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College Football Betting Podcast 12-14-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno

12.14.2017     10:54 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Thursday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno. Rob and host Andrew Lange broke down Saturday's college football bowl games.

Today's segments
Rob Veno - College Football Bowls

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Tags: College Football Rob Veno Andrew Lange

College Football Betting: Dykes to coach SMU against former team in Frisco Bowl

12.13.2017     10:00 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Well, this is gonna be uncomfortable. Following the departure of Chad Morris to Arkansas, SMU hired former Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes. Dykes, who most recently was an "analyst" for TCU, will reportedly coach the Mustangs in the Frisco Bowl against...Louisiana Tech. And making things even more awkward is that a few current SMU players wanted assistant Jeff Taylor to take over for Morris. Taylor was originally the "interim" but once the school hired Dykes, he bolted to Arkansas with Morris. Not knowing what to make of the situation, bettors literally haven't touched the game with CRIS's Dec. 4 opener of SMU -5 and a total of 70 still pasted across the board offshore.

“We want to continue to build on the success and the blueprint that Chad started. The most important thing we can do is get off to a good start by winning a bowl game,” Dykes said. 

Tags: College Football SMU Mustangs AAC Louisiana Tech Bulldogs C-USA

NBA Betting Podcast 12-13-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning

12.13.2017     02:05 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning. ER and host Andrew Lange broke down some of tonight's NBA action.

Today's segments
Erin Rynning - NBA

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Tags: NBA Erin Rynning

Sportsmemo's Annual College Football Bowl Game Prop Bet Contest

12.13.2017     11:25 AM     Printer Friendly

Check out this year's annual Sportsmemo College Football Bowl Game Prop Bet contest. Contestants will provide picks on 12 creative prop bets with a chance to win complimentary Sportsmemo service. The deadline is Friday, December 15, at 10 pm PT. If you're not a Sportsmemo Posting Forum member, sign up here for free.

Tags: College Football

NFL Gambling Alert: Green Bay's Rodgers expected to play vs. Carolina

12.13.2017     10:25 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
All signs points toward Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers starting Sunday's game at Carolina. Rodgers hasn't played six Week 6. The Packers were 4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS, and 4-1 O/U with him under center. CRIS line history shows the Panthers opened -2, were bet up to as high as -5.5, and now back down to -3/-2.5. At 7-6, this is really a do-or-die spot for the Packers with 10 wins likely needed in order to get into the playoffs. There are currently seven NFC teams with eight wins or more.

Tags: NFL Green Bay Packers Carolina Panthers

College Basketball Betting Podcast 12-12-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Andrew Lange

12.12.2017     10:50 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Andrew Lange. Andrew Lange broke down tonight's college basketball TV games.

Today's segments
Andrew Lange - College Basketball

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Tags: College Basketball Andrew Lange

College Basketball Betting Free Play: Albany Great Danes at Memphis Tigers

12.12.2017     10:32 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

Submitted by ICC blog entry.
Albany +1 at Mmephis O/U 140.5
Recommendation: Albany

There is a very good reason the Memphis Tigers are only near a pick em in this contest tonight at home against the Albany Great Danes who play out of the America East conference. Albany simply has the more talented and experienced squad. The Great Danes are 10-1 this season including 4-1 on the highway and they return much of the squad that was narrowly defeated by Vermont in last year’s America East conference tournament title game. The team is led by a tremendously talented and experienced backcourt of Joe Cremo and David Nichols who both combine to average over 34 points scored per game. Cremo has an over 50% FG shooting percentage including a sensational 26-of-47 shooting from the perimeter. The team also has a pair of senior forwards in Travis Charles averaging 14.7 points per game and Greig Stire who contributes over 7 points and rebounds per game for Albany. Albany also makes their free throws which is so important in this kind of closely contested game as the Great Danes shoot 75.4% from the FT line as a team. Memphis was able to notch a pair of decent home wins against Northern Kentucky and Mercer (the latter victory in OT) but both games were flawed wins. NKU went ice cold in the second half when they played Memphis and that allowed the Tigers to claw their way back and eventually win that game. In the OT win against Mercer, Memphis only connected on 34% shooting from the field but were the beneficiaries of a ton of trips to the foul line where the Tigers made 30-of-34 free throw attempts at an 88% clip in that game. That has to be considered a bit of an anomaly with the Tigers for the entire season connecting on just 68% from the free throw line. It’s not easy to trust Memphis in this spot either as on deck for the Tigers is a much anticipated trip to New York City this weekend to face the Louisville Cardinals making this a bit of a tricky spot for the home team. For Albany, this is a great chance to notch a solid road win outside of conference and I think the Great Danes are capable of taking advantage of this opportunity and will find a way to win this game on the highway against Memphis.

