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Jim Hurley’s Network - College Hoops Midweek Report

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 12:00 AM

THE COLLEGE ROUNDBALL MID-WEEK REPORT - IT'S TIME TO CHAT ABOUT TOURNEY TOP SEEDS, OVERPRICED TEAMS AND MUCH MORE IN TODAY'S JIM SEZ ...NBA RETURNS THURSDAY NIGHT: HERE'S THE TOP STORYLINES FROM HERE TO THE END OF REGULAR-SEASON PLAYCan we fill you in on a College Basketball fun fact?The conference tournaments - a/k/a the mini-tournies - will rev up its engines beginning next Wednesday, Feb. 28th with the Big 10 Conference invading Madison Square Garden in New York City.And did you realize that three of the nation's power conferences will decide their mini-tourney champions in the Big Apple?The Atlantic Coast…

Kelso Sturgeon - Don’t Let Bracketology be a Distraction

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:04 AM

Most of our coursework here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting involves techniques and strategies you should use when trying to find smart bets. Today, I want to talk first about what NOT to do in these final weeks leading up to the tournaments. Don’t, and I mean DON’T spend too much time listening to all the “bracketology” coverage. ESPN has decided to make that a brand. Other places are jumping on the bandwagon. For sports bettors, that stuff is virtually meaningless. You might “think” it’s important because the media will have you believe that teams on the bubble will…

Jim Hurley’s Network - REVENGE IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL IS AN OVERRATED ANGLE

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6:52 AM

Because we’re in the second half of conference schedules in college basketball, the opportunity to bet “revenge” as a handicapping angle is prominent every single day. You probably noticed this past weekend that it often doesn’t work! JIM HURLEY wants you to know that smart handicappers must pick their spots with this “intangible.” Only occasionally is it really a special factor that ignites a blowout cover.First, the main reasons that “revenge” is overused by bettors...*Usually the inferior team lost the first game, and doesn’t have the means to “lift” its level of play in a rematch. A team must be…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Cavs Shake It Up at Trade Deadline

Friday, February 9, 2018 at 1:51 PM

 THE NBA TRADE DEADLINE - CAVALIERS KEEP REAL BUSY BUT WILL ALL THE MOVES HELP?COLLEGE HOOP NEWS/NOTES: NORTH CAROLINA SNAGS 82-78 WIN/COVER VERSUS DUKEIf nothing else, then game-day program sales will be way up at Cleveland Cavaliers' games the rest of this 2017-18 regular season!The three-time defending Eastern Conference champs played a game of musical chairs with their roster prior to yesterday's 3 p.m. ET NBA Tread Deadline and -- when all the dust had settled -- the Cavs had added a second-round draft pick (from Miami), guards Rodney Hood and George Hill (from Utah and Sacramento, respectively) plus G…

Richie Baccellieri - Oddsmakers, Bettors Challenged by New Cavaliers

Friday, February 9, 2018 at 11:06 AM

Thursday morning Las Vegas time, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded about half their roster in hopes of making another run at the Eastern Conference championship...and possibly even the NBA title (though that's still a longshot).It was a startling, but much needed series of trades that tossed way a bunch of defensive dead weight. This team had become an absolute joke on defense.*Cleveland traded Isaiah Thomas...the worst defensive player in the league and suddenly a cancer in the locker room, and Channing Frye...to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.*Cleveland traded Dwyane Wade back to Miami for a…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Super Bowl 52 Aftermath

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 11:51 AM

SUPER BOWL LII - THE AFTERMATH OF PHILLY'S 41-33 WIN OVER NEW ENGLAND PLUS THE ODDS TO WIN IT ALL FOR 2018 NFL SEASON AND THE FINAL NFL POINTSPREAD STANDINGS CHART ... COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS & NOTESIt's always uber-interesting to discover what we all can learn following on the heels of a Super Bowl game ... and especially the one played last Sunday night when the Philadelphia Eagles rocked the 4-point favorite New England Patriots 41-33:One thing for sure is this whole CB Malcolm Butler saga ain't going away anytime soon. If you believe the words coming out of Foxboro,…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Transitioning from Football to Basketball

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Thanks to everyone who was with us during JIM HURLEY'S incredible run through the NFL Playoffs. NETWORK capped off its historic stretch with a big play winner on Philadelphia (+) outright over New England in the Super Bowl. Though we did take a smaller unit loss on the Under. A profitable day to close out the biggest postseason money-making performance the industry had ever seen.Why Philadelphia? Several reasons.*New England doesn't win blowouts on neutral fields against good teams! They've never won a Super Bowl by more points than this past Sunday's spread in regulation with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.…

Richie Baccellieri - Richie Baccellieri: Favorite Prices Inflated in Recent College Hoops Action

Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 5:15 PM

If you've been paying close attention to college basketball scores the past several days, you'll have noticed that many ranked teams, or otherwise "hot" teams that aren't in the rankings are having trouble playing to expectations. Even if they win, they don't cover tall prices. Many are losing outright.Personally, I'm on a 9-2 run on my last 11 underdog releases. That includes Iowa State outright over West Virginia Wednesday night, and Kent State over Buffalo (the best team in the MAC) Tuesday. Kent State was down 18 points but still came back to win! That's how hard it is for…

Jim Hurley’s Network - JIM SEZ SUPER BOWL LII PROP PLAYS

Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 10:42 AM

It's been an annual column 'round these parts: Examining the Super Bowl Prop Plays and what might work wonders (i.e., make you some dough!) and so let's spend some time in today's Jim Sez to "suggest" some SB 52 Prop Plays that should interest you ...1 - LONGEST FG / GO OVER 47.5 YARDS (- 135) ... Folks, we check out the "longest field goals" all year long in the National Football League and what we've noticed is the distances have increased by a good two or 2.5 yards from earlier in the year. Now, in order to cash here…

Kelso Sturgeon - Finalizing Your Super Bowl Plans

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 3:24 PM

This is our last get-together before Super Bowl 52 matching the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. I had hoped that the market would have settled more than it has by this time. We still don't know if Rob Gronkowski is going to play. Obviously, he's an important factor!The line at Las Vegas sports books right now is either New England -4 or New England -4.5. The differences are caused by some spots defending against a very large bettor who's been placing half-million to million-dollar bets on Philadelphia on the money line (usually around +160). Stores who have already taken…

Jim Hurley’s Network - THE JIM SEZ SUPER BOWL LII REPORT

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 10:35 AM

THREE MAJOR KEYS TO VICTORY AS EAGLES, PATRIOTS DRAW CLOSER TO SUNDAY SHOWDOWN ...COLLEGE BASKETBALL'S TOP TWO TILTS ON THE LAST NITE OF THE MONTHHey, we just saw a figure of $4.76 billion that's expected to be bet on Sunday's Super Bowl LII - we imagine that includes the $1 million bet earlier this week by a single person on the Philadelphia Eagles at the money line of + 165 over defending champion New England - and so Philly continues to be the people's choice these days as this Las Vegas price tag now has dropped from an opening line…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can the Eagles Shock the Patriots in SB52

Monday, January 29, 2018 at 1:59 PM

Super Bowl week has arrived, which means it's time for THE KING OF UNDERDOGS WAYNE ALLYN ROOT to consider whether or not the Philadelphia Eagles have a chance to upset the New England Patriots this coming Sunday.There have already been several big bets on the Eagles on the money line here in Las Vegas. One bettor in particular, a man who make a killing during the World Series, has decided that this game is already over! Maybe he's right. Or, maybe the most famous name in sports handicapping will be on the other side this weekend because too many bettors…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: College Hoops Handicapping

Monday, January 29, 2018 at 1:48 PM

This current college basketball season has challenged many casual sports bettors who are hoping they can pick winners by watching a few games a week on TV. Lotsa luck with that approach!Teams who were great in November and December are falling back to earth (like West Virginia and Oklahoma, who both lost this past weekend in the Big 12/SEC Challenge). Teams who started slowly are just now getting things figured out (probably at least one in every conference on the board, with some leagues having two or three). Star players are getting neutralized. New stars are grabbing the spotlight. And,…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Super Bowl Game Plans

