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Last week, some of the little guys we mentioned made some hay. Appalachian State (1-7 SU, 5-0 ATS) lost yet again Saturday at Western Carolina, but they did cover their 9.5-point spread. Canisius also got it done on the road against Fairfield Friday, and Illinois-Chicago (8-1 SU, 7-1 ATS) was a home dog to visiting Colorado State, but they took care of business with an outright victory in rather impressive fashion.
It wasn't all great, though, as Arkansas State (5-3 SU, 1-4 ATS) picked up their first cover of the season in five tries, tripping up St. Bonaventure in Jonesboro. Cal-State Northridge also missed covering in their visit to Arizona State, although the Matadors definitely don't be forgotten about. CSN is (7-3 SU, 7-2 ATS), and remains a strong play for bettors despite their setback against the surprising Sun Devils.
Denver (2-5 SU, 0-5 ATS): The Pioneers have struggled on the road, but both of their straight-up wins have come at home. Still, they are winless in five attempts against the spread, making Omaha look like an intriguing play Saturday. The Mavericks have had a difficult out-of-conference schedule this season, so their record looks a little worse than it is. They are 3-4 ATS, and have covered two of their past four. As such, against Denver, they might be getting a few more points than they probably should. If Denver is favored by more than six points at home, Omaha is worth a look.
This week: Nebraska-Omaha, Saturday
IUPUI (3-8 SU, 0-8 ATS): The Jaguars of Indiana University-Purdue University is a respectable 2-1 at home this season, but they have been awful against the number. The Jags are an imperfect 0-8 against the spread. Two of their straight-up wins are against Indiana East and Utah Valley, not exactly basketball superpowers. The only time they have faced a spread at home was when Bradley paid a visit. IUPUI was favored by a bucket, but they lost 79-72 to the Braves back on Nov. 17. IUPUI might be favored against visiting Indiana State later in the week, but remember the Jaguars' awful ATS record.
This week: Indiana-Northwest, Tuesday; Indiana State, Saturday
Pepperdine (6-3 SU, 6-1 ATS): The Waves have been a late-night bettors' friend, especially for chasers who might not have had things go their way earlier in the day. Pepperdine has covered six straight games dating back to their opener Nov. 9 against Cal-State Northridge, a team we mentioned last week due to their 7-2 ATS mark. They'll have their work cut out for them later in the week against visiting Central Michigan (4-4 SU, 4-3 ATS). The Chippewas have covered two in a row, including each of their road games this season.
This week: Central Michigan, Sunday
San Jose State (5-3 SU, 5-1 ATS): Multi-sport bettors of football and basketball have been enarmored with San Jose State this year. The Spartans went 10-2 ATS in football, and they are 5-1 ATS in hoops thusfar. They cover a huge number with ease at Kansas by on Nov. 26, and their only loss against the spread was when they were favored by one point Nov. 13 in their home opener against Houston and they dropped that one by a bucket. Santa Clara comes in this week. The alma mater of NBA star Steve Nash is 6-2 straight-up this season, but 2-2 ATS.
This week: Santa Clara, Tuesday
Southern (2-5 SU, 3-0 ATS): Another Jaguars team appears in the column this week, and this one has been dependable against the number. Southern is a perfect 3-0 ATS this season, easily covering 19 points at Wyoming Nov. 16 in a 67-60 loss. Southern may or may not face a spread Thursday in a road game at Louisiana-Monroe, but file this information away for later. Southern has mostly kept it close this season, getting blown out only once at Iowa State in their opener Nov. 9.
This week: William Carey, Monday; at Louisiana-Monroe, Thursday