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By Stephen DeAngelo, Featured Handicapper

It got really dicey down the stretch—much more dicey than it should’ve been—but in the end, Maryland got the job done against Purdue on Saturday, winning 57-50 as a 6-point favorite. By doing so, the Terps brought home my 40 Dime College Hoops Cheap Chalk of the Year, as I improved to 11-2 with my last 13 basketball releases while I also delivering a third straight profitable day!


For those keeping score, I nailed consecutive 30 Dime winners on BYU (Thursday) and the 76ers (Friday), then raised the bar with Saturday’s 40 Dime winner on Maryland. I’ll do the math for you: That’s 100 Dimes cleared in 72 hours!


So what do I have for an encore on this NFL Championship Sunday? What else but another raise-the-bar play—a 50 Dime release on the Packers-49ers clash from San Francisco.


Do the 49ers hammer Green Bay for the second time in less than two months and advance to the Super Bowl for the seventh time in franchise history? Or will Aaron Rodgers and the Packers keep this one close and perhaps exact the ultimate revenge by stealing the outright upset and a trip to the Super Bowl?


You better believe I’ve got the right answers!


Guys, it goes without saying that I have not held up my end of the bargain in the NFL the past few weeks—and I’m absolutely not about to run and hide from that fact. But let’s not forget that I’m the same handicapper who nailed his first 9 NFL selections—that’s not a misprint: I started out 9-0 in the NFL. Not only that, I was 12-4-1 through my first 17 NFL plays.


My point? You know that it wasn’t that long ago that I was the hottest NFL handicapper on the face of earth. You also know that I’m running really hot right now, turning in winning results each of the last three days and four of the last five. Put those two facts together, and you’d be crazy not to purchase a ticket to board the D-Train on this glorious NFL Championship Sunday!



NFC Championship Game Lock

Packers vs. 49ers

Stronger than Saturday's 
40 Dime CBB winner:
Maryland (-6) over Purdue

18-7 run with all 30 Dime plays, 
including 8-1 L/9
This play is STRONGER!

3-0 L/3 DAYS (+100 DIMES)


For Sunday’s freebie, we’ll dip our toes in the Missouri Valley Conference pool for the first time this season and back Southern Illinois at home against Drake.


Since losing 76-60 to San Francisco back on Nov. 16, Southern Illinois has been quite predictable: The Salukis are 6-0 SU and ATS at home and 0-6 SU and 1-5 ATS on the road. And each of the six home victories were convincing, as SIU blew out North Carolina-Central (64-48), Norfolk State (76-59), Hampton (75-53), Southeast Missouri State (64-45), Illinois State (67-55) and Valparaiso (63-50). So not only is that six straight double-digit home wins; it’s six wins by an average of 16.3 points.


To put the Salukis’ home-road discrepancy into clearer focus, just look at their offensive production: Since Nov. 10, they’ve tallied 52, 66, 60, 69, 48, 56, 48 and 48 points in eight road defeats (55.9 ppg). But in six home wins, they’ve scored 64, 76, 75, 64, 67 and 63 points (68.2 ppg).


As for Drake, it comes into today having won three of its last four (SU and ATS), but the three wins were at home, while the one loss was on the road (66-61 at Valpo). In fact, the Bulldogs are 1-4 SU and ATS on the highway (compared with 10-0 at home). And each of those losses was ugly: 81-59 at Cincinnati, 67-59 at Miami (Ohio), 78-47 at Dayton and 80-72 at Bradley.


Throw in the fact that Drake is 1-4 ATS as an underdog this season, while the Salukis have gotten the money as a favorite during its 6-0 SU and ATS home winning streak, and I have no problem laying this short price.