by A.J. Coltrane
I had pretty much the same year that I had last year — 22-14 (61.1%) on straight bets. I lost the one money line that I chose to play: Providence were 4 point underdogs against UNC and +170 on the money line, meaning that if Providence won outright then the money line paid loosely twice what the “cover” bet would have paid. Providence lost by two, and covered, but I’d bet on them to win, so… [insert raspberry sound here]
I also tried to get the +150 money line bet on La Tech against Georgia in the NIT, (and I would have won), but the slowpoke working the sportsbook decided he needed to restock pens instead of taking bets, and we missed the cutoff to place a bet on the game. [insert another raspberry sound here]
This year’s VCU (misunderstood by the public) team was Colorado. Colorado were mild underdogs against Pitt. They trailed 46-18 at the half and went on to lose by 33. There are a few like that every year that are real head-scratchers, but they’re a big part of the success I’ve been seeing the last few years, so I’m not complaining.
Also, people had no idea that Tennessee is really pretty good.
Final note: I *could* have gone 22-12 (64.7%) this year, but I ignored the beautiful fairy in my ear telling me to lay off of Ohio State vs Dayton. Twice. Once before my defensible-but-not-awesome-Ohio-State 1st half bet, and again at halftime before an even more ill-advised 2nd half bet. “Ohio State is playing as badly as they can play. They can’t play worse than this!”
Nope. But they can play equally badly in the second half.
For Fun. Here’s what I think I like Thursday and Friday:
Dayton vs Stanford, Over 133.
Baylor +3.5 vs Wisconsin. This is the game that I’m the least “sold on” for Thursday.
Florida -5 vs UCLA. (Though UCLA is better than people think, still.)
Arizona -7 vs San Diego State
Michigan -2.5 vs Tennessee. (Sorry Tennessee, we had a good run!)
Iowa State vs UConn Under 146. The game that I’m the least “sold on” for Friday.
Louisville -5 vs Kentucky
Virginia +2 vs Michigan State. (The Virginia +115 money line looks like a good play too. Either/or would be fine.)
For the purposes of the “For Fun Bets”, I unpacked and unfolded my NCAA notes. The compacted smell of Vegas cigarettes wafted out. Now the notes are sitting on the couch, stinking it up. Yay Vegas.