As Locky Lockerson pointed out on Monday in his college basketball futures update, the Tennessee Volunteers, Texas A&M Aggies and Texas Tech Red Raiders are three teams to watch this week. The Volunteers already took care of business by sweeping the Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday, so hopefully you bought a piece of head coach Rick Barnes’ team before their odds were chopped following that win.
As far as the Aggies and Red Raiders go, they are both in action on Wednesday and may see their odds drop too with wins. Texas A&M visits the Auburn Tigers as solid road underdogs in a nationally televised game on ESPN2 while Texas Tech hosts the Iowa State Cyclones as double-digit favorites on ESPNU. It is hard to believe that they might be the best college basketball teams in the state right now, although the Texas Longhorns and TCU Horned Frogs would probably have something to say about that.
The same could be said in the Midwest with the Purdue Boilermakers and Ohio State Buckeyes set to square off Wednesday for the lead in the Big Ten, with many believing the Michigan State Spartans would run away with the conference title in the preseason. While the Spartans are still very much in the mix following their road win over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Tuesday, the Boilermakers visit East Lansing on Saturday after hosting the Buckeyes and will be hard-pressed to extend their winning streak to more than 20 games. Ohio State is the big surprise though under first-year head coach Chris Holtmann.
However, maybe the most surprising team in the country so far this season has been the Virginia Cavaliers, who like Purdue have yet to lose a conference game. The Cavaliers travel to Tallahassee on Wednesday to face the Florida State Seminoles during a tough stretch where they play five of seven on the road. This is a huge game for the Seminoles, and they have what it takes to pull off the upset.