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Free NBA Picks: NBA Trade Deadline Report Cards

February 25th, 2011 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NBA Basketball   Comments Off on Free NBA Picks: NBA Trade Deadline Report Cards
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So much for a quiet trade deadline! Many of the best expert NBA handicappers on the internet forecasted a very slow day of movement on Thursday, and up until early in the afternoon, that’s exactly what we thought we were getting. However, there was a flurry of action there in the dying moments before the 3:00 ET deadline, and there was even at least one deal that just didn’t get done before the deadline. Check out how we stack up the biggest player on deadline day!

Portland Trail Blazers: A+: Of all of the teams that made moves at the deadline, this was the one that really did the best job. The Blazers picked up Gerald Wallace, who has the ability to be an All-Star caliber player, and they gave up on Joel Pryzbilla and Dante Cunningham for it. It’s a great move to bring another great wing player in to help out Brandon Roy, and with Marcus Camby getting back into the fold shortly, it was only a matter of time until Portland had limited minutes for Pryzbilla.

Chicago Bulls: A: Sure, we know that the Bulls really should have made sure that they picked up a shooting guard to help out, but the price was just going to be too high to do anything. Instead of doing something, Chicago realized that it didn’t really have to do anything at all to succeed, as it already has one of the most dangerous teams in the entire NBA. A move didn’t have to be made, and nothing was done. This team should be in great shape with all of its bigs come playoff time.

New Orleans Hornets: A: Mark Cuban might not like the fact that the Hornets went out and traded for Carl Landry, but it was a great move for a team that really needed a shot in the arm. It was a subtle move for sure, but it will be one that New Orleans love for the rest of the season.

New Jersey Nets: A: Okay, so Mikhail Prokhorov didn’t get his main guy. He got a pretty darn nice second option. It really is still unknown whether Deron Williams is going to be a Net for the rest of his life. If he is, Prokhorov is finally going to be bringing a true superstar into Brooklyn with the team. If not, Jersey could always turn around and deal off Williams next season. The asking price was relatively small, as Devin Harris and Derrick Favors with a couple of draft picks was certainly worthwhile, and it might even give Jersey some hope for a playoff push this year with as bad as the rest of the bottom of the East is.

Denver Nuggets: B: This was just a bad, bad situation for Denver with Carmelo Anthony, but it made the best of it and ultimately got a nice crop of players, most of which were awfully young back for its two biggest stars. It would’ve been nice to see Raymond Felton get moved again, as it is clear that he has no desire to be a bench player, but all in all, it was a decent trade deadline for the Nuggs.

New York Knicks: B: Yeah, the Knicks got their man… It also cost a heck of a lot as well. This could be a move that ultimately works out in the long run, but this season, New York is probably in some trouble, as this team really only has two months to work out the kinks to get ready for the playoffs. Melo did score 27 and have 10 boards in his debut on Wednesday, but the pieces around him have to do a lot better than that for this team to get to the next level.

Oklahoma City Thunder: B-: Oklahoma City has taken a real chance here by bringing in Kendrick Perkins and Nazr Mohammed, especially giving up Jeff Green in these deals, but this was a real message being sent to the rest of the West that this is a team that is getting a lot tougher. The Thunder have some real bangers in the post now, and this is going to make for a very interesting situation come playoff time. It could be a move that puts OKC over the top, but Green was a very, very steep price to pay.

Atlanta Hawks: C: We admire the Hawks for at least going out and trying something, but is Kirk Hinrich really the answer? Mike Bibby has been declining for quite some time, and perhaps the time was here to move him, but for a team that really isn’t all that strong to start off with in terms of depth, trading three pieces for two pieces from an awful team doesn’t seem like a move that will the club over the top.

Boston Celtics: C-: The C’s are potentially in a lot of trouble. Five men were ultimately traded for basically Nenad Krstic and Jeff Green. Krstic might ultimately start with Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal are getting over injuries, but this was a definitely downgrade in the post. Sure, Green is a great guy to bring off the bench, but he isn’t going to have the same impact that Perkins did. The Celtics are definitely not as strong of a team defensively as they once were, and they might have spoiled a team chemistry that was absolutely remarkable to this point for the past several years.

