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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
Hitting a Wall
In mid-February you'll hear TV announcers talk about freshman players "hitting a wall" in college basketball. That's because we've reached the point in the calendar where high school seasons would normally be ending (in terms of the number of games played), and first-year college students aren't prepared for their new endurance test.
Personally, I think people make too much of this most of the time. A coach doesn't want to admit he made a tactical error, so he blames a freshman. Coaches make so many mistakes! And, even when it does happen, the player eventually gets a second wind in March once the tournaments start. You don't hear about tired freshmen in March. Cream rises.
But, there will probably be a few instances in the next two weeks were a handful of freshman PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS will start to play tired. This caliber of athlete has been carrying a heavy load, and isn't yet to the point where tournament adrenaline kicks in. It's not freshman backups who hit a wall. It's the STARS that are doing heavy lifting.
How do you find these players? Here are a few tips.
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.