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Blog Headlines

Inside Wichita State’s 100-Unit Statement Win

I racked up another 100-Unit winner on Saturday when Wichita State (-15) easily handled Missouri State in an 86-67 rout. I wanted to share with you what made the Shockers such a strong play on Saturday, what makes them a potentially value bet going forward and what pitfalls could lead me to reverse course and perhaps go against them if I believe that’s where our money is best invested.

Wichita State was a hot basketball team coming into Saturday. They had won eleven games in a row and covered the spread in eight of those contests. They play exceptionally…

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Network Notebook: Previewing Monday’s Blockbusters

It’s another BIG MONDAY in the ESPN family of networks. But, it’s not a blockbuster doubleheader this week. Two great games are on at the same time!

7 p.m. ET on ESPN: North Carolina at Virginia

7 p.m. ET on ESPNU: West Virginia at Baylor

All four of those teams could end up being seeded for the Sweet 16. It’s not inconceivable that all four of those teams could survive until the Elite Eight once the tournament begins next Month! But, this is definitely a season where any power program is vulnerable to a bad game under playoff pressure.

Let’s see what JIM HURLEY’S…

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Wayne Root: Gonzaga’s Loss Shows ANYTHING Can Happen!

The last time we were together, I alerted you to the possibility of upsets in these final days of the college basketball regular season. Then, late Saturday night saw one of the biggest upsets EVER!

Number one and previously undefeated Gonzaga fell as a 20-point favorite to BYU. And, that’s after jumping ahead to an 18-2 lead out of the gate! A situation like that has a 99% win rate according to the computers. But, computers still don’t realize how quickly even the best sports teams can lose their focus.

Now…that loss may not end up meaning much in the big picture.…

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Wayne Root: Be Ready for Late Season Upsets

As the undisputed KING OF UPSETS (more documented upset calls than any other handicapper in history), I want to alert you to a field that’s ripe for the picking right here in the final few days of the college basketall regular season.

We are going to see A LOT of upsets between now and the start of postseason tournaments. Why is that?

All the top teams are looking ahead to the tournaments!

It’s very hard to get young players motivated for relatively meaningless late season games when the excitement of the tournaments is just around the corner. They know the stuff that REALLY…

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An Exciting College Basketball Weekend Ahead

We’re coming down the stretch of the college basketball regular season and this weekend has an exciting slate of TV games. I’m handicapping all of these games thoroughly and will be prepared with an excellent package of betting opportunities. I strongly encourage you to join me in the moneymaking In the meantime, here are some of the noteworthy games and factors for all of us to be thinking about regarding the best college basketball games of Saturday and Sunday…

Florida-Kentucky (2 PM ET, CBS)I touched on Florida yesterday and this game is a key litmus test of their national…

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Richie Baccellieri: Preparing Your Conference Tourney Power Ratings

If you’re a sports bettor, you’re going to be spending a lot of time the next few days watching great games on TV. Be sure you take advantage of this opportunity to really pin down your Power Ratings in the major conferences so you’re ready for the conference tournaments that begin in early March.

You’re probably going to watch Florida/Kentucky Saturday afternoon. Why wouldn’t you?! What would the pointspread be if those two teams met in the SEC Championship game in a couple of weeks? Well, that’s actually pretty easy to figure out. Just look at Saturday’s settled line (once sharps…

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Network Notebook: TV Preview…#5 UCLA at #4 Arizona

This could be one of the most fascinating showdowns in the final days of the 2016-17 college basketball regular season. Yes, everyone’s waiting for Duke/North Carolina next week (a game we’ll preview for you right here a week from right now!). But, UCLA/Arizona has something that matchup won’t have...

HUGE arguments about how good these teams really are…or AREN’T!

Here’s what we mean (note that all computer data in this preview is updated through Wednesday night’s games)…

 

Current Rankings

#5 UCLA is #18 at Kenpom, #14 at Sagarin, projected for a #4 seed

#4 Arizona is #21 at Kenpom, #20 at Sagarin, projected for a…

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The NBA Is Back - Who Is Overpiced and Underpriced

THE NBA IS BACK - WE WEIGH IN ON THE "VALUES" OUT THERE AND THE "OVERPRICED" TEAMS TOO

COLLEGE BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK: THURSDAY'S MARQUEE MATCHUP

Welcome back, NBA!

The All-Star Game break is in everyone's rear-view mirror by now and so we immediately hit the hoops ground runnin' with Trade Deadline talk - what teams are really gonna be beefing up their roster by 3 p.m. ET today? - and chatter about what's gonna happen in these final seven weeks or so of regular-season play.

One thing we've always liked to do is examine what NBA teams may or may not present good "value" from…

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Jim Sez: Gotta Have A Win Teams

THE COLLEGE B-BALL MID-WEEK UPDATE:

THE "GOTTA-HAVE-A-WIN TONIGHT" TEAMS ...

NFL DRAFT NEWS & NOTES: HOW MANY QUARTERBACKS ARE 1ST-ROUND BOUND?

No doubt we're getting your vibes - everyone's getting all hot-and-bothered over the upcoming "brackets" and, sure enough, NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday is just around the corner on March 12th. So just chill!

The fact of the matter is the 68-team NCAA Tournament field may already have 40-plus "definites" as we pointed out in our earlier-week Jim Sez column but you better believe there's some real jostling for a handful-plus at-large bids and keeping with this late-season theme we'll concentrate here on a…

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Richie Baccellieri: Can You Beat Vegas Fading Bad Teams?

The last time we were together I talked about how difficult it is to anticipate which teams are going to be great against the pointspread. Even if you find an early surprise, the market will typically adjust fairly quickly.

What about the other end of the spectrum? Does it make sense to fade bad teams all through a season? Unfortunately, many of the same issues apply.

*Not all teams who are projected to be bad turn out to be bad.

*Many of those ugly teams are already on people’s “bet against” list anyway

*If you’re ahead of the curve at first, the line should…

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How Good Are The Florida Gators?

The Florida Gators are coming on strong after an 81-66 thumping of South Carolina last night. The Gators have won nine in a row and are set up for a big game at Kentucky on Saturday (2 PM ET, CBS) where they will meet for the lead in the SEC race and to move up in the fight for NCAA Tournament seed position. More importantly, Florida is still a potential value bet in the race for the national championship.

Florida is priced at 28-1 to win the NCAA title in Phoenix on April 3. They’re at an interesting spot…

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Network Notebook: TV Preview…#7 Louisville at #8 N. Carolina

There are so many good teams in the ACC right now that college basketball fans and sports bettors are treated to marquee matchups on almost a daily basis. Everyone should really be looking forward to Wednesday Night’s class on ESPN featuring #7 Louisville and #8 North Carolina. Those two are currently on the short list of legitimate National Championship threats. Just yesterday, Joe Lunardi of ESPN moved North Carolina up to a #1 seed because of their impressive recent form.

Carolina did look great last Saturday when dominating fading Virginia. Louisville has been a money team all season as you’ll see…

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Wayne Root: Feast or Famine for the Pac 12?

Since this is the week that UCLA plays Arizona again (this coming Saturday night on ESPN), let’s check in on what’s been happening in the Pac 12 as we prepare for the coming postseason. You regulars know I pay particular attention to the only major conference with proximity to Las Vegas. It’s been so great having the Pac 12 postseason tournament here in Las Vegas in recent years!

March Madness was a relative disaster for the Pac 12 back in 2016. We talked about it a lot at the time. Here’s a quick review. Outside of Oregon…it was HUMILIATING!

*Oregon was a…

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College Hoops: Best of the SEC 2-21-2017

by Jim Feist

The SEC has a bunch of teams loaded with talent, depth and athleticism.  Kentucky won national championships in 1998 and 2012 and the title game in 2014, Florida knocked on the door in 2000 getting to the title game against Michigan State, then won it all with back-to-back titles. Here's a look at some of college basketball's best teams in the SEC.

Kentucky: The Wildcats have another powerhouse young team for coach John Calipari, who likes to groom them for one year before they head off to the NBA. The backcourt leads the way for Kentucky with freshmen guards…

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Richie Baccellieri: Tough to Beat Vegas “Riding Hot Horses”

Every season there are a relative handful of teams who post excellent records against the Nevada pointspreads. It can be easy for gamblers, after the fact, to start thinking “if only I had been riding those teams since the beginning of the season, I’d have made a fortune.”

While technically true, it’s virtually impossible to anticipate in advance who those teams are going to be. First, nobody’s psychic. Second, oddsmakers and sharps tend to react quickly to teams who consistently play better than expected out of the gate. So, the strategy of “riding a hot horse” through the whole season is…

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The New-Look New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans were certainly the story of All-Star weekend, and not just because they hosted the event and Anthony Davis went off for a record 52 points in last night’s defensively-challenged display. The Pelicans made the league’s big move off the court as well, acquiring Demarcus Cousins from Sacramento in exchange for a modest package highlighted by rookie shooter Buddy Hield. Talk in the media was alive this morning that the Pelicans are on their way to the playoffs and even that Golden State needs to be concerned about a potential 1 vs. 8 matchup in the…

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Network Notebook: NCAA TV Preview…S. Carolina at Florida

College basketball fans have gotten used to thinking of the SEC as “Kentucky and a Bunch of Dwarfs.” But, Florida and South Carolina are definitely threats to make headlines in March. Florida already did that in February with a huge home win over Kentucky!

Heading into Tuesday Night’s huge TV matchup featuring South Carolina at Florida…the Gators hold a tie-breaker lead over Kentucky at the top of the SEC standings (both 12-2). South Carolina is in third place, just two games back. Can the Gamecocks make it a three-way race? Let’s see what JIM HURLEY’S key indicators stats have to say!…

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Jim Sez College Hoops Report and NBA Notes

THE COLLEGE HOOPS REPORT

IT'S THE QUESTION EVERYONE'S ASKING: HOW MANY POWER CONFERENCE CLUBS WILL BE GETTING INTO THIS YEAR'S NCAA TOURNAMENT?PLUS NBA POST-ALL STAR GAME NEWS/NOTES

Tune in to a College Basketball pre-game, in-game or post-game event these day and just about all the broadcasters are touching on the very same topic: How many teams from each conference/league will make it to this year's NCAA Tournament that tips off for real on Tuesday, March 14th?

Now keep in mind that there are 32 automatic bids - many of which are the non-power conferences - and then another 36 at-large bids that comprise…

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Jim Sez First Half NBA Report Cards - West
NBA REPORTS CARDS - HERE'S THE WESTERN CONFERENCE

One thing about the unofficial first half of this 2016-17 NBA season ... there are lots of teams that haven't exactly "stepped up to the plate" as our Jim Sez NBA Eastern Conference Report Cards included a half-dozen squads with marks of C- or worse. Ugh!

Now, as you'll see in today's column space where we have graded the NBA's Western Conference clubs, there are another six teams that get what we'd call inferior marks.The NBA has superstar power on display this weekend in New Orleans but there's some real dreg teams out there…

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Richie Baccellieri: Get Ready for A Lot of Pick-em Games!

One thing that’s become crystal clear within the past few weeks is that late season college basketball and the postseason tournaments are going to feature a lot of toss-ups. There are no obvious superpowers this season. Members of the elite tier of teams are hard to differentiate. In fact, you still see a lot of disagreement between the various computers, the polls, the selection committee, and betting market Power Ratings even though we’re past mid-February!

Things are supposed to be sorted out by now. But…that’s the deal. Things HAVE sorted out and THIS is the way it’s going to be. Everyone…

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Jim Sez NBA First Half Report Cards - East
IT'S OUR NBA FIRST-HALF REPORT CARD GRADES - TODAY'S THE EASTERN CONFERENCE

Wanna have a little fun?

Add up the first-half-of-the-season records for the last two NBA champions - the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors - and you get a composite won/loss mark of 86-25 (a sizzling .775 winning rate).

Needless to say, the Cavs and "Dubs" once again appear to be on a collision course to meet in this year's NBA Finals for a third consecutive June but does that mean they're the only ones getting "straight A's" from the staff here at Jim Sez?

Hey, we'll answer that beginning with…

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Network Notebook: Another Great Superpower Showcase

The buzz has really started to build for what’s shaping up as very exciting MARCH MADNESS melodrama in 2017. This Saturday’s schedule features two more head-to-head TV showcases involving teams that are expected to be serious championship contenders next month. Last Saturday, Gonzaga and Villanova passed what were expected to be challenging road tests (didn’t turn out that way!). They stay high atop the short list. What about these next four powers…

#3 Kansas at #4 Baylor, 1 p.m. ET on CBS,

#14 Virginia at #10 North Carolina 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN

(Note that Virginia/North Carolina has been time-changed to prime time…

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Wayne Root: Is Stage Set for an Off-the-Radar Dance Shocker?

Because all of the current powers in college basketball have at least one exploitable weakness, 2017 could be a year where an off-the-radar team gets hot in March and pulls off a SHOCK THE NATION championship run.

If the tournament were being held right now, a team like Oklahoma State would seem to be the ideal candidate. The Cowboys won for me as a PERFECT PLAY Wednesday night on the road at TCU. You could make the case that nobody’s playing better basketball over the past few weeks than Okie State. In their last 8 games…

Oklahoma State (+6.5) won at Texas…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Grind Out Profit

The heart of college basketball season is a great time to review how sharps (professional wagerers) make their living. Too many casual bettors have a “big score” or a “get rich quick” mentality. Sharp betting in the modern era is much more about playing every edge you can find as you grind out a profit with something even as conservative as a 53-55% win rate. Build your wealth slowly and surely rather than letting everything ride on one or two big bets.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Sharps do make some big bets! But those are relatively rare because:

*The softest lines…

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Don’t Hand James Harden The MVP Just Yet

James Harden has pulled out to a decisive lead in the race to be NBA MVP, at least if we measure the race by the sentiments of the betting market. Harden is the (-110) favorite, having surpassed Russell Westbrook, who now sits at (+125). There may be money to made in this race for the NBA’s highest individual honor.

Make no mistake—if the season ends today, Harden is a slam-dunk choice for MVP. He’s averaging 29ppg. That’s impressive enough on its face, but it’s also expected from Harden. What hasn’t been expected is the improved rebounding he’s offered from…

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Network Notebook: NCAA TV Preview…Wisconsin at Michigan

Wisconsin is embarrassed that they didn’t qualify for any of the top 16 seeds in the first national “unveiling” of the tournament committee’s rankings last week…and REALLY embarrassed about losing soon after to Northwestern as 11-point favorites!

Michigan is embarrassed to be seen nationally as a “bubble” team given the recent history of the program. Though, an impressive win over Indiana at least pushed them aggressively to the right side of the bubble.

Wisconsin visits Michigan Thursday night on ESPN in a game that could loom very large over potential tournament seedings the rest of the way. Both have to shine! If…

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Jim Sez Mid Week Update
THE COLLEGE B-BALL MID-WEEK UPDATE

YOU ASKED FOR IT, YOU GOT AS WE GET YOU THE SEASON'S FIRST LOOK AT "BUBBLE TEAMS"PLUS NBA POINTSPREAD NEWS/NOTES

Hey, NCAA Tournament Committee folks, your job is gonna be tougher than ever this year when it comes to sorting through the final at-large teams.

No doubt one of the real dilemmas for the committee is do you reward top-of-the-line mid-major squads ... or do teams finishing in the back-half of their major-conference standings get the nod instead?

For years and years, we've offered up our opinion here at Jim Sez ... let's get more mid-major teams into the…

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College Hoops: Best Big 10 Teams

by Jim Feist

    A Big 10 representative hasn't won college basketball 's national championship since 2000 (Michigan State), but Indiana got to the title game in 2002, as did Illinois (2005), Ohio State (2007), MSU (2009), Michigan (2013) and Wisconsin (2015), so they've been knocking on the door. Here's a look at some of the best of the Big 10 with the March tournaments on the horizon.  Maryland: The Terrapins have star power behind junior guard Melo Trimble (17 ppg), 6-7 freshman Justin Jackson (11 ppg) and freshman guard Anthony Cowan (11 ppg). They are in the Big 10's Top 5…
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Wayne Root: Can Gonzaga Shock the Nation in Big Dance?

It’s very odd to ask this about a team that’s undefeated in mid-February, and is very likely to be a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament next month. But, because Gonzaga continues to be so DIS-RESPECTED by the national media and oddsmakers….I have to ask…can Gonzaga shock the nation in the Big Dance and win a national championship?

You see…Gonzaga isn’t thought of as a “real” threat to go the distance because they play such a weak regular season schedule. The West Coast Conference is pretty pathetic these days. Nobody there is capable of scaring Gonzaga any more. I, myself, thought…

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Richie Baccellieri: Big 10 Embarrassed by Seed Projections

There wasn’t nearly as much hype for the “unveiling” of early NCAA basketball tournament seed projections this past Saturday as there was back during football for the weekly Final Four standings. But, fans and bettors here in Nevada were certainly paying attention. Amongst sharps and oddsmakers, the biggest surprises seemed to be…

*Gonzaga only being the fourth rated #1 seed heading into their game at St. Mary’s (it was assumed an undefeated team with some good non-conference wins would sit at the very top!)

*No teams from the Big 10 registering in the top 16 teams.

Sure, it’s a down year for the…

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Duke Discrepancy Highlights Top 16 NCAA Seeds Release

The NCAA Selection Committee took a page from their football brethren this weekend and released what the national top 16 seeds in the coming NCAA Tournament would be if the bracket had to be made today. As you can expect, there were some areas where opinions differed significantly from the numbers posted in Las Vegas. And as you can expect, the Duke Blue Devils were at the heart of the discrepancy.

Duke has started to play better basketball of late, winning five in a row. That includes a victory at Notre Dame and last week’s high-profile home win over…

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Network Notebook: NCAA TV Preview…W. Virginia at Kansas

There just isn’t one SUPER-TEAM this year in college basketball that’s likely to run roughshod over the Big Dance next month. All the major conferences have at least a few teams capable of getting hot and running the table. The loaded Big 12 has more than a few! Two of those square off again Monday night when West Virginia visits Kansas in a rematch that all college basketball fans should be watching very closely.

Here’s what happened in the first meeting in Morgantown a few weeks ago…

 

West Virginia 85, Kansas 69

Two-Point Shooting: Kansas 40%, West Virginia 53%

Three-Pointers: Kansas 13/29, West Virginia…

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The Washington Wizards May Glitter But They Haven’t Been Gold

The Washington Wizards are on the move in the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoff race. The Wizards have won 16 of their last 19 and moved into the #3 spot in the East. That stretch of games includes wins over Boston and Atlanta, two teams Washington is jousting directly with for playoff position in the battle to be the prime challenger to Cleveland. And speaking of the Cavs...the Wizards took LeBron & Co to overtime on Monday before dropping a thrilling 140-135 final.

All that glitters isn’t necessarily gold though, especially in the cutthroat world of NBA betting that I’ve…

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Jim Sez College Basketball Report

THE COLLEGE ROUNDBALL REPORT NO ONE'S ASKING BUT HERE'S OUR "#1 SEEDS" FOR NEXT MONTH'S NCAA TOURNAMENT

THE NBA NOTEBOOK: TRADES WE'D LIKE TO SEE BEFORE THE DEADLINE

Guess it all depends on the "eyes of the beholder":

After all, some college basketball folks believe that the real cream-of-the-crop teams this year - such as #1 Gonzaga (now 25-0 following last night's 90-60 romp at 17-point pup Loyola-Marymount) and defending champion #2 Villanova - may not be as good as some of those other teams in power conferences.

In other words, is the loaded Pac-12 - a league that includes three top 10…

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Network Notebook: #1 Gonzaga, #2 Villanova Face Big Road Tests

The top two college basketball teams in the country will face very tough tests Saturday when #1 Gonzaga visits #20 St. Mary’s (8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN) and #2 Villanova travels to #24 Xavier (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX).

That will be the toughest game of the season for Gonzaga until the NCA Tournament (possibly until the Sweet 16 round of the Dance!). Villanova is in a tougher conference…but won’t have any taller mountains to climb in the Big East than a road battle against the Muscateers (who are currently second in the league standings).

