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The Vegas Sports Masters

Kelso
Sturgeon
Wayne
Root
Jim
Hurley
Richie
Baccellieri
Tony
Salinas
Jim
Feist
SportsMasters
Consensus

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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SportsMasters Consensus

In the world of Handicapping, the average bettor is up against a well financed, information-rich, experienced Casino Sportsbooks and Linesmakers.
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YOU ARE NO LONGER ALONE!

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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Jim Sez Thursday College Hoops Menu and NBA Notes
COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATE: HERE'S THE THURSDAY NITE TV MENU STARRING #4 IOWA AT INDIANA ...PLUS THERE'S NBA NEWS & NOTES TOO!

Believe it or not, we're now just a month away from the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Sunday, March 13th and so get ready to hear more and more about "bubble teams" and "RPI's" and "strength of schedule" talk and all that other fun stuff.

Every day/night brings "must-win" games to the fore and we'll touch on some of 'em here in a jam-packed Thursday night card with lots of key TV action.First, however, this key reminder:

Jim Hurley and his Network…

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Network Notebook: TV Preview…Iowa at Indiana

Many in college basketball circled Thursday night’s huge Big 10 battle between #4 Iowa and hard charging Indiana a few weeks ago. Iowa was making a great case for a #1 seed in the Big Dance. Indiana was undefeated deep into conference play. Some of the hype has cooled off because Iowa lost to Maryland, and Indiana fell to Wisconsin and Penn State. (That latter loss for the Hoosiers was in a look-ahead spot this past weekend, and kept them out of the formal rankings at #27 in the vote tally).

Still, even with the juggernauts slowing down just a bit,…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Wichita State Still Shocking Oddsmakers!

This cat is very slowly getting out of the bag. After my 50-unit winner on Wichita State over Drake Tuesday night, the Shockers are a stunning 12-2 against the spread the last 14 games even though everyone knows they’re the best team in the Missouri Valley Conference!

Oddsmakers are aware the team is good. But, they’re obviously unaware HOW good. And, when THE MOTIVATION FACTOR really came through for the Shockers in a bounce-back spot Tuesday night…the cover wasn’t in doubt.

I talked to you regular students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping about the importance of bounce…

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Wayne Root: Biggest Week Yet in Pac 12 Basketball!

The Pac 12 begins what is shaping up as its most important weekly schedule of the whole season Wednesday night when surprising contender Washington visits respected Utah. It ends Saturday with the rematch of USC and Arizona, two of the three best teams in the league.

In between…Oregon (the other power) has two tough road games in Northern California…Washington has to deal with Colorado at altitude…and UCLA tries to climb back into the race with a statement upset at Arizona. Here’s a quick look at the highlights, with current Pac 12 records in parenthesis…

 

Pac 12 Schedule This Week

Wednesday: Washington (7-4) at…

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Richie Baccellieri: Kentucky Starting to Play Like Champs

The Kentucky Wildcats are always assumed to be great at the start of a college basketball season. Head coach John Calipari recruits blue-chippers to the bluegrass state. He has a proven track record of turning that talent into championship material. The “default” favorite to start a new season is usually Kentucky. And, when things are really going well for them, people quickly start talking about them in historic terms. Kentucky’s “floor” is better than most team’s “ceilings.” Kentucky’s ceiling in this current era is “one of the best teams ever.”

But, unlike last year’s deep run at perfection (which fell short…

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Super Bowl 50 Fallout - Year-End NFL Poiintspread Chart plus College Basketball Report
THE SUPER BOWL 50 "FALLOUT"…PLUS OUR YEAR-END NFL POINTSPREAD CHART…AND COLLEGE BASKETBALL'S MID-WEEK REPORT

Let's face itIt has taken a day or two to fully digest that slop-fest Super Bowl 50 win by the Denver Broncos over the Carolina Panthers last Sunday night in Santa Clara but it surely didn't take a rocket scientist to realize that the "3 Stars" of that game were – in some order – Denver defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, Broncos' MVP linebacker Von Miller and fellow OLB DeMarcus Ware.

The Broncos' take-no-prisoners 24-10 triumph won't go down in history as one of the top 10 Super Bowls…

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Tony Salinas: Did Texas A&M Peak Too Soon?

