I have a trio of Titan plays for you all today. Good Luck!

5* graded play on Xavier as they take on St. Louis in an Atlantic-10 conference game set to start at 9:00 PM ET. 

The A-10 conference is led by No. 25 Temple, who have achieved a strong 22-6 season record and are 11-3 in conference play. Saint Louis is in second place, just one game behind the Owls, and have posted a 22-6 record and are 10-4 in conference action. Xavier is in third place tied with St. Bonaventure with 9-5 conference records. 

The St. Louis Billikens finish the season at Duquesne Saturday in a game they will be favored to win easily. So, a win tonight can lock in a second place finish in the conference. They were defeated by Temple 72-67 January 13 so even if Temple would stumble in their game against Massachusetts (19-9, 8-6), they certainly will not lose to 13th place Fordham Saturday. Since Temple owns the tie-breaker against St. Louis this game tonight against Xavier is for second place in the conference. 

Team rankings and matchups

St. Louis has a very good defense that ranks 17th in the nation averaging 56.2 points per game and second posting a 0.576 opponent assist-to-turnover ratio. However, they are extremely poor rebounding the ball ranking a dismal 246th nationally and getting an average of just 32.8 rebounds per game. Xavier is an excellent rebounding team and their athleticism will be a significant advantage on the offensive glass in this game. Xavier ranks 51st in the nation averaging 37.1 boards per game. 

Supporting system

Supporting this graded play is a system that has produced a record of 84-63 for 57% winners and has made 33.3 units per one unit wagered since 2006. Play on a road team using the money line after allowing 25 points or less in the first half last game and now facing an opponent after four straight games where both teams score 70 points or less. 

Take Xavier as a 5* graded play




5* graded play on DePaul as they take on West Virginia in a Big East conference game set to start at 7:00 PM ET. 

Depaul is just 2-14 in conference play, but is in one of the strongest conferences in the nation. They are 1-17 for the season and far more dangerous a team at this point in the season. West Virginia sits in 10th place in the conference with a 7-9 record and are 17-12 overall and fully know they are destined for the NIT. They do not have the depth, nor talent to make a huge Cinderella run in the Big East tournament. 

Depaul has an excellent offense and not just measured by scoring points. They move the ball well with nearly every possession having the ball in the hands of all five players. This type of motion offense has caused problems for West Virginia this season and I truly believe that 13 points is a gift. 

Depaul ranks 25th in the nation averaging 15.2 assists per game and 39th in scoring offense at 73.9 points per game. West Virginia ranks 149th  in scoring defense allowing 66.4 points per game and 158th posting a 0.926 opponent assists-to-turnover ratio. These results combined show how well Depaul moves the ball and distributes unselfishly to get the best shot at the rim. 

Take DePaul




5* graded play on Texas A&M as they host Kansas State in Big-12 action set to start at 7:00 PM ET. 

Kansas State is 19-9, but in my opinion is one of the weaker 19-9 records in the nation. They are just 8-8 in conference play and 11-1 out-of-conference. Those 11 wins have bee against some of the weakest teams in the nation and truly hurt their resume for NCAA tournament consideration. 

They did, however, defeat Missouri twice this season, which will certainly help their resume. The line is far lower than most believe to be an equitable line given Texas A7M’s offensive woes. However, they have the defense, ranking 23rd in the nation allowing 60.5 points per game, that will cause major problems for Kansas State. 

The betting line

The betting odds for this game opened with Kansas State installed as four point favorite. So far, nearly 70% of all bets made at the 12 major sportsbooks I monitor are on Kansas State. The fact, that the line has not moved shows that the sharps and large bettors are squarely on Texas A&M. When betting levels for a given team exceed 75% of all bets made, it confirms what I have coined an 'irrational exuberance situation'. Simply, this means that you want to be on the book side of the game and this is reinforced by the overall grading. 

Take Texas A&M