Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 11:22 AM
THE SUPER BOWL 50 COUNTDOWN ROLLS ON: HERE WE BEGIN YOUR WEEK WITH "ALL THINGS SUPER BOWL" INCLUDING AN ARRAY OF FUN POINTSPREAD NOTES
THE 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 fav in some venues - is a ragged 2-5 SU (straight-up) in past Super Bowls and that is the worst record for any team appearing in this many Super Bowls.
For the record, the Steelers are 6-2, the Cowboys are 5-3 and the Patriots are 4-4 in their past Super Bowl games ... now check out the worst all-time Super Bowl win percentages by teams making two-or-more appearances in the big game:
SUPER BOWL'S BIGGEST LOSERS
The $64,000 question we have is does this "history" of losing more often than not in Super Bowls weigh on the Broncos' collective minds here? Yes, as we said Denver's not expected to win SB 50 and so you might believe the heat's off Gary Kubiak's squad here but by week's end when this proud Denver organization has been hearing about the 43-8 loss suffered two years ago versus Seattle in Super Bowl 48 and all the other now-decades old losses in this game, will it plant negative seeds within the Broncs? ...
On the flip side, this is only the second-ever Super Bowl for the Carolina Panthers who lost 32-29 to New England back in Super Bowl XXXVIII - but folks remember the Panthers did indeed cover the 7-point price tag.
So, the shoe's on the other foot here with Carolina now "expected" to win its first-ever NFL championship and keep in mind the Panthers will be attempting to win the NFC South's third Super Bowl crown since the realignment year of 2002 ... the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Vince Lombardi in that '02 season with a resounding 48-21 victory against the Oakland Raiders and in the 2009 season the New Orleans Saints bested the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 - note both NFC South winners were underdog sides there and one of 'em (see the Saints) even beat QB Peyton Manning! ...
Okay, so let's get to some fun - and perhaps pertinent - pointspread facts/figures as we draw nearer to Super Bowl 50 this Sunday in Santa Clara (CA):
CAROLINA (17-1) - How's this for a strange factoid ... the Panthers have not started and then ended a season with spread wins since the 2007 campaign but that's what Ron Rivera's gang is gonna try to pull off here after starting the 2015 season with a 20-9 win/cover at 3-point underdog Jacksonville (remember we'll have complete game-by-game logs for both the Panthers and the Broncos later this week right here at Jim Sez).
Also, the Panthers are looking for their third multiple spread-win run here as Carolina already boasts 3-, 4- and now the current 3-game spread winning streaks this year.
Overall, Carolina is a modest 4-3 ATS (against the spread) this year whenever laying points away from Bank of America Stadium and overall the Panthers are 11-5 ATS when in the chalk role and that, of course, includes the playoff wins/covers against Seattle and Arizona. P.S., the Panthers are 13-5 versus the vig overall this special '15 season.
DENVER (14-4) - The Broncos also are attempting to bookend pointspread "W's" this year as the AFC champs started off the season with a 19-13 triumph over 4.5-point road underdog Baltimore. Believe it or not, you have to go all the way back to the 2002 season to find the last time the Broncos covered a Las Vegas price in their first and last games of a season. Really!
The Broncos enter Super Bowl 50 at 8-6-4 against the odds overall this year and take note the season-starting three-game spread winning streak - that was covers against aforementioned Baltimore, at Kansas City and at Detroit - marks Denver's longest spread streak this year and remember the Broncs are 1-0-1 spreadwise this post-season with a "push" versus Pittsburgh and a spread win against New England.
Overall, the Broncos are a perfect 5-0 ATS as underdog sides this year after the club had failed to cover 5-of-6 prior dog appearances altogether in the 2012-13-14 campaigns.
Hey, let's get you up to snuff this post-season with the fact that NFL Betting Favorites are 5-4-1 ATS this playoff year while "Over" players are 4-6-0 against the Vegas price tags ... thought you might like to know!
Jim Hurley will have the Sides & Totals Winners of Super Bowl 50 when you check with us on game-day morning this Sunday plus go ahead and continue to pile up the profits all this week with loads of NBA and NCAA Basketball winners right here online or at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 - go ahead and score big today!
THE COLLEGE HOOP UPDATE
In case you didn't realize it, we have not had an NCAA Tournament Final Four without either Louisville or Kentucky in the mix since 2010 ... in fact both Louisville and Kentucky were part of the 2012 Final Four scene when the UK Wildcats copped their most recent national championship.
We bring all this up because the just-completed weekend featured a slew of really big "high-profile games" and two teams that lost in these said games were, you got it, Louisville and Kentucky.
Now, everyone in the beautiful Bluegrass State is wondering aloud which team - or maybe both/maybe neither - will show a bounce-back ability in their early-week games this week?
Here's the skinny ...
#16 LOUISVILLE (17-4) - Even U of L head coach Rick Pitino's "whiteout" suit couldn't do the job in the Cardinals' non-competitive 63-47 home loss versus 5.5-point underdog Virginia this past Saturday afternoon. The Cards - who may have played their worst game in years - scored all of 14 first-half points and finished this ACC affair shooting a wobbly 16-of-49 from the floor (that's 32.7 FG shooting) and take your pick what bothered Pitino the most: The shabby shooting or the or the fact that the usually buttoned-up 'Ville defense allowed Virginia to shoot 26-of-45 from the floor (57.8 percent).
In any event, when the Cards woke up on this February morning, they were two games back of ACC leader North Carolina (8-and-oh in league play) but with a shot of making noise as part of ESPN's "Big Monday" doubleheader with a home game against the athletic Tar Heels (note Texas at Baylor will follow this doozy) - can Pitino get this club's attention on the short turnaround and will F Chinanu Onuaku (one point scored against the Cavaliers after missing some practice time with an illness) be able to lend any sort of helping hand here?
It's Heels at Redbirds and only one of these teams seems "desperate" at the moment.
#20 KENTUCKY (16-5) - Maybe you heard Wildcats' head coach John Calipari's comments in the post-game presser following his club's 90-84 overtime loss at 6-point favorite Kansas last Saturday night as part of the wildly successful Big 12 Vs. SEC Challenge: "Coach Cal" told media folks his team "doesn't know how to win yet" and that raised some eyebrows considering the 'Cats could have closed this thing out in regulation play had Tyler Ulis not turned the ball over with two seconds left.
Instead, the 'Cats blew an eight-point, second-half lead - despite Ulis' team-high 26 points - and Calipari was left to mope even though even commentator we heard from afterwards praised Kentucky for the effort/performance and basically called it a "moral victory" if nothing else.
The problem for Kentucky now is it heads to Tennessee for a "Super Tuesday" clash (also an ESPN game) and if the Wildcats happen to lose in Knoxville than UK will be just 5-4 SU in its last nine games ... hardly any way to warm up towards next month's "madness" but, personally, ask us and we think Kentucky's in a better mental state than Louisville coming off these very different weekend losses.
Now, whether either team is gonna be able to extend that Final Four streaks of Bluegrass State teams to six years in a row is a whole 'nother matter!
NOTE: Catch more Super Bowl 50 News/Notes in the next Jim Sez and don't forget we'll bring you our in-depth and very comprehensive Super Bowl 50 Preview later this week plus there's lots of NCAA Basketball and NBA Updates every day from this point forward here in these web pages, so don't dare miss out!