Archive for March, 2012

According to fast-spreading reports across the nation, three adult film actresses will relive their encounters with Tiger Woods, the same week the PGA Tour hits Augusta, Georgia for The Masters.

Bad timing? Could be, as Woods is playing the best golf he’s played since his off-the-course affairs diminished his game, and vividly played hell on his mental and on-course game.

Needless to say, this is the last type of ‘foursome’ he needed during the most important week of 2012.

Devon James, Holly Sampson and Joslyn James have alleged they are former mistresses of Woods, and will now appear in “3 Mistresses: Notorious Tales of the World’s Greatest Golfer,” which is set to be released Tuesday.

The Masters begins on Thursday, and Woods is a 4-1 favorite to win the event, after the former world No. 1 ended a 30-month title drought with a five-shot triumph at Bay Hill last week.

The New York Post said the three women will give explicit details about alleged encounters with Woods.

In a press release from the director of the movie, Vivid Entertainment’s B. Skow, he said: “Any time three women get together to talk about the same guy, the results are going to be more than interesting. Now, when these women also happen to be adult stars that have sex for a living, and reveal they have been with the same guy, you can be sure they’ll share absolutely everything.”

At BetOnline.com, Tiger Woods was listed at -118 over Rory McIlroy (-102). Sportsbook.com had Tiger at +400, and McIlroy at +500. At Bovada, Tiger is listed at 7/2 to win The Masters, while McIlroy is listed at 9/2.

When asked: “think the recent news of the upcoming film featuring three porn stars discussing affairs with Tiger will affect odds?” LVH Race and Sports Assistant Manager Jeff Sherman, widely considered the best golf oddsmaker in Las Vegas, replied: “No… the public money is affecting his odds,” via Twitter.

Now let’s see if the film and widespread news affects his game.

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Every year, in the first month of the season, the Customer Service Department at my site gets inundated with questions about BETTING BASEBALL with me. Let me tell you right now: it is one of the best ways to make money, and one of the simplest forms of handicapping.

I am actually shocked there aren’t more baseball bettors out there, because of the supreme value you get with travel schedule, pitching rotations, run-line plays and even totals! Perhaps it’s the popularity – or lack thereof – since so many people would rather wager on a fast-paced game, such as football and basketball. But guys, money is money, and just like in a stock market, you’re either investing long-term mutual, or on the aggressive risk play. The same applies here.

Now, with the regular season officially getting underway Wednesday, March 28 (3:10 a.m. pacific), with Seattle (Hernandez -130, 7) and Oakland (McCarthy) opening the season in Tokyo, let’s go over some important points you’ll need to consider, or phrases I can define easier for you:

LISTING PITCHERS – I take into account the pitchers in each game, and generally surround my handicapping around the starters. Most times I will tell you to list the pitchers in a baseball game, which basically means you’re making a wager on a game and stating specified hurlers in the event.

If Cliff Lee is facing Justin Verlander, I might tell you to list Lee and Verlander, which means both must start in order for you to have action on the game. If one, or both pitchers don’t start, you have no action and your money will be returned. You can also play a team and list its pitcher, or only choose to list the pitcher your team is opposing. Bottom line, when listing one or both pitchers, whomever is on your ticket must start the game (throw one pitch), in order for you ticket to be valid.

You can also make an ACTION bet, which means regardless of the pitchers who start or play, you’ll have action on the team you’re betting on.

MONEY LINE – Instead of a point spread, we have the Money Line; and this is what you’ll be playing daily – UNLESS IT’S NOTED to play the Run Line. Money Lines are expressed in terms of a dollar. If we’re making a play on the favorite, we’ll be laying more than a dollar in order to win a dollar – the same we lay $1.10 to win a $1 in football and basketball. If we’re playing an underdog, we’re investing one dollar to win a dollar plus the juice. For instance, if a favorite is -1.35, we’ll lay $1.35 to win $1. If we’re betting the underdog in that game, we’d likely be catching +1.25; so we’d lay $1 to win $1.25.

