April 5th, 2014
James Young and the Wildcats are -1.5 on the Kentucky vs Wisconsin Odds Vegas
Arlington, Texas – The Wisconsin Badgers will be in the Final Four for the first time since 2000 and the preseason odds on favorite Kentucky Wildcats will try to make good on their top-ranked preseason tout tonight at 8:47 PM ET. Kentucky vs Wisconsin Odds Vegas have Kentucky -1.5 on the spread with 52% of the action on Wisconsin. 8th seeded Kentucky (28-10 SU 19-15-2 ATS) will be appearing in their 3rd Final Four in five years and are confident following a punctuating 75-72 win over Michigan State. Wisconsin (30-7 SU 21-16 ATS) is a sleeper squad that has quietly destroyed tournement competition and relishes the role of the “unknowns”. Our 2014 Final Four Picks handicappers broke down the sides. Kentucky vs Wisconsin Odds Vegas have Kentucky at -115 Moneyline (Bet $1150 to win $1000) at SPORTS BETTING ONLINE
2014 Final Four Picks Analysis: The game within the game will be Kentucky’s size against Wisconsin’s sharpshooters on the perimeter. The Wildcats boast a trio of 6’6″ guards with James Young and the Harrison brothers to create a nightmarish match-up under the boards for the Badgers. Kentucky’s starters average 6’8″ to Wisconsin’s 6’5″. Wisconsin has been dominant statistically in the tourney with a healthy +16.5 PPG point differential but a confident Wildcats team with NBA talent is a daunting task for the overachieving Badgers. Kentucky vs Wisconsin Odds Vegas Total is at 138.5 points
Kentucky has played beyond their youth and their has been nothing to suggest that their poise will waver in the Final Four. The Wildcats were pegged as the preseason #1 largely beacuse of their size, athleticism and cerebral coach John calipari’s ability to develop talent. The Wildcats gave grown stronger as the season has wore on and are peaking at the right time. Wisconsin’s good but not great athletes will be outgunned despite playing brilliant basketball throughout the tournament.
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April 5th, 2014
Shabazz Napier and Connecticut is listed at +7 on the Florida vs UCONN Vegas Odds in the Final Four
Arlington, Texas – A rematch between southern collegiate hardwood toughs takes flight Saturday at 6:09 PM ET in the Final Four match-up between Florida and Connecticut. Florida vs UCONN Vegas Odds have Florida -7 with 55% of the action on Fla. An overlooked UConn (30-8 SU 21-15 ATS) team that opened at 60 to 1 to win the national title owns a 65-64 win over Gators in the regular season. Florida (36-2 SU 18-15-1 ATS) has blown away the competition in the South with a display of dominance on both ends of the floor. Florida vs UCONN Vegas Odds Moneyline has Florida -315 SPORTS BETTING ONLINE
Final Four Picks Analysis: Shabazz Napier has been playing like his hair is on fire, putting his team on his back to reach the Final Four. Napier was named to the Wooden All-American team Monday and owns the Gators scalp with a winning buzzer beater shot in the regular season. Part of what makes the Florida Gators great is their opponents view of them being “invincible”, similar to a 1980′s version of boxer Mike Tyson before Buster Douglas shattered Tyson’s aura of ‘invincibility”. UCONN’s previous win over the Gators would be parallel to a Tyson vs Douglas rematch with the previous conqueror Connecticut listed generously as 3 to 1 betting underdog. Florida coach Billy Donovan does boast an outstanding 6-1 record SU and ATS in Final Four play and the Gators lead pipe defense has been one for the ages, warranting their 3 to 1 betting price tag as favorites in Gators vs Huskies II. Florida vs UCONN Vegas Odds Over/Under is at 127.0 points
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Our Vegas Sports Picks crew does not believe that UCONN will pull off a Buster Douglas type of upset in the Florida vs UCONN return bout, but we do side with UCONN to cover the fat number. Styles make fights and UCONN’s previous win over Florida shows that they have enough size, efficiency and offensive outbursts to cover. Florida is a defensive team that will need to play it close to the vest and those types are not good covers.
