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Submitted by Kelso Sturgeon on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Las Vegas bookmakers gave a big sigh of relief when 9th-seeded Wichita State knocked off top-seeded Gonzaga, 76-70, in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The books were loaded with money on Gonzaga to win the national championship-some of it at odds as high as 60-1-and with the Bulldogs out of the Big Dance they were rid of one of their potential liabilities.

And, then, from nowhere, came Florida Gulf Coast, a complete unknown in the world of college basketball that only became eligible last season to even participate in the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles from Fort Myers were held in such little regard the Las Vegas Hotel Sports Book made them 1000-1 to win the South Regional.

Needless to say Las Vegas Hotel bookmaker Jay Kornegay is thankful he only had one taker at the 1000-1 odds with that individual buying a $10 ticket. Florida Gulf Coast is now 100-1 but continues to cause a real uproar among Vegas betting shops who can't seem to slow down the money line action on this NCAA newcomer.

Few paid any attention to FGCU in its first NCAA Tournament game ever and bookmakers cleaned up when it knocked off 2nd-seeded Georgetown, 78-68, in a contest in which 90% of the money was on the Hoyas. The sharps and the general public liked what they saw and completely surprised the books by jumping all over the money line (+300) on FGCU in its 3rd-round game against 7th-seeded San Diego State. Florida Gulf Coast won that one, 81-71, and the books took their first big hit of the tournament.

Florida Gulf Coast was a 13.5-point underdog to Georgetown and a 7.5-point 'dog to San Diego State-and is a 13-point 'dog to 3rd-seeded Florida Friday night. The money line on the Eagles in this one is +700, which means bettors collect $7 for each $1 wagered, or $700 for each $100 bet, and the sports books are already loaded with money on the underdog.

What has bookmakers nervous is the fact the wiseguys and the insiders have joined the general public in placing money line wagers on Florida Gulf Coast. Bookies casually dismiss the public wagers in a situation such as this, figuring they are just taking a romantic shot with a Cinderella team. Wiseguy play is quite another matter-something taken seriously, very seriously.

It goes without saying the gentlemen on the other side of the counter will be pulling for Florida Friday night. To them, it is enough of this nonsense-but is it?

50-Unit, 100-Unit Plays When NCAA Resumes
The Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament gets underway Thursday night and here is my betting menu for both nights.

50-Unit Triple Power Play Thursday Night
We are most certainly down to the serious business time in the NCAA Tournament as the Sweet Sixteen Round begins tonight with four games-all on national television and all with the potential to be another classic. There is not any question to just how tight the betting lines on these games are but in one of them where a team has the edges, the grit, the coaching and to focus to get it done in a big-time way and I am releasing that game as a 50-unit play. Win this one, plus a second unit-rated game, for just $50, charged to your major credit card.

Thursday's Schedule

East Regional Semifinals (Verizon Center, Washington, DC)
#1 Indiana (29-6) -5.5 over #4 Syracuse (28-9)
#2 Miami (29-6) -5.5 over #3 Marquette (25-8)

West Regional Semifinals (Staples Center, Los Angeles)
#2 Ohio State -3.5 over #6 Arizona (27-7)
#9 Wichita State (28-8) -4 over #13 La Salle (24-9) 

100-Unit NCAA Upset Game Of Year Wins Friday
The last four NCAA Tournament regional semifinal games will be played tonight and in one of them I smell a big-time upset. In fact my feelings for this underdog are so that I am going to release it as my 100-Unit NCAA Tournament Upset Game of the Year. And, yes, I am confident it will win straight up, and rather easily at that. Win this 100-unit play, plus a second unit-rated game, for just $50, charged to your major credit card.

Friday's Schedule

Midwest Regional Semifinals (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis)
#1 Louisville (31-5) -10 over #12 Oregon (28-8)
#2 Duke (29-5) -2 over #3 Michigan State (27-8)

South Regional Semifinals (Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas)
#1 Kansas (31-5) -2 over #4 Michigan (28-7)
#3 Florida (28-7) -13 over #15 Florida Gulf Coast (26-10) 

Louisville 3-1 Favorite To Win NCAA Championship

Heading into the Sweet Sixteen, here are the odds as posted at the Las Vegas Hotel to win the NCAA Championship.

  • Louisville - 3-to-1
  • Indiana - 9-to-2
  • Florida - 5-to-1
  • Miami - 7-to-1
  • Duke - 8-to-1
  • Ohio State - 8-to-1
  • Kansas - 12-to-1
  • Michigan State - 12-to-1
  • Michigan - 12-to-1
  • Syracuse - 12-to-1
  • Arizona - 25-to-1
  • Wichita State - 30-to-1
  • Marquette - 50-to-1
  • Oregon - 60-to-1
  • La Salle - 75-to-1
  • Florida Gulf Coast - 100-to-1

50-Unit NBA Game Of Week Highlight Of Tonight's Betting Menu

Going For 3rd Straight 15-Unit NBA Winner Tonight
My Best Bets Basketball Investment Club had another winning night in the NBA Tuesday, going 1-0 and getting the job done with another 15-unit play, this time on the New York Knicks (+2.5) in their 100-85 blowout road win over the Boston Celtics, and tonight it is time for another one. Win tonight's 15-unit NBA Play for just $20.

50-Unit NBA Game Of Week Wins Again Tonight
The big game winning continues in the NBA tonight with my 50-unit NBA Game of the Week. I got the cash in this game last week with the Washington Wizards (-4) with their 96-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets and intend to duplicate that performance tonight. There are 14 NBA games on tonight's schedule and in one of them is a team that grades out with a 90% chance to cover the number and that team is my 50-unit NBA Game of the Week. Only $50

25-unit College Tournament Best Bet Tops 2-0 Night
My March Madness clients got the money in a big way again last night, winning my 50-unit College Insider Tournament Game of the Year with Northern Iowa (-11) and is 90-77 victory over Bradley and the winning continues tonight. There are six tournament games on tonight's schedule and I will be releasing two of them, with the highlight of the night at 25-unit play. Win both these games tonight for just $25.

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