8 Results for year: 2018

Damaging and Decisive NCAA Transfer Rule on Horizon

New Proposed Transfer Rule for Immediate Eligibility Will Destroy College Basketball Mid-Majors In 2006, the NCAA instituted the graduate transfer rule, which was intended to allow student-athletes to transfer and enroll in a graduate program not offered at their undergrad school. In today’s college basketball, those graduate players are essentially ‘free agents’. Of course, many coaches did not like that. Others took advantage, as do the players who don’t have to sit out a year. In ... More

Much-Improved Duquesne Near Top of A-10

Former Akron Coach Dambrot has Dukes on Rise in First Season on Bench In our continued pursuit of profit and value 'Dogs, let's take a shot with Duquesne (+5) on road at St. Louis. Dukes may not be ranked or crack top-25 soon, but improvement noted. Wed., Jan. 17 Much improved Duquesne (13-5) is 4-1 SU/ATS in league play covering the number by margin with four outright 'Dog wins the past month. Triple OT win Sat saw offense come to life in 101-94 win over LaSalle. Center Jordan Robinson ... More

Big 12 Showdown Kansas at West Virginia

Top Teams West Virginia and Kansas Battle for First Place on Hardwood Following Saturday’s results, there is a 4-way tie on top of the Big 12 with Texas Tech, West Virginia, Kansas and Oklahoma all tied at 4-1. Those are four of the top college basketball teams in the country each ranked in the top-12 as noted in my recent ranked teams article. The remaining six conference teams are 2-3 or 1-4 in the early conference schedule. Texas Tech held off West Virginia Saturday 72-71 while Kansas ... More

Betting on Ranked Teams

College Basketball Ranked Teams Often Overvalued To the casual college basketball fan, or even regular college hoops bettors, AP Top-25 rankings have merit. But nothing could be further from the truth. The rankings change weekly and teams go from top-10 to unranked in a week's time. Just ask preseason No. 3 Arizona, who lost 3-straight near Thanksgiving to fall out of the rankings, and has since won 10-of-11 to move back into the top-20 and on top of the Pac-12 at 3-1. Rival Arizona ... More

NFL Playoff Marquee Match-up Vikings vs Saints

Vikings vs Saints Division Round Winner is Favorite to make Super Bowl Saints QB Drew Brees turns 39 years old next week. He’ll likely feel older than that after the punishment he receives from the league’s No. 1 defense Sunday in Minnesota. The most entertaining and anticipated match-up of the four divisional round games is the last to kickoff on Sunday, and the #4 seed Saints and #2 Vikings should be quite a ball game. We supported the #6 seed Falcons as ‘Dog last week in their victory ... More

Which Kentucky Derby Preps are Best in January?

Kentucky Derby Prep Lecomte Stakes Has Been Most Productive According to Horse Racing Nation co-founder Mark Midland, of the five Derby preps run in January, the Lecomte Stakes has been the most productive in turning out starters on the first Saturday in May, with 11 Derby runners in the last 10 years. So chances are good that we’ll see at least one Lecomte contender at Churchill Downs. Removed from the 2018 Kentucky Derby trail prep schedule is the Mucho Macho Man Stakes, which ... More

NFL Playoffs: Handicapping the Wild Cards

NFC Strength Looks Promising as NFL Playoffs Begin Despite every favorite laying at least 6 points in the Wild Card round, there are no layups or tap-ins at this time of year in the NFL playoffs. Arguments could be made that the Titans and Bills are weaker entrants, and I can’t make a case for either of those teams with sub-par QBs making their initial playoff starts on the road. But you’re paying a price laying the favorites knowing too that last year’s wild card round favorites went ... More

Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing Handicapping Lessons

Handicapping Lessons: Which Runners Have Room to Improve? The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues Saturday with the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. That 1 mile race for 3-year-olds does not require much handicapping as McKinzie is the heavy 3-5 morning line favorite and should be a single in your pick 3, pick 4 or pick 6 wagers. But as you handicap and analyze other races whether young or older horses, you want to ask yourself a few questions: Which runners have room to improve? Which ... More