In part one of this HRWager piece, we are going to look at the road blocks for Top 20 teams in college basketball. Most can point to the marquee matchups as where losses can occur. Insteadl we opt for those potholes in the dark of night that spring up and can cause detours on the road to the Final Four. Without any further ado, part one will begin by getting out the calendar and starting to mark in red where some ML upset cashes could occur real soon.
Atlantic 10 Home Cooking
Dayton comes in at #19 in the rankings. Flyers’ fans can remember having their team having to sweat out the seedings before being forced to perform in a play in game. This season, Dayton is on more firm footing. First place in the Atlantic 10 with an odd loss to LaSalle as the lone head scratcher in the bunch. A potential ML pitfall to fade Dayton comes in the form of St. Louis on February 23rd. Only three conferences wins but at home they have the scalps of both Davidson and GW under their belts.
Road Woes for Purdue
Boilermakers’ fans can celebrate some good wins with the swatting of Michigan State leading the way. Even though in the Top 20, this team is not going to be favored against the likes of Maryland anywhere and Iowa on the road. Purdue lost to both of them on the road and gets Maryland late in the year. If Purdue becomes borderline for the NCAA tourney, their performance in the Big 10 tournament will be paramount. That is why their last game of the year in Lincoln is that ML fade. They lost focus against the Illini on the road and could do so against a non descript Nebraska squad on the first of March.
This is the line of attack that you should have when it comes to the major teams. Shun the spreads first and go for the ML fade. Pick out the landmines and then seed your bankroll with these underdogs. Explosive growth for your bankroll is possible. We will continue with part II of the series tomorrow here at the HRW.