Outside it is getting colder, as the days get shorter and shorter. Winter is well and truly here, meaning the opportunities to get outside and to play sport are getting fewer, and quite frankly less appealing by the minute. Thankfully, that is the perfect excuse to be inside and in front of the TV, enjoying as much live sport as possible, feeling pity for the athletes who are outside in the cold, trying to stay warm whilst also concentrating on the game.
One sport where keeping warm isn’t quite such an issue is in basketball, where the players running up and down the courts feel the same in November as they do in May. The college basketball season is well underway, with most teams played at least 4 times. Therefore, we can begin to see some patterns emerging, and can begin to make predictions of who will do well this year, and who looks like they are going to struggle.
One of the teams struggling for form at the moment are the Hartford Hawks, who play in the America East conference
Wolverines dropping down the rankings
It might still be early on in the season, where nothing can be won, but it is still possible to throw everything away with a few bad results. Is this what is happening to the Michigan Wolverines? Possibly, as they are tumbling down the Top 25 rankings, on the back of 2 losses, to the Seton Hall Pirates and the Arizona Wildcats.
Next up, the Wolverines face the North Carolina Tar Heels, who are currently 9th in the Atlantic Coast conference. They have an overall record of 4-2, and won their last game against the UNC Asheville Bulldogs 72-53. So, people looking for college basketball odds might be torn on who to go for here, the side who historically are strong but have dipped in form, or the team currently looking good. The odds will be close, but we expect the Wolverines to perk up in this one, and should end the game with a precious win, but odds of winning might, in some cases, be reversed so, this time, bettors have to take a risky decision.
Boilermakers looking to build on recent success
Over in the Big Ten, the Purdue Boilermakers have begun the season in great style. They have taken on the Bellarmine Knights, the Indiana State Sycamores, the Wright State Raiders, the Tar Heels and the Villanova Wildcats, and have come away with 5 victories. The win over the Wildcats was especially significant, as they too are well placed in the Top 25 rankings. It was a statement performance, which shows that the Boilermakers mean business.
Next up for Purdue is the Omaha Mavericks, who currently find themselves rock bottom of the Summit League, with a 1-4 record. Therefore, most online sports betting websites will have odds to indicate the Boilermakers should win with ease in this one, so bettors should be confident that Purdue will be 6-0 at the end of this fixture.
Will anyone ever beat the Bulldogs?
It is hard to ignore the Gonzaga Bulldogs, as they are ever-present at the summit of the Top 25 rankings. Given their near perfect record last year, and how they’ve begun this season, we anticipate them being in 1st place for some time yet.
Yes, they have had several easier fixtures, such as against the Dixie State Trailblazers (97-63) and the Alcorn State Braves (84-57), but they have faced off with 2 of the other strongest NCAA basketball teams in the Texas Longhorns and the UCLA Bruins. Against the Longhorns, the Bulldogs raced into an early lead, meaning despite a comeback from Texas in the 2nd half, they still won the game comfortably, with the final score 86-74.
The match up against the Bruins was one of the most hotly anticipated in a long time, given how well both have started the season, with some odds giving the Bruins a good chance in this one. However, the smart money was of course on Gonzaga, who ran out 83-63 winners. Next up they have the Duke Blue Devils, and we really can’t see any other outcome than another Bulldogs win.