Major League Baseball Begins Thursday
Kelso Sturgeon Keeps Scoring In College & NBA Hoops!
19-6 for 76% and +405 Units including 3-1 in the Sweet-16 and 4-0 in the Elite-8!
11-4 Run in the NBA!
50 Unit NIT Side/Total Parlay Scores Tonight
Utah (23-11) And Penn State (25-13) Meet Tonight For NIT Championship In A Game My Figures SayIs Tailor-Made For 50-Unit Side/Total Parlay
I won my two tournament games last night in blowout fashion as North Texas (-3.5) ran off and hid from San Francisco, 69-55, in the championship round of the College Basketball Invitational and with Northern Colorado (-10.5) crushing Sam Houston State, 99-80, in the College Insider semifinals. While I am not expecting a blowout in tonight’s nationally-televised (ESPN2) NIT championship game between Penn State (25-13) and Utah (23-11) this contest is tailor-made for a winning 50-unit side/total parlay.
Early this morning Penn State was listed as a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 134.5 and I am confident I will shoot holes in both those numbers. As noted I will be releasing this game as a 50-unit side/total parlay on this 3-0 NIT night. That means a 30-unit play on the winner, a 10-unit bet on the total and then the 10-unit parlay. You can win this one with me tonight for just $25
EXAMINING THE BIGGEST PLUSES AND MINUSES FOR LOYOLA-CHICAGO, MICHIGAN, VILLANOVA & KANSAS
So, who's gonna wind up cutting down the nets inside the Alamodome right 'round 11:45 p.m. ET come Monday night?
Ahh, the smart alecks who thought that blueblood teams such as Duke or North Carolina or Kentucky would snatch up the 2018 crown were all dead-wrong … but did you know that the story-of-this-tournament Loyola-Chicago entered the "Big Dance" at 300-to-1 odds to win it all and according to one web site story we checked out the largest pre-tourney bet placed on the Ramblers to win it all was a mere $150 (to win a neat sum of $45,000). Hmmm.
The other three teams?
Well, Villanova was priced at 4-to-1 at the start of this tourney; Michigan was 8-to-1; and Kansas was set at 10-to-1 so there is - indeed - just one true Cinderella still dancin' these days.
THE FINAL FOUR - A LOOK INSIDE
#11 LOYOLA-CHICAGO (32-5)
Plus - The Ramblers swing the ball around unselfishly and they're not afraid who scores and gets the plaudits but Loyola's most effective when the ball goes inside/out with center Cameron Krutwig getting his share of "touches".
Minus - Porter Moser's club really doesn't want to play at 78 rpm and that's a real concern here against Michigan. If this game gets in the high 70's/low 80's than Loyola-Chicago will be out of its normal comfort level.
#3 MICHIGAN (32-7)
Plus - The team whose tourney slogan is "Do More, Say Less" has done lots more on defense than anyone could have dreamed and now John Beilein's self-described "pit bulls" will be siccin' a Loyola-Chicago team that prefers a free-flowing/ half-court offensive style.
Minus - Michigan's star G Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rakhman runs a little too hot-and-cold for our tastes and his tepid 9-point showing against Florida State last weekend was a downer in that tight win.
#1 VILLANOVA (34-4)
Plus - Maybe you couldn't tell by last Sunday's performance from downtown, but this year's Nova Wildcats are on the verge of setting a single-season record for "3's" and PG Jalen Brunson is the conductor who sets up most of the team's triple tries - and he's brilliant in this role.
Minus - There's times when Jay Wright's club can get a tad rattled when Brunson isn't handling the ball and so any presses/traps by Kansas this Saturday night could be harmful to the Big East squad.
#1 KANSAS (31-7)
Plus - The Jayhawks were a crummy rebounding team this year but last Sunday's OT win against Duke featured a 47-to-32 board advantage and you could see Bill Self's squad making rebs a plus here as long as do-it-all veteran G Svi Mykhailiuk (10 rebounds versus the Blue Devils) is doing his share. The real biggest "plus" for Kansas is PG Devonte Graham who simply finds ways to win even when he's not scoring 20 points a game.
