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Kelso Sturgeon

Kelso Sturgeon is not a shadow or a mirage. I am a real person, a man who has been handicapping football for more than 4 decades, and I bring to the table a set of credentials you can't find anywhere else in this business.

And so there is no misunderstanding, Kelso Sturgeon is my real name and I make my home in Las Vegas, the betting capital of the world.

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Wayne Root

Wayne Allyn Root is the only man to create a multi-million dollar empire out of nothing but picking winners! Long-time host of his own shows on Fox and USA Network, he has been celebrated in the business press and by all the TV pundits. He set the record for most outright upset winners in football in three different seasons and has enjoyed another winning and profitable basketball season. Wayne is the only oddsmaker/handicapper with his own Star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.

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Jim Hurley

JIM HURLEY is the founder and president of the most unusual organization in sports wagering.

Created as a small handicapping service back in 1985, Jim's NETWORK has evolved into a nationwide TASK FORCE of, handicappers, scouts, number crunchers, draftniks and former pro players who study and analyze every team and every game to develop BETTER information, make SMARTER picks and win MORE money!

In simple words, Jim's system approach to handicapping picks more winners and makes more money for their customers. And they are able to do this not because they are a one-man band, but because of the "TEAM" approach that utilizes a huge information gathering system to fine tune every selection.

But because they truly are a "Network" and cover the colleges and pros wall-to-wall, they know what's going on inside the locker rooms and dugouts. They know who's hot, who's hurt and who's ready to kick butt. NETWORK’s computer department analyzes upcoming matchups like it was the Dow Jones. They dig beneath surface factors to find out how two teams really compare. Who needs it more? Who's tapped out? Who's out for revenge? NETWORK finds those answers.

So when they run NETWORK'S number up against Vegas', we can immediately spot whether a game is off, and how much, and just cherrypick the contests that are giving us the most points

That's why JIM has racked up twentyone consecutive money making season for his customers.

Now what about YOU? Wouldn't you like to know who the big winners are going to be this week? NETWORK can tell you. Want to make money off that knowledge? Jim's NETWORK can help you there, too.

Want the best shot at the most money? There are dozens of ways to get you there, no matter what your wagering patterns or budget. So, why not get started NOW!

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Richie Baccellieri

In case you don't know me, for years people in Vegas knew Richie B as a kind of linesmaker's linesmaker - a kind of numerical purist who, when every other sports book in Vegas was posting Ohio State (-7) over Texas, I was saying... "NO! It ought to be Ohio State (-8)!"

I took a position. I didn't just put up a "betting middle" where I could draw even betting action from both sides. Instead - if I really felt the Buckeyes were stronger than generally thought - I'd put up (-8) or even (-9) and dare the bettors, "Come and get me! Prove me wrong!"

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Tony Salinas

Tony Salinas arrived in Las Vegas over two decades ago fresh from the family ranch in Texas, looking for the next winning thing. After all, he'd always been a winner back home... captain of the football team, State Champion tennis player, point guard for the district-winning basketball team, and Texas Calf Roping Champion in both high school & College.

 

Tony was an immediate hit, winning the $85,000 Castaways Challenge of 1980, and has never looked back. Tony is the proud winner of over a dozen handicapping contests, including two years ago when he beat out 226 other rivals to take the title in the $135,000 Hilton Superbook Handicapping Championship.

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Jim Feist

Jim Feist for decades has been the leader in the sports wagering information field. Beginning in the 1970s Jim has been ahead of the curve with Proline, the longest running sports football handicapping show on USA Cable Network and the Internet. Also, National Sports Services, utilizing the first telephone line services (Jim Feist’s Personal Line Service), former publisher of the Official Nevada Rotation, creator of Sports Tracker, Internet Web Sites (Jim Feist.com; DonBest.com)

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Five professional handicappers have stepped forward to beat the line. If getting one strong man to help you win a fight, surely finding six is a dream come true. Isn't it time you learned more about the Vegas Sports Masters?

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Super Bowl Preparation

The big game is now just days away. You hardworking students in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping have some homework you need to be attending to. Here are some ideas to get you started. I’ll be back again later in the week to talk more specifically about this coming matchup between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.

 

STUDY RECENT SUPER BOWLS

Super Bowls are a unique animal. You can’t expect to handicap them using regular season principals, or even normal playoff principles. You have to take those principles and turn them up to 11. Review the boxscores and…

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Wayne Root: Atlanta Hawks’ ATS Streak Ends at FIFTEEN!

Before failing to cover Sunday evening against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Atlanta Hawks had covered FIFTEEN straight NBA games! This was supposed to be impossible. The oddsmakers were too good. The markets too sharp. Lines always catch up very quickly…so don’t ever bet on streaks because you’ll just waste your time. Ha! The Atlanta Hawks went 15-0 ATS from December 27 to January 23.

I didn’t say anything about the Hawks streak as it was happening on these pages because I didn’t want to make it a major point of emphasis during the run. Let people ride it out while the…

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Jim Sez for Monday, January 26 …

DUKE’S “COACH K” GET HIS 1K WININ THRILLING COMEBACK IN NYC …PLUS, IT’S SUPER BOWL WEEK ANDWE BEGIN OUR DAY-BY-BY JIM SEZ ANALYSESWITH A LOOK AT WHEN THE PATRIOTS HAVETHE BALL PLUS MORE BIG GAME GOODIES

Hey, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, you know what they say …The first 1,000 wins are the hardest!

And so the beat goes on for Krzyzewski — a/k/a Coach K — who doesn’t seem to be anywhere near a coaching “finish line” and let’s just say Sunday’s gallant 77-68 come-from-behind win/cover against 7-point host underdog St. John’s has to rank among the most satisfying wins in a…

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Network Notebook: College Hoops Preview…Texas at Iowa State

The mainstream media, the computers, and handicappers everywhere are struggling to pin down the true level of ability in the Big 12. It can seem like a very deep conference of talented teams if you only look at the positives. It can seem like a group of overrated pretenders if you only look at the negatives. Head-to-head results are largely muddying the waters, with teams taking turns winning and losing.

Well, we know for sure that somebody is going to lose two in a row when the Texas Longhorns visit the Iowa State Cyclones Monday night on ESPN. Both teams lost…

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VSM Exclusive Preview: Syracuse at North Carolina Monday on ESPN

Heading into its Big Monday TV showdown with the North Carolina Tar Heels, the Syracuse Orange represent one of the biggest disappointments of the 2014-15 college basketball season. They’ve played nowhere near expectations…and have been particularly ugly on offense when they run into decent opposition. It’s not just bad basketball, it’s ugly basketball.

There’s still plenty of time to get the ship settled though. And, a slew of close victories over bad teams have helped prevent the won-lost record from collapse. If Syracuse gets things figured out, they’ll finish high enough in the ACC to get serious Dance consideration. They’d better…

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Network Notebook: NBA TV Preview…OKC at Cleveland

Before the season started, many considered a battle between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers as a likely matchup for the NBA Championships. The Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks are trying to make everyone forget that. But, nobody’s going to forget the days on the schedule where Kevin Durant and LeBron James go head-to-head. The most it can happen is twice-a-season if they’re both healthy.

Both are healthy!

And, both the Thunder and Cavaliers are recently showing playoff form now that their lineups are where they want. Durant and Russell Westbrook have been back in the flow for several…

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VSM Exclusive Preview: Duke at St. John’s Sunday on FOX

Duke’s annual midseason pilgrimage to the Mecca of basketball occurs Sunday when the Blue Devils face St. John’s in Madison Square Garden in a game you can watch on FOX. Duke loves playing in New York because it helps recruiting…increases the national visibility of the program…and prepares the players for the tournaments with a big time basketball atmosphere.

It’s not a conference game…but it’s a matchup that carries priority for Duke’s big picture thinking. And, this year…for St. John’s…it’s a possible statement victory that’s badly needed by a team that’s fallen onto the bubble after a hot start. A few weeks…

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Network Notebook: College Hoops Preview…Wisconsin at Michigan

There are two very clear and obvious storylines entering Saturday Night’s nationally televised showdown between the #6 Wisconsin Badgers and the unranked Michigan Wolverines. First, Wisconsin is coming off a fantastic performance vs. Iowa in a game many of you probably watched on Tuesday. Basketball at its best! Second, Michigan may have collapsed! This historic power has completely fallen off the map in the 2014-15 season.

It’s not that Michigan fell out of the top 25. Michigan didn’t just fall out of the top 50 either. Michigan may have fallen out of the top 100! Respected college basketball guru Ken Pomeroy…

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Richie Baccellieri: Week One of Sharp Super Bowl Betting

There’s been so much interest in Super Bowl betting in this first week of activity that I decided to put together a special report explaining how sharps have been betting thus far. There’s still a lot ahead…and this early action may only be a head fake for what’s to come. But, for now, we’ve seen very clear Wise Guy tendencies at the available prices.

*On the team side, sharps like New England getting points. The first numbers up offshore were Seattle -3 or Seattle -2.5. Oddsmakers really expected the pre-championship perceptions of the teams to hold…and those perceptions were Seahawks by…

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Network Notebook: College Hoops Early Look…Kansas at Texas

A few weeks into the college basketball season, everyone started looking on their schedules to see when Kansas and Texas were going to square off in Big 12 action. It was clear (at the time anyway) that we had two national powers who were going to battle it out for the conference title…and then enter March with legitimate shots at reaching the Final Four.

Then…reality stepped in. Kansas was plagued by inexperience in a few spots. Texas found out that you can’t win every game if nobody on your team can shoot! And, THE REST OF THE BIG 12 started earning…

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Jim Sez for Friday, Jan. 23 …

OUR SUPER BOWL XLIX NOTEBOOK —WHAT YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOWABOUT QBs BRADY AND WILSON WHEN ITCOMES TO THE BIG GAME PLUSMORE SB 49 GOODIES …THE COLLEGE HOOPS WEEKEND AHEAD —WILL COACK K GET WIN #1,000 IN NYC?

Can we — for the moment — take your mind away from Deflate-Gate?Good, ‘cause there’s only so much air in a story about so much air and you didn’t really think you were gonna a straight story from either New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick or star QB Tom Brady … now did you?

The bottom line is the show must go on…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: More Basketball Tips

The last time we were together, I talked about the State of the Union in college basketball. My presentation was more entertaining and insightful than the president’s! I’m back with you today in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping for further hoops discussion.

My theme today is THE MOTVATION FACTOR. This is one of the hallmarks of my approach as you regulars know. I believe it will be the single biggest influence in determining who covers pointspreads over the next few weeks. Last time I mentioned that the defensive nature of the current game is helping to neutralize the…

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Wayne Root: Finding Value in College Basketball Underdogs

You know that WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is the KING OF UNDERDOGS, with more documented outright upset calls than any other man in the industry. We’re coming up on the time of the college basketball season where the nightly cards are packed with great underdog potential.

I’m not going to talk about specific teams who may offer value tonight or this weekend. I need to keep that information protected for my clients. But, I will outline a few general reasons why YOU need to be thinking about underdogs over the next few weeks.

*First, we’re reaching a lull in the season where the…

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Bookmakers Accidentally Set Themselves Up To Get Crushed In Super Bowl
BOOKMAKERS ACCIDENTALLY SET THEMSELVES UP TO GET CRUSHED IN SUPER BOWL

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I don't knock bookmakers and shall not now even though they made a classic mistake on the opening line for the Super Bowl and in the process set themselves up to get buried on the biggest single-game betting event of the season. Seattle opened as the -3.0 favorite over New England and today the latter…

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Network Notebook: College Hoops Preview…Arizona at Stanford

For awhile, it looked like the only two important games all season in the Pac 12 were going to be the home-and-home featuring Arizona and Utah. Both of those teams are highly regarded in the polls and the computers. Nobody else seemed ready to make a splash.

Then…Stanford won on the road at Texas…opened Pac 12 play with a 4-1 record (which would be undefeated if not for an overtime loss at UCLA that had some home cooking…and beat Connecticut handily in a big intersectional game this past Saturday.

Suddenly, we may have a “big three” in the Pac 12…and the hard…

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Jim Sez for Thursday, Jan. 22 …

THE SUPER BOWL XLIX NOTEBOOK —WE TAKE A LOOK BACK SPREADWISE AT THE LAST 10 SUPER BOWL GAMESPLUS EXAMINE SOME EARLY “KEYS TO VICTORY” …NBA NEWS & NOTES —CHECKING OUT THE TROUBLEBREWING IN CHITOWN

Isn’t it nice that nobody’s talking about the weather when it comes to this year’s Super Bowl?Can’t help but remember how the NFL was shaking in their high tops last year before Mother Nature granted ‘em a balmy 49-degree evening in East Rutherford, New Jersey for Super Bowl 48 (yes, the New York/New Jersey area was whacked with a major snowstorm the very next day!) but now…

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Super Bowl XLIX Notebook

WE GET THINGS COOKIN' WITH OUR FINAL COMMENTS ON THE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES PLUS A LOOK AT KEY POINTSPREAD FACTS/FIGURES

AND HERE'S A COUPLE OF KEY WEDNESDAY NITE COLLEGE B-BALL GAMES TO WATCH TOO!

Let's set the record straight: There was a whole lot more to last Sunday's NFC and AFC Championship Games than merely a botched onside kick and reports of "deflated footballs".

So, in the interest of wrapping up what happened in Seattle's still hard-to-explain 28-22 overtime win against Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game and New England's rousing 45-7 triumph over hapless Indianapolis in the AFC Championship Game, we'll…

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Network Notebook: College Hoops…Missouri Valley Monsters

On a night where there aren’t any truly dream matchups in college basketball, it’s probably a good time to check in with two of the most dangerous mid-majors who are on the floor in Missouri Valley Conference action.

#14 Wichita State visits Missouri State

#20 Northern Iowa hosts Indiana State

Hey…that’s two teams in the top 20! Most mid-majors can’t even dream of something like that. Wichita State isn’t quite as highly regarded as last season, when they stormed through league play only to earn the draw from Hell in the Big Dance. They probably were a bit overrated nationally last year (teams…

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Richie Baccellieri: The College Basketball Marketplace

College Basketball has always been my favorite sport to follow as a fan, oddsmaker, and handicapper. Pro football is obviously KING out here in Las Vegas because the sums of money bet in that sport dwarf everything else. But, for pure entertainment and bankroll building, college basketball might be the better sport.

I have to say, though, that the marketplace right now is very difficult for really aggressive basketball bettors. Sportsbooks are intimidated by this sport for a variety of reasons, and do their best to defend themselves against the most serious threats.

Among the reasons…

*The public just doesn’t bet much college…

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Network Notebook: College Hoops…Iowa at Wisconsin

If you only casually follow college basketball through big time telecasts and studio shows, you’ve probably heard often this year that Wisconsin has a chance to reach the Final Four this year…if only their inconsistent offense was as good as their fantastic defense.

People have been saying that about Wisconsin for years. It’s the default analytical spin whenever the team is playing well under this head coach.

The problem is…it’s BACKWARDS!

Wisconsin plays very slowly on offense…preferring to run a lot of clock before taking a good shot. They figure this will wear down defenses over a possession…and over a full game of…

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Wayne Root: Market Missing Out on Oregon State Tortoises

Their nickname might be the Beavers, but the Oregon State basketball team is playing more like tortoises early in Pac 12 play. What’s hilarious about their slow down approach is that oddsmakers have been getting nowhere near their totals the last two weeks!

Many of you don’t follow the Pac 12. And, those who do may only casually pay attention to the non-contenders. Oregon State is supposed to be a non-contender, though they stunned Arizona recently! Take a look at the last four results.

Oregon State (+3) won at Washington State 62-47

Oregon State (+7) lost at Washington 43-56

Oregon State (+10) shocked Arizona…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: College Basketball State of the Union

As you get ready to focus your handicapping efforts on college basketball from now through March Madness, it’s very important that you have an accurate sense of how the sport is being played right now. There are clear trends in motion that harm certain types of handicapping, while helping others. What worked for you in the past may not be the right approach this month or this season.

Here are some keys to remember…

 

THE GAME IS SLOWING DOWN

For a variety of reasons, the pace of games is slowing down…continuing a disappointing trend we’ve seen in recent seasons. Offenses will pass the…

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Network Notebook: College Hoops…Oklahoma at Kansas

The buzzer just sounded moments ago in Saturday night’s loss for the Kansas Jayhawks on the road at Iowa State. But, they’ll be taking the floor again very soon for another Big 12 test…in what will be another SIX WEEKS of Big 12 tests (!)…as the Oklahoma Sooners come to visit for a Big Monday meeting.

Can any of these ranked Big 12 powers survive their grueling gauntlets!

Oklahoma had a big game themselves Saturday afternoon, winning a “Bedlam” battle with Oklahoma State in Norman. Looking ahead for both OU and Kansas, there just aren’t many soft spots in the double round…

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VSM Exclusive: Duke Hosting Pitt on Heels of Louisville Laugher

Two days ago, we talked about how the Duke Blue Devils were reeling heading into their nationally televised showdown with Louisville. That was one of the most anticipated games of the whole season. And, Duke clearly made one of the biggest statements of the whole season in a 63-53 victory as a 3-point underdog.

This version of Duke can go deep in the Dance! The shored up issues that had plagued them in losses to North Carolina State and Miami earlier in the week. And, they played a smart disciplined game that exploited Louisville’s weaknesses outside.

If you watched the game on…

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Jim Sez for Monday, January 19 …

SUPER BOWL XLIX IS SET —IT’S SEAHAWKS vs. PATRIOTSAS #1 SEEDS WILL TANGLE IN GLENDALE(BUT THEY GET THERE WITH COMPLETELYDIFFERENT TITLE GAME SCRIPTS!) …THE COLLEGE B-BALL REPORT

It’s funny how football history can repeat itself:Consider that just last year in our first post-NFL Championship Games column we wrote …

“Even the early-bird bettors/books have found it difficult to say who should be favored to win.”Of course, last year we were talking about the showdown between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks and here we are saying the same exact thing while heading into Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale (Az.) on Sunday,…

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VSM Exclusive: Potential NBA Playoff Previews Fill MLK Card

If you haven’t been paying much attention to the NBA in recent weeks because you’ve been waiting for the NFL playoffs to wind down, the MKL-Day holiday schedule allows you a great chance to play catch up. In fact, we have a few potential playoff previews on the day and night slate.

