Let's slow things down and go over the top 25, in hopes it will help us with our College Basketball picks going forward.
Despite a last-second loss to Illinois, Indiana (21-3 SU, 12-10 ATS) responded with a dominant win over Ohio State and in turn were able to hold on to the number one spot in the AP poll.
A highly productive offense and great rebounding have been the catalysts, with Victor Oladipo playing particularly well as of late. As a team the Hoosiers are shooting 50.2 percent from the floor this season, ranking them second in the nation.
Number two right now is Duke, who have gone 21-2 SU and 13-10 ATS. Though the Blue Devils were not near their best in the recent road win over Boston College, they made up for it by crushing NC State by 13 earlier in the week. Mason Plumlee continues to play lights out, further cementing his case to win player of the year honors.
Another ACC team is right there in the hunt too, and no it's not the Wolfpack or UNC or Virginia. Miami (FL) has been on an absolute tear and are still unbeaten in conference play. More importantly, they've been making their backers extremely content, having gone a nation-best 15-4 ATS thus far this year.
Rounding out the top five we've got Michigan (21-3 SU, 12-9-1 ATS) and Gonzaga (23-2 SU, 12-10-1 ATS).
Trey Burke has been every bit as good as advertised this season, averaging 18.2 PPG and 7.1 assists. The Wolverines however have run into a little trouble over the last couple of weeks, losing to both Indiana and Wisconsin on the road.
As for the Zags, they continue to fly under the radar. The fact they get to beat up on a weak conference certainly helps their cause, but there's still a lot of talent here on Mark Few's team. Kelly Olynyk has exploded onto the scene, averaging 17.7 PPG and 6.8 RPG, while Elias Harris (14.8 PPG and 7.2 RPG) and Kevin Pangos have been doing work too.
Syracuse, Florida, Michigan State, Arizona and Kansas State fill in the remaining spots in the top ten right now, though it's safe to say the Wildcats won't be there much longer after getting brutalized by Kansas..
Don't Forget About Us!
There's always at least a couple teams that the general public doesn't know too much about. Who's on that list as of now?
We'll start with New Mexico, a vastly underrated team that's gone 20-4 SU and 12-9-2 ATS this season. The Lobos, ranked #19 in the AP, are getting a lot of production out of the trio of Kendall Williams, Alex Kirk (11.4 PPG and 7.7 RPG) and Tony Snell and that should serve them well heading into March.
Then there's Colorado State, another MWC squad that's been tearing it up. The Rams (19-4 SU, 11-8 ATS) have been extremely well-balanced, averaging in the top 50 in both points per game (73.5 PPG) and points allowed (59.7 PPG). They've also been the country's best rebounding team (42.4 RPG) heading into tomorrow night's game against San Diego State.
You may not know much about these two teams right now, but don't be taken aback if they make some noise come tournament time.
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