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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The Angels avoided a sweep with a win over Oakland on Wednesday and they bring in a 4-2 road record in their three-game set at Detroit. They have won nine straight meetings against the Tigers and I expect that to continue with a big advantage in the starting pitching matchup. It is rare getting Jered Weaver as an underdog but when we do, we have to take advantage. He has not gotten off to a very good start this season but that only helps us here as he is coming off consecutive non-quality starts after opening the season with a quality outing against the Mariners. He has posted three straight quality starts against the Tigers and all of those have come in Detroit. The Tigers won yesterday against the Indians in their rain shortened series but after a 4-0 start to the season, they are just 3-5 over their last eight games. They send Drew Smyly to the hill tonight for his first start of the season and his first start since 2012. He was awesome last season out of the bullpen but his starting record has not been very good and he will be limited tonight as he has pitched only six innings the entire season. Only two of his last 12 starts have been quality performances and the Angels are hitting .284 on the road against left-handed pitching this season. Play (915) Los Angeles Angels