Jim Sez: Jim Hurley’s Football Weekend Preview September 23, 2021

  Mountain West Revival, Notre Dame/Wisconsin, Injured NFL Quarterbacks

  It’s only been two NFL weeks but already injured quarterbacks are a concern for several teams. The Houston Texans have been in the driver’s seat for a while holding QB Deshaun Watson, dangling him for six players AND draft picks to any team interested. They may have to lower that offer a bit to, say, a backup QB and a free soup and salad bar at Denny’s. QB Tyrod Taylor got hurt (hamstring) in Sunday’s 31-21 loss at Cleveland. Rookie QB Davis Mills started the second half then get got a hamstring injury of his own so Taylor returned. QB Jeff Driskel is taking snaps at practice to back up Mills. The Texans have a short week playing Thursday night against Carolina. The Panthers have covered seven consecutive road games, though they’re 4-12-1 ATS as a road favorite. 

The winless Indianapolis Colts come off a 27-24 loss to the Rams as QB Carson Wentz got injured for the 500th time in his short career, this time with two sprained ankles. 23-year old QB Jacob Eason gets the start Sunday versus the Titans with five NFL pass attempts in his career. The Colts head to Detroit 23-9 OVER the total when playing on natural grass.  The Miami Dolphins went from a big win at New England, 17-16, to a disastrous home opener losing 35-0 to Buffalo. That’s not all they lost with QB Tua Tagovailoa day-to-day with a rib injury. Miami is getting outscored by 34 points, the second-worst differential in the NFL (only the Falcons are worse). The good news is Miami has a decent backup QB in Jacoby Brissett (31 TDs, 14 INTs in his career). The Dolphins are on a 10-4 spread run, 18-8 ATS after a loss of 14 or more points, as they head to Las Vegas.

#12 Notre Dame/#18 Wisconsin (Saturday): A neutral site battle at Soldier Field in Chicago. Notre Dame senior QB Jack Coan (8 TDs, 2 INTs) has stepped in and played well. He was a starter back in 2019 when he threw 18 TDs, 5 picks…for Wisconsin. Yes, he transferred to Notre Dame and now faces his old school. It’s the Irish defense that’s the bigger concern after giving up 264 rushing yards (5.5 ypc) to bumbling Florida State and 353 total yards to Toledo in a 32-29 win as a 16-point favorite. At least the ‘D’ has rolled up 13 sacks in three games under new defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman.  They face Wisconsin for the first time since 1964. The Badgers split their first two games, losing 16-10 to Penn State. The defense has allowed just 66 total rushing yards in two games, No. 2 in the nation in total defense. It’s a run-oriented offense as their two QBs have no touchdown passes and three picks! Notre Dame is 35-20 ATS as an underdog, plus 46-29 UNDER the total on grass fields.  
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Mountain West Revival: There’s a trio of undefeated Mountain West Conference football programs you probably haven’t been paying much attention to.  Wyoming has a sophomore QB in Sean Chambers who has thrown 14 TDs, 4 picks in his time with the Cowboys. They’ve won their first three games, hanging 50 points on Northern Illinois, then thrashing Ball State, 45-12, last week as a 6-point favorite. That’s two straight games OVER the total, now 61-23 OVER when they score 28 or more points. They face a UConn team this weekend that has given up at least 38 points in all four of its games.  New-look Utah State is off a 1-5 season firing coach Gary Andersen. Are they ever a different team under new coach Blake Anderson, starting 3-0 SU/ATS scoring 26, 48, and 49 points. The new coach came from Arkansas State and brought QB Logan Bonner (7 TDs, 3 INTs) with him. Bonner threw 30 TDs, 9 INTs for the Red Wolves. Utah State upset Washington State, 26-23, in the opener as a +17 dog and comes off a 49-45 upset of Air Force as a +9 underdog. Senior WR Deven Thompkins (454 yards) leads the country in receiving yards. The only concern is the defense, giving up 619 yards to Air Force as the offense put up 628, so that’s two straight games OVER the total…and counting!  San Diego State (3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) is the other unbeaten team in the conference under coach Brady Hoke. They won at Arizona, 38-14, as an underdog, then topped Utah, 33-31, as a +8 dog in triple overtime. It’s a run-oriented team behind RB Greg Bell and a senior-heavy offensive line, while the defensive line is the strength of the team. They held Utah to 2.3 yards per carry (70 yards rushing) and Arizona to 2.6 yards per attempt (51 rushing yards).

#7 Texas A&M/#16 Arkansas: Despite a 3-0 start, Texas A&M quarterbacks have combined for 6 TDs, 5 INTs. The offense is still adjusting to the loss of three-year starting QB Kellen Mond and most of its offensive line. As of now it’s a run-oriented unit anchored by backs Isaiah Spiller and Devon Achane, both averaging over 6.3 yards per carry. The Aggies are 25-10-1 ATS in September games. Arkansas brings most of last year’s team back, led by sophomore QB K.J. Jefferson (4 TDs, 2 INTs). They aced their only real test so far, crushing Texas, 40-21, as a +6 dog. What a tough stretch for the Razorbacks facing A&M, No. 2 Georgia, No. 13 Ole Miss, and No. 23 Auburn. The next five games will define their season. Arkansas is 35-54 ATS against teams that average 4.75+ yards rushing per carry, plus 84-57 OVER the total after playing a home game.

Week 3 NFL Money-Moves: The upcoming Cardinals/Jaguars total has inched up from 50 to 52. Jacksonville’s defense is one reason why allowing the fourth-most yards in the NFL and the seventh-most points (30 pg). But can they score any points? They’re averaging just 17 per game unable to run or pass effectively. Arizona’s offense is going to have to carry the load for those looking at the OVER, No. 2 in total yards and points (36 pg). Arizona is 25-10 UNDER the total in September, 10-1 UNDER on the road.  The Saints/Patriots total zoomed down from 45- to 41-. There are multiple reasons why. The Patriots’ defense has been excellent (11.5 ppg allowed), while New Orleans QB Jameis Winston unleashed another offensive stink-bomb in a 26-7 loss at Carolina as a favorite. And the Saints’ defense has been very good, Top 7 in yards and points surrendered (14.5 ppg allowed). NFL teams like the Saints off an upset loss as a road favorite are 78-41 UNDER the total.  The Browns slid down from 9.5 chalk to the key number 7 as the Chicago defense has plenty of talent and is ranked eighth in total yards allowed. Cleveland has a devastating ground attack but the Bears match up well in that area ranked fifth against the run. The real grey area surrounding the game is QB Andy Dalton’s knee injury, with rumors rookie QB Justin Fields may get his first NFL start.

Bucs at Rams (Sunday): The defending champs show no sign of slowing down, third in the NFL in point differential (+25), second in yards rushing allowed, fifth in points scored (39.5 ppg). For what it’s worth, this is their first road game where they’ve won 8 in a row counting January’s playoff run. The Buccaneers are on a 26-10 run OVER the total on the road. Rams QB Matthew Stafford (5 TDs, 1 INT) has looked good for his new team, with WR Cooper Kupp (271 yards) third in the league in receiving. These two defensive lines are so talented at stuffing the run it looks like a battle where both QBs are going to have to sling it 50+ times, something to keep in mind for prop wagers.

Packers at 49ers: This is the fourth straight season these teams have battled. The 49ers won twice in 2019, whipping Green Bay 37-8 in Week 12 and in the NFC Championship game, 37-20, then the Packers returned the favor last year in a 34-17 rout, also at San Fran. Green Bay is 11-5 ATS versus winning teams and the OVER is 9-3 when these squads clash. This is the home opener for the 49ers, who are 21-38 ATS after a two-game road trek. Last year, they had a two-game road trip in September winning at the Jets and Giants…then came home and lost to the Eagles, 25-20.


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Jim Sez: Jim Hurley’s Football Wrap-Up September 21, 2021

Rising Rebels, Iowa Totals, Lions/Packers Monday Night
  The books took a bath with the Buckeyes. Ohio State’s defensive problems are still present after beating Tulsa, 41-20, but allowing 491 total yards, 428 passing yards. Tulsa was 9-of-17 on third down. Bettors were all over that shaky defense – and cashed – as Ohio State went from a 31-point favorite to 24 and failed to cover all those numbers. The total on that game was bet down from 64 to 60.5 and into “middling” territory finishing at 61 when the Buckeyes scored in the final two minutes.  Last year, Ole Miss QB Matt Corral threw 29 TDs with 14 picks while being second on the Rebels in rushing (506 yards). As a junior, he’s exploded this September throwing himself into the Heisman race leading Ole Miss to a 3-0 SU/ATS start while averaging 52.6 points per game. Ole Miss has four offensive line starters back along with talented RBs Henry Parrish Jr. and Jerrion Ealy, so this offense looks primed to keep putting up big numbers. They’re on a bye this weekend before playing…at Alabama.  And it ain’t easy being No. 1. Alabama stayed unbeaten by the skin of its teeth escaping the Florida Swamp with a 31-29 win only after stopping a two-point conversion late. Despite being up 21-3 early, Alabama allowed 440 yards to the Gators including 245 yards rushing (5.7 ypc). The Tide still has four Top 25 opponents remaining on the schedule before bowl season – and that doesn’t count the SEC championship game which right now would be No. 2 Georgia. Georgia has already knocked off No. 3 Clemson, so don’t pencil ‘Bama in as a shoo-in to run the table. All of which makes this a very interesting college football season that is unfolding.

Totals Players Love Iowa: Kirk Ferentz has run a great program at Iowa since 1999. His style is a physical, old-fashioned Big 10 defense with a ball-control offense. He’s fine winning games 13-3, 27-17, or 18-17, which were the scores the last three years in beating state-rival Iowa State. They’re not flashy on offense but stocked on the defensive line with run-stuffers. His special teams are often above-average with reliable field goal kickers and punters who can handcuff opponents into a field position game. This is an ideal formula for low scoring contests. Iowa has started this season 3-0 UNDER the total allowing 10 points per game forcing 8 turnovers despite opening against a pair of Top 20 teams (Indiana, Iowa State). They haven’t allowed 25 points in 25 straight games after topping Kent State, 30-7, the longest streak with Power 5 teams. Against the Cyclones, Iowa ran 39 times for only 67 yards. But who cares, when you win? On the field and for totals players backing the UNDER at the wagering window.

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Texas Two-Step Trouble: Texas may be 2-1 but there are some concerns worth watching. Former Coach Tom Herman went 32-18 but was let go largely because the Longhorns didn’t win a Big 12 championship. His recruiting classes slipped a bit, though it got worse after Herman was released with several top prospects choosing to go elsewhere. What followed was the hiring of coach Steve Sarkisian, who had his own “Made for TV” drama at USC. Sarkisian was let go in 2015 after slurring his words laced with an expletive at the annual ‘Salute to Troy’ event. Not a smart PR move to win the hearts of the alumni or your boss. That put Todd Helton in the USC top job…until last week when he was fired.  The current Longhorns have wins over Louisiana-Lafayette and Rice sandwiched around a disastrous loss at Arkansas, 40-21. The Razorbacks rolled up 471 yards of offense, including 333 rushing, steamrolling the Texas D-line averaging 7.1 yards per carry.

Big Money Moves on College Football Totals: The average Joe wagers on sides, but big-money moves on college football totals often mean the Vegas wise guys are pounding a soft line. The Cincinnati/Indiana total went from 46.5 to 50 on the OVER and cashed easily in a 38-24 Bearcat win. Same thing with the  Northern Illinois/Michigan total moving from 51.5 to 55. The Wolverines covered the OVER by themselves in a 63-10 rout. The UNDER was hammered on the Georgia Tech/Clemson game from 57.5 to 52.5 because of the Tigers’ strong defense and early offensive struggles. The sharps didn’t have to sweat in a 14-8 Clemson victory.  Florida/Alabama moved from 54 to 60 and the OVER cashed, as did the Florida State/Wake Forest total plummetting from 67 to 62. The Ball State/Wyoming total was bet down from 56.5 to 53.5 and the UNDER ended up losing by a whisker in a 45-12 Wyoming victory. It probably should have gone UNDER, but both teams had pick-6 touchdowns. The last one came with 6:35 to go in the fourth quarter, a dreaded backdoor cover that busted UNDER bettors. Alas, with Lady Luck always around even the sharps can’t win ’em all.