Monday, January 29, 2018 at 1:31 PM

IT'S THE OFFICIAL COUNTDOWN TO SUPER BOWL LII - OUR JIM SEZ PREVIEW COMES LATER IN THE WEEK, BUT NOW'S THE TIME TO START TALKING UP GAME PLANS ...THE COLLEGE ROUNDBALL REPORT - CAN DUKE, NORTH CAROLINA BOUNCE BACK STRONGLY FROM THEIR WEEKEND HOME LOSSES?Are we headed for yet another super-close Super Bowl?Hey, when the New England Patriots are involved, the Super Bowls are always close as the Pats (since the 2001 season) have won five of 'em by a grand total of 19 points - and that, of course, includes last year's biggest margin of victory in a 34-28…

Jim Hurley’s Network - More Super Bowl Notes and SEC Big 12 Challenge

Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 12:49 PM

IT'S THE CALM BEFORE THE SUPER BOWL LII STORM - WE'LL GET YOU THROUGH THE SPORTS WEEKEND WITH MORE PATRIOTS/EAGLES GOODIES AHEAD AND WE CHECK OUT COLLEGE B-BALL'S SEC VS. BIG 12 ACTION AND MORE!!!We know you're chomping at the bit to get to Super Bowl LII - the Sunday, February 4th battle for pro football supremacy just has to wait a little bit more but there is college football's Senior Bowl from Mobile on Saturday and then the NFL's Pro Bowl game on Sunday in Orlando, so you can gobble up a couple more gridiron goodies this final weekend…

Richie Baccellieri - Early Super Bowl money all over the Philadelphia Eagles

Friday, January 26, 2018 at 3:34 PM

Though Super Bowl 52 is still more than a week away, Las Vegas betting has already made national headlines. As I write this for you Friday morning Nevada time, the MGM has already taken in a multi-million dollar bet on the Eagles, and the South Point on Thursday received $500,000 on a money-line bet on Philadelphia to win outright.Now, bets THAT big usually aren't from "sharp" sources. Those are rich bettors supporting their teams, or...occasionally...rich bettors using some sharp handicapping principals to make what they consider to be a good investment.Frankly, truly SHARP bettors want to know the status of…

Wayne Allyn Root - Wayne Root: Betting NBA Underdogs

Friday, January 26, 2018 at 3:19 PM

Earlier this week we had a multi-day stretch where underdogs covered EVERY game in the NBA. You don't see something that extreme very often. But, it was a reminder that pro basketball can be a fertile hunting ground for dog bettors. Some days you can't lose!What factors help handicappers like THE KING OF UNDERDOGS WAYNE ALLYN ROOT find the best puppies?*Many good teams coast. The mindset, these days, across much of the league is that the playoffs matter more than the regular season. Good teams want to pace themselves so they're not exhausted once it's time to battle for a…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: NCAA Championship Threats

Friday, January 26, 2018 at 3:02 PM

With football taking a week off, Saturday's huge Duke-Virginia game is a reminder that it's time to start thinking about the road to March Madness in college basketball. Which teams are likely to close strong and cash tickets for bettors? Are there any steals at current futures prices? How do you build bankroll between now and March so you can maximize your college basketball return?Seems like we say this every season. But, the tournament looks like it's going to be a real crapshoot. Even the teams currently near the top of the rankings have vulnerabilities that can be exploited. Purdue…

Jim Hurley’s Network - SUPER BOWL LII NOTEBOOK - THE TOM BRADY EFFECT

Friday, January 26, 2018 at 10:46 AM

Okay, pro football fans, just how much is New England Patriots' QB Tom Brady "worth" in terms of the all-important Las Vegas pointspread?Believe it or not, we say Brady is worth 5 points to this here-and-now betting line ... in other words, this February 4th Super Bowl LII game would be a Pick 'Em if just an average NFL quarterback was playing for the Pats and not Brady.In case you were wondering, among Brady's career Super Bowl records are 207 pass completions in 309 pass attempts (a dazzling .670 completion percentage rate) for 2,071 yards thru the air and that's…

Richie Baccellieri - How Much is Home Court Worth in College Hoops

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 1:07 PM

This is a question I get asked a lot because people know college basketball is my favorite sport to handicap. Bettors hear so many opinions on TV broadcasts or radio shows, they want to know the real scoop!It's a tricky issue because there isn't a pat answer. Nobody wants to hear "it depends" when they're trying to learn how to pick winners. But, a lot of sports handicapping really is understanding what causes certain things to be important sometimes, but irrelevant others.Let me start with these two points.*The mainstream media almost always overestimates the value of home court in college…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Super Bowl Pointspread Notes

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 10:53 AM

THERE'S MORE SUPER BOWL LII NEWS/NOTES PLUS, OUR COLLEGE B-BALL REPORTGotta admit that we swiped this thought from a New York City-area tabloid that reminded us all that the Super Bowl LII pointspread - now it's New England favored by 5 points over Philadelphia, but the story was written earlier in the week when the Patriots were favored by 5.5 points - still is the largest SB spread since Pittsburgh (- 7) battled Arizona back in the 2008 NFL season (Steelers 27, Cardinals 23).Let's track down the Super Bowls played since the '08 season and show you the winners/losers/pointspreads:SB #…

Kelso Sturgeon - Early Homework for Super Bowl 52

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 2:55 PM

Las Vegas is already gearing up for what might be the biggest Super Bowl ever in terms of betting handle. Last year's New England/Atlanta game set a record. Next month's New England/Philadelphia matchup is on an early pace to surpass it.Why?*Great betting markets*Great fan bases*The favorite is a dynasty team the public loves to bet*The underdog is an up-and-coming Cinderella story*Vegas sports books are getting more media coverage than everThe mainstream media used to be skittish about mentioning sports betting. That taboo has mostly been lifted, which increases the level of publicity my home town gets at this time of…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Super Bowl Notebook

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 10:44 AM

SUPER BOWL LII NOTEBOOK - HERE'S SOME TIDBITS TO MUNCH ON AS WE ROLL TOWARDS THE BIG GAME -COLLEGE BASKETBALL REPORT: WE KNOW IT'S EARLY BUT, HERE'S OUR WE SEE THE TOP FOUR SEEDS IN EACH REGION OF THIS YEAR'S NCAA TOURNAMENTWe know: It seems like forever between now and Super Bowl Sunday on February 4th but there's plenty of gridiron-related goodies that we can entertain you with and so let's chomp on a few things as they pertain to the almighty pointspread.When the New England Patriots - currently a 5.5-point betting favorite - battle the Philadelphia Eagles in Super…

Wayne Allyn Root - Hard to Stay Consistent in College Hoops

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 2:11 PM

Something very interesting happened this past week in college basketball. We had three different teams in the top eight of the AP poll lose BOTH of their games. So, not only did they lose the first time. But, in what was supposed to be an obvious bounce back spot, they lost AGAIN.I'm talking about #4 Oklahoma, #7 Wichita State, and #8 Texas Tech.What happened to all three of those teams tells us a lot about the state of college basketball in the 2017-18 season.*There are few, if any truly GREAT teams. Everybody has a weakness that can be exploited. If…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Hurley Makes it 11-1-1 in NFL Playoffs!

