The 2021-22 NCAA Basketball season has started off with all things seemingly normal in 2021 after a 2020-21 season where abbreviated schedules, cancellations and COVID-19 dominated the College Basketball landscape.
Many serious College Basketball bettors will focus on betting on Totals, and many teams develop certain Over and Under Trends over the course of weeks, months and even entire seasons where astute handicappers can sometimes find holes.
This year, several teams started off with either five straight (or more) Overs and Unders, so before Conference play tips off in the coming days, let’s look at the teams who have played heavy Overs and unders to start the new Hoops campaign.
Several Teams Start Season Off With Five Straight Overs
Last season, the most profitable Over teams in NCAA DI Basketball were Ball State at 18-5-0 (78.3% Overs, +8.7 +/- ATS), Oakland at 23-7-0 (+76.7 +/- ATS) and American Athletic Conference school Cincinnati at 17-6-0 (73.9%, +2.8 +/- ATS).
And Eastern Michigan at 11-4 (73.3%, +5.5 +/- ATS), CS-Fullerton at 11-4 (73.3%, +5.5 +/- ATS), Portland 13-5-0 (72.2%, +6.4 +/- ATS), San Diego at 10-4-0 (71.4%, +5.9 +/- ATS) and Binghampton at 12-5-1 (70.7%, +1.5 +/- ATS) were all 70%+.
Let’s take a look at 10 Division I NCAA Basketball teams who have started the season off by playing almost all Overs in the waning month of November who had gone a combined 50-2-1 in the Totals market, with Overs hitting 96.2% so far.
Top Over Teams to Start the Season
1 – Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens Overs 6-0-0
Delaware (4-2 SU, 3-3-0 ATS) started the season off the new College basketball season playing six straight Overs with Ryan Allen (16.8 ppg) and the Blue Hens ranking No. 87 in the nation in Scoring Average with an average of 78.0 ppg.
Playing in the Colonial Athletic Conference, the first six Delaware games went Over by an average of +17.5 ppg and Dylan Palmer (14.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and the Fightin’ Blue Hens started the new season off 4-2 in Non-Conference games.
The Fightin’ Blue Hens play their Home games at the Acierno Arena at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware and will be in action on Thursday, December 2 at Delaware State in a huge rivalry game in the Blue Hen State.
2 – Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 6-0-0 ATS
Conference USA member Louisiana Tech (4-2 SU, 2-3 ATS) also began the new season with 5 straight Overs as Kenneth Lofton Jr. (14.6 pp, 10.2 rpg) and the Bulldogs (+11.3 ATS +/-) were averaging 80.8 ppg (#55) after six games.
On Saturday, November 28, Louisiana Tech lost to NC State, 90-81 in a game which went Over the closing Total (141) by 30 points at PNC Arena on Tobacco Road.
Pacific-12 Conference members Washington State (100/1 to make the 2022 NCAA Final Four) started off with five Overs in their first games with Head Coach Kyle Smith and the Cougars averaging 87.6 ppg (#11).
Leading that scoring charge and Over-y pace for Washington State (13-12-0 ATS in 2020) fo far have been Guards Noah Williams (13.8 ppg), Michael Flowers (12.2 ppg) and Tyrrell Roberts (12.2 ppg) with Forward Efe Abogidi averaging 9.0 ppg.
The first five Washington State games went Over by an average of +15.0 ppg. The Cougars will begin Pac-12 Conference play on Wednesday, December 1 against Arizona State at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe (7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT).
4 – DePaul Blue Demons Overs 5-0-0
The first five DePaul games went Over by an average of +14.5 ppg with the Blue Demons averaging a robust 86.0 ppg (#21) as this Big East Conference member got off to a nice and pleasingly perfect 5-0 SU (4-1 ATS) start in Chicagoland.
So why is DePaul (5-0 SU, 3-2 ATS) playing in so many Overs?
Five solid scores averaging over 10 ppg each, that’s why hardwood breath. Last season, the Blue Demons only had five Overs overall (5-14 O/U), so this is a Trend that has flipped.
Leading the way for DePaul offensively this season were Javon Freeman-Liberty (23.8 ppg, 9.8 rpg), David Jones (17.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg), Brandon Johnson (13.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg), Nick Ongenda (10.8 ppg) and Philmon Gebrewhiy (10.2 ppg).
