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College Football Betting News: Clemson's win over Alabama crushed the books

01.11.2017     10:22 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Clemson's win over Alabama was not an ideal outcome for Las Vegas sportsbooks.


“It was definitely our worst college football game ever, and I’m pretty sure it was our biggest loss in a single game,” William Hill sports book director Nick Bogdanovich said.

“It’s the highest single-game handle I’ve ever seen, which proves that college is catching up,” veteran South Point oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro said. “It keeps telling me I’ve been wrong for 20 years saying that we can’t get much better and we can’t write more tickets. The public keeps telling me, ‘Jimmy, go sit down. You’re wrong.’

“The intriguing thing to me was we wrote more on that game than we did on the first NFL game of the weekend.”

Tags: College Football Clemson Tigers ACC Alabama Crimson Tide SEC Las Vegas

NBA Handicapping: Houston Rockets undefeated in second of back-to-back games

01.11.2017     10:14 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Small sample but worth pointing out as the Houston Rockets are a perfect 9-0 SU and 7-2 ATS on the second of back-to-back games this season. The Rockets are -4 road favorites against the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight.

11/1 - at New York - SU/ATS Win
11/17 - vs. Portland - SU/ATS Win
12/2 - at Denver - SU/ATS Win
12/10 - vs. Dallas - SU/ATS Win
12/17 - at Minnesota - SU Win/ATS Loss (by a hook)
12/21 - at Phoenix - SU/ATS Win
12/27 - at Dallas - SU/ATS Win
12/31 - at New York - SU Win/ATS Loss
1/6 - at Orland - SU/ATS Win

Tags: NBA Houston Rockets Minnesota Timberwolves

College Basketball Betting Free Play: Duke Blue Devils at Florida State Seminoles

01.10.2017     12:36 PM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno blog entry.
Duke at Florida State -1.5 O/U 159
Recommendation: Florida State

The disparity in depth here is likely to be an issue now that talented but short-handed Duke is without starting center Amile Jefferson. Contrast the six-man double digit minutes rotation of the Blue Devils with that of the 11 Florida State players who average nearly 10+ minutes and the difference becomes extremely visible. After losing to FSU 93-78 this past Saturday, Virginia Tech’ Buzz Williams called the Seminoles’ dozen deep the best team Leonard Hamilton has ever had at Tallahassee.

Duke presents a huge challenge even without Jefferson (team-leading 10.1 rpg and 62.9% FGs) and Mike Krzyzewski. While Jefferson’s absence creates a huge mismatch in the paint against Florida State’s pair of 7-0 centers, Duke’s perimeter players and overall shooting ability make them tough to defend. Aside from their game at Virginia Tech (89-75 loss), Duke’s schedule has been very soft that last month. It will be interesting to see how this team fares in its second ACC road game. Note that Florida State is 7-2 ATS at home this season.

Florida Read more

Tags: College Basketball Duke Blue Devils Florida State Seminoles ACC Rob Veno

NFL Handicapping: A look at this weekend's four Divisional Round matchups

01.09.2017     12:19 PM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC blog entry.
Atlanta’s offense was both visually and statistically (33.8 ppg and 415.8 ypg) dominant for much of the season. They play host to a Seattle defense that obviously has a strong pedigree, particularly in the secondary. But that dominant secondary has been exposed at times this year and was recently dealt a key injury with Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas out. Detroit couldn’t take advantage of Thomas’ absence as it was clear Matthew Stafford was not 100 percent due to a dislocated finger. And the Lions’ offensive line was banged up and missing two starters. In the end, the Seahawks surrendered only 231 total yards. It will be a much more difficult task this weekend as Atlanta’s offense is in a far better position to successfully move the football. Matt Ryan (38 TDs, 7 INTs, 69.9% completion rate) has a host of skill position weapons and like we saw against Arizona and Green Bay, Seattle can be exposed through the air. There are questions about Atlanta’s defense which ranked in the bottom third of the league in a number of categories. After struggling to run the football for virtually the entire regular season, Thomas Rawls went for 161 yards against Read more

