Conference Championships in NCAA Basketball sets the tone …

This Friday brings with it a plate packed full of quarterfinal and semifinal action in NCAA basketball conference championships, and with it comes great opportunities for betting on sports at one of the top reviewed sportsbooks found right here on our website! With early games coming around the corner quickly in the ACC, Big Ten and SEC conferences, our first step into the day’s options for online sports betting has us looking towards the 40 games slated to being shortly, including plenty of Top 25 teams in competition throughout the day as those teams earning byes in the conference championships hit the court today. Taking at look at the sportsbook (read the review of for all the featured wagering possibilities on the day and evening, a number of choice match-ups should stand out for potentially earning you some green on Friday. Games to watch for include a very important game for Michigan and Illinois in Big Ten play, with both teams fighting for a spot in the NCAA Tournament ahead and needing this win today to help secure that goal. In A10 action, #20 Xavier gets its first challenge against a good Dayton team, with the Flyers our bet for covering the points as underdogs at Intertops Sportsbook as Dayton has played the Musketeers very well, though losing twice already this season. #1 Ohio State heads to action against the always-pesky Northwestern Wildcats, #7 North Carolina will look to continue to make their case as a #1 seed for the upcoming NCAA tournament, and later on in the evening check out match-ups between #19 UConn and #11 Syracuse which will be a huge national game as the Huskies look to avenge a late season loss and have snuck by two nights in a row in close match-ups. With both teams knowing losing streaks recently, it’s do-or-die time, and the 2-3 defense of the Orangemen is the key for the game, as we’re banking the UConn’s luck of late simply runs out in the face of sound defense and a better all-around team led by Fab Melo, Scoop Jardine and the rest of the Jim Boeheim-coached crew.

Looking into more evening games in store for NCAA Championship week, we’ll take a look at a few other wagering possibilities as #13 Wisconsin heads to battle with an up and down Penn State team that’s tough to gauge especially against talented teams. Some nights they are on, some nights, not so much. The breakdown tonight in this match-up is all about shooting percentage, with the Badgers having a bad history of choking on poor shooting in the quarterfinal stage of the Big Ten tourney. With Penn State facing a must-win to advance, and getting 7.5 points, we have to side with them to cover today, even though Wisconsin should prevail in a close one. Another game featuring upset potential is Michigan State vs. #9 Purdue, with the Spartans time to shine coming right now. Having a veteran crew under Tom Izzo, but disappointing all year, we’re putting another underdog on the line, this time calling for an upset outright. However, the bet to take here if anything is the Spartans with the 7 point leverage, which seems extremely high considering the stakes and MSU’s knowledge of big games against big competition this time of year. No doubt Purdue is a great ball club, but this game is a must-win for the Spartans, and we’ll bet they pick it up in Big Ten action tonight. Rounding out NCAA betting possibilities today, Colorado looks to try and squeeze into the tournament and would be all but assured to do so if they can bump off #2 Kansas tonight in the Big 12 semifinals, #14 Louisville faces a surging Notre Dame team that is more and more looking like a great pick to make a run to the Final Four, #10 Texas and #21 Texas A&M makes for a fun in-state match-up, and in ACC play Maryland looks to dethrone #5 Duke once again.

With a huge day of NCAA hoops action aside, there’s plenty more sports betting action worth looking into at the Intertops sportsbook, including action in the NBA which features 9 games for betting on sports. Philadelphia vs. Boston should make for a great match-up tonight, and with the 76ers recent surge, they come in underdogs by only 2 points in a possible first round playoff preview. With Boston suffering a little bit of growing pains with new additions to their lineup, I’m liking Philly and their odds today at +135 to win, for the underdog pick of the day in the NBA. In other worthwhile choices for NBA basketball, Atlanta faces a tough road battle as they head into Chicago for a match-up with the Bulls, who will be short one Carlos Boozer for the contest (though the Bulls are certainly accustomed to playing without their corps intact. However, with Atlanta tanking down the home stretch losing 7 of their last 10, it’s tough to side with anything but a Bulls win. In times of uncertainty for a given match-up, it’s worth a turn towards the over/under, which sits at 179.5 tonight. Counting on Atlanta to at least put together a better scoring effort in a must-win game (as they’ve already dropped their last three games in a row), we’ll go with an over wager here to finish off sports betting on basketball today.

Hitting up the ranks of the NHL Hockey games in store for this evening before shutting down the computer on Friday, find plenty of exciting match-ups with the usual high stakes on the line for each game this evening. First up, the Los Angeles Kings head to Columbus badly needing a win to move up in the playoff race in the Western Conference. Against a Columbus team that appeared playoff worthy early on, but now falling from grace, count on Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and the Kings cast of high-flying skaters to ring up a victory, albeit in a low-scoring affair (Under 5 goals at +120 looks to be a great bet especially as both teams should tighten up defensively in light of the last two high-scoring affairs between the two squads). Check out more action as the Carolina Hurricanes head to face the Southeast Division-leading Washington Capitals, Dallas plays host to Minnesota in a crucial Western Conference match-up, and Anaheim tries to take advantage of a collapsing Colorado Avalanche team that has fallen off the face of the hockey earth, in much the form as their team name implies. Look forward to these games and more today for betting on sports at or any one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed here, get ready for a huge weekend of sports as the NCAA Championship week wraps up ahead of Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament, and as always good luck in all your wagers to come!

Aaron G.