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Feb

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The Vegas Sports Masters

Kelso
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Root
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Richie
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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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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: Biggest Winners, Losers From Hoops Weekend

This past weekend featured several enormous matchups in college basketball. Now that the dust has settled, it seems prudent for students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping to evaluate the biggest winners and losers.

 

BIGGEST WINNERS

Kentucky: The Wildcats were extremely impressive in routing South Carolina on the road Saturday afternoon. The Gamecocks may have been worn down a bit from their war with LSU earlier in the week. But, Kentucky’s been blowing almost everybody out lately…so that may not have been an issue. Clearly, right now, Kentucky has the look of a champion after a slow start.…

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Network Notebook: TV Preview…#23 USC at #17 Arizona

Phase One of “Revenge Weekend” in Tucson is complete. Arizona overcame a slow start to beat UCLA Friday night. Sunday, USC comes to visit in a rematch of a multiple overtime thriller that the Trojans won early in Pac 12 play a few weeks ago. Arizona would love to sweep this home set to make up for that lost weekend in Hollywood!

Of course, more than revenge is at stake. Arizona is currently 8-4 in the Pac 12 standings, slightly ahead of USC at 7-4. Both are trying to chase down Oregon at the top of the league. Things took awhile…

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Jim Sez NBA Western Conference Mid Term Report Card
THE NBA REPORT: IT'S ALL-STAR GAME WEEKEND AND NOW WE'RE HANDING OUT OUR WESTERN CONFERENCE MID-TERM REPORT CARD GRADES...PLUS SUNDAY'S KEY COLLEGE B-BALL GAMES

Okay, so the only two NBA Eastern Conference teams that gobbled up "A" grades in our Jim Sez column yesterday were the Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors - now they are truly deserving of high marks so far this year.

But are we allowed to hand out grades even higher than "A+" to anyone in NBA-land 'cause both the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs surely would qualify!Alas, "A+" is our top mark and both…

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An Absolutely SUPER Saturday of College Hoops!

The Saturday before Valentine’s is ideal for basketball LOVERS because it’s wall-to-wall action featuring many of the best teams in the country. You know the major conferences and TV networks wanted something special for the first Saturday after the Super Bowl. That’s set up a harmonic convergence of a lucky 11 matchups that will loom very large in the polls…in conference standings…and even in Bracketology because “quality wins” are at stake.

Let’s run through what the most respected publicly published computer ratings are showing for all the teams involved. The numbers are through Thursday’s action according to Ken Pomeroy of kenpom.com…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Taking the End Game Out of the Mix

There are two things that have really jumped out at me after watching college basketball through the bulk of the 2015-16 season. First, there’s so much relative parity that we naturally get a lot of very close games. Second, college kids have no idea how to win close games!

Night after night…game after game…you see one-possession games go right down to the final buzzer. Typically, the team that has the ball last MISSES their shot. That either leads to a loss because they were down by 1 or 2 points…or overtime because the game was tied. The occasional buzzer beater victories…

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Wayne Root: Unranked College Basketball Teams Showing Some Fire!

In mid-February, it’s natural for WAYNE ALLYN ROOT to start thinking about possible Cinderella’s in the Big Dance. The NCAA’s are just a month away. And, we’re in a part of the schedule where some very nice teams start to play with fire and build confidence.

The subset of teams I want to talk about today are those just outside of the Top 25 in the Associated Press poll. A lot of handicappers and bettors tend to tune out the rankings because we’re focused on our own Power Ratings, Computer Ratings, or the various trends and angles we use to pick…

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Network Notebook: TV Preview…#6 Kansas at #3 Oklahoma

Back on January 4, Oklahoma and Kansas played the most exciting game of the season. Kentucky/Kansas gave it a run for its money. But, the latter only went one overtime. OU/Kansas seemed like it would never end! It may have been one of the best regular season games of the last decade considering the quality of teams involved and the duration of thrills.

After losing that heartbreaker, OU gets its shot at revenge Saturday afternoon in a game that will be nationally televised by ESPN. Though, in many ways, you have to think of them as “the superior team” in Round…

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Jim Sez NBA Eastern Conference Report Card
THE NBA REPORT: WE KICK OFF THE ALL-STAR GAME WEEKEND WITH OUR EASTERN CONFERENCE MID-TERM REPORT CARD GRADES...PLUS COLLEGE HOOPS ACTION TOO!

Okay, NBA, time to take a deep breath!We've reached the annual NBA All-Star Game break and, between the firing of five head coaches this year already (and we may not be done!) and the fact both the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs could be headed for record-breaking win seasons, it's been a real doozy 2015-16 campaign so far ... agree?So, the pro hoopsters convene in Toronto for this year's All-Star Game (yet another All-Star Game that…

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Richie Baccellieri: Biggest First Half NBA Market Surprises

The annual NBA All-Star Break starts tomorrow. That makes this a good time to review the biggest market surprises in the “first half” of the season (though it’s really more like 65% the way the league structures its schedule). Next week, I’ll talk about the market dynamics of the “second half” of the season which often sees a lot of teams skew in one direction or another.