Let’s run JIM HURLEY’S key indicator stats…

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Richie Baccellieri: Kentucky a Conundrum for Oddsmakers

The surprising fade of the Kentucky Wildcats is causing headaches for oddsmakers here in Nevada and offshore. It’s not a disaster for the bottom line because the public tends to bet Kentucky year-after-year. But, how is the market supposed to price a team that’s suddenly playing nowhere near expectations?

If you’ve been watching TV games now that the nation’s sports betting attention is on college hoops after the Super Bowl…you surely know that Kentucky’s struggling. But, did you realize that they’ve just missed the spread by DOUBLE DIGITS at the end of regulation for FIVE GAMES IN A ROW?!

Kentucky (-25) only…

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Wayne Root: The Knicks are Imploding Before Our Eyes

Things were going bad enough for the New York Knicks even before they made the wrong kind of headlines Wednesday Night. Sure, they lost (again) to the Los Angeles Clippers in a national TV game on ESPN. But, everybody was talking about what happened to Charles Oakley in the stands and in the tunnel.

You’ve probably read all about it already. James Dolan had his security team go after a legendary NBA enforcer and fan favorite with predictable results. Charles Oakley is the one guy nobody should mess with! The media has been all over it. And, they’re going to be…

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Wichita State Basketball Aims For Another March Run

Wichita State basketball has been front and center for some moneymaking opportunities in March the past several years. The Shockers were a value play in years like 2013, when they made the Final Four or 2015, when they upset Kansas and made the Sweet 16. Or even last year when they started in the play-in round and won two games. And on the flip side, there was money to be made in 2014 going against a then-undefeated Wichita team in a marquee Round of 32 game against Kentucky. The bottom line? Make sure you have a handle on the…

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College Basketball’s Key Wednesday Night Games plus Super Fallout
THE JIM SEZ MID-WEEK UPDATE –WE PUT A RIBBON ON NFL ’16 WITH THE “FALLOUT” FROM SUPER BOWL LI…COLLEGE BASKETBALL’S KEY WEDNESDAY NITE CARD

When the final piece of confetti finally had fallen out of the rafters at Houston’s NRG Stadium this past Sunday night, the Super Bowl LI “critics” came out of the wood work – and they were in a hurry to pounce!

New England’s come-from-way-way-way behind to beat Atlanta 34-28 in overtime had “instant classic” written all over it (hey, we already watched the replay one night later on the NFL Network!) and there were lots of goats on…

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College Hoops: Best the ACC

by Jim Feist    The ACC is a basketball powerhouse again despite an erratic year from Duke team. After all, the Blue Devils won national titles in 2015 and 2010, with North Carolina copping a championship in 2009 and getting to the title game last season. Here's a look at some of the best of the ACC with the tournament time on the horizon.

North Carolina: Roy Williams has another talented team that crushed Wisconsin in an early season showdown, 71-56.  Junior guard Joel Berry (14.8 ppg) run the break while 6-8 junior Justin Jackson (18.7 ppg), 6-10 senior Kennedy Meeks (12.7…

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Be Cautious When Betting Oregon Basketball

The Oregon Ducks are flying high after an 85-58 dismantling of Arizona this weekend. The Ducks are tied with the Wildcats for first place in the Pac-12 and will surely move into the Top 10 in the polls when new rankings come out. They’re projected for a 2-seed in the NCAA Tournament by ESPN bracket guru Joe Lunardi. All is good in Eugene, but that doesn’t mean college basketball bettors can jump blindly on the bandwagon.

Let’s start with the positives. Oregon is an exceptionally well-balanced team. They have five players scoring in double-figures and the per-game averages range…

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Jim Sez Super Bowl Recap

SUPER BOWL LI – PATRIOTS 34, FALCONS 28 (OT)

WAS THAT A TRUE CLASSIC OR SIMPLY A CLASSIC CHOKE JOB?WE WRAP UP NFL '16 SEASON, LOOK AHEAD TO '17 AND GET YOU IN THE MOOD FOR HOOPS

The New England Patriots just didn't come back from the dead in Sunday's epic 34-28 overtime win in Super Bowl LI ... they came back from the dead and buried!

