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Jim Hurley Network Blue Ribbon Basketball Club
BLUE RIBBON is not just team work… IT’S LEGWORK, SPADEWORK AND HOMEWORK… Tons of it.

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Jim Hurley Jim Hurley Monday Cinch Play Romps
Last Week It Was Another Cinch Score As Xavier (-5) Beat Seton Hall 102-90 Tonight Jim Has His Monday Cinch Play Plus Bonus

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Richie Baccellieri Richie B Monday Right Number Master Play
Hot Off A 4-1 Weekend And 71 Percent February Richie B. Eyes Tonight’s RIGHT NUMBER MASTER PLAY

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso Monday Best Bets Set For 2-0 - Swept 2-0 Sunday
My Best Bets Basketball Club Made A Major Score Sunday With #22 Michigan’s Win Over #8 Ohio State And With #19 Wichita State’s Upset Of #5 Cincinnati And It’s 2 More Winners Tonight

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso 3-0 Highrollers Monday - On 15-4 Run
My Highrollers Basketball Club Is On One Of The Most Amazing All-Time Runs In College Basketball And Looks To Push February To 18-3 Tonight

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Network Notebook: When to Use “Revenge” in College Basketball

Because we’re in the second half of conference schedules in college basketball, the opportunity to bet “revenge” as a handicapping angle is prominent every single day. You probably noticed this past weekend that it often doesn’t work! JIM HURLEY wants you to know that smart handicappers must pick their spots with this “intangible.” Only occasionally is it really a special factor that ignites a blowout cover.

First, the main reasons that “revenge” is overused by bettors...

*Usually the inferior team lost the first game, and doesn’t have the means to “lift” its level of play in a rematch. A team must be…

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Richie Baccellieri: What Separates Sharps from Squares in College Hoops?

There are several key characteristics that tell you when somebody is “sharp” in college basketball betting, meaning they’re likely a professional, or a long-term earner that might also have other avenues of revenue. In fact, you can often tell when somebody is a true sharp or a pretender just by focusing on these keys.

 

TIMING

Sharps bet the openers, because they already have their number mind before oddsmakers even act. Pro bettors don’t “wait to see the number” before starting their handicapping process. The process is complete before Vegas (or offshore) numbers go up. The general public doesn’t even know when openers…

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Network Notebook: The Big 12 Was Overrated

Yes, the Big 12 was impressive early in the season. A lot of talent. A lot of athletes. A lot of legitimate results. But, JIM HURLEY is confident based on his read of the league in recent weeks that the Big 12 on the whole isn’t likely to be a big deal in the NCAA Tournament. Let’s look quickly at the most highly regarded teams.

#7 TEXAS TECH is the highest rated team in the polls and the most respected computer assessments. This is a veteran team with five senior starters. That gave them a leg up at the start of…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Current Points of Emphasis

As we transition into the latter stages of the college basketball season, it’s important for serious bettors to remember that all the work you do now should not only be designed to pick daily winners…but to help you pick even more winners as you travel down the road to March Madness. Forward thinking is vital!

With that in mind:

*Pay attention to how many offenses work to get good looks on three-pointers, compared to those who are getting lazy and just launching out of semi-desperation. I’m seeing this more and more the past few days. A team falls behind and just starts…

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NFL Team Rankings for 2018 (part 2) by Jim Feist

This week we’ll take a look at my next eight teams in order in the NFL for their 2018 rankings.

Packers:Let’s first have a look at what the Pack has to contend with in their division. The Lions, Vikings and Bears. The only one of that group, in my opinion, that is a legitimate challenge, would be the Vikings. Not to belittle the Lions but they have not shown in many years the ability to step up their game. The Bears are a work in progress. In addition, the Bears and Lions bring in two new head coaches. As is the…
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Richie Baccellieri: Do Sharps Still Focus on Underdogs in College Hoops?

The general rule in sports betting has always been that the public (squares) love to bet favorites, while professional bettors (sharps) prefer underdogs…particularly after the line has been driven up by public betting on favorites!

That dynamic isn’t quite as strong right now in college basketball because the public won’t be heavily involved until tournament time. And, because sports books are less likely to move lines based on public action. A mindset years ago of “move the lines to help balance the books” has been replaced by “it’s okay to be one-sided on a game as long as you’re opposite the…

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THE NBA TRADE DEADLINE - CAVALIERS KEEP REAL BUSY BUT WILL ALL THE MOVES HELP

COLLEGE HOOP NEWS/NOTES: NORTH CAROLINA SNAGS 82-78 WIN/COVER VERSUS DUKE

If nothing else, then game-day program sales will be way up at Cleveland Cavaliers' games the rest of this 2017-18 regular season!

