March, 2011

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Sports news with a Vegas perspective.

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Sports news with a Las Vegas perspective from a collection of expert authors, including RJ Bell.
  • More MLB talk. . .

    I'm an admitted Detroit Tigers homer, which we talked about in yesterday's blog. However, I don't think they will be able to advance to the World Series this year. Obviously they have a lot of live arms in both the rotation and bullpen, and...
  • 2011 College Football Recruiting Rankings

    There is a saying that "the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer". When looking at the 2011 college football recruiting by team there is not a better statement to summarize where the top players in the nation are deciding...
  • Predictions sure to be waaaay off in MLB

    I'm into making bold predictions here on the website. Often times I'm right, but there are also a good number of times where I'm wrong. That's fine, I own up to it and take the beating if I need to. It's all in the nature of willing...
  • NIT Preview: Wichita State vs. Washington State

    SHOCKERS: ( -3, o/u 142 ) Wichita St. has been impressive in the postseason, as they've beaten some very difficult teams. The Shockers have beaten Nebraska, Virginia Tech, and College of Charleston so far in tournament play. Not bad for a team that...
  • Final Four Bracket History and Championship Odds

    NCAA Tournament Seedings began in 1979, giving us over 30 years of history to help guide our bracket and game predictions. Exceptions can always occur, but overall the correlation between a high seeding and advancing in the tourney has been strong. 2011...
  • Can "Sugar" Shane Mosley upset Manny Pacquiao?

    On May 7th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas three-division world champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley will take on Manny Pacquiao for the WBO Welterweight Championship. According to Bodog Sportsbook , Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao is a big favorite...
  • How Big Were the 2011 NCAA Sweet 16 Upsets?

    From Sweet 16 to Final Four, favorites won only 4 of 12 games (underdogs winning 8 games straight-up) With 12 games between the Sweet 16 and Final Four, there are 4,096 possible bracket outcomes – meaning a random guesser would have a 4,096 to 1 chance...
  • Final Four Basketball - Las Vegas Betting Report

    100+ million college basketball fans have been watching and betting 2011 NCAA basketball tournament games, from 68 teams down to 4. And after each round, more and more brackets are tossed into the waste basket. Following the trends during a Tournament...
  • WrestleMania XXVII Betting Odds

    Yes. You read the title of this article correct. The betting world actually has odds on the WWE's WrestleMania XXVII from the Georgia Dome on Sunday April 3rd. The only thing that trumps professional wrestling in term of ratings on cable is "Jersey...
  • NHL Game Preview: Devils vs. Penguins

    Oh, the good old hockey game! Yes, indeed. If you got a chance to listen to the podcast today I really like the Devils in this matchup tonight. Since the beginning of January, New Jersey has gone 24-6-2 and has really won a ton of relatively low scoring...
  • Sweet 16 Preview: Marquette vs. North Carolina

    GOLDEN EAGLES: Marquette is one of four double digit seeds still alive in the NCAA Tournament . Besides VCU, the Golden Eagles are probably the biggest surprise of the Sweet 16 field. Marquette has beaten both Xavier and Syracuse in their first two NCAA...
  • NCAA Tournament Previews: U Conn vs. San Diego State

    HUSKIES: ( -1, O/U 130 ) No team has been more impressive over their past 7 games than Connecticut. The Huskies are a perfect 7-0 SU in that stretch, including their improbable run through to the Big East Conference Tournament Championship. UCONN is 7...
  • Can Kentucky upset Ohio State in the Sweet 16?

    According to offshore bookmaker BetUS , the answer is no. Right now, Ohio State is favored by six points over Kentucky When looking at the betting public , the answer is no with 72% of the action on the favored Buckeyes. ESPN analyst Scott Van Pelt even...
  • Sweet 16 Odds from Las Vegas

    16 NCAA basketball teams have won two games to reach the Sweet 16. In order to "cut down the nets" and be crowned NCAA Tournament champions, a team has two win four more games, starting on Thursday and Friday. Odds to win NCAA Tournament: Kansas...
  • NHL Game Previews - Tuesday, March 22, 2011

    Last week we previewed all of the NHL games during a 10-game session. We're going to do the same thing today. Card looks a bit loose today but we'll look at each game and see what we can find. Don't forget, in the near future we're going...
  • NBA Preview: Bulls at Hawks on TNT

    BULLS: ( -4, O/U 180 ) Chicago has been amazing this season, as they have had a wildly successful season featuring arguably the future Coach of the Year and the League MVP. The Bulls are currently tied with Boston for top billing in the Eastern Conference...
  • What happened to the Big East in March Madness?

    If you say "Big East basketball this year in March Madness" backwards it actually will say "Big 10 football this year in bowl games." The Sweet 16 is later this week and of the 11 teams who came out of the Big East only two remain...
  • Sweet 16 - Las Vegas Betting Report

    More than 100 million college basketball fans have been watching and betting games through three rounds of the 2011 NCAA basketball tournament. And after each round, more and more brackets are tossed into the waste basket. Following the trends during...
  • NIT Preview: New Mexico vs. Alabama

    LOBOS: New Mexico was one of the forgotten teams this year in the Mountain West Conference. The Lobos played in a very challenging conference, yet were still able to finish with season records of 22-12 SU and 15-15-1 ATS overall. New Mexico has 2 claims...
  • Las Vegas NCAA Tournament Report (After Saturday's Action)

    Over 100 million college basketball fans from around the world have been watching and betting games, and eventually tearing up brackets through 2.5 rounds of the 2011 NCAA basketball tournament. Following the trends during a Tournament tell you how the...
  • NCAA Tournament Preview: Arizona vs. Texas (3/20/2011)

    WILDCATS: Arizona has been playing in some exciting finishes of late, as each of their last 3 games have been decided by 3 points or fewer. Most recently, the Wildcats edged Memphis 77-75 in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are...
  • Ohio State's Jim Tressel Falls Short Once Again

    In case you didn't notice yesterday while you were crumbling up your bracket, Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel took the high road and requested to have his suspension the same as his players . However, as we look at it more closely, it isn't...
  • What now for Michigan State?

    Ranked #2 to start the college basketball season. Coach Tom Izzo was quoted by local media saying, "This possibly could be the best team we have had here at Michigan State." Unfortunately for the Michigan State Spartans the regular season started...
  • NCAA Tournament Preview: Illinois vs. UNLV (March 18, 2011)

    FIGHTING ILLINI: Illinois has been hit and miss for the past few months, not the form you want to have entering the NCAA Tournament. The Illini have been one of the biggest underachieving teams this season. Illinois is 19-13 SU and 16-15-1 ATS overall...
  • NCAA Tourament Prop Bet Odds

    In basketball gyms from coast to coast, 64 of the very best college teams march through the brackets during the next three weeks on the way to the NCAA Tournament Final Four. Sports fans passionately debate the merits of certain conferences, or what it...