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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Northwestern Wildcats at Michigan State Spartans

02.13.2014     12:11 PM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Northwestern at Michigan State -14 O/U 119.5
Recommendation: Under


Thanks to a big push towards the over I see no reason not to play Northwestern under the total...again. In listening to Chris Collins, it is clear the Wildcats have zero depth and as a result must slow down the pace of the game and focus nearly all of their attention on playing defense and keeping the game close. Offensively, Northwestern has topped a point per possession once in Big Ten play whereas they've failed to top 0.90 in 8 out of 11 games. On the road against arguably the best defense in the league, it'll be a struggle to top 50 points. Michigan State meanwhile has had its issues offensively due to injuries. Tom Izzo noted that the team's desire to push the pace has been hampered because of not being able to play with the ideal personnel. The first meeting featured 94 points and 54 possessions. Even with drastic improvement on a number of fronts, topping 120 will be Read more



Tags: College Basketball Northwestern Wildcats Michigan State Spartans Andrew Lange




More proof Brent Musburger is the uncle you wished you had

02.13.2014     08:27 AM     Printer Friendly
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Here's a nice read to start your day. ESPN's Fran Fraschilla gives the scoop on Brent Musburger's "relationship" with sports betting.


When asked about Musburger's Super Bowl bets:

"We try to keep that with double entendres. We try to not let people know, but of course they do know. But Brent's at the stage of his career that I don't think he cares what anyone thinks. He just wants to have a great time, and quite frankly, at his age he absolutely loves what he's doing and I'm just thrilled to be along for the ride on these Mondays."

When asked if Musburger loves gambling as much as it seems:

"I don't think it's as big a deal as he makes it out to be, but he has a lot of friends in that world, let's put it that way."











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




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: Washington Huskies at Utah Utes

02.06.2014     09:56 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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Washington at Utah -9 O/U 141
Recommendation: Utah


I used Utah in a very similar spot two weeks ago as a Sportsmemo free play when they returned home off multiple road losses and responded in a big way by blowing out USC 84-66 as 10.5-point home favorites. They should be sitting on a good effort again as they return home following three straight losses on the highway at Arizona, Arizona State and Colorado. They lost those games by a combined 17 points including a tough OT loss vs. Colorado. The Utes are a dominant 14-1 at home thanks to 50.3% FG and 36.2% from the perimeter. Delon Wright leads the team with 16.1 ppg but Jordan Loveridge and Brandon Taylor are two other viable scoring options. Utah has also performed very well defensively at home holding foes to 40.8% FG and just 31.9% from deep.

Washington is very inconsistent – fully capable of hanging tough with Arizona and beating the likes of Colorado and Oregon but also capable of getting Read more



Tags: College Basketball Washington Huskies Utah Utes Ian Cameron




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Auburn Tigers at South Carolina Gamecocks

02.05.2014     10:19 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Auburn at South Carolina -2.5 O/U 146
Recommendation: South Carolina


Auburn hasn’t won a road game this year, and they’re riding a 1-8 ATS streak on the highway dating back to last year.  Tony Barbee’s squad lacks veteran depth, and they’ve been abysmal defensively once they leave the friendly confines of Auburn Arena; particularly on the perimeter where they’ve allowed opponents to shoot 40 percent from three point land. 

And Auburn is a tad bit fat and happy off back-to-back home wins, their first two wins in SEC play.  Even after those wins, the Tigers are still just 4-13 ATS in their last 17 against conference foes; a consistent pointspread underachiever.  And the Tigers biggest weakness offensively – turnovers in bunches; with an 0.63 assist-to-turnover ratio on the road this year – plays right into the Gamecocks defensive strength.

Sure, South Carolina doesn’t Read more



Tags: College Basketball Auburn Tigers South Carolina Gamecocks Teddy Covers




College Basketball Gambling: Big Ten road teams cashing in for bettors

02.04.2014     11:16 AM     Printer Friendly
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Article on the wild results in the Big Ten this season – a lot of which resulted in road wins. Northwestern has wins at Wisconsin and Minnesota. Short-handed Michigan won at Iowa. Penn State won in Columbus. And the Buckeyes scored a victory in Madison. Heading into tonight's action, Big Ten road teams are 23-31 SU and 32-21-1 ATS.

Team - Road ATS record
Michigan State 5-0
Iowa 4-1
Nebraska 3-1
Indiana 2-1-1
Northwestern 3-2
Ohio State 3-2
Purdue 3-2
Michigan 3-2
Wisconsin 2-2
Penn State 2-2
Minnesota 1-3
Illinois 1-3




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College Basketball Handicapping: Wisconsin and Illinois limp into tonight's contest

02.04.2014     07:51 AM     Printer Friendly
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After starting the season 16-0, Wisconsin has dropped five of its last six. Head coach Bo Ryan isn't panicking but rather taking a it-is-what-it-is approach as the Badgers head to Illinois (0-7 SU run) tonight. The defense has played a little better of late but a year removed from leading the Big Ten in defensive efficiency (0.90 ppp allowed), Wisky currently ranks 9th at 1.04.


"You're always looking for things that can shake guys out of the positions that they're in," Ryan said. "But you can't all of a sudden re-make a team. When you can take five possessions out of several of those games and if they go the other way -- four possessions, two possessions -- you're sitting on the other side. So they still have to believe in what they're doing. They still have to believe that if they position themselves correctly, block out, take care of the ball, I can't fault them there.

"They're taking care of the ball. They're getting decent looks. A couple times we had to take a hurried look because of a

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Tags: College Basketball Wisconsin Badgers Illinois Fighting Illini




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

02.03.2014     07:35 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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The Super Bowl is in the rear view mirror after Sunday’s huge Seattle blowout, which can only mean one thing – college hoops is on center stage for the next eight weeks. I’ve been writing game previews for ESPN.com/Insider, but I’ve yet to write a true college basketball overview column so far this season. It’s time!

I’m going take a look at the four very best regular board pointspread teams in the country in this week’s column.  Elite level teams aren’t necessarily pointspread winners, and bottom feeders can cash ticket after ticket if the betting markets set numbers that allow them to hang within the number as big underdogs. And the very best pointspread teams tend to be under-the-radar type squads, like the single best ATS team in college hoops thusfar in the 2013-14 campaign.

Cleveland State has a decent record, sitting in a second place tie in the Horizon League standings with a 6-3 mark in conference; 15-9 SU overall. If the NCAA tournament started today, Gary Waters’ Vikings wouldn’t even sniff an at-large bid – they’ll need to win the league tournament to go Read more



Tags: College Basketball Cleveland State Vikings Utah Utes Wichita State Shockers Villanova Wildcats Teddy Covers



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