Two conference titles are up for grabs as the College Basketball season enters the final weekend of regular season play before the conference tournaments tip off next week.

The biggest involves what most would consider the best rivalry in College Basketball when the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils battle the No. 13 North Carolina Tar Heels for the ACC crown Saturday night (8 pm ET, CBS).

Duke (27-3 SU and 15-13 ATS, 13-2 ACC) beat the Clemson Tigers 70-59 on Wednesday, but fell short of covering the spread as a 12.5-point home favorite. North Carolina (23-6 SU, 14-12 ATS, 13-2 ACC) edged the Florida State Seminoles 72-70 on Wednesday but failed to cash as a 2.5-point road favorite.

North Carolina is 6-4 SU and ATS in the head-to-head series and will be out for revenge after the Blue Devils won 79-73 when the teams met on Feb. 9.

In the Big East, the No. 5 Pittsburgh Panthers can win the conference title outright for the first time since 2004 when they face the slumping No. 19 Villanova Wildcats on Saturday at the Petersen Events Center (4 pm ET, CBS).

Pittsburgh (26-4 SU, 13-11 ATS, 14-3 Big East) beat the South Florida Bulls 66-50 on Wednesday and covered as a 10.5-point road favorite. Villanova (21-9 SU, 11-15 ATS, 9-8 Big East) lost 93-72 Monday against the No. 7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and failed to cover as a 5-point road underdog..

The teams are 5-5 SU over the past 10 meetings and the Panthers are 6-4 ATS.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Orlando Magic are featured in the first game of an ESPN doubleheader at the Amway Center Friday night (8:05 pm ET, ESPN).

Orlando (36-22 SU, 25-31-2 ATS) has proven to be an enigma this season, winning one then losing one. Two weeks ago, the Magic beat the Los Angeles Lakers by 14 points. On Wednesday, they lost to one of the worst road teams in the NBA, the Sacramento Kings, as a 14-point home favorite.

Oklahoma City (36-20 SU, 29-27 ATS) has a four-game lead over the Denver Nuggets in the Northwest division.

Orlando is 8-2 SU and 6-4 ATS in the past 10 meetings, but the Thunder won 125-124 in the teams’ previous meeting Jan. 13 in Oklahoma City. The score was a push with Orlando a 1-point road favorite.

The Thunder lost 109-105 to the NBA-best San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. Oklahoma City covered as a 7-point road underdog and the score went over the total of 205.5.

Oklahoma City is 4-2 SU in its last six games on the road and Orlando is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games at home.

The second tilt has the Nuggets taking on the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden (10:30 pm ET, ESPN).

Denver hosted the Boston Celtics on NBA on TNT Thursday and in the Nuggets previous game Tuesday, they beat the Memphis Grizzlies 120-107, cashing as a 1-point home favorite.

Portland lost 106-101 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday and failed to cover as a 3-point home underdog.

The Nuggets are 6-4 SU and ATS in the past 10 head-to-head meetings, and this is the third meeting of the season, with Denver holding a 2-1 SU and ATS edge.

The No. 20 Syracuse Orange take on the No. 14 Villanova Wildcats in a Big East battle at the Villanova Pavilion on Monday (7 pm ET, ESPN).

NCAAB Odds and College Basketball Betting for this matchup will be available at online sportsbooks.

Syracuse (22-6 SU, 8-16 ATS, 9-6 Big East) has won two straight after a terrible four-week slump that saw the Orange lose six of eight. Villanova (21-6 SU, 11-12 ATS, 9-5 Big East) has also won two in a row and also went through a similar rough patch, dropping five of its previous eight.

Head-to-head, the Wildcats are 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in the past 10 meetings. The teams have met once previously this season, when Syracuse blew out Villanova 95-77 on Jan. 22. The Orange covered as a 5.5-point home favorite and the score went over the total of 143.

Syracuse beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 84-80 in overtime on Saturday. The Orange could not cover as a 12-point home favorite and the score easily cleared the total of 132.

Kris Joseph led the Orange with 21 points, including six in OT. Syracuse converted more than 72 per cent of its free throws (34 of 47).

Villanova needed some last-minute heroics and overtime to defeat the DePaul Blue Demons 77-75 on Saturday. The Wildcats failed to cash as an 11.5-point road favorite and the score went over the total of 141.

Villanova senior guard Corey Fisher scored a career-high 34 points, including a tying 3-pointer, to pace the Wildcats. Maalik Wayns added 17 points and Mouphtaou Yarou pulled down 15 rebounds.

The Los Angeles Clippers continue an Eastern road trip with a game against the Orlando Magic on Tuesday at the Amway Center (7 pm ET, FSN Prime Ticket, Fox Sports Florida).

After going on a nice run in which they won six of seven, the Clippers (19-31 SU, 26-23-1 ATS) have now dropped six of their past nine, including the first two games of this road swing.

