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NCAA Tournament Gambling: Albany concerned over lack of prep time

03.18.2014     08:15 AM     Printer Friendly
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Mountain St. Mary's vs. Albany -2.5 O/U 140

Two non-boarded teams kick off tonight's NCAA Tournament play-in game action with 16 seeds Mount St. Mary's taking on Albany. In terms of rest and prep time, MSM has the advantage having wrapped up the Northeastern Conference Tournament last Tuesday. Albany meanwhile beat Stony Brook in the American East championship game on Saturday.


"My main concern is that we just finished a tough game and have to play on Tuesday and (Mount St. Mary's) have had a week off," Brown said. "I need the prep time. We don't know that much about them so the prep is the biggest thing. These kids deserve to be prepared. I do know that they press and trap for 40 minutes and play up-tempo basketball."







Tags: College Basketball Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers Albany Great Danes




NCAA Tournament Betting: Opposing coach says NC Central is no joke

03.18.2014     08:08 AM     Printer Friendly
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NC Central vs. Iowa State -9 O/U 144

According to NC State assistant coach Bobby Lutz, 14th seed NC Central is the real deal and capable of giving Iowa State a game in Friday's first round matchup. Lutz has connections to both teams having served as an assistant under ISU's Fred Hoiberg and now an assistant for NC State. Back in late November, the Wolfpack lost to NC Central in Raleigh, 82-72 (OT).


“Don’t sleep on North Carolina Central,” said Lutz, an original member of Fred Hoiberg’s Cyclones coaching staff. “I’m confident Iowa State will win the game, but it’s not going to be easy.”

“Man-to-man defense, zone, box-and-one, and maybe even a little triangle-and-2,” Lutz continued. “I’m telling you, they’re solid.”







Tags: College Basketball NC Central Eages Iowa State Cyclones




NCAA Tournament Gambling: Rob Veno's Power Ratings vs. Actual Seeds

03.17.2014     02:59 PM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

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Here is an interesting take on the NCAA Tournament. Sportsmemo Rob Veno put together a comparison of the tournament seeds vs. his power ratings. For example, the selection committee has VCU as a no. 5 seed whereas Rob's power ratings show the Rams to be a no. 8 seed. Note that the West Region has seven teams with a differential of 3 or more making it by far the region with the largest amount of discrepancies.

SOUTH REGION
Seed  RVS  TEAM
#1 #1 Florida
#4 #2 UCLA
#2 #3 Kansas
#3 #4 Syracuse
#7 #5 New Mexico
#9 #6 Pittsburgh
#6 #7 Ohio State
#5 #8 VCU
#10 #9 Stanford
#12 #10 Stephen F. Austin
#13 #11 Tulsa
#8 #12 Colorado
#11 #13 Dayton
#14 #14 Western Michigan
#15 #15 Eastern Kentucky
#16 #16 Albany
#16 #17 Mt. St. Mary's

EAST REGION
Seed RVS Team

#4 #1 Michigan Read more



Tags: College Basketball Rob Veno




NCAA Tournament Gambling: Louisville would be favored over nearly the entire field of 68

03.17.2014     12:21 PM     Printer Friendly
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Need more ammo for that argument you're currently having with your co-worker about Louisville's seemingly bogus no. 4 seed? Here a list of the neutral court pointspreads (based on Sagarin) for the Cardinals vs. higher seeded teams. The only thing that could make this whole episode even more mind-blowing is Manhattan pulling out one of those upset things, no?

(1) Arizona -0.5/-1 vs. Louisville
Louisville -1.5 vs. Florida (1)
Louisville -2.5 vs. Villanova (2)
Louisville -3 vs. Virginia (1)
Louisville -3 vs. Kansas (3)
Louisville -3.5 vs. Duke (3)
Louisville -4 vs. Wisconsin (2)
Louisville -4 vs. Creighton (3)
Louisville -4 vs. Michigan (2)
Louisville -4.5/-5 vs. Iowa State (3)
Louisville -4.5/-5 vs. Wichita State (1)




Tags: College Basketball Louisville Cardinals




NCAA Tournament Handicapping: Rob Veno's Power Ratings

03.17.2014     12:03 PM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

Below are Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno's Power Ratings for the Thursday and Friday's NCAA Tournament games.

Date - Matchup

3/20 Dayton 
3/20 Ohio State -5.5

3/20 Western Michigan 
3/20 Syracuse Read more



Tags: College Basketball




NCAA Tournament Handicapping: Regional Future Odds

03.17.2014     11:57 AM     Printer Friendly
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Here are The Greek's regional future odds for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. For bettors using offscreen sportsbooks, we recommend comparing lines and shopping around to ensure you are getting at least a decent amount of value. Some sportsbooks don't like to put themselves at risk with futures and will often offer very poor odds.

