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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wise Guy Report: Who Has What It Takes to Win the Big Dance Part I

02.24.2014     07:43 AM     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 every year except for one, I have been able to identify the eventual NCAA National Champion among my elite level teams.

Last year was no exception. Here’s what I wrote about Louisville in my ‘Who Has What It Takes’ article from 2013: “The Cardinals have star power, depth, experience and talent. They rebound, play defense and win games consistently away from home. Rick Pitino’s squad meets all the criteria that has been effective at predicting past championship. Plain and simple, Louisville has what it takes to win it all.” Louisville, of course, was the last team standing in the 68 team field last year, winning the national championship over Michigan.

Past predictions do not necessarily indicate future success, but I’ll stand by my track record in this article. Remember, as always, this gets written before the regular season is over, before the conference tournaments, before the seedings are announced and before a single tournament game has been played.

I’ve nailed the winner of the NCAA tournament four Read more



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NBA Handicapper Free Play: San Antonio Spurs at Phoenix Suns

02.21.2014     10:17 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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San Antonio -1.5 at Phoenix O/U 208.5
Recommendation: San Antonio


My clients and I have already cashed four winning bets supporting San Antonio on their annual ‘Rodeo Road Trip’. And we’ve got another prime opportunity to make money riding the Spurs as they close out their extended trip tonight in Phoenix.

The Spurs go through this February stretch every season, and just about every season, they make money for their supporters.  They went 7-2 SU on this trip last year, 8-1 SU on this trip in 2012 and 6-3 SU on the trip in 2011.  I could go back further, but you get the point.  It’s surely worth noting that the Spurs have closed out their successful trips with a victory in their last Rodeo Road Trip game in each of the last three years.

“Spurs head coach Greg Popovich gets the point too.  “This is a time when we always try to make hay. Historically, that ‘Rodeo Road Trip’; that time before, Read more



Tags: NBA San Antonio Spurs Phoenix Suns Teddy Covers




College Basketball Gambling: UMass tries to hang on to the basketball vs. VCU

02.21.2014     07:27 AM     Printer Friendly
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VCU at UMass -1.5 O/U 147.5

Big game on tap tonight in the A-10 with VCU traveling to UMass. Saint Louis (24-2, 11-0) looks to be running away with the regular season crown but both the Rams and the Minutemen are eying a trip to the Big Dance. VCU won and covered both meetings last season; 86-68 at home and 71-62 in the conference tournament. The Rams forced 48 turnovers in the two games.


"You just can't (prepare for Havoc), because you don't know what they're going to throw at you," he said. "They're going to be looking to key in on certain players. They press and they put (junior guard Briante) Weber on the other team's best player."

"It's always difficult to prepare for it no matter what you do, just because they operate at a different speed," he said. "We've gotten a little better at it each time, but they do what they do, and they do it very well. They're one of the few teams nationally who press all the time and play their style no matter what.

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College Basketball Handicapping: Michigan State with strong track record off of a loss

02.20.2014     07:54 AM     Printer Friendly
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Michigan State -5 at Purdue O/U 140

For the last month, Michigan State has traded off wins and losses as it enters tonight's game at Purdue off a 60-51 home defeat vs. Nebraska. Over the last two regular seasons, the Spartans are 10-2 SU, 8-3 ATS (one game was not lined) off of a loss. MSU has also been a beast on the road, covering seven of its last eight contests. Keith Appling was expected to miss extended time but played 19 minutes against the Cornhuskers. He's reportedly good to go for tonight.


“I have five Big Ten games left in my final go-round as a Spartan,” he said, “and I plan on playing in all five of them.”

“You have to act like you have on

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Tags: College Basketball Michigan State Spartans Purdue Boilermakers




College Basketball Handicapping: Minnesota's defense on the upswing

02.19.2014     12:26 PM     Printer Friendly
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Illinois at Minnesota -7.5 O/U 129.5

Article on Minnesota's recent defensive improvements. Seasonally, the Gophers rank 10th in the Big Ten in points per possession allowed (1.06) but last time out they held Northwestern to 0.81 and also puts the clamps on Indiana (0.94). They'll still have issues with the better offenses in the Big Ten but against Illinois and Ohio State (Sat.), Minny is primed for more strong outputs.


“We’ve played much better defense,” Gophers coach Richard Pitino said. “The numbers may not indicate it as much, but … [on Sunday] that was the most fundamentally sound we’ve been all year.”

“Guys are coming together and realizing that if we want to win games, we’re going to have to defend,” he said.







