NCAAB - Exposing the Top 25
Most Underrated Top 25 Team - Syracuse Orange (8-0, 5-0 ATS)
It might seem strange to say that a team ranked in the top five is underrated, but the Orange are the only team in the country with a perfect record SU as well as ATS. They haven't faced a ranked opponent since they opened the season with a win in the Carrier Classic over San Diego State, but that game was not close. They own the longest running home winning streak at 28 games, and with five of their next six games coming against unranked opponents at home, you can expect the Orange to remain undefeated for the foreseeable future.
Most Overrated Top 25 Team - Kansas Jayhawks (8-1, 3-5 ATS)
Kansas has won eight of nine, but they are the only team ranked in the top 10 with a losing record ATS. They have only faced one ranked team, and they lost that game 67-64 to Michigan State. They had their hands full when they faced Oregon State last week, just sneaking by the Beavers 84-78. The Beavers were without their starting center in that game, as Angus Brandt saw his season come to an end with a knee injury. The Jayhawks didn't have much trouble with Colorado on Saturday, blowing out the Buffaloes by a score of 90-54. We will see how good they really are when they face the Buckeyes on December 22.
Unranked Team That Should Be Ranked - NC State Wolfpack (6-2, 4-3 ATS)
The Wolfpack have just two losses on the season, and one of those was a very close game against #2 Michigan, losing 79-72. They bounced right back defeating the UCONN Huskies at Madison Square Garden in a very close contest by a score of 69-65. They followed that up by cruising to an easy victory over Cleveland State, shooting 55% from the field and winning 80-63. C.J. Leslie was 7 of 8 shooting with 19 points and eight boards in that game. Their next five games are at home against unranked opponents, and a few more wins should get them back into the top 25 where they belong.
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- December 7, 2016 - 7:30 PM
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1* Minnesota (7:35 ET): Though only 4th in their own division (Central), I actually have the Wild rated as the top team in the Western Conference right now. After concluding a three-game trek though Western Canada w/ a 2-1 win over Edmonton on Sunday, I believe the team has been severely mispriced as they get set to hit the other end of the country
Ironically, Toronto also just concluded a three-game trip through Western Canada. Like the Wild, they beat Edmonton, but lost to Vancouver and Calgary. Unlike the Wild, the Leafs' trip started in Edmonton and worked its way West. Though 10-9-5 overall, Toronto still finds itself in last place in the division as the Atlantic is shaping up to be quite challenging this year. While they've been far better at home than on the road, the Leafs still don't deserve to be the ML favorites in this matchup. They are just 5-11 SU playing w/ three days rest by the way. They are 28th in goals allowed plus were shutout in Calgary last week. The goaltending they'll face here is far stiffer.
What I like about Minnesota is the fact they are 2nd in the league in goals allowed and first in save percentage. Paced by Devan Dubnyk (league leader at .948), the Wild have outscored opponents so far by 15 goals. Dubnyk already has four shutouts and his GAA is 1.63. It's a massive edge for him over Toronto's Frederik Andersen. The Wild have won all five meetings with the Maple Leafs the last three seasons, including a 3-2 home win back in October. Great value here on the better team. 1* Minnesota