NFL Notes: 41-21 Shuffle. When Bill Belichick faces rookie quarterbacks for the first time those kid signal callers have thrown 41 interceptions with 21 TDs. That’s after Sunday’s 25-6 Patriots win as Jets rookie QB Zach Wilson had no touchdowns while throwing to the other team 4 times. The Patriots didn’t do anything unusual. They played a lot of man coverage while linebackers such as Ja’Whaun Bentley would shadow and pressure Wilson to prevent him from getting too far outside the pocket. The purpose was to prevent a mobile QB from using his feet to buy time for his receivers or find running room along the sidelines. New England was disciplined on ‘D’ and executed well, as they’ve often done for 20 years under Big Bill.


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   Folks in Pittsburgh must be lying awake nights wondering if the Steelers retooled offensive line has gotten the memo that the season has already started. The new personnel they’ve brought in has been awful. The Steelers lost at home, 26-17, to the Raiders rushing for 39 yards (2.8 ypc) while Ben Roethlisberger was sacked 2 times (4 times in two games). In Week 1 they rushed for 75 yards (3.6 ypc) against Buffalo. Throw in a banged-up defense and Pittsburgh has a lot of leaks.  Where have you gone, Drew Brees? After a perfect opener, new Saints QB Jameis Winston looked a lot like the old Jameis Winston throwing 2 interceptions with no TDs in a 26-7 loss at Carolina along with 4 sacks. That’s a great example of overreaction from bettors, too, who pushed New Orleans from pick ’em to a 3-point favorite. Chalk bettors were burning those tickets at halftime down 17-0. The Panthers rolled up 383 yards with an edge in first downs of 28-6! Has anybody noticed Carolina’s defense has 10 sacks and 3 interceptions in two weeks?   Totals bettors took a bath on the Cowboys/Chargers pushing the total from 50.5 to 55. It looked like an offensive show as Dallas led 14-3 in the first quarter, but finished way under the total in a 20-17 game. Bettors were right fading rebuilding Jacksonville as the Broncos closed a 6-point favorite and won 23-13. The Jaguar offense was U-G-L-Y with 189 total yards, 2 turnovers. Keep an eye out for a Vegas prop bet coming soon to a theatre new you: “Will the Jaguars go 0-16?” Let’s say NO minus -200, YES +170…for now. If Urban Meyer’s offense keeps playing this badly it might drop to even-money either way. In the meantime, with the Jaguars facing the Cardinals, Bengals, Titans, Dolphins, Seahawks, and Bills on deck, it might not be long before you see Jacksonville as a double-digit dog on a regular basis. 

Giant Woes: The winless New York Giants lost 30-29 to Washington. That’s not all they lost: 2 starting offensive linemen are gone. Center Nick Gates had to have surgery after the game, while starting left guard Shane Lemieux (knee injury) was placed on injured reserve. Gates started all 16 games in 2020. New York ran for 163 yards against Washington, but 95 of those were by QB Daniel Jones. It’s only the second week and their O-line depth is being tapped into and tested. Lions/Packers (Monday Night): An NFC North matchup between two teams that forgot the season started last week. Rebuilding Detroit lost the opener to San Francisco, 41-33, after trailing 31-10 at the half. With that big deficit, new QB Jared Goff had to throw 57 times, which will probably be the case all season. The Lions are 3-14 ATS after allowing 250+ yards passing in their last game.  Green Bay looked even worse in a 38-3 shellacking by the Saints. Aaron Rodgers has a history of big bouncebacks after a beatdown. A year ago after losing 38-10 at Tampa Bay, the Packers beat Houston, 35-20. Two years ago after a 37-8 loss at San Francisco, the Pack routed the Giants, 31-13. And both those bouncebacks were on the road. Green Bay is just 1-7 against the spread versus the Lions, plus 100-64 OVER the total after one or more straight-up defeats.

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–The betting world wants to know—Did Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers play his worst game ever in opening game 38-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints in hopes of getting the trade he wants to get out of town? How about these numbers: 113 yards passing, no touchdowns, two interceptions and a quarterback efficiency rating of 13.6?

–There is no sudden answer to the Jacksonville Jaguars woes after opening with a 37-21 loss at the Houston Texans, a team with the worst talent in the NFL. As successful as Urban Meyer was in coaching in the colleges, he obviously is not quite ready for the pros. As for the #1 draft choice, quarterback Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), he is going to be just fine even though he joins a list of #1 drafted quarterbacks who are now 0-13-1 in their first starts.

–College football is rapidly changing in a major way—so much so that I shall never again use what has become very degrading words—MID-MAJOR. Not every team can become a big-time machine such as the likes of Alabama and Clemson, but the opportunity to do so is waiting with an open invitation. Just ask teams such as Coastal Carolina and Liberty, schools that have come from nowhere to compete with great success against all opponents. In the first two weeks of the season, NCAA Division II Montana won at nationally-ranked Washington, 13-7. Jacksonville State cashed at Florida State, 20-17, South Dakota State buried Colorado State, 42-23, and true outlier Duquesne topped Ohio, 28-26. This is by no means embarrassing but is reality. And let’s no forget Toledo took Notre Dame to the money before losing in South Bend, 32-19, as a 16.5-point underdog. It’s a new world.

–What makes a reality check for football bettors necessary is the the opening of legalized sports betting that now finds these former so-called outliers being on the betting boards every game day. Do not assume teams such as North Dakota State, Jacksonville State and Eastern Washington, to name just three, cannot compete with a beat the big boys, even those that are ranked in the Top 25.

–And this brings me to the out-of-touch airheads that run the athletic department at Southern California, who just fired head football coach Clay Helton two games into the season. But that is nothing new—the school has fired its last three football coaches during the regular season. Wake up, folks, this is not 1990. No team has a monopoly on getting the quality of players such as currently land at Alabama or Clemson. Every player has more that 150 opportunities to land a spot at any school and still play on Sunday. Eastern Illinois sent quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Tony Romo to the NFL, along with coaches Sean Peyton and Brad Childress. Carson Wentz, the starting quarterback at Indianapolis, is from North Dakota State, as is rookie QB Trey Lance who is expected to soon replace Garappolo for the 49ers. Like it or not USC football is still good but is no longer special, except in the minds of those stuck in the past.


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Jim Sez: Jim Hurley’s Football Weekend – September 16, 2021

    Ahead NFL Assistants With Bad Debuts + Auburn/Penn State

  Each year teams bring in new assistants in an attempt to address weak areas with different ideas and solutions. But those new ideas don’t always work…and sometimes make things worse. Maybe they were the wrong hire? Let’s take a look at some NFL coordinators that had disastrous Week 1 debuts and may be on the hot seat before the leaves star falling.  

Bears: Chicago brought in first-year defensive coordinator Sean Desai to take over a talented, veteran unit that should be the strength of the team. But the Bears got torched at the Rams, 34-14, as QB Matthew Stafford shredded the Chicago secondary for 321 yards, 3 TDs, no picks. That secondary had a string of busted coverages as the Rams finished 6-of-11 on third down. The Bears ranked #11 in third-down defense last season (40.09%) but are #26 after one game (54.55%). 

Packers: Green Bay has a new defensive coordinator in Joe Barry. Packer fans must be wondering “What was wrong with the old defensive coordinator?” after the team got savaged at New Orleans, 38-3. They’ve already got a long climb to get back to 2020 when Green Bay’s defense was #9 in yards allowed, #13 in points. 

Vikings: Minnesota’s offense last year was fourth in yards per game (393.3), #11 in points (26.9 ppg). Still, Mike Zimmer has his sixth offensive coordinator in eight seasons in Klint Kubiak. They’ve kept the same schemes and playbook, but the offense had a terrible preseason and wasn’t impressive in Week 1 losing 27-24 at Cincinnati. The running game averaged 3.0 yards per carry, allowed 3 sacks, with multiple holding and false-start penalties. RB Dalvin Cook had 61 yards rushing (3.1 ypc) one season after he ran for 1,557 yards and 16 touchdowns in just 14 games. The new OC will feel more heat, justified or not, if this offensive line keeps struggling. 

Falcons: New OC Dave Ragone spent the past four seasons with the Chicago Bears, where those passing offenses ranked #22, #25, #21, and #32. OK, so he had lousy quarterbacks. Well now he has Matt Ryan and the Falcons were dreadful in a 32-6 home loss to Philadelphia, reaching the red zone twice while settling for field goals. Ryan was sacked 3 times and the offense was 3-of-14 on third down. Boooooooooo……

Indy’s New Offensive Plan: The Colts brought in QB Carson Wentz and the plan has been to protect him better after he got sacked 50 times with the Eagles in 2020. It may be time to junk the plan or the offensive line after a 28-16 home loss to Seattle. Wentz was sacked 3 times and ran for his life a lot more than that with 10 quarterback hits.
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Thursday, 9/9 – Cowboys (+7.5) over Buccaneers – 29-31 WIN
Monday, 9/13 – Raiders (+4) over Ravens – 33-27 WIN 

Rising Cleveland:
 The Brown got their toughest road game of the season out of the way early, losing at Kansas City, 33-29. While the team is frustrated after blowing a 22-10 lead, there is a lot to like about this group. Cleveland scored TDs the first three times it touched the ball, driving 75, 75 and 81 yards. The offense had 304 yards passing, 153 rushing, a stellar 5.9 yards per carry, and finished 3-of-4 on fourth down. That offense looks even better than advertised. And the pass rushing duo of Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney got plenty of pressure on Patrick Mahomes.  With games against the Texans, Bears, Vikings, and Chargers coming up, they should right the ship quickly, especially with Odell Beckham Jr. expected back soon.

USC/Florida State Early woes: It’s only September and USC fires its coach. Wow! You wonder why this wasn’t done, say, in January to allow time for a new staff to get prepared. Donte Williams is the interim head coach as the team heads to Washington State this weekend. USC is 36-17-1 ATS after a straight up loss, though on a 17-35-2 ATS run away from home. Washington State lost 38-13 to the Trojans last season, plus is 25-45 ATS after failing to cover in two or more straight games.  Another coach with fire breathing down his head is Florida State’s Mike Norvell after a stunning collapse at home to Jacksonville State on the final play, 20-17. And that was one week after taking No. 9 Notre Dame to overtime, so go figure this group. Florida State is on a 4-10 spread run, 6-14-1 ATS as an underdog. The Seminoles play their first road game Saturday at Wake Forest and the last time they met FSU lost 22-20. Totals players note the UNDER has cashed six straight times when Wake/FSU meet.

Central Florida at Louisville (Friday): The first road game for UCF and new coach Gus Malzahn. The offense is outstanding led by QB Dillon Gabriel (6 TDs, 2 INTs), off a 2020 campaign where he had 32 TDs, four interceptions. The defense was the major concern coming into the season but has been very good, holding Boise State to 20 yards rushing on 26 carries in a 36-31 win. UCF is 34-17 UNDER the total in September. Louisville is 1-1, getting steamrolled by Ole Miss in the opener, 43-24. They too have a fine QB in junior Malik Cunningham, though the team has a propensity to lose the turnover battle.  

#22 Auburn at #10 Penn State (Saturday): The first test for Auburn after scoring 60 and 62 points against cupcakes. The Tigers went 1-4 against Top 20 teams last season, but they have a new coach in Bryan Harsin (from Boise State). Junior QB Bo Nix has 33 TDs, 13 picks in his third year as the starter. The defense is solid, anchored by a dynamite linebacking corps. Auburn is 15-6 UNDER the total as a dog.   Penn State also has a veteran QB in senior Sean Clifford (43 TDs, 16 picks in four years). The defense has only one player returning up front, but impressed in a 16-10 win at Wisconsin as a dog. They forced 3 turnovers and held the Badgers to 3.1 ypc. The Lions won despite losing the time possession battle almost 43-17! College football road dogs of 3.5 to 10 points like Auburn are 51-20 ATS in non-conference tilts after playing a non-conference game.

