Every Monday, numerous polls are released that give us an indication of who the best college basketball teams in the nation are. These polls are built through votes and opinions based on SU results, but what about a top 25 tailored toward bettors?
Every week, we compile a top 25 list with the bettor in mind. Nothing matters but cold hard facts with the numbers to back them up. For any team to be ranked, they must have at least 10 games with a listed spread. Teams are ranked based on cover percentage and in case of a tie, the number of covers will be used as a tiebreaker.
Here’s the top 25 ATS teams in college basketball:
January 30, 2017
- SMU Mustang: 13-4 ATS
- SMU claims the top spot in the rankings with an 8-1 ATS record in their past nine including five-straight as of this writing. The Mustangs may be getting better as well with Shake Milton averaging 23 ppg in the past three.
- San Diego Toreros: 13-4-1 ATS
- San Diego continues to be one of the best road bets in the country, as the Toreros are 9-1 ATS away from the Jenny Craig Pavilion. San Diego has an average scoring margin of -2.0 ppg, which has led them to a fantastic 11-4 ATS record as underdogs
- Gonzaga Bulldogs: 16-5 ATS
- Gonzaga bounced back from bad-to-back ATS losses, though the closing spreads were -32.5 and -23.5 respectively, by covering in the two following. That brings to Bulldogs to a stellar 13-2 ATS in their past 15 outings.
- South Dakota Coyotes: 16-5 ATS
- South Dakota registered their first home ATS loss of the season when they failed to cover the 8.5-point spread against Western Illinois (the Coytoes won by eight). The DakotaDome is still a bettors haven, as South Dakota is 9-1 ATS at home.
- Louisville Cardinals: 15-5 ATS
- Since a too-close-for-comfort victory over Pitt, Louisville has gone a perfect 5-0 ATS as of this writing. The Cardinals are 10-2 ATS at the KFC Yum! Center but just 5-3 in road or neutral site games.
- Elon Phoenix: 14-5 ATS
- Elon is the hottest bet in the country with the Phoenix covering in eight-straight games. Those eight games have been evenly split between home and away as well as Elon closing as favorites and dogs.
- Northwestern Wildcats: 14-5-1 ATS
- Northwestern continues to defend extremely well (opponents shooting just 28.2 percent) while rarely turning the ball over. The Wildcats have covered in five straight games but don’t have an easy schedule moving forward.
- Wofford Terriers: 14-5 ATS
- Despite closing as a nine-point favorite, Wofford lost outright 68-62 to Western Carolina in their last outing. This dog has plenty of bite, as the Terriers are 9-2 ATS as dogs this season.
- Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders: 15-6 ATS
- Middle Tennessee has proven to be a fanstasc bounce-back bet, as the team has not failed to cover in two-straight games since opening the season with two ATS losses. Keep an eye on this team if they make the NCAAB Tournament, as the Blue Raiders are 3-0 ATS as dogs this season.
- Eastern Washington Eagles: 12-5 ATS
- After a terrible start to the season for bettors, Eastern Washington has gone 9-1 ATS in their past 10 outings. As long as Bogdan Bliznyuk and Jacob Wiley are scoring, the Eagles are a threat to any team they play.
- Saint Peter’s Peacocks: 12-5 ATS
- Saint Peter’s finds themselves ranked for the first time this season with the Peacocks going 8-2 ATS since the beginning of the 2017 calendar. Saint Peter’s is a situational bet right now though, as they are 8-1 ATS in road games compared to 4-4 at home.
- Creighton Bluejays: 14-6 ATS
- Creighton’s recent inconsistencies on the court have extended to bettors with the Bluejays going 2-2 Su and ATS in their past two. Creighton may have already peaked for bettors, as the team will be without star Maurice Watson for the rest of the year due to a torn ACL.
- Furman Paladins: 9-4 ATS
- Furman opened conference play as an inconsistent bet, but the paladins have gone a perfect 4-0 ATS in their past four, which includes an 85-37 drubbing of Western Carolina. Devin Sibley is fourth in the Southern in points per game while Kris Acox is second in shooting percentage.
- Harvard Crimson: 9-4 ATS
- Despite some less-than-impressive showings last week, Harvard remains the best bet in the Ivy League. Though Bryce Aiken is the centerpiece of the Crimson, their dependency on him is a hindrance when his shot isn’t there.
- Colorado State Rams: 11-5 ATS
- Since Gian Clavell rejoined the team, Colorado State has gone 9-4 ATS. Clavell has brought an offensive spark to the Rams, as the senior is averaging 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 47.1 percent.
- Arkansas State Red Wolves: 11-5 ATS
- Arkansas State has been wildly inconsistent lately with the team going 3-3 ATS in their past six. However, the Red Wolves did cover in their past two and climb abck into the rankings. After opening the season 5-0 ATS as faves, Arkansas State has gone 2-3 ATS in that spot.
- Fresno State Bulldogs: 11-5-1 ATS
- Fresno State has continuously proven to be overlooked by books, as the Bulldogs are 7-0 ATS this season when closing as the underdog. This extremely experienced team is a tough out any time it takes the court and has the ability to remain competitive with any opponent.
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 11-5 ATS
- Notre Dame plunges from No.3 to No.18 after failing to cover in either of their two games last week. Despite closing as a favorite against both Virginia and Georgia Tech, the Irish lost outright on both occasions.
- Northern Kentucky Norse: 13-6 ATS
- After falling out of the rankings following three straight ATS losses, Northern Kentucky has covered in their past three as of this writing. Junior Lavone Holland III has been a big reason why, as the junior has averaged 15.3 ppg in the past three.
- Loyola-Chicago Ramblers: 13-6 ATS
- The Ramblers have gone 7-1 ATS in their past eight and only failed to cover that one ATS loss by 1.5-points. Senior Milton Doyle has averaged 18.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists in the past eight outings.
- Virginia Cavaliers: 13-6 ATS
- Virginia’s top notch defense has travelled exceptionally well and is a big reason the Cavaliers are 7-1 ATS in true road games this season. However, Virginia is just 5-4 ATS at home, as books are giving them a few too many points for a low-scoring team.
- Marshall Thundering Herd: 13-6 ATS
- Marshall failed to cover at home for the first time this season when they got thumped by UTEP 91-68 despite closing as 14-point favorites. However, as long as the trio of Jon Elmore, Stevie Browning and Ryan Taylor keep scoring, then Marshall should be worth a look whenever they play at home.
- Butler Bulldogs: 14-7 ATS
- Butler continues to confound bettors, as the Bulldogs are 8-4 ATS at home, 304 ATS in true road games and 3-0 ATS in neutral site games. Your best bet is to check the schedule and see when Butler is in Hinkle Fieldhouse.
- Mercer Bears:
- A team that is two games under .500 isn’t likely to be favored often, but get Mercer in that spot if you can. The Bears are 5-0 ATS this season when closing as a favorite while outscoring opponents by 14.2 points.
- Dayton Flyers: 12-6 ATS
- Dayton has been a solid, yet unspectacular bet this season. The Flyers don’t excel in any one situation but they aren’t likely to sink a parlay based on the spot either. As long as the senior duo of Schoocie Smith and Charles Cook are playing, Dayton could be a decent flyer.