College Basketball Betting: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not through 2/20/10

With Selection Sunday just a few weeks away, Bang The Book takes a look at who the hottest and coldest teams are in the college basketball betting world, sponsored by Bet Phoenix!

ATS Power Poll
1: North Texas Mean Green (14-5-1 ATS): This could be an interesting little tidbit come March Madness if the Mean Green win the Sun Belt. They’ve only been covered against once since January 16th to propel them to the top of the college basketball power rankings. The offense has either been a total hit or a total miss in those games, as it has scored at least 80 five times but held under 70 four times.
2: Oregon State Beavers (15-6 ATS): Getting romped at home by Stanford didn’t help the cause of Beaver backers any. That snapped a four-game cover streak in which OSU had won three of the four, helping to wreck the Pac-10 bubble teams’ chances of going dancing.
3: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (15-6 ATS): Southern Miss’ defense continues to carry the squad to cover after cover. Yes, a home loss to UAB as short favorites didn’t help matters any, but the Golden Eagles have kept their L/10 foes from scoring more than 60 points.

ATS Power Outage
1: Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (3-19-1 ATS): This is the Tennessee-Martin team that we’ve come to grow to love over the year! A pair of ATS losses this week was a return to the norm after a cover in each of the previous two weeks. A nightmarish regular season finally wraps up this week.
2: North Carolina Tar Heels (8-17 ATS): It’s a wonder what took UNC so long to get on this list after its disastrous season. The defending champs aren’t going to have a chance to repeat unless they happen to win the ACC, but even then, it’s pretty clear that this is a squad that isn’t competing with anyone in its own conference.
3: Pepperdine Waves (6-16-1 ATS): Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for Pepperdine, they got worse. It wasn’t the Waves’ fault that Gonzaga lost to Loyola-Marymount a few nights before coming to town, but the result on Saturday was very predictable. Pepperdine fell behind 40-19 in the first half and never stood a chance. That’s eight straight failed covers for the Waves.

The Good
The Western Athletic Conference: What a week it was for the WAC! On Saturday, both Utah State and Louisiana Tech notched major wins in BracketBusters against Wichita State and Northeastern respectively. This was a one-bid league for certain coming into the week, but if those two teams meet for the third time in the WAC Championship Game, it’s possible that both teams could get in, especially if La-Tech erases the memories of this past week’s 67-61 loss at USU.
The Bad
Charlotte 49ers: Unless St. Louis steps up or the 49ers make a big run in the A-10 tourney, this conference is probably destined to just have five teams dancing now that Charlotte has fallen apart. The 49ers were upset at home by Duquesne on Wednesday, and followed that up with a disappointing 14-point defeat at home to Xavier. That’s three straight bad losses and five straight failed covers for a team that really thought it was heading to the NCAA Tournament just a couple of weeks ago.
The Ugly
Wagner Seahawks: It’s always embarrassing when you lose to the last winless team in college basketball, especially this deep into the season, but on your own home court, Wagner? If that loss did nothing else, it proved that the previous winless Bryant Bulldogs are good enough to beat Kansas. After all, Bryant beat Wagner, who beat St. Peter’s, who beat Iona, who beat William & Mary, who beat Richmond, who beat Florida, who beat Georgia, who beat Vanderbilt, who beat Tennessee (twice!), who beat Kansas, so Bryant MUST be better than the Jayhawks now.