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College Basketball Betting: Kansas priced as -125 chalk to win Big XII Tournament

03.07.2016     08:51 AM     Printer Friendly
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The Big XII Tournament tips off on Wednesday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. It's a traditional 10-team format with top seeds Kansas and West Virginia playing the winners of Wednesday's two play-in games. Four of the last six finals have featured a 1 vs. 2 matchup. Iowa State won last year's event, 70-66 over top seed Kansas. Below are the futures odds to win the tournament courtesy of The Greek.

Kansas -125
Oklahoma +250
West Virginia +280
Iowa State +600
Texas +650
Baylor +1000
Texas Tech +5000
Kansas State +9000
Oklahoma State +25000
TCU +80000




Tags: College Basketball Kansas Jayhawks




Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: Who Has What It Takes to Win the Big Dance Part I

02.29.2016     09:26 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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History shows us many things about what it takes to be a champion.  I write this article every year, and in every year except for two, I have been able to identify the eventual NCAA national champion among my elite level teams.   Both exceptions were the same team – UConn – making miracle runs to win the title as prohibitive longshots.

Two years ago, Kevin Ollie’s Huskies were on the ropes in their tourney opener against St Joe’s, needing a late rally just to send the game to overtime.  Three weeks later, they cut down the nets as national champs at Jerry’s World in Arlington.  I didn’t see it coming.  Neither did the betting markets, with UConn priced in the 100:1 longshot range prior to the tournament.  And if a longshot like that wins every coinflip game in the tourney this year, I’m not likely to get it right either.

I write this article every year before the regular season is over, before the conference tournaments, before the tourney seedings are announced and before a single March Madness game has been played.  Obviously, there is room for a lot to change between now and the Read more



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Alamo Bowl Betting Preview: TCU Horned Frogs vs. Oregon Ducks

01.01.2016     08:29 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Alamo Bowl - San Antonio, TX
TCU vs. Oregon
Saturday, January 2, 3:45 pm PT - ESPN
CRIS Opener:
Oregon pk O/U 75
CRIS Current: Oregon -7 O/U 73.5
Recommendation: Oregon

Oregon just lost offensive coordinator Scott Frost, who took the Central Florida coaching job.  But the transition to new coordinator Matt Lubick should be relatively smooth.  Frost was expected to get a head coaching gig; Lubick was the heir apparent, and he, too, has already attracted attention as a rising young assistant.  Some pre-bowl assistant coaching changes are very meaningful, but this isn’t one of those situations.

It’s a very different story when we start to talk about the key losses that TCU has suffered.  Gary Patterson’s Horned Frogs ranked among the best teams in the country with Trevone Boykin at quarterback and Josh Doctson at wide receiver.  But Doctson’s arm is in a sling; he’s not going to suit up for the Alamo Bowl.  Doctson is absolutely worth something to the pointspread, a playmaker with 14 TD’s and a 17.0 yard per catch average Read more



Tags: College Football TCU Horned Frogs Big XII Oregon Ducks PAC-12 Teddy Covers




College Football Handicapping: Kansas catching +44 at home vs. Baylor

10.07.2015     08:55 AM     Printer Friendly
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You'd be hard pressed to ever find a game involving two power conference teams in which the road side was laying over six touchdowns. That's the case this weekend with Baylor headed to Kansas. It's no secret the Jayhawks are bad but with a freshman third-string quarterback slated to start, this has the makings of a bloodbath. Just to give you an idea of how inflated this pointspread is, Kansas was catching +34.5 in last year's meeting in Lawrence and the exact same price in Waco two years ago. This week, the Bears went from -38 on the opener to its current number of -44. Based on the side and total, the score is projected to be around 61-17.


“A lot of it has to do with him knowing where to throw the ball quick and making quick decisions, which will help him out,” KU offensive coordinator Rob Likens said. “We’re going to school him up on that this week.”

“He’s excited about getting his first start,” Beaty said about Willis, who is not available for interviews because of KU’s

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College Football Handicapping: Kansas wants to run 100 plays per game

09.11.2015     09:01 AM     Printer Friendly
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Live by the sword, die by the sword. A week removed from running 91 plays and losing to an FCS school at home, Kansas wants to speed up the offense even more. To the Jayhawks' credit, the offense did look improved as it gained 6.33 yards per play - they averaged 4.62 in 2014. However, South Dakota State needed only 72 plays to rack up 463 yards and 41 points. Memphis is obviously going to provide more resistance defensively and bettors aren't left with much to work with after the total was hammered up from 54.5 to 62.


“After watching the game, I felt like we could have got over 100 (or) got 100,” Likens said. “We’ve just got to get the ball snapped a little bit quicker. So we talked about that (Monday) and are going to try to do better this week.”