Tags: College Basketball Albany Great Danes Memphis Tigers Ian Cameron

College Basketball Betting Free Play: Mississippi State Bulldogs at Cincinnati Bearcats

12.12.2017     09:40 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
Mississippi State at Cincinnati -11.5 O/U 138
Recommendation: Under

There are only a handful of coaches in the country that you can confidently rely on to have their team ready on the defensive end after a bad performance. Cincinnati's Mick Cronin certainly qualifies. Two weeks ago, the Bearcats were punched in the mouth by rival Xavier, 89-76. They fired back by holding Florida to only 66 but lost the game thanks to 21 turnovers. Off back-to-back losses, bettors can expect a focused effort against Mississippi State tonight. The Bulldogs (8-0) are one of only a few undefeated teams remaining due in large part to an ultra-soft schedule. When asked to step up in class, MSU barely slipped past Jacksonville State (59-56) and Dayton (61-59) in Starkville. You'll notice that in both contests, the Bulldogs struggled to score which suggests points could be at a premium tonight. I used Florida as an example the other day as a defensive-minded team that fell in love with simply outscoring weaker foes. Cincinnati has had a similar experience after hanging 107, 102, and 97 its first three games. But the Bearcats are notorious slowing down the pace and grinding out games once the competition level toughens. We saw it against Florida with only 128 points on 68 possessions. Unfortunately, that total was as high as 148. Here we see a 10-point adjustment. Still, with the home side sitting on a strong defensive showing and the road team facing a massive step up in class, this projects to be a 73-58 type game.

Tags: College Basketball Mississippi State Bulldogs Cincinnati Bearcats Andrew Lange

NFL Gambling: Kansas City Chiefs a rare home underdog to Los Angeles Chargers

12.12.2017     09:35 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
The last time the Kansas Chiefs closed as a home underdog was 2014 when they were catching +3 to the New England Patriots who went on to win the Super Bowl. KC won that game 41-14. As of this morning, the Chiefs are +1.5 to the Los Angeles Chargers. Both teams have undergone massive power rating adjustments over the last month.

Kansas City's Pointspreads at home
Week 15: +1.5 vs. San Diego
Week 14: -4.5 vs. Oakland
Week 12: -8.5 vs. Buffalo
Week 8: -7 vs. Denver
Week 6: -3.5 vs. Pittsburgh
Week 4: -6.5 vs. Washington
Week 2: -4 vs. Philadelphia

Los Angeles' Pointspreads on the road
Week 15: -1.5 at Kansas City
Week 12: -1 at Dallas
Week 10: +5 at Jacksonville
Week 8: +6.5 at New England
Week 6: +3 at Oakland
Week 5: +3 at NY Giants
Week 1: +3 at Denver

Also note, Kansas City closed -3.5 at San Diego in Week 3 and won 24-10.

Tags: NFL Kansas City Chiefs Los Angeles Chargers

NFL Betting Podcast 12-11-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers

12.11.2017     10:36 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Monday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers. Teddy gave his famed Opening Line Report (OLR) in which he and host Andrew Lange discussed NFL Week 15 line moves and where bettors can expect the lines to move throughout the week. 

Today's segments
Teddy Covers - NFL Opening Line Report Week 15

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Tags: NFL Teddy Covers Andrew Lange

College Football Gambling: Washington State dismissed top two receivers

12.11.2017     09:31 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
'Tis also the season for bowl games suspensions. Washington State will be without its two top receivers with Tavares Martin and Isaiah Johnson-Mack dismissed from the team. The due combined for 130 catches, 1,386 yards, and 14 touchdowns. The Cougars are currently -3 favorites vs. Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl (Dec. 28). 

