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Wayne Allyn Root - Arizona Finally Exposed, Who’s Next

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 2:19 PM

Wayne Root: Arizona Finally Exposed, Who's Next?!The only game I didn't have a selection in this past Thursday night in the Sweet 16 of the 2017 NCAA Tournament was the Arizona/Xavier matchup. As skeptical as I was about Arizona laying a price as high as -7.5 points...it was very tough to pull the trigger on a Xavier team that was due to fall back to earth after playing so far over its head.I should have pulled the trigger. Xavier exemplified that "us against the world" chip on their shoulder mentality that underdogs have to have in this big event. I…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Saturday NCAA Elite 8 Previews

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:25 AM

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: SATURDAY'S ELITE 8 GAMES ARE HERE!There's still a "pair of aces" - a/k/a No. 1 seeds - left in the Midwest and West brackets but will either Kansas and/or Gonzaga still be standing come next week's Final Four?Get the winners in these NCAA Tournament Elite 8 games when you check with Jim Hurley's Network online or at our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 and also cash in with the other post-season tournaments such as the NIT, CBI and CIT. Plus don't forget we're banging out lots of NBA Winners too!NCAA TOURNAMENT POINTSPREAD BREAKDOWN CHART(Results are thru…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Friday Sweet 16 Previews

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 1:05 PM

HERE'S THE FRIDAY SWEET 16 DANCE CARDIt's time for us here at Jim Sez to dribble, dribble, dribble-drive our way through the remaining NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 games on this first Friday of spring ... and there's plenty of questions that soon will find answers such as:Will the East Regional feature any more upsets after the likes of #1 seed Villanova and #2 seed Duke were exterminated last weekend in second-round play?And will the winner of the much-anticipated Kentucky versus UCLA showdown in Memphis then be able to catapult itself to an eventual berth in next weekend's Final Four?Ahhh, lots…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Thursday Sweet 16 Previews

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 3:37 PM

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: THURSDAY'S SWEET 16 MATCHUPS PLUS OUR TOURNEY POINTSPREAD CHARTOkay, so it's hard to find a bigger story in Thursday's pair of NCAA Tournament doubleheaders than this still-scorching Michigan Wolverines' team - the Big 10 Tournament champs already have dunked Oklahoma State and Louisville in this "Big Dance" and now they're actually a slight betting favorite over mighty Oregon - but might a couple of other teams in action here on this first night of Sweet 16 play be ultra-dangerous as they operate under the proverbial radar?Take West Virginia, who have a shot to bop #1 West seed…

Jim Hurley’s Network - A Look at the Sweet 16

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 3:42 PM

HERE'S OUR FIRST LOOK AT THE NCAA TOURNAMENT'S SWEET 16 TEAMSFYI, there will be no repeat national champion this year. Okay, so that's not exactly "breaking news".Defending champ Villanova exited this here-and-now NCAA Tournament with last Saturday's loss to 5.5-point underdog Wisconsin but - as it turns out - that wasn't even the weekend's biggest surprise as 6.5-point favorite Duke took a powder against hungrier (and "host") South Carolina and let's not forget other brutal losses suffered by ACC members Louisville, Virginia and Notre Dame as the conference deemed the best in the land this year wound up winning seven…

Wayne Allyn Root - 17-4 Since Wednesday in the Big Dance!

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 3:23 PM

Wayne Root: I'm 17-4 Since Wednesday in the Big Dance!I told you I was looking forward to the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Now you know why!Since this past Wednesday, my Big Dance selections are an incredible 17-4 against the pointspread, with an undefeated 4-0 record on my vaunted PINNACLE plays. Nobody in the country is on that kind of tear. Bettors celebrate records like 6-4 (60%) or 8-4 (67%)...but 17-4 is on a whole different level.This is why WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is the only man in the sports betting industry with a star on the "Walk of Fame" in Las Vegas!Here's…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps Are Betting The Sunday Dance Card

Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 1:29 PM

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Sunday's Dance CardMore great matchups Sunday because there so few upsets in first round action. Cinderella rarely no-shows a Big Dance. So, maybe we'll have some shockers on this eight-game card.Let's see how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting so far. As we've been doing this week, we'll use the Nevada rotation order for the regions, but then tipoff order at each region so it's easier for you to follow along throughout the day. Note that first up on the card is a pair of LATE starts. Be sure you're paying attention to these…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps Are Betting Saturday’s Dance Card

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 4:06 PM

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting Saturday's Dance CardThere were so few outright upsets in Thursday's first round action that lines solidified very quickly for Saturday's second round matchups. Oddsmakers knew where the lines should open because so many pairings featured known TV programs. Almost every game is within a bucket or two from pick-em because there's so much parity amongst the major conference contenders this season. Let's go game by game to see if sharps have been able to find a way to shave of some edges. As we've been doing all weekend, we'll go in schedule order of the…

Wayne Allyn Root - Finding Round of 32 Upsets in the NCAAs

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 3:14 PM

Wayne Root: Finding "Round of 32" Upsets in the NCAA'sIt's easy to get exhausted over the first two days of NCAA Tournament action. The first TV game isn't even to halftime and the next one has begun! That happens all day, then all night. When do you come up for air?Figure out a way!There's a whole new slate of games to handicap and bet on both Saturday and Sunday. As THE KING OF UPSETS, its' my job to help you find some live dogs who are capable of winning straight up. Frankly, with so many low and medium lines, ANY…

Jim Hurley’s Network - St Mary’s vs. Arizona Saturday Preview

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 3:07 PM

IS ST. MARY'S A CINDERELLA? IS ARIZONA AS GOOD AS ITS RECENT HYPE? ANSWERS SATURDAY!One of the most compelling games on the Saturday "Round of 32" card in the 2017 NCAA Tournament is the St. Mary's/Arizona showdown in the West Region brackets. Not only could the game loom very large over the whole event. But, both teams played their conference tournaments in Las Vegas...which means the BETTING handle could be huge.The locals want to get involved after watching both last week. Each team has a meaningful following in terms of market support this season (Arizona always does, St. Mary's does…

Jim Hurley’s Network - The NBA is Back

Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 12:01 PM

THE NBA IS BACK - WE WEIGH IN ON THE "VALUES" OUT THERE AND THE "OVERPRICED" TEAMS TOOCOLLEGE BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK: THURSDAY'S MARQUEE MATCHUPWelcome back, NBA!The All-Star Game break is in everyone's rear-view mirror by now and so we immediately hit the hoops ground runnin' with Trade Deadline talk - what teams are really gonna be beefing up their roster by 3 p.m. ET today? - and chatter about what's gonna happen in these final seven weeks or so of regular-season play.One thing we've always liked to do is examine what NBA teams may or may not present good "value" from…

Richie Baccellieri - Richie Baccellieri: Can You Beat Vegas Fading Bad Teams

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 4:08 PM

The last time we were together I talked about how difficult it is to anticipate which teams are going to be great against the pointspread. Even if you find an early surprise, the market will typically adjust fairly quickly.What about the other end of the spectrum? Does it make sense to fade bad teams all through a season? Unfortunately, many of the same issues apply.*Not all teams who are projected to be bad turn out to be bad.*Many of those ugly teams are already on people's "bet against" list anyway*If you're ahead of the curve at first, the line should…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Mid Week Update

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 3:52 PM

THE COLLEGE B-BALL MID-WEEK UPDATE:THE "GOTTA-HAVE-A-WIN TONIGHT" TEAMS ...NFL DRAFT NEWS & NOTES: HOW MANY QUARTERBACKS ARE 1ST-ROUND BOUND?No doubt we're getting your vibes - everyone's getting all hot-and-bothered over the upcoming "brackets" and, sure enough, NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday is just around the corner on March 12th. So just chill!The fact of the matter is the 68-team NCAA Tournament field may already have 40-plus "definites" as we pointed out in our earlier-week Jim Sez column but you better believe there's some real jostling for a handful-plus at-large bids and keeping with this late-season theme we'll concentrate here on a…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebiook: South Carolina Florida Preview

