NCAAB - Exposing the Top 25

Jesse Schule | Feb 19, 2013 | ARCHIVE

Most Underrated Top 25 Team - Notre Dame Fighting Irish (21-6, 12-12 ATS)

The Irish barely remained in the top 25 this week, occupying the #25 spot. Some have called them soft, overrated and undeserving of a place in the rankings. The Irish came into Monday's game at Pittsburgh as an astounding double-digit dog, and they went on to win outright by a score of 51-42. They have now won four of five versus ranked opponents this season.

While the Irish have proved they can play with the nation's best teams, they have also shown that they can lose to lesser teams, as they demonstrated by getting blown on on the road at St. Johns and Providence. Don't fool yourself though, this Notre Dame team is capable of making some noise this March. They certainly have proven that they know how to win close games, as three of their last four wins have come in overtime.

Notre Dame hosts unranked Cincinnati on Sunday, and then they have three more games early in March. Two of those three are on the road against ranked teams.

Most Overrated Top 25 Team - Wisconsin Badgers (18-8, 9-14-1 ATS)

The Badgers have the lowest winning percentage of any of the ranked teams, yet they find themselves ranked #17 overall. Wisconsin has been a losing bet this year, with a terrible 9-14-1 ATS record. The Badgers are only averaging 67 points per game, and they are only shooting 42.6% from the field.

Despite their offensive shortcomings, the Badgers have managed to upset Indiana and Michigan at home. They haven't been so good on the road though, with a record of 3-5. Three of their final five games of the season are away from home.

Unranked Team That Should Be Ranked – Saint Louis Billikens (19-5, 13-9 ATS)

The Billikens have won seven straight, and that includes an upset win over Butler at home by a score of 75-58. They are also a very profitable 7-0 ATS during their seven game winning streak. They have only faced three top 25 teams this season, winning two of the three.

Both their next two games come against top 25 teams. They face VCU on Tuesday, and then they have a rematch at Butler on Friday. Chances are, if they can win just one of those two games, they will be in the top 25 next week.