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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Northwestern Wildcats at Illinois Fighting Illini

02.21.2017     11:43 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

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Northwestern -1.5 at Illinois O/U 135
Recommendation: Northwestern


Second meeting of this in-state battle between Northwestern and Illinois. In the previous contest, two weeks ago in Evanston, the Illini walked out with a 68-61 victory so expect the NU group to be revenge-minded tonight. The Wildcats were minus star guard Scottie Lindsey in the initial matchup but he returned to the starting lineup Saturday and played 24 minutes. With Lindsay back, not only does Northwestern have the leading scorer (15.0 ppg) on the floor tonight but his presence also boosts their defense significantly. Lindsay combined with Vic Law gives NU arguably the best set of wing defenders in the Big Ten which should make life a bit tougher on the Fighting Illini’s perimeter shooting this time around.

Northwestern kept Illinois interior threat Maverick Morgan pretty quiet in the initial meeting holding him to 5-of-12 shooting and only two free throw attempts but the Illini nailed 42% (8-of-21) from three-point land. Have to believe Lindsay’s presence will help quiet the Illinois guards and wing players who accounted for 56 points last Read more



Tags: College Basketball Northwestern Wildcats Illinois Fighting Illini Big Ten Rob Veno




College Basketball Handicapping: Bettors need to know mid-major conference tournaments

02.21.2017     10:11 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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Many mid-major college basketball conferences will tip off their respective tournaments next week. Understanding the format of these tournaments is imperative to betting the final week of the regular season. You optimally want to find teams with something to play for in terms of seeding, especially if the opponent has little to nothing to play for. I will examine several leagues and how the race for seeding currently stands.

Colonial  - The CAA Tournament will be held in Charleston, South Carolina. The top six seeds will go straight through to the quarterfinals. Prior to that, there will be two first round games pitting the no. 7 vs. no. 10 and no. 8 vs. no. 9 with the two winners advancing.  UNC Wilmington, Charleston, Towson, Elon, William & Mary and Northeastern are currently make up the top six. Northeastern has a slim one-game lead over James Madison and a two-game lead over Hofstra and Delaware. Northeastern has a tough final two games as they face Elon and UNC Wilmington on the road while James Madison plays the more manageable slate hosting Drexel and Hofstra. The race for the final first round bye is very much alive. Read more



Tags: College Basketball Ian Cameron




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Iowa State Cyclones at Texas Tech Red Raiders

02.20.2017     07:25 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Iowa State at Texas Tech -1.5 O/U 144
Recommendation: Under


On Saturday, we came in with a free play on Texas Tech-West Virginia under 143. It played out just as projected but double overtime kept us from cashing an easy ticket. At the end of regulation it was tied 64-64. And at the end of the first overtime it was tied 70-70. I'll attempt to win some of my money back today with another play on the Red Raiders under the total as they play host to Iowa State. The Big XII is very well respected this year but at 5-9 with four games to go, TTU has a lot more work to do. In the first meeting between these two teams in Ames, the Red Raiders were able to control the game and more importantly the pace for nearly a full 40 minutes. They led by as many as 14 in the second half but went cold late as Iowa State came from behind to win 63-56. It was ISU's slowest game of the season (61 possessions) and I think Tech will employ a similar type of approach tonight. First meeting closed 140.5 and not much of anything has changed. Feel like the importance of this one for the home side helps in keeping the pace and hopefully scoring lower than expected.




Tags: College Basketball Iowa State Cyclones Texas Tech Red Raiders Big XII Andrew Lange




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Texas Tech Red Raiders at West Virginia Mountaineers

02.18.2017     08:33 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Texas Tech at West Virginia -11.5 O/U 143
Recommendation: Under


Texas Tech and West Virginia hook up for the second time after the Red Raiders won in Lubbock, 77-76 in overtime. Worth noting that even with the extra frame, TTU turned the ball over only 14 times and the game featured a relatively slow 70 possessions. Speaking of overtime, Huggy's bunch limps into this one after melting down in Lawrence. The Mountaineers were up 15 with three minutes to go and found a way to lose. Rather than focus on the three minutes of bad basketball, I came away impressed as WVU completely outplayed Kansas for nearly the entire game -- and did so too from start to finish in the first meeting. This is a good squad and one that is poised to come with a big effort today. Texas Tech has shown a very strong home/road dichotomy when it comes to scoring and pace. In six league road games, the Red Raiders are averaging only 63.1 ppg. Four of those six went under the total. And Tech's last three road games averaged only 123 points. First-year head coach Chris Beard is noted for playing it tight and controlling tempo. Also note that the Red Raiders are second in the Big XII Read more



Tags: College Basketball Texas Tech Red Raiders West Virginia Mountaineers Andrew Lange




NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: St. Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings

02.15.2017     09:23 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Alex Smith

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St. Louis -110 at Detroit O/U 5.5
Recommendation: St. Louis


Two former Central Division rivals clash in the Motor City tonight as the Detroit Red Wings host the St. Louis Blues. Detroit has fallen on hard times as of late, dropping nine of its last 11 contests. They currently sit dead last in the Eastern Conference with 54 points and could be skating without two of their best forwards as veteran Thomas Vanek is out indefinitely with a lower body injury and Gustav Nyquist could miss a few games after a high-sticking incident in Sunday's 6-3 loss at Minnesota. The 27-year-old winger hit Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face, drawing blood with the blade of his stick and served a 4-minute double minor. Nyquist will have an in-person hearing in New York soon, which suggests he could miss as many as six games. As for Vanek, the club's leading goal-scorer with 14 and second in points with 36, this further handcuffs a Detroit offense that has scored three goals or fewer in 10 of its last 11 games. The Blues have started to get back on the right track under new coach Mike Yeo with wins in five of their last six. Wingers Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Read more