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 12:00 AM

SOUTH CAROLINA AT FLORIDA TUESDAY IS A HUGE GAME IN TIGHT SEC RACECollege basketball fans have gotten used to thinking of the SEC as "Kentucky and a Bunch of Dwarfs." But, Florida and South Carolina are definitely threats to make headlines in March. Florida already did that in February with a huge home win over Kentucky!Heading into Tuesday Night's huge TV matchup featuring South Carolina at Florida...the Gators hold a tie-breaker lead over Kentucky at the top of the SEC standings (both 12-2). South Carolina is in third place, just two games back. Can the Gamecocks make it a three-way…

Wayne Allyn Root - Feast Or Famine for the PAC 12

Monday, February 20, 2017 at 3:21 PM

Wayne Root: Feast or Famine for the Pac 12?Since this is the week that UCLA plays Arizona again (this coming Saturday night on ESPN), let's check in on what's been happening in the Pac 12 as we prepare for the coming postseason. You regulars know I pay particular attention to the only major conference with proximity to Las Vegas. It's been so great having the Pac 12 postseason tournament here in Las Vegas in recent years!March Madness was a relative disaster for the Pac 12 back in 2016. We talked about it a lot at the time. Here's a quick…

Richie Baccellieri - Tough to Beat Vegas Riding Hot Horses

Monday, February 20, 2017 at 3:17 PM

Richie Baccellieri: Tough to Beat Vegas "Riding Hot Horses"Every season there are a relative handful of teams who post excellent records against the Nevada pointspreads. It can be easy for gamblers, after the fact, to start thinking "if only I had been riding those teams since the beginning of the season, I'd have made a fortune."While technically true, it's virtually impossible to anticipate in advance who those teams are going to be. First, nobody's psychic. Second, oddsmakers and sharps tend to react quickly to teams who consistently play better than expected out of the gate. So, the strategy of "riding…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez College Hoops Report and NBA Notes

Monday, February 20, 2017 at 10:49 AM

THE COLLEGE HOOPS REPORTIT'S THE QUESTION EVERYONE'S ASKING: HOW MANY POWER CONFERENCE CLUBS WILL BE GETTING INTO THIS YEAR'S NCAA TOURNAMENT?PLUS NBA POST-ALL STAR GAME NEWS/NOTESTune in to a College Basketball pre-game, in-game or post-game event these day and just about all the broadcasters are touching on the very same topic: How many teams from each conference/league will make it to this year's NCAA Tournament that tips off for real on Tuesday, March 14th?Now keep in mind that there are 32 automatic bids - many of which are the non-power conferences - and then another 36 at-large bids that comprise…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez First Half NBA Report Cards - West

Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:33 AM

NBA REPORTS CARDS - HERE'S THE WESTERN CONFERENCEOne thing about the unofficial first half of this 2016-17 NBA season ... there are lots of teams that haven't exactly "stepped up to the plate" as our Jim Sez NBA Eastern Conference Report Cards included a half-dozen squads with marks of C- or worse. Ugh!Now, as you'll see in today's column space where we have graded the NBA's Western Conference clubs, there are another six teams that get what we'd call inferior marks.The NBA has superstar power on display this weekend in New Orleans but there's some real dreg teams out there…

Kelso Sturgeon - Understanding And Winning With Bounce Factor

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:51 PM

There Are Just Five Basic Rules To Being A Successful College And NBA Basketball HandicapperUnderstanding And Winning With Bounce Factor50-Unit Triple Power Play Game Of Week Wins TonightBy Kelso SturgeonI have spent so much time handicapping over the past two months I have neglected the one thing I love to do and that is to write articles and columns that teach others how to be better/sharper handicappers. That is what I will be doing over the rest of the basketball season.It goes without saying I am very opinionated about how to successfully handicap and win money and make no apology…

Richie Baccellieri - Get Ready for A Lot of Pick-em Games

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:40 PM

Richie Baccellieri: Get Ready for A Lot of Pick-em Games!One thing that's become crystal clear within the past few weeks is that late season college basketball and the postseason tournaments are going to feature a lot of toss-ups. There are no obvious superpowers this season. Members of the elite tier of teams are hard to differentiate. In fact, you still see a lot of disagreement between the various computers, the polls, the selection committee, and betting market Power Ratings even though we're past mid-February!Things are supposed to be sorted out by now. But...that's the deal. Things HAVE sorted out and…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NBA First Half Report Card - East

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 11:41 AM

IT'S OUR NBA FIRST-HALF REPORT CARD GRADES - TODAY'S THE EASTERN CONFERENCEWanna have a little fun?Add up the first-half-of-the-season records for the last two NBA champions - the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors - and you get a composite won/loss mark of 86-25 (a sizzling .775 winning rate).Needless to say, the Cavs and "Dubs" once again appear to be on a collision course to meet in this year's NBA Finals for a third consecutive June but does that mean they're the only ones getting "straight A's" from the staff here at Jim Sez?Hey, we'll answer that beginning with…

Wayne Allyn Root - Is Stage Set for an Off-the-Radar Dance Shocker

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 3:36 PM

Because all of the current powers in college basketball have at least one exploitable weakness, 2017 could be a year where an off-the-radar team gets hot in March and pulls off a SHOCK THE NATION championship run.If the tournament were being held right now, a team like Oklahoma State would seem to be the ideal candidate. The Cowboys won for me as a PERFECT PLAY Wednesday night on the road at TCU. You could make the case that nobody's playing better basketball over the past few weeks than Okie State. In their last 8 games…Oklahoma State (+6.5) won at Texas…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Another Great Superpower Showcase

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 3:30 PM

ANOTHER GREAT HOOPS SHOWCASE WITH #3 KANSAS AT #4 BAYLOR, #14 VIRGINA AT #10 NCThe buzz has really started to build for what's shaping up as very exciting MARCH MADNESS melodrama in 2017. This Saturday's schedule features two more head-to-head TV showcases involving teams that are expected to be serious championship contenders next month. Last Saturday, Gonzaga and Villanova passed what were expected to be challenging road tests (didn't turn out that way!). They stay high atop the short list. What about these next four powers…#3 Kansas at #4 Baylor, 1 p.m. ET on CBS,#14 Virginia at #10 North Carolina…

Jim Hurley’s Network - All Hail the Clemson Tigers!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 9:25 AM

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S NEW KINGS SHOW GUTS, GET THE GLORY …WHAT’S AHEAD FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2017 …NFL, NCAA HOOP NEWS & NOTESJust don’t call it “business as usual”.The Clemson Tigers – who started off the season the #2 team in the country – not only beat the team that started off the season #1 in the country but it truly changed college football history on Monday night:Clemson’s thrilling 35-31 victory against 6-point favorite Alabama in the National Championship Game produced the school’s first title since 1981 but it also marked the first time ever that a Nick Saban-coached team lost a…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez - NFL Week 6 Sunday Nighter and More...