“There’s 120 people out there and over almost 30 years, am I surprised people make screwy decisions? No,” Leach said. “You don’t always know where it’s going to land, but it happens all the time. We’re far more concerned about the people here than the ones that aren’t, and I think you ought to be, too.”

Tags: College Football Washington State Cougars PAC-12 Michigan State Spartans Big Ten

College Football Betting: Michigan State doesn't sound giddy about its Holiday Bowl berth

12.11.2017     09:16 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
‘Tis the season to be miffed about what crappy bowl game you'll be playing in. The Holiday Bowl is generally thought of as "semi-decent" but Michigan State had its sights set on a trip to Florida. And if you read between the lines, it isn't so much the Spartans are playing a top 25 team in San Diego as much as it is getting passed over by rival Michigan. MSU finished 9-3 and 7-2 in Big Ten play. UM finished 8-4 and 5-4 in Big Ten play AND lost to Sparty straight up. The Wolverines get to play on New Year's in the Outback Bowl while the Spartans play on Dec. 28 against Washington State. Plenty of time to "recover" but we've seen teams fail to show up in the postseason for far less circumstances.

"I just look at it as an opportunity to play in the Holiday Bowl right now," Dantonio said. "The records are what they are. I’ll just continue to concentrate on beating Michigan and let things sort of sort out."

"Life’s about how you handle disappointments," Dantonio said. "I would not say going to the Holiday Bowl is a big disappointment. I’m excited about it. Very excited about the opportunity, so that’s where we’re going to play."

Tags: College Football Michigan State Spartans Michigan Wolverines Big Ten Washington State Cougars PAC-12

NFL Gambling Update: SuperContest consensus with fourth straight winning week

12.11.2017     08:16 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Westgate SuperContest consensus plays finished 3-2 against the spread last week. That puts the YTD record at 33-37 ATS. The top weekly play is now 9-5 ATS. The least picked Sunday side is 5-9 ATS.

2. MINNESOTA -2.5 vs. Carolina - LOSS
3. SEATTLE +2.5 at Jacksonville - LOSS
4. GREEN BAY -3 at Cleveland - WIN

Least picked Sunday side: INDIANAPOLIS +3 at Buffalo - LOSS

YTD Results
Week 1: 0-5
Week 2: 3-2
Week 3: 2-3
Week 4: 4-1
Week 5: 1-4
Week 6: 2-3
Week 7: 0-5
Week 8: 2-3
Week 9: 3-2
Week 10: 1-4
Week 11: 4-1
Week 12: 3-2
Week 13: 5-0
Week 14: 3-2

Tags: NFL SuperContest

NFL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs

12.10.2017     07:07 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers blog entry.
Oakland at Kansas City
Sunday, 10 am PT - CBS
CRIS Opener: Kansas City -4.5 O/U 47.5
CRIS Current: Kansas City -4 O/U 48
Recommendation: Over

The first meeting between these two teams was a legitimate shootout, a 31-30 Raiders victory that flew Over the total by two touchdowns. Even before the late penalty shenanigans that allowed Oakland to steal the game with an untimed down on their final play, the Over was never in doubt. The two teams combined to gain a full 7.0 yards per play, and the two defenses generated a grand total of one sack and zero turnovers in 133 total snaps.

We can expect both defenses to struggle getting stops in the rematch as well. Based on Football Outsiders advanced metrics, the Raiders defense ranks #32 in the NFL; the Chiefs #30, with both teams well below league average against the run and the pass.

KC’s defense is a sieve right now, coming off a truly dismal showing against the Jets last week – zero sacks, zero turnovers forced in 85 snaps. They allowed 38 points, 30 first downs and total 488 yards, all season highs. In fact, Bob Sutton’s stop unit has only forced one turnover in their last four games combined, not exactly a defense loaded with playmakers right now. This week, KC won’t have pro bowl cornerback Marcus Peters (suspended), offsetting the probable absence of Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle). Even with Darrelle Revis in the mix, this is NOT a good pass defense right now, bad news against Derek Carr and company.

