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College basketball wagerers flying blind

Without seeing Andrew Wiggins play, most media pundits are assuming the Kansas freshman will be the No. 1 pick in next summer’s NBA Draft. That might turn out to be true, but remember to always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle and jumping to conclusions.

Saints have look of Super Bowl contenders

It’s not quite the halfway point of the NFL season, and what happens from here will be as unpredictable as a drunken night on Bourbon Street. Still, it’s safe to say quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are wholly relevant again.

Ducks and Cover: Oregon clears big spreads with ease

What’s most important to bettors is how to cash tickets this week and, in the big picture, how to handicap explosive offensive teams such as Oregon. The Ducks scare the heck out of bookmakers, who are not setting lines high enough, and sharp bettors, who usually prefer to buy underdogs when the price appears inflated.

High-flying Broncos becoming America's team

The Denver Broncos’ popularity with the betting public is so over the top, South Point sports book executive Jimmy Vaccaro was compelled to tweet, something he rarely does. “The magic carpet ride continues. Denver is now America’s team,” he posted Wednesday @JimmyVaccaro.

NFL betting: Houston backers get Schaub-ed

A stand-up comic searching for new material might want to look to the Houston Texans and their clumsy quarterback, Matt Schaub, whose latest football-throwing folly is worth a lot of laughs. “That was a joke,” said Nick Bogdanovich, William Hill sports book director. “That’s unbelievable.”

NFL bets: Laying 20 to Jags a reckless wager

The Jacksonville Jaguars opened as 20-point road underdogs to the Seattle Seahawks, and the number has dipped to 19½. The point spread is the oddsmakers’ equalizer. In this case, the number is a monster, and it presents a dilemma for a handicapper.