The 2011/2012 men’s college basketball season closes-out the month of January this week with just one more month of regular season games on the slate. The top teams in the country continue to try and build a resume that is worthy of an automatic bid to this year’s NCAA Tournament, while the rest of the teams in Division I continue to try and jockey for position in their respective conference. With three months of games in the books, it is easy to identify which of these teams have provided a solid return to anyone who enjoys wagering on the games.
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 Nevada Wolf Pack, out of the Western Athletic Conference continue to light things up on the court with an overall record of 18-3 straight-up, but they top this week’s list with a highly profitable 13-4 record against the spread. The Wolf Pack extended their current winning streak to 15 games with a 65-63 victory over Louisiana Tech this past Saturday, but failed to cover as 6.5-point road favorites. It was just the second time in their last 13 games that they failed to cover. Nevada is 6-2 ATS at home this season and 6-1 ATS on the road. The total has gone ‘over’ in four of its last six games.
The Big Ten is crowded at the top with five teams ranked in the top 25, but the No.10 Michigan State Spartans top our list with a 17-4 record SU and a 12-6 record ATS. They are coming off a 68-52 victory over Minnesota last Wednesday as nine-point home favorites to go 6-2 ATS in their last eight games. The Spartans are 6-2 SU in Big Ten play and just a half-game behind Ohio State for the lead. They are 7-3 ATS at home this season and 4-2 ATS on the road. Michigan State is averaging 75.7 points a game and the total has gone ‘over’ in seven of its last 10 games.
The Big East’s Syracuse Orange are ranked fourth in the country with an overall SU record of 22-1, but they have also been a solid play both ATS with a record of 14-8 and on the total line with 12 of their 21 games staying ‘under’ the total. The Orange lead the conference with a 9-1 record SU and have been profitable on the road with a 5-1 record both SU and ATS. They are averaging 77.4 points a game while shooting 47.8 percent from the floor.
Another profitable team from the Big Ten is the No. 25 Wisconsin Badgers. They knocked- off No.17 Indiana 57-50 last Thursday and while they failed to cover as eight-point home favorites, the Badgers are still a healthy 12-7 ATS. They are 17-5 SU overall and 6-3 SU in conference play. Wisconsin remains the best defensive team in the nation this season; holding its opponents to an average of just 49.6 points a game. This has also made it very attractive on the total line with 12 of its 19 games staying ‘under’ the total.
A few other teams that have done very well ATS this season are the Sun Belt’s Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, out of the Summit League. The Blue Raiders are 20-3 SU on the year and 16-5 ATS, while the Jackrabbits come in at 17-6 SU and 11-3-1 ATS.
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