The dark side of sports betting has been revealed this week with news of an alleged points shaving and basketball gambling ring at the University of San Diego . Federal authorities say 10 people have been charged them with running a sports betting business that affects the outcome of games. Any time the FBI is involved in something, you know it’s serious. The NCAA says it plans to conduct its own investigation after the FBI completes its work. NCAA vice president of enforcement Julie Roe Lach called the allegations sad, which may be the understatement of the year. But she did add that they are very serious. The charges were unsealed on Monday in San Diego. Those charged include Brandon Johnson, USD’s career scoring leader who is now playing in the NBA Development League , as well as former assistant coach Thaddeus Brown and former player Brandon Dowdy. On Tuesday, eight of the 10 people pleaded not guilty in federal court. Six of the eight defendants were granted bail ranging from $35,000 to $50,000. Read More
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It all comes down to one night, when the (March) Madness comes to an end and a new College Basketball champion is crowned in Houston.The No. 3 seed Connecticut Huskies and the 8th-seeded Butler Bulldogs meet in the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game on Monday at Reliant Stadium (9:23 pm ET, CBS).Butler (28-9 SU, 20-14-1 ATS), last year’s Cinderella team, bounced this year’s Cinderella right out of the Big Dance, crushing the hopes and dreams of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams with a 70-62 victory in their Final Four matchup on Saturday.The Bulldogs cashed as a 3.5–point favorite and the score crept over the total of 130. The Bulldogs know all about crushed dreams: Last season, the Bulldogs went all the way to the NCAA title game only to lose a 61-59 heartbreaker to the Duke Blue Devils. Guard Shelvin Mack scored 24 points for Butler on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor, but he was one of the few offensive standouts on either team, as both the Bulldogs and Rams shot less than 40 percent from the floor.
Meanwhile, Connecticut (31-9 SU, 22-12 ATS) is the last hope of the Big East conference, which sent a record 11 teams to the NCAA Tournament only to have just two (the Marquette Golden Eagles were the other) remaining going into the Sweet 16. UConn edged the Kentucky Wildcats 56-55 in the second Final Four game Saturday, cashing as a 2-point underdog. The score went well below the total of 138.5. The Huskies will be gunning for their third national championship. The Huskies’ defense has been huge during March Madness, limiting opponents to 59 points per game. Kentucky shot just 33.9 percent from the floor. The Huskies are a 3.5-point favorite and the over/under total is at 129 points in NCAAB Odds.
Virginia Commonwealth Rams face Butler Bulldogs in Final Four on CBS Saturday’s Final Four opener between the No. 11 seed Virginia Commonwealth Ramsand the No. 8 seed Butler Bulldogs has captured the attention of College Basketball fans across the nation – and a lot of people who’ve never even seen a basketball court.
That’s what happens when you bring two Cinderella teams together and then add a shot at the national title to the mix.
At the 2011 NCAA Tournament, Virginia Commonwealth and Butler square off in the first Final Four matchup at Reliant Stadium in Houston (6:09 pm ET, CBS).
The winner will advance to the NCAA Championship Game on Monday, where they’ll face the winner of the other Final Four game between the No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats and No. 3 Connecticut Huskies.
The Rams (28-11 SU, 18-20 ATS, 12-6 CAA) have impressed many during March Madness , attracting a load of new fans and making bettors a bucket load of cash. Last Sunday, the Rams won their fifth straight when they shocked the No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks 71-61 in the Elite Eight round. VCU covered as an 11-point underdog and the score went under the total of 145.5.
It was just the latest big win for the Rams, who kicked things off with a win over the No. 11 seed USC Trojans in the play-in game, and went on to beat the No. 6 Georgetown Hoyas, the No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers and the No. 10 Florida State Seminoles.
Butler (27-9 SU, 19-14-1 ATS, 13-5 Horizon) needed overtime to beat the No. 2 seed Florida Gators 74-71 in their Elite Eight matchup. The Bulldogs covered as a 4-point underdog and the score went over the total of 134.
Butler has been the hottest team in NCAA Basketball for two months now. Back on Feb. 3, Butler was 14-9 SU and 6-5 in the Horizon League and looked like it would be lucky to make the NIT Tournament.
Since then, the Bulldogs have won 13 straight, a run that includes wins over the No. 1 Pittsburgh Panthers in the opening round and the No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers in the Sweet 16.
Kentucky Wildcats, Connecticut Huskies square off in March Madness on CBS
This is the weekend College Basketball bettors look forward to all year: the Final Four followed by the national title game on Monday.
And while one Final Four matchup features a pair of Cinderella teams, the other has two of the proudest College Basketball programs in the nation.
Looking at the basketball accomplishments of the two schools is almost mind-blowing.
Kentucky leads all schools in total NCAA tournament appearances with 51, and is tied with the North Carolina Tar Heels in NCAA tournament wins with 105. It has an NCAA record 42 Sweet 16 appearances, an NCAA record 33 Elite-8 appearances, and is now fourth with 14 Final Fours. It has made it to the NCAA championship game 10 times, and ranks second to UCLA in NCAA championships with seven.
