March may be mad, but conference play is crazy. It’s tough to keep track of all the movers and shakers in the college ranks, so we break it down for you with one up and one down in each of the six major conferences.
Up: Virginia Cavaliers (17-6 SU, 13-6-1 ATS)
The Cavs have won back-to-back games heading into Tuesday’s rivalry tilt with Virginia Tech, and have come away with victories in six of their last seven (5-2 ATS).
Down: North Carolina State Wolfpack (17-7 SU, 11-11-0 ATS)
The Wolfpack snapped a three-game losing skid with a one-point squeaker over Clemson this weekend, failing to cover for the third straight game. N.C. State is just 3-3 SU and 2-4 ATS in its last six outings.
Up: West Virginia Mountaineers (12-11 SU, 8-11-2 ATS)
Bob Huggins has his team peaking just in time for the home stretch. The Mountaineers have won three straight and four of their last six, posting a 4-2 ATS mark.
Down: Kansas Jayhawks (19-4 SU, 9-13-0 ATS)
Kansas is playing itself out of a No. 1 seed, dropping three straight heading into Monday’s ill-timed clash with rival Kansas State. The Jayhawks have not rocked as chalk, failing to cover as favorites in their last four games.
Up: Georgetown Hoyas (17-4 SU, 10-7-0 ATS)
The Big East is coming down with a case of Hoyas Paranoia since Georgetown strung together five wins in a row. The Hoyas have one loss in their last eight outings, heading into Monday’s game with Marquette, posting a 7-1 ATS count in that stretch.
Down: Cincinnati Bearcats (18-6 SU, 9-11-0 ATS)
Cincinnati is hitting the wall, losing back-to-back outings including an embarrassing road loss to Providence. Bearcats bettors saw this slide coming thanks to a 3-7 ATS record in their last 10.
Up: Michigan State Spartans (20-4 SU, 9-11-1 ATS)
Injuries slowed down Sparty early in the season, leading to a dismal record against the spread. However, MSU is finally healthy-ish and has won nine of its last 10, going 6-3-1 ATS.
Down: Minnesota Golden Gophers (17-7 SU, 13-9-0 ATS)
Minnesota looked like a possible sleeper in the Big Ten early in the season. Then the Gophers fell asleep. Minnesota has just two wins in its last eight contests, boasting a 3-5 ATS mark in that span.
Up: Georgia Bulldogs (12-11 SU, 10-9-0 ATS)
Georgia has quietly become the hottest team in SEC hoops, winning five in a row while covering the spread in all of those games. The Bulldogs have benefited from an easy stretch of schedule, though.
Down: Florida Gators (19-3 SU, 12-7-0 ATS)
The upset loss to Arkansas was bad enough. But Gators backers have lost their patience with Florida, which has failed to cover the spread in three straight heading into Tuesday’s game versus Kentucky.
Up: USC Trojans (11-13 SU, 9-12-2 ATS)
In the crazy world of the Pac-12, Southern Cal’s three-game winning streak still stands out (2-0-1 ATS). The Trojans upset UCLA and took out both Washington schools for their first three-game streak in two years.
Down: Oregon Ducks (19-5 SU, 9-13-0 ATS)
Oregon halted a three-game slide with a win over Utah but couldn’t make bettors happy, failing to cover for the sixth straight game. The Ducks are a dreadful 2-8 ATS in their last 10 outings.