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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Alabama Crimson Tide at Auburn Tigers

02.21.2018     09:21 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Alabama +8 at Auburn O/U 152
Recommendation: Alabama

Big loss for Auburn with rim protector Anfernee McLemore out for the season with an ankle injury. Already ultra-small, McLemore's (4th nationally in block pct.) allowed the Tigers' perimeter defenders to extend their pressure and take chances which is why the rank first in the SEC in forced turnover rate. "Resilience" has been a common theme of Auburn's remarkable season but this is a devastating loss.

"We lost arguably the guy who plays as big as anybody on the roster because he was such a great shot blocker," Pearl said. "So, we continue to have to play small ball, we continue to spread the floor, try to extend a little bit defensively."

Note that McLemore didn't have much of an impact in the first meeting. He played only 15 minutes, grabbed two rebounds, and failed to block a shot. Alabama shot 54% from 2-point range and won 76-71 despite Collin Sexton not playing. The Crimson Tide are square on the "bubble" and close to regular season with four tough games (at Auburn, vs. Arkansas, vs. Florida, at Texas A&M). Despite ranking first in the SEC in Read more



Tags: College Basketball Alabama Crimson Tide Auburn Tigers Andrew Lange




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Baylor Bears at Texas Longhorns

02.12.2018     12:12 PM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

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Baylor at Texas -2.5 O/U 133.5
Recommendation: Under

After an inexplicable three-game stretch where Baylor had a complete lapse of defense, the Bears have regained its identity. The Bears current 3-0 straight up and against the spread run comes on the heels of a 1-2 SU, 0-3 ATS mark where they allowed 90, 81 and 98 points and 52% FG shooting or better in all three. The catalyst for Baylor’s recent ticket cashing threesome has really been a combination of trademark defense and ball sharing on offense. Baylor is now 5-7 in Big XII play after a 2-8 start which brought the team to a crossroads. Nuni Omot said, “We got together and told ourselves that it’s going to be a fight, but we really have to do it for each other”. “We’re starting to do it for each other and we’re starting to share the ball and we’re starting to look for everyone. That’s the biggest part, we’re just playing together.”

Texas sits at 5-7 in league play right now too so with six games left, this one is obviously important to them as well. Unlike Baylor, the Longhorns stout defense has currently Read more



Tags: College Basketball Baylor Bears Texas Longhorns Rob Veno




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Arkansas Razorbacks at Texas A&M Aggies

01.30.2018     09:43 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Arkansas at Texas A&M -5.5 O/U 146.5
Recommendation: Texas A&M

Have not been impressed at all with Arkansas through the first half of SEC play. The Razorbacks are 4-4 with two wins coming in overtime and the other two by a bucket and four points. In terms of efficiency, they are -0.07 which equates to -5 points in a 70 possession game. They enter tonight's game on a very fortunate three-game winning streak. They needed to shoot 11-for-22 from deep and 28-for-35 from the free throw line to get past a mediocre Ole Miss squad at home, 97-93. They limped past a very weak Georgia squad in double overtime. And then this past weekend, escaped with a 66-65 win over Oklahoma State in which the Cowboys had multiple point-blank looks in the closing seconds but couldn't convert. Meanwhile, Texas A&M looked like an SEC contender early on with dominating wins over West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Penn State, USC and a narrow 67-64 loss to Arizona. The Aggies got nailed with the injury bug and opened SEC play 0-5. The currently sit 2-6 with two of those six losses coming by a single point including a 69-68 loss at Kentucky. It's difficult Read more



Tags: College Basketball Arkansas Razorbacks Texas A&M Aggies Andrew Lange




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Kansas Jayhawks at Kansas State Wildcats

01.29.2018     11:22 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

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Kansas at Kansas State +2 O/U 147
Recommendation: Kansas State

Heated in-state rivalry figures to be as intense as ever after 73-72 KU victory just 16 days ago. Plenty of fuel added to the Kansas State fire tonight after what they perceived to be preferential officiating given to the Jayhawks in that contest. That sentiment came on the heels of last season’s 90-88 Kansas win in which then junior Svi Mykhailiuk clearly traveled on the game winning basket. In his press conference after this season’s loss. Bruce Weber said “I’m really disappointed in some of the calls. But we were all here last year, and same thing.” The Wildcats figure to have extra motivation and look to benefit from what will be a very raucous home crowd. Kansas is oblivious to fierce road environments and rallied back in the second half to win at Morgantown a few games ago but their poise will again be tested tonight.