C'mon, now, nobody would have written a script that had Pats' QB Tom Brady leading his club back from a 25-point deficit in the second half – with the Atlanta Falcons up 28-3 midway through the…

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Jim Sez Super Bowl Weekend

IT'S SUPER BOWL WEEKEND (OF COURSE)

BUT THERE'S LOTS OF GOODIES ON THE SPORTS MENU...LAST-SECOND SUPER BOWL TRIVIA - JUST FOR YOU

Super Bowl LI is gonna be a bettor's paradise what with all the prop plays going along with the "traditional" sides/totals wagers but did you know that there's an "over/under" on just how many people will view the big game ... and the number right now is 116.5 million?

Incredible!

But what's been overlooked by most folks is that there's lots of other key sporting events taking place this weekend - some of the games, in fact, will take right up until…

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What The Film Says About Super Bowl LI

The quarterback matchup for Super Bowl LI is fantastic. The storyline of the league’s top offense (Atlanta) facing it’s best defense (New England) is compelling. Tom Brady’s chase for history and Matt Ryan’s quest for vindication are enough to make anyone watch. But for those of interested in turning the Patriots-Falcons Super Bowl matchup (6:30 PM ET, Fox) into money there are other great personnel battles that will make a big difference in determining who wins and who covers.

Atlanta’s defense has come on, both down the stretch and in the NFC playoffs. They’ve used edge pressure to completely…

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If New England’s Defense Can’t Solve Atlanta’s Complex Passing Patterns, The Pats Will Lose

Hate For Pats Shows It's A Lie Everyone Loves A Winner As 53% Of Americans Hope They Lose Super Bowl Cowboys 2nd Most Disliked Team

If New England's Defense Can't Solve Atlanta's Complex Passing Patterns, The Pats Will LoseSeems Someone Is Wide Open On Too Many Plays

Wiseguys, Sharps Have Not Declared Themselves As Patriots Remain 3-Point FavoriteTotals Number Is All Over Board From 57-59 Points

By Kelso Sturgeon

It is no accident I have an outstanding record in the Super Bowl, standing 12-3 in the last 15 while at the same time compiling a 13-2 mark on totals. That's…

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Maryland Basketball Faces Key Stretch

The Maryland Terrapins are 20-2 and tied for first in the Big Ten with Wisconsin, each two games ahead of the field. Yet the Terps aren’t getting a lot of respect, be it from the pollsters or the bookmakers. They’ve spent much of the year unranked and even now are only #17 in the polls. Las Vegas has Maryland priced at 52-1 to win the NCAA title. By comparison, Wisconsin is 27-1. Purdue is 40-1 while trailing the Terps by two games. Maryland’s price is closer to that of underachieving Indiana at 65-1, then it is to Wisconsin, much…

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Jim Sez Super Bowl 51 Preview
OUR JIM SEZ SUPER BOWL LI PREVIEW -

PATRIOTS, FALCONS BOTH IN THE HUNT TO MAKE SOME HISTORY

Gee, wonder how many TV talking heads you've heard dissect this Sunday's Super Bowl LI game - every Tom, Dick and Harry has an opinion (of course) but how many of 'em really give you any real substance in their analyses?

So, that's why you've come to us here at the Jim Hurley Network, isn't it?

Okay, so we'll get to our special SB 51 preview in a moment - while hoping to inform/entertain you more than the geeks at ESPN, Fox, etc. - but first…

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Jim Sez Super Bowl Notebook: Heroes and Zeroes
THE SUPER BOWL LIPOSSIBLE “HEROES” AND “ZEROES” THAT ARE NOT NAMED BRADY AND-OR RYAN…PLUS NEW ENGLAND, ATLANTA GAME-BY-GAME CHARTS…THE COLLEGE BASKETBALL MID-WEEK REPORT: BEST MENU ITEMS ON WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY CARDS

No doubt by now you’ve checked out a whole batch of Super Bowl LI “prop plays” and one of ‘em that’s been in the local newspapers and online for the past several days is the game’s MVP – most folks have New England quarterback Tom Brady right around even money while Atlanta QB Matt Ryan is in the 2½-to-1 neighborhood but who else might turn out to be the game’s hero here?

