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Richie B NCAA Tournament March Madness
KNOW WHY THEY CALL IT MARCH MADNESS? Because...Amateurs go crazy LOSING money...While professionals like Richie B. go crazy WINNING it! – Richie Baccellieri
Kelso Sturgeon 2015 March Madness
Tony Salinas March Money Basketball Package
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Jim Hurley March Madness Basketball
MARCH MADNESS IS ALMOST HERE!The College Conference Tournaments are a Cash CowThe NCAA Tournament is a Gold MineThe NIT is an ATM MachineWhen the money is on the line, Jim Hurley is on the money! – Jim Hurley
Wayne Root March Madness
From The King Of Vegas Sports Betting, Wayne Allyn RootA March Madness Like No Other - Huge Profits For ClientsWayne Wins Again On Sunday and Finishes 17-6, 74% March Madness "Pinnacle" Games Of Year - Now 4-0, 100% Winners. – Wayne Root

The Vegas Sports Masters


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.

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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VSM Exclusive: Michigan State/Oklahoma Sweet 16 Preview

How does Michigan State do it? Year after year, no matter what happened in the first half or three-quarters of the season…Sparty peaks at the right time. In a sport where several big-name programs annually underachieve their seed, Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans keep finding their way into the Sweet 16 even if they were seeded to fall in the first weekend.

Friday night, #7 seed in the East Michigan State takes on #3 seed Oklahoma at 10:05 p.m. ET (7:05 p.m. in Las Vegas) in Syracuse. This fresh on the heels if a wire-to-wire win over #2 seeded Virginia…the second…

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Network Notebook: Sweet 16 Preview…Duke vs. Utah

You longtime readers of the NOTEBOOK know that we’re generally skeptical of Duke in the Big Dance. They tend to be too soft inside to survive the month of March, too reliant on three-point shooting to be trusted to run the table, and too-reliant on officiating in the regular season to know what to do when they aren’t getting the calls.

But, in 2015…so far so good. Duke is one of the few teams to barely break a sweat amidst a 2-0 start straight up and against the spread. Other top seeds Kentucky and Wisconsin are both 0-2 vs. high prices.…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Thursday’s Sweet 16 Games

After four days off the schedule, the 2015 NCAA Tournament returns Thursday with four Sweet 16 matchups…two in Cleveland and two in Los Angeles. There will be four more “Round of 16” encounters Friday…which I’ll discuss in a separate report tomorrow at this time.

Las Vegas is much calmer for Week Two of the Big Dance than for Week One. That’s because there aren’t day games Thursday and Friday. Fewer tourists schedule weekend trips because there isn’t round-the-clock basketball. But, this particular Sweet 16 is still going to be a very good draw. Arizona and UCLA from the Pac 12 have…

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Wayne Root: How to Find Upsets in the Sweet 16

You will hear longtime followers of the NCAA Tournament say the following: “Sure, there are upsets and surprises in the first weekend of the Big Dance…but, after that, form holds and the favorites usually win.”

For many years, that was true. And, who knows, maybe it will be true again this season when we have favorites who the market sees as much superior to their Sweet 16 opponents. But, THE KING OF UPSETS is here to remind you that a lot of people thought favorites were going to rule the latter rounds last year. Do you remember what happened?


I’m guessing…

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VSM Exclusive: Wichita State/Notre Dame Sweet 16 Preview

The first teams to take the floor in the 2015 Sweet 16 will be the Wichita State Shockers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who tip off at 7:15 p.m. ET (4:15 p.m. in Las Vegas) Thursday in Cleveland. It’s a fascinating matchup of teams who have managed to be both impressive and disappointing in recent weeks…and who have drawn the misfortune of being “sleeper” teams in Kentucky’s bracket.

Does this game even matter?!

It won’t if Kentucky blows out the winner on Saturday (assuming the Wildcats advance past West Virginia as 13-point favorites). But, there’s certainly a chance that the very best…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the Sweet 16 (and Elite 8)

Now that the first full weekend of the 2015 NCAA Tournament is behind us, it’s important to note something that is looming very large in this particular event.


