Can't Use the ESPN Bet App From Texas

Written by:
Tony Caliente
Published on:
Feb/17/2024

Those in Texas will see advertisements for the newly launched ESPN Bet.  Unfortunately the app is not available in the state.  Residents and visitors alike can still place sports bets courtesy of websites that operate worldwide and hold a license in other jurisdictions like BetUS, which is among the oldest established brands in business now for 30 years.

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Get Ready for March Madness

Now that the Super Bowl is over, it's time to look ahead at the upcoming NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament.  And Texans are in luck as the Houston Cougars sat atop the rankings - well 3rd anyway - and were the favorites to win it all as of Mid-February.  Ken Pomeroy had Houston atop his rankings at least.

ESPN Power Rankings for the third week in February offered this:

"While Houston's defense gets all the headlines, the Cougars' three key metrics at EvanMiya.com all revolve around their offense. All three of their losses this season came when they attempted fewer than 15 free throws, made fewer than 33.3% of their 3-pointers and their opponent committed fewer than 15 fouls. Against Cincinnati on February 10, however, the Cougars were still able to come out with a win, despite none of those thresholds being met."

Houston is not the only Texas team heading to the Madness.

Baylor, Texas Tech, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU and SMU are all likely to punch their ticket into the Big Dance this year.  The SMU Mustangs ranked the lowest on Pomeroy at No. 41.

College Player Props Are Available

Examples of prop bets that were available for the Longhorns-Cougars game on February 17 included the Over/Unders for the following players (total):

Scoring Prop Bets

Baylor Scheierman (17.5)

Creighton Bluejays

DJ Davis (16.5)

Butler Bulldogs

Jahmyl Telfort (15.5)

Butler Bulldogs

Pierre Brooks II (13.5)

Butler Bulldogs

Posh Alexander (10.5)

Butler Bulldogs

Ryan Kalkbrenner (18.5)

Creighton Bluejays

Steven Ashworth (12.5)

Creighton Bluejays

Trey Alexander (17.5)

Creighton Bluejays

Rebounds

Baylor Scheierman (10.5)

Creighton Bluejays

DJ Davis (3.5)

Butler Bulldogs

Jahmyl Telfort (4.5)

Butler Bulldogs

Pierre Brooks II (5.5)

Butler Bulldogs

Posh Alexander (4.5)

Butler Bulldogs

Ryan Kalkbrenner (7.5)

Creighton Bluejays

Steven Ashworth (3.5)

Creighton Bluejays

Trey Alexander (4.5)

Creighton Bluejays

Assists

Baylor Scheierman (3.5)

Jahmyl Telfort (3.5)

Steven Ashworth (3.5)

Trey Alexander (4.5)

Reigning Champ Rangers Return for MLB Action

Texas Rangers won their first World Series title with a 5-0 victory over Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 5.  They were tied with the 2nd shortest odds to win the 2024 World Series with Philadelphia, promising a payout of $1000 on a $100 bet.

All eyes were glued to Jordan Montgomery as he remains a free agent.  Whether he heads elsewhere remains a question as we head into late February.  Montgomery is favored to go to the Yankees at 2/1.

Rangers general manager Chris Young suggested the club is not likely to pursue further acquisitions ahead of Opening Day.

“I don’t think there are any additions coming at this point,” Young told reporters, citing the organization’s diminished local broadcasting revenues on their contract with Diamond Sports Group.

While Young noted the team will “keep an open mind."

Odds to Win NCAA Men's College Basketball Championship

updated February 15, 2024 with all NCAA Men's College Basketball Championship odds courtesy of BetUS and subject to change if bet is not locked in.

Rot     2024 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Winner     Moneyline
1001     Duke         +2500
1002     Kentucky         +2500
1003     Kansas         +2000
1004     UConn         +650
1005     Marquette         +2200
1006     Purdue         +700
1007     North Carolina         +1600
1008     Alabama         +2000
1009     Michigan State         +5500
1010     Arizona         +1200
1011     Creighton         +5000
1012     Texas         +8000
1013     Houston         +900
1014     UCLA         +20000
1015     USC         +30000
1016     Arkansas         +25000
1017     Gonzaga         +8000
1018     Baylor         +3500
1019     Tennessee         +1200
1020     Miami FL         +10000
1021     Michigan         +25000
1022     Villanova         +15000
1023     TCU         +10000
1024     Xavier         +12500
1025     Oregon         +10000
1026     Saint Mary's         +7000
1027     Virginia         +10000
1028     Texas A&M         +8000
1029     Ohio State         +15000
1030     Auburn         +1600
1031     San Diego State         +8000
1032     Florida Atlantic         +6000
1033     Memphis         +10000
1034     Illinois         +3500
1035     Indiana         +30000
1036     Iowa State         +2200
1037     West Virginia         +40000
1038     Oklahoma State         +40000
1039     Maryland         +16000
1040     Kansas State         +15000
1041     Wisconsin         +4000
1042     Saint John's         +10000
1043     Providence         +12500
1044     Texas Tech         +8000
1045     Florida         +10000
1046     Penn State         +30000
1047     Colorado         +10000
1048     Iowa         +20000
1049     Arizona State         +16000
1050     Missouri         +25000
1051     New Mexico         +8000
1052     North Carolina State         +15000
1053     Oklahoma         +10000
1054     Mississippi State         +8000
1055     Washington State         +20000
1056     Syracuse         +20000
1057     Virginia Tech         +15000
1058     Vanderbilt         +40000
1059     Louisville         +40000
1060     Utah State         +10000
1061     Clemson         +10000
1062     Northwestern         +9000
1063     Nevada         +12500
1064     Pittsburgh         +25000
1065     Boise State         +14000
1066     Notre Dame         +25000
1067     Drake         +25000
1068     Wake Forest         +16000
1069     VCU         +25000
1070     UAB         +25000
1071     Florida State         +20000
1072     Utah         +8000
1073     Georgetown         +50000
1074     Ole Miss         +10000
1075     Dayton         +8000
1076     Stanford         +15000
1077     Cincinnati         +10000
1078     Butler         +20000
1080     BYU         +5000
1081     Charleston         +50000
1082     UCF         +25000
1083     South Carolina         +8000
1084     Kent State         +50000
1086     Georgia Tech         +25000
1087     Toledo         +50000
1089     Oregon State         +50000
1090     UNLV         +25000
1091     Nebraska         +12500
1092     LSU         +20000
1094     Belmont         +50000
1095     Loyola Chicago         +50000
1096     Boston College         +100000
1097     DePaul         +100000
1098     California         +50000
1099     Davidson         +100000
1100     Washington         +50000
1101     Tulane         +100000
1102     Minnesota         +50000
1103     Temple         +100000
1104     Grand Canyon         +25000
1201     Seton Hall         +10000
1202     Colorado State         +10000

- Tony Caliente, Gambling911.com

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