Memphis Grizzlies: C-: We aren’t so sure how we would’ve felt about Josh McRoberts and a first round draft pick for OJ Mayo anyway, but how on earth can you not get the deal done at the trade deadline, Memphis? The only reason this isn’t an ‘F’ is basically because Shane Battier for Hasheem Thabeet was a great move, and it is one that could make this team a legitimate contender in the West. However, Mayo was already essentially out of favor in Memphis, and he needed to be traded. Now, he thought he was dealt, yet he is still stuck with the team. It’ll be interesting to see how this all pans out by the end of the season, seeing whether this proves to be nothing but a big time distraction.

Utah Jazz: D: The only reason that the Jazz don’t get an F is because this was a move that had to be made eventually one way or the other. The problem is that the fan base has basically been told that this season is a wash, as there just aren’t enough guards for this team to play with. It felt like Utah really needed to make another move, whether it be to send off Derrick Favors, Paul Millsap, or any of the other big guys on this team. The bottom line is that there are now about 100 big men and no stars in the backcourt for a team that desperately needs some help just to get into the second season out West.

Golden State Warriors: F: If the Warriors were sellers at the trade deadline, why didn’t they really trade any pieces to the puzzle like Monta Ellis? If they were buyers, how come they didn’t actually get anything productive done? Trading for Troy Murphy wasn’t great, especially knowing that he might just be bought out anyway, so this team, as always, is just kind of sitting in a state of flux, not knowing what in the heck is really going on.

Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers: F: C’mon guys, what the hell was this trade really all about? For Cleveland, sure you’re getting a first round draft pick that is going to be a lottery choice, but you’re taking in a guy that is a head case and a known cancer in the locker room when he is unhappy. You know that Davis isn’t going to want to visit the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame all that often, and once that luster wears off, he is sure to become disgruntled. If you’re the Clippers, why are you doing this to a player that you had a lot of faith in once upon a time, and giving up a first round pick to do it? Mo Williams contemplated retirement not that long ago, and he’s certainly not going to help. Goodness knows what this trade really accomplished for either team.

Orlando Magic: F: No team did worse by doing nothing this year than the Magic, who badly needed another move. This big maneuver that GM Otis Smith made to bring in Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu was great, but the one with Gilbert Arenas clearly backfired. Dwight Howard is apparently a bit disgruntled with his position in Orlando, and knowing that he can opt out after next season, the moves really had to start to be made now, not just for this year, but for next season as well. There are too many guards and not enough big men, and if the opportunity was really on the table to pick up Zach Randolph from the Memphis Grizzlies, it was a move that needed to be done.

UFC 127 Odds: Penn vs. Fitch – Free Picks, Odds, and Tips

February 25th, 2011 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in UFC / Boxing   Comments Off on UFC 127 Odds: Penn vs. Fitch – Free Picks, Odds, and Tips

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UFC is back with its third Pay-Per-View of the calendar year on February 26th, 2011, as some of the best fighters in the world duke it out in the octagon. We here at Bankroll Sports are your one stop shop for all things related to the UFC 127 odds, including making our UFC 127 picks for all of the fights on the card.

After a sequence of fights on the prelim card, the middleweight division will take center stage, as Chris Camozzi takes on Kyle Noke. Both of these fighters have an excellent track record, and we feel as though they are relatively evenly matched. This is going to be a real showcase for both men, as neither has all that much experience at the UFC level. Noke came from Elite XC, while Camozzi, only fighting in the second Pay-Per-View in his career, spent most of his time in the Maximum Fighting Championship. Don’t be shocked if this tight fight goes the distance, and if that’s the case, we’ll take our chances with Camozzi on the UFC odds at +160.

The second fight of the night is going to be a welterweight duel between Chris Lytle and Brian Ebersole. Ebersole wasn’t the man that was supposed to be in this fight. Instead, he is replacing Carlos Condit, who suffered a knee injury. This is now a huge scene for Ebersole, who is clearly just being shoved into this fight as a promotion. He is 46-14-1-1 in his career, but isn’t expected to make any sort of an impact. Instead, everyone is expecting to see Lytle end up just making short work in this battle, taking advantage of his time fighting on the main stage in a Pay-Per-View. The UFC 127 lines for this duel only came up recently, as Ebersole was only placed into the match in the middle of February. As expected, Ebersole is a huge underdog at +230 and will most likely end up getting beaten.

