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Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jared Sullinger

College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not Handicapping Report
by Dave Schwab - 2/6/2012

The NCAA men’s basketball season forges on towards the madness of March with the top teams in the country continuing to build an overall resume that is worthy of a top seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. A few ‘under-the-radar’ teams continue to emerge as potential cinderellas for the Big Dance through their surprising performance on the court, while a couple of other household names on in danger of being left out altogether of the eventual 68-team NCAA Tournament field.
Read more about College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not Handicapping Report.

Missouri Tigers forward Ricardo Ratliffe

College Basketball Picks: Kansas at Missouri Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 2/3/2012

It was a pretty easy choice for the NCAA basketball game of the day this Saturday as No. 8 Kansas visits No. 4 Missouri in the only matchup of Top-10 teams on the day. It’s the 14th time they have met as Top-10 teams (KU leads 9-5).
Read more about College Basketball Picks: Kansas at Missouri.

Florida Gators guard Erving Walker

Weekend College Basketball Handicapping Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 2/3/2012

Beware of the “All Of A Sudden” Expert. Football is coming to a grand end with the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 5. Once our National Pastime has been put to rest college basketball will become the forefront of our nation’s sports betting scene.
Read more about Weekend College Basketball Handicapping Preview.

Nevada Wolf Pack forward Olek Czyz

Beyond the Top 25 – A College Hoops Weekly
by Taylor Jordan – Strike Point Sports - 1/31/2012

The Top 10 is looking as flimsy as ever. But that is not necessarily a bad thing. Sure, there isn’t a clear-cut No. 1 team and it stays shaky after that. But Kentucky is my pick as the nation’s top team and has been since the season began and they are holding down the top spot.
Read more about Beyond the Top 25 – A College Hoops Weekly.

Michigan State Spartans forward Draymond Green

College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not Handicapping Report
by Dave Schwab - 1/30/2012

The NCAA men’s basketball season closes out the month of January tonight. And while the top teams in the country continue to polish up their resumes for this year’s NCAA Tournament in March, there have been a few other teams to emerge as potential gate-crashers for the big dance through their performance on the court so far.
Read more about College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not Handicapping Report.

Kentucky Wildcats forward Terrence Jones

College Basketball Picks: Kentucky at LSU Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 1/27/2012

Sometimes, despite a team’s recent results, an upcoming matchup screams “trap game.” It’s easy for me to say this without having published such a thing here at Doc’s Sports, but last Saturday’s Syracuse at Notre Dame game looked for all the world like a major trap for the Orange. And they indeed suffered their first loss of the season and fell from the top of the polls a few days later. The only reason I didn’t write that game was I had covered Syracuse twice before.
Read more about College Basketball Picks: Kentucky at LSU.

Trent Lockett of the Arizona State Sun Devils

College Basketball Handicapping: Personnel Subtractions
by Robert Ferringo - 1/25/2012

Two weeks ago the Syracuse men’s basketball team was a godless killing machine. They were the No. 1 team in the country and were decimating opponents with a roster that went 10-deep and with an attack that sent wave after wave of skilled players pounding against their opponents.
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Personnel Subtractions .

Gonzaga guard Kevin Pangos

Beyond the Top 25 – A College Hoops Weekly
by Taylor Jordan – Strike Point Sports - 1/24/2012

You knew Syracuse was eventually going to have a setback. As well as the Orange were playing, combined with a down Big East, perhaps the thought of an undefeated season was beginning to kick in. The thing is, I doubt many thought it would be Notre Dame to deal Syracuse its first loss of the season. But that was the case last Saturday.
Read more about Beyond the Top 25 – A College Hoops Weekly.

Duke forward Miles Plumlee

College Basketball Picks: Florida State at Duke Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 1/21/2012

I was planning to preview last Saturday’s North Carolina-Florida State matchup because I thought the Seminoles had a great chance to upset the then-No. 3 Tar Heels. FSU tends to always knock off a Top-5 team once a season at home. But then I thought it was time to give Baylor its due as one of only three unbeaten teams left in the country, so I changed up at the last minute and previewed the Bears hosting Oklahoma State.
Read more about College Basketball Picks: Florida State at Duke.

University of Kentucky's Terrence Jones

College Basketball Handicapping: Kentucky Worst ATS Team in Nation
by Robert Ferringo - 1/21/2012

The Kentucky Wildcats are the worst men’s basketball team in the country. Well, that is, they are the worst team in the country if you are trying to turn a profit betting on college basketball. At 18-1 straight up Kentucky is No. 2 in the country and at 4-to-1 they are presently the odds-on favorites at Bovada to win the National Championship. They are the cream of the SEC crop and they have a roster dotted with future NBA players.
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Kentucky Worst ATS Team in Nation.

North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes

College Basketball Handicapping: What’s Wrong with the Tar Heels?
by Trevor Whenham - 1/18/2012

There is something wrong with the Tar Heels. Not fatally wrong — they are still an elite team that will be a high seed in the tournament. They just really aren’t playing like they were at the start of the season — the favorites to win the National Championship.
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: UNC Tar Heels.

Syracuse Orange guard Dion Waiters

College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not handicapping Report
by Dave Schwab - 1/18/2012

The NCAA men’s college basketball schedule enters the second half of January with the top teams in Division I starting to really jockey for position for a top spot in this March’s NCAA Tournament. There have been a few shocking upsets that have thrown a wrench into some of these teams’ plans, while allowing a few others to emerge as surprise gate-crashers for the Big Dance.
Read more about College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not handicapping Report.

Baylor Bears guard Pierre Jackson

College Basketball Picks: Oklahoma State at Baylor Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 1/13/2012

OK, new rule: I am no longer picking Syracuse games. My only two free college basketball picks losses this season have come on Orange games – I expected SU to win last Saturday against Marquette but the Orange didn’t cover. They also burned me earlier against N.C. State. So I am hoping Syracuse loses soon to fall from the ranks of the unbeaten so I am not tempted to preview its games any longer.
Read more about College Basketball Picks: Oklahoma State at Baylor.

Josiah Turner of the Arizona Wildcats

College Basketball Handicapping: Pac-12 Hoops Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 1/13/2012

It has been a long time since the Pac-12 (or the conferences that came before it) has been among the very best in college basketball, but they have always been respectable. This year, though, the conference is a mess. If the NCAA Tournament were to start today there would be no locks to get in.
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Pac-12 Hoops Predictions.

Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor

Beyond the Top 25 – A College Hoops Weekly
by Taylor Jordan – Strike Point Sports - 1/10/2012

We’re in mid-January, a week or so into conference play, and all is well with college basketball. And I must say, it’s hard not to poke your head around the corner toward March and start thinking about the ‘Madness’ and all great things associated with the Big Dance.
Read more about Beyond the Top 25 – A College Hoops Weekly.

