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Network Notebook: NCAA Preview…N. Carolina vs. Kentucky

It turned out that UCLA didn’t have the horses to run with Kentucky for a full 40 minutes in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins faded down the stretch Friday night in a double digit loss. North Carolina is better than UCLA (allegedly), which gives fans a shot for an Elite 8 thrill ride Sunday afternoon when the Tar Heels and Wildcats meet in Memphis.

You’re going to watch. You want to know who’s going to win and cover! Before getting to JIM HURLEY’S key indicator stats, let’s run through Friday night’s boxscores…

 

North Carolina 92, Butler 80

2-point Shooting: Butler 56%, N.…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Sunday’s Elite 8

Two games left in the Elite 8. We know for sure that the SEC will send at least one team to the Final Four since Florida and South Carolina are playing each other. Might it be two? Let’s see who the sharps are betting on to reach the final weekend of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. We’ll take the games in tipoff order.

 

IN NEW YORK

(4) FLORIDA vs. (7) SOUTH CAROLINA: 2:20 pm ET on CBS

Big move here right off the bat, as an opener of Florida -4.5 was bet all the way down to South Carolina +3. Sharps have really been…

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Jim Sez Sunday Elite 8 Previews

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT REPORT - SUNDAY'S ELITE 8 GAME PREVIEWS

It's time to round out this year's NCAA Tournament Final Four teams - so let the fun-n-games roll on in Sunday's Elite 8 hoops action from New York City and Memphis:

NCAA TOURNAMENT POINTSPREAD BREAKDOWN CHART(Results are thru the games of Friday, March 24th)Note that below we've updated our chart but here we only include any/all conferences that have played at least two NCAA Tournament games:

CONF/LGWONLOSTTIEPCTNortheast2001.000Atlantic-10310.750SEC831.727Big 12851.615Pac-12750.583Big 10861.571Big West110.500C-USA110.500Missouri Valley110.500Big East570.417American120.333West Coast131.250ACC3130.188

NCAA TOURNAMENT - ELITE 8

EAST REGIONAL - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY#7 SOUTH CAROLINA (25-10) vs. #3 FLORIDA (27-8)…

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Network Notebook: NCAA Preview…Kansas vs. Oregon

The Kansas Jayhawks sure picked the right time to peak. After a disappointing “one-and-out” in the Big 12 tournament two weeks ago, the Jayhawks truly hit the ground running in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Thursday night’s win over Purdue featured one of the most impressive stretches of basketball ever. Kansas closed the game on a 73-33 spring against a #4 seed. Hard to find stuff like that in the history books!

Now Kansas must come back two days later ready to win again. And, this time, they’re not facing a Big 10 foe (Michigan State and Purdue were the last two…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Saturday’s Elite 8

Two games to discuss on Saturday. I’ll come back about 24 hours from now to evaluate sharp betting for Sunday’s final two games in the Elite 8. Thanks to all of you who have been reading these Wise Guy reports throughout the full NCAA tournament.

We go in tipoff order today. That means starting way out West for the Gonzaga/Xavier showdown in San Jose. The winner of both of these games heads to the Final Four.

 

IN SAN JOSE

(1) GONZAGA vs. (11) XAVIER: 6:05 pm ET on TBS

Gonzaga was power-rated higher than Arizona entering the weekend. So, the opener here of Gonzaga…

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Jim Sez: Saturday Elite 8 Previews

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: SATURDAY'S ELITE 8 GAMES ARE HERE!

There's still a "pair of aces" - a/k/a No. 1 seeds - left in the Midwest and West brackets but will either Kansas and/or Gonzaga still be standing come next week's Final Four?

Get the winners in these NCAA Tournament Elite 8 games when you check with Jim Hurley's Network online or at our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 and also cash in with the other post-season tournaments such as the NIT, CBI and CIT. Plus don't forget we're banging out lots of NBA Winners too!

NCAA TOURNAMENT POINTSPREAD BREAKDOWN CHART(Results are thru…

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Wayne Root: Arizona Finally Exposed, Who’s Next?!

The only game I didn’t have a selection in this past Thursday night in the Sweet 16 of the 2017 NCAA Tournament was the Arizona/Xavier matchup. As skeptical as I was about Arizona laying a price as high as -7.5 points….it was very tough to pull the trigger on a Xavier team that was due to fall back to earth after playing so far over its head.

I should have pulled the trigger. Xavier exemplified that “us against the world” chip on their shoulder mentality that underdogs have to have in this big event. I can’t say I was shocked that…

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Jim Sez: Friday Sweet 16 Previews

HERE'S THE FRIDAY SWEET 16 DANCE CARD

It's time for us here at Jim Sez to dribble, dribble, dribble-drive our way through the remaining NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 games on this first Friday of spring ... and there's plenty of questions that soon will find answers such as:

Will the East Regional feature any more upsets after the likes of #1 seed Villanova and #2 seed Duke were exterminated last weekend in second-round play?

And will the winner of the much-anticipated Kentucky versus UCLA showdown in Memphis then be able to catapult itself to an eventual berth in next weekend's Final Four?

Ahhh, lots…

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North Carolina 4-1 Favorite To Win NCAA Championship
Tar Heels Head Into Sweet 16 as 4-1 Favorites to Win NCAA Tournament, Kansas & Arizona Both 9-2Five Handicapping Hints to Win During Sweet-16Win Surprising 50-Unit Bet on 3-0 NCAA Thursday

By Kelso Sturgeon

There are 32 teams competing in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday and Friday and while some teams have a better chance to win than do others, every remaining team has what it takes to win and/or cover the number. Las Vegas bookmakers have made #1 seeded North Carolina the 4-1 favorite to win it all.

Bookmakers have said the first two rounds of the tournament…

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Sweet 16: The Value of Senior Leadership

by Jim Feist It's important to understand and closely examine the schedule and the roster of college hoop teams. Some teams start off the season playing a bunch of cream puffs, while others face a mixture of good and bad teams.   Some schools want to get a few cheap victories over smaller schools and fatten up their won/lost record early in the season, while others want to test their teams early to toughen them up for conference play. Now it's the final stretch run for the title. This is where the weak links drop off, while the better teams advance, though…

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Thursday Sweet 16 Previews

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: THURSDAY'S SWEET 16 MATCHUPS PLUS OUR TOURNEY POINTSPREAD CHART

Okay, so it's hard to find a bigger story in Thursday's pair of NCAA Tournament doubleheaders than this still-scorching Michigan Wolverines' team - the Big 10 Tournament champs already have dunked Oklahoma State and Louisville in this "Big Dance" and now they're actually a slight betting favorite over mighty Oregon - but might a couple of other teams in action here on this first night of Sweet 16 play be ultra-dangerous as they operate under the proverbial radar?

Take West Virginia, who have a shot to bop #1 West seed…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting the Sweet 16

I hope you’re all rested and recuperated from having a few days off during the NCAA Tournament. Now it’s time to get back into action for the Sweet 16. I’ll cover all eight matchups for Thursday and Friday on this report. I’ll be back over the weekend to look at how sharps are betting the Elite Eight pairings.

Using the same format as last week…I’ll go in Nevada rotation order for the host cities, but then tipoff order at each site so it’s easier for you to follow along as the games are being played.

 

THURSDAY IN KANSAS CITY

(3) OREGON vs. (7)…

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Network Notebook: Sweet 16 Preview…UCLA vs. Kentucky

When the brackets for the 2017 NCAA Tournament were first announced, many eyes were looking ahead to a potential Sweet 16 matchup between historical hoop powers UCLA and Kentucky. Sure, we all know that upsets can wreak havoc with Dance plans. And, both UCLA and Kentucky were capable of getting taken out by dangerous second round foes. Now that the dust has settled…

IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN!

Wichita State couldn’t get in the way Sunday afternoon. Cincinnati couldn’t derail destiny in the final game played Sunday night. We get the Bruins and the Wildcats battling for survival (and a possible date with…

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Wayne Root: I’m 17-4 Since Wednesday in the Big Dance!

I told you I was looking forward to the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Now you know why!

Since this past Wednesday, my Big Dance selections are an incredible 17-4 against the pointspread, with an undefeated 4-0 record on my vaunted PINNACLE plays. Nobody in the country is on that kind of tear. Bettors celebrate records like 6-4 (60%) or 8-4 (67%)…but 17-4 is on a whole different level.

This is why WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is the only man in the sports betting industry with a star on the “Walk of Fame” in Las Vegas!

Here’s a quick recap…

Cal-Davis +3 beat NC Central outright 67-63

Middle…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Sunday’s Dance Card

More great matchups Sunday because there so few upsets in first round action. Cinderella rarely no-shows a Big Dance. So, maybe we’ll have some shockers on this eight-game card.

Let’s see how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting so far. As we’ve been doing this week, we’ll use the Nevada rotation order for the regions, but then tipoff order at each region so it’s easier for you to follow along throughout the day. Note that first up on the card is a pair of LATE starts. Be sure you’re paying attention to these starting times. The earliest tips are in the…

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Network Notebook: NCAA Preview…UCLA vs. Cincinnati

Cincinnati might be the LAST team the UCLA Bruins wanted to face in the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. And, the kids from the City of Angels already had an unlucky draw getting stuck up front in the same region with North Carolina and Kentucky!

Cincinnati plays very slow, UCLA likes it very fast

Cincinnati plays tough physical defense, UCLA wants to put on a show

Cincinnati has improved its offense, which matches up well vs. UCLA’s soft defense

It’s not quite Kryptonite across the board. UCLA is still a market betting favorite after all. But, the Bruins must shine in a style…

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Hurley Sez: NCAA 2nd Round News and Notes
HERE’S OUR “WEEKEND WATCH LIST”

Okay, NCAA Tournament, where’s all the drama?

The first two “full days” of the tourney (that’s this past Thursday/Friday) brought us zero buzzer-beaters and some 20 games decided by twin-figure margins… maybe this second round of games on this last-weekend-of-winter will bring forth a batch of nail-biters, so stay tuned!

All we know so far is the top four seeds in every region won and the twin-figure seeds that did snag victories were actually betting favorites, save for #11 USC and #11 Xavier (see wins by #10 Wichita State, #11 Rhode Island and #12 Middle Tennessee State –…

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100-Unit NCAA 2nd Round Game Of The Year Keys Winning Saturday

100-Unit NCAA 2nd Round Game Of The YearPlus 3-0 Package Topped By Another Upset Winner Get It Done Saturday

Complain All You Want But Most NCAA Seeds Right #1 NCAA Seeds Now 135-0 Against #16 Seeds 

By Kelso Sturgeon 

After more than four decades in the universe of sports betting I am hardened to all the moaning and groaning for those belonging to the Bad Beat Club. It's a shame because the so-called "bad beat" does not exist, except for one who loses when he believes he had a win and cover all wrapped but did not.

This situation surfaced in…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Saturday’s Dance Card

There were so few outright upsets in Thursday’s first round action that lines solidified very quickly for Saturday’s second round matchups. Oddsmakers knew where the lines should open because so many pairings featured known TV programs. Almost every game is within a bucket or two from pick-em because there’s so much parity amongst the major conference contenders this season. 

Let’s go game by game to see if sharps have been able to find a way to shave of some edges. As we’ve been doing all weekend, we’ll go in schedule order of the locations, but tipoff order at each location.  

 

IN…

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Network Notebook: NCAA Preview…Arizona vs. St. Mary’s

One of the most compelling games on the Saturday “Round of 32” card in the 2017 NCAA Tournament is the St. Mary’s/Arizona showdown in the West Region brackets. Not only could the game loom very large over the whole event. But, both teams played their conference tournaments in Las Vegas…which means the BETTING handle could be huge.

The locals want to get involved after watching both last week. Each team has a meaningful following in terms of market support this season (Arizona always does, St. Mary’s does THIS YEAR because they’re playing so well and cashing tickets).

And, we can’t leave out…

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Wayne Root: Finding “Round of 32” Upsets in the NCAA’s

It’s easy to get exhausted over the first two days of NCAA Tournament action. The first TV game isn’t even to halftime and the next one has begun! That happens all day, then all night. When do you come up for air?

Figure out a way!

There’s a whole new slate of games to handicap and bet on both Saturday and Sunday. As THE KING OF UPSETS, its’ my job to help you find some live dogs who are capable of winning straight up. Frankly, with so many low and medium lines, ANY underdog from this point forward is capable of winning…

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Network Notebook: NCAA Preview…Wichita State vs. Dayton

It’s truly one of the most interesting stories of the modern sports era. We have a consistently successful mid-major college basketball program that proves itself time and time again, yet the NCAA selection committee thinks they’re chopped liver!

A year ago, Wichita State was seeded #11 in the Big Dance. It was kind of a co-crime of the century along with Gonzaga getting the same seed. Both teams were market FAVORITES over their sixth-seeded opponents when they first took the floor. After winning, both teams were market FAVORITES over the third-seeded teams they took on next.

Did the selection committee learn anything?…

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Jim Sez Friday NCAA Previews

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT - HERE IS "WHAT'S UP" ON THE FRIDAY DANCE CARD

If it's "marquee names" that get you all juiced up in this year's NCAA Tournament, then Friday's 16-game card is just for you:How about looking down the list of games and seeing the likes of Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan and Michigan State all in hard-court action?No wonder it feels like a hoops party of sorts here with a great array of first-round tourney games.Go ahead ... now get dancin'!

Remember that Jim Hurley has all the NCAA Tournament winners right through the championship game on the night…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Friday’s Dance Card

Back as promised to look at how sharps (professional wagerers) are betting Friday’s games in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Sixteen more matchups to talk about today. I’ll be back with you tomorrow to report on Wise Guy money for all the Thursday’s survivors paired up in Saturday showdowns.

As was the case yesterday, we’ll use the Nevada rotation order for the regions, but then tipoff order at each region so it’s easier for you to follow along throughout the day.

 

IN GREENVILLE

(9) SETON HALL vs. (8) ARKANSAS: 1:30 pm ET on TNT

Not a lot of betting interest here from any direction. These…

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Hurley Sez: NCAA Tournament Thursday Menu
THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: HERE'S A SAMPLING OF THE THURSDAY "BIG DANCE" MENU PLUS THE ODDS TO WIN IT ALL FOR ALL THE TOP TEAMS

It's time to dance, dance, dance! The NCAA Tournament's "down" to 64 teams come Thursday morning and here we present eight different matchups on the first full day of this year's NCAA Tournament.

Remember that Jim Hurley has all the NCAA Tournament winners right through the championship game on the night of April 3rd and you can get it either right here online or at our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 - plus don't forget we're banging…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Thursday’s Dance Card

Today marks the first of four straight expanded reports studying how sharps (professional wagerers) are betting in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. I’ll look at the 16 games on tap for Thursday in this report. I’ll be back in about 24 hours to do the say for all the Friday action.

To make it easy for you to take notes, I’ll go in Nevada rotation order of the regions, but then tipoff order at each region. We start the day in Buffalo, with one of the most anticipated first round matchups…

 

IN BUFFALO

(12) PRINCETON vs. (5) NOTRE DAME: 12:15 pm ET on CBS

Princeton…

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Network Notebook: NCAA Preview…Nevada vs. Iowa State

The TV networks seemed to stack the Day One schedule with daytime Cinderella possibilities. They may find out that the most exciting game of the whole card will be in prime time when Mountain West tournament winner (and regular season champ) Nevada tries to upset Big 12 tournament winner Iowa State.

Both teams are obviously in great form. But, Iowa State may be due to let down because winning the Big 12 tournament is so hard! A great run from the Cyclones last weekend included wins over late-charging Oklahoma State, and computer favorite West Virginia. Nevada got to stay in its…

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Hurley Sez: Breaking Down the Four NCAA Regions
The NCAA Tournament – Breaking Down The Four Regions Plus Lots More Notes/Forecasts

Are your brackets all filled out … or are you still working on ‘em?Well today it’s all NCAA Tournament/all the time as we break down the East, West, Midwest and South Regions and so maybe we can help, but first this important reminder …

Jim Hurley has all the NCAA Tournament winners right through the championship game on the night of April 3rd and you can get it either right here at www.JimHurley.com or at our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-888-777-4155 – plus don’t forget we’re banging out…

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Network Notebook: Wednesday’s Play-in Games

A year ago this week they met in a #8 vs. #9 matchup in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. This year they draw each other in a play-in game as a pair of #11 seeds. It’s USC vs. Providence highlighting night two of the 2017 Big Dance!

Here’s the schedule, which…for the second night in a row…features a pair of #16’s followed by a pair of #11’s.

6:40 p.m. ET: NC Central vs. Cal Davis (winner plays Kansas)

9:10 p.m. ET: USC vs. Providence (winner plays SMU)

You know the drill…let’s crunch some numbers!

 

Computer Rankings

USC: #61 at Kenpom, #55 at Sagarin

Providence: #56 at Kenpom, #58…

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Wayne Root: How Will Pac 12 Fare in the Big Dance?

What a difference a week makes! Heading into the semifinals of the Pac 12 tournament last weekend here in Las Vegas…

*Oregon fans (and many in the local media) were thinking a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament was within reach for the Ducks. If they won the Pac 12 tourney, their resume would certainly measure up with the best in the nation. Teams who watch a lot of basketball out West believed Oregon is better than Gonzaga.

*UCLA fans (and many in the local media) were thinking the Bruins would be in line for a #2 seed in the West if…

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Tourney Wagering Tips: Goliaths and Guard Play

by Jim Feist

March basketball is one of the most exciting times of the sports betting calendar. A seemingly endless stream of games, at times running morning, noon and night, will test the nerves and cognitive powers of fans and bettors. It can be a time of highs and lows, with streaks, exciting finishes and surprising upsets.    What has taken shape the last few months, though, is largely conference play. Since conferences are purposely made up of schools with a similar level of talent, you need to pay attention to how teams start the season and what their schedule has…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the Tuesday/Wednesday Play-ins

We begin what’s going to be a true basketball blitz of sharp reports this week with a look today at how the Wise Guys have been betting the Tuesday and Wednesday play-in games in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

Beginning Wednesday, look for DAILY coverage of sharp betting action through the Round of 64 and Round of 32. Then, we’ll pick up again next week with the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds.

Let’s take them in tip-off order. All four games are being played in Dayton, Ohio.

 

TUESDAY

Mt. St. Mary’s vs. New Orleans (both #16 seeds, winner faces Villanova)

New Orleans opened at…

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Network Notebook: Tuesday Play-In Previews

There’s hardly any time to complain about who got hosed or who caught a huge break in the brackets of the 2017 NCAA Championship Tournament. The games are about to begin!

Today we’ll preview Tuesday night’s pair of play in games featuring a couple of #16 seeds and a couple of #11 seeds fighting for survival…

6:40 p.m. ET: Mt. St. Mary’s vs. New Orleans (winner plays Villanova)

9:10 p.m. ET: Kansas State vs. Wake Forest (winner plays Cincinnati)

We’ll be back in about 24 hours to do the same for Wednesday night’s matchups. The same seeding scenario will feature North Carolina Central facing…

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Wayne Root: Finding Cinderellas in the 2017 Big Dance

Every year at this time, I outline strategies for you in terms of finding Cinderella possibilities in the NCAA Tournament. The 2017 Dance is set up to launch a relative surprise all the way to the Finial Four because there’s so much relative parity in the upper echelons this year.

Now, I’m not going to tell you right here that we’re going to have a replay of somebody like George Mason or VCU reaching the Final Four this year (though that’s possible!). Brad Stevens is coaching in the NBA…so the back-to-back greatness of Butler from not too long ago won’t likely…

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Network Notebook: SEC Preview…Kentucky vs. Arkansas

It seems like everyone’s forgotten the Kentucky Wildcats. They’re usually on the short list of national championship hopefuls. Some years you get the idea they’re the ONLY team on the media’s short list! This season, though, Kentucky has dropped into a kind of purgatory…they’re not good enough to be a #1 seed, but they’re not disappointing enough to be labelled a bust.

Sunday’s SEC Championship matchup with Arkansas will give us one last look at John Calipari’s team heading into the Big Dance. Some pundits were suggesting that Kentucky had a shot to storm to a #1 seed after both Kansas…

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Network Notebook: Big 10 Preview…Michigan vs. Minnesota

The Big 10 has come under a lot of fire this season for mediocre basketball. But, two teams who appear to be peaking at the right time will meet Saturday in the semifinals in Washington, DC. If the nation’s sports media and statheads only focused on the second half of conference seasons, everyone would be RAVING about Michigan and Minnesota!

