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NCAA Basketball Power Rankings (2/5/18)
1. Villanova Wildcats (22-1): The Wildcats continue to roll their opponents. A big rematch against Butler coming up for the Wildcats, as they look to be the unanimous top seed right now.
2. Virginia Cavaliers (22-1): Tony Bennett and his Cavaliers have now won 14 straight games. The Atlantic Coast Conference seems to be theirs to lose at this point.
3. Purdue Boilermakers (23-2): Another red hot basketball team is the Purdue Boilermakers. Matt Painter and his team have won 19 straight games. They have a huge game at home against Ohio State coming up.
4. Michigan State Spartans (22-3): It may not be pretty, but the Spartans are winning basketball games. Winners of six straight games, including another come from behind effort.
5. Cincinnati Bearcats (21-2): The AAC does not appear to be a strong challenge for Cincinnati, but this team is talented. The Bearcats have won 14 straight games.
6. Xavier Musketeers (21-3): Xavier took all they could handle from Georgetown Saturday at home, but the important part – a win. Some are talking about the Musketeers being a #1 seed in the tournament. Road game at Butler is a huge test.
7. Texas Tech Red Raiders (19-4): Don’t look now, but the Red Raiders have the advantage in the Big 12. The first time in 14 seasons that Kansas does not win the conference, and the Red Raiders get it done?
8.Auburn Tigers (21-2): It’s hard to ignore Bruce Pearl’s Tigers. This team has won 5 in a row, and lead the SEC. The SEC could be the most competitive league in the nation.
9. Saint Mary’s Gaels (23-2): The Gaels have won 18 straight games. The latest was a narrow escape on the road at San Diego.
10. Gonzaga Bulldogs (21-4): Since the loss to Saint Mary’s, the Bulldogs have won five straight games. The West Coast Conference just remains a two team race.
11. Ohio State Buckeyes (20-5): It was not pretty, but a win is a win. The Buckeyes held on to beat Illinois on Saturday. Ohio State is still alive in the Big Ten reace, as they go to Purdue on Wednesday.
12. Clemson Tigers (19-4): The Tigers have won three straight games, with their most recent on the road at Wake Forest. Are the Tigers the second best ACC team in 2018?
13. Duke Blue Devils (19-4): What a terrible loss for the Blue Devils. A loss at St. John’s – a team that has not won a Big East game all season is not Duke like.
14. Kansas Jayhawks (18-5): Another home loss for the Jayhawks. The Big 12 title is in jeopardy now, as Texas Tech is at the top of the rankings with Kansas.
15. Arizona Wildcats (19-5): The Wildcats still lead the Pac-12 despite their road loss at Washington. Arizona is dangerous on the offensive side.
16. Tennessee Volunteers (17-5): The Volunteers have won five straight games, including a blowout at home on Saturday over Ole Miss. What a matchup on Tuesday on the road at Kentucky.
17. Rhode Island Rams (19-3): It’s hard to argue against the Rams. The leaders of the Atlantic Ten have won their last 14 games.
18. West Virginia Mountaineers (17-6): The Mountaineers bounced back from some big time struggles with a win over Kansas State. Not only did they win, they blew out a decent Wildcats team.
19. Oklahoma Sooners (16-6): The Sooners took a rivalry loss to Texas, but with a bounce back game Monday night, they could get back on track. The winner will still be in the Big 12 mix.
20. Wichita State Shockers (20-5): The Shockers are coming off an overtime loss at Temple on Saturday. Wichita State is in second in the AAC. An interesting game Tuesday at Memphis will see where the Shockers are at heading towards the tournament.
21. Kentucky Wildcats (17-6): John Calipari says his young Wildcats team have the highest ceiling of any team in the nation. While that’s hard to argue, the Wildcats have shown signs of brilliance, and signs of poor play.
22. North Carolina Tar Heels (17-7): The Tar Heels have 7 losses, but Thursday’s game against Duke is a huge one for the defending champions.
23. Arizona State Sun Devils (17-6): The Sun Devils needed that win on Sunday. A road win at Washington State keeps them out of missing the tournament danger… For now.
24. Michigan Wolverines (19-6): The Wolverines are the fourth and final team heading to the Big Dance, for now out of the Big Ten. Michigan has won back to back games.
25. New Mexico State Aggies (20-3): 20 wins, leading the WAC, and have won 9 straight games. This could be a tough out come tournament time.
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How to Bet on College Basketball
You might be surprised to know that College Basketball is becoming one of the most popular sports to bet on due to the sheer number of games involved. You can be in heaven involved from mid-November all the way through March Madness. So many options, so many teams but the money making potential is there if you are willing to do some research into the teams.
What are Some of the Factor that are Important?
