Another week in college basketball and another week of exciting games. How about the Kentucky Wildcats finally winning a game this season? This week in the Top-30 ATS Rankings we have our usual leaders. The Drake Bulldogs against the spread this season has been remarkable. They have been absolute money this season, with 11 games ATS and 11 games covered. They are followed by a few teams that are worthy of trusting your money with. Toledo and VCU are having strong seasons and Baylor while having a losing record in their last three games, is holding strong in our top-10.
This week you will notice that there are some new features to the poll. Included throughout next to each team is their record for the season as well as their record over the last week. The overall record is still found in the parentheses, with their Last Week (LW) record next to that one. This way we can all track who is hot and who is faltering over the last week. Also, at the bottom, I will now include the teams who have fallen out of our rankings. I have also denoted which teams have come into the rankings this week that were previously unranked.
- Drake (11-0) 2-0LW
- Toledo (9-2) 1-0LW
- Liberty (8-2) 1-1LW
- VCU (8-2) 1-0LW
- Baylor (8-2) 1-2LW
- Seton Hall (8-4) 1-1LW
- Winthrop (7-1) 2-1LW
- Michigan (7-2) Unranked all season. 3-game ATS Win Streak.
- Eastern Kentucky (7-2) Unranked last week. 2-Game ATS Win Streak.
- Nevada (7-3) Unranked all season. 2-game ATS Win Streak
- Belmont (7-3) +2-0LW
- North Dakota State (7-3) 2-0LW
- Illinois (7-4) Unranked all season. 3-game ATS Win Streak.
- Iowa (7-4) 1-1LW
- Hartford (7-4) 1-1LW
- Indiana (7-4) 1-1LW
- Grand Canyon (6-0) No Change
- Saint Louis (6-2) No change
- Tennessee (6-2) 1-1LW
- Bryant (6-2) No change
- Villanova (6-3) No change
- UMBC (6-3) 2-Game Losing Streak
- Utah State (6-3) Unranked. 5-Game Win Streak.
- Houston (6-3) 1-1LW
- Clemson (6-3) 1-1LW
- UCLA (6-3) 1-1LW
- Xavier (6-4) 0-1LW
- BYU (6-4) No change
- Rhode Island (6-4) 1-1LW
- Colorado (6-4) 1-1LW
Falling out of the Top-30: Southern Illinois, Virginia Tech, South Dakota State, Drexel, and UAB.
11:54 | 2nd
5️⃣5️⃣ – Bulldogs
4️⃣4️⃣ – Salukis
— Drake Basketball (@DrakeBulldogsMB) January 4, 2021
Now, as I was going over the poll this week I noticed we have the usual teams near the top. What caught my eyes were a couple of trends. The Big10 had two teams break into the rankings this week that were previously unranked. Michigan and Illinois were able to pop into our poll. Both teams are on 3-game winning streaks ATS and may be worth investing in. The other big trend has to be the Utah State Aggies. After starting the season 1-3 ATS in their first four games, they have gone on a 5-game win streak against the spread and may continue on their winning ways. Meanwhile, I will still continue to invest in the Drake Bulldogs against the spread chances.
So maybe this is the week to start picking some other teams down the rankings list. It seems the field is getting deeper this week with a lot of 7 win teams. Ten teams this week on the list had at least 7 wins ATS. Grand Canyon is the only other undefeated team left ATS on our list besides Drake, so when they start to play again will we see them challenge the #1 spot?
Stay tuned for next week’s rankings and rankings all season right here at Def Pen Betting.