Baylor-BC, NC State-Penn State Play Thursday College Hoops

By: Willie Bee | Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Baylor Bears vs. Boston College Eagles
College Basketball Betting Preview
11/15/2012 at 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Baylor -13½, O/U 139½
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Television: ESPNU

Baylor Bears: The experts suggest the Bears (2-0 straight-up, 0-0 against the spread) are on a collision course with Murray State in this year's Charleston Classic, but Baylor will have to get past Boston College first. This will be a big step up for Coach Scott Drew's bunch after victories in unlined games vs. Lehigh and Jackson State. The Bears are having to replace their frontcourt after the departure of Perry Jones III, Quincy Acy and Quincy Miller, but they do have the backcourt duo of Pierre Jackson and Brady Heslip back. Isaiah Austin, a key big man on this year's squad, is questionable for Thursday's game after missing the Jackson State tilt with an ankle injury (click to check updated college basketball injury report).

Boston College Eagles: Now in his third season at BC (1-0 SU and ATS), Coach Steve Donahue will try and guide the team back from a very disappointing 9-22 campaign last year when the Eagles were a woeful 2-12 down the stretch. It won't be easy, especially in the ACC, with a roster dominated by sophomores and freshmen. Boston College did at least begin the campaign with a win, topping Florida International 84-70 to just cover the 13½-point spread. Sophomore forward Ryan Anderson had a monster game with 29 points and 17 rebounds while team captain Dennis Clifford, also a sophomore, was one of three others to chip in a dozen points.

North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Penn State Nittany Lions
College Basketball Betting Preview
11/15/2012 at 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: NC State -12, O/U 136
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Television: ESPN2

North Carolina State Wolfpack: The favorite to win the Puerto Rico tip-off, NC State (1-0 SU and ATS) is also a chic pick to upset the big boys on Tobacco Road and claim the ACC title in Coach Mark Gottfried's second year at the helm. This is a team that reached the Sweet 16 last year when all five starters averaged 10+ points, and four of them return, led by Lorenzo Brown. The Wolfpack also loaded up with several highly-ranked freshmen, most notably Rodney Purvis, who scored 16 points in his debut, one of six NC State players to reach double-digits. The result was an easy 97-59 skate past Miami (OH) as 19-point favorites last Friday.

Penn State Nittany Lions: The Nittany Lions (1-0 SU, 0-0 ATS) barely avoided an embarrassing season-opening loss, getting by St. Francis (PA) 65-58 in an unlined contest last Friday. Penn State actually trailed early in the second half before righting the ship behind Tim Frazier's game-high 23 points, 17 of which came at the charity stripe. A miserable night shooting, especially behind the arc where the Nittany Lions sank just three of their 24 attempts, nearly cost PSU in the end. Penn State outscored the Red Flash 28-9 from the free-throw line and committed 17 turnovers.

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