Now, this is very important, as we must discuss Sports Books. I will never tell you where to play, and don’t offer any recommendations on any, but I will tell you this is the most important time of the season to find a quality one, or use multiple ones to shop the prices effectively, as we’re looking for ones offering “Dime Lines.” Here in Vegas, I can get a nickel line at times, but that’s irrelevant.

Notice my example above – a favorite laying $1.35 and the comeback at $1.25. There are some books that will offer a .20-cent line, and you’d only be getting $1.15 for that underdog. You lose value by not knowing these things, so take in consideration your book when signing up. Understandably, at most books, as the price reaches $1,80 or $2.00 with favorites, the come-back price is now a 20-cent line.

RUN LINE – The run line will be used throughout the week in our plays. Here’s where a “point spread” comes in. For instance, if the Tigers are a big favorite with Justin Verlander laying $2.10 to Kevin Slowey on the Money Line, I would be inclined to laying 1-1/2 runs, and reduce the price to +1.05. Quite a difference, right?

The catch is, the Tigers must win by two or more runs. Rarely would we play an underdog +1-1/2, so we won’t get much into that, but the thought process remains the same, as we’d be getting a run and a half, lose by one and still win our bet. There are have been sharps and handicappers known to do this, thinking a pitching duel will end up in a one-run game, but it is not something I am a fan of.

When making a Run Line wager, it will always be based on the pitchers listed at the time the wager is made. If one, or both, of the listed pitchers do not start, there is no action and your money will be returned.

TOTALS – Baseball totals are the same across the board, just as in any sport, as there is a number listed for the game itself, and it applies to the number of runs both teams score in the game. This includes extra innings, when applicable. Both pitchers who are listed at the time the bet is made must start for a total bet to have action. If one, or both, of the listed pitchers do not start, there is no action and your money will be returned. I will have action on totals, not a lot, but more often in baseball than in any other sport will I find value in MLB totals. Many bettors will take into consideration the umpires in handicapping baseball, particularly the totals. I’m not that big on it, though at times I will refer to the home-plate assignment to solidify a big play. For an absolutely great read on handicapping umpires, check out this article by David Payne Purdham.

SYSTEMS – No handicapper might admit to it, but when it comes to baseball, there are some age-old betting systems the late-great Mike Lee used to follow religiously. I love three of them in particular, none of which I’m ready to reveal though, as I work them into my daily lineups quite often. The key to these systems, is they’re profitable from the start of each season. It’s not something you can jump in and out of, as there could be losing streaks with them. Fact is, there’s always losing streaks in sports betting, but you cannot lose focus on the task at hand, and must play accordingly, following the rules of your money management, the sport you’re playing and the system(s) you’re following. This is the main reason I always insist on playing with me for one of two packages – through the All-Star Break, or through the World Series.

Good luck this season, and remember, it’s a very long campaign that can be grueling at times. The ups, the downs, the highs, the lows … it’s an investment, not a hunt-and-peck kind of sport you want to jump in and out of. The prices give us an advantage at times, and that’s where we make our mark.

I follow strict money management guidelines in baseball, so if you’re on board long-term, stick by everything I tell you and follow the ratings.

See ya at the ball field, and don’t forget your Cracker Jacks!

I can hear Ol’ Blue Eyes now, belting out “New York, New York.”

Enter Frank Sinatra’s Big Apple theme music… “Start spreading the news…”

Heck, if Frank Sinatra was alive, even he might have attended the Tim Tebow press conference announcing he had signed with the New York Jets, and greeted him with his own rendition of the song.

After all, contrary to critic belief, this was a press conference that was well-deserved and needed to be held for arguably the most mesmerizing athlete in the world.

Here’s why…

In 1994, Spring Training had never been like it was that year. Probably never has been since then.

The buzz was incredible, even outside of Sarasota, Florida.

No, it wasn’t because of the 1993 No. 1 draft pick Alex Rodriguez.

It was all because of someone who was headed to Double-A ball. Can you imagine that? Who in their right mind could draw 38 television cameras, and even more than that for print, for his first press conference as the member of an MLB-organization, despite being no better than a Single-A player, as it would turn out?

Not a team, not a new MLB coach and not the No. 1 draft choice from the previous draft.

Michael Jeffrey Jordan was going to try his hand as a baseball player, and held his first press conference at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., before hoards of media.