It’s amazing how many of the “usual suspects” are still alive in the Sweet 16…even if they weren’t seeded to make it this far. There’s Tom Izzo of Michigan State, back even though his Spartans were only a #7 seed (ridiculous in hindsight, though it was widely blasted at the time too). There’s Rick Pitino of Louisville even though the Cards entered this year’s event as seeming non-entities after a late-season fade.…

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Network Notebook: Sweet 16 Preview…Kentucky vs. W. Virginia

The mainstream media is making a lot about the success West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins has had against Kentucky coach John Calipari in the NCAA Tournament. But, that feels a bit like grasping for a storyline given that Kentucky is a whopping 13.5-point favorite over West Virginia Thursday Night in Cleveland in the Sweet 16.

Sure, Huggins has a way of disrupting what other teams are trying to do. But, can he disrupt what looks to be one of the greatest college teams ever…when West Virginia barely registered as a major team in what’s turned out to be a very…

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Network Notebook: Early Look…Wisconsin vs. North Carolina

The Wisconsin Badgers entered the Big 10 tournament on the short list of teams who could seriously challenge the Kentucky Wildcats for the National Championship. Yes, Kentucky still looks to be head and shoulders above the field. But, teams like Wisconsin and Arizona were seen to be in a special zone that was below Kentucky but at least “a head” above everyone else.


Wisconsin (-7) had to go overtime to beat Michigan State in the Big 10 finals

Wisconsin (-20) didn’t thrill in an 86-72 win over Coastal Carolina

Wisconsin (-12) had to sweat the second half in a 72-65 win over Oregon


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Network Notebook: NIT Tuesday Doubleheader

And, then there were eight! Tuesday brings the start of the NIT quarterfinals. The final eight teams in this college basketball showcase will be battling to reach the Final Four that will be played early next week at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The power conferences are represented in Tuesday’s ESPN doubleheader. Miami of the ACC takes on Richmond of the Atlantic 10 in the opener (the top two seeds in their quarter of the bracket). That’s followed by Vanderbilt of the SEC visiting Stanford of the Pac 12. Stanford was the #2 seed in its quarter. Vandy is…

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Wayne Root: How to Find Upsets in the NIT

It’s not fair to say that the NCAA Tournament was hit by a rash of upsets. Favorites started to find their footing after that crazy first session last Thursday. But, THE KING OF UPSETS was certainly very happy with my first week results. You read about some of that late last week. This past weekend, I was on NC State in their upset of Villanova. I was on Louisville in their upset of Northern Iowa. I was on Wichita State in their upset of Kansas (though that game actually closed at pick-em).

And, I won my PINNACLE plays Saturday and Sunday…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the NIT

I usually try to wait until the second week of the NIT to talk about handicapping this storied but somewhat downtrodden event? Why is that? Because, the first round is often about weeding out teams who don’t want to be there. Traditional handicapping doesn’t matter if a team doesn’t care. You want to focus on teams who are trying to win. After the first round, everybody playing has a victory under their belt, and is now thinking more seriously about making it to the Final Four in New York.

Here’s the schedule handicappers are dealing with the next few days.


Monday’s Second…

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Network Notebook: NIT Tripleheader Preview

Yes, it was an exciting but grueling weekend of basketball. Huge Dance schedules Thursday and Friday. Then, the powers-that-be have run the Saturday and Sunday schedules deep into the night in a way that exhausts avid sports bettors who want some quiet handicapping time. When are winners supposed to sleep?!

Well, those of you thinking that Monday was a day to take off are mistaken. Sure, the Big Dance is quiet until Thursday. But, the other tournaments, particularly the NIT, are back in action to give handicappers and sharp bettors some interesting targets to fire at.

There’s a tripleheader of NIT action…

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Network Notebook: Dance Preview…Louisville vs. Northern Iowa

One of the biggest steam moves we’ve seen in the first week of the NCAA Tournament involves the Sunday Night finale matching fourth seed Louisville and fifth seed Northern Iowa. The game opened pick-em, not surprising for a battle of close seeds. But, the money kept pouring in on Northern Iowa…up to -1…to -2…and even to -3 before Louisville money started hitting board Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas.

