Who's Hot? Who's Not by Andrew Ryan of BangTheBook.com your source for free basketball picks.
Sunday might be a quiet day in the sports betting world, but the men on the college hardwood still were out in force in one of the busiest and most hectic weeks of the year. Check out who’s hot and who’s not this week, sponsored by Bet Phoenix!
ATS Power Poll
1: Oregon State Beavers (14-5-1 ATS): Thanks to a lot of other duds from the best ATS teams in the land, the Beavers sneak all the way up to #1. They’ve covered three straight and five out of six, but let’s be realistic… Someone has to cover the basketball betting lines in the Pac-10!
2: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles: Southern Miss is one of those forgotten teams in the C-USA jumble. Don’t kid yourself, though. This is a squad that has won four out of five SU (with the one loss coming at Tulsa) and eight out of nine ATS.
3: New Mexico Lobos (16-7-2 ATS): That loss at home to UNLV back on January 9th has really woken up the Lobos. They’ve won nine straight SU and are 6-2-1 ATS in those games. The close call at Utah only good enough for a push, but that ten-point win in Sin City against the red hot Rebels was certainly a statement to the rest of the MWC… and the rest of the nation.
ATS Power Outage
1: Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (3-17-1 ATS): Relatively speaking, the Skyhawks are on fire! They picked up a cover at Tennessee Tech on Saturday, to move them to 2-2-1 ATS in their L/5. Hey, when you’re only hitting on 15% of your games against the NCAA basketball lines for the year, you take all of the moral victories you can get!
2: Florida State Seminoles (5-14 ATS): With every passing season, it seems like HC Leonard Hamilton’s Noles are becoming more and more overrated by the oddsmakers. This year, a 5-14 ATS record overall and a lousy 2-8 ATS mark in the ACC has drawn the ire of CBB gambling fans across the nation.
3: LSU Tigers (6-15 ATS): LSU gave Vandy a great run for its money, but it still wasn’t quite enough to pick up that ever-so-allusive SU victory. The 69 points scored for the Bayou Bengals at least snapped a string of five straight games in which they failed to score more than 55 points for the game and scored a college basketball wagering win.
G Jon Scheyer, G Nolan Smith, & F Kyle Singler, Duke Blue Devils: The Dookies slammed the door shut on the rest of the ACC at home on Saturday with a dominant 77-56 win over the Terps. That came on the “heels” of taking care of North Carolina on Wednesday. Scheyer, Smith, and Singler combined to score 99 points in those two games, of which, believe it or not, is less than what they are averaging for the season. Still, the Dookies are rolling, and these three are absolutely unstoppable.
Northern Iowa Panthers: What gives, Panthers? You might’ve been all the way up on the four-line in the NCAA Tournament by now if not for that wicked loss to the Braves this weekend? Your time was coming for an upset though, because you kept flirting with disaster. You’re only 1-4 ATS in your L/5 NCAA basketball wagering wars, and now you’ll have to prove yourself worthy again to get back on that four line.
Cornell Big Red: Ok, you Ivy Leaguers. What gives with this one? The Big Red had an awful stretch of two days. They just narrowly hung on to beat Princeton in an awful 48-45 win, but the day before, they weren’t just beaten; they were hammered! As 16-point NCAAB betting favorites, Cornell was knocked off SU by lowly Penn 79-64. The whole world is watch you now, Cornell, and what people are seeing right now isn’t conducive to you being in March Madness without the Ivy League’s automatic bid.