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West Regional Bracket Breakdown – Memphis will be Top Dog

2009 NCAA March Madness Predictions

2009 NCAA March Madness Betting Predictions

NCAA West Region Analysis

The Big East has secured three of the four number one seeds. One of those teams that secured a number one, the Connecticut Huskies, will try to win the West Regional. It speaks to the strength of the Big East this year that Connecticut gets the number one seed out west instead of a team that plays on the west coast.

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Avoid Big Favorites When Betting Round 1 NCAA Madness?

2009 NCAA March Madness Predictions

2009 NCAA March Madness Betting Tips

Round 1 Betting Tips

One of the cardinal sins of sports betting in the NCAA Tournament is betting on the huge favorites to pick up covers against some of the

2009 NCAA Tournament Round 1 Potential Upsets

2009 NCAA March Madness Predictions

2009 NCAA March Madness Upset Picks

Round 1 “Sleepers”

Every year, the first round of sub-regional action is spiced up with the presence of several non-major conference reps who on occasion have collectively provided excellent pointspread value in early-round games. The best of these teams have even been able to score first-round wins in recent years. Following are a few such entries we believe have the capability of stealing an opening-round game.

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NCAA Tournament Betting: Big East Teams Look Strong

2009 NCAA March Madness Predictions

2009 NCAA March Madness Predictions

Big East Dominates Madness

Well another regular season in college basketball is thru and we are knee deep in March Madness NCAA Tournament style. This time of year is so exciting for everybody no matter how much you like college basketball. How many people fill out March Madness Brackets and put a few dollars in a company pool in hopes to winning much more.

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Seeds don't matter: No. 12 Arizona early favorite

2009 March Madness Predictions

2009 March Madness Predictions

#12 AZ -1 vs. #5 Utah?

Seeds don’t matter: No. 12 Arizona early favorite. With junior stars Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill leading the charge, Arizona figured to be a dangerous team in the postseason.

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March Madness Round 1 Opening Betting Lines

2009 March Madness Predictions

2009 March Madness Round 1 Betting Lines

Round 1 Opening Lines

LThursday and Friday of the NCAA Tournament provide the average bettor the best opportunity to get a step ahead of the oddsmakers for March Madness. Check out the opening betting lines for 2009 March Madness.

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2009 March Madness Round 1 Matchups

2009 March Madness Predictions

2009 March Madness Betting Game Matchups

Bracket Madness!

The Big East put up a big number Sunday: Three No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament. Louisville, Pittsburgh and Connecticut helped the Big East, a group originally created for basketball only, become the first conference to put three teams on the top line. North Carolina, regular-season Atlantic Coast conference champions, was the other top seed.

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2009 March Madness Bracket – NCAA Tournament Bracket Matchups

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BetVega 2009 NFL Mock Draft First Round

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2009 NFL First Round Mock Draft

2009 NFL Mock Draft

The 2009 NFL Draft looks to be of the deepest talent pools in recent memory. BetVega.com runs through all 31 NFL teams and their possible draft choices for the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
#1 and #20. Detroit Lions

The Lions have been known for making bumbling draft picks. However, the first pick in the 2009 draft is something they cannot afford to blow, especially after a 0-16 season.  Right now, the eyes of Detroit’s front office needs to be on Matthew Stafford, the highly touted QB from the Georgia Bulldogs.  Thanks to a deal that sent Roy Williams to Dallas, the Lions also have the number 20 pick.  They might try to go with an offensive tackle like Mike Oher if he’s still available by then.  Whoever they choose, Motor City fans could be stuck with another miserable season if the Lions follow the tradition of botched draft picks.
#2. St. Louis Rams

2008 is a year the Rams would like to forget and Jason Smith could be the player to get them out of the basement.  Though Smith will be entering the draft as an offensive tackle, he actually played some tight end at Baylor in 2005 as a redshirt freshmen.  Smith has a great work ethic and is an all-round athlete who could provide solid protection for the St. Louis offense.
#3. Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs look to have a steady quarterback with the recent signing of Matt Cassel.  Now all they need is a defense.  While sexy picks like Michael Crabtree are likely to be around, it would be a smart move to grab Aaron Curry and fill the void at linebacker.  Coming from Wake Forest, Curry could be the best defensive player in the draft and would be an absolute steal for any team.
#4. Seattle Seahawks

Everyone thought Michael Crabtree was a lock for Seattle but with the recent signing of T.J. Houshmandzadeh, this is now looking rather doubtful.  With a deep-threat for Matt Hasselback to connect with, the Seahawks will need some protection.  Their best option is Eugene Monroe.  Positions in the o-line aren’t flashy but Monroe showed signs at Virginia that he can hold his own as an offensive tackle.