Minus - Okay, so we touched on board work as a potential plus or minus for the J-hawks but right now gotta say C Udoka Azubuike simply can't be counted on for more than 15-to-17 effective minutes per game.
I Have Been Torching Bookmakers For Years In Major League Baseball And Promise You I Intend To Keep Doing It This Season, Starting With 3-0 Opening Day
The Major League Baseball season begins Thursday, with all 30 teams in action, and I intend to get off to my usual successful start with three Best Bets Baseball Club winners. It’s a dynamite opening day card featuring four nationally-televised ESPN games—the Chicago Cubs at the Miami Marlins, the Houston Astros at the Texas Rangers, the San Francisco Giants at the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cleveland Indians at the Seattle Mariners.
As usual, several of the best pitchers in baseball will be on the mound, including Noah Syndergaard for the Mets vs. the Cardinals, Justin Verlander for the World Series favorite Houston Astros at the Rangers, Chris Sale for the Boston Red Sox at the Rays, Max Scherzer for the Nationals vs. the Reds, the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw vs. the Giants and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber vs. the Seattle Mariners.
It truly is a big day—one extremely attractive for bettors—and I am confident of that 3-0 start. Sign up for the entire Best Bets Baseball Club season for just $199 and play seven days a week, or try a week for just $50, or play by the day for $10. All major credit cards and Pay Pal accepted.
Thursday’s Schedule And Probable Pitchers
Records And Earned Run Averages From Last Season Team Records From Last Season
Chicago Cubs(92-70) at Miami Marlins (77-85)…Cubs LH Jon Lester (13-8, 4.33) vs. Marlins RH Jose Urena (14-7, 3.82).
Pittsburgh Pirates (75-87) at Detroit Tigers (64-98)… RH Jordan Zimmerman (8-13, 6.08)
St. Louis Cardinals (83-79) at New York Mets (70-92)…Cardinals RH Carlos Martinez (12-11, 3.64) vs. Mets RH Noah Syndergaard (1-2, 2.97).
Minnesota Twins (85-77) at Baltimore Orioles (75-87)…Twins RH Jake Odorizzi (10-8, 4.14) vs. Orioles RH Dylan Bundy (13-9, 4.24).
Houston Astros (101-61) at Texas Rangers (78-84)…Astros RH Justin Verlander (15-8, 3.36) vs. Rangers LH Cole Hamels (11-6, 4.20).
New York Yankees (91-71) at Toronto Blue Jays (76-86)…Yankees RH Luis Severino (14-6, 2.98) vs. Blue Jays LH J.A. Happ (10-11, 3.53).
Boston Red Sox (93-69) at Tampa Bay Rays (80-82)…Red Sox LH Chris Sale (18-8, 2.90) vs. Rays RH Chris Archer (10-12, 4.07).
Los Angeles Angels (80-82) at Oakland Athletics (75-87)…Angels TBA vs. Athletics RH Kendall Graveman (6-4, 4.19).
Milwaukee Brewers (86-76) at San Diego Padres (71-91)…Brewers RH Chase Anderson (12-4, 2.74) vs. Padres LH Clayton Richard (8-15, 4.79).
Philadelphia Phillies (66-96) at Atlanta Braves (72-90)…Phillies RH Aaron Nola (12-11, 3.54) vs. Braves RH Julio Teheran (11-13, 4.49).
Washington Nationals (97-65) at Cincinnati Reds (68-94)…Nationals RH Max Scherzer (16-6, 2.31) vs. Reds RH Homer Bailey (6-9, 6.43).
Chicago White Sox (67-95) at Kansas City Royals (80-82)…White Sox RH James Shields vs. Royals LH Danny Duffy (9-10, 3.81).
San Francisco Giants (64-98) at Los Angeles Dodgers (104-58)…Giants LH Ty Blach (8-12, 4.78) vs. Dodgers LH Clayton Kershaw (18-4, 2.31).
Cleveland Indians (102-60) at Seattle Mariners (78-84)…Indians RH Corey Kluber (18-4, 2.25) vs. Mariners RH Felix Hernandez (6-5, 4.36).
Colorado Rockies (87-75) at Arizona Diamondback (93-69(s…Rockies TBA vs. Diamondbacks LH Patrick Corbin (14-13, 4.12)
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