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March 19, 2019

2019 March Madness Odds In NJ For Every Team: South Region

Martin Derbyshire March 19, 2019
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March Madness is here. You can now legally bet on the games in New Jersey for the first time in the history of the NCAA Tournament.

The top NJ online and mobile sportsbooks are ready and willing to take all your action on the games. However, you should arm yourself with a little college basketball betting knowledge first.

We’ve put together a guide to help you make better picks. It’s a region-by-region list of betting tips on each of this year’s March Madness competitors.

Other regions:

Here’s a look at the South Region’s No. 1 through No. 16 seed teams, including the current odds on each team to win it all:

No. 1 Virginia

Virginia makes it three No. 1 seeds from the American Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament. Of course, Virginia was the top seed in the ACC this year and fell to No. 4 Florida State. Plus, this is much the same team that lost to UMBC in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, becoming the first-ever No. 1 seed to bow out to a No. 16 seed. It’s a good bet that there will be less action from Virginia this year than any other No. 1 seed in history. No one wants to bet against them, but bettors will also want to avoid getting burned again.

No. 2 Tennessee

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Tennessee beat Kentucky again en route to a place in the SEC Tournament title game where glory and a spot as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament seemed inevitable. Then the Volunteers lost to fifth-seeded Auburn in the SEC tourney final. Now, Tennessee is a No. 2 in the South where Virginia — and teams like the defending champion Villanova Wildcats — stand in their way of a trip to the Final Four.

No 3. Purdue

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Purdue shared the Big Ten Championship with Michigan State but lost to Minnesota in the quarterfinals. They did beat Michigan State once this season and the Boilermakers are making the school’s fifth-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance this year.

No. 4 Kansas State

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The Kansas State Wildcats earned the top seed in the Big 12 Conference tournament this year, only to play victim to upset winner Iowa State. The big reason why appears to be an injury to senior forward Dean Wade, who sat out the Big 12 and may be out for March Madness as well. Wade is averaging almost 13 points and more than six assists this year and is a big part of what they do.

No. 5 Wisconsin

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Wisconsin ended a decent regular season by running into Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament. Now they’ll have to face a red-hot, PAC-12-winning Oregon team in the first round.

No. 6 Villanova

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The Villanova Wildcats are the defending national champions. They won the Big East Conference and tournament titles this year. However, the Wildcats are lowly No. 6 seed and will have to face a West Coast Conference tournament-winning, Gonzaga-slaying Saint Mary’s team in the first round. The good news is, if they can avoid helping Saint Mary’s become Cinderella this year, the path to the big dance goes through a suspect Virginia team in the South Region.

No. 7 Cincinnati

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For the second year in a row, the underdog Cincinnati Bearcats beat a 30-plus win Houston team to win the AAC Tournament. Now, it’s up to Cincinnati to show the country the glass slipper fits, and they can win a few NCAA Tournament games as well.

No. 8 Mississippi

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The Ole Miss Rebels got beat by a lower-seeded Alabama team in the SEC Tournament. Now, Mississippi is a 20-win No. 8 seed facing Oklahoma in a battle of up-and-down teams with a date with No. 1 Virginia likely to follow.

No. 9 Oklahoma

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Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain. The Sooners were a Big 12 tournament who also-ran this year and got beat in a 1-point game by lower-seeded West Virginia. They are No. 9 seed now, but lucky enough to be in the region where a suspect Virginia team is the No. 1 seed.

No. 1o Iowa

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Iowa was ousted from the Big Ten tournament this year by a higher-seeded Michigan team. The Hawkeyes’ Nicholas Baer is the only senior on the team and the only player with even a minute of NCAA Tournament game experience.

No. 11 St. Mary’s

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The search for Cinderella may start and end with St. Mary’s as the Gaels have already upset top-ranked Gonzaga this year, ending the country’s longest winning streak and the Zags’ six-year hold on the West Coast Conference tournament. Now they face defending champs Villanova in the first round with a chance to be anointed the bell of the ball already.

