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Catch More NCAA Tourney Sweet 16 Goodies

 

 

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT’S SWEET 16 –

WE HAVE OUR ANNUAL TOURNEY BREAKDOWN CHART

PLUS, QUICK-HITTER SKETCHES OF ALL THE TEAMS

STILL STANDING IN THIS YEAR’S “BIG DANCE”

 

The NCAA Tournament’s first full week of play produced a grand total of only seven outright upsets – and one almost giant upset (see UCF vs. Duke) – but as we gather the troops for the Sweet 16 beginning Thursday night in Louisville and Anaheim ‘ya do gotta wonder if any of these eight regional semifinal games will deliver a big upset or two and do keep in mind that right now there are five games with…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Favorites Win All 16 Weekend Games!

The Dean of Sports Handicapping sure wasn’t expecting to write about something like THIS in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. This past weekend in the NCAA Tournament, favorites went a stunning 16-0 straight up in the second round.

That’s never happened before. It rarely comes close to handicapping. This is the event famous for shocking upsets and Cinderella stories. We came inches away from ONE such event happening when Central Florida’s tip-in at the buzzer rolled off the rim vs. Duke. Otherwise, it was win after win for the favorites.

Near-misses for Tennessee and LSU came against Iowa and…

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NCAA Tournament Update: Duke Headlines the Sweet 16

WE'RE DOWN TO THE SWEET 16 BUT COULD WE'VE ALREADY SEEN THE TOURNEY'S BIGGEST MOMENT?

The odds-on favorites to win it all in this man's NCAA Tournament - the Duke Blue Devils (+ 225) - sure got scared silly in Sunday's epic 77-76 non-cover victory against 13-point underdog UCF. Folks, never has a basketball rolled off a rim in the "Big Dance" with more on the line than when the UCF Knights had its final tip-in attempt slide halfway 'round the cylinder and fall out as it not only kept the Dookies alive but, in essence, likely sabotaged the championship…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NCAA Second Round

We’ve had some time for weekend lines to settle. Here’s a look at how sharps (professional bettors) have been attacking Saturday and Sunday action. Many did VERY well with underdog bets Thursday and Friday. In retrospect, openers were shaded too much against anticipated public action on favorites. Some very good dogs this season.

Games are presented in order of tipoffs at each site.

 

SATURDAY’S GAMES

JACKSONVILLE

12:10 p.m. ET: Maryland vs. LSU (-2.5)

2:40 p.m. ET: Wofford vs. Kentucky (-5.5)

LSU was bet up from an opener of -1 to -2 on Friday. Then it blew up to -2.5 Saturday morning with many stores testing -3.…

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NCAA Tourney -- Round of 32 Winners Comin’ Your Way

 

 

NCAA TOURNAMENT –

WE HIT THE WEEKEND’S ROUND OF 32 AND

AND – BELIEVE IT OR NOT –

ONE-FOURTH OF THE STILL-ALIVE

TEAMS ARE TWIN-DIGIT SEEDS

 

We looked it up:

Last year entering the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 32 games, there were a half-dozen teams that sported double-digit seeds and we were busy going gaga over that factoid.

Now, here in March 2019 there are even more … eight of the still-alive teams sport #10-or-lower seeds and so no wonder the NCAA Tourney Underdogs covered 20 of the 32 games played this past Thursday / Friday with the updated spread figure through Friday night’s action reading like…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Reactions to the NCAA Tourney

There were some misguided concerns in the sports wagering world that Las Vegas would lose its appeal during March Madness if betting was legal in other parts of the country. Let me assure you, betting on the NCAA Tournament is bigger and better than ever based on energetic crowds jamming sports books all across the city Thursday.

Even with many tourists downloading apps that allowed them to avoid standing in lines, lines were STILL long throughout the day and night Thursday. That’s going to continue today as the “round of 64” concludes, and this weekend in the second round.

I wanted to…

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Here’s Friday’s NCAA Tournament Games

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT UPDATE: LOOKIN' BACK AT THURSDAY WINNERS AND LOOKIN' AHEAD TO FRIDAY'S GAMES

Gee, the way yesterday's NCAA Tournament was going through the afternoon session you would have thought underdog bettors were gonna be able to hit their local department stores and buy one of everything ... seven-of-eight dogs covered the price tags on Thursday afternoon and that featured the prerequisite #12 seed (Murray State) beating a #5 seed (Marquette) plus mild upsets by #10 seeds Minnesota and Florda.

