The search for ATS (against the spread) gold in college basketball is rarely started at the top. The best bets seem to come from the most unlikely places.
As the conference schedule barrels towards February, plenty of poor programs are making bettors rich. Here are some bad teams that make good bets:
Records and stats as of Monday, January 28.
Fordham Rams (6-14 SU (straight up), 12-5 ATS)
The Rams aren’t good at much – ranked 225th in scoring offense and 330th in scoring defense – but they somehow keep coming up big for bettors. Fordham is near the bottom of the A-10 with a 2-3 SU mark in conference play after the weekend. Favorable spreads have helped those profits. The Rams have been favorites in just two of their 16 lines games.
Utah Utes (9-11 SU, 11-6-1 ATS)
The Pac-12 is sneaky good this season and Utah hasn’t been able to keep pace most nights. The Utes are a conference-worst 1-7 SU in league play but have come away with the cover in four of those games. Utah is a stellar 5-1-1 ATS on the road.
Appalachian State Mountaineers (8-11 SU, 10-4 ATS)
The Mountaineers may be trending downward now that conference play has caught up to them in the Southern. App State opened the year with a perfect 10-0 ATS mark through its first 10 lined games but has since hit the wall, failing to cover in its last four games. A hand injury to leading scorer Jay Canty didn't help against Davidson this weekend when he went just 2-for-12 on field goal shooting.
San Francisco Dons (9-11 SU, 10-5-1 ATS)
The Dons are one of the hottest bets in college hoops after covering the 20 points in a loss to Gonzaga on the weekend. San Francisco is 8-2 ATS in its last eight lined games despite winning just three of those contests. The Dons have been golden near the Golden Gate, going 5-2 ATS at home, but play inside War Memorial Gymnasium just once in the next four games.