#5. Cleveland Browns

The Browns need serious help at linebacker but snatching up Aaron Curry may not be possible.  Their next best bet would be Brian Orakpo, AKA the Workout Warrior.  Curry had a stellar senior year for the Longhorns, racking up 19 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks in route to the Hendricks Award, Lombardi Award and Nagurski Trophy.  Don’t rule out Michael Crabtree because rumor has it that wide out Braylon Edwards could be on the Browns’ trading block.

#6. Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals were hurt last season on the offensive line, finishing 29th in rushing and a lowly 30th in sacks allowed.  The line suffered another crucial blow after losing starting right tackle Stacy Andrews to free agency during the offseason.  The Bengals o-line needs a lot of help and Anthony Collins would be a great place to start.  Though he tanked at the Scouting Combine, Collins showed signs of toughness at Alabama and could do nothing but help this struggling team.
#7. Oakland Raiders

Well, Oakland didn’t go after T.O. so they will probably be looking to draft a wide receiver.  Michael Crabtree is a lock in the realm of mock drafts but Jeremy Maclin may be a more practical selection.  Coming out of Missouri, Maclin is lightning fast and would make a great return man for the Raiders.  JaMarcus Russell needs some targets so either Maclin or Crabtree make viable options.
#8. Jacksonville Jaguars

If the Jags find that Michael Crabtree is still on the board at number eight, they would be smart to snatch him up and hopefully get a legitimate offensive weapon.  Blame the Lions for ruining wide receiver stock but no one can deny Crabtree’s natural talent.  Throughout his career at Texas Tech, Crabtree averaged 1.6 touchdowns per game each season along with some of the most memorable catches in NCAA history.

#9. Green Bay Packers

Last year, Green Bay’s defensive couldn’t bring enough heat to make them a contender.  Everette Brown could be the one to help them step up and improve their rush defense.   Though he played defensive end at Florida, Brown might be best suited as an outside linebacker in the NFL.  Whatever position he comes in at, there is no doubt that he has the skills needed to get after the quarterback.

#10. San Francisco 49ers

Shaun Hill had a decent season in 2008, but don’t think the 49ers are content at QB.  Mark Sanchez showed that he had all the intangibles to become a solid NFL quarterback last season at USC.  Though he could have gained more experience by staying behind another year, he might be able to make some things happen if Singletary puts him in the spotlight.

#11. Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills just got a lot more interesting by picking up Terrell Owens who was cut last week by the Cowboys.  With their focus on defense, Buffalo just may be eyeing Aaron Maybin from Penn State.  Don’t expect Maybin to come in and dominate, 12 sacks last season for the Nittany Lions hints that he could make some noise as a pass rusher in the pros.

#12. Denver Broncos

Experts are predicting that B.J. Raji will go in the top 10, but don’t be surprised if he slips down to number 12 and ends up in the lap of the Denver Broncos.  Raji was a major force at Boston College and his 330-lb frame gives him the size to battle with some of the NFL’s toughest blockers.  The Broncos have many areas that need to be addressed but getting Raji would be a huge plus.

#13. Washington Redskins

Washington is hoping that the signing of Albert Hayneworth will make them tougher on defense.  However, they also created a tremendous need on the defensive line by releasing Jason Taylor.  Tyson Jackson from the LSU Bayou Bengals would be a nice selection to fill that void.  Jackson had a great season for Louisana State University and has speed that perfectly complements Washington’s 4-3 defense.
#14. New Orleans Saints

The Saints must to address the needs in their weak secondary that made opposing quarterbacks look almost as good as Dree Brees.  Malcolm Jenkins could be around at number 14 and if so, New Orleans shouldn’t hesitate to get him off the board.  Jenkins was a standout cornerback at Ohio State but could make an impact at free safety in the pros.
#15. Houston Texans

Everette Brown DE/Florida State: The Texans need a pass rusher who can complement former No. 1 overall pick Mario Williams. Similar to many former Seminole defensive ends, Brown is lightning quick, and he has impressive hands. Yet, his limited pass coverage skills forces Brown to be strictly a 4-3 end.


#16. San Diego Chargers

It’s hard to figure out the Chargers as they don’t have as many obvious needs as other teams.  On the other hand, since they didn’t even make it past the second round of the playoffs, San Diego could use some help to get better like everyone else.  The Chargers can strengthen their defense by adding a hard-nosed inside linebacker like Rey Maualuge from USC.  Maualuge brings in the tough, nasty demeanor that San Diego has been lacking since the days of Junior Seau.

#17. New York Jets

The Jets have been quite busy this offseason, losing Brett Farve and a few others but also tightening up on defense with the additions of Lito Sheppard, Bart Scott and Jim Leonhard.  New York could be looking to replenish their offense with the loss of Laveranues Coles and Percy Harvin would be a nice fit.  Harvin is a multi-talented receiver who deserves much credit for making Tim Tebo look so good at Florida.