No. 12 Oregon

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The Oregon Ducks won eight straight games to end the season. This included four games in four days to win the Pac-12 tournament. The Ducks beat Arizona State in overtime to get to the final and handled a top-seeded Washington team in the final. Oregon may be the hottest team in college basketball right now and sitting in a region that runs through a suspect top-seeded Virginia team as well.

No. 13 UC Irvine

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UC Irvine won the Big West Conference and tournament this year. The Anteaters are a veteran team on a 16-game winning streak looking to play this year’s Cinderella.

No. 14 Old Dominion

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Old Dominion won the Conference USA regular season and tournament. Monarchs coach Jeff Jones is currently battling prostate cancer. This marks the first NCAA Tournament appearance for Old Dominion since 2011.

No. 15 Colgate

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Colgate won the Patriot League and its tournament this season. Now, they face a Tennessee team that has hovered around the top of the college basketball rankings all year. Colgate has the momentum of an 11-game winning streak heading into the tournament, but that’s about it.

No. 16 Gardner-Webb

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Gardner-Webb won the Big South tournament and now has a chance to be this year’s UMBC. UMBC became the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 last year when they upset Virginia. Virginia is a No. 1 seed again, despite falling to No. 4 Florida State in the ACC Tournament. Now, they’ll play Gardner-Webb, and there’s at least an outside chance they can be upset again.

2019 March Madness Odds In NJ For Every Team: East Region

Martin Derbyshire March 19, 2019
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March Madness is here. You can now legally bet on the games in New Jersey for the first time in the history of the NCAA Tournament.

The top NJ online and mobile sportsbooks are ready and willing to take all your action on the games. First, you should arm yourself with a little college basketball betting knowledge.

We’ve put together a guide to help you make better picks. It’s a region-by-region list of betting tips on each of this year’s March Madness competitors.

Other regions:

Here’s a look at the East Region’s No. 1 through No. 16 seed teams, including the current odds on each team to win it all:

No. 1 Duke

Duke is the odds on favorite to win it all this year. This is mostly because the ACC Tournament winning team is led by Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett, who are two projected to go first and second in the 2019 NBA Draft.

No. 2 Michigan State

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Michigan State beat fierce state rival Michigan three times this season, including a victory in the Big Ten Tournament title game. The Spartans were one of only two teams in major conferences to win a conference title and tournament. However, not only did the NCAA selection committee snub the school by not making it a No. 1 seed, it made them a No. 2 in the East, where Duke is No. 1. The snub may well light a fire in the bellies of the Spartans.

No 3. LSU

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This LSU Tigers team lost to Florida in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals dropping it from ninth in the AP Top 25 Poll to 12th. However, that’s the highest ranking an LSU team has achieved since 2000 when it was 10th. The last time the Tigers were even ranked on a season-ending AP Poll they were 21st in 2009. The time before that, LSU was ranked 19th in 2006 and made the Final Four.

No. 4 Virginia Tech

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Virginia Tech was another one of Florida State’s victims in the ACC Tournament this year. As the tournament begins, the Hokies welcome back the 14.4 points and 5.5 assists per game Justin Robinson once provided, before he sat out for 12 games with a foot injury. Robinson is just the kind of ball handle, driver and shooter who can have a big impact on the NCAA Tournament.

No. 5 Mississippi State

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This program has been outshined by the success of the school’s women’s basketball team. However, the Mississippi State Bulldogs men’s basketball team is making an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for this first time in a decade this year. Mississippi State has not reached the third round of the tournament since 1996, but they’ve got a shot now.

No. 6 Maryland

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Maryland put together a 22-10 record this season but continued to disappoint when anything significant was on the line. They lost to a No. 13 seeded Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament and haven’t actually won a Big Ten or an NCAA Tournament game since 2016. Now, they’ll play the winner of a play-in game between No. 11 seeds Belmont and Temple and hope to turn things around against a team headed in a different direction at the moment.

No. 7 Louisville

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Louisville is yet another ACC also-ran looking to prove they are no easy out. The Cardinals are favorites to win a first-round game this year, but not much else.

