With conference tournaments now in full swing, we will see a number of games featuring a team looking for a season sweep after winning both regular-season meetings. When looking at these spots, I always ask myself two questions:

  1. Is there an inherent matchup advantage that caused the 2-0 sweep?
  2. If not, do I think the other team will have a motivational edge due to the revenge angle?


It is worth noting that these are teams going for a 3-0 season sweep Friday in games that don’t have lines out yet:

  • Southern Illinois 2-0 vs. Missouri State (lost by a combined 5 points)
  • Rider 2-0 vs. St. Peters (lost by a combined 7 points)
  • Loyola Chicago 2-0 vs. Northern Iowa (lost by margins of 6 and 23)
  • Canisius 2-0 vs. Quinnipiac (lost by margins of 7 and 8)
  • Penn State 2-0 vs. Ohio State (lost by margins of 3 and 23)
  • Santa Clara 2-0 vs. Pepperdine (lost by margins of 7 and 14)

Let’s look at my five favorite spots on Friday’s card from a situational handicapping perspective (revenge specifically) that made the final cut. The five listed games tip at noon, 3:30, 5, 5:30 and 7 p.m. ET. YTD: 28-22


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Nov 22, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Yale Bulldogs guard Anthony Dallier (1) yells out a play as he brings the ball up court against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the first half at the Petersen Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports