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Westgate Superbook to offer more handicapping contests

03.03.2015     11:55 AM     Printer Friendly

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Famed for its NFL SuperContest, the Westgate is planning to expand is handicapping contests to other sports like college basketball, NBA, MLB, and NHL.

 

 

 

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NBA Handicapping: Mavericks on under-the-total hot streak

03.03.2015     11:49 AM     Printer Friendly

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Good article on the Dallas Mavericks' recent defensive improvements despite being without the services of Rajon Rondo and Tyson Chandler for multiple games. The increase in defensive play coupled with a few sub-par shooting nights has resulted in eight straight games going under the total.


"Our focus is a lot more on the defensive end of the floor," Rondo said after the Mavs' 102-93 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. "Offense never wins championships. Scoring 108 or whatever we were scoring means nothing if you're giving up 105 or 110.

"Guys are understanding what we need to accomplish," reserve guard Devin Harris said. "Our help-side defense is impacted. We've always had Tyson in the middle, but I think we're doing a better job of closing the gaps, forcing people to shoot more jump shots, forcing skip passes and things that we've been emphasizing all year long. I think guys are really honing in on that.



 


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NBA Handicapping: Nuggets fire Brian Shaw...finally

03.03.2015     10:38 AM     Printer Friendly

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The Denver Nuggets finally disposed of drunk girlfriend Brian Shaw following a 2-19 SU, 5-15-1 ATS hot streak. Assistant coach Melvin Hunt will take over the remainder of the campaign. The Nuggets play host to Milwaukee tonight. The Bucks were bet from -5 to -6.

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College Basketball Betting Podcast 3-3-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno

03.03.2015     10:20 AM     Printer Friendly

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Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno. Rob and host Andrew Lange broke down tonight's college basketball card.

Today's segments 
Rob Veno - College Basketball

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

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

Tags: College Basketball Rob Veno Andrew Lange



College Basketball Betting Alert: West Virginia may be without Staten and Browne vs. Kansas

03.03.2015     10:18 AM     Printer Friendly

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As of this morning, West Virginia's Juwan Staten and Gary Browne are listed as doubtful for tonight's game at Kansas. At 22-7, 10-6 Big XII the Mountaineers are a lock for the NCAA Tournament and don't play again until Saturday's regular season finale vs. Oklahoma State.


“Gary [Browne] and Juwan [Staten] understand – the worst thing about losing Juwan is that he knows. He knows where guys are supposed to come open and when they're supposed to come open. So he delivers the ball better. That's because he's been out there for three years. Gary is the next guy in line that understands because, again, he's been out there,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said following Saturday's loss at Baylor.



 

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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Ole Miss Rebels at Alabama Crimson Tide

03.03.2015     10:09 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Ole Miss +2 at Alabama O/U 131.5 
Recommendation: Ole Miss


Not trusting of Alabama in the role of a favorite even when you eliminate the issues of not being with starters Shannon Hale and Ricky Tarrant. Tarrant has been out from nearly a month but the recent loss of Hale suggests the Crimson Tide could have a real difficult time scoring the basketball. There's also the issue of Alabama's failures when asked to step up in class. Of their seven SEC wins, only one (Texas A&M back on Jan. 6) came against a high power rated opponent. Of late, it's been very formulaic: beat who your supposed to beat and lose against "better" competition. Ole Miss enters off back-to-back losses and is in desperate need a good performance. The Rebels have proven capable on the highway with five SEC wins away from Oxford including at Arkansas and Florida. In the end, there isn't a huge difference between these two squads despite Alabama not being all that visually appealing. But with injury concerns and asked to lay points, I see Ole Miss as the right side tonight.

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Donald Trump's sister is a judge in New Jersey sports betting case

03.02.2015     01:58 PM     Printer Friendly

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Those pushing for legalized sports betting in New Jersey may have caught a break. Donald Trump's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, will be one of the judges presiding over the upcoming case. You'll remember last time the case was in court, U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp, the brother of former NFL running back Marcel Shipp, ruled in favor of the leagues.


"It certainly is a lot less of a conflict of interest than Judge Shipp had," Lesniak said of Trump Barry's involvement. "It's not even close. Donald Trump was hugely in favor of sports betting. But if it's a conflict just because your brother is in favor of sports betting, that would eliminate at least 50 percent of judges."



