- Chad Millman
For three nights and three days the seedings have been out and the lines have been posted. Usually the wiseguys are patient with these numbers, taking a bite when they see something they really like, but generally laying low, until the public comes into town. When the squares hit the books for four days of hoops depravity, the spreads start moving, usually towards the favorites, giving the sharps a chance to get down big money on the dogs they love. Before too long, the only lines worth looking at are by the employee's entrance at the Spearmint Rhino. The ones on the board are purely for suckers.
But this year's been different. "The public has gotten sharper themselves the last few years and they don't blindly take the favorites like they used to," says Mirage bookmaker Jeff Stoneback. "The wiseguys are thinking, I better get it now while I can."
That means, by the time you land at McCarron, wait 40 minutes for a cab, fight midday traffic on The Strip and walk the half hour it takes to get from your hotel entrance to the sports book, deals will be hard to come by. Lucky for you, I've got an against the spread tip or three here. If you don't like 'em, well, there are plenty of other sites in Vegas.
Kentucky coach John Calipari said he will no longer use a platoon playing-time system with the Wildcats.
The Florida Gators have been collecting information on potential successors to Billy Donovan since at least February in preparation for the possibility the coach would depart.
Mississippi has agreed to a contract extension with men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy that will keep him at the school until 2019.
While VCU lost its basketball coach to the University of Texas, its trademarked "havoc" label is staying in Virginia.
An arrest warrant has been issued for former Minnesota basketball player Daquein McNeil after he failed to appear in court on assault charges.
The NCAA has named J.D. Collins its new national coordinator of men's basketball officiating, effective immediately.
Forward Willie Carmichael is transferring from Tennessee.
The Wildcats were tough to figure last season, and with a roster overhaul ongoing, a tough season could be coming.
Players, like Sterling Gibbs, are looking for new places to play during a busy offseason for transfers.
For Shaka Smart to succeed in his first season at Texas, he'll need to get the most out of Isaiah Taylor and use the Longhorns' big men effectively.
Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello offer their Top 20 transfers and the complete transfer list.
Cuonzo Martin and the California Golden Bears just scored a recruiting coupe with a Friday night pledge from ESPN 100 Jaylen Brown.
Billy Donovan enjoyed unprecedented basketball success at a football school, a feat that no one thought could be accomplished before he arrived in Gainesville.
The Sooners return all the pieces needed to compete for the Big 12 title and make a run in March.
A week ago, Duke was searching for a point guard. Now the Blue devils have the No. 1 class in the country after they landed two top-20 prospects.
The Iowa State Cyclones want to redeem themselves for a round of 64 upset at the hands of UAB. As usual, they'll rely on transfers to do it.
The rivalry between Maryland and Georgetown will resume, and that's a good thing for college basketball.