College Basketball Stock Watch: Week of January 7th
- Updated: January 7, 2014
Bang the Book.com has everything you need to successfully wager on college basketball. Every week we will break down the current college basketball teams and point out teams on the rise or the decline in our Stock Watch report. Every week we will post two teams that are rising up the ladder from a gambling standpoint and that are to be avoided when going to the betting window.
In this Stock Watch article, we take a look at a few college basketball teams that should be on your radar from a handicapping standpoint. These two teams deserve further investigation when they are on the court this week as they should be avoided or could bring in a tidy profit!
On The Rise
The Florida Gators are one of a handful of teams that can win the National Championship. However with all of the talent on this team they are just .500 against the spread (ATS) with a 4-4-1 ATS record up to this point in the season. Billy Donovan got extremely close to the Final Four each of the past three seasons, and he did so without a quality point guard. Now he’s got two guys who can run the team in senior Scottie Wilbekin and freshman Kasey Hill, and he has enough weapons, balance and experience. That experience will start to pay off in the coming weeks as they Gators are a team on the rise and will pay off for college basketball backers in the upcoming weeks.
On the Decline
North Carolina Tar Heels
The North Carolina Tar Heels are a talented college basketball team that is rich in tradition, but right now they have big problems. Carolina is only good defensively when everyone operates together. The Heels don’t have a shot blocker lurking to erase mistakes. The Heels’ 15 blocks against Northern Kentucky were in part due to a huge size advantage they won’t have over league foes. The Tar Heels lost to Wake Forest in their ACC season opener and that is a sign of things to come for this team. It’s no exaggeration to say Carolina gave up too many easy baskets. Wake Forest opened the second half by scoring layups on its first six baskets. This was too many lapses defending pick and rolls. And this was a virtual open-door policy allowing dribble penetration regardless of who was doing the ball handling. This team is coached too well not to find a way to fix this problem, but for now they are a fade for college basketball bettors looking to make a buck.