The press conference had nothing to do with talent on the field, ahem, limited talent. It had to do with the phenomenon, which on March 31, 1994, joined the Birmingham Barons, to play under then-manager Terry Francona.

Since when did a Double-A player deserve to receive this much attention? Even then-White Sox hitting coach Walt Hriniak thought it was a gimmick, revved up by Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf.

I really can’t remember how many others thought it might have been a gimmick, and berated Jordan for the decision to step on the diamond, but I don’t remember media outlets and personalities clamoring about the press conference to announce the decision, or introduce him as a Birmingham Baron.

It wasn’t the point, that the team held a press conference for a new player on its Double-A team. It was the point of what was about to happen to the city of Birmingham. It was too big a deal to ignore it, because of the stature of the person who was about to arrive, and increase revenue to the city, not to mention the Southern League and Major League Baseball.

Now, recently on ESPN’s First Take, outspoken Skip Bayless and boisterous guest Stephen A. Smith debated whether or not Tim Tebow was the ‘most polarizing athlete in history.’ My first thought before the two debated was Muhammad Ali. Bayless argued Tebow was; Smith debated Ali was ahead of him.

He’s that mesmerizing, no doubt about it. He could walk into any arena or venue, for any sport, and captivate an audience. Heck, in an effort for some last-ditch sales, Reebok quickly designed Jets jerseys donning the name ‘Tebow’ and the No. 15. I say “last-ditch” because Nike is about to release its design for its new NFL uniforms, as it now has the contract for all apparel.

Reebok knows what’s up. And quite frankly, if you’re arguing that a backup quarterback shouldn’t have a press conference for joining a team, then you should be barking about him having jerseys in masses.

Fact is, whether anyone likes it or not, this might have been the best marriage possible – Tebow and New York, the No. 1 sports market. Only 12 cities have teams from four major league sports, and New York is one of them. Of those 12, it ranks No. 1 in media market and it was the first of the 12 to host all four sports (NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL). And, the icing on the cake, it’s the ONLY city of the 12 that has two teams for each sport.

Now you bring in the No. 1 news story, the most-hyped up revelation in the NFL last season, arguably the best feel-good story in sports in years, and yeah, it calls for a press conference. I’d even go as far to say this one was warranted even more so than Jordan’s introductory press conference as a minor-league player in Double-A ball.

Tebow’s press conference was well-deserved. Not because he’s a quarterback, simply cause he’s coming to town, and is about to (enter Frank Sinatra music): “… make a brand new start of it, in old New York. (He’ll) find (he’s) A-Number 1, top of the list, king of the hill, A-Nummmberr 1. If (he) can make it there, (he’ll) make it anywhere.

“(Now), it up to you , New, York, Newww, Yorrrrk!”

Yes, we’d all have a Merry Christmas.

So imagine what it would be like if we did have odds on the Division I College Wrestling Finals, to generate more popularity toward the sport, to generate revenue and income for sports books and to create exhilaration for sports bettors. I mean, if the Kentucky Derby is “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” these college championship matches could very well be “the most exciting 9 seconds-to-seven minutes in sports.”

So let’s play dress-up before Saturday night’s championship matches, which will be televised on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. pacific. Let’s pretend there is betting on the sport; these would be my betting previews/projected odds/picks for the 2012 Finals.

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Enjoy:

125-pound championship 1 Matt McDonough (Iowa) vs. 10 Nico Megaludis (Penn State)

McDonough is in his third straight national final, and is looking to win for a second time. He last year he was on the losing end of one of the biggest stories in sports for 2011, as Anthony Robles stole the hearts of America when he entered the arena on one leg and his crutches. Now Robles is in the broadcast booth, and McDonough is back in the finals. He faces 10th-seeded Megaludis, a freshman who wrestles with tenacity that can’t be taught. This kid has been stellar all week turning around a rather mediocre season regular season. Megaludis ignited Penn State’s run this week, with upset triumphs in both the quarters and semis. An oddsmaker wouldn’t know any better, and would likely make McDonough a -200 favorite, but Megaludis has the potential to be the first national champion of the night.

