Six Teams Peaking As Profitable NCAA Tournament Betting Picks
Wichita State (30-4 SU, 18-12-1 ATS)Wichita State got off to a slow 9-3 start after a dozen games as they broke in a bunch of new and mostly inexperienced players, but the Shockers are back in the national spotlight after winning their last 14 games and 20 of their last 21 games overall. I know the Shockers don’t play the best competition in the world while competing in the Missouri Valley Conference, but Wichita State has already proven that their level of competition doesn’t mean they can’t play with college basketball’s ‘big boys.’ Besides, with the Wichita State Shockers ranking a stellar 22nd nationally in scoring (82.1 ppg) and an equally impressive 16th in points allowed (62.4 ppg).
Middle Tenn. St. (27-4 SU, 20-10 ATS)Middle Tennessee may not get much national media attention, but the Blue Raiders should. Middle Tennessee has won seven straight at the time of this writing and nine of their last 10 games overall. The Blue Raiders have a trio of players that average at least 14.1 points per game and rank a stellar 20th in points allowed (63.1 ppg) and even more impressive 15th in field goal shooting percentage (48.7%).
Nevada (25-6 SU, 20-10-1 ATS)Nevada has won and covered the spread in six straight games while also going 9-2 SU and ATS over their last 11 games overall. The Wolfpack are ranked an encouraging 40th in scoring nationally (79.8 ppg) and has five players that average double figures in scoring, including point guard Marcus Marshall who led the Mountain West Conference by putting up 19.7 points per game.
No. 12 SMU (27-4 SU, 20-5-1 ATS)The Mustangs are the hottest team in the country. SMU has won 13 straight games and an incendiary 23 of their last 24 games overall. More importantly for betting enthusiasts, the Mustangs have gone 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games. SMU ranks a stupendous third in points allowed (59.4 ppg) and the Mustangs have a true superstar in senior forward Semi Ojeleye (18.5 ppg).
No. 1 Kansas (28-3 SU, 1-17-1 ATS)If you love Kansas, then you’ve got some good news, but if not, then you won’t be very happy. You see, the Jayhawks have ripped off eight straight wins while going 4-1 ATS over their last five after struggling to cover the spread with any consistency all season long. Kansas ranks 18th in scoring (82.7 ppg) and has a Player of the Year candidate in point guard Frank Mason III (20.5 ppg).
No. 3 UCLA (28-3 SU, 16-15 ATS)The Bruins have won an impressive nine straight games but have gone just 4-5 ATS along the way while facing six double digit spreads as favorites. Better yet, UCLA has played Under their O/U totals in four straight games and seven of their last eight games overall.
Three for the RoadThese teams have won six or more games heading into conference tournament play this week.
Kentucky 8 straight wins (4-4 ATS)
Providence 6 straight wins (5-1 ATS)
Oregon 6 straight wins (3-3 ATS)