The hometown hero of this entire night will be George Sotiropoulos. The Aussie has already won once here in Sydney before, picking up a ‘W’ in UFC 110. There’s no doubt that Dennis Siver is going to provide him with a heck of a challenge, but when push really comes to shove, there is nothing that we think that the man from down under can’t do in this Lightweight battle. We have to lay -320 to get the Aussie on our side, but that’s exactly what we recommend doing for your UFC picks.

From there, it’ll be back to the middleweights, as Michael Bisping looks to avoid getting upset by Jorge Rivera. Rivera is now 38 years old and really might not be able to make it around the ring like he used to. He has been scrapped on several UFC fights in the past, most notably UFC 118 and UFC 122. However, he’s back now at UFC 127 off of arguably the best fight of his career, a TKO victory over Nate Quarry. Rivera is only 7-5 in the UFC though, and he only has an 18-7 record overall. Bisping has headlined all sorts of Pay-Per-Views in his career, including in UFC 120 when he beat Yoshihiro Akiyama by unanimous decision in the headline fight of the night in London. The Englishman will be too tough to top here, as he’ll have the quicker wits about him to take down Rivera. Lay the chalk on the UFC lines at -350.

Finally, in the main fight of the night, BJ Penn will look to get back on top of the welterweight division when he takes on Jon Fitch. It seems like it has been forever since Penn was the holder of the Welterweight Title, but he clearly knows what it takes to get to the top. Both of these men have been halted by Georges St. Pierre in the past, as they both have had their attempts at claiming glory in the Welterweight division. It seems peculiar to us that Fitch is such a big favorite on the UFC 127 betting lines though, as he hasn’t had a match go his way via submission since 2007. Don’t be surprised if we see an upset on Saturday, as Penn could get the job done at a lofty price of +160.

UFC 127 Betting Lines @ Sportbet Sportsbook (as of 2/25/11):
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Chris Camozzi +175
Kyle Noke -210
Over 2.5 Rounds -210
Under 2.5 Rounds +168

Chris Lytle -270
Brian Ebersole +230
Over 2.5 Rounds -190
Under 2.5 Rounds +158

Dennis Siver +280
George Sotiropoulos -340
Over 1.5 Rounds -160
Under 1.5 Rounds +130

Jorge Rivera +270
Michael Bisping -330
Over 2.5 Rounds +110
Under 2.5 Rounds -140

BJ Penn +175
Jon Fitch -210
Over 2.5 Rounds -280
Under 2.5 Rounds +220

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Chris Camozzi +165
Kyle Noke -210
Over 2.5 Rounds -220
Under 2.5 Rounds +175

Chris Lytle -280
Brian Ebersole +210
Over 2.5 Rounds -165
Under 2.5 Rounds +135

Dennis Siver +300
George Sotiropoulos -400
Over 1.5 Rounds -155
Under 1.5 Rounds +125

Jorge Rivera +275
Michael Bisping -375
Over 2.5 Rounds -105
Under 2.5 Rounds -125

BJ Penn +165
Jon Fitch -210
Over 2.5 Rounds -300
Under 2.5 Rounds +220

Free NBA Picks: NBA Trade Deadline Rumors (Updated 2/24)

February 24th, 2011 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NBA Basketball   2 Comments »
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The NBA Trade Deadline is now here, as teams have less than 12 hours to make their final moves for the rest of the season. The action has been hot and heavy over the course of the last day and change, and here is a recap of what we have seen, plus what we might see in the closing hours today…

The biggest blockbuster deal that we have all been waiting for has finally gone done. The New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets have finally agreed on a deal that will send Carmelo Anthony to the Big Apple, his desired destination. New York is expected to give Anthony a three year, $65M extension that will keep him playing at MSG through 2015. The Knicks also received back Chauncey Billups, who will immediately start at the point guard spot, along with Shelden Williams, Renaldo Balkman, and Anthony Carter. In exchange, Denver will be getting Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov, a first round draft choice, two second round draft choices, and $3M in cash. Melo scored 27 points and had 10 boards in his first game playing with the Knicks, who beat the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

The wheeling and dealing wasn’t done there, though. New York also sent off Eddy Curry’s expiring contract and Anthony Randolph for Corey Brewer. Brewer didn’t make it into the lineup on Wednesday.