One difference tonight from the first meeting is Kansas State’s starting sophomore PG Carter Diarra who took over the role six ago after junior Kamau Stokes broke his foot during the Texas Tech games. In his Read more



Tags: College Basketball Kansas Jayhawks Kansas State Wildcats Rob Veno




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Oklahoma State Cowboys at Baylor Bears

01.15.2018     12:10 PM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

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Oklahoma State at Baylor -5 O/U 145
Recommendation: Under

Took a contrarian side to victory with the Free Play last week and will do it again here in this Big XII match-up. Subtraction of last season’s Head Coach Brad Underwood has not changed the Cowboys offensive style as they still play a high tempo brand of basketball under new HC Mike Boynton. Their average adjusted tempo has increased in Big XII play from 71 possessions to 74 based on KenPom numbers which is understandable since the league is loaded with up and down style teams. To their credit, OSU has remained an efficient offensive team despite significant personnel losses from last season but the overall number includes more than a half dozen non-conference defensive cupcakes. Games frequently unfold situationally due to styles and what’s interesting here about the Cowboys is how their brand of offense was stoned Saturday by slow tempo-defense oriented Texas. Despite a very respectable 44.8 FG% against the Longhorns who only allow an average of 42%, the game was reduced to a crawl and 65-64 final score.

For the last 3-4 years, Baylor has made a niche Read more



Tags: College Basketball Oklahoma State Cowboys Baylor Bears Rob Veno




College Basketball Betting Free Play: LSU Tigers at Arkansas Razorbacks

01.10.2018     08:27 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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LSU at Arkansas -9 O/U 163
Recommendation: Under

LSU is a far different team under first-year head coach Will Wade. The most notable change is more effort on the defensive end of the floor. It's a work in progress but since losing at home to Stephen F. Austin 83-82, the Tigers have allowed 58, 52, 61, 75, and 68 including league tilts vs. Kentucky and at Texas A&M. It's still a team that will get out in transition and break down in the half court defensively, but Wade has them playing far more traditional basketball compared to the up-and-down, no defense style under former head coach Johnny Jones. Arkansas is playing up-tempo per usual but due to a number of high scoring non-conference affairs, their totals are currently a bit "juiced." All three of the Razorbacks' SEC games thus far went under the total in regulation; the Tennessee game went to overtime. Last year's two meetings closed 164.5 and 162.5 and here we see a similar number despite LSU being slower paced and better defensively. Numbers play here as the under worth a bet.




Tags: College Basketball LSU Tigers Arkansas Razorbacks Andrew Lange




College Basketball Gambling Free Pick: Duquesne Dukes at VCU Rams

01.09.2018     11:15 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

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Duquesne at VCU -8.5 O/U 145.5
Recommendation: Under

Going to take the contrarian side here in this contest based on the style change at Duquesne under first year HC Keith Dambrot. The former Akron head coach has brought tortoise type pace and stingy defense to Pittsburgh which has not been the norm in recent years. KenPom adjusted tempo numbers show the Dukes 315th in the nation averaging just 66 possessions in their games. The shot clock is being tested on both ends with Duquesne holding the ball for 18.8 seconds per possession (322nd) and opponents using an average of 17.8 seconds (297th) on offense. This tempo control system has led the Dukes to records of 12-4 straight up, 5-3 against the spread and 1-7 O/U the total. Tonight’s chore is to keep high energy VCU from speeding up the game and lighting up the scoreboard which isn’t easy considering the Rams are posting 79.5 points per outing.

