Today’s Hot Plays
Defending National Champion Villanova (20-5) And Upstart St. John’s (18-7) Plan To Fire Their Best Shots In This Big East Showdown And I Am Confident I Have Winner
Professional Handicapper Kelso Sturgeon
Kelso Sturgeon has been a professional handicapper for 40 years and has a deep understanding of all facets of the game, be it football, basketball, baseball or horse racing. He’s worked as a football scout in the SEC and studied under Hall of Fame coaches like Alabama’s Bear Bryant, winner of five national titles and Hank Stram of the Kansas City Chiefs, who won the 1970 Super Bowl. He’s been a Regional Sports Editor for the Associated Press, worked as a successful jockey agent and authored several books teaching people how to be a handicapper, including the bestseller, THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SPORTS BETTING. Kelso also understands that to be a successful handicapper means knowing the business of gambling, and to that end he is personal friends with most of the big linesmakers in Las Vegas and gets the daily scoop on what is happening on the other side of the counter. There is no one better qualifed to be your personal handicapper than Kelso Sturgeon.
NBA Western Conference Report Cards
NBA REPORT CARDS - THE WESTERN CONFERENCE
OKLAHOMA CITY (37-20) - Save for the Thunder's pre-All-Star Game clunker loss to N'Orleans, this has been a storybook season for OKC and it's not just triple-double maven G Russell Westbrook (21.7 ppg / 11.2 rpg / 11.2 apg) as Paul George (28.7 ppg) deserves some MVP talk too. Spread Record ... 33-24-0
Advanced Sports Betting: In-Game - Halftime Betting
As legalized sports betting continues to grow across the country, it's becoming more and more clear that bettors will have options well beyond the classic full-game team sides and totals. The industry is convinced that "in-game" wagering is going to be huge (because European companies have profited so much with soccer in this regard). Also, young creative brains are coming up with "fantasy-style" props that sports fans seem to be enjoying. Bettors who visited New Jersey in recent weeks are raving about all the options available.
Honestly, most of my experience is with full-game wagering. No comparison. I've been as professional bettor for decades. Some of these new options are just a few years old, others just a few weeks old. I will strive to create coursework that reflects on these new realities of sports betting...applying our classic fundamentals to this brave new world.
If you're planning on betting some of these types of propositions in college basketball this weekend, assuming most of you reading this live near a jurisdiction that offers them, here are some preliminary tips on what NOT to do.
*Don't assume you're a natural and it's going to be easy! It takes a level of "overconfidence" just to pursue a life in sports betting anyway. That can be overcome with hard work and perseverance. Right out of the gate, you're going to be making mistakes. Just assume that's going to happen and bet conservatively, or just skip betting and monitor how your bets "would" have gone if you made them. This might save you hundreds until you get your bearings. History has made it clear that new betting propositions are harder to beat than they seem. Respect history.
AP college basketball writer Jim O'Connell dead at age 64
NEW YORK (AP) Few held court like Jim O'Connell.
Wild brawl mars Australia-Philippines basketball game
MANILA, Philippines (AP) Basketball's international governing body has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines after a wild brawl that included Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker broke out in their Basketball World Cup qualifying game Monday.