Is Louisville THAT bad? Is the ACC going to be exposed day and night on Sunday (Virginia and Duke play early) in a way that their faithful are dreading? Or, has the market…

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VSM Exclusive: Notes for Early Sunday Dance Card

Once again, the “Round of 32” schedule on Sunday in the Big Dance is back-loaded to maximize prime time exposure. But, in this case we actually have some potential blockbusters in early action. The day doesn’t start with a game as lame as UCLA-UAB!

The lack of upsets Friday has created a really great slate. We’re going to focus on the three warm-ups to get you ready for another great day of action.


Virginia (2) vs. Michigan State (7)

One of the biggest differences between the betting markets and the selection committee was in how they viewed the teams of Michigan State and…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Sunday’s Big Dance Action

Because there was only one seeding upset Friday, we have a slate of real blockbusters Sunday as the “Round of 32” finishes at four sites across the nation. Superpowers are facing legitimate tests. And, we have a few games that would be the equivalent of Sweet 16 matchups if the brackets were based on market Power Ratings.

Hope fully these games live up to the hype. If so, it could be one of the most memorable Sundays in tournament history.

I’ll run the matchups in tip-off order again, so the information best matches real-world betting.


Michigan State vs. Virginia: 12:10 p.m. ET, in…

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Network Notebook: Dance Preview…Butler vs. Notre Dame

It’s not exactly the movie “Hoosiers,” but it’s a classic battle for Indiana bragging rights when the Butler Bulldogs take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the final tip-off of the busy Saturday card in the NCAA Tournament.

Butler survived a hardfought battle with Texas to create another chance to go deep in the Big Dance. Notre Dame blew a comfortable lead, and had to sweat the ending early Thursday against unheralded Northeastern. Clearly there was a bit of a hangover after the Irish won the ACC tournament last weekend. Still, they weren’t supposed to be crossing their fingers in…

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VSM Exclusive: Notes for Early Saturday Dance Card

The powers-that-be have backloaded the Saturday schedule in the NCAA Tournament. There are only three games with afternoon starts, with the remainder of the card set for prime time and later. Here are some quick notes on the day games.


UCLA (11) vs. Alabama-Birmingham (14)

The game that already guarantees that a double digit seed will be playing in the Sweet 16…we have a pair of upset winners squaring off at the lunchtime tipoff in Louisville.

*UCLA stole a win in the final seconds from SMU on a controversial but technically correct goaltending call (hopefully they’ll fix that rule!). It was a game…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Saturday’s Big Dance Action

We have eight games to look at on Saturday. The TV networks have jumbled up the schedule…so I’m going to write up everything for you in tip-off order rather than how the games are listed in the official Nevada Rotation. I want this to match the real-world betting experience for you as much as possible. So, we’ll start with the earliest tips of the day then work our way through the full card.

The day starts in Louisville with both games running uncontested on TV before thing really get busy in prime time.

UCLA vs. UAB: 12:10 p.m. ET, in Louisville

An opener…

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Wayne Root: America Was Shocked, But I Wasn’t!

Based on media coverage and public uproar, you would have thought that Thursday was the single most surprising day in the history of the NCAA Tournament. You know who wasn’t surprised? WAYNE ALLYN ROOT!

The man who told you how to find upsets

The man who told you how to spot Cinderella stories developing

The man who told you why tournaments are ripe for market misreads

The man who told you that many major conference teams are overrated

The man who told you many off-the-radar teams are underrated


Congratulations to all of you who took…

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Network Notebook: Dance Preview…Oregon vs. Oklahoma State

There were definitely a lot of skeptics saying that the Big 12 was overrated this year as a power conference. Fans of the ACC…fans of the Big 10…fans of any conference that wasn’t getting enough love from the media! But, early action in the 2015 NCAA Tournament certainly drove home the case that the best computer rated teams in the Big 12 weren’t as good as everyone had been lead to believe.

Iowa State lost to Alabama-Birmingham

Baylor lost to Georgia State

Texas (a computer darling) lost to Butler

Iowa State won the conference tournament last weekend. Baylor was a popular darkhorse pick to…

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VSM Exclusive: Early Friday Preview…Michigan State vs. Georgia

Seems like it happens every year. The Michigan State Spartans start slowly…often playing below par over the early stages of the season. Then, just when everyone decides this isn’t their year…they play great in March and have a dramatic impact on the Big Dance.

