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College Basketball Handicapping: Bracket Buster Betting Rotation and Power Ratings

02.17.2012     03:13 PM     Printer Friendly
Here is a cheat sheet for Saturday's college basketball Bracket Buster games. Below is every matchup in rotation order, with conference affiliation, current Ken Pom rating, and Rob Veno's Power Rating. Enjoy.

2012 Bracket Buster Power Ratings
Rotation #
Matchup
Conference
Ken Pom
Rob Veno Power
633
DREXEL
Colonial
65
 
634
CLEVELAND STATE
Horizon
69
Cleveland State -4.5
628
WICHITA STATE
Missouri Valley
9
 
636
DAVIDSON
So-Con
64
Davidson -0.5
630
TENNESSEE TECH
OVC
199
 
638
COASTAL CAROLINA
Big South
174
Coastal Carolina -2
639
COLL OF CHARLESTON
So-Con
158
 
640
KENT STATE
MAC
101
Kent State -7
641
LIBERTY
Big South
273
Liberty -2
642
MORGAN STATE
MEAC
289
 
643
STONY BROOK
America East
140
 
644
NORTHEASTERN
Colonial
191
Northeastern -4
645
BUFFALO
MAC
92
 
646
SOUTH DAKOTA ST
Summit
59
South Dakota State -5
647
WILLIAM & MARY
Colonial
294
 
648
VMI
Big South
282
VMI -3.5
649
HAMPTON
MEAC
291
 
650
DELAWARE
Colonial
143
Delaware -17.5
651
MOREHEAD STATE
OVC
225
 
652
BOWLING GREEN
MAC
122
Bowling Green -9.5
653
AKRON
MAC
60
 
654
ORAL ROBERTS
Summit
85
Oral Roberts -3
655
NIAGARA
MAAC
215
 
656
VERMONT
American East
125
Vermont -11
657
MARIST
MAAC
256
Marist -1.5
658
MAINE
America East
278
 
659
WINTHROP
Big South
251
 
660
APPALACHIAN STATE
So-Con
247
Appalachian State -9
661
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
Missouri Valley
203
 
662
BALL STATE
MAC
196
Ball State -5
663
INDIANA STATE
Missouri Valley
136
 
664
BUTLER
Horizon
150
Butler -5.5
665
MD BALTIMORE CO
America East
338
 
666
CANISIUS
MAAC
312
Canisius -11
667
JAMES MADISON
Colonial
222
 
668
DETROIT
Horizon
141
Detroit -14
669
NC WILMINGTON
Colonial
239
 
670
MANHATTAN
MAAC
103
Manhattan -13
671
NORTHERN ILLINOIS
MAC
340
 
672
SIU EDWARDSVILLE
OVC
311
SIU-Edwardsville -5
673
HARTFORD
American East
310
 
674
ST. PETER'S
MAAC
307
St. Peter's -9.5
675
EASTERN MICHIGAN
MAC
266
 
676
WISC GREEN BAY
Horizon
186
Wisc-Green Bay -10.5
677
DRAKE
Missouri Valley
134
 
678
NEW MEXICO STATE
WAC
87
New Mexico State -9.5
679
TOWSON
Colonial
341
 
680
NEW HAMPSHIRE
American East
285
New Hampshire -3.5
681
TOLEDO
MAC
201
Toledo -3.5
682
SAM HOUSTON STATE
Southland
284
 
683
BINGHAMTON
American East
344
 
684
RADFORD
Big South
306
Radford -10
685
FAIRFIELD
MAAC
107
 
686
WISC MILWAUKEE
Horizon
147
Wisc-Milwaukee -4.5
687
NEVADA
WAC
106
 
688
IONA
MAAC
51
Iona -6
689
LAMAR
Southland
126
 
690
GEORGE MASON
Colonial
105
George Mason -11.5
691
SIENA
MAAC
209
 
692
HOFSTRA
Colonial
208
Hofstra -5.5
693
SE MISSOURI STATE
OVC
211
 
694
MCNEESE STATE
Southland
217
McNeese State -2.5
695
CENTRAL ARKANSAS
Southland
326
 
696
LOUISIANA TECH
WAC
219
Louisiana Tech -22
697
IUPUI
Summit
194
IUPUI -6.5
698
NICHOLLS STATE
Southland
329
 
699
CAMPBELL
Big South
188
 
700
NORTHWESTERN STATE
Southland
252
Northwestern State -2.5
701
OLD DOMINION
Colonial
100
 
702
MISSOURI STATE
Missouri Valley
61
Missouri State -4
703
WRIGHT STATE
Horizon
220
Wright State -3.5
704
UMKC
Summit
253
 
