NCAAB - Exposing the Top 25
Most Underrated Top 25 Team - The Creighton Blue Jays (12-1, 9-2 ATS)
After covering the spread in all but two of their first 13 games, it is safe to say the Blue Jays are underrated. Creighton went undefeated in the month of December for just the third time in school history. They are the second best 3-point shooting team in the nation hitting 42% from beyond the arc, and they also rank in the top 10 in field goal percentage shooting 50.8%.
Yet to face a ranked opponent, the Blue Jays have taken advantage of a relatively easy schedule. It won't be getting tougher anytime soon, with their next five games coming against lesser opponents. They likely won't be tested until they face Wichita State on January 19.
Most Overrated Top 25 Team - The Georgetown Hoyas (10-1, 2-5 ATS)
The Hoyas have only one loss this season, and that came at the hands of the Indiana Hoosiers, who were ranked first in the nation at the time. Despite their record, they have really struggled offensively, only averaging 66 points per game. Their futility on the offensive side of the ball has caused the Hoyas to fail to cover the spread in all but two of their games so far this year.
The Hoyas face a difficult schedule with two tough games coming up in the next seven days. They will take on Marquette in Milwaukee on Saturday, and then they are back at home taking on the Pittsburgh Panthers just three days later.
Unranked Team That Should Be Ranked - North Carolina Tar Heels (10-3, 7-4 ATS)
A few weeks ago, I was saying that the Tar Heels were the most overrated team in the top 25, and as it turns out, it appears that I was right. They have since been dropped from the rankings, after losing on the road in Texas. They have put together back to back impressive wins since then though, including 79-73 victory over #25 UNLV.
North Carolina still ranks in the top 5 in the nation in scoring, averaging 83.6 points per game. With their next five games coming up against unranked opponents, don't be surprised to see the Tar Heels back in the rankings next week. They have a tough road game coming up at the end of the month though, playing the Wolfpack in North Carolina on January 26.
- Kansas City
- Larry Ness
- September 2, 2015 - 8:10 PM
- Offered at:
- 5dimes @ -1.5 105 Kansas City
Ventura will take the mound tonight, in what just may be the most successful stretch of his young career...
My free play is a Run-Line play the KC Royals at 8:10 ET.
Yordano Ventura was projected to be the ace this season for KC but the Opening Day starter has struggled with consistency. He was send to Triple-A Omaha for one day awhile back, before getting recalled after the club learned Jason Vargas would need Tommy John surgery. KC acquired Johnny Cueto around the trade deadline with the hope that he would be the team’s ace down the stretch but so far, Cueto’s performance has left MUCH to be desired. I’d argue that Volquez has been the team’s ace (KC is 19-8, plus-$974 in his starts for MLB’s 5th-best moneyline mark) but Ventura will take the mound tonight, in what just may be the most successful stretch of his young career.
Ventura (9-7, 4.41 ERA) began August by allowing 11 runs in 12 innings over two starts but escaped without a loss. He's since gone 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA and .167 opponent batting average, 32 strikeouts and 12 walks in 25 innings over his last four. Manager Ned Yost told MLB's official website he was impressed with some in-game adjustments Ventura made in last Thursday’s 5-3 home win over Baltimore, after issuing two walks in the first inning. "He was rushing it, he was flying open. His pitch count was up. But then he made an adjustment, slowed his tempo down, and he was down through the zone and got his pitch count manageable. His curveball was excellent, fastball up to 100 mph, changeup good."
Getting the nod for the Tigers in this one will be Randy Wolf (0-2, 2.57 ERA). The 39-year-old gave up four runs (three earned) on nine hits in a loss to Texas in his season debut (August 22), then followed that up by allowing just one run on five hits in a 2-0 loss to the Angels. Although Wolf has pitched in the majors since 1999, he’s made just ONE career start vs the Royals (back in June of 2012), giving up one run in seven innings. Ventura is 3-0 with a 4.56 ERA in four starts and a relief appearance against the Tigers and that record is due mostly to him getting a 10.17 run-support average.
Ventura has won FIVE straight decisions and SIX of his last seven, after struggling over the first half of the season. Maybe by the time the postseason arrives, Ventura will be the team’s ace, after all? Lay the 1 1/2 runs.
- Deutsche Bank Championship Preview
Sep 2, 2015
- See spot. See spot bet: This week's best spot bets
Sep 1, 2015
- September Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers
Sep 1, 2015
- MLB Cheat Sheets: Aug 31- Sept 2
Aug 31, 2015
- Wiseguy Report: NFL Teams the Sharps Love & Hate
Aug 31, 2015