By Marc Lawrence
With the college basketball season now in full conference swing, let’s examine a handicapping theory that yields a much better return on your investment than the banks do these days.
It deals with teams playing back-to-back days without rest during the regular season. In particular, Ivy League games, noted for playing back-to-back contests on Friday and Saturday nights.
What we’re looking to target on is how brain-chain teams fare the second night of these affairs no-rest affairs. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the more suitable situations.
Creaky Double Digit Chalk
According to our database the worst role for these teams is as double-digit home favorites, where they are just 53-82-3 ATS overall since the 1990-91 season.
Even worse, double-digit favs with a .687 or greater win percentage are just 16-38 ATS.
Digging deeper, if these tired hosts are facing an opponent that was a dog of 16 or more points the previous night, they check in at 14-34 ATS, including 5-20 ATS provided chalk has lost two or more home games this season.
Fool Me Twice
Revenge serves as a motivating tool in these no-rest Ivy League matchups, especially when we bring a visiting team in with double-revenge incentive from a pair of losses suffered last season.
That’s confirmed by a 50-32-1 ATS mark when these wonder-boys are in the road, including 34-13-1 ATS when taking seven or more points when fueled with double-revenge incentive.
Better yet, bring these guys in with a lukewarm win percentage of .375 or less in this role and they make the Dean’s List, going 26-8 ATS.
Out third and final theorem occurs when these non-rested Ivy Leaguers are on the Saturday night road as dogs off a loss of 13 or more points.
Dress them up as dogs in this role and they are 62-47-1 ATS, including 39-24 ATS when taking 10 or more points.
Bring them into these same games with a win percentage of .400 or less and they ratchet up to 35-14 ATS, including 21-6 ATS when facing a foe off a win of more than 10 points.
There you have it, the perfect calamine lotion for Ivy League teams in constant motion.
Keep an eye on this hypothesis throughout the end of the Ivy League campaign. Remember, should you feel a strange itch coming on, don’t scratch it. Simply apply the proper antidote.
- Notre Dame
- Power Sports
- November 28, 2015 - 7:30 PM
- Offered at:
- carbonsports @ 4 -110 Notre Dame
1* Notre Dame (7:30 ET): I realize that this is a revenge game for the favored Cardinal, at home, but the underdog Fighting Irish are likely to be the more motivated side as they were just dropped in the most recent CFP rankings. A win here could very well get them back in the coveted top four, so the points look like a premium in an even matchup.
Yes, I went against Notre Dame last week in what appeared to be a "lethargic" effort, a 16-13 win over Boston College. But delving further inside the box score reveals that the game was a little more one-sided than the final score shows. The Irish actually owned a 447-302 edge in total yards, but were hampered by five turnovers. Four of those turnovers occurred when ND was inside the BC 35-yd line, three inside the 10! So it was a bit of a "lucky" cover for my backers and I. Meanwhile, Stanford was actually severely outgained in its win over rival Cal last week, 495-356.
The Cardinal have a game scheduled for next week, that being the Pac 12 Championship Game, so their collective focus may not entirely be on the Irish. It would take nothing short of a miracle for Stanford to somehow find itself in a position where they can make the top four in the CFP rankings. For Notre Dame, this is the regular season finale and they should leave it all on the field. Remember that their ONLY loss this year came at unbeaten Clemson, by just two points, and they had a chance to tie the game w/ a 2-pt conversion that ultimately failed. 1* Notre Dame
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