NFL Las Vegas at Pittsburgh (Sunday): Las Vegas is on a short week after a thrilling Monday night win at home over Baltimore, 33-27. QB Derek Carr threw for 423 yards, though the defense allowed 189 yards rushing (5.6 ypc). The Raiders are 7-17 ATS after a straight up win, 5-24 ATS after an upset win as a home dog, plus on a 13-3-1 run OVER the total. Pittsburgh plays its home opener after a 23-16 upset at Buffalo. Most impressive is the defensive rotation up front of T.J. Watt, Bud Dupree, and Melvin Ingram wreaking havoc. The key for the Steelers going forward is the play of the offensive line, which was completely overhauled. It will take some time to gel…if it gets better at all. Pittsburgh is on a 64-50 ATS run at home, 59-43 UNDER the total in the first half of the season

Kansas City at Baltimore: The Chiefs survived against the Browns, 33-29, but there are concerns about this defense after surrendering 457 total yards, 153 rushing (5.9 ypc). But when you have Mahomes, Kelce and Hill you’re never out of any game. Kansas City is on a 2-10 spread run, though 12-3 ATS in September. They’re also 34-17 ATS on the road after allowing 400+ yards in the previous game.  The Ravens rolled up 406 yards (189 rushing) in the opener at Vegas, but that doesn’t matter when you go 3-of-12 on third down and turn it over twice. Baltimore has lost four straight to the Chiefs, including all three matchups between Lamar Jackson and Mahomes, and the road team is 7-3 ATS when they clash.

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Jim Hurley – Looking ahead to remainder of NFL Week 2 Card & College FB

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Get a load of this …

Last year there were 10 National Football League teams that started off the season with SU (straight-up) setbacks both in Week 1 and in Week 2 play … and not a single one of these teams qualified for the playoffs at regular season’s end.

So — knowing that — the likes of the Dallas Cowboys, the Indianapolis Colts, the Minnesota Vikings, the Philadelphia Eagles, the San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (all of whom consider themselves legit post-season contenders here in 2020) gotta realize that this Sunday’s Week 2 games are “must-win” affairs.

Agree? Hey, memo to the Cincinnati Bengals – who lost but covered Thursday Night in a 35-30 setback in Cleveland – you’re behind the proverbial eight-ball already with your 0-and-2 SU start!

Meanwhile, the funny thing is the Colts are hosting the Vikings and so that qualifies that NFL Week 2 tilt as a something’s-gotta-give showdown and there’s real reason for the ‘Boys, Eagles and maybe even the Niners to be quite concerned as we head towards this all-important September 20th date.

We’ll delve into some NFL Week 2 forays shortly but a reminder that we will be cranking out loads of winners right here at VegasSportsMaster.pro or when you call our toll-free telephone # of 1-888-777-4155. Remember we banged the books in NFL Week 1 with big-time winners on Green Bay (+1.5) over Minnesota 43-34, the Los Angeles Rams (Pick ‘Em) over aforementioned Dallas 20-17 and the “totals” winner in the back leg of the Monday Night Football doubleheader as Tennessee’s 16-14 win at Denver was an easy “under” winner at the 41 points price.

And there’s much more where that came from, ladies and gents!

Let’s go ‘round the league and highlight three NFL teams that’ll need a big effort to stay away from going 0-2 SU:

DALLAS – Believe it or not you must go back to the 2010 season to discover the last time the Cowboys started off a season at 0-2 SU … and remember that particular Dallas team finished the year at 6-10 SU and also 6-10 ATS (against the spread). Now, a week after this NFC East team believed it was “hosed” by the on-the-field officials on a highly questionable OPI (offensive pass interference) penalty called on WR Michael Gallup, new coach Mike McCarthy’s squad must dust itself off and lay a fistful of points against the all-offense / no-defense Atlanta Falcons. Is that current 4.5-point price “too short” (and keep in mind Dallas first opened as a 7-point betting favorite)?

Major key here: The Cowboys’ defense must get off the field on third downs as last week’s game against the Rams proved Dallas’ D” spent way too much time on the field and they were gassed late.

MINNESOTA – The truth is the Vikings have been an “every-other-year” team since 2014, meaning that in even-numbered years this NFC North crew doesn’t get to the playoffs but the Vikes did figure in the post-season party in 2015, ’17 and ’19. If Mike Zimmer’s crew wishes to snap that head-scratching trend, then QB Kirk Cousins and mates probably need a “W” here in this road game at Indianapolis. Note that Minnesota last week surrendered 43 points—the most allowed in the Zimmer Era that began in 2014 – and some 522 offensive yards to the high-flying GB Packers.

If 3-point pup Minnesota is gonna even up its SU mark here in Week 2, then DE Yannick Ngakoue (see 6.5 career sacks in eight games against the Colts when he played for Jacksonville) must be a major factor in pass-rushing 38-year-old slinger Philip Rivers who threw for 363 yards in an upset loss to the Jags last weekend.

SAN FRANCISCO – On paper, the visiting SF 49ers should squash the 7-point underdog New York Jets (maybe the most talent-less team top-to-bottom in this man’s football league!) but there’s key injuries here including San Fran TE George Kittle (knee / questionable here after 4 catches for 44 yards in Week 1 action) and CB Richard Sherman (knee / out here) and the defending NFC champions have endured a real soul-searching week with fourth-year head ball coach Kyle Shanahan really getting roasted by the Bay Area (and national) media.

If the Niners “swallow” everything they are hearing about these 2020 J-E-T-S then the west coasters will be counting on a veritable cakewalk but be aware that NYJ’s QB Sam Darnold-to-slot receiver Jamison Crowder combo could cook up some big gainers here.

One final note: San Francisco covered six-of-eight regular-season road games a year ago.


Just to get y’all up to snuff:

NCAA Football Betting Favorites entered Saturday’s abbreviated card with a dead-even but vig-losing 15-15 ATS mark so far this season and that’s included a pair of pointspread wins / covers as chalk by the Army Black Knights. Oorah times two!

Now, the only military team in action this still-summer weekend is Navy, a full-TD underdog at Tulane … and do remember the Midshipmen were blown to bits 55-3 as 1.5-point home pups by BYU on Labor Day evening. Ugh!

Here, Navy has some nifty pointspread numbers while heading into this high-noon clash:

The Mids have covered eight of their last 10 away games plus Ken Niumatalolo’s crew is 21-12 spreadwise as point-grabbers while dating back to the start of the 2013 campaign. Va-va-va voom to that!

Finally, when you add ‘em all up the past five years the Air Force / Army / Navy triumvirate is a composite 10-4-1 versus the vig in their first away games of the season – a snazzy .714 winning rate that’s tough to top!

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Jim Hurley’s NFL and College Football Week 2 Rundown…

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Let’s get something straight: This here-and-now 2020 NCAA Football Season is far from a “lost cause”.

LATE BREAKING NEWS as of Wednesday morning, Sept 16. The Big 10 will “opt in” to the college football season beginning the weekend of October 23, 2020 and the rumor mill suggests the Pac-12 will have a change of heart and get back onto the gridiron soon too.

And, while we wait for those Power 5 leagues to pull it all together during these Covid-19 times, keep in mind that nearly half of the current Associated Press Top 25 – okay, so 11 teams in all — are in action this coming weekend and you can be dang sure we’ll be pumping out loads of winners at VegasSportsMaster.pro or when you call our toll-free telephone # of 1-888-777-4155.

Here’s some of what’s on Saturday’s menu that includes – all told – 22 on-the-board affairs from the College Football world …

Ride ‘em, Cowboys?

Well, host Oklahoma State’s rarin’ to go after last weekend’s season-opening tilt against in-state rival Tulsa was temporarily PPD’d by coronavirus junk. The ‘Boys have a legit Heisman Trophy candidate on hand in RB Chuba Hubbard – his 2,094 yards rushing led the nation a year ago – and now looks to cover a three-TD plus pointspread here.

Note that Tulsa was a 40-21 loser against two-TD fav Oklahoma State last Sept. 14th but the Golden Hurricane played it close for much of that affair.

Spread Stats – The Okie State Cowboys banged out a 10-3 ATS (against the spread) record last year and that featured a perfect 4-and-oh spread log whenever laying a double-digit price tag.

THE CITADEL (0-1) at #1 CLEMSON (1-0) – 4 p.m. ET, ACC Network

The all-knowing Las Vegas oddsmakers have top-ranked Clemson favored by 45 and ½ points here – in the last five years Dabo Swinney’s club has been a larger fav just once and the Tigers didn’t cover the 47.5-point price against Wofford last November … we looked it up, alright!

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence didn’t get the cover in last weekend’s 37-13 triumph at 34.5-point underdog Wake Forest despite 351 passing yards and two ground scores and the “over / under” on how long Lawrence plays here is five minutes into the third quarter. Stay tuned.

Spread Stats – Did you know that the Clemson Tigers are a collective 23-9-1 vig-wise since dating back to late in the 2017 campaign (and that’s a dandy .719 winning rate)?

#17 MIAMI (1-0) at #18 LOUISVILLE (1-0) – 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC

Under-the-lights special in ACC-land where major revenge is on Louisville’s mind following last year’s 52-27 loss in South Beach. Ouch, that one hurt!

If transfer QB D’Eriq King (just 144 passing yards in last week’s 31-14 win /cover against UAB) starts to get a better feel for this U of M offensive attack then smallish pup Miami could vault over the ‘Ville one mo’ time.

Spread Stats – Louisville’s covered five of its first seven home games under second-year head coach Scott Satterfield while Miami is just 10-15 versus the vig in conference games the past three seasons.


In case you didn’t keep track of such things, there were nine divisional matchups in NFL Week 1 play – the Favorites covered 5, the Underdogs covered 4 … and now there’s a healthy half-dozen same-division tilts on this NFL Week 2 card and it all gets started Thursday Night.

Here’s the skinny on Bengals at Browns:

CINCINNATI (0-1) at CLEVELAND (0-1) – 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network

Let’s see …

The Cincy Bengals are trotting out a new field-goal kicker after PK Randy Bullock’s crampy calf muscle didn’t allow ‘em to connect on a gimme 31-yard try at the end of last Sunday’s 16-13 home loss to the Los Angeles Chargers; the Cleveland Browns hope to be trotting out a whole new attitude following last week’s ugly 38-6 loss at 7-point fav Baltimore. Don’t know what was worse for the Brownies in that rubout loss: QB Baker Mayfield (just 11 fantasy points) or a defense that never did solve Ravens’ QB Lamar Jackson.

If you want an X-factor here in this prime-time bash, then keep a close eye on Browns’ WR Odell Beckham, Jr. who was targeted 10 times last Sunday and wound up with just three catches worth 22 yards … ugh.

Meanwhile, Heisman Trophy winner and numero uno draft pick QB Joe Burrow (193 yards passing, 46 yards rushing with one ground score last week) of the Bengals played with some major moxie in Week 1 – and watch him as a runner on third-down plays here.

Spread Stats – Cleveland has failed to cover nine of its last 11 head-to-head matchups with archrival Cincinnati. P.S., the Bengals are a decent 10-7-1 spreadwise in all AFC North games since the start of 2017.

Here are some other pointspread nuggets as it relates to the NFL Week 2 divisional duels …

Buffalo at Miami – The Bills are a solid 9-5 against the odds in their last 14 tilts against the Fish.

Detroit at Green Bay – The Packers have notched spread wins in five of their last seven NFC North games and that includes last week’s 43-34 triumph at Minnesota (a Vegas Sports Master winner!!!).

