Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks – UT Arlington Mavericks Preview


The UT Arlington Mavericks get together with the No.2-seeded Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks in the third round of the SBC tournament at Lakefront Arena. The game starts at 4:30 pm ET on Saturday, Mar. 12 and will air on ES3.

The Warhawks beat Georgia State 91-78 the last time they played. Majok Deng led all scorers with 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting. The Mavericks, meanwhile, are coming off a 72-63 win over Texas State in the 2. Drew Charles led the game in scoring with 22 points on 7-for-13 shooting.

The battle on the backboards could prove decisive, pitting strength against strength. Louisiana-Monroe is among the nation’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 28th in OR% at 32.9%. Meanwhile, UT Arlington ranks 15th in the nation at corralling defensive rebounds with a DR% of 73.8%.

The Warhawks have won both contests against the Mavericks this season, including a 64-61 victory in their last matchup. Nick Coppola was a standout player in the game, producing 19 points, one rebound, six assists, three steals, and four three-pointers.

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Louisiana-Monroe and UT Arlington hold winning records against the Sun Belt Conference this season. The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks sit at 15-5 SU and the UT Arlington Mavericks have a 14-7 record.

The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks have a defensive rating of 102.5 (ranked 51st), while the UT Arlington Mavericks have an offensive rating of 108.8 (ranked 107th).

UT Arlington has an average field goal percentage of 42.5%. Louisiana-Monroe is a winning 7-4 when opponents have a similar or higher field goal percentage.

The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks rank higher based on their field goal percentage (77th) than their effective field goal percentage (121st). The UT Arlington Mavericks rank higher based on their effective field goal percentage (214th) than their field goal percentage (255th).

The UT Arlington Mavericks rank 13th in assists per game, making an average of 17.1. The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks are among the worst in the country with 14.1 assists per game (ranked 125th).

The UT Arlington Mavericks are the best rebounding team in the nation with 43.9 rebounds per game. The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks rank 125th, rebounding 37.0 times per game.

UT Arlington ranks third in offensive rebounding, placing it among the best in the nation. Louisiana-Monroe ranks a poor 143rd in defensive rebounds.

The UT Arlington defense has forced an average TO% of 20.6% this season (ranked 14th). In games where it gives up a TO% of 21% or greater, Louisiana-Monroe has a subpar 3-5 record.


Kansas Jayhawks – Iowa State Cyclones


The Kansas Jayhawks (0-3) are seeking to put an end to a six-game losing streak as they take on the Iowa State Cyclones (1-2). The game will air Saturday, Oct 3 at 12:00 p.m. ET on FSN.

In its last game before the bye, Iowa State lost to Toledo 30-23. D’vario Montgomery had a huge game in the loss, pulling in four receptions for 97 yards and one TD. Sam B. Richardson also had a great game with 269 yards and a TD through the air. Kansas also fell short, losing to Rutgers 27-14. Montell Cozart had a quality performance through the air for the Jayhawks, connecting on 13 of 18 pass attempts for 193 yards. Tyler Patrick put up 70 receiving yards on three catches.

The Jayhawks are a 14-point underdog against the Cyclones and the Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is currently not available.

With a 1-2 record for both Straight Up (SU) and Against The Spread (ATS), the Cyclones will look to improve as they head into Week 5. The passing game could be a priority for Iowa State’s offense against a weak Jayhawks pass defense that ranks 113th in the country with 288 passing yards allowed per game. Crossing over to the defensive side of the ball, the Cyclones look to have a distinct advantage in certain spots. The Jayhawks will need to stop Iowa State’s defense from getting to their quarterbacks in order to be successful in this game. The Cyclones rank 16th in the nation in sacks with three per game. The Cyclones hope to continue the trend of torching Kansas’s defense during the second quarter, when they allow 13.7 points per game.

As for their opponent, the Jayhawks head into Week 5 with records of 1-2 ATS and 0-3 SU. The Cyclones might be leery of ball security against the Jayhawks. They rank fourth in the country in fumbles recovered with 1.3 per game.

Predictions: SU Winner – Iowa State, ATS Winner – Iowa State


Kansas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games.

Kansas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas’s last 6 games.

Kansas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road.

Kansas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Kansas’s last 13 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas’s last 5 games when playing Iowa State.

Kansas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Iowa State.

Kansas is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Iowa State.

Kansas is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Iowa State.

Kansas is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Iowa State.

Iowa State is 1-1 SU when leading at the half this season.

Since the start of last season, Kansas is 1-6 SU against Big 12 opponents, while Iowa State is winless (0-7 SU) against in-conference foes.

Iowa State also seems to have an advantage in the passing game when comparing just conference rankings. Its offensive passing attack (ranked seventh in the Big 12) will face the eighth-ranked pass defense of Kansas, while its seventh-ranked pass defense will look to limit the eighth-ranked passing game of the Jayhawks.

