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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Utah State Aggies at Colorado State Rams

02.11.2014     12:36 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Utah State at Colorado State -4.5 O/U 134
Recommendation: Colorado State


Utah State’s next win and cover on the Mountain West highway will be their first.  The Aggies are 0-5 SU, 0-5 ATS in their first five conference road games, struggling in unfamiliar venues after rolling through the depleted WAC in recent years.

And the Aggies have gotten worse in recent road tilts, losing their last two contests by a combined 37 points at UNLV and Wyoming. Yes, Utah State snapped their five game skid with a 2-0 home stand, but their wins (Nevada and Boise) both came against slumping foes.

Colorado State certainly isn’t slumping right now – they’re coming into tonight’s game off two of their best efforts of the year, blowing out UNLV on this floor and beating Air Force by double digits in Colorado Springs.  The Rams have been taking care of business on their home floor – their only two losses in Ft Collins since November both came against Mountain West elites (San Diego State and New Mexico).  At 4-7 in conference play, Utah State is a long way from being an elite MWC squad.

Colorado Read more



Tags: College Basketball Utah State Aggies Colorado State Rams Teddy Covers




Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers featured on ESPN Insider

02.11.2014     12:29 PM     Printer Friendly
Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers with some college basketball mid-season power ratings posted earlier today at ESPN Insider (paywall).




Tags: College Basketball Teddy Covers




College Basketball Betting: Injuries and suspensions make Oklahoma State-Texas tricky handicap

02.11.2014     07:14 AM     Printer Friendly
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Oklahoma State at Texas -4 O/U 145.5

Losers of four straight, Oklahoma State heads to Texas sans Marcus Smart who was suspended for three games. According to Sagarin, and with Texas' home court worth 4 points, the game is a pick 'em. Ken Pom has Texas -2. Both power ratings based on teams being at full strength. Keep in mind the Texas may be without Jonathan Holmes (13.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg). He had an MRI on his knee over the weekend and is listed as a game time decision.


“We have opportunities for players to step up,” Ford said. “This is going to give an opportunity for some of them who haven’t been playing quite as much to pick up the

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Tags: College Basketball Oklahoma State Cowboys Texas Longhorns




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Arkansas State Red Wolves

02.10.2014     10:35 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

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Western Kentucky at Arkansas State -3
Recommendation: Arkansas State


Despite the current six-game streak Western Kentucky is on, I prefer the short favorite in a second time around scenario where revenge is applicable. In the first meeting between these teams, Western connected on nine three pointers en-route to a hard fought double overtime 82-77 win as 5-point favorites. That push is obviously a bit misleading since ASU played the Hilltoppers even for 45 minutes on the road. The 27 points earned on three’s is a bit misleading as well since WKU hoisted 31 which resulted in 29% overall from beyond the arc. Where ASU was firmly beaten that night was on the boards as the Hilltoppers posted a 51-37, +14 rebounding edge. Combine that with the fatigue factor of having a shorter bench and the fouling out of starting F Kirk Van Slyke and you can conclude that Arkansas State just had nothing left at the end. Expect tonight to be a different story as the Red Wolves are well rested (haven’t played in a week) and they figure to have starting forward Kendrick Washington (56.2 FG%) back in the lineup (listed as probable). I’m somewhat skeptical Read more



Tags: College Basketball Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Arkansas State Red Wolves Rob Veno




Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wise Guy Report: College Basketball Pointspread Underachievers

02.10.2014     07:56 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Last week I wrote about the four best pointspread teams in the country in college hoops this year – Cleveland State, Villanova, Wichita State and Utah. Between the four, they combined to go 7-1 ATS over the past week, continuing to cover spreads even after doing so consistently for the past three months. In other words, the markets still haven’t caught up with these teams.

This week, I’m taking the opposite approach; examining the very worst pointspread teams in all of college basketball. Why are they so bad against the spread? Will they continue to be money losers as February rolls into March? And what statistical profile do these teams have in common that will help us identify them as early as possible next year? Let’s take a look!

I did a version of this column last year at this same time (second week of February). At that time, the single worst pointspread team in all of college basketball was Indiana-Purdue Indianapolis, abbreviated IUPUI. This year, IUPUI isn’t the single worst pointspread team in college hoops only because they’re tied with South Alabama and LaSalle at the bottom of the ATS Read more



Tags: College Basketball IUPUI Jaugars South Alabama Jaguars UCF Knights Notre Dame Fighting Irish Boston College Eagles Pittsburgh Panthers Purdue Boilermakers Teddy Covers




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Creighton Bluejays at St. John's Red Storm

02.09.2014     09:38 AM         Printer Friendly
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Creighton at St. John's +2.5 O/U 143
Recommendation: St. John's


After losing five straight games, including a pair of nail-biters at the end of the slump, St. John's has caught fire. Any opinions on the Steve Lavin era in Queens are incomplete, and, if he has it his way, those thoughts from the peanut gallery will be of a positive nature.

Lavin took over at UCLA for Jim Harrick after his drama led to his pre-Athens demise in 1996-97, leading the Bruins to five consecutive Sweet 16 appearances and six straight Tournament bids before the wheels came off in a disastrous 2002-2003 year that prompted his dismissal.