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 2:08 PM

JIM HURLEY MAKES IT 11-1-1 IN 2018 NFL PLAYOFFS WITH A 3-0 CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKENDYes, the biggest name in sports handicapping...the man who went a perfect 4-0 over Wildcard Weekend...and then 4-1-1 in the divisional round...swept the board 3-0 on Championship Sunday to bring his NFL Playoff record to a stunning 11-1-1! You know we're talking about PROVEN WINNER JIM HURLEY!Here's a quick recap from a rampage that made NETWORK clients a fortune in less than a month.WILDCARD WEEKEND (4-0)Tennessee (+) beat Kansas City outrightAtlanta (+) beat the Los Angeles Rams outrightBuffalo (+) covered in a close loss at JacksonvilleCarolina (+)…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez First Look at Super Bowl LII

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 9:10 AM

Network Continues Red Hot in the NFL Playoffs!3-0 Sunday in the Conference Championships!Now 11-1-1 Going Into Super Bowl LII!Eagles (+3) over Vikings 38-7Jaguars (+7.5) over Patriots 20-24 & UNDER 46OUR FIRST LOOK AT SUPER BOWL LII - IT'S EAGLES VS. PATRIOTS FOR ALL THE MARBLES AS WE PUT A REAL WRAP ON SUNDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP GAMESLet's get something straight right off the bat here: The New England Patriots - the NFL's reigning defending champions - know their history. After all, Sunday's epic 24-20 come-from-behind non-cover win against the 7.5-point underdog Jacksonville Jaguars in this year's AFC Championship Game happened to be…

Richie Baccellieri - Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting the NFL Conference Championships

Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 4:55 PM

We're down to the final four in the NFL Playoffs. And, what a week it's been in the betting markets! I can't ever recall a situation quite like this...where the most important player in the league suffers a weird injury in practice midweek...in a game where the line was already troublesome for sports books because it was right on the edge of the teaser window.Let's jump right in. There's a lot to talk about considering there are only two games...Jacksonville at New England: An opener of New England -9 has come down to -7.5 (and -7 in some spots offshore)…

Wayne Allyn Root - Will We See an Upset or Two on NFL Championship Sunday

Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 4:51 PM

WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is THE KING OF UPSETS, which means I'm looking long and hard at the upset potential in both of this Sunday's NFL conference championship games. Can the Jacksonville Jaguars take out the New England Patriots? Or, will all the distractions surrounding Tom Brady's hand injury make them lose their focus? The Philadelphia Eagles are a rare home underdog in a title tilt. Can backup quarterback Nick Foles take them to the Super Bowl?I can't release my official selections here in a web article. That wouldn't be fair to my paying customers. I can tell you what I…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Can Patriots Win with an Injured Tom Brady

Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 4:46 PM

It's amazing that a fluke accident in an NFL practice can change the course of history. That may be what happened this week when Tom Brady injured his hand. Suddenly, the favorites to win the Super Bowl were surrounded by question marks. And, teams led by unheralded quarterbacks like Blake Bortles, Case Keenum, and Nick Foles were sensing a chance to engrave their names on the most coveted trophy in sports.Of course, New England hasn't lost yet! Tom Brady may be recovered enough by Sunday afternoon to execute the offense well enough to win. And, the Patriots would still be…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Championship Sunday Previews

Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1:03 PM

IT'S CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY!OUR AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW - JAGUARS LOOK TO BE A GIANT-KILLER VERSUS THE PATSGotta go all the way back to the 2010 season to find the last time the New England Patriots were not part of the AFC Championship Game scene but keep in mind the Pats have not been any sort of lead-pipe cinch in these games. In fact, New England's split its six AFC Championship Game appearances since 2011 (Denver beat 'em twice in 2013 and '15, Baltimore beat 'em back in 2012) while Jacksonville is making its first showing in this title tilt since…

Richie Baccellieri - Richie Baccellieri: College Hoops Market Slow to Adjust

Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 2:27 PM

One thing I've noticed in recent college basketball seasons, particularly this year, is that the market is slow to react to changes in team performance once everyone's Power Ratings feel "locked in." How a team played in November and December determines how they'll be rated for weeks, even if it's not deserved.The Arizona State Sun Devils are a great example of this. They were one of the big surprise of the 2017-18 season out of the gate. They were undefeated in non-conference action, including an upset of Kansas in Lawrence. You HAVE to be for real if you win there!…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NFL Conference Championship Notes

Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 2:16 PM

SUNDAY'S NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES INCH A BIT CLOSER AND WE CLUE YOU IN ON THE KEY STATS ...COLLEGE ROUNDBALL REPORT - A PAIR OF POTENTIAL "MARCH MADNESS" SLEEPERSWe know ... can we just get to Sunday's AFC and NFC Championship Games already! Note that we'll be posting our AFC/NFC Championship Game previews the next couple of days here at Jim Sez - so don't miss out as we'll be including more Spread Stats - but for now let's examine what have been some key stats for all four teams still alive in the chase for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.AFC CHAMPIONSHIP…

Jim Hurley’s Network - THE NFL PLAYOFFS - JIM HURLEY IS 8-1-1 AND GEARING UP FOR SUNDAY’S AFC & NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 5:08 PM

Always fun to take a step back and re-discover the Super Bowl LII "Odds to Win It All" when posted just prior to the 2017 NFL season ... now here are what the odds were for the four remaining teams in action this Sunday afternoon/evening followed by the current "Win it All" odds (all based on $100 per play wagers):TEAM             PRE-2017 ODDS           CURRENT ODDSJacksonville           + 6200                            + 650Minnesota             + 2100                            EvenNew England        + 200                              - 200Philadelphia          + 3600                            + 550It's interesting to see that an NFL team laying a price to win it all even before we get to…

Kelso Sturgeon - When the Quarterback isn’t a Playmaker

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM

For years and years, I've been emphasizing the importance of focusing on PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS when you handicap games. In the NFL, that's traditionally meant placing a top priority on the quarterback position. In this Sunday's conference championship games, that's going to be a little tricky.Sure, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is one of the greatest to ever play the position. And, he came through for us last week, as my top selection was on the Pats (-) over Tennessee in a 35-14 blowout that was 35-7 until a late garbage time TD. But, the other three QBs…

Wayne Allyn Root - Finding College Hoop Upsets in Conference Play

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM

I have to say that this is one of the easiest college basketball seasons I've ever seen for finding upsets. All the top teams have vulnerabilities that can be exploited. The next level of teams are so good that they can get hot and beat anybody on any give night. And, even some of the cellar dwellers are capable of putting things together for 40 minutes.Duke is loaded, but they already have outright losses as double-digit favorites to Boston College and NC State. Michigan State seemed like a lock for a #1 seed. Suddenly, they're getting bullied by Ohio State…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Hurley Now 8-1-1 in NFL Playoffs

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM

The man who went a perfect 4-0 over Wildcard Weekend came back with a stunning 4-1-1 performance against the spread over a very exiting divisional round. Let's quickly review the hottest start IN THE INDUSTRY from PROVEN WINNER and industry legend JIM HURLEY.WILDCARD WEEKEND (4-0)Tennessee (+) beat Kansas City outrightAtlanta (+) beat the Los Angeles Rams outrightBuffalo (+) covered in a close loss at JacksonvilleCarolina (+) covered in a close loss at New OrleansYou'll recall that all four of those had a chance to spring upsets, with Tennessee and Atlanta both finishing off their shockers. Many wondered if NETWORK would…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Hurley Now 8-1-1 in the NFL Playoffs

Monday, January 15, 2018 at 1:01 PM

Jim Hurley Now 8-1-1 in the NFL Playoffs! 4-0 in Wild Card Round and 4-1-1 in Divisional PlayoffsTHE NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES ARE SET FOR THIS  SUNDAY - AND WE RE-CAP A WILD (AND WINNING) WEEKEND OF NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF TILTS ... PLUS, WE GET YOU OUR FIVE-YEAR CHART OF AFC & NFC CHAMPIONSHP GAMES TOOHey, can you really believe we all have to wait till Sunday now for the next round of NFL games? Darn it!In this past Sunday's shocking finale - Minnesota 29, New Orleans 24 - you simply couldn't make up the script in the final three-plus minutes…

Wayne Allyn Root - Wayne Root: Market Mistakes in Cold Weather Football Games

Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:30 AM

It's been awhile since handicappers have had to deal with so much cold weather in the NFL Playoffs. In recent seasons, even when northern teams were in action, conditions had been relatively mild. This weekend, three of the four divisional round games will be played in freezing temperatures, and two of those three will also have strong winds.Growing up in New York, I know all about playing sports outside in freezing weather! You longtime readers know I was born in a town called Mt. Vernon as a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!). My personal experiences growing up, and then…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting the NFL Divisional Round

Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:23 AM

Underdogs covered all four games during Wildcard Weekend, which meant a bad week for the general public but great news for sharps and Nevada sports books. Making things even better for the books, two of the favorites lost outright. It's become a growing trend for squares to put a bunch of favorites in moneyline parlays because they assume all the favorites are going to win. When both Kansas City and the LA Rams lost last Saturday, sportsbooks were already guaranteed a profit for the week.Let's see how sharps and the public have been betting this weekend's four divisional round games.…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NFL Divisional Playoff Previews

Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:17 AM

THE NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS - THE SATURDAY PREVIEWS AS FALCONS-EAGLES, TITANS-PATRIOTS CLASHHey, the NFL Playoffs are a whole new ball game on many fronts: Note that in the final four weeks of 2017 NFL regular-season play, the league''s Betting Favorites compiled a healthy 34-23-4 ATS (against the spread) mark with 3 Pick ''Em games tossed into the mix. Folks, that''s a solid .596 winning rate for the chalk sides. So, what happens last week in the NFL Wild Card Playoff Round? Right, all four Underdogs grabbed the cash with both 8.5-point pup Tennessee and 6-point dog Atlanta winning their post-season…

Richie Baccellieri - Is there a West Coast Bias in NBA Oddsmaking

Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 5:03 PM

We've reached the halfway point of the NBA season. What's very interesting to me as I study the ATS records so far is that all the best performances against the spread have come from Eastern Conference teams.NBA's Best ATS RecordsBoston 26-15-2Brooklyn 25-16Detroit 23-15-2Chicago 24-17Brad Stevens continues to get his teams to perform better than expectations, something he became famous for during March Madness in his days at Butler. The market assumed disaster when Gordon Hayward was lost for the regular season with a broken leg. Instead, the Celtics are still dominating the race for a #1 seed with a 33-10…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Midweek Report - Divisional Playoffs

Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 11:14 AM

Network Finishes the Bowl Season on a 14-6 run, going 4-0 in New Year's Day Bowls, and covering with Georgia in the National Championship!Kicks off the NFL Playoffs with a perfect 4-0 Wild Card Round! Click here to keep winning in the playoffs and basketball through Super Bowl LIINFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS - HERE'S THE LOWDOWN AS WE HEAD TOWARDS THE WEEKEND COLLEGE HOOP NOTES - THURSDAY NIGHT ACTIONFolks, there was plenty hootin'-and-hollerin' going on last weekend after all Four (4) NFL Wild Card underdogs swept the board - we won 'em all right here at Jim Hurley's Network, of course!…

Kelso Sturgeon - Impact of the Bye Week in NFL Playoffs

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 5:20 PM

As we move from Wildcard Weekend to the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs, the single biggest factor that looms largest is the bye week. The teams with the best two records in each conference were at home relaxing last weekend, scouting their eventual opponents. How big of an advantage is this?Bye teams are fresher, because they enjoyed extended restBye teams are healthier, because nobody got hurt last weekBye teams are better prepared, because they could plan aheadBye teams also enjoy home field advantage!Man, those edges sound HUGE! How do bye teams ever lose with so much going for them?…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NCAA Title Game Recap

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Network Finishes the Bowl Season on a 14-6 run, going 4-0 in New Year's Day Bowls, and covering with Georgia in the National Championship! Kicks off the NFL Playoffs with a perfect 4-0 Wild Card Round! Click here to keep winning in the playoffs and basketball through Super Bowl LIITHE COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - WE DISSECT ALABAMA'S 26-23 OT WIN VS. GEORGIA, PLUS OUR FINAL BOWL/PLAYOFF CHART ...NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ROUND UPDATESNews flash: The Alabama Crimson Tide has now won five national championships in the past nine years - but nobody on this earth thought a freshman quarterback…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can Any Week One Survivors Win the Super Bowl

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Now that Wildcard Weekend is in the books, it's time to turn our attention forward to see if any week one winners have a legitimate shot to go the distance and win the Super Bowl. You can make good money on futures prices or on a game-to-game basis if you can recognize the early chapters of a new Cinderella story.THE KING OF LAS VEGAS will discuss the Wildcard winners in the order they won...TENNESSEE: It's very hard seeing this team hanging close to New England, let alone beating New England, Pittsburgh, and then an NFC team in succession. Though, I…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Hurley Goes 4-0 with NFL Dogs

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 12:00 AM

The biggest betting story out of Las Vegas this past weekend was the 4-0 board sweep for underdogs during Wildcard Weekend in the NFL playoffs. The second biggest story was that handicapping legend JIM HURLEY went 4-0 for his clients betting all the underdogs!Tennessee (+) beat Kansas City outrightAtlanta (+) beat the Los Angeles Rams outrightBuffalo (+) covered in a close loss at JacksonvilleCarolina (+) covered in a close loss at New OrleansFrankly, there wasn't that much to sweat. The first two on Saturday won their games outright against spreads near a touchdown. Sunday, Buffalo was getting more than a…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez National Championship Game Preview

Monday, January 8, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Network Sweeps All 4 Wild Card Games!!!THE JIM SEZ REPORT -TONIGHT'S COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW PLUS, ALL HAIL THE NFL WILD CARD WINNERS!Funny how the College Football Playoffs have worked in its first four years of existence:We have not had a #1 seed win it all - nor will we this evening when #3 Georgia battles #4 Alabama - but we sure have seen lots and lots of points.Check out what's happened in the first three editions of the College Football National Championship Game:SEASONWINNERSPREADLOSERSCORE2014#4 Ohio State+ 5.5#2 Oregon42-202015#2 Alabama - 6.5#1 Clemson45-402016#2 Clemson + 6.5#1 Alabama35-31Ahh, so all three previous…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Sunday NFL Wild Card Previews

Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 12:48 PM

THE NFL WILD CARD ROUND - HERE ARE SUNDAY'S GAMESAND SOME COLLEGE FOOTBALLNATIONAL TITLE GAME POINTSPREAD CHATTERThe NFL's Wild Card Playoff Round grinds on with a pair of Sunday showdowns and we'll get to Buffalo at Jacksonville and then Carolina at New Orleans in just a moment right here at Jim Sez, but first this key reminder:Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will get you the Side & Totals plays on Monday night's College Football National Championship Game between Georgia versus Alabama when you check in with us game-day afternoon right here online or 1-800-323-4453 and cash in big.…

Jim Hurley’s Network - National Championship Preview...Alabama vs. Georgia

Friday, January 5, 2018 at 3:36 PM

IT'S ALABAMA VS. GEORGIA FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - WHO'S GOING TO GET THE MONEY?The college football game we've been waiting for all season has finally arrived. The long-established superpower against the new kids on the block. We were delayed from getting it in the SEC Championship game because of an upset. But...now...Alabama and Georgia square off. And, it's not just for a conference title, it's for all the marbles!You probably know that this is likely to be a defensive struggle. The Over/Under of 45 points is very low for a college football championship game. Last year's winner scored that…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can Georgia Upset Alabama for the National Championship

Friday, January 5, 2018 at 3:23 PM

For years I've made my name in the sports betting industry calling for...and winning...upsets in major events. There are Cinderella stories in every sport. I was theman escorting Cinderella to the party in my limousine, and the drinks for everyone were on me.Does that mean I'll be releasing Georgia (+) to my clients this coming Monday Night in the college football National Championship game against Alabama? Don't assume that's a sure thing!*Last week I won big with Alabama (-) over Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. That easy cover was never in doubt, as the Crimson Tide defense dominated form start…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting Wildcards and Alabama/Georgia

