NCAAB’s Best Home Teams To Bet On
Home court advantage is one of the biggest factors to consider when wagering on NCAA men’s basketball — a stronger factor than it is in the pro league. Let’s look at some of the teams in the NCAA that have put up the best home records to this point in the 2015-16 season.
Which Teams Are The Best Home Bets In College Hoops
The Mustangs have only lost two games this season — at Temple and at Houston. At Moody Coliseum, they have gone 14-0, and they are 45-3 there since the start of the 2014-15 season. It is an arena that seats about 9,000 fans, and the seating is banked steeply, hanging over the court, so it is a loud gym in which to play. Coached by Larry Brown, the Mustangs have put together one of the most cohesive programs in the country, with a home rout of Michigan in non-conference play as well as impressive wins against Cincinnati, Memphis and Houston so far this season at home in AAC play.
The Cavaliers are predicted by many to roll to a third consecutive regular season title in the ACC, impressive because of the intense competition that teams like Duke, North Carolina, and North Carolina State have long provided and that new additions Syracuse, Louisville and Boston College provide now. Even so, the Cavaliers are one of the best bets to prevail at home, even in the gauntlet of conference play.
The Big Ten leaders are in first place in large part of their play at Assembly Hall. Long one of the most intimidating arenas in which to play a college basketball game, this building has a team that plays swarming defense and is known for pursuing rebounds aggressively. The student body is a loud and enthusiastic “sixth man” for the Hoosiers.
North Carolina (12-0)
Obviously, something will have to give in the ACC when North Carolina heads to Virginia, and vice versa, but for now, these two storied programs are among the best bets in the NCAA when they are playing at home. The Tar Heels have played their way into the top five in the nation and are almost assured a top seed in the NCAA tournament as long as they can keep from stumbling down the home stretch of the season.
The Jayhawks’ undefeated home record almost took a blemish when Kentucky came to town last weekend as part of the SEC-Big 12 challenge. However, Kansas mounted a second-half comeback to knock off the Wildcats. Kansas still has yet to host #1 Oklahoma in Big 12 play, but Bill Self has put together a tradition of solid play at home.
While Cal is not usually one of the elite teams in the Pac-12 conference, their strong home record means that they could surprise one of the contenders when they come to town during league play this season. The Golden Bears are one of those schools that feature rowdy student sections and defensive schemes that prioritize turnovers.