Tags: NFL Atlanta Falcons Seattle Seahawks Houston Texans New England Patriots Pittsburgh Steelers Kansas City Chiefs Green Bay Packers Dallas Cowboys Ian Cameron

College Basketball Betting Free Play: Teas A&M Aggies at Kentucky Wildcats

01.03.2017     01:45 PM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno blog entry.
Texas A&M at Kentucky -14 O/U 150
Recommendation: Under

Contrasting offensive styles here where pace of play is concerned as Texas A&M’s adjusted tempo rating sits at 335th in the nation (out of 351 D1 teams) while Kentucky ranks 9th. Tonight’s game being played in Lexington would initially seem to favor UK imposing their style on the Aggies but the road is a place for conservative visitors to become even more conservative. Add to that, the early season results posted by A&M along with the Wildcats new focus on offense through the post and maybe the visitors from College Station can keep most of this game at a pace to their liking.

In contests against top notch offenses this season, Billy Kennedy’s crew has succeeded in keeping opponents under wraps. Against USC, the game totaled 128 points, versus Virginia Tech 133, UCLA 141, and Tennessee 136. All of those teams average 77 points per game and A&M was able to keep all of them contained. Offensively, the Aggies scored between 63-67 points in all of those games proving that they can slow down games involving high octane teams.    Read more

Tags: College Basketball Texas A&M Aggies Kentucky Wildcats SEC Rob Veno

NFL Gambling: Previewing all four Wild Card round matchups

01.03.2017     12:21 PM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC blog entry.
Saturday’s Oakland-Houston matchup is likely to be decided by which team can produce adequate quarterback play. Derek Carr suffered a season-ending injury in Week 16 against Indianapolis and in Sunday’s loss to Denver, Matt McGloin left the game with a left shoulder injury and is highly doubtful. That means bettors are likely to see rookie Connor Cook under center for a Raiders team playing in their first playoff game since 2002. Things aren’t much clearer for Houston with Tom Savage experiencing concussion symptoms and currently questionable. Savage’s status essentially forced Bill O’Brien into going back to the well with Brock Osweiler. Oakland had a noticeable lack of spirit in the loss to Denver despite having a with a chance to win the AFC West and earn a first round bye. The Raiders were physically manhandled by a Broncos team that was already eliminated from the playoffs. The biggest handicapping factor for this game is whether or not Oakland has the belief it can win a playoff game after seeing its top two quarterbacks go down with injuries. It makes sense why the total in this game is the lowest of the four games this weekend with most Read more

Tags: NFL Oakland Raiders Houston Texans Detroit Lions Seattle Seahawks Miami Dolphins Pittsburgh Steelers New York Giants Green Bay Packers Ian Cameron

College Basketball Betting Free Play: Arizona Wildcats at California Golden Bears

12.30.2016     08:49 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
Arizona at California -2.5 O/U 129
Recommendation: Under

Because of injuries and lack of depth, Arizona has been forced to slow down its tempo this season. Sean Miller even admitted that he's had his team walk the ball up the floor to essentially shorten the game and preserve his players. The Cats do get a boost with the return of Parker Jackson-Cartwright tonight but he'll be limited in terms of minutes and effectiveness. We have a pretty barometer of what to expect from Arizona's offense. The Wildcats faced Michigan State, Butler, Gonzaga and Texas A&M and netted between 62-67 points with all four games 68 possessions or lower. In only one of those games did Arizona top a point per possession. And note that none of those were "true" road games. Tonight's game is and you can make a strong argument California's defense is better than anyone Arizona has faced thus far. All but three of the Golden Bears' opponents this year have been held to below 0.90 ppp. San Diego State was the only team to top a point per possession and did so in large part because of a 31 trips to the free throw line. The Aztecs shot only 37%. And don't sleep on Read more