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March is Las Vegas' biggest month of the year

03.02.2015     01:48 PM     Printer Friendly

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When it comes to visiting Las Vegas, no month is bigger than March. It's the top month in terms of tourists and also gaming revenue with over $800 million in 2014.


“It’s the cabin fever effect,” UNLV Lee Business School professor Jack Schibrowsky said. “March is usually the time of year when winter is still hanging on a lot of places, and a number of people are looking to take a long weekend to escape. Guys come out for a convention and add a couple days for a buddy golf trip, or vice versa.”



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Sports Betting Podcast 3-2-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers

03.02.2015     10:07 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Monday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Teddy Covers. Teddy and host Andrew Lange broke down tonight's College Basketball and NBA cards.

Today's segments 
Teddy Covers - College Basketball and NBA

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

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

Tags: College Basketball NBA Teddy Covers Andrew Lange



NHL Handicapper Free Play: Nashville Predators at New York Rangers

03.02.2015     08:54 AM     Sammy P Sports     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Sammy P Sports

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Nashville at NY Rangers -120 O/U 5.5 
Recommendation: Under


Today is the NHL trade deadline and if you think we've seen the last of the big deals you are surely mistaken.  The New York Rangers were very active over the weekend making three separate trades to help bolster their playoff run in the short term.  They are expecting big defensive acquisition Keith Yandle to play tonight.  Nashville comes into New York looking to straighten things out after two straight losses.  The Predators have been the NHL's best team this season, doing it both from an offensive and defensive standpoint.  Nashville ranks seocnd in the league in goals against average so expect the Rangers to have a tougher time breaking through the defense than they have these past few weeks.  New York has really added another offensive element to their game this season with the immense amount of speed through the neutral zone, but expect the Predators to put lots of defensive pressure on the Rangers tonight.  Last meeting was a 3-2 win for Nashville in early February and not once has their last six meetings resulted in a score of greater than five combined goals.  Despite some recent struggles from Vezina candidate Pekka Rinne, I fully anticipate the Predators goalie to shine tonight.  This game has all the makings for a non-conference low scoring game where both teams are fine playing conservatively.

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Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: Who has what it takes to win the Big Dance Part I

03.02.2015     08:50 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 in every year except for two, I have been able to identify the eventual NCAA National Champion among my elite level teams.   Both exceptions were the same team – UConn – making miracle runs to win the title as prohibitive longshots.

Last year, the Huskies were on the ropes in their tourney opener against St Joe’s, needing a late rally just to send the game to overtime.  Three weeks later, they cut down the nets as national champs at Jerry’s World in Arlington.  I didn’t see it coming.  Neither did the betting markets, with UConn priced in the 100:1 longshot range prior to the tournament.  And if a longshot like that wins every coinflip game in the tourney this year, I’m not likely to get it right either.

I write this article every year before the regular season is over, before the conference tournaments, before the tourney seedings are announced and before a single March Madness game has been played. And I’ve nailed the winner of the NCAA tournament four times in the last eight years, correctly predicting Florida in ’07, Kansas in ’08 and North Carolina in ’09 as well as Louisville in ‘13.  I did NOT predict Duke in ‘10, and didn’t even have UConn in the discussion in ‘11 or ‘14.  In ‘12, I picked Kansas to win the title, but it lost the championship game to Kentucky.

Here is a list of the last 17 NCAA champions and the teams they beat in the title game: Kentucky over Utah in ’98, UConn over Duke in ’99, Michigan State over Florida in ‘00, Duke over Arizona in ’01, Maryland over Indiana in ’02, Syracuse over Kansas in ’03, UConn over Georgia Tech in ’04, North Carolina over Illinois in ’05, Florida over UCLA in ’06,  Florida over Ohio State in ’07, Kansas over Memphis in ’08, North Carolina over Michigan State in ’09, Duke over Butler in ‘10, UConn over Butler in ‘11, Kentucky over Kansas in ‘12,  Louisville over Michigan in ‘13 and UConn over Kentucky in ‘14.

