miami (Ohio). Penn State owns straight-up wins over Kentucky and Penn.

WISCONSIN 80, Ohio 56 -- The Badgers failed in a similar role earlier, beating Northern Illinois, 68-64, as a 22-point favorite. Bobcats are playing their first board game of the season.

Arizona 89, CONNECTICUT 77 -- Wildcats entered the week 5-1, but failed in their only opportunity as a single-digit favorite. Huskies come in 1-4 against the number so far, although this is their first try as a dog.

OKLAHOMA STATE 71, Arkansas 70 -- Cowboys covered both board efforts so far, both as favorites. Razorbacks entered the week 5-1 straight-up, but 0-3 against the number -- all as significant chalk.

Iowa State 76, IOWA 70 -- Both come into the week with perfect W-L marks, but Cyclones have covered two of three efforts as favorites. Hawkeyes are just 2-3 against the number -- all as substantial favorites.

UCLA 80, Hawaii 63 -- Warriors are getting doubles for the first time; they’ve covered one of two lined games so far. Bruins have failed in back-to-back games in the role of significant favorite, giving them 2-3 spread record.

DUKE 88, Michigan 61 -- Wolverines failed in their first four boarded starts. This is the first time they’ll get doubles. Blue Devils covered their biggest number of the early season.

North Carolina 79, TEXAS A&M 54 -- Heels are 1-2 against the number so far, coming off lackluster effort against Kentucky at home. Aggies were just 1-1 as a dog coming in, failing in their only effort getting doubles, losing by 20 to Geo. Washington.