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NCAA Tournament Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Rhode Island Rams vs. Oregon Ducks

03.19.2017     08:34 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Rhode Island +5 vs. Oregon O/U 141
Recommendation: Rhode Island


When we talk about impact injuries on the defensive end of the court, the Ducks loss of shot blocking center Chris Boucher really stands out. Boucher was not a great offensive player, but he was a low post difference maker on defense. In their first game without him in the lineup, the Ducks struggled to get stops, allowing 83 points on 58% shooting in the PAC-12 title game against Arizona. In their second game without Boucher, they allowed 77 points on 44% shooting to Iona.

The pointspread outcome in that game came down to the final possession despite the fact that the Ducks shot 56% from the floor and won the rebounding battle by 14. That’s certainly not a good sign moving forward, and Oregon is not a ‘value laden’ team at this stage of the campaign.

Rhode Island is on the other end of the ‘value’ equation. The Rams did not play their best basketball, struggling SU and ATS early and often in November, December and into January. Key contributors like senior low post stud Hassan Martin, junior point guard Jarvis Read more



Tags: College Basketball Rhode Island Rams Oregon Ducks Teddy Covers




NCAA Tournament Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Marquette Golden Eagles vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

03.17.2017     08:49 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Marquette vs. South Carolina -1 O/U 142
Recommendation: Under


South Carolina doesn’t play at a snail’s pace, but they are truly an elite defensive team and just as truly an ugly offensive team.  So while this total makes sense given the Gamecocks pace of play, it looks a good notch or two too high for this bettor due to the way the play, not their pace of play.  To put this total in perspective, the Gamecocks last game in the SEC tourney against Alabama, was totaled at 122.5 and it stayed under with room to spare.

When we look at the Gamecocks results from non-conference play against opponents who were not familiar with their intense, physical style, we saw totals that were routinely priced waaaaaaay too high.  They were lined at 156.5 against Monmouth, a game that finished with 120 points in regulation.  Their game against Michigan was totaled at 136.5, finishing with 107 points.  Against Syracuse on a neutral floor at Madison Square Garden, it was another game that stayed 20+ points Under.  Similar class games Seton Hall on a neutral floor, Clemson and Memphis were all Read more



Tags: College Basketball Marquette Golden Eagles South Carolina Gamecocks Teddy Covers




NCAA Tournament Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Bucknell Bison vs. West Virginia Mountaineers

03.16.2017     08:45 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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Bucknell +13 vs. West Virginia O/U 148
Recommendation: Bucknell


West Virginia is deep, athletic and forces turnovers as well as any team in the country with their pressing style but now they are up against a Bucknell squad that will look to slow them down and grind in the half-court at every opportunity. If that occurs, it will force West Virginia to have to execute their offense and make shots in the half court and that is something they have struggled with on multiple occasions this season. I’m not fully convinced that the Mountaineers can execute well enough in a half-court game to be able to win this game by the margin that this pointspread is calling for. Bucknell has a couple strong interior players including junior forward Zach Thomas who leads the team in scoring at 16 ppg and is second in rebounding and their center Nana Foulland is second in scoring and the Bison’s leading rebounder. Bucknell has a fairly solid rebounding rate on the season so they shouldn’t be intimidated by West Virginia in the battle on the glass. Bucknell has multiple solid ball handlers in their backcourt led by PG Stephen Read more



Tags: College Basketball Bucknell Bison West Virginia Mountaineers Ian Cameron




NCAA Tournament Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Wisconsin Badgers

03.16.2017     06:06 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

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Virginia Tech +5.5 vs. Wisconsin O/U 136
Recommendation: Virginia Tech


Contrasting styles in this East Regional late tip-off which features teams who enter in very different form against the spread. For Virginia Tech the last 10 games have seen their supporters collect nine times. The only loss in the Hokies current 90% ticket cashing streak came on March 4 when they were -1.5 point favorites against Wake Forest in the second round of the ACC Tournament. VT is 7-1 ATS since losing third leading scorer Chris Clark. At the time, that injury to the Hokies most athletic player seemed devastating but they’ve gone 6-0 ATSas an underdog winning four of those straight up. A huge part of the success goes to their offense which posted a 57.1 effective FG% in ACC play which ranked #1 in the conference. Buzz Williams’ team was also #1 from 3-point range in league play shooting a stellar 41.4% led by Seth Allen (45.1%), Justin Bibbs (42.5%) and Ty Outlaw (48.2%. In all, five players have at least 107 3-point attempts and they all shoot 36.4% or better. That perimeter marksmanship will keep Wisconsin busy while they’ll Read more



Tags: College Basketball Virginia Tech Hokies Wisconsin Badgers Rob Veno




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Valparaiso Crusaders at Illinois Fighting Illini

03.14.2017     11:16 AM     Drew Martin     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Drew Martin

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Valparaiso at Illinois -9 O/U 140
Recommendation: Illinois


Valparaiso accepted the last at-large bid into the NIT tournament as a 7th seed and will face second seed Illinois. The Crusaders return to the court for the first time since they scored just 12 points in the first half of an evental 43-41 loss to UW-Milwaukee in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League tournament.

Illinois (18-14) enters the NIT in a unique spot as interim coach Jamall Walker take over after John Groce was fired over the weekend. The good news for Illinois is that the Crusaders' best player, Alec Peters, is out with an injury. Peters led Valpo with 23 ppg and 10 rpg. He's a Big Ten caliber player and one that is likely to have him name called in the NBA Draft. Not having to account for Peters gives an already solid Illinois defense a big edge.

