Pole sitter longshot in Daytona 500 odds

If you could bet on the pole sitter of NASCAR’s marquee race at 26/1 odds, would you do it? That’s the position Martin Truex is in on the Daytona 500 odds list at bodogLife.com, while former winner Jeff Gordon is among the favorites.

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Truex Jr. has the pole, but if I were a betting man, which I am, I would lay some green on the Hendrick Motor Sports Engine cars.

All four of the Hendrick drivers - Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. - will start within the top 14 in Sunday’s big race. All four of these drivers led laps in the Daytona qualifying sprints.

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Speaking of Gordon, he was winless last year, but he won one of the Daytona qualifying sprints. Kyle Busch won the other qualifying sprint and he is one to look for as well after a not winning a race last season.

Today is the practice session for the drivers, who will all be using new engines, which they will use during the main race.

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College basketball betting odds

No. 1 Connecticut Huskies -9.5 (23-1 11-1 Big East) at Seton Hall Pirates (14-9 5-6 Big East) O/U 160

There is no hotter team in the nation than the Huskies, who have won 11 games in a row. They are playing a hot Pirates’ team that has won five in a row and really needs to win this Big East match up.

In terms of NCAAB odds, at least one online sportsbook has the Huskies favored by 9.5 points with a total of 160. (Check out the latest odds on this game at Sportsbook.ag)

The Pirates are on the bubble, big time, right now with 14 wins, but they are one game under .500 in the Big East. A win over the number one team in the nation will greatly increase their chances of getting an invite to the Big Dance.

The Pirates will have to play good all-around defense today, as the Huskies have four players averaging between 12.4 ppg and 14.0 ppg, However, guard Jerome Dyson (13.2) may be out for the year after suffering a recent knee injury.

The Huskies have guards that can knock down the 3-pointer, so they can’t pack the lane to stop 7’3” center Hasheem Thabeet (13 ppg 10.5 rpg).

It will be tough for the Pirates to score, as the Huskes are only allowing an average of 60 ppg, which is tops in the Big East and add to the fact that Thabeet is averaging 4.2 blocks pr game, which is the best in the nation.

Pirates’ leading scorer Jeremy Hazell (23.1 ppg) has to have a big scoring game, which is something he has done lately averaging 28 points in his last 5 games, but only shot 7/20 from the field in Seton Hall’s loss to Connecticut last month.

Seton Hall has never beaten the No. 1 team in the nation in 10 attempts.

Look for UConn to play a good team game, both on offense and defense, and for Thabeet to be a monster down low, as the Huskies will win this game and cover the spread. Need some NCAAB handicapping help? Check out the experts.

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