NCAAB: Under the Radar
Every team not in the Big East, Big Ten or ACC yearns to be the next Butler. Players dream of getting a long look from NBA scouts, coaches can't wait to walk away from their contracts and get big-money deals at the next level. And administrators can’t wait for the big checks that will arrive if their team suddenly and unexpectedly finds its way into a Final 4 appearance or two.
Here are a few teams that are on fire and off the radar right now that could be this year’s Butler:
LOUISIANA TECH (24-3)
Not much will remain of the Western Athletic Conference after this season when half the league sprints for greener pastures, but the Bulldogs are making an impression before they themselves depart for Conference USA. At 14-0 going into Thursday night’s game at home against Utah State, Tech has just about wrapped up the league title. And they’ve done it with only one double-figures scorer (Raheem Appleby 14.7). The Bulldogs take opponents out of their games with full-court pressure defense reminiscent of Nolan Richardson’s 40 Minutes of Hell Arkansas teams in the 1980s and ‘90s. LAT has 16 wins in a row and probably will enter tourney play with a 20-game winning streak.
ST. LOUIS (20-5)
The Billikens have gone on a tear since a back-to-back mid-January losses to Temple and Rhode, and are peaking as the season grinds to a close. They have 8 straight wins and 8 straight covers heading into Friday night’s huge game at Butler which could determine top seeding in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Billikens (9-2 in the A-10), crushed Butler (9-3) three weeks ago, but the Bulldogs rarely lose at home. St. Louis has momentum to spare after its huge win over VCU on Tuesday in which the Billikens held the best offensive team in the conference scoreless for 10 minutes and raced to a game-deciding 32-9 lead.
The Zips haven’t lost since mid-December and will take a 17-game winning streak (longest in the country) into weekend action. They haven’t yet locked up the Mid-American Conference, but can pretty much do that next week by taking care of Miami of Ohio at home. Akron has a nice blend of size and experience, led by shot-blocking 7-foot center Zeke Marshall, who has brashly predicted a national championship. Interestingly, the city’s most famous athlete says he keeps a close eye on the team. "They're on top of the MAC and they're playing some really, really good ball right now,” notes LeBron James.
- Southern California
- Jesse Schule
- January 19, 2017 - 9:00 PM
- Offered at:
- allyoubet @ 4 -110 USC
This is a Free #NCAAB play on the #USC Trojans.
The Arizona Wildcats will be a significant road favorite at USC tonight, and I really don't think this is an easy game for Arizona. The Trojans are 9-1 at home, and the one loss came by a single point to California. Their only other two losses this season came on the road at Utah and Oregon. These two teams are very familiar with each other, and the home team has won outright in six of the last seven meetings. The Wildcats have been the favorite in each of the last eight meetings, but USC has won two of their last three home games versus Arizona. Last January these two teams played an epic 103-101 game that required four overtime periods to decide a winner. I wouldn't be surprised if we see something similar this time around.
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