Final Four Picks Play: UCONN +7
March 30th, 2014
Julius Randle and the Wildcats are -2 on the Kentucky vs Michigan Vegas Odds
New York, NY – A clash of styles takes place at Madison Square Garden with Kentucky squaring off against Michigan at 5:05 PM ET in the Elite 8′s final game. Kentucky vs Michigan Vegas Odds spread has Kentucky -2 with 55% of Elite 8 Picks on Michigan. Kentucky (27-10 SU 18-15-2 ATS) have played beyond their youth with NCAA Tournament wins over undefeated Wichita State and a dangerous Louisville team as +4.5 point underdogs. Michigan (28-8 SU 18-14-2 ATS) and their sharpshooters has taken down bigger squads in Texas and Tennessee and remain unbeaten ATS in the tournament. Elite 8 Picks sharps broke down the match-up at Madison Square Garden. Kentucky vs Michigan Vegas Odds have Michigan +115 Moneyline at SPORTS BETTING ONLINE
Elite 8 Picks Analysis: Similar to Boxing, styles make fights and Michigan has the style to beat Kentucky. Michigan has been on fire beyond the arc and Kentucky’s shooters have limited range. The explosive bouts of offense by the Wolverines could be too much for the 2-point at a time style of the Wildcats. Much like the world champion Miami Heat, Michigan wins without having to win the battle under the glass. Kentucky’s skyscrapers led by star Julius Randle will be without one of their key cogs under the boards with 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein out with an injury. Kentucky vs Michigan Vegas Odds Total is at 140.0 points
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Preseason #1 Kentucky has lived up to their billing as the top-rated team going into the season despite a crop of freshman leading the charge. Michigan is much more experienced however and this is a tough spot for a Wildcats team that will have to keep pace with a quicker team with superior shooters. Bet the Michigan Wolverines to lose the rebounding battle but win the war with a cover as underdogs.
Elite 8 Picks Play: Michigan +2
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March 28th, 2014
Branden Dawson and MSU are -2 point “chalk” on the Michigan State vs Virginia Vegas Odds
New York, NY – In the late night NCAA Tournament game from Madison Square Garden the Michigan State Spartans will face the Virginia Cavaliers at 9:57 PM ET. Michigan State vs Virginia Vegas Odds have Michigan State at -2 with 62% of the action on MSU. The Spartans (28-8 SU 20-12-3 ATS) are coming off an 80-73 route over Harvard with forward Branden Dawson posting a career high 26 points. The Cavaliers (30-6 SU 19-11-2 ATS) stuffed Memphis 78-60 in a win that saw Virginia’s No.1 ranked defense hold Memphis 18 points below their season average. Our 2014 Sweet 16 Picks handicappers broke down this late night game at MSG. Michigan State vs Virginia Vegas Odds have MSU -2 on the spread SPORTS BETTING ONLINE
2014 Sweet 16 Picks Analysis: MSU should be able to control the perimeter with their sharpshooters which will keep the Cavaliers defense on their heels. Virginia is a resilient bunch that likes to slug it out in the trenches but the Spartans plethora of scoring threats will be a load to handle. Virginia’s shooters have gone in and out of rhythm and MSU head coach Tom Izzo has stated that he is familiar with Virgina’s style of play. Michigan State vs Virginia Vegas Odds Total is at 129.5 points
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The mastery MSU head coach Tom Izzo should not be lost on bettors. Izzo led his team to the Sweet 16 in an injury riddled campaign. The Spartans are 6-1 since their starters have all been on the same court and MSU has proven their worth as co-favorites on the betting odds to win the championship. The Cavs own the nations No. 1 scoring defense and are worthy of their high seeding also but the Virginia’s party is about to get rained on by MSU forward Branden Dawson and company.
2014 Sweet 16 Picks Play: Michigan State -2
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