As we head towards the holidays in college basketball betting action,
we take a moment to look back on the first third of the season and see which
teams have been giving us the best holiday presents of all this year.
Oakland Golden Grizzlies (9-2 ATS, 6-5
Remember the Golden Grizzlies from the NCAA Tournament last year? The
hope is that they can get back to the dance this year in the Summit League.
These guys have covered four in a row and have done some impressive damage
against some big time teams so far this season.
Not only did Oakland nearly knock off the Michigan State Spartans on a
"neutral site" at the Palace of Auburn Hills, but three nights later,
it traveled down to Rocky Top and upset the Tennessee Volunteers.
Check out the list of teams that the Golden Grizzlies have beaten the
college basketball odds against... Tennessee, Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue,
and Ohio, all teams of which were in the NCAA Tournament last year.
UAB Blazers (8-1 ATS, 7-2 SU)
If Conference USA has a legitimate challenger this year for the Memphis
Tigers, this might be the team. UAB's schedule hasn't been nearly as impressive
as that of the Golden Grizzlies, but going 8-1 and knocking off the Arkansas
Razorbacks on a neutral court and nearly upsetting the Arizona State Sun Devils
in the desert are certainly worthwhile.
Cameron Moore is a name that you should watch this year in C-USA. He is
already averaging 19.7 PPG and 9.4 RPG, and he is the biggest reason that this
team is beating the NCAA basketball lines on a regular basis.
San Diego State Aztecs (8-2 ATS, 11-0
It's not all that often that a team comes into a season full of hype
and ends up beating the snot out of those expectations. Give San Diego State
all the credit in the world, as everyone and their brother thought that this
was a great sleeper team in the MWC after winning the conference crown last
What we don't quite know yet about SDSU is whether it is going to be
able to beat the big boys from the big conferences. Sure, road wins at Gonzaga
and Cal are nice, but that's nothing like playing some of the best teams from
the Big East or the Big Ten. However, for as long as the Aztecs are outscoring
teams by 15 PPG and covering numbers left and right, we could care less who
they run up against.
Arizona Wildcats (7-2 ATS, 8-2 SU)
The Cats would have been the No. 1 team in this poll this week if not
for the fact that they failed to cover two in a row against Cal State Fullerton
and BYU. Losing by 18 to the Cougars was certainly eye opening and will prove
to be a distraction to a team that badly needs to get on a roll in these final
few out of conference games before the Pac-10 slate kicks off.
Still, after last season's dreadful year, the Wildcats know that they
can take advantage of some very soft NCAA basketball odds. Don't be shocked if
the covers continue all year long with the U of A.
Drexel Dragons (6-1 ATS, 7-1 SU)
Give it up for Drexel, which went on the road and pulled off the big
time upset of the Louisville Cardinals on Tuesday night to make a tremendous
statement to the rest of the CAA. The Colonial is always one of these leagues
that has the potential to produce more than one bid to the NCAA Tournament, and
wins like that and the one over Rider in OT show that this team is ready to
The Dragons are breathing fire on your books right now, and they are on
a train that you certainly do not want to miss out on.