Written and authored by March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for news and notes. The teams will play on Friday March 27th, 2015. At 7:15 PM EST on the CBS Television Network.
The (22-13) and eleventh seed UCLA Bruins of the PAC-Twelve Conference makes the trip from the “SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA” to Space City. UCLA will play the (34-2) #2 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs of the West Coast Conference in 2015 College Basketball action. The teams will play at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. This Sports Handicapper believes UCLA got favorable matchups in the first two rounds and can compete with the “ZAGS”. Gonzaga has been here before, are they ready to take the next step?. The opening betting line has Gonzaga as an eight-point favorite Against The Spread on a neutral court, the betting odds total is 143′ for Friday’s game.
The 2015 UCLA Bruins beat UAB 92-75 to advance to the SWEET 16. The Bruins got past SMU in the opening round of the Tournament on a seemingly bad call by officials. UCLA averages 72.2 points per contest scoring the Basketball. The Bruins defense ranks ninety-second nationally. Guards Norman Powell and Bryce Alford lead the Bruins in scoring. Alford is the coaches son. UCLA Head Coach Steve Alford has had his “SHINING MOMENT” as a player in the annual classic in the 1980’s. The Coach is in his third season in Westwood and advancing would enhance their already awesome reputation. UCLA is 1-7 ATS their last eight against the West Coast Conference. The UCLA Bruins are 6-0 their last six 2015 NCAA Basketball ATS Picks away from home, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under the betting odds total four times. UCLA plays formidable opponents on a consistent basis; that’s the advantage they have in this matchup. Bryce Alford has to make perimeter shots to open up the post. Betting Experts in Las Vegas and offshore has UCLA at 100/1 to win the 2015 NCAA Tournament Championship.
The 2015 Gonzaga Bulldogs got past a good Iowa team on March 22nd to get to this point. The Bulldogs ranks sixth overall in the country scoring the basketball. The “ZAGS” defense allow the opposition 61.5 per game. Kentucky transfer Kyle Wiltjer is the team’s leading scorer with a little over seventeen points per contest. Gonzaga Head Coach Mark few expects his team to make it to the Final Four. The program is one of the tops in the Mid-Major ranks. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 5-5 Against The Point Spread their last ten, going over the betting odds total six times and staying under the betting odds total four. The key to a Gonzaga win is going to depend on the play of Wiltjer and Canadian Kevin Pangos. Gonzaga is also solid in the post, Friday’s game is going to be interesting. Bovada has Gonzaga at 12/1 on the 2015 March Madness title.
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Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Baseball news and notes. Friday’s NCAA Tournament Card has its flavor. The Duke Blue Devils is the only #1 seed playing Friday; they face the five seed Utah Utes in the South Region. The East Regions also kicks of Friday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. The highest seed remaining in the East is the number-three Oklahoma Sooners who will be an underdog against Michigan State.
This Sports Handicapper believes Duke is going to have a tough time with the Utah defense. The Utes beat Georgetown in convincing fashion to advance. Utah held Georgetown to sixty-five points in the win. The Utes defense ranks ninth nationally, allowing opponents 56.9 points per contest. The Utah vs. Duke game features two teams with different strategies. Duke can score points in abundance and has a Freshman stud in the post. The Point Guard battle between Duke Senior Quinn Cook and Utah’s Delon Wright is going to be huge. The talented Blue Devils have three freshmen who could start for the Utes. Blue Devils Freshman Justise Winslow is going to be playing in front of family and friends in his hometown of Houston. The other game in the South regions has #2 seed Gonzaga facing the 11-seed UCLA Bruins, and the Zags are going to have their hands full. Many March Madness Sports Handicappers though the Bruins would get left out of the annual “BIG DANCE”. UCLA has proven themselves in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. The Bruins opened up with a one-points win over SMU. The Bruins then beat UAB easily to advance to this points. The Gonzaga “ZAGS” will have their work cut out Friday against a talented UCLA team. Sportsbooks in Las Vegas and offshore has Duke at 8/1 to win the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
The class of the East Region are the Tom Izzo coaches Michigan State Spartans who got past Virginia 60-54 on Sunday March 22nd. Michigan State is a team that can go the Final Four. The Spartans have a veteran Point Guard who is coming into his own and in “MARCH” the position is crucial. The Oklahoma Sooners have sharp-shooting Buddy Hield. The Sooners have size in the post, but Izzo is a “BEAST” this time of the year. North Carolina State takes on Louisville in the other matchup in the East region. Louisville got past a good Northern Iowa team to move on. The East Regions is wide open; it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Louisville Cardinals, North Carolina State Wolfpack, Michigan State Spartans or Oklahoma Sooners advance. Bovada.Lv has the Oklahoma at 25/1 to win the 2015 March Madness Championship.