And even without Amari Cooper, the Raiders offense will get a boost with the return of Michael Crabtree from his one game suspension. Offensive coordinator Todd Downing: “It's great having him back out at practice. He brings an energy and brings a personality that kind of gets guys going a little bit and makes it fun to be out there. It's certainly awesome to have his talent back.”

The Raiders defense is every bit as bad, a squad with a grand total of ONE interception all season, and even that was lucky – Navarro Bowman made the pick while laying on the ground in the end zone; the ball tipped right to him. And that pick came against Paxton Lynch, so they have zero INTs against anything resembling a decent quarterback this season, remarkable for a Week 14 matchup. Both teams rank in the bottom quartile of the NFL in sack percentage, which means that both Derek Carr and Alex Smith should have some clean pockets to throw from. On a beautiful sunny December afternoon at Arrowhead, we should expect a shootout.

Tags: NFL Oakland Raiders Kansas City Chiefs Teddy Covers

NFL Week 14 Betting Podcast 12-8-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Erin Rynning and Teddy Covers

12.08.2017     01:48 PM     Printer Friendly


Here is Sportsmemo's NFL Every Game on the Board Podcast for Week 14. Handicappers Erin Rynning and Teddy Covers joined host Andrew Lange to break down the entire slate from a betting perspective.

Today's segments
Full Show - NFL Every Game on the Board

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Tags: NFL Teddy Covers Erin Rynning Andrew Lange

NFL Betting News: McAdoo out, Manning back, Giants taking money

12.08.2017     09:11 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
This has gotta be worth a few points, no? The New York Giants fired head coach Ben McAdoo -- that's a good thing. They also reinstated Eli Manning as the starting quarterback -- probably a good thing considering Geno Smith is the back up. And one could argue it's the G-Men's "Super Bowl" on Sunday with a home game against rival Dallas. The market says it's worth 2.5 points with the Cowboys bet down from -6 to -3.5 road chalk.

  “It’s important to play,” Manning said during his weekly meeting with reporters. “That’s what I love to do. I love to play quarterback. I love playing quarterback for the New York Giants. That’s what I work on. Last week something different was asked of me. I tried to do to the best of my abilities helping Geno and being the backup. But if I knew, I’d want the opportunity to be the starting quarterback again.”


Tags: NFL New York Giants Dallas Cowboys

NFL Gambling: Detroit's Stafford and Buffalo's Taylor remain questionable for Sunday

12.08.2017     09:00 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
As of Friday morning, there are two NFL games with no lines or totals. Detroit's game at Tampa Bay is off the board because Matthew Stafford (right hand) is questionable. Stafford hasn't missed a game since 2011. And Buffalo's Tyrod Taylor (knee) is questionable for the Bills' matchup vs. Indianapolis. Assuming both play, power ratings show Detroit-Tampa Bay to be around a pick 'em while Buffalo should come around -7.

Tags: NFL Detroit Lions Buffalo Bills

College Basketball Handicapping: Rob Veno Power Ratings for 12-9-2017

12.08.2017     08:51 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Rob Veno blog entry.
Below are vetern Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno's power ratings for Saturday's entire college basketball card.

