Potential Top 25 College Basketball Teams To Watch ATS in 2017-18

Saturday, September 16, 2017 8:19 PM UTC

Saturday, Sep. 16, 2017 8:19 PM UTC

We are just a handful of weeks until college hoops tips off around the country, and there are several good teams to watch ATS that could make large strides in that area compared to seasons past. 

USC (19-16 ATS in 2016-17)

The Pac-12 is no joke, but that’s exactly why I like the Trojans so much ATS this season. A West Coast team playing in a good conference that should be even better than they were a year ago.

The Trojans finished outside the top 25 at the end of the season, but this is a team reloaded for the present. Derryck Thornton has transferred from Duke, and with Shaqquan Aaron returning this season, and freshman Charles O’Bannon Jr., this roster is loaded almost like it’s never been when you consider all their other returning players.

Even though they weren’t impressive ATS last season, the Trojans started 2016 7-1 ATS, and finished it 6-1 ATS. If they can come together, they will be an undervalued team in the Pac-12 ATS.


Seton Hall (14-17-1 ATS in 2016-17)

Another substandard ATS team that could be in for a leap in that department is the Pirates at Seton Hall. College basketball’s leading rebounder, Angel Delgado and guards Khadeen Carrington and Myles Powell are coming back. Transfer Taurean Thompson is coming to Seton Hall from Syracuse, and with a host of other talent, this team is not only poised for a high ranking, they could be much better ATS.

Last year they struggled ATS in the Big East going 10-10 ATS, and they were especially bad as a favorite at 6-11 ATS. That may continue some, but in games they were dogs last year, they were 8-5 ATS, which is where the money may be made on this team in big matchups.


Murray State (12-18 ATS in 2016-17)

While the Racers aren’t going to be ranked inside the top 25 to start the year, they could fins their way there by the end of the year. It’s happened before to this team in recent years, and coming into 2017-18, they have the best team they have had in at least seven years, and maybe even ever.

Jonathan Stark and Terrell Miller will lead the team as seniors, both of which were All-OVC last season. They got transfers Byron Hawkins and Shaq Buchanan, to team up with a host of frontcourt players, which is the recipe for success in college basketball.

Along with that, the main reason I like them so much ATS is they have a tough non-conference schedule, which could lead to them being undervalued early in the season. They play Auburn, MTSU, and SIU at home, while playing Illinois State and St, Louis on the road before starting conference play.

They are probably going to win the OVC this year, and the last time the Racers were this good, they were the last unbeaten team in NCAAB and they were good ATS as well. In 2011-2012 when they won 23 games before losing one, they were 7-3-1 ATS in non-conference games and 8-3-1 ATS on the road. We'll have to wait and see those NCAAB odds.

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