Purdue Boilermakers Might be Solid Longshot, Darkhorse Come March

In 2019, the Purdue Boilermakers finally overcame one of the worst knocks on the program- a team that always peaks in February. They made their first Elite Eight in almost two decades, and were just split seconds away from their first Final Four in three decades.

It was a vast improvement over the previous season, in which they essentially peaked in January, instead of February. Boilermakers fans are waiting for the team that really peaks when it counts though, in March. While next to no one is berting the farm on a Final Four appearance, yet, this squad will likely be playing their best ball when it counts the most.

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Kentucky, Illinois Biggest Disappointments thus Far, Work to do for March

When the college basketball season began, the Illinois Fighting Illini and Kentucky Wildcats were both receiving favorable odds when it came to the NCAA Tournament. Rated quite high in the preseason polls, the March Madness prospects for both UK and the Illini were looking quite promising.

When the season began, Kentucky had the sixth most favorable national title odds at around 13/1 or (+1300). The Wildcats Final Four odds were even better in late November, only three teams (Gonzaga, Villanova and Baylor) were backed better to reach the final weekend of March Madness.

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With Super Bowl, March Madness Coming Up, a Bettor’s Paradise Nears

While most of the world is still unfortunately in mostly stay-at-home mode, we are also entering a period in which our entertainment options are going to increase significantly. This is especially true for online bettors, as we’re going to see numerous opportunities to place have some fun and place some bets online.

Super Bowl 55, one of the biggest betting events of the year, will be upon us in less than a month. The NCAA Tournament, colloquially known as March Madness, is a punter’s paradise, and it begins about a month and change afterward. To tide us over until then, we’ve got online slots to play.

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Purdue to Host NCAA Tournament as Indianapolis Plan Takes Shape

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The Final Four was always going to be in Indianapolis this season, or quasi-season, or pseudo-season, or whatever you want to call it. Made official now, but bantered about back as far as November, the entire 2021 NCAA Tournament will be right staged right in the backyard of Purdue, with some games being played on Keady Court in Mackey Arena.

It will be a very weird event to see all 67 March Madness games transpiring in just one state, for the first time in tourney history, but here we are.

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Northwestern Basketball is for Real and Soon to be Nationally Ranked

Northwestern basketball is off their first 3-0 start in the Big Ten since 1967-68, when they finished fourth in league. Yes, the last time the Wildcats started league play this fast, it was a half-century ago. Their three league wins this season matches their total from all of last term, when they went 3-17 in conference play.

This campaign, Northwestern is 6-1 with the only loss thus far coming to Pitt, and that was a game where they never trailed until the final 5.6 seconds. Receiving a few votes in the polls already this week, when the next set of rankings are released, you’ll find Northwestern basketball in the Top 25.

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Kentucky Wildcats: Why this Season has Been Disastrous thus Far

Heading into the Georgia Tech game on Dec. 6, Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari met the media, via Zoom as we always do in 2020, and he provided a very spirited question and answer session. During several stretches of the press conference, he sounded similar to the professional football coach character portrayed by Al Pacino in the 1999 film “Any Given Sunday.”

“If you’re LAST in the gym, NO ONE follow you,” Calipari said quite loudly. “If you’re FIRST to practice, EVERYONE will follow you.” The literal statement also served on a metaphorical level, but apparently, his team still didn’t get fired up enough.

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DePaul Basketball to Finally Open the Season, Fingers Crossed

The 2020/21 DePaul basketball season opener *fingers crossed* will arrive on Dec. 23, or Festivus. We all have plenty of grievances to air with the year 2020, as we should. We’ve all accomplished feats of strength just to make it this far, and still hold it all together at this point.

If you’re reading this and you have no major health and/or financial worries, and the same holds true for your friends and family, well, that is called winning the game of life in this year of 2020. DePaul basketball has seen nine total postponements/cancelations so far, but they will open the season Wednesday against Western Illinois.

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#6 Illini at #10 Duke Game Preview, Odds, TV Info, Prediction

Part of me really wanted to just do this as the #6 Illinois Fighting Illini at #10 Duke Blue Devils Game Preview: “I hope it doesn’t get cancelled due to COVID. It would be something fun to watch on TV. The End.”

That’s where we are, as “games are being cancelled at a 20-25% clip.” Illini coach Brad Underwood pointed out during a media opp on Friday. “You’ve got a mad scramble all the time,” he said in regards to responding to COVIDouts and trying to reschedule.

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College Football and Basketball Doesn’t Feel Real to Me this Year

We’re a day away from this thing going haywire,” said Illiinois Fighting Illini head basketball coach Brad Underwood on media call yesterday. That’s life during COVID-19, when any game, anywhere can be cancelled at any time.

Underwood says he has been paying close attention to Ohio State football’s situation, one that is complicated and strange to say the least. Underwood also said the may do some same-day travel when it comes to Big Ten Conference games so as to try and avoid, as much as is possible, exposure to the coronavirus.

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20-21 DePaul Blue Demons Season Preview

College basketball season is now here, although it won’t be starting at the same time for everybody. The DePaul Blue Demons, due to a covid-19 outbreak and precautionary protocols, saw their first three games canceled.

The earliest they could begin play in the first week of December, and we’ll see what happens. The Blue Demons are coming off a season in which they started 12-1, looked dominant in the preconference and were on the cusp of being nationally ranked.

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Illinois Basketball Final Four Odds are Very Favorable

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The Illinois basketball enters the season nationally ranked #8 in the AP poll, making this is the most anticipated season for this program since 2005-06, or the third season of the Bruce Weber era. That team returned two starters from the previous season, the greatest in school history, which saw Illinois finish national runners-up and break all time record for single season wins.

This year’s Fighting Illini team returns four starters and two legitimate stars in Ayo Dosunmu and Kofi Cockburn. No wonder their Final Four odds are rather favorable and their national title odds are not long.

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Ahamad Bynum: DePaul Signee is Next Potential Simeon Superstar

Simeon Career Academy, located on the SouthSide of Chicago, is legendary for producing star basketball players, who thrive at the next level, and often times, they even go the next level beyond that.

Ahamad Bynum, a consensus top 100 player and four-star prospect, could be up next. He leads the five-player DePaul Blue Demons recruiting class of 2021, which currently ranked No. 9 nationally by 247Sports.com, 11th by Rivals.com and No. 14 by ESPN. Could he be the next Derrick Rose, Jabari Parker or Nick Anderson?

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