Rot# Date Team RVS

721 12/9 Duke -16.5
722 12/9 Boston College

723 12/9 Notre Dame -15.5
724 12/9 Delaware

725 12/9 Youngstown State
726 12/9 Butler -27.0

727 12/9 Monmouth
728 12/9 Kentucky -17.0

729 12/9 Nebraska
730 12/9 Creighton -12.0

731 12/9 Providence -4.5
732 12/9 Massachusetts

733 12/9 U.C.L.A.
734 12/9 Michigan -3.0

735 12/9 William & Mary
736 12/9 Ohio State -14.5

737 12/9 James Madison
738 12/9 Richmond -7.5

739 12/9 Marquette
740 12/9 Wisconsin -7.5

741 12/9 Valparaiso
742 12/9 Ball State -3.5

743 12/9 Wisconsin-Green Bay
744 12/9 Missouri -20.5

745 12/9 Yale
746 12/9 St. Bonaventure -10.5

747 12/9 Appalachian State
748 12/9 Akron -2.5

749 12/9 Western Michigan -3.0
750 12/9 Detroit

751 12/9 Indiana
752 12/9 Louisville -10.0

753 12/9 St. Joseph's
754 12/9 Temple -14.5

755 12/9 Alabama-Birmingham
756 12/9 Auburn -11.0

757 12/9 Pennsylvania
758 12/9 Dayton -6.5

759 12/9 DePaul -5.5
760 12/9 Illinois-Chicago

761 12/9 Mississippi
762 12/9 Middle Tennessee State -7.0

763 12/9 Wichita State -8.5
764 12/9 Oklahoma State

765 12/9 George Washington
766 12/9 Penn State -12.5

767 12/9 Kent State
768 12/9 Wright State -3.5

769 12/9 California
770 12/9 San Diego State -15.5

771 12/9 Pacific
772 12/9 Wyoming -6.5

773 12/9 Bowling Green
774 12/9 Old Dominion -16.0

775 12/9 Coastal Carolina
776 12/9 South Carolina -14.0

777 12/9 Colorado
778 12/9 Xavier -17.5

779 12/9 Marshall
780 12/9 Toledo -6.5

781 12/9 Houston -7.5
782 12/9 St. Louis

783 12/9 Tulsa
784 12/9 Kansas State -12.5

785 12/9 West Virginia -17.0
786 12/9 Pittsburgh

787 12/9 Minnesota -0.5
788 12/9 Arkansas

789 12/9 Utah State
790 12/9 Utah -11.0

791 12/9 Washington State
792 12/9 Texas-El Paso -1.0

793 12/9 Loyola-Marymount -5.5
794 12/9 Cal State-Northridge

795 12/9 San Jose State
796 12/9 Portland -2.0

797 12/9 Alabama
798 12/9 Arizona -9.5

799 12/9 Fresno State -9.0
800 12/9 Cal Poly-SLO

801 12/9 Long Beach State
802 12/9 Pepperdine -2.0

803 12/9 Illinois
804 12/9 U.N.L.V. -9.0

805 12/9 V.C.U.
806 12/9 Seton Hall -14.5

807 12/9 Cincinnati -1.5
808 12/9 Florida

809 12/9 Tennessee Tech
810 12/9 Central Michigan -6.5

811 12/9 IPFW -0.5
812 12/9 Miami (Ohio)

813 12/9 Murray State
814 12/9 Illinois State -3.5

815 12/9 Canisius
816 12/9 Evansville -5.5

817 12/9 Montana
818 12/9 Georgia State -7.0

819 12/9 Sacramento State
820 12/9 Boise State -23.5

821 12/9 Cal-Santa Barbara
822 12/9 Montana State -2.5

823 12/9 Weber State
824 12/9 B.Y.U. -16.5

825 12/9 Nebraska-Omaha
826 12/9 Drake -6.0

827 12/9 Southern Utah
828 12/9 Michigan State -34.0

829 12/9 Hofstra
830 12/9 Rider -1.5

831 12/9 Samford
832 12/9 Clemson -20.0

833 12/9 North Dakota State -0.5
834 12/9 North Dakota

835 12/9 Wisconsin-Milwaukee -1.0
836 12/9 Western Illinois

837 12/9 Southeast Missouri State
838 12/9 Southern Illinois -9.0

839 12/9 Northern Arizona
840 12/9 San Diego -16.0

841 12/9 Portland State -2.5
842 12/9 Santa Clara

843 12/9 Coppin State
844 12/9 Connecticut -23.5

845 12/9 Lipscomb
846 12/9 Tennessee -15.0

847 12/9 North Carolina A&T
848 12/9 Georgetown -20.0

849 12/9 New Mexico State -1.0
850 12/9 New Mexico

851 12/9 Arkansas-Pine Bluff
852 12/9 Oregon State -19.0

Tags: College Basketball Rob Veno

College Football Gambling: Bettors should be aware of coaching changes for bowl teams

12.07.2017     11:54 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
There's obviously been a lot of coaching movement since the end of the regular season. Below we've got the details on who is expected to coach those teams playing in the postseason.

UCF - Scott Frost is headed to Nebraska but reports say he and his staff will stick around for the Peach Bowl (Jan. 1).