705
OAKLAND
Summit
168
 
706
ILLINOIS STATE
Missouri Valley
94
Illinois State -7
707
SAINT MARYS CA
WCC
42
 
708
MURRAY STATE
OVC
67
Murray State -0.5
709
NC ASHEVILLE
Big South
130
 
710
OHIO
MAC
104
Ohio -8
711
RIDER
MAAC
205
 
712
ALBANY NY
American East
207
Albany -1.5
713
WOFFORD
So-Con
182
Wofford -4
714
CHARLESTON SOU
Big South
172
 
715
TEXAS A&M CORPUS
Southland
309
 
716
CENTRAL MICHIGAN
MAC
270
Central Michigan -15.5
717
ILLINOIS CHICAGO
Horizon
286
 
718
EASTERN ILLINOIS
OVC
293
Eastern Illinois -2.5
719
IPFW
Summit
275
 
720
EASTERN KENTUCKY
OVC
268
Eastern Kentucky -5
721
TEXAS SAN ANTONIO
Southland
169
 
722
GEORGIA STATE
Colonial
88
Georgia State -14.5
723
DELAWARE STATE
MEAC
232
Delaware State -0.5
724
GARDNER WEBB
Atlantic Sun
257
 
725
TENNESSEE MARTIN
OVC
327
 
726
SE LOUISIANA
Southland
321
SE Louisiana -3.5
727
HIGH POINT
Big South
248
 
728
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
Southland
197
Stephen F. Austin -5.5
729
PRESBYTERIAN
Big South
254
 
730
JACKSONVILLE STATE
OVC
223
Jacksonville State -8
731
LOYOLA CHICAGO
Horizon
300
 
732
BRADLEY
Missouri Valley
258
Bradley -4
733
TEXAS STATE
Southland
280
 
734
SOUTH DAKOTA
Summit
276
South Dakota -7
735
IDAHO STATE
Big Sky
301
 
736
PACIFIC
Big West
260
Pacific -8.5
737
WESTERN MICHIGAN
MAC
171
 
738
NORTH DAKOTA STATE
Summit
151
North Dakota State -4.5
739
UT ARLINGTON
Big South
97
 
740
WEBER STATE
Big Sky
124
Weber State -9.5
741
WESTERN ILLINOIS
Summit
195
 
742
EVANSVILLE
Missouri Valley
118
Evansville -11
743
YOUNGSTOWN STATE
Horizon
167
Youngstown State -1
744
AUSTIN PEAY
OVC
228
 
745
UC DAVIS
Big West
317
 
746
NORTHERN ARIZONA
Big Sky
336
Northern Arizona -2
747
HAWAII
WAC
180
 
748
MONTANA
Big Sky
96
Montana -9.5
749
CAL POLY
Big West
177
Cal Poly -0.5
750
NO. COLORADO
Big Sky
255
 
751
MONTANA STATE
Big Sky
296
 
752
CS FULLERTON
Big West
157
Cal State-Fullerton -13.5
753
CAL SANTA BARBARA
Big West
129
 
754
UTAH STATE
WAC
133
Utah State -3.5
755
SOUTHERN UTAH
Summit
231
 
756
CAL RIVERSIDE
Big West
279
Cal-Riverside -4.5
757
EASTERN WASHINGTON
Big Sky
202
Eastern Washington -1
758
CAL IRVINE
Big West
259
 
759
SAN JOSE STATE
WAC
267
 
760
SACRAMENTO STATE
Big Sky
281
Sacramento State -0.5
761
PORTLAND STATE
Big Sky
198
 
762
IDAHO
WAC
161
Idaho -7
763
FRESNO STATE
WAC
175
Fresno State -3.5
764
CS NORTHRIDGE
Big West
299
 
765
LONG BEACH STATE
Big West
50
 
766
CREIGHTON
Missouri Valley
33
Creighton -4.5




Tags: College Basketball




Las Vegas Hotel struggles during the post-Hilton era

02.17.2012     11:50 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Article from the Las Vegas Sun on the former Hilton Hotel and Casino – now named the LVH (Las Vegas Hotel and Casino). Things aren’t looking too good these days both literally and figuratively.  The name change has also caused issues with its searchability on Google.