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 12:00 AM

NFL WEEK 6 – FALCONS-SEAHAWKS, COLTS-TEXANS PREVIEWS…PLUS THE NLCS PREVIEW AS HEAVY-DUTY DOG DODGERS CHALLENGE THE CUBBIESSo, what’s going on here, NFL?Your two Super Bowl teams from a year ago – the champion Denver Broncos and the runner-up Carolina – have combined to lose their last five games (the Panthers enter Sunday’s tilt at New Orleans without a “W” since Sept. 18th!) and there’s a growing sense that teams such as the Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys could indeed be “for real”.All makes for an uber-interesting NFL Week 6 menu that features a handful of 4-1 SU (straight-up)…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez - Best and Worst Colleges Spread Sides

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 2:00 PM

College Football’s “Other” Key Saturday Showdowns Plus There’s Important Spread Stats Too…NFL Week 6 News and NotesOkay, so as we (usually) inform you throughout a football season, the Betting Favorites and the Underdogs normally are close to a 50-50 split. In fact, off the top of our head and dating back the past 8-to-10 years, we can only recall one or two seasons where either the Fav or the Dog won at a 55 percent-or-better rate.As you see below, though six weeks of this NCAA Football Season, the Betting Favorites have covered .497 percent of the time, the Underdogs therefore…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez - College Moment of Truth Weekend

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 12:00 AM

It’s “Moment of Truth” Weekend for a Couple of College Football Squads (We’re Talking to You, Tennessee & Wisconsin)…NFL Week 6 Swings Into Action with Thursday’s Broncos-Chargers ClashIn case you were wondering, the first official FBS Rankings won’t be made public until November 1<sup>st</sup> and – while the College Football world at large expects some combination of Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Michigan to round out most/all of the “top four” – there’s plenty of reason to think things will be shaken up a bit between now and then.Consider this a “moment of truth” weekend for a couple of high-profile…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez - NFL Week 5 Wrap-Up

Monday, October 10, 2016 at 12:00 AM

NFL WEEK 5 WRAPS UPTONIGHT WITH BUCS-PANTHERSPLUS WE TELL EAGLES AND BRONCOS THAT “NOBODY’S PERFECT”(OKAY, SO THE VIKINGS STILL ARE!)…COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND RUNDOWNOkay, so maybe we were just getting a little cranky late Sunday night while watching our gazillionith hour of football this past Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday, but gotta pick a quickie bone here with NBC announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth when it comes to Green Bay’s 23-16 win against the 7-point underdog New York Giants:Sure, the boys correctly pointed out how tough it was to run on that Packers’ defense and how the Giants’ well-paid D-line provided next-to-no pass rush…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Hurley Sez - Brady’s Back

Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 12:00 AM

BRADY’S BACK PLUS WECHECK OUT GIANTS-PACKERS SUNDAY NITEOkay, America, your long national nightmare is over… QB Tom Brady is back in the saddle for the New England Patriots (3-1 straight-up) and may we remind you that the Pats covered three of their first four games this 2016 season and that happened to be better than – get this – how 20 other NFL teams fared versus the vig!Brady’s return here in Week 5 with a road game at the winless Cleveland Browns is expected to include some rust and maybe even a turnover or two but just take a peek…

Rocky Atkinson - Rocketman Sports CFB Returning Starter Angle plays Week 3

Friday, September 16, 2016 at 12:00 AM

RETURNING STARTER ANGLE WEEK 3Many years ago I received a newsletter from Mike Lee, a sports handicapper who just recently passed away in the past few years.   I’m not sure if he came up with this Returning starter angle or if he was just passing it along but it has really been a nice addition to my own personal handicapping arsenal.  He had said in his newsletter that the previous year the angle had hit above 70%.  I was skeptical but I started following the angle and the next two years it achieved the 70%+ mark again.  In recent years…

Rocky Atkinson - Rocketman Sports College Football Returning Starter Angle plays Week 1

Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 12:00 AM

RETURNING STARTER ANGLE WEEK 1Many years ago I received a newsletter from Mike Lee, a sports handicapper who just recently passed away in the past few years.   I’m not sure if he came up with this Returning starter angle or if he was just passing it along but it has really been a nice addition to my own personal handicapping arsenal.  He had said in his newsletter that the previous year the angle had hit above 70%.  I was skeptical but I started following the angle and the next two years it achieved the 70%+ mark again.  In recent years…

Jim Hurley’s Network - It’s Time to Really Kick Off the 2016 College Football Season

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 12:00 AM

WE HAVE ODDS TO WIN IT ALL PLUS A COUPLE OF KEY THURSDAY PREVIEWS TOO. NFL PRESEASON NOTEBOOKAnd you thought the football-filled Labor Day weekend would never get here! Well, the fact of the matter is the College Football kids kicked things off a gazillion miles away in Australia last weekend when California (- 21½) failed to cover in its 51-31 SU (straight-up) win against Hawaii but the really action-packed gridiron card swings into high gear from Thursday-thru-Monday with 40 on-the-board games for your "entertainment" and viewing pleasure.We’ll have plenty to say all this week about some of the high-quality,…

Kelso Sturgeon - 100-Unit NFL Pre-Season Game of the Year Wins Friday!

Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 12:00 AM

100-Unit NFL Preseason Game Of Year Wins As Redskins (-3) Beat Jets 22-18Browns Owner And Front Office Have Destroyed Team And Set It UpTo Go 0-16 This Season25-Unit Play Tops 3-0 NFL Preseason SaturdayBaseball Highrollers Set To Win Another 50-Unit BetBy Kelso SturgeonAs the saying goes, “abandon all hope for a better past” and in the case of the Cleveland Browns one can add the same thought for the immediate future. The Browns have had one winning season in the last 10 (10-6 in 2007), have not been to the playoffs since 2002 where as a wildcard team they lost…

Wayne Allyn Root - Could The Padres Be A Shocker in NL West?

Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 10:58 AM

COULD THE SAN DIEGO PADRES BE A SHOCKER IN THE NL WESTIn the early part of the season the National League West has been the division that nobody wants to get control of. Everyone is packed within three games and it's a closeness based on shared mediocrity. The San Francisco Giants lead with a record of just 16-15. It's divisions like this that invite us to look at "shock the system" opportunities. Is there room for a longshot to come out of nowhere and cash a good price on the futures market?The Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers are the co-favorites…

Wayne Allyn Root - How to Pick Upsets in the NBA

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 10:28 AM

Wayne Root: How to Pick Upsets in the NBAWith college basketball now in the rearview mirror, it’s time to focus on how to pick upsets in the NBA. I’ve put together some notes you can use all the way through the end of the regular season and the playoffs. Here are the keys from THE KING OF UPSETS for picking shockers in pro basketball!First, you have to realize that the NBA Playoffs are designed to help the favorites advance. Talent wins out over a best-of-seven series as a general rule. And, the superior seeds have home court advantage if needed.…

Wayne Allyn Root - Shocker Potential in the Final Four

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 3:29 PM

Wayne Root: Shocker Potential in the Final FourObviously THE KING OF UPSETS is thinking long and hard about upset potential in this Saturday's NCAA Final Four matchups featuring Villanova vs. Oklahoma and North Carolina vs. Syracuse. I won both of my upset calls last week, on small favorites Oklahoma (+) over Oregon and Villanova (+) over Kansas. I was on the favorites in the other games...winning with North Carolina...but going into shock with the rest of the country when Virginia blew its huge lead vs. Syracuse.Nothing wrong with a 75% weekend!Here are the two questions for us now...*Can Oklahoma (+2)…

Wayne Allyn Root - Handicapping Late Season NBA

Monday, March 28, 2016 at 3:12 PM

Wayne Root: Handicapping Late Season NBAOver the past several weeks, the majority of my service selections have been in college basketball. The tournaments were a lot of fun...and a 3-1 performance over the Elite 8 games suggests that a few more shining moments are still ahead for my clients and I in college hoops. But, it's obviously time to turn our focus much more intently to the NBA. Everyone in the league has about 8-10 games left in the regular season. And, then the playoffs will run from late April all the way into June.What's the best way to pick…