The stage was set for a replay of that last week when:

*Michigan State (-2) beat Ohio State 76-67

Ohio State ranks in the top 20 in most computer assessments, and this was a fairly decisive neutral court result. Easy cover for Sparty in what was supposed to be a toss-up in the Big 10 quarterfinals.

*Michigan State (-4) beat…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Friday’s Big Dance Action

Wow, you should have seen the overflow crowds at Las Vegas sportsbooks for the first full day of NCAA Tournament action. If you can’t attend any games in person, THIS is the place to be! I’m so glad I got all of my preparation work done early…because there’s barely time to think once the games begin.

Here’s what sharps were thinking based on their early betting action (or inaction) in the 16 games set for Friday. I’ll go in schedule order in terms of location, but in tip-off order at each site so the information matches your real-world betting needs.



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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Study PRESSURE Performance

I know all of you regular students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping are very excited about the start of the NCAA Tournament. I know you’ve been doing all the homework, and you’re prepared for the smorgasbord of action that begins today.

Believe it or not, there’s still a little more work you can be doing. I’ve given you quite a bit of guidance for making smart picks day-by-day and round-by-round. But, as you watch all the games on TV, I want you to focus on the following. Study how teams handle PRESSURE.

In the later rounds, there…

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Network Notebook: Dance Preview…N. Carolina vs. Harvard

You saw what the selection committee was thinking when they put together North Carolina and Harvard for a prime time tip-off on night one of the full 2015 Dance card. One of the most storied programs in college history gets to face a Cinderella from a big media market. And, there’s some nice Carolina-Duke rivalry stuff underlying the coaching battle. On a day destined to see a lot of boring blowouts and non-entity yawners…THIS was the game that would generate great ratings!

It might…but it could also be the game where everyone realizes this year’s Harvard squad isn’t much like last…

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Jim Sez for Thursday, March 19 …


Now, this is what these opening Thursday/Friday games in the NCAA Tournament should be all about:There are 12 – count ‘em, 12 – games being played that pit a power conference team (Thursday’s NCAA Tournament menu had 11 such matchups) against a non-power conference team and you can rest assured that they’ll be at least a couple of “little guys” that snag wins here with (according to the public) the popular upset picks including #12 Buffalo against #5 West Virginia in Columbus and #10 Davidson against #7 Iowa in Seattle.

Okay, so who’s to say…

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VSM Exclusive: Early Thursday Preview…Texas vs. Butler

After months of anxious anticipation, the first Thursday of the Big Dance has finally arrived. There a few games in the early session that are true marquee matchups. Though, a lot can be said about the potential entertainment merits of UCLA-SMU and Ohio State-Virginia Commonwealth, the daytime tip that combines entertainment value with importance is clearly Texas vs. Butler (2:45 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh).

Why is THAT game so important?

*Even though it’s a 6-11 matchup in the seedings…the computers and respected market Power Ratings would suggest it’s much more of a 4-5 or 5-6 type matchup. This should be a Saturday…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Thursday’s Big Dance Action

The first busy day of NCAA Tournament action is here. Let’s run through how sharps have been betting all 16 Thursday matchups. I’ll be back with you at the same time tomorrow for a look at Friday’s equally busy slate.

I’ll go in schedule order of locations…but in tip-off order at each site so you can apply what you’re seeing to the real-word betting schedule. The first game listed at each site is the first game scheduled in the afternoon. The first two games at each site are day games…the last two are night games. Here we go…




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Jim Sez for Wednesday, March 18 …


There’s been plenty written about how this is “Kentucky’s tournament to lose” as the 34-and-oh Wildcats are, in fact, even money to win this year’s NCAA Tournament.

Still, the rest of the field simply cannot think that way – we remember 30 years ago when everyone (and we mean everyone) had crowned the Georgetown Hoyas as the national champion only to have Villanova throw the “perfect game” and win one of the most exciting sports events in this country going back…

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Network Notebook: Wednesday Preview…Boise State at Dayton

A mixed blessing for the Dayton Flyers, who host the Boise State Broncos Wednesday Night in the grand finale of the “First Four” matchups that are annually played on their home court.