Home Court Advantage
Home Court advantage is a huge part of college basketball. We are talking about college kids and if you are playing in a hostile environment on the road that affects the psyche of the players. If you are playing in front of a home crowd that is adoring your every move on the court, you feel better about what you are doing.
Teams that are great at home might not be as good away from home, so remember that before you go and bet on one of the top teams in the nation away from their home court. We are not saying always bet the home team, just do some research into how the team responds in whichever environment they are in.
The best rebounding teams in the country more often than not come out on top in college basketball games. Remember this, the amount of shots missed in college are greater than in the professional ranks and they can capitalize and turn it into points and head towards a victory.
Read the Schedule
Why does this matter? There are three different seasons within the season in college basketball for the bettor to research. Those three are non-conference, conference and postseason. When preparing yourself for the non-conference part you have to come to realize that good teams often schedule lesser teams to have an easier schedule to build confidence and allow players the time to understand the play of their teammates. It also benefits their resume for postseason selection.
In the conference play, we find the betting becomes a bit easier to do as these teams are very familiar with each other and outcomes can be predicted with more ease. However, when reading the schedule look for a few trap games and sometimes teams will have a letdown before the play a good heavyweight team next.
Postseason play finds good teams playing good teams almost every time. Look at the talent level each team possess and how they fared early in the season against quality opponents.
You would think this is a given and easy part of your research. However, you may get bogged down here as some underdog teams playing on a big stag can translate into motivation to bring down the big dogs. The reverse can happen as better teams may dismiss their opponent as a slouch and get upended on the hardwood. Keep this in mind when betting on basketball games in November and December.
Look for the Good Games
The possibilities are endless as there are many games each night and throughout the week. Find the ones that you feel can bring value to your bet. The sports books can slip up in college basketball with so many games and that is where you can make a haul. If you see a college basketball game you would like to bet on and the line looks soft, then bet on it.
Check the Tempo
Look at the tempo of both teams as well. If a team plays a very up-tempo game with a lot of run and gun against a team that is not able to keep up because they play more of a half court set and try to move the ball around then something will have to give. Look at past times this has occurred for each team and who was more successful in getting the other team to play their type of game, if a basketball team has to play out of character more times than not they will not be successful in defeating the other team.
Don’t Play just to Play
It’s ok to pass on a college game. If you don’t feel comfortable a game then don’t do it. Maybe it’s two big name teams squaring off and the action is heavy but you just don’t feel right about it. Pass on it. Enhance your chance of success but having the ability to find the games that can make you money and leave the others alone. You control youid attention tor choices.
Betting Early Season Games can Be a Success
There is not much attention given to early season college basketball games as many good teams are scheduling teams they can beat and use it as a practice for the conference schedule and postseason. Also, they have competition in the betting world with the NFL in mid-season, college football talking bowl games and Heisman candidates.
The NBA has begun along with the NHL at full throttle. Many veteran bettors don’t think about betting college basketball until January gets here. What is happening is they are missing out on making early season money by not betting the non-conference schedule. Here are some pros and cons to getting involved in the early games.
Why Early Season Games are Good to Bet
Remember it was stated earlier that little attention is paid to college basketball which translates into more mistakes in making lines. This is especially true for games that get little attention and are sparse in betting. The more action the harder a sports book works to refine the lines to aid them to win money.
Games with light action, then, are great for prepared basketball bettors, then, because they are in position to spot any errors that are made with the lines – much more likely in these games than in heavily bet ones – and exploit them. The lines in games with little action are also slower to move, so you have more time to act on an advantageous spot.
It is easier to find a winner on just a few key factors early in the season. Look for the team with many starters returning and they are likely to perform better in the early season. Research injuries and the teams that have a history of bolting out to several non-conference wins.
Why Early Season Games are Bad to Bet
We don’t have a track record. It’s possible the team had to make many changes in personnel in the off-season and now they have to work and getting all cylinders to work together.
Lacking Motivation and Coverage
Every night some of the big dogs are being covered in the media and the others are left out. This means you can’t get the solid information you need to make an informed decisions on the wagering of the team. This also makes the players motivation dwindle. It’s like a nobody cares statement.
Maximum Effort in November may Lack
Many teams give maximum effort for their games in January trying to get a bid for March Madness. I really don’t think teams want to lose games but in November it doesn’t have the importance. Many big time coaches have taken the attitude that they just want to work on things and allow the chips to fall where they may.
Do your research. Guessing is not conducive to winning sports bets.
College Basketball Resources
The following are a collection of resources dedicated to college basketball. These all could prove helpful in your quest to make money betting on CBB and March Madness when the time comes.
- This is our collection of media guide links for many of the college basketball teams.
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