Tags: College Basketball Arizona Wildcats California Golden Bears Andrew Lange

College Basketball Betting Free Play: Pepperdine Waves at Gonzaga Bulldogs

12.29.2016     09:16 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
Pepperdine at Gonzaga -26 O/U 145.5
Recommendation: Over

Pepperdine has played some pretty good offenses this season and in nearly every instance, said offenses had their way with the Waves. Due in large part to a few key injuries, Pepperdine has lost seven straight and during that span allowed 84.8 ppg. A turnaround doesn't look likely this evening as they head to Spokane to take on Gonzaga who owns the 15th-rank offensive efficiency in the country. And when given the chance, the Zags are running more this season with 70 or more possessions in eight games including 82 in last week's 102-65 win over South Dakota. Most of Pepperdine's game have been fairly fast in large part because of playing from behind. And despite being short-handed, the Waves have netted 63 points or more in every game. Getting to 60 is far from a guarantee tonight as Gonzaga counters with some of the best defensive numbers in the country (0.91 ppp allowed). What's likely needed is a margin and based on the pointspread (Gonzaga -26) the second half should feature plenty of garbage time. The Zags with a good shot at hitting 90 tonight which puts the over in play.

Tags: College Basketball Pepperdine Waves Gonzaga Bulldogs Andrew Lange

Alamo Bowl Betting Preview: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Colorado Buffaloes

12.28.2016     10:47 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
Oklahoma State vs. Colorado
Alamo Bowl - San Antonio
Thursday, 6 pm PT - ESPN
CRIS Opener:
Colorado -2.5 O/U 64
CRIS Current: Colorado -3 O/U 62.5
Recommendation: Oklahoma State

Let me start by giving Colorado credit, before I make the case for betting against the Buffs in the Alamo Bowl.  The Buffs had gone 11-38 SU over the previous four seasons heading into the 2016 campaign.  Their last bowl appearance came back in 2007 against Alabama, in Nick Saban’s first year on the job with the Crimson Tide. But head coach Mike MacIntyre – the architect of a significant program turnaround at San Jose State – did it again with the Buffs this season, guiding Colorado to a 10-3 record, both SU and ATS.  That 10-3 ATS mark was tied for the second best pointspread record in the country – for most of the season Colorado was an undervalued commodity.

That being said, no Colorado player has been to a bowl game before.  MacIntyre deserves serious ‘Coach of the Year’ consideration, but the biggest bowl game he’s coached at the collegiate level Read more

Tags: College Football Oklahoma State Cowboys Big XII Colorado Buffaloes PAC-12 Teddy Covers

Texas Bowl Betting Preview: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Texas A&M Aggies

12.27.2016     01:07 PM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
Kansas State vs. Texas A&M
Texas Bowl - Houston
Wednesday, 6 pm PT - ESPN
CRIS Opener:
Texas A&M -2.5 O/U 58
CRIS Current: Texas A&M -2.5 O/U 57
Recommendation: Under

It's nearly impossible to get involved in a track meet or two playing in the Big XII. Kansas State was the slowest paced team in the league but when given the chance, the Wildcats were able to move the ball and put up big scores. KSU beat Baylor 42-21, Texas Tech 44-38, and lost to Oklahoma State 43-37. Those three teams however were three of the four worst in the Big XII in terms of yards per game allowed in conference play. And despite those three "big" offensive outputs, the Wildcats still averaged less than 400 ypg of total offense and 5.5 ypp in league play.

Texas A&M's defensive numbers aren't strong when compared to some of the elite teams of the SEC but this is still a capable stop unit. In fact, heading into October, the Aggies looked more than capable having held UCLA, Auburn, South Carolina and Arkansas to 19.3 ppg. A&M also held Tennessee to 14 points for three and a half quarters Read more

Tags: College Football Kansas State Wildcats Big XII Texas A&M Aggies SEC Andrew Lange


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