Plenty of college basketball teams swapped out their head coach this offseason, hoping a change on the sideline would spark a change on the floor.
For some programs, the move has paid off - and not just for the team. Bettors are seeing the benefits of the new coaching. However, other teams are struggling to adapt to new systems and philosophies, dragging bettors down with them.
Here’s a look at three teams thriving ATS and three struggling to cover the spread under their new head coach:
Best new coaches ATS
Donnie Tyndall – Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (13-4 SU, 10-4 ATS)
Tyndall has the Golden Eagles on top of C-USA and is making Southern Miss backers happy after former coach Larry Eustachy, who took the job at Colorado State, posted a 12-18 ATS record last season. The Golden Eagles have been tough away from Hattiesburg, going 5-3 ATS on the road.
Keno Davis – Central Michigan Chippewas (8-8 SU, 10-5 ATS)
Central Michigan lost star recruit Tyler Zeigler to transfer (Pitt) and then canned Zeigler’s dad, head coach Ernie Zeigler, after an 11-21 record (14-16-1 ATS) last season. The Chippewas rolled the dice on Davis, and so far it’s paid off – at least for bettors.
Dave Pilipovich - Air Force Falcons (9-5 SU, 6-3 ATS)
Pilipovich, an assistant under fired head coach Jeff Reynolds, has Air Force contending in the stacked MWC. The Falcons covered versus Florida in December and just missed an upset win over UNLV, losing in OT last weekend. Air Force is one of the better 3-point shooting teams in the country – always music to bettor’s ears.
Worst new coaches ATS
Jerod Haase – UAB Blazers (8-9 SU, 4-10 ATS)
Haase, an assistant at North Carolina, has tried to instill an up-tempo offense at UAB (73.6 points per game) but forgot about the defensive side of the playbook (299th in the country). The Blazers have been good at home (7-1 SU) but dismal on the road (1-6 SU).
Tony Benford - North Texas Mean Green (7-11 SU, 4-9 ATS)
Benford, an assistant at Marquette, inherited a contender in the Sun Belt when Johnny Jones took the job at LSU. However, the Mean Green have fallen short of those expectations under their new head coach. Injuries and the disappointing play of star forward Tony Mitchell is to blame.
Jay Spoonhour - Eastern Illinois Panthers (3-15 SU, 4-9 ATS)
The Panthers have lost 11 straight heading into Thursday’s date with OVC power Murray State, covering the spread in two of the nine lined games during that span. Spoonhour hasn’t had it easy in Charleston, inheriting no starters and having to rely on a slew of new players. That’s the big reason EIU is among the worst offensive teams in the country - 56.7 points per game.