Thanks to all of you who joined me for Denver and Under in Super Bowl 50 this past Sunday. That combination was pretty much never in doubt. Last week I asked if you realized how rare it’s been lately for favorites to win blowouts in the big game. We did have a blowout this time…but it was the disrespected underdog that got tired of all the early talk that they had “no chance” to beat Carolina. Tell a team they have no chance, and they’ll do whatever they can to prove you wrong. That’s just as true now as the…

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Network Notebook: TV Preview…West Virginia at Kansas

It was truly a statement result a few weeks ago when West Virginia bullied Kansas 74-63 in Morgantown. West Virginia was a short home underdog, but looked to be the superior team all night. For the visitor, a reminder that this year’s team had a long way to go to live up to past KU standards. And, that’s particularly true on the ROAD, where the Jayhawks struggle to find consistency. A statement win for West Virginia. A statement loss for Kansas.

Tuesday brings the rematch in Lawrence, in a game that will be very important in the Big 12 standings. Even…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Time to Focus on Road to NCAA’s

I know that many of you are just now ready to start paying attention to basketball. To YOU, the basketball season doesn’t start until the Super Bowl is over. Hopefully most of you students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping are already up to speed. For those of you who aren’t…let’s pick up with last year’s Final Four…

*Defending National Champion DUKE isn’t even in the top 25 any more. A focus on recruiting potential superstars has hurt their depth. Then, an early injury helped expose that depth. Duke plays a big game Monday night at home…

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Wayne Root: Super Bowl 50 PINNACLE Play on Denver Wins Outright!

The KING OF UPSETS did it again! The man with more documented upset calls than any other handicapper in history won his Super Bowl 50 PINNACLE play on the Denver Broncos (+) over the Carolina Panthers 24-10 Sunday evening in Santa Clara.

Denver was obviously the right side from the get-go. And, their fantastic defense had them positioned to spring the upset the whole way through. If Peyton Manning wasn’t a shadow of his former self as a quarterback at this late stage of his historic career, it might have been a rout.

I told you not to worry about Manning last…

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Network Notebook: Preview…Louisville at Duke

So much has happened in the ACC while you were counting down to Super Bowl 50! The NFL season has now been wrapped up in a nice big bow. Let’s get you caught up on important developments in the ACC heading into Big Monday’s clash between the Louisville Cardinals and the Duke Blue Devils.

*First…Louisville announced they were putting themselves on probation! The players are now aware that there’s NO POSTSEASON coming up in a month. Apparently there was a lot of real fire instead of just smoke to that prostitution scandal. The program wanted to take command of its own…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping Super Bowl 50

Finally time for us to talk about Super Bowl 50 here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. You have all weekend to make your final decisions. I personally have made mine, and I will be releasing those to paying clients on game day.

Obviously I can’t post those selections here in our coursework. But I can walk you through the thought process I’ve been using to handicap Sunday’s battle between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.

 

PLAYMAKERS AND GAMEBREAKERS

I don’t think there’s any doubt that this category goes emphatically to the Carolina Panthers. Cam Newton can literally run circles…

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Network Notebook: Super Bowl 50 Preview…Denver vs. Carolina

It’s been a long time since Super Bowl betting was this one-sided for this long. The public started betting the Carolina Panthers as soon as a number went up on the board. And, they’ve kept right on betting them through the bulk of the fortnight. Maybe Super Bowl Weekend will see a change in momentum. Or, maybe sportsbooks will be desperately rooting for the Broncos, just as they were in the AFC Championships against New England.

JIM HURLEY’S key indicator stats have served us very well over the years in the playoffs and Super Bowls. Let’s see what they’re saying about…

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Wayne Root: Can Carolina Obliterate Denver in Super Bowl 50?

Earlier this week, I looked at the question of whether or not the Denver Broncos could SHOCK the Carolina Panthers in this Sunday’s Super Bowl 50. The answer was obviously YES. Denver has a great defense and a veteran quarterback. Carolina is facing its toughest test away from home all season after enjoying a soft regular season schedule and home cooking through the playoffs. Denver can DEFINITELY score a shocker.

But, even dog-heavy handicappers like WAYNE ALLYN ROOT have to be fully aware that Carolina could win a blowout here. Today’s article should be read in tandem with that piece from…

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The Jim Sez Super Bowl Preview
THE JIM SEZ SUPER BOWL 50 PREVIEW IS HERE!

Say this for Sunday's game from scenic Santa Clara ... Super Bowl 50 sure doesn't lack for storylines whether you're talking up the two quarterbacks, the first-time Super Bowl head coaches or the defenses that just might rule the roost here on Super Sunday.

