Thursday, February 18, 2010

2010 Winter Olympics Results, College Basketball Previews From Bodog

The NBC Olympics schedule has the USA versus Norway on USA Network at 3:00. Great sportsbook Bodog looks at the Winter Olympic results and college basketball betting preview.

The United States hit the trifecta on Wednesday at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Lindsey Vonn (women's downhill), Shani Davis (men's 1000m speed skating) and Shaun White (men's halfpipe) all won gold medals to put Team USA back in first place on the medals table.

United States: 5G, 3S, 6B

Germany: 3G, 4S, 3B

France: 2G, 1S, 4B

Canada: 2G, 3S, 1B

Wednesday's schedule wrapped up late with the Czech Republic (-1.5, +110) earning a 3-1 victory over Slovakia in men's hockey. Czechoslovakia was a hockey dynamo during the Soviet era, but now that the two nations have been split for 17 years the Czechs are only 15-1 to win gold with Slovakia a 50-1 longshot. The favored Canadians (even money) are back on the ice Thursday night against Switzerland (7:30 p.m. ET).

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Coming off a loss to Louisville, the No. 5 Syracuse Orange will take the court on Thursday night in a road matchup against No. 10 Georgetown.

The Orange fell 66-60 to Louisville in their last game on Sunday. Syracuse heads into Thursday's game at 24-2 overall and 14-7 vs. the college basketball odds.

Wesley Johnson had 14 points in Sunday's losing cause for the Orange.

The Hoyas are also coming off a loss – they fell 71-68 to Rutgers on Sunday. Greg Monroe tossed in 19 points for the Hoyas in that contest.

Syracuse beat Georgetown 73-56 when the teams met back in late January.

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In's Bracketology projections to start this week, Mississippi is among the first four teams out of the Big Dance. And indeed the Rebels have struggled of late to land on the bubble, losing three of four to fall out of the Top 25 and to .500 in the weak SEC. Thus a win over No. 19 Vanderbilt would be a huge boost Thursday night, with the Rebels opening as 3.5-point favorites on Bodog's college basketball odds

Mississippi (17-7, 3-4-1 ATS at home) might catch Vanderbilt looking ahead to a big home game Saturday with No. 2 Kentucky, as the Commodores can grab a share of the SEC East lead with a win tonight and then over the Wildcats. The good news for Ole Miss is that it should get back freshman forward Reginald Bucker, the team's best interior defender, tonight after missing the past four games with an ankle injury. On offense, the Rebs are a big three-point shooting team, led by guards Chris Warren (16.2 ppg) and Terrico White (14.8 ppg)

Vanderbilt (19-5, 4-3 ATS on road) opened 3-0 on the road in conference play but has dropped its past two. Guard Jermaine Beal leads the Commodores in scoring at 14.8 points per game and is averaging 19.8 points in the past six while committing a total of just seven turnovers. The Commodores lead the SEC in 3-point percentage and overall field-goal percentage. Vandy starting forward Andre Walker (6.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg in 25.3 minutes per game), who missed the team's last game with a shoulder injury, is questionable tonight. John Jenkins, the team's leading scorer off the bench (10.4 ppg), is likely to return tonight after sitting out a game with the flu.

When making your college basketball bet on this game, Vandy won last year's meeting by 10 in Nashville but has lost nine of its past 11 in Oxford. Ole Miss is 0-4 against teams that were ranked at the time this season, but none of those games were at home and the Rebels have covered in the past three.

Top expert pick on this game: It's one of three Wise Guys tonight from the winningest handicapper ever GodsTips. Feb. 13 the Mountain West Game of the Year on San Diego State; Feb. 3 it was Duke blowing out GA Tech as the Revenge Game of the Year. Sunday, Jan. 31 it was South Florida outright as an underdog to Pitt winning as our Sunday Game of the Year. Jan. 26 South Carolina beating Kentucky outright was the SEC East Game of the Year. Jan. 25 it was Wofford as the Southern Conference Game of the Year. Jan. 19 Wichita State wins as the MVC Game of the Year. Jan 9 it was Missouri as the ESPN2 Game of the Year. Jan. 6 Marquette was the Big East Game of the Year. They all won.

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