College Basketball Picks - The Best Home Court Advantages
by Doug Upstone Scores & Statson
We all hear about the advantages of playing at home. It is generally considered in college basketball that four points are a good average number to build in with a few teams like a Duke or Michigan State at -5 and quite a few teams at -3, as their stands are typically less than half full for most home games.
This week celebrates the best of the best, those who are not only winning at home but covering spreads with amazing regularity. As an added bonus, we will also make you aware when their next home games are.
In the MAC East, Bowling Green's tied with Buffalo for first place. Among their multitude of wins at home, one is over the Bulls, a 92-88 victory as an eight-point home underdog. The lone blemish for the Falcons came on Feb. 9 when Toledo got them by a score of 78-71, handing out just two-points. Even with that loss, Bowling Green has still whipped the competition with a margin of victory of 16.5 PPG.
The Roadrunners come into the weekend right on the heels of Old Dominion for the lead in Conference USA, tied in the loss column and just a half a game behind the Monarchs. UTSA lost their first five games of the season (two at home) before righting the ship. Since late December, the Roadrunners are 8-0 SU at home and a perfect 7-0 SU and ATS in C-USA action. On the season UTSA is winning by 12.2 PPG at home. Unfortunately, we cannot tell at this time when UTSA will play at home again because of goofy C-USA "bonus games" that are TBD.
Yale sits atop of the Ivy League standings at 5-1 and for the season has the best overall record in the league at 15-4. Part of their success comes from defending the home turf, where they have yet to lose this season, with their only non-cover against Albany back in December, winning 71-63 as 13-point favorites. The Bulldogs are dominating at home with a +15.5 point differential and as long as they keep winning in their building they should make the Ivy play-in game for the NCAA Tournament.
Though the West Coast Conference is deeper in better teams than maybe ever, Gonzaga is running roughshod through the league and is a true national contender. The Bulldogs are crushing the competition at home like never before, winning by an unreal 33.7 PPG at "The Kennel". Nearly impossible to think the Zags will not win and cover their final two home tilts.
Though St. Mary's overall record is down from previous years at 15-10, they still are a beast to beat at home. All four of the Gaels WCC setbacks have been on the road and the two early home losses came from new players learning to play together for the first time. St. Mary's figures to lose to Gonzaga in the regular season finale, but should win and beat the spread at sportsbooks like Intertops in their other two contests.
After years of being a - Welcome mat - Drake is the defending their home court with greater regularity the last couple years. That is really shown this season where the Bulldogs (three teams in this list with the same nickname, hmm) are winning by 11.3 PPG at home, which is something they have not done in decades. Nobody is heading to Des Moines, Iowa from The Valley and counting on an easy win at Drake these days.