Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Madness 2016 - The Sweet 16

Good evening everyone.  Well, the NCAA Tourney kicked off last week, and you have two guys who work in sportsbooks and a sucker (evidently) giving you picks.  Guess which pair of bettors went 3-2, and which guy went 1-4.  Hmmm...  :)  In spite of that, I'm back this week to match wits against Joey and Pete.  We'll let Joey (our reigning champ from football season) lead us off again.  Live from the Palace Station Sportsbook & Casino, here's Joey...


Joey's Parlay Card (Last Week 3-2/Overall 3-2)

Villanova (-4) vs. Miami
Texas A&M (+2) vs. Oklahoma - There is no way I can bet against the luckiest team in college basketball...
Maryland (+6.5) vs. Kansas
Virginia (-5) vs. Iowa State - UVA is a team on a mission...
Gonzaga (-4.5) vs. Syracuse - Gonzaga is red hot and should make the elite eight...

The four number ones are still in and are headed for a collision course.  I like all four to advance, but I only like one to cover the spread.  Good luck with your brackets and may all your tickets cash!


Just a little spoiler alert for ya here now, as you're going to see some significant differences between Joey's and Pete's bets.  Coming to you live from somewhere on the Vegas Strip, here's Pete...


Pete's Parlay Card (Last Week 3-2/Overall 3-2)

Oklahoma (-2) vs. Texas A&M
Kansas (-6.5) vs. Maryland
Notre Dame (-1) vs. Wisconsin
Syracuse (+4.5) vs. Gonzaga
North Carolina (-5) vs. Indiana


And my picks are lined up more with Pete's than with Joey's, but I also return to "trusty" totals after last week.  Live from the White Mountains, here are my bets...


Coach's Parlay Card (Last Week 1-4/Overall 1-4)

Kansas (-6.5) vs. Maryland - Jayhawks played like a #1 seed last week..
Oregon (-3) vs. Duke - I think the Ducks have too much firepower...
Duke/Oregon (Under 157) - I expect some deliberate possessions will keep this under...
Iowa State/Virginia (Under 142) - UVA plays too much D for this total...
North Carolina (-5) vs. Indiana - Again, a #1 whose sky is the limit...


And now we wait until Thursday night...  As always, remember that these picks are for entertainent purposes only.  Enjoy your weekend of hoops and we'll see you next week!






Thursday, March 17, 2016

Madness 2016 - Round of 64

Good morning everyone.  For us sports junkies, it seems like Christmas morning, doesn't it?  :)  We'll all have the opportunity to watch a little basketball in just over a couple of hours.  For this year's version of the NCAA Men's Tournament, Joey, Pete, and myself are going to give you our five favorite bets for the Round of 64, our five favorite wagers for the Sweet 16, and our picks against the spread and our over/under for the Final Four and national title games.  This comes out to a total of 16 bets that we'll be giving you.  We're skipping the Round of 32 and the Elite 8 due to our jobs.  Joey and Pete both work in Vegas sportsbooks, and it would be very difficult for them to get their Saturday/Sunday picks to me "mid-madness."  Likewise, I'm working VERY EARLY in the morning the next couple of Saturdays, so typing the bets up for you would be difficult.  However, I hope that you enjoy what we do have for you, and that you'll relish these three weeks of college hoops as much as we will.  Leading off for us is our reigning football champion Joey.  Coming live to you from the Palace Station Sportsbook & Casino, here's Joey...


Joey's Parlay Card (0-0)


Hello from the Palace Station Race & Sports Book.  I was the champion in football, and I'm sure I can do it again in basketball.  Here goes...

Pittsburgh (+1.5) vs. Wisconsin - The Badgers have not played well since November, so the Panthers have a chance shooting from the perimeter...
Providence (-2) vs. USC - I took them early in the season to win it all...
Arkansas-Little Rock (+9) vs. Purdue - UALR is the #3 defensive efficient team in the country...
Gonzaga (-1) vs. Seton Hall - Gotta love the small schools...
Virginia Commonwealth (-4) vs. Oregon State - After Oregon and Utah, the rest of the PAC-12 is pretty bad...


If you like basketball, then the big dance will deliver.  This may be the first time since 2008 that all 4 number 1's make the Final Four.  Good luck and may all your parlay cards cash!


As long as Joey isn't confident or anything...  :)  As for my brother Pete, he'll be working at Planet Hollywood today in an area that looks something like this...


Coming to you live from the man caves at Planet Hollywood, here's Pete...


Pete's Parlay Card (0-0)


Seton Hall (+1) vs. Gonzaga
Pittsburgh (+1.5) vs. Wisconsin
Syracuse (+1) vs. Dayton
Arkansas-Little Rock (+9) vs. Purdue
Kentucky (-14) vs. Stony Brook


So everyone's in Vegas but me...  Womp, womp, womp...  I guess I'll just have to enjoy the games from the comfort of my bed...  Live from the White Mountains, these are my picks...


Coach's Parlay Card (0-0)


Baylor (-5.5) vs. Yale - Yale will have to be very smart to stay within six...
Providence (-2) vs. USC - Providence Region, that's all I'm saying...
West Virginia (-7) vs. Stephen F. Austin - Sorry SFA, but WVU isn't from the Southland...
Texas A&M (-13) vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay - Oklahoma is like a home game for these Aggies...
Texas (-4.5) vs. Northern Iowa - The NCAA Tourney is what made Shaka Smart...


And that's all boys and girls.  Remember as always that these picks are for entertainment purposes only, and enjoy the first weekend of the tournament as much as we will.  See ya next week!