Fifteen of those 17 champions had very specific abilities, a very specific track record and a very specific statistical profile as a team that allowed them to go all the way.  In Part 1 of this article, I’ll take a brief look at that statistical profile and make a short list of potential NCAA champs.  In Part 2 next week, I’ll go through that short list team by team, eliminating them one by one until we reach the last team standing.

Cinderellas have reached the championship game.  Florida in ‘00, Indiana in ‘02 and the Butler teams from ‘10 and ‘11 stand out as the teams that were not among the top 16 seeds in the tournament but were still good enough to get a shot at the title.  But, with the exception of UConn’s miracle title last year, those Cinderellas have been unable to seal the deal. 

The eventual champion has been seeded no lower than #3 in every single year except ‘14, dating back to ‘97, when Arizona won it all as a #4 seed.  Before last year, you’d have to go all the way back to ‘88 for a real longshot, when Larry Brown guided the Kansas Jayhawks to a title as a #6 seed. 

20 of the last 24 national champions have been #1 or #2 seeds.  Even one I missed -- UConn in 2011 -- was a #3 seed, a factor that I couldn’t and didn’t predict at the end of February when the Huskies were in the midst of a 4-7 slump to close out the regular season.   Last year, the Huskies were a #7 seed on their way to the title.  I’m not expecting a longshot repeat!

To earn those top seeds, the eventual champion must have been an elite level team all year.  Prior to UConn’s title win in ‘11, none of the previous thirteen champions had more than seven losses.  To win the Big Dance, teams have to be better than good, or even very good.  Winning six straight games over three weekends requires greatness, and great teams don’t lose more than seven games throughout the course of the campaign.

Each of the past 17 champions was from one of the six power conferences (now seven with the Big East/American Conference split).  The mid-majors tend to measure success with Sweet 16 berths, not Final Four trips. We have seen several exceptions to that rule, like Butler’s string of upsets to reach the title game as a Horizon League squad or Wichita State and VCU’s remarkable runs to the Final Four. 

George Mason enjoyed an amazing run to the Final Four nine years ago from the Colonial Athletic Conference; a big enough shocker that we still talk about it. Memphis made the championship game from Conference-USA in ‘08 and Utah made it from the WAC in ‘98 (at the time), but those are clearly the exceptions, not the rule.

Basically, if a team is not from the Big East, American, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC or PAC-12, they aren’t facing enough tough competition on a nightly basis to get them ready for an extended tournament run.  Sorry Gonzaga – you’re not winning the title this year, despite your lofty ranking.  It’s a similar story for the likes of VCU, Northern Iowa, Wichita State, San Diego State, Colorado St, Boise State, Murray State, Davidson, Stephen F. Austin, Louisiana Tech, Dayton, Iona or Valparaiso. Those upper tier mid-majors are not going to make my ‘potential champions’ list, even though several of them have managed to crack the Top 25 and have legitimate Sweet 16 potential.

Using just the seven losses and major conference criteria alone, we can narrow the list of potential NCAA tournament winners down to the following group of 16 teams: SMU, Tulsa, Virginia, Duke, Notre Dame, Louisville, Kansas, Baylor, West Virginia, Villanova, Wisconsin, Maryland, Arizona, Utah, Kentucky and Arkansas.

This glaring fact stands out – only one team has won a national title without earning a #3 seed or better since 1997.  So let’s whittle down that list of 16 right here, starting with the four teams that have virtually no shot to get seeded that high: West Virginia, SMU, Tulsa and Arkansas. All four of those squads fall into the good, not great category.  And most importantly for our purposes, those four squads are all projected to be #6 seeds or higher right now.  I’ll bounce them from consideration here.

That leaves me with a dozen teams to discuss in Part 2 of this article next week.  I’ll wager dollars to donuts that the eventual NCAA champion will come from this list of 12:  Virginia, Duke, Notre Dame, Louisville, Kansas, Baylor, Villanova, Wisconsin, Maryland, Arizona, Utah and Kentucky.

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Sheldon Adelson's army chickens out of fight

03.02.2015     08:21 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Sheldon Adelson's silly Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling was supposed to have a debate with the Poker Players Alliance at last week's Conservative Political Action Conference. The CSIG however decided to back out for reasons unknown.