East
Michigan State +200
Virginia +200
Villanova +350
Iowa State +600
North Carolina +1200
Cincinnati +1800
UConn +1800

Midwest
Louisville +125
Duke +300
Wichita State +400
Michigan +650
Kentucky +800

South
Florida +125
Kansas +300
Syracuse +450
UCLA +800
Ohio State +1000
VCU +1500
New Mexico +1650

West
Arizona +175
Wisconsin +300
Creighton +400
San Diego State +650
Oklahoma State +800
Baylor +1200
Oregon +1200
Oklahoma +1500




Tags: College Basketball




NCAA Tournament Gambling: Selection committee causes uproar in betting community

03.17.2014     11:44 AM     Printer Friendly
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No shock to see various oddsmakers question what the hell the NCAA selection committee was thinking when put together this year's shindig.


“That’s probably the hardest bracket I’ve ever seen in my whole life,” said Ed Salmons, assistant sports book director at the LVH Superbook who oversees college basketball. “It was a comedy show to watch all the teams they stacked that Wichita State would have to beat to get to the Final Four. It was over-the-top insane.”

“I just let people bet them all year, and they just kept doing it,” Salmons said of the Shockers. “It adds up. I finally lowered them to 10-to-1 but when I saw this region come out, I had to up them. Their true odds of winning this thing would have to be close to 100-to-1.”







Tags: College Basketball




Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wise Guy Report: An early look at the Field of 68

03.17.2014     08:16 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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We’ve got brackets to break down! I’ll offer a quick take on the 28 matchups already set for Thursday and Friday. Games are listed in rotation order.

The A-10 got a handful of mediocre teams like Dayton into the NCAA Tournament mix, but the Flyers will certainly be looking forward to a matchup against an Ohio State team that has repeatedly avoided them in non-conference play. The Buckeyes enter the tourney on an 0-6 ATS run; just 4-11 ATS in their last 15 tries as chalk.

Syracuse, too, was a pointspread disaster area down the stretch, cashing only one winning bet in their last eight ballgames. But Western Michigan’s only win against an NCAA Tournament team came on the opening night of the season, back on November 8th, when they beat New Mexico State.

Phil Martelli’s Saint Joseph’s team hasn’t won an NCAA Tournament game since 2004, when Jameer Nelson and Delonte West were his starting guards. UConn is a Top 10 team for free throw shooting percentage; always key in this ‘short favorite’ pointspread Read more



Tags: College Basketball Teddy Covers




NCAA Tournament Betting Preview: Initial thoughts on the Midwest Region

03.17.2014     07:59 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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The NCAA Tournament field is set and like most bettors, Sunday night is spent skimming through the first round matchups and forming initial thoughts and opinions. Keep in mind that a lot can change leading up to the start of the tournament – most notably where oddsmakers set the lines and where the betting markets drives said lines. For Monday's blog, I'll share my initial thoughts and opinions with our readers on all four regions.

Midwest
The Midwest features three of the four play-in winners with Cal Poly/Texas Southern taking on no. 1 seed Wichita State, Xavier-NC State vs. Saint Louis, and Iowa-Tennessee vs. UMass... I think it helps Kansas State that it got bounced in the first round of the Big XII Tournament whereas Kentucky played three games in three days and expended a ton of energy in the 61-60 SEC title game loss vs. Florida... No clue on who will emerge out of the three-team pod of SLU/NC State/Xavier. The Billikens seem a bit overrated and have trouble scoring at times, NC State is ultra-young, and Xavier is as flighty as they come... Of course the selection committee was going to pit a former Louisville assistant up against the Read more



Tags: College Basketball Andrew Lange




NCAA Tournament Betting Preview: Initial thoughts on the West Region

03.17.2014     07:56 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
The NCAA Tournament field is set and like most bettors, Sunday night is spent skimming through the first round matchups and forming initial thoughts and opinions. Keep in mind that a lot can change leading up to the start of the tournament – most notably where oddsmakers set the lines and where the betting markets drives said lines. For Monday's blog, I'll share my initial thoughts and opinions with our readers on all four regions.

West
As much as I love the Big Sky I can't even recall the last time they were competitive in the Big Dance. Weber State hasn't faced a defense even remotely close to that of Arizona. The closest was UCLA who trucked Weber, 83-60, in Los Angeles... I just got done looking at Gonzaga's resume and man, they didn't beat anyone. They lost to tournament teams Dayton, Kansas State, and Memphis and went 2-1 vs. a so-so BYU squad. That said, Mark Few vs. Travis Ford is a mismatch. I seem to remember Dana Altman and Oregon running OSU off the court in last year's tourney... Tough matchup for Oklahoma's young squad having to take on very experienced and talented North Dakota State. The Sooners losing in the first round of the Read more



Tags: College Basketball Andrew Lange



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