NCAAB - Exposing the Top 25
Most Underrated Top 25 Team - Georgetown Hoyas (24-5 SU, 15-10 ATS)
Is there any team that can beat Georgetown right now? Sure the Hoyas slipped up on the road at Villanova, but then again, so has Louisville, Syracuse and Marquette. Georgetown bounced right back from it's only defeat in 12 games by blowing out the Orange at home on Saturday, in a game that looked like men against boys.
After covering the points in nine of their past 10 games, the Hoyas appear to be the team to beat as we head into NCAA Tournament.
Most Overrated Top 25 Team - Gonzaga Bulldogs (30-2 SU, 16-12-2 ATS)
Whoever said that "winning isn't everything", certainly wasn't in charge of the national college basketball rankings. The Gonzaga Bulldogs sit at the top of all of the polls after rattling off 13 consecutive wins. As impressive as this run is, it's important to consider that not one of those victories came against a top 25 team, and in fact, the last time the Zags faced a ranked team is the last time they lost.
Gonzaga lost to the Butler Bulldogs on the road in January, and they have a losing record against ranked teams, losing two of three this season. Even more telling, both those two losses came against two teams that have since fallen out of the rankings (Butler and Illinois).
The Zags face St. Mary's Monday in the WCC Tournament Final, and it would be no surprise to see a close game, and potentially an upset.
Unranked Team That Should Be Ranked - Notre Dame Fighting Irish (23-8 SU, 14-14 ATS)
The Irish aren't popular with the public, or the books, but I think they are a lot better than people give them credit for. They have proved time and time again this season that they can play with the best teams in the country.
Notre Dame has a record of 4-3 versus top 25 teams, including an overtime win against #4 Louisville last month.
The Irish might be getting a lot of points as an unranked underdog in the tournament when playing ranked opponents. I like Notre Dame as a dark horse to make some noise in the coming weeks.
- Will Rogers
- November 28, 2015 - 7:30 PM
- Offered at:
- pinnacle @ -3.5 -106 Stanford
Notre Dame @ Stanford -4 7:30 EST
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are on the bubble as far as the playoffs are concerned, and they need a win here at Stanford, and possibly some help from teams like Nebraska, Penn State or TCU. The Cardinal's playoff hopes are a little slimmer, but they've already punched a ticket to the PAC12 Championship Game, and a win over the Irish could keep them in the discussion. My money is on a Stanford team that has a far more impressive body of work.
Here are my keys to the game:
1. Christian McCaffrey - The Heisman hopeful ran for 192 yards on 29 carries last week, and he also rank back a 98 yard kick for a TD. He should find plenty of room to run against a Notre Dame team that surrendered 214 rushing yards to Boston College last week.
2. Injuries - The Irish are really banged up, and last week they lost leading rusher C.J. Prosise to a high ankle sprain. He's not likely to play on Saturday versus Stanford.
3. X-Factor - The Cardinal are 38-17 ATS in their last 55 home games, and they've covered in seven of their last nine versus a team with a winning record.
Selection: This is a play on the Stanford Cardinal (Free)