*They’re in the tournament

*They get to play at home

*They’re favored to advance to a Friday meeting with Providence

Now the bad news…

*They just played three games in three days in the A10 tournament

*That tournament ended SUNDAY rather than Saturday

*This is their fourth game in six days

*Winning would set up their fifth game in eight days!


While everyone else in the main brackets gets at least three days off, while others had…

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Richie Baccellieri: Market Notes on NCAA “First Four” and NIT

A busy week of market coverage begins today with my look at how sharps have been betting the “First Four” games Tuesday and Wednesday night in the NCAA Tournament. Something pretty amazing happened in Tuesday’s NIT games…so I decided to mention that as well.

The offshores forgot about the 30-second clock in the NIT! If you’ve been monitoring today’s line movements, you probably noticed that all the NIT Over/Unders had huge jumps off the openers. That wasn’t because sharps were Over-crazy. It’s because the first numbers up forgot that the NIT is experimenting with a 30-second shot clock this year to…

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Network Notebook: Tuesday Preview…BYU vs. Ole Miss

A pair of bubble teams square off Tuesday night in Dayton to see who’s NCAA tournament hopes get popped even before the Round of 64 begins. BYU of the West Coast Conference takes on Mississippi of the SEC with a berth Thursday against #6 seed Xavier at stake.

In the recent past, these #11 seed play-in games have launched some Cinderella stories on their own by helping borderline teams get their bearings and confidence. Is either of these teams capable of going deep in a section of the bracket that would also include Baylor before national power Arizona throws up a…

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Wayne Root: Finding Cinderella Shockers in the NCAA Tournament

There’s no more exciting time to be THE KING OF UPSETS than in early round action of the NCAA Tournament. These are the ultimate Cinderella stories because college athletics lends itself for to storybook finishes more than the pro’s…and because the whole country gets excited.

I’m not going to specifically tell you my best underdog or upset calls here in my web article. That’s not fair to paying clients. But, I can tell you that I’ve already mapped out the first weekend of action…and I believe some very entertaining stories are going to be developing.

Some quick thoughts…

*The elites this year are…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the Big Dance

One of the biggest sports betting events of the calendar year is about to begin. So, it’s time to review my most important fundamentals for picking winners in Las Vegas. These two elements loom very large in the NCAA Tournament because pointspreads are fairly tight in terms of accurately reflecting overall team quality. That makes them defenseless against the elements that cause results to skew in one direction or the other.

Only two categories to talk about today. You longtime readers will recognize them, but will find it helpful to review specifically why they matter so much in the Big Dance.



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Jim Sez for Monday, March 16 …


What’s that old saying … you’re never going to make everyone happy!Well, the truth of the matter is the NCAA Tournament Committee was not savagely attacked for its errors/omissions when it comes to this year’s 68-team field – we’ve been saying all along that a batch of mediocre teams have no leg to stand on when it comes to getting an at-large bid to this year’s…

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Network Notebook: Lessons From Conference Championships

As you’re reading this, you already know who will be playing who later this week in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. And, you’ve already mapped out potential Sweet 16, Elite Eight, and Final Four scenarios. It’s important before you think too far ahead that you take serious stock of the lessons learned this past weekend in conference tournament action.

Some quick takeaways…

*KENTUCKY really is the class of the national field. It remains to be seen how much better than other league champs they are on a neutral court. It’s certainly not a range that makes another Bluegrass championship a foregone conclusion. Longtime…

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Network Notebook: Kentucky/Arkansas Preview

It all comes down to this. Can the Arkansas Razorbacks be the one in 33-1? Or, will the Kentucky Wildcats head into the 2015 NCAA Tournament with a perfect 34-0 record…staring very intently at a perfect 40-0 season and a National Championship?

The Wildcats have been head and shoulders above the SEC all season…and will be prohibitive favorites again Sunday afternoon in Nashville. The pointspread won’t be way up in the 20’s like it was in the semifinals against badly outmatched Auburn. There’s only so many breaks you can catch in the brackets. The Wildcats are facing a team that could…

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Richie B: How Sharps Were Betting Early in Saturday’s Conference Championships

Wanted to go up with a “Championship Saturday” market report because we have so many big games on the evening ticket. I’ll talk about how sharps bet the openers in the Conference Finals matchups listed on the regular card. Keep in mind that we could see moves later in the day in the hours before tipoff. It’s a bit more difficult to get a read on sharps on the day-to-day basketball markets than it is with the longer lead-ins during the Big Dance…and with several days of investment time during the NFL season.

