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Teams to fade and back in college basketball

By Adam Burke  ( 


This is a good time of the year for college basketball bettors. The holiday break is over and a lot of teams seem to be coming back from COVID pauses.

We should start to see some more normalcy in the schedule. Plus, there are more data points available because of sample size, and on a micro level with recent head-to-head matchups in conference play.

As I’ve talked about recently, coaches may not be fully prepared for non-conference games, but the stakes are much higher against familiar foes. Those games will determine seeding for conference tournaments, or qualification in leagues that don’t take every team.

With more information at our disposal, isolating teams to fade and teams to back gets a little easier. Here are two that fall into each category.

Teams to Fade

Northern Kentucky: The Horizon League has a new schedule format that can be challenging. The schedule now features some extended road trips, or a whole lot of bus rides for teams that decide to go home between games. The Norse are about to start a run of four road games in nine days beginning Thursday. Some trips are even more extreme than that. Milwaukee, which just beat NKU to end a five-game road trip, plays four home, four away, five home and two away to end the regular season.

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