NCAA Conference Championships conclude, Selection Sunday …

It’s been another great run of games leading up to the NCAA Tournament this year, however as the conference championships close out competition for another season, it’s quickly becoming evident that this year’s tournament may be, for once, one of the most stable runs to the tournament title we’ve seen in ages. As a host of top teams solidify their positions in the brackets tonight, and as the final four conference finals take place today, the excitement of the biggest and best sports tournament in the world looming large should excite any sports fan who has a penchant for online sports betting. With the finales in the ACC tournament between bitter rivals #5 Duke and #7 North Carolina, the Big Ten final between #1 Ohio State and surprise entry Penn State, as well as the SEC crown up for grabs between #12 Florida and #16 Kentucky and the A10 title featuring Richmond vs. Dayton, no doubt these four match-ups will be a perfect entry point to betting on sports today at one of the top online sports betting sites reviewed right here. For the action this Sunday, we’re off to one of the best online sports betting sites reviewed here, at the Diamond Sportsbook (read the review of Diamond Sportsbook), a relative newcomer, but a solid tried-and-tested addition to our host of the top sportsbooks on the web.

Breaking down action in the NCAA today, we’ll start with the A-10 Conference championship hosting a solid Cinderella story in the making in the Richmond Spiders, who today should have no trouble disposing of the Dayton Flyers en route to their first conference title in the program’s history. Behind senior guard Kevin Anderson, this years’ Spiders team should be one to watch out for in the early rounds of the tournament, after an impressive 26-7 run to this point with a veteran squad. Keep an eye out for the Spiders getting a good upset draw in the tournament as they come in as a low seeded team, and no doubt will be building confidence with today’s first title in their hardware case. Moving to the second match-up today, a top seed in the NCAA tournament is on the line as Duke and North Carolina clash, with Duke favored with a chip on their shoulder after losing out the regular season to their arch rival. Having stumbled through the conference tournament, UNC is showing a bit of their youth heading into the match-up, while seniors Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler look to pick up Duke’s form for their run at a repeat title (3-peat in the ACC, 2nd NCAA tournament title). Oddly enough, this is only the first time the two have met in the conference final in 10 years, so today’s match-up will be one you won’t want to miss out on. Up next on the docket for betting on sports, check into the SEC final between Kentucky and Florida, with the Gators still in my mind being one of the most overrated teams in the league. UK is surging at the right time, hampered perhaps only by their relative inexperience with a roster full of underclassmen. While Florida has great tradition of late of being clutch in March, this year I simply don’t see them making a deep run, and faltering today against an improving Wildcats team. Lastly, it probably goes without saying, but Penn State’s run, while likely good enough to nab them an at-large bid for the national dance, will stop for their conference as they meet the nation’s top team tonight in the Big Ten final.

Catching up with the remaining options for online sportsbook betting at Diamond Sportsbook today, there’s a handful of good action in the European soccer leagues, with a flock of matches in the Spanish La Liga, and Italian Serie A competition. Taking a few quick wagers for some of the better match-ups today, we’re riding on an interesting battle between AS Roma and Lazio as Rome’s side tries to make up for a recent tough loss in Champions League competition in a battle of 5th and 6th place. Top of the table Barcelona is in action against Sevilla FC today, as the latter team battles to nudge into a Europa League spot, badly needing at least a draw at home today against the best team in the world. Expect defense to be the name of the game for Sevilla as they try to hold back the Lionel Messi-led attack of Barca, and we’ll try to get lucky taking an under wager on total goals at 2.5. We’ll take a stab at a Ligue 1 contest in France as another 5th and 6th place showdown gets underway between Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier, taking the Parisian side to emerge with a victory, and shoot for a great German Bundesliga showdown between Mainz and Bayer Leverkusen, two of the top squads in this year’s top flight. If you haven’t ventured into the ranks of European soccer leagues this year, as the seasons wind down, it’s a great time to try your hand at the most popular game in the world, in the most exciting leagues in the world.

Looking over to the U.S. pro leagues in action today for betting on sports, find lots of options in NBA Basketball and NHL Hockey scattered across the sports betting landscape at Diamond Sportsbook. We’ll take positions on the Orlando vs. Phoenix contest with the Magic looking for their first victory in 9 years when visiting the Suns (yes, that’s correct, 9 YEARS without a win in Phoenix). With Phoenix missing Steve Nash for the contest, and with Orlando physically bigger and stronger, this looks to finally be the time for the Magic to close out the losing run, and continue building position in the Eastern Conference ahead of the playoffs. With few other exciting NBA match-ups, we’ll turn sights over to the NHL, with constant playoff battles in the Western Conference making for great sports betting options daily. First up, Los Angeles looks to continue its road-winning ways visiting Dallas today, in a battle of two teams right in the thick of the Western Conference playoff picture. In the marquee national match-up today, Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals host last years’ Champions the Chicago Blackhawks, who look to avoid dropping three straight games after an 8 game winning tear. Staying out west for the final pick of the night, Anaheim hosts the Phoenix Coyotes today in a pivotal Pacific Division clash with huge implications for the Western Conference playoffs, and Phoenix has to get our nod as the goalie match-up swings in favor of the Coyotes as fill-in Dan Ellis for the Ducks is good, but not on the same level as Ilya Bryzgalov, one of the most influential goaltenders for any team in the league. From NHL Hockey to NBA Basketball, NCAA Conference Championships and European Soccer, this Sunday’s options for online sportsbook betting at one of the top reviewed sportsbooks at Diamond Sportsbook should make for an exciting and hopefully profitable end to your weekend.

Aaron G.