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.
- AAA Sports
- May 25, 2015 - 9:00 PM
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- 5dimes @ -125 Anaheim
1* Free Play Ducks.
I had a big play on the Blackhawks in Game 4 and obviously feel pretty good about the win after Chicago fell apart late to let the Ducks back into it. Anaheim would take a 4-3 lead late in the third period with the second-fastest three goals in Stanley Cup Playoff history: "If you look at all four games [in this series] they've been all tremendous hockey games," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said afterwards. "One has to lose, one has to win. Usually when one of the teams makes a mistake, a good team capitalizes on it. That's what happened. We had our chances again to win it, but it didn't happen. So we'll just regroup. Now it's a 2-out-of-3. Let's go after it." As Boudreau said, this has turned into a three-game series and remember, after the Blackhawks won 3-2 in Game 2 at the Honda Center, Anaheim would respond with a 2-1 win in Game 3: "I think we're right there," Cogliano said. "I don't think they overwhelmed us with too much. I thought we had our looks. They had the more power plays and they converted at the end of the game to tie it up. To score three goals when you're down 3-1 speaks to the team, and there is no hanging our heads. Obviously it is a bad feeling, but we've got to battle back." Note that Anaheim has been money in the bank in this spot all year as well, 25-9 (+13.2 units) after scoring four goals or more in its previous game, 19-9 (+9.3 units) after allowing four goals or more and 5-2 (+2.7 units) in its last seven when tied in a playoff series. The price is right, consider a second look at the DUCKS in Game 5.
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