Well,…

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Could The Minnesota Timberwolves Be A Moneymaker?

The Minnesota Timberwolves are only 19-29 as they come into tonight’s nationally televised game with the Cleveland Cavaliers (7 PM ET, ESPN). The T-Wolves’ record against the spread is only marginally better, at 21-27. But recent form says something else. Over the last eight games, Minnesota is 6-2, straight-up 5-3 ATS and there’s every reason to believe that this team is rounding into form for last 2 ½ months of the regular season.

The Timberwolves are an exceptionally young team, with three 21-year-olds all playing significant minutes. And two of those kids, Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins, are easily…

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Super Sunday!

by Jim Feist

  What a difference a year makes! Last year the Super Bowl pitted two talented defenses, with the Denver Broncos triumphing under a barrage of sacks on MVP Cam Newton. This year it's a pair of ace quarterbacks in Matt Ryan and Tom Brady leading high octane passing attacks.    It's a change of pace as defense certainly has led the way of late.  Denver last year, the Patriots two years ago coming up with a goal-line stand with Malcolm Butler's interception and Seattle's crushing defense taking apart Peyton Manning's record setting offense three years ago.   This is…

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Feb
Kansas new No. 1 after Gonzaga suffers first loss

Kansas took advantage of a stumble by Gonzaga to take over the No. 1 ranking in the latest Associated Press college basketball poll released on Monday.

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Feb
Miami-Virginia Tech Preview

Miami started its climb off the bubble and into the field of 68 in its final game of January, thumping a North Carolina team that could well be a No. 1 seed next month.

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North Carolina-Virginia Preview

When Virginia and North Carolina met just over a week ago, the Cavaliers scored just 41 points in a 24-point loss to the Tar Heels, and fell in the midst of their longest losing streak in seven years. North Carolina, on the other hand, won its second straight and has since won two more in a row to bring its winning streak to four heading into its big Monday showdown with Virginia.

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Feb
West Virginia-Baylor Preview

WACO, Texas -- West Virginia and Baylor have at least one thing in common.

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Bucks-Cavaliers Preview

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Cavs' James (strep throat) questionable vs. Bucks

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MLB notebook: Rangers' Hamilton faces more surgery on knee

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is facing another trip under the knife on his left knee as he attempts a comeback from last season's reconstructive surgery.

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Rangers OF Hamilton facing more surgery on knee

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Athletics RHP Gray not cleared to pitch in WBC

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27
Feb
Patriots promote Caley to TE coach

The New England Patriots promoted Nick Caley to tight ends coach on Monday.

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27
Feb
Panthers DT Short designated franchise player

For the second consecutive offseason, the Carolina Panthers applied the non-exclusive franchise tag to the anchor of their defense.

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27
Feb
Panthers re-sign DE Horton to 2-year pact

The Carolina Panthers re-signed defensive end Wes Horton to a two-year contract, the team announced Monday.

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Feb
Cardinals DE Jones gets franchise tag

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Feb
Oklahoma QB Mayfield arrested

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Feb
Ole Miss facing further NCAA allegations

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Feb
Charlotte QB Olsen arrested on rape charge

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Alabama to hire Patriots assistant as OC

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Kelso Sturgeon a PERFECT 3-0 Wednesday Night in Hoops!
Personal Best wins 50-Unit play on Arkansas (-4.5) over Texas A&M 86-77. Chairmans Club wins 25 units on Fresno State (+8) outright over San Diego State 63-55. Won four of last six 25-Unit Plays. Best Bets Club on a 13-4 run this week after winning Wednesday with Loyola-Chocago (-12) over Drake 80-65.

Jim Hurley Goes 3-2 in basketball Wednesday night.  Blue Ribbon 1-1 with top play Arkansas (-4.5) over Texas A&M and loses buzzer beater with Duke. Blue Ribbon is 4-1 this week. Cashline 2-1 with Pitt (+6) over Wake Forest 59-63, Fresno St (+8) outright over SD State 63-55, and loses with Northern Iowa.

Wayne Root Wins Pinnacle Upset of year on Wednesday with Fresno State (+8) over SD State 63-55, and covers with Nevada over Boise State, and loses with Tennessee.

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