Friday, January 5, 2018 at 3:13 PM

Lines have had time to settle for what's shaping up as a very exciting football weekend. Betting action has been heavy already for Wildcard Weekend...and Monday Night's Alabama/Georgia National Championship game will be one of the most heavily bet college football games ever.Let's see how sharps have been betting all five of these blockbusters. I'll go in schedule order.Tennessee at Kansas City: Different stores opened at different lines across the board last week. So, I'll talk generally about the opening ranges and what's happened since. Here, most spots were at Kansas City -7.5. Since then we've seen a rise to…

Richie Baccellieri - The ACC Has Been VERY Underrated This Season

Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 3:28 PM

You'd think that the most prominent conference in college basketball would have a tough time covering point spreads. They're on TV all the time. The public loves betting big name programs. The media loves hyping all the schools appearing in their telecasts. And, Dick Vitale should go into the ACC Hall of Fame just for all the praise he's heaped on Duke and North Carolina in his broadcasting career.Yet, that conference hasn't been overrated this season. It's been extremely UNDER-rated. Check out the ATS records for all 15 teams. And, remember that any "conference" game is both a win and…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Studying NFL Point Differentials

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 4:05 PM

One of the simplest, but most effective stats for evaluating championship contenders is regular season point differential. That's even more true if you adjust for strength of schedule. Champions show their quality immediately in this stat. Pretenders are exposed.Let's start with the AFC. NFL fans know that the AFC was pretty lousy this season. Any measure you use for evaluating schedule strength is going to show all playoff entries from the AFC as having "average" to "weak" schedules, with the majority at "weak." With that in mind, let's look at the final regular season point differentials for the playoff qualifiers.AFC…

Wayne Allyn Root - Will There Be Any NFL Shockers During Wildcard Weekend

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 3:54 PM

In the past, handicapping the NFL Playoffs was easy. You took the underdogs in the first weekend, because there wasn't much difference between the worst division winners and the two Wildcards. Then, you went with favorites after that because the bye teams were fresh and playing on their home fields.It's not quite so simple any more. This year could prove particularly tricky because some of the divisional winners were just as good as the bye teams (the Rams, the Saints, and arguably the Jaguars since they own a road win over Pittsburgh). And, a few of the Wildcard teams have…

Kelso Sturgeon - Handicapping Playoff Style Football

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 3:47 PM

Not only do the NFL playoffs start this weekend with the four games involving Wildcard teams, but we also have the National Championship in college football featuring Alabama vs. Georgia coming up Monday night. That makes this the perfect time in my College of Advanced Sports Betting to talk about handicapping "playoff style" football.I've already won the first two "playoff" games of the football season, as both Georgia and Alabama were part of my 4-1 performance in New Year's bowl action.New Year's SelectionsSouth Carolina (+8) beat Michigan 26-19Central Florida (+10.5) beat Auburn 34-27LSU (-3.5) lost to Notre Dame 21-17 (only…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Hurley 3--0 in the College Playoffs

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 12:12 PM

Jim Hurley 3--0 in the College Playoffs! Wins with Georgia over Oklahoma, Alabama vs. Clemson and the UNDER!THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS - WE HIT THE REWIND BUTTON ON GEORGIA'S OT WIN AGAINST OKLAHOMA AND ALABAMA'S BRUISING TRIUMPH OVER CLEMSON...PLUS, OUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL CHART...AND NFL'S "BLACK MONDAY" IS CHOCK FULL OF MOVESThe College Football Playoff games on New Year's Day/Night? Just call 'em "beauty and the beast".Georgia's fascinating/thrilling 54-48 double-overtime win against 2.5-point underdog Oklahoma was dubbed an "instant classic" even before we got to the bonus football frames and every hard-core football fan already is determining where that game…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Happy New Year - Bowl Previews and Wild Cards

Monday, January 1, 2018 at 12:01 PM

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! HERE'S THE MONDAY BOWL LINEUP PLUS, ALL HAIL THE NFL WILD CARD ROUND TEAMSFourth-and-12?Ahh, that down-and-distance will be ringing inside the heads of the Baltimore Ravens for the next umpteen months - they couldn't contain Cincinnati's QB Andy Dalton-to-WR Tyler Boyd 49-scoring strike on 4th-and-12 in yesterday's 31-27 loss to the 8-point underdog Bengals and thus it opened up the path to the playoffs to the Buffalo Bills.You remember them - last seen in the NFL Playoffs way, way back in the 1999 season and dare we remind you that the Bills exited that year's post-season with…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps Are Betting NFL Week 17

Friday, December 29, 2017 at 4:55 PM

Unfortunately, this is going to be a pretty boring NFL week for sports betting. Yes, a few games matter. But, many matchups feature teams who aren't going to the playoffs, or are projected blowouts because a contender is facing a bad opponent. The general public will be much less involved than normal, particularly with the huge betting attractions on the board Saturday and Monday in college football. I'll be brief in the games that don't matter much and are also being left alone by the Wise Guys.Cincinnati at Baltimore: The high opener of Baltimore -10 has come down to Cincinnati…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can Oklahoma Shock the Nation with a Championship Run

Friday, December 29, 2017 at 4:47 PM

If you've been paying attention to the betting markets, you know that the "smart" money has been taking Georgia over Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl, that also serves as the first half of the Final Four doubleheader New Year's Day. Oklahoma opened as a favorite, but is now an underdog. Oklahoma's futures prices are also moving in the wrong direction.What's going on? Many theories are being discussed out here in the sports betting capital of the world.*Baker Mayfield may have won the Heisman Trophy, but he's not ready to shine against the great defenses he'll be facing in January (if…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Will Alabama Get its Revenge on Clemson

Friday, December 29, 2017 at 4:43 PM

In recent days, money has continued to pour in on the Alabama Crimson Tide in their huge Final Four matchup against Clemson this coming Monday. Those two teams faced each other the past two seasons for the National Championship. Last year, Clemson upset Alabama to lift the trophy.The concept of "revenge" is an easy shortcut to latch onto when trying to make selections. But, it's one thing to lay one point with a talented revenge-minded team. Another to lay two points. Once you get to three or more...in what could be an evenly matched neutral site battle, it becomes tougher…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Friday Bowl Bonanza and NFL Notes

Friday, December 29, 2017 at 4:16 PM

COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S BOWL BONANZA GETS YOU THE FRIDAY MENU - THAT'S FIVE (5) BIG GAMES ...PLUS, THERE'S NFL WEEK 17 CHATTERHere's the skinny when you're getting ready to digest NFL Week 17 all day long on Sunday afternoon - remember that's seven games to be played at 1 p.m. Eastern time and another nine games to kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET: There are two playoff spots still open in the AFC, just one spot open in the NFC and we wanted to get you the key spread stats when it comes to the teams battling for those remaining post-season…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps Are Betting New Years Week Bowls

Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 4:35 PM

A lot to get to today, as we cover the final 18 bowls being played from now through the New Year's Day extravaganza. Because there are so many games, I won't talk about Over/Unders unless there's been a meaningful move. I hope the bowls played so far have been going your way.THURSDAYNavy vs. Virginia in the Military Bowl: Navy's been getting some sharp support late in the process. The market flipped favorites yesterday, and money continues to come in on Navy given the very cold weather forecast. An opener of Virginia -1 is now Navy -2. Zero is a dead…

Jim Hurley’s Network - THE JIM HURLEY BOWL BLITZ ROLLS ON - THE THURSDAY LINEUP

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 4:52 PM

Gotta tell 'ya the truth ... So far (through Tuesday's games, at least) this College Football Bowl season has been anything but packed with high drama.In fact, through the first 18 bowl games of this holiday season, there have been only five tilts decided by a touchdown or less and a dozen games that sported twin-figure win margins including scores such as 50-3 (see Boca Raton Bowl), 51-10 (see Frisco Bowl), 41-6 (Bahamas Bowl) and 34-0 (Dollar General Bowl). Note that all three of Tuesday's bowl games were decided by double-digit margins with Utah, Duke and Kansas State winning by…

