2020 NCAAB Sleepers: Which CBB team is this year’s Dayton?
by Scott Jack Scores & Statson
In a normal year, we’d be gearing up for the 2020 NBA Draft later this month.
However, 2020 has been anything but normal. The 2020 NBA Draft has been pushed all the way back to October 15th, 2020 because of COVID-19, which definitely impacts college basketball.
College basketball players are still transferring, reclassifying and making draft decisions.
Dayton Flyers Surprise the Nation in 2019-20
The Dayton Flyers (29-2) finished #3 in the AP Top 25 and Coaches Polls in 2019-20.
After missing the March Madness tournament in 2018 and 2019, they were likely going to end up as a #1 or #2 seed this year, but that was before COVID-19 forced the cancellation of college hoops.
Obi Toppin was crowned the National Player of the Year after averaging 20.0 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.2 BPG and only 2.2 TOPG, but he’s heading to the NBA. Seniors Trey Landers (10.5 PPG and 6.9 RPG) and Ryan Mikesell (8.5 PPG and 4.7 RPG) are both gone as well.
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Anthony Grant was named the 2019-20 College Coach of the Year, but he’ll have his hands full trying to replicate the success the Flyers experienced last season due to the departures.
The Flyers will be lucky to stay in the mix in the A 10, they won’t be ranked in 2020-21.
Deep Sleepers to Win the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament
I’ve dug through the numbers from last season and have come up with two teams that could end up being this year’s Dayton. Keep in mind, these two teams are deep sleepers and therefore are unlikely to end up winning the 2021 CBB National Championship, which the odds should make evident.
Houston went 23-8 (13-5 in American Conference) in 2019-20. They were expected to bring back their top six scorers from last season, but Nate Hinton decided to enter the NBA Draft pool.
Losing Hinton (10.6 PPG and 8.7 RPG), who drained 46 3-pointers (3rd on team) in 2019-20 on 38.7% shooting from beyond the arc hurts, but the Cougars are still a potential sleeper.
Tramon Mark (#72 on ESPN100) is the biggest new addition to the Cougars.
In 2019-20, the Cougars went 2-1 against ranked opponents. They lost to #11 Oregon (78-66) early in the season, but defeated #21 Washington (75-71) and #16 Wichita State (65-54).
#2 Stanford Cardinal (OTB)
I’ve looked around at the best sports betting sites and haven’t found odds on Stanford to win the National Championship. Odds could be released at a later date. Alternatively, I know some bookies will allow you to request futures odds on specific teams and they’ll price them up for you.
The Cardinal went 20-12 (9-9 in Pac-12), but they’re going to be better in 2020-21.
Stanford return most starters, but they did take a big blow with Tyrell Terry expected to declare for the NBA Draft. Terry shot 40.8% on 3-pointers (62 3PM / 152 3PA) in his freshman season.
Terry was second on the team in scoring (14.6 PPG), rebounds (4.5 RPG) and assists (3.2 APG).
Despite the likely loss of Terry, Stanford are going to be a top 25 team in 2020-21.
Not only do they return most starters, but they rank in the top 10 for the 2020 recruiting class.
Ziaire Williams (#8 on ESPN100) is set to immediately enter the starting line-up. Williams is the highest-ranked recruit that the Cardinal have signed in the program’s history.
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Scott is a millennial (born in 1989) who grew up in Toronto, Canada and he has never left the big city. He grew up playing a few sports (hockey, soccer and baseball) when he was younger. His favorite sport was hockey and he played goalie. He still likes to get out to the rinks to play some pick-up with his buddies.
Growing up in Toronto, Scott is a huge fan of all Toronto teams.
He watches the Maple Leafs and Raptors religiously. Scott also enjoys watching the Blue Jays, Argonauts and TFC.
His best sports memory was when the Raptors were crowned the 2019 NBA Champions. Unfortunately, he’s still waiting for the Maple Leafs to win a Stanley Cup during his lifetime.
Scott may be a diehard fan of Toronto sports teams, but he loves watching all sports. He’s a huge UFC fan (look for his UFC betting articles for most events) and he’ll watch just about anything, including tennis, golf, soccer and cricket.
Scott is a numbers guy and he likes digging deep into the statistics when handicapping games. He also likes to identify value bets in markets most bettors overlook, including player/team props.
When he’s not handicapping and watching sports, he enjoys golfing in the warmer months. He also loves burgers and poutine. Not only is that his favorite meal, but he has tried over 100 burgers in Toronto and he’s constantly looking for the best new burgers in the city.