The three-time defending Eastern Conference champs played a game of musical chairs with their roster prior to yesterday's 3 p.m. ET NBA Tread Deadline and -- when all the dust had settled -- the Cavs had added a second-round draft pick (from Miami), guards Rodney Hood and George Hill (from Utah and Sacramento, respectively) plus G Jordan Clarkson and F Larry Nance, Jr. from the Los Angeles Lakers; on the…

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Network Notebook: Are There Any “Real” Hoop Super Powers?

Whether you’re watching Duke/North Carolina on a Thursday night, Purdue/Michigan State on a Saturday, or some other matchup of ranked teams later in February, the question is going to arise in your mind “are these REALLY two of the best teams in the country?”

There are no true superpowers this season. Even teams with gaudy won-lost records have weaknesses that are exposed by other quality opponents, or whenever their treys aren’t falling. Villanova can dominate one night, then lose as a 16-point favorite to St. John’s the next. Purdue/Michigan State this weekend matches #3 vs. #4 in the polls…but #3 will…

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NFL Team Rankings for 2018 (part 1) by Jim Feist.

 

With the NFL season over, every team can consider itself a contender again.  We know that will sound good, but it’s not true for most. More than half the league will be thinking this will be the season where we can rise from the ashes and become the next world champs, just like the Eagles.

The Philadelphia Eagles' successful run to Super Bowl LII will serve as inspiration to organizations that have struggled for years. Frankly there are some teams that have had good runs and could be in for a fall. I guarantee that will happen.

Here is my…

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Richie Baccellieri: Oddsmakers, Bettors Challenged by “New” Cavaliers

Thursday morning Las Vegas time, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded about half their roster in hopes of making another run at the Eastern Conference championship…and possibly even the NBA title (though that’s still a longshot).

It was a startling, but much needed series of trades that tossed way a bunch of defensive dead weight. This team had become an absolute joke on defense.

*Cleveland traded Isaiah Thomas…the worst defensive player in the league and suddenly a cancer in the locker room, and Channing Frye…to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

*Cleveland traded Dwyane Wade back to Miami for a…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Understanding Sports Evolution

Being a winning sports bettor has always involved a tricky balance of mastering old things and learning new things. You have to be experienced, but you also have to be open to new ideas. You have to understand how games were won and lost in the past, while recognizing how strategic or schematic changes will influence how they’re won in the future.

In short, the sports world evolves, and you have to evolve with it.

My 200-unit winner on the Philadelphia Eagles in this past Sunday’s Super Bowl is a great example of that. Philadelphia’s evolved offensive approach to football is very…

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Super Bowl 52 Aftermath

SUPER BOWL LII - THE AFTERMATH OF PHILLY'S 41-33 WIN OVER NEW ENGLAND PLUS THE ODDS TO WIN IT ALL FOR 2018 NFL SEASON AND THE FINAL NFL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS CHART ... COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS & NOTES

It's always uber-interesting to discover what we all can learn following on the heels of a Super Bowl game ... and especially the one played last Sunday night when the Philadelphia Eagles rocked the 4-point favorite New England Patriots 41-33:

One thing for sure is this whole CB Malcolm Butler saga ain't going away anytime soon. If you believe the words coming out of Foxboro,…

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Network Notebook: Transitioning from Football to Basketball

Thanks to everyone who was with us during JIM HURLEY’S incredible run through the NFL Playoffs. NETWORK capped off its historic stretch with a big play winner on Philadelphia (+) outright over New England in the Super Bowl. Though we did take a smaller unit loss on the Under. A profitable day to close out the biggest postseason money-making performance the industry had ever seen.

Why Philadelphia? Several reasons.

*New England doesn’t win blowouts on neutral fields against good teams! They’ve never won a Super Bowl by more points than this past Sunday’s spread in regulation with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.…

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Network Notebook: Super Bowl Analysis

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been leading the New England Patriots to Super Bowls since 2002. Though they been to seven league championships since then…winning five…there’s one thing they’ve NEVER done. That’s win the big game by a touchdown or more.

