GTBets Newsletter March 18, 2016

This week’s edition of GTBets news covers how you can get free half-points on March Madness betting, a special March Madness reload bonus, a 100% signup bonus, Oaklawn Park betting, and a big game between the Tampa Bay Lightening and Dallas Stars.

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March Madness Betting

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Oaklawn Park Betting

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Tampa Bay vs Dallas Betting

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2015 Final Four Betting: Kentucky still Big Favorite to win

kentucky-number-one-2015When the 2015 NCAA Tournament began, undefeated Kentucky was the overwhelming favorite to win it all. And as we enter 2015 Final Four betting, nothing has changed in this regard.

Based on our GTBets.eu line on which team will win the Final Four, Kentucky (38-0) is sitting at 2-to-3 odds, meaning you must risk $3 to win $2. Below you can see a full list of the odds and teams:

Kentucky – 2-to-3 odds of winning
Duke – 3-to-1 odds of winning
Wisconsin – 4-to-1 odds of winning
Michigan State – 8-to-1 odds of winning

Individual Matchups

Okay, so it’s pretty clear that the Wildcats are still the favorites to cut down the nets in Indianapolis. But what about the individual matchups? Here’s a look at all of this info, along with game times/dates:

Michigan State (7) vs. Duke (1) — Saturday, April 4th at 6:09 p.m. EST on TBS
Michigan State (-110)
Duke – 5 (-110

Kentucky (1) vs. Wisconsin (1) — Saturday, April 4th at 8:49 p.m. EST on TBS
Wisconsin (-110)
Kentucky -5 (-110)

frank-kaminsky-wisconsinAs you can see, both games are expected to be somewhat close. This is interesting in Kentucky’s case when considering how dominant they have been. But Wisconsin is a great team that’ll no doubt be out for revenge. After all, the Badgers lost to Kentucky 74-73 in last year’s Final Four – thanks to an Aaron Harrison three-pointer. So this will certainly be an emotionally charged game for Wisconsin.

On the other side of the bracket, elite NBA prospect Jahlil Okafor and Duke face off against the Michigan State Spartans. The Blue Devils are seeking their fifth national title, and they’re favored to advance in this game. And it’s little surprise when considering that Michigan State is by far the lowest-seeded team involved in the Final Four. But head coach Tom Izzo has a national title of his own and another strong group again this year, so don’t count out the Spartans.

Still chasing History

Back to Kentucky, most fan interest will be dedicated to seeing if they can become the first undefeated men’s college basketball team since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. Once again, the 2015 Final Four betting odds seem to indicate that they will.

However, with three out of four No. 1 seeds making it to the semifinals, this is one of the toughest Final Fours in recent memory. So Kentucky will certainly have their work cut out for them if they are to complete history.

The last chance to see an unbeaten team came in 1991, when Larry Johnson and the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels made it to the semifinals. But they couldn’t finish the job after losing to Duke. So the ultimate question remains, will Kentucky end up like UNLV, or will they join Bobby Knight’s ’76 Indiana Hoosiers in the record books? Find out for yourself this weekend, and be sure to place your Final Four bets at GTBets.

March Madness Betting: Wisconsin vs. North Carolina Sweet Sixteen

frank-kaminsky-wisconsinWisconsin and North Carolina meet in the Sweet Sixteen this year in what’s a marquee game from a March Madness betting perspective. The Tar Heels have been a very attractive wager in nine Sweet Sixteen trips since 1996 – going 9-0 straight-up and 6-3 ATS in these appearances. But will they be able to keep up this impressive record against the mighty No. 1 seed Badgers?

It’s tough to say, but the No. 4 seed Tar Heels do have a realistic opportunity to cover the spread at GTBets.eu. Here’s a look at our line heading into the game on March 26th (Thursday) at 5:45pm ET:

No. 4 North Carolina (-110)
No. 1 Wisconsin -6.5 (-110)

Aside from the outstanding Sweet Sixteen betting performances in recent times by North Carolina, they are also 7-2 SU and 6-3 ATS in their last nine games this year. One of their ATS losses came via a 67-65 first-round victory over No. 13 seed Harvard, while North Carolina’s second-round matchup was much easier as they earned an 87-78 win over Arkansas.

