The 2011/2012 men’s college basketball season continues to press on with conference play as the better teams in Division I try and nail down an automatic bid to this year’s NCAA Tournament. With half the regular season in the books, we also have a solid feel for which ones have provided a solid return on investment and which ones have been a major drain on the bankroll.
This guide will single-out a few teams that are definitely worth a second- look when it comes to wagering on the games in light of their current performance against the spread.
The team at the top of this week’s list is the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders out of the Sun Belt Conference. Saturday’s 67-54 romp over Florida International as 3.5-point road favorites was their ninth in-a-row straight-up and fifth-straight against the spread. The Blue Raiders are now 17-2 SU on the year and a very profitable 14-3 ATS. The return on investment has been good wherever they play with a 6-2 record ATS at home and a 7-1 record ATS on the road. Middle Tennessee State is averaging 73.3 points a game and shooting 49.3 percent from the floor.
The top team from a major conference also happens to be the top team in the nation. Syracuse ran its record to a perfect 19-0 SU with a 78-55 romp over Providence this past Saturday as a 20-point home favorite. The lopsided victory also lifted its record to 13-5 ATS overall and 8-4 ATS at home this season. The Big East’s Orange have now covered the spread in five of their last six games even though they were double-digit favorites in all but one. They are putting up an average of 80.4 points a game and shooting an effective 48.7 percent from the field.
Another Mid-Major program that has paid huge dividends this season is the Nevada Wolf Pack from the Western Athletic Conference. They squeezed-out a 77-74 victory over Hawaii this past Saturday, but could not cover as 12.5-point home favorites. It was just the first time that Nevada failed to cover the spread in its last 10 games. Overall, it is 14-3 SU and 11-4 ATS with a 5-2 record ATS at home and a perfect 5-0 record ATS on the road. Saturday’s victory pushed the Wolf Pack’s current winning streak SU to 11 games and they are now 4-0 SU in conference play.
Staying out west in the Summit League, the South Dakota State Jackrabbits are making some noise with an overall record of 15-5 SU and a profitable 9-2-1 record ATS. They are coming off an 85-58 rout of UMKC Kangaroos this past Saturday as 17-point home favorites to raise their record to 6-1 ATS in their last seven games. South Dakota State is 4-0 ATS at home this season and 4-2 ATS on the road. The total has stayed ‘under’ in all four of its home games and has gone ‘over’ in three of five games on the road.
A second team from the Big East that has been a money-maker this season is the Seton Hall Pirates. They are coming off a disappointing 56-55 loss to South Florida this past Saturday as two-point road favorites to fall to 15-3 SU overall and 4-2 SU in conference play. Despite the loss, the Pirates are still a very profitable 10-4 ATS overall and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games with a posted line. Seton Hall is 6-1 ATS at home this season and the total has gone 3-4 in the seven games.
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