MY PICK – I am a lover of the underdog, and as impressive as McDonough’s approach has been throughout this event, as a gamblin’ man, I’d take a shot with this underdog for a major upset to kick off this event.

133-pound championship 1 Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State) vs. 2 Logan Stieber (Ohio State)

In what could very well be ‘thee’ match of the evening, Oliver is going after his second straight title, looking to duplicate the same feat UFC welterweight contender Johny Hendricks did at the 165-pound class for Oklahoma State six years ago. Oliver has been impressive all week, reecording three first-round pins in his first three matches. He’ll meet No. 2 seed Logan Stieber, another freshman phenom that has made headlines all week. Though Oliver has already beaten Stieber once this year, roughly one month ago, and you’d think he has the psychological edge, Stieber has made it too far to collapse at this point. Oddsmakers would likely make Oliver a -160 favorite, but Stieber isn’t going to be taken down that easily.

MY PICK – In what I think will be one of the three best matches of the night, I have to side with Oliver in this one, thinking he will be able hold off Stieber in a close match that goes right to the end.

141-pound championship 1 Kellen Russell (Michigan) vs. 3 Montell Marion (Iowa)

A couple of familiar names meet in this national championship, with Russell looking to defend his title. It won’t be easy against a three-time, final-four qualifier in Marion. While it’s true Russell has beaten Marion three times during their collegiate careers, including a battle in last year’s tournament, the revenge-factor kicks in with this one. You really never know what to expect from Marion, and when he’ll come alive. He’s a thoroughbred that loves to close down the backstretch, saving everything for the 3rd round. The odds-on favorite, no doubt, is Russell – probably a -125 favorite – as he’s looking to bring back to back championships back to Ann Arbor, but if he doesn’t score a lot of points, or take care of Marion early, look for an eventful two minutes in the third period.

MY PICK – Marion scares me, I’m not going to lie; this kid takes so long to get going, yet his methodical approach gets him through every time. My money would be on the underdog here, hoping he comes alive in the 3rd peroid, in true Montell fashion.

149-pound championship 1 Frank Molinaro (Penn State) vs. 7 Dylan Ness (Minnesota)

Kudos to Ness for getting this far, he’s been impressive over his first four wins, specifically his quarterfinal-upset of Oklahoma State’s Jamal Parks, seeded second in this weight class, and expected to challenge Molinaro for the title. Ness had other plans and took a 3-2 decision to get into the semis, where he took care of Pittsburgh’s Tyler Nauman. But now that he’s gotten three-quarters of the way up this steep hill, this is where he hits rough terrain. Penn State’s Molinaro improves every time he competes in this event, progressing from 9th place as a freshman, 7th place as a sophomore and 2nd place last year. This year he’s in the final match and is undefeated. And if you haven’t watched him yet, he’s a beast. Ness has already lost three times to Molinaro this season alone, oddsmakers would make Molinaro a -400 favorite in this one.

MY PICK – Steep price to pay, but all Molinaro here. This guy has worked way too hard to not pull this one off, and he should be able to get Ness, possibly even by pin.

157-pound championship 1 Kyle Dake (Cornell) vs. 2 Derek St. John (Iowa)

Call me naive, but Dake should be considered a leading candidate for Most Outstanding Wrestler. The 5-foot-9 junior from Cornell – yes, he has another year left for the Big Red – is another undefeated top seed who has run roughshod through the competition with ease. Three pins and a 4-0 decision in the semis. Now he’s on the verge of winning three straight D-I titles in three different weight classes, and he’s the odds-on favorite after winning the 141-pound division as a freshman, the 149-pound division as a sophomore and now has his sights set on the 157-pound division. Only one person stands in his way, and that is Iowa’s St. John, who has muddled his way to the finals after majoring his first opponent, 9-1. From there it was an 8-4 decision, a 3-1 overtime win and a 5-1 decision in the semis over third-seeded Jason Welch. All that being said, this may be a clash of the top two seeds, but Dake is in a class of his own, and oddsmakers would easily make him a -190 favorite.

MY PICK – Another great match that could be one of the top three of the night, but I have to side with Dake. This kid is a beast, and just wears you down on the mat. Dake will win here.