 

*Detroit at Atlanta (2:35 p.m. ET on ESPN)

Detroit isn’t currently a playoff team because they had a horrible start to the season. But, since cutting Josh Smith, the team has been on fire. Talk about chemistry! The poison has been eradicated, and the Pistons are 8-2 over their last…

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Links to NFL Championship Preview Coverage, and Sharps Report

We’ve posted several important articles this week here in the VSM BLOG about Sunday’s NFC and AFC Championship games. To make your game day preparation easier, we’ve put together links for you right here.

 

Richie Baccellieri’s Sharps Report

Kelso Sturgeon’s Handicapping Tips

Wayne Root’s Look at Possible Upsets

Jim Hurley looks at key stats in Green Bay and Seattle

Jim Hurley looks at key stats in Indianapolis at New England

VSM Exclusive on New England’s 3-10 ATS run in the playoffs

Late notes on weather influences from Jim Hurley

 

Enjoy Championship Sunday! And be sure to check out our “Purchase Now” page to find out about all of…

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Network Notebook: NFL Championship Sunday Notes

Mother Nature may be throwing a curveball at all four teams playing in Sunday’s conference championship games in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks will be dealing with rain and gusty winds according to the most recent forecast in the NFC title tile. In the AFC, the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots may also be playing in the rain. At least it won’t be as cold this week…with forecast Foxboro temperatures in the mid 40’s rather than the mid teens.

How could this affect your handicapping?

 

GREEN BAY/SEATTLE

This is more likely to hurt Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay…

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VSM Exclusive: Can Pats Dodge Another Playoff Disappointment?

We’re still in what’s being recognized as a “dynasty” for the New England Patriots in the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era. The team is an annual contender for the NFL championship. They earned a #1 seed in the AFC brackets this season…and are currently about a touchdown favorite over Indianapolis to return to the Super Bowl.

Yet…the team hasn’t actually won a Super Bowl since February of 2005. That’s 10 years ago!

It’s been disappointment after disappointment for the Patriots. The magnitude of that disappointment…or “underachieving” of expectations…is best shown by this listing of their playoff results straight up and against the Las…

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Network Notebook: NFL Early Look…Indy at New England

Last Sunday’s AFC Divisional game between the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos felt like a “changing of the guard” when Andrew Luck advanced to his first ever conference championship game at the expense of the aging and injured Peyton Manning. Can Luck surpass both current AFC quarterback legends with a win this Sunday over Tom Brady and New England?

It’s only a matter of time before Manning and Brady are out of football as it is. Luck will likely be the dominant force at the AFC at that time given his current career projections. But, few were expecting it to happen…

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VSM Exclusive: #8 Utah Visits #10 Arizona in Saturday Hoops

Though we’re still early in conference play, it’s possible that there are only two good teams in the Pac 12 this year. Those two square off for the first of two meetings Saturday evening when the #8 Utah Utes visit the #10 Arizona Wildcats at 7 p.m. ET in a game that will be televised by the Pac 12 Network

We don’t want to be too harsh on the Pac 12…but the computer gurus aren’t on high on the league at all this season. Both Jeff Sagarin of USA Today and Ken Pomeroy have Utah and Arizona highly regarded…yet nobody else…

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VSM Exclusive: Duke Reeling as Blue Devils Head to Louisville

Just one week ago, the Duke Blue Devils were clearly on the short list of potential threats to #1 Kentucky in the National Championship race. Duke was 14-0, and had a list of impressive victories on the resume. You can’t get more “for real” than beating Wisconsin in Madison by double digits. Some pundits were wondering if Duke deserved to be in the same conversation as Kentucky in terms of potentially running the table in the 2014-15 season.

That chatter ended very quickly on Sunday when Duke was embarrassed 87-75 at North Carolina State as 9-point favorites. They faded badly down…

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How Sharps are Betting NFL Championship Weekend

Both the NFC and AFC Championship showdowns this Sunday opened with the #1 seeded home favorites laying a touchdown to visiting underdogs. Through the week, sharps have moved both games off the key number. You regulars know that’s a very important development telling you a lot about how professional wagerers see these games playing out.

It takes either a lot of money, or a lot of respect for the people betting that money, to move off a 3 or a 7 in the NFL.  Let’s go through both games to see how sharps have been betting the conference championship battles you’ll…

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Network Notebook: NFL Early Look…Green Bay at Seattle

Before last week, it was possible to imagine the Green Bay Packers building off a strong finish to a 12-4 season and dethroning the Seattle Seahawks as NFC Champions. But, the 26-21 survival of Dallas last Sunday afternoon raised a lot of questions about Green Bay’s championship pedigree.