Wayne Allyn Root - Is Cavs Controversy Opening Door for Eastern Shocker

Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 1:05 PM

Wayne Root: Is Cavs Controversy Opening Door for Eastern Shocker?The Cleveland Cavaliers may be going through a bit of a meltdown here on the eve of the 2016 NBA Playoffs. There are still 10 games left for them in the regular season heading into Saturday night's matchup with the New York Knicks. And, they will still be heavy favorites to win the East even if they have a disastrous close to the campaign and fall to the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference. But, these facts are undeniable...*The team's top players aren't getting along very well*The team was split by…

Wayne Allyn Root - How to Find Shockers in the Sweet 16

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 2:49 PM

Wayne Root: How to Find Shockers in the Sweet 16With the 2016 National Championship Tournament resuming Thursday, you know that THE KING OF UPSETS is looking for shocker potential up and down the schedule. Hey, it's the Sweet 16 of '16! You know I'm going to have something special in store.The problem is...there's no guarantee that we're actually going to see any shockers. I've talked in the past about how certain scenarios are ripe for upsets. The Sweet 16 isn't necessarily one of those, as we saw last year.A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK IN THE SWEET 16Notre Dame (+2) beat…

Jim Hurley’s Network - NCAA Tournament Previews

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 11:54 AM

THE NCAA TOURNAMENT:THE THURSDAY GAME PREVIEWS PLUS OUR TOURNEY POINTSPREAD CHARTNo foolin’ – the ACC stole the show the first full week of NCAA Tournament action by going 12-1 SU (straight-up) overall and a heady 8-5 ATS (against the spread) while getting a tourney-record six teams into this year’s Sweet 16 but the reality is there are actually six different leagues/conferences getting representation come Thursday night (ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, SEC and Pac-12) and we’ll have quick-hitter comments on all four of these Sweet 16 games in just a moment.But now hear this…Jim Hurley and his Network…

Wayne Allyn Root - Reviewing the Biggest Dance Shockers So Far

Monday, March 21, 2016 at 5:31 PM

Wayne Root: Reviewing the Biggest Dance Shockers So FarEven though the 2016 NCAA Tournament will go down in history for some of its shocking surprises (popular National Championship pick Michigan State going down in the first round, Northern Iowa blowing a 12-point lead in less than 50 seconds), the dog/favorite dichotomy is exactly 50/50 heading into the Sweet 16. For every dog that covers a closing Las Vegas pointspread, a favorite does as well. That's part of why so many bettors are finding choppy waters. Results haven't favored dog lovers or chalk players. Oddsmakers have done a fairly good job with…

Wayne Allyn Root - How To Find Upsets in the Round of 32

Friday, March 18, 2016 at 1:38 PM

Wayne Root: How To Find Upsets in the Round of 32For many years the rule of thumb in the NCAA Tournament was to expect some upsets in the first round...but then assume that "form" would hold after that. Unprepared or overconfident teams would get shocked out of the gate. After everyone had their feet on the ground...the best teams would beat the worst teams.That's still true to a degree. But, there are still usually some upsets to find in the Round of 32. In fact, it's become increasingly rare for all four #1 seeds to survive the first weekend. At…

Wayne Allyn Root - Pac 12 is a Big Story in the 2016 NCAA Tournament

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 12:35 AM

Wayne Root: Pac 12 is a Big Story in the 2016 NCAA TournamentI’m so glad we spent all that time talking about the Pac 12 this season! The conference has been front and center in sports headlines all through the week. And, there’s even more lurking under the radar in the markets that the mainstream media is missing.First…the stories you know about…OREGON looked great here in Las Vegas last weekend winning the Pac 12 tournament. That launched them all the way up to a #1 seed in the West regional. They get a favorable path to the Sweet 16 from…

Wayne Allyn Root - How to Find Cinderella’s in the 2016 Dance

Monday, March 14, 2016 at 10:26 AM

Wayne Root: How to Find Cinderella's in the 2016 DanceWith the 2016 NCAA Tournament brackets now set, it's obviously time for THE KING OF UPSETS WAYNE ALLYN ROOT to go about finding some Cinderella's to take to the Big Dance. I'm not going to talk about specific teams here in a web article. That's not fair to my paying clients! I will tell you about some of the general steps I take to find first round upsets.*The first key to me is TALENT. Cinderella teams typically have a key player who can do something that's hard to stop. Maybe it's…

Wayne Allyn Root - How to Pin Down the Best Tournament Betting Options

Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 2:34 PM

Wayne Root: How to Pin Down the Best Tournament Betting OptionsEven though WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is known as THE KING OF UPSETS here in Las Vegas and around the sports betting world, sometimes the best betting option is a favorite. I think I made that clear Wednesday in college basketball conference tournament action. I didn't just release three favorites to my clients. I won all three of them extremely easily...No Limit: Colorado (-9.5) beat Washington State 80-56Colorado jumped out to a huge 41-22 first half lead right here in town at the MGM arena. It was obvious from the opening…

Wayne Allyn Root - PAC 12 Tourney Here in Vegas is WIDE OPEN

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 12:27 PM

Wayne Root: PAC 12 Tourney Here in Vegas is WIDE OPEN!The 2016 Pac 12 Tournament that begins Wednesday here in town is shaping up as a potential thriller. Nobody is head and shoulders above the field. The most hyped team, Arizona, is actually a #4 seed! All the contenders have exploitable weaknesses. Nobody is a sure thing "away from home" to play great for 2-3 games in a row. And, the site itself...distracting, exhilarating LAS VEGAS could become a character in the play as well.I'm not going to post any Pac 12 picks here in a web article. That wouldn't…

Wayne Allyn Root - Wayne Root: How to Pick SHOCKERS in the Major Conference Tournaments

Monday, March 7, 2016 at 2:55 PM

There may be no better time ALL YEAR in ANY SPORT for picking UPSETS than the week that’s beginning as we speak. The major conference tournaments are RIPE for upsets because of the unique dynamics that are in play. It’s been true for years…and it should be especially true THIS season because so little separates the perceived powers from the teams just below them on the computer and market totem polls. It’s not really a matter of “finding” upsets. They’re going to be happening all over the place in plain sight. The key for Las Vegas sports bettors is to…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Championship Monday: Previews for the Colonial, Metro-Atlantic and Southern Titles Tilts

Monday, March 7, 2016 at 2:47 PM

The first Monday of March has historically been the unofficial start of tournament basketball. Sure… there are early round games before that. And, the Missouri Valley finishes up on Sunday. But, that game is overshadowed by all the regular season major conference finales. Wall-to-wall TOURNAMENT basketball begins MONDAY for most of you when you check out CHAMPIONSHIP games in the Colonial, Metro-Atlantic, and Southern Conferences. These games will be ultra-dramatic because only the winners will go to the Dance. No shots at at-large’s for any of Monday’s losers (unless the committee smiles very brightly on Monmouth if they get upset).…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Now It’s Officially March Madness Time as the Conference Tournies Heat UP All Around the Land!

