|March Madness: What you should know . . .
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Dave Tuley’s ATS report . . .
Colgate beat Bucknell 94-80 to win Patriot League tournament and its automatic NCAA bid: Colgate also covered as 3.5-point favorite (and means I have to put my "Bye, son" joke in storage for the next year.
NBA favorites went 4-2 ATS with outright upsets by the Hawks (+1.5, +100 on money line) over the Grizzlies & Warriors (+4, +150 on ML) over Rockets; Heat (-2), Wizards (-2), Thunder (-7) & Jazz (-8.5) covered as faves; Unders went 5-1. Warriors beat Rockets 106-104 despite not having Kevin Durant.
Blackhawks beat Maple Leafs 5-4. Chicago closed as high as +210 road underdog, but the bigger betting news is the game went Over 7 goals as the Hawks improve to 24-2-1 with the Over in their last 27 games, including 4-1-1 when it’s closed at 7. Books set Blackhawks 1st Period Over at 2 goals (& bet to -140)…no problem: Hawks double that themselves with 4-0 1st Period vs. Maple Leafs! Never seen a run like this.
Jeff Fogle on college hoops . . .
Writes Jeff: Recent volatility has thrown a monkey wrench into the Big East tournament handicapping process for sports bettors hoping to build accurate prediction models. So what should you do?
Industry news you can use . . .
From Legal Sports Report:
New Jersey sports betting produced $320 million in handle in February, a reasonable but slightly underwhelming total for the month of the Super Bowl. By comparison, bettors put up a state-record $385 million in January.
For the second consecutive month, more than 80 percent of all wagers were placed via mobile or online — $258 million in total.
New Jersey sportsbooks took $747,696 in bets on the Oscars, as ESPN’s David Purdum pointed out.
Seen & Heard on VSiN . . .
On A Numbers Game, Brady Kannon joins Gill to talk about the difficulty in handicapping The Players Championship, and on whom Brady is betting to win it.
Parlay bettor Spencer McIlmoyle explains his strategy and shares some of his favorite bets for The Players Championship.
Brent Musburger has his play for The Players Championship, and Mark Lye agrees.
Dickie V joins the Guys in the Desert, and he and Amal Shah discuss why the NCAA Tournament needs to stand up for the little guy.
The top-ranked Zags were stunned by St. Mary’s last night, but Matt and JVT discuss whether this loss could benefit Gonzaga heading into the NCAA tournament.
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Finally . . .
Mitch & Pauly discuss some excellent Game Of Thrones prop bets. Who dies, who is pregnant, and what happens to the dragons?