Keeping college kids focused and motivated during a losing season is hard to do – even for the most experienced coach. With less than 10 games remaining in the regular season for college basketball programs, those on the wrong end of the standing may be proper fade material as February comes to a close.
It could be coaching issues, player problems, off-court distractions, or just plain bad basketball. Whatever it is, these things make NCAA programs pointspread poison.
Here are some sports betting tips on three programs NCAA basketball bettors should be wary of when wagering, and could be a strong go-against play in the final weeks of the schedule:
Colorado State Rams (10-16 SU, 7-13-2 ATS)
Colorado State found itself in the headlines when players boycotted practice in protest of the athletics department after head coach Larry Eustachy was put on administrative leave while being investigated for alleged player abuse. The Rams returned to practice ahead of Saturday’s matchup with San Jose State but have been a terrible bet for most the season and find themselves at the bottom of the Mountain West standings.
With the future of the program still up in the air, many players brought in by Eustachy will be considering a transfer at the end of the year – and not focusing on CSU’s final games or MWC tournament. Colorado State has just five games left on the season, three against teams in the Top 5 of the conference, so there could be little to like about the Rams in home stretch.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-13 SU, 10-10 ATS)
The Yellow Jackets were hoping for bigger and better things when Josh Pastner was brought on as head coach. However, Georgia Tech and its head coach are not as focused on basketball with Pastner being accused of sexual assault. Those accusations and the legal rats nest around the claims come at a bad time, with the program picking up just one win in its last seven games.
The Jackets were recently rolled by Louisville – just hours after the case against Pastner was made public – and host a pissed-off Duke team Sunday, with the Blue Devils coming off a loss to rival North Carolina. There are seven games remaining for the Ramblin’ Wreck, who play three of four away from home following Sunday’s home stand against Duke. Much like Colorado State, players will be very concerned about the head coaching situation and looking to move out of GT at the end of the year.
Georgia Bulldogs (13-10 SU, 10-10 ATS)
There’s something about basketball in the Peach State this winter. While Georgia Tech has its woes on and off the court, the Georgia Bulldogs could be about to go belly up in the SEC. The Bulldogs have one win in their last six games heading into a home stand against No. 9 Auburn Saturday and just suspended key sixth man Jordan Harris.
Head coach Mark Fox is on the hot seat and can’t seem to spark his squad, especially on offense where UGA averages only 68.7 points per game. The Bulldogs have seven games remaining in SEC play including Saturday’s game against ranked Auburn. They have Tennessee twice as well as Florida left on the slate, and there could be very little bite left in the Dawgs down the stretch.