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Five Teams That Still Have Value In College Basketball Futures

There is a major logjam on the college futures board this season and the field is as wide open as we’ve ever seen. That means there should be some futures value still out there so here are five teams I like: 

Xavier +2200 

Kenpom ranking: 13th (Feb. 13)
Record (SU/ATS): 23-3, 18-8 ATS 

The selection committee has Xavier as a projected No. 1 seed as of Feb. 11, behind only Villanova and Virginia. The Musketeers have size across the court and depth that begins with star Trevon Bluiett so they should be fresh for a run right through March. They give up 74.0 points per game but they do play timely D and seem to be at their best lately when games get tight. It’s helped them cover five of their last six and become the fifth-best bet in all of college hoops. Xavier opened at 15-1 so the price is even better now and, barring injury, the team can play with anyone. 

West Virginia +2500 

Kenpom ranking: 15th 
Record (SU/ATS): 19-7, 11-11 ATS 

WVU lost four of five games in January at one stretch and I think some forgot about the Mountaineers a little. But lately this team has found its rhythm and is playing better team defense which has helped them go UNDER three of the last four totals. A big reason for that is coach Bob Huggins has shortened the bench because this team doesn’t ooze depth. It does have a star in Jevon Carter, though, and it can turn a game around in a hurry when it leads the Big 12 in steals, turnover margin and offensive rebounds. 

Ohio State +4000

Kenpom ranking: 12th 
Record (SU/ATS): 22-5, 14-11 ATS 

With a 6-19 OVER/UNDER mark, the Buckeyes are the best UNDER bet in the nation. They don’t really have a bunch of numbers that jump out at you, which explains their odds despite leading the Big Ten so far. They’ve beaten Michigan State, Purdue and Michigan and have come a long way from losing three of four games in November against tough competition when it didn’t look like they stacked up. But this is a different team now in its first year under head coach Chris Holtmann and this young team is starting to jell. Keita Bates-Diop is a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate with almost 20 points and 9.0 rebounds per game and Ohio State can play some D with just 66.0 points against per game.  

Auburn +4000 

Kenpom ranking: 9th 
Record (SU/ATS): 22-3, 17-6 ATS

Auburn is the third-best bet in the nation this season. The Tigers rank No. 31 in three-point shooting and No. 8 in the nation in scoring. They have an outstanding point guard in Jared Harper, who averages 6.0 assists per game and can score 20-plus points when needed. There is also depth in the frontcourt and a solid rebounding team with four players who average at least five boards per game. Still, this team is underestimated a little because of its schedule. 

Texas Tech +6600

Kenpom ranking: 7th 
Record (SU/ATS): 21-4, 12-9 ATS 

Depth and defense are the strengths of the Red Raiders. They rank fifth in points against per game (62.0) and seventh at defensive field-goal percentage (39.1) in the nation. Ten players average at least 13 minutes per game this season and they have a star point guard in Keenan Evans. They aren’t great at shooting the trey (171st), which I don’t like, but they can defend it (19th). They have a brutal five-game stretch to finish the season (at WVU, vs KU, at OK State, at Baylor, vs Oklahoma) but if they do well, their value is going to plummet.