NCAAB - Exposing the Top 25
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.
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These two teams are moving in opposite directions right now and I think those trends continue here. Columbus has lost seven straight, while behind the strong play of goaltender Corey Schneider the Devils are 6-1-1 in their last eight, most recently coming off a 3-1 home win over Central Division-leading Nashville on Tuesday. If history is any precedence, then New Jersey has to be loving its chances today as it's 6-0-1 with one tie at home in the all-time series vs. the Blue Jackets. The Devils have been particularly efficient on the penalty kill, staving off 21 of the last 22 chances, with Schneider posting a 1.33 GAA in the process. Schneider's numbers are equally as impressive against Columbus, he's 9-1-1 with a 1.71 GAA in 11 starts vs. the Blue Jackets life time, which includes a 33-save effort in last weekend's 2-0 road victory. Columbus comes in with zero momentum, it fell to 0-6-1 in its last seven after a 5-3 setback to Washington on Tuesday; note one big reason behind the Blue Jackets struggles is their inept power play, an NHL-worst 8.7 percent since the All-Star break. NEW JERSEY is now in the playoff hunt and I think is definitely worth the price of admission in this spot, but what do you think? Does the home side lay the hammer down, or can the Jackets score the upset?