But hang on.

The tourney took a took last evening when night-time favs Villanova, Purdue, Wofford, Kentucky, Michigan and Gonzaga all cashed…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NCAA First Round

Normally in this spot, I’d run game-by-game through the schedule to let you know how sharps are betting each matchup. That would be redundant this season because the Wise Guys are hitting most of the underdogs. Lines have dropped from openers up and down the Thursday and Friday schedules with only a few exceptions.

Among the reasons for this:

*Oddsmakers posted openers that slightly shaded against anticipated public interest. Squares (recreational bettors) tend to bet favorites. They know a lot more about those teams than they do all the underdogs from mid-major or small conferences. Your typical bettor is terrified of putting…

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NCAA Tournament: Thursday Games
HERE'S A SAMPLING OF THURSDAY'S ACTION PLUS, KEY NEWS & NOTES

Okay, so we all listened to the TV talking heads the past few days ramble on about the sport's heavyweight teams - Duke and North Carolina and Virginia and Kentucky, etc. but the $64,000 question is how will these bluebloods now fare spreadwise in their opening-round games of this here-and-now NCAA Tournament that really swings into high gear shortly after 12 p.m. Eastern time here on this Thursday, March 21st?

Well, check out the following Las Vegas price tags ...Kentucky is a 22-point favorite against Abilene Christian on Thursday night and…

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Network Notebook: Challenge of Majors vs. Mid-Majors

Recreational bettors often have huge troubles making smart picks in first round NCAA Tournament games matching “teams they’ve heard of” vs. “teams they haven’t.” They know that upsets are common in the Big Dance. But, those point spreads seem so low when a team like LSU (who earned the #1 seed in the SEC) is laying single digits to a team like Yale (does the Ivy League still play basketball?).

Here are the mistakes they commonly make:

*Betting all the bigger-name favorites

*Betting way too much on favorites assuming blowouts are coming

*Randomly choosing dogs because they’re “supposed to.”

*Trusting something they heard some guy…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting NCAA Play-in Games

As promised, I’m back for March Madness with my sharp reports. Today I’ll look at how pro’s have been betting the Tuesday and Wednesday play-in games. Thursday morning I’ll have a rundown of key moves for the “Round of 64.” Saturday morning, I’ll report what I can of sharp action in the “Round of 32.”

Some good preliminaries this year. I know a lot of you are anxious to get a look at Belmont tonight. Wednesday’s St. John’s/Arizona State feature could be one of the most heavily bet play-in games ever with the New York audience having a vested interest so…

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NCAA Tournament Overview

 

 

OUR JIM SEZ NCAA TOURNAMENT REPORT –

WE GO ‘ROUND THE COUNTRY WITH

OUR REGION-BY-REGION SKETCHES PLUS

LET YOU KNOW WHAT TEAMS SPORT

THE “BEST VALUE” TO WIN IT ALL

 

Go right ahead and compile all the statistical data you’d like when it comes to this year’s NCAA Tournament … and then we’ll tell you this factoid:

Since 2000, #1 seeds have copped 13 of the last 19 national championships while #2 and #3 seeds have combined to snatch up five titles and then 7th-seeded UConn won all the marbles back in 2014.

In other words, everyone likes to be “cute” with their brackets out there but…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: How to Handicap the NCAA’s

I have to say that I was fairly impressed with the job done by the selection committee this season. Sure, there are a few head scratchers in the brackets. Villanova won the Big East regular season and tournament, but is seeded at #6 while Marquette is a #4 seed. That doesn’t make any sense. But, compared to the gross errors of past seasons, big improvement!

Of course the style of handicapping I’ve been teaching for years here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping doesn’t concern itself much with seeds. You focus on the skills of key players and…

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The NCAA Tournament: Getting a Grip on the 68-Team Field

LET THE MADNESS BEGIN AS THE NCAA TOURNAMENT TIPS OFF TUESDAY NIGHT IN DAYTON - AND WE'RE CHOCK FULL OF OPINIONS ON THIS YEAR'S BIG DANCE

Geez, please allow us to get something off our chest as we start off this NCAA Tournament-filled column:

If you watched ESPN's two-hour Selection Show from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern time last night then you had a few yucks with Kentucky head coach / comedian John Calipari and you learned a little something about the sport's young stars (see Duke's Zion Williamson and Murray State's Ja Morant) but, when it was time for "experts"…