Both are in the Final Four of the Big 10 tournament…and either could make big headlines next week in the Dance. Let’s start our preview of this showcase semifinal with a quick review of Friday’s boxscore statistics…

 

Michigan 74, Purdue 70 (in…

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Richie Baccellieri: Use Caution With Powers From Weak Conferences

I’ve compiled some bonus Power Ratings for you for teams who won automatic bids in some of the lesser conferences. Before I run through those, I wanted to let you know about something I do with my personal ratings just before the Big Dance starts.

For teams who ran roughshod over a weak conference all season, particularly if they won their conference tournament in impressive fashion, I pull the rating back at least a half a point. Great examples this year are Gonzaga and Wichita State. It was easy to keep lifting their rating during strong stretches. Then, they both won…

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Wayne Root: Dogs Rule Quarterfinals of Power Tournaments

For years I’ve been telling you to focus on underdogs in the strongest conference tournaments because the best teams will likely get caught looking ahead to the Big Dance. Thursday’s results bore that out in fairly dramatic fashion. Not only did projected #1 national seed Kansas lose in a shocker to TCU…but:

*Underdogs in the Big 12 went 4-0 against the spread, including other outright upsets by Kansas State (a millionaire play on my Root Trust) over Baylor and Iowa State over Oklahoma State.

*Underdogs in the ACC went 3-1 against the spread, including outright upsets by Duke over Louisville and Notre…

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Network Notebook: Championship Week Notes

Earlier this week, we provided in-depth statistical looks at the two strongest college basketball conferences in the nation. We hope you’ll refer often to those ACC and Big 12 tournament previews.

Today, we’re going to discuss the other for “major” conferences that will be all over your TV screen this week, and all over the Big Dance brackets next week. That of course means the three other “Power 5” football conferences (Big 10, Pac 10, and SEC), and the oft-overlooked Big East (home of the defending champs Villanova!)

Big 10: This league has made a lot of headlines for NOT having anybody…

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Richie Baccellieri: Reviewing How Sharps Time the Market

With the conference tournaments upon us, and the NCAA Tournament less than a week away, I wanted to spend some time reviewing for you how sharps (professional wagerers) time the market with their bets.

New lines will be popping up at a relatively random but furious pace these next few days in particular. A result today sets up a new matchup tomorrow…and that new matchup needs a pointspread!

Here’s what you need to remember.

*If sharps like a favorite, they bet EARLY. They know the general public prefers betting favorites to an extreme degree. The best line you’re going to get on a…

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Wayne Root: Vegas Buzzed About Pac 12 Tourney

Las Vegas has hosted the Pac 12 postseason college basketball tournament for a few years now. But, there’s never been quite this amount of buzz. Don’t get me wrong, the city is always electric for this event. This season, though, avid fans of three teams who travel well are all very confident they have the best team. And they’re not being shy about expressing it!

*Oregon is the top seed, and their fans are convinced that they’ll earn the #1 seed in the West in the NCAA’s if they win this tournament. Don’t tell Oregon fans they’re not as good as…

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Network Notebook: Big 12 Tournament Preview

The Kansas Jayhawks have already celebrated a well-hyped regular season championship. They’ve already congratulated their point guard on his “Player of the Year” award. They’re already a lock for a #1 seed because they were so impressive in a power conference. Will that leave them complacent for this week’s Big 12 tournament?

It should help that the event is being held in Kansas City, a virtual home-away-from-home for the Jayhawks. But, this is a talented conference, and KU had to sweat a few regular season games even back when they were motivated! We hope you enjoyed our ACC preview yesterday. Let’s…

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Jim Feist: Big 12 Title Contenders

by Jim Feist    The Big 12 is loaded with rebounders, fast-pace attacks and teams capable of making runs to the Final Four. However, there has only been two national championships out of the conference in the last 40 years: Kansas (1988, 2008).  Several will be knocking on the door again, though.

Kansas: Bill Self's team is loaded with balance and experience behind 5-11 senior Frank Mason (20 ppg, 4 rpg, 5 apg), 6-8 freshman Josh Jackson (16.5 ppg, 7 rpg) and junior G Deonte Graham (13 ppg, 4.5 apg).  They've already taken down Duke (77-75) as a dog and has run…

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Network Notebook: ACC Tournament Preview

Though there was some debate midseason about whether the ACC or the Big 12 was the nation’s strongest conference…it now seems pretty clear that the ACC is well clear of the field. They are currently projected to get 10 teams into the Big Dance. There are only 10 teams in the entire Big 12! It’s possible that more from the ACC will be added if bubble teams like Clemson and Georgia Tech get good results this week in the league tournament.