Still, the image many of us get while heading into Super Bowl Five-0 is that of a rampaging Carolina Panthers team that's won 17-of-18 games this year - nobody's entered a Super Bowl with an equal/better record in 30 years when the one-loss Chicago Bears stormed into New Orleans…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Super Bowl 50

The big story through most of the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl 50 matching the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers and the AFC Champion Denver Broncos has involved the very heavy one-sided action on the Panthers. The public has been betting Carolina almost exclusively (though the bulk of square action is still to come this weekend). That’s set up an interesting dynamic for sportsbooks who have to deal with this one-sided action.

Just one game to talk about…so let’s jump right in…

 

CAROLINA vs. DENVER: SUNDAY at 6:30 PM ET on CBS

The first testers up offshore were in the -3.5 to…

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Is the Super Bowl Betting Line a Dead Number? and Much More...
Wait A Minute—Is The Super Bowl Betting Line A Dead Number And Made Specifically To Trap Bettors?400-Unit Play On Sunday’s Super Bowl Plus Free 100-Unit College Basketball Winner SaturdayNext 50-Unit College Basketball Release Wins Tonight9-2… 82.0% Winners… With Last 11 Highroller College Plays Get Entire Month Of Service For Just $199

By Kelso Sturgeon

One never wants to over think the handicapping of a single football game but I must confess that is my mindset chasing the winner of this Sunday’s Super Bowl. Forgive me for leaving the road most traveled but am I the only person in the world who…

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Super Bowl 50 Q & A
SUPER BOWL 50 – WE ASK FIVE REALLY BIG QUESTIONS ABOUT SUNDAY’S SHOWDOWN…THE COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATE:WHAT “MID-MAJOR” TEAMS COULD SURPRISE.

No doubt you’ve heard plenty of folks – in-the-know “experts” and “non-experts” alike – talking about whether we’re gonna have a close game this Sunday when the now 6-point favorite Carolina Panthers battle the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.

Well, Super Bowl history tells us there have been 18 previous SB games that were decided by “one score” – that’s 8 points or less – and so mathematically speaking that means just 36.7 percent or just more than one-third of prior…

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Richie Baccellieri: NBA Notes, Including Knicks/Pistons on TNT

It’s been a fairly quiet NBA season so far in Las Vegas. That’s typical, because the public just doesn’t bet much pro hoops until the playoffs. Visitors in the winter who love the NBA are often surprised at how quiet Vegas sportsbooks are on NBA game nights. Telecasts are on the big screen TVs…but hardly anyone’s sitting down and watching. This is a niche sport with intense passion within that niche. It just doesn’t translate to regular season betting from the general public.

Now…it was a bit different when Kobe Bryant was at his peak and helping the Los Angeles Lakers…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: What Quants Get Wrong in College Basketball

I’ve touched on this topic often during the season. Now seemed like a good time to make it a formal entry in our coursework. Many of you will be betting exclusively on college basketball after this Sunday’s Super Bowl (which I’ll discuss in our weekend report). Students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping need to understand what mistakes are being made by computer-types and how to avoid them.

I first want to say that this isn’t going to be a screed against “nerds” who don’t understand how “heart,” “guts,” or “intestinal fortitude” are all that matters in…

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Wayne Root: UCLA/USC Rematch Should be Electric!

The college basketball season is just flying by. It wasn’t long ago when we were talking about the first USC/UCLA game…right after both of those teams had knocked off Arizona. The rematch will be played Thursday Night on the Trojans’ home floor. UCLA will be hoping to avenge the loss they suffered in Pauley Pavilion.

Back then, people were first starting to wonder if USC was really better than UCLA. It’s not often you say that in this sport. UCLA has the most storied program in history. Even when they start to ebb, it seems like USC is ebbing even worse.…

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Tony Salinas: When Was Last Time a Super Bowl Favorite Won a Blowout?

A lot of people seem to be expecting the Carolina Panthers to crush the Denver Broncos this Sunday in Super Bowl 50. All you hear is that everybody’s betting Carolina. Since the poinstpread is closer to a touchdown than a field goal…everyone must be expecting an easy Carolina win.

When was the last time a favorite won a Super Bowl by double digits? It used to happen every year. Lately, it’s not as common as you think.

Last year’s game was a pick-em, when New England beat Seattle 28-24

The underdog covered in 2014 when Seattle (+2.5) drilled Denver 43-8

The underdog covered in…

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Richie Baccellieri: College Hoops Betting is Mostly Books vs. Sharps

I’ll pop in on Wednesdays through the winter to talk about college basketball. There’s not much point to monitoring the “Futures” prices this season because the markets are fairly stable. The big name programs are still getting the most respect, even if most have taken a step back this season. Things could get really interesting in the Futures once teams like Kansas, Kentucky, and Duke start LOSING in the Big Dance. I’ll decide at that time whether or not to include Futures in our regular round-by-round tournament coverage of sharp betting.

