Dayton 500 Vegas Odds, Ivy League Basketball Spread Pick Tops Rundown

Joe DuffyAnalyst IFebruary 18, 2011

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 03:  Josh Harrellson #55 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball while defended by Zack Rosen #1 of the Penn Quakers at Rupp Arena on January 3, 2011 in Lexington, Kentucky.  Kentucky won 86-62.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Andy Lyons/Getty Images Senior Sports Handicapper Matt Rivers has a pick Friday on Penn (-2) at Brown.

I’m not going to write a novel here, because this one play is good but certainly nothing that I am going to rave for days about. Penn has dropped four in a row and is most definitely not the team from the 1990s with Matt Maloney and Jerome Allen, but I do like the Quakers this season as they have improved from the garbage they were last year.

Zach Rosen, Jack Eggleston and Tyler Bernardini are pretty good ballplayers and even on the road I definitely believe that Penn is better than Brown. Therefore such a small number is a decent enough value. Allen is now the coach and has actually done all right, even if the 9-12 record hasn’t fully shown it.

Penn has lost four in a row, which is never good, but it’s not as if they have been dreadful by any means. These guys did struggle a bit in the last two losses at Columbia and Cornell, but the previous pair of games were solid enough covers against the conference’s elite in Harvard and Princeton. An upside is there and more times than not, that upside will prevail in this spot against what is still not a very good Brown team, no matter how improved.

The Bears have looked better this season as well and they have won half of their last four games. But when push comes to shove, they are just not as talented as Penn and in order to cover it pretty much takes just an outright victory and I’m thinking that is not going to be the case.

Top expert pick on this game: Matt Rivers has Penn

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Also the Daytona 500 odds are up. Ken Harvick, Tony Stewart and Kyle Bush lead the list of favorites.

Nascar - Odds to Win Daytona 500  

R#       Teams Money Line   

17501  K Harvick       +700               

17502  T Stewart        +900               

17503  Kyle Busch     +900               

17504  J McMurray   +1100             

17505  D Earnhardt Jr. +800             

17506  J Gordon         +800               

17507  J Johnson        +1000             

17508  D Hamlin        +1200             

17509  C Edwards      +1200            

17510  C Bowyer       +1500             

17511  Kurt Busch     +1800             

17512  M Martin        +2500             

17513  J Montoya      +2500             

17514  J Logano          +2500             

17515  J Burton          +2500             

17156  R Newman      +3000             

17157  B Vickers        +4000             

17158  K Kahne          +4000             

17159  M Kenseth      +3000             

17160  G Biffle           +3000             

17161  D Reutimann   +3500             

17162  M Truex Jr      +4000             

17163  B Keselowski  +4000             

17164  Field (Any Other Driver Not Listed Above) +2000