If you are a sports betting enthusiast like all of us at BangTheBook.com are, then you probably start thinking about the betting impact of the day’s top stories. Not every top story has a relevance to betting, but you probably try to connect the dots anyway. In a new feature each weekday, we will take a look at the top six sports stories of the day in an article titled the Daily Six Pack. They say that an apple day keeps the doctor away. Well, we like to think that a six pack a day keeps the bookie away.
With that, let’s take a look at the six top stories for Wednesday March 18:
Hampton, Ole Miss Advance
Defense was optional for the most part on Tuesday night with two fast-paced play-in games from Dayton. The Hampton Pirates of the MEAC knocked off MAAC champion Manhattan 74-64 in a game that featured a lot of up and down action. The Jaspers were unable to establish their press for most of the game and Hampton moved on despite missing 15 free throws. The Jaspers were just 6-of-25 from beyond the arc and went down with a whimper. The fun is over for Hampton because they play Kentucky next.
In the other play-in game, BYU blew a 17-point halftime lead and lost to Ole Miss 94-90. The Rebels scored 62 points in the second half and pulled down 16 offensive rebounds. The Cougars only forced seven turnovers and Kyle Collinsworth finished just 1-of-7 from the field. This game was played at a breakneck pass and the tempo should be quite a bit slower when Ole Miss battles Xavier in the 6 vs. 11 matchup on Thursday.
Two more tickets to the Round of 64 will be punched on Wednesday night when Robert Morris battles North Florida and Boise State takes on host Dayton.
All five home teams won on Tuesday night in the NBA. No big deal, right? Except that one of those home teams was the New York Knicks and they did it against the San Antonio Spurs. Gregg Popovich said after the game that his team should be “embarrassed” and that they did not respect the game or their opponent. Wow.
Popovich knows that his team can turn it on with the flip of a switch, but it’s a little bit rare to see this much emotion from an NBA coach with such a veteran team. There’s probably some gamesmanship here from Pop with a tough back-to-back for the Spurs in Milwaukee tonight, but his argument is hardly invalid. The Spurs came in overconfident. The concerning part is that the Spurs should have turned it up a notch in overtime and they did not.
The Spurs weren’t the only Western Conference playoff team to suffer a bad loss on Tuesday. The Memphis Grizzlies fell by 10 against the Detroit Pistons. The Grizzlies are going through all sorts of injury problems right now and bettors have to be very careful with them until players start to get healthy.
NFL Hot Stove
The NFL offseason is still moving ahead and some players have new teams. Stevie Johnson is with the San Diego Chargers now and the Oakland Raiders are the next team to give Trent Richardson a shot. Defensive end Greg Hardy, who was on the exempt list last season after threatening and assaulting his ex-girlfriend, is expected to decide today between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hardy is a productive player when in the game, but a suspension is looming when he is reinstated.
Speaking of arrests, Bernard Pierce was popped for a DUI early Wednesday morning after getting pulled over going 55 in a 30 and failing a field sobriety test. Pierce is the third Ravens player to be arrested this offseason. Terrence Cody was indicted for animal cruelty and Victor Hampton also received a DUI. Expect Pierce to be released today or tomorrow.
Charles Clay remains unsigned after the Miami Dolphins signed Jordan Cameron to fill their empty spot at tight end. The Buffalo Bills have extended an offer and the Cleveland Browns reportedly had an offer out for him last week.
None of these moves have a whole lot of betting impact, but other dominoes will fall later this offseason, so keep paying attention to the NFL news cycle.
MLB Spring Training Update
Another day, another pitcher on the shelf. This time the bad news belongs to Alex Cobb of the Tampa Bay Rays. Cobb will be shut down with forearm tendinitis. Cobb experienced the always scary “forearm tightness” during his Spring Training start against the Philadelphia Phillies and threw three good innings before calling it a day.
CC Sabathia was on the hill and threw two innings for the New York Yankees on Tuesday. Sabathia is returning from knee surgery. The hefty lefty is hefty once again after putting back on the weight that he lost prior to last season, citing that as the reason why his velocity dropped. That’s not the case at all, CC, but, sure, go with that.
Betting on the Yankees is tough to do for their season win total or any futures because their patchwork rotation is held together with Elmer’s glue and some twine. Masahiro Tanaka opted for rehab instead of Tommy John surgery. Sabathia is on the wrong side of 32 with degenerative knee problems and a loss of velocity. Michael Pineda has not stayed healthy in three seasons. Be very careful with the Yankees. The upside is there, but the downside is clearly evident.
Bay Hill Breakdown
The PGA Tour is in Orlando for the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. With just three events left until the Masters, a lot of the best golfers in the world will be making tweaks and adding touches to their games over the next three weeks. Adam Scott blew this tournament last year, so he’s looking for some retribution on this course.
From Bovada.lv, Rory McIlroy is the 11/2 favorite at Bay Hill. Henrik Stenson is next at 9/1. Bubba Watson follows at 11/1. Jason Day is next in line at 16/1 with Adam Scott as the only other player in the field at better than 20/1. Rickie Fowler is in the mix at 25/1. Brooks Koepka, who won a few weeks back in Scottsdale, is still in his home state, so he may be a good look at 28/1.
Alaskan Bragging Rights
Dallas Seavey won his third Iditarod championship on Wednesday. His father, Mitch, finished second. Seavey won $70,000 and a new pickup truck for his efforts in the 1,000-mile race across the great white north. In a rather slow sports day with only a handful of games, this was big news.
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