Kansas City at Los Angeles Chargers – Betcha didn’t know the Chiefs have covered eight of their last 11 away games against the Bolts; on the flip side, LA’s coming off a rotten 0-5-1 ATS mark when playing divisional opponents from the AFC West last year.

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Jim Hurley NFL Week 1 Off and Running…

Jim Hurley



First things first … it’s good to be back.

Right NFL?

After months of believing that this here-and-now 2020 National Football League season wouldn’t happen at all – or at least would start somewhat later in the calendar year – Commissioner Roger Goodell’s troops “pulled it off” and played a full Sunday schedule (after Kansas City’s thorough 34-20 win against Houston last Thursday night) and dang it if there weren’t a slew of top-notch story lines.

And we still have two more prime-time games here on NFL Week 1 Monday Night Football and you better believe Vegas Sports Masters is gonna be banging out the Side & Totals winners as the Pittsburgh Steelers play at the new-look New York Giants (kickoff at 7:15 p.m. Eastern time) followed by the Tennessee Titans at the Denver Broncos (approximately 10:10 p.m. ET). Check it our right here at VegasSportsMasters.pro or call our toll-free telephone # of 1-888-777-4155 and cash in big with plus get all the Major-League Baseball.

Now, back to NFL Week 1 …

Okay, so according to our pointspread records the Betting Favorites and Underdogs split Sunday’s “baker’s dozen” games – six wins for the chalk, six wins for the point-grabbers and one prime-time pick ‘em affair with the Los Angeles Rams besting the Dallas Cowboys 20-17.

And so, let’s start there on the left coast:

The ‘Boys were the betting favs all week long right up until kickoff at brand-new SoFi Stadium – in fact, the number went from Dallas minus a deuce to pick ‘em during the course of the day on Sunday – and you just know there’s loads of Cowboys’ fans hootin’ and hollerin’ regarding that OPI (as in offensive pass interference) late in the game on the long QB Dak Prescott-to-WR Michael Gallup throw with :21 remaining in the final frame.

There was also another group of “Fans” hootin’ and hollerin’ after the game last night as well…and those were Jim’s followers, as he made the Rams’ Upset a featured SNF Release.

Ask us and we say Rams’ CB Jalen Ramsey “sold” the play big-time but while lots of folks are pointing the finger of blame at the zebras, let’s not forget first-year Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy clearly blew it by not opting for a game-tying field goal some three minutes into the fourth quarter – the fourth-and-three play from LA’s 11 yard line failed to produce the needed first down. We’re not second-guessers – McCarthy should have kicked the FG and moved on. ‘Nuff said.

Meanwhile, there was season-opening heartache too for the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers, 24-20 home losers versus 6.5-point underdog Arizona and you gotta wonder if anyone on SF read the scouting report on newly-acquired Cards’ WR DeAndre Hopkins (see 14 receptions worth 151 yards).

Jim’s Numbers Guys did as the Cardinals plus the points was Jim’s STEAM PLAY OF THE DAY…another OUTRIGHT DOG WINNER. 

True, Arizona is gonna be a dangerous team this season – remember they covered seven of their first nine games as underdogs last year – but the early-bird “flip side” says that maybe this Niners team will struggle all year long as favorites and especially if all-world TE George Kittle (only four catches for 44 yards) isn’t more of home-run hitter.

Finally, let’s weigh in those QB Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Bucs: Okay, so a season-opening 34-23 loss at 4-point fav New Orleans is nothing to fret about but a pair of Brady INTs – including that devastating “pick six” by Saints’ CB Janoris Jenkins – really unnerved a Tampa Bay team that committed a slew of penalties and got zilch from WR Mike Evans (one late-game TD catch from two yards out). We remind you that the Bucs were among the top four or five teams in the league when it came to preseason “win it all” odds (see 14-to-1 around here) … they didn’t play like a real Super Bowl contender out of the chute.

FYI, the sweet big money-line winners in NFL Week 1 included the Washington Football Team (+ 195) over Philadelphia 27-17, Jacksonville (+ 265) over Indianapolis 27-20 and aforementioned Arizona (+ 250) over the 49ers.


No SEC. No Big 10. Heck, no Mountain West and no Mid-American Conferences either in this Covid-19 season but yet there were plenty of “name teams” that didn’t exactly start off with a bang this past weekend.

Florida State (- 12.5) – Wow, it’s good to see that the Seminoles can lose a season-opening game no matter who coaches (a little sarcasm there!). First-year boss Mike Norvell followed in the footsteps of Willie Taggart who lost his opener in both of his years at Tallahassee and Jimbo Fisher who lost his last season-opener with the ‘Noles back in 2017. Don’t look now but FSU is a collective 12-24-1 ATS (against the spread) since the start of the ’17 campaign. Ugh.

Notre Dame (- 21.5) – The ND Fighting Irish failed to cash its rather lackluster 27-13 home win against Duke this past weekend as the Blue Devils cranked out 246 yards in the first half. No doubt Notre Dame was being asked to lay a monstrous price against a well-coached David Cutcliffe team but gotta believe an Irish gang lacking (for now) big-play wide outs could be a season-long liability as hefty favs.

Iowa State (- 12) – Yes, the Cyclones received lots of summertime “love” from the experts out there (we’re watching “Bear” on ESPN!) but not showing up against these early-season non-league folks is getting ridiculous. Last year it was a 29-26 non-cover triple-OT win against 23.5-point pup Northern Iowa and this time it was a humbling 31-14 loss to Louisiana. True, the Ragin’ Cajuns scored a pair of special teams touchdowns but toss that aside and you saw I-State slinger Brock Purdy complete just 16-of-35 passes for 145 yards and no TDs. Heck, that’s no way to start off an alleged Heisman Trophy campaign, is it? One update on Iowa State: Maybe the ‘Clones are holding out for the Big 12 games – ISU’s a nifty 22-13 ATS when facing conference foes the past three-plus seasons.

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You know the deal:

No matter what teams make the cut for the final at-large bids to next week’s NCAA Tournament there’s gonna be a slew of hoop squads that believe they got hosed.

Well, here’s a little memo to a couple of teams that we will list just below … win at least two games in your conference tournaments and (we say) you’ll have nothing to worry about come Selection Sunday:

CINCINNATI (20-10, 13-5 AAC) – Hey, these Bearcats have been on-and-off the proverbial bubble for the past few weeks but a couple of wins here in the American Athletic Conference Tournament (see our quick-hitter preview below in today’s Jim Sez) will land ‘em a “Big Dance” berth for sure. In laymen’s terms, if the ‘Cats get to the AAC Championship Game – win or lose there – they’re in. The 51 NET ain’t great but two wins against Wichita State, a win against league rival Houston and a 78-66 win against Tennessee helps the resume. FYI, One win in this mini-tourney and Cincy’s squarely on the bubble. Bettors beware as Cincy’s failed to cover seven of its last eight games.

SOUTH CAROLINA (18-13, 10-8 SEC) – Gotta say we haven’t seen the Gamecocks listed on many “mock” NCAA Tournament fields but do believe a pair of SEC Tourney wins gets ‘em in (maybe in one of the “First Four” games). The 67 NET works against Frank Martin’s squad as does the fact the Gamecocks are just 5-5 SU in their last 10 games but wins against the Arkansas vs. Vanderbilt survivor and another in the quarterfinals against LSU should do the trick. P.S., South Carolina is 11-6 ATS (against the spread) since Jan.11th.

Now hear this …

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Here’s more of this week’s College Basketball mini-tournies with the leagues that tip off play beginning Thursday …


at Fort Worth, TX

The 22nd-ranked Houston Cougars have a sort of “home state” advantage here playing in the great state of Texas and Kelvin Sampson’s squad will try to do it with “D” here – they own the country’s 12th-best scoring defense (allowing 62.1 ppg). The general lack of pop from Tulsa and Wichita State likely means they’ll fall short of this title chase but UConn and Memphis plus points probably will be utilized here.

The Favorite: Houston

The Dark Horse: UConn

Pointspread Note: Houston’s an ugly 3-6 versus the vig since Feb.5th and the Coogs have failed to cover four consecutive away games


At Anaheim, CA

No fans allowed in the Honda Center because of the coronavirus mess …and only one tam from this conference will get an NCAA bid but even fav Cal-Irvine could be a #15 seed next week. Watch for G Evan Leonard of the UCI Anteaters … he must shoot it better than 40.5 from the field or else these guys could stumble spreadwise.

The Favorite: UC-Irvine

The Dark Horse: Hawaii

Pointspread Note: The league’s biggest money-burner is Cal-Fullerton (just 10-19 against the odds this year) while Cal-Davis (17-13 ATS) and Cal-Poly SLO (16-12) are the best bets and neither gets you all that excited


At Las Vegas, NV

Be sure that New Mexico State should make minced meat of this mini-tourney field as the Aggies have bludgeoned next-best team Cal-Baptist by a grand total of 48 points in their two head-to-head meetings. New Mexico State’s the country’s fifth-ranked defense while yielding only 59.7 points a game.

The Favorite: New Mexico State

The Dark Horse: UT-Rio Grande Valley

Pointspread Note: Cal-Baptist’s 16-10 spread mark is the best in this WAC and note heavy-duty fav New Mexico State is just 13-16 vig-wise but riding a four-game spread winning streak these days

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Let’s keep the ole basketball bouncing – there’s conference tournaments all ‘round the land this week and here’s quick-hitter looks / previews of the Eight (8) so-called mini-tournies that will be tipping off Wednesday, March 11th:

And a reminder:

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Now, here’s more of this week’s College Basketball mini-tournies beginning with Wednesday afternoon /night action …


At Boise, ID

There’s some hoop know-it-alls that believe top seed Eastern Washington – riding a seven-game SU (straight-up) winning streak right now – could be as high as an #11 seed in next week’s NCAA Tourney. One-two punch of G Jacob Davison (18.4 points per game) and F Mason Peatling (17.2 ppg) both can get heated up in a hurry.

The Favorite: Eastern Washington

The Dark Horse: Portland State

Pointspread Note: Biggest money-maker in the Big Sky? It’s Northern Colorado (19-9 ATS) while fav Eastern Washington’s covered four of its last five games


At Brooklyn, NY

There’s only one real story here – the Dayton Flyers (29-2, 18-0 Atlantic-10 play) enter mini-tourney week ranked #3 in the land and very much capable of securing one of the NCAA Tournament numero uno seeds and plenty of eyeballs will be watching Player of the Year candidate F Obi Toppin (20 ppg / 7.5 rpg). Okay, so the prices will be hefty but our knee-jerk reaction is don’t make any anti-Dayton plays. Plus, Richmond and Rhode Island could be “overpriced” as so-called bubble teams.

The Favorite: Dayton

The Dark Horse: VCU

Pointspread Note: Dayton’s 19-12 against the odds but take note the Flyers are just 5-6 spreadwise since late January

PAC-12 TOURNAMENT – Wed-thru-Sat

at Las Vegas, NV

Hey, depending on who you talk to the Pac-12 could have anywhere between five-to-seven teams in the NCAA Tourney … UCLA (NET 76) and Arizona State (NET 52) would be in if we were selecting a 68-team field but Thursday night losses could kayo ‘em both. Oregon’s the top choice to snag the mini-tourney crown but G Payton Pritchard (20.5 ppg / 5.5 apg) must get some help and Colorado (four losses in a row SU) and Stanford really need to hit the reset button.

The Favorite: Oregon

The Dark Horse: Arizona State

Pointspread Note: There’s three Pac-12 teams sharing the top spot among “best bets”: Oregon, USC and Stanford each is 19-12 against the Las Vegas price tags

BIG 10 TOURNAMENT – Wed-thru-Sun

At Indianapolis, IN

There’s a feeling that Michigan State is just rounding into form these days as Sparty has won its last five games in a row but sometimes it feels like too much is placed on the shoulders of PG Cassius Winston (18.6 ppg and 5.9 assists per outing) and so we won’t be shocked if Tom Izzo’s squad falls short of the championship game: Red-hot Wisconsin (eight wins in a row SU) and Maryland (somewhere inside the AP top 10 just about all year long) both have the right puzzle pieces to make a run at the Big 10 crown.