165-pound championship 1 David Taylor (Penn State) vs. 11 Brandon Hatchett (Lehigh)

Talk about an uphill battle, Hatchett is going to have to dig down deep into his basketball-counterparts’ underdog prowess to pull this one out. Just because Lehigh upended Duke on the basketball court last night, doesn’t mean it’s possible when you’re taking on a kid like Taylor, who is out to avenge last year’s loss to Arizona State’s Bubba Jenkins. Though Hatchett has been one of the surprises of the tournament, and is the biggest seed to make it to the finals, it doesn’t mean he’s going to be able to finish this fairy tale. I’ve spoken highly about several wrestlers, but arguably the most impressive wrestler of the tournament so far has been Penn State’s Taylor, who has been on the mat a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds to defeat his four opponents – all by pins. I’m not going to say it’s impossible for Hatchett – after all, he’s outscored his four foes by a cumulative final of 26-9, including a 7-3 decision over Iowa State’s Andrew Sorenson, the No. 3 seed – but Taylor has been labeled as a “future Olympic champion.” Oddsmakers would easily have Taylor installed as a -350 favorite.

MY PICK – Another big price to pay with another Penn State wrestler, but Taylor is not going to get stuck for a second year in a row, like Jenkins did to him last year. Hats off to Hatchett, but the Cinderella run ends here.

174-pound championship 1 Edward Ruth (Penn State) vs. 3 Nick Amuchasteg (Stanford)

A battle of unbeatens in this one, in what should be a scrap to the very end. Many people tune in from the start and start to veer by the time the 165s roll around. True wrestling fans know these later weight classes can be brawls, and this is a match you should be glued to. Top-seeded Ruth was dominant through his matches to get here, scoring first-round pins in his first two matches, then an 11-4 decision in the quarters and a 17-1 tech-fall victory over Minnesota’s Logan Storley. Talk about dominating, the Golden Gophers were ranked No. 1 as a team for some time, and are No. 2 in the team standings, but Ruth blew through Storley very easily. As for Amuchastegui, he’s here after an emotional 3-2 overtime win versus highly touted Chris Perry, from Oklahoma State. And make note, Amuchastegui fell one win short last year, but did defeat Ruth on his way through the bracket. So even though the Nittany Lion is the top seed, Amuchastegui will consider anything less than a championship a failure to the season. Ruth, on the other hand, is not only looking for Gold, but revenge as well. Oddsmakers would make Ruth a slim 115 favorite here.

MY PICK – This is going to be a war, and a match I cannot wait to see. This is going to be such a good match, if there was one I wouldn’t wager on, it’d be this one. But I have to make a choice for my readers, so I’m laying the price with the revenge factor and would take Ruth.

184-pound championship 4 Steve Bosak (Cornell) vs. 6 Quentin Wright (Penn State)

It took seven matches, but here in the eighth of the championship round, we have a pair of wrestlers who aren’t seeded in the top three, as both made their way through tough competition. That alone should make this a great match, as it’s the only final that won’t involve a first- or second-seed. That beind said, we do have a defending champion taking the mat, as Wright is a returning titlist from 2011. And make note, he actually had a better regular season this year than he did last year, when he was seeded 9th in his bracket. Though he’s the sixth-seed, and Bosak if the fourth seed, I have to believe Wright might be a slight favorite here. After all, as the 9-seed last year he made his way through the bracket and won it all. This year he’s seeded sixth and he’s right back in it. Bosak finished fourth last season, so maybe that played in consideration with his seeding, after how he finished his campaign this year. He has won one more match than he did last year, and I’m sure he’s wanting to represent Big Red, but Wright is going to be not only wrestling for a title, but to put the exclamation point on a team title for Penn State. Also, Wright defeated Bosak handidly earlier this season. Revenge factor? Eh… I think the oddsmakers make Wright a -115 choice.

MY PICK – Couple of wrestlers looking to make a name for themselves, and I have to go with the lower-seed. Whenever you have – in any sport – a lower seed listed as the favorite, the oddsmakers are clearly telling you who is going to win. Wright gets the win here.

