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Don’t fear bigger schools

Nov 16, 2004 5:35 AM

EDITORS NOTE: Each week GamingToday will feature some helpful hints and angles from the top sports book managers in the industry. This week: Eddie Ricca, Suncoast.

Eddie Ricca would tell his customers at Suncoast not to be afraid of wagering against the bigger schools.

"We get lots of play on college basketball, and you can’t be afraid to take the points," Ricca said. "The Atlantic Coast Conference, for example, goes seven or eight teams deep. Georgia Tech proved that the underdog can be quite profitable in league play. N.C. State could be that team this season."

Ricca also applies his underdog philosophy to both the NFL and the NBA.

"I do like to play the dogs," he said. "The public likes to lay the touchdown or two in the pros. I have always been cautious laying big points. With the parity that exists in the NFL, I find playing the dogs is the recommended way to look.

"The public loves the NBA, but I am afraid of it," Ricca continued. "Too many games. The schedule is grueling. You don’t get the same quality play 48 minutes each and every night. One day players look like superstars. The next day they don’t show up."

Ricca suggests picking your spots in approaching pro hoops.

"Look at teams that are playing two or three straight on the road, or those with a few in a row at home," he said. "I’m more of a college football fan. There is more emotion and spirit to the games. Emotion means a lot to me. The pros often look sluggish and tired."

The Ricca approach:

”¡ Bet the dogs.

”¡ Favor teams with an emotional edge.

”¡ Go against the road weary.