"The termination of the Hilton License Agreement, coupled with the fact that the property did not have the financial resources to purchase replacement exterior signage or to initiate a new brand advertising campaign to attract leisure travelers, has had a dramatic negative impact on hotel occupancy,'' his report said. ''Dramatically lower occupancy levels have, in turn, had a negative impact on other revenue departments (i.e. gaming, food and beverage and retail).''

Johnson also reported that the 2,950-room hotel-casino on Paradise Road needs $700,000 for exterior signage to replace the Hilton signs, Read more



Tags: Las Vegas




NBA Handicapping: Milwaukee Bucks lack passion during recent skid

02.17.2012     11:31 AM     Printer Friendly
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Milwaukee at Orlando -7.5 O/U 192

Editorial on the recent slide for the Milwaukee Bucks. The team has lost six of their last eight – they covered only one pointspread (vs. Toronto) during that stretch.


And where is Scott Skiles in all of this? Fire, passion and competitiveness are the coach's strengths, and everyone is accountable. Skiles can do only so much with the talent that he is given, but no person on the planet can motivate grown men with guaranteed contracts. The responsibility runs both ways.





Tags: NBA Milwaukee Bucks Orlando Magic




NCAA Basketball Betting Alert: Saint Mary's shorthanded for trip to Murray State

02.17.2012     11:20 AM     Printer Friendly
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Saint Mary's could be down two key players for Saturday's Bracket Buster contest at Murray State. Guard Stephen Holt (10.4 ppg) is out for two weeks with a slight MCL tear. Matthew Dellavedova (15.5 ppg) is doubtful with an ankle injury.


Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett told CBSSports.com that Dellavedova, the team's top player, will be a game-time decision with an ankle injury, and as of now it looks "doubtful." Holt, one of the team's most complete players, is out for the next couple weeks after suffering a partially torn MCL.





Tags: College Basketball Saint Mary's Gaels Murray State Racers




Bracket Buster Betting Free Pick: Northern Iowa Panthers at VCU Rams

02.17.2012     10:06 AM         Printer Friendly
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Northern Iowa at VCU -6 O/U 125
Recommendation: Under


Let’s tip off the Bracket Buster weekend with a totals play against the money move. Northern Iowa travels to the Siegel Center in Richmond, Virginia to take on VCU on ESPNU. The Rams are 11-1 at home, and note in their last eight home games, VCU has allowed the following scores in regulation: 43, 56, 49, 48, 60, 45, 55 and 49 points.

VCU (22-6) is in second place in the Colonial Athletic Association while Northern Iowa (17-11) is in seventh place in the stronger Missouri Valley Conference. Recall the Rams made a surprising run to the Final Four last season as an 11th-seed in the NCAA Tournament, and head coach Shaka Smart’s team is playing solid defense again this year. The Rams athletic guards have led them to the top spot in steals and turnover margin in the CAA. A letdown could be looming after the Rams 11-game winning streak was snapped Tuesday in a last-second loss to league-leader Read more


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Sports Betting Podcast 2-17-2012 with Rob Veno and Teddy Covers

02.17.2012     09:58 AM     Printer Friendly
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Friday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured handicappers Rob Veno and Teddy Covers. Rob broke down Saturday's College Basketball Bracket Buster games while Teddy tackled the entire NBA slate from a betting perspective.

Today's segments
Teddy Covers - NBA Every Game on the Board

Rob Veno - College Basketball Bracket Buster Saturday

To listen to past shows, be sure to visit our Sportsmemo Podcast Homepage.

ITunes users can subscribe to the show by searching "Sportsmemo" in the podcast directory.