Even though the Golden State Warriors don’t have the best record against the market thus far (an excellent 31-20-1 ATS), I personally think that their run at history is the biggest surprise of the…

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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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14
Feb
Sanders helps Albany crush Maine 108-64

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Ray Sanders scored 22 points and Albany (NY) crushed Maine 108-64 on Sunday.

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14
Feb
Denzel Valentine-led No. 8 Michigan State tops Indiana 88-69

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Denzel Valentine was calm on a court filled with relative chaos, taking shots when they were there and making passes when a teammate had a better look.

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14
Feb
Lydon's 20 points helps Syracuse beat Boston College 75-61

BOSTON (AP) Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim couldn't believe all the orange-wearing fans he saw when he looked into the stands.

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14
Feb
Stony Brook escapes with 59-58 win over New Hampshire

STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) Jameel Warney rejected Jaleen Smith's last-second layup with his eighth block to preserve Stony Brook's 59-58 victory Sunday over New Hampshire and the Seawolves' nation-leading 18-game winning streak.

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14
Feb
The 2003 draft class still going All-Star strong

TORONTO (AP) On the night that he entered the NBA in 2003, someone asked LeBron James to assess the potential of the draft class that he was headlining as the No. 1 pick.

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14
Feb
The Latest: LaVine dedicates dunk contest to Flip Saunders

TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Sunday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):

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14
Feb
LaVine exits All-Star stage for Kobe and the NBA's best

TORONTO (AP) Zach LaVine called it the best dunk contest ever, a showdown with Aaron Gordon that rivaled what Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins did.

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14
Feb
LaVine exits All-Star stage for Kobe and the NBA's best

TORONTO (AP) Zach LaVine called it the best dunk contest ever, a showdown with Aaron Gordon that rivaled what Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins did.

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14
Feb
Yankees' Tanaka gets through mound session problem-free

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has gotten through his first mound session since October elbow surgery problem-free.

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14
Feb
Yankees' Tanaka gets through mound session problem-free

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has gotten through his first mound session since October elbow surgery problem-free.

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14
Feb
Australia beats SAfrica to advance to World Baseball Classic

SYDNEY (AP) Australia booked its place in next year's World Baseball Classic by beating South Africa 12-5 in Sunday's final of a qualifying tournament, securing victory with a six-run eighth inning that was helped by a two-run throwing error on a bunt.

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12
Feb
Brewers trade OF Khris Davis to Athletics for 2 prospects

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have traded power-hitting outfielder Khris Davis to the Oakland Athletics for a pair of prospects.

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13
Feb
Denver Broncos safety Shiloh Keo DUI charge in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Denver Broncos backup safety Shiloh Keo faces a charge of driving under the influence in Idaho.

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12
Feb
Packers bring back defensive tackle Letroy Guion

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Green Bay Packers have re-signed defensive tackle Letroy Guion, a move that could impact the return of fellow lineman B.J. Raji.

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12
Feb
Detroit Lions sign tackle Lamar Holmes

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions have signed tackle Lamar Holmes.

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12
Feb
Contracts of Coples and McCain terminated by Miami Dolphins

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) The contracts of defensive end Quinton Coples and cornerback Brice McCain have been terminated by the Miami Dolphins, saving the team about $10 million in salary cap space.

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13
Feb
John Lattner, won Heisman at Notre Dame in 1953, dies at 83

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) John Lattner, the 1953 Heisman Trophy winner who helped lead Notre Dame to a 9-0-1 record and a No. 2 ranking in Frank Leahy's final year as coach, has died. He was 83.

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13
Feb
John Lattner, won Heisman at Notre Dame in 1953, dies at 83

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) John Lattner, the 1953 Heisman Trophy winner who helped lead Notre Dame to a 9-0-1 record and a No. 2 ranking in Frank Leahy's final year as coach, has died. He was 83.

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13
Feb
Colorado promotes Hagan to running backs coach

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Colorado has promoted director of player development Darian Hagan to running backs coach.

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13
Feb
Miles lures Juluke to LSU as running backs coach

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Les Miles says he's hired Jabbar Juluke as his new running backs coach.

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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 3-0 Thursday Night with UTEP (+4.5) outright over FIU 84-74, Temple (+4) upsets UConn 63-58, and Idaho (-5.5) over No. Colorado 73-67

Richie B. Has the SUPER BOWL RIGHT NUMBER, cashing the Broncos and the UNDER! 2-0 In Thursday Basketball with Temple (+4) over Connecticut 63-58, and California (+1) over Oregon 83-63.

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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