The Big Ten catches our attention
December 06, 2017 9:24 AM
by Mark Mayer
VIP College Basketball's Dirty Dozen | The worst College Basketball teams against the spread coupled with bonehead decisions.
There are 313 listed Division 1 schools in men’s college basketball, which gives bettors ample opportunity to dig deep for ringers in trying to beat that point spread.
Full disclosure – our Dirty Dozen panel (me, myself and I) hasn’t watched a college basketball game in its entirety this season. I, along with me and myself, usually don’t give the sport much thought until football ends and the conference season begins. But the Big Ten chose now to play league games so that caught our attention. Thus, here is our initial plunge leading to March Madness.
Before we get to the losers, let’s praise the ones covering spreads. Of the top 7 out of 313, three we consider exotic. Translation, who are these guys? No. 2 is Portland State at 6-0, No. 5 is UC-Davis 5-0-1 and No. 7 is Southern Utah at 5-0. Covers.com lists Nevada at No. 1 with an 8-1 ATS mark and our own UNLV Runnin’ Rebels are 10th at 7-2.
As for the losers we have such powers as SIU-Edwardsville, UC-Irvine, James Madison and Illinois-Chicago. We have a policy here at the Dozen to bet against hyphenated schools. It’s really an unfair stereotype and we should apologize for such prejudice. But then Nevada-Las Vegas would rather be called UNLV and Nevada-Reno goes by Nevada.