Where is the fun in today’s March Madness?

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

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I enjoy the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, AKA March Madness, as much as the next guy. I dutifully fill out brackets and watch them go up in flames along with 99 percent of the rest of the population midway through the first day of the tourney. Here in Northern Illinois, there isn’t much of a regional interest since, for the second straight year, no team from the state made the tournament. The University of Wisconsin is only about 60 miles from where I sit now, and most of my basketball-loving friends have adopted the Badgers as they wind their way through the West Region as a No. 1 seed. Here in my hometown of Rockford, we root for Wichita St. because the Shockers excellent guard, Fred Van Vleet went to high school here. [Read more…]

NCAA Football Futures Play: Nebraska +9 at Wisconsin

By Melvin DeLucia
PSDC Contributor

Greetings and hope that your football season is off to a profitable start. I am always looking at ways to middle some numbers and NCAA Future Games of the Year are offering a great opportunity for that. Recently I have locked in Mich State -1.5 vs. Ohio St (currently -3 on futures), Arkansas plus 7.5 at Missouri (now Mizz -3) and Virginia plus 12.5 at Va Tech (sitting at 7). If your shops are for some reason still dealing inflated numbers, pounce. [Read more…]

2014 NCAA Football Championship: A Value Based Approach

By Melvin Delucia
PSDC Contributor

Last year, I was fortunate to cash a ticket on the Seminoles at 30-1 and my thought process was that the ACC was such a weak conference that FSU or Clemson had a great chance to go undefeated and possibly get into the national title game. I had tickets on both of them and was honestly shocked that FSU had such a dominant season, but not altogether surprised they were undefeated. In fact, I had more risked on Clemson, as Clemson was the home team vs. FSU and I thought they’d be a favorite in that game. But I was determined to have a position on an ACC team due to the BCS system and bias towards an undefeated team. I understand that this gives us no play for this year, but I wanted to share the basis of my research process for NCAA Football futures: Just take a shot on a long priced team that I think has a chance to get to the playoffs. I will not take a team that is lower than 8-1, so that eliminates FSU (plus 450), Alabama (plus 500) and Oregon (plus 600). There are just too many variables and upsets that happen in sports for me to want to risk a significant amount of money on one of the futures plays, and if one hits I’d like it to be an amount that makes an impact. [Read more…]

Bracket Breakdowns: The West

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Specialist

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Head Chief: Gonzaga

The labels “mid-major” and “Cinderella” should officially be put to sleep when referring to the Zags.  Call me crazy, but I wouldn’t exactly call the No. 1 team in the country a Cinderella. The Zags put together the greatest regular season in school history this year, losing only two games; one of which was on a buzzer-beater at the hands of giant-slayer Butler. [Read more…]

Weekend Watch: College Hoops

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Specialist

Another week, another No. 1 team bites the dust.  Last night in Champaign the Fighting Illini not only shocked the Hoosiers, but the entire country as they scored a layup as time expired off an inbounds play. That makes it five consecutive weeks the No. 1 team has gone down including both No. 1 and No. 2 going down this week.


The Illini shocked No. 1 ranked Indiana on Thursday night


Last weekend featured several big time matchups between ranked teams in power conferences. In the SEC, Florida continued their domination by throttling Ole Miss at home. Unfortunately for the Gators, their dominance came crashing to an end on Tuesday as they were run over at Arkansas. Elsewhere, the Hoosiers topped Michigan in what was the game of the week to reclaim the No. 1 ranking (even if it was only for a week). [Read more…]

Weekend Watch: College Hoops

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Specialist

As the college basketball season presses on, more and more teams are finding out just how difficult it is to win on the road in conference.  Already this week, we’ve seen six ranked teams fall on the road including No. 1 Duke getting steam rolled by 27 at Miami on Wednesday.  The thing that makes college hoops so great is the level playing fields.  Sure most of the bigger schools like the Dukes and UCLAs get the blue chip recruits, but it’s the schools like a Miami or like a Butler that have a core group of guys that have played together for three or four years.  It’s why now more than ever, the Norfolk States of the world are upsetting the Missouris come March. [Read more…]

Weekend Pickoff: College Hoops

By David Parks
PSDC NCAA Specialist

The first full week of conference play is almost in the books, but already we’ve seen some upsets and crazy finishes. [Read more…]

Project Shanks 2012 Heisman Watch: Week 8

By David Parks
PSDC Lead College Football Writer

Week 8 of the college football season came and went, and with it, ushered in a new leader in the Watch. [Read more…]

Project Shanks 2012 Heisman Watch: Week 7

By David Parks
PSDC Lead College Football Writer

We have reached the midway point of the 2012 college football season and thus, it’s time to crown Geno Smith as the Midseason Heisman Award Winner!!! [Read more…]

College Football: Week 2 Observations

By David Parks
PSDC Staff

We are now through two weeks of the college football season, and as always, there has been plenty of intrigue to go around.  Last week saw four ranked teams go down to unranked foes, including what may turn out to be the upset of the year, Louisiana-Monroe shocking eighth ranked Arkansas 34-31 in OT.  Time to rewind the clocks, and take a look back at the second week of the college football season. [Read more…]

Project Shanks 2012 Heisman Watch

By David Parks
PSDC Staff 

Over the course of the 2012 season, Project Shanks will release a weekly “Heisman Watch” in which we track the nation’s most outstanding players and their quest for the most coveted award in college football. [Read more…]

College Football Preview: Impact Transfers for 2012

By David Parks
PSDC Staff 

As we continue on with our college football preview, we once again delve into a batch of faces that could impact their new teams.  But unlike yesterday, these new faces come in the form of transfers.  Over the past several years, college football has loosened the reigns on its transfer policy, allowing more players to become eligible immediately rather than sit out a year before playing for their new team.  [Read more…]