For Denver, the trades are almost certainly not complete. Gallinari and Felton might never suit up for the Nuggs by the time this is said and done. Felton is now the second former North Carolina Tar Heels point guard on the team, joining Ty Lawson. Rumors also have it that Nene could be sent off in a deal before Thursday’s deadline as well, and he is now the leading point scorer still left on the team at 15.0 per game. Al Harrington, who was signed last summer to a huge free agent deal, now could also be traded. The Nuggets play their first game since the trade tonight against the Boston Celtics at home.

The New Jersey Nets were figured to be the biggest losers of the trading deadline, as they once again seemed to miss out on acquiring all of the superstars that were available, just like what happened in the offseason. However, we have learned to never count out Mikhail Prokhorov and company, as New Jersey got its man, and it arguably got a better deal than it would’ve gotten had it picked up ‘Melo. In a late breaking deal on Wednesday, the Nets acquired Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz. Jersey sent packing Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and two draft choices to Utah.

Meanwhile, the Jazz are now absolutely ripe as could be, as they have a ton of pieces to the puzzle that could, but probably won’t be moved by the 3:00 ET deadline today. Favors is a man that a lot of teams are still asking about, especially on a team in which he may never crack the rotation. Remember that Utah still has Al Jefferson, Mehmet Okur, Andrei Kirilenko, and Paul Millsap, essentially all of which have the same type of skill set as Favors does. The Jazz still need a two guard and would be wise to try to send one of these bigs off to make that happen.

Williams won’t necessarily resign with the Nets, as he is reportedly unhappy with the trade. However, he still has a full season under his belt with his current contract and cannot get out until 2012. New Jersey could always turn around and trade him off next year if things don’t work out, but the hope is that Williams becomes the cornerstone to the franchise as it tries to turn around its misery.

We mentioned two days ago that the Atlanta Hawks were looking for a point guard, and they finally found their man, though it came at a hefty price tag. Atlanta traded Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford, Maurice Evans, and a first round draft choice to the Washington Wizards for Hilton Armstrong and Kirk Hinrich. If you’re the Wiz, you have to love this deal, as it rids you of Hinrich, who is only standing in the way of the growth of John Wall, and it gives you yet another draft pick to try to build around. Atlanta gets its point guard, but it takes three key players out of its rotation to do so.

The Cleveland Cavaliers made a nice move in the middle of the night on Wednesday as well, picking up Baron Davis and a lottery draft pick this coming year to the Los Angeles Clippers for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon. Davis is clearly at the tail end of his career, and it is clear that the team just wanted to move him for the sake of moving him. It essentially cost a first round pick to do so, but this might not be the end of the world for an LA team that does have a ton of players under the age of 25 on its team. It might also be a nice switch for Williams, who has just seemed to be totally lost since losing LeBron James to the Miami Heat this past offseason.

Speaking of the Heat, they could be in on a minor move as well, though teams don’t seem to be all that interested in their most tradeable asset, Mike Miller. Still, keep an eye on this situation, as Miami is trying to bring in another veteran big to help out Chris Bosh on the inside.

Up the road, the Orlando Magic are surely looking to make a move, especially after losing to the Sacramento Kings last night. General Manager Otis Smith knows that he really needs to make a major move sooner than later, or he’ll probably end up losing Dwight Howard in two seasons to free agency, a la LeBron James, something that would seal his fate and cost him his job for sure. The problem is finding the pieces to the puzzle to deal since Orlando already made the big time trade with the Phoenix Suns earlier this season. Could Steve Nash be coming to Orlando? What about Zach Randolph? The Randolph deal makes some sense, though it would require reportedly sending back at least Brandon Bass and Jason Richardson to do so, a heavy price to pay.

Teams are also contacted the Memphis Grizzlies about the availability of Hasheem Thabeet, who has largely been a tremendous bust in his career after being a high draft choice two seasons ago.

The Portland Trail Blazers are still trying to make a move, but it’s a question as to what they’re looking for. There are plenty of bigs to trade on this team, and it seems like the only names that aren’t being bantered around just a bit are those of Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge. Aside from that though, it all seems to be fair game, and anyone coming to the table with the right asking price can seemingly get anyone else they want off of this team. One of those talks are with the Charlotte Bobcats, who have had inquiries about Gerald Wallace. That deal doesn’t seem to be in the makings though, as Wallace is still looked at as the cornerstone of Charlotte’s team.