Los Angeles is 2-5 SU in its past seven, 3-6 ATS in its past nine, 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road and 1-5-1 ATS in its last seven on the road. The total has gone over in eight of the Clippers last 10 games on the road.

Orlando (32-20 SU, 21-29-2 ATS) also seems to have hit a rough patch, going 2-4 SU and 1-5 ATS in its last six overall, and 1-4 ATS in its last five at home.

Head-to-head, the Magic are 8-2 SU and ATS in the last 10 meetings, a perfect 5-0 SU and 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings, and a near-perfect 5-1 SU in the last six meetings at home.

The Clippers and Magic met earlier this season on the West Coast, when Orlando won 94-85 and covered the spread as an 8-point road favorite on Dec. 12. The score went under the total of 190.

Los Angeles lost 97-79 to the Miami Heat on Sunday, failing to cash as an 11.5-point road underdog. The score went under the total of 204.  

Orlando lost 91-80 to the Boston Celtics, also on Sunday. The Magic couldn’t cover as a 4.5-point road underdog and the score went under the total of 194.

There’s never any shortage of prop bets for the Super Bowl at most sportsbooks, and while many novice football betting fans prefer the wild and wacky wagers, most seasoned NFL Betting fans go for the player props.

A lot of online sportsbooks have a number of enticing prop bets for Super Bowl XLV on Sunday in Dallas, when the Pittsburgh Steelers square off against the Green Bay Packers (6:35 pm ET, FOX).

One wager that’s always popular is what the starting quarterbacks’ first pass will result in, with odds for the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger’s first pass being a completion at -200,  an incompletion at  +170, or an interception at +1100. For the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, a completion is -220, an incompletion +195, and an interception +1000.

Some bettors like the quarterbacks’ total passing yards, with Roethlisberger’s over/under total at 247.5, and over paying a decent +115 odds and the under at -135. For Rodgers, the over/under is 272.5, with the over at -135 and the under at +105.

Running back prop bets include total rushing yards, with Brandon Jackson of the Packers having an over/under of just 11.5 yards, the over paying +125 and under at -155. For the Steelers’ Rashard Mendenhall, the over/under is 81.5 yards, with the over at +105 and the under at -135.

But one of the most popular Super Bowl Prop Bets, usually because of some nice odds, is which player will score the first touchdown on Super Sunday.

Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is at +500 to get the first touchdown, while wide receiver Mike Wallace and Packers’ wide receiver Greg Jennings are both at +600, and Green Bay running back James Starks is at +650.

But the best payouts for first touchdown are the two starting QBs. Rodgers pays a nice +1400 and Roethlisberger an even richer +1600.

College Basketball action on Thursday features a Big Ten Conference matchup as the Indiana Hoosiers take on the No. 17 Wisconsin Badgers at the Kohl Center (9 pm ET, ESPN).

The Badgers are a bit of an enigma right now, particularly on offense. Currently in a ‘win-one-lose-one’ rut, Wisconsin leads the Big Ten in free throw shooting (85.1 per cent) and fewest turnovers committed per game (6.2) but, conversely, has gone 10 straight games below 50 percent shooting.

Head-to-head, the Badgers have dominated the past 10 meetings, going 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS. The teams last met Feb. 25 last season, when Wisconsin romped to a 78-46 win, easily covering as a 12-point road favorite.

Some other head-to-head betting trends include: the favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings; Indiana is 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Wisconsin; and five of the past seven meetings in Wisconsin have gone under the total.

In their last game, the Hoosiers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 80-61 win over the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday. They cashed as a 2-point home favorite and the score went over the total of 128.

Wisconsin beat the Illinois Fighting Illini 76-66 on Saturday, covering as a 6-point home favorite. The score went over the total of 124.

Indiana (10-8 SU, 4-7 ATS) is 1-4 in Big Ten play. Wisconsin (13-4 SU, 9-4 ATS) is 3-2 in the conference.

NCAA Basketball Odds for this Big Ten conference battle are available at online sportsbooks.

The BCS Bowls – some might call’em the real bowls – get going New Year’s Day on two fronts.

The Rose Bowl, the “granddaddy” of all College Football bowl games, has the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs and the No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers squaring off in Pasadena (5 pm ET, ESPN).

The Horned Frogs are 3-point favorites and the over/under total is at 58.5 in NCAAF Odds.

Wisconsin is in the Rose Bowl for first time in 11 seasons, while Texas Christian is the first non-AQ league team to play in Pasadena in the BCS era.

The undefeated Horned Frogs (12-0 SU, 6-5 ATS) kept rolling in their last game, blowing out the New Mexico Lobos 66-17 on Nov. 27. TCU cashed as a 44.5-point favorite sent the score over the total of 57 by itself.

The Badgers (11-1 SU, 6-5 ATS) had an equally easy time dispatching of the Northwestern Wildcats 70-23, also Nov. 27. The Badgers covered the 23–point spread and the score was way over the total of 58.