Monday, March 7, 2016 at 2:44 PM

EXTRA, EXTRA – NOW IT’S OFFICIALLY “MARCH MADNESS” TIME AS THE CONFERENCE TOURNIES HEAT UP ALL ’ROUND THE LAND!As that song used to say back in the day… it’s getting, it’s getting, it’s getting kinda hectic!The frenzy that is College Basketball’s Championship Week – where a slew of the 31 automatic bids are settled on the court – is in full-speed ahead mode and in today’s Jim Sez column space we’ll get you the quick-hitter forecasts of the mini-tournies that are going on here the early-to-mid portion of this work week (those beginning on Tuesday; some of those beginning on…

Wayne Allyn Root - Look for Final Weekend Shockers Against Distracted Favorites

Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 2:00 PM

I know many of you are already thinking ahead to the major conference college basketball tournaments that begin in a few days. You know what? The players are too! No matter how many warnings they hear from their head coaches about staying focused this weekend… everyone knows that the games that REALLY matter are later in March.This sets up an ideal scenario for underdog bettors like WAYNE ALLYN ROOT. I’m known as THE KING OF UPSETS because I have more documented upset calls than any other man in the sports betting industry. I’m fully confident we’ll see some upsets between…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez - Teams Need Two or More Wins to Secure an NCAA Tournament Bid as the Season Closes

Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 12:19 PM

It''s the Final Regular-Season for the College Hoopsters and the following Teams NEED Two or More Wins to Secure an NCAA Tournament BidCall it the calm before the storm: For the 74-or-so power conferences teams out there in College Basketball-land, this represents the final regular-season weekend before we get to all those great conference tournaments – ahh, yes, the mini-tourneys – and for countless other hoop squads out there the weekend’s league tournament tilts are the last chance to make a splash and garner the attention of the NCAA Tournament Committee folks. With all this "bubble teams" talk, we decided…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez - Weekend Preview

Friday, March 4, 2016 at 11:16 AM

It’s a Jam-Packed College B-Ball Weekend – and We Have Saturday Game Previews and More Mini-Tourney Notes Too! You might recall that earlier this week right here in these Jim Sez web pages we alerted y’all to the top games of the week for the power conferences. Well, three of those marquee games are set for Saturday’s College Basketball menu and so we’ll dish on them shortly but first this important reminder as we dig deeper into the month of March:Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are rollin’ through the early part of March with lots of…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez - Hey, We Know It’s March, But The NBA’s Still Hot-And-Heavy Too

Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 12:26 PM

PLUS COLLEGE BASKETBALL MINI-TOURNEY STUFFOkay, so nobody out there needs to remind us that “March Madness” is officially here … even if the NCAA Tournament doesn’t tip off till the night of Tuesday, March 15th.Still, the fact of the matter is there’s some great NBA games going on every single night of the week – or did you happen to miss Golden State’s 109-105 non-cover overtime win against 5.5-point pup Atlanta this past Tuesday night … yes, indeed, a winner for the good folks that get their selections right here from Jim Hurley!In tonight’s NBA, it’s …SAN ANTONIO (50-9) at…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Blistering Hot Cal Bears Visit Arizona Thursday Night In Huge PAC-12 Battle

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 4:53 PM

In a season where peaking late may matter more than ever, the #25 California Golden Bears enter March as the hottest team in the nation. Where did this come from?! What was a nice team in a deep conference is suddenly taking no prisoners on a rampage up and down the Pacific Coast.CAL’S LAST 7 GAMES California (-7) beat Stanford 76-61 California (-1½) beat Oregon 83-63 California (-9½) beat Oregon State 83-71 California (-2) won at Washington 78-75 California (-10) won at Washington State 80-62 California (-7) beat UCLA 75-63 California (-8) beat USC 87-65No letdowns… no look-aheads… just message…

Wayne Allyn Root - Wayne Root: Interesting Final Week in the Disappointing Pac 12

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 4:00 PM

I’ve been checking in on the Pac 12 all season because the games are played in my “backyard” out here in the Pacific Time zone. And, next week’s conference tournament really will be almost in my backyard here at the MGM in Las Vegas! With the regular season coming to a close this week, I wanted to take one last peak at how things have played out. First of all, the standings are kind of a shocker&hellips; PAC 12 STANDINGS Oregon 12-4 Utah 12-5 California 11-5 Arizona 10-6 Colorado 10-7 USC 8-8 Oregon State 8-8 Stanford 8-8 Washington 8-9 UCLA…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez - Mid-Week College Hoops Update - NCAA Tournament Top 16 Seeds

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 3:31 PM

THE JIM SEZ MID-WEEK COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATEOUR QUICK-HITTER NEWS/NOTES…PLUS THE LATEST VERSION OF NCAA TOURNAMENT TOP 16 SEEDSGet Jim Hurley’s Complete March Madness Program… Including the College Conferecne Tournaments, NCAA Tournaments, NIT/CBI/CIT Lots of talk this week about all the final regular-season games and upcoming College Basketball Conference Tournaments that will litter the landscape these next two weeks… so let’s sound off on a bunch of items in today’s Jim Sez Mid-Week Update before we get to this week’s version of the Top 16 NCAA Tournament seeds (and remember the NCAA Tourney opens Tuesday, March 15th from Dayton):ACC – Best…

Richie Baccellieri - Comparing Futures Prices to Bracketology

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Richie Baccellieri: Comparing Futures Prices to BracketologyThe buzz is starting to build for the college basketball postseason. March is less than a week away! Fans and media are paying a lot more attention to Joe Lunardi's Bracketology updates at ESPN. Unfortunately, the media barely pays attention at all to Futures Prices for the National Championship. Basketball fans would be a lot better informed if they knew what the most intelligent influences in the marketplace were thinking about the Big Dance.I went and grabbed Lunardi's projected seeds from his most recent (February 22) update. Then I wrote in a composite of…

Wayne Allyn Root - Killer Week for Arizona, at Colorado and at Utah

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 3:54 PM

Wayne Root: Killer Week for Arizona, at Colorado and at UtahTime to check in again on the Pac 12. With just two weeks left in the regular season, things have settled into a fairly clear picture. Arizona has overcome a slow start to move back into first place. The media and computers have now reached more of a consensus about how many teams should go Dancing. The days of "eight tournament caliber teams" are over. Anybody who thinks that is CRAZY!Here are the current standings...along with this week's Bracketology from ESPN...PAC 12 STANDINGSArizona 10-4 (projected to be a #4 seed)Oregon…

Wayne Allyn Root - Is Golden State About to Burn Money

Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 11:23 AM

Wayne Root: Is Golden State About to Burn Money?I've been following this story very closely. The Golden State Warriors made a fortune for the backers in the first half of the NBA season. The defending champions were so good that oddsmakers and the biggest bettors couldn't catch up! You regulars know that WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is THE KING OF UPSETS. I had to avoid fading the Warriors like the plague because the team almost never lost!They were 48-4 heading into the All-Star Break. They're 1-1 straight up since after getting routed in Portland Friday night, before bouncing back Saturday night…

Wayne Allyn Root - Gonzaga Seeks Revenge vs. St. Marys Saturday Night

Friday, February 19, 2016 at 2:21 PM

Wayne Root: Gonzaga Seeks Revenge vs. St. Mary's Saturday NightAs of right now, there's a very real chance that Gonzaga will be the only team from the West Coast Conference in the Big Dance. St. Mary's is on the bubble by most accounts. They can't be helped by the fact that they only managed the NIT the past two seasons...and then played poorly in the lesser tournament.For awhile, both Gonzaga and St. Mary's were decent fades if they were in the Dance. Gonzaga was living off its past reputation for two long. St. Mary's came along for the ride because…

Wayne Allyn Root - Finding Surprise Stories in the NBA’s Second Half

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 2:03 PM

Wayne Root: Finding Surprise Stories in the NBA's Second HalfPossibly my favorite thing about NBA handicapping after the All-Star Break is KNOWING that some team is going to catch fire and drive home a lot of pointspread covers. It's very easy to stay "off the radar" in this sport while piling up a profit for Las Vegas bettors who recognized the trend early.That's because:*Most bettors (and oddsmakers) are focused on college hoops right now*Most NBA media coverage is about the championship hopefulsIf a mid-level team has its pieces in place and healthy, has the right attitude, and has a chip…

Wayne Allyn Root - Softness at the Top Shows NCAAs Could be Wide Open

Monday, February 15, 2016 at 11:51 AM

Wayne Root: Softness at the Top Shows NCAA's Could be Wide OpenIt's becoming very clear to me that there aren't really any "true" #1 seeds this year for the Big Dance. Somebody's going to earn those honors. But, whoever does won't be any better than the teams on the #2 line...or possibly the #3 line. Frankly, they may not be more than 2-3 points better than the teams on the #8 or #9 lines that they'll have to play in the second round!Let's take a quick look at who last week's poll had positioned to get those top seeds. For…