Today I wanted to talk about that…sharp betting. I don’t…

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Jim Sez Super Bowl X Factors
SUPER BOWL 50 NOW JUST DAYS AWAY - WE BRING YOU GAME-DAY "X FACTOR" PLAYERS/CONDITIONS AND MORETHE COLLEGE B-BALL MID-WEEK UPDATE HERE'S OUR #1 AND #2 NCAA TOURNEY SEEDS IF THE "BIG DANCE" WAS STARTING TODAY

If you didn't know any better, you might believe there's only a handful of "important players" in Sunday's Super Bowl 50 showdown in scenic Santa Clara between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos but - egads - there's more to this season-ending monster tilt than just Carolina QB Cam Newton, Denver slinger Peyton Manning and a couple of other dudes!

In fact, you can pick-and-choose…

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85%-90% Of All Super Bowl Money Is On Carolina And That Has Bookmakers Scared
85%-90% Of All Super Bowl Money Is On Carolina And That Has Bookmakers Scared And Scrambling Despite Fact 'Dogs 6-1-0 In Last 8 Games

50-Unit NBA Game Of The Week Wins Tonight Plus 15-Unit College Stunner10-2...83% Winners...Last 12 Highroller Plays

The Declared King Of Super Bowl Handicappers Is 12-3 On Sides and 12-3 On Totals Since 2001 And Intends To Win Another 400-Unit Play

By Kelso Sturgeon

Take it from one who has seen and handicapped all 49 Super Bowls, betting lines on the NFL championship game are as challenging to beat than any seen all season. Billions of dollars…

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Network Notebook: Pac 12 College Basketball Summary

Arizona “at home” looks like one of the best teams in the country this year. Unfortunately, nobody’s allowed to play all of their games at home. And, major conference teams don’t get to play any home games come tournament time! Despite rolling up big home victory margins, Arizona already has four road losses that have dropped them down to SIXTH PLACE in the 12-team league.

 

PAC 12 STANDINGS

Oregon 7-2

Colorado 6-3

USC 6-3

Utah 6-3

Washington 6-3

Arizona 6-4

California 4-5

UCLA 4-5

Stanford 4-5

Oregon State 3-6

Arizona State 2-7

Washington State 1-8

Arizona’s poor road play has helped launch everyone else into title contention…which is coming as a surprise to most…

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VSM Exclusive Preview: Creighton (14-8) at #3 Villanova (18-3)

If you want to check out the Big East, you have to move your TV off the ESPN family of networks for awhile. It’s definitely worth doing so Wednesday night when talented Creighton visits #3 Villanova in a game that will be televised by the CBS Sports Network. Sometimes the top Big East game is on Fox Sports 1. Sometimes elsewhere. This is important because you won’t know what’s happening in the Big East if you only watch ESPN!

Why does this matter? The Big East and Pac 12 are basically lockstep in terms of quality through the top seven spots…

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Wayne Root: Can Denver Shock Carolina in Super Bowl 50?

I was going to save this discussion until later in the week. Hey, WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is widely known as THE KING OF UPSETS because I’ve won more documented upset calls than any other handicapper in history! Of course I’m going to at least think about the possibility that a Super Bowl underdog can win outright.

But, I’ve decided to move this up to Monday because NOBODY seems to be talking about Denver having much of a chance. The early line keeps going UP, even though many in the media were initially surprised Carolina was as high as -4.5 or -5…

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Network Notebook: College Hoops TV Preview…W. Virginia at Iowa State

The Big 12/SEC Challenge was a lot of fun to watch this past Saturday. But, it wasn’t fun at all for the coaches and players on West Virginia and Iowa State. Both of those highly regarded contenders flunked road tests fairly badly at Florida and Texas A&M respectively. That puts both in bouce-back spots Tuesday Night in a nationally televised showdown that will loom very large in the Big 12 race.

To preview this game…let’s look back at what happened Saturday. Here are the key boxscore stats…starting with the earliest tip…

 

Florida 88, West Virginia 71

Two-Point Percentages: West Virginia 47%, Florida 48%

Three-Point…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Phoenix Fires Jeff Hornaceck

Last week I talked about the challenges of handicapping the Cleveland Cavaliers after they fired David Blatt as head coach. So far, so good for the Cavs…as they looked very impressive in routing the San Antonio Spurs this past Saturday night. This week, another coach has fallen. Monday morning, the Phoenix Suns announced that they had fired Jeff Hornacek. This move surprised nobody…and probably should have been done weeks ago.

