College Basketball Stock Watch: Week of January 14th
- Updated: January 14, 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 catch your attention from a handicapping standpoint. This could be a good or a bad thing and in this case, both. Here is one team to bet on and one to avoid this week in college basketball.
On The Rise
South Florida Bulls
The serious college basketball handicapper knows that they have to investigate teams early if they have any hopes of identifying the dark horses in the March Madness tournament. One of those potential dark horse teams is the South Florida Bulls. The Bulls are just 5-8 against the spread (ATS) on the season, but there is every reason they are about to start cashing in for basketball bettors. They will be underrated by odds makers and will almost always be an underdog in the upcoming games on the schedule. It is worth nothing that the Bulls are a perfect 4-0 on the college basketball highway. This will be tested with harsh future games against Louisville and Cincinnati. This is important because this shows that the Bulls will play tough basketball in a hostile environment. That is exactly the type of team that you want to back in the tournament and the Bulls are a team on the rise!
On the Decline
Iowa State Cyclones
The Iowa State Cyclones are one of the best teams in college basketball, but there is strong reason to believe that they are on the decline. One of the biggest reasons is the schedule. The Cyclones are off back to back losses which includes losing on the road to Oklahoma and at home to the Kansas Jayhawks. Now the Cyclones head to Texas in their next outing and then they have a gamer at home against Kansas State and on the road against Kansas. DeAndre Kane, who sprained an ankle in the loss to Oklahoma on Saturday, had 21 points for Iowa State, and if he misses any significant time it will severely hurt this team. Iowa State doesn’t start anyone taller than 6-foot-7, and its lack of size is threatening to become an issue. In the near future, especially against teams with size, the Cyclones are a team that you want to bet against.