Missouri - Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel was hired to replace Frost. He won't have anything to do with UCF's bowl preparation and there is still no word on whether or not he'll call plays for Missouri's Texas Bowl (Dec. 27) matchup vs. Texas.

Oregon - Offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal will serve as interim head coach following the departure of Willie Taggart. The Ducks play Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 16).

UCLA - With Jim Mora fire, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch will serve as interim head coach. The Bruins face Kansas State in the Cactus Bowl (Dec. 26).

Mississippi State - After Dan Mullen bolted for Florida, the Bulldogs snagged Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead. Moorehead won't be involved however in MSU's prep for the Tayslayer Bowl (Dec. 30 vs. Louisville). Running backs coach Greg Knox was named interim head coach.

Texas A&M - Special teams coordinator Jeff Banks will take over for Kevin Sumlin. The Aggies play Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl (Dec. 29).

Arizona State - Newly hired head coach Herm Edwards (LOL!) announced that he is keeping the entire offensive staff. The Sun Devils play NC State in the Sun Bowl (Dec. 29).

Florida State - D-line coach Odell Haggins coached the Seminoles in the regular season finale and will do so for their Independence Bowl (Dec. 27) matchup vs. Southern Miss.

Penn State - Newly promoted offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne will call plays for the Nittany Lions in the Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 30 vs. Washington).

SMU - Chad Morris is headed to Arkansas leaving running backs coach Jeff Taylor in charge of the team's Frisco Bowl (Dec. 20) matchup vs. Louisiana Tech

Tags: College Football UCF Knights Mississippi State Bulldogs Oregon Ducks UCLA Bruins Texas A&M Aggies

College Basketball Betting Free Play: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers at Florida Gators

12.06.2017     12:22 PM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
Loyola-Chicago at Florida -16.5 O/U 151
Recommendation: Under

After running up and down the floor and hanging 100+ three out of its four games, Florida finds itself losers of two straight. The main culprit was defense as Duke and Florida State netted 1.13 and 1.12 points per possession, respectively. And despite winning, Florida's two opponents prior to that, Stanford and Gonzaga, also posted 1.1 ppp or more. Not having John Egbunu patrolling the paint hurts, but he missed time last year and the Gators still finished fifth in the country in defensive efficiency. The bottom line is Florida fell in love with trying to outscore foes and head coach Mike White was quick to call them on it.

“You guys have heard me use the word soft with this team,” White said late Monday night. “And we use the word with our team every day and it reared its ugly head tonight. Tonight was the epitome of soft.”

Ironically, nearly the exact same thing occurred last season when the Gators dropped two straight to both Duke and Florida State. The key however was they were able to fire back in a big way the next time out with an 87-46 win over Charlotte.

Tonight's opponent, Loyola-Chicago, offers a good chance for a strong defensive showing. The Ramblers have posted some solid offensive numbers but a closer look shows they have been feasting on the weak with an opponents' offensive and defensive strength of schedule below 300. In their lone step-up-in-class, they were manhandled at Boise State, 87-53. Note too that under Porter Moser, Loyola has ranked in the bottom quarter nationally in pace. It's doubtful they'll want to trade baskets in this environment. Number creeping down but still a little value to look under the total.

Tags: College Basketball Loyola-Chicago Ramblers Florida Gators Andrew Lange

NBA Betting Podcast 12-6-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning

12.06.2017     12:05 PM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Wednesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Erin Rynning. ER and host Andrew Lange broke down some of tonight's NBA action.

Today's segments
Erin Rynning - NBA

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ITunes users can subscribe to the show by searching "Sportsmemo" in the podcast directory.