You know they lost twice to Eli Manning and the New York Giants. Their victories were…

New England (+14) upset St. Louis 20-17

New England (-7) beat Carolina 32-29

New England (-7) beat Philadelphia 24-21

New England (-1) beat Seattle 28-24

New England (-3) beat Atlanta 34-28 in overtime

The final margins at the end of regulation were 3, 3, 3, 4, and 0. This…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Have Been Betting Super Bowl 52

The tricky thing about reporting how sharps have been betting this Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup featuring the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagle is that they mostly HAVEN’T been betting yet! There was a long delay as everyone waited to learn about the status of Rob Gronkowski for the Pats. New finally broke Thursday afternoon that he was cleared through concussion protocol and would be playing.

Sharps didn’t bet that news.

So, at the very least, we know that sharps don’t like the Patriots at -4 or -4.5 even with Gronkowski in the lineup. That tells us a lot about their intent…

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Wayne Root: Can the Eagles Shock the Patriots in SB52?

Super Bowl week has arrived, which means it's time for THE KING OF UNDERDOGS WAYNE ALLYN ROOT to consider whether or not the Philadelphia Eagles have a chance to upset the New England Patriots this coming Sunday.

There have already been several big bets on the Eagles on the money line here in Las Vegas. One bettor in particular, a man who make a killing during the World Series, has decided that this game is already over! Maybe he's right. Or, maybe the most famous name in sports handicapping will be on the other side this weekend because too many bettors…

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Richie Baccellieri: Favorite Prices Inflated in Recent College Hoops Action

If you've been paying close attention to college basketball scores the past several days, you'll have noticed that many ranked teams, or otherwise "hot" teams that aren't in the rankings are having trouble playing to expectations. Even if they win, they don't cover tall prices. Many are losing outright.

Personally, I'm on a 9-2 run on my last 11 underdog releases. That includes Iowa State outright over West Virginia Wednesday night, and Kent State over Buffalo (the best team in the MAC) Tuesday. Kent State was down 18 points but still came back to win! That's how hard it is for…

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JIM SEZ SUPER BOWL LII PROP PLAYS

It's been an annual column 'round these parts: Examining the Super Bowl Prop Plays and what might work wonders (i.e., make you some dough!) and so let's spend some time in today's Jim Sez to "suggest" some SB 52 Prop Plays that should interest you ...

1 - LONGEST FG / GO OVER 47.5 YARDS (- 135) ... Folks, we check out the "longest field goals" all year long in the National Football League and what we've noticed is the distances have increased by a good two or 2.5 yards from earlier in the year. Now, in order to cash here…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Finalizing Your Super Bowl Plans

This is our last get-together before Super Bowl 52 matching the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. I had hoped that the market would have settled more than it has by this time. We still don't know if Rob Gronkowski is going to play. Obviously, he's an important factor!

The line at Las Vegas sports books right now is either New England -4 or New England -4.5. The differences are caused by some spots defending against a very large bettor who's been placing half-million to million-dollar bets on Philadelphia on the money line (usually around +160). Stores who have already taken…

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THE JIM SEZ SUPER BOWL LII REPORT

THREE MAJOR KEYS TO VICTORY AS EAGLES, PATRIOTS DRAW CLOSER TO SUNDAY SHOWDOWN

COLLEGE BASKETBALL'S TOP TWO TILTS ON THE LAST NITE OF THE MONTH

Hey, we just saw a figure of $4.76 billion that's expected to be bet on Sunday's Super Bowl LII - we imagine that includes the $1 million bet earlier this week by a single person on the Philadelphia Eagles at the money line of + 165 over defending champion New England - and so Philly continues to be the people's choice these days as this Las Vegas price tag now has dropped from an opening line of…

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Free NFL Prop Bets by Jim Feist

Billions of dollars will pass over the legal betting counters in Las Vegas by the time Super Bowl 52 kicks off. Prop bets will be a large part of that money.  Prop bets were once looked at as sucker bets by the sportsbooks. Now, they are a huge part of the Super Bowl experience and can not only be fun, but money makers for the knowledgeable bettor. 

I’m going to take a look at some prop wagers and give you some of those I have already played for FREE.

Here is an interesting trend involving Super quarterbacks. Collectively, NFL MVP Super Bowl…

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Jim Sez Super Bowl Game Plans

IT'S THE OFFICIAL COUNTDOWN TO SUPER BOWL LII - OUR JIM SEZ PREVIEW COMES LATER IN THE WEEK, BUT NOW'S THE TIME TO START TALKING UP GAME PLANS ...

