Pitino working ATS magic

Jan 27, 2004 2:50 AM

This is the second in a weekly series focusing on the good and bad teams, the Davids and Goliaths, the overrated and underrated. In other words, any team that can make you money.

Against the spread, of course.

LOUISVILLE: (15-1): Oddsmakers are catching up with Rick Pitino’s Cardinals (1-3 ATS last 4), but U of L continues to win. To us, Louisville and St. Joseph’s are right now the best teams in college basketball. Still the Cards are 8-5 ATS, including a 27-point win over Cincy.

CORNELL (7-8): We’re going out on a limb. The Big Red will not win the national championship. However, we think Cornell could be a spread beater in the Ivy League. Already the upstate New York school is off to a 2-0 ATS start in the Ivy.

MIAMI, OHIO (9-6): No, Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t play basketball. Miami is 7-5 ATS, including a 5-1 mark in the last 6 MAC games. The Redhawks have lost big to Xavier (19 points) and Cincinnati (20), but nobody in the MAC is at that level.

SAN FRANCISCO (12-9): The Dons were 4-11 ATS in their first 15 games, which is quite poor. True, the West Coast Conference does have Gonzaga. However, the Zags are far and away the best in the league and usual No. 2 Pepperdine appears down from previous seasons. The Dons did win impressively in their last start, but they will have to do that a lot more before we bet with them.

LAST WEEK: The four teams that we reviewed (Pittsburgh, Montana State, Central Florida and South Carolina) were a combined 7-0 SU and 5-0 ATS. Pitt did make us eat our "overrated" label after covering at Big East powers UConn and Syracuse