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March Madness Bracket
2015-02-15

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NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH (8-0) vs. KENTUCKY WILDCATS (5-2)
2010-12-08

SEC/Big East Invitational – Louisville, Football Live Betting Lines nfl football betting Online Bingo Sportsbook NFL Betting Lines KY
Sportsbook.com Line: Kentucky -5 & 141
One team is undefeated, the other team is facing a losing streak. One team has five seniors in its starting lineup. The other team has one senior on its entire team. One team is rated 23rd in the nation and rising. The other team is rated 16th and dropping. Welcome to Notre Dame vs. Kentucky.
Undefeated in eight games, the Irish are off to their best start ever under head coach Mike Brey. Despite losing player of the year candidate Luke Harangody to the NBA, the Irish are showing that a team’s experience can help to close the gap when depth appears to be lacking. Notre Dame is being led by senior guard Ben Hansbrough who is leading them in points and assists (15.8 PPG, 4.0 APG), and forward Tim Abromaitis (15.6 PPG, 6.9 RPG) who continues to be one of the most improved players in the Big East from year to year. Last season, Abromaitis averaged 18.2 PPG in league play. Forward Carleton Scott has become a double-digit scorer and is leading the team in rebounds (7.8 RPG). Forward Tyrone Nash (12.5 PPG, 7.0 RPG) is third on the Irish in scoring, and just behind Scott in the rebounding category. With victories over Georgia, California and Wisconsin that helped them win the Old Spice Classic, Notre Dame has gone a long way to enhance its tournament resume (never too early to talk about that stuff kids!). A win over No. 16 Kentucky would take the conversation to a whole new level.
Kentucky is in the part of its December schedule where it will play key out-of-conference rivals in contests that are only moderately important … if you consider bragging rights and life or death “moderately” important. The ‘Cats are coming off of a 75-73 defeat at North Carolina in Chapel Hill. After Notre Dame, Kentucky has a contest against another cross-state rival, Indiana on Saturday. On New Year’s Eve, John Calipari’s kiddie ’Cats will complete the scheduling gauntlet with a game against Louisville, a surprising 6-0 to start the season. The Wildcats lost to UNC despite a 24-point effort from freshman guard Doron Lamb. Freshman Terrence Jones is leading Kentucky in both scoring and rebounding (19.0 PPG, 9.6 RPG), but struggled against the Tar Heels, tallying just nine points and six boards in 28 minutes of play before fouling out. Freshman Brandon Knight (17.0 PPG, 3.4 APG, 3.3 RPG) has been impressive as he continues to fully grasp Calipari’s system.
The last time that Notre Dame started off this well was in 1973-74 when it began the season 12-0. That year, the biggest achievement for the Irish came when they broke up a certain 88-game winning streak belonging to some team from out west. That will not happen this year, but it doesn’t mean that Mike Brey’s squad won’t have a chance to do something else memorable this year. Wednesday in Louisville they have a shot at another tournament-resume-boosting win. While Christmas is just 17 days away, March will be here before you know it, and the selection committee is always interested in who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.
Kentucky won four straight series meetings (SU and ATS) from 2001 to 2004, but Notre Dame was the most recent series winner, 77-67 in 2009. These two trends like Notre Dame to at least cover the spread on Wednesday night
NOTRE DAME is 18-5 ATS (+12.5 Units) versus good teams - outscoring their opponents by 4+ points/game over the last 2 seasons. The average score was NOTRE DAME 72.4, OPPONENT 66.7 - (Rating = 3*).
NOTRE DAME is 19-6 ATS (+12.4 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons. The average score was NOTRE DAME 73.3, OPPONENT 66.3 - (Rating = 2*).
Sportsbook.com has just put up a variety of props on the Heisman Trophy. Who will finish with a higher finishing positition, Andrew Luck or Kellen Moore? Luck is -300 favorite. Get in the action now at Sportsbook.com.


Elite 8 Matchup Preview: Kentucky Wildcats vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
2010-03-30

The No. 2 seed West Virginia Mountaineers will be facing the Kentucky Wildcats Saturday March 27, 2010 in Syracuse. www.sportsbook.com has the Kentucky Wildcats as the favorites by 4 points.


Both teams had very good games in their Sweet 16 matchups, each winning by a large margin, Kentucky 62 – Cornell 45 and West Virginia 69 – Washington 56.


The Cornell Big Red were able to limit the Kentucky Wildcats to just 62 points and 2 of 16 from three point land. The West Virginia Mountaineers, which are 11th in the country in overall defense, will probably be able to hold the Kentucky Wildcat’s offensive attack in check. And unlike the Cornell Big Red, the West Virginia Mountaineers have the physical strength to stay very close in the battle for rebounds and have a well rounded offensive attack that is far more diverse than hoping their three point shots fall in.