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Selection Sunday Can Be a Heart-Breaker

 

 

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT REPORT –

SELECTION SUNDAY GONNA BE A REAL BUMMER

FOR A BUNCH OF BUBBLE TEAMS …

WE FORECAST WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT

AND PLENTY OF OTHER GOODIES TOO …

SOME EARLY-BIRD NCAA TOURNEY TIPS

 

Now, it’s all about the madness … as in what college basketball teams come Sunday night are gonna be really mad they didn’t make this year’s “Big Dance” but let us go on record to state that none of the teams we list below that are gonna get “snubbed” really have a leg to stand on:

The fact of the matter is – at least the way we see it…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Betting Over/Unders in Tournaments

We don’t talk very often about handicapping Over/Unders here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. It’s a niche in this field that doesn’t appeal to everyone. Virtually ALL bettors want to bet teams sides in games. A relative handful like the additional challenge of playing totals.

That relative handful can make a killing in college basketball tournaments!

Now, I’m not suggesting that you go out and start betting every Over/Under willy nilly. Just be aware that you can find edges because of the complexity of tournament dynamics.

Generally speaking, you should be thinking about UNDERS rather than Overs. Oddsmakers know…

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College Basketball’s Surprise Squads this Mini-Tourney Week

 

 

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT IS RIGHT ‘ROUND

THE CORNER AND THERE’S SOME SURPRISING SQUADS

LURKING AS THEY LOOK TO STEAL “BIG DANCE” BERTHS –

WHAT COULD BE A REAL DILEMMA COME SUNDAY

FOR THE KNOW-IT-ALL COMMITTEE FOLKS …

DON’T FORGET WEEK 6 OF ALLIANCE FOOTBALL IS THIS WEEKEND

 

Okay, so we’re not gonna sit here and tell you that this week’s College Basketball Conference Tournaments have been chock full of upsets despite the fact that West Virginia (14-19) is still very much alive-n-kickin’ in the Big 12 Tournament and that Nebraska (18-15) is hoping to make it three in a row in the mighty Big 10 Tournament…

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The College Mini-Tourneys are in Full Bloom

 

 

MORE COLLEGE BASKETBALL MINI-TOURNEY ACTION –

WE TACKLE THE AMERICAN ATHLETIC AND BIG WEST

PLUS, KEY SPREAD NOTES TOO …

NFL FREE AGENCY OFF AND RUNNIN’

 

Remember what we said here at Jim Hurley’s Network prior to the start of this week?

There were gonna be a whole slew of opportunities to cash in on this week’s wall-to-wall College Basketball Conference Tournaments – otherwise known as the Mini Tourneys – as we informed y’all that there were 168 games in all from Monday-thru-Selection Sunday. Well, here’s a little update as we head into the uber-busy Thursday menu that features 54 games including action from all…

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Network Notebook: If Gonzaga Can Lose, Anyone Can Lose!

You would be hard-pressed to find many who thought Gonzaga would lose outright to St. Mary’s Tuesday night in the West Coast Conference championship game. Sure, “betting” St. Mary’s could be justified, either plus the points or on the money line as a long shot paying 10/1. That’s not the same thing as BELIEVING they WOULD win.

But, that’s the nature of conference tourneys. Elite teams who are locked into Big Dance bids have nothing to play for. They’re all looking ahead to next week when results really matter. Plus, they have trouble getting up to face teams they’ve already crushed.…

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Get on Board For More NCAA Conference Tournies

THE COLLEGE B-BALL REPORT: WE'RE ROLLIN' WITH MORE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEWS!

Okay, let's not skip a beat - it's time for more of this week's College Basketball Conference Tournaments - a/k/a, the mini tourneys:

First, this key reminder that Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will keep beating the books with more College Basketball and NBA winners plus don't forget it's Week 6 straight ahead in the AAF (Alliance of American Football), so, let's cash in big all this week right here online or 1-800-323-4453. Keep in mind when there's day-time hoops, we'll have our selections bright and early! Keep in…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping Major Conference Tournaments

Major Conference Tournament action begins Tuesday with the ACC. The other power conferences get underway Wednesday. Though, some of these leagues are so big now that most of the top teams in the nation won’t be on the floor until Thursday.