However, there are also a couple of factors working against the Tar Heels, with the first being that starting power forward Kennedy Meeks isn’t expected to play against Wisconsin. He sprained his knee against Arkansas and will likely leave North Carolina with 11.6 PPG and 7.4 RPG worth of production that needs filling. Another reason to worry about North Carolina in this contest is that they are 0-5 SU and ATS when being an NCAA Tournament underdog since 2000.

kennedy-meeks-ncAs for Wisconsin, they haven’t fared well ATS during 2015 March Madness. The Badgers beat Coastal Carolina 86-72 after being favored by 20 points, and they made it past Oregon 72-65 despite being a 12.5-point favorite. In their last 19 contests, Wisconsin is 18-1 SU and just 8-10-1 ATS.

Obviously this is a pretty grim proposition to Wisconsin betting enthusiasts like Phil Hellmuth. However, it is worth mentioning that the Badgers are 2-0 ATS in their last two games against the Tar Heels and 5-2 ATS in their last seven Sweet Sixteen games.

Another advantage for Wisconsin regarding their ability to beat the spread is that, assuming Meeks can’t play, Badgers star Frank Kaminsky will be matched up against backup PF Isaiah Hicks (6.6 PPG, 2.9 RPG). The latter is serviceable, having started three games, but this is also Kaminsky (18.4 PPG, 8.1 RPG) that we’re talking about – one of the best college players in the nation.

From an overall standpoint, No. 1 seeds are 22-8 SU over the last 30 contests against No. 4 seeds. However, it should be added that they’ve only gone 3-2 SU in the last five games against the fourth seed.

There are certainly a lot of factors at play here on both sides. Wisconsin figures to get by North Carolina and on to their second-straight Elite Eight. However, the Tar Heels are a quality team that’s definitely capable of beating the favored Badgers.

Will Kentucky finish with Perfect Record in 2015? Here’s who can beat them

kentucky-2015If you’re getting ready for 2015 March Madness betting, then chances are that you’ve already given Kentucky an automatic pass to the championship. After all, the Wildcats have been truly dominant this year while posting a 29-0 record and garnering all 65 first-place votes.

Assuming Kentucky can finish the last part of the season strong and make a run through the 2015 NCAA Tournament, they’ll become college basketball’s first undefeated team since the Indiana Hoosiers in 1976. So does Bobby Knight have reason to begin sweating his legacy?

If we simply base this off history – where only seven teams have run the table – then no, Knight’s place as coaching the last undefeated team will continue. But then again, the Wildcats are about four-fifths of the way towards tying the ’76 Hoosiers. So who can taint their record before they complete the historical feat? Here’s our odds on which teams have the best chance.

1. Wisconsin: 25-3 record, 8-to-1 odds of winning

frank-kaminsky-wisconsinWhile Wisconsin lost a close game at #14 Maryland, they are still in the hunt for a number one seed come tournament time. Senior 7-footer Frank Kaminsky (17.4 PPG, 8.3 RPG) continues to be one of the toughest matchups in the nation with his ability to also hit three’s (39.7%). The Badgers also close out the boards and play strong fundamentally, which will serve them well against any cold-shooting team – even Kentucky. Additionally, they can employ a slow tempo that frustrates more-athletic teams.

2. Arizona: 26-3 record, 12-to-1 odds of winning

Led by freshman forward Stanley Johnson (14.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG), Arizona still has a solid shot at a number one seed when the 2015 March Madness field is decided. The positives of this team include that they’re extremely athletic and can actually match up with Kentucky in this regard. However, the downside is that they’re also upset prone and can look very average at times.

3. Gonzaga: 29-1 record, 12-to-1 odds of winning

NCAA Basketball: St. Joseph at GonzagaThe huge benefit for Gonzaga is that, like Kentucky, the Bulldogs are destined for a top seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. This is of course due to the fact that they play in the weak West Coast Conference. But despite the competition level, the Zags are no doubt worthy of being a national champion. Especially when considering their strong backcourt and big size in the paint. 6’10” junior forward Kyle Wiltjer (14.6 PPG) is part of the size factor, and he can also step out and hit the three (46.5%).

4. Duke: 26-3 record, 12-to-1 odds of winning

Jahil Okafor (18.4 PPG, 9.4 RPG) is considered by many to be the best player in the nation, while fellow freshmen Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones have also played really well. Considering all of the talent here, Duke has an opportunity to thwart Kentucky’s title plans. However, they’ll have to overcome a lack of senior leadership to make a strong run through the tournament.

5. Virginia: 27-1 record, 12-to-1 odds of winning

After winning 30 games last season, the Cavaliers are once again making a run at this number in the always-tough ACC. Their lone loss came to Duke, but they’ve beaten everybody else through a combination of balanced scoring and excellent offense. On top of this, they’re also very athletic and are another top team that can match Kentucky in this respect.