Wayne Allyn Root - Unranked College Basketball Teams Showing Some Fire

Friday, February 12, 2016 at 4:13 PM

Wayne Root: Unranked College Basketball Teams Showing Some Fire!In mid-February, it's natural for WAYNE ALLYN ROOT to start thinking about possible Cinderella's in the Big Dance. The NCAA's are just a month away. And, we're in a part of the schedule where some very nice teams start to play with fire and build confidence.The subset of teams I want to talk about today are those just outside of the Top 25 in the Associated Press poll. A lot of handicappers and bettors tend to tune out the rankings because we're focused on our own Power Ratings, Computer Ratings, or the…

Wayne Allyn Root - Biggest Week Yet in Pac 12 Basketball

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 4:14 PM

Wayne Root: Biggest Week Yet in Pac 12 Basketball!The Pac 12 begins what is shaping up as its most important weekly schedule of the whole season Wednesday night when surprising contender visits respected Utah. It ends Saturday with the rematch of USC and Arizona, two of the three best teams in the league.In between...Oregon (the other power) has two tough road games in Northern California...Washington has to deal with Colorado at altitude...and UCLA tries to climb back into the race with a statement upset at Arizona. Here's a quick look at the highlights, with current Pac 12 records in parenthesis...Pac…

Wayne Allyn Root - Super Bowl 50 PINNACLE Play on Denver Wins Outright

Monday, February 8, 2016 at 10:36 AM

Wayne Root: Super Bowl 50 PINNACLE Play on Denver Wins OutrightThe KING OF UPSETS did it again! The man with more documented upset calls than any other handicapper in history won his Super Bowl 50 PINNACLE play on the Denver Broncos (+5) over the Carolina Panthers 24-10 Sunday evening in Santa Clara.Denver was obviously the right side from the get-go. And, their fantastic defense had them positioned to spring the upset the whole way through. If Peyton Manning wasn't a shadow of his former self as a quarterback at this late stage of his historic career, it might have been…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can Carolina Obliterate Denver in Super Bowl 50

Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 11:45 AM

Wayne Root: Can Carolina Obliterate Denver in Super Bowl 50?Earlier this week, I looked at the question of whether or not the Denver Broncos could SHOCK the Carolina Panthers in this Sunday's Super Bowl 50. The answer was obviously YES. Denver has a great defense and a veteran quarterback. Carolina is facing its toughest test away from home all season after enjoying a soft regular season schedule and home cooking through the playoffs. Denver can DEFINITELY score a shocker.But, even dog-heavy handicappers like WAYNE ALLYN ROOT have to be fully aware that Carolina could win a blowout here. Today's article…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can Denver Shock Carolina in Super Bowl 50

Monday, February 1, 2016 at 4:46 PM

Wayne Root: Can Denver Shock Carolina in Super Bowl 50?I was going to save this discussion until later in the week. Hey, WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is widely known as THE KING OF UPSETS because I've won more documented upset calls than any other handicapper in history! Of course I'm going to at least think about the possibility that a Super Bowl underdog can win outright.But, I've decided to move this up to Monday because NOBODY seems to be talking about Denver having much of a chance. The early line keeps going UP, even though many in the media were initially…

Wayne Allyn Root - Getting Caught Up in the Big East

Friday, January 29, 2016 at 12:57 PM

Wayne Root: Getting Caught Up in the Big EastSince we don't have any football to talk about this weekend, this seems like the perfect time to "return" to my old stomping grounds and talk about Big East basketball. My feet are always firmly planted here in Las Vegas. I still have great sources back East that tell me everything I need to know to pick winners!Though not as prominent as it used to be in the national mindset, the league is very likely to play a prominent role come Dance time...*Villanova could easily be a #1 seed (and go the…

Wayne Allyn Root - Is Iowa About to Become Cinderella Story

Monday, January 25, 2016 at 9:31 PM

Wayne Root: Is Iowa About to Become Cinderella Story?The Iowa Hawkeyes have been one of the biggest surprises in college basketball this season. There’s still a lot of games left to be played of course, with Thursday’s road trip to highly regarded Maryland front and center. But, the early returns are suggesting that this team that began the season unranked has a legitimate shot to win the Big 10 and earn a #1 seed in the Big Dance.If that happens…it’s hard to call a #1 seed a Cinderella story. From where this season began? Very few people even had the…

Wayne Allyn Root - Checking in on Duke/Miami Monday Night

Monday, January 25, 2016 at 12:50 AM

Wayne Root: Checking in on Duke/Miami Monday NightThe Duke Blue Devils are one of my favorite go-against teams in the postseason. They’re almost always overrated by the public and the oddsmakers. Nobody receives more hype from ESPN through a season than Coach K and the Dukies.In the regular season, you typically have to pick your spots. Coach K’s history was to:*Start hot thanks to his superior preparation*Wear down a bit in conference play because of little depth*Last as long in the postseason as his stars would allowHis teams were capable of covering spreads in the first two-thirds of a season.…

Wayne Allyn Root - Shocker Potential in NFL Conference Championships

Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 5:05 PM

Wayne Root: Shocker Potential in NFL Conference ChampionshipsThere just aren't any potential Cinderella stories this year in the NFL Playoffs. The bye teams all advanced past the Divisional Round. We won't see any pointspreads larger than 3.5 points this weekend barring a surprise in the markets...and the eventual Super Bowl line will likely be a field goal or less unless one of these week's winners loses a star quarterback to injury in the process.I mean...Denver beating New England would be an upset. But, how can you call it a SHOCKER if the #1 seed wins their conference! Arizona beating Carolina…

Wayne Allyn Root - PAC 12 Basketball Still a Puzzle

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 11:37 AM

Wayne Root: PAC 12 Basketball Still a Puzzle!The national media was buzzing the other day about how the Pac 12 currently has EIGHT teams going to the Big Dance according to Joe Lunardi of ESPN. Out here in Nevada, we know that it's much dicier for the league overall. We see the games on TV, and it ain't pretty!Of course, we also bet on the games after the market puts numbers on the board. What's pretty clear so far is that the Pac 12 isn't as good overall as Lunardi is thinking. It's going to be an extremely competitive league…

Wayne Allyn Root - Knicks Have Improved, but are they Ready for What’s Ahead

Monday, January 18, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Wayne Root: Knicks Have Improved, but are they Ready for What's Ahead?The New York Knicks have made amazing strides since last season. You regular readers know that I still pay a lot of attention to the New York sports teams because of my roots in the Big Apple. I was born as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!) in Mt. Vernon, NY. Even though I've lived out here in Vegas for many years now...I still have great connections, and a great record in New York sports.The Knicks are 25-17 against the spread this season...catching oddsmakers napping with improvements on…

Wayne Allyn Root - Will There be Shockers in the NFL Divisional Round

Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 3:05 PM

Wayne Root: Will There be Shockers in the NFL Divisional Round?For many years, playoff handicapping was very easy. You took the underdogs over Wildcard Weekend because that group of teams was historically very evenly matched...but then you took the rested bye teams the next week because they were going to win blowouts.Go back and look at the great performances by favorites in the Joe Montana and Troy Aikman years. The NFL's best would win HUGE and the pointspread just didn't matter.Those days are largely over. Well...the part about underdogs getting the money during Wildcard Weekend worked out again! WAYNE ALLYN…