Now, I want to be clear here that I’m not saying Hornacek should have been fired because he was doing a terrible job. He’s the same man he was last season…

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Jim Sez Super Bowl Countdown and College Hoops Update
THE SUPER BOWL 50 COUNTDOWN ROLLS ON: HERE WE BEGIN YOUR WEEK WITH "ALL THINGS SUPER BOWL" INCLUDING AN ARRAY OF FUN POINTSPREAD NOTESTHE COLLEGE BASKETBALL UPDATE:

WILL THE BLUEGRASS STATE SQUADS BOUNCE BACK FROM (VERY DIFFERENT) WEEKEND LOSSES?

Okay, so much is being made of the fact that the AFC champion Denver Broncos are making their eighth appearance in a Super Bowl game thus tying the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots for the most-ever Super Bowl appearances by a franchise.

Still, Denver - a 5.5-point underdog for this Super Bowl 50 game at last check and a 6-point…

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VSM Exclusive Preview: #2 N. Carolina (19-2) at #16 Louisville (17-4) on ESPN

There are threats all over the Atlantic Coast Conference in college basketball. But, one of the games you just have to circle as a potential loss for national power North Carolina is Monday night’s road game at Louisville that will be televised by ESPN. Outside of the Carolina/Duke matchups…THIS is one of the handful of games that everyone wants to watch.

Hey, it’s definitely a game Louisville circled! You can tell that by their utter no-show this past Saturday against Virginia! The Cardinals were crushed 63-47 on their home floor…shooting just 12 of 38 on two-point attempts for the afternoon. Virginia’s…

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Network Notebook: NBA Preview…Golden State at New York

No, it’s not the circus coming to Gotham. But, the “greatest show on earth” in basketball terms will be on full display Sunday evening when the Golden State Warriors and three-point master Steph Curry visit the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The game’s greatest team…the game’s greatest scorer…on the game’s most hallowed grounds!

The Big Apple loves a big show…and Steph Curry already has a history of living up to neon dreams on his prior trips. He loves the stage. He loves the spotlight. And, he is no doubt looking forward to this chance to shine in the metaphorical…

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Jim Sez Super Bowl Report: When Denver Has The Ball
HERE'S OUR DAILY SUPER BOWL 50 REPORT - WHAT TO WATCH WHEN DENVER HAS THE BALL

THE COLLEGE B-BALL UPDATE: SATURDAY'S TOP BIG 12 VS. SEC SHOWDOWNS

NBA NEWS & NOTES: 'NUFF SAID ALREADY, LEBRON!

Hey, want to know one really stark difference between this year's Denver Broncos' offense and the one that made it to Super Bowl 48 just two years ago?This here-and-now Broncos bunch scored 30-or-more points only two times all year - a 31-24 triumph at Kansas City back in Week 2 and a 30-24 overtime win against visiting New England in a Week 12 prime-time game ... and that's…

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VSM Exclusive: San Antonio Spurs at the Cleveland Cavaliers

Can the Cleveland Cavaliers win a BIG game with new head coach Tyronn Lue? Handicappers and sports fans will get their first real sense of that Saturday night on ABC when the Cavs host the San Antonio Spurs in the teams’ second and final regular season meeting.

As we’ve mentioned before…there are just a handful of games all season where the Cavs, Spurs, or Golden State Warriors square off head-to-head. You’d better be paying attention when it happens!

We already know that David Blatt was having trouble keeping the Cavs competitive for four full quarters against the Western powers. Blatt’s Cavs faded…

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Wayne Root: Getting Caught Up in the Big East

Since we don’t have any football to talk about this weekend, this seems like the perfect time to “return” to my old stomping grounds and talk about Big East basketball. My feet are always firmly planted here in Las Vegas. I still have great sources back East that tell me everything I need to know to pick winners!

Though not as prominent as it used to be in the national mindset, the league is very likely to play a prominent role come Dance time…

*Villanova could easily be a #1 seed (and go the distance!)

*Xavier will probably be seeded to reach the…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Playing “Bounce Backs” in College Basketball

Backing a quality team in a “bounce back” spot after a loss is one of the smartest things you can do in sports betting. This is true across all sports. You really put THE MOTIVATION FACTOR to work for you when you can jump on teams who “hate to lose” right after they just lost.