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Written and authored by March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for news and notes. The teams will play on Thursday March 26th, 2015. At 9:00 PM EST on the CBS Television Network.
The (30-4) and seventh seed Wichita State Shockers of Missouri Valley Conference makes the trip from the “SUNFLOWER STATE to Northeast Ohio. Wichita State will play the (31-5) #3 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2015 College Basketball action. The teams will play at Quicken Loans Arena, home fo the NBA Cavaliers in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. This Sports Handicapper believes Wichita State is leaving it all on the floor; expectations are not as great as it was in 2014. Notre Dame must improve their shooting in they are to advance. The opening betting line has Wichita State as a two-point favorite Against The Spread on a neutral court, the betting odds total is 137′ for Thursday’s game.
The 2015 Wichita Shockers beat in-state rivals Kansas on March 22nd to advance. The Shockers come out of the Omaha bracket with confidence after the biggest win in school history. Head Coach Greg Marshall knows how to win this time of the year. The pressure is off, and players are loose in preparation for their Sweet 16 matchup. Wichita State averages 70.3 points per contest. The Shockers defense ranks eighth nationally. The Guard combination of Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet can carry the team to the “PROMISE LAND”. The betting odds over the total are 13-6 Wichita State last nineteen on a neutral court. The Wichita State Shockers are 4-3 their last seven NCAA Basketball Point Spread Predictions on the road, going over the betting odds total five times and staying under the betting odds total twice. The key to a Shockers win is going to depend on the play of VanVleet. The Junior has experience; it was his freshman season when he ran the show in their first Final Four appearance. The Point Guard position is the most important in the NCAA Tournament. Betting Experts in Las Vegas and offshore has Wichita State at 33/1 to win the 2015 NCAA Tournament Championship.
The 2015 Notre Dame Fighting Irish beat another Indiana team, Butler their last game on March 21st, 67-64 in overtime. The winners of the 2015 ACC Tournament seem to be ready for Thursday’s matchup. Head Coach Mike Brey is going to have a heavy Heart. Brey told reporters after Saturday’s win he lost his mother the morning of the game. The Irish players want to get a win for the Brey family. New Jersey native Steve Vasturia scored a game-high twenty points in the victory. Notre Dame rank 13th overall in the nation scoring the basketball. The Irish defense allows opponents 65.6 points per contest. Four Notre Dame players average double figures; Vasturia is the only starter scoring below ten points. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 7-3 ATS their last ten, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under the betting odds total six times. The Fighting Irish usually depends on Seniors Jerian Grant and Pat Connaughton for scoring. Point Guard Demetrius Jackson must handle VanVleet. The key to a Notre Dame win is to make open shots regularly. They can’t afford scoring slumps Thursday, or they will get sent home. Bovada has Notre Dame at 33/1 on the 2015 March Madness title.
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Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Baseball news and notes. The 2015 Kansas City Royals are coming off of an “AWESOME SEASON”. The Royals organization showed the blueprint for winning in a small market. The Royals made their first MLB Playoff appearance in 29 years. The “GOOD OLE DAY’S” are here again at Kaufman Stadium in Western Missouri. The Royals finished the regular season one-game behind Central Divison winner Detroit Tigers.
