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Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 25, 2020
St. Mary's vs Loyola Marymount
OVER 127½ -105 Won
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St. Mary’s @ Loyola-Marymount 9:00 PM ET

Game# 787-788

Play On: Over 127.5 (5*)

St. Mary’s has gone 10-1 over this season when there’s been a total of 124.5 to 136.5. The Gaels have also gone over in 3 of their 4 true road games this season and there was a combined average of 161.5 points scored per game. St. Mary’s is 4-2 in West Coast Conference action while averaging 76.2 points scored per game. Loyola has gone over the total in their last 2 at home and there were 145.5 points scored per game. Loyola is averaging 71.4 points scored per game and is shooting a stellar 47.2% at home this season. Bet on this game to go over the total for a 5* wager.

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 25, 2020
Notre Dame vs Florida State
OVER 141½ -114 Won
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Notre Dame @ Florida State 8:00 PM ET

Game# 775-776

Play On: Over 141.5 (5*)

Notre Dame has been terrible defensively during ACC action while allowing 76.3 points per game and opponents made an alarmingly high 40.1% of their 3-point attempts. The Fighting Irish average 29 three-point shots per game which is considered high by college basketball standards. Florida State has gone over in 7 of 8 this season when there was a total of 140.0 to 149.5 and a combined 154.6 points were scored per contest. The Seminoles are a perfect 9-0 at home this season while averaging 82.6 points per game and shooting a red-hot 49.9%. Bet on this game to go over the total for a 5* wager.

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 25, 2020
Florida Atlantic vs Old Dominion
OVER 129 -115 Lost
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FAU @ Old Dominion 7:00 PM ET

Game# 741-742

Play On: Over 129.0 (5*)

ODU has gone over in each of its previous 4 and there was a combined average of 141.4 points scored per game. The Monarchs also averaged a substantial 63 field goal attempts per contest during that stretch which is enormously high when considering this current total. FAU has gone over in 5 consecutive outings and there was a combined average of 151.6 points scored per contest. During that stretch the Owls allowed 77.8 points per game and permitted their opponents to shoot 48.3%. Bet on this game to go over the total for a 5* wager.

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 25, 2020
Nicholls State vs New Orleans
OVER 142 -105 Won
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Nicholls State @ New Orleans 7:00 PM ET

Game# 317-318

Play On: Over 142.0 (5*)

Nicholls State has gone over the total in each of their previous 3 and there were a combined 156.7 points scored per game. New Orleans has gone over in all 10 of its games this season when there’s been a total of 150.0 or less and a combined average of 147.2 points were scored per contest. Bet on this game to go over the total for a 5* wager.

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 25, 2020
Ball State vs Central Michigan
Ball State
-2 -115 at betonline
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Ball State @ Central Michigan 4:30 PM ET

Game# 697-698

Play On: Ball State -2.0 (10*)

Ball State enters this game having gone 5-1 SU&ATS during its last 6 contests. Furthermore, Ball State is 6-0 SU&ATS during its previous 6 games as a favorite of 2.0 or more and they won by a decisive average of 18.8 points per game. Central Michigan has been 9-0 at home until being shellacked by Buffalo 86-67 in their previous game on their own floor. Bet on Ball State minus the points as a 10* Top Play wager.

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 25, 2020
Illinois vs Michigan
+4 -105 at betonline
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Illinois @ Michigan 12:00 PM ET

Game# 609-610

Play On: Illinois +4.0 (5*)

These are 2 teams headed in opposite directions. The 21st ranked Illini was in a similar situation on Tuesday as a 5.5-point road underdog against unranked Purdue. They stepped up to the challenge with an impressive 79-62 blowout win. That victory extended their win streak to 5 games and improved the Illini to 6-2 in Big 10 action.

Michigan started the season 6-0 and has gone 5-7 since. As a matter of fact, the Wolverines are 0-3 SU&ATS during their previous 3 games. Michigan is coming off Wednesday’s disappointing effort 9-point home loss to Penn State. During this present losing streak, they’ve allowed opponents to shoot an alarmingly high 51.3% while also allowing a lofty 79.0 points per game. Michigan has shown a concerning vulnerability is defending the interior since conference play began. One of Illinois’ strengths is a strong post play. Bet on Illinois plus the points for a 5* wager.

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 25, 2020
Missouri vs West Virginia
West Virginia
-12 -116 at pinnacle
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Missouri @ West Virginia 12:00 PM ET

Game# 611-612

Play On: West Virginia -12.0 (5*)

Missouri has gone 0-3 SU&ATS during its last 3 road contests and lost by an average of 17.7 points per game. They averaged only 59.3 points scored per game and shot a miserable 33.9% during those trio of defeats.