Virginia Commonwealth has played four teams this season that fall into the ultra-methodical and defensive oriented categories with mixed results. At home versus Virginia they lost 76-67 going over the total, against Read more



Tags: College Basketball Duquense Dukes VCU Rams Rob Veno




College Football Gambling: Alabama's pointspread history in the National Championship

01.02.2018     01:37 PM     Printer Friendly
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Quick look at Alabama's pointspread history in the National Championship under Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide are 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS. Alabama is currently a -4.5 favorite over Georgia for next Monday's title game.

2010: Texas vs. Alabama
Pinnacle Opener: Alabama -5.5
Pinnacle Closer: Alabama -3.5
Result: Alabama 37, Texas 21

2012: LSU vs. Alabama
Pinnacle Opener: Alabama +1.5
Pinnacle Closer: Alabama +3.5
Result: Alabama 21, LSU 0

2013: Notre Dame vs. Alabama
Pinnacle Opener: Alabama -7.5
Pinnacle Closer: Alabama -10
Result: Alabama 42, Notre Dame 14

2016: Clemson vs. Alabama
Pinnacle Opener: Alabama -7
Pinnacle Closer: Alabama -6
Result: Alabama 45, Clemson 40

2017: Clemson vs. Alabama
Pinnacle Opener: Alabama -7
Pinnacle Closer: Alabama -6.5
Result: Clemson 35, Alabama 31

2018: Georgia vs. Alabama
Pinnacle Opener: Alabama -4
Pinnacle Current: Alabama -4.5
Result: ???




Tags: College Football Alabama Crimson Tide Georgia Bulldogs SEC




Birmingham Bowl Betting Preview: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. South Florida Bulls

12.22.2017     03:39 PM     ICC     Printer Friendly
Submitted by ICC

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Birmingham Bowl
Texas Tech vs. South Florida
Saturday, 9 am PT - ESPN
CRIS Opener: South Florida -2 O/U 64.5
CRIS Current: South Florida -3 O/U 65.5
Recommendation: South Florida

On paper, there looks to be plenty of potential for points in the Birmingham Bowl with a pair of squads that rank in the top 30 in both ppg and ypg. However, with a 90% chance of rain expected, conditions could impact the amount of offense that is produced. Defensively, Texas Tech made strides this season. After allowing over 7 ypp in 2016, the Red Raiders shaved off nearly 1.5 ypp. That tied into a massive 11.7 ppg allowed improvement. But this defense still had problems, particularly against upper-tier offenses. Arizona State, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma averaged over 45 ppg against the Red Raiders. In the end, TTU’s stop unit, while no longer horrific, is still well below average. You could certainly make a case that USF is on par with those four aforementioned offenses. The key for the Bulls is balance and they have that in spades with Read more



Tags: College Football Texas Tech Red Raiders Big XII South Florida Bulls AAC Ian Cameron




College Basketball Handicapping: Rob Veno Power Ratings for 12-9-2017

12.08.2017     08:51 AM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

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Below are vetern Sportsmemo Handicapper Rob Veno's power ratings for Saturday's entire college basketball card.

Rot# Date Team RVS

721 12/9 Duke -16.5
722 12/9 Boston College

723 12/9 Notre Dame -15.5
724 12/9 Delaware

725 12/9 Youngstown State
726 12/9 Butler -27.0

727 12/9 Monmouth
728 12/9 Kentucky -17.0

729 12/9 Nebraska
730 12/9 Creighton -12.0

731 12/9 Providence -4.5
732 12/9 Massachusetts

733 12/9 U.C.L.A.
734 12/9 Michigan -3.0

735 12/9 William & Mary
736 12/9 Ohio State -14.5

737 12/9 James Madison
738 12/9 Richmond -7.5

739 12/9 Marquette
740 12/9 Wisconsin -7.5

741 12/9 Valparaiso
742 12/9 Ball State -3.5

743 12/9 Wisconsin-Green Bay
744 12/9 Missouri -20.5

745 12/9 Yale
746 12/9 St. Bonaventure -10.5

747 12/9 Appalachian State
748 12/9 Akron -2.5

749 12/9 Western Michigan -3.0
750 12/9 Detroit

751 12/9 Indiana
752 12/9 Louisville -10.0

753 12/9 St. Joseph's
754 12/9 Temple -14.5

755 12/9 Read more



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