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Marquette forward Jamil Wilson

NCAA Basketball Betting and Handicapping: Scouting the Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 12/30/2013

The Big Ten opens conference play this week, and here's hoping you didn't put down heavy money on defending national runner-up Michigan to win the conference this season; it was the +300 third-favorite to start the year. Now I'm not convinced the Wolverines will reach the NCAA Tournament.
Read more about NCAA Basketball Betting and Handicapping: Scouting the Week Ahead.

Baylor Bears forward Cory Jefferson

College Basketball Handicapping: Teams Worse Than Nonconference Records
by Trevor Whenham - 12/26/2013

As we head into the start of conference play in college basketball, it is very important that we donít get fooled by records and rankings that can make us think that teams are better than they may actually be. If we give a team too much credit heading into conference play then we can be destined for struggles and losses early in conference play until we can adjust and adapt.
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Teams Worse Than Nonconference Records.

Xavier G Myles Davis

College Basketball Handicapping: Teams Better than Nonconference Record
by Trevor Whenham - 12/24/2013

We are nearing the end of the nonconference season in college basketball. As the calendar turns to 2014, the sport turns to the determination of conference champions over the next two months. We know a lot about teams because they have already played about a dozen games. In a lot of cases, though, the nonconference schedule doesnít necessarily indicate what we can expect in conference play.
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Teams Better than Nonconference Record.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Jerian Grant

NCAA Basketball Betting and Handicapping: Scouting the Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 12/23/2013

It was a very newsy week for two Atlantic Coast Conference teams, both in a good and bad way. Since I try to be a glass half-full guy, let's start with the good. North Carolina certainly has Final Four talent but has been wildly inconsistent this season. The Heels have wins over then-No. 3 Louisville, No. 1 Michigan State and No. 11 Kentucky but also a few head-scratching losses.
Read more about NCAA Basketball Betting and Handicapping: Scouting the Week Ahead.

Stanford Cardinal forward John Gage

College Basketball Handicapping: Potential Upsets
by Trevor Whenham - 12/18/2013

Weíre heading into what is essentially the last full week of nonconference action in college basketball. After Christmas the glorious conference season gets underway. That will bring a whole new set of handicapping puzzles and opportunities. Until then, though, letís take a last look for some pleasant and profitable potential upsets:
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Potential Upsets.

UCLA Bruins guard Zach LaVine

NCAA Basketball Betting and Handicapping: Scouting the Week Ahead
by Alan Matthews - 12/17/2013

So if I told you that Oregon is a potential National Championship contender with one of the best offenses in the nation, that would sound correct, right? Only I'm not talking about the football Ducks but the basketball version. It might be time to jump on some Oregon futures now while you can still get long odds: +5000 to win a national title at Sportsbook.ag.
Read more about NCAA Basketball Betting and Handicapping: Scouting the Week Ahead.

Gonzaga senior center Sam Dower

College Basketball Handicapping: Possible Upset Games
by Trevor Whenham - 12/10/2013

Throughout the college basketball season, and especially in nonconference play, upsets of top teams by feisty underdogs are very common. Handicappers who can consistently spot these potential upsets can find some nice profits. Here are six games in the coming week in which the likely underdog is a live one:
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Possible Upset Games.

Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker

College Basketball Handicapping: Top Freshmen
by Trevor Whenham - 12/5/2013

Freshmen seem to be playing an increased role every year in college basketball. This year, though, is particularly special. There are a stunning number of strong young players who are already making a big impact and who could do dramatically more as the season progresses and they grow as players.
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Top Freshmen.

UNLV junior forward Roscoe Smith

College Basketball Handicapping: Potential Upcoming Upsets
by Trevor Whenham - 12/3/2013

As this young college basketball season has gotten underway, a theme that has emerged has been upsets of ranked teams by upstart squads. Thatís usually the case in college basketball ó winning games is never easy ó but it seems to be even more common now than usual. Looking forward over the next week of action, hereís a look at six upstart teams that have a chance to beat their ranked (or higher-ranked) opponents:
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Potential Upcoming Upsets.

Kansas Jayhawks guard Andrew Wiggins

College Basketball National Championship Odds and Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 11/27/2013

The college basketball season is still ridiculously young. We still donít really know anything about what will happen in March, but we have seen enough to get a first sense of where teams are at and what might be expected. That means that itís a good time to check in for value in college basketball National Championship futures and offer up some predictions (all odds are from Sportsbook.ag):
Read more about College Basketball National Championship Odds and Predictions.

Justin Jackson of Cincinnati

How to Bet College Basketball Early-Season Tournaments
by Trevor Whenham - 11/21/2013

Weíre heading into the preseason tournament portion of the college basketball season. Every year there are more and more of these. From the established and high-profile like Maui, Puerto Rico or the NIT to the truly obscure, there is something for everyone over the next couple of weeks. For bettors, these early tournaments can provide some very good opportunities for early profit. They can also be a money pit, though, if you make sloppy mistakes and fall into the traps these tournaments can lay for you.
Read more about How to Bet College Basketball Early-Season Tournaments.

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College Basketball Handicapping: Potential Upsets
by Trevor Whenham - 11/19/2013

Last weekend we witnessed some big upsets in college basketball. Belmont over North Carolina. Iowa State beating Michigan. Indiana State over Notre Dame. Upsets are a big part of the sport, and a loss in November means very little to the true contenders when things really matter in March. Upsets can be very profitable for bettors, though, because the public backs the ranked teams and ignores live underdogs. Here are seven games in the next two weeks that could have the potential for upsets.
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Potential Upsets.

Guard Andrew Wiggins of Kansas

College Basketball Handicapping: Teams that Could Disappoint
by Trevor Whenham - 11/11/2013

When the college season starts, handicappers are challenged by being forced to predict how good teams are when we havenít seen them play for a long time and donít know how they have developed. As freshman are more and more ready to contribute at a high level right out of the gate, handicapping top teams gets even tougher because we have no way of knowing how good the freshmen will be, how quickly they will be relied upon, and how effectively they will mesh with the upperclassmen on the roster.
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Teams that Could Disappoint.

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by Doc's Sports - 11/5/2013

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Read more about Loophole Betting College Basketball.

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Nonconference College Basketball Betting Advice: Expert Handicappers Say it's a Must
by Robert Ferringo - 11/5/2013

ďI hate football.Ē I find myself uttering that phrase at least once during the month of October. It could be thanks to another game lost by a half-point thanks to a missed extra point or safety or horrible penalty call. But every year around this time I am usually cursing the Gambling Gods and lamenting my now-former love, football.
Read more about Betting Nonconference College Basketball Picks.

James Michael McAdoo of UNC

2013-14 ACC Basketball Predictions and Futures Betting Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 11/1/2013

One of the most underrated stories in college basketball over the last five years has been the deterioration of the ACC. Once the premier conference in all of college basketball, the ACC had become a top-heavy mess. The ACC hasnít finished higher than No. 4 in conference rankings in each of the past three years, and outside of Tobacco Road the level of play has fallen off drastically.
Read more about 2013-14 ACC Basketball Predictions and Futures Betting Odds.

Memphis Tigers guard Joe Jackson

Free College Basketball Picks: Memphis Tigers Futures Odds
by George Monroy - 11/1/2013

The Memphis Tigers have earned three straight NCAA Tournament bids, and they are coming off of a solid 31-5 season were they won the Conference USA Tournament. The Tigers went on to be eliminated in the round of 32 by the Michigan State Spartans in a matchup that they were never competitive in. Memphis will start the 2013-14 menís college basketball season in the American Athletic Conference, where they will probably be the favorite to win the 10-team conference and earn another bid into the postseason tournament.
Read more about Free College Basketball Picks: Memphis Tigers Futures Odds.

Ohio State Buckeyes guard Aaron Craft

2013-14 Big Ten Basketball Predictions and Futures Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 10/25/2013

The Big Ten enjoyed a fantastic 2012-13 college basketball season. They finished as the No. 1-ranked conference in the country, and Michigan carried the banner for the league all the way to the NCAA Championship Game. Indiana experienced a resurgence, and it was nothing but roses for one of the nationís most stable and venerable leagues.
Read more about 2013-14 Big Ten Basketball Predictions and Futures Odds.

Stanford Cardinal forward Dwight Powell

2013-14 Pac-12 Basketball Predictions and Futures Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 10/25/2013

The Pac-12 is having a very good year. After years on the fringes of the national conversation in both college football and college basketball, the Pac-12 has come roaring back. The football conference might be the best in the country, and the basketball league heads into the 2013-14 season bursting with promise.
Read more about 2013-14 Pac-12 Basketball Predictions and Futures Odds.

UNLV Rebels guard Bryce Dejean-Jones

2013-14 Mountain West Conference Basketball Predictions and Futures Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 10/25/2013

The Mountain West is the indefinable conference. The Mountain is too talented and too successful to be considered and dismissed as a ďmid-major conferenceĒ. While the Pac-12 was sorting itself out over the last five years, the Mountain West produced some of the Westís best basketball. But the Mountain West also lacks the big-budget sizzle and overall pedigree of the BCS conferences like the Big East or the Big 12.
Read more about 2013-14 Mountain West Conference Basketball Predictions and Futures Odds.

Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State

2013-14 Big 12 Basketball Predictions and Betting Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 10/23/2013

Kansas has won (or shared) an unprecedented nine consecutive Big 12 regular season championships. Those nine straight banners have been remarkable considering the level of basketball played in the Big 12, which for my money has been the second-best college hoops conference over the last eight years, behind the Big East. This isnít Gonzaga winning nine straight West Coast Conference Championships. This is the Jayhawks dominating one of the best leagues in the land.
Read more about Big 12 Basketball Predictions and Betting Odds.

oklahoma state cheerleaders

NCAA Basketball National Championship Picks: Value Plays
by Robert Ferringo - 10/16/2013

So if youíre going to make a NCAA basketball futures bet, then you might as well do it the right way. I already discussed which teams I thought offered the worst odds to win the National Championship. Below are the teams that I think that offer the best value for gamblers looking to take on this long-term investment.
Read more about NCAA Basketball National Championship Picks: Value Plays.

ucla cheerleaders

College Basketball National Championship Picks: Sucker Bets
by Robert Ferringo - 10/16/2013

I think that the value of betting on which team will win the National Championship is limited, at best. But for those of you that like the challenge, the first thing that you need to do for a successful college basketball futures is figure out which teams ARE NOT going to win the National Championship.
Read more about College Basketball National Championship Picks: Sucker Bets.

Sean Kilpatrick of the Cincinnati Bearcats

2103-14 American Athletic Conference Basketball Predictions and Futures Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 10/11/2013

College basketballís first mega-conference, the Big East, had been a dominant force on the national hoops scene over the last several seasons. But due to maneuvers motivated by college football revenue, this offseason the Big East splintered into what seems like 100 different pieces.
Read more about 2103-14 American Athletic Conference Basketball Predictions and Futures Odds.

Doug McDermott of the Creighton Bluejays

2013 Big East Basketball Predictions and Futures Betting Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 10/10/2013

You canít kill The Beast. The Big East has been the dominant college basketball league in the country over the last five to 10 years. But when several of its flagship members, including Syracuse, Connecticut and Louisville, abandoned the Big East to chase football money in other leagues, that was supposed to be the beginning of the end for the conference.
Read more about 2013 Big East Basketball Predictions and Futures Betting Odds.

Kansas Jayhwaks recruit Andrew Wiggins

College Basketball: Odds to Win 2014 National Championship
by Robert Ferringo - 5/16/2013

The college basketball offseason isnít nearly as sexy as the down time between the major professional sports. But with players leaving early for the NBA Draft, the transfer carousel, some last-minute recruiting commitments, and off-court arrests and suspensions impacting rosters across the land, there is no shortage of storylines as the deck gets reshuffled each summer in one of the most wagered on sports in the nation.
Read more about College Basketball: Odds to Win 2014 National Championship.

Kansas Jayhawks recruit Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins to Kansas Props Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 5/16/2013

I will give college basketball rankings services credit in that they are usually pretty accurate on which players are going to be stars, while it's way more hit-and-miss in college football for obvious reasons. But the fawning over Wiggins it's almost ridiculous. The ironic thing is that he's been the top-rated recruit in the Class of 2013 only since October.
Read more about Andrew Wiggins to Kansas Props Odds and Predictions.

Michigan Wolverines' Glenn Robinson III

2014 College Basketball National Championship Contenders
by Trevor Whenham - 4/16/2013

The dust has only barely settled on the Final Four, yet it is never too early to look towards next year. Next yearís Championship Game will be played on April 7, 2014, in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. So, which teams are legitimate 2014 college basketball National Championship contenders? And which ones are going to have a rough road? Letís take a look:
Read more about College Basketball National Championship Contenders.

Kevin Ware of the Louisville Cardinals

2014 Final Four Predictions: Louisville and Michigan
by Trevor Whenham - 4/10/2013

The dust is still settling from this yearís epic NCAA Tournament Championship Game, but it is never too early to look forward to next yearís game. Louisville and Michigan were both very worthy competitors in the big game, and they put up a heck of a battle. The question now is whether the two teams will be strong National Championship contenders next year.
Read more about Final Four Predictions: Louisville and Michigan .

Virginia Commonwealth Rams head coach Shaka Smart

NCAA Props Odds and Predictions: Next UCLA Basketball Coach
by Alan Matthews - 3/26/2013

That Round of 64 NCAA Tournament game between Minnesota and UCLA really was quite something as it led to decisions that will cost the schools nearly a combined $6 million in buyouts. The Gophers, a perennial underachiever under Tubby Smith in the Big Ten, beat the Bruins, a disappointment the past five seasons under Ben Howland. So despite the fact that UCLA won the Pac-12 regular-season title, Howland was canned. And Minnesota followed suit with Smith after the Gophers lost their second game to Florida.
Read more about NCAA Props Odds and Predictions: Next UCLA Basketball Coach.

Michigan Wolverines guard Tim Hardaway Jr.

2013 Big Ten Tournament Picks and College Basketball Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 3/13/2013

It has become a generally accepted theory that the Big Ten is the best college basketball conference in the country. That hypothesis has been spewed by the bobblehead media for months and has now become indoctrinated into the general college basketball betting public.
Read more about 2013 Big Ten Tournament Picks and College Basketball Odds.

Miami (Fl) Hurricanes center Reggie Johnson

2013 ACC Tournament Picks and College Basketball Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 3/13/2013

Last year I said it was ďa pretty safe bet that either Duke or North Carolina is going to win the ACC Tournament.Ē And it was, since one of those two schools had won the ACC Tournament 15 times in 16 years. But Florida State pulled a major surprise and beat both Carolina powerhouses en route to the schoolís first title.
Read more about ACC Tournament Picks and College Basketball Odds.

UCLA Bruins guard/forward Shabazz Muhammad

2013 Pac-12 Tournament Picks and NCAA Basketball Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 3/12/2013

Last year at this time the Pac-12 was a complete afterthought on the national college basketball scene. On the eve of the Pac-12 Tournament they had exactly zero teams in the Top 25 and were on the way to an insulting two bids Ė both double-digit seeds Ė in the NCAA Tournament.
Read more about 2013 Pac-12 Tournament Picks and NCAA Basketball Odds.

Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore

2013 Big 12 Tournament Picks and College Basketball Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 3/12/2013

Only two teams have won the Big 12 Tournament Championship since 2006. And one of them is no longer in the league. Kansas (five) and Missouri (two) have dominated the Big 12 Championship over the past seven years. And the Jayhawks, after winning their ninth straight Big 12 regular season crown, are the heavy favorites to cut down the nets again this weekend.
Read more about Big 12 Tournament Picks and College Basketball Odds.

UNLV guard Anthony Marshall

2013 Mountain West Tournament Picks and MWC College Basketball Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 3/12/2013

It has been a banner year for the Mountain West conference. Perpetually underrated, the MWC is home to some of the best programs west of the Mississippi. And heading into this weekís action they have the No. 1 conference RPI in the nation.
Read more about Mountain West Tournament Picks and MWC College Basketball Odds.

Louisville G Russ Smith

2013 Big East Tournament Picks and College Basketball Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 3/11/2013

The dissection and desecration of the Big East has been one of the underlying themes of this college basketball season. The best, most competitive, most successful conference of the last quarter-century will cease to exist a month from now. But, before the league is blown up, it will have one final battle royal in the Mecca of basketball.
Read more about Big East Tournament Picks and College Basketball Odds.

Missouri forward Laurence Bowers

2013 SEC Tournament Picks and College Basketball Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 3/11/2013

The conference tournaments taking place across the country this week are set to be the final determinant of which teams are invited and left out of the NCAA Tournament. And perhaps no league in the nation has as many teams trying to fight their way into The Big Dance as the SEC.
Read more about SEC Tournament Picks and College Basketball Odds.

Indiana guard Victor Oladipo

NCAA Basketball Predictions: 2013 Players of the Year Props
by Alan Matthews - 3/8/2013

What a great way to end the college basketball regular season Sunday: No. 2 Indiana at No. 7 Michigan with the Big Ten title on the line and likely a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament as well for the winner. The Hoosiers will clinch their first outright conference title in 20 seasons with a victory, while a U-M victory would create anywhere from a two-way on up to a four-way tie for the regular-season championship.
Read more about NCAA Basketball Predictions: 2013 Players of the Year Props.

Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Kelly Olynyk

WCC Tournament Picks: College Basketball Betting Odds and Predictions
by Dave Schwab - 3/5/2013

The Gonzaga Bulldogs closed out their regular season with a routine 81-52 romp over Portland as 25.5-point home favorites to finish 29-2 straight up overall and a perfect 16-0 in conference play. The Bulldogs have been installed as a huge 4/11 favorite to win the tournament at Bovada. They will not be in action until Saturday nightís Semifinal Round and will most likely will have to face either the No.5 seed San Francisco Dons (33/1 to won the conference tourney) or the No.4 seed Santa Clara Broncos (22/1).
Read more about WCC Tournament Picks: College Basketball Betting Odds and Predictions.

Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Mike Hart

NCAA Basketball Handicapping: Can Gonzaga Win National Championship?
by Trevor Whenham - 3/5/2013

The Bulldogs can officially never be called a Cinderella team again. That ship probably sailed years ago, but now that they have been elevated to the top of both major polls they are officially and undeniably a national power. It has been an amazing ride for the team this year. They started the season ranked just 21st in the AP Poll, and they have become only the third team in the last 21 years to rise from that high to the top of the mountain. 5Dimes now has the Bulldogs as the third-favorite to win the national title at +650.
Read more about NCAA Basketball Handicapping: Can Gonzaga Win National Championship?.

Michigan Wolverines guard Tim Hardaway Jr.

College Basketball Handicapping: Tournament Contenders and Pretenders
by Trevor Whenham - 3/5/2013

It has been a crazy season for top-ranked teams. It seems like every week several teams climb the polls only to lose ó and often in embarrassing fashion. Through the end of February we saw Top-5 teams lose to unranked squads 19 times ó the most in five years. No team has been able to consistently prove that they are exceptional. Itís just a matter of which faults you can live with.
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Tournament Contenders and Pretenders.

The Michigan Wolverines Trey Burke

College Basketball Handicapping: Predicting the Line on Marquee Matchups
by Aaron Smith - 3/4/2013

The calendar has turned to March, which means it is almost time for March Madness. If you are a fan of college basketball, there isnít a better time of the year. Tournament basketball starts this week with some of the smaller conferences kicking off their conference tournaments.
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Predicting the Line on Marquee Matchups.

Gonzaga guard Kevin Pangos

College Basketball Handicapping: Good Teams that are Bad ATS
by Indian Cowboy - 3/3/2013

Public bettors love the glamour teams. Sharp bettors love to look for spots to bet against the glamour teams. Betting against the current No. 1 team this season in certain spots could have created a windfall of betting profit. The public loves to get on teams that are ranked highly and teams with good records. But the sports bookies always add points to the lines for these teams, and that creates some great opportunities to find value. Here on Sunday we will look at some teams that have been good on the court but not so great at the betting window.
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Good Teams that are Bad ATS.

UNLV's Anthony Marshall

College Basketball Handicapping: Betting on Bubble Teams
by Trevor Whenham - 2/26/2013

The closer we get to the end of the college basketball season, the more teams there are that are desperate for wins. The goal for almost every team at the start of the season is to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament. As February turns into March, teams that arenít likely to get an automatic bid are pushing as hard as they can to do enough to be an at-large selection. That is a tremendous amount of pressure on a team, and some handle it better than others.
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Betting on Bubble Teams.

Duke Blue Devils forward Amile Jefferson

College Basketball Handicapping: Predicting the Line on Marquee Matchups
by Aaron Smith - 2/25/2013

Indiana sits at the top of the rankings for a third straight week after coming out of East Lansing with a big win over the Spartans. The Miami Hurricanes had been getting a lot of votes for the top spot, but their loss to Wake Forest sends them down several spots in the rankings this week.
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Predicting the Line on Marquee Matchups.

Indiana guard Victor Oladipo

College Basketball Handicapping: Indiana a Threat for National Championship
by Trevor Whenham - 2/22/2013

Indiana was ranked atop the polls entering the season. They have had a couple of rough spots since, yet, as we near March, they are back atop the rankings again. When you consider the fate of some teams ranked near them ó Iím looking at you and your preseason No. 3 ranking, Kentucky ó what Indiana has done in living up to expectations is impressive. But just how good are these Hoosiers in what has been a very topsy-turvy year for the sport? Do they have what it takes to go all the way? Letís take a look:
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Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State

College Basketball Handicapping: Predicting the Line on Marquee Matchups
by Aaron Smith - 2/18/2013

For the first time in quite a while, the No. 1 spot in the rankings wonít be changing hands this week. Indiana held serve by beating both Nebraska and Purdue at home. The Hoosiers had the benefit of an easy schedule this past week, but theyíll be tested in a big way in the week ahead. The Duke Blue Devils were the only Top-5 team to avoid an upset last week, but they were tripped up by a scrappy Maryland team on Saturday.
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Predicting the Line on Marquee Matchups.

Miami (Fl) Hurricanes center Reggie Johnson

College Basketball Handicapping: Improved Teams
by Trevor Whenham - 2/13/2013

Sometimes teams in college basketball just arenít at their best in nonconference play. Maybe they are inexperienced and just need to find their way. Or perhaps they arenít focused when the games donít really matter ó nonconference play doesnít matter much if you donít have a strong shot at an at-large bid. Whatever the reason, it is amazing how often a team looks like an entirely different unit once conference play starts. Hereís a look at five teams that have really capitalized on the start of the conference schedule:
Read more about College Basketball Handicapping: Improved Teams.

Cody Doolin of the University of San Francisco

NCAA Basketball Handicapping: Hottest College Hoops Teams
by Robert Ferringo - 2/11/2013

It is a splintered, unpredictable landscape in the realm of college basketball at the moment. Graduation, defection to the NBA, injuries, and a shifting conference landscape has created a storm of uncertainty this year. Mix in plenty of shaky play on the hardwood, and all of this has made for one of the more volatile college basketball betting markets in years.
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Michigan Wolverine guard Tim Hardaway Jr.

College Basketball Handicapping: Predicting the Line on Marquee Matchups
by Aaron Smith - 2/11/2013

Who deserves to be No. 1 after a whirlwind last few weeks in college basketball? The AP Top 25 puts Indiana at the top spot for a second straight week, while the USA Today Coaches Poll has Duke at No. 1. Indiana was upset by Illinois in the middle of the week, but their big win at Ohio State helped them stay on top of the pack. Duke nearly lost to Boston College on Sunday, but the Blue Devils righted the ship just in time to pull out a one-point win. Itís hard to remember another year where the top of the standings were so volatile from one week to the next.
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Deshaun Thomas of the Ohio State Buckeyes

College Basketball Handicapping: Predicting the Line on Marquee Matchups
by Aaron Smith - 2/4/2013

Yet another week, and yet another No. 1-ranked team has gone down. To be fair, this one was a little different than the others. You can hardly blame Michigan for losing on the road to the Indiana Hoosiers, who are also ranked in the Top 3 in the country. After all, Indiana was favored by five points in that game. Still, itís hard to remember another time where the No. 1 spot was so tenuous. Kansas appears to be next in line for the top spot. Can they stay at the top for more than one week?
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Ohio State Buckeyes forward Deshaun Thomas

College Basketball Handicapping: Predicting the Line on Marquee Matchups
by Aaron Smith - 1/28/2013

Does anyone want to be No. 1? Duke was drilled by 27 points in Miami after taking back over the top spot in the polls last week. This is the third straight week that the No. 1-ranked team in college basketball has been knocked off. It looks like the Michigan Wolverines will take over the top spot this week, since they have held serve since their hard-fought loss to Ohio State.
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Buffalo Bulls forward Javon McCrea

College Basketball Handicapping: Bottom 5 ATS Money Burners
by Aaron Smith - 1/23/2013

There arenít any unbeaten teams left in college basketball. While a teamís overall win/loss record gets the most publicity in the media,, to a bettor it really is who covers the spread that matters most. Last week, we took a look at the teams with the best record against the spread. This week, weíll look at the bottom five teams ATS.
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The Michigan Wolverines Trey Burke

College Basketball Handicapping: Predicting the Line on Marquee Matchups
by Aaron Smith - 1/21/2013

For the second straight week, the nationís No. 1 team fell on Saturday afternoon against a conference foe. This week it was Syracuse that pulled off the upset to knock off the Louisville Cardinals on the road. The rest of the top teams held up well in the past week. Michigan bounced back from a tough loss at Ohio State to knock off a very good Minnesota team on the road.
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Nathan Healy Forward Appalachian State University

College Basketball Handicapping: Top 5 ATS Teams
by Aaron Smith - 1/17/2013

The college basketball season is a couple months old. There are no remaining unbeatens. As conference play gets going at full speed, the action will just get hotter over the coming weeks. For most bettors, the most important factor is who covers the pointspread and who doesnít.
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Montana Basketball

College Basketball Handicapping: Surprising Teams
by Trevor Whenham - 1/17/2013

By the time the conference season starts in college basketball, we have seen teams play a lot of games over two months. That means that we think we know what to expect from them, and for the most part we are right. Sometimes, though, teams are either much better or much worse than we expected them to be once the games really matter. For bettors who can spot those teams, that can lead to very profitable betting opportunities.
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Missouri forward Laurence Bowers

College Basketball Handicapping: the Importance of Injuries
by Robert Ferringo - 1/15/2013

Duke is not the same team without Ryan Kelly. Itís one thing to say that. But it is another thing to see the Blue Devils in action and realize how much they miss their 6-feet-10 swing forward. Duke suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, 84-76, at North Carolina State. Without their third-leading scorer, second-leading rebounder, and sharpest three-point shooter, they were outscored, outrebounded and shot just 30 percent from deep in their ACC defeat.
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Louisville Cardinals center Gorgui Dieng

College Basketball Handicapping: Predicting the Line on Marquee Matchups
by Aaron Smith - 1/15/2013

In last weekís edition of this weekly article, I predicted that both Arizona and Duke would fall from the ranks of the unbeaten. Indeed, both of those teams lost their first game of the year. The part that I didnít see coming was that all the remaining unbeaten teams would lose in the same week. Wyoming, Arizona, Duke, and Michigan all fell last week. For yet another season, there will be no teams that finish the year without a blemish on their record.
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Jack Cooley

Notre Dame at St. Johnís Picks and College Basketball Odds
by Dave Schwab - 1/14/2013

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will look to get back to their winning ways this Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden when they tangle with the St. Johnís Red Storm in a Big East Conference matchup. The game is set to tip off at 7 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.
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Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore

Baylor at Kansas Picks and College Basketball Odds
by Alan Matthews - 1/14/2013

It would surprise no one if Monday nightís Baylor-Kansas matchup is a preview of the Big 12 Tournament Championship Game. Despite losing stars Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor off last yearís national runner-up team, KU was the overwhelming preseason conference favorite as usual. KU was the regular-season Big 12 champ a year ago and has either won or shared the regular-season title in the conference in each of the past eight seasons.
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North Carolina State's Lorenzo Brown

Duke at NC State Picks and College Basketball Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 1/11/2013

Can you have a basketball game with two favorites? No. 1 Duke heads down Tabaco Road to take on No. 21 NC State at noon on Saturday. This is one of the biggest games in the ACC this season, and the first of two matchups takes place in Raleigh.
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Oregon Ducks forward E.J. Sinlger

Looking Back at the Week in College Basketball Betting
by Trevor Whenham - 1/11/2013

As we get ready for another big week in college basketball action, with conference play all around, hereís a look back at the highs and lows of Top 25 action from the past week from a college basketball betting perspective:
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Doug McDermott of the Creighton Bluejays

Creighton at Missouri State Picks and College Basketball Odds
by Alan Matthews - 1/10/2013

Welcome to my first Friday NCAA basketball preview of the season. Fridays are definitely the worst day of the week in terms of quality teams in action in college basketball. But it will give me a chance to take a look at some good mid-major teams (and Ivy League schools) that otherwise might be overlooked. And there might not be a better mid-major this season than No. 13 Creighton -- sorry, I no longer consider Gonzaga a mid-major with its decade-plus run of success. Other than the Zags, Creighton is the highest-ranked non-BCS conference school in the country, just ahead of Butler in the AP poll.
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Arizona Wildcats

Arizona at Oregon Picks and College Basketball Odds
by Dave Schwab - 1/9/2013

The Arizona Wildcats will look to remain perfect on the season when they head to the Great Northwest to face the Oregon Ducks in a Thursday night Pac-12 clash. All the action from Matthew Knight Arena is set to get underway at 9 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.
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Clemson Tigers forward/center Devin Booker

Clemson at Duke Picks and College Basketball Odds
by Dave Schwab - 1/7/2013

The Clemson Tigers will face their toughest test of the season this Tuesday night when they go on the road to square off against the No.1 Duke Blue Devils in Durham. All the action from Cameron Indoor Stadium is set to get underway at 7 p.m. (ET), and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.
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Indiana guard Victor Oladipo

Indiana at Penn State Picks and College Basketball Odds
by Alan Matthews - 1/7/2013

Itís a rare Monday night Big Ten game as No. 5 Indiana visits Penn State in Big Ten action Ė neither team will play another regular-season game on a Monday. That night is now the province of the Big East and Big 12 generally on ESPN (this one is on Big Ten Network).
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Michigan Wolverines guard Trey Burke

College Basketball Handicapping: Predicting the Line on Marquee Matchups
by Aaron Smith - 1/6/2013

The New Year is here, and the Duke Blue Devils are still unbeaten and sitting on top of the college basketball rankings. College basketball will continue to take a bit of a back seat to college football and the NFL for the next couple weeks, so bettors may still have a chance to find a little extra value in college hoops right now.
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Ohio State Buckeyes guard Aaron Craft

Ohio State at Illinois Picks and College Basketball Odds
by Robert Ferringo - 1/4/2013

While the dead cold of winter and coming of the New Year attends the dying embers of one college sport, football, we can throw a new log on the fire and stoke the flames of regional rivalries and gambling debauchery thanks to the dawn of college basketballís conference season.
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Colorado Buffaloes guard Askia Booker

Colorado vs. Arizona Picks and College Basketball Betting Odds
by Dave Schwab - 1/2/2013

The Colorado Buffaloes will face a tall task in their Pac-12 season opener when they go on the road to square off against one of the hottest teams in the nation in the No.3 Arizona Wildcats. Thursday nightís matchup from the McKale Center is set to tip off at 8 p.m. (ET), and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.
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