Nevada Wolf Pack guard Deonte Burton

College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not handicapping Report
by Dave Schwab - 1/9/2012

After the first few weeks of conference play there have already been some stunning upsets and fantastic finishes in men’s college basketball as each team in Division I continues their push for a spot in this March’s NCAA Tournament. We have also seen a few surprise teams emerge as legitimate contenders for this year’s national title, and a few other high-profile programs take a major step backwards.
Read more about College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not handicapping Report.

Syracuse Orange center Fab Melo

College Basketball Picks: Marquette at Syracuse Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 1/6/2012

Not to toot my own horn here, but if I don’t who will? I improved to 5-1 on the sides in my weekly college basketball picks last week and predicted Indiana’s home upset (well, maybe “predicted” is strong as I said IU definitely could win and would cover) of Ohio State last Saturday. Which, of course, means I probably just jinxed myself for this week’s game between No. 20 Marquette and top-ranked Syracuse on Saturday in Big East action. Tip is at 4 p.m. EST on ESPN3 and ESPN Full Court.
Read more about College Basketball Picks: Marquette at Syracuse.

Syracuse Orange forward C.J. Fair

College Basketball Handicapping: Weekend Betting Primer
by Robert Ferringo - 1/6/2012

If you were waiting for Syracuse to finally lose, dropping from the ranks of the unbeaten and yielding their No. 1 ranking to a “sexier” college basketball program, I would avoid the Carrier Dome around 4 p.m. on Saturday. The Orange have been college basketball’s dominant team so far this season. Yet, because they don’t play on Tobacco Road, in Lexington, or in the Big Ten, I feel like they are the least heralded No. 1 team this deep in the season in several years.
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Weekend Betting Primer.

Pittsburgh Panthers guard John Johnson

College Basketball Handicapping: Ranking the Conferences
by Trevor Whenham - 1/6/2012

The conference season is in full swing in college basketball. We still don’t have a full sense of how good a lot of teams are, but we know a lot more than we did a month ago. This is a good time to take a step back and look at conference strength. Here is my ranking of the strength of the six major conferences from top to bottom to help you with your college basketball handicapping:
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Ranking the Conferences.

Gonzaga guard David Stockton

Beyond the Top 25 – A College Hoops Weekly
by Taylor Jordan – Strike Point Sports - 1/4/2012

Happy New Year! It’s 2012 and in college basketball betting circles that means conference play is underway. And with conference play comes the heated rivalries, shocking upsets, and intense regional battles that make this one of the best sports in the nation.
Read more about Beyond the Top 25 – A College Hoops Weekly.

Indiana forward Derek Elston.

College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not handicapping Report
by Dave Schwab - 1/3/2012

The New Year marks the start of conference play for all the teams in both the major and mid-majors as they continue their push towards this March’s NCAA Tournament. Over the first two months of the season we have seen a few teams already emerge as legitimate contenders for this year’s national title, and we have witnessed a few other high-profile programs struggle to find their way.
Read more about College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not handicapping Report.

Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger

College Basketball Picks: Ohio State at Indiana Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 12/30/2011

I was totally prepared to preview Saturday’s noon CBS game between Top-5 rivals Kentucky and Louisville – but then the Cardinals went and suffered their first loss of the season, falling by three at home to Georgetown on Wednesday (no shame in that, the Hoyas are good). To the good folks of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, that didn’t lessen Saturday’s game a bit, but it really doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things as it’s a nonconference affair.
Read more about College Basketball Picks: Ohio State at Indiana Odds and Predictions.

Indiana Guard Verdell Jones III

College Basketball Handicapping: Teams That Could Struggle In Conference
by Trevor Whenham - 12/29/2011

As we turn the corner from nonconference play to the conference season in college basketball we start to deal with massive expectations for some teams. Teams have played enough games that they can have a pretty impressive record amassed if they have gotten off to a good start.
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Teams That Could Struggle In Conference.

Brigham Young Cougars forward Brandon Davies

Beyond the Top 25 – A College Hoops Weekly
by Taylor Jordan – Strike Point Sports - 12/26/2011

We’re in between Christmas and the New Year, and early January always means one thing: conference-dominated college basketball betting begins. The complexity of college basketball handicapping will take a big of a change as leagues open their schedules and regional rivalries will be front-and-center in the sport for the next two months.
Read more about Beyond the Top 25 – A College Hoops Weekly.

Indiana forward Derek Elston.

College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not handicapping Report
by Dave Schwab - 12/26/2011

The nonconference portion of this year’s men’s college basketball schedule continues to wrap up as we close out 2011 and get ready for conference play in the New Year. Over the past two months, a few teams have emerged as legitimate contenders for this year’s national title, while a few other high-profile programs have proven to be pretenders with their play on the court.
Read more about College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not handicapping Report.

Guard Marquise Carter of the Gonzaga Bulldogs

Sports Handicapping Tips: How to Bet Conference Play in College Basketball
by Trevor Whenham - 12/22/2011

When the college basketball schedule shifts from nonconference play to the conference season bettors need to shift their thinking as well. The fundamentals of successful betting are still the same -- it’s still the team that scores more points that wins, after all. There are some key differences between the two parts of the schedule, though, and the more successful college basketball handicappers will recognize those differences and find ways to exploit them. Here are five key shifts to focus on:
Read more about Sports Handicapping Tips: How to Bet Conference Play in College Basketball.

San Diego State's Chase Tapley

Beyond the Top 25 – A College Hoops Weekly
by Taylor Jordan – Strike Point Sports - 12/22/2011

Two weeks ago it was Indiana on the outside of the Top 25 looking in. That was until the unranked Hoosiers sprung an impressive upset and knocked off top-ranked Kentucky in their home gym. The Hoosiers are unranked no longer.
Read more about Beyond the Top 25 – A College Hoops Weekly.

University of Memphis guard Will Barton

College Basketball Betting: Value Teams
by Trevor Whenham - 12/21/2011

We are almost into conference play in college basketball. A couple of smaller conferences have already started. This is the time that more bettors start to pay attention to college basketball as the season is well underway and college football is winding down.
Read more about College Basketball Betting: Value Teams.

Wisconsin Badgers guard Jordan Taylor

College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not handicapping Report
by Dave Schwab - 12/19/2011

There was a lull in the action last week in men’s college basketball as many of the teams had a light schedule due to end of the semester finals. There were no major shake-ups in the top 10, but No.9 Xavier did lose to Oral Roberts, 64-42, this past Sunday as a 5.5-point home favorite after a good portion of its starting lineup was suspended for the game as a result of a post-game brawl with Cincinnati the week before.
Read more about College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not handicapping Report.

Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine

College Basketball Picks: Syracuse at NC State Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 12/16/2011

That’s 4-for-4 folks! I have previewed four college basketball games so far this season and have hit on the side in all four – the last was UConn’s 67-53 victory over Harvard on Dec. 8. I also hit on the total, so it’s been a very productive start to the season.
Read more about College Basketball Picks: Syracuse at NC State.

Harvard forward Keith Wright

Beyond the Top 25 – A College Hoops Weekly
by Taylor Jordan – Strike Point Sports - 12/13/2011

We have less than two weeks until Christmas and the college basketball season is beginning to shape up nicely. There’s no secret that for college athletics, basketball included, the media focuses a lot of their attention on the big boys: the Top 10 and the true National Championship contenders. That’s all well and good, but let’s not forget that this sport has over 300 D-I schools competing week in and week out, and any one of them can be used to turn a profit.
Read more about Beyond the Top 25 – A College Hoops Weekly.

Wisconsin Badgers guard Jordan Taylor

College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not handicapping Report
by Dave Schwab - 12/12/2011

Last week’s action should bring about a major shake up at the top of the men’s college basketball rankings with losses by both No.1 Kentucky and No.2 Ohio State. The Wildcats were stunned by Indiana, 73-72, as 5.5-point home favorites and the Buckeyes, with Jared Sullinger still out of the lineup, fell to No.13 Kansas, 76-67, as 1.5-point road underdogs on college basketball odds.
Read more about College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not handicapping Report.

UNLV guard Oscar Bellfield

Weekend College Basketball Betting Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 12/9/2011

Last weekend we were treated to a potential Final Four matchup when North Carolina trekked to Lexington to take on No. 1 Kentucky. The game didn’t disappoint, as the precocious Wildcats held on for a 73-72 win to solidify their position on the top of the college basketball mountain.
Read more about Weekend College Basketball Betting Preview.

Harvard forward Keith Wright

College Basketball Picks: Harvard at UConn Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 12/7/2011

There might be some more nationally prominent college basketball games later this week worth previewing than Thursday night’s Harvard-UConn game – Saturday’s Ohio State-Kansas or Kentucky-Indiana matchups, for example – but this is the first time I certainly have had occasion to preview a game involving an Ivy League school.
Read more about College Basketball Picks: Harvard at UConn.

Georgetown Hoyas center Julian Vaughn

College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not handicapping Report
by Dave Schwab - 12/5/2011

The calendar has turned the page to December for the 2011-12 men’s college basketball season as most teams continue to play out the nonconference portion of their college basketball schedule over the next few weeks. While it remains far too early to make any hard and fast conclusions about any of the teams, we have seen a few get off to fast and profitable start, while others have just been huge drains on the wallet so far.
Read more about College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not handicapping Report.

UNLV forward Mike Moser

NCAA Tournament Field Predictions and Projections, December 1
by Robert Ferringo - 12/1/2011

If you want a tip on how to handicapping college basketball there are dozens of insights I can give you: always bet against the public in smaller conferences, don’t be afraid of some road favorites, stay away from teams with bad point guards or shaky bench coaches, etc. But one tip that I would give out to a college basketball handicapper is to always keep the big picture in mind.
Read more about NCAA Tournament Field Predictions and Projections, December 1.

Duke forward Miles Plumlee

College Basketball Picks: Duke at Ohio State Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 11/28/2011

Originally I was pondering previewing Wednesday’s Wisconsin-North Carolina matchup in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge as the NCAA basketball early-week top game, but the former top-ranked Heels’ upset loss to UNLV over the weekend made the decision easy:
Read more about College Basketball Picks: Duke at Ohio State.

Butler Bulldogs guard Chrishawn Hopkins

College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not handicapping Report
by Dave Schwab - 11/28/2011

The 2011-12 men’s college basketball schedule wraps-up its first month of play this week. While it is way too early to make any hard and fast conclusions about any of the teams, we have seen a few get off to a lightning-quick start both on the court and against the spread, while few other have already been a huge drain on the wallet.
Read more about College Basketball Betting: Hot or Not handicapping Report.

Duke Blue Devils guard Seth Curry

College Basketball Picks: Duke vs. Kansas Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 11/23/2011

There is no college football on Wednesday night to bet on, but there is a nice NCAA basketball warm-up from the Maui Invitational before some great Thanksgiving Day football action: Hoops superpowers No. 6 Duke and No. 14 Kansas meet tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern on ESPN in the final of the holiday tournament from Hawaii.
Read more about College Basketball Picks: Duke vs. Kansas.

Casper Ware of Long Beach State

College Basketball Handicapping: Off-the-Radar Mid-Majors
by Trevor Whenham - 11/18/2011

The best part of the NCAA Tournament every year is seeing the teams from mid-majors that toil well out of the spotlight most of the year get a chance to shine. When they turn some heads it always adds a ton of buzz to the event.
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Off-the-Radar Mid-Majors.

Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis

College Basketball Picks: Kentucky vs. Kansas Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 11/14/2011

It was a nice betting start to the college basketball season with my first game preview story last week as I took North Carolina -9 and the ‘under’ against Michigan State in the first Carrier Classic, and both were winners in the Heels’ 67-55 win.
Read more about College Basketball Picks: Kentucky vs. Kansas Odds and Predictions.

Forward Harrison Barnes of the North Carolina Tar Heels

College Basketball Picks: North Carolina vs. Michigan State Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 11/11/2011

Welcome to the first college basketball game preview of the 2011-12 season, which technically tipped off on Monday but really does Friday with around 125 games and nearly every Top 25 team in action. And that includes the odds-on favorite to win the national title and preseason No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels playing unranked Michigan State in the inaugural Carrier Classic aboard the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier parked in San Diego Harbor.
Read more about College Basketball Picks: North Carolina vs. Michigan State.

C.J. Leslie of the NC State Wolfpack

College Basketball Handicapping: Potential Value Teams ATS
by Trevor Whenham - 11/10/2011

As we get ready for the start of another glorious season of college basketball it’s a good time to be on the lookout for teams that could be better than the public expects them to be. When a team overachieves while not at the forefront of the public consciousness, they can often be strong ATS performers. That’s obviously a good thing for college basketball handicappers.
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Potential Value Teams ATS.

UNLV forward Chace Stanback.

2011 College Basketball Season Win Totals Odds
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 11/9/2011

Wagering on season win totals for college fans is no longer reserved just for the football season. For the upcoming college basketball season Caesars Palace has release college basketball season win totals odds for 24 teams.
Read more about College Basketball Season Win Totals Odds.

Syracuse Orange guard Brandon Triche

2011 Big East Basketball Predictions and Futures Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 11/8/2011

It could take me about 18,000 words and five articles to accurately and full break down the 16-team behemoth that is the Big East conference. By the time I was finished we would already be breaking down March college basketball odds and pouring over the first round NCAA Tournament odds.
Read more about Big East Basketball Predictions.

Reeves Nelson of the UCLA Bruins

2011 Pac-12 Basketball Predictions and Futures Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 11/8/2011

The Pac-12 added two new programs, Colorado and Utah, and no league in the nation will see as many new starters as the boys out West. A scant 26 of 60 returning starters are back this season, which is the smallest percent of returning starters in any BCS conference over the last four years.
Read more about Pac-12 Basketball Predictions and Futures Odds.

Syracuse Orange guard Scoop Jardine

2011 College Basketball: Syracuse Predictions and Futures Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 11/8/2011

North Carolina and Kentucky are enjoying the entire preseason national championship buzz. But, in my opinion, the Orange are barely a notch below the 1a and 1b top teams in the land. Syracuse is a true title contender, and I have a feeling that at some point this year they will find themselves atop the polls.
Read more about College Basketball: Syracuse Predictions.

Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jared Sullinger

2011 College Basketball: Ohio State Predictions and Futures Betting Odds
by Alan Matthews - 11/8/2011

Most people would consider a season in which you start 24-0, spend plenty of time as the nation’s No. 1 team, and win your conference regular-season and tournament titles for the second season in a row as an unqualified success.
Read more about College Basketball: Ohio State Predictions.

Forward Harrison Barnes of the North Carolina Tar Heels

NCAA Basketball Odds and Predictions: 2011-12 Player of the Year
by Alan Matthews - 11/8/2011

The 2011-12 college basketball season tipped off on Monday night. And I recommend you enjoy the season because the way the NBA owners and players are going, this might be our only basketball action of the year. With that said, let’s take a look at Bodog’s odds for the National Player of the Year this season.
Read more about NCAA Basketball Player of the Year Predictions.

Memphis Tigers guard Joe Jackson

2011 College Basketball: Memphis Predictions and Tigers Futures Odds
by Aaron Smith - 11/8/2011

The Tigers finished fourth in Conference USA during the regular season last year, but they made the NCAA Tournament thanks to a miraculous comeback victory in the Conference USA Tournament Championship Game. The Tigers put up a great fight, but they lost in the final seconds of the opening game in the NCAA Tournament against Arizona.
Read more about 2011 College Basketball: Memphis Predictions.

Marquette Golden Eagles guard Darius Johnson-Odom

2011 College Basketball: Marquette Predictions and Futures Odds
by Aaron Smith - 11/8/2011

Marquette has quietly put together six consecutive seasons with 20 or more victories. The Golden Eagles haven’t quite gotten the publicity that most successful teams get, but that is a product of playing in a very difficult Big East Conference.
Read more about 2011 College Basketball: Marquette Predictions.

Texas A&M Aggies forward Khris Middleton

2011 College Basketball: Texas A&M Predictions and Futures Odds
by Darin Zank - 11/4/2011

The Texas A&M Aggies have made the NCAA Tournament six years in a row. And even though they went through another head coaching change this off-season, they look well-equipped to extend that streak this season. But the Aggies have run into some turbulence before they even took off this year, with new HC Billy Kennedy being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
Read more about 2011 College Basketball: Texas A&M Predictions.

Renardo Sidney of Mississippi State

2011 College Basketball: Mississippi State Predictions and Bulldogs Futures Odds
by Trevor Whenham - 11/4/2011

Any talk of the Bulldogs has to focus on Renardo Sidney. The junior power forward was a Top-10 recruit in 2009 — a freakish beast of a man who seemed like he was sure to succeed. Other highly ranked players in that class — John Wall, Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins, Avery Bradley, and Xavier Henry, for example — have finished with their college careers and moved on to the next level. Sidney, meanwhile, has starred in a bizarre and pathetic soap opera.
Read more about 2011 College Basketball: Mississippi State Predictions.

Baylor Bears forward/center Perry Jones

2011 College Basketball: Baylor Predictions and Bears Futures Odds
by Aaron Smith - 11/4/2011

Two years ago, the Baylor Bears nearly knocked off the Duke Blue Devils to get into the Final Four. Expectations were high heading into last year, and the team started 7-0. After the quick start against some cupcake opponents, it was all downhill from there.
Read more about 2011 College Basketball: Baylor Predictions.

North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes

2011 ACC Basketball Predictions and Futures Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 11/3/2011

I don’t know if I can sugar coat this: the ACC sucks this year. Yes, North Carolina starts the year as the prohibitive favorite to win the national title. And Duke is, well, Duke. But the ACC has been slowly trending downward over the past six years, as their 32 NCAA Tournament bids during that stretch – including some of the most questionable bids and seeds in that period – puts them as the No. 4 conference in the land.
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Wisconsin Badgers guard Jordan Taylor

2011 College Basketball: Wisconsin Badgers Predictions and Betting Odds
by Alan Matthews - 11/3/2011

Unless you are a Wisconsin alum, from the Big Ten, or a former coach, you probably don’t much enjoy watching the Wisconsin Badgers play basketball. Since Bo Ryan arrived as coach, they are always good and pretty much a lock to contend in the Big Ten and win couple of games in the NCAA Tournament, but they surely don’t win pretty.
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Kyle Fogg of the Arizona Wildcats

2011 College Basketball: Arizona Wildcats Predictions and Futures Odds
by Dave Schwab - 11/3/2011

Arizona had its chance at winning a national title last year with an Elite 8 matchup against eventual champion Connecticut. After knocking-off Texas and Duke in the previous two rounds, it came up a few points short against the Huskies in a 65-63 nail-biter as a 3.5-point underdog.
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Reeves Nelson of the UCLA Bruins

2011 College Basketball: UCLA Predictions and Bruins Futures Odds
by Darin Zank - 11/3/2011

After making it to three straight Finals Fours the UCLA Bruins had a down year in 2009-10, going 14-18 and missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six seasons. But last year, after a slow start, UCLA bounced back, and made a return appearance to the Big Dance.
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Louisville Cardinals center Gorgui Dieng

2011 College Basketball: Louisville Predictions and Futures Odds
by Aaron Smith - 11/3/2011

Rick Pitino is a really good college basketball coach. If you didn’t already know that before last year, the success of the 2010-11 Louisville Cardinals should have made that clear. Louisville wasn’t in the preseason Top 25 last year. In fact, they didn’t even receive a single vote in the preseason polls.
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40th-Year Anniversary – College Basketball Picks Special
by Doc's Sports - 11/2/2011

The year was 1971 when Doc’s Sports first opened for business, and over the past 40 years while a lot has changed, there is one thing that has not: our commitment to our clients to provide great value and excellent customer service. When it comes to value, you will find that our 40-year anniversary college basketball picks special fits the bill.
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Texas A&M Aggies forward David Loubeau

2011 Big 12 Basketball Predictions and Futures Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 11/2/2011

Kansas and Texas have been the power at the top of this conference for the better part of the decade – with Kansas boasting seven consecutive league championships. But those two programs lost a combined nine of 10 starters and 114 points worth of offense. Needless to say, KU and UT will be a step slower this year.
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Vanderbilt's Jeffery Taylor

2011 College Basketball: Vanderbilt Predictions and Betting Odds
by Taylor Jordan – Strike Point Sports - 11/2/2011

You, nor any of your college basketball betting friends, may not think Vanderbilt is an SEC power, but don’t tell Head Coach Kevin Stallings that. From 2006 to 2010, his Nashville program has won an average of nearly 23 games per season, as well as putting together four 20-win seasons in their last five campaigns.
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Washington guard Abdul Gaddy

2011 College Basketball: Washington Huskies Predictions and Betting Odds
by Taylor Jordan – Strike Point Sports - 11/2/2011

Washington is moving forward without do-it-all guard Isaiah Thomas. They have no choice. The 5-foot-9 spark plug is now in Sacramento waiting to ply his trade for the Kings. Thomas led Washington in scoring in two of his three seasons in Seattle.
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Kentucky Wildcats forward Terrence Jones

2011-12 SEC Basketball Predictions and Futures Odds for Betting
by Robert Ferringo - 11/1/2011

The SEC has revamped how it will determine its league champion. Instead of seeding teams 1-6 by virtue of their respective division finishes, the SEC will seed everyone 1-12 with the top four receiving the bye. The current rules allow the top two seeds from each division – regardless of their overall SEC ranking – byes and more favorable paths.
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Robbie Hummel of Purdue basketball.

2011 College Basketball: Purdue Boilermakers Predictions and Futures Odds
by Taylor Jordan – Strike Point Sports - 11/1/2011

Head Coach Matt Painter, along with all of West Lafayette, is hoping the third time is a charm. That, of course, is referencing to Robbie Hummel’s health and avoiding another setback to what initially was supposed to be a very promising college basketball career.
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Guard Marquise Carter of the Gonzaga Bulldogs

2011 College Basketball: Gonzaga Predictions and Futures Odds
by Taylor Jordan – Strike Point Sports - 11/1/2011

It seems these days we take Gonzaga basketball for granted. We are years beyond the days of them being a cute little mid-major that was good for an interesting couple of weeks in March. What Head Coach Mark Few has done in Spokane is simply remarkable.
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Forward Ricardo Ratliffe of the Missouri Tigers

2011 College Basketball: Missouri Tigers Predictions and Futures Odds
by Dave Schwab - 11/1/2011

Missouri recorded 23 wins last season against just 11 losses, but was mired in the middle-of-the-pack in the Big 12 at 8-8. The Tigers were eliminated in the second-round of the conference tournament in an 86-71 loss to Texas A&M as three-point favorites, but made it into the NCAA Tournament as the 11th seed in the West Region.
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William Buford, of the Ohio State Buckeyes

2011-12 Big Ten Basketball Predictions and Futures Odds for Betting
by Robert Ferringo - 10/31/2011

It’s a college basketball cliché that the best part about freshmen is that they become sophomores. But an equal and opposite maxim could be that the worst part about seniors is that they graduate. (Well, unless they go to Connecticut, but that’s another story.)
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Kentucky Wildcats forward Eloy Vargas

2011 College Basketball: Kentucky Wildcats Predictions and Futures Odds
by Trevor Whenham - 10/31/2011

North Carolina will have the most talented, complete, game-ready squad in the country on the first day of the college basketball season. It would be hard to argue against that. If the young Kentucky squad can quickly learn to play at the college level and can find some chemistry, however, then they are perhaps the one team in the country with the best shot to outshine the Tar Heels and become the best team on the hard court this year.
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Michigan Wolverines guard Tim Hardaway Jr.

2011 College Basketball: Michigan Predictions and Wolverines Futures Odds
by Trevor Whenham - 10/31/2011

This story has to feel very familiar to Michigan fans. Three years ago John Beilein and his squad capped a solid year with a nice win in the first round of the tournament and a near loss to a strong team in the second round. That boosted expectations significantly heading into the next season, but that year was a total disaster.
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Michigan State's Keith Appling

2011 College Basketball: Michigan State Predictions and Futures Odds
by Alan Matthews - 10/31/2011

Probably no team in the nation was more disappointing last season than Michigan State. Tom Izzo’s club entered the 2010-11 campaign off back-to-back Final Four appearances and with a veteran cast in place: Sparty was ranked as the preseason No. 2 team in the land behind defending national champion Duke.
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Cincinnati Bearcats forward Yancy Gates

2011 College Basketball: Cincinnati Predictions and Futures Odds
by Dave Schwab - 10/31/2011

As preparations begin for another college basketball season, optimism is running high in Cincinnati after a very successful campaign last season. The Bearcats started the year by reeling off 15 straight wins, and they ended up posting one of their best records in school history at 26-9.
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Florida Gators guard Erving Walker

2011 College Basketball: Florida Gators Predictions and Futures Odds
by Alan Matthews - 10/31/2011

Billy Donovan’s club finished the regular season at 13-3 overall in the SEC, winning the East Division title by three games over Kentucky, although the Wildcats would beat Florida in the SEC Tournament Championship Game. UF, to the surprise of some, was given a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and had little trouble in its first two Big Dance games.
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Texas head basketball coach Rick Barnes

2011 College Basketball: Texas Longhorns Predictions and Futures Odds
by Taylor Jordan – Strike Point Sports - 10/31/2011

The Big 12 has made headlines this fall for all the wrong reasons. Money-hungry schools are looking to jump ship and find the best possible situation (with the most dollars) in new leagues, and it seems to all start and end with this conference.
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Tyler Zeller (44) of North Carolina.

2011 College Basketball : North Carolina Predictions and Futures Odds
by Trevor Whenham - 10/27/2011

Those cupboards are overflowing with talent again, though, and the team will look to win twice as many tournament games as they did last year when they reached the Elite 8. As the No. 1 team in the country and the solid favorite to win it all they are in a position Roy Williams knows well — they are the team with the massive target on their backs.
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Kansas Jayhawks guard Tyshawn Taylor

2011 College Basketball : Kansas Jayhawks Predictions and Futures Odds
by Darin Zank - 10/27/2011

The Kansas Jayhawks continue to operate as one of the premier programs in college basketball. Last year KU won the Big 12 regular-season title for the seventh straight season, won the conference tournament for the fifth time in the last six years, and made it to within one win of the Final Four.
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Tu Holloway of Xavier

2011 College Basketball : Xavier Musketeers Predictions and Futures Odds
by Dave Schwab - 10/25/2011

While the 2010-11 season has to be considered a success for this Xavier program, this team knows in its heart that it was much better than its 66-55 first-round loss to 12th-seed Marquette in the NCAA Tournament as the No. 5 seed in the East Region.
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Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jared Sullinger

College Basketball Futures Odds
by Alan Matthews - 4/7/2011

We’re barely 10 days past the end of the 2010-11 college basketball season, where a Connecticut squad that was unranked in the preseason took home the title and paid off nicely for bettors that took a flier on the long-shot Huskies way back when.
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Bruce Pearl, former coach of the Tennessee Volunteers

College Basketball Predictions: Who Replaces Bruce Pearl at Tennessee?
by Alan Matthews - 3/24/2011

So why does Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton still have a job? After all, this is the guy who got egg on his face when he hired Lane Kiffin as football coach, with Kiffin committing numerous rules violations in his one year in Knoxville and then bolting for Southern Cal.
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Connecticut Huskies guard Kemba Walker

College Basketball Picks: Syracuse vs. UConn Betting Predictions
by Dain Zank - 3/10/2011

We've come to expect the unexpected in the Big East Tournament each season, and it happened again Thursday when the ninth-seeded Connecticut Huskies knocked off the top-seeded Pitt Panthers, which might cost Pitt a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. So UConn, a team that lost seven of its last 11 regular-season games and finished 9-9 in Big East play, moves on to the conference semis Friday to play fourth-seeded Syracuse (7 p.m. EST, ESPN), which outlasted St. John's Thursday.
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James Rahon of the San Diego State Aztecs

March Madness Predictions: Potential Cinderellas
by Trevor Whenham - 3/9/2011

Every year there are teams that are surprisingly strong at the NCAA Tournament. They might not get a whole lot of attention coming in, but they are ready to play, they are talented, and they make some noise. Obviously it’s not always easy to see these Cinderella teams coming -- if it were then they wouldn’t be surprises. You can make a guess about who will come through, though. Here are my March Madness predictions for four teams that look to me like they have the potential to shine:
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Duke Vs. North Carolina

ACC Tournament Odds and College Basketball Predictions
by Aaron Smith - 3/9/2011

The ACC Tournament is generally one of the most competitive tournaments, and the atmosphere in Greensboro is always electric. North Carolina knocked off Duke last Saturday night to snag the top seed in this year’s tournament. While this is typically one of the strongest conferences in all of college basketball, the league had a down year this season. North Carolina and Duke are still very good, but once you get down to the middle and bottom of the ACC, this is a weak conference in 2011.
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Texas Longhorns guard/forward Jordan Hamilton

Big 12 Tournament Predictions and College Basketball Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 3/9/2011

Outside of the Big Ten there is perhaps no conference with as many teams still fighting for NCAA Tournament berths than the Big 12. While there is little intrigue about who the favorite and dominating force is in this league, there are still several clubs – Baylor, Colorado, Nebraska and even Oklahoma State – that are clinging to hope that a rush this week can earn them a ticket into The Big Dance.
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Isaiah Thomas of Washington

2011 Pac-10 Tournament Predictions and College Basketball Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 3/8/2011

The Pac-10 Tournament begins Wednesday, March 9 in Los Angeles. While the league may still be in flux compared to its fellow BCS compadres (hey, at least it’s not the SEC), the usual suspects are still headed to the City of Angels as heavy favorites. Arizona, Washington and UCLA are the top-tier teams with USC entering the weekend as a solid sleeper.
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Jamarr Sanders (2) of the University of Alabama-Birmingham Blazers

Conference USA Tournament Odds and Betting Predictions
by Aaron Smith - 3/8/2011

Up until the last couple years, Conference USA was simply the Memphis Tigers playground. Memphis started to slide a bit last year, and the Tigers are even more down this year. No longer are the rest of the teams in this league playing for second place. This is a wide-open Conference USA Tournament field. There are at least five or six teams that have a legitimate shot of winning the automatic bid.
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Kemba Walker of the Connecticut Huskies

2011 Big East Tournament Predictions and College Basketball Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 3/7/2011

Win In The Garden or win in The Tournament. That seems to be the prevailing attitude toward the Big East Tournament from the bobblehead media. The idea is that this Mega-Conference has a tournament that is so grueling, and so exhausting that whoever wins couldn’t possibly have the reserves to make a deep NCAA Tournament run.
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UNLV guard Tre'Von Willis

2011 Mountain West Conference Tournament Predictions and Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 3/7/2011

Finally, the Mountain West is getting some love. For the past five years I have been screaming that this league is the most underrated in all of college basketball. The top tier of this conference is capable of playing at a very high level and there is plenty of talent both at the individual and team levels.
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Tu Holloway of Xavier

Atlantic 10 Tournament Odds and College Basketball Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 3/7/2011

The Atlantic 10 Tournament begins on Tuesday on campus sites before moving to Atlantic City for the quarterfinals on Friday. The top four regular-season finishers in the conference; Xavier, Temple, Richmond and Duquesne; all have byes into the quarterfinals. The other seeded teams are No. 5 George Washington, No. 6 Rhode Island, No. 7 St. Bonaventure, No. 8 Massachusetts, No. 9 Dayton, No. 10 La Salle, No. 11 Saint Louis and No. 12 Saint Joseph’s.
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New Mexico State No. 33 Troy Gillenwater

Western Athletic Conference Tournament Predictions and WAC Betting Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 3/7/2011

The Western Athletic Conference is Utah State and then everybody else. Few teams in America have dominated their league this season like the Aggies of Utah State. And, now that I mentioned it, this team has had a stranglehold on the WAC for most of the last half-decade. They went 15-1 in league play this year and the team is hunting for its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last seven years. This Utah State team is deep, talented, experienced and hell bent on Mormon domination.
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Brigham Young Cougars forward Brandon Davies

NCAA Tournament Handicapping: How Does Loss of Davies Affect BYU?
by Trevor Whenham - 3/4/2011

I’ve been planning for about a week to write an article about BYU and the remarkable season they are having in college basketball -- capped as it was by an amazing win at San Diego State on Saturday. It was going to be a glowing article full of strong statements about their tournament potential. How quickly things can change.
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Texas forward Jordan Hamilton

College Basketball Handicapping: Tips for Betting Conference Tournaments
by Trevor Whenham - 3/4/2011

Conference tournaments can be a great betting opportunity for college basketball handicappers. The stakes are high, there’s lots of public money to pick off, and there is plenty of media coverage of games to help draw insights from. More importantly, though, conference tournaments can be very helpful for bettors looking to prepare for a strong run in the NCAA Tournament.
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Gregory Echenique of Creighton

Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Predictions and Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 3/2/2011

In my opinion the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament is a little bit like a starting gun for March Madness. That league championship really signifies the beginning of the insanity that is about to envelop the sports betting world and offers the first glimpse into the unique situations and challenges that lie ahead.
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Kansas State Wildcats guard Jacob Pullen

Bracketology: NCAA Tournament Projections and Bubble Watch
by Robert Ferringo - 3/1/2011

We are less than two weeks away from Selection Sunday and we are on the verge of The Madness taking full control of the national sports betting scene. But while two weeks really seems like a short amount of time, I can say for certain that there is still a lot of basketball to be played and there is a lot yet to be decided with regards to the NCAA Tournament field and NCAA Tournament projections.
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Florida Gators guard Kenny Boynton

College Basketball Picks: Alabama at Florida Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 3/1/2011

Alabama and Florida playing for the SEC title is nothing new … in football. But in basketball, well, this is a new thing. However, the overall regular-season crown is likely on the line tonight in Gainesville when the Tide visit as college basketball’s regular season wraps up this week.
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College Basketball Picks: BYU at San Diego State Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 2/25/2011

Saturday’s game between No. 7 Brigham Young and No. 4 San Diego State is the biggest basketball game ever in the Mountain West Conference. These two are tied atop the MWC with 12-1 records. Thus the winner here likely will be crowned regular-season champion and get the top seed in the conference tourney. But perhaps more important, a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament is very possible if SDSU wins out.
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NCAA Tournament Futures: Long Shots To Watch
by Richard Gardner | Bodog Sportsbook Manager - 2/25/2011

Why am I mentioning all this? Well, many experts are predicting that 2011 might be the year for an unheralded team to break the string of championships for top seeds. The reason? While there are a number of very good teams out there, there might not be a truly great team, and that could make for a wide-open tournament.
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2011 Final Four Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 2/21/2011

That means one big thing - now is the perfect time to make some Final Four predictions. And predictions about the road to the Final Four as well. Here are eight things that I feel confident about right now. Of course, I’m even more confident that several of these predictions will be embarrassingly lousy by the time thee tournament rolls around. Without further ado:
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Guard Kemba Walker (15) of the UConn Huskies

College Basketball Picks: UConn at Louisville Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 2/18/2011

I would like to argue that tonight’s Big East matchup between Top-16 teams UConn and Louisville carries some special significance, but it probably really doesn’t. Well, a potential Top-4 seed for the Big East Tournament carries some weight in terms of byes, but other than that both of these teams are headed to the Big Dance no matter what happens from here on out.
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Duke Basketball 2010

College Basketball Handicapping: Don’t Overreact to Rare Losses
by Trevor Whenham - 2/18/2011

I have a serious pet peeve when it comes to college basketball -- how the polls and the public react to a single loss by a top-ranked team. We’ve seen it twice in just over a month, and it’s ridiculous in both cases. First, Duke was the undefeated, unanimous No. 1 team in the country, but one road losses in a very hostile Florida State environment and they were dropped down to fourth place.
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Tai Wesley from Utah State

College Basketball Handicapping: Teams That Could Shine in March Madness
by Trevor Whenham - 2/17/2011

The postseason in college basketball is all about surprises -- teams that perform much better than the public expects them to. Sometimes those teams come from nowhere to become media darlings. More often, though, they are teams that had a lot of things working for them and looked like they were on the right path. These surprise teams can take many forms -- they can be strong second-level contenders in major conferences, or teams that toil in obscure conferences away from the public radar.
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Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney

Bracketology: NCAA Tournament Projections and Bubble Watch
by Robert Ferringo - 2/16/2011

All I know is this: 68 is a whole lotta teams. For those of you that have been kicking it with the Tea Party/mountain folk in the hills of Tennessee over the last few months, I am here to remind you that the NCAA Tournament has actually expanded this year. The Big Dance will now feature 68 teams, with four at-large squads taking on four automatic qualifiers in a play-in game on the Tuesday before the actual 64-team tournament begins on Thursday.
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Drexel Vs. Old Dominion

College Basketball Bracket Buster Weekend Preview
by Robert Ferringo - 2/15/2011

I've analyzed the last six years of the mid-February mid-major hoops orgy known as Bracket Buster Weekend to see if I could establish any useful betting angles or trends. Instead of working over every single "official" Bracket Buster game I squared my focus on the ones that featuring the mid-major conferences that were routinely wagered upon. That includes the Ohio Valley, Big West, Horizon, Missouri Valley, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Colonial, and Western Athletic. These are the key players and they constitute the primary games in the Bracket Buster schedule.
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Michigan State Spartans forward Delvon Roe

College Basketball Picks: Michigan State at Ohio State Odds Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 2/15/2011

Back when the college basketball season started, tonight’s Big Ten game between Michigan State and Ohio State was circled by many fans as the likely game of the year between the two top contenders in the conference and two Top-10 teams. Well, Ohio State has kept up its end of the bargain, but the Spartans are uncharacteristically struggling under Coach Tom Izzo and are squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble after beginning the season at No. 2 in the nation.
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Kansas Jayhawks guard Josh Selby

College Basketball Picks: Big Monday Odds and Predictions
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 2/14/2011

The Carrier Dome has been a house of horrors for West Virginia and Big Monday has not been so kind either. West Virginia is 1-4 in its last four Big Monday games and just last week the Mountaineers fell to rival Pitt, 71-66, in Morgantown. West Virginia sure wishes their next Big Monday showdown this week would be in Morgantown and not Syracuse’s Carrier Dome. The Orange have won their last six in a row against West Virginia in the Carrier Dome.
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Villanova Wildcats guard Corey Fisher

College Basketball Picks: Pitt at Villanova Odds and Betting Predictions
by Darin Zank - 2/12/2011

Big East basketball has already had a crazy year full of big games matching not just contenders for the conference crown, but for more coveted prizes come March. And Saturday night gives us another chance for a big-time Big East barnburner, as the Pitt Panthers, ranked No. 4 in the most recent AP poll, visit Philly to take on the 9th-ranked Villanova Wildcats within the cozy confines of The Pavilion (9 p.m. EST, ESPN).
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Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger

College Basketball Picks: Ohio State at Wisconsin Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 2/11/2011

The University of Michigan is basically a phrase banned from being uttered in Columbus, Ohio. There is no doubt that the maize and blue are the most-hated rivals of Ohio State, no matter the sport. However, Buckeyes fans might have to inch the University of Wisconsin a little closer to Michigan on the ladder of vitriol if the Badgers can beat OSU on Saturday in Madison.
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Tristan Thompson of the Texas Longhorns

Best and Worst Against the College Basketball Odds
by Trevor Whenham - 2/10/2011

We’re getting into the stretch drive of the college basketball season. That means that fans of the sport are getting more and more excited about the postseason with every passing day. It also means that teams have played enough games that we now have a very good sense of which teams are kind to bettors, and which ones burn betting money recklessly. Here’s a look at the studs and duds against the college basketball odds to this point:
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North Carolina Tar Heels guard Kendall Marshall

College Basketball Picks: North Carolina at Duke Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 2/9/2011

It’s rather fitting that just after the Super Bowl, college basketball fans get treated to the Super Bowl of college basketball’s regular season (and ESPN/Dick Vitale hype it as such): the North Carolina-Duke rivalry resumes on Wednesday night. A few weeks ago, this looked like a giant mismatch as the Heels were stuck in the mud much like last season, but they are rolling and entered the coaches’ poll at No. 21 this week after falling out in late November. The Blue Devils are No. 5 in that poll and lead UNC by a half-game atop the ACC.
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Pittsburgh's Ashton Gibbs

College Basketball Picks: Big Monday Odds and Predictions
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 2/7/2011

The Backyard Brawl rivalry gets plenty of attention come football season, but the hardwood version has been just as competitive over the course of the past decade. Just like any other good rivalry, rankings and records mean very little -- especially when the team with the higher ranking and better record is on the road. They say home-court advantage can be worth nearly four points in college basketball, and in the Backyard Brawl it may be worth even more.
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Kansas Jayhawks guard Josh Selby

College Basketball Betting: One Chaotic Season
by Trevor Whenham - 2/3/2011

College basketball is in total chaos right now. Part of what makes the sport so great is that there is always chaos, but this year is way beyond normal. Last weekend is a perfect example -- there were 20 games featuring at least one ranked team over the weekend, and the college basketball point spread was covered in 14 of those games by the unranked team or the lower ranked team if both teams were ranked. Eleven of those lesser teams won outright, so betting the moneyline on all the underdogs would have been wildly profitable.
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Georgetown guard Austin Freeman

College Basketball Picks: Big Monday Odds and Predictions
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 1/31/2011

Louisville has not made things easy on itself lately. Three of its last four wins have been by one point. Things will not be any easier for Louisville when it travels to our nation’s capital to take on Georgetown on Big Monday. Louisville needed double overtime to get past Connecticut on Saturday and last second baskets to defeat West Virginia and Marquette in the past two weeks.
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Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger

College Basketball Picks: Purdue at Ohio State Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 1/25/2011

We are down to two unbeaten teams left in college basketball – you may recall I mostly called that Texas upset of Kansas on Saturday – with Ohio State and San Diego State. And in the span of 24 hours or so we could have no undefeated teams left with the Buckeyes and Aztecs facing Top 15-ranked conference foes on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Here we look at No. 12 Purdue vs. No. 1 Ohio State tonight in Columbus.
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Kansas State Wildcats guard Jacob Pullen

College Basketball Picks: Big Monday Odds and Predictions
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 1/24/2011

If not for a head-scratching loss in Pittsburgh to a bipolar Tennessee squad, we would be talking about Pitt as the undisputed No. 1 team in the land. Instead they have to settle for being the No. 4 team in the country and cream of the crop in the Big East, the best basketball conference in the country.
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Texas forward Jordan Hamilton

College Basketball Picks: Texas at Kansas Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 1/21/2011

Saturday is easily the best day of the season thus far in college basketball. How good? There are five games matching Top 25 teams on the day, and for this story I didn’t even go with No. 1 Ohio State at No. 22 Illinois, in which the Buckeyes could easily suffer their first loss. I also passed on No. 7 Villanova at No. 3 Syracuse even though both teams could suffer a second straight loss to a Big East Top 10 foe, and in which the Orange could set an NCAA record for attendance in an on-campus game. Nope, the game of the day is No. 11 Texas at No. 2 Kansas because of the No. 70.
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Keith Benson of Oakland

College Basketball Odds: Under-the-Radar Teams With Value
by Trevor Whenham - 1/20/2011

Most of the media coverage -- and therefore the public attention -- in college basketball is focused on the big-name teams. That means that people only really care about the teams that are ranked, those with long histories of success, and the teams that have the big wins and flashy players that the media loves. Those teams are what you hear about most, but often times the most attractive betting teams are ones that people aren’t paying any attention to at all.
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Jimmer Fredette (32) of the BYU Cougars

College Basketball Picks: Betting Teams to Avoid
by Trevor Whenham - 1/20/2011

College basketball media, and therefore the betting public, are seduced by big names -- high profile teams, ranked mid-majors, and players sure to be heading to the NBA. Those stories may be the most compelling ones for casual fans, but those teams are often not nearly as kind to bettors as you might think they would be based on the amount of attention they could get. Here’s a look at eight teams that are not nearly living up to their reputations this year from a betting perspective. Avoid these teams with your college basketball picks at all costs.
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San Diego State forward Kawhi Leonard

College Basketball Picks: San Diego State at New Mexico Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 1/14/2011

It’s not too often that we preview a Mountain West Conference basketball game here at Doc’s, but take a look at the MWC this year and you could say it’s better at the top than both the Pac-10 and SEC. Thus, today we bring you San Diego State vs. New Mexico, as the No. 6 Aztecs are one of four remaining unbeaten teams in the country. And just like I (mostly) predicted on Wednesday with Duke against Florida State, SDSU will suffer its first loss of the season.
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Kansas Jayhawks guard Josh Selby

College Basketball Handicapping: Who Will Be Last Unbeaten?
by Trevor Whenham - 1/13/2011

Timing is everything in sports betting. It’s apparently also pretty important in writing. I was about to sit down and write this article -- about which undefeated team would be the last standing -- yesterday, but for a number of minor reasons I wrote others instead and left this one until today. Good thing. The point I was going to make was that Duke was, by a solid margin, the best positioned of the five teams to survive to the end without a loss. Oops.
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Jimmer Fredette (32) of the BYU Cougars

College Basketball Rankings: The Mid-Majors
by Trevor Whenham - 1/12/2011

Last week I ranked the major conferences in college basketball, so it only makes sense that I rank the best of the rest this week. Before we look at the top mid-majors in the country, though, let’s quickly review the majors -- the Big East and Big Ten were neck and neck at the top, with the Big 12 close behind and then a big gap down to the ACC, the SEC, and the truly awful Pac-10.
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Florida State's Chris Singleton

College Basketball Picks: Duke at Florida State Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 1/12/2011

Last week when I was looking ahead in college basketball, I very much thought that Wednesday night’s game was a huge potential trap for top-ranked Duke and likely the Blue Devils’ first loss of the season. I still think that’s possible, but not as strongly as I used to thanks to Florida State’s recent play.
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Ranking the College Basketball Conferences
by Trevor Whenham - 1/7/2011

We are, in round numbers, halfway through the college basketball season. The nonconference schedule has mostly been played out, and now we get to enjoy the serious business of conference play. This transitional time is a perfect time to stand back and take a look at how the six major conferences stack up. The criteria here are loose -- betting performance, performance against overall expectations, general strength, and a bit of my personal bias. Here they are, from top to bottom:
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College Basketball Handicapping: Conference Play Adjustments
by Trevor Whenham - 1/7/2011

We are at an exciting time in college basketball -- the start of the conference season. This is where teams really get serious, and the action gets exciting -- more exciting than it already has been. For college basketball handicappers it is a time to make some serious profit. To do so, though, they have to make some adjustments from how they bet games in the nonconference season. The structure of conference play means that what works in November might not work as well in January.
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Tim Abromaitis

Free College Basketball Picks and Odds: UConn at Notre Dame
by Alan Matthews - 1/4/2011

Notre Dame (12-2) opened Big East play last Wednesday with a 69-55 home upset of Georgetown but then fell to No. 5 Syracuse at the Orange’s place on New Year’s Day, 70-58. In that loss, the Irish committed 15 turnovers, just one shy of their season high, and got to the foul line just seven times. Free throws are a big part of what the Irish do as they have had eight games this season of scoring at least 20 points from the foul line.
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Texas A&M Aggies defensive end Von Miller

Cotton Bowl Predictions: Texas A&M Aggies vs. LSU Tigers Odds and Picks
by Trevor Whenham - 1/4/2011

The Cotton Bowl isn’t a BCS game, but it is played after all but one of them, and the matchup - Texas A&M (9-3) and LSU (10-2) -- is more interesting and exciting than a couple of games that are in the BCS. It takes place at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Friday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. EST. Neither of these teams are a stranger to this game -- The Aggies are playing for their 12th time, and the Tigers for their fifth. The teams haven’t played each other since 1995, but the Aggies have a five-game winning streak going in head-to-head action.
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