Sports Betting By The Numbers: February 25th, 2011
February 25th, 2011- By Bryan Cross
16- The Accenture match play tournament began with a field of 64 players on Wednesday, but now sits at the final 16, as 75 percent of the field was eliminated in the first two days. Three of the four No.1 seeds have already been eliminated, as Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were all sent home early. Martin Kaymer is the lone No.1 seed remaining in the tournament, installed by PGA Golf Betting Lines on Bodog Sportsbook have set Kaymer, along with 2010 U.S Open champion Graeme McDowell as the top-two favorites to win, with both going off at 6/1. The Tournament continues on Friday, and goes through Sunday, with the Championship match being decided by a grueling 36-hole final.
40- The 2011 NFL combine gets underway this week, and NFL betting Lines have already been formulated for several of the competitions, most notably the 40-yard dash and the vertical leap. Head-to-head prop lines are featured on Bodog Sportsbook, which allows bettors an opportunity to place a wager on which player will run a faster 40-yard dash or record a higher vertical leap. Some of the headlining players include Cam Newton, A.J Green, Nick Fairley, Da’Quan Bowers and Patrick Peterson.
7/2- The betting odds for Tiger Woods to win the 2011 Masters in April. Woods is the overall favorite to win the tournament, which now might be surprising due to his performances of late, not to mention that he will slip to the No.4 ranked player in the world after a first-round exit at the Accenture Match Play. Woods has a successful history at Augusta National however, winning the tournament four times in his career, but not since 2005. Phil Mickelson enters as the defending champion and a three-time winner of the Green Jacket himself. He is right behind Woods in the line of favorites to win the 2011 Masters.
9/2- The odds installed on College Basketball betting lines for the Ohio State Buckeyes to win the 2011 NCAA National Championship. The Buckeyes remain the betting favorite despite a couple of losses late in the season. They are slightly ahead of the current No.1-ranked team in the country in the Duke Blue Devils, coming in at 19/4. The Blue Devils captured the title last season and come in experienced behind national player of the year candidate in Nolan Smith. Of course, the Buckeyes have a top player of their own in Jared Sullinger. Barring any unforeseen events, both Duke and Ohio State should be locks at least for a No.1 seed in the tournament.