Hot & Not
February 17, 2014
By Mike Rose
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Bubbles are going to be bursting all around in college basketball, but today, we're going to be looking at the teams which are bursting our bankrolls instead of our bubbles. Check out the list of teams who are on the nastiest slides in the land as we head into the middle of February.
Oklahoma State Cowboys (0-7 ATS L/7) – Things have gone from bad to worse for the Cowboys, as they aren't just in gambling trouble. They're in bubble trouble, too. They have lost six games in a row, and their only wins since beating Texas at the beginning of January are against West Virginia and TCU. Having G Marcus Smart suspended for three games hasn't helped any either. The Pokes are really dipping fast down the stretch and need to be resuscitated in a hurry.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (0-6 ATS L/6) – The Hilltoppers very well could be ones to remember this year, as they could end up winning the Sun Belt. However, the oddsmakers have definitely caught onto this team being one of the elites in the conference. In spite of the fact that WKU is 4-2 SU in its last six, it has failed to beat the number in all six. Granted, four of those six ATS losses have come by a combined 7.5 points, so things could change, but the Toppers are still going to have to put forth an exemplary effort to cover against most in this conference.
San Jose Spartans (0-6-1 ATS L/7) – Normally, we wouldn't include a team with a push in the mix on this list, but San Jose State has been dreadful. The team hasn't scored more than 56 in a game in a month, and it is averaging just 63.0 points per game on the season, ranking 330th in the land. The team is only shooting 37.7 percent for the season from the field and is under 35 percent in conference play. There aren't many worse cases in the country than this from a betting perspective.
James Madison Dukes (0-6 ATS L/6) – The CAA is down this year, and the Dukes aren't helping their own cause any. They only have their defense to rely upon, and when that unit fails, there is just no hope. F Charles Cooke is really the only solid offensive weapon that the team has at its disposal, and when he isn't playing well, forget about it. JMU has won two of its last six games along the way, but it has failed to cover all six.
Pittsburgh Panthers (0-6 ATS L/6) – Pitt has only won two of its last six games, and though it won't fall out of the dance, it certainly could make its own situation a lot less appealing if it can't get back on the horse here against Florida State next Sunday. Three of the last four are on the road, and this will be the first time that the team has played in the ACC Tournament. The Panthers haven't won a game in regulation since January 25th.
Loyola Marymount Lions (0-6 ATS L/6) – The Lions have been pathetically bad this year from an ATS standpoint at 8-18 ATS, and they have now failed in six in a row to beat the number. That said, they aren't the worst team in this conference; having G Anthony Ireland should be enough to keep this team competitive every night. The Lions could turn this around and surprise down the stretch with nothing but home games and the WCC Tournament left on the docket.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (0-5 ATS L/5) – Offense has been the problem for the Deacs all season long, but of late, it has been the defense which has really let them down. They have allowed at least 79 points in three of their last four games, and for a team which only averages 65 points per game in conference play, that's awfully bad news. There have been some close calls in here that have gone the wrong way from a betting standpoint for Wake Forest though, so things could turn around yet.
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