THE COLLEGE ROUNDBALL REPORT - CAN DUKE, NORTH CAROLINA BOUNCE BACK STRONGLY FROM THEIR WEEKEND HOME LOSSES?

Are we headed for yet another super-close Super Bowl?

Hey, when the New England Patriots are involved, the Super Bowls are always close as the Pats (since the 2001 season) have won five of 'em by a grand total of 19 points - and that, of course, includes last year's biggest margin of victory in a 34-28…

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Network Notebook: College Hoops Handicapping

This current college basketball season has challenged many casual sports bettors who are hoping they can pick winners by watching a few games a week on TV. Lotsa luck with that approach!

Teams who were great in November and December are falling back to earth (like West Virginia and Oklahoma, who both lost this past weekend in the Big 12/SEC Challenge). Teams who started slowly are just now getting things figured out (probably at least one in every conference on the board, with some leagues having two or three). Star players are getting neutralized. New stars are grabbing the spotlight. And,…

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More Super Bowl Notes and SEC Big 12 Challenge

IT'S THE CALM BEFORE THE SUPER BOWL LII STORM - WE'LL GET YOU THROUGH THE SPORTS WEEKEND WITH MORE PATRIOTS/EAGLES GOODIES AHEAD AND WE CHECK OUT COLLEGE B-BALL'S SEC VS. BIG 12 ACTION AND MORE!!!

We know you're chomping at the bit to get to Super Bowl LII - the Sunday, February 4th battle for pro football supremacy just has to wait a little bit more but there is college football's Senior Bowl from Mobile on Saturday and then the NFL's Pro Bowl game on Sunday in Orlando, so you can gobble up a couple more gridiron goodies this final weekend…

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Wayne Root: Betting NBA Underdogs

Earlier this week we had a multi-day stretch where underdogs covered EVERY game in the NBA. You don't see something that extreme very often. But, it was a reminder that pro basketball can be a fertile hunting ground for dog bettors. Some days you can't lose!

What factors help handicappers like THE KING OF UNDERDOGS WAYNE ALLYN ROOT find the best puppies?

*Many good teams coast. The mindset, these days, across much of the league is that the playoffs matter more than the regular season. Good teams want to pace themselves so they're not exhausted once it's time to battle for a…

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Network Notebook: NCAA Championship Threats

With football taking a week off, Saturday's huge Duke-Virginia game is a reminder that it's time to start thinking about the road to March Madness in college basketball. Which teams are likely to close strong and cash tickets for bettors? Are there any steals at current futures prices? How do you build bankroll between now and March so you can maximize your college basketball return?

Seems like we say this every season. But, the tournament looks like it's going to be a real crapshoot. Even the teams currently near the top of the rankings have vulnerabilities that can be exploited. Purdue…

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Richie Baccellieri: Early Super Bowl money all over the Philadelphia Eagles

Though Super Bowl 52 is still more than a week away, Las Vegas betting has already made national headlines. As I write this for you Friday morning Nevada time, the MGM has already taken in a multi-million dollar bet on the Eagles, and the South Point on Thursday received $500,000 on a money-line bet on Philadelphia to win outright.

Now, bets THAT big usually aren't from "sharp" sources. Those are rich bettors supporting their teams, or...occasionally...rich bettors using some sharp handicapping principals to make what they consider to be a good investment.

Frankly, truly SHARP bettors want to know the status of…

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SUPER BOWL LII NOTEBOOK - THE TOM BRADY EFFECT

Okay, pro football fans, just how much is New England Patriots' QB Tom Brady "worth" in terms of the all-important Las Vegas pointspread?

Believe it or not, we say Brady is worth 5 points to this here-and-now betting line ... in other words, this February 4th Super Bowl LII game would be a Pick 'Em if just an average NFL quarterback was playing for the Pats and not Brady.

In case you were wondering, among Brady's career Super Bowl records are 207 pass completions in 309 pass attempts (a dazzling .670 completion percentage rate) for 2,071 yards thru the air and that's…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Much is Home Court Worth in College Hoops?

This is a question I get asked a lot because people know college basketball is my favorite sport to handicap. Bettors hear so many opinions on TV broadcasts or radio shows, they want to know the real scoop!

It's a tricky issue because there isn't a pat answer. Nobody wants to hear "it depends" when they're trying to learn how to pick winners. But, a lot of sports handicapping really is understanding what causes certain things to be important sometimes, but irrelevant others.