*Aaron Rodgers is hobbled with a torn calf muscle, which limits his ability to make the most of the yards he is gaining. The Packers put up more than 400 yards on 6.4 yards-per-play last week yet still had to sweat the ending. They’re unlikely to match those numbers this week vs. a…

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Jim Sez for Friday, Jan. 16 …

THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW —COLTS-PATRIOTS BATTLE IT OUT SUNDAYNIGHT IN FOXBOROUGH …PLUS THERE’S MORE NFL COACH TALK ASBEARS INK FOX, NINERS SELECT TOMSULA(AND WE SAY BOO TO BOTH!)

Remember the “good ole days” in the AFC when the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots seemingly played one another come playoff time every year?

Okay, so it wasn’t quite an annual event but trek back to the early 2000s and you’ll see that the Colts and Pats collided in the 2003, ’04 and ’06 AFC Championship Games and the winner of those tilts went on to win all three of the…

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Wayne Root: Will Packers or Colts Stun the World With a Sunday Upset?

We’ve been averaging one upset per weekend so far through the NFL Playoffs. Baltimore beat Pittsburgh as an underdog during Wildcard Weekend. Indianapolis shocked Denver in the Divisional Round last week…though they were helped by the injury Peyton Manning was so helplessly trying to play through.

This week, it’s one of the underdog quarterbacks who’s hurt? Can Aaron Rodgers battle through his torn calf muscle to shock Seattle at the league’s toughest home site? Can Andrew Luck earn a surprisingly early (career-wise) trip to the Super Bowl by taking down Tom Brady? If there’s been only one upset in every four…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping NFL Championship Weekend

One championship was decided this past Monday Night when the Ohio State Buckeyes throttled Oregon for the college football crown. Two more are on the line this weekend in the NFL as the NFC and AFC Championships determine who will be playing in the Super Bowl two weeks from Sunday.

Handicapping the doubleheader shouldn’t provide too steep a challenge for most of you regular students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. These are teams you’ve been following very closely all season. Three of the top four overall seeds are still playing, and the other entry has received…

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Network Notebook: NBA Preview…OKC at Houston

It’s become one of the most intense NBA rivalries…ever since OKC blamed Houston’s Patrick Beverley for injuring Russell Westbrook. It was pretty intense before then, but now these teams HATE each other. And, they hate each other within a very tough Western Conference where every matters and every rung on the playoff ladder influences your championship hopes.

*Houston is currently in a very tight battle for the 3-4-5 seeds with Memphis and Dallas. You know how important it is to finish with a top four record in the West!

*Oklahoma City isn’t even in the brackets yet because of early season injuries.…

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Midweek Report

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEND-OFF REPORT: THE 'EYES HAVE IT BUT JUST EXACTLY HOW DID OHIO STATE SLAM-DUNK 6-POINT FAV OREGON SO BADLY IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME?

OUR NFC AND AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 10-YEAR BREAKDOWN CHARTS

THE COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATE

Go ahead and say it: Ohio State's convincing 42-20 win against Oregon in Monday Night's first-ever College Football Championship Game playoff-style was a men-against-boys affair.

Consider that the Buckeyes - yes, the last of the four entrants into this year's playoff field - really lost the turnover margin battle 4-to-0 prior to that last-second/meaningless interception thrown by Oregon QB Marcus Mariota and still whumped the…

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Network Notebook: College Hoops…Iowa State at Baylor

We stay in the Big 12 for another day because we have another battle of Top 25 teams when the #11 Iowa State Cyclones visit the #22 Baylor Bears at 9 p.m. ET in a game you can watch on ESPNU

Iowa State is undefeated through two games of league action, highlighted by a road victory against dangerous West Virginia. They may or may not be a legitimate Top 10 team at the moment. That’s a Top 10 caliber result! Beating Baylor Wednesday Night, and then Kansas on Saturday would vault the Cyclones into the big time with authority. Pay attention…

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Network Notebook: College Hoops…Oklahoma at W. Virginia

We always try to prepare you for the showcase game of the night in our basketball write-ups. Typically, that’s going to involve a national power taking on a clear upset threat…or two national powers facing each other. Tuesday night, we have a pair of teams who may have been off your radar thus far in the 2014-15 college basketball season. You need to put OKLAHOMA and WEST VIRGINIA on your radar!

Why?

*Both teams currently rank in the Top 13 in Ken Pomeroy’s computer rankings, which are a better proxy for true quality than the media polls.

*Both teams currently rank in the…

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VSM Exclusive: Tuesday Titans…Kentucky, Duke, Louisville

Things got very interesting this past weekend in college basketball. While many of you were focused intently on the NFL Playoffs and college football championship, we had these major developments on the hardwood.

