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Okay, so by now we’ve all gotten the general theme of this here-and-now 2019-2020 College Basketball Season:

For months now the hoop “experts” out there have been telling anyone that will listen that there are no “super-powers” and that any number of clubs can capture this year’s national championship crown but here’s a little alert … right now there are actually only four hoop teams with win-it-all odds of 8-to-1 or less (see our chart below) and there are 11 teams with 20-to-1 or shorter odds on the board. Just sayin’.

Here’s the last 10 NCAA Tournament champions and who they beat, just to refresh your memory …

2019 – Virginia def. Texas Tech

2018 – Villanova def. Michigan

2017 – North Carolina def. Gonzaga

2016 – Villanova def. North Carolina

2015 – Duke def. Wisconsin

2014 – Connecticut def. Kentucky

2013 – Louisville def. Michigan

2012 – Kentucky def. Kansas

2011 – Connecticut def. Butler

2010 – Duke def. Butler

The Jim Hurley Network has been pounding out a bunch of College Basketball winners (both Sides and Totals) all throughout this 2019-2020 season and take note that we’ve got NBA and NCAA Basketball coverage all this week / weekend, so make sure you’re rollin’ up all the hoop winners at our exclusive toll-free # of 1-800-323-4453 or right here online at www.jimhurley.com

As we draw closer and closer to the aforementioned NCAA Tournament – just can’t wait for “March Madness” as you can tell! – we get you our updated “win-it-all” odds for this year’s tourney. See what you think (all prices below all based on $100 per play):

TEAM                             ODDS TO WIN 2020 NCAA TOURNAMENT

Kansas                                           + 600

Duke                                               + 700

Gonzaga                                        + 700

Baylor                                             + 800

Dayton                                           + 1200

Maryland                                       + 1600

Seton Hall                                      + 1600

Kentucky                                        + 1800

Louisville                                        + 2000

Michigan State                             + 2000

San Diego State                            + 2000

Arizona                                          + 3000

Auburn                                           + 3000

Creighton                                      + 3000

Florida State                                 + 3000

Oregon                                           + 3000

Villanova                                        + 3000

West Virginia                                + 3000

COLLEGE BASKETBALL REPORT

Let’s go ahead and expand our NCAA Tournament look even more now that we’re digging deeper and deeper into the month of February — now, we’re getting you our top 12 seeds in each of the NCAA Tournament’s four geographical regions (and they are all subject to change, of course). Note we have the “First Four” games in a couple of cases with #11 seeds included in the East and Midwest:

EAST – Kansas, Maryland, San Diego State, Villanova, Penn State, Marquette, Michigan, Xavier, Florida, Northern Iowa, Rhode Island/N.C. State and East Tennessee State

MIDWEST – Baylor, Dayton, Louisville, Michigan State, Iowa, Arizona, Houston, LSU, Saint Mary’s, UCLA, Rutgers/Richmond and Hofstra

SOUTH – Duke, Seton Hall, Creighton, Auburn, Colorado, Butler, Indiana, BYU, Virginia, Utah State, Wichita State and Liberty

WEST – Gonzaga, Kentucky, Florida State, Oregon, West Virginia, Arizona State, Illinois, USC, Texas Tech, Cincinnati, Stanford and Stephen F. Austin

Right this very moment, our #1-thru-#12 seeded teams do not include the following:

Tulsa (19-9, 11-4 AAC),  Notre Dame (18-10, 9-8 ACC), Saint Louis (20-8, 9-6 Atkantic-10), Loyola-Chicago (20-10, 12-5 MVC), Nevada (19-10, 12-5 Mountain West) or Miss State (18-10, 9-6 SEC) but any /all of these teams could make a last-minute run at an at-large tourney berth with a big finish / mini-tourney run but that would mean likely sprints to the championship game of their respective conferences … got it?

Finally, if you’re wondering whether or not we’re gonna see more than a single team from the so-called mid-major or smaller leagues out there, don’t count on it but there is some momentum towards Belmont (22-7, 13-3) and South Dakota State (22-8,13-2) into the 68-team field even if they happen not to win the Ohio Valley and Summit mini-tournies, respectively.

THE BASEBALL REPORT

Baseball’s back everyone (we watched some Spring Training action this past week in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues!) and so let’s continue with our division-by-division looks at the projected wins totals of all the MLB teams with a key comment tossed into the mix. Today, our focus is squarely on the American League Central:

AL CENTRAL

TEAM                     PROJECTED WINS TOTAL            QUICK COMMENT

Minnesota                     92.5                                        Forget the Twins’ rotten recent post-season history, this team added some pitching and could threaten 100 “W” again

Cleveland                       85.5                                        So much depends on whether or not SS Francisco Lindor is on the roster after the July 31st trade deadline

Chi White Sox               84.5                                        All signs pointing up for the Pale Hose but starting rotation could be leaking oil by early August

Kansas City                    64.5                                        No-name pitching staff could get cuffed around plenty this year and so we recommend the “under” or nothing at all

Detroit                           56.5                                        The rebuilding process is gonna be a long one in Motown and remember the Tigers won just 47 games in ‘19

AL WEST

TEAM                     PROJECTED WINS TOTAL            QUICK COMMENT

Houston                         94.5                                        This villainous band of sign-stealers still has plenty of pop but will #3, #4, #5 starting pitchers come through?

Oakland                         89.5                                        The A’s always start slowly and finish fast and now skipper Bob Melvin and Co. has designs on winning this division

LA Angels                      85.5                                        Addition of 3B Anthony Rendon was a great “get” but rotation’s wobbly and depth an issue too – an “under” play?

Texas                              79.5                                        Hats off to the Rangers who easily cashed “over” 71.5 wins last year (78-84) but arms are an issue in 2020

Seattle                            67.5                                        This M’s roster seemingly turns over every single season and lack of stability killing this once-proud franchise

NOTE: Catch up on all our NCAA Hoops coverage in the next edition of Jim Sez and remember there’s wall-to-wall winners – in both college and pro – when you check in with us at the toll-free # of 1-800-323-4453.