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.
- Power Sports
- February 13, 2016 - 3:00 PM
- Offered at:
- 5dimes @ -8 -110 Oakland
1* Oakland (3:00 ET): Judging by the total here, it should be points a plenty as Green Bay & Oakland hook for a second time this season in Horizon League action. The first meeting was certainly one to remember. Oakland prevailed 111-95 and no, there was no OT. Off a rare loss & catching the the GB's playing a 5th straight road game, take 'em again.
Things had been going quite well for the Golden Grizzlies in conference play. That was until running into Milwaukee on Thursday. There, they lost 93-85 (as 6.5-point favorites) as despite the high score, they actually didn't shoot the ball well (just 39.5 percent). But making shots clearly was no issue in the first meeting w/ Green Bay as Oakland finished at 57.1 percent en route to a historic offensive performance. While certainly a nadir defensively, GB has had issues all year at that end of the floor. They come into Saturday giving up 81.8 PPG for the year.
Green Bay is off a minor upset, 86-85 in Detroit as two-point dogs. But as mentioned above, this will be the Phoenix's FIFTH straight road game, not to mention second in three days. With Oakland playing a second straight time at home, it'a a clear advantage for them and note the Golden Grizzlies are a perfect 5-0 ATS in Saturday games this season. My recommendation here would be to lay the points. 1* Oakland