Tags: College Basketball Minnesota Golden Gophers Illinois Fighting Illini




College Basketball Betting Free Play: NC State Wolfpack at Clemson Tigers

02.18.2014     07:52 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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NC State at Clemson -4 O/U 120
Recommendation: Under


Like Northwestern, Clemson has played a ridiculous amount of slow paced, low scoring games. In 12 ACC contests, the Tigers have topped 120 points only four times in regulation – two came against up-tempo Duke and North Carolina and another against Boston College (122) who sports one of the worst defenses in college basketball. Last time out, despite only 53 possessions, Clemson and Virginia hit 121. That final is some deceiving as both teams had 90 points with five minutes to go. NC State is a young squad that has a tendency to let its opponent dictate tempo. In games against Duke and North Carolina, there were possessions and points galore. But we've seen the Wolfpack play grinders as well: 56-55 vs. Miami, 56-55 vs. Syracuse, 76-45 vs. Virginia. Overall, both squads average less than a point per possession in conference play and with the pace Read more



Tags: College Basketball Clemson Tigers NC State Wolfpack Andrew Lange




College Basketball Betting: Texas Tech slows things down in up-tempo Big XII

02.18.2014     07:30 AM     Printer Friendly
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Kansas -8 at Texas Tech

Tubby Smith has his Texas Tech squad playing some sneaky-good basketball of late with wins over both Oklahoma schools and pointspread covers in eight of its last ten. In a conference loaded with high scoring, up-tempo teams, Smith has wisely slowed down the pace of TTU's games. The Red Raiders average only 62 possessions per game in league play and as a result have cashed five straight unders.


“They’re a lot better,” KU coach Bill Self said. “Tubby’s done a fabulous job, he and his staff. They’re playing hard. They are on a roll right now. They are playing great. What they did in Norman (68-60 win), having them down 20 in the second half, was certainly impressive. We know how easily OU scores.”

“We’ve got to go out and be prepared to win the game,” KU sophomore Andrew White III said. “That team is tough. They’ve had some big wins this year. We need that win desperately. We’ll practice, prepare like we

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Tags: College Basketball Texas Teh Red Raiders Kansas Jayhawks




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Ohio State Buckeyes at Illinois Fighting Illini

02.15.2014     08:40 AM     Alatex Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Alatex Sports

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Ohio State -4.5 at Illinois O/U 124
Recommendation: Ohio State


Both of these Big Ten schools have had their share of problems this season. Ohio State was ranked in the top 10 before dropping five of six games in conference play. The Buckeyes managed to turns things around some by winning four of five before losing at home to Michigan last time out. Overall, OSU (6-6 Big Ten) does have nice road wins at Wisconsin and Iowa as well as home wins over Illinois and Purdue and are currently 6-6 in conference play.  Ohio State is +0.06 PPP in conference play; one of only five Big Ten teams with a positive efficiency rate. On the other hand, Illinois is just 3-9 in conference play and is -0.09 PPP. They have a home win over Indiana and two wins over Penn State but suffered an eight game losing streak in between wins over the Nittany Lions. They Illini are coming off another loss, 67-58, at Nebraska and have been plagued by an inability to generate offense. Read more



Tags: College Basketball Ohio State Buckeyes Illinois Fighting Illini Brent Crow




College Basketball Handicapping: Injury Report 2-14-2014

02.14.2014     06:17 PM         Printer Friendly
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Michigan State senior center Adreian Payne is back and he's 100 percent healthy (and lethal) after missing seven games. Payne led the Spartans to Thursday's 85-70 home win over Northwestern by scoring 20 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Payne scored 24 points in last Sunday's loss at Wisconsin. Tom Izzo is happy to have Payne back, but he's now without starting guard Keith Appling, who has a wrist injury that has forced him to miss the first three games of his career. Appling averages 15.0 points and 4.9 assists per game. He continues to get treatment but is probably at least a week away from returning. Branden Dawson remains out (hand) and won't be back for at least two more weeks.

Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid is listed as 'questionable' for Saturday's home game vs. TCU, but I'll be very surprised if he plays. Bill Self clearly indicated after Monday's loss at Kansas St. that Embiid needed some rest before the stretch drive. Embiid has been bothered by a sprained knee and an ailing back, and his presence certainly isn't required against the Horned Frogs. Embiid averages 10.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game. Also, the status of Jamari Taylor is Read more



Tags: College Basketball Brian Edwards




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Canisius Golden Griffins at Niagara Purple Eagles

02.14.2014     09:48 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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Canisius -4.5 at Niagara O/U 158
Recommendation: Canisius


We cashed in with a MAAC road favorite last night in Manhattan’s 86-69 blowout win over Rider and I think we have another rock solid opportunity tonight backing another road favorite with Canisius. Despite being one of the worst teams in the MAAC, Niagara has stepped up with two of its better efforts in their last two home games against conference powers Iona and Manhattan. Niagara lost those two games by a single point. Those were bitter defeats for the Purple Eagles who had opportunities but failed to get that key basket or defensive stop down the stretch to turn. This could be a tough situation for a full effort while the Golden Griffins are likely to be in a focused and intense mood after dropping two straight to Iona and Manhattan.

Canisius defeated Niagara in the previous meeting earlier this season 87-74. Niagara had no answers defensively for Billy Baron who piled up 31 points on 10-for-17 shooting. Niagara’s only real offensive threat, Antoine Mason, got his points in the previous meeting but the Griffins did a good job of keeping everyone else under wraps. Chris Read more



Tags: College Basketball Canisius Golden Griffins Niagara Purple Eagles Ian Cameron



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