We’ll keep you up to date here at Bankroll Sports with all of the ins and outs of the 2011 NBA Trade Deadline rumors!

2011 Accenture Match Play Odds, Picks & Preview

February 22nd, 2011 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in Golf / PGA Tour   Comments Off on 2011 Accenture Match Play Odds, Picks & Preview

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We’re not all that far away from March Madness, where 68 of the best teams in college basketball will square off for the right to be called the champion of the collegiate hardwood. The WGC Accenture Match Play Tournament doesn’t exactly have the same sort of prestige, but starting on Wednesday, 64 of the best golfers on the PGA Tour will get together for one of the rare match play tournaments of the season. Here at Bankroll Sports, we’ve got all of your Accenture Match Play picks for this spectacle starting on Wednesday!

Where else could we start than with the great Tiger Woods (Golf Odds: 12 to [email protected] BetUS Sportsbook)? Woods really has never gotten back into form for the past few years, but in this type of a tournament, he only has to worry about one man aside from himself, and he can afford a few duds for holes here and there as long as he wins more than he loses. Woods has won this tournament three times in his career, in 2003, 2004, and 2008, and in that last duel in 2008 against Stewart Cink, he came up with a resounding triumph at 8 & 7. Tiger was also a finalist here in 2000, when he lost to Darren Clarke.

Of course, when you mention Tiger, you have to mention Phil Mickelson (Accenture Match Play Odds: 18 to [email protected] BetUS Sportsbook) right behind him. Lefty has neither won nor played in a finale of this match play event, but just like Tiger, this is a great chance for him to figure out how to get his groove on again just before getting involved in the majors like the Masters down the road. Mickelson is going to have a rough road ahead of him in a very difficult draw, which is why his PGA odds are off just a bit from the pace that you would expect, but he will inevitably be a factor deep into this tournament.

The man that has been the runner up here in the last two seasons as been Paul Casey (Odds to Win Accenture Match Play: 12 to [email protected] BetUS Sportsbook). Casey is one of the best golfers in the entire world, and he is moving up the charts accordingly. However, he just never seems to find a way to get over the hump here in match play competition. Casey was destroyed by an Aussie in Geoff Ogilvy and a Brit in Ian Poulter over the course of these last two seasons, and perhaps this is the year that he can figure it out.

Speaking of Geoff Ogilvy (Current Match Play Odds: 25 to [email protected] BetUS Sportsbook), he has some fantastic odds and might make for some great PGA picks in this one this coming week. He isn’t considered one of the 10 favorites in this field of 64, yet he is the only person aside from Woods that has won the event more than once. Don’t be surprised if he is hanging around into the weekend, which certainly would make the 25 to 1 investment worthwhile.

Odds to Win WGC Accenture Match Play @ BetUS Sportsbook (as of 2/22/11):
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Tiger Woods 12 to 1
Martin Kaymer 12 to 1
Paul Casey 12 to 1
Rory McIlroy 15 to 1
Phil Mickelson 18 to 1
Lee Westwood 20 to 1
Graeme McDowell 20 to 1
Steve Stricker 25 to 1
Dustin Johnson 25 to 1
Ian Poulter 25 to 1
Luke Donald 25 to 1
Nick Watney 25 to 1
Geoff Ogilvy 25 to 1
Matt Kuchar 30 to 1
Hunter Mahan 30 to 1
Ernie Els 30 to 1
Retief Goosen 40 to 1
Alvaro Quiros 40 to 1
Jim Furyk 40 to 1
Charl Schwartzel 40 to 1
Francesco Molinari 50 to 1
Rickie Fowler 50 to 1
Bill Haas 50 to 1
JB Holmes 40 to 1
Adam Scott 50 to 1
KJ Choi 50 to 1
Padraig Harrington 60 to 1
Justin Rose 50 to 1
Robert Allenby 50 to 1
Bubba Watson 50 to 1
Camilo Villegas 60 to 1
Stewart Cink 60 to 1
Ben Crane 60 to 1
Robert Karlsson 60 to 1
Ryan Moore 60 to 1
Martin Laird 65 to 1
Eduardo Molinari 65 to 1
Ross Fisher 60 to 1
Matteo Manassero 65 to 1
Louis Oosthuizen 65 to 1