#1 Kentucky had to go overtime Saturday to beat Texas A&M. This was their second straight overtime win! This was supposed to be a team that was going to breeze to an undefeated record. Pundits (and quants) were suggesting this version of the Wildcats might be one of the best college basketball teams ever. Suddenly they were life and death at home against Ole Miss, then on the…

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How Sharps are Betting Oregon/Ohio State

After a busy week of NFL Playoff action, sportsbooks will now be flooded Monday afternoon for the college football National Championship game featuring Oregon and Ohio State. Avid bettors of both teams won a lot of money on New Year’s Day. They’re all back to support their teams with everything on the line.

Current betting pace suggests this will be one of the biggest bet college football games ever. Some stores are already certain they’ll the have largest betting volume ever at their particular locale.

How have sharps (professional wagerers) been betting the game? Let’s take a look…

 

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Jim Sez for Monday, Jan. 12 …

EXTRA, EXTRA:COLLEGE FOOTBALL CROWNSA CHAMPION TONIGHT AND WE HAVENEWS/NOTES ON #2 OREGONVS. #4 OHIO STATE …PLUS WE RE-CAP THE NFL DIVISIONALPLAYOFF GAMES AND LOOK AHEADAT PACKERS-SEAHAWKS & COLTS-PATS

Raise your hand if you think Year One of the College Football Playoffs has been a smash hit … gotta say we love it and sure hope they stay at four teams next year and in the seasons beyond even though the almighty dollar/the greed factor surely will force this to be an 8-team (or more) tournament before you know it!

Okay, so that’s a debate for another day as this evening the College…

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Wayne Root: Can Ohio State SHOCK Oregon for the National Title?

THE KING OF UPSETS has had more than a week to think about that question. I follow the Pac 12 very closely, so I know all about Oregon’s ability to run away and hide from opponents as favorites. If you’re used to watching a lot of Duck blowouts, this seems like a very small line! But, I’ve cashed some very big tickets with the Buckeyes recently, including a PINNACLE UPSET CALL when they covered by more than 60 points against Wisconsin.

Who will WAYNE ALLYN ROOT be rooting for in Monday Night’s National Championship game matching Oregon and Ohio State? I…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping Oregon/Ohio State

The much anticipated college football National Championship game will be played Monday Night in Arlington, Texas. The Oregon Ducks…a team that’s been on the short list of potential champions all season...are favored to beat the Ohio State Buckeyes…a team that seemingly had no chance to play for a title after losing early in the season to Virginia Tech.

The brand new format allowed Ohio State, and possibly BOTH of these teams to play for the title given that the old format probably would have had undefeated defending champion Florida State facing Power Ratings darling Alabama. Monday’s finalists beat those teams…so we…

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Network Notebook: Championship Preview…Oregon/Ohio State

Concerns about the first ever major college football National Championship Tournament turning out to be a dud were allayed on New Year’s Day when Oregon played very high level football while routing Florida State, before Ohio State beat top seeded Alabama in a thriller. Past systems would not have matched the Ducks and Buckeyes in the big game. Clearly, right now, nobody’s playing better football. These are the teams that deserve to play for the trophy.

We’ve updated the numbers from our New Year’s previews since both teams played quality opposition. What you see below in JIM HURLEY’S key indicator stats…

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Network Notebook: Early Playoff Look…Indianapolis at Denver

These guys can’t stop running into each other! The current (but fading) Peyton Manning has played a few games already against “the next” Peyton Manning. But, none of those matchups has been as important as Sunday afternoon’s NFL Divisional Round playoff game matching the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos.

Andrew Luck still hasn’t had the breakthrough game that’s announced to the world he’s going to be a champion. A high volume passer? Definitely. There are more than a few of those in the record books who ran up big numbers in the regular season before floundering in the playoffs. Last week’s…

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Network Notebook: Early Playoff Look…Dallas at Green Bay

Things were looking so great for the Green Bay Packers last week. Aaron Rodgers got extended time to recuperate from a calf injury. It looked for much of Sunday afternoon that they were going to draw the #4 seed Carolina Panthers…a playoff team with a losing record. And, the weather forecasts were suggesting ideal “Green Bay” weather for a true home field advantage. Bitter cold!

The bitter cold is still there. But, the season may turn bitter because Aaron Rodgers is still struggling to move with what is now being called a “torn” calf muscle. And, instead of a Carolina team…

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How Sharps are Betting the NFL Divisional Round

Four more games in the NFL Playoffs this weekend, as the bye teams take the field against last week’s winners. Historically, this round has set up very simply. Oddsmakers shade the number against the home favorites…knowing that squares (the public) almost always takes the superior seeds in these games. Squares bet the public teams against those inflated numbers anyway. Sharps come in on the underdogs on the assumption that the free points will pay off over the long haul.

