New Year’s AP Poll Rankings for Sportsbook FansPosted by: Mike Davis
Well we’ve officially reached January of the New Year and that can only mean one thing for college basketball betting fans: it’s time to get serious. This time of the season is known for being wild, chaotic, and utterly unpredictable for sportsbook fans. For example, this past week we witnessed 5 top-10 teams fall apart and crumble. In fact, for the first time in NCAA history, both Duke and North Carolina lost by double digits while being ranked as a top-10 team in the same day. Without a doubt both the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels were two of the biggest losers from the crazy action that we saw on New Year’s Eve. Naturally, this tumultuous week has given the top-10 rankings a facelift and interestingly enough, No. 1 Villanova is the only team to retain a top 5 ranking. So, in order to have better luck with NCAA basketball betting lines, let’s take a look at how much the college basketball AP rankings have changed.
So far the last two sets of rankings hadn’t seen too much action, just a few schools jumping around but not too many drastic changes overall. But with the New Year came a couple of sizeable chances for some schools within the rankings, as well as within the eyes of the college basketball betting community.
One program that continues to gain favor from sportsbooks is Baylor, who has moved up to No. 2 after whomping Oklahoma by 26 on the road. Oregon made a sizeable jump to 15 after delivering a disheartening loss to UCLA – who has dropped 2 spots down to No. 4. Oregon may be sitting comfy at 15 but some are expecting that ranking to reach the top 10 by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around.
Florida State made quite a jump and is no situated at No. 12 after delivering one of the most thrilling wins we’ve seen all season long by winning on the road against Virginia. Virginia Tech enters the AP Poll for the first time this college basketball betting season for being able to dominate Duke from the opening whistle and the Hokies are now ranked 21. The rampant week concluded with the Tar Heels falling to Georgia Tech, Butler losing to St. John’s, and Villanova getting the job done on the road against Creighton.
Many sportsbook fans were making a bold prediction that Villanova’s win streak would come to an end against Creighton, but behind Josh Hart’s play the Wildcats proved themselves worthy of the No. 1 spot once again. Villanova will continue to be tested with an upcoming road game against Butler and a home game against Virginia.