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Paul Casey 13 to 1
Tiger Woods 13 to 1
Martin Kaymer 15.50 to 1
Rory McIlroy 17 to 1
Graeme McDowell 21 to 1
Lee Westwood 23 to 1
Phil Mickelson 24 to 1
Geoff Ogilvy 26 to 1
Nick Watney 26 to 1
Ian Poulter 30 to 1
Dustin Johnson 36 to 1
Steve Stricker 36 to 1
Hunter Mahan 40 to 1
Ernie Els 42 to 1
Luke Donald 42 to 1
Charl Schwartzel 45 to 1
Matt Kuchar 45 to 1
Alvaro Quiros 46 to 1
Retief Goosen 50 to 1
Rickie Fowler 50 to 1
Ross Fisher 55 to 1
Justin Rose 60 to 1
Robert Karlsson 60 to 1
Bill Haas 65 to 1
Padraig Harrington 65 to 1
Ryan Moore 70 to 1
Stewart Cink 70 to 1
Adam Scott 75 to 1
Bubba Watson 75 to 1
Francesco Molinari 75 to 1
Jim Furyk 75 to 1
KJ Choi 75 to 1
Robert Allenby 80 to 1
Anthony Kim 90 to 1
Ben Crane 90 to 1
Camilo Villegas 90 to 1
Jason Day 90 to 1
Tim Clark 90 to 1
Eduardo Molinari 95 to 1
Louis Oosthuizen 100 to 1
Martin Laird 100 to 1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 100 to 1
Peter Hanson 100 to 1
Sean O’Hair 100 to 1
Jeff Overton 125 to 1
Zach Johnson 125 to 1
Mark Wilson 135 to 1
Ryan Palmer 135 to 1
Henrik Stenson 150 to 1
Y.E. Yang 150 to 1
Anders Hansen 175 to 1
Bo Van Pelt 175 to 1
Jonathan Byrd 175 to 1
Matteo Manassero 175 to 1
Seung Yul Noh 175 to 1
Thomas Bjorn 200 to 1
Charley Hoffman 250 to 1
Ryo Ishikawa 260 to 1
Richard Green 275 to 1
Heath Slocum 300 to 1
Yuta Ikeda 325 to 1
Kyung Tae Kim 375 to 1
Hiroyuki Fujita 600 to 1
Brendan Jones 650 to 1

NCAA Basketball Betting Trends: Top 25 Cheat Sheet (2/19/11)

February 18th, 2011 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NCAA Basketball   Comments Off on NCAA Basketball Betting Trends: Top 25 Cheat Sheet (2/19/11)
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We’re inching closer to March Madness, and the biggest games are getting bigger and bigger over the course of the weekend. We take a look at some of the biggest matchups on the board for the weekend, and some of the great NCAA basketball trends that you need to note before making your college basketball picks on the games!

Saturday, February 19th, 12:00 ET: #4 Pitt Panthers @ St. John’s Red Storm
NCAA Basketball Odds: Pittsburgh -3.5
College Basketball Trends of Note
The Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their L/6 against teams with winning percentages above .600
U-Pitt is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 following an ATS defeat
The Red Storm are 4-1 ATS in their L/5 home games against teams with a winning road record

Series History
We know that the Johnnies have had all sorts of luck this year against big time teams both inside and outside of the Big East, especially here at Madison Square Garden, but that doesn’t mean that they are going to have the best of fortune in this one. The Panthers have won five straight both SU and ATS in this series, winning all of these games by at least seven points, and most of which have come by double digits. Still, St. John’s does have two wins here both SU and ATS at home in 2005 and 2006 at home, but none of these victories have really been all that impressive.

Saturday, February 19th, 1:00 ET: #7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ West Virginia Mountaineers
College Basketball Odds: West Virginia -4
NCAA Basketball Trends of Note
The Fighting Irish are 16-5 ATS in their L/21 games against the Big East
Notre Dame is 10-4 ATS in its L/14 games away from Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center
West Virginia has failed to cover four in a row

Series History
If you’re looking for a barnburner of a game that could be a huge slugfest, this is the one for you. A whopping 11 straight in this series between these Big East rivals have ended with ‘under’ results, something that you might be looking forward to again on Saturday. The home team has won seven straight and nine out of 10, and the hosts are 4-1 ATS in the L/5 in this series. Here in Morgantown, the Mountaineers haven’t been beaten by the Fighting Irish since 2005, and that was the only road win in this series for either team since the early 2000s.