No. 8 VCU

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VCU earned the top seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament and was cruising toward the title and an automatic NCAA Tournament bid when they lost a game and their best player. The VCU Rams lost to the eighth-seeded Rhode Island Rams in the tournament final. Plus, all Atlantic 10 guard Marcus Evans went down with an injury during the loss. Now, VCU is a No. 8 seed who will likely have to face Duke in the second round if they get out of the first.

No. 9 UCF

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UCF earned the first NCAA Tournament at-large bid in school history this year. It has been 14 years since the Knights were in an NCAA tourney game. Unfortunately, in all of the school’s previous four NCAA appearances, UFC lost in the first round.

No. 10 Minnesota

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The Final Four is in its home state this year, but the Minnesota Golden Gophers have a tough row to hoe if they want to get there. Minnesota has won exactly one NCCA Tournament game since 1997 when they made a run to the Final Four. That’s a run that has since been vacated by the NCAA for various violations associated with an academic fraud scandal.

No. 11 Belmont/Temple

Belmont

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The Belmont Bruins will have to play their way into the first round with a matchup against the Temple Owls. The good news is they face Maryland if they can do it; Maryland can be beaten.

Temple

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At press time, the Temple Owls were still trying to play their way into the NCAA Tournament’s first round. However, should they get in, they’ll be coming in hot against a disappointing Maryland squad that can be upset.

No. 12 Liberty

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Give me Liberty, or give me death. Liberty gave top-seed Lipscomb death in the final of the Atlantic Sun Tournament to win its way into the NCAA Tournament. Now, Liberty faces death at the hands of a No. 3 seed Virginia Tech who’s looking to survive and advance.

No. 13 St. Louis

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St. Louis won four games in four days to win the Atlantic 10 Championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Now the Billikens are in the East Region with Duke and looking to stay hot.

No. 14 Yale

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Yale upset Harvard in the Bookworm Bowl to win the Ivy League Tournament this year. Now they get to play lamb to the slaughter in a first-round matchup with a hungry LSU team, although early action has been coming in on Yale to cover.

No. 15 Bradley

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The Bradley Braves finished fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference this year, but they managed to win the conference tournament. Next up, the vaunted Michigan State Spartans in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

No. 16 North Carolina Central/ North Dakota State

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North Carolina Central faces North Dakota State in a First Four matchup with the No. 1-overall seeded Duke Blue Devils waiting in the wings to crush either team. An upset win in the MEAC Tournament can’t do much for them now.

North Dakota State

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North Dakota State is making the school’s third NCAA Tournament appearance in the past six years, sort of. The team will have to play its way into the first round against North Carolina Central. Then, the No. 1-overall seeded Duke Blue Devils await.

There’s Method To This March Madness At PointsBet And FanDuel NJ Sportsbooks

Daniel Smyth March 19, 2019
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The NCAA Tournament kicks off this week and NJ online sportsbooks are getting into the spirit in a big way.

For one thing, most of them have free bracket contests that you can play for cash prizes and more. But it’s not just March Madness brackets.

NJ sportsbooks have weekly and daily promos all geared around the 60+ college basketball games taking to the airwaves over the next three weeks.

To that end, we highlight a couple of New Jersey sports betting deals that you shouldn’t miss this week.

Jump on the bonus bandwagon at FanDuel

Alongside its own big money bracket, FanDuel Sportsbook is giving you the chance to win a $5 bonus for every correct bet you make.

After logging into your FanDuel account, you’ll have to hit the “opt-in” button on the Bandwagon Bonus.

Once you’ve done that, any futures bet you make on the NCAA tournament will put you in line for an enhanced payout. Naturally, you’ll need your chosen team to win to earn you a bonus. However, if they do, FanDuel will put $5 into your sports betting account.

These credits can then be used to place further bets on March Madness games or any other sport you wish. As always, any bonus wins won’t return your stake. However, the profits will be yours to keep.

Make it rain bonuses with PointsBet

Closing out the duo of March Madness promos this week is PointsBet.