Dayton: Busting Brackets and Bettors with Sweet Sixteen Appearance

dayton-flyers-basketballWhen the 2014 NCAA Tournament field was finalized, few people paid much attention to Dayton, a ho-hum 11th seed with no discernible star players. Most March Madness bettors and fans filling out brackets didn’t think that the Flyers would even stand a chance against their in-state rivals Ohio State – let alone their second-round matchup against Syracuse.

But after surviving a last-second shot for the second time in a row, Dayton is now the first Cinderella team in the Sweet Sixteen. And we’ll be quite honest, we totally missed the boat on Dayton in our notable Cinderella picks. Sure, this was a quality team that came into the tournament with a 23-10 overall record and a 10-6 mark in the fairly tough Atlantic 10 Conference (tied for fifth). But if somebody were going to emerge as a postseason favorite, you’d expect it to be Saint Louis (26-6) or VCU (26-8) – both teams that are already done.

The truth is that Dayton now carries the banner for the A-10, and they may represent the Cinderellas’ last hope if 12th-seeded Stephen F. Austin doesn’t knock off UCLA later today. So just what is it that has helped the Flyers succeed where other longshots have failed?

For starters, this squad is used to dealing with close, high-pressure games – an excellent quality to have during March Madness. They battled in 10 games during the regular season/A-10 Tournament that were decided by 5 points or less. So it should be little surprise that their first two victories in the NCAA Tournament have been decided by a collective three points.

dayton-flyers-basketball-1The first win over Ohio State was especially dramatic, with Vee Sanford beating Aaron Craft off the dribble for a go-ahead basket with 3.8 seconds left. This gave Craft just enough time to storm down the court for a game-winning rebuttal, however, his shot rattled out. Few could’ve predicted that the Buckeyes, a team with so much tournament success over the past few years, would be toppled by their lesser-known neighbors to the southwest.

Most expected this nice little run to end when Dayton matched up with a more-vaunted opponent in Syracuse. The Orange started the season by running out to a 25-0 record and achieving the nation’s number-one ranking, before stumbling and losing five out of their last seven games prior to March Madness. But with two mid-major opponents out in front of them in Western Michigan and Dayton, it looked like Syracuse could salvage a once-promising season and still make the Sweet Sixteen.

Perhaps they underestimated Dayton’s swarming team defense, which forced the Orange into plenty of bad shots yesterday. To be fair, Syracuse also shot themselves in the foot, shooting under 40% from the field, which was a common theme in all six of their losses down the season stretch. Their two stars, CJ Fair and freshman Tyler Ennis, were held to a combined 11-of-35 (31.4%) from the field.

Another telling stat is that the Orange missed all 10 of their three-point attempts. None of these missed attempts hurt more than Ennis’ last-second three, which clanged off the back of the iron, ending Syracuse’s season with a whimper.

dayton-flyers-basketball-2Contrast this to Dayton, who made several clutch three-pointers down the stretch, connecting on 7-of-16 shots (43.8%) from behind the arc. Ohio State transfer Jordan Sibert was especially instrumental in this department as he made three-of-eight shots from downtown. Dyshawn Pierre also came up big by leading a balanced scoring effort with 14 points.

Now, the Flyers wait to see who they’ll play next week as 10th-seeded Stanford and 2nd-seeded Kansas face off. Both of these teams are very good, but you can bet that Dayton would pick the 22-12 Cardinals as opponents, rather than Kansas’ trio of freshman stars – Andrew Wiggins (17.4PPG, 5.9RPG), Joel Embid (11.2PPG, 8.1RPG) and Wayne Seldon Jr. (9.9PPG, 2.7RPG). Embid is currently out with a stress fracture in his back, but could return to action next week. If he can’t go, Kansas still has another tough post player in sophomore Perry Ellis (13.6PPG, 6.6RPG) to contend with.

Assuming Stanford can pull off the upset, Dayton would have to play a very experienced team, lead by junior guard Chasson Randle (18.9PPG, 3.5RPG). He’s teamed up with senior postman Dwight Powell (13.9PPG, 6.8RPG), junior swingman Anthony Brown (12.0PPG, 5.0RPG) and senior forward Josh Huestis (11.3PPG, 8.2RPG).