Saturday, February 19th, 2:00 ET: #2 Texas Longhorns @ Nebraska Cornhuskers
NCAA Basketball Lines: Texas -6.5
College Basketball Trends of Note
The Longhorns have covered seven straight on the road, all of which have come against teams with home winning percentages of at least .600.
Texas is 16-5 ATS in its L/21 games overall
The Huskers are 6-2 ATS in their L/8 against teams with a winning percentage of at least .600

Series History
This is going to be quite the interesting battle. Nebraska has only lost one game at home this entire season, dropping to the Kansas Jayhawks, while Texas is rarely beaten anywhere. The Huskers also really need this big time scalp to have any chance to get into the NCAA Tournament. The home team has won three straight SU and seven of the L/10 in this series. Nebraska had covered four straight in this series before the last meeting last year, as UT whooped up on the Cornhuskers 91-51 in Austin. Still, this is a significantly different type of test this year, and the Longhorns have to be very, very careful about the prospects of getting upset.

Saturday, February 19th, 4:00 ET: Boston College Eagles @ #19 North Carolina Tar Heels
College Basketball Lines: North Carolina -11.5
NCAA Basketball Trends of Note
The Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their L/5 played in the ACC
North Carolina is 7-1 ATS in its L/8 against teams in conference
The Tar Heels are 7-18 ATS in their L/25 at home against teams with a losing road record

Series History
The Eagles have already absolutely been clocked once in this series, losing 106-74 to the Tar Heels back in February up in Chestnut Hill, but that game was definitely not what we should consider to be the norm. Most of the meetings between these squads come down to the wire, which is why Boston College has a great run of 7-3 ATS over the course of the L/10 meetings. The Eagles know what it’s like to win here at the Dean E. Smith Center, as they have done so twice since coming over from the Big East, including in an 85-78 win in January 2009 as whopping 23 point underdogs.

Saturday, February 19th, 6:00 ET: Washington Huskies @ #13 Arizona Wildcats
NCAA Basketball Odds: Arizona -2.5
College Basketball Trends of Note
The Huskies are just 2-5 ATS in their L/7 overall
Arizona is 6-0-1 ATS in its L/7 overall
The Cats are 14-5 ATS in their L/19 home games against teams with a road winning percentage of less than .400

Series History
The Wildcats haven’t lost at home yet this year, something that is definitely worth noting in this battle atop the Pac-10. It’s also just as notable that U-Dub really hasn’t done that well either on the road, losing five times against quality opponents already this year. The home team is 6-2 ATS and a perfect 8-0 SU in this series dating back to 2007, but it’s definitely worth mentioning that the U of A is 7-2 ATS over the course of the L/9. Expect a high scoring duel in this one, as the winning team has averaged putting up 86.8 points per game over the course of the L/9 clashes of these Pac-10 rivals.

Saturday, February 19th, 9:00 ET: #24 Utah State Aggies @ #23 St. Mary’s Gaels
College Basketball Odds: St. Mary’s -4
NCAA Basketball Trends of Note
The Aggies are 39-19-2 ATS in their L/60 games following an SU win of at least 20 points
St. Mary’s has covered six in a row against the WAC
The Gaels are 19-7 ATS in their L/26 played outside of the West Coast Conference

Series History
BracketBusters normally pit all sorts of teams against each other from differing conferences that have never played each other before, but it was only two seasons ago that these two met for the first time in this very same event and in the very same venue. The deal with BracketBusters is that you get to play the team one year on the road, and the next season back at the opposition at some point early in the year. That being said, these next two years will be the third and fourth time that these top non Big Six schools have met in competition. So far, it’s been all St. Mary’s, as the Gaels have taken both of the first two meetings both SU and ATS.

NCAA Basketball Betting Trends: Top 25 Cheat Sheet (2/12/11)

February 11th, 2011 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NCAA Basketball   Comments Off on NCAA Basketball Betting Trends: Top 25 Cheat Sheet (2/12/11)
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We’re inching closer to March Madness, and the biggest games are getting bigger and bigger over the course of the weekend. We take a look at some of the biggest matchups on the board for the weekend, and some of the great NCAA basketball trends that you need to note before making your college basketball picks on the games!