West Virginia comes in red-hot having gone 5-0 SU&ATS during their previous 5 games while winning by an average of 27.8 points per outing. During this current win streak, the Mountaineers have held opponents to a mere 54.4 points scored per game and limited them to just 33.1% shooting. Missouri will have a difficult time with the Mountaineers constant aggressive defensive pressure, and especially in light of their recent offensive struggles in away games. Bet on West Virginia minus the points for a 5* wager.

Matchup Selection W/L
NCAA-B  |  Jan 25, 2020
Iowa State vs Auburn
-8½ -108 at pinnacle
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Iowa State @ Auburn 12:00 PM ET

Game# 607-608

Play On: Auburn -8.5 (5*)

For starters, Iowa State is a dismal 0-5 SU&ATS this season as an underdog of 5.0 or more, and they lost by an average of 19.7 points per contest. Iowa State is also 0-4 this season in true road games and failed to cover 3 of those outings. There defensive play in those 4 games was atrocious which is evidenced them allowing opponents to shoot a combined 48.4% and includes 44.9% from 3-point territory.

After suffering their first 2 losses of the season, Auburn bounced back in their previous game with a 13-point home win over South Carolina. That victory improved their home record to a perfect 11-0 this season. Since last the beginning of last season, Auburn is 11-0 at home following a home win while winning by a massive 26.7 points per game. Bet on Auburn minus the points for a 5* wager.


Ross Benjamin has made his reputation in the sports handicapping industry by being one of the sharpest prognosticators over the last 15 years. In professional sports handicapper Ron Raymond’s 2008 published book “50 Greatest Sports Betting Secrets” he probably says it best. “One of the most underrated handicappers in our industry and probably one of the sharpest ones I know is Ross Benjamin.” 

One of Ross’ often used phrases when speaking publicly, “if you want to be a successful sports handicapper then start by thinking like a bookmaker”. Ross is 61 years old and has been directly involved in many capacities of the sports gaming industry for the last 31 years. However there is nothing he enjoys more than the challenge of picking winners in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA Football, and NCAA Basketball.


Sports Handicapping Achievements

Playbook Wise Guy Invitational Contest

4th Place-2015 (50 contestants)-Prize: $666.00

5th Place-2013 (50 contestants)-Prize: $333.00

1st Place-2003 (73 contestants)-Prize: $10,700


Sports Watch

#1-2010-2011 NCAA Basketball Regular Season: 116-77 (60.1%)

#6-2011 March Madness- 28-21 (57.1%)


Oklahoma Sports Monitor

#1-2008 March Madness: 29-17 (63%)

#1-2007 NFL Playoffs in Net Profit: 9-2 (81.8%)


Big Guy Sports Monitor

#1-NHL 2005-2006 Season



#1-2003 College Football Season:  45-23 (66.2%)


Annual Rankings at

#7-2015 MLB Season

#3-2014/2015 NHL Season

#6-2012 NFL Preseason

#7-2011/2012 NHL Season

#8-2011 NFL Season

#2-2011 NFL Preseason

#9-2010 NFL Season        


Ross the Writer @ Sportsbook Review

Writer/Video Analyst of over 2700 articles and over 1000 corresponding videos.



Host of The Ross Benjamin Show: From 09/12 to 03/13 on Sports Talk Radio 1280

Host of Winning Sports Advice in 2012

Host of Ross Benjamin Show on Sports Journey Network from April,2009 to July, 2010

Host of Phoenix Sports Ticket in 2006


Recent Guest Radio Appearances

Tony George Show in 2014 and 2015 on Yahoo Sports Radio and the Armed Forces Network


Additional Guest Appearances since 2007

KFNS AM 590 "The Fan"-St. Louis, Missour1

WAXY AM 790 ESPN- Miami, Florida

WHBQ AM 560- Memphis, Tennessee

WHTK AM 1280- Rochester, New York

WHAM AM 1180-Rochester, New York

WJOX AM 690- Birmingham. Alabama

KTIK AM 1350 ESPN-Boise, Idaho

WJDX AM 620-Jackson, Mississippi

CKST AM 1040-Vancouver, British Columbia

KTKR AM 760 "The Ticket"-San Antonio, Texas

KZNS AM 1280 "The Zone" Salt Lake City, Utah  



Locker Room Picks Show (CBS Sports-Pilot-2013) hosted by Jennifer X. Williams