After a nice 2-0-0 ATS week in which Portland State won two Road games outright at Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara as 2½-point Underdogs, the Vikings improved to 8-0-0 ATS and jumped to the top of our weekly Cats and Rats ATS rankings.
With former #1 Nevada losing two games ATS to fall t0 8-2 ATS, Big Sky surprise Portland State (8-2 SU, 8-0 ATS) Moves up to the #1 Top Cat spot after the Vikings went 2-0 ATS this past week to improve to 8-0 ATS and the best ATS Record in NCAA Basketball. On Wednesday, 1st-year Head Coach Barret Peery (8-0 ATS) saw Bryce Canda finish with 20 Points and 13 Rebounds and Holland Woods also score 20 in a 94-85 victory at Loyola Marymount, with Portland State winning outright as 2½ Road Underdogs, the exact same betting role (2½-point Road Underdogs) the Vikings found themselves in at Santa Clara on Saturday in what ended up to be another outright Portland State win, 87-84, in a game which saw the Vikings (7-0 ATS on Road) hit their last 16 Field Goals as Deontae North had a career-high 30 points—25 in that crucial 2nd Half—as the Vikings won their 4th in a row SU. Truly,Top Cats.
Next up on the NCAA Basketball schedule for for Deante Strickland, Brendan Rumel and Portland State (#161 Ken Pomeroy ranking, up from #181 LW), yet another Road game, this one against Pac-12 heavyweights Oregon (6-3 SU, 4-4 ATS) from Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene on Wednesday night (PAC-12, 10 pm EST/7 pm PST) in a game which should see the Ducks (5-1 SU, 4-1 ATS at Home) as fairly large double-digit Home chalks and a true test to the Portland State’s unbeaten ATS Record although games against Duke, Stanford and Butler, that 4-game Winning Streak heading in and the scoring the Vikings Bench can provide, strong lean to Portland State (+9.2 ppg versus ATS) who will head to Oregon thinking it can upset.2. Southern Utah 7-0-0 ATS (Last Week: #4)
Another Big Sky member, Southern Utah (5-4 SU, 7-0-0 ATS) also had a perfect 2-0-0 week Against The (Point) Spread, with the Thunderbirds and 2nd-year Head Coach Todd Simon beating Long Beach State at Home at Centrum Arena in Cedar City last Wednesday, 94-89 and winning outright as 2½ Home Underdogs (167½) and then travelling to East Lansing on Saturday to face Big Ten heavyweights Michigan State, and getting blown out, 88-63, but covering ATS as huge 32-point Road Underdogs on most NCAAB betting odds boards vs. Miles Bridges and the #3 Spartans (154½).
Jadon Cohee (17.3 ppg), Jamal Aytes (6.4 rpg), James McGee (1.1 spg), Ivan Madunic and Southern Utah (#313 Ken Pomeroy ranking, up from #321 LW) will have to face another unbeaten team from this list—#4 Top Cat Central Michigan—on Saturday (Dec. 16) from the Beehive State (2:30 pm EST/11:30 am PST) at the Centrum Arena, so either the Thunderbirds (+7.4 ppg versus ATS) or the upstart Chippewas will likely be bounced from the Top 5, possibly for good in a Collegiate Basketball field so large.3. Florida State 6-0-1 ATS (Last Week: Not ranked)
ACC Conference stalwart and AP #19 Florida State (9-0 SU, 6-0-1 ATS) leaps onto the list by virtue of the Seminoles unbeaten SU and ATS marks and a nice 2-0-0 week like their catty money-making brethren above. Winning is fine and dandy but not losing is even better. FSU (+7.9 ppg vs ATS) defeated Loyola Maryland, 96-71 in a non-lined game last Wednesday and then Terrance Mann (15.6 ppg) and the Seminoles beat Tulane by 19 points, 72-53, covering ATS as 13-point Home chalks in Tallahassee Saturday in another Non-Conference date (156½).