Another site that’s embracing basketball this March, PointsBet wants you to make it rain. How do you make it rain? Well, like the great Allen Iverson, you need to sink some three-pointers.

OK, so you don’t need to hit the three-pointers yourself. However, you do need to hope that the NCAA’s finest make some outside shots.

To take part in this promo, you need to log in to your PointsBet account and make a $100+ spread line bet on any March Madness game. Do that and PointsBet will give you a $3 free sports bet for each three-pointer scored during the game you’ve placed a bet on.

Alongside the entry conditions, there are some additional rules you need to be aware of.

  • Only your first bet on an NCAA game counts.
  • Additionally, you won’t be able to bet on both teams in the same game. Doing that will invalidate the offer.
  • Finally, you can’t place a parlay bet and activate the offer.

Put simply, you need to place a single spread line bet of $100 or more on a March Madness game. Do that for one or even all the games this season and you’ll receive a $3 free bet the following day for every three-pointer scored.

As you can see, there’s a ton of added value out there this March Madness and we’ve only scratched the surface.

Regardless of whether you’re an expert at brackets or you prefer single game picks, the possibilities are endless.

Laugh Your Way To Bonus Cash With Virgin Online Casino’s Sharepot

Barbara Nathan March 19, 2019
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Now that the over the top celebrating of St. Patrick’s Day weekend is finally over, it’s back to the reality of everyday responsibilities. But that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop, and Virgin Casino is going all out to make sure it doesn’t

Coinciding with National Let’s Laugh Day on March 19, Virgin Casino is encouraging you to share some laughs with your friends. But that’s not all. Since sharing fun is what this casino is all about, this week seemed like the perfect time to offer another sharepot.

As if playing your favorite Virgin Casino games isn’t already fun enough, a guaranteed way to make it even more fun is to sweeten the pot. This time there’s $10,000 in bonus money up for grabs.

The more you play during the four-day earning period — Monday through Thursday — the bigger your share of the sharepot.

How this week’s Virgin Casino sharepot works

In February, Virgin Casino shared the love, giving away $10,000 in bonus money on a Valentine’s Day sharepot.

Now, a month later, it is extending the same offer. In fact, everything about the offer, except the occasion prompting it and the dates for earning sharepot tickets, is identical.

The period for earning tickets for the Share a Laugh Sharepot started March 18 and continues until 11:59 p.m. March 21.

For every $50 wagered on any game on any given calendar day during the promotion, you will earn one Sharepot ticket, up to a maximum of five tickets per day if you wager a total of $250 or more.

Bet the maximum for a bigger share of the sharepot

The maximum number of tickets per person is 20. In order to get this many tickets, you would have to play all four days of the promotion and wager $250 or more each day.

If you can afford to wager that much, you’ll be sitting pretty. You are guaranteed to get the biggest share of the Sharepot you can possibly get. No other players will wind up with a bigger share than you.

But if that much wagering is more than you can comfortably afford, don’t worry about it.  Do the best you can without overextending yourself. The whole point of this promotion is to have fun, not to break the bank. As long as you can wager at least $50 on at least one day during the promotion, you will qualify for a share of the Sharepot.

How Virgin Casino will determine your share

All rewards from the March Sharepot will be in the form of bonus money credited to your account. However, there is no way to know ahead of time what your bonus will be. Even after the promotion period ends, you still won’t know for a few days.

You will know how many tickets you earned, but not how that translates into actual bonus dollars.

The other important piece of the puzzle that is still missing is how many tickets all of the other players earned. Virgin Casino will use that information to figure out each player’s fair share and then distribute the bonus money accordingly.

The good news is that it’s Virgin Casino’s job, not yours, to figure out the precise rewards for each player. But for those of you who are mathematically inclined, I am including below the various steps that will go into this determination.

  • First, the casino will determine the total number of tickets for each player separately.
  • Then it will arrive at the total number of tickets for all players combined.
  • Next, the casino will calculate each player’s percentage of the sharepot by dividing each player’s total number of tickets by the grand total for all players.
  • Lastly, each player’s percentage of the sharepot will be multiplied by $10,000 (the amount of bonus money in the sharepot). The result is the amount of bonus money each player will receive.