Lavin, a Gene Keady protégé who paid his dues at Purdue as an assistant from 1988-1991, is in his fourth season at St. John's. He took the Red Storm to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade in his initial campaign in Queens. However, Lavin was diagnosed with prostate cancer the following year and missed most of the 2011-12 campaign, a season in which the Red Storm failed to qualify for the postseason.

Following an NIT bid last year, the pressure was on for the Johnnies coming into Read more



Tags: College Basketball Creighton Bluejays St. John's Red Storm Brian Edwards




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Nebraska Cornhuskers at Northwestern Wildcats

02.08.2014     07:55 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Nebraska at Northwestern -2.5 O/U 119.5
Recommendation: Under


It’s Saturday and that means another opportunity to bet Northwestern under the total. And the bonus is it got played up off of the opener of 117 to 119.5 which to me is crazy. Yes, we aren't getting the value of two weeks ago but based on the projected pace of this game, it'll take quit an effort by both squads – and some help from the refs and perhaps an overtime or two – to top 120 points. We know the Wildcats are super-slow and have played pretty good defense. And let's not forget; Northwestern is an amazing 5-5 in conference play so I doubt they would make dramatic changes mid-season. As for Nebraska, head coach Tim Miles seems to fully understand what is going to take place, "It’s going to be a slow game on Saturday,” Miles said. Well said, Tim. The Cornhuskers don't really have much of an identity – sometimes they play fast, other times they look to Read more



Tags: College Basketball Nebraska Cornhuskers Northwestern Wildcats Andrew Lange




College Basketball Handicapping: Injury Report 2-7-2014

02.07.2014     11:17 AM         Printer Friendly
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After missing seven straight games with a foot injury, Michigan State senior center Adreian Payne returned Thursday night in an 82-67 home win over Penn State at Breslin Center. Payne scored 12 points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out two assists and blocked one shot in 18 minutes of playing time. However, starting guard Keith Appling couldn't go against PSU due to a wrist injury. Appling, who averages 15.0 points and 4.9 assists per game, is 'questionable' for Sunday's game at Wisconsin. Also, Branden Dawson (hand) remains out and isn't expected to be back until early March.

Florida freshman center Chris Walker made his debut in Tuesday's non-covering home win over Missouri. Walker played only seven minutes, scoring four points with a pair of dunks and two blocked shots. Look for his minutes to gradually increase as he becomes more comfortable with what the Gators are running on both ends of the court.

Minnesota leading scorer Andre Hollins returned from a sprained ankle suffered on Jan. 22 to play in Wednesday's 77-74 overtime loss at Purdue. Hollins had missed back-to-back games (both defeats). He played 36 minutes and finished with eight points, four Read more



Tags: College Basketball Brian Edwards




College Basketball Handicapping: ACC pace of play remains slow

02.07.2014     06:53 AM     Printer Friendly
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Article on the slow tempo of ACC play this year. Two-thirds of the league is averaging less than 63 possessions per game and three squads are below 60.


“It’s whatever a coach feels comfortable with,” said North Carolina coach Roy Williams, whose club is the lone ACC representative in the tempo top 20. “I want to play a lot faster than we’re playing right now, it frustrates me that I can’t get us playing faster, yet the other team has a great deal to say about that. When they want to spend more time with shot clock, it does make it difficult. If it’s better players, higher-caliber teams, it’s harder to get them out of their pace.”



ACC Conference Play Tempo - 2014/13
Boston College - 61.1/63.5
Clemson - 58.2/62.0
Duke - 62.5/67.7
Florida State - 61.8/63/3
Georgia Tech - 64.8/67.0
Maryland - 68.2/67.6
Miami - 56.7/64.0
North Carolina  - 68.0/68.8
NC State - 67.5/68.2
Notre Dame - Read more



Tags: College Basketball




College Basketball Betting Free Play: St. Mary's Gaels at Loyola Marymount Lions

02.06.2014     12:19 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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St. Mary's -5 at Loyola Marymount
Recommendation: St. Mary's


We’ve got a maximum motivational spot for the road favorite here.  And St. Mary’s is matched up against a home underdog that isn’t playing any defense, has lost whatever limited confidence they have and hasn’t been covering pointspreads all year.

The Gaels hadn’t played on the road in nearly a month when they travelled to San Diego last Thursday. The Toreros slowdown style really frustrated St. Mary’s as they were held to a season low 43 points.  Then BYU went uptempo on St Mary’s on Saturday and blew the Gaels out of the gym – a quality foe at the top of their game.  St. Mary’s is too good to suffer through extended losing streaks in this very mediocre WCC conference; primed to hammer somebody tonight. 

And Max Good’s Lions are an easy team to hammer.  St. Mary’s beat them 89-61 just two weeks ago; dominating the game in every possible way.  The Gaels won both meetings last year by double digit margins as well.  A two game losing streak ensures full focus against a Read more



Tags: College Basketball St. Mary's Gaels Loyola Marymount Lions Teddy Covers



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