Just when we think things may be getting better, another setback occurs for the college basketball world. Tuesday, January 12th was supposed to see nine matchups involving ranked teams. After news came out today of numerous schools with COVID-19 issues, we are now down to four matchups. Let’s take a closer look at the latest events so you can get all set and make your bets against their College Basketball odds.
NCAA Basketball COVID-19 Update – January 12th Edition
Tuesday night’s action was slated to feature Bob Huggins’s 14th-ranked West Virginia squad taking on the #2 Baylor Bears. This game was postponed on Monday morning due to West Virginia not being able to meet the COVID-19 thresholds set forth by the Big 12 Conference. This was a much-anticipated matchup between two of the top teams in the Big 12.
Tennessee, Rutgers, Missouri, and Clemson were the other ranked teams who will not be playing on Tuesday due to COVID issues. 10th-ranked Tennessee will still be playing Vanderbilt, and the 6th-rated Kansas Jayhawks will be traveling to Stillwater, Oklahoma to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Even though we’re seeing numerous games getting postponed, we’ll still see two matchups pitting ranked teams against each other. In one of the matchups, the 21st-rated team in the nation, the Duke Blue Devils, will head to Blacksburg, Virginia to take on the #19 Virginia Tech Hokies.
Duke didn’t play from December 16th until January 6th. After returning to play, the Blue Devils own conference victories over Boston College and Wake Forest. This has been a trying year for the Blue Devils. Coach K has gone on record stating that college basketball shouldn’t be played this year. On top of that, this isn’t one of his more talented rosters, so things haven’t come easy for the Blue Devils.
Virginia Tech has played well under 2nd-year head coach Mike Young. The Hokies come into this one 9-2 overall, with a 3-1 record in the ACC. The Hokies are a little banged up, so injuries could play a part in this one. Virginia Tech has won three of the last five matchups against Duke at home.
In the game of the night, the 8th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers will head east to take on the surprising 10th-rated Wolverines of Michigan. The undefeated Wolverines have exceeded expectations this season. They’ve yet to play the top teams in the Big 10, so Tuesday’s game will be a huge test for Juwan Howard’s young squad. Freshman big man Hunter Dickinson has been a huge part of Michigan’s success this season, as the youngster is averaging just over 18 points per game.
The Wisconsin Badgers start five seniors, including three in their fifth year. The Badgers are 10-2 overall with a 4-1 record in the Big 10. Their only loss came at the hands of the Maryland Terrapins. Wisconsin’s frontcourt will pose problems for Michigan. Micah Potter, the Badgers leading scorer, along with 6-11” Nate Reuvers will be a force to be reckoned with. Look for these two to pose matchup issues for Dickinson, as both big men can shoot the ball from the perimeter. This one could have huge implications when it comes to the Big 10 championship.
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