8-4 ATS needsno ‘ex-Cuses’

August 21, 2007 1:43 AM
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Syracuse and Louisiana-Monroe top the list of lovable losers that became winners when betting lines were placed on their games.

The Orange were a dismal 4-8 in Greg Robinson’s second season as head coach. But, an 8-4 ATS mark meant not many ex-Cuses came from bettors smart enough to notice higher than usual lines on Syracuse games.

Proof of point: Syracuse lost 41-17 at West Virginia, a 25-point favorite. Tight, but the 1-point made all the difference. Another win came in a 28-13 home loss to Louisville with the line 18. Money, Orange.

For the little guys in Division I, we bring you Louisiana-Monroe of the Sun Belt. The Warhawks were also 4-8 in the regular season, but a robust 8-3 ATS. Three games with well known schools stand out. Monroe lost to Kansas 21-19 as a 23½-point road underdog, pushed at Arkansas as a 34-point dog and battled Kentucky to the wire before losing at Lexington 42-40 win getting 19.

Small schools that don’t get a lot of hype, like the Warhawks, often are hit with higher spreads than may be warranted.

Here are biggestt losers from a year ago. Note: Three of the worst came from the Western Athletic Conference.

BEST TO BET AGAINST

Fresno St (WAC) 1-10-1

Iowa (Big 10) 2-10

La Tech (WAC) 3-9

Stanford (Pac 10) 3-9

Utah St (WAC) 3-9

Honorable mention:

Iowa State 3-8, Akron 3-8-1, Army 3-8, Baylor 3-8, Bowling Green 3-8-1, North Carolina State 3-8.