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Top NCAAB Betting Picks of the Week (January 17th, 2022)

By Hank Blaine

There will be a new No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 on Monday after former No. 1 Baylor shockingly lost twice last week – both at home. Baylor hadn’t had consecutive losses since the last three regular-season games of the 2018-19 season and its Big 12 tournament opener. Here’s a look at two intriguing early-week matchups this week, including one from Baylor’s Big 12. Check back for updated NCAAB odds.

Indiana Hoosiers vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers

  • When: Monday, January 17th, 2022. 6:00pm ET
  • Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, NE
  • NCAAB Betting Odds: Indiana (-8) / Nebraska (+8)

The Hoosiers (12-4) are probably a Top 25 team but aren’t ranked and won’t be after losing 83-74 at Iowa last Thursday in their most recent game. Indiana ha a whopping 23 turnovers that led to 34 Iowa points. IU — 0-4 on the road — had its three-game winning streak against Iowa snapped.

“It’s the little things we have to get better,” Coach Mike Woodson said. “I have to help them get better on the road, win tight game and make them comfortable in terms of bringing it home.”

Trayce Jackson-Davis led the team with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocks. It was Jackson-Davis’ 29th career double-double as a Hoosier. He now ranks 33rd in Indiana’s all-time career scoring list with 1,258 total points.

IU is first in the Big Ten and second in country in field goal percentage defense (35.9%). The Hoosiers also lead the league in scoring defense (62.2). In conference play, IU leads in scoring defense (62.3) and field goal percentage defense (38.1%) and is second in 3-point field goal defense (29.26%).

The Hoosiers have won the last two meetings as Nebraska and five straight overall in the series. The Huskers (6-12) are the only team without a win in Big Ten play and were crushed last Friday at No. 7 Purdue, 92-65. The Huskers have taken a pair of ranked teams to the wire in the last two home games. In NU’s last home game on Jan. 11, NU was tied with Illinois with under four minutes remaining before the Illini pulled away late.

Nebraska and Indiana meet for the 25th time and the 16th time since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011-12. Indiana leads the all-time series, 17-7, but the Huskers are 6-9 against the Hoosiers since NU joined the Big Ten (6-8 in regular season; 0-1 in Big Ten Tournament).

NCAAB Betting Pick: Nebraska to cover (not win)

Kansas Jayhawks vs. Oklahoma Sooners

  • When: Tuesday, January 18th, 2022. 7:00pm ET
  • Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, OK
  • NCAAB Betting Odds: TBA

Kansas (14-2) should move up a few spots from No. 8 in the new polls Monday. The Jayhawks trashed a good West Virginia team on Saturday, 85-59. Kansas shot 51.4 percent (36-of-70) from the field and has shot 50.0 percent or better in nine games this season. Kansas dished out a season-high-tying 23 assists (Nov. 12 vs. Tarleton State). That is the most in a conference game since Feb. 26, 2018 vs. Texas (23 assists).

Jalen Wilson poured in a career-high-tying 23 points. Kansas grabbed 14 offensive rebounds on Saturday. KU has secured 10+ offensive rebounds in 10 games this season. Kansas outscored West Virginia 54-20 on points in the paint. KU held a 33-31 advantage at the half. Kansas is 12-1 when leading at the half this season.

Oklahoma (12-5) lost 59-58 at TCU on Saturday. Charles O’Bannon’s baseline 3-pointer with 27.3 seconds remaining in overtime proved to be the winner. The teams combined for 39 turnovers in a game that was particularly ragged in the second half. After both teams shot 50% or better in the first half, the Sooners shot just 31% in the second when they were 1 of 14 from 3-point range, and TCU shot 34.5% and was 0 of 5 from the arc.

OU has pulled a few surprises this year, though, as Porter Moser is the first coach in program history to have three wins over teams ranked in the top 15 of the AP Poll in his first 15 games. Moser and Kelvin Sampson (3, 1994-95) are the only coaches with multiple wins over top 15 foes in their first season. The Sooners are first in the Big 12 and fourth nationally in field goal percentage (50.6%). Oklahoma is second in the nation in two-point field goal percentage (61.0%) and fifth in effective field-goal percentage (57.5).

NCAAB Betting Pick: Pick: OU to cover.

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