When looking into conference ranks, Kansas seems to have the overall advantage in the running game. Its fifth-ranked rushing attack will face the 10th-ranked run defense of Iowa State, while its fifth-ranked run defense will look to contain the 10th-ranked rushing game of the Cyclones.


MLB Cy Young Favorites and Dark Horse Picks


MLB Cy Young Favorites and Dark Horses

Odds to win the National League Cy Young Award and the American League Cy Young Award are on the board at the online sportsbook. Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals are the two favorites to win the award in the NL while Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros is a slight favorite to win the award in the AL.  There are a number of dark horse candidates in both leagues that could steal away the award with a big second half.

Here is a look at the odds, favorites and dark horses.


2015 NL Cy Young Award Odds

Zack Greinke 6-5

Max Scherzer 2-1

Gerrit Cole 3-1

Michael Wacha 10-1

A.J. Burnett 12-1

Shelby Miller 18-1

Clayton Kershaw 20-1

Johnny Cueto 20-1

Madison Bumgarner 20-1

James Shields 25-1

Matt Harvey 25-1

Jake Arrieta 30-1

Jordan Zimmermann 40-1

Lance Lynn 40-1

Francisco Liriano 50-1


NL Cy Young Favorites and Dark Horses

Free MLB Picks Courtesy of BangtheBook.com

The race in the National League looks to be a great one with Greinke and Scherzer the clear favorites right now.  Greinke hasn’t allowed a run since June 13 and has an ERA of 1.39.  Scherzer has 150 strikeouts and a no-hitter but he has allowed four runs in four starts this season while Greinke has had just one bad start this season.  Scherzer does lead the league in WAR and even though Greinke has better overall numbers, Scherzer is right with Greinke as nearly a co-favorite.

Don’t forget about Clayton Kershaw as he could easily turn it on the second half and dominate opponents.  He has won the Cy Young award in the past and is the reigning MVP so he can’t be discounted.  Gerritt Cole is also worth a look as the Pirates are surging but at odds of 3-1 he doesn’t have the value of a normal dark horse.


2015 AL Cy Young Odds

Dallas Keuchel 9-5

Sonny Gray 2-1

Chris Sale 3-1

Felix Hernandez 7-1

Chris Archer 7-1

David Price 10-1

Scott Kazmir 40-1

Yovani Gallardo 60-1


AL Cy Young Favorites and Dark Horses

The race in the American League is also a good one as no one has run away with the award.  Keuchel is a slight favorite and he did start the All-Star game but Sale has outstanding numbers while Gray leads the American League in ERA.  The problem for Sale and Gray is that they both play on teams out of contention right now. Sale leads all AL Pitchers in WAR and he leads the league in strikeouts per nine innings.  Gray has outstanding numbers but the A’s are in last place and rarely does a pitcher from a last place team win the Cy Young.

There are three dark horse candidates worth considering in Hernandez, Archer and Price.  If the Mariners, Rays or Tigers make a second half surge into contention and their ace pitcher leads the way then a case could be made for that pitcher winning the Cy Young.  Each of the three has value with baseball betting odds of 7-1, 7-1 and 10-1.


Getting better at sports


Sport is a very important thing; it helps us become healthier, it makes us more social and helps us meet new people, and it helps us stay in shape. For all these reasons, people love other people who are great at sports, and that is not an easy thing. Getting good at some sport is extremely hard, but if you want to learn how to do it, this article is the perfect one for you, because we will show you some of the steps you need to take in order to excel in a sport of your own choosing.


sports-training-03Step 1 – Choose the right sport

You need to understand that not everyone was meant to be great at every single sport. Of course, there are people that appear to be great at everything they do, but that is only because the do things that they’re great at. So, you need to find a sport that is both mentally and physically good for you and that fits you perfectly. Just list the things you’re good at, and find a sport that requires those abilities. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll find that to be a sport that most people love.


Step 2 – Start working out

There is no need for you to start hitting the gym right away, but just start paying more attention to your physique and your condition. Start jogging and that will help you get in better shape. After you’ve gotten yourself in some shape, you can start working out however you want: you can start going to the gym, start swimming, start running, etc. But the most important thing here is to be in good shape, because only then can you be great at some sport.


LF_SportSpecificTraining2Step 3 – Understand the sport

Now that you’ve picked a sport, you need to understand it thoroughly, in order to be truly great at it. Figure out all the rules of the game, and watch some shows or read books about it. Figure out what the best moves in this game are, and what is the easiest way to do them. Understand how the attack or defense is played and figure out what seems to be the driving force of this game.


Step 4 – Start training

sports-trainingWithout training, you can never be truly great at anything, and such is the case with sports. Training makes you better at it and helps you figure out the game better. Find a good trainer who will help you with this, and listen to everything he says, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you. Also, when you’re not training, try to think about the game and figure out all the things you didn’t get until now.

So, now that you’ve gotten all these steps down, you can really be great at a sport of your own choosing. As was mentioned, you just need to find the prefect sport for you, get in shape, understand the sport and train for it. After that, everything will fal into its place, and you’ll finally be good at sport.