Sportsbook handicappers know that college basketball success comes down to getting the best and most unexpected values at online sportsbooks and the Pac 10 offers plenty of opportunity! Let’s start with the most popular Pac 10 team at a sportsbook, those UCLA Bruins.
UCLA is the favorite by most sportsbook handicappers to win the Pac 10, if not the national title itself. The Bruins began 2008-09 with a record of 9-2 straight up but were just 5-5 against the spread.
The past 3 seasons the Bruins have been nothing more than a break even team at a sportsbook because of their immense popularity with the public, which kills their board value in the long run. Stanford looks like a team this season that will command sportsbook respect.
The Cardinal began the 2008-09 season with a record of 8-0 straight up and 5-3 against the spread. The Cardinal may lose value, however, at online sportsbooks the more their reputation with the public grows. The Cal Bears look like a solid team to consider when sportsbook betting Pac 10 basketball this season.
Cal got off to a 10-2 straight up start and was a solid 6-3 against the sportsbook odds. Cal is a team that has a lot of potential to do damage in the Pac 10 conference and merits serious sportsbook consideration as long as they don’t become over-valued.
Washington State is beginning to pay for their sportsbook success over the past few seasons as they were something of a hidden value at online sportsbooks. That appears to no longer be the case as the Cougars began the 2008-09 season with a record of 8-4 straight up but just 4-6 against the spread.
The problem with teams like Washington State is that once the general sportsbook public is “on” to them they are no longer a surprise or a value.
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