“We try to base our offense off Oregon, how fast they go,” KU quarterback Montell Cozart said. “We’ll try to get up to their speed

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Tags: College Football Kansas Jayhawks Big XII Memphis Tigers AAC




College Football Gambling: Kansas' long season starts with a bang

09.08.2015     08:40 AM     Printer Friendly
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If there are any positives for the Kansas Jayhawks it's that first-year head coach David Beaty is a realist and knows pointspreads. Following Week 1's 41-38 loss to South Dakota, Beaty noted that his team is likely to be underdogs in every game this season. We agree as a trip to Iowa State and a home tilt against Texas Tech likely serve as the only semi-competitively line affairs. Despite falling behind 31-7, some of the final box score actually favored the Jayhawks. Even with a 91-yard kickoff return, KU outgained SDSU 576-463 and ran the ball for 285 yards (5.6 ypc). The defense however was atrocious as SDSU averaged 6.43 ypp. This week's opponent, Memphis, opened as -11.5 road chalk, but have already been bet up to -13.5/-14.


“Until we earn it, we’re gonna be underdogs in every game we have,” said Beaty, whose Jayhawks are double-digit dogs for their Week 2 contest against Memphis. “That’s just the way it is. And we need to be playing like we’re the underdogs.”

“Those kids

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Tags: College Football Kansas Jayhawks Big XII Memphis Tigers AAC




College Football Betting Update: Kansas married to up-tempo attack

08.27.2015     06:52 AM     Printer Friendly
UPDATE

Update on Kansas' rebuilding project. Yesterday the Jayhawks named Montell Cozart the team's starting quarterback. Cozart completed only 50% of his passes with a 5-to-7 TD-to-INT ratio last season. And it sounds as if head coach David Beaty is fully committed to running his up-tempo offense from the get-go. Beaty says they won't try to shorten the game despite being at a significant disadvantage both talent and depth wise.


“We won’t shorten the game,” Beaty says. “That’s not how we play the game. We’re going to continue to stay who we are because that’s how we practice every day.”







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College Football Betting: Kansas Jayhawks should be historically bad

07.23.2015     12:09 PM     Printer Friendly
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Whoa. If you thought Kansas football was in a bad place just wait to you see the cards they were dealt heading into 2015. For starters, the Jayhawks got rid of Charlie Weis and hired David Beaty during the offseason. Beaty had been an assistant at Kansas under Mark Mangino and more recently at Texas A&M (WR). Because of Weis' last ditch efforts to bolster the program with a slew of JC recruits that never panned out, Beaty heads into this season with only 64 scholarship players. Only five players remain from the 2013 recruiting class. To make matter worse, of those 64, a vast majority are fringe Big XII talent. In looking ahead, it's conceivable that Kansas won't be favored in a single game this year, including Week 1's home tilt vs. South Dakota State who is a top 25 FCS program. KU's two other non-conference affairs are at home vs. Memphis who is projected as one of the top teams in the AAC and at Rutgers. The Iowa State game is in Ames though Texas Tech does come to Lawrence. It's no surprise that sportsbooks have priced Kansas' season Read more



Tags: College Football Kansas Jayhawks Big XII




College Football Gambling: 2015 Coaching Changes

06.29.2015     09:00 AM     Printer Friendly
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Quick look at college football's head coaching changes for the upcoming 2015 season.

Buffalo
Out: Jeff Quinn
In: Lance Leipold
Quick Take: Leipold won six D3 titles in eight years at UW-Whitewater.

Central Michigan
Out: Dan Enos
In: John Bonamego
Quick Take: Bonamego is a CMU grad and spent the last 15 years serving as a special teams coordinator in the NFL.

Colorado State
Out: Jim McElwain
In: Mike Bobo
Quick Take: Bobo served as Georgia's OC since 2007.

Florida
Out: Will Muschamp
In: Jim McElwain
Quick Take: McElwain helped rebuild Colorado State where he went 22-16 during a three-year stint.

Houston
Out: Tony Levine
In: Tom Herman
Quick Take: Herman served as Ohio State's OC for three seasons.

Kansas
Out: Charlie Weis
In: David Beaty
Quick Take: Beaty marks the third head coach in six years for the Jayhawks. He most recently served as Texas A&M's wide receiver coach and previously coached at Read more



Tags: College Football




College Basketball Betting: Kansas limps into Big XII Tournament

03.10.2015     07:31 AM     Printer Friendly
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Curious to see how much effort Kansas puts into the Big XII Tournament will Perry Ellis (knee) doubtful to play and Cliff Alexander still dealing with eligibility issues. KU won six out of eight tournament titles from 2006-13 but bowed out in the semifinals last season. The Jayhawks await the winner of Wednesday's TCU-Kansas State game.


“He will wear a brace for the rest of the season,” Self said to Katz. “If the doctors say he’s not feeling well enough, we will sit him for the tournament. All indications are he is doing well with his lateral movement.

“We will press forward and put him in position, and hopefully he’ll be 100 percent by the NCAA tournament.”






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