This Sports Handicapper looked on in disbelief as the Kansas City Royals came from behind to win the Wild Card series against The Oakland A’s. The Next two series were sweeps over the talented Anaheim Angels and Baltimore Orioles. The team lost game seven in the World Series at home to the San Francisco Giants. The 2015 Royals have a new look and hopefully, it will make them better. Manager Ned Yost is in his fifth season as the “SKIPPER” in the second largest city in the Show-Me-State. There are holes to be filled in the lineup, 7 players became free agents. The franchise was only able to resign two, pitchers Luke Hochevar and Jason Frasor. The Royals lost Ace Pitcher James Shields who in now in San Diego. Relief Pitcher Scott Downs in with the Cleveland Indians. Right Fielder Norichika Aoki signed to play with the San Francisco Giants. The biggest to the team on 2015 MLB Picks is the loss of Designated hitter/First baseman Billy Butler. Butler signed with the Oakland A’s after being in Kansas City since 2007.
The 2015 Kansas City Royals are going to have trouble repeating the success of last season. Kendrys Morales was brought in to take the place of Butler as a designated hitter and First Baseman. Outfielder Alex Rios, Pitchers Kris Medlen, and Yohan Pino also add value. Outfielder Lorenzo Cain is back in the mix and is becoming one of the best in the game. Cain won the 2014 American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award on his awesome defense. Yost has hs work cut out in 2015; he must motivate and get his team to believe they are still good. The Royals begin the season at Houston on Friday April 3rd. The Royals are picked to finish third in the American League Central Division Bovada.Lv list Kansas City at 450/1 to win the American League Central Division.
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Written and authored by March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The 2015 NCAA Basketball March Madness “SWEET 16″ gets underway on Thursday March 26th in the Midwest and West Regions. The Midwest Region features two of the most “DYNAMIC” personalities with John Calipari and Bob Huggins. The West Regions is at the Staple Center in Los Angeles, California. The number-1 seed Wisconsin Badgers will look to beat the #2 seed Arizona Wildcats again in 2015.
This Sports Handicapper believes Thursday’ matchup between the 25-9 and fifth seed West Virginia Mountaineers will put on a full court press for forty minutes. The 36-0 and top overall seed Kentucky Wildcats will welcome the challenge. Calipari recently told Huggins the committee would put the two in the same region, and he was right. West Virginia has a large fan base in the Cleveland area which will give the team a boost. The Mountaineers football program regularly invades Northeast Ohio for recruits. The Kentucky Wildcats will be out of their comfort zone, the first two games of the Tournament was in Louisville. West Virginia forced twenty-three turnovers in Sunday’s 69-59 win against Maryland. The Kentucky Wildcats have ball handlers at virtually every position. The Mountaineers beat Kentucky in the 2010 NCAA Tournament to advance to the Final Four. The betting odds total is at 136′ for Thursday’s March Madness Picks Sweet 16 matchup. Dayton, Ohio native and West Virginia Point Guard Juwan Staten will lead the charge on both ends of the floor for Huggins. Bovada. Lv lists West Virginia at 100/1 to win the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Kentucky is at 1/1 to cut down the nets in Indianapolis.
The West Regions pits the #4 seed North Carolina Tar Heels against the Senior laden Wisconsin Badgers. North Carolina Head Coach Roy Williams is optimistic coming into Thursday’s matchup. The Tar Heels have the most talented player on the floor in Point Guard Marcus Paige. The Sophomore scored twenty of his twenty-two points in the second half in Saturday’s win over Arkansas. Many experts including Charliessports.com believes NCAA Tournament success is based a lot on Point Guard play. Look at last years winner, Connecticut and their Senior Shabazz Napier. You can go back to the day’s of Isaiah Thomas at Indiana, Earvin “Magic ” Johnson at Michigan State just to name a few. Having a great player at the position is crucial for success in the NCAA Tournament. Xavier will face their former Coach Sean Miller in the other West Semi-Finals matchup. The game has its storyline. Bovada.Lv has the Arizona Wildcats at 13/2 to win the 2015 NCAA March Madness Tournament.
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Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams will play on Wednesday March 25th, 2015. At 7:00 PM EST.
The (29-40) Brooklyn Nets of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division makes the trip from the “BIG APPLE” to the Tar Heel State. Brooklyn will play the (30-39) Charlotte Hornets of the Eastern Conference Southeast in 2015 NBA action. The teams will play at The Time Warner Cable Arena in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina. This Sports Handicapper believes the Brooklyn Nets are fading in the race for a 2015 playoff spot. Charlotte returns home after a shaky road trip. The opening betting line has Charlotte as a three and a half-point home favorite Against The Spread, the betting odds total is at 195′ for Wednesday’s game.