Regardless of whom Dayton plays, you can bet that they’ll bring the same fire they had in the first two rounds. This squad is extremely balanced, as you can see from their leading scorers, Sibert (12.4PPG), Devin Oliver (11.9PPG), Pierre (11.2PPG) and Vee (9.9PPG). They also shoot the three very well at a 37.6% clip and feature a pretty experienced starting lineup. So whether it’s Kansas or Stanford that wins today, they also have something to fear in regard to their Sweet 16 opponent.

Five 2014 NCAA Tournament Cinderellas that could earn you Big Money

mike-moser-oregonThe 2014 NCAA Tournament field is set, meaning it’s officially time for one of the most exciting sports betting opportunities to begin. What’s especially fun about wagering on the NCAA Tournament is all of the Cinderella teams. Some of these underdogs are capable of huge upsets, which means big money to those who guess right on the moneyline and point spreads. This being said, let’s check out five Cinderella teams (7 seeds or lower) that could make deep runs and earn you some major cash with March Madness betting.

1. Oregon Ducks (23-9 record, 7 seed in West) – Few teams have been more up and down than Oregon this season. They started the year 13-0, achieving a top-10 ranking in the process. However, they hit a major downswing after losing eight out of their next 11 games in Pac-10 play. Then, they became one of the hottest teams in the nation after winning seven out of their last eight contests to not only make the tournament, but also grab a fairly good seed. Over the last few weeks, Oregon has done a great job at harassing teams defensively, cutting down on turnovers and converting good looks. Led by UNLV transfer Mike Moser (15.6 PPG, 9.6 RPG), this balanced team should definitely do some damage this month.

taylor-braun-north-dakota-state2. North Dakota State Bison (26-5 record, 12 seed in West) – We like North Dakota State to be this year’s Florida Gulf Coast. Sure, they won’t be emulating Dunk City (please ignore the picture) nor will they be as exciting as FGCU in last year’s Big Dance. However, the Bison do all of the fundamental things right such as take care of the ball and find the open man. Add in the fact that they have one of the more experienced teams in this year’s tournament and NDSU is poised to surprise some bracketologists. They also feature a solid one-two punch in 6’7″ guard Taylor Braun and post-man Marshall Bjorklund. The Bison’s potential Cinderella run begins with a physical Oklahoma team in the first round.

3. NC State Wolfpack (21-13 record, 12 seed in Midwest) – Few people expected the Woflpack to be dancing, especially with top 25-ranked SMU still alive for an at-large bid. Nevertheless, it’s NC State sneaking into the tournament and SMU relegated to the NIT. So why are we high on a 12 seed who luckboxed their way through the selection committee? A good place to start is with whom NC State plays. They face off against reeling Xavier in the play-in round, a team that’s lost three of their last four. Provided they win, the Wolfpack will go up against a fairly soft 5 seed in St. Louis. Besides who they play, NC State boasts the scoring talents of TJ Warren (24.8 PPG), who’s capable of winning games by himself. Provided Warren has an off-night, he can count on Anthony Barber and Ralston Turner to back him up.

jordan-mcrae-tennessee4. Tennessee Volunteers (21-12 record, 11 seed in Midwest) – Like NC State, Tennessee was sort of an iffy decision because they beat just three teams in the RPI top 50. But while they may not have slayed too many Goliath’s, the Vols earn respect because they’re really good on both sides of the ball. Tennessee managed to rank in the top 30 in both offensive and defensive efficiency, plus they’re one of the top rebounding teams in the country. And as many fans/bettors know, controlling the glass and playing good defense creates a great recipe for winning. In addition to their team attributes, Tennessee also has a future NBA’er in Jordan McRae. A 6’6″ senior guard who can do it all, McRae averages 18.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.0 BPG and 37.1% three-point shooting.

5. Providence Friars (23-11 record, 11 seed in East) – It’s almost hard to believe that Providence hasn’t been to the tournament in 20 years. But after a fantastic run through the Big East tourney, including a finals game where they held Doug McDermott and 14th-ranked Creighton to just 17 first-half points, the Friars are dancing. Most expect their dance to end early against a high-profile North Carolina team. But we think that they’re a team that’s capable of upsetting anybody in the tourney because they’re not afraid to take chances. When they played Creighton, for example, coach Ed Cooley used a zone defense against one of the best-shooting teams in the nation. One more reason to like Providence’s chances of winning a game or more is Bryce Cotton, their incredible senior guard, who averages 21.4 PPG, 5.8 APG and 1.0 SPG.