Tags: NBA College Basketball Teddy Covers Rob Veno




NBA All-Star Game Betting Odds Three-Point and Dunk contests

02.17.2012     07:48 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
The Greek has posted odds on the upcoming NBA All-Star Game three-point and dunk contests. The event will take place on February 25 in Orlando.

Odds on Three-Point Contest
Anthony Morrow +250 
James Jones +285 
Joe Johnson +500 
Kevin Love +500 
Mario Chalmers +385 
Ryan Anderson +250

Odds on Dunk Contest
Chase Budinger +800 
Derrick Williams +550 
Iman Shumpert -250 
Paul George +400



Tags: NBA




Canada moves to legalize single-event sports betting

02.17.2012     07:30 AM     Printer Friendly
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Canada is currently taken steps to legalize single-event sports betting.


"Single-event sports betting would provide Canadian gaming operations with a significant competitive advantage over U.S. competitors," Comartin said in a statement on Thursday. "Studies show this slight change to the Criminal Code would generate about $70 million in wagering in Windsor alone."



 








Bracket Buster Betting Notes: VCU attempts to bounce back against Northern Iowa

02.17.2012     07:26 AM     Printer Friendly
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Northern Iowa at VCU -5.5 O/U 123.5

VCU tries to rebound after a last second loss to George Mason on Wednesday. The Rams play host to Northern Iowa in tonight’s Bracket Buster tip-off.


"It's definitely not easy, but if you don't put it behind you, it'll hold you up for the next game," VCU senior guard Bradford Burgess said. "We are playing so well right now. We do have room for improvement, as always, but we want to get back to winning."






Tags: College Basketball VCU Rams Northern Iowa Panthers




NCAA Basketball Gambling: Illinois' Bruce Weber on the way out

02.17.2012     07:19 AM         Printer Friendly
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We had Illinois Wednesday night in its 67-62 home loss to Purdue. The Illini fit a number of late season profitable profiles I use, and they we playing a Purdue team with redemption after losing to the Boilermakers 75-60 on December 31. Yet the information below with the surrounding situations is an example of the problems that can persist within a team environment, and how a lack of cohesion, chemistry and unsettled coaching can lead to less than desired results.

Now on a 0-4 SU/ATS losing skid and losers of seven of their last eight games, it’s clear that the Illini (16-10, 5-8 Big Ten) are a “towel tosser” team with a coach that looks like he’s on his way out. Bruce Weber has passed on other job offers in recent years including the Oklahoma opening last March; reportedly $17 Million.  In his 9th season at Illinois and six years removed from a Big Ten title and National Championship game appearance, the Bruce Weber era at Illinois appears to be over. Despite a genuine respect by his peers and support of his staff, Weber is now in a losing situation. The fans started to turn on him in the past few years and the pressure has mounted with less Read more


Tags: College Basketball Illinois Fighting Illini __




Bracket Buster Betting Preview: Valpo travels to Loyola Marymount

02.17.2012     07:09 AM     Printer Friendly
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Valparaiso at Loyola Marymount -6 O/U 136.5

Bracket Buster action tips off tonight with Valpo traveling west to face Loyola Marymount. This is one of many potentially tricky late season non-conference game handicaps. For first place Valpo (12-4), the focus is clearly on winning the Horizon League regular season title which has a ton of importance with the top two teams receiving a bye and the top remaining seed hosting the title game. LMU may not be completely focused either which has been an issue for this team at times. The Lions are off a monumental road win at St. Mary's and have to very winnable league games left with San Diego and Santa Clara at home. They've already clinched a bye to the quarterfinals of the WCC Tournament.


“Once you get into conference season, you’re kind of in conference Read more



Tags: College Basketball Valparaiso Crusaders Loyola Marymount Lions




NBA Handicapping: Dallas Mavericks getting it done on defense

02.17.2012     06:57 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Dallas at Philadelphia O/U 181

Pretty impressive that earlier this season the Dallas Mavericks set a franchise record for holding 15 straight opponents under 100 points. And they are currently in the midst of another nine-game stretch of sub-100 basketball. Some of the success can be attributed to Brendan Haywood who has filled in nicely on the defensive end of the floor for Tyson Chandler.