197-pound championship 1 Cam Simaz (Cornell) vs. 2 Christopher Honeycutt (Edinboro)

Our final battle that pits the top two seeds, and only one that does not involve a Big 10 wrestler. Leading the charge is Cornell’s Cam Simaz, who has finally gotten over the hump after finishing third the last two years in the collegiate championships. Simaz is 30-1 coming into the final, and is a four-time all-American out of Michigan. Honeycutt, from Edinboro, a four-year university located in Northwestern Pennsylvania, is 40-1 and avenged his only loss of the season by knocking off Pittsburgh’s Matthew Wilps, 6-3 in overtime, in the semis. After spending his entire career at 184 pounds, the redshirt senior would love nothing more than to culminate a rather fulfilling career with a championship at 197. As even as this match could be, we might be looking at a match where the oddsmakers would have their only pick’em bout, at -110 apiece.

MY PICK – You know what, I’m taking the lower seed in this one, just because he’s going to want to put his school on the map in this event. Look for Honeycutt to pull this one out for Edinboro pride.

Heavyweight championship 4 Zachery Rey (Lehigh) vs. 2 Tony Nelson (Minnesota)

In the final match, the heavyweight bout, Rey comes in as the No. 4 seed, though he is the defending champion and looked every bit like one in the semifinals, defeating top-seeded Ryan Flores, from American U., in the semis. Rey, another Lehigh-product looking to feed off some momentum from the basketball team that knocked off March-behemoth Duke last night, won close matches all the way to the semis, before dispatching of Flores, 6-2. He takes on the No. 2 seed from Minnesota, who has shown progress from a year ago, when he finished seventh. On the flipside of what Rey did in his first four matches, Nelson made quick work of his first three opponents, and then eked out a 4-3 decision over Oregon State’s Clayton Jack, the No. 3 seed. Nelson was an all-American as a sophomore in 2011, but again, Rey is the defending champ and has found a knack for winning the tough ones. The oddsmakers would lean toward Rey here, making him a -115 favorite.

MY PICK – Finally in this last match, I’m taking the favorite, which is the lower seed. I think Rey will defend his championship successfully, adding a little highlight reel for his Lehigh counterparts on the hardwood, giving them some momentum for their game tomorrow against Xavier.

Again, all information pertaining to odds/sports betting is for entertainment purposes only.

Let’s start with the obvious: Lehigh, Ohio and Norfolk State.

Get this, pending the prices you might have gotten at different sports books a $100 moneyline parlay on those three underdogs would have returned about $80,000. Not bad for a day at the sports book, right? Well, until I hear different from the Gaming Commission, I’m pretty sure no one was bold enough to make that kind of investment.

We can be sure there are some busted brackets out there. I’ve heard so many analysts and read so many blogs that had all three big-name victims – Duke, Missouri and Michigan – in the Final Four or National Championship. I did have Ohio beating Michigan on my bracket, but didn’t have Lehigh and Norfolk State, though I thought Lehigh could cover that number.

According to a ‘tweet’ by Covers.com Sports, one bettor cashed in on Norfolk State at 45-to-1 odds. A $120 investment resulted in a $5,520 payout – a profit of $5,400. The site reported the LVH SuperBook had the Spartan at +4000 to win outright. Second-seeded

Missouri was a 21-point favorite, and many had the Tigers going to the Final Four. Norfolk State brought an end to that with its 86-84 win. The total was anywhere from 144 to 145, and easily went over.

Overall, by my count and grading of the first-round games – including the First Four, and not including the Louisville-Davidson game (which I’ll touch on in a minute – the underdogs are now 18-15-2, with 14 of the 18 underdogs winning outright. I’m not sure what the TV analysts were talking about after Thursday, saying there weren’t a lot of upsets, but perhaps they need to check the point spreads and ignore the seedings. Though the favorites went 7-6-2 on Thursday, four of those six pups won outright. With the Louisville win over

Davidson, the line was 7.5, and moved to 7 early in the day. It closed at 5 or 5.5, and the Cardinals won by seven. The only winners on that game might have been any sharps who middled the game.

