Here is a quick question to all you ardent college hoops betting aficionados; how many NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball teams still have a 100% win record on the road this far in the season? If your answer is two, I’ll probably give half a mark because, entering this week, we actually had two teams with perfect away from home records. However, the answer I am looking for is one, considering the DePaul Blue Demons upset the #11 Providence, 77-70, on Tuesday Night to bring an end to the Friars’ perfect road record, leaving Saint Joseph’s of the Atlantic 10 with the only perfect road record of the season at 7-0, thus improving the online sportsbook betting odds.
With most college basketball teams having played 70% or more of their schedule, it is actually not a surprise that we only have one team with a flawless record. Still, it goes a long way to show just how difficult it is for NCAAB teams to win on the road. For the following teams, playing on the road has been just as difficult, but they’ve somehow managed to hold their own quite well than other programs, hence making them the best NCAA basketball teams to bet on in the nation.
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What Away Teams You Should Check on NCAAB Lines
Saint Joseph’s Hawks (18-4 Overall, 7-0 on the Road)
As the nation’s lone undefeated road team, the Hawks get the first nod in our analysis. None of those road wins have come against a ranked opponent, and playing in the rather soft A 10 conference has certainly helped their cause. That, however, doesn’t take away the fact that St. Joseph’s has been playing well on the road, actually doing better than they’ve done at home, where they already have four losses to their name.
The Three Road Kings from the Big East: #3 Villanova, #6 Xavier, & #11 Providence
Although the conference trio of Xavier (20-2 overall, 1st in Big East), Villanova (19-3, 2nd in Big East) and Providence (18-5, 3rd in the Big East) evidently have different overall records, they all spot a 6-1 record on the road (good for third-best road win percentage in the nation at 85.7%)—following St. Joseph’s 100% road record and James Madison’s 88.9% (8-1-0 road record). Villanova’s lone road loss came against Virginia (75-86), Xavier’ lone road loss came against Villanova (64-95) and Providence, as earlier mentioned, suffered its first road loss earlier this week against DePaul.
Going by the strongly competitive nature of these three teams in the Big East Standings, it’s not easy to say who among will be losing its next road game. Though with the three teams still set to meet each other at least once before the end of the season, there is definitely a guarantee that one or all of them will drop at least one more game away from home down the stretch.
Small-Name Teams With Big Road Records
In this category, we have your so-called small-name teams that have very good road records worth considering in your future NCAA basketball picks:
• San Diego State (6-1-0 road record, 85.7%)
• VCU (6-1-0, 85.7%)
• Connecticut (5-1-0, 83.3%)
• Gonzaga (5-1-0, 83.3%)
• Navy (9-2-0, 81.8%)
• #24 Dayton (4-1-0, 80.0%)
• #21 Wichita State (6-2-0, 75.0%)
• #12 SMU (5-2, 71.4%)
Slight Road Edge for #1 Oklahoma and #14 WVU in the Brutal Big 12
Even after winning seven of 10 joint Big12/SEC games last week, teams from the Big 12 spot wobbly records, with the exception of Oklahoma and West Virginia. Having the nation’s No. 1 team in Oklahoma and half of the conference’s teams ranked in the top 15 of the Top 25 hasn’t helped the teams in terms of getting road wins, with the bloodbath leaving even the best of teams wounded badly. For example, the #7 Kansas Jayhawks, the preseason favorites to repeat as Conference Champs for the 12 straight time, have already lost three Big 12 games, , all of those defeats coming on the road. With the Jayhawks set to play five of its last nine Big 12 games on the road, including a rematch against the top-ranked OU in Oklahoma on February 13, it isn’t going to get any easier for Kansas. Meanwhile, the Big 12 trio of Oklahoma State, Kansas State and TCU are all 0-5 in Big 12 road games, while Texas Tech’s lone road victory was at TCU.
With that in mind, it is therefore excusable—if not commendable—that Oklahoma has only suffered two losses on the road, giving the team a 5-2 SU road record (71.4 winning %). Not to mention, their first road loss was a very tough one, a 109-106 triple-overtime loss to the then-No. 1 Jayhawks; a game the Sooners gave their best shot and could have actually won if they had a bit of some luck on their side. OU’s second road loss came at Iowa State, an 82-77 defeat which wasn’t as close as the first loss to Kansas, but still a good show from the Sooners. Derivatively, the No.1 Sooners are thus a good road team, something that should see them continue to excel in future tilts away from Norman.
The WV Mountaineers, just like the Sooners, are 5-2 on the road in the Big 12, with losses to Virginia Tech (88-63) and a gut-wrenching two-point defeat then-No. 2 Oklahoma. As a note, though, they also suffered a defeat to SEC’s Florida last week, but their road record still remains among the best in the Big 12.
#5 Iowa, #18 Purdue and #22 Indiana Have their Say in the Big Ten
The Big Ten trio of and maybe Iowa, Purdue and Indiana have replica 4-2 road records (66.7 winning %), tied for the best road marks in the conference. Now, whereas that winning percentage doesn’t hold much water against the type of numbers we discussed in the Big East, it is good enough to bank on in the NCAAB lines and possibly claim a good number of road pays as the season winds down.
Note on SEC, Pac-12 and All the Rest
Unless we decide to be extremely generous, of which we are not going to be, we would have included the likes of Maryland, North Carolina and Oregon in this list. Unfortunately, when you have at least three road losses in less than 10 away games, it doesn’t bode well for betting, so you’ll excuse us for ignoring such names (and all the remaining SEC, Pac-12 and other Power Five Conference teams with such résumés. Nonetheless, you can find a summary of all the road numbers so far in the season here, including some really good numbers that we may have failed to mention due to the lack of time. Otherwise, happy hunting and all the best in your bets!