Let me start with these two points.

*The mainstream media almost always overestimates the value of home court in college…

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Jim Sez Super Bowl Pointspread Notes

THERE'S MORE SUPER BOWL LII NEWS/NOTES PLUS, OUR COLLEGE B-BALL REPORT

Gotta admit that we swiped this thought from a New York City-area tabloid that reminded us all that the Super Bowl LII pointspread - now it's New England favored by 5 points over Philadelphia, but the story was written earlier in the week when the Patriots were favored by 5.5 points - still is the largest SB spread since Pittsburgh (- 7) battled Arizona back in the 2008 NFL season (Steelers 27, Cardinals 23).

Let's track down the Super Bowls played since the '08 season and show you the winners/losers/pointspreads:

SB #…
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Super Bowl 52 Preview by Jim Feist

Love or hate them, it’s an amazing accomplishment with 32 NFL teams that the New England Patriots have been in the Super Bowl 10 times now. In addition, it’s been eight times with the same Owner, Coach and quarterback. This has been a magic carpet ride for Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, Robert Kraft and the fans in the Northeast.

Let’s take a closer look at these two teams that will be center stage in Super Bowl LII from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minnesota Vikings became the closest team ever to play in the Super Bowl on their own home field.…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Early Homework for Super Bowl 52

Las Vegas is already gearing up for what might be the biggest Super Bowl ever in terms of betting handle. Last year's New England/Atlanta game set a record. Next month's New England/Philadelphia matchup is on an early pace to surpass it.

Why?*Great betting markets*Great fan bases*The favorite is a dynasty team the public loves to bet*The underdog is an up-and-coming Cinderella story*Vegas sports books are getting more media coverage than ever

The mainstream media used to be skittish about mentioning sports betting. That taboo has mostly been lifted, which increases the level of publicity my home town gets at this time of…

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Jim Sez Super Bowl Notebook

SUPER BOWL LII NOTEBOOK - HERE'S SOME TIDBITS TO MUNCH ON AS WE ROLL TOWARDS THE BIG GAME -

COLLEGE BASKETBALL REPORT: WE KNOW IT'S EARLY BUT, HERE'S OUR WE SEE THE TOP FOUR SEEDS IN EACH REGION OF THIS YEAR'S NCAA TOURNAMENT

We know: It seems like forever between now and Super Bowl Sunday on February 4th but there's plenty of gridiron-related goodies that we can entertain you with and so let's chomp on a few things as they pertain to the almighty pointspread.

When the New England Patriots - currently a 5.5-point betting favorite - battle the Philadelphia Eagles in Super…

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Wayne Root: Hard to Stay Consistent in College Hoops

Something very interesting happened this past week in college basketball. We had three different teams in the top eight of the AP poll lose BOTH of their games. So, not only did they lose the first time. But, in what was supposed to be an obvious bounce back spot, they lost AGAIN.

I’m talking about #4 Oklahoma, #7 Wichita State, and #8 Texas Tech.

What happened to all three of those teams tells us a lot about the state of college basketball in the 2017-18 season.

*There are few, if any truly GREAT teams. Everybody has a weakness that can be exploited. If…

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Network Notebook: Hurley Makes it 11-1-1 in NFL Playoffs!

Yes, the biggest name in sports handicapping...the man who went a perfect 4-0 over Wildcard Weekend...and then 4-1-1 in the divisional round...swept the board 3-0 on Championship Sunday to bring his NFL Playoff record to a stunning 11-1-1! You know we're talking about PROVEN WINNER JIM HURLEY!

Here's a quick recap from a rampage that made NETWORK clients a fortune in less than a month.

WILDCARD WEEKEND (4-0)Tennessee (+) beat Kansas City outrightAtlanta (+) beat the Los Angeles Rams outrightBuffalo (+) covered in a close loss at JacksonvilleCarolina (+) covered in a close loss at New Orleans

The tone was set early for…

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Jim Sez First Look at Super Bowl LII
Network Continues Red Hot in the NFL Playoffs!3-0 Sunday in the Conference Championships!Now 11-1-1 Going Into Super Bowl LII!Eagles (+3) over Vikings 38-7Jaguars (+7.5) over Patriots 20-24 & UNDER 46

OUR FIRST LOOK AT SUPER BOWL LII - IT'S EAGLES VS. PATRIOTS FOR ALL THE MARBLES AS WE PUT A REAL WRAP ON SUNDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Let's get something straight right off the bat here: The New England Patriots - the NFL's reigning defending champions - know their history. After all, Sunday's epic 24-20 come-from-behind non-cover win against the 7.5-point underdog Jacksonville Jaguars in this year's AFC Championship Game happened to be…

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NFL Conference Championship Previews
IT'S CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY!