The 2015 Brooklyn Nets have two of three straight up. The Nets lost at home to the Boston Celtics on March 23rd. Brooklyn is third in the Atlantic, 12′ games out of the lead. Brooklyn ranks ninth on offense in the Eastern Conference. The Nets defense allows the opposition 100.8 points per contest. Center Brook Lopez is the team leader in scoring, rebounds and shot blocks. Point Guard Deron Williams dishes out a team-high 6.1 assists. Brooklyn is 0-4 their last four on Wednesday’s. Head Coach Lionel Hollins can’t get a pulse on his team, but they better start to gel. The Brooklyn Nets are 3-2 their last five NBA Point Spread Predictions on the road, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under the betting odds total once. Brooklyn went through the motions Monday in the loss to Boston, intensity at both ends of the court is a must. Betting Experts in Las Vegas and offshore has Brooklyn at 500/1 to win the 2015 NBA Eastern Conference title.
The 2015 Charlotte Hornets have lost four of five straight up. The latest a 98-86 road loss at Chicago. Charlotte is also fading in the playoff race. The Hornets are fourth in their Division, 22′ games out of the top spot. The Hornets are near the bottom of the NBA in scoring offense. Defensively the Hornets allows opponents 97.0 points per game, 3rn in the league. Point Guard Kimba Walker is the team leader in scoring and steals. Al Jefferson is a rebounding machine at the Power Froward position. Jefferson and Cody Zeller are questionable for Wednesday’s matchup. The betting odds over the total are 5-0-2 the last seven between the teams. The Charlotte Hornets are 5-5 Against The Point Spread their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total five times and staying under the betting odds total five. The Hornets play two of their next three in the “QUEEN CITY”, they must bring their “A” game the rest of the way. Bovada has Charlotte at 500/1 to win the 2015 NBA title.
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Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Baseball news and notes. The San Francisco Giants are coming off of another World Series title in 2014. Fans in the “BAY AREA” are getting used to winning. The Giants have won three of the past five “FALL CLASSICS”. The organization can be labeled a dynasty, in 2010 the Giants hoisted the Trophy and again in 2012. Great pitching in clutch situations has brought success to the Giants and could compete again in 2015.
This Sports Handicapper believes the 2015 San Francisco Giants are just as good as ever. The 2014 team won it all as a Wild Card. The 2010 and 2012 Giants won the West Division. Pitcher Madison “MadBum Bumgarner took the team on his shoulders in the playoffs. Matt Cain was the hero of the pitching staff in 2012 and Seattle native Tim Lincecum in 2010. Bumgarner still chops trees in the offseason at his North Carolina estate. Manager Bruce Bochy knows how to get the best out of his players, especially the pitching rotation. Bumgarner, Cain, Lincecum, Jeremy Affeldt and Ryan Vogelsong are the aces. Tim Hudson and Jake Peavy are also “FLAME THROWERS”. Closer Sergio Romo got a new two-year $15 million deal. The 2015 San Francisco Giants open the MLB Betting Picks season at Arizona on April 6th. San Francisco will travel to San Diego for a four-game set on 9th. The first homestand is on April 13th, as they host the Colorado Rockies.
Sluppers Pablo Sandavol, and Mike Morse are no longer with the team. The team will miss the clutch hitting of Sandavol, who is now with the Red Sox. Fans at AT&T Park are becoming familiar with winning, and another World Series title is in the air. Catcher Buster Posey will control the pitching staff behind the plate, the former Florida State star is one of the best in the game. Shortstop Brandon Crawford is a defensive specialist but also carrying a big stick lately. First baseman Brandon Belt hit .268 a season ago. Joe Panik will replace Marco Scutaro at second base. Outfielder Hunter Pence broke his arm after being hit a pitch, his return is unknown. It will take everything the Giants have to hold off the Los Angeles Dodgers again this season. The Dodgers won the West in 2015. Bovada.Lv has the San Francisco Giants at 14/1 to win the 2015 World Series.
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