Looking at today’s lines, the tightest spread is with Vanderbilt-Wisconsin, which is a pick at most places, though you could possibly find either team laying a point somewhere along the way. The biggest number is on Kentucky, which is laying 10.5 points to sharp-shooting Iowa State.

Not all of Sunday’s lines were available at post time, due to Friday’s late games, but the ones that were out saw the slimmest number on Florida State, which was laying 2 to Cincinnati. The biggest was with Florida spotting Norfolk State two touchdowns (-14).

I’ll update this blog as the other lines come out.

 

 

HOW’D THOSE COACHES DO – Thursday I broke down some value coaches to look at, based on their records in the opening round, let’s check and see how the did.

WINNERS: Kansas State’s outspoken skipper, Frank Martin, is still perfect, now 4-0 both SU and ATS in his four tournament appearances

Matt Painter’s Purdue knocked off St. Mary’s, and now has a 6-1 ATS record.

North Carolina’s Roy Williams is a perfect 14-0 SU and 8-5-1 ATS.

Gonzaga’s Mark Few improved to 10-3 SU in the first round.

LOSERS: Michigan coach John Beilein, who led the Wolverines to a share of the Big10 regular season championship, blew his perfect 5-0 SU and ATS when the Wolverines lost to Ohio.

Cal’s Mike Montgomery was 8-1 SU heading into the event, but saw his Golden Bears, a Sweet 16 choice of mine, get blasted by South Florida.

I warned you to be careful about betting on Duke’s Coach K, who is now 13-2 SU and 7-8 ATS in the first round.

Kansas’ Bill Self is 11-2 SU but a mediocre 7-5 ATS in the round of 64

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo is 10-4 SU and 8-6 ATS and

West Virginia’s Bobby Huggins was a bust as a suggested moneyline play, and is now 9-4 SU in the first round of the event with teams he’s taken.

FADE WINNERS AND LOSERS: I told you some of the coaches you may want to think about going against in the first round, based on their ATS trends were Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun, Kentucky’s John Calipari and North Carolina State’s Mark Gottfried.

Calhoun was 10-1 SU in this round, and 3-8 at the window, and saw his Huskies lose outright to Iowa State.

Kentucky’s John Calipari had won seven of eight trips to this round – at the helm of Memphis and Kentucky – but his teams had only cashed out three times. Another profitable investment, as the Wildcats won, but did not cover.

Gottfried had only covered the number once in six first-round games, but his Wolfpack got the money in routing San Diego State.

I did suggest a favorite to go against on the moneyline, because its coach couldn’t win. That play was on Temple, as its coach Fran Dunphy went into the game mired in a 1-9 SU and ATS slide in this round. Temple took on South Florida, and got beat down, 58-44.

Also, Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall was 1-6 SU in the round of 64, and ended up getting dismissed by VCU. I told you to look for the Rams at +250 on the moneyline.

QUOTE OF THE DAY – “We tried all week, our coaching staff, explaining to them (the Tigers) how good Norfolk is. Because you don’t see them on TV, the guys don’t know their players. You worry they don’t understand that, ‘hey, these guys are pretty darn good and, you get in a tournament on a neutral court, the fans cheer for the underdog, and that’s what happens.’ ” Missouri coach Frank Haith.

I wonder if the Tigers get the point now.

TODAY’S ACTION  – Wow!

Serves me right for going against my St. Louis Billikens I’ve backed all season. Rick Majerus has his team fine tuned, I’ll give it to him. Well, still up on my book, and today I go for my fourth winning day in five nights as I absolutely love what I see with my 600* Underdog Shocker at ChrisJordanSports.

! ! !  UPSET ALERT  ! ! !

On Monday, I scored with the Milwaukee Bucks as a 600* getting it done in New Jersey against the Nets.

On Tuesday, it was a 300* dog winner on Mississippi Valley State, in a game it should have won outright, but did in fact cover.

On Wednesday, it was my 300* dog winner was on Vermont, an outright pup that beat Lamar by 12 points.

$1 bettors are up $760

I put a majority of that bankroll into action tonight!!!

Yep, nothing more profitable than the madness in March, and I’m the best there is when it comes to making money this time of year. Let’s keep things going with this easy Saturday winner, the best underdog on the board.