The best teams to bet on in college basketball are not always the top teams in the country, as those are usually the most overvalued schools. Rather, the key is to find teams that are underrated by the sportsbooks.
Here is a look at the top five teams in the country against the college basketball lines through games of January 10.
Tulane (6-0 ATS): Ironically, the only unbeaten ATS team so far has faced the easiest schedule in the country. The Green Wave are 12-3 straight up, and the fact that they have played only six lined games should give you an idea about the quality of their competition so far. That said, they are off to a 2-0 start in Conference USA play both straight up and ATS. We will find out just how legitimate Tulane is this week though when they step up in class to host UTEP.
Purdue (10-3 ATS): The Boilermakers are 15-1 straight up and rank second in the country in defensive efficiency on the Pomeroy Ratings, trailing only Kansas. Yet, Purdue has managed to remain underrated and continues to be a good bet for now. They are a perfect 4-0 both straight up and ATS in Big Ten play and are currently riding a five game ATS winning streak. This is not to say that the Boilermakers cannot score also, as they rank 24th in offensive efficiency. Imagine how great this team would be if Robbie Hummel didn’t suffer a season ending injury once again!
Drexel (9-3 ATS): The next three teams are perfect examples of teams that are under the radar. The Dragons have quietly gone 10-4 straight up including an outright win at Louisville. This team wins with defense, as they rank 24th in effective field goal percentage against at 43.8 percent and they have the best three-point defense in the nation, at a ridiculously low 24.3 percent. On top of that, the Dragons get quite a few second chance points, as they are getting offensive rebounds on 41.2 percent of their missed shots, which is ninth best in the land.
Missouri State (10-4-1 ATS): The Bears are 13-3 straight up and are riding a seven game winning streak after upsetting Wichita State on the road on Sunday. Missouri State is an excellent shooting team; it ranks 29th in the country in effective shooting percentage at 54.1 percent, hitting 38.3 percent of its three point shots and a nice 52.4 percent of its two pointers. Also, all three of their straight up losses have come versus quality competition in Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Tulsa, and they are 5-0 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
Temple (10-4 ATS): The Owls are 11-3 straight up and ranked 35th by Pomeroy, and besides an early season loss to California, their other two losses came vs. 11th ranked Villanova by just five points and to 27th ranked Texas A&M by three points. After playing a faster pace in recent seasons, Temple has gone back to playing defense this year, ranking 11th in the country in defensive efficiency and 13th in effective field goal percentage against at just 42.9 percent. The Owls seem to tower over every Atlantic 10 team except 45th ranked Richmond.