The single best tip I can give students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping for analyzing major tournaments is to focus on THE MOTIVATION FACTOR. This is a great equalizer on neutral floors because…

*Many of the best teams really don’t have anything to play for this week. They’re already locks to get in the Dance. You’ve…

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It’s Mini-Tourney Week ’Round the Land

HERE'S MORE COLLEGE B-BALL CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT GOODIES -WE GET YOU QUICK-HITTER COMMENTS ON FIVE DIFFERENT MINI-TOURNIES THIS WEEK

Are you in the mood for some real-live March Madness?

Good, 'cause between now and this coming Sunday -a/k/a Selection Sunday - there are a whopping total of 168 College Basketball Conference Tournament games on tap and they include everything from the ACC to the Atlantic-10 to the Big 12 to the Sun Belt Conference ... and everything in between.

Hey, there's gonna be a whole of movin' and shakin' when it comes to next week's NCAA Tournament bids based on these aforementioned 168 games…

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Blockbuster Weekend in College Hoops World

THE COLLEGE HOOPS REPORT - THE WEEKEND'S BLOCKBUSTER GAMES PLUS, HERE'S THE TEAMS NEEDING TWO-OR-MORE WINS TO GET INTO NCAA TOURNEY CONVERSATION

News flash: This final regular-season weekend for a bunch of College Basketball "name" teams will be a real litmus test of what's straight ahead when the NCAA Tournament begins later this month ... the likes of Duke, North Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State and Houston all play in high-profile games this weekend and should we at all be surprised if one or more of 'em appear in next month's Final Four in Minneapolis?

Of course not, should be your response!

There's…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Understanding a Key Dichotomy

I haven’t talked much about this in the past here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. But, it’s an important theme for students to understand as they continue to handicap mid-major tournaments this weekend, and then major events beginning next week.

There are two types of teams that can make you money in tournaments.

*For individual games, you can score easy winners by recognizing the highs and lows of INCONSISTENT teams. This characteristic rarely wins a conference tournament because teams can’t win games in their “down” performances. Tough to string together three or four straight victories if you’re up…

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Get on Board with College B-Ball Mini-Tournament Goodies

COLLEGE HOOP TALK - THERE'S MORE MINI-TOURNEY ACTION PLUS, LAST NIGHT'S BIG WINNERS ...

IT'S WEEK 5 OF THE AAF

It's March and there's sure to be a whole lot of "Madness" straight ahead on the road to Minneapolis (see Final Four on Saturday, April 6th and National Championship Game on Monday, April 8th):Heck, the College Basketball Conference Tournaments are just now swinging into action - there are five different leagues that are busy today with their mini-tournies on this second Friday of the month (see the Missouri Valley, West Coast, Southern, MAAC and Ohio Valley) and we know you're all…

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More NCAA Tournament Talk & NBA Matchups Tonight

THE COLLEGE HOOPS REPORT - HERE'S OUR UP-TO-THE-MINUTE PROJECTED TOP 8 SEEDS IN EACH REGION OF THIS MONTH'S NCAA TOURNAMENT ...

NBA THURSDAY NITE TNT SHOWDOWNS FROM MILWAUKEE & PORTLAND

Okay, so maybe you're of the mind that NCAA Tournament seedings don't matter all that much - after all, last year's #16 seed UMBC knocked off mighty #1 Virginia and thus wrecked the notion that a #16 seed "would never" beat a No. 1 and certainly we've seen loads of double-digit seeds survive-and-advance a round or two (or three) many years in tourney play. Still, let's not kid ourselves: It's better to…

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Network Notebook: What’s on Duke’s Horizon without Zion?

Until a certain Duke player blew out a shoe and injured his knee, the Blue Devils were at the top of the college basketball futures board. Zion Williamson was so dominant on a talented roster, that even other legitimate powers like Gonzaga and Virginia weren’t seen as likely to derail Duke.

As of publication deadlines, whether or not Zion will return this season is a big question mark. Many NBA advisors are suggesting it’s a dumb risk with so many millions at stake in the very near future. Old school college voices want him to return to prove his loyalty and…

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College Basketball’s Mini Tournies Are up and Runnin’

THE JIM SEZ REPORT: HERE'S THE COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATE AS WE'RE TRACKING THIS WEEK'S MINI-TOURNIES

Forgive us if you've seen us write this once (or more) before: This year's College Basketball Conference Tournaments - a/k/a the mini-tourneys, as we'd like to say - likely will KO a batch of NCAA Tournament "deserving" teams and put forth a handful-or-more teams that come from nowhere to cop their wild / often wacky league tournaments.

