NCAAB: #10 Villanova vs. #16 Ohio State preview and pick

When No. 10 Villanova and No. 16 Ohio State meet in Columbus on Wednesday night, fans will get a taste of non-conference, top 25 basketball, truly one of November’s biggest treats. It is, however, a rarer treat for Buckeyes fans, as Ohio State hosts a top-10 non-conference opponent for just the fifth time in the last 22 years. The last such occasion was December 2012, when then-No.9 Kansas came to Columbus and defeated Ohio State 74-66.

Cole Anthony and Jordan Nwora impress during NCAAB’s first week

Let's underline five athletes who not only boast excellent chances of becoming the next Wooden Award recipient, but also have promising odds to help lead their team to a national title in April.

Basketball: Team USA still odds-on favorite to win FIBA World Cup

Imagine if you threw a party and no one came. That’s the reality of the U.S. men’s national basketball team, who will head to the FIBA World Cup in Beijing without many of the country’s best hoopsters after 33 players declined invitations to join the squad. And yet, despite their absences, America is still the odds-on favorite to win the tournament at -355.

Mystics still favored for WNBA title after quiet trade deadline

Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don't make. That appears to be the thinking of Washington Mystics head coach and GM Mike Thibault, who opted to stand pat at the WNBA trade deadline rather than tinker with the league's top roster. Thibault's conservative approach has earned the approval of oddsmakers, who have the Mystics pegged as +180 favorites to win the 2019 WNBA Championship.

Mastering point spreads in sports betting

Very rarely are two teams created equal. Because of talent disparity, home-field advantage, matchups, etc., bookmakers and bettors typically favor one team over another. There are two different ways to reflect this favoritism when it comes to wagering. The first is through moneyline pricing, which simply asks the bettor to choose who will win the game. This is more customary in baseball and hockey, where teams tend to be more evenly matched. Sports like football and basketball also have moneylines, [...]

Five intriguing wagers at the sportsbook ‘buffet’

When it comes to betting, an online sportsbook is like the greatest Vegas buffet in the world. There's plenty to choose from. You might overindulge, you'll probably enjoy making all your selections and it could cost you a little bit of money, but you won't quickly forget the experience. Here are some of my favorite offerings from the gambler's buffet. Team totals I'm an "Unders" football bettor most of the time, and many times it is because of my opinion [...]

2019 NBA Playoffs Preview

The 2019 NBA Playoff Picture: Can Golden State Win Three Straight? Since the Minneapolis Lakers first won three NBA titles in a row in the early 1950s, only two other franchises have accomplished the hallowed three-peat. The Bulls did it twice in the 90s, the Celtics won a whopping eight straight from 1959-1966 and from 2000-2002 the Lakers of Los Angeles dominated the Association. With the start of the NBA playoffs April 13, the Golden State Warriors look to become [...]

A Different Dose of March Madness in 2019

Expect the unexpected in the NCAA Tournament. It’s a well-known adage tossed around ahead of the Big Dance each and every year. And yet the most surprising aspect of the 2019 rendition of March Madness was the expected won out more often than not. For the first time since the NCAA Tournament expanded to a 64-team field in 1985, all 16 betting favorites advanced out of the round of 32. It also came as no shock in the opening round [...]