College Basketball Betting: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not through January 30th

With another crowded Saturday of college basketball betting action in the books, we take a look at who is deserving of recognition (both positively and negatively!) for their work on the NCAA hardwood from the week that was…

ATS Power Poll
1: Villanova Wildcats (15-4 ATS): The Cats kept their perfect Big East season intact with a 90-72 NCAA basketball wagering victory over Notre Dame at home on Wednesday night. Nova is now a stellar 7-1 ATS in eight Big East battles and has covered five games in a row.
2: Cornell Big Red (13-3 ATS): After demolishing both Dartmouth and Harvard at home over the L/2 days, the Big Red should get their dancing shoes on. Nine more victories will lock up the Ivy League, but this Cornell team has probably already done enough to grab an at-large bid to the dance regardless. You’ve got to go all the way back to December 20th to find the last time it failed to cover a college basketball spread.
3: St. Mary’s Gaels (15-5 ATS): The Gaels’ three-game ATS slide in the middle of January became mere history very quickly with three straight covers to end the month. No one can seem to touch this team in the West Coast Conference except for Gonzaga, but a similar resume wasn’t enough to get into the NCAA Tournament a year ago and might not be again this year either.

ATS Power Outage
1: Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks (1-15 ATS): It’s just impossible to bet on the Skyhawks this year. Plain and simple. They haven’t stuck in front of a spread since November 17th (the second game of their season). UTM has already failed to cover nine double digit spreads this year, and when you’re consistently failed to beat numbers that big, you’re just an awful, awful team.
2: LSU Tigers (4-13 ATS): It’s been almost three full weeks since the Bayou Bengals covered a spread, and this week was about as bad as it could’ve gotten. They faced two hefty spreads and were run off the court by both Mississippi State and Alabama in awful second halves. The only win that this team has since December 19th was a victory over lowly McNeese State. Avoid at all costs.
3: Washington Huskies (6-14 ATS): Finally, a decent week for the Huskies! They blew Seattle away and followed that up with a dominating performance over Washington State, but the truth of the matter is that this team dug such a big hole at the start of the year against the college basketball betting lines that it is nearly impossible to claw out of it. The only good news for U-Dub is that it was 3-12 ATS on the year just three weeks ago.

The Good
G Devan Downey, South Carolina Gamecocks: Downey had one of the best weeks of his collegiate career. He went off for 30 points in SC’s major 68-62 upset of then #1 and undefeated Kentucky at home, and he followed that up by scoring 33 against Georgia in a narrow 78-77 ‘W’. That’s three straight games and five out of seven in which Downey has scored at least 30 points for the Gamecocks.
The Bad
Tennessee Volunteers’ Defense: What gives, guys? The Vols had only allowed 75+ points a grand total of twice on the season before allowing a season-high 78 points to Georgia last Saturday. To follow that up though, Vandy dropped an even bigger 85 on Tennessee en route to a nine-point win on Rocky Top. It’s not often that you see the Volunteers get overmatched on their home court, but that’s exactly what happened on Wednesday night.
The Ugly
LSU Tigers: What a great effort the Bayou Bengals put out against Alabama. Even though LSU led 25-23 at halftime, the holistic effort was embarrassing at best. The Tigers only scored 13 points in the entire second half. They shot just 29.2% from the floor for the game and had more turnovers (16) than made field goals (14). No wonder why the Tide rolled back and posted a comfortable 19-point victory…

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