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College Basketball Handicapping: Zone defense becoming a thing

12.05.2013     07:41 AM     Printer Friendly
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According to one study, college basketball are playing zone at a higher rate this season. One theory behind that is teams are looking to avoid picking up perimeter fouls or hiding players in foul trouble. It also could have to do with how many mismatches there are during non-conference play. It isn't however slowing down the pace of games. Last season only two teams (BYU and Northwestern State) averaged less than 15 seconds per offensive possession. This year 20 teams can lay claim to that including Michigan State, Purdue, and UCLA. 




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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Boston College Eagles at Purdue Boilermakers

12.04.2013     12:25 PM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Boston College +4 at Purdue O/U 151.5
Recommendation: Boston College


Purdue hasn't done much of anything this year to be deserving of this price range for tonight's game against Boston College. The Boilermakers struggled against the likes of Northern Kentucky, Rider, Siena (twice), and also lost outright by 15 points to a bottom-tier Washington State squad. Head coach Matt Painter on his team's struggles: “I’ve never, as an assistant or a head coach, been with a team that can show such promise in one half and the other half lose their focus or not make winning basketball plays, not tough it out on a certain possession,” to this extent, Painter said. “It’s a hard thing, and it’s a positive that you show that you can be successful, but it’s also a negative in terms of when things don’t go your way, you’re not able to right the ship. You have to show more consistency.”

The reason for the inconsistency as well as last year's sub .500 finish is easy to pinpoint – Painter just doesn't have the talent he's accustoming to working with in West Lafayette.

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Tags: College Basketball Boston College Eagles Purdue Boilermakers Andrew Lange




NBA Handicapping: 76ers continue to play fast despite glaring deficiencies

12.03.2013     12:36 PM     Printer Friendly
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If you're looking for a blueprint of how to trend over the total in the NBA, read this. The Philadelphia 76ers are 13-5 O/U, play at the fastest pace in the league (102.8), and rank 26th in defensive efficiency (104.4).


"When you choose to play at a pace that we're trying to play at, the problems can really start there," Brown said following practice yesterday at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "We turn it over a lot, and they run at us. We take quick, bad shots and they run at us. A lot of our transition defensive problems are coming from turnovers and quick, bad shots, because we're so adamant on playing at a speed. Somewhere out there, down the road now, there needs to be a better understanding for how you responsibly play that style of play. Then, when you just get into basic halfcourt defense, it's a whole other story about accountability, define a team, all those things. And me doing a better job coaching some rotations. But our defense is most definitely a problem, and I think some of that spins

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College Football Betting: Florida State a massive favorite over underdog Duke

12.03.2013     08:32 AM     Printer Friendly
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Duke vs. Florida State -29 O/U 61.5

It is safe to say that everyone associated with the Duke football program is aware of the pointspread for Saturday's ACC Championship against No. 1 Florida State. To put that massive pointspread in perspective, earlier this season the Seminoles were laying -17 at home vs. Maryland and -21 vs. Miami – Duke beat the Hurricanes by 18 at home. But FSU is no stranger to winning by margin with only one game (48-34 win at Boston College) decided by less than four touchdowns.


"We know it's going to be a great challenge this Saturday playing the No. 1 team in the country, and we know nobody is going to give us a chance to win,'' Duke senior offensive guard Dave Harding said Monday. "That's business as usual for Duke football. We've been underdogs since the day I got here. We embrace that role.''

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Tags: College Football Duke Blue Devils Florida State Seminoles ACC




New Jersey gamblers race to sign up for online gambling

12.03.2013     06:41 AM     Printer Friendly
Since the start of New Jersey's online gambling trial two weeks ago, over 50,000 accounts have been created with Atlantic City casinos.









