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Let’s take a look at what’s happening on the hardwood as we enter this weekend.  All results are ATS (Against The Spread) through January 29, unless noted otherwise.
Spread Beaters
For your perusal, here is a list of college basketball teams taking the floor this weekend that own the best ATS marks in all games versus fellow Division-1 opponents (minimum five results) this season:
Home Games
Buffalo 5-0
George Washington 5-1
Hawaii 5-1
Kansas State 8-1-1
Nebraska 5-1
Oklahoma State 5-1
South Carolina 5-0-1
SMU 5-0
St. Bonaventure 5-1
Utah 9-0
Wichita State 6-1-1
Road Games

Creighton 5-1
Delaware 8-1
Illinois Chicago 5-1
Kent State 5-1
Michigan State 6-0
North Texas 5-1
Nevada 8-0
Ohio U 5-0
Seton Hall 5-0
Wichita State 6-0
Spread Eaters
Here is a list of college basketball teams taking the floor this weekend that own the worst ATS marks in all games versus fellow Division-1 opponents (minimum seven results) this season:
Home Games
Boston College 1-6
Central Florida 1-5
Colorado State 1-6
Drexel 0-6
East Carolina 0-5
Kent State 1-5
Miami Florida 1-5
Northern Illinois 1-6
Purdue 1-5
Toledo 1-5
Road Games
Central Florida 1-5
Cal Davis 1-5
Colorado State 1-5
Fullerton State 1-6
Kentucky 0-4-1
Louisiana Lafayette 1-5
Maryland 1-5
Mississippi State 0-5
Northern Iowa 1-8
South Alabama 1-8
Texas State 1-6
Washington State 0-4-1
Putting On The ‘D’
Once again here is a list of the Top 5 college hoops teams on the defensive front, in Defensive Field Goal percentage and Rebound Margin.  Look to ‘play on’ these teams in either revenge or underdog roles:
Defensive Field Goal Percentage
1. SMU 37.0
2. Arizona 37.2
3. Florida State 37.7
4. Iowa 37.9
5. San Diego State 38.0
Rebounding Margin
1. Quinnipiac +13.0
2. Indiana +11.5
2. Kentucky +11.2
4. Arizona +10.9
5. Iowa +10.7
Here is a list of the Top 5 NBA defensive teams:
Scoring Defense
1. Pacers 90.2
2. Bulls 92.8
3. Grizzlies 95.5
4. Raptors 96.7
5. Spurs 96.8
Rebounding Margin
1. Thunder +4.7
2. Pacers +4.5
3. Trailblazers +3.6
4. Grizzlies +3.5
5. Bulls +3.2
January Showers
After opening the season 12-18 SU and 11-19 ATS in all games thru December 31st this season, the Chicago Bulls welcomed the New Year in style, going 11-4 SU and 9-5-1 ATS in games during January.
With the blue collar Bulls ranking in the Top 5 in the league in team defense and rebound margin, look for them to improve on an already stellar 6-3 SU mark in games with same season loss revenge in their forward movement.
Stat of The Week
Illinois is 18-0 SU at home in games versus Iowa in which the Illini own a winning record.

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