Sure, you can say it happens each and every year but if you've truly been following the college hoops universe this 2018-19 campaign then you know that parity is widespread…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping Mid-Major Tournaments

I’m as excited as anybody that March Madness officially begins Tuesday night with the first postseason tournament of the 2018-19 college basketball campaign. That’s the quarterfinal round of the Horizon League event that begins at conference sites. More mid-major tournaments get going this week, before everyone else across the land plays next week.

Handicapping these mid-major tourneys can be different than handicapping the bigger conferences. Many of these leagues will only get ONE spot in the Big Dance. So, the best team in the conference has THE MOTIVATION FACTOR on its side in addition to the most dynamic PLAYMAKERS AND GAMEBREAKERS.…

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College B-Ball’s Desperate Teams This Final Week of Play

THE COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATE: HERE'S A BATCH OF TEAMS IN "GOTTA-HAVE-IT" MODE THIS WEEK ...

THE ALLIANCE FOOTBALL: HERE'S THE WEEK 4 RUNDOWN AS DOGS RULE THE ROOST

Okay, so if you've been paying real close attention to the world of College Basketball this year - and especially these past couple of weeks - than you know that more than a dozen teams have popped up on various "on-the-bubble" lists and so needless to say there are a batch of hoop squads that face what we'll call "gotta-have-it" games this week.We'll concentrate here in today's Jim Sez column on a quartet of…

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NCAA Tourney Win it All Odds ... and More!

COLLEGE BASKETBALL'S ODDS TO WIN IT ALL: WE WEIGH IN WITH SOME KEY COMMENTS AS WE NEAR THE CONFERENCE MINI-TOURNEY ACTION ...

NFL DRAFT ODDS & ENDS: WE'RE TALKING FIRST-ROUND DRAFT TRADES

Gotta admit we're really looking forward to this year's various conference tournaments - a/k/a the mini-tournies - because our contention is there will be a handful of teams that are gonna make a run from the middle of the standings pack to nab an automatic bid to this month's NCAA Tournament.

In case you're wondering, here's the teams that are not in or near first place in their respective conferences /…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Familiarize Yourself with “Outsiders”

We have a very unique situation in college basketball this season where several relatively small schools that don’t belong to major conferences are likely to earn bids to the NCAA Tournament even if they don’t win their conference events.

Now, I’m not talking about Gonzaga. That’s a strong program with a great history. They will deservedly be a #1 seed. You should already be familiar with the head coach, their veteran stars, and hopefully you watched them beat Duke in Maui early in the season. That was a great, well-executed game.

Wofford? Do you know anything about Wofford? You might remember that…

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Alliance Week 4 Plus Key College B-Ball Notes

 

THE ALLIANCE FOOTBALL –

TRACKING THE WEEK 4 ACTION …

COLLEGE BASKETBALL’S WEEKEND NOTES

 

The Alliance of American Football – a/k/a the AAF – heads into Week 4 of this 10-game regular season and there’s still a couple of teams that are perfect SU (straight-up):

The Birmingham Iron and the Orlando Apollos each are 3-and-oh while zooming into Saturday / Sunday action and here’s the lowdown when it comes to Week 4:

 

On Saturday, it’s …

SAN DIEGO (2-1) at MEMPHIS (0-3) – 4 p.m. ET, Bleacher Report Live … The switch to QB Philip Nelson has powered up the 6.5-point road favorite San Diego Fleet…

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Bubble Teams on Tonight’s College Sked

THE COLLEGE HOOPS REPORT - CHECKING OUT THE "BUBBLE TEAMS" ON THIS VERY BUSY THURSDAY NITE SKED ...

NBA'S WHO'S HOT / WHO'S NOT TEAMS

In yesterday's edition of Jim Sez, we analyzed how the nationally-ranked College Basketball teams failed to cover six of the seven games played on Tuesday's docket - the Las Vegas prices might have been a tad bloated in a couple of cases (see 11-point favorite North Carolina over Syracuse 93-85) - as we asked the question whether the ranked teams were feeling any pressure as we headed towards next month's NCAA Tournament and thus they caved underneath…

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Network Notebook: Ranked College Teams Flat Again Tuesday

It’s a point that JIM HURLEY tries to drive home for you every college basketball season. Even the best teams have trouble playing well late in February knowing that March Madness is just around the corner.

