Basketball Wiretap

Duke Is Heaviest Tourney Favorite Since 2014-15 Kentucky

Mar 21, 2019 12:26 AM

At 2-1 odds, the Duke Blue Devils enter the NCAA tournament as the heaviest favorites since the Kentucky Wildcats in 2014-15. The Wildcats lost in the Final Four after going undefeated throughout that season.

More money was bet on Duke to win the title this season than any other team in the country.

At 12-1, Virginia winning the title represents the worst case scenario for casinos.

"Virginia is really the only bomb we're facing," said MGM vice president of risk Jay Rood.

David Purdum/ESPN

Tags: NCAA, NCAA B-Ball IQ

Louisville Ranked Most Valuable College Basketball Program

Mar 16, 2019 6:46 PM

Louisville was ranked as the most valuable college basketball program despite recent off-court issues, according to a study conducted by Forbes.

In a 3-year span between 2014 and 2017, Louisville averaged an annual revenue of $52 million and a profit of $30 million. Between the KFC Yum! Center and their adidas jersey deal, Louisville lead college basketball in revenue from royalties and sponsorships.

Kentucky, Indiana, Duke, and Kansas round out the study's top 5.

Chris Smith/Forbes

Tags: NCAA, NCAA B-Ball IQ

Ja Morant Leads Murray State To NCAA Tournament With 36 Points

Mar 10, 2019 12:15 PM

Ja Morant scored 36 points to lead Murray State past Belmont in the Ohio Valley Conference championship game.

Morant, a highly-rated draft prospect, averaged 24.2 points and 10.3 assists on the season.

Murray State is the first school this season to punch their ticket to the NCAA tournament.

“I feel like we can get one,” said Morant following the game.

Eric He/Yahoo! Sports

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Ja Morant Hits Game-Winner In Front Of Suns, Cavs, And Lakers Executives

Mar 9, 2019 12:02 PM

Ja Morant scored a game-winning 3-point play to lead Murray State to the Ohio Valley Conference finals over Jacksonville State.

Morant finished with 29 points in the game.

NBA executives in attendance included Magic Johnson, Koby Altman, Robert Sarver, and James Jones.

Murray State play Belmont in the finals.

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