Sixteenth-year Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and the Seminoles (#25 Ken Pomeroy ranking) are 5-0-0 ATS at Home at the Donald L. Tucker Center and Florida’s State’s ATS Push this 2017 NCAA Basketball Regular Season came at Rutgers on Nov. 28 in a 78-73 Seminoles victory (FSU -5), but some have FSU winning ATS there too, graded by a 4½-point spread. Either way, Florida State (500/1 to win 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament, BetOnline) hasn’t lost it backers any money yet at the betting windows yet. Next up on the Schedule for Trent Forest (3.6 spg), CJ Walker (1.9 spg), Phil Cofer (5.8 rpg), Christ Koumadje (3.7 bpg) and the Garnet and Gold, a Saturday date with Big 12 toughies Oklahoma State at Home in Tallahassee in the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Classic Tournament (2 pm ET/11 am PT).4. Central Michigan 6-0-0 ATS (Last Week: #5)
Mid-American Conference side Central Michigan (8-1 SU, 6-0-0 ATS) move up a notch after the Chippewas (+10.4 ppg vs ATS) defeated Montana State on Tuesday night at Home at the McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, 75-48, in a game which saw Central Michigan crush the point spread as 2-point favorites (157). On Saturday, the Chippewas beat Tennessee-Chattanooga, 74-69, barely covering ATS as 4½-point Home chalks at McGuirk Arena (147) in their 5th Under in their L6 games. As mentioned above, Great Alaska Shootout MVP Shawn Roundtree (14.7 ppg, 4.2 apg), David DiLeo (7.1 rpg), Luke Meyer (1.3 bpg), Kevin McKay (1.3 spg) and Central Michigan (#175 Ken Pomeroy ranking, up from #216 LW) will head west to Cedar City on Saturday to play Southern Utah in a game where somebody unbeaten ATS will get an ATS Loss...unless the game falls on the number and they Push of course. There’s always something. Lean to the visiting Chips for your NCAAB picks or staying away in that game.5. UC Davis 5-0-2 ATS (Last Week: #3)
Big West school UC Davis (7-2 SU, 5-0-2 ATS) slips from #3 to to #5 with another Push, but perhaps the Aggies are trying to become both the ATS Win and ATS Push champions this 2017/18 Regular Season although they might have to battle Iowa (1-4-2) for the latter. Last week, UC Davis defeated Pacific on Dec. 6, winning by 4 (71-67) as 4-point Home Favorites (135½). Then on Saturday, the Aggies manhandled NAIA school William Jessup, 86-52 as Chima Moneke had 16 Points and 10 Rebounds in the Win, also at Home in Davis, California. UCD’s other ATS Push came against Northern Colorado, laying 5, and winning 56-51 at Home at The Pavilion in Davis on Nov. 29 before half the state seemed to catch on fire. (It’s still burning.)
Beloved 7th-year Head Coach Jim Les, TJ Shorts II and UC Davis (+8.9 ppg vs ATS) will play at San Francisco on Friday night (Dec. 15) in a tough early Non-Conference game for both (11 pm EST/8 pm PST). UC Davis went 18-13-1 ATS in 2016/17 and the Aggies are now a profitable 8-1-2 ATS in their L11 lined games dating back to last year and make the cut by virtue of that ‘0’ in the ATS Loss column. The Top 5 this week have gone a combined 32-0-3 ATS, losing Nunce, but we know this can’t keep up.
Roops. Possibly coal in your stockings, Vanderbilt (3-6 SU, 0-8-0 ATS), if you bounce-boys can’t win a game ATS before Christmas Eve. The Commodores (#76 Ken Pomeroy Rankings, down from #67 LW) have gotten off to a money-burning 0-8-0 Record ATS, worst in Division I even though Head Coach Bryce Drew and vandebilt have been a decent team on which to be the last decade, plus with the Commodores going 105-90-2 ATS since 2004. At Vanderbilt University Memorial Gym in Nashville in a tough Non-Conference against Middle Tennessee State last week, the Commodores (0-5 ATS at Home) lost 66-63 as 3-point Home Favorites (138½) in a game Vandy led 32-28 at Halftime and the third straight triumph over the Commodores for the Blue Raiders who were led by Nick King’s 23 points.
Next up for Jeff Roberson (14.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg) and Vanderbilt, a Friday dribble at possible future ATS Cat Arizona State (9-0 SU, 8-1 ATS) in Tempe, followed by a couple of Christmastime cupcakes—Houston Baptist (Dec. 20) and Alcorn State (Dec. 22)—before rugged SEC play begins with games at Florida (Dec. 30) and vs. Alabama (Jan. 2) in two dates the Commodores covers ATS last season.
