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NCAA Basketball's Eight Best/Worst Spread Teams to Follow Right Now!

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NCAA Basketball's Eight Best/Worst Spread Teams to Follow Right Now!
Joseph Yesufu #1 of the Drake Bulldogs on February 10, 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa. David Purdy/Getty Images/AFP

We are under a month to Selection Sunday and now is the right time to heat up your college basketball selections. Here are tips of trends that you should follow at this time.

As the time continues to tick towards March Madness, starting with the conference tournaments, no matter what kind of success or failure you have had for college basketball picks, now is the time to start making headway.

The old betting expression – Let Trends Be Your Friends – is the focus of this article. Here are some of the best and worst teams that you can focus on in the coming days and possibly weeks to succeed at the betting websites.

The Best

Drake Bulldogs – 15-4 ATS

Drake has been a great surprise all year at 20-2 and is one game behind Loyola-Chicago for the top spot of the Missouri Valley. The Bulldogs truly missed leading scorer ShanQuan Hemphill against the Ramblers, but oddsmakers will lower expectations without him the rest of the regular season with matchups at Northern Iowa, Evansville (2), and at Bradley (2). Drake ranks 25th in defensive efficiency, and as long as they stay out of foul trouble, they can be a problem for (visit our Sportsbook Review) and other betting sites.

Cleveland State Vikings – 15-4-1 ATS

Cleveland State is tied for first with Wright State in the Horizon League at 15-3. The Vikings are not overwhelming anybody and have a season scoring differential of just -0.1. What Cleveland State has done all year is come through at crunch time and generate the offense needed in the final four minutes and make stops on defense. The Vikings are 6-2 SU and 7-1 ATS in games determined by six points or less.

Belmont Bears – 15-6-1 ATS

We have been aware and followed Belmont for some time, and now this is a proven basketball program. The league is deeper than in a long time with Murray State and Austin Peay in fifth and sixth place. However, Belmont is on a whole different level at 16-0 SU and 12-3-1 ATS in the Ohio Valley, winning by an enormous 18.6 PPG. Hard to imagine the Bears being all but unstoppable against the number.

Morehead State Eagles – 15-6 ATS

Guess who’s in second place in the OVC behind Belmont? Most preseason prognostications had Morehead State from 8th to 10th place. The Eagles came together at the start of 2021 and are 12-1 SU and 10-3 ATS, with their only setback against Belmont. Morehead State plays at a pace that works for them, scoring only 67.5 PPG. They impose their will on their opponents which is why they are 10-3 ATS as underdogs. Morehead State won’t have many more chances in the regular season for that role with how they are playing, but still, they’re a solid choice against the college basketball odds.

A.J. Hoggard of the Spartans
A.J. Hoggard #11 of the Michigan State Spartans. Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images/AFP

The Worst

Michigan State Spartans – 4-14 ATS

Isn’t it the craziest thing that many of the bluebloods of the sport are all having dreadful seasons all at the same time? Michigan State definitely is and anyone can come up with a hundred reasons to explain why, yet, the bottom line is their results. The Spartans start the week, 199th in offensive efficiency and 167th in defensive efficiency. Last season when everything closed down, Tom Izzo’s club was 27th and 20th respectively.

Cincinnati Bearcats – 3-11 ATS

Cincinnati slipping is not a giant shocker, we started to see it last year under then first-year head coach John Brennen. We no longer see the mental edge of toughness and physicality we saw in the Mick Cronin days and recruiting seems to have tailed off a bit. Scoring doesn’t come easy for this crew, ranking 101st in two-point shooting percentage and a horrific 329th in three-point (non)accuracy. Cincy just isn’t good enough to cover spreads, especially as a favorite at 1-10 ATS.

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Northern Illinois Huskies – 2-11 ATS

It was assumed at the start of the season, Northern Illinois might be in for a long year, and at 2-11 SU and ATS, that assessment was spot on. The Huskies have played like dogs and not in a positive sense. NIU cannot score (59.3 PPG) and they cannot stop anyone, surrendering 75.5 PPG. It’s not like the MAC is an amazing conference (with Toledo, Akron, and Kent State all being pretty good). However, the Sagarin Ratings have the MAC 12th overall and the Rockets as its best team at No. 76. Northern is 304th at Sagarin’s and it is well deserved.

Arizona State Sun Devils – 2-13-1 ATS

Remember when Bobby Hurley was thought of as this fabulous hirer at Arizona State and he was going to change their basketball fortunes? This is Hurley’s sixth season in Tempe and he’s 100-78 SU, not exactly how they name the floor after you when you leave. The Sun Devils have suffered more injuries than most this season, nonetheless, when you permit 76.6 PPG, you better be scoring 80 or more or you will have a losing record and become play against material. Impossible to back ASU.