For example, if you have 10 sharepot tickets and all of the participants combined have 5,000 tickets, your percentage of the total is .20 percent. When you multiply that percentage by $10,000, you get $20. That’s the amount of your bonus.

When will you get your bonus money?

According to the Virgin Casino NJ gambling website, you can expect to receive your bonus within 24 hours of March 22. However, in the event of technical difficulties, allow for up to three business days.

Bonus money wagering requirements

The bonus money you receive from this March sharepot at Virgin online casino is subject to the same terms and conditions as any other bonus money you receive as a Virgin Casino player.

You have up to 30 days to meet the casino’s very modest wagering requirement of 1x the bonus. You can play any game you wish. All games count 100 percent.

As soon as you complete this wagering, you can keep any resulting winnings, but unfortunately, not the bonus money itself. Win or lose, as soon as you wager the bonus once, the casino removes the bonus from your account. You never see it again.

Virgin Casino sharepot pros and cons

If you are new to Virgin Casino, you are probably wondering if this Share a Laugh Sharepot promotion, apart from being fun, will be worth your time.

The offer does come with some very good features, along with others that are not so great. In that respect, it is similar to most promotions at NJ online casinos.

What’s not to like

Sticky bonus

Most NJ online casino bonuses are cashable. The wagering requirements may be a lot higher than just 1x the bonus, but if you’re lucky, the additional wagering will give you many more chances to win.

In addition, as soon as you complete the wagering and clear the bonus, not just your winnings, but whatever is left of the bonus, too, is yours to keep.

However, all of the bonuses for existing players at VirginCasino.com (and sister NJ online casino Tropicana Casino) are non-withdrawable. Furthermore, you can only bet the bonus once. This significantly limits the amount you can potentially win from betting the bonus.

The subsequent removal of the bonus from your account limits the amount you can win even more.

Bonus amount is probably small

Non-cashable bonuses, because of their nature, need to be larger than traditional bonuses to give you any reasonable chance for a decent size win.

Although a Sharepot containing $10,000 in bonus money sounds generous enough, you need to keep in mind that it is going to be distributed among a very large pool of players. So individual shares, particularly for those whose play during the promotion period has been minimal, could be quite small.

What to like

Now that I have gotten the not so great features of this promotion out of the way, here is a summary of why, in spite of those shortcomings, you should take advantage of this offer.

Affordability

Small players find themselves shut out of many otherwise good promotions on NJ gambling websites simply because the deposit and/or wagering requirements are too steep for their budget.

This sharepot at Virgin NJ online casino requires no deposit at all. In addition, the wagering requirements, both to earn sharepot tickets and to clear the bonus, are extremely reasonable.

Reasonable cap on number of entries

If the number of entries was unlimited, high rollers who could easily bet thousands of dollars a day would do exactly like that. It’s the last thing you want if you’re a small to average size player because then the big players would hog virtually the whole sharepot for themselves and leave everyone else with crumbs.

With a maximum of five entries daily per person based on $250 in wagers, the playing field is sufficiently leveled to give everyone a fair chance.

Guaranteed mystery bonus

A Sharepot is different from a drawing because every participating player is guaranteed to win something. The fact that it’s also a mystery bonus adds to the fun.

No risk bonus

Another great feature of this bonus is that it’s completely risk-free. While you do have to risk your own money to earn tickets for the sharepot, it doesn’t need to be any more than you would ordinarily wager otherwise. And that’s the only time you are gambling with your own money during the whole promotion.

Once you get the bonus, the casino is giving you a free shot to bet it once and try to win with it. Even if you don’t win, you finish with the same amount of money you started with, and that’s the absolute worst that can happen.

However, you could win twice, first in your play during the promotion period to earn sharepot tickets and later, when you wager the bonus, too.

The bottom line

If you’re looking for a fun promotion that in all likelihood won’t make you a ton of money, but where you don’t have to worry about jeopardizing your bankroll either, you’ve found it with this week’s sharepot at Virgin Casino.

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