The Favorite: Michigan State

The Dark Horse: Michigan

Pointspread Note: Maryland’s just 2-5-1 spreadwise in its last eight games; Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s 7-2-2 ATS since late January


At New York City, NY

Folks may disagree but we believe this Big East is the best conference in the country with #1 seed Creighton, #2 Villanova and #3 Seton Hall all quite capable of cutting down the nets at this year’s Final Four … really. The ‘Nova Wildcats probably are the best of this trio in crunch-time situations but we could see one of those vintage scoring sprees by Hall G Myles Powell who has already been crowned Big East Player of the Year. P.S., we won’t be shocked if red-hot Providence (won six in a row SU) is a solid investment in this mini-tourney.

The Favorite: Villanova

The Dark Horse: Butler

Pointspread Note: Creighton’s 19-and-10 spread mark is the best among Big East teams but did you know that Seton Hall’s 4-8-1 ATS in its last baker’s dozen games?

BIG 12 TOURNAMENT – Wed-thru-Sat

At Kansas City, Mo

Here’s how we see the conference that’s pretty much held onto the top spot in the land the past two months (with either Kansas or Baylor): The Jayhawks could afford a semifinal or final round loss and still get a #1 seed in the NCAA’s but Baylor can only get back onto the #1 seed line with a mini-tourney win and some outside help. The proverbial bottom line is we expect a slew of white knucklers here and so – we’re warning you now – we’ll likely be interested when West Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech are grabbing points this week.

The Favorite: Kansas

The Dark Horse: Texas Tech

Pointspread Note: Top seeds Kansas (19-12 ATS) and Baylor (18-12 ATS) have been the biggest buck-makers in this league while West Virginia’s 3-8-1 vig-wise in its last dozen tilts


At Nashville, TN

Here’s an interesting nugget: The Kentucky Wildcats have copped 31 SEC Tournaments (the last occurred in 2018 / note Auburn won last year) and all the other SEC teams have combined for 28 mini-tourney titles. Yowie! Now, John Calipari’s crew rambles into Music City red-hot versus the vig (see our Jim Sez Pointspread Note below) and G Immanuel Quickley (a 43 pct three-point shooter) could be guns-blazin’ though he will face some hearty defensive units.

The Favorite: Kentucky

The Dark Horse: Florida

Pointspread Note: Since Feb. 4th, Kentucky’s covered eight of its last 10 games including recent outright upset wins at Florida, at Texas A&M and at LSU


At Frisco, TX

Good chance that the winner here gets no better than a #15 seed in next week’s NCAA Tourney – but any shot to gobble up points with Marshall, UAB and/or UTEP will be recommended. Top seed North Texas allows just 63.3 ppg and could put the late-game squeeze on any /all opposing 3-point shooters.

The Favorite: North Texas

The Dark Horse: UAB

Pointspread Note: Top seed North Texas is a “mean” 19-9 versus the vig but that includes three-of-four spread setbacks since mid-February

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Tell us the honest-to-goodness truth:

Aren’t you in the mood for some real-live March Madness?

Great, because between right now (Monday, March 9th) and this coming Sunday (that’s March 15th) – a/k/a Selection Sunday – there are a whopping total of 171 on-the-board College Basketball Conference Tournament games on tap and they include everything from the ACC to the Big 12 to the Western Athletic Conference … and everything else in between.

Hey, there’s gonna be a whole of movin’ and shakin’ when it comes to next week’s NCAA Tournament bids based on these aforementioned 171 games and we’ve already had a dose of that this past weekend when 4th-seed Bradley copped the Missouri Valley Conference (and covered two-of-three mini tourney games along the way) and hats off to Utah State for shocking the hoops world with a Mountain West Conference Championship Game upset win against 5-point fav San Diego last Saturday, thus likely KO’ing SDSU from an all-important No.1 seed in next week’s NCAA’s.

In laymen’s terms, it’s a case of massive mayhem on the hard courts of America and there’s plenty on tap all this week as we work our way towards Selection Sunday where even a couple of projected #1 seeds are far from a veritable slam dunk – right Baylor and Dayton?

So, without further ado we’ll continue to examine /analyze this week’s mini-tournies as we check out all the leagues – both big and small – that are on-the-Las Vegas-board items.

But first this key reminder that Jim Hurley’s Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will keep beating the books with more College Basketball and NBA winners, so let’s cash in big all this week right here at www.jimhurley.com or via our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453. Keep in mind when there’s day-time hoops, we’ll have our selections bright and early! Hey, we’ve been hot-hot-hot lately, so make sure you’re all aboard for a bust-out March!

In College Basketball action beginning today and tomorrow, it’s …

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT – Mon. (four home games), Thurs-thru-Sat

at Cleveland, OH

The Mid-American Conference folks can stop dreaming: This – as usual – is gonna be a one-bid league and something tells us it will be a wild scramble come the semis and finals with Akron, Bowling Green and Ball State in the major hunt for the crown. Watch for Northern Illinois G Eugene German whose 20.5 ppg average leads the league.

The Favorite: Akron

The Dark Horse: Northern Illinois

Pointspread Note: Akron may be the top seed here in the MAC but the Zips have failed to cover five of their last six outings heading into Thursday’s tilt

ACC TOURNAMENT – Tues-thru-Sat

At Greensboro, NC

Talk about taking the long way home! Here’s Virginia (a #2 seed here) listed as our Jim Sez “favorite” to win this ACC Tournament and a month ago the Cavaliers were thinking they’d have to play in the first round of mini-tourney action (that’s being a double-digit seed). Dick Bennett’s club is riding a real wave but defensive-minded Florida State and always-tough Duke could be cuttin’ down the nets this weekend if they are able to hit their fair share of threes. It could be time to worry about Syracuse’s 2-3 zone and / or Notre Dame board-banger John Mooney (league-best 12.8 rebs per game). Gut feeling is the dogs will beat out the chalk sides in the final won / loss column.

The Favorite: Virginia

The Dark Horse: Notre Dame

Pointspread Note: Here’s an oddity: The league’s top spread side – Georgia Tech (19-11 against the spread) won’t even partake in this mini-tourney as it serves an NCAA sentence but note defending national champ Virginia rides a dandy 5-1-1 ATS mark into this mini-tourney


at Atlantic City, NJ

Siena charges into this tourney riding a nine-game SU (straight-up) winning streak with three starters averaging between 13.6 and 15.3 ppg but maybe you think Saint Peter’s is gonna win after nabbing 7-of-8 SU wins down the stretch.

The Favorite: Siena

The Dark Horse: Monmouth

Pointspread Note: Hate to accentuate the negative but Iona is 9-16 ATS and rival Manhattan is 12-17 versus the vig


Let’s go ahead and expand our weekly NCAA Tournament look even more now … we’re getting you our entire 68-team projected field and take note we have the “First Four” games to be played in Dayton (March 17 & 18) too:


(1)         Dayton vs (16) N.C. Central / Colgate

(2)         Kentucky vs (15) Robert Morris

(3)         Seton Hall vs (14) Winthrop

(4)         Michigan State vs (13) Hofstra

(5)          Penn State vs (12) Rhode Island

(6)         LSU vs (11) Liberty

(7)         Utah State vs (10) Texas

(8)         UCLA vs (9) West Virginia


(1)         Kansas vs (16) New Mexico State

(2)         Duke vs (15) Yale

(3)         Creighton vs (14) Vermont

(4)         Virginia vs (13) Wright State

(5)         Butler vs (12) Belmont

(6)         Illinois vs (11) Cincinnati / N.C. State

(7)         Providence vs. (10) Rutgers

(8)         Arizona vs (9) Miss State


(1)         San Diego State vs (16) Prairie View / Siena

(2)         Baylor vs. (15) Little Rock

(3)         Florida State vs (14) North Texas

(4)         Villanova vs (13) Akron

(5)         Auburn vs (12) East Tennessee State

(6)         Houston vs (11) Northern Iowa

(7)         Oklahoma vs (10) Saint Mary’s

(8)         Arizona State vs (9) Wisconsin


(1)         Gonzaga vs (16) North Dakota State

(2)          San Diego State vs (15) Eastern Washington

(3)         Maryland vs (14) UC-Irvine

(4)         Oregon vs (13) Stephen F. Austin

(5)         BYU vs (12) Tulsa / Richmond

(6)         Florida vs (11) Bradley

(7)         Ohio State vs (10) USC

(8)         Iowa vs (9) Texas Tech

Last Four In – Cincinnati, Tulsa, N.C. State, Richmond

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As the late, great Tom Petty used to sing, “Waiting is the hardest part”. He sure got that right!

No doubt most of you faithful Jim Sez readers – and Jim Hurley clients – have been champing at the proverbial bit to get to Selection Sunday and it’s now just a week away … it’s tick, tick, tick towards March 15th.

There’s a batch of College Basketball teams out there still unsure if they are gonna be part of the 68-team field.

Our up-to-the-minute “bubble teams” includes (at least) the following squads …

Cincinnati, Indiana, Marquette, N.C. State, Nevada, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Richmond, South Carolina, Tulsa and Xavier.

Gotta believe that each of these teams needs to win at least one upcoming mini-tourney game to stay in the hunt for those final “Big Dance” at-large bids and, some, of course, may have to do even more. 

And while the sport’s heavy-hitters – see Kansas and San Diego State and Dayton, among many others – know they’ll be landing on the #1, #2 or (at worst) #3 seed lines in NCAA Tournament play, they really can only venture an educated guess as to where they’ll be headed for first- and second-round action.

Here’s some thoughts based on geography and, oh yes, putting “fannies” in the seats as we list first-week/weekend sites and some of the high-profile / elite teams that figure to be playing there:

On Thursday, March 19th …

SITE                                         LIKELY TEAMS PLAYING THERE

Albany                                    Seton Hall, Villanova

Tampa                                    Florida State, Kentucky

St. Louis                                 Louisville, Northern Iowa

Spokane                                 Gonzaga, Oregon

On Friday, March 20th …

SITE                                         LIKELY TEAMS PLAYING THERE

Greensboro                           Duke, Virginia

Cleveland                               Dayton, Michigan State, Ohio State

Omaha                                   Kansas, Baylor

Sacramento                          San Diego State, UCLA

Remember that these teams will be priced a bit higher than they would have been on a true neutral court … it’s a fact, so we’ll keep that in mind when ‘capping their early-round tourney games.

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In other Selection Sunday-related News & Notes …

There’s lots of folks talking about seeding but keep in mind – for the most part – there’s a sliding scale of sorts when the NCAA Tournament folks are deciding who to put on the #6-thru-#9 seed lines. The NCAA Tournament would rather not seek head-to-head conference matchups in the Saturday / Sunday games the first weekend so there’s the chance that, let’s say, Iowa would get a #7 seed and play a #10 seed in Stanford instead of putting Iowa on the #8 seed line and having ‘em play a #9 seed  in Rutgers. Got it? …

Also, the tourney folks would like to “spread out” same-conference teams: In a perfect world, for example, let’s say there are seven SEC teams in this year’s NCAA Tournament. The committee folks would like two SEC teams each in the East, two in the South, two in the Midwest and one SEC team out West. One handicapping note: Don’t just assume that, say, a couple of SEC teams don’t cover on the first Thursday of the NCAA Tournament that the SEC teams will be “bad bets” on the first Friday of the “Big Dance”. Don’t judge a conference’s strength / weakness after one day of NCAA Tourney play …

Finally, anyone that’s been with us over the years here at Jim Sez knows there are certain specific “handicapping guides” we tend to go with in the first-round games:

Go against any power conference team – that’s ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC — that had to win four games in four days to win its mini-tournament; they rarely have their legs for this first NCAA Tourney game. Even three mini-tourney wins in three straight days makes ‘em “iffy” in Round I of the big tournament.

