We're in the midst of the College Basketball season. Normally, this would be the time of year when the teams would be playing a conference opponent for the 2nd time. However, this season, the teams in many (but not all) conferences have been playing back-to-back games against the same opponent all season. Regardless, let's talk about how we can approach these regular season second meetings.
One thing I like to do is consider revenge. And if I can play on a good basketball team at home, which was blown out in the first regular season meeting, then even better.
So, let's put all of these factors together for our College Basketball system. What we want to do is:
Play on any winning College Basketball team at home in the regular season, if it was blown out by 27 or more points earlier in the season by its opponent.
Since 1990, our revenge-minded teams have gone 155-110-11 ATS (58.4%), including 6-1 ATS this season, and 7-3-1 ATS last season.
And, although there's nothing wrong with 58.4%, we like to try to improve things a bit by adding another tightener, or two. For example, if we play on underdogs of more than 2 points that lost their game right before this revenge match, then our 155-110-11 system zooms to 50-22-3 ATS (69.4%) since 1990.
Today, on Saturday, one college basketball team fits this 50-22-3 ATS subset of our general system. And that's to play on the Minnesota Golden Gophers +6 over Illinois. The Illini blew out the Gophers by 27 points, 92-65, in December, in Champaign, and we actually had a big play on Illinois in that game. For the season, Minnesota is 13-9, including a powerful 13-1 at home (where it covers the spread by an average of 5.35 ppg). And they're the only team to defeat the #3-ranked Michigan Wolverines, who they blew out by 18 points here, in Minneapolis. Don't be surprised if the Gophers get their revenge on Sunday.
Good luck, as always...Al McMordie