As the 2011/2012 men’s college basketball regular season enters its final few weeks, the top teams in the country continue to position themselves for a low seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament, while a number of teams on the bubble are just trying to work themselves into the 68-team field. There are a number of programs in the country with sparkling records straight-up, but we are more concerned with the ones that have shined the brightest where it matters the most; against the spread.
This guide will single-out a few of those teams that have proven to be the best money-makers this season for anyone who enjoys wagering on the games.
The top team on this week’s list hail’s out of the Mountain West Conference. The New Mexico Lobos are gaining national attention with an overall record of 22-4 straight-up, but they have caught our eye with a very profitable 17-6 record against the spread. The Lobos’ 65-45 rout of the UNLV Rebels this past Saturday as 4.5-point home favorites was their seventh victory in-a-row both SU and ATS. New Mexico now has a two-game lead over the Rebels in the MWC with a conference record of 8-2 SU. It is 8-3 ATS at home this season and 9-3 ATS on the road. The total gone an even 11-11-1 overall, but has stayed ‘under’ in six of its last eight games.
The No.8 Michigan State Spartans continue to roll through the Big Ten with five-straight conference victories both SU and ATS including a 76-62 win over Purdue as a 4.5-point road favorite this past Sunday. The Spartans now lead Ohio State by a game in the standings with a conference record of 11-3 SU and have already beaten the Buckeyes once this season. They are 22-5 SU overall and 17-7 ATS with the total going 12-11-1. Michigan State is 10-3 ATS at home with the total going ‘over’ in eight of the 13 games. It is 7-4 ATS on the road and the total has gone 4-6-1.
Another team that has been grabbing attention for its play on the court is the Sun Belt’s Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders, who are now 24-4 SU on the year. They have been no stranger to this list this season with a healthy 17-9 record ATS. The Blue Raiders are only 7-6 ATS at home, but a profitable 10-3 ATS on the road this season. They are just 1-4 ATS in their last four games but coming off a 72-59 victory over Florida Atlantic as nine-point home favorites. The total has now gone ‘over’ in five of their last six games.
The final team to earn a spot on this list is the Seton Hall Pirates, out of the Big East. They just dropped a 62-57 decision to Cincinnati this past Saturday, but covered as six-point road underdogs. This improved the Pirates’ record ATS to 15-8 on the year and they have gone 5-1 ATS in their last six games. Overall, Seton Hall is 18-9 SU and 7-8 SU in conference play. It is 8-3 ATS at home this season and 7-5 ATS on the road. The total has stayed ‘under’ in 14 of 23 games overall.
A few other teams that have provided a solid return on investment include two teams from the Atlantic 10; the Saint Joseph’s Hawks at 18-10 SU and 17-7 ATS and the Drexel Dragons at 23-5 SU and 16-10 ATS. The Nevada Wolf Pack, out of the Western Athletic Conference, is 22-5 SU and 15-7 ATS.
A few teams that have played well on the court, but have been drains on the bankroll are the Big Ten’s Illinois Fighting Illini at 16-11 SU but 9-16 ATS and the ACC’s Virginia Tech Hokies at 15-12 SU but 7-15-1 ATS.
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