Around the horn with Wednesday’s sports action
Just 72 hours to Super Bowl XLVI. The line has been holding steady with the Patriots as 3-point favorites with slight variations in the money around Las Vegas and offshore. The total has settled at 54 after opening at 55 or 55 1/2. The majority of tickets sold have been on the Giants and the larger bets and sharp money has gone on the Patriots. It’s doubtful that Vegas or offshore will come off the FG but it’s possible so make sure you have suffiicient outs to shop.
Wednesday was National Football Signing Day where top high school recruits committed to where they will play football in the fall. The rich got richer with the consensus top ten recruiting classes were Alabama, Texas, Ohio State, Michigan, Florida, Florida State, Miami Fla, Oklahome, Southern Cal, and Stanford. Other notables were LSU at #13, Notre Dame at #17, and Oregon at #19.
Angelo Dundee has passed away at age 90 in Tampa, Florida. Dundee is most famous for training Mohammed Ali but also guided 15 others to world championships including Ray Leonard, George Foreman, and Carmen Basilio. Floyd Mayweather has been granted a license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and with fight Miguel Cotto May 5th in Las Vegas. Mayweather steps up in weight to super-welterweight (154) for the fight and will then begin a 90 jail term for a domestic violence case starting June 1st.
In the worst case of soccer violence since 1996, 74 people were killed in Egypt after fans stormed the field after and 3-1 upset victory by the homestanding Al-Masri over Egypt’s top team, Al-Ahli. Riot police were unable to contain the stampede that also injured close to 1000.
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(CBB) Duke -4 over Virginia Tech
The Blue Devils haven’t done bettors any favors at 8-13 overall but the Dukies are in a pretty good spot to get the money here vs the Hokies. The road team is 5-1 in Duke conference games with the Devils 3-0, all three wins by 7+ points. The Hokies are just 2-5 ATS at home, 1-5 ATS in ACC play, and 4-9 ATS against winning records. Add to the mix that this is a true revenge game here by virtue of V Techs 64-60 win here last year and that ACC home dogs of less than five points are 3-7 and you have decent case for the intruders. Take Duke.
(CBB) Denver Pick over UL Lafayette
The Pioneers have lost six straight visits here and are a miserable 7-26 ATS on the road over the L3 years. Why back them here ??? The Cajuns 4-1 straight up in their L5 and 3-1 in Sunbelt homies but are just 1-6 ATS in their L7 and shooting poorly in their L3. This is a key game for Denver as their final tuneup before their home showdown with Middle Tennessee State on Saturday. If there was ever a time for the Pioneers to amp up on the road it’s here and all we need to do is win straight to. Denver 64-57.
(CBB) Nevada -8 over Utah State
Stew Morrill is one of the best coaches in college basketball and he must be dying a slow agonizing death in side with his young 12-10 Aggie outfit. This is a team that won 30-27-30 games over the past three years but struggling mightily this year. The Aggies have lost four of five road games including a 20-point beat down at New Mexico State. Nevada is 7-0 in the WAC, 5-2 ATS, 2-1 as a HF with wins of 13 and 24 points. Nevada won at USU 78-71 (+4.5) earlier and there is no reason think they should be on upset alert here. Take the Wolf Pack.
(NBA) LA Clippers -2 over the Denver Nuggets
The Clippers, with Chris Paul, are arguably the best team in the NBA. They have it all with youth, depth, athleticism, and money shooters. The Clips have won four straight since losing to the Lakers including wins over these same Nuggets, a blowout of OKC on this floor, and winning last night at Utah for the first time in forever. Denver has lost two straight after six straight wins and are just 1-7 ATS in the last eight in the series including 0-3 SU and ATS on this floor. No reason to get in front of the Blake Griffins here.