Kelso Sturgeon - Coaching Turmoil Hurts Mediocre Bowl Teams

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 2:53 PM

I wanted to wait until after my 50-unit release on Kansas State over UCLA was in the books before talking about today's topic. If you watched the game, you know that UCLA was on the wrong end of a coaching mismatch in Tuesday night's Cactus Bowl. On one side of the field, an interim head coach biding his time until a more famous guy takes over. On the other, a Hall of Fame legend who knows how to prepare for challenges.I would have had Kansas State as a big play even if Josh Rosen had been able to play for…

Wayne Allyn Root - Wayne Root: Will Bowl Upsets Continue Now that Big Boys are Playing

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 2:37 PM

We're 14 games into the 2017-18 college football bowl campaign. And, underdogs have a better straight up record than favorites! Dogs have won eight bowls, including Christmas Eve out in Hawaii when Fresno State dominated Houston (despite the close final score). Favorites have only won six games. And, one of those was 22-point favorite Florida Atlantic that shouldn't even count. Akron had no shot to win that game, though the Zips shouldn't have lost by almost 50 points.What's causing all of these upsets? WAYNE ALLYN ROOT is THE KING OF UPSETS! Of course I have the answer.The key factor has…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: NFC Race Now a Crapshoot

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 2:32 PM

There were already leaks starting to show in the boat before the Philadelphia Eagles lost star quarterback Carson Wentz to a season-ending injury. If you watched Monday Night's dreadful win over Oakland, you know that the Eagles are nowhere near ready to win the NFC even though they've clinched the top seed!Why is JIM HURLEY'S NETWORK so confident to make that claim?*Nick Foles is a warm-weather quarterback who will have to play in winter conditions to reach the Super Bowl. It was cold and windy Monday Night. He couldn't move the ball against a mediocre opposing defense that had nothing…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Tuesday Wednesday Bowl Previews

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 1:29 PM

THE NFL REPORT - EAGLES CLINCH NFC HOME FIELD BUT CAN THEY WIN IT ALL WITH QB FOLES? ... COLLEGE BOWL BONANZA THE TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY GAMESNetwork 2-0 Christmas Day With Raiders (+10) vs. Eagles 10-19 and UNDER 46!The good news for the here-and-now Philadelphia Eagles is that they survived a chilly/ugly Christmas Night 19-10 win against the stubborn Oakland Raiders - the bad news is journeyman QB Nick Foles hardly looked the part of a potential Super Bowl-winning signal-caller.Hey, the fact is the Eagles have no choice: We all saw multiple TV shots of injured Philly QB Carson Wentz (knee) who…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Merry Christmas From The Jim Hurley Network

Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM

MERRY CHRISTMAS!WE KNOW YOU''VE BEEN GOOD AND SO SANTA HAS STACKED UP ALL YOUR PRESENTS - WE''VE GOT THE NBA ON CHRISTMAS DAY, PLUS MONDAY NFL & TUESDAY BOWLS TOO!Ho-ho-ho ...It''s time to unwrap your presents on this Christmas Day and we''ve got gridiron goodies to go along with the NBA and so let''s get started on the hardwood:Hey, what would Christmas Day be without a major serving of NBA games and here''s some quick-hitter comments as you share this wonderful holiday with family and friends:NBA ON CHRISTMAS DAYPHILADELPHIA (14-18) at NEW YORK (17-15) - 12:05 p.m. ET, ESPNIf Knicks…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Week 16 NFL Report and Hawaii Bowl

Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM

THE NFL WEEK 16 REPORT - HERE ARE SUNDAY'S SLATE OF KEY GAMES (PLUS, A LOOK AT THE HAWAII BOWL TOO)'Twas the day (and night) before Christmas and all through the National Football League house there are uber-important games on the Week 16 menu and ...Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have plenty of NFL Week 16 Winners beginning with Saturday's twin-bill - that's Indianapolis at Baltimore (4:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network) and Minnesota at Green Bay (8:30 p.m. ET on NBC). And don't forget the slew of College Football Bowl games roll on with action every day/night…

Wayne Allyn Root - Will Nick Foles Shock the NFC and Take Philly to Super Bowl?

Friday, December 22, 2017 at 4:26 PM

It's weird to see an NFL team go from a Super Bowl favorite to a potential Cinderella story. But, that's exactly what happened when Carson Wentz was injured in the Philadelphia Eagles' recent win over the Los Angeles Rams. There's enough of a drop-off to backup Nick Foles, that many Power Ratings dropped Philly from "Super Bowl caliber" to "Wildcard caliber."Was that fair? I have to tell you...I watched a lot of last week's Eagles game against the New York Giants. It might be! Yes, the Giants have been playing better since they fired the head coach. But, Philadelphia was…

Richie Baccellieri - Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting NFL Week 16

Friday, December 22, 2017 at 4:22 PM

This is the first week of NFL season that doesn't have a Thursday night kick off. We begin Week 16 Saturday with a doubleheader. We end it on Monday with a Christmas doubleheader. Let's see how sharps have been betting the card so far. Games are presented in Nevada Rotation order so you can make notes in your schedule.SATURDAYIndianapolis at Baltimore: Baltimore's been sitting just below the key number of 14 all week. An opener of -13 or -13.5 has settled at -13.5. Indianapolis looked to many like they were trying to lose through the second half of the Denver…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Test for the Jaguars

Friday, December 22, 2017 at 4:18 PM

In recent days, the Jacksonville Jaguars have been getting a lot of positive media run as a Super Bowl dark horse. In fact, some experts don't even consider them a dark horse any more. Jacksonville's great defense and adequate quarterback play has them positioned to swipe a top two seed and a bye in the AFC brackets if the Pittsburgh Steelers falter.The problem is...we don't really know how good the Jaguars are right now.*They've played the league's easiest schedule (according to USA Today)*They've played 8 home games, and only 6 road games*They haven't played anyone who matters latelyCrushing Houston or…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Saturday NFL and Bowl Previews

Friday, December 22, 2017 at 12:41 PM

HERE'S WHAT IS ON OUR HOLIDAY HIT LISTSATURDAY'S NFL WEEK 16 PAIR OF SHOWDOWNS, PLUS A TRIO OF SATURDAY BOWL GAMES TO BOOTWho's counting down the shopping days? Not us!The Jim Hurley Network is busy banging out Football and Basketball winners each and every day this holiday season and Saturday there's a slew of action on the gridiron and on the hardcourt.In fact Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have plenty of NFL Week 16 Winners beginning with Saturday's twin-bill - that's Indianapolis at Baltimore (4:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network) and Minnesota at Green Bay (8:30 p.m. ET…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps Are Betting This Week’s College Bowls

Friday, December 22, 2017 at 11:34 AM

Back with you to take a look at how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting some more college football bowl games. Today we'll run through every bowl from Thursday night's Gasparilla Bowl to next Wednesday's four-game grand slam. Then, I'll have another bowl report for you a week from today. Our usual NFL reports will continue to run on Fridays.THURSDAYTemple vs. Florida International in the Gasparilla Bowl: Not much happening on the team side, as an opener of Temple -7 has largely stood pat. Some offshore places opened higher, and sharps bet it down to the key number. Sharps would…

Kelso Sturgeon - How to Find Bowl Blowouts

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 2:49 PM

As we meet for this week's get-together in my College of Advanced Sports Betting, six bowl games have already been played. Interestingly, four of the six were won outright by underdogs. Also, four of the six have been decided by double digits.Both favorites that covered, won blowouts. Troy beat North Texas 50-30. Florida Atlantic beat Akron 50-3. Two underdogs also won by exactly 10 points, with Georgia State beating Western Kentucky 27-17, and Boise State embarrassing Oregon 38-28 here in Las Vegas.I'm happy to be off to a 75% start out of the gate, including a major release winner on…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez MNF Recap and Frisco Bowl Preview