"I guess when the rubber meets the road, prohibition supporters realize they can’t backup their fear-mongering PR campaign with actual facts," Pappas said in a PPA press release. "I was looking forward to an open and fair debate on the future of online gaming, and not just because the facts are on our side. Before Congress votes on any legislation that would impose a broad prohibition, like the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), I think American voters deserve to hear both sides clearly articulate how such a ban impacts consumers, states and the economy."



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Sports betting legalization expected to take years

03.02.2015     08:11 AM     Printer Friendly

One of the topics discussed at last week's MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference was sports betting. The panelists were asked to "handicap" when sports betting would become legalized. A higher-up for the NBA said it take "years, not months." Awesome.

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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Mississippi State Gamecocks at South Carolina Gamecocks

02.28.2015     08:15 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Andrew Lange

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Mississippi State +9 at South Carolina O/U 122.5 
Recommendation: Mississippi State


Not sure why South Carolina is laying this many points against a very comparable opponent. The Gamecocks have been in when's-the-offseason mode for much of the last month. They scored an unimpressive five-point win over Missouri and beat a Georgia squad that was without its starting point guard. Unlike Mississippi State, there were expectations placed on Frank Martin's group after a 9-3 non-conference mark. But nothing has gone right as the Gamecocks can't shoot, they don't always play with effort, and Martin's perpetual foul mood has clearly worn on the players. The one thing I know I'm going to get with Rick Ray's squad is effort. Since getting blown out in its first two SEC games, Mississippi State has been outclassed only twice: at Arkansas and vs. Kentucky -- both of which perfectly understandable. The rest of their games were five wins and losses by 4, 6, 6, 4, 6, and 4. This line is based on a power rating from two months ago. South Carolina hit as high as 25th in Ken Pom and has dropped to only 70th. Mississippi State bottomed out at 245th and had slowly climbed to 161st. The gap between this two teams is currently significantly smaller.

Tags: College Basketball Mississippi State Bulldogs South Carolina Gamecocks SEC Andrew Lange



Sports Betting Podcast 2-27-2015 with Sportsmemo Handicappers Rob Veno and Erin Rynning

02.27.2015     11:10 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Friday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicappers Rob Veno and Erin Rynning. Rob and host Andrew Lange previewed Saturday's college basketball slate while and ER talked NBA.

Today's segments 
Full Show

Rob Veno - College Basketball Saturday

Erin Rynning - NBA

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

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

Tags: College Basketball NBA Rob Veno Erin Rynning



NBA Gambling Alert: Sacramento's Cousins doubtful vs. San Antonio

02.27.2015     08:57 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins (ankle, hip) has been downgraded to "doubtful" for tonight's game against San Antonio. The Kings are 2-10 SU, 4-8 ATS without Cousins this season.

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NBA Handicapper Free Play: Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets

02.27.2015     08:42 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

Submitted by ICC

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Utah -3.5 at Denver O/U 197 
Recommendation: Utah


My clients and I have cashed back-to-back winners this week against the dead team walking known as the Denver Nuggets and I have no reservations looking to get paid for a third straight time this evening. The Nuggets are shot in every sense of the word: physically, mentally and emotionally. They are 2-17 SU in their last 19 games including an 8-game home losing streak. One of those two wins was in LA when the Lakers were returning home from a long Eastern Conference road trip. There is a lot of angst between the players and head coach Brian Shaw who is somehow still employed. Denver shopped star Ty Lawson around at the trade deadline but ultimately didn't pull the trigger, and the disgruntled star was benched in the first game after the break for failing to return to the team in a timely manner. Utah missed a golden opportunity to secure its first three-game winning streak in over a year when it blew a double-digit fourth quarter lead to Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Prior to that, we’d seen some real good play from the Jazz with a 6-3-1 ATS run and wins against playoff teams Portland and San Antonio. Gordon Hayward has stepped up his game, Derrick Favors has been very productive, and Rudy Gobert has become a shot blocking low post monster since taking over at starting center after Enes Kanter was traded. Utah should bring a strong effort here against a team playing for exercise. Lay the points.

 

 

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Understanding the realities of legalized sports betting

02.27.2015     08:29 AM     Printer Friendly

Well informed article by ESPN's Jeff Ma on the five myths of legalized sports betting.


