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.
- Teddy Covers
- April 29, 2016 - 8:15 PM
- Offered at:
- 5dimes @ -139 Washington
1* Take Washington (#909)
It’s not hard to make a case for betting against Mike Leake in a matchup against Stephen Strasburg, a true starting pitching mismatch. Leake’s walk rate is at a career high through his first four starts, and his ground ball rate is at a career low.
That’s a bad combination for a pitcher that doesn’t record strikeouts in bunches. He’s given up at least four runs in each of his first four starts of the season, and the only game St Louis was able to win with him on the hill came in a game where they scored eight runs.
I’m not anticipating that type of offensive outburst from the Cardinals tonight against one of Washington’s aces, Stephen Strasburg. The Nats are 4-0 with Strasburg on the hill this year. He’s lasted into the eighth inning in each of his last three starts, with a 27-4 strikeout to walk ratio during that span. Dusty Baker’s bullpen behind Strasburg is an elite unit even after taking a rare loss last night, ranked #3 in MLB in bullpen ERA.
Washington is hungry off an ugly home sweep by the Phillies during the week; shut out in each of their last two games. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman following last night’s tough loss, talking about this road trip: “We enjoy the challenge. We get to see what we are really made of. We go out and play three really good teams. I think the guys in (the) locker room are excited for it." Chalk worth laying! Take the Nationals.
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