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Submitted by Jim Hurley on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 1:54 PM

OUR SUPER BOWL LI NOTEBOOK:

THE COUNTDOWN TO THE BIG GAME IS ON AND WE PRESENT "ALL THINGS SUPER BOWL" HERE WITH LOTS OF POINTSPREAD GOODIES ...

THE COLLEGE BASKETBALL REPORT: WHAT TEAMS OUTSIDE THE TOP 10 ARE LURKING WHEN IT COMES TO THIS YEAR'S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP?

Okay, so the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons had their "touch down" on Sunday in Houston ... now both teams will be looking for lots of "touchdowns" come Sunday when they square off in Super Bowl LI:

Hey, scoring touchdowns has not been a real problem for either one of these teams this post-season as the Patriots registered four TDs in that resounding 36-17 win/cover against 5.5-point underdog Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship Game two Sundays back and four more - including a special teams TD - in the 34-16 win/cover versus 17-point pup Houston in AFC Divisional Playoff action.

On the flip side, the high-flying - and we mean high-flying - Falcons recorded six touchdowns in basting 6-point dog Green Bay 44-21 in the NFC Championship Game and the Falcs had four TDs in a revved-up 36-20 win/cover against 6.5-point underdog Seattle in NFC Divisional Playoff action.

As a matter of fact, all of these TDs by both the Patriots and the Falcons were the norm and not the exception this year as evidenced by this 2016 regular-season chart showing the five most-productive teams in the NFL:

TEAM TDs TDs Per Game
Atlanta 58 3.6
New Orleans 55 3.4
New England 513.2
Green Bay 51 3.2
Dallas 49 3.1

Okay, so let's get to some fun - and perhaps pertinent - pointspread facts/figures as we draw nearer to Super Bowl 51 this Sunday in Houston (TX):

NEW ENGLAND (16-2) - Hate to be a broken record, but it's worth repeating the fact that the here-and-now Patriots are 15-3 ATS (against the spread) and just to show you something special, take note that the best a Pats team has done spreadwise in the 10 years prior to this '16 season was a 10-6-1 ATS mark back in 2010. Meanwhile, New England cranked out a 14-3 spread record whenever in the betting favorite's role this season - the team's composite ATS mark as chalk sides the past 10 years was 71-72-3 ... no kidding.

ATLANTA (13-5) - Hey, the Falcons' overall spread mark this season is nothing to be ashamed of, either, as the NFC champs will enter Supe Sunday at 12-6 against the odds and that includes six pointspread "W's" in the past eight games since the Week 11. You might be surprised to discover the Falcons were underdog sides six times this year and Atlanta went 5-1 ATS in those point-grabbing tilts. The lone loss was Atlanta's worst game of the year - a 24-15 setback at 1.5-point fav Philadelphia in Week 10.

Hey, let's get you up to snuff this post-season with the fact that NFL Betting Favorites are 8-2 ATS this playoff year while "Over" players are 7-3-0 against the Vegas price tags ... thought you might like to know!

Jim Hurley will have the Sides & Totals Winners of Super Bowl 51 when you check with us on game-day morning this Sunday - remember we swept the Divisional Playoffs going 4-and-oh two weekends ago and bagged a 3-0 mark on NFL Championship Game Sunday with wins on the Falcons and Patriots and the "over" in the aforementioned Green Bay-Atlanta game. 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!

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL REPORT

No doubt it was the "lost week" of this 2016-17 college hoops season for the nation's elite:

Not only did the likes of Kentucky and Florida State - a pair of top 10 teams at this time last Monday - lose two games apiece but it's been well-documented how Villanova, Kansas, Baylor and UCLA also fell and we gotta tell 'ya from watching lots of hoops action this past weekend that everyone is beatable. The 'Nova kids got back on the winning track with a 61-59 last-second non-cover win against 5.5-point pup Virginia and those very Wahoos - ranked #12 heading into Sunday's matinee - might just be one of those teams "lurking" out there come March for real/live shot at this year's national championship.

As they say in the business, defense is a constant.

While we're checking out the outside-the-top-10 teams that could make a run for the crown this spring, then don't sleep on #19 Cincinnati. Yes, the Bearcats' games are still tough on the eyes with ugly shooting and ragged ball-handling but Mick Cronin's team was efficient in Sunday's rollicking 94-53 home triumph against 25-point dog USF and may we remind you the B-Cats are peaking right now with 12 consecutive SU (straight-up) wins.

Meanwhile, the week ahead is chock full of major matchups including Duke at Notre Dame (on this Monday night) and what fun will it be listening to ESPN's Brent Musburger in his swan song game Tuesday night when he calls Kentucky's home game against Georgia?

Good stuff and keep in mind that John Calipari's always-young 'Cats come off the back-to-back losses to Tennessee and Kansas, so the natives at Rupp Arena could be restless. Hey, can you ever imagine taking 7 points with that Kansas team again this year? The Jayhawks came back from the dead in last Saturday's win 79-73 win but we'll predict right here/right now Bill Self's guys won't be underdogs like that anytime soon!

Last item on our college hoops agenda:

Two possible small conference "sleepers" in the weeks ahead ... New Mexico State (20-2, 7-0 in the WAC with a decent RPI of 53) and Nevada (18-4, 7-2 in Mountain West with an RPI of 39).

These clubs - both athletic and a bit cocky - could slot into the #12 and or #13 seeds come NCAA Tourney time and could give the likes of an Oregon, Wisconsin or Notre Dame real problems - you heard it here first!

NOTE: Catch more Super Bowl 51 News/Notes in the next Jim Sez and don't forget we'll bring you our in-depth and very comprehensive Super Bowl 51 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 miss out!

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