May 25, 2017

Betting the brackets – Degenerate style

What better way to enjoy the NCAA Tournament that by throwing a bunch of money around?

We sat here at the beginning of the new year with a bankroll of $7,866.19. We haven’t won a penny since. Just two months later, we’re sitting with our bankroll in the red for the first time since this column’s inception at $4,793.75. Sure you could argue that we still have eight futures bets out there, so we’re still a net positive, but there’s no room to split hairs with money on the line.

The reality is, it’s time to turn our shit around – and fast. So I’m going to put money on every game in the real NCAA Tournament – screw the First Four. Be sure to check back throughout the weekend as I’ll update this with my Second Round picks as well. We’ll start fresh next week with the Sweet 16 and Elite 8.

To the recap!

The Recap & Running Damage Total

  • College Football Picks (0-0) 57.1% [+$1,185]
    • 0-1 on completed futures
  • College Basketball Picks (5-13-0) 35.0% [-$1,632.44] <-THIS SHOULD BE FUN
    • 12-17 including parlayed/teased bets 47.4%
  • NBA Picks (0-0) 57.9% [+$310]
  • NHL Picks (0-0) 100.0% [+$100]
  • NFL Picks (0-0) 38.6% [+$631.19]
    • 0-0 including parlayed/teased bets 59.4%
    • 1-3 on completed futures
  • Against the Spread (5-5-0) 52.7% [+$200]
  • Straight Up (0-5) 34.5% [-$230]
  • On the Tease (0-1) 27.3% [-$305]
  • On Parlays (0-2) 22.7% [+$928.75]
  • On Futures (0-0) 20.0% [$0.00]
    • $800 in undecided Futures

 This Week’s Board

Round 1

  1. Mount St. Mary’s (+26.5) vs. Villanova ($110 to win $100)
  2. Virginia Tech (+4.5) vs. Wisconsin ($110 to win $100)
  3. Princeton (+7.5) vs. Notre Dame ($110 to win $100)
  4. Bucknell (+14) vs. West Virginia ($110 to win $100)
  5. UNC Wilmington vs. Virginia (-8.5) ($110 to win $100)
  6. East Tennessee State (+10.5) vs. Florida ($110 to win $100)
  7. Florida Gulf Coast (+12) vs. Florida State ($110 to win $100)
  8. Xavier (+2) vs. Maryland ($110 to win $100)
  9. Nevada vs. Iowa State (-6.5) ($110 to win $100)
  10. Vermont (+9) vs. Purdue ($110 to win $100)
  11. Middle Tennessee State vs. Minnesota (-1.5) ($110 to win $100)
  12. Winthrop (+11) vs. Butler ($110 to win $100)
  13. South Dakota State (+22) vs Gonzaga ($110 to win $100)
  14. Vanderbilt (-1.5) vs. Northwestern ($110 to win $100)
  15. North Dakota vs. Arizona (-17) ($110 to win $100)
  16. VCU vs. Saint Mary’s (-3.5) ($110 to win $100)
  17. Troy vs. Duke (-19.5) ($110 to win $100)
  18. Marquette (+2.5) vs. South Carolina ($110 to win $100)
  19. Texas Southern vs. North Carolina (-25) ($110 to win $100)
  20. Seton Hall (+1) vs. Arkansas ($110 to win $100)
  21. Jacksonville State vs. Louisville (-22) ($110 to win $100)
  22. Oklahoma State (+1) vs. Michigan ($110 to win $100)
  23. Northern Kentucky vs. Kentucky (-19) ($110 to win $100)
  24. Wichita State vs. Dayton (+6.5) ($110 to win $100)
  25. New Mexico State vs. Baylor (-13) ($110 to win $100)
  26. Michigan State vs. Miami (-1.5) ($110 to win $100)
  27. Iona (+15) vs. Oregon ($110 to win $100)
  28. Rhode Island (+3) vs. Creighton ($110 to win $100)
  29. Kent State vs. UCLA (-17) ($110 to win $100)
  30. Kansas State (+3) vs. Cincinnati ($110 to win $100)
  31. USC vs. SMU (-6.5) ($110 to win $100)
  32. UC Davis vs. Kansas (-22.5) ($110 to win $100)

Round 2

  1. Notre Dame vs. West Virginia (-2.5) ($110 to win $100)
  2. Wisconsin vs. Villanova (-5) ($110 to win $100)
  3. Virginia vs. Florida (-2) ($110 to win $100)
  4. Xavier vs. Florida State (-5.5) ($110 to win $100)
  5. Middle Tennessee State (+4) vs. Butler ($110 to win $100)
  6. Iowa State (+1) vs. Purdue ($110 to win $100)
  7. Northwestern vs. Gonzaga (-10.5) ($110 to win $100)
  8. St. Mary’s vs. Arizona (-2.5) ($110 to win $100)
  9. Arkansas vs. North Carolina (-10) ($110 to win $100)
  10. South Carolina (+7) vs. Duke ($110 to win $100)
  11. Michigan vs. Louisville (-1.5) ($110 to win $100)
  12. Wichita State vs. Kentucky (-2) ($110 to win $100)
  13. USC (+6.5) vs. Baylor ($110 to win $100)
  14. Michigan State (+8.5) vs. Kansas ($110 to win $100)
  15. Rhode Island (+5) vs. Oregon ($110 to win $100)
  16. Cincinnati (+1.5) vs. UCLA ($110 to win $100)

The Damage: 32 bets, $3,520 on the table, $6,720 in potential winnings.

The Disclaimer: Don’t actually play these bets. I’m a degenerate and I’m sure this column will be bankrupt in a few short weeks. Do not construe any of this as actual gambling advice. Your bets and your results are your responsibility, and neither I, nor TGS, bear any responsibility for your personal actions.

Tom Danielson 64 Articles
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Every family needs an adult figure. That's Tom's job on this ship. After graduating from Iowa State University, Tom headed down the ‘failed professional golfer' career path before heading back to his calling as an engineer in the great white north (Minnesota). He got his start in blogging, and continues to contribute at the critically acclaimed site, Wide Right & Natty Lite.  A student of the ‘you can't fail if you don't try' philosophy, there's no better way to describe Tom than a 'Jack of all trades, master of none'.

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