2016 Mountain West Football Betting Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Jul 23, 2016

The Mountain West has welcomed 26 new head coaches over the last 17 seasons, eleven of which played in a bowl game in their rookie year.

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2016 MAC Football Betting Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Jul 16, 2016

Northern Illinois has won six consecutive West Division championships but will need to hold back a rising Western Michigan squad and an always-troublesome Toledo team. And we’re not discounting Central Michigan, either. The Chippewas tied for the West Division title last Year.

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2016 Independent College Football Betting Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Jul 10, 2016

With UMass’ departure from the Mid American Conference, roll call among FBS Independent college football teams has inched up to four this year as the Minuteman join the ranks of Independents.

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2016 Conference USA Football Betting Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Jul 3, 2016

The Conference USA 2016 schedule has 13 playing weeks, which provides for one open date for each team. The last two seasons were 14-week schedules, providing two bye weeks per school.

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July Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers

By: Marc Lawrence / Jun 28, 2016

Fireworks and the MLB All-Star game go hand-in-hand during the month of July.  It also denotes the start of the 2nd half of the MLB campaign.  And as we’ve come to learn the key to each and every team’s fortune lies on the pitching staff. 

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2016 Big 12 Conference Football Betting Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Jun 26, 2016

In spite of the fact the Big 12 owns a lousy 45-70 ATS bowl record since 2001, it has had at least seven bowl teams in 16 of the last 18 seasons. In fact the Big 12 was the only conference last season in which all of its bowl opponents were from power conferences.

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2016 Big Ten Conference Football Betting Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Jun 19, 2016

All Big Ten teams will take part in a nine-game conference schedule for the first time since 1984. Teams from the East Division will host five conference home games during even-numbered years, while teams from the West Division will host five home games during odd-numbered years. 

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2016 ACC Football Betting Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Jun 12, 2016

In a conference loaded with talent it would be safe to surmise a potential Heisman Trophy winner or two resides here.  Looking deeper, that estimate appears to be on the low side. Let’s make it five Heisman contenders. In descending order they would include…

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2016 AAC Football Betting Preview

By: Marc Lawrence / Jun 7, 2016

The American Athletic Conference remains the top Group of 5 league heading into the 2016 football season.  In addition, the AAC was the only Group of 5 conference that had at least three 10-win teams (Houston, Navy and Temple) last season.

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June Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers

By: Marc Lawrence / May 31, 2016

You know the saying, “May flowers bring June showers.”  For Major League Baseball pitchers hurling during the month of June, showers are hopefully not in their immediate plans.  Instead, it’s the hope of all MLB starting pitchers to stay around long enough in their starts to avoid having to clean up and go home early.

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May Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers

By: Marc Lawrence / Apr 29, 2016

Horse racing fans recognize May as the month of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. For baseball purists May is simply the 2nd month of the 2016 MLB season.  But for die-hard baseball fans, namely those who enjoy handicapping America’s pastime, it signals our annual May Good Month/Bad Month pitchers report.

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Handicapping The NBA Playoffs: Get The Brooms Out!

By: Marc Lawrence / Apr 23, 2016

The NBA Playoffs often find many twists and turns when it comes to handicapping the postseason.  One of the more enlightening is when teams are winless in a series and are about to be swept.  How do they respond? 

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NBA Playoff Zig Zag Theory

By: Marc Lawrence / Apr 17, 2016

In NBA handicapping circles, Zig Zags are trendy applications that have been profitable moneymakers during the playoffs.  The premise is simple: ‘Play On’ a team off a playoff loss in its very next game. 

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NBA Playoff Opening Round Betting Strategies

By: Marc Lawrence / Apr 14, 2016

With help from our trusted well-oiled database, let’s examine four time-tested proven theories that have lined our pocket during the opening round of playoffs since 1991.  Here’s what the machine has to say.

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April Good Month/Bad Month Pitchers

By: Marc Lawrence / Apr 1, 2016

Major League Baseball trades places with March Madness as the sports flavor of the month in April. And as we usher in America's favorite pastime, let's open the season with one of our favorite handicapping angles – good month pitchers.

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NCAA Final Four Out Trends And Stats

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 28, 2016

It’s onward to Houston for the Final Four games.  To put the wraps on the 2016 NCAA Tournament, listed below are some interesting trends and angles to as our Fab Four heads off to H-Town this weekend.  

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NCAA Sweet 16 And Elite 8 Trends

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 22, 2016

If you are a player or a coach, there is nothing sweeter this time of the year than being alive in the NCAA Tournament. For those teams that survived the opening two rounds of this main event it’s on to the Sweet 16 and, hopefully, the Elite 8 this weekend.  

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NCAA Tournament Roundup

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 16, 2016

To make that shining moment happen, let’s take a look at how teams in this event have fared most recently in the past. Because it’s my belief that success in handicapping this tournament is tantamount to breaking the action down into rounds, let’s take a look at some of the more relevant and most recent trend results that have occurred in Round One and Round Two games. Note: I consider the First Four play-in games as qualifying contests, with games thereafter starting with Round One.

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THE WAY WE SEE IT: ACC CONFERENCE TOURNEY

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 7, 2016

With Louisville on the sidelines paying for its sins (connect the dots... Tricky Ricky in hot water over illicit sex allegations, and the team drowning in sex-for-recruits, and he’s still the Cardinal head coach!), the defacto vote for top gun in the conference this year goes to...

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THE WAY WE SEE IT: SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE TOURNEY

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 7, 2016

With four new coaches roaming the sidelines, the SEC is down deeply from past editions (ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi has only four teams from the loop in this years March Madness tourney)...

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THE WAY WE SEE IT: PAC-12  CONFERENCE TOURNEY

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 7, 2016

If it appears the PAC-12 is down this season it’s because they are. Nine players from the conference were taken in the first round of the NBA draft the past two seasons...

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THE WAY WE SEE IT: BIG 12 CONFERENCE TOURNEY

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 7, 2016

With only two teams in the Big 12 conference owning a losing record, its conceivable seven teams from this loop could receive invites to the Big Dance.

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THE WAY WE SEE IT: BIG TEN CONFERENCE TOURNEY

By: Marc Lawrence / Mar 7, 2016

Once again this season the NCAA Tournament committee will have its hands full trying to decide which teams to leave home from the powerful Big Ten conference with as many as eight 20-win teams expected to crash the party (and that's not including Northwestern). 

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Poison Ivy

By: Marc Lawrence / Feb 19, 2016

Let’s examine a handicapping theory that yields a much better return on your investment than the banks do these days. It deals with teams playing back-to-back days without rest during the regular season. In particular, Ivy League games, noted for playing back-to-back contests on Friday and Saturday nights.

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NBA at the Break

By: Marc Lawrence / Feb 14, 2016

Now that 2016 NBA All Star game is in the history books, and with an assist from my powerful NBA database, let’s take a quick look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly trends compiled by each team in the league in games played season to date thru February 11th

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