The Advisory Board: Weekly Prescription
by Doc's Advisory Board - 03/11/2007
It's a new year but it's the same old Doc's Sports! The year 2007 was one of the most successful in the history of Doc's Sports Services but we aren't resting on our laurels. In fact, all we did was raise the bar that much higher for ourselves. Our crack team of handicappers is still hard at work to meet and exceed last year's profits and would love to have you along of the ride.
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In the meantime, here's the inside scoop into the betting world from the Advisory Board at Doc's Sports:
It's Championship Week and this is my favorite time of year when it comes to college basketball handicapping. Unlike the NCAA Tournament teams are very familiar with one another and this makes life much easier for the college basketball handicapper. The tournament bubble is chock full of teams this season from both big and small conferences with many teams needing a strong performance to improve their stock for the selection committee. Personally, I have always favored the big conference squads when it comes to bubble teams, since history has shown they have a much better chance of making a long tournament run then do the mid-majors. LSU (11), Wisconsin (8), North Carolina (8), and Villanova (8), have all made impressive runs to the Final Four despite being high seeds. They only squad to accomplish that within the last few decades that did not come from a powerhouse program was George Mason (11), who reached the Final Four in 2006. This is an important note when you fill out your brackets next week and try to find the right upset.
Here are a couple of tournaments to keep an eye out for this weekend:
Atlantic-10 Tournament (Atlantic City, NJ)
The A-10 has not gotten much national attention, but has proven to be a very competitive conference with five teams still holding out hope to receive a tournament bid. The only lock to make the tourney is Xavier, as they will likely be a top-four seed. Dayton, UMass, St. Joseph's, and Temple still have hopes but need a strong showing in the A-10 Tournament in order to secure the bid. Temple has been the most surprising team from this group, as they earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament with an 11-5 conference record. They would seem to have the best case but likely only three at the most from the A-10 will receive bids. This should be a very competitive tournament and we will have daily selections from the four days of action.
Big 12 Tournament (Kansas City, MO)
This tournament returns to Kansas City, but will be played in the brand new Sprint Center. As it stands now, only three teams are guaranteed a berth in the Big Dance with Kansas and Texas likely competition for a No. 1 seed in the Midwest. That is especially important for Texas, as the regionals take place in Houston with the Final Four coming in San Antonio. This tournament is especially important for Baylor, Kansas State and Texas A&M, as all have work to do in order to improve their standing in front of the committee. Baylor has the best chance of getting in and just needs a victory against Missouri to ensure a bid into the tournament.
Doc's Sports will have seven days of tournament selections during Championship Week and look to finish out the regular season in style by getting back to 100 units on the season. We are currently offering the rest of the season for only $195, and this is your ticket to success.
Apparently, everyone has madness on the brain. And why not? This is a seminal time of year. Hope springs and the endless possibilities of existence lift the minds of gamblers and players alike. Like so many others, March is one of my favorite times of the year. But from a sports and betting perspective, I give October/November the nod as far as the Ultimate Season.
I had an exceptional March last year and am looking to duplicate the feat this season by topping 40 Units for the month and 100 for the year for the second consecutive season. That's a tall order, but one I think I can muster. Besides that, MLB is on the horizon and look for many more articles and blog postings about our former national pastime as it shows itself around the turn.
In the meantime, here's what I'll have my eyes on this week:
Big East Tournament
Starts at noon, ends at midnight. The Big East Tournament is always going to hold a special place for me because it was a staple of my fandom as a youth. Sneaking through the halls of grade school and high school, signaling scores and receiving them from my friends in other classes. Good times, always. This year the BEAST Tourney is right there with the Pac-10 as the best potential tournament because there is so much depth and talent in the field and likely any one of seven teams could take the title. Keep an eye on West Virginia and Pittsburgh. Both play a lot of games here in nonconference situations and, along with Syracuse, they always seem to play well in The Garden.