Tags: NBA Erin Rynning

NHL Handicapper Free Betting Pick: New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins

12.05.2017     11:14 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

Submitted by ICC blog entry.
NY Rangers at Pittsburgh -160 O/U 6
Recommendation: Over

The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins are both playing good hockey right now and an offensive surge on both sides is the main reason for it. The Rangers have scored 3+ goals in 8 of their last 10 games. Pittsburgh during their current four- game win streak have potted 19 goals during that span. The series history between these two teams points to one high scoring game after another. The Over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 head-to-head meetings overall between the Rangers and Penguins including 5-0-1 to the Over in the last six games between the clubs here in Pittsburgh. Henrik Lundqvist gave up five goals to Pittsburgh when he faced them earlier this season in a game that flew Over the total ending up 5-4 in favor of the Penguins. Pittsburgh has been forced to start their backup goalie Tristan Jarry each night out and he has been strong so far in relief of injured #1 netminder Matt Murray but he was also the benefactor of facing the offensively challenged Buffalo Sabres in each of his last two starts and they are one of the worst offensive teams in the NHL. This will be a tougher task for Jarry tonight facing a NY Rangers team that has been finding the back of the net with regularity in recent weeks. Expect goals in bunches and the recent over trending series history to continue tonight.

Tags: NHL New York Rangers Pittsburgh Penguins Ian Cameron

College Basketball Betting Podcast 12-5-2017 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno

12.05.2017     10:59 AM     Printer Friendly blog entry.
Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno. Rob and host Andrew Lange broke down tonight's power conference college basketball games.

Today's segments
Rob Veno - College Basketball

To listen to past shows, be sure to visit our Sportsmemo Podcast Homepage.

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Tags: College Basketball Rob Veno Andrew Lange

College Basketball Betting Free Play: Virginia Cavaliers at West Virginia Mountaineers

12.05.2017     09:10 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Andrew Lange blog entry.
Virginia at West Virginia -4 O/U 134.5
Recommendation: Under

The personnel may be slightly different but stylistically, this year's West Virginia and Virginia squads are the same as they've always been under their respective head coaches. Under Bob Huggins, the Mountaineers are once again turning games into chaos by pressing and attempting to force turnovers. Virginia meanwhile continues to grind and not get baited into any sort of up-and-down affair. Two years ago, with a closing total of 135, both teams met at Madison Square Garden with the Cavaliers winning 70-54. The Mountaineers managed 36 points in the first half but were held to only 18 after the break. The game was actually more to WVU's liking with 65 possessions, 41 combined free throws, and 37 combined turnovers. Despite that, it still went well under the total. Last year, West Virginia returned the favor with a 66-57 win in Charlottesville. That game features only 61 possessions and went under the closing total of 128.5. Tonight's matchup opened 131.5 and was bet up to 134.5. At some point, it will get bet under. Bob Huggins had this to say about facing UVA, "A lot gets said about their defense but the reality is, they control the game with their offense,” Huggins said. “What happens is, you don’t want to go down and play defense for 30 seconds, come back on offense and take a shot in five seconds and then go back and play defense for another 30 seconds... It’s kind of like running the ball in football, you control the clock. They do a great job of controlling the clock.” Yes, West Virginia has a much easier time creating "chaos" at home but it's far easier against lesser competition and/or teams seeing it for the first time. Virginia obviously doesn't qualify under those parameters. Play this one under.

Tags: College Basketball Virginia Cavaliers West Virginia Mountaineers Andrew Lange

NBA Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Washington Wizard at Utah Jazz

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Washington at Utah -4 O/U 198.5
Recommendation: Over

The Utah Jazz have been in good form having won and covered five straight while averaging 115.4 ppg. Donovan Mitchell (21.8 ppg) along with Derrick Favors and sixth man Alec Burks have led the offensive revival which should continue tonight versus Washington. After a solid run of player imposed dedication on the defensive end of the floor, Washington is now slipping back to it old ways. The focus on defending led the Wizards to a streak of seven straight games in which they held opponents to 100 points or less. They’ve since allowed 108 or more in three of their last five and 107 ppg over that span. That likely becomes troublesome tonight against the hot Utah offense especially since Washington’s game-to-game player quotes of focusing on defense have now quieted. Without the intensity on that end, expect Utah to approach and maybe exceed 110 points tonight. The good news for Washington is that their own offense has continued to be high caliber scoring 108.6 ppg over their last five games despite being without the service of John Wall. Utah’s defense is obviously better with the expected return of Rudy Gobert but unlike the betting markets, I expect his minutes and impact to be limited. At below 200, I see strong value with the bet on the “over.”

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