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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

College Basketball Schools To Bet On

Underrated college basketball teams seem to slip under the radar every season. These teams perform very well against the spread, with few people noticing. These are usually schools from minor or mid-major conferences, as those teams have an easier time keeping a low profile.
The NCAA Basketball ATS standings through Monday illustrate this point perfectly, as there is just ONE major conference school in the top 10. Moreover, that school (North Carolina State) is not the first team that people think of in an ACC Conference loaded with perennial powerhouses like Duke and North Carolina.

With our apologies to the sharp bettors that have cleaned house this season by betting on these schools, a list of the top 10 ATS teams in the country appears below. (All records are ATS):

1 - SIENA (9-2, 81.8%): The Saints are one of three teams on this list that play in an Added Games conference, out of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. However, Siena is 5-0 ATS this season vs. teams from the main board! The Saints are 6-1 ATS on the road despite a 2-6 SU road mark, and they are 7-1 ATS as an underdog.

2T - LOYOLA MARYLAND (8-2, 80.0%): It has been a banner year for the MAAC as the Greyhounds also come out of that conference. The difference between them and Siena is that Loyola is winning on the court, sitting at 10-4 SU compared to 7-7 for the Saints. The Hounds are 6-1 ATS as a road underdog including four outright road upsets!

2T - UTEP (8-2, 80.0%): Who would have thought that the Miners would be the top main board ATS team in the country to this point? UTEP has been automatic on the road going a perfect 5-0 ATS away from home, with four of those covers coming in an underdog role. This team has covered on the road vs. the likes of Texas Tech and Syracuse.

4 - YOUNGSTOWN STATE (11-3, 78.6%): The Penguins finished at 5-23 SU last season, but they have already matched that win total this year with a 5-11 SU mark. However, unlike last year Youngstown State has been in virtually every game this season. The Penguins are 8-1 ATS in an underdog role, and they are also 7-1 ATS overall on the road.

5 - AIR FORCE (7-2, 77.8%): The Falcons have quietly gotten off to a 14-2 SU start, but Air Force has gone unnoticed because it played possibly the easiest non-conference schedule in the country. Still, the Falcons ATS record speaks for itself and they HAVE managed to go 7-2 SU in their lined games. They have been automatic as a home favorite, going 5-1 ATS and 6-0 SU in that role.

6T - AKRON (10-3, 76.9%): Coming out of the MAC, the Zips are off to a surprising 10-3 SU start as well. They have beaten the teams that they are supposed to beat rather handily, going 8-1 ATS and 9-0 SU as a favorite while winning those games by an impressive average of +13.6 points.

6T - SAMFORD (10-3, 76.9%): The third and final Added Games conference team in our countdown, the Bulldogs out of the Ohio Valley Conference are a fine 9-5 SU. This is another team that has excelled on the road, going 6-1 ATS including 4-3 SU away from home. Samford also shows a covering road effort at Oklahoma on its slate.

8T - CAL POLY SLO (9-3, 75.0%): This has been a pleasant surprise out of the Big West Conference. No, do not expect post-season tournaments for a Mustangs team that is just 4-11 SU, but they have been very competitive. Poly is 6-1 ATS on the road, including a shocking outright upset of CS Fullerton as a 19-point underdog!

8T - NORTH CAROLINA STATE (9-3, 75.0%): At last, we have an entrant from a major conference. NC State has always been tough at home, and this year is no exception as the Wolfpack are 11-0 SU and 5-2 ATS in their own arena. What has set this team apart from those in the past however is a 4-1 road ATS mark.

10 - SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (11-4, 73.3%): The Salukis round out the top ten with a 13-4 SU mark, and this has become one of the toughest home teams in all the land. Southern Illinois is 7-2 ATS at home including 4-0 both SU and ATS in Missouri Valley Conference play, winning those home MVC games by an average of 15.8 points!

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