We saw several great examples of that in Tuesday night action. Ranked teams either started slowly…finished poorly…or barely showed up at all. Here’s an all-inclusive list of results. You’ll see that only one team covered its spread!

#3 Duke (-3) lost outright at Virginia Tech 77-72. This was a natural flat spot off the emotional “rally around the flag” road win at Syracuse this past weekend.…

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College Hoops -- Key Mid-Week Games on Tap

 

 

THE COLLEGE B-BALL MID-WEEK MENU –

FEAST YOUR ORBS ON THESE KEY

TUESDAY-THRU-THURSDAY SHOWDOWNS

(AND CHECK OUT THE KEY SPREAD STATS TOO)

 

Okay, so let’s call these the “dog days” of this 2018-19 college basketball season:

We’re not quite into the March Madness mania just yet but these late-season / regular-season games the final week of February are uber-important and so we’ll tackle a few of the Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday tilts in just a second but first this key reminder …

 

Jim Hurley’s Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will keep beating the Las Vegas and offshore books with more College Basketball and NBA winners…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Litmus Test Losers

There were two college basketball games I was playing very close attention to this past weekend. I want to focus today’s coursework in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping on two high-profile losers of those litmus tests.

Both were in serious consideration for #1 or #2 seeds in recent days. Now, it’s possible both will fall down to #3 seeds.  I’ll take them one at a time.

 

TENNESSEE LOST AT LSU SATURDAY

You probably know that LSU’s best player was a scratch minutes before tipoff. This should have allowed Tennessee to erase the memory of the prior week’s horrible loss at…

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College Hoops

THE COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATE - WE PRESENT OUR "OSCAR-THEMED" WINNERS FOR THIS PAST WEEKEND ...

THE AAF WEEK 3 RESULTS ... PLUS, IT'S OUR NBA NOTEBOOK

Go right ahead. Take a long walk on our Jim Sez "red carpet" and find out who our weekend winners were ... the envelopes, please!

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A TOP 10 TEAM UNDER THE GUN - Let's hand the statuette to the #3 Virginia Cavaliers who roared back from a 12-point first-half deficit to bop the 5-point home underdog Louisville Cardinals 64-52 and a heaping round of applause goes to G De'Andre Hunter who poured in 26…

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Our Early-Bird NCAA Tourney Brackets

THE COLLEGE B-BALL REPORT: HERE'S A FUN PEEK OF HOW THIS YEAR'S NCAA TOURNAMENT COULD LOOK...(YES, VERY MUCH SUBJECT TO CHANGE!)

One thing about these final three weeks of College Basketball action before we get to Selection Sunday on March 17th:There's gonna be a whole lot of slam-bang hoops straight ahead where a batch of high-profile teams are going to get beat and where a fair share of middling teams likely will find ways to win their mini-tournies and thus earn higher NCAA Tournament seeds. In a moment, we'll present our "Could-It-Be 2019 NCAA Tournament" but first this quickie reminder…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: NBA Post-Break Handicapping

Pro basketball gets much more intense at the top of the NBA after the All-Star Break, but much less intense for non-playoff teams or those tanking at the very bottom to improve their draft position.

This can make it very tricky to handicap the board on a daily basis. Oddsmakers already know which teams are trying and which teams aren’t. It’s your job to dig even deeper, often focusing on tricky angles like:

*Who “should” be trying, but is coasting instead

*Who “shouldn’t” be trying, but is anyway

I’m always emphasizing THE MOTIVATION FACTOR to you here in the coursework. Late season NBA teams…

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AAF Week 3 Action Plus Key College Top 25 Tilts

THE JIM SEZ WEEKEND REPORT - WE CHECK OUT ALLIANCE FOOTBALL WEEK 3 ACTION PLUS, THERE'S COLLEGE HOOPS TOO!

It has not taken very long to establish the Orlando Apollos as the class of the brand-new Alliance of American Football: Head ball coach Steve Spurrier's squad is 2-0 SU (straightup) and 2-0 ATS (against the spread) - the only team in the AAF with a perfect spread mark so far - and now here's Week 3 on the immediate horizon this winter weekend and Orlando is a whopping 14.5-point betting favorite for the Saturday night home game against 0-and-2 Memphis.