2. Illinois-Chicago 0-6-0 ATS (Last Week: #3)
Dikembe Dixson (12.6 ppg) and Horizon League rats UIC (3-6 SU, 0-6-0 ATS) played last Wednesday at The Pavilion in Chicago in a matchup vs. Division II side Wisconsin Parkside and after getting upset by the Rangers 79-73 back on Dec. 21, 2004, UIC got some late but solid Revenge, smacking Wisconsin Parkside 76-48 in a non-lined game. Then on Saturday, Tai Odiase (48.4% FGP, 5.9 rpg) and the Flames hosted DePaul in a Chicago derby which saw the Blue Demons top UIC, 65-55, covering ATS as 5½ Road Favorites in the Windy City. Last year, Godwin Boahen (2.8 apg), Tarkus Ferguson and the Flames went 18-13-1 ATS but 3rd-year Head Coach Steve McClain and the Flames may be up against it this campaign and may be fade material in January and February when Horizon League Conference play gets serious.
Next up for Illinois-Chicago (#226 Pomeroy Ranking, down from #203 LW), a game with Ivy League school Dartmouth (3-4 SU, 1-3 Road) in Chicago on Saturday evening (ESPN3, 8 pm EST/5 pm PST) as the Big Green head into the Windy City.
3. Arkansas State 0-6-0 ATS (Last Week: #4)
Arkansas State (3-6 SU, 0-6-0 ATS) stays on the list after losing outright 92-76 to Tennessee Martin in a game which saw the host Red Wolves close as 6-point Home Favorites (142½) in a disappointing result for 1st-year Head Coach Mike Balado, the Home crowd and Tristin Walley (5.9 rpg) and the rest of his Red Wolves teammates. The Skyhawks entered the game 1-7 SU and since 1992, Arkansas State was 5-1 SU against Tennessee-Martin—who was winless on the Road heading in—but Arkansas State crapped in its pants at Home at First National Bank Arena in Jonesboro.
Luckily for Sun Belt Conference member Arkansas State, the Schedule provided a date with Division II Henderson State, and the Red Wolves (-9.4 ppg vs ATS) beat the Reddies in a battle to see who was really the reddest, 90-76, as Grantham Gillard poured in a career-high 23 points and Ty Cockfield scored 15 as the Red Wolves (0-5 SU on Road) snapped a 4-game Losing Streak. Deven Simms (16.8 ppg), Rashad Lindsey (2.9 apg), Tristin Walley (1.4 spg, 1.8 bpg) and the Red Wolves will face little ole Omaha (1-10 SU) at Baxter Arena in Omaha on Wednesday night (8 pm EST/5 pm PST) in a game we won’t find a Point Spread on anywhere and the first meeting ever between the two Midwest schools.4. UNC Charlotte 0-6-0 ATS (Last week: Not ranked)
Conference USA side UNC Charlotte (3-6 SU, 0-6-0-ATS) splashes down in the #4 spot of our weekly rankings after the 49ers lost at Tennessee Chattanooga, 64-50 on Sunday as 4-point Road Underdogs (143) losing their 4th consecutive game SU. Jon Davis (13.2 ppg, 5.6 apg), Hudson Price (4.8 rpg) and UNC Charlotte (#266 Ken Pomeroy ranking) has a week until it plays it next game, at East Carolina on Dec. 18 (7:00 pm EST/4 pm PST). The 49ers are 11-22-1 ATS their L34 lined games (33.3%).5. Princeton 0-5-0 ATS (Last week: Not ranked)
Ivy League geniuses Princeton (2-6 SU, 0-5-0-ATS) check in at our #5 spot after the Tigers (0-4 ATS on Road) lost at George Washington, 71-60, failing to cover ATS as moderate 4-point Road Underdogs (127½). Next up for 6th-year Head Coach Mitch Henderson and Princeton (#162 Ken Pomeroy Ranking), a Tuesday night (tonight) matchup with Monmouth at Home at Jadwin Gymnasium in Princeton, NJ in a game which sees the Tigers as 1- to 2-point Home chalks after opening up at 3 against the Hawks (139). When these two met last year, Monmouth (3-7 SU, 2-4 ATS in 2017, 1-4 SU on Road) won 96-90 at Princeton (9-4 SU Lifetime vs Monmouth) on Dec. 20, 2016 as Underdogs. The five ratty Rats on this week’s list are a combined 0-33-0 ATS (0%).