The Pit tough for Utah

Jan 22, 2008 11:10 PM

College 101 by Mark Mayer

Tuesday, Jan. 22

Tennessee at Kentucky: The Vols are riding an 11-game win streak and are a perfect 5-0 on the road. Kentucky is just 4-9 ATS, including a poor 3-6 at Rupp Arena. TENNESSEE.

Utah at New Mexico: The Utes blew the lead and the game at San Diego St. The Pit in Albuquerque is just that for visitors. The Lobos are a stellar 8-2 ATS in their gym. NEW MEXICO.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Iowa St at Kansas: Unbeaten Jayhawks have made a habit of double-digit blowouts. Iowa State is 9-2 in its last 11 and off three straight covers. IOWA ST.

Penn at Temple: An old Big Five angle is to take the underdog. Not this time. Penn is just off a 40-point loss to St. Joseph’s and is a putrid 1-8 ATS. TEMPLE.

Memphis at Tulsa: Unbeaten Memphis figures to cruise through its C-USA schedule. Tulsa is 3-1 ATS at home, but has dropped three straight cover tries. A lot of points here. TULSA.

Wyoming at UNLV: Wyoming was down 14-0 to San Diego State last Saturday. I thought it was a football score. Wyoming is not BYU, which went bye-bye at the T&M. Easy. UNLV.

Thursday, Jan. 24

Duke at Va Tech: The Blue Devils have won five straight, all by double digits. Virginia Tech has won three straight and is 7-0 at home, including 1-point win over Maryland. VA TECH.

UCLA at Oregon: Not the way for the Bruins to hit Eugene after a stunning home loss to USC. The Ducks are 9-0 at home. Another upset? OREGON.

Friday, Jan. 25

Niagara at St. Peter’s: Niagara was 11-3 ATS, then got horse-whipped at Canisius. However, St. Peters has dropped four straight SU and ATS. And, they’re 4-13! NIAGARA.

Saturday, Jan. 26

N.Dame at Villanova: The Irish have failed to cover each of its two "genuine" road game, including 19-point drubbing at G’town. Nova is 1-5 ATS at home, but a perfect 9-0. NOVA.

UConn at Indiana: Huskies are just 5-8 ATS and off a 12-point loss at Providence. This isn’t a Big East game, so a letdown is possible. Especially when Indiana has won 11 straight. INDIANA.

Oklahoma at Baylor: The Sooners are on a down cycle, failing to cover the last four. The Bears are 10-1 in their last 11 and catching Oklahoma at the right time. BAYLOR.

Stanford at California: The Cardinal have compiled a nice 15-3 record, but are 2-6 ATS in their last nine. Archrival Cal has been in a funk, dropping its last three spreads at home. We back the Lopez twins. STANFORD.

Sunday, Jan. 27

Xavier at UMass: Two solid A-10 teams in need of some whiskey. The X-men have dropped four straight spreads. UMass is just 1-5 ATS at home. XAVIER.