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Submitted by Jim Hurley’s Network on 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 TOURNAMENT

We 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 Bowl LII it will mark the 19th time in 19 games this year that the Pats are the chalk side ... in case you're wondering, Bill Belichick's AFC champions are 12-6 ATS (against the spread) this season and that includes a spread split in this year's playoffs - a 35-14 win/cover against 14-point pup Tennessee and then the 24-20 non-cover win against 7.5-point underdog Jacksonville in last Sunday's thrilling conference title tilt.

On the flip side, the Eagles will be a point-grabber for the seventh different time this year and that, if course, includes the home-dog playoff sweep against Atlanta (a 15-10 triumph as 2.5-point dogs and last Sunday's 38-7 butt-kicking of 3-point fav Minnesota). In all, Philadelphia's 4-2 versus the vig as dogs this year and note there were a pair of outright upset wins in regular-season play at the Los Angeles Chargers and at Carolina.

If you wish to dig a bit deeper, than note New England is a collective 26-9-1 ATS as betting favorites since the start of the 2016 season (that's a spiffy .7743 winning rate) while Philadelphia is a dead-even but vig-losing 13-13 ATS as underdogs since the start of 2014.

Hey, one last thing: New England's actually ended its season (whether it happened in a Super Bowl game or not) with a pointspread loss in six of its last eight years ... Philadelphia has concluded its last three years in a row with a spread win. Just sayin'!

Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will get you the winning Side & Totals plays on Super Bowl LII between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots on Sunday, February 4th when you check in with us then on game-day morning. Jim's gonna keep blasting the books with his NFL post-season winners so get 'em right here online or call 1-800-323-4453 and cash in big! Plus, there's a whole lot of College Basketball and NBA winners each and every day/night as the hardcourt action is really heating up this winter. So, keep rollin' in the profits here in 2018 with Jim Hurley's Network and count down with us towards Super Bowl Sunday!!!!

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL REPORT

Okay, so everyone's getting into the act, so why not us here at Jim Sez? The folks at ESPN have "Bracket Boy" Joe Lunardi spitting out all kinds of NCAA Tournament stuff these days and now Fox (and Fox Sports 1) has Howie Schwab making the rounds before and after that network's games to fill us with tourney knowledge ... so here goes with a let's-have-some-fun top four seeds in each bracket (note all records below are through the games of Jan. 22nd):

EAST
1.  Villanova (18-1, 5-1 Big East) ... The 'Cats look like the best team in the land and they defend too.
2.  Kansas (16-3, 6-1 Big 12) - Maybe not Bill Self's best team but they'll wind up with a #1 or #2 seed somewhere.
3.  Cincinnati (17-2, 6-0 American) - Aren't the Bearcats "due" to make a long March run?
4.  Ohio State (18-4, 9-0 Big 10) - The shockeroo team among power conference clubs, now let's see how long they can stay unbeaten in league play.

SOUTH
1.  Virginia (18-1, 7-0 ACC) - Cavs really put the squeeze on folks late in games.
2.  Arizona (16-4, 6-1 Pac-12) - The 'Cats should pile up the wins in the wobbly Pac-12 and it helps get 'em a really high seed.
3.  Oklahoma (14-4, 4-3 Big 12) - Can Trae Young (30.5 ppg) be a one-man wrecking crew in March?
4.  Clemson (16-3, 5-2 ACC) - Top-flight "D" will make these dudes a handful in the tourney.

MIDWEST
1.  Purdue (19-2, 8-0 Big 10) - Most athletic Boilers bunch in years, sez us!
2.  Duke (17-2, 5-2 ACC) - Gut feeling that Dookies won't win ACC Tourney (Virginia will) and so no #1 seed for coach K's team.
3.  West Virginia (16-4, 5-3 Big 12) - Here's hoping Monday's blowout loss at TCU isn't a sign of what's to come.
4.  Florida (14-5, 6-1 SEC) - Dangerous squad that could be higher if Gators continue to pile up SEC wins.

WEST
1. Michigan State (18-3, 6-2 Big 10) - Don't be surprised if Tom Izzo's team enters the "Big Dance" as the co-favorite with Villanova to win it all.
2. North Carolina (16-5, 5-3 ACC) - The Tar Heels could win it all again if PG Joel Berry's health holds up.
3. Xavier (18-3, 6-2 Big East) - Coach Chris Mack could be a month-of-March superstar this year.
4. Gonzaga (17-4, 701 West Coast) - Getting back to the national championship game won't be easy, but committee folks will let 'Zags "stay home" in early rounds.

NOTE: Get more Super Bowl LII coverage plus Hoops too in the next Jim Sez.