#18. Chicago Bears

The Bears could use some fine-tuning in many areas but wide receiver is one that definitely needs to be addressed.  Darrius Heyward Bey put up freakish numbers at the Scouting Combine, showing potential that could make him a star receiver in a Bears uniform.  If Percy Harvin is around, he would also be a good fit for Chicago.

#19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs cleared up significant cap space by releasing several familiar faces.  Showing Jeff Garcia the door, it’s obvious that Tampa Bay is in rebuilding mode and quarterback is currently a vacant position.  Mark Sanchez would make a nice fit but Josh Freeman may be more realistic.  Freeman is a stud, nearly 6-6 and 250 pounds with a cannon of arm to boot.

#21 and #28. Philadelphia Eagles

Similar to the Lions, Philly has two first round draft picks, giving them a little room to take some chances.  As far as the number 21 pick, Brandon Pettigrew from Oklahoma State could be a player they’re interested in.  At tight end, Pettigrew won’t amaze you with dynamic catches but he can grab a few and also provide some much needed blocking.  Since Brian Westbrook isn’t getting any older, Chris “Beanie” Wells from Ohio State could appeal to the Eagles as a number 28 pick.

#22. Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings lost out on the T.J. Houshmandzadeh sweepstake so they could still be interested in getting a wide receiver.  However, the o-line needs to be addressed so don’t be shocked if they select Eben Britton from Arizona.  Britton is a highly touted offensive tackle so there is also a chance he won’t be around for the 22nd pick.

#23. New England Patriots

The Patriots need to re-freshen their defense if they want to make another run at the Super Bowl.  Mike Vrabel is gone and both Adalius Thomas and Tedy Bruschi have a lot of miles on them.  Clint Sintim would make a nice addition to the Patriot’s tough defense.  Sintim has the ability play the run effectively and was also an excellent pass rusher in college.

#24. Atlanta Falcons

With the number 24 pick, the Falcons won’t be able to repeat the Matt Ryan magic from last season’s draft.  This team has gotten much better but still could use a little help on the defensive end, especially after losing some key players.  A guy like Larry English form Northern Illinois could make a difference whether he’s filling the gap up front or at linebacker.

#25. Miami Dolphins

After the rough day Chad Pennington had against Baltimore in the playoffs, Miami will probably be looking to strengthen the offensive line.  Be that as it may, the defense proved it wasn’t flawless so don’t be shocked if they go after linebacker Clay Mathews from USC.  Mathews was an absolute beast for the Trojans and would make a perfect fit for Bill Parcells defense.

#26. Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore is happy that Ray Lewis is sticking around but the team still needs some more depth at cornerback.  There are a few options out their but Vontae Davis probably makes the best choice.  Davis was a force for the Illinois secondary so there is great chance that he won’t be available.  If this is the case, look for Baltimore to pick the best player on the board be it offense or defense

#27. Indianapolis Colts

After getting lit up by Darren Sproles in the playoffs, defensive tackle could be at the top of Indy’s priority list.  Peria Jerry of the Mississippi Rebels might go earlier than expected, but if he’s around at 27, the Colts could snatch him up.  If this guy can stay healthy, he has all the abilities to become a dominant line-gapper in the pros.

#28. New York Giants

The Giants made some nice moves during the offseason but they could use some help at wide receiver.  No one knows if Plaxico Burress will come back and if he does, there is no guarantee that he can deliver the same impact.  New York may have their eyes set on Hakem Nicks from North Carolina.  Nicks is big with great leaping abilities and hand skills needed to pull down the long ball.

#29. Tennessee Titans

The Titans have major needs, especially after losing Albert Hayneworth to free agency.  The D-line will definitely miss the all-pro 300-pounder but the secondary should probably be addressed first.  D.J. Moore is an ideal fit at cornerback but if Tennessee fills the need to replace Haynesworth, the massive frame of Ron Brace could be something they take a gamble on.

#30. Arizona Cardinals

Even after a Super Bowl appearance, Arizona is once again predicted not to do much of anything in 2009.  Rumor has it, both Edgerrin James and Anquan Boldin both want out so they may have to do some retooling on offense.  Since they didn’t really have a strong rushing game last season, Knowshon Moreno of the Georgia Bulldogs could be an option.  If Beanie Wells is available, they may go for him as he offers the power and speed Moreno lacks.
#31. Pittsburgh Steeelers

Alex Mack C/California: The Steelers desperately need help along the offensive line, and Mack is versatile enough to play center or guard. Mack possesses the physical tools to be an instant plug-in along the offensive line.

2009 March Madness Bracket: Tips To Win Your NCAA Bracket

2009 March Madness Predictions

2009 March Madness Brackets Helpful Hints

Tips To Win Your Bracket

When it comes to the NCAA Bracket 2009 development, there are always some key strategies that should be employed. Among them:

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