Last weekend's…

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Duke’s Disastrous Night on Tobacco Road

COLLEGE HOOP UPDATE: #1 DUKE LOSES ZION FIRST, GAME NEXT IN 88-72 SETBACK VS. ARCHRIVAL NORTH CAROLINA

THE NBA REPORT: HERE'S SOME POST-BREAK TEAMS TO WATCH ...

THE NFL DRAFT: WE FORECAST PICKS #21-THRU-32 (AND REVIEW OUR TOP 20 PICKS FIRST) 

Maybe Duke received a bad batch of "kicks" from the folks at Nike ... hey, star freshman Zion Williamson's knee injury in the opening minute of last night's never-in-doubt 88-72 loss against 9.5-point underdog North Carolina surely is no laughing matter although early reports claim he suffered only a "mild knee sprain" but when's the last time you saw a kid blow…

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Network Notebook: NBA at the Break

You longtime readers of JIM HURLEY’S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK know we like to check in on a pet stat periodically in both pro basketball and Major League Baseball. Unbalanced home/road splits can sometimes cause illusions in the middle of the season. At the end, everything balances out (41 at home and on the road in the NBA, 81 apiece in MLB). In the middle, it NEVER is completely balanced.

The stat “Wins Minus Home Games Played” tells you at a glance who the possible pretenders are. Teams who have good records because they’ve played more than half of their games at home…

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College Basketball’s Mid-Week Report

OUR JIM SEZ PROJECTIONS FOR THE TOP 4 SEEDS IN EACH REGION OF THE NCAA TOURNAMENT AND MUCH MORE!

The eyes of the college basketball world will be on Wednesday night's epic #8 North Carolina at #1 Duke showdown inside Cameron Indoor Stadium but let's not forget some of the other high-octane mid-week hoop games on the docket such as #17 Villanova at Georgetown, #18 Louisville at Syracuse, Florida at #13 LSU and #6 Nevada at San Diego State - all of them on Wednesday - and then on Thursday's sked it's #7 Michigan at Minnesota, Pepperdine at #2 Gonzaga and…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Hitting a Wall

In mid-February you’ll hear TV announcers talk about freshman players “hitting a wall” in college basketball. That’s because we’ve reached the point in the calendar where high school seasons would normally be ending  (in terms of the number of games played), and first-year college students aren’t prepared for their new endurance test.

Personally, I think people make too much of this most of the time. A coach doesn’t want to admit he made a tactical error, so he blames a freshman. Coaches make so many mistakes! And, even when it does happen, the player eventually gets a second wind in March…

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Key College Hoop Games This Week Plus AAF Action

COLLEGE BASKETBALL'S BLOCKBUSTER WEEK - HERE'S THE BEST GAMES EVERY DAY THIS MONDAY-THRU-THURSDAY ...

PLUS, THE AAF GETS COOKIN' WITH SOME WEEK 2 DANDIES INCLUDING ORLANDO-SAN ANTONIO "OVER" WINNER FOR JIM HURLEY'S NETWORK

Okay, so following last night's three-point crazy NBA All-Star Game - see Team LeBron 178, Team Giannis 164 - we bid adieu to the pro hoopsters until Thursday night as they continue a looong break and hats off to All-Star MVP Kevin Durant who continues to amaze with the sweetest stroke we've ever seen from a big man. Durant's 31-point / 7-rebound game was the best of the best…

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NBA Western Conference Report Card Grades

THE NBA REPORT: HERE'S THE WESTERN CONFERENCE REPORT CARD GRADES ...

The NBA All-Star Game break began Friday and there won't be any "meaningful" games in the league till we get to Thursday, Feb. 21 ... now that's a break! We'll get you our annual NBA Report Cards in just a second - today's the NBA Western Conference - but first this key reminder:

Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers bopped the Las Vegas and offshore books throughout the NFL Season and now it's time to romp on the hardwood and with more Football goodies from the AAF. So, let's cash…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: In-Game/Halftime Betting

As legalized sports betting continues to grow across the country, it’s becoming more and more clear that bettors will have options well beyond the classic full-game team sides and totals. The industry is convinced that “in-game” wagering is going to be huge (because European companies have profited so much with soccer in this regard). Also, young creative brains are coming up with “fantasy-style” props that sports fans seem to be enjoying. Bettors who visited New Jersey in recent weeks are raving about all the options available.

