Worst College Basketball Teams ATS in NCAA Tournament

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Every year when the NCAA Tournament rolls around, the same assumptions are made about the same teams.

"Tom Izzo always dominates in March."

"Duke is prone to an early upset."

"Don't bet against Kansas in the tournament."

"Gonzaga doesn't play anyone in the season, so it'll struggle early."

We have heard them all. But how true are these assumptions?

We used our Action Network Labs database to figure out which programs have been the worst teams against the spread in the NCAA Tournament since 2005.

The best teams in the NCAA Tournament ATS can be found here.

1. Texas

Record ATS: 7-18
Winning Percentage: 28%
Return on Investment: -45.3%
$100 Bettor Loss: $1,133

2. Gonzaga

Record ATS: 19-28-1
Winning Percentage: 39.6%
Return on Investment: -20.7%
$100 Bettor Loss: $994

3. Ohio State

Record ATS: 12-21-1
Winning Percentage: 35.3%
Return on Investment: -27.9%
$100 Bettor Loss: $948

4. Pittsburgh

Record ATS: 7-14
Winning Percentage: 33.3%
Return on Investment: -35.2%
$100 Bettor Loss: $738

5. Virginia

Record ATS: 8-15
Winning Percentage: 34.8%
Return on Investment: -31.9%
$100 Bettor Loss: $735

6. BYU

Record ATS: 3-9-1
Winning Percentage: 23.1%%
Return on Investment: -47.3%
$100 Bettor Loss: $615

7. Iowa

Record ATS: 3-9
Winning Percentage: 25%
Return on Investment: -51.2%
$100 Bettor Loss: $614

8. Utah State

Record ATS: 1-7
Winning Percentage: 12.5%
Return on Investment: -76%
$100 Bettor Loss: $608

9. Notre Dame

Record ATS: 8-13
Winning Percentage: 38.1%
Return on Investment: -26.1%
$100 Bettor Loss: $772

10. Arkansas

Record ATS: 6-11
Winning Percentage: 35.3%
Return on Investment: -31.9%
$100 Bettor Loss: $543

11. Duke

Record ATS: 23-27
Winning Percentage: 45.1%
Return on Investment: -10.6%
$100 Bettor Loss: $542

12. Creighton

Record ATS: 4-9-1
Winning Percentage: 28.6%
Return on Investment: -38.2%
$100 Bettor Loss: $535

13. Marquette

Record ATS: 7-12-1
Winning Percentage: 35%
Return on Investment: -26.6%
$100 Bettor Loss: $531

14. Virginia Tech

Record ATS: 2-7
Winning Percentage: 22.2%
Return on Investment: -56.8%
$100 Bettor Loss: $511

15. Oklahoma

Record ATS: 10-14
Winning Percentage: 41.7%
Return on Investment: -18.4%
$100 Bettor Loss: $434

16. Georgetown

Record ATS: 7-11
Winning Percentage: 38.9%
Return on Investment: 24.1%
$100 Bettor Loss: $434

17. Florida State

Record ATS: 7-11-1
Winning Percentage: 36.8%
Return on Investment: -22.3%
$100 Bettor Loss: $424

18. Minnesota

Record ATS: 2-6
Winning Percentage: 25%
Return on Investment: 51.5%
$100 Bettor Loss: $412

19. New Mexico

Record ATS: 1-5
Winning Percentage: 16.7%
Return on Investment: -68.6%
$100 Bettor Loss: $412

20. Iona

Record ATS: 2-6
Winning Percentage: 25%
Return on Investment: -51.2%
$100 Bettor Loss: $410

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Jul 21, 2024 UTC