The Sweet 16 Round of the annual NCAA Tournament would have been the hottest topic in the sports betting world this week. Whether you were leading the office bracket pool or playing a second-chance contest at your favorite online sportsbook, most of the betting action would have centered on college hoops.
The harsh reality of the coronavirus paints a completely different picture. This year’s men’s basketball bracket never even got off the ground. The tournament was cancelled in its entirety as the individual conference tournaments were just heating up.
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Many bettors thought that this was the season a Mid Major could upset the balance of power controlled by the power conferences in Division I ball. The final AP Top 25 still had the Big 12’s Kansas Jayhawks as the No. 1 team in the nation, as did the final Coaches Poll.
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However, the Mid Majors placed three top contenders among the next five teams on each list. Both national polls were also in agreement as to each team’s final place on the list.
Playing out of the West Coast Conference, the Gonzaga Bulldogs were the second-best team in the rankings. They went 31-2 with one lone loss in conference play.
The Atlantic 10’s Dayton Flyers made a name for themselves at No. 3 with their 29-2 run this season. With just two losses in 32 games, the Mountain West’s San Diego State Aztecs finished as the sixth-best team in the nation.
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It will always be anyone’s guess whether or not one of these three teams could have made a perfect run through this year’s tournament. It is safe to say that all three had more than enough talent to get the job done.
Add in the likes of Baylor, Florida State and Creighton and you have a list of the best teams in the nation straight-up. The following is a look at the top teams on the list against the spread.
Best College Basketball Teams Against the Spread
The best betting team this season in terms of winning percentage against the closing spread was the North Florida Ospreys playing out of the Atlantic Sun Conference. They went 21-12 SU with a 23-9 record ATS.
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The Ospreys were a tremendous team to bet on the road at 14-2 ATS and they posted a 9-1 record ATS closing as underdogs. The only black mark on these stats is a 1-3 run ATS in their last four games of the season.
Next on the list was the Colonial Athletic Association’s Hofstra Pride. They were the top team in the conference standings at 14-4 SU as part of an overall record of 26-8. The final record ATS was 25-8. As favorites in 26 of those games, the Pride covered the spread 20 times.
Betting the UNDER was also profitable with 21 of 33 games staying UNDER the closing line.
Hofstra was poised to make some noise in the Big Dance with a 12-1 run both SU and ATS over the final 13 games of the season. The total stayed UNDER in 10 of those 13 games.
The top betting team from a major conference was the Big Ten’s Iowa Hawkeyes (19-10-2 ATS) at No. 7 followed closely by the ACC’s Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at No. 9 with a 20-10 record ATS.
The Hawkeyes went an even 4-4 SU over their last eight games played, but they managed to cover in six of those contests. They were 12-5-1 ATS when closing as favorites.
The Yellow Jackets covered in twice as many games as favorites (8-4 ATS) as they did as underdogs (12-6 ATS). They closed out the season on a 6-1 run both SU and ATS.
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I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.
It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.
The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.
My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.
I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.