Myth No. 5: It will create greater risk for game fixing

Myth No. 4: It will damage the sports betting business in Las Vegas

Myth No. 3: It will put local illegal bookies out of business

Myth No. 2: It will create more "problem gamblers"

Myth No. 1: It will result in large revenue for the leagues



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Nevada approves Olympic betting

02.27.2015     08:20 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Nice to see Las Vegas expand its game with Olympic betting getting the approval of the Nevada Gaming Commission. We don't imagine the market will be all that big, nor will the lines compare to that of Pinnacle or other offshore giants. But it'll be a refreshing option for bettors looking for action prior to the football season. The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will run nearly the entire month of August.


“I think we’re going to do something very remarkable and add a new dimension to sports betting,” said commission Chairman Tony Alamo at the outset of today’s hearing. He said it will probably bring in a small amount of revenue, but nonetheless called it a “big deal” that “globalizes the legitimacy of what we do.”



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College Basketball Handicapping: Betting markets react to Drexel losing Lee to injury

02.26.2015     12:25 PM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
This has been public for quite some time in case you missed it, check out who's not playing for Drexel tonight.

Damion Lee: 21.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg 
Sammy Mojica: 6.2 ppg, 37.5% 3-pt.

Now the question becomes how much are both those players worth to the pointspread for tonight's game against Delaware (8-19)? The market is saying 4.5 points as the Dragons opened -3 but the Blue Hens are now -1.5. Losing Lee is huge but fading key injuries can be risky as bettors have a tendency to overreact. 


“He only averaged about 15 shots a game (14.4),” Flint says. “So he was scoring a lot of points without taking a lot of shots. That’s the one thing that he did pretty much the entire season. But it’ll be spread out throughout the entire team so guys just have to pick it up. Not one guy is just going to get all the shots.”



 


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Bettman has concerns about sports betting; knows no one bets hockey

02.26.2015     12:11 PM     Printer Friendly

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on sports betting. What's funny is Gary is well versed on the fact that virtually no one in Las Vegas even bets hockey.


This is a lot bigger deal to basketball and football because that’s where the bulk of the money is bet. For us, if you look at the Las Vegas take, we’re at about 1 percent. That has nothing to do with the popularity as it does the nature of the game and how susceptible it is to betting on it. My bigger concern if there is going to be a discussion going on is twofold. One, what is the imagery? What is the statement we want to make about sports and professional athletes? Should young people who idolize athletes and focus on sports view it as a betting vehicle or view it as something different, more akin to what it’s been?   That’s a concern to me. And secondly, there is a concern about the environment in the building. There’s nothing wrong with race tracks, but I don’t like that atmosphere compared to the atmosphere we try to have in our buildings with our fans, particularly a lot of young people. My view leans more towards the essence of sport than to betting itself.



 


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Congress slowly changing its stance on sports betting

02.26.2015     12:04 PM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
Former Rep. Tom Downey (D-NY) had some logical things to say about the current state of sports betting. Downey feels that members of Congress are becoming more accepting towards the matter.


But, as Commissioner Silver said, “times have changed.” Not the least of those changes is the moral authority of the NFL. Moreover, all major sports leagues now have affiliations with online fantasy league gambling, exempted from the sports betting ban on the argument that skill, not luck, is involved. Knowledge of which players are worth investing in requires some study, of course, but so does deciding whether the Redskins can beat the point spread on any given Sunday. 

What has also changed is Congress. Based on my years of working with Members on and around this issue, I sense a new attitude and acceptance that the time is right to do something on internet gambling.



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College Basketball Gambling Update: Nebraska seeks better effort vs. Ohio State

02.26.2015     11:53 AM     Printer Friendly

UPDATE

Our favorite dysfunctional team is back in action tonight as Nebraska heads to Ohio State. The smoke has cleared from the much publicized locker room ban but the fact remains this squad has zero confidence offensively. We expect the "effort" will be there tonight but until the Cornhuskers find a player or two who can hit a shot outside of the lane, Tim Miles will continue to provide us with excellent blog fodder.

 

“One player said he thought he had his most fun practicing the day after the Iowa game,” Miles said. “I said, ‘Great, you should have tried that 20 hours earlier.’ And we practiced hard. It was not a fun practice, if you know what I mean.”