OUR AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW - JAGUARS LOOK TO BE A GIANT-KILLER VERSUS THE PATS

Gotta go all the way back to the 2010 season to find the last time the New England Patriots were not part of the AFC Championship Game scene but keep in mind the Pats have not been any sort of lead-pipe cinch in these games. In fact, New England's split its six AFC Championship Game appearances since 2011 (Denver beat 'em twice in 2013 and '15, Baltimore beat 'em back in 2012) while Jacksonville is making its first showing in this title tilt since…

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Wayne Root: Will We See an Upset or Two on NFL Championship Sunday?

WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is THE KING OF UPSETS, which means I’m looking long and hard at the upset potential in both of this Sunday’s NFL conference championship games. Can the Jacksonville Jaguars take out the New England Patriots? Or, will all the distractions surrounding Tom Brady’s hand injury make them lose their focus? The Philadelphia Eagles are a rare home underdog in a title tilt. Can backup quarterback Nick Foles take them to the Super Bowl?

I can’t release my official selections here in a web article. That wouldn’t be fair to my paying customers. I can tell you what I…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NFL Conference Championships

We’re down to the final four in the NFL Playoffs. And, what a week it’s been in the betting markets! I can’t ever recall a situation quite like this…where the most important player in the league suffers a weird injury in practice midweek…in a game where the line was already troublesome for sports books because it was right on the edge of the teaser window.

Let’s jump right in. There’s a lot to talk about considering there are only two games…

Jacksonville at New England: An opener of New England -9 has come down to -7.5 (and -7 in some spots offshore)…

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Network Notebook: Can Patriots Win with an Injured Tom Brady?

It’s amazing that a fluke accident in an NFL practice can change the course of history. That may be what happened this week when Tom Brady injured his hand. Suddenly, the favorites to win the Super Bowl were surrounded by question marks. And, teams led by unheralded quarterbacks like Blake Bortles, Case Keenum, and Nick Foles were sensing a chance to engrave their names on the most coveted trophy in sports.

Of course, New England hasn’t lost yet! Tom Brady may be recovered enough by Sunday afternoon to execute the offense well enough to win. And, the Patriots would still be…

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NFL Coaching Changes for 2018, Part 2

Continuing last week’s coaching changes in the NFL, let's go game by game, team by team.

The Seattle Seahawks announced three additions to their coaching staff, naming Brian Schottenheimer offensive coordinator, Ken Norton Jr defensive coordinator and Mike Solari offensive line coach. There is no question the Seattle Seahawks have fallen apart on the offensive side of the football due to perhaps neglect or deterioration over the fact that Russell Wilson came out of his rookie status and had to be paid big money. Paying Wilson meant they didn't have enough money to pay an offensive line. As a matter of…

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Sunday Conference Championship Notes

SUNDAY'S NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES INCH A BIT CLOSER AND WE CLUE YOU IN ON THE KEY STATS ...COLLEGE ROUNDBALL REPORT - A PAIR OF POTENTIAL "MARCH MADNESS" SLEEPERS

We know ... can we just get to Sunday's AFC and NFC Championship Games already! Note that we'll be posting our AFC/NFC Championship Game previews the next couple of days here at Jim Sez - so don't miss out as we'll be including more Spread Stats - but for now let's examine what have been some key stats for all four teams still alive in the chase for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP…

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Richie Baccellieri: College Hoops Market Slow to Adjust

One thing I've noticed in recent college basketball seasons, particularly this year, is that the market is slow to react to changes in team performance once everyone's Power Ratings feel "locked in." How a team played in November and December determines how they'll be rated for weeks, even if it's not deserved.