Games are listed in rotation order…


CUSA Championship: Middle…

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VSM Exclusive: It’s NC/ND in ACC, as Virginia and Duke Both Shocked!

Heading into the conference tournaments, much of the country was hoping that a Virginia/Duke matchup in the ACC Finals might help differentiate which of those teams deserved a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. ACC lovers would tell you they BOTH do. ACC skeptics are already planning to fade the league in the Dance.

Maybe the skeptics were on to something!

Both ACC #1 seed Virginia and ACC #2 seed Duke fell Friday night in the semifinals to motivated underdogs North Carolina and Notre Dame respectively. Let’s take a quick look at what happened so we can simultaneously preview Saturday night’s Final…

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Network Notebook: VCU/Davidson Preview

For most of the season, it was a given that Virginia Commonwealth was the best team in the Atlantic 10 conference. That’s all anyone talked about, to the degree it was talked about. The computers gave them respect. Nobody else seemed ready to step up and make a claim for being nationally relevant. It didn’t help that the A10 wasn’t on TV much. Nobody saw what was happening!

What was happening was that Virginia Commonwealth didn’t turn out to be the best team in the Atlantic 10. Stunningly, they couldn’t even manage a top four seed in the conference tournament despite…

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Network Notebook: Virginia/North Carolina Preview

Even though the Virginia Cavaliers are 29-2 after coasting past Florida State Thursday afternoon, there are many fans and pundits skeptical about the team’s true national championship hopes heading into Friday Night’s ACC tournament semifinal with North Carolina.

*Virginia keeps “winning ugly,” which is hard to fall in love with

*Virginia fell asleep while blowing a bit lead vs. FSU, before surging late

*Virginia lost last week at Louisville, who just lost yesterday to North Carolina

We’ve seen this often in the past, in a way that’s BAD news for Virginia. Teams who lack electricity on offense have trouble pulling away from good teams…

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Jim Sez for Friday, March 13 …


Talk about your coast-to-coast thrillers!Maybe the jam-packed Thursday mini-tourney card was too much for a weak heart – after all, there was Texas surrendering the game’s final 12 points en route to a stunning 69-67 loss/push against 2-point favorite Iowa State in last night’s Big 12 Tournament quarterfinal action and if you still think the Longhorns (20-13) are gonna get one of those 37 at-large bids from the NCAA Tournament Committee…

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Wayne Root: More Keys to Finding Upsets in Major Conference Tourneys

Earlier this week I outlined some keys to finding UPSET SHOCKERS in major conference tournaments. Now that the action is really getting intense, I wanted to pin things down even further as you map out your attack for the quarterfinals, semifinals, and championship rounds of the showcase events.

First, a quick listing of what we talked about last time...

*Bubble Teams are Upset Fodder

*Last Year’s Tourney Winners Lack Motivation

*Location, Location, Location!

Those elements will loom large, particularly the last two as you get deeper into the brackets. Be sure you’re taking game location and environment into account for every matchup you handicap. And,…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Staying on Top of the Tournaments

College Basketball’s conference tournaments are now in full swing, and handicappers will be challenged to stay on top of all the major developments. You probably noticed that right out of the gate Thursday morning when you were trying to watch Florida State/Virginia on one channel, while trying to stay abreast of Michigan/Illinois, Marquette/Villanova, and maybe even LaSalle/UMASS at the same time.

It’s very important that you deal with this challenge intelligently. Here are the WORST things you can do this weekend:

*Root frantically for your bets

*Ignore what’s happening in games you didn’t bet on

*Try to pick winners later in the day when…

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Jim Sez: Thursday March Madness

Just how good is this?

The College Basketball Conference Tournaments will have their busiest day/night of 'em all here on Thursday, March 12th with a resounding 51 games on the docket as there are 14 different conferences/leagues in action ... now that qualifies as true "madness".