UConn has made the Big Dance 30 times, been to the Sweet 16 a total of 16 times and the Elite Eight 10 times. This is the Huskies’ fourth Final Four and the program has won the national title twice, the last one in 2004.
With all those March Madness appearances, you’d think the teams would have crossed paths, and they have – but just once.
The last time the teams met at the NCAA Tournament was a round of 32 matchup in 2006, which the Huskies won 87-83 but failed to cover as a 9-point favorite.
And the teams met earlier this season, when the Huskies won 84-67 and covered as a 5-point road underdog on Nov. 24. The score went over the total of 143. Connecticut is 2-1 SU and 1-2 ATS in the past three meetings, two of which have gone over the total.
The Wildcats are a 2.5-point favorite and the over/under total is at 140.
So someone may score one hell of a payday on a small $10 bet. Millions flock to Las Vegas in the hopes of turning a few bucks into riches but very few actually accomplish that. Most leave with empty pockets or maybe having broken even. Some win enough to pay for the trip.
But very few could manage what one College Basketball bettor has done during March Madness, even though he hasn’t actually won anything yet.
The Las Vegas Hilton is known as the Mecca for sports betting in Las Vegas, as it will take bets other sports books won’t and offers plenty of attractive prop bets.
Three months ago, long before anyone outside Richmond, Virginia, had ever heard of the VCU Rams , the Las Vegas Hilton’s Race and Sports Book took a $10 wager on VCU to win the 2011 NCAA Basketball Championship – at 5,000 to 1 odds.
And make no mistake, the Hilton is nervous about the bet cashing. Read More
Over in the NIT Houston may have the Final Four but New York City has the NIT championship game , which takes place Thursday with the No. 1 seed Alabama Crimson Tide and the No. 4 Wichita State Shockers squaring off at Madison Square Garden (7 pm ET, ESPN2).
In a battle of two teams that both screamed loud and long about being snubbed by the NCAA Tournament, the Alabama Crimson Tide edged out the Colorado Buffaloes in their semifinal matchup Tuesday at MSG. The Tide fell short of covering as a 2.5-point favorite.
When the Big Dance participants were announced on Selection Sunday, Alabama (25-11 SU, 12-4 SEC) was a highly questionable omission, and has proven over the past two weeks at the NIT that it probably should have made it into the real March Madness. Read More
In the NBA if you looked at the NBA standings just about any time up until two weeks ago, you would have thought the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs would be home and cooled off during the stretch drive, with just a few weeks until the NBA Playoffs .
Both were leading their respective conferences and appeared primed for a long postseason run, perhaps even meeting in the NBA Finals.
Now, suddenly, both teams are struggling mightily and both are in desperate need of a win. Both will make the playoffs, there’s no danger of that not happening, as the Spurs still lead the Western conference and the Celtics are just 2 games back of the first-place Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference. But the way both are playing, they won’t advance past the first round. Read More
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Floyd Money Mayweather is an avid sports betting fan why loves March Madness . He loves Las Vegas, too. Never actually heard Mayweather say either of those things, mind you, but it’s safe to assume he does indeed love both when you consider his recent winnings on College Basketball.Last Thursday when the Duke Blue Devils were upset 93-77 by the Arizona Wildcats in the Sweet 16 round, a lot of bettors probably took a bath. The Blue Devils were a No. 1 seed and heavily favored to not just beat Arizona, but to win it all.Mayweather bet $100,000 on Duke, but the thing is, he bet on the Blue Devils first half line, which had them favored by 5 points. Duke led by 6 at the half, and Mayweather pocketed a $90,909 profit.In an interview with ESPN radio, the boxer admitted he is really into sports betting. Read More
Take me out to the ball game take me out to the crowd that’s right it’s baseball time. The first pitch of the 2011 MLB season gets thrown out Thursday at Yankee Stadium, where the Bronx Bombers open their season against the Detroit Tigers (1:05 pm ET, ESPN).With the opening of the MLB season and the Final Four on this weekend, it’s a great time to be a sports bettor. I’ve had a lot of success in MLB over the years, and I’m looking forward to getting my clients off to a good start this year. Read More
Over to the NBA New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks clash on ESPN The New Jersey Nets have pretty much been eliminated from the NBA Playoff picture – it’s not official, but when you’re in 12th place in the Eastern Conference and 8.5 games back of the 8th place Indiana Pacers with nine games remaining, it may as well be.But at least the Nets may have guard Deron Williams back in the lineup when they take on the New York Knicks in an Atlantic division clash at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (7:30 pm ET, ESPN).Williams, who New Jersey acquired in a trade with the Utah Jazz in February, has missed the team’s last five games with an injured right wrist.And the Nets will want to put on a show Wednesday, not just because they’re facing their Manhattan neighbors but because the nationally televised tilt marks the first time the team will be on coast-to-coast TV in two years. Read More
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