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 2:20 PM

THE NFL REPORT - FALCONS' HANG-ON-FOR-DEAR-LIFE WIN IN TAMPA BAY SETS UP WILD FINISH FOR NFC'S REMAINING PLAYOFF BERTHS ... COLLEGE BOWL BLITZ ROLLS ON WITH WEDNESDAY'S FRISCO BOWLNetwork wins MNF witth Buccanneers (+7) over Falcons 21-24...Goes 4-0 in Tuesday College Basketball with St. Mary's Tulsa, Buffalo, and top play Western IllinoisHey, NFL, are you ready for a wild finish to this season where three different NFC South clubs - Atlanta, Carolina and New Orleans - could each finish 11-5 SU (straight-up)? After Monday Night's nail-biting 24-21 non-cover win by the 7-point favorite Atlanta Falcons over the out-of-it Tampa Bay…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NFL Report and MNF Matchup

Monday, December 18, 2017 at 3:55 PM

NFL WEEK 15 REPORT -STEELERS BUNGLE AWAY THE PATS' GAME, PLUS, FALCONS IN MONSTER MONDAY NIGHTERCOLLEGE BOWL UPDATE: CHECKING OUT TUESDAY'S BOCA BASHGo right ahead and blame Big Ben for the Pittsburgh Steelers' tough-to-stomach 27-24 loss to the 2.5-point favorite New England Patriots on Sunday evening ... after all, he was all-too-quick to throw others "under the bus" after his "fake spike" blew up in his facemask when the Patriots tipped and then intercepted an end zone pass intended for Steelers' WR Eli Rogers.But when Pittsburgh fans/bettors really want to find a real villain to this gut-wrenching loss than place…

Wayne Allyn Root - Poor NFL Quarterbacks Make Dogs A Shaky Bet

Monday, December 18, 2017 at 3:46 PM

It's becoming more and more clear that "old school" handicapping styles that emphasize value underdogs in the NFL are going to need some adjustments. There are too many quarterbacks that you just can't trust unless the point spreads are very high. As a result, underdogs are winning fewer games than normal straight up, and the worst dogs are missing by a lot.Yes, Bryce Petty covered for the Jets on Sunday in New Orleans. He was getting 16 points! Otherwise, you're still seeing young QBs like Jacoby Brissett, Mitchell Trubisky, and Deshone Kizer struggle to play to expectations. Trubisky's been able…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Lessons from Early Bowls

Monday, December 18, 2017 at 3:39 PM

If you watched the five-game kickoff to this season's college football bowl slate, you probably noticed a few key factors repeating themselves. Though, if you were more focused on the NFL doubleheader because big-name college teams weren't playing yet, you missed out on information that could help you clean up the rest of the way. We'll aim to fix that for you right now.KEY #1: TURNOVERSMany bowl teams are turnover prone. Whenever there are THIS many postseason games, you have a lot of teams who aren't very good at executing their offenses when they run into bowl caliber opponents. Look…

Richie Baccellieri - Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Are Betting NFL Week 15

Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 1:19 PM

Don't forget that there are two SATURDAY games this week in the NFL. Both have playoff implications. Detroit must keep winning to have any chance to get an NFC Wildcard when they host Chicago. The nightcap between the Chargers and Chiefs is the battle for first place in the AFC West. I'll start with those then go in Nevada Rotation order through the rest of the weekend. Here's how sharps have been betting pro football this week.SATURDAYChicago at Detroit: The first openers up were around Detroit -7, but the dog was hit hard right away. Stragglers opened at Detroit -6.…

Wayne Allyn Root - Finding the Right Dogs in Early Bowls

Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 1:14 PM

Back in the old days, the easiest money-making strategy in all of sports betting was simply to take all the underdogs in pre-New Year's bowl games, then lay the points on New Year's Day. It was simple as could be...and some years would make a fortune.Why?Back then, most favorites in the earlier bowls were "disappointed" that they hadn't earned an invitation to a better bowl. They lacked motivation, and played with little fire. Underdogs, on the other hand, were excited about earning a bowl bid and knew they had an opportunity to make headlines by scoring an upset. The STRAIGHT…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: How to Handicap Bowl Games

Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 1:05 PM

This season's college football bowl slate begins Saturday and runs all the way through New Year's, with the National Championship set for Monday night January 8. College football bettors dream of making a fortune in the bowls, ending their season on a high note. What unfortunately happens too often instead is that poor decision-making leads to disappointing results.Let's start with what NOT to do before covering the right approach.Don't...*Bet too many games*Bet too many favorites*Bet just because a game is on TV (they're all on TV!)*Bet based on a grudge you had against a team from the regular seasonSure, it's…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps Are Betting Early NFL and Bowls

Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 1:50 PM

Today we're going to look at how professional bettors have been attacking the Thursday Night NFL game matching the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts, as well as several of the early college football bowl games. I'll be back with you Friday to look at the rest of Week 15 in the NFL.THURSDAY NIGHTDenver at Indianapolis: The Broncos opened at -1.5, and have been bet up to -2.5. Whenever a line stays jus below a key number like three for a long time, everyone's aware that the sharps are waiting for the full three to hit the dog hard. Sportsbooks have…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Thursday NFL and Early Bowl Previews

Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 9:05 AM

JIM HURLEY'S COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL BONANZA ZOOMS INTO ACTION - GO AHEAD AND SIGN UP TODAY AND GET THE SPECIAL DISCOUNT PRICE! ...NFL WEEK 15 KICKS OFF WITH BRONCOS-COLTS IN A "WHAT-COULD-HAVE-BEEN" GAME IN INDYNow, who's gonna argue with that old saying ... "it's the most wonderful time of the year"? Hey, we're always extra-geeked for the College Football Bowl Season and this year they really kick off with a bang with Six (6) Games on the Saturday menu ... yummy! We'll get to a few of Saturday's College Bowl Previews in just a moment but first this ultra-important reminder…

Kelso Sturgeon - How to Handicap Big NFL Games

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 12:24 PM

The NFL Playoffs don't begin until January. But we have a few matchups this weekend that are definitely going to feel like playoff games because so much is at stake.Saturday: LA Chargers at Kansas CityThese two teams are tied for first place in the AFC South. The winner will be in the driver's seat to earn home field advantage on Wildcard Weekend. The loser will have to battle just to get into the playoffs as a Wildcard because they'll be 7-7 with two games to go.Sunday: Green Bay at CarolinaAaron Rodgers is back in the lineup for the Packers, who…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Looks at the NFL Stretch Drive

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 10:53 AM

THE NFL REPORT - WHAT'S STRAIGHT AHEAD FOR A BATCH OF TEAMS THESE FINAL THREE WEEKS ...PLUS, WE KICK OFF OUR COLLEGE BOWL BONANZA WITH SOME KEY POINTSPREAD DITTIES ...JIM HURLEY SMASHES THE BOOKS WITH NFL WEEK 14 WINNERS AS DOLPHINS & UNDER SWEEPS IN MNF (AND EAGLES, BRONCOS, 49ERS AND CARDS CASH TOO!)Okay, so what did New England's lackluster 27-20 loss at 10.5-point home underdog Miami really mean in the grand scheme of things as we head towards the final three weeks/weekends of regular-season play in this National Football League season?Simply put, there's no more "wiggle room" for Bill…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Wentz Injury Doesn’t Eliminate Eagles

Monday, December 11, 2017 at 4:06 PM

While it's a terrible shame that Carson Wentz suffered a knee injury Sunday vs. the Los Angeles Rams that may keep him out of action for the rest of the season, the Philadelphia Eagles still have what it takes to go the distance.By the time you read this, more will be known about the status of Wentz's ACL. Early reports weren't good. But, maybe better news is on the way and he'll be able to return for the playoffs. For now, let's assume he won't. [editor's note: torn ACL - out for season]*Nick Foles is a fine backup quarterback, and…

Wayne Allyn Root - Wayne Root: Jimmy Garappolo is Going to be a Star

Monday, December 11, 2017 at 3:57 PM

While most of the mainstream media coverage of the NFL has focused on the playoff chase and major injuries, one of the most important stories for the future of the league is developing very quietly off the radar.Jimmy Garappolo of the San Francisco 49ers is going to be a star!How can I say that after just two starts for the Niners? Well, we already knew he was good based on his time with the New England Patriots. But, now, with a LOSING team, he's earning road victories instead of settling for a "getting to know you" run of losses to…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NFL Week 14 Recap and MNF Preview