Saturday, February 12th, 12:00 ET: #13 Syracuse Orange @ #15 Louisville Cardinals
College Basketball Trends of Note
-The home team is 5-2-1 ATS over the L/8 meetings in this series
-Syracuse is 12-5 ATS in its L/17 games away from the Carrier Dome
-The Orange are 5-12 ATS in their L/17 games played on Saturday

Series History
These two teams don’t have the same type of deep rooted history that some of the other big boys do in the Big East, but what little history there is all belongs to the Cardinals. These teams have met seven times as conference foes, with the Redbirds winning six of the seven, and they have gone 5-1-1 ATS in those tussles. Syracuse only won the first meeting at the Carrier Dome 79-66 in 2006. The ‘Cuse have never won a game in Louisville, where the Cards are 15-2 this season.

Current NCAA Basketball Betting Odds: Louisville -2 (137.5)

Saturday, February 12th, 1:00 ET: #18 Kentucky Wildcats @ #24 Vanderbilt Commodores
NCAA Basketball Trends of Note
-Kentucky is 3-7 ATS in its L/10 against SEC foes
-Vandy is 3-7 ATS in its L/10 home games against teams with a road winning percentage of less than .400
-The ‘Dores are 3-11 ATS in their L/14 games played on Saturday.

Series History
Kentucky has done well in this series, going 5-2 ATS over the course of the last seven meetings. However, it is really hard to ignore just how bad this team has been on the road this year, winning just one game in conference, at the South Carolina Gamecocks. This is the first of two meetings this year of these two teams. The home team had won six in a row in this series before UK came into the Music City and won last season 58-56. However, that was their first win here at Memorial Gym since 2005, something that will be hard to overcome on Saturday.

Current NCAA Basketball Betting Odds: Vanderbilt -1 (144)

Saturday, February 12th, 9:00 ET: #4 Pittsburgh Panthers @ #10 Villanova Wildcats
College Basketball Trends of Note
-Pittsburgh is 6-2 ATS in its L/8 games played in the Big East
-The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their L/5 games overall
-Villanova is 5-2 ATS in its L/7 home games

Series History
Home teams have really ruled the day in this series, going 10-4 ATS over the course of the last 14 tussles. U-Pitt did win last year at home as short underdogs to the Wildcats, but it hasn’t visited the City of Brotherly Love since 2009, and it hasn’t won here since 2007. The Panthers are 5-2 ATS over the course of the last seven meetings of these teams. If Pittsburgh wins, it will open up a commanding lead in the Big East and most likely will not be caught. This is probably the last chance that Head Coach Jay Wright’s team has at even thinking about a regular season Big East championship.

Current NCAA Basketball Betting Odds: Villanova -3 (139)

Saturday, February 12th, 2:00 ET: #1 Ohio State Buckeyes @ #14 Wisconsin Badgers
NCAA Basketball Trends of Note
-Ohio State is 7-2 ATS in its L/9 road games against teams with a home winning percentage of greater than .600
-The Buckeyes are 9-3 ATS in their L/12 road games
-Wisconsin is 9-3 ATS in its L/12 against teams with a winning record SU

Series History
Expect to see a brutal one when these two teams square off, as there hasn’t been a meeting between them hit even 120 points since 2007. These two foes met already once this season, with the undefeated Buckeyes winning 60-51 at Value City Arena. The scene has shifted to the Kohl Center though, a place where Ohio State hasn’t won a game since January 2000, going 0-8 SU and 4-4 ATS. The Badgers are a great home team, and obviously, this is the biggest home game of the season for a bunch of fans that are historically very rowdy.

Current NCAA Basketball Betting Odds: Wisconsin -1 (122.5)

Top 5 Super Bowl Ads: Best 2011 Superbowl Commercials

February 7th, 2011 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in General Handicapping   Comments Off on Top 5 Super Bowl Ads: Best 2011 Superbowl Commercials

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Here at Bankroll Sports, we were paying attention to the 2011 Super Bowl commercials just as closely as we were the big game itself. The Green Bay Packers weren’t the only big winners on Sunday. Check out our five favorite Super Bowl ads from this year!

 

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