Sports Betting By The Numbers: April 1st, 2011
April 1st, 2011- By Bryan Cross
2/3- The 2011 NCAA Tournament has reached the Final Four. The Kentucky Wildcats will face the Connecticut Huskies in one national semifinal, while the Virginia Commonwealth Rams and the Butler Bulldogs face off in the other. The Wildcats have been installed as a two-point favorite in their game with the Huskies, as NCAA Tournament Betting Lines favor the No.4 seed out of the East Region. Despite being a No.3 seed, and coming in on a roll, Kemba Walker and UConn enter their first game in the tournament as an underdog. In the other game, Butler has been set as a three-point favorite over VCU. Both the Bulldogs and Rams came from out of nowhere to win their respective regions and reach the Final Four. While the outcome of the game has yet to be determined, what is guaranteed is that either Butler or VCU will play for a national championship.
48- The number of first-place votes that BYU sensation Jimmer Fredette received en route to being awarded the AP College Basketball Player of the Year. Fredette received 48 out of the 65 votes possible to win the coveted individual award, beating out UConn’s Kemba Walker, Duke’s Nolan Smith, and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger. Fredette lead the Cougars to the regular season Mountain West Conference title, and a berth in the Sweet 16 in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. BYU dropped to Florida in the Sweet 16 in overtime.
11- The number of games that will be played in Major League Baseball as Opening Week continues. Yesterday officially kicked off the 2011 season, but only 12 of the 30 teams were in action. Beginning on Friday, the rest of the league begins their seasons, with several teams playing the second game of the season as well. The top-two favorites to win the 2011 World Series on MLB Futures Odds in the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies get their seasons underway.
15- Tiger Woods will go for his 15th career Major Championship next week when the PGA Tour goes to Augusta National Golf Club for the playing of the 2011 Masters. Woods has won the Masters four times in his career, but has not won since back in 2005. A fifth Green Jacket would set Woods alone in second for the most career victories in the Masters. Jack Nicklaus won six Masters in his career. Entering the week, Woods has been set as the betting favorite on PGA Golf Betting Lines At Bodog Sportsbook, just ahead of defending champion Phil Mickelson.