Big 10 Tournament
I'm not going to take this opportunity to rag on the Big 10. Wait, yes I am. This conference has four legit teams that it's sending dancing, but I'm not looking forward to hearing people tell me that they "deserve" five or six bids. That's a farce. Ohio State has a chance to play its way into the Dance and I think they will. But I'm not looking for a sleeper winner in this conference because the top four squads have clearly been a cut above all season. I say stay with the chalk early and then go with the dogs when the top teams play one another.
VEGAS SPORTS INFORMER
My favorite month is here and no, it's not my wife's birthday month. It's March Madness baby! So far Southwest Airlines has been very good to me since I've been to San Diego to watch the start of the West Coast Conference on Thursday and Friday, then back to Vegas on Saturday to watch UNLV and Utah, then on to Phoenix to watch the San Antonio Spurs against the Phoenix Suns. Man is it tiring to be me!
This week is the start of the Big Conference tournaments and, yes, I will be at the Thomas & Mack to watch the Mountain West Conference Tournament. You can't beat March Madness from a sports gambler point-of-view, and there is no other month like March in Vegas. You have so much to bet on and you have different types of sports going on in March from basketball, baseball, soccer, and my favorite, Arena Football. Throw in too-skinny boxers going at it toe-toe at Mandalay Bay this weekend and you will have everything and anything here in Sin City to bet on. I guess this why I don't have kids, because I will choose a sporting event over watching Sponge Bob any day of the week.
Here are two games that I have my eye on this week:
Mountain West Tournament (Wednesday-Saturday 3/12-3/15) NCAAB
Will be at every game of this tournament and I'm interested to see how UNLV and New Mexico play. Both teams in my eyes are bubble teams and both can meet each other on Friday night with that winner getting into the big dance (I see New Mexico). BYU is a lock already but I do believe that the Mountain West will get two teams in. That other team is up in the air.
Golden State at Phoenix (Thursday 3/13) NBA
I know this is an NBA game but Thursday night on TNT will be a great game in Arizona. I'm looking forward to this game because if the Suns want to run with the Warriors then Golden State wins big. If the Suns play defense like on Sunday against San Antonio then we can see another big home win. I have a feeling that if the Suns want to win games then they will have to keep teams under the century mark. I guess betting the OVER in Phoenix game went with the trade to Miami.
STRIKE POINT SPORTS
Championship Week! Yes, I really love the conference tournaments. It's a good mixture, because the first couple days we'll get to see the rest of the mid-major title games, then by midweek it's the big boys such as the Big East, Pac-10 and ACC. Still, there seems to be a bit of fickleness from the tournament committee as to how much wins and losses can help or hurt certain teams. Certainly it is a case-by-case basis. Nonetheless, what a great week leading up to the Big Dance.
Oh, and let me remind you that we continue to stay strong on the college hardwood scene. We've now pushed our two-year winning weeks mark to 31 of 36. And last week we turn in all three of our conference Game of the Year picks, cashing LSU in the SEC, East Carolina in the C-USA and North Carolina over Duke this past Saturday in the ACC. We're extremely looking forward to the next month of hoops and would love to have you along for the ride.
Here are several of this week's top conference tournaments we'll be eying:
Big East (Madison Square Garden - New York)
This league tourney is not only going to be entertaining, having the frontrunners like Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame and Connecticut possibly meeting for more fun, but I'll be watching the Orange to see if they can throw together another crazy run like several years ago. They have the talent, that's for sure.
SEC (Georgia Dome - Atlanta)
Tennessee is by far the favorite to cut down the nets here, but multiple bubble teams will be the story in Georgia. Not only can Kentucky benefit from another win, but also Florida and Mississippi need multiple wins, while Arkansas can't exactly settle for a loss after its first round bye.
Pac-10 (Staples Center - Los Angeles)
What kind of cat are the Bruins? A likely No. 1 seed, but still, two of their nine lives were removed thanks to some sketchy zebra calls last week against both Stanford and Cal. And those two schools would like nothing more for another shot at the battle-tested bears from Westwood. I can see Cal getting past UW to take another shot at UCLA, while the Cardinal know they let one slip away and a title game clash would draw some mass appeal.