Here's what Walker had to say about the situation: "It's the NIT," Walker said. " It's who's prepared and ready to play. Who's excited to play, who wants to play more than anything else." Walker says expects his players, especially the seniors, to go out with a bang. He compares his team to a Read more



Tags: College Basketball Valparaiso Crusaders Illinois Fighting Illini Drew Martin




College Basketball Gambling: Who Has What It Takes to Win the Big Dance Part I

03.08.2017     01:03 PM     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.

Three 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.

Here is a list of the last 19 NCAA champions and the teams they beat in the title game: Kentucky over Utah in ’98, UConn over Duke in ’99, Michigan St over Florida in 2000, Duke over Arizona in ’01, Maryland over Indiana in ’02, Syracuse over Kansas in Read more



Tags: College Basketball Teddy Covers




College Basketball Gambling: Missouri and LSU play SEC Tournament with lame duck coaches

03.08.2017     08:51 AM     Printer Friendly
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Win one for the Gipper or let's get this over with ASAP is the question most bettors have when handicapping teams with lame duck head coaches during the postseason. Yesterday, NC State and Mark Gottfried made it clear the offseason was the preferred route as the Wolfpack fell to mediocre Clemson, 75-61. Tonight, Missouri and LSU take the floor for the SEC Tournament. Kim Anderson was asked to step down after the season concludes and multiple reports indicate Johnny Jones will suffer the same fate. Mizzou has actually covered six of their last nine games and in theory don't need its A-game to compete with first round opponent Auburn. The same can be said about LSU who faces a sub-par -- even by SEC standards -- Mississippi State squad. All that being said, there isn't much to indicate either squad is primed to play their best basketball of the season. And while that level of effort isn't mandatory to cover the pointspread, it wouldn't shock us to see both squads pack it in in an attempt to move on from their respective disastrous campaigns.



Tags: College Basketball Missouri Tigers LSU Tiger




NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins at Winnipeg Jets

03.08.2017     05:40 AM     Alex Smith     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Alex Smith

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Pittsburgh -135 at Winnipeg O/U 5.5
Recommendation: Pittsburgh


The Winnipeg Jets host the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in a battle of two superstar scorers; veteran captain Sidney Crosby and Jets rookie phenom Patrick Laine. The 18-year old Swede leads all first-year skaters and is second overall in the league in goals with 32. Two-time MVP Crosby leads the NHL with 34 goals and is third overall in points with 69. The Penguins are in a very tight Metropolitan Division race, currently tied with Columbus for second place with 88 points and two points ahead of the New York Rangers. Pittsburgh knows it has no room for error as it embarks on a tough five-game road trip. With 18 games remaining, even a short losing streak could send the Pens down to the Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference and possibly out of their division quadrant for the first two rounds of the playoffs. Pittsburgh has earned a point in seven of their last 10 games but has struggled on the road as of late, dropping four of their last five games away from the PPG Paints Center. Winnipeg has lost eight of its last 13 contests overall and hasn't been able Read more



Tags: NHL Pittsburgh Penguins Winnipeg Jets Alex B. Smith




College Basketball Gambling: How to bet Match Madness

03.06.2017     11:58 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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College Basketball conference tournaments heat up this week with the power conferences getting underway. It’s the the perfect time to look at some of the key handicapping factors that can assist in bettors profiting during the postseason.

While everyone is obviously motivated during the postseason, there are situations where teams may be looking towards bigger and better things. Earning one of the four no. 1 seeds is something most teams seek but it isn’t always worth the emotional and physical drain of winning three games in three days. Then there are those teams who aren’t in the hunt for a top seed but also comfortably in the Big Dance. Their performance in the conference tournament has the ability to impact their seed but this profile is very vulnerable to upsets against lesser teams desperate for wins.

Depth and injuries is another key factor when handicapping March. Teams that make a run in the conference tournaments can play as many as four games in four days. There are going to be a handful of first round upsets in these conference tournaments and the first thing I’m looking at with the winner is how many minutes the starters Read more



Tags: College Basketball Ian Cameron




College Basketball Handicapping: Power conference tournament odds

03.06.2017     09:22 AM     Printer Friendly
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Power conference tournaments get underway this week. Let’s take a quick look at each league’s future odds.

ACC - This year's tourney takes place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. All 13 teams are in the first with the top four seeds (North Carolina, Florida State, Notre Dame, and Louisville) receiving byes to the quarterfinals. Top seed UNC is the betting favorite at +145 followed by Louisville (+270) and fifth seed Duke (+280).

PAC-12 - The league returns to Las Vegas but will play in the new T-Mobile Arena. Oregon is the top seed and the betting favorite at +125 followed by third seed UCLA (+140) and second seed Arizona (+210). The last three title games have featured a 1 vs. 2 matchup.

Big Ten - Oddly, the conference tournament will be held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Top seed Purdue is the favorite at +145 followed by Wisconsin at +190. Perhaps a good league to take a shot with an underdog as half the league finished 12-6, 11-7 or 10-8.

Big XII - Per usual, the tournament will be held at the Sprint Center in Kansas City and Kansas is the top seed and favorite at even money. Third seed Baylor appears to have Read more



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