“I’ve seen people say, ‘Is Miles kicked out of his office?’ Well, we’re not equals. This is not a marriage. It’s like a parent and child,” Miles said. “There’s actually an authority figure called a coach nowadays that’s still hanging around on occasion.”



 

 

 




College Basketball Betting: Nebraska wants to get season over with ASAP

02.23.2015     11:49 AM     View Original Blog
Things continue to head south for Nebraska as always candid head coach Tim Miles banned his team from the locker room following Sunday's 74-46 loss to Iowa. Miles had already hinted the Cornhuskers wouldn't accept a bid to a secondary postseason tournament should they even qualify. They've now lost seven of eight. NU's only win and cover during that span was when it somehow managed to pop for 76 points in blowout win over Northwestern. In their other seven games, they averaged less than 50 ppg. They close out the regular season with road games at Ohio State and Illinois and a home finale vs. Maryland.


“You never want to throw your players under the bus, but that was just beyond disappointing,” Miles said. “That’s not what we represent. I told our guys, ‘when I was at Southwest Minnesota State, to pay for shoes we used to have to go to the Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, Minnesota for a weekend and pick up trash. We were the trash guys.

“And if I had the option, we would do that tonight, tomorrow and the next day and pay back the fans the cost of attendance for their ticket. Because our fans have been so supportive and so great, and you get 15,000 people out there and you just go ‘non-compete’ mode. I thought we showed a softness and lack of leadership, and a lack of willingness to listen to leadership.”



 





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College Basketball Handicapping: Minnesota looks to get younger players more reps

02.26.2015     11:46 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
After three straight losses, (16-12, 5-10 Big Ten) Minnesota appears accepting that the only way path to the Big Dance is to win the Big Ten Tournament. But in the meantime, with three games left in the regular season, the Golden Gophers will continue to give their younger players more reps.


“I think the young guys are learning, and I think they’re picking up well,” senior center Mo Walker said. ”You’ve got to give them the court experience or they’ll never learn. … They’ll get better as time goes on.”

“As we’re moving forward, these young guys have got to get reps,” he said Saturday.



 


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College Basketball Betting Free Play: San Diego Toreros at Gonzaga Bulldogs

02.26.2015     10:29 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
San Diego +17.5 at Gonzaga O/U 133 
Recommendation: San Diego


Gonzaga is, by far, the best team in the West Coast Conference.  They’ve been destroying their WCC foes all year, to the tune of a 16-0 conference record.  But the pointspread is the great equalizer, and the Zags are just 7-8-1 ATS in WCC play; not exactly a ‘bet-on’ team. 
The Zags are coming off a HUGE come-from-behind win at St Mary’s last weekend, clinching the conference title and setting Gonzaga up as a possible #1 seed come tourney time.  
  
Senior night comes against BYU on ESPN2 this coming Saturday, followed by the WCC Conference Tournament in Las Vegas next weekend.  In between, the Zags have nothing but this tricky matchup against San Diego; a clear flat spot on their schedule.

The Zags have had trouble building margins against the Toreros even when it’s not a flat spot.  In eight meetings between these two teams since the start of the 2012 campaign, the Zags have a grand total of one win by more than the 17 point margin they’ll need to win by tonight in order to cover the number.  Both meetings last year, including the one here in Spokane, were decided by three points.

The Zags were held to 60 points, playing at San Diego’s pace in the first meeting between these two teams this year, a 12 point Gonzaga victory. It’s surely worth noting that due to the slow pace of the game that San Diego shot less than 27% from the floor in that contest – a season worst -- and STILL only lost by a dozen to this elite Zags team.

Gonzaga has won 21 consecutive league games.  Their last loss came to these same Toreros.  San Diego just lost by 13 at BYU and in OT to St Mary’s in their last two games – they’re not getting blown off the floor by anyone, even in hostile environments.  And the Toreros haven’t lost a single game by more than 13 points all year – it’s hard to build margins against them because they slow the game down so much.  Tonight’s game might not be pretty, but I’m expecting another relatively competitive defeat from San Diego in this inflated pointspread range tonight.

Tags: College Basketball San Diego Toreros Goznaga Bulldogs Teddy Covers






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