College Basketball Hot & Not

College Basketball Hot & Not

College Basketball Hot & Not
By Mike Rose
VegasInsider.com

Winning and losing in college basketball betting is often a fine line. There are a number of teams in the nation who have been at the tops of their games for the last three weeks, covering at least five games in a row.

North Carolina Tar Heels (9-0 ATS L/9) – There just isn't a team in the land who has done more to help itself than North Carolina. The Heels have ripped off nine wins both SU and ATS in a row since losing to Virginia on the road, and in that mix include a couple important wins over teams like Pitt, FSU, and most important of all, Duke. There are still four games left in the regular season and plenty of work to be done, but at least the Tar Heels now know they are dancing even if they lost all of their remaining games.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (7-0 ATS L/7) – If you want to try to find a dark horse team in Conference USA to perhaps steal the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, Tulsa might be that team. The Golden Hurricane are on fire, having won five in a row SU and seven consecutive from an ATS standpoint. Granted, they have been tearing through the bottom part of a weak conference, but the Golden Hurricane have some real talent. Don't let that 15-12 record fool you. This is a team which can beat the big boys in C-USA.

Fresno State Bulldogs (7-0 ATS L/7) – The Bulldogs have won six of their last seven games SU, including pulling upsets on the road against Air Force, Nevada, and most notably, Utah State. Fresno State has the chance to prove that it can play with the big boys these next couple games at home, as it hosts Boise State and San Diego State. All of a sudden if those two games are won and this team can close out the regular season at 17-14, there are going to be some very uncomfortable bubble dwellers in the Mountain West who definitely don't want to run into this squad in Sin City.

Southern Illinois Salukis (6-0 ATS L/6) – The MVC hasn't had the best of seasons, mainly because Wichita State has just mowed right through everyone. However, one of the rare teams to score a cover against the Shockers this season has been Southern Illinois, and that happened on the road just a few weeks ago. That was a part of a six-game cover streak for the Salukis. G Desmar Jackson is averaging over 19 points per game this season, but it is the defense, which has held five out of six foes (Wichita State being the exception) to 64 points or fewer, that’s made all the difference.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-0 ATS L/5) – It's not just the five straight wins and covers for the Huskers that have our attention. It's the fact that they are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games, all of which have come in the tough to navigate through Big Ten. All of a sudden, five straight victories though, has this team back in the tourney mix after seemingly being dead in the water just a few weeks ago. Nebraska's defense is legit, and it just might carry Coach Miles’ kids into the dance this year!

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