The start of the 2011-12 NCAA basketball betting conference slate has already tipped off with the thick of it going down in the New Year. Is there a better time to take a look at the pointspread breakdown of teams that have excelled and failed against the spread?
The following is a look at the teams that have treated CBB bettors favorably and poorly over the course of the season heading into 2012.
1) Wisconsin Badgers (9-2 ATS) Bo Ryan once again has a feisty squad in Madison led by senior guard Jordan Taylor. The Badgers are deadly from beyond the arc (#16 at 41.1%) and play the best defense in the country allowing just 44.4 points per game (#1) and an opponent field goal percentage of just 33.3 percent (#1). Because of it, the ‘under’ has cashed in nine of their 11 lined games!
2) Georgetown Hoyas (7-0 ATS) The Hoyas came out of the blocks scorching hot covering all three of their games in the Maui Classic against Kansas, Chaminade, and Memphis, and that NCAA basketball betting prowess has continued with them most recently taking down Louisville in the KFC Yum! Center to kick-off Big East play; head coach JT III’s kids certainly look to be one of the better teams in the country this season.
3) St. Joseph’s Hawks (8-1 ATS) It’s been a number of years since we heard from head coach Phil Martelli’s Hawks, but 2012 looks to be the year St. Joe’s once again competes for top honors in the A10. Guards Carl Jones (18.5 PPG) and Langston Galloway (16.0 PPG) bring back memories from the good old days when Jameer Nelson and Delonte West shot the Hawks all the way to the Elite 8.
4) Mid Tenn State Blue Raiders (9-2 ATS) MTSU is the only team in the East Division of the Sun Belt Conference that’s tallied 10+ wins. They’ve done so by scoring an average of 76.1 PPG (#53) while shooting a country’s best 52.6 percent from the field (#1). They’ve also cleaned the glass (+4 rebounding margin) and allowed just 62.6 PPG (#83).
5) Nevada Wolf Pack (8-2 ATS) In his first year as head coach of the Wolf Pack, David Carter has his kids sitting pretty entering WAC play as the only team in the conference with at least 10 victories. They went into their extended break winners of six in a row versus the closing NCAA basketball betting odds after throttling Portland 78-60 as 12.5-point chalk.
1) UC Davis Aggies (1-9-1 ATS) After managing just 10 covers in 26 tries a season ago, it’s once again been a rough go of it for the Aggies in 2011 who own just one win in a non-lined match-up with UC Santa Cruz. Thankfully it resides within the mediocre at best Big West.
2) Villanova Wildcats (1-9 ATS) This program has been on the decline each of the last two seasons, and it looks to have hit rock bottom for head coach Jay Wright who has to deal with a ton of youth in 2011-12. Nova’s hardly been competitive against its better opposition, and now it has to open up Big East play – Yuck!
3) George Washington Colonials (2-9 ATS) Whatever happened to Pops Mensah-Bonsu? That team was fun to watch – this team is not! It can’t score (#310 at 60.7 PPG), can’t rebound (-2.0 RPG), and can’t defend the 3-ball (#266 at 36.2%); no wonder it’s dropped each of its L/7 versus the closing number.
4) Portland Pilots (3-10 ATS) Defense looks to be optional up in the Pacific Northwest this season with the Pilots allowing their opposition to convert an absurd 46.8 percent of their shots (#314) en route to scoring an average of 78.1 PPG (#331). Until this squad discovers how to play some defense, fade away – it’s at seven losses in a row and counting!
5) Northeastern Huskies (1-8 ATS) The Huskies NCAA basketball betting futility reached six straight games their last time out at NC State where they got pounded 88-59 as 11.5-point underdogs. Along with amassing a 1-5 ATS tally on the road, it’s failed to cover any of its three lined games as a host. Four of this teams next five games come away from home.