The second BCS Bowl game has the Connecticut Huskies taking on the No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners at the University of Phoenix Stadium in the Fiesta Bowl (8:30 pm ET, ESPN).

The Sooners are a 17-point favorite and the over/under total is 54.5 in College Football Betting.

Oklahoma is in a bowl game for the 12th-straight season while UConn is bowling for the 4th-straight year.

The Huskies (8-4 SU, 7-4 ATS) beat the South Florida Bulls 19-16 on the road in their last game, covering as a 2.5–point underdog.

The Sooners (11-2 SU, 8-5 ATS) beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 23-20, cashing as a 4.5-point home favorite.

College Football bowl season kicks into high gear this week with a number of Top 25-ranked teams in action.

The No. 22 West Virginia Mountaineers and the North Carolina State Wolfpack get things started Tuesday with the Champs Sports Bowl at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL (6:30 pm ET, ESPN).

College Football Betting has West Virginia as a 2.5-point favorite and the over/under total at 49.

Despite winning their last four games, the Mountaineers missed out on getting an automatic Big East BCS bowl berth when the Connecticut Huskies beat the South Florida Bulls on Dec. 4.

West Virginia (9-3 SU, 8-3 ATS, 5-2 Big East) beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 35-14 in its last game Dec. 4, failing to cover as a 21.5-point favorite. North Carolina State (8-4 SU, 8-3 ATS, 5-3 ACC) lost 38-31 to the Maryland Terrapins on Nov. 27, unable to cash as a 1.5-point favorite.

The late game Tuesday has the No. 12 Missouri Tigers and the Iowa Hawkeyes meeting in the Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Az. (10 pm ET, ESPN).

NCAAF Odds have the Tigers as 2.5-point favorites and the total at 46.5.

While it won’t matter much to Football Betting fans, NCAA Football history buffs will be interested to learn this matchup marks the first meeting between the teams in 100 years – since a 5-0 Missouri win in 1910.

Missouri (10-2 SU, 6-5 ATS, 6-2 Big 12) beat the Kansas Jayhawks 35-7 on Nov. 27, cashing as a 24.5-point road favorite. Iowa (7-5 SU, 5-5-1 ATS, 4-4 Big Ten) lost 27-24 to the Minnesota Gophers on Nov. 27, failing to cover as a 14.5-point road favorite.

The NCAA College Football bowl season kicks into high gear this week, starting with the Louisville Cardinals and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles battling in the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl at Tropicana Field on Tuesday (8 pm ET, ESPN).

The Cardinals are -145 moneyline, 3-point favorites and the total is at 57 in NCAAF Odds at online sportsbooks.

The Cardinals last game on Nov. 26 was a 40-13 blow-out win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Louisville cashed as a 3–point favorite and the score made it over the total of 45.5.

The Golden Eagles weren’t so lucky in their last game, coming out on the wrong end of a 56-50 shootout against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Nov. 26. Southern Miss failed to cover as a 3-point underdog and the scored eclipsed the over/under total of 67.

Louisville went 6-6 straight up and 6-5 against the point spread this season while Southern Miss was 8-4 SU and 6-5 ATS.

Head-to-head, the Cardinals and Golden Eagles are knotted at 4-4 SU in the past eight clashes, with Louisville holding a 5-3 ATS edge in those games.

But more recently, the Cardinals have been dominant, going 4-1 SU in the past five meetings and a perfect 5-0 ATS in those games.

The teams’ last meeting was Oct. 10 last season, when the Cardinals edged the Golden Eagles 25-23. Louisville cashed as a 2.5-point home underdog and the score stayed under the total of 50.5.

Overall, the total has stayed under in four of Louisville’s last six games. but has gone over in seven of Southern Miss’s last eight.

While much of the attention on the first day of the College Football Bowl Season has been on the “middle game” featuring the Northern Illinois Huskies and Fresno State Bulldogs in the Humanitarian Bowl, the other two games represent good football betting opportunities for bettors.

The first game of the day has the Texas El Paso Miners and the BYU Cougars squaring off in the New Mexico Bowl (2 pm ET, ESPN).

The Cougars are an 11.5-point favorite and the over/under total is at 50 in NCAAF Odds.

This is the first meeting between the teams in more than a dozen years, since the Cougars beat the Miners 31-14 on Nov. 14, 1998. BYU is 2-1 SU and 1-2 ATS in the all-time series.

Texas El Paso (6-6 SU, 5-6 ATS) lost 31-28 to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in its last game on Nov. 20, but covered as a 17.5–point road underdog. BYU (6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS) lost 17-16 to archrival Utah Utes in their annual “Holy War,” but cashed as a 7.5–point underdog.

The nightcap Saturday has the Ohio Bobcats and the Troy Trojans squaring off in the New Orleans Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome (9 pm ET, ESPN).

The Trojans are 1.5-point favorites and the game’s total is 58 in College Football Odds.

Ohio is 7-1 SU in its last eight games, and Troy is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games.

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