Tags: NBA Dallas Mavericks



February

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College Basketball Betting Update: Alabama's Mitchell says he will return

02.16.2012     01:05 PM     Printer Friendly
UPDATE

Suspended Alabama forward Tony Mitchell announced on Twitter that he will be back. When that occurs is the question. Head coach Anthony Grant has remained quite regarding the status of Mitchell and JaMychal Green. Grant reinstated Trevor Releford and Andrew Steele prior to Tuesday's game against Florida – the Gators won 61-52. Alabama plays host to Tennessee on Saturday.


On Mitchell's Twitter page, the following messages were posted: "To all my bama fans tmitch is goin nowhere #bamatilidie" and later, "I will be back."







College Basketball Betting Alert: Alabama and Florida shorthanded for matchup

02.14.2012     07:32 AM     Read more


Tags: College Basketball Alabama Crimson Tide




Dirty soccer ref sentenced to five-and-a-half years for match fixing

02.16.2012     11:47 AM     Printer Friendly
Tim Donaghy did 15 months. Chinese soccer ref Lun Ju is about to do five-and-a-half years! Ju, who has previously refereed high profile events like the World Cup and Olympics, was busted for taking bribes to alter the outcome of as many as eight Chinese league games.



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NBA Handicapper Free Pick: Boston Celtics at Chicago Bulls

02.16.2012     11:38 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Boston +8 at Chicago O/U 180.5
Recommendation: Boston


Make no mistake, right now, Chicago is not the type of team that should be laying eight points against another Eastern Conference contender without Derrick Rose in the lineup.  Chicago has been on the lucky side of the schedule equation with Rose sitting out with back spasms.  Rose has missed eight previous games, and Chicago is 6-2 SU, 4-4 ATS in those contests.  But when the Bulls have been asked to step up in class, it’s a different story.  Against other winning teams, without Rose in the lineup, the Bulls are 0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS including a four-point loss as road favorites at Boston this past weekend.

Chicago struggled defensively in that loss to the Celtics, allowing 49% shooting from the floor.  They struggled defensively again versus lowly Sacramento on Tuesday, allowing the Kings to score a season high 115 points on 47% shooting.  With a losing ATS mark at home this season, this price Read more


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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Oregon Ducks at California Golden Bears

02.16.2012     09:06 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Oregon +11 at California 139.5
Recommendation: Oregon


I think we can take advantage of all of the damage Cal handed out to opponents on its home court during the non-conference and step in and play a surging Oregon squad as a double-digit underdog. A closer look at Cal's home results show that when the competition is halfway decent, the wins haven’t come by big margins. The Golden Bears beat Colorado by 7, Stanford by 10 and lost to Arizona by 4. Their most impressive win was more spot-oriented as they took down UCLA 85-69 with the Bruins off a one-point loss two nights prior. Oregon has actually passed Cal for the league's best offense (109.5 points per possession) and the Ducks have for the most part played solid defense this season. This is an important game for both sides, especially Oregon who theoretically is still in the PAC-12 title hunt or perhaps an at-large berth. I expect a big effort from the road side which gives us value with Read more


Tags: College Basketball Oregon Ducks California Golden Bears Andrew Lange




Some bettors apparently feel that Jeremy Lin will win the MVP award

02.16.2012     08:43 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Not satisfied with New York's 9-1 against the spread run, bettors are reportedly fighting to get to the window to bet Jeremy Lin to win MVP honors. We preface that this onslaught of betting action came at sportsbook.com, so it may very well be a marketing ploy. As well as Lin has played, he's been a part of just half of his team's games. And his incredible play is eventually going to cool off – as are the Knicks.


Bettors placed $3,000 on Lin at 100 to 1, $5,000 at 75 to 1, and $12,000 when the odds moved to 50 to 1.






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NCAA Basketball Betting Trends: Another late season slide for Stanford

02.16.2012     08:19 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Oregon State at Stanford -4 O/U 143

Article on Stanford's notorious late season slides under head coach Johnny Dawkins. The Cardinal enter tonight's contest against Oregon State having lost five of their last seven (2-5 ATS). Their only wins and covers came against bottom feeders USC and Arizona State. Stanford opened a 5-point favorite but was bet down to -4.