Honestly, most of my experience is with full-game wagering. No comparison. I’ve been as professional…

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NBA Report Cards Plus AAF Week 2 Goodies
IT'S NBA REPORT CARDS - HERE'S THE EASTERN CONFERENCE ...CHECKIN' IN ON THE ALLIANCE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL

Just a reminder that the brand-new Alliance of American Football (AAF) sets out for Week 2 action this Saturday / Sunday:

On Saturday, it's ...Salt Lake City at Birmingham (2 p.m. ET) - The home teams went 4-0 SU (straight-up) and ATS (against the spread) in Week 1 play and now the host Iron is a 7-point favorite against a Salt Lake City squad that could be without QB Josh Woodrum (hamstring).

Arizona at Memphis (8 p.m. ET) - The visiting Hotshots are an 11.5-point fav…

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College Hoops and More NFL Draft Coverage

THE JIM SEZ REPORT: HERE'S THE UPDATES WITH TOP 4 SEEDS IN EACH NCAA TOURNAMENT REGION ...THE NBA'S BIGGEST MONEY-BURNERS ...

OUR NFL DRAFT FORECASTS ROLL ON WITH A PROJECTED LOOK AT PICKS #11-THRU-#20

Happy Valentine's Day to one and all ... now here's a real sweetheart of a Jim Sez column as we feature College Basketball, NBA and our latest NFL Draft projections too:

Okay, so Selection Sunday is still more than a month away - see March 17th - but in keeping with our weekly updates of who we see as gobbling up the top four seeds in each region, let's…

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AP college basketball writer Jim O'Connell dead at age 64

NEW YORK (AP) Few held court like Jim O'Connell.

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Wild brawl mars Australia-Philippines basketball game

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The Latest: Derrick Favors gets 2-year deal to stay in Utah

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Wild brawl mars Australia-Philippines basketball game

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Giant LeBron banner to be removed again in Cleveland

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Orioles slugger Chris Davis can't shake extended slump

BALTIMORE (AP) Chris Davis doesn't blame the fans at Camden Yards for showering him with boos, especially when he's walking back to the dugout after another strikeout.

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Jul
Red Sox trade minor leaguer for $1.5M in bonus allocation

BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox traded minor league outfielder Lorenzo Cedrola to the Cincinnati Reds for $1.5 million in international amateur signing bonus pool allocation.

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Oakland catcher Maxwell gets probation in Arizona case

PHOENIX (AP) Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell has been sentenced to two years of probation on a disorderly conduct charge.

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Oakland catcher Maxwell gets probation in Arizona case

PHOENIX (AP) Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell has been sentenced to two years of probation on a disorderly conduct charge.

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Seahawks' Kam Chancellor: 'Time for the next chapter'

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor said scans on his injured neck have shown no improvement and declared it was ''time for the next chapter.''

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Seahawks' Kam Chancellor: 'Time for the next chapter'

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor said scans on his injured neck have shown no improvement and declared it was ''time for the next chapter.''

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Seahawks' Kam Chancellor: 'Time for the next chapter'

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor said scans on his injured neck have shown no improvement and declared it was ''time for the next chapter.''

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Jun
Annapolis-bred Belichick laments newspaper shooting

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is expressing sympathy for the families and friends of those killed at the office of the Capital Gazette, which he called his ''hometown newspaper.''

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Jul
Longtime Iowa sportscaster killed as rain swamps Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A longtime Iowa sportscaster has died in flash flooding in Des Moines amid heavy rain that forced the evacuation of some homes and businesses in one suburb.

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Longtime Iowa sportscaster killed as rain swamps Des Moines

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A longtime Iowa sportscaster has died in flash flooding in Des Moines amid heavy rain that forced the evacuation of some homes and businesses.

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HANK AND HURLEY HANG HUGE HIT ON BOOKS SUNDAY

Once again Hank Goldberg Hammered the books with an overall 7-2 performance in Sunday’s Tournament action. He was 4-2 in NCAA Round 2 Action with winners UNC, Texas Tech, Oregon and Liberty and added a 3-0 Sweep in the NIT.

Jim Hurley went to the dogs with a big winning day that included his SHOCKER OF THE YEAR 2-0 SWEEP as Wichita St. (+7) “shockered” Clemson 63-55 and Harvard (+10.5) dropped a 77-78 decision to NC State.

It’s all NIT, CBI and CIT tonight with 7 scheduled games…make sure you keep winning.

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