Tags: NHL St. Louis Blues Detroit Red Wings Alex B. Smith




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Penn State Nittany Lions at Nebraska Cornhuskers

02.14.2017     11:25 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

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Penn State at Nebraska -4.5 O/U 141
Recommendation: Nebraska


Teams in this contest are on even footing from an overall talent standpoint but willing to take a stance with the home team Huskers tonight for a pair of reasons. Penn State has risen up the Big Ten power ratings ladder over the last couple of games registering an upset home win over Maryland followed an 83-70 win at Illinois on Saturday. However, their current 3-2 SU/ATS stretch could be more a product of a weak schedule rather than massive improvement. A close look shows four of the five recent Nittany Lions games have been against teams in the Big Ten’s bottom five. Maryland is the only team during this span with a record above .500 in league play. Contrary to that, Nebraska enters off of a difficult five game schedule where they faced four teams above .500 in conference action. Included in those contests are a home win over second place Purdue and a 70-69 OT loss at league kingpin Wisconsin. Tonight they get a very young Penn State team inside a sold out Pinnacle Bank Arena so figure Nebraska to play with extreme energy.     

Fundamentally, Read more



Tags: College Basketball Penn State Nittany Lions Nebraska Cornhuskers Big Ten Rob Veno




College Basketball Handicapping: If you've been betting on SEC road teams, you're probably rich

02.14.2017     08:53 AM     Printer Friendly
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By this point in the season, you are probably aware that the SEC isn't very good. Kentucky, Florida and South Carolina are all solid and sure-fire tournament teams but beyond that, it's pretty messy. And by messy, we mean a lot of mediocre basketball. One interesting stat in the SEC this year is how bad home courts have been. Last season, the SEC ranked second out of 32 leagues with a home straight up winning percentage of 69.8%. This season has been the complete opposite. Heading into tonight's games, home teams have won 43 of 84 games which is barely over 50%. Compared to the rest of the power conference world -- ACC (68.1%), PAC-12 (61.5%), Big XII (61.3%), Big East (59.4%), Big Ten (58.6%) -- that's horrific. And let's not forget the automatic win when Missouri rolls into town. But where it really starts to get noteworthy is the spread records of those road teams. How about 51-32-1 ATS or 61.4%!



SEC SU/ATS Road Record
South Carolina (5-1 SU, 3-2-1 ATS)
Florida (4-1 SU, 4-1 ATS)
Alabama (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS)
Kentucky (4-2 SU, 2-4 ATS)
Arkansas (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS)
Vanderbilt (4-3 SU, 5-2 ATS)
Tennessee (3-3 SU, Read more



Tags: College Basketball SEC




College Basketball Handicapping: New rule changes in store for NIT

02.13.2017     09:07 AM     Printer Friendly
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Get ready for some more postseason rule changes in college basketball. The NCAA has used "secondary" tournaments as a way to test changes that may improve the game. This year's NIT will reset team fouls at the 10-minute mark of the first half, halftime, and 10-minute mark of the second half. Once you hit four fouls, teams will be awarded two free throws. They will also shorten the shot clock to 20 seconds instead of 30 seconds when the ball is inbounded in the front court.




Tags: College Basketball




NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards

02.10.2017     09:31 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Indiana at Washington -5.5 O/U 214.5
Recommendation: Washington


John Wall and Bradley Beal did a very classy thing following the conclusion of their 17-0 SU run at home, losing to the Cavs in overtime on Monday.  The Wizards backcourt duo put together an Instagram post thanking Washington’s fans and promising another win streak upcoming: “We just wanted to thank all of the Wizards fans or giving us one of the best homecourts in the NBA.  The atmosphere last night was amazing, the best since we’ve been in DC…we’re in this together so we’re counting on you to continue that tremendous support on Friday when we look to start a new streak…”

The Wizards weren’t sharp at Brooklyn following their loss to the Cavs; lucky to escape with an overtime win.  Head coach Scott Brooks: “Two things happened tonight: We gambled because we wanted to go for steals for layups, and we didn't box out. Brooklyn got offensive rebounds, and that was the game. That gave them a chance every time we had the lead by 10 to 12 points. ... We're glad we got the win, but we still have to Read more



Tags: NBA Indiana Pacers Washington Wizards Teddy Covers




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at UTEP Miners

02.09.2017     08:33 AM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Otto Sports

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Louisiana Tech -6 at UTEP O/U 133.5
Recommendation: Under


Pretty remarkable turnaround for UTEP after starting the season 2-13. The Miners have won six of seven thanks to some savvy coaching by veteran Tim Floyd. Floyd slowed down the tempo of the games and created a lot of confusion for the opposition by constantly switching defenses. Over the last seven games, UTEP has allowed 58 ppg in regulation. This is the same team that in mid-December coughed up 76 in a home loss to 327th-ranked Northern Arizona. Louisiana Tech isn't as offensively dynamic as last year's squad that scored 78 and 80 in both meetings vs. UTEP. Instead, the Bulldogs have been getting it done on the defensive end of the floor with the league's third-best defensive efficiency (0.94). They've been especially dominant against the weaker offenses in C-USA. Tech has faced four of the five teams in the league currently averaging less than a point per possession and held those four squads to 56.3 ppg. One of those four was UTEP, who netted only 44 in the first meeting. What keeps this from being a great play is the value as the aforementioned game closed 141. And Louisiana Tech is also Read more



Tags: College Basketball Louisiana Tech Bulldogs UTEP Miners OTTO Sports



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