Of course, if it was really this easy, the lines would adjust and take your edge away. This approach can get tricky because:

*It’s not always obvious what “quality” team means amidst fatigue and injuries

*Not all quality teams “hate to lose” in a way that’s going to…

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Richie Baccellieri: Market Discussion of the Big 12/SEC Challenge

There are some really great college basketball matchups Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The nature of the betting schedule makes it tough for me to talk about “sharp” betting on a day-to-day basis because there’s so little lead time between when the lines go up and when the games are played! So, we’ll have to save our “NFL” style of reporting until March Madness when there’s at least a day between when the lines go up and tipoff.

But, I can at least report some things I’ve noticed about teams playing in those high profile games. That will add some…

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Network Notebook: SEC/Big 12 Challenge Big Game Preview

This was a GREAT idea! The SEC and Big 12 have created a smorgasbord of high profile basketball games just at the time when sports fans are ready to start focusing on college hoops. Let the ACC and Big 10 play early in the season when hardly anyone is watching. NOW…the media, TV viewers, and…yes…sports bettors will be all over the best matchups of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge!

There are FIVE games we want to pay particular attention to on the NOTEBOOK because they are all Big Dance caliber games. The 10 teams involved are currently projected to make the brackets…

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Jim Sez Super Bowl Report and College Hoop Update
OUR DAILY SUPER BOWL 50 REPORT IS HERE - WHAT TO WATCH WHEN CAROLINA HAS THE BALL ...THE COLLEGE HOOP UPDATE: TWO "TEAMS TO WATCH" AS WE GET SET TO CLOSE OUT JANUARY

Are we gonna be headed to a Super Bowl 50 "classic" come Sunday, February 7th?

After all, we have the numero uno seeds in both the NFC (Carolina Panthers) and the AFC (Denver Broncos) squaring off here in Santa Clara for all the marbles and you can't beat the storylines as MVP-to-be QB Cam Newton stars for the now-5.5-point favored Panthers while word continues to swirl that this indeed…

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More Jim Sez Super Bowl 50 Handicapping Notes
MORE SUPER BOWL 50 HANDICAPPING NEWS/NOTES ...THE COLLEGE B-BALL REPORT - TONIGHT'S KEY TEAM SPREAD STATS INCLUDING A CLOSER LOOK AT #3 IOWA AT #8 MARYLAND

Part of handicapping the Super Bowl - not just this particular one but every Super Bowl - is digging a little bit deeper into key pointspread facts/figures.It can be quite informational to discover what AFC teams do versus NFC foes in a certain year and vice versa and so let's start off a little Super Bowl 50 Handicapping News/Notes column with some items regarding both the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos in terms of…

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Richie Baccellieri: NBA Notes, Including Knicks/Raptors on TNT

Handicapping the NBA can be very tough for bettors who prefer the college game. The opposite is also true. In fact, it’s pretty rare here in Las Vegas to find anyone who’s very active in BOTH at the same time.

*College handicappers prefer their sport because they’re more confident they’re going to get an effort every time out from student-athletes. It’s not as bad as it used to be…but spending much time in a sportsbook in the winter will lead you to hear complaints from old-school bettors about how the pro’s are just in in for the money and not going…

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Network Notebook: SEC College Basketball Summary

John Calipari has been in the news a lot this year, as various NBA teams launch trial balloons about luring the Kentucky head coach back to the NBA. That distraction may be part of what’s caused the Wildcats to be such disappointments this season! Ben Simmons of LSU is the consensus choice to go #1 in the NBA draft…which also has him on the media radar. Yet, LSU only borderline to make the Big Dance right now. How often do you say that about future NBA superstars? They’re supposed to lead their teams to greatness!

Amidst all the SEC clutter, relatively…

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Wayne Root: Is Iowa About to Become a Cinderella Story?

The Iowa Hawkeyes have been one of the biggest surprises in college basketball this season. There’s still a lot of games left to be played of course, with Thursday’s road trip to highly regarded Maryland front and center. But, the early returns are suggesting that this team that began the season unranked has a legitimate shot to win the Big 10 and earn a #1 seed in the Big Dance.

If that happens…it’s hard to call a #1 seed a Cinderella story. From where this season began? Very few people even had the Hawkeyes on the radar.

What I like best about…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: The Conundrum of LSU

If you watched any of LSU’s win Tuesday night over Georgia in SEC college basketball play, you got a full sense of the conundrum for sports bettors trying to handicap this Tigers team.