Freeman-Liberty, Jones, Johnson and the upstart Blue Demons will be tipping off Big East Conference play on Monday, December 2 at Home at Wintrust Arena in Chicago against Big Ten Conference side Creighton (6:30 pm ET/3:30 pm PT).
The Jayhawks (+450 to Make NCAA Basketball Final Four) are loaded with Agjabi, David McCormack, and talented Arizona State Transfer Remy Martin) making Kansas Head Coach Bill Self hopeful about making it down to New Orleans.
Kansas (14-14-1 ATS in 2020) will play at St. John’s on Friday, December 3 (FS1, 7 pm ET/4 pm PT) in a Big 12-Big East clash before the Jayhawks welcome SEC and former Big 12 side Missouri to Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, December 11 (ESPN).
Texas State (+10.1 +/1 ATS) played five consecutive Overs to start the season in results 10 points higher than the set Total in sportsbooks online and last year the Bobcats went 10-13-0 (Over/Under) in the Pandemic-stunted 2020-21 season.
The next chance to play a Sun Belt Conference member Texas State game Over comes on Tuesday, November 30 at Rice at Tudor Fieldhouse (8 pm ET, 5 pm PT).
7 – Furman Paladins Overs 5-0-0
Furman (4-2 SU, 2-2-1 ATS) is averaging 86.8 ppg (#15) and the Paladins Totals have gone Over by an average of +14.8, ATS +/- with Mike Bothwell (19.4 ppg), Jalen Slawson (14.8 ppg), Alex Hunter (14.8 ppg) providing the bulk of the scoring.
On Friday, December 3, Furman—who went 12-10-0 in the Totals market in the 2020-21 NCAA Basketball season—faces Charleston (ESPN+, 7 pm ET/4 pm PT).
8 – Marist Red Foxes Overs 5-1-0
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference school Marist (3-1 SU) and Head Coach John Dunne have just two NCAA Tournament appearances (1986, 1987) and the first five Red Foxes’ games went Over the Total by an average of +15.0 points per game.
Marist Totals went 9-11-0 in the last abbreviated 2020-21 NCAA Basketball season and the Red Foxes played their first Under on saturday, November 27, losing 65-61 to Army in a game where the closing Total was 135½.
Ricardo Wright (17.5 ppg) and Marist were averaging 73.5 ppg (Tied #166) and allowing 1.0 ppg more (74.5 ppg) as it prepared for the start of MAAC play, which will see them face Iona on Wednesday, December 1 (ESPN+ 7 pm ET/4 pm PT).
Big Ten Conference member Iowa (6-0 SU, 4-2 ATS) started out the 2021-22 NCAA Division I College Basketball season off with 5 straight Overs as the Hawkeyes (+6.0 ATS +/-) went 5-1 (O/U) to begin the season, averaging a nation-high 97.2 ppg.
Defensively, Iowa was allowing only 68.4 ppg. So, with a healthy +31.2 ppg Scoring Margin, the Hawkeyes may be a good team to wager on in the coming weeks. But finding the right game(s) and team(s) who can score with the Hawkeyes will matter.
Keegan Murray (26.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg) and Iowa played their first Under on Saturday, November 27, beating Prairie View State 85-51 in a game where the Total was 156u, so the 136 combined points was 20 points below the closing number.
The Hawkeyes have scored over 100 points or more in a game three times already in the month of November, in Non-Conference dribbles against Longwood (106), Alcorn State (108) and Western Michigan (109).
10 – Charleston Southern Buccaneers Overs 4-0-0
Charleston Southern (2-4 SU, 1-3-0 ATS) isn’t a team many know about but the Buccaneers (STATS) play in the Big South Conference and call North Charleston, South Carolina their home and are coached by 16th-year man Barclay Radebaugh.
The next chance to bet an Over in a Charleston Southern game comes this week on Thursday, December 2 at Buccaneer Fieldhouse (ESPN+, 8 pm ET/5 pm PT).
Kevin Stott is a sports writer who has covered the Sports Gambling industry for over 20 years, handicapping sporting events for SportsbookReview, Gaming Today and Bleacher/Report and was an award-winning writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s View Newspapers. Stott is an avid sports bettor and a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. ...
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