NCAAB - Exposing the Top 25
Most Underrated Top 25 Team - Arizona Wildcats (12-0, 7-3-0 ATS)
The Wildcats remained undefeated, with a win by the narrowest of margins on Christmas Day, defeating San Diego State by a score of 68-67. The victory marked the second time this season the Wildcats have beaten a ranked opponent. They knocked off Florida earlier this month in another close game, winning 65-64. Arizona failed to cover the spread against the Aztecs, but they have been very profitable so far this year, covering the points 70 percent of the time with an ATS record of 7-3.
The Wildcats will host the 9-2 Colorado Buffaloes on January 3, and the Buffaloes already have a victory over a ranked opponent under their belts, defeating Baylor 60-58 on November 16. Arizona doesn't have an easy schedule, with plenty of games coming up against quality opponents, but they don't play another ranked team for the remainder of the season.
Most Overrated Top 25 Team - Michigan State Spartans (11-2, 3-7 ATS)
The Spartans have won six straight since losing to the Miami Hurricanes in Miami on November 11. While they have a record of 11-2 SU, the Spartans have burned their backers, failing to cover the spread 70 percent of the time this season with an ATS record of 3-7.
When they take on the Golden Gophers in Minnesota on New Years Eve, it will be their third game against a ranked opponent. They are 1-1 in such games so far, losing their season opener to UCONN and then defeating the Kansas Jayhawks just four days later by a score of 67-64.
Michigan State has a tough road ahead in the second half of the season, with eight of their final 15 games coming against ranked opponents.
Unranked Team That Should Be Ranked - UConn Huskies (9-2, 2-7 ATS)
The Huskies have won three straight games since their loss to N.C. State at the beginning of the month. They failed to cover the points in each of those three victories, despite the fact none of those games were close, including an 88-73 win over Fordham, winning by 15 as a 15.5-point favorite.
UConn will host the other Huskies of Washington this Saturday, and then travel to Milwaukee to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles on Tuesday. While neither of those matchups are easy, back-to-back wins against unranked teams could put Connecticut back in the rankings.
- Chi. Cubs
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- July 3, 2015 - 2:20 PM
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1* Chi Cubs (2:20 ET): Though I had an outstanding Thursday overall, the Cubs still made me look foolish as they finished a sweep of the Mets. I was on the wrong side in every game of the series as the Cubs finish the year a perfect 7-0 vs. NY. (Remember still up for the week). Friday afternoon finds me recommending the Cubbies in an "about face."
Actually, it was nothing against the Cubs as to why I continued to play against them throughout the week. But rather, the Mets were at home and had revenge for a four-game sweep that took place in Wrigley Field earlier this year. Chicago has had its issues offensively of late, but they did bust loose for six runs yday. Of course those offensive issues didn't matter when you give up all of one run in the entire series.
Pitching today for the Cubs will be Jason Hammel, who somehow is just 1-0 in six home starts despite a 2.20 ERA and 0.927 WHIP. For the second time in three starts, he's coming off an outing where he lasted just four innings. But both were on the road. In between was a brilliant outing where he allowed just two hits in 7+ scoreless innings here at Wrigley. His counterpart, Tom Koehler of the Marlins, has a 6.45 ERA and 1.593 WHIP on the road this season. Miami just did the Cubs a favor by sweeping the Giants (Wild Card race), but their run ends here. 1* Chi Cubs
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