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- Here's how you should bet a top-25 college basketball showdown between Cincinnati (-5.5) and Ohio State (6 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
- In a matchup of two teams with a lot of new faces, which team will have the early season upper hand?
What an opening night of college basketball betting, especially in the Champions Classic. Despite Kansas’ near-meltdown against Michigan State, Jayhawks freshman guard Quentin Grimes posted a game-high 21 points with six 3s in their 92-87 win.
More importantly for bettors, Grimes split a pair of free throws in the waning seconds to decide the cover in a game that most either bet at Kansas -4.5 of -5.5.
Duke (+1.5) backers didn’t need any such sweat, thanks to Zion Williamson and his freshmen friends. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound phenom totaled 28 points with a 30% Possession Rate — the second-highest behind R.J. Barrett, who scored a game-high 39 points.
We have a much smaller Wednesday encore slate, but we do get a top-25 matchup between Ohio State and Cincinnati. Let’s take a closer look at that matchup.
Ohio State at Cincinnati -5.5 | O/U: 137.5
6 p.m. ET on ESPN2