Next, take any power conference team plus points that’s coming off an early-round mini-tourney loss; they have a “something-to-prove” attitude with a real focus;

And, lastly, check out the recent pointspread results: If we can grab a team — power conference or not – that rolls into the NCAA Tournament on a five-, six- or seven-game pointspread winning streak (or 6-of-7 spread covers, etc.) then we’ll give ‘em strong consideration.

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Oh, it’s “Madness” alright when you’re handicapping all these College Basketball Conference Tournament (see mini-tournies) but we’re gonna set aside a few moments here to explain some of our Jim Sez wagering strategies when it comes to these games / tournaments … come along for the ride for Three (3) Rules of Play, if you will!

No. 1 … Look at these conference tournaments as an opportunity for certain teams to hit the “reset button”: Much like the college football bowl games, these mini-tournies serve as a “new season” where teams can right themselves and maybe play with a real chip on their shoulders. Don’t necessarily assume all the #1 and #2 seeds in these conference tournaments are gonna dominate play, as there’s some good teams out there with a something-to-prove attitude. Off the top of our head, we’re thinking UConn in the American Athletic, Notre Dame in the ACC and Arizona in the Pac-12. Hey, don’t be shocked if these three teams are major money-makers in mini-tourney action. There’s a “freebie” for you all!

No. 2 … Go ahead and “ride” a team that wins you an opening-round mini-tourney game: Folks, gotta admit that this has been a pretty successful formula in recent years as Jim Hurley’s grabbed a Round I side (normally an underdog or a near pick ‘em game) and then played ‘em as long as they stayed alive in these conference tournaments. Momentum is a funny thing and sometimes an above-average-to-good team catches fire at this time of the season and just cashes play-after-play. We can’t “give away the store” here and suggest any actual plays but teams with good talent and a great coach have a way of storming into mini-tourney title games while cashing two, three or even four games along the way. Ride the hot hand.

No. 3 … Go against betting favorites that feel real pressure to win a game or two in these mini tournies: You know the old adage as Las Vegas prices tend to rise the more a team “needs to win” and we’ve made a bundle of greenbacks over the years going against “bubble teams” that hear the noise that they need to win “a couple of games” to get into the NCAA Tournament. It’s often simply just too much pressure to cash in these so-called must-win games. Just because a team faces a “must win” game doesn’t mean they must cover.

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On Saturday, it’s …

#1 KANSAS (27-3, 16-1) at TEXAS TECH (18-12, 9-8) – 2 p.m. ET, ESPN

If you’re keeping track, the Kansas Jayhawks have won or shared the Big 12 regular-season crown in 15 of the last 16 seasons and Bill Self’s crew will nail down the outright title here with a road win in Lubbock (or a Baylor loss at West Virginia). Kansas center Udoka Azubuike scored 31 points against TCU on Wednesday night but a sore ankle could limit his minutes here (he played 35 minutes in the 75-66 non-cover vs. TCU).

Spread Note – Kansas is 18-11 ATS (against the spread) and that includes six-of-seven covers since early February.

#4 BAYLOR (26-3, 15-2) at WEST VIRGINIA (20-10, 8-9) – 1 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Most prognosticators still believe the Baylor Bears can snag a #1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tourney – but a loss here or coming up shy of the championship game in next week’s Big 12 Tournament likely will doom those hopes and so this is a biggie for Scott Drew’s team: Keep in mind Baylor sports the sixth-best defense in Division 1 (allowing just 59.6 ppg) while West Virginia hunkers down with the country’s 17th-best defense (yielding 62.4 ppg).

Spread Note – Baylor’s also 18-11 versus the vig this 2019-2020 hoops season but did you know the Bears are a rock-solid 11-6 spreadwise when playing against fellow Big 12 teams?

#6 KENTUCKY (24-6, 14-3) at FLORIDA (18-11, 10-6) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS

We’ve seen where there are some folks that believe this Kentucky squad is operating “below the radar” but not sure that can ever happen for one of the sport’s true bluebloods. The ‘Cats do come off an 81-73 home loss against 8.5-point pup Tennessee this past Tuesday night and so UK coach John Calipari will be in a “rare mood” here after watching his guys blow a 17-point lead. Yikes!

Spread Note – Kentucky has covered seven of its last nine games but the ‘Cats are a modest 16-14 vig-wise this season

NORTH CAROLINA (13-17, 6-13) at #12 DUKE (24-6, 14-5) – 6 p.m. ET, ESPN

Okay, so when is the last time the Tar Heels vs. Blue Devils matchup featured two teams outside the top 10? Good question but here there’s no question that Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke team needs a better start than last time these rivals clashed as the Dookies were forced to overcome a 13-point deficit with four-plus minutes remaining to snag a 98-96 overtime non-cover win at Chapel Hill.

Spread Note – Go figure as Duke / North Carolina are a combined 28-32 against the Las Vegas prices this season (note Duke’s just 15-15 ATS)

STANFORD (20-10, 9-8) at #13 OREGON (23-7, 12-5) – 11 p.m. ET, Fox 1

There’s still a shot for the Oregon Ducks to pull the one-two okey-doke: Win (or share) the Pac-12 regular-season crown and then cop next week’s Pac-12 Tournament and that would likely get the Duckies a #2 seed … but first things first and that means G Payton Pritchard (20.2 ppg and 81 triples / 40.4 pct shooter from “3”) must dominate against a Stanford that comes off Thursday night’s 68-65 loss at 1.5-point fav Oregon State (the Cardinal shot just 3-of-15 from deep in that doozy).

Spread Note – Oregon’s a so-so 13-11 spreadwise when in the betting favorite’s role and that includes a 70-60 loss at two-point pup Stanford back on Feb. 1st.

UCLA (19-11, 12-5) at USC (21-9, 10-7) – 3:15 p.m. ET, CBS

So, what’s gotten into these UCLA Bruins? They’ve bagged seven consecutive SU wins and now Mick Cronin’s crew is in revenge mode against in-city rival USC (see Trojans 74-63 back on Jan. 12th as senior Nick Rakocevic was a stat-sheet stuffer with 17 points and 14 rebounds). Now, UCLA looks to get the season split here and we’ll be keeping a close eye on Tyger Campbell who drained a late-game tie-breaker jump shot to help beat Arizona last Saturday.

Spread Note – USC is a better-than-you-think 19-11 against the odds this year while UCLA’s 4-0-1 against the numbers since mid-February

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Truth is you only have to go back nine months or so to witness the Toronto Raptors beating the Golden State Warriors in six games in the 2019 NBA Finals … geez, doesn’t that now feel like it happened years ago?

It’s safe to say that this here-and-now G-State Warriors’ squad doesn’t at all resemble the team that captured three championships and played in five consecutive NBA Finals between 2015-19 – no more Kevin Durant (hello, Brooklyn), no rehabbing Stephen Curry and no still-injured Klay Thompson.

The stress and strain of playing all those extra post-season games the past five-plus seasons really wore out the Warriors – but don’t believe for a minute that the “window has closed” for Steve Kerr’s club: The Dubs could be a major menace in the 2020-21 campaign, really.

Still, this first Thursday night in March is reserved for the here-and-now happening teams as the TNT folks bring us an uber-captivating game in the opener – that’s the Los Angeles Clippers at the Houston Rockets — and that’s followed by an NBA Finals “rematch” (we know that’s stretching it!) between the defending champion Toronto Raptors at the new-and-not-so-improved GS Warriors.

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Here’s what is on the NBA docket on this first Thursday in the merry month of March:

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (42-19) at HOUSTON (39-21) – 8 p.m. ET, TNT

Major NBA Western Conference hoedown here in Space City and remember the last time the Clippers travelled to “H-Town” they lost 102-93 way back on Nov. 13th. Now, Doc Rivers’ crew zooms into town sporting a five-game SU (straight-up) winning streak and looking to ride Kawhi Leonard / Lou Williams to the winner’s circle. P.S., Houston is fresh off back-to-back barnburners – the 111-110 overtime win in Boston last Saturday night (a Jim Hurley winner!) and then the 125-123 loss at New York on Monday. Neither James Harden nor Russell Westbrook could hit the clutch shots late in that latter affair at Madison Square Garden … will they make ‘em here?

Spread Notes – The LA Clippers have covered four of their last five games but note they’ve failed to cover all three of their head-to-head matchups with Houston this season. The Rockets, meanwhile, are 31-29 versus the vig this hoops season and that includes a solid 9-6 ATS run in home games since Dec. 28th.

TORONTO (43-18) at GOLDEN STATE (14-48) – 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT

Say this for the Toronto Raptors: They haven’t missed a beat this year while playing without above-mentioned Clipper Kawhi Leonard – heck, Nick Nurse’s squad sports six guys averaging 16 points-or-more per game with All-Star Pascal Siakam (23.7 ppg) leading the way but can the North-of-the-Border crew cover a hefty road price tag here? Note the last time Toronto was a big away fav it failed to cover the 9.5-point price in Cleveland … see Raptors 115, Cavaliers 109 back on Jan. 30th.

The Warriors – sitting in the NBA’s Western Conference basement this year – do come off Tuesday’s rather stunning 116-100 win in Denver where the Nuggets were 16.5-point betting favorites. Yow-ie!

Spread Notes – Toronto is a respectable 33-27-1 ATS this hoops season and note the Raptors are 10-6-1 spreadwise away since mid-December. On the flip side, Golden State’s 28-33-1 versus the vig – better than you thought, right? – but the Warriors have failed to cover six of their last nine games.


Here’s more from this week’s College Basketball mini-tournies – there’s Southern Conference Tournament action that starts up Friday and Colonial Conference, the Summit League and Sun Belt Conference action that tips off Saturday …


At Asheville, NC

Most “bracketologists” have Southern Conference top seed East Tennessee State penciled in as a #10 or #11 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament – even if the Buccaneers don’t win this mini-tourney. Still, we’d advise ETSU not to take any chances and we’d be shocked if the Bucs fell short of at least getting into the championship game with the one-two punch of guards Tray Boyd III (13.6 ppg) and Bo Hodges (13.2 ppg) leading the way.

The Favorite: East Tennessee State

The Dark Horse: Chattanooga

Pointspread Note: The league’s best spread side is Chattanooga (19-10 ATS) and the worst is Samford (8-20)


At Washington, DC

No doubt about it: Playing this Colonial Tournament in the D.C. / Virginia areas is a major advantage to the local schools …and a big disadvantage here to Long Island-based Hofstra, the league’s regular-season champ at 14-4 SU. So, notice we’ve installed William & Mary (13-5 SU in Colonial play) as “The Favorite” here.

The Favorite: William & Mary

The Dark Horse: Delaware

Pointspread Note: Hofstra’s scintillating 22-and-8 spread record is far-and-away the best in the Colonial Conference and note the Pride heads into this mini-tourney having covered nine of its last 10 games.

SUMMIT LEAGUE – Sat-thru-Tues

At Sioux Falls, SD

Could have flipped a coin as to whom the “favorite” is here as our choice – North Dakota State – sports a slew of quality three-point shooters that could make the difference in a potential title tilt against South Dakota State … NDSU’s G Vinnie Shahid has drilled 74 trifectas this year.

The Favorite: North Dakota State

The Dark Horse: Nebraska-Omaha

Pointspread Note: South Dakota State is a league-best 20-9 ATS this season and that features an 11-4 spread log since the start of January

SUN BELT CONFERENCE – Sat / Mon / Wed / Sat (Mar. 14) / Sun (Mar. 15)

There’s only gonna be one bid from this league when it comes to NCAA Tourney time and – we submit – that either #1 seed Little Rock or #2 seed South Alabama will be cutting down the nets in the end. A player-to-watch here? Set your orbs on Little Rock G Markquis Nowell who averages a team-high 17.2 ppg and shoots 40 percent from “3”.

The Favorite: Little Rock

The Dark Horse: Georgia Southern

Pointspread Note: Little Rock is 20-10 spreadwise and Arkansas State is 18-10 ATS … not bad investments at all this hoops season.

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Buckle up!

