Lang’s Locks: Let’s go with some NCAA dogs, more golf

By ROY LANG III, Journal Sports

The Players Championship was profitable and we nearly nailed the winner of the MyGolfLife Open on the European Tour. However, our lone win bet, Jordan Smith, lost in a playoff and we wound up down for the week. That W would have been nice, but it’s time to shake of the loss and look to March Madness.

I see some value in the Houston Cougars across the board in the futures, although they drew a tough region. Let’s whet the NCAA Tournament appetite with a couple of futures and some first-round games. Of course, we still have plenty of golf on the board!


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Sportsbook legend

CAE: Caesar’s
FD: Fan Duel
DK: DraftKings
BS: Barstool


Last week recap: -2.17 units


College Basketball

To win NCAA Tournament

Arizona, +650, .2 units (DK)
Houston, +4000, .1 unit (FD)

To Reach Final Four

Houston, +600. .2 units (CAE)
Duke, +500, .2 units (BS)
Iowa, +450, .2 units (CAE)
Baylor, +300, .2 units (CAE)

To Reach Sweet 16

Houston, +116, 1.5 units (FD)

First Round games

Vermont (+5.5) vs. Arkansas, 1 unit (MGM)
Vermont (+180 ML) vs. Arkansas, 1 unit (CAE)
Davidson (+1.5) vs. Michigan State, 1 unit (MGM)
Davidson (+100 ML) vs. Michigan State, 1 unit (CAE)
San Francisco (+1.5) vs. Murray State, 1 unit (DK)
San Francisco (+105 ML) vs. Murray State, 1 unit (MGM)
Colgate (+7.5) vs. Wisconsin, 1 unit (FD)
Colgate (+270 ML) vs. Wisconsin, 1 unit (CAE)


PGA Tour, Valspar Championship

Win bet

Aaron Wise, +12400, .1 unit (DK)

Top 20 Bets

Aaron Wise, +400, .9 units (DK)
Martin Laird, +500, .6 units (DK)
Kramer Hickok, +750, .5 units (DK)
Tyler Duncan, +1200, .5 units (DK)
Lanto Griffin, +550, .4 units (FD)
Matthew NeSmith, +750, .4 units (DK)
Joel Dahmen, +500, .4 units (DK)
Nick Taylor, +500, .4 units (DK)
Mito Pereira, +500, .3 units (DK)
Keegan Bradley, +230, .3 units (FD)
Russell Knox, +270, .3 units (DK)
J.J. Spaun, +650, .3 units (DK)
Michael Thompson, +750, .3 units (DK)
Vincent Whaley, +1000, .2 units (DK)
Brian Stuard, +650, .2 units (DK)
J.T. Poston, +900, .2 units (DK)
Webb Simpson, +270, .2 units (DK)
Patton Kizzire, +450, .2 units (DK)
Kevin Streelman, +450, .2 units (DK)
Davis Riley, +1000, .2 units (DK)
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, +1600, .2 units (DK)

European Tour, Steyn City Championship

Top 20 Bets

Tristen Strydom, +490, .4 units (FD)
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia, +550, .4 units (FD)
Espen Kofstad, +550, .4 units (CAE)
Marcus Helligkilde, +450, .3 units (FD)
Nino Bertasio, +600, .3 units (FD)
Jamie Donaldson, +600, .2 units (FD)
Matthieu Pavon, +190, .2 units (FD)
Stephen Gallacher, +1200, .2 units (CAE)
Frederic LaCroix, +500, .2 units (CAE)
Julien Guerrier, +310, .2 units (FD)
Dale Whitnell, +900, .2 units (CAE)
Kristoffer Broberg, +410, .2 units (FD)

Korn Ferry Tour, Chitimacha Louisiana Open

Win bets

Kevin Roy, +18000, .1 unit (FD)
Nicholas Lindheim, +15000, .1 unit (FD)
Kyle Reifers, +10000, .1 unit (DK)
John Pak, 13000, .1 unit (DK)