We’re going to preview the ACC today, and the Big 12 tomorrow here in JIM HURLEY’S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK. We’ll start…

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Wayne Root: How to Find PINNACLE Plays in Tourneys

Last time, I talked about general handicapping principals for the tournaments. If you missed that article, go back and read it! Today I’m going to talk about how to narrow down your options to find the very best choices that are worthy of PINNACLE caliber bets.

I hope you won with me this past Saturday night when North Carolina got the money at -6.5 at home against Duke. Yeah, we had to sweat that one. But, you know what? We had to sweat that one because the refs kept sending Duke to the free throw line all night! That’s not supposed…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Profit From Futures

One of the biggest misconceptions about betting Futures prices is that you have to win your bet to win money. It’s true that…IF THAT’S YOUR ONLY BET…then you have to win it to cash. But, sharps don’t bet Futures that way. Sharps bet futures to position themselves to guarantee profits with later bets.

Let’s say you have your eye on an “off-the-radar” team that you believe has a good chance to reach at least the Sweet 16. Maybe they’re playing great of late and the media hasn’t noticed. Maybe they’re a veteran team with a solid point guard who’s just been…

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Network Notebook: Colonial Championship Preview

March Madness has barely begun, and already several prominent seeds from lesser conferences have suffered heartbreak. Teams Joe Lunardi had been penciling into the brackets for weeks WON’T be going to the Dance. Sorry Belmont, Oakland, and Monmouth! But, in the Colonial Conference, form has prevailed so far. Championship Week kicks off Monday night with #1 seed NC Wilmington battling #2 seed College of Charleston for the only CAA bid.

We won’t have a chance to spend too much time in the mid-majors this week here in JIM HURLEY’S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK. But, the light Monday schedule lets us check in on…

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Wayne Root: Handicapping Tournament Basketball

As I write this Friday morning Las Vegas time, we’re just hours away locally from the start of the West Coast Conference Tournament over at the Orleans Arena. Sure, a few minor tournaments have already started. And, the major conferences don’t really get going until next Tuesday and Wednesday. But, here in the sports betting capital of the world, March Madness arrives TONIGHT because there are tournament games in town.

The KING OF LAS VEGAS and the only man in the handicapping industry with a star on the “Walk of Fame” has some thoughts on handicapping tournament basketball I’d like to…

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Richie Baccellieri: My Current College Hoop Power Ratings

March has arrived! I’ve decided to devote my first article of the month to a review of my current college basketball Power Ratings. I’ve talked in the recent past about ways that you can develop your own ratings. Through the month, you can compare your ratings to mine as we study all the tournaments.

I’ll also use these for additional context as we cover the Big Dance brackets, and look at how the sharps are betting round by round. You regulars know that college basketball is my favorite sport to watch and handicap. I’m really looking forward to this month!

Let’s get…

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Network Notebook: TV Preview…#17 Duke at #5 North Carolina

Yes! March has begun…and the annual season finale for Duke and North Carolina in the ACC Saturday night is a reminder that it’s about to be WALL-TO-WALL BASKETBALL from this point forward in the sports betting world.

Hopefully many of you have already jumped into the water since last month’s Super Bowl. But…this is the weekend EVERYONE starts really paying attention. It’s GO TIME in college basketball…and there won’t even be time to come up for air until Final Four week.

Will Duke or North Carolina be in the Final Four? How about BOTH?! Let’s see what JIM HURLEY’S key indicator stats…

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Gonzaga crushes Xavier, reaches first Final Four

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College basketball notebook: Indiana hires Dayton's Miller

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Alford '100 percent' no on Indiana return

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MLB notebook: Rangers' Darvish gets Opening Day nod

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Wayne Root Is Ripping Up The NCAA's with an 21-5-1 mark for 81% winners and his Top Plays, the Pinnacle, are 5-0!

Richie B. and his right number are tearing it up in all the tournaments, going 2-0 in Friday's Sweet -16 with North Carolina and Kentucky, and now the games get even bigger.

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