*Ben Simmons is a legitimate star, expected to go #1 in the next draft

*He doesn’t have much talent surrounding him

*His team won the game but didn’t cover the spread

*His team didn’t look very good on defense

I was scouting that game very closely because LSU has a make-or-break game with the Oklahoma Sooners coming up on Saturday. Right now the Tigers are on the bubble for the Big Dance.…

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Richie Baccellieri: Using Power Ratings in College Basketball

Last week I mentioned that I wouldn’t spend too much time looking at College Basketball Futures prices, at least not until we get much closer to March Madness. The prices aren’t moving around too much. And, they’re arguably more linked right now to team reputations rather than current quality. Basically, “the market” assumes most of “the usual suspects” will figure out a way to matter come Dance time even if they’re going through a midseason lull right now.

That’s not very interesting to follow, particularly in a fascinating season like this!

So, I’ll find some other college basketball topics to discuss for…

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Jim Sez - SuperBowl 50 Countdown plus College B-Ball Report
THE SUPER BOWL 50 COUNTDOWN IS ON!WE LAY OUT SOME EARLY GAME PLANS PLUS REVIEW THE LAST 10 SUPER SUNDAYS

 

THE COLLEGE B-BALL REPORT:CHECKING OUT WEDNESDAY’S TOP TILTS WITH #5 TEXAS A&M HEADLINING THE CARD

If you’ve followed Super Bowl history when there’s been two weeks between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl game itself, then you know these couple of days are reserved for the coaches devising their game plans… so let’s join ’em for a few moments here and get in some early-bird strategies, okay?

And just remember we’ll have lots to say/analyze all through the next week-and-a-half when…

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Network Notebook: Big 10 College Basketball Summary

Before the 2015-16 college basketball season began, the Iowa Hawkeyes were barely on the radar in the Big 10. They didn’t make the Preseason Top 25 in the AP, even though Maryland, Michigan State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Purdue and Michigan all did. A measly six points in the voting had Iowa just outside the Top 40.

Right now, there’s little doubt that they’re the best in the Big 10. They’ve already swept previous national #1 Michigan State in impressive fashion. And, they took care of Purdue this past Sunday in what many expected to be a down-to-the-wire thriller. There’s still work to…

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SuperBowl plus College Basketball Insights
Winning Super Bowl Depends On Performance Of Two Factors…For Carolina The Play Of QB Newton And For Denver Its Aggressive, Vicious DefenseBasketball Highrollers Go For 6th Straight Win 25-Unit Underdogs 7-1 Past 9 DaysKansas 200-9 At Home Since Coach Self Took Over 13 Years Ago…96% Winners At Allen Fieldhouse Gets Kentucky There Saturday

By Kelso Sturgeon,

There are officially 6,909 different languages spoken in the world and as interesting as that number might be it pales in comparison to the differences of opinion about what it will take to win the National Football League’s Super Bowl #50 a week from Sunday when…

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Tony Salinas: Will Disappointing Hoop Powers Start Covering as Dogs?

If you’ve been following college basketball this season, you know that a lot of big name programs have taken a step or two backwards. It’s been obvious for weeks. And, we saw a great example this past Monday night when both Duke and Kansas looked pretty bad (by past standards) in nationally televised road losses to Miami and Iowa State respectively.

Duke lost by 11 as a 4-point underdog at Miami

Kansas lost by 13 as a 1-point underdog at Iowa State

Those two games were supposed to be relative toss-ups. But, the “powers” from Duke and Kansas lost their second halves by…

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Feb
Colorado State edges Boise State after controversial call

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) John Gillon scored 19 points, including six in the second overtime, and Colorado State beat Boise State 97-93 on Wednesday night in a game that ended in controversy.

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11
Feb
Fresno State hands San Diego State its 1st MWC loss, 58-57

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) Marvelle Harris had 20 points, five assists and four steals and Fresno State handed San Diego State its first Mountain West Conference loss in a 58-57 victory Wednesday night.

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11
Feb
Colorado State edges Boise State after controversial call

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) John Gillon scored 19 points, including six in the second overtime, and Colorado State beat Boise State 97-93 on Wednesday night in a game that ended in controversy.

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11
Feb
No. 16 SMU falls to Tulsa 82-77 for 3rd loss in 5 games

DALLAS (AP) Markus Kennedy sees a losing record in five games since SMU lost its chance for an undefeated season in a year that lacks the incentive of postseason play.

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11
Feb
Curry flirts with triple-double, Warriors top Suns 112-104

PHOENIX (AP) The Golden State-Phoenix mismatch wasn't the blowout most expected, just another routine Warriors victory.