Stanford's recent slump continues a disquieting trend of late-season tail-offs or outright collapses during Dawkins' four years on the Farm. In his first season, the team won its first 10 games and was 13-3 before losing 11 of its last 18. The 2009-10 team was 10-9 before losing nine of its last 13. Last year the Cardinal were 10-5, then lost 11 of 16.






Tags: College Basketball Stanford Cardinals Oregon State Beavers




Sports Betting Podcast 2-16-2012 with Rob Veno and Sammy P

02.16.2012     08:07 AM     Printer Friendly
SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Thursday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured handicappers Rob Veno and Sammy P. Rob broke down the College Basketball card while Sammy P tackled the entire NHL slate from a betting perspective.

Today's segments
Rob Veno - College Basketball Every Game on the Board

Sammy P- NHL Every Game on the Board

To listen to past shows, be sure to visit our Sportsmemo Podcast Homepage.

ITunes users can subscribe to the show by searching "Sportsmemo" in the podcast directory.



Tags: College Basketball NHL Rob Veno Sammy P




NBA Handicapping: Boston Celtics try to find offensive niche

02.16.2012     06:32 AM     Printer Friendly
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Article on Boston's struggles to create an offensive identity. Head coach Doc Rivers mentioned he'd like his team to play at a slightly faster pace heading into last night's game against Detroit. That resulted in 44% shooting, Rajon Rondo taking 27 shots (35 points) and 88 points. Kevin Garnett (hip) is expected back in the lineup for tonight's game at Chicago.


"Offensively I didn't really like the way we played the whole night, really," Rivers said. "Wasn't a lot of movement. I like Rondo being aggressive, but on the other hand we didn't get a lot of ball movement. This wasn't lost on offense. Defensively you give up 98 points to a team that's struggling right now scoring."

"It's difficult. When you have it going yourself, my teammates kept telling me stay aggressive," he said. "But at the same time I was just trying to get other guys involved. You know, when they're not missing, they have to come back and tell me to still attack and stay aggressive."






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College Basketball Betting Tips: Making money on losing teams

02.16.2012     06:19 AM         Printer Friendly
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After cashing our 20* Big Drive ACC Game of the Year winner on Boston College Sunday, I decided to do some additional research on losing teams and a follow up from our blog on February 13. I searched through the top college basketball money earners and ATS winners and here are the losing teams that are producing the most profit. Just another example of how losing teams can actually make money for bettors willing to leave their comfort zone and bet on “bad” teams; especially as underdog. Note that of the top-60 college basketball teams that have produced the most profit, only seven have losing records. I’ve also included those seven teams ATS record at home and their ATS record as underdog.

College Basketball Losing Teams That Have Earned Profits
Team
SU Record
ATS Record
Home ATS
Underdog ATS
Arkansas-Little Rock
12-14
16-6
6-3
14-4
Pacific
10-15
14-7
6-4
12-3
Dartmouth
4-20
10-4-1
2-2
10-4-1
Fresno State
11-16
15-9
5-4
10-4
Boston College
8-17
12-7
4-6
12-5
Jacksonville State
11-17
13-9
2-4
10-4
UTEP
12-13
12-8-1
5-3
8-4


These losing teams have also produced profit as an underdog and rank in the top-80 of college basketball profit producing teams: Appalachian State, UC Irvine, Siena, Samford, Illinois-Chicago, and Florida International.

Plenty of losing teams that are also losing Read more


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NCAA Basketball Handicapping: Wisconsin travels to Michigan State

02.16.2012     06:05 AM     Printer Friendly
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Wisconsin at Michigan State -6 O/U 114.5

Looking to keep pace with first place Ohio State, Wisconsin travels to East Lansing to face Michigan State. The Spartans won in overtime in Madison, 63-60, back on January 3. Wisconsin though appears to be a different team, having won seven of eight since starting the Big Ten season 1-3. Meanwhile the Spartans are 9-3 with two of their three league losses by a single point. At home vs. the Big Ten, MSU is 6-0 with wins by 15, 34, 25, 16, 10 and 20. And according to Tom Izzo, this year's group may be the best defense he's ever coached.


"They're playing a lot better and a huge part of that is Taylor playing a lot better," Spartans forward Draymond Green said. "He's a lot more like what everyone expected him to be. Read more



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