College Football Handicapping: Conference Championship lines move off of key numbers

12.02.2013     06:24 AM     Printer Friendly
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Early bettors got a jump on some key numbers for Saturday's conference championships. CRIS opened Auburn as a 3-point favorite vs. Missouri but it has since moved to -2/-1.5. In the PAC-12 Arizona State opened -3 vs. Stanford (game in Tempe) and was bet up to -3.5. The Ohio State-Michigan State line has bounced around with the Buckeyes opening -6.5 but down to -5.5. Fresno State hosts Utah State for the Mountain West Championship. The Bulldogs opened -3.5 but were bet down to -3 with juice. Florida State is north of a four touchdown favorite over Duke for the ACC title game. No line yet on C-USA's Marshall-Rice matchup. And on Friday, undefeated Northern Illinois is currently 3-point chalk vs. Bowling Green (game in Detroit).




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NFL Handicapping: Drive Point Averages Week 13

11.28.2013     07:21 AM     Printer Friendly
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Submitted by Stat Intelligence

Had time to put together a larger preview report than normal. What you see below are per-game Drive Point averages on offense and defense for all 32 teams…arranged in schedule rotation order. If you’re new to the website, Drive Points are only those scored on drives of 60 yards or more. Special teams and defensive scoring isn’t counted, nor are “cheap” points scored off field position. The goal is to get as clean a read as possible on “pure” offense and defense in terms of driving the field for points, and preventing the opposition from doing so.

Strength of schedule rankings from Sagarin at USA Today and Football Outsiders are in the first parenthesis (in that order) to provide some extra context for you, followed by turnover differential in the second parenthesis…

Thanksgiving Games

Green Bay: 16.3 on offense, 14.7 on defense (30-24) (-5 turnovers)

Detroit: 17.5 on offense, 15.6 on defense (26-17) (-7 Read more



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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wise Guy Report: AFC Super Bowl Contenders

11.25.2013     07:54 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Teddy Covers

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Last week, I took a break from the typical team notes column that I’ve been writing here in the Vegas Wiseguy Report since the start of the NFL season, focusing on NFC Playoff Contenders. I’ll finish that thought process this week, turning my focus towards the AFC.

I had a spirited debate with a fairly well known professional bettor on Sunday Night after the games were finished. We were both having the same problem; trying to figure out somebody – anybody – in the AFC worthy of support down the stretch as a Super Bowl contender. Frankly, there aren’t a whole lot of choices, and our debate primarily consisted of finding fatal flaws in whatever team the other guy brought up.

My power rating numbers have seven of the top ten teams in the NFL residing in the NFC (Seattle, New Orleans, San Francisco, Carolina, Arizona, Dallas and Detroit). An eighth team could join that group after Aaron Rodgers gets healthy for Green Bay.  And all three of those supposedly elite level AFC teams have problems, which is why I included a fourth contender in my discussion below.

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NFL Gambling Preview: New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens

11.24.2013     08:16 AM     ER Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ER Sports

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New York Jets at Baltimore
Sunday, 10 am PT - CBS
CRIS Opener:
Baltimore -3 O/U 40.5
CRIS Current: Baltimore -3.5 O/U 39.5
Rob Veno's Power Rating: Baltimore -6
Erin Rynning's Recommendation: Under

The New York Jets fly into Baltimore looking to extend their trend of alternating wins and losses.  While their defense looks up to task it won’t be easy for the offense.  Amazingly the Jets have gone OVER the total in 7 of their 10 games despite ranking 31st in points scored.  The offense led by quarterback Geno Smith has struggled throughout the campaign, while ranking 29th in passing offense.  Making matters much tougher for the offense will be Baltimore’s defense and the weather.  The Ravens defense is still capable, and tough to pass against with a talented secondary and ability to pressure the quarterback.  The weather forecast will make it difficult for both Read more



Tags: NFL Baltimore Ravens New York Jets Erin Rynning




Update: Dan Mullen no longer has nice rack according to reliable sources

11.22.2013     02:07 PM     Printer Friendly
Well, which one is it, Internet?

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