Hot & Not
February 3, 2014
By Mike Rose
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It's a bad time of year to be in the midst of a swoon, and there are some big time teams in college basketball betting action who are headed in the wrong direction. Check out the teams which have been on the biggest slides of late as we make our way towards the madness known as March.
Iowa State Cyclones (0-6 ATS L/6) – The slide of all slides. The Cyclones were a team ranked in the Top 10 in America, but all of a sudden, they have dropped three games in their last five, and they have failed to cover six in a row. There is a real threat here to maybe not totally fall out of the NCAA Tournament picture, but at least put themselves in some bubble trouble if they don't rebound in a hurry. The first game this week against Oklahoma State is definitely a losable game, but after that comes three straight games against TCU, West Virginia, and Texas Tech, all of which you'd figure have to be wins to avoid falling into that bubble discussion.
Florida State Seminoles (0-5 ATS L/5) – Speaking of teams in bubble trouble, we present the Seminoles, who seem to find themselves in this position every year in February. They might make the dance, and they might not, but regardless, they are going to need to get on Renegade and start to beat some of these teams which they should down in the ACC. Five straight ATS losses include four SU losses, and the only saving grace was a comeback win against Notre Dame at home by just a bucket in a game which could have easily been lost.
Texas A&M Aggies (0-5 ATS L/5) – Two weeks ago, the Aggies were 12-4 and seemed ready to at least challenge for a bid to the dance. However, since that point, they have rolled off five straight losses, and they haven't scored more than 55 points in their last four duels. A&M has really never come close to covering in this streak either. The team was beaten by 33 by Florida (17 points more than the spread), 28 by South Carolina (27 more than the spread), 11 by Vandy (17.5 more than the spread), 17 by Kentucky (only 3 points more than the spread), and nine by Mississippi State (12 more than the spread).
La Salle Explorers (0-5-1 ATS L/6) – At least the Explorers have an ATS push in the middle of all of this against Temple at home, but the team aside from that has watched as its season has collapsed. La Salle still has a chance to dance this year, but it is going to have to get back on the horse in a hurry with games against UMass and SLU coming up this week. C Steve Zack really needs some more consistency. He had 16 points and 16 boards in the win against Duquesne, but just a few nights earlier against GW, he didn't score and had just five rebounds.
Cal Poly SLO Mustangs (0-5 ATS L/5) – We don't spend a heck of a lot of time following the Big West, but perhaps we should. The Mustangs are routinely an 'under' team, and for good reason. They're averaging just 63.9 points per game this season, ranking 322nd in America, and on this five-game ATS skid, they have scored more than 58 points just once. The killer to all of this? The Mustangs have actually been favored in six straight games, yet they only have two SU wins to show for their work.
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