It’s hard to say how dramatically that will play out this weekend. None of the four favorites have really been in “juggernaut”…

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26
Jan
Report: Video shows Pats moved game balls

(SportsNetwork.com) - Surveillance video shows a New England Patriots locker room attendant moving game footballs from the officials' locker room into another room at Gillette Stadium before bringing them out to the field for the AFC Championship Game, according to a report.

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26
Jan
Raiders re-sign Woodson for next season

Alameda, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Raiders announced Monday that they have re-signed safety Charles Woodson for next season.

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26
Jan
Dennison returns as Broncos' offensive coordinator

Englewood, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Denver Broncos named Rick Dennison as their new offensive coordinator on Monday.

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26
Jan
Revis makes these Patriots different

(SportsNetwork.com) - In the salary-cap era of the NFL, it's all about allocating assets and one of the major reasons the Seattle Seahawks are preparing to play in their second straight Super Bowl stems from the fact that they "hit" on quarterback Russell Wilson in the third round of the draft.

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26
Jan
North Dakota State extends Klieman's contract

Fargo, ND (SportsNetwork.com) - After leading North Dakota State to a fourth straight FCS national championship, head football coach Chris Klieman has been rewarded with a two-year contract extension.

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25
Jan
Kiffin staying at Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - The University of Alabama has announced that offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin will return to his position for the 2015 season.

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25
Jan
Abdullah MVP as North tops South

Mobile, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah was named MVP of the Senior Bowl after running for 73 yards and catching four passes for 40 yards as the North topped the South 34-13 on Saturday.

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25
Jan
Varga, Johnson standouts in Senior Bowl

Mobile, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - FCS running backs found the end zone in the Reese's Senior Bowl on Saturday.

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26
Jan
Tar Heels finish strong to take down Syracuse

Chapel Hill, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Marcus Paige scored 16 of his 22 points during a strong second half that lifted 13th-ranked North Carolina to a 93-83 victory over Syracuse in a key ACC battle.

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26
Jan
Washington C Upshaw dismissed from team

Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Robert Upshaw, the nation's leading shot- blocker, was dismissed from the Washington Huskies for a violation of team rules, coach Lorenzo Romar announced Monday.

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26
Jan
South Carolina still No. 1 in women's hoops poll

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - South Carolina remained the top-ranked team in the latest Associated Press women's college basketball poll.

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26
Jan
Kentucky, Virginia remain 1-2 in men's hoops poll

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Kentucky and Virginia remain the only two undefeated teams in Division I men's basketball and both are still atop the latest Associated Press poll.

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27
Jan
Ibaka, Thunder down Wolves

Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Serge Ibaka had 13 points and pulled down 19 rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 92-84 on Monday night.

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26
Jan
Davis, Pelicans easily handle 76ers

New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Davis had 32 points and 10 rebounds to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 99-74 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

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26
Jan
Grizzlies hold off Magic

Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Zach Randolph had 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and Marc Gasol added 16 points and 10 boards as the Memphis Grizzlies topped the Orlando Magic, 103-94, on Monday.

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26
Jan
Kemba Walker to have knee surgery

Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker will have surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, the team announced Monday.

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26
Jan
Padres ink Valverde to minor league deal

San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Three-time All-Star closer Jose Valverde was among eight players the San Diego Padres signed to minor league contracts on Monday.

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26
Jan
O's strike deals with Norris, Flaherty

Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Pitcher Bud Norris and infielder Ryan Flaherty agreed to one-year contracts with the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, allowing both to avoid arbitration.

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26
Jan
Former Red Sox pitcher Monbouquette dies

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bill Monbouquette, a 20-game winner for the Boston Red Sox and a member of the team's Hall of Fame, died Sunday. He was 78.

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26
Jan
Reds reach deal with C Mesoraco

Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Reds and catcher Devin Mesoraco have avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a four-year contract extension on Monday.

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Kelso Sturgeon wins his 100-Unit Personal Best Bet on Sunday with Butler (-6.5) over Seton Hall 77-57, and comes right back Monday with a 50-Unit Late Information Play. Click Here. Chairman's Club wins Sunday as Northwestern (+12) almost shocks Maryland 67-68.

 

Tony Salinas goes 9-1 in basketball over the weekend including 4-0 Sunday with Seton Hall/Butler (OVER) and Northwestern (+12) vs. Maryland 67-68. In the NBA Tony wins with the Heat/Bulls (OVER) and the Celtics (+18) over the Warriors 111-114 Get Tony's top plays today by clicking here

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