The Arizona State Sun Devils are a great example of this. They were one of the big surprise of the 2017-18 season out of the gate. They were undefeated in non-conference action, including an upset of Kansas in Lawrence. You HAVE to be for real if you win there!…

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JIM HURLEY IS 8-1-1 AND GEARING UP FOR SUNDAY’S AFC & NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Always fun to take a step back and re-discover the Super Bowl LII "Odds to Win It All" when posted just prior to the 2017 NFL season ... now here are what the odds were for the four remaining teams in action this Sunday afternoon/evening followed by the current "Win it All" odds (all based on $100 per play wagers):

TEAM             PRE-2017 ODDS           CURRENT ODDSJacksonville           + 6200                            + 650Minnesota             + 2100                            EvenNew England        + 200                              - 200Philadelphia          + 3600                            + 550

It's interesting to see that an NFL team laying a price to win it all even before we get to…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: When the Quarterback isn’t a Playmaker

For years and years, I've been emphasizing the importance of focusing on PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS when you handicap games. In the NFL, that's traditionally meant placing a top priority on the quarterback position. In this Sunday's conference championship games, that's going to be a little tricky.

Sure, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is one of the greatest to ever play the position. And, he came through for us last week, as my top selection was on the Pats (-) over Tennessee in a 35-14 blowout that was 35-7 until a late garbage time TD. But, the other three QBs…

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Wayne Root: Finding College Hoop Upsets in Conference Play

I have to say that this is one of the easiest college basketball seasons I've ever seen for finding upsets. All the top teams have vulnerabilities that can be exploited. The next level of teams are so good that they can get hot and beat anybody on any give night. And, even some of the cellar dwellers are capable of putting things together for 40 minutes.

Duke is loaded, but they already have outright losses as double-digit favorites to Boston College and NC State. Michigan State seemed like a lock for a #1 seed. Suddenly, they're getting bullied by Ohio State…

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Network Notebook: Hurley Now 8-1-1 in NFL Playoffs

Network Notebook: Hurley Now 8-1-1 in NFL Playoffs

JIM HURLEY NOW 8-1 IN 2018 NFL PLAYOFFS AFTER ANOTHER HUGE WEEKEND

The man who went a perfect 4-0 over Wildcard Weekend came back with a stunning 4-1-1 performance against the spread over a very exiting divisional round. Let''s quickly review the hottest start IN THE INDUSTRY from PROVEN WINNER and industry legend JIM HURLEY.

WILDCARD WEEKEND (4-0) Tennessee (+) beat Kansas City outright Atlanta (+) beat the Los Angeles Rams outright Buffalo (+) covered in a close loss at JacksonvilleCarolina (+) covered in a close loss at New Orleans

You''ll recall…

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NFL Conference Chapionship Game Set

Jim Hurley Now 8-1-1 in the NFL Playoffs! 4-0 in Wild Card Round and 4-1-1 in Divisional Playoffs

THE NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES ARE SET FOR THIS  SUNDAY - AND WE RE-CAP A WILD (AND WINNING) WEEKEND OF NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF TILTS ... PLUS, WE GET YOU OUR FIVE-YEAR CHART OF AFC & NFC CHAMPIONSHP GAMES TOO

Hey, can you really believe we all have to wait till Sunday now for the next round of NFL games? Darn it!

In this past Sunday's shocking finale - Minnesota 29, New Orleans 24 - you simply couldn't make up the script in the final three-plus minutes…

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Jim Sez NFL Division Playoff Previews

THE NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS - THE SATURDAY PREVIEWS AS FALCONS-EAGLES, TITANS-PATRIOTS CLASH

Hey, the NFL Playoffs are a whole new ball game on many fronts:Note that in the final four weeks of 2017 NFL regular-season play, the league's Betting Favorites compiled a healthy 34-23-4 ATS (against the spread) mark with 3 Pick 'Em games tossed into the mix. Folks, that's a solid .596 winning rate for the chalk sides.So, what happens last week in the NFL Wild Card Playoff Round?Right, all four Underdogs grabbed the cash with both 8.5-point pup Tennessee and 6-point dog Atlanta winning their post-season games outright while…

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Network Notebook: Saints/Vikings may be Real NFC Championship game

Though “championship weekend” in the NFL isn’t until a week from Sunday, it’s possible that this week’s New Orleans/Minnesota game is the “real” NFC championship game that will send its winner to the Super Bowl.

*These are the top two teams in the conference in most respected Power Ratings assessments. Minnesota sits atop the NFC, followed in order by New Orleans, Atlanta, and Philadelphia.

*Minnesota would be a home favorite of at least five points next week over the winner of Falcons/Eagles, putting them in great shape to be the first NFL team ever to enjoy a “home” game in the Super…

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