Exposing the Top 25: Where the polls went wrong

Jan 1, 2014 |
The Cyclones are the lowest ranked undefeated team in the Top 25.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
The Cyclones are the lowest ranked undefeated team in the Top 25.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
Each week throughout the college basketball season, Covers Expert Jesse Schule will dissect the new Top 25 rankings, looking for betting value. He'll showcase the most overrated team, along with the most underrated ranked team, and an unranked squad that he feels should be in the Top 25.

Most Underrated Top 25 Team - Iowa State Cyclones (11- 0 SU, 5-2 ATS)

There are seven teams in the Top 25 that remain undefeated, and of those Iowa State is the lowest ranked. The Cyclones are no joke though, ranking 6th in the nation in scoring, averaging 87.2 points per game. You can't say they have had an easy schedule, with wins over Michigan, Iowa and BYU.

The Cyclones are dominating the opposition on the glass, and they out-rebounded Boise State 36-31 in their last game. Iowa State ranks 11th in the nation with 42.8 rebounds per game.

Most Overrated Top 25 Team - North Carolina Tar Heels (8-3 SU, 6-5 ATS)

There are just three teams with three losses in the Top 25, so it would seem only natural that one of those teams would be the most overrated. If that's the case, we will have to look at the Tar Heels, who have not only lost three games, but they've lost all three of those to unranked teams.

First they were upset by Belmont, losing 83-80 at Chapel Hill. Then they lost on the road to the UAB Blazers, and then they suffered another home defeat by a score of 83-80 to the Texas Longhorns.

Unranked Team That Should Be Ranked - Creighton Blue Jays (10-2 SU, 7-3 ATS)

The Blue Jays senior forward Doug McDermott is the second highest scorer in the nation, averaging 24.8 points per game. Creighton is still undefeated at home, with a record of 7-0. They lost a pair of neutral site games to George Washington and San Diego State.

There are no shortage of tough games on the schedule for the Blue Jays as they begin conference play, but this team should be able to compete with the best in the Big East.
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