Wayne Allyn Root - Tough Week For Favorites, Big Week for Me

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 12:27 PM

Wayne Root: Tough Week For Favorites, Big Week for Me!I didn’t quite win them all this past weekend in pro and college football. The Houston Texans disappointed me against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wildcard opener. But, from that point on…nothing but winners for clients of WAYNE ALLYN ROOT!Cincinnati +2.5 covers and should have won outright vs. PittsburghMinnesota +5 covers and should have won outright at SeattleGreen Bay +1 covers by double digits at WashingtonClemson +7 covers vs. AlabamaI think my read on that Clemson game from my online preview came through pretty well…“I think Clemson is MUCH better…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can Clemson Shock Alabama Monday Night

Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 12:49 PM

Wayne Root: Can Clemson Shock Alabama Monday Night?WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is known as THE KING OF UPSETS, so obviously my first look at Monday Night's Clemson/Alabama game for college football's National Championship will be at the underdog Tigers. Now, that may not be my FINAL look! I had Alabama -10 over Michigan State in the semifinals because I just couldn't see how Michigan State was going to score any points. They couldn't get much on the board vs. Ohio State and Iowa, and were now playing a BETTER defense! I was right, MSU didn't score, and W.A.R. won a big…

Rocky Atkinson - Handicapping The NBA Injury Report Thursday 1-7-16

Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 12:00 AM

HANDICAPPING THE NBA INJURY REPORT - Thursday 1-7-16Every day I look at the NBA injury report. I start off with the first team and see who is listed on the report. These are the average number of points these teams will be without tonight.HERE IS MY TABLE FOR CALCULATING INJURIES:OUT: Take players average points per game and multiply by 1 DOUBTFUL: Take players average points per game and multiply by .75 QUESTIONABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .50 PROBABLE: Take players average points per game and multiply by .25Here are the results for today’s NBA matchups…

Wayne Allyn Root - Arizona Visits Slumping UCLA Thursday Night

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 3:17 PM

Wayne Root: #7 Arizona Visits Slumping UCLA Thursday NightUp until this past weekend, this was shaping up as a battle of ranked teams. It's always a big game when Arizona faces UCLA...but it's even better when both teams are ranked! UCLA was swept in Washington over the weekend though, plummeting out of the AP poll. That just might set up a big upset Thursday...because the Bruins are angry bears who would love nothing better than knocking off the highly regarded Wildcats.Here in my web articles, I'm about to transition from focusing on the Pac 12 in college football to focusing…

Wayne Allyn Root - St. Johns Struggling with New Head Coach Chris Mullin

Monday, January 4, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Wayne Root: St. John's Struggling with New Head Coach Chris MullinAs we start our transition from football coverage to basketball coverage here in the New Year, you can assume that I'll be paying very close attention to what's happening in New York hoops. You longtime readers know I grew up in New York as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!). Root's roots in the Big Apple REALLY pay off in the winter because the area is such a hotbed for college basketball. Plus, the Knicks are doing some interesting things this year in the NBA.I'm going to start this…

Wayne Allyn Root - NY Jets Try To Clinch Playoff Spot in Buffalo

Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 12:29 PM

Wayne Root: NY Jets Try To Clinch Playoff Spot in BuffaloAfter our year-long coverage of the New York teams here in my web articles, it's fitting the NY Jets will try to clinch a Wildcard spot in the playoffs with a win Sunday up in Buffalo. All they have to do is beat their former coach...and they're in.Of course, if they had beaten their former coach in their first meeting a few weeks back, they'd already be in! Buffalo won that Thursday nighter 22-17 on the Jets home field. NYJ would be 11-4 right now if they had won that…

Wayne Allyn Root - Will There be SHOCKERS in the Biggest Bowls

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 1:48 PM

Wayne Root: Will There be SHOCKERS in the Biggest Bowls?For many years, the rule of thumb in handicapping the college bowls was to take the dogs early, and the favorites late. By that, I mean that you emphasize underdogs in the minor bowls that might see a favorite show up flat...but then you lay the points in the most important games where favorites would bring peak intensity and express their superiority.It didn't work every year...but the percentages over the long haul made that a very sound approach.The world is different now. Many of the early dogs are so bad that…

Wayne Allyn Root - Jets Now Control Their Own Destin

Monday, December 28, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Wayne Root: Jets Now Control Their Own Destiny!All it took was a 10-point favorite losing outright to an inexperienced quarterback...and a coin-flip blunder by their opponent that helped make things a bit easier in overtime...and the J-E-T-S...JETS-JETS-JETS now control their own destiny for an AFC Wildcard berth heading into Week 17.*The Jets beat New England 26-20 in overtime (though the game was a lot more one-sided than that if you look at the stats. This was a must-win spot against their most hated rival. Fans were crying tears of joy afterward calling it the highlight of their lives!*The Jets were…

Wayne Allyn Root - NY Jets Backs are to the Wall vs. New England

Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Wayne Root: NY Jets Backs are to the Wall vs. New EnglandI've been monitoring the potential playoff marches of both the NY Jets and NY Giants all season long here on these pages. This could be the week both of those marches both come to an end. The Jets have to host the AFC favorite New England Patriots in a must-win game. Even if the Jets win out, they would lose Wildcard tie-breakers to the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers if those teams win out. The Giants must win Sunday night in Minnesota have somebody stick a loss on…

Wayne Allyn Root - Chances Diminishing for Cinderella Super Bowl

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Wayne Root: Chances Diminishing for Cinderella Super BowlWith two weeks to go in the 2015 NFL regular season, it's getting harder to visualize any short of Cinderella shockers making a Super Bowl run. There's a short list of clear favorites who have established distance from the pack. The "next rung" of hopefuls have various issues that will likely prevent them from stringing together January victories.Let's take a brief look...SUPER BOWL FAVORITESNew EnglandCarolinaArizonaSeattlePittsburghIf the playoffs started TODAY, those are the five teams with the best shot of running the table. New England is still in their dynasty, will be enjoying a…

Wayne Allyn Root - Mountain West Moving Front and Center in Bowls

Monday, December 21, 2015 at 2:08 PM

Wayne Root: Mountain West Moving Front and Center in BowlsThe Mountain West Conference is followed much more closely in Las Vegas than it is in the rest of the country. UNLV and Nevada are both in that league. When they play a "late night" game for those of you on the East Coast, it's prime time here. TV coverage...newspaper coverage...and betting interest all combine to make that the second biggest "local" league behind the Pac 12.This year, the Mountain West earned EIGHT bowl bids! No, the league wasn't really THAT good. But, there are so many minor bowl games now…

Wayne Allyn Root - Carolina Panthers Following Giants Footsteps

Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 12:22 PM

Wayne Root: Carolina Panthers Following Giants' FootstepsThere's already a lot of buzz about the big NFL game this Sunday afternoon featuring the Carolina Panthers and the NY Giants. You know I'm following that very closely because of my roots in the Big Apple. I was born in Mt. Vernon, NY as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!).One point that should be emphasized more, in my view, is that this current Carolina Panthers team features many of the best characteristics of the recent NYG Super Bowl champions. In fact, you could say that Carolina is a "new" version of those…

Wayne Allyn Root - The PAC 12 Bowl Outlook

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 4:25 PM

Wayne Root: The PAC 12's Bowl OutlookBack at the beginning of the college football season, I promised to keep tabs for you on the Pac 12. Things were supposed to be GREAT this year in that supposedly resurgent conference. Nevada doesn't have a team in the Pac 12...but those games feel like they're played in my backyard...so I follow the league extremely closely.I have to say...2015 was a HUGE disappointment unless you're a Stanford fan. (And...even then...what could have been!) It's easy to forget now that four Pac 12 teams were ranked in the Preseason Top 15...and six were ranked…

