College Basketball Betting: Top 25 Teams: Updated December 10th 2008
Current College Basketball Top 25 Rankings Courtesy of Alex Smart, A Professional College Basketball Betting Expert and Professional Sports Handicapper Featured on Touthouse.com. If you need winning college basketball betting picks be sure to visit Touthouse.com. Updated on December 10th 2008
1. North Carolina
Unstoppable, plain and simple. Not even a road game against Top-15 Michigan State at Ford Field could slow down the nation’s clear cut #1. UNC won’t be challenged until 2009.
The Huskies were lucky to escape Buffalo with a win, but no need for concern… Just a wake up call for Jim Calhoun’s boys, which they’ll need to keep in the back of their minds as a 12/20 meeting with Gonzaga awaits.
Size, strength and experience is a fantastic combination, for proof, just look at the Panthers. Throw coaching into the mix, and you could very well have a Final Four team come March; Pitt’s smallest margin of victory this season has been 13-points.
The undefeated Zags rolled past an undersized and under-manned Indiana team at Lucas Oil Field; road games vs. Washington State and Arizona should provide more of a challenge.
Blake Griffin is averaging over 25 points and 17 rebounds per game… Even with the Sooners playing for a national football championship, Griffin is rightfully stealing headlines. Oklahoma should remain undefeated into 2009.
Texas knocked off UCLA for the second straight season as part of the Big 12/PAC-10 Hardwood Series, if they can defeat Villanova in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden, the Longhorns would absolutely be a co-favorite in the Big 12 heading into conference play.
Tyler Smith recorded the first triple-double in school history as the Vols took down UNC-Asheville, 87-69 on Wednesday; Meeting Temple on the road will be a nice test for the Vols before facing Marquette in Nashville.
8. Wake Forest
North Carolina aside, Wake Forest is the most exciting team to watch early on in the ACC. With three young players averaging double figures in points (2 sophomores and a true freshman), like the Heels, Wake should roll through the remainder of 2008.
Back to back road games in the Big Ten proved to be too much for the Blue Devils. While Coach K kept his ACC/Big Ten Challenge record flawless, his team was clearly outplayed by a determined and revenge-minded Michigan team on Saturday. Duke will get back on track against UNC-Asheville on Sunday.
10. Notre Dame
Notre Dame scored a blow-out win over South Dakota without Luke Harangody; when Harangody re-entered the lineup after sitting out with a pneumonia, the Irish were upset 67-62 by unranked Ohio State at Lucas Oil Field… When ‘Gody gets 100% healthy, ND will surely get back on track.
Cornell gave the Orange a Big Red scare on Wednesday; ‘Cuse has 3 chances (Long Beach State, Cleveland State and Canisius) to work out the kinks before traveling to Memphis on the 20th.
Guard play galore! ‘Nova’s big 3 of Scottie Reynolds, Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes are all scoring in double figures, but it’s forward Dante Cunningham leading the way with 17.3 PPG. A 3-game week is made much more difficult when it starts with Texas at MSG on Tuesday.
Already with a win over Miami of Ohio, Xavier can truly reign supreme over the Buckeye State this week with wins over Ohio on Wednesday, and Cincinnati in the Crosstown Shootout on Saturday.
After back-to-back losses against top-5 teams (Oklahoma and Duke), the Boilers took out their frustrations on Arkansas Pine-Bluff 90-42. Ball State and Indiana State should provide little competition, but Davidson on the 20th is a different story.
The Cards beat Indiana State by 40 last week and Ohio by 35 on Sunday, which is exactly what’s supposed to happen after a highly talented team gets upset early. Louisville will continue to showcase it’s arsenal against Lamar and Austin Peay this week.
The loss at Texas should allow Ben Howland to get his team on track and focused to make another Final Four run; The Bruins should end 2008 without a loss, but no loss is bigger than losing Kevin Love to the NBA; the Bruins front-court play is hurting.
The Tigers travel to Georgetown on Saturday, but will 11-days off between games prove to be too much for Coach Cal’s team? Keep in mind, Georgetown wants revenge from last year’s loss at the FedEx Forum.
18. Arizona State
Jackson State stands in the way of ASU’s match-up with BYU, and if the Mountain West is as dominant over the PAC-10 in basketball as it was in football, chants of “overrated,” will be heard from Tempe to Westwood.
Four Hoyas averaging 13 points per game is sickening, just ask Maryland and American who lost to G-Town by 27 and 24 respectively. JT III’s team will have no problem with Savannah State before hosting Memphis.
After being held scoreless in a 78-48 win over Loyola (MD) on 11/25, Stephen Curry tied a career high with 44-points on Saturday as Davidson beat NC State 72-67; Curry is a very close second to Blake Griffin for early player-of-the-year honors.
21. Michigan State
The Spartans were absolutely embarrassed by North Carolina at Ford Field, but to prove how strong of a coach Tom Izzo is, MSU bounced back with a solid win over Bradley on Sunday; this team is still a front runner to wear the Big Ten crown.
a 61-58 win over Wisconsin is a huge confidence booster for the Golden Eagles, who take on IPFW before heading south to Nashville to represent the Big East vs. Tennessee.
23. Ohio State
What a week for the Buckeyes! OSU scored wins over Miami in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and then dropped Notre Dame at Lucas Oil Field. Evan Turner is quickly becoming a star, and once freshman B.J. Mullins comes alive, Thad Matta will have a front runner in the conference.
The Jayhawks have torn through their schedule since losing to Syracuse. Upcoming contests with UMass, Temple and Arizona should be ample preparation for Bill Self’s crew as they head straight for a brutal start to 2009: Tennessee, Sienna and Michigan State before Big 12 play begins.
The undefeated Flyers are well deserving of some recognition; They’ll deserve even more if they can win a road-win at Creighton on Wednesday.