NCAA basketball: Shooting attempts a key stat

Jan 29, 2013 1:05 PM

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When it comes to betting sports, where do you find value? I find it betting college basketball totals.

 I have been betting sports professionally for 30 years. You can learn from your mistakes or from mine. Believe me, I have made many. It’s true what they say “the more you know, the more you grow.” Maybe that is why I am around.

When handicapping a college basketball game the one thing that stands out is shooting attempts -- both free throw and field goal. Percentages do not come into play as much as you might think and can be skewed based on total attempts.

 Not all percentages are created equally. Six out of ten and 60 out of 100 are both 60 percent but the latter is much more accurate in terms of handicapping.

Educate yourself on what number the game opened at, see where it is today and have an idea which side or total is being bet. Ideally you want to be on the move early or against it late, never be stuck in no man’s land somewhere in the middle.

At press time, we see some very obscure teams that have been money makers against the spread. Butler, Creighton and Illinois-Chicago all have 13 wins ATS. love the OVER when it comes to betting totals with the likes of Boston College and Central Michigan. Both have seen the OVER cash 12 times. The king of the OVER up to this point is Providence, with an 11-3 record exceeding the posted total.

Conversely, Eastern Michigan and Hofstra have been dead

UNDER teams, both having 2-10 marks. Arm yourself with as much knowledge as humanely possible. A little advantage can go a long way.

Most sports bettors know just enough to get themselves into trouble.. Every sports bettor will make more money betting sports by perfecting four key skills: Patience, Discipline, Money Management skills and the ability to Shop and recognize value.

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