Odds show Dozen will clear up

December 18, 2001 8:46 AM
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There really are two seasons in college hoops, especially in the Dirty Dozen.

The second semester opens after New Year’s Day when the 327 Division I teams, minus a few independents, begin their conference play.

It is then that the ATS marks become significant and bettors can take advantage of siding against bad ballclubs.

Most of the teams ranked in the Dirty Dozen do not have lines posted on their games due to the fact oddsmakers don’t know how to rate them.

The poll will probably change dramatically for the second half to include more recognizable schools that will have updated ATS marks.

Cornell at 1-3 against the spread, is probably the team bettors can most identify in scanning the daily list of games.

Fairleigh Dickinson remains No. 1 on the Dirty list with an 0-9 straight-up mark.

The Dozen is a sorry 1-88 combined, so our advice is to hope that an off-shore book carries a line against these teams. The Las Vegas Sports Consultants rarely do, and the hotel casinos tend to follow suit.

A safe tip would be to check out branch schools, which are often thrown into early-season mismatches. Branch schools are teams with dashes, such as Stony Brook, Fort Wayne and Pine Bluff. More tips later.

  

W-L  

ATS

1 Farl. Dickinson  

 0-9  

0-0

2 Long Island U.  

0-6  

0-0

3 Liberty  

0-6  

0-0

4 Ark-Pine Bluff  

0-9  

0-0

5 Cornell  

0-7  

1-3

6 IP-Fort Wayne  

0-8  

0-0

7 Morgan St  

0-7  

0-0

8 New Hampshire  

0-8  

0-0

9 SE Missouri St  

0-6  

2-2

10 Southern U  

0-7  

0-0

11 Nicholls St  

0-6  

0-0

12 NY-Stony Brook   1-9   0-0

Dozen record:
1-88 SU, 2-5 ATS
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