The College Basketball Season’s heading into “crunch time” and – seemingly – nobody’s safe out there on the hardwood as Baylor, Florida State, Duke, Maryland and Creighton (yes, all top 10 teams while heading into play this past weekend) were picked off by a handful of big-game hunters and the above-mentioned Baylor Bears had to go deep into an overtime session to hold off (but not cover) 7-point underdog Texas Tech in Monday night’s wild 71-68 tilt.

Now, we’ll dig into the month of March and attempt to separate the “men from boys” but this is 2020 and, well, anything goes!

As we draw closer and closer to the aforementioned NCAA Tournament — see Selection Sunday Show on March 15th — we get you our up-to-the-minute “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

Gonzaga                                        + 750

Dayton                                           + 1000

Kentucky                                        + 1000

Baylor                                             + 1100

San Diego State                            + 1200

Duke                                               + 1400

Louisville                                        + 1600

Michigan State                             + 1600

Seton Hall                                      + 1600

Florida State                                 + 1800

Maryland                                       + 1800

Oregon                                           + 3300

Michigan                                       + 3500

Penn State                                     + 4000


Let’s go ahead and – for a second straight week — expand our NCAA Tournament look even more now that we’re starting to dig into the month of March.  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 Regions:

EAST – Kansas, Maryland, Seton Hall, Penn State, West Virginia, Butler, Florida, Marquette, Northern Iowa, UCLA, Utah State/Stanford and East Tennessee State

MIDWEST – Baylor, Duke, Dayton, Villanova, Iowa, Houston, Texas Tech, Arizona, LSU, Illinois, Rutgers/Richmond and Hofstra

SOUTH – San Diego State, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, Auburn, BYU, Michigan, USC, Virginia, Wichita State, Providence and Liberty

WEST – Gonzaga, Florida State, Michigan State, Creighton, Oregon, Colorado, Arizona State, Miss State, Cincinnati, Saint Louis, Stephen F. Austin and Akron

Last Four In – Utah State, Stanford, Rutgers and Richmond

First Four Out – Oklahoma, Arkansas, Notre Dame and Texas

Editor’s Note: Let’s be clear, here: We’ve handed both San Diego State and Gonzaga top seeds in their respective regions but a loss by either / both teams kayos ‘em from the top spot in which case things would become “fluid” with Duke having a No. 1 seed shot if it can win the ACC Tournament; ditto for Maryland if it can win the Big 10 mini-tourney and, to a lesser degree, to Kentucky should the ‘Cats win the SEC Tournament and at least two of the above-mentioned top seeds get beaten in the conference tournaments (especially if they were to get beaten prior to the conference championship game).

Finally, we could see the likes of Villanova – we’ve listed ‘em as the #4 seed in the Midwest for now – and Oregon (our #5 seed in the West) climb their way up the seed lines with conference tournament titles in the Big East and Pac-12, respectively. Both could go as high as #2 seeds with rampaging runs through their mini-tournies and with some other outside assistance. Got it?

Here’s more from this week’s College Basketball mini-tournies – there’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament action that swings into gear on Thursday night and West Coast Conference action that starts Friday night …


At St. Louis, MO

Northern Iowa could wind up being a single-digit seed in the upcoming “Big Dance”— we have ‘em as a #9 seed right now and that could improve – as a resounding showing this week in “The Arch” could make folks sit up and really take notice. Guard AJ Green (team-best 19.7 ppg) could make himself one of March’s big hardwood heroes for NIU. P.S., Loyola-Chicago could make a mini-tourney run here if that nationally-ranked defense comes calling.

The Favorite: Northern Iowa

The Dark Horse: Indiana State

Pointspread Note: Heavyweight Northern Iowa sports the league’s best spread mark at 18-9 ATS (against the spread) but don’t sleep on Valpo (19-10 ATS) or even Missouri State (19-12 ATS)

WEST COAST CONFERENCE – Thurs-thru-Sat, Mon & Tues

At Las Vegas, NV

Could this finally be “the year” for the Gonzaga Bulldogs? There’s no question veteran head coach Mark Few has all the parts including six different double-digit scorers led by F Filip Petrusev (17.8 ppg) but the real key for the Zags in this mini-tourney is matching up with BYU’s three-point shooters and / or taking over the paint against an always-physical Saint Mary’s squad.

The Favorite: Gonzaga

The Dark Horse: San Francisco

Pointspread Note: BYU is an electric 11-5 against the odds since the start of the new year


Let’s examine just who have been the NBA’s Worst Spread Sides since Feb. 1 …

The Indiana Pacers are 5-7-1 ATS (against the spread) since Feb. 1st

The Miami Heat is 6-8 vig-wise since the first of February

The Minnesota Timberwolves have failed to cover nine of their last dozen games since 2-1-20

The Phoenix Suns are 3-10 against the odds the past month-plus

The San Antonio Spurs are 4-8 ATS since Feb. 1

The Utah Jazz is 4-7-1 versus the vig

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  1. Post-season tournament teams are from different conferences, and have usually not played common opponents. Vegas can’t make good numbers. They’re guessing! 
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Last Year’s NCAA Tournament – 27-17 overall (61.4%) 

• Started 6-3 opening Thursday, with 3 wins outright upsets 

6-4 in the Sweet 16, and 3-1 in the Elite 8 

3-0 in the Final Four winning both sides and my NCAA Total of the Year 


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Hmm, you might have noticed that the calendar page flips forward to read “March” on Sunday.

Well, now you’re talkin’!

The hoops-mad month promises a slew of exciting College Basketball games – and plenty of opportunities for everyone here to cash — and we’ll touch on one of ‘em right there on March 1st in a moment but gotta finish up February with a batch of great “Leap Year Day” matchups.

Let’s roll through several weekend showdowns here with our quick-hitter observations / comments, but first this key reminder …

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 weekend, so make sure you’re rockin’ and rollin’ all the hoop winners at our exclusive toll-free # of 1-800-323-4453 or right here online at www.jimhurley.com


#1 KANSAS (25-3, 14-1) at KANSAS STATE (9-19, 2-13) – 1:30 p.m. ET, CBS

Last time these in-state rivals collided there was a major brouhaha at game’s end as Kansas’ Silvio DeSousa was seen ready to whack a chair over an unsuspecting K-State player’s head … yikes!

Well, wild man DeSousa was suspended for 10 games – and rightly so and he’s out of the action here in this Big 12 tilt – but it likely doesn’t matter as Bill Self’s crew rolls into this bash on a six-game ATS (against the spread) winning streak thanks in large part because G Devon Dotson (17.9 ppg) has been brilliant.

Kansas State’s failed to cover five of its last six outings overall and is a dreary 11-17 against the odds this year.

#15 AUBURN (24-4, 11-4) at #8 KENTUCKY (23-5, 13-2) – 3:45 p.m. ET, CBS

Gotta go back to Feb.1st to find the last time the Kentucky Wildcats lost a game … and it was a 75-66 setback at then-2.5-point fav Auburn.

Since then, John Calipari’s crew has won seven in a row SU (straight-up) – while going 6-1 against the numbers – and only one SEC team during the last half-dozen games has scored more than 64 points in a game against ‘em … dee-fense, dee-fense!

Overall, the ‘Cats are just 15-13 spreadwise; Auburn is 13-15 against the odds but a real key here for the hosts is holding down War Eagle G Samir Doughty (16.1 ppg and team-best 47 triples).

#24 MICHIGAN STATE (19-9, 11-6) at #9 MARYLAND (23-5, 13-4) – 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

Here’s the prime-time affair on the all-sports network and let’s getcha these spread stats first:

Maryland is 8-3-1 ATS in its last dozen affairs but dig deeper and you’ll see the Terrapins are just 1-3-1 spreadwise in their last handful of games. Overall, Maryland is 15-12 odds-wise this 2019-2020 campaign:

On the flip side, Michigan State’s a sub-par 12-16 against the juice and Tom Izzo’s squad has dropped six of its last seven spread verdicts while dating back to Feb. 1 … no kidding!

If Sparty is gonna get revenge for that 67-60 home loss (as 6.5-point betting favorites, no less) to Maryland, then it can’t surrender any 14-0 game-ending runs as happened two weeks ago when the Terps’ Anthony Cowan scored 11 of his game-best 24 points in the final two-plus minutes.

PROVIDENCE (16-12, 9-6) at #12 VILLANOVA (22-6, 11-4) – 12 p.m. ET, Fox

There’s no doubt the ‘Nova Wildcats – the NCAA champs in 2016 and ‘18 – are peaking at the exact right time as Jay Wright’s crew has won five in a row SU and covered its last four games in a row. Now, Villanova guns for the regular-season sweep after besting Providence 64-60 as 3-point road favorites back on Jan. 25th. Note that the Wildcats are just 14-14 ATS – Providence is just 12-14 versus the vig – and we say the Friars must win 20 games SU if it wants to be considered a “bubble team” come Selection Sunday. Got it?


 #19 MICHIGAN (18-10, 9-8) at #23 OHIO STATE (19-9, 9-8) – 4 p.m. ET, CBS

Interestingly enough, both Michigan and Ohio State have 16-12 ATS marks while heading into this first-of-March tilt in the Buckeye State: Note the Wolverines were 61-58 losers as 3-point home favorites versus O-State back on Feb. 4th and you might recall from that first matchup that Buckeyes’ star Kaleb Wesson registered 23 points and 12 boards while Michigan canned just 10-of-31 triple tries. One final spread note: Ohio State started out the year at 8-1 ATS and is 8-11 ever since including home spread setbacks inside the Big 10 against Rutgers, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin.


Here’s a look at some of the NBA’s hot-hot-hot spread sides (through games of Feb. 27th) …

The Boston Celtics have covered their last five games in a row and go all the way back to Jan. 20th and you’ll see the C’s are 13-4 ATS in their last 17

The Houston Rockets have covered seven of their last 10 games and that includes four of their last five

The Los Angeles Lakers have notched spread wins in five of their last six games including that LeBron James-less 116-86 thrashing of 11-point home pup Golden State on Thursday night

The Milwaukee Bucks have banged out pointspread “W’s” in eight of their last 10 games and note the Bucks were laying 9.5-or-more points in seven of those last 10 tilts

The Sacramento Kings have covered four in a row and have cashed seven of their nine games overall since early February

NOTE: Lots more College Basketball plus NFL Draft coverage and more all next week!


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


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.


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:


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


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.

Jim Hurley College Hoops Report and AL East Win Totals




Okay, so everyone’s had a catchy name for what went on this past weekend when #1 Baylor, #2 Gonzaga and #4 San Diego State all were topped on the hardwood … “Shakeup Saturday” or maybe “Pre-March Madness” got you juiced and how about this one: “Hoops Hell” for the highly-ranked teams.

You take your pick!

All we’re gonna say is that while plenty of so-called “bracketologists” claim that the losses by the Associated Press’ #1, #2 and #4 teams “would not greatly impact” the expected seedings in next month’s NCAA Tournament, we say that’s absolute hogwash.

Hey, a loss is a loss and last week we watched one cable TV highlights show where the “experts” each said San Diego State – now 26-1 SU (straight-up) following Saturday night’s stunning 66-63 home loss against 14-point underdog UNLV – would maintain a projected #1 seed in the tourney provided they went unbeaten. Now, what are they saying?

Simply put, the weekend losses by the sport’s elite could mean Baylor drops onto the NCAA Tourney #2 seed line providing Kansas wins the Big 12 regular-season and mini-tourney titles;
It could mean that Gonzaga – now 27-2 SU following that 91-78 loss at 4-point pup BYU – could drop to the #2 seed line with just one more loss between now and Selection Sunday on March 15th;
And, finally, what about the teams that close out the regular season and conference tournaments hot-hot-hot – such as #5 Dayton (25-2) and /or #6 Duke (23-4) could swipe a #1 seed and knock out one of those above-mentioned teams: That’s Baylor, Gonzaga or San Diego State.