We've been saying for years that these "mini-tourney" games have their own special magic when you consider an ill-timed loss here or there could crush a team's NCAA Tournament hopes and rest assured there are plenty of "bubble teams" that need to win here on…

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Network Notebook: Big 10 Tournament Preview

Our final major conference preview is kind of a blending of early week reports. Wisconsin has dominated the Big 10 the way Arizona dominated the Pac 12. But, there seems to be some depth to the Big 10 in a way that reflects the Big 12 (seven teams from the Big 10 are currently slated for Dance invitations according to Joe Lunardi). And the ACC? Well, there are always concerns that a popular ESPN conference will be overrated once the music starts in the Dance.

Let’s see if our key categories help shed any light on what’s going on here. This…

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Jim Sez for Wednesday, March 11 …


Nope, this is no time to exhale!The College Basketball Conference Tournaments – we like to call them the mini-tournies – are in full-speed mode these days and in today’s jam-packed edition of Jim Sez we’ll deliver some quickie previews on Eight (8) different conferences/leagues that tip off this week including power conference guys the Big 12, the Big East, the Southeastern

Conference and the American Athletic Conference to go along with the Atlantic-10, the Big West, the Sun…

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Network Notebook: Big 12 Tournament Preview

The great thing about the Big 12 this season was that there were several good teams who were capable of playing Sweet 16 caliber basketball. The BAD thing about the Big 12 is that nobody seemed able to play National Championship caliber basketball away from their home floor. And, even home court wasn’t a recipe for dominance.

That sets up what should be a very entertaining conference tournament that begins Wednesday night in Kansas City. It really is a “name out of a hat” scenario in terms of team talent on neutral courts. Perhaps the home site will favor top seeded…

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Network Notebook: Pac 12 Tournament Preview

You had probably heard that the Pac 12 had fallen on some hard times. But, Joe Lunardi’s most recent “Bracketology” assessment only has THREE teams from this storied basketball conference reaching the NCAA Tournament. No wonder Arizona and Utah had such great records…it’s a really down year for the Pac 12!

But, nobody’s going to remember that if Arizona runs the table in the Dance. They have a ton of talent and may be best suited of any of the other top contenders to derail Kentucky in the brackets. Everyone else? Well…Utah has struggled to impress away from home against decent…

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Wayne Root: Finding Upsets in Major Conference Tourneys

Last week I talked about keys for finding upsets in mid-major tournaments. We saw more than a few upsets and near misses in those appetizers. Now, it’s time to talk about how to find upsets in the major conference tournaments that will be running this week.

Because last week’s fundamentals will also apply here, please allow the undisputed KING OF UPSETS to quickly list those:

*Beware of highly regarded teams with soft defenses

*Beware of highly regarded teams who rely too much on the three-pointer

*Look for underdogs who play excellent defense

*Look for underdogs who are peaking late in the season.

You longtime readers know…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping Major Conference Tournaments

Tournament Week in college basketball is one of the most exciting times for sports fans, but a very challenging time for sports bettors. You have to adjust your thinking as you try to make smart choices through the events. And, there’s one very logical reason for that.


The very best teams in the country have virtually no reason to go all out this week to try to win their conference tournament. Sure, they want to play well. Coaches want to make sure everyone’s in synch heading into the Big…

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Wayne Root goes 4-1 Saturday, winning his 4th straight Tournament Game of the Year with Butler (+4.5) over Notre Dame 64-67, and cashes with UCLA, NC State, and Utah. After winning with ODU over Murray St. Wednesday I the NIT, Wayne is 21-7 since Thursday in the Tournaments, and 4-0 with NCAA Games of the Year

Richie B. Sweeps his Saturday Grand Slam with Cincinnati (+16) over Kentucky 51-64, NC State (+9) over Villanova 71-68, North Carolina (-4.5) over Arkansas 87-78, and La-Lafayette (+6) over Sam Houston St 71-70 in the CIT. Richie also swept 2-0 in Wednesday’s NIT / CBI Tourneys and is now on a 9-3 run in college hoops.

Jim Hurley goes 3-1 Saturday In the NCAA's, with Cincinnati, NC State and Butler all covering, and comes back 2-1 Sunday with Wichita State shocking Kansas, and Dayton/ Oklahoma (OVER). After 3-0 Monday, a  2-1 Tuesday, and winning with UL-Monroe (+1) over Vermont 71-65 Wednesday, , Jim is 11-3 in college basketball last 5 days!


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