Coronavirus (COVID-19) NCAAB Update – Dec. 8th Edition
While COVID-19 has affected numerous college basketball games already this season, they just keep plugging along. With many teams having positive cases, many games have been cancelled. Some big time programs have had to pause their program’s activities, and we anticipate seeing many more issues. Let’s take a closer look to our NCAAB update so you can keep betting against our College Basketball odds.
COVID-19 NCAA Basketball Update – December 8th Edition
The most notable COVID issue occurred last Saturday, as just hours before the scheduled tipoff of the season’s most anticipated game between the #1-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs and the #2-rated Baylor Bears, the game was postponed. On Saturday morning, it was announced that Gonzaga had some positive cases within it’s traveling party, and they would be unable to play. Since then, Gonzaga has ceased all basketball operations until December 14th.
Tuesday is a Big Day
Tuesday, December 8th is the start of one of the most competitive series of games in college basketball, as the Big 10-ACC Challenge will take center stage. Unfortunately, the coronavirus has already reared its ugly head, as the Louisville vs. Wisconsin and North Carolina State vs. Michigan games have been postponed. Due to positive cases in the Louisville and NC State programs, the games couldn’t be played. Wisconsin has acted quickly, and will now play Rhode Island on Wednesday.
Although COVID-19 has put a damper on the Big 10-ACC Challenge, we are still going to see some other great matchups. Tuesday’s action will be highlighted by some matchups between ranked teams.
The first premiere matchup will take place in Iowa City, Iowa, as the #14 North Carolina Tar Heels will take on the #3 Iowa Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes have been led by preseason National Player of the Year favorite Luka Garza. Garza is 34 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game. And he is doing this in limited action, as the Hawkeyes have had big leads at halftime of many of their games. Roy Williams’s group is talented and will be the biggest challenge that Iowa has had this season. They’ll have lots of bodies to throw at Garza, so this should be a very good matchup.
In the night’s other main attraction, Brad Underwood’s Fighting Illini will travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the Duke Blue Devils. The #5 Illini have a very talented roster this season led by guard Ayo Dosunmu. Dosunmu can score points in bunches, and this year he has a great supporting cast including 7-foot monster center Kofi Cockburn, and freshman phenom guard Adam Miller.
Even though Duke comes into this matchup rated 6th, Coach K’s squad has some work to do. They are a young and talented group, but they have yet to put everything together. Duke hasn’t shot the ball well from the perimeter, so look for the Illini to keep the Blue Devils out of the paint and force them to make some perimeter jumpers.
Another intriguing matchup in the series is Syracuse vs. Rutgers. Rutgers is ranked 24th, and is predicted to be among the top teams in the Big 10. Led by Ron Harper Jr., the Scarlet Knights are a very physical team, and will be a tough matchup for the Orange. Jim Boeheim’s crew will have limited personnel, as they have had some COVID issues. If Rutgers can solve the 2-3 zone, they should have a great shot at winning this game.