Wayne Allyn Root - Finding Upsets in Early College Bowls

Monday, December 14, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Wayne Root: Finding Upsets in Early College BowlsFor many years, you could simply site ANY early bowl as a possible upset! The longtime rule of thumb was to bet the underdogs in all the early bowls...because the favorites were usually disappointed to be in a minor attraction. Then, you'd turn around bet the favorites in the marquee bowls when everyone "showed up" and talent won out.That approach wouldn't win every game of course. But, you'd win more than you lost...and in some seasons you'd make a killing.As the number of bowl games has been rising through the years...that approach took…

Wayne Allyn Root - BETTING ON BOWL GAMES

Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 12:00 AM

FORGET X's AND O's IN WAGERING ON BOWL GAMESby Wayne Allyn Root  MOTIVATION IS KEY!! College kids playing in bowl games are all about motivation.The match ups may be important and enticing but none are as important as how ready and eager the team is to be in the game and how that has affected their preparations. Teams take off a long time to prepare for these games. If a team lacks motivation then that time off can be profitable for the betting experts as a go against on that lack of team effort.. They make a point on zeroing on that…

Wayne Allyn Root - Oakland Raiders Have Been a Big Surprise

Friday, December 11, 2015 at 4:15 PM

Wayne Root: Oakland Raiders Have Been a Big SurpriseIt's been a long time...but Las Vegas (and Reno) regulars know that sportsbooks can get wild and crazy in the years that the Oakland Raiders are a winning team. The two California franchises (Oakland and San Francisco) are the "local" teams here in terms of fan response and TV coverage. Oakland fans in particular like to dress up and get loud.This year's team probably won't finish as a winner. They'd have to sweep the final month! But, I can assure you that virtually NOBODY here in Las Vegas thought they would have…

Wayne Allyn Root - College Hoop Coaches Struggling in Transition to NBA

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Wayne Root: College Hoop Coaches Struggling in Transition to NBAI won't have much of a chance to talk about the NBA here in my web articles until after the New Year when football winds down. But, I wanted to direct your attention to something very interesting that's been happening through the first quarter of the NBA season.*The Oklahoma City Thunder hired Billy Donovan away from the Florida Gators in college basketball to coach Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. It was understood that Scott Brooks wasn't a very good "playoff" coach once he ran into good X's and O's opponents. Great…

Wayne Allyn Root - Will We Have More Shockers in College Football Final Four

Monday, December 7, 2015 at 3:28 PM

Wayne Root: Will We Have More Shockers in College Football Final Four?Last year, the Ohio State Buckeyes stormed through the college football Final Four with a pair of impressive underdog victories over Alabama and Oregon. They were so great in those games that's it's easy to forget a year later that they weren't supposed to win either of them! In fact, there was some outrage that OSU was moved into the brackets in the first place.A year later...and you know that WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is scouting out Cinderella possibilities with returning Alabama and three newcomers. The invitations were made early…

Wayne Allyn Root - Jets and Giants Both in Must-Win Mode Sunday in Gotham

Friday, December 4, 2015 at 3:45 PM

Wayne Root: Jets and Giants Both in "Must-Win" Mode Sunday in GothamThe New York Jets face the New York Giants in a regular season game only once every four seasons. That's the nature of the interconference schedule rotation. It's a nice rivalry because the teams share a stadium, and play each other every Preseason. But, it's been unfortunately rare for a regular season meeting to be important to BOTH teams at the same time. That's going to happen this Sunday afternoon, when the 2016 meeting sees both Big Apple entries on the fringes of the playoff hunt.*The NY Jets are…

Wayne Allyn Root - USC Looking For Revenge Against Stanford in Pac 12 Championship

Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 3:02 PM

Wayne Root: USC Looking For Revenge Against Stanford in Pac 12 ChampionshipI've been talking about the Pac 12 all season long here in my web articles. So, naturally my last pre-bowl college football discussion is going to be about the championship game matching Stanford and USC this Saturday. This could really be a great game. Though, it's disappointing that the winner has no chance to earn a berth in the Final Four. The selection committee's love affair with the Big 10 took care of that!The Stanford/USC winner will earn a trip to the Rose Bowl. That's plenty of motivation for…

Wayne Allyn Root - Early College Basketball Poll Rankings Mean Nothing

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 10:38 AM

Wayne Root: Early College Basketball Poll Rankings Mean Nothing!If you're like most sports bettors, you're just now thinking about college basketball. Yes, the season began a couple of weeks ago. You were too busy with football! And, then the Thanksgiving holiday. Now...most college football teams have ended their regular seasons...and ESPN is tempting you with some great college basketball matchups in the Big 10-ACC Challenge.Great! Join the fun with WAYNE ALLYN ROOT!Just don't waste time reading the national poll rankings if you're trying to evaluate teams. November and December are the WORST times to give credence to the polls because…

Wayne Allyn Root - Giants Redskins Preview

Friday, November 27, 2015 at 2:07 PM

Wayne Root: New York Giants at Washington Could Determine NFC East!Among the happiest people in the world this past Thanksgiving night were the players on the New York Giants and Washington Redskins. They already knew their game would be important this Sunday in the tight (and disappointing!) NFC East race. Then...*Philadelphia looked so bad in its loss Thursday afternoon in Detroit that it's nearly impossible to take them seriously as a threat. Blowout losses to Tampa Bay and Detroit (!!) have dropped the Eagles to 4-7. They'd have to win four of their last five games to finish 8-8, which…

Wayne Allyn Root - Wayne Root: Finding Upsets over Thanksgiving/Rivalry Weekend

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Thanksgiving Weekend is an ideal time for finding UPSETS in the college and pro football cards because distractions only increase. It’s hard enough for players to stay focused on the task at hand late in a season. This week there’s a holiday too!I’m not going to talk about specific upsets I’m considering this weekend. And, the first two NFL games Thursday are at pick-em right now anyway…meaning an upset can’t happen if the line doesn’t move! I will talk generally about why upsets often happen over the course of Thanksgiving Weekend.IN THE NFLThere are usually a handful of teams who…

Wayne Allyn Root - College Powers Still Getting Crushed Against the Spread

Monday, November 23, 2015 at 2:03 PM

Wayne Root: College Powers Still Getting Crushed Against the Spread!I guess I should just make this a weekly feature. We keep seeing a re-run every week...yet nobody but WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is talking about it! That's because I'm THE KING OF UPSETS, while the mainstream media is the king of hyping overrated teams.The top eight teams in the championship committee's poll managed a woeful 1-7 record against market expectations this past Saturday. The only cover was when Alabama annihilated a glorified high school team from Charleston Southern. Everyone else in the top eight that had to play somebody couldn't cover…

Wayne Allyn Root - Will Green Bay’s Demise Launch a Shocking NFC Winner

Friday, November 20, 2015 at 10:46 AM

Wayne Root: Will Green Bay's Demise Launch a Shocking NFC Winner?The Green Bay Packers are suddenly staring a lost season right in the face. They enter this Sunday's game on the road against the Minnesota Vikings as the second place team in the NFC North. If they lose...that puts them in very tough shape to win the division. Aaron Rodgers was supposedly leading his team to a #1 seed and home field advantage through the NFC brackets just a few weeks ago. Are we now looking at a Wildcard team that has to sweep January road games?WAYNE ALLYN ROOT isn't…

Wayne Allyn Root - Finding Upsets in Early College Hoops Action

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 3:47 PM

Wayne Root: Finding Upsets in Early College Hoops ActionCollege basketball has started up again...which means it's time for WAYNE ALLYN ROOT to talk to you about picking early season upsets. I'm not going to talk about specific teams because I need to keep my strongest upcoming possibilities quiet for my paying customers. But, I'm happy to talk about general handicapping principals that will help you make great underdog picks and upset calls through November and December.*First, you want to FADE highly regarded teams from last season who lost a lot of starters. Go through late season Top 25 rankings online,…