Monday, December 11, 2017 at 2:52 PM

Another Winning Weekend For Jim Hurley! Swept Side & Total in Saturday's Army-Navy game!Cashlime Football 2-0 Sunday with Eagles and Broncos as outright winners!Blue Ribbon goes 2-1 with 49'ers and Cardinals as outright winners!Caps the day with Sunday Night Prime Time winner as Ravens (+4.5) cover at Steelers 38-39!NFL WEEK 14: PATS IN PRIME-TIME BASH WITH THE FISH PLUS ALL THE KEY NEWS/NOTES FROM SUNDAY INCLUDING SEASON-ENDING WENTZ INJURY ...HEISMAN '18: AN EARLY PREDICTIONIt's the AFC version of "Keeping up with the Joneses"!Last night the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) slugged their way to yet another last-minute prime-time come-from-behind win and so…

Wayne Allyn Root - Wayne Root: LA Rams vs. Philadelphia a Huge Test for Both

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 11:12 PM

You regulars know I've been following the Los Angeles Rams very closely this season. I've been "Handicapper to the Stars" for a few decades. Picking winners in game involving the California teams is more important to my business than ever now that the Rams are back where they belong.How far can the team go this year? That's still an open question. While they did look good against the Saints in a big test on this field a couple of weeks ago, that now seems less impressive since New Orleans lost in Atlanta Thursday night. The road win at Arizona last…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Steelers, Patriots in Look-Ahead Spots

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 11:06 PM

The game everyone's waiting for in the AFC is the New England Patriots visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers a week from Sunday. Those are the top two teams in the conference. They're going to be the bye teams in the playoffs barring big surprises. It's hard to take any other AFC team seriously as a Super Bowl threat given the clearance Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger's teams have over the field.Before we get to THAT game, both the Patriots and Steelers have national TV tests this week against divisional rivals.SUNDAY NIGHT: Pittsburgh hosts BaltimoreMONDAY NIGHT: New England visits MiamiBoth AFC powers…

Jim Hurley’s Network - NFL Week 14 Report

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 10:23 PM

THE NFL WEEK 14 REPORT - QUICK-HITTER GAME PREVIEWS FOR A BUNCH OF SUNDAY SHOWDOWNSIn case you're wondering, there are only three NFL Week 14 games that are putting together a pair of losing teams up against one another - and so that means there are a slew of important tilts on the menu with some sort of playoff implications and we'll chit-chat about them shortly but first this key reminder:Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have plenty of NFL Week 14 Winners - that's both Sides & Totals -- plus remember that you can sign up for the…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps Are Betting Week 14 NFL

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 3:58 PM

With college football quiet this week except for the Army/Navy game, I'm just going to do one report focusing on the NFL weekend. We'll be back to our regular schedule next week to talk about early college bowls and more pro football.We start off today with a great Thursday night matchup. Then, the rest of the weekend will be handled in Nevada Rotation order so you can makes notes in your schedules. Here's how sharps (professional wagerers) have been betting so far, and are likely to attack the pro football card this weekend.THURSDAY NIGHTNew Orleans at Atlanta: A lot of…

Richie Baccellieri - Richie B. Preferred Plays Basketball

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 3:48 PM

WINNING THAT ONE MOVE A NIGHTRICHIE BACCELLIERI HAS THE RIGHT PLAY AT THE RIGHT NUMBERWITH NEW PREFERRED PLAYS BASKETBALL SERVICE8-2-1 SINCE OPENED TO THE PUBLICFrom Richie Baccellieri, A Message To A Particular Kind Of Player,When I was the line-maker at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas there were two types of basketball bettors who tested the line I made.By far the largest group of bettors were those who loved action. They would bet multiple games a night and because of that the house had a much better opportunity to balance the line and get close to equal amounts of play on…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Thursday NFL Preview and Heisman Watch

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 5:36 PM

NFL WEEK 14 SWINGS INTO HIGH GEAR AS SAINTS-FALCONS COLLIDE IN NFC SOUTH BASHOUR HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH LIST: THE FINAL EDITION (BUT YOU KNOW WHO'S THE WINNER, RIGHT?)Is this the "last stand" for the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons?Well, keep in mind a loss here - and the Falcons have lost three home games this year versus Buffalo, Miami and Minnesota - would knock Atlanta down to 7-6 SU (straight-up) overall and that would be the NFC's seventh-best record and there's still divisional road games looming in Tampa Bay and New Orleans.A little déjà vu for the NFC South, perhaps,…

Kelso Sturgeon - Preparation Will Lead to Bowl Success

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 3:27 PM

The two-week window between Championship Weekend in college football and the start of the bowl season creates the perfect opportunity for smart handicappers to review what they've learned from the regular season so they can make informed bets once the deluge starts.Too many of you reading this will relax and take two weeks off from college analysis...then just start winging it. You think you already know everything. When the games start, you'll just see the line...then bet the line. Maybe one out of every thousand of you can get away with that!Today I'm going to give you some homework that…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Steelers Cap Week 13 with Violent Win - Early Bowl Notes

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 11:56 AM

THE NFL REPORT - QUICKIE LOOK BACK AT STEELERS' ULTRA-VIOLENT 23-20 COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN AT BENGALS, PLUS, UP-TO-DATE NFL POINTSPREAD INFO ... COLLEGE FOOTBALL EARLY BOWL NOTESFolks, the NFL may have even bigger problems than the whole national anthem taking-a-knee business ...really.In Monday Night's 23-20 comeback non-cover win by the Pittsburgh Steelers over the 4.5-point home underdog Cincinnati Bengals, there were cheap shots galore, a slew of helmet-to-helmet hits and bodies were being carted off the field on stretchers/gurneys as if this were the days of the Roman Coliseum.Maybe Steelers' WR Antonio Brown (8 catches for 101 yards and one touchdown)…

Wayne Allyn Root - College Final Four is Shocker Proof

Monday, December 4, 2017 at 12:14 PM

You can't have a Cinderella story if there's no Cinderella! Though there's understandable debate about whether or not Ohio State should have received the fourth bid rather than Alabama, this was destined to be a championship bracket only featuring true powers once Miami lost to Pittsburgh, and once Wisconsin fell behind Ohio State.The Final Four of Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia, and Alabama is LOADED. That would have been true if OSU were in there instead. In terms of how Las Vegas sees teams, even having somebody like Penn State or USC in the mix wouldn't have hurt too much. Miami was…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: The College Football Final Four

Monday, December 4, 2017 at 12:07 PM

Championship Weekend is in the books. Now we know that top seeded Clemson will face #4 seed Alabama in the Orange Bowl, and #2 seed Oklahoma will take on #3 seed Georgia in the Rose Bowl on January 1.Let's take a quick look at how the survivors reached the brackets, then discuss early betting news.#1 Clemson routed Miami 38-3 in the ACC Championship game. But, if you're planning out your betting strategy for their next game...be aware that the offense was far from explosive. This was a "defensive" blowout helped by cheap points set up by three Miami turnovers. Clemson…

Jim Hurley’s Network - The College Football Playoffs - MNF Preview

Monday, December 4, 2017 at 11:43 AM

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: DID THEY GET IT RIGHT? ...NFL WEEK 13 IN REVIEW PLUS, THE MONDAY NIGHT PREVIEW AS STEELERS-BENGALS CLASH IN "THE JUNGLE"Okay, so that noise that you're hearing is us clapping our hands together for the College Football Playoff committee folks ... gentlemen, you done good!The rumblings all around the sport late Saturday night and into Sunday morning suggested that the Ohio State Buckeyes - the Big 10 Championship Game winner over Wisconsin on Saturday night - was gonna fill that last slot in the playoff's four-team field behind #1 Clemson, #2 Oklahoma and #3 Georgia but…