The 2011/2012 men’s college basketball season continues to push its way towards the madness of March as the top teams in the country try and earn an automatic bid to this year’s NCAA Tournament, while the rest of the teams in Division I jockey for position within their respective conference. With over three months of games in the books, the teams that have provided a solid return for anyone who enjoys wagering on the games have clearly risen to the top of the class.
This guide will single-out a few teams that have been some of the best money-makers this season in light of their overall performance against the spread.
The New Mexico Lobos, from the Mountain West moved to 19-4 straight-up on the year after Saturday’s 65-49 victory over Boise State as 7.5-point road favorites, but more importantly they are now 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games and 14-6 ATS overall. The Lobos have been profitable no matter where they play with a 6-3 record ATS at home and a 5-2 ATS record on the road. New Mexico has been on a 17-2 SU run since the end of November and are now 5-2 SU in conference play.
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Manhattan Jaspers are coming off an 85-73 loss to Iona as 3.5-point home underdogs this past Saturday to fall to 17-8 SU on the year, but overall remain one of the most profitable college basketball teams in the nation at 17-6 ATS. They have been especially productive on the road this season with a 10-2 record ATS overall and a 5-0 record ATS in their last five road games. The total has stayed ‘under’ in seven of the Jaspers nine home games, but has gone ‘over’ in seven of their 12 games on the road.
One of the top teams from the majors ATS has been the No.10 Michigan State Spartans, from the Big Ten. They knocked-off No.23 Michigan 64-54 this past Sunday as seven-point home favorites to run their record to 18-5 SU and 13-7 ATS. The Spartans are 8-3 ATS at home and 4-3 ATS on the road. With Sunday’s victory, Michigan State is now 7-3 both SU and ATS in its last 10 games. The total has gone 9-10-1 overall, but has stayed ‘under’ in four of its last five games.
Another top-ranked team with a profitable return ATS is the No.2 Syracuse Orange, out of the Big East. They have just one SU loss on the season against 23 wins and are 15-8 ATS. The Orange have stumbled a bit as of late with a 2-3 record ATS in their last five games after going 5-1 ATS in their previous six games. They are 8-6 ATS at home this season and a very profitable 6-1 ATS on the road. The total has gone 10-12-1 overall.
The final team on this week’s list is another power from the Big Ten, the No.3 Ohio State Buckeyes. They are now 20-3 SU after Saturday’s 58-52 victory over No.20 Wisconsin in which they covered as 3.5-point road favorites. The Buckeyes are12-6 ATS this season and on-a-roll as of late with a 7-1 ATS in their last eight games. Ohio State has gone 9-2 ATS at home, but is just 3-4 ATS on the road. The total has gone an even 8-8-2 overall and 2-2-2 in its last six games.
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