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11
Feb
Lillard scores 31 as surging Blazers beat Rockets 116-103

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Houston Rockets are ''broken,'' according to their coach and star player. The Portland Trail Blazers are in the middle of their best run of basketball all season.

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11
Feb
Kobe, LeBron share court as Cavaliers beat Lakers 120-111

CLEVELAND (AP) Kobe Bryant and LeBron James hugged and seemed to be in a world of their own.

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11
Feb
Pelicans-Thunder Preview

Monty Williams' impact on the New Orleans Pelicans went beyond reaching the playoffs twice in five seasons. That has become obvious with Williams now grieving the untimely death of his wife.

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11
Feb
South Africa beats New Zealand 7-1 at Sydney WBC qualifier

SYDNEY (AP) Seattle Mariners prospect Dylan Unsworth allowed two hits over eight shutout innings and designated hitter Brett Willemburg had two hits and drove in two runs to lead South Africa to a 7-1 win over New Zealand in the opening game of a World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament on Thursday.

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11
Feb
South Africa beats New Zealand 7-1 at Sydney WBC qualifier

SYDNEY (AP) Seattle Mariners prospect Dylan Unsworth allowed two hits over eight shutout innings and designated hitter Brett Willemburg had two hits and drove in two runs to lead South Africa to a 7-1 win over New Zealand in the opening game of a World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament on Thursday.

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10
Feb
Ozzie Guillen to manage in native Venezuela next winter

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) Ozzie Guillen, who led the Chicago White Sox to the 2005 World Series title, was hired Wednesday to manage the La Guaira Sharks of the Venezuelan Winter League next offseason.

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10
Feb
Fate of Hank Aaron statue unclear with Braves moving

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves say they still do not know if the Hank Aaron statue will be moved from its current home at Turner Field to the team's new SunTrust Park, which will open in 2017.

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11
Feb
Peyton Manning has a little fun with little brother Eli

NEW YORK (AP) Peyton Manning had a little fun with little brother Eli's sad face at the Super Bowl during an appearance on NBC's ''Tonight Show.''

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10
Feb
Broncos parade through Denver, leave questions for later

DENVER (AP) - From the top of a fire truck, Von Miller thrust the Super Bowl trophy into the air again and again as the Denver Broncos convoy made its way through streets lined with blue-and-orange clad fans.

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10
Feb
Correction: Super Bowl-Broncos Parade story

DENVER (AP) In a story Feb. 9 about Denver celebrating the Broncos Super Bowl victory, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of a fan and several of her relatives. The fan was Dorothy Ayze, not Ayce. Her daughter is Judy Klade, not Judy Ayce. Her granddaughter is Amanda Skenadore, not Amanda Ayce.

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10
Feb
Beason retires, Schwartz and Beatty released by Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have started to restructure their roster for their first season under coach Ben McAdoo.

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10
Feb
Oklahoma defensive line coach Reynolds leaving

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma has announced that defensive line coach Diron Reynolds is leaving the program to take an assistant coaching position at another school.

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10
Feb
Julius Brown joins Utah State's staff as cornerbacks coach

LOGAN, Utah (AP) Julius Brown has joined Utah State's staff as cornerbacks coach.

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10
Feb
Hoosiers name former player Mark Hagen defensive line coach

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Former Indiana linebacker Mark Hagen has returned to his alma mater as defensive line/

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10
Feb
Ex-OSU star Clarett admits DUI, gets 2 years' probation

MOUNT GILEAD, Ohio (AP) Former Ohio State star running back Maurice Clarett has admitted driving under the influence.

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Jim Hurley Wins Super Bowl Side and Total and is 12-3 Side/total last 8 years Jim keeps cashing-in with basketball, his top plays, the BLUE RIBBON went 3-0 Sunday with Creighton, Virginia Tech and Richmond. BLUE RIBBON Plays are on a 25-8 run!!!

Richie B. Has the SUPER BOWL RIGHT NUMBER, cashing the Broncos and the UNDER! 1-0 Sunday hoops with James Madison over Hofstra and 2-0 Saturday with Richmond (-11) over UMass 69-53, and Penn State (+8) outright over Indiana 68-63.

Tony Salinas  Wins Super Bowl with Broncos (+4.5) over Panthers 24-10 and UNDER 43.5!  6-3 This weekend in College Basketball, including 4-0 in totals!

Wayne Root ends another winning football season with a Super Bowl Sweep as Denver is an outright winner, and the total stays UNDER! Wayne's 12 prop bets cash $25,900 for a $100 player as Von Miller wins MVP at 20/1.

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