Is it any wonder that I tout sports betting as the most exciting form of gaming in this country? Whether you are behind or in front of the counter you have to love it.
Here are a few examples from last Saturday. CBS featured not only the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in basketball, but sandwiched in between was last year’s champion playing at Wake Forest. Roy Williams’s crew, North Carolina, which has been decimated by NBA early entries and graduations, was a 7-point dog to Wake, and beat them by 9.
Prior to that game they gave us No. 2 Kentucky visiting Tennessee, another team that has lost players to suspensions and graduations. Kentucky was favored by 3 as a visitor, and also got beat by 9. Now comes No. 1 Kansas as a 7-point favorite visiting unranked Oklahoma State, and they lose by 8.
All three games featured the dog winning outright. Where pray tell was Denny The Dog when you need him? What a day he would have had! Boy I wish I could sell local TV ads for next week’s CBS double header as Kansas plays the pesky Missouri Tigers as well as two tough Big East Clubs in West Virginia and Villanova.
Wait, we are not through with the dogs barking, as Notre Dame showed up at Georgetown without their best player, who leads them in scoring and rebounds, and they spanked the Hoyas by 14 as a 10½ point dog.
The pros on Saturday perhaps had the biggest surprise as the lowly Nets, with a 5-52 record, went to Boston, as a 10½ point dog, and beat the mighty Celtics by 8. What makes this even more unbelievable was the Celtics shot 50%, while the Nets only shot 44%. To make it worse, Boston out rebounded the Nets 41 to 35, and had 32 assists to the Nets’ 15.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’ve never met a dog I didn’t want to pet, especially next month, when the Boys of Summer start playing for real.
Have a great week.
P.S. Remember in the conference championships, which begin this week, the #1 seed does not have as much incentive to win as a bubble team does. The top seed is usually already a lock to go to the dance, and may hold out a slightly injured player, whereas the bubble team has to give 110% to win.
Get more bang for your buck – bet the dogs or pass.
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