In tomorrow’s Jim Sez, we’ll forecast the top 12 seeds in each region – obviously, that will include a pair of the “First Four” NCAA Tournament games from Dayton – and so we’ll let you know what impact these weekend losses had for some of the nation’s power-packed sides.

Jim Hurley’s Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will keep beating the Las Vegas and offshore books with more College Basketball and NBA winners. So, let’s cash in big all this weekend right here at www.jimhurley.com or via our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453.

Folks, this past winter weekend there were 11 nationally-ranked College Basketball teams that bit the dust. Below, find the game-by-game rundown and note all the home teams are in CAPS … folks, the Ohio State and Indiana wins were on Sunday, while all the rest happened this past Saturday:

# 3 Kansas+ 1.5# 1 BAYLOR64-61
# 23 BYU+4# 2 Gonzaga91-78
Unlv+ 14# 4 SAN DIEGO STATE66-63
# 25 OHIO STATE -3# 7 Maryland79-72
INDIANA– 1# 9 Penn State68-60
# 14 Oregon+ 4.5# 24 ARIZONA73-72 (ot)
# 15 CREIGHTON– 5# 21 Butler81-59
TCU+ 4.5# 17 West Virginia67-60 (ot)
Ucla+ 10# 18 COLORADO70-63
PROVIDENCE– 1.5# 19 Marquette84-72
MEMPHIS+2.5# 22 Houston60-59 (ot)



There are worse things in the world than the NBA Finals putting on a Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers showdown in June, right?

The two old rivals bucked heads on Sunday with the Lakers – thanks to a last-minute LeBron James wing jumper – beating (but not covering) the 7.5-point underdog Celtics 114-112. The game had plenty of drama and even a bit of controversy as a last-second push-off offensive foul called on Boston’s Jayson Tatum (game-high 41 points) had Celtics’ fans moaning. But you couldn’t beat the action and it sure seemed as if the ghost of Kobe Bryant was in the building (his memorial is today) because # 8 / # 24 really used to thrive in these high-profile spots.

No PG Kemba Walker (knee soreness) for the Celtics on Sunday, or maybe Boston would have won the “whole game” at Staples Center.

Stat of the day in this clash: The Lakers’ bench starring Kyle Kuzma (16 points and a game-best + 17 while on the court) outscored the Celtics’ reserves 43-to-11.



Hey, Baseball’s back (we watched some Spring Training action this past weekend 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, it’s the American League East:


NY Yankees102.5The injury bug’s been biting already with LHP Jams Paxton, RHP Luis Severino hurtin’ … not again, say Yank fans
Tampa Bay 90.5It’s about time folks stopped saying the Rays are “sneaky good”, right? If TB just splits with NYY, then could win 100
Boston 84.5Trading OF Mookie Betts and LHP David Price wasn’t exactly popular in Beantown, but we say Bosox haters beware
Toronto75.5Lots of offensive fireworks expected but starting rotation is wobbly and depth an issue too; not sold on “over” here
Baltimore56.5The Orioles’ “rebuilding job” is gonna take a few more years and so that means more beatings in ’20

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NBA Weekend Update and NL Central & West Total Wins



Okay, so we used to love hearing a certain New York City-based sports talk radio show duo discuss how the NBA went “in and out of the clouds” at this time of the year … in other words, in the days / weeks following the Super Bowl and with “March Madness” about to steal away many of the national sports headlines, the NBA drifted in and out of the public consciousness for even the hard-core hoops fans.

Well, let’s just say that the marquee matchups of this coming winter weekend – that’s the Philadelphia 76ers at the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night on ABC (8:35 p.m. ET tip-off) and then Sunday’s matinee (a 3:35 p.m. ET tip) between the Boston Celtics at the Los Angeles Lakers also on ABC — has NBA fanatics in a veritable tizzy … are we right or not?

The Bucks – now 47-8 following Thursday’s 126-106 win / cover against 13-point dog Detroit — sport the league’s best record and could well meet up with the Sixers (35-21) in a second-round NBA Eastern Conference Playoff series (go check the standings!) while the Celtics (38-16) and the Western Conference-leading Lakers (41-12) both are playing plus-.700 ball these days and, heck, all one has to do is say Celtics vs. Lakers and that’s usually enough to get the juices flowing.

So, we very much look forward to these rollicking national TV matchups this late February weekend and here’s a quickie update on these teams and their pointspread records:

LA Lakers28-24-1.539

Folks, add ’em up and this quartet of NBA teams is 116-96-6 (a dandy .547 winning rate) … just sayin’!

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No question we’ve spent plenty of time talking “bubble teams” lately but here’s a recommendation to the NCAA Tournament Committee folks … take a peek at the pointspread records for the teams in question and let that be an unofficial guide:


MEMPHIS (18-8) – The fact that the Tigers play in a non-power conference (see American Athletic) hurts the NCAA Tournament cause, for sure, but keep in mind Penny Hardaway’s squad is a solid 15-10-1 ATS (against the spread) and that features non-conference outright upset wins against Tennessee and N.C. State.

MARQUETTE (17-8) – Personally, we believe this Big East team is gonna wind up in one of those #8 vs. #9 games in the first round of this year’s NCAAs but there are some folks that think the Warriors lean more towards a “bubble” side … if that’s the case, then check out the fact Marquette is 15-10 ATS this year and that features a surging 7-2 spread log in its last nine games plus non-league wins / covers against Purdue and USC.


CINCINNATI (17-9) – The Bearcats have played some truly thrilling games lately but should they be part of next month’s 68-team NCAA Tourney field? According to the team’s pointspread mark, we’d have to say “nay” based on that sluggish 10-16 spread mark that includes four consecutive ATS losses while heading into Sunday’s game versus Wichita State.

ARKANSAS (16-10) – There’s a lot of differing opinions on this Razorbacks’ team whether they even belong among the “bubble team” talk (they do) but we’ll squash their chances here based on the fact the Hogs are just 12-14 versus the vig and that includes a current 2-7 spread log since Jan.18th.


Hey, Baseball’s back (Spring Training games are here!) 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. We getcha an old-fashioned doubleheader here today with the National League Central and the NL West:


St. Louis 87.5 The Cardinals won “over” 88.5 wins last year (see 91-71) and their pitching’s even better here
Chicago Cubs85.5 The Cubbie bullpen melted down way too much in ’19, will that happen again in 2020?
Cincinnati83.5 Count on the Reds’ starting rotation to be one of MLB’s best, but let’s see about winning close games
Milwaukee83.5 Tell us right now that OF Christian Yelich will play 150+ games and then this is an “over”
Pittsburgh 69.5 No doubt the Buccos in rebuilding (tanking?) mode, so who needs the “over” here!



LA Dodgers 101.5Enough of this Astros-bashing, it’s high time for the Dodgers to go “over” first and then win it all
Arizona 83.5Will the addition of one-time legendary LHP Madison Bumgarner push the D-Backs over the hump?
San Diego 82.5Okay, so we nailed the Padres to go “under” last year and cashed but let’s steer clear of ’em in ’20
Colorado 74.5Maybe whiny 3B Nolan Arenado can put up some MVP-like numbers and the Rockies’ relievers can rebound
San Francisco 68.5What’s to like about this Giants’ crew? Not all that much and that starts with new manager Gabe Kapler

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Jim Hurley NBA Hopefuls and NCAA Bubbles



Last night’s NBA All-Star Game – Team LeBron 157, Team Giannis 155 – actually was riveting in the new-formatted fourth quarter though we could have lived without all those replay reviews … ugh.
In any event, the show goes on and it promises to be a wild ride the rest of the way. Not everyone has locked down an NBA Playoff berth just yet and so let’s take a look around to see what’s straight ahead for a few post-season hopefuls that right now are on the outside lookin’ in …

WASHINGTON (20-33) – Maybe we all thought this year’s Wizards were in a tanking mode, but the bottom line is the D.C. crew enters the unofficial second half of this here-and-now season just three games back of #8th seed Orlando (24-31) in the Eastern Conference. True, the Wizards play the worst defense in the association – they are allowing 119.8 points per game! – but they are a more-than-respectable 28-25 ATS (against the spread) and pure scorer G Bradley Beal (29.1 ppg) has the faculties to take over a game at the proverbial snap of a finger. In our view, Washington must play plus-.500 ball the rest of the way if it’s gonna truly compete for a playoff berth and right out of the chute there’s four straight games against fellow Eastern Conference squads – win three-of-four against Cleveland / at Chicago / Milwaukee / Brooklyn before starting a four-game western swing and we’ll take you seriously, guys.

PORTLAND (25-31) – Out West, the top eight teams are all playing plus-.500 ball, the bottom seven squads are not. Just call ’em the “Haves” and the “Have Nots”, if you will. The guard-heavy Trail Blazers (25-31) don’t play much defense at all – they rank 26th in the 30-team NBA while yielding 115.3 ppg – and things are bound to get worse before they get better with G Dame Lilliard (29.5 ppg) still on the shelf with a groin injury. How is it that Portland’s eight games below .500 against the odds at 23-31-2 or that the Blazers are eight games below .500 SU (straight-up) when playing fellow conference opponents (see 15-23)?

NEW ORLEANS (23-32) – Just to let y’all know, the 5.5-game gap between the Pelicans (right now in 11th place)and the West’s #8 seed is far from insurmountable. Keep in mind N’Orleans won six of its last nine pre-All Star Game tilts SU and overall the Pels are a better-than-you-would-think 26-25-4 ATS … and that’s with super-rookie Zion Williamson on the floor for just 10 games! Williamson (22.1 ppg) surely has electrified the Crescent City hoops scene and a quick glance at the upcoming sked reveals road games at the Lilliard-less Trail Blazers and those wobbly Golden State Warriors and between now and March 11th there’s two games against Minnesota and a key tilt at Sacramento. Hmmm.

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You better believe we’re getting down to crunch time in the world of College Basketball – we’re now less than a month out from the always-fun Selection Show on March 15th and so let’s check out the key games this Monday / Tuesday for a couple of “bubble teams”…

Tonight, it’s … XAVIER (16-9, 5-7) at ST. JOHN’S (14-11, 3-9) – 6:30 p.m.ET, Fox Sports 1
Here’s how we see it with the Xavier Musketeers: They need to finish at-or-above .500 in Big East Conference play this year and then would probably need at least one mini-conference win next month to cinch a berth in this year’s NCAA Tournament. And consider the “X-men” have six remaining regular-season games: Home to Villanova, DePaul and Butler and at St. John’s here, then at Georgetown and Providence too. Get to 21 wins – somehow and some way — overall in a Big East that’s either the best or second-best conference in the land and Travis Steele’s squad makes it but the “stretch run” begins here and that means F Naji Marshall must shoot it better than 30.7 pct from “3” here.
Spread Stat – Xavier is a weak 9-15-1 ATS this 2019-2020 season but the Musketeers have covered their last four in a row.

On Tuesday night, it’s … PURDUE (14-12, 7-9) at WISCONSIN (15-10, 8-6) – 7 p.m. ET., ESPN
This is a “double-bubble” game, right?
The visiting Purdue Boilermakers (NET 33) and host Wisky Badgers (NET 29) both have “more to do” if either / both are gonna land NCAA Tournament berths next month but let’s consider Purdue is coming off back-to-back double-digit losses to Penn State and Ohio State, so the arrow’s currently pointing downward. The ‘Makers copped a 70-51 home win against Wisconsin back on Jan. 24th and we say the black-and-gold needs minimum 19 wins to snag a spot. On the flip side, the Badgers come in here off back-to-back double-digit wins and likely need 20 wins or more to cash an NCAA ticket. Watch for Wisconsin to start fast after getting into a 45-17 hole the first time these clubs clashed this season.
Spread Stat – Wisconsin is just 11-13-1 spreadwise this year; Purdue is 11-15 against the numbers.

Want to know some other current bubble teams out there? Try Wichita State, Oklahoma, Loyola-Chicago, Stanford and Miss State.

NOTE: More College B-Ball News/Notes in the next edition of Jim Sez.