Unlike other top seeds, the Kentucky Wildcats have dominated their first three opponents of the NCAA tournament, winning by an average of over 20 or more points per game. Yes, this team is not perfect and they have their own issues, weak 3point shooting and way too many turnovers. But they are physically bigger than every opponent they play. The triple threat Wall, longer, Cousins, bigger, and Bledsoe, faster. The Kentucky Wildcats' defense is not given enough credit, most people just concentrate on their offense, but their defense makes up for some the noted weaknesses.


West Virginia Mountaineers Butler and Jones have played well in the tournament and present the Kentucky Wildcats with difficult match ups on defense.


If the West Virginia Mountaineer’s turnover problems show up again and Butler doesn’t come up big against the Kentucky Wildcats, then the Mountaineers are pretty much done, pack your bags and get ready to go home. However the West Virginia Mountaineers are also playing very good defense, not letting a team to score more than 60 points since the end of the regular season. The West Virginia Mountaineers are 13 - 0 this season when holding a team under 60 points. This is the fourth time a Bob Hugginscoached team has reached the Elite 8, with Bob Huggins going 1 and 2 in the previous three Elite 8 games.


Saturday’s game could well come down to which team gets the most boards. The West Virginia Mountaineers, which are 2nd in the nation grabbing offensive boards, murdered the Washington Huskies on rebounding and are 25 - 3 this year when out rebounding the other team. But with PatrickPatterson, DeMarcus Cousinsand Daniel Orton,to name a few, Kentucky is a very good rebounding team and will have the big boys on their side to give them the advantage in the frontcourt.


With the spread at 4 points and the over / under at 133.5, as listed on www.sportsbook.com, I believe the Kentucky Wildcats will be able to cover the spread, but this will be a nail biter.




CBB: Late Round Conference Tournament Trends
2010-03-12

As we get deeper into all of the major conference tourney’s, it’s a good time for a reminder about some of the late round trends that have formed in many of the conferences. Hopefully you’ve been following some of the information from earlier in the week as the winners have been flowing. Get in on the action for all the important games this weekend at Sportsbook.com. While there be sure to get late breaking info on the GAME MATCHUPS pages.

Big East Conference

- A strange pattern has developed in the Big East tournament title game, with underdogs and favorites alternating ATS wins EVERY YEAR since ’98. Accordingly, the UNDERDOG is scheduled to cover in ’10 after Louisville’s chalk win over Syracuse last spring.

Atlantic 10 Conference

- The A-10 title game has been anything but competitive, with underdogs having won just once in the last 10 years (1-8 ATS 11.1%).

Conference-USA

- With Memphis dominating the proceedings, the FAVORITES turn the tables in the semifinal round, having gone 17-3 SU & 12-8 ATS (60%) over the L10 years. The Tigers have won four straight title games as favorites as well, going 3-1 ATS (75%). Since 2006, UNDER the total is 10-2 (83.3%) in the C-USA semifinal & final games.

Mountain West Conference

- FAVORITES have done well late in the last three MWC tourney’s, going 7-1 SU & ATS (87.5%) over the last three years in the semi’s and title games. Note: last year’s championship game was a pick em’ pointspread.

Pac 10 Conference

- UNDERDOGS stand a much better chance of covering late in the Pac 10 Tournament, 11-7-1 ATS (61.1%) since ’03 in the semi’s and title games.

Big Ten Conference

- Similarly, FAVORITES own a 5-1 SU & 4-2 ATS mark in the semifinals of the L3 Big Ten tourney’s after going just 1-11 ATS prior.

Atlantic Coast Conference

- Semifinal UNDERDOGS are even better than previous rounds, 15-6-1 ATS (71.4%) since ’99. It’s not until the ACC title game where FAVORITES take over, 10-1 SU & 6-3-2 ATS (66.7%) since ’99.

Mid-American Conference

- The MAC title game has seen the FAVORITE go 9-3 SU & ATS (75%) since its inception. The straight up winner is 12-0 ATS.

Southeastern Conference

- In the last nine SEC Tournament championship games, the UNDER is 8-1 (88.9%), and the UNDERDOGS are 4-5 SU & 5-3-1 ATS (62.5%).

Western Athletic Conference

- Eight of the L10 (80%) WAC semifinal contests have gone OVER the posted total. Amazingly, in that same stretch, all five WAC title games exceeded the total as well. If you’re combining those numbers, it’s 13-2 (87%) OVER for the last five years.

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