NCAAB - Exposing the Top 25
Most Underrated Top 25 Team - Miami Hurricanes (17-3, 14-4 ATS)
The Hurricanes have now won 10 straight overall, covering the spread in each of those contests. They upset #1 ranked Duke, winning in a blowout by a score of 90-63 at home on January 23, and just this past Saturday they handed the N.C. State Wolfpack their first home loss of the season, scoring the go-ahead bucket with less than a second remaining on the clock in a 79-78 victory.
The toughest stretch of schedule is already behind them, as they don't face any ranked teams until they meet Duke in early March. They face conference rivals UNC at home this Saturday, and they have already defeated North Carolina on the road by a convincing nine point margin earlier this season. It wouldn't be to much of a shock to see the Hurricanes continue to climb in the rankings over the next few weeks.
Most Overrated Top 25 Team - UNLV Runnin' Rebels (17-5, 8-13 ATS)
The Rebels are coming off a loss to Boise State their last time out, and while they are 6-4 SU in their last 10, they have only covered the spread in two of those contests. Star forward Mike Moser was ejected in the loss to the Broncos for a flagrant foul in the first half. The Rebels are fortunate that Moser did not receive a suspension, and he will suit up against Fresno State in their next game. Moser though still doesn't appear to be 100 percent since returning from injury, and he's averaging fewer than eight points per game, and just under seven boards on the season.
UNLV is just two games back of the Lobos in the Mountain West, and they host New Mexico this Saturday.
Unranked Team That Should Be Ranked – N.C. State Wolfpack (16-6, 11-9 ATS)
The Wolfpack lost on their home floor for the first time this season to Miami this Saturday, but perhaps they deserved better. Already banged up and without their starting PG Lorenzo Brown, the Wolfpack battled hard, and took a six point lead to the half. They led 74-69 with just over three minutes to play, and they held the lead until the final second of the game, with the Hurricanes scoring on a tip in with just eight tenths of a second remaining.
With the loss the Wolfpack has fallen out of the AP top 25, and they have a tough game coming up against Duke on Thursday. The rest of the schedule appears to get a little easier for the Wolfpack, and when Brown returns, they could go on another run with eight straight games versus unranked opponents.
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Pittsburgh Steelers @ Minnesota Vikings -2 1/2 8:00 EST
1* Free Play Minnesota Vikings.
What you see is what you get each year from Pittsburgh, which builds through the draft, doesn’t sign a lot of free agents and basically comes at you. How much Ben Roethlisberger has left is a question asked every September given the number of hits he takes. The biggest change will be at defensive coordinator, where legend Dick Lebeau is gone – which may mean the LBs will be freer to attack the pocket.
The Vikes have Adrian Peterson back and things seem to have calmed down a bit in Minnesota. But then again, Mike Wallace has been on board for only a few months. Vikes are looking for a huge Year 2 improvement from Teddy Bridgewater and if they get it they can make things sticky in the North.
In 2014/15 the Steelers were 1-3 SU/ATS in the preseason and in 2013/14 they were 0-4 SU/ATS. After missing the playoffs in 2013/14, Pittsburgh returned last year only to lose 30-17 to the Ravens in the Wildcard round. Mike Tomlin has clearly not been very worried about winning in the preseason the last few years.
Last year the Vikes went 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in the preseason, after going 1-3 SU/ATS in 2013/14 and 1-3 SU/ATS in 2012/13. For a team which is desperately trying to get back to the playoffs, the preseason suddenly becomes a lot more important.
There are many players on Minnesota which have something to prove, while Pittsburgh will surely be happy to just go through the motions and leave Canton without any significant injuries.
Minnesota would seem to be the more motivated team in this one, consider laying the short points.
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