Graded Week 1 selections for Circa College Hoops Challenge

January 22, 2023 01:03 AM
Update: Week 1 of the Circa College Hoops Challenge is over. The eight contestants (plus unofficial participants Matt Youmans and Danielle Alvari) went a combined 29-21.
Standings: Rex Beyers (4-1), Greg “Hoops” Peterson (4-1), Jim Root (4-1), Wes Reynolds (3-2), William Hill (3-2), Paul Stone (2-3), Aaron Moore (2-3), Tim Murray (2-3), plus Alvari (3-2) and Youmans (2-3).


Riding the coattails of the popular Circa Friday Football Invitational is a new VSIN-produced event, the Circa College Hoops Challenge.

Eight handicappers will compete each Friday night—tipping off this week and continuing through March 17—and play for bragging rights, a trophy and a prize package put up by Circa owner Derek Stevens.

With the field officially set, here are the contest details:


Eight handicappers compete—with no entry fee required—in a Friday night college basketball contest with prizes awarded.

When: Friday, January 20, 2023 through Friday, March, 17 (8 weeks, 9 rounds)

Where: VSIN studio at the Circa sportsbook

Contest plays: Five plays, college basketball full-game sides and totals only, from the Saturday schedule with one designated as the Best Bet (BB).

—Plays will be graded as one point for a win and a half-point for a push. If a game is canceled, it’s graded as a push (worth a half-point); a postponed game must be played by the following Thursday or it’s also graded as a push.

—The Best Bet (BB) point total will be used as a season-long tiebreaker if needed.

Use the best available Circa Sports and DraftKings lines posted on Fridays between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Contestants must send the Circa or DraftKings number posted at the time plays are submitted. Plays can only be submitted once, no changes allowed, and use the proper line.

—Five plays must be sent to Matt Youmans no later than 5:30 p.m. each Friday.

Prize structure: This is a winner-take-all event. Circa owner Derek Stevens is awarding a Stadium Swim cabana with a $1,000 credit (to be used by the end of August) and a Circa sportsbook VIP booth for one day to the contest winner, who also receives a trophy.

Contest format: The contest begins on Friday, January 20, 2023, and continues each Friday through March 17. There will be seven rounds (Jan. 20 and 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 and March 3) prior to the first week of the NCAA Tournament, which will consist of two rounds (games played on March 16 and 17).

—In mid-March, the final week of the contest will be the first round of the NCAA Tournament and a total of 10 plays must be submitted on Wednesday, March 15. Each contestant will submit five plays for the Thursday tournament games and five more plays for the Friday tournament games.

Elimination rounds: None. Unlike the Friday football contest, all eight contestants compete from start to finish.

Media participation: All contestants are invited to join the Matt Youmans-hosted show in studio or by phone/video each Friday night when the plays are announced. The contest will be broadcast on VSiN and in the Circa sportsbook, with plays published on

(Derek Stevens has the authority to make a final ruling on any contest rules disputes.)

Introducing the elite eight contestants:

Rex Beyers, oddsmaker at PlayUp USA @Rex_Beyers

William Hill, VSiN analyst @NotTheeWillHill

Aaron Moore, VSiN analyst, sports media professor @pubrelationprof

Tim Murray, VSiN host @1TimMurray

Greg “Hoops” Peterson, VSiN host @GUnit_81

Wes Reynolds, VSiN host @WesReynolds1

Jim Root, professional handicapper @2ndChancePoints

Paul Stone, professional bettor from Texas @paulstonesports

Week 1 Selections


TCU +7.5 Arizona +1

Akron -6.5

Santa Clara +12

(BB) UL-Lafayette -3

Record (points): 0-0 (0)

Best Bets: 0-0 (0)


Georgia Tech +2.5

Georgetown +19

TCU +7.5

Towson -9.5

(BB) Arizona pick

Record (points): 0-0 (0)

Best Bets: 0-0 (0)


George Washington +6.5

Cornell -1

Belmont-Bradley Over 137

Grand Canyon -1.5 

(BB) UTEP +7

Record (points): 0-0 (0)

Best Bets: 0-0 (0)


Notre Dame -5

Arizona +1

Marquette -1.5

Gonzaga -15.5

(BB) Texas Tech +5.5

Record (points): 0-0 (0)

Best Bets: 0-0 (0)


Iowa +5

Delaware +4.5

Kentucky -4.5

Robert Morris -7.5

(BB) UCLA-Arizona Under 150.5

Record (points): 0-0 (0)

Best Bets: 0-0 (0)


TCU +8

Ohio State -4

Texas Tech +5.5


(BB) Virginia Tech +2

Record (points): 0-0 (0)

Best Bets: 0-0 (0)


Delaware +4

James Madison-Southern Miss Over 147

Florida State +10

Baylor pick

(BB) Neb. Omaha-South Dakota Under 145.5

Record (points): 0-0 (0)

Best Bets: 0-0 (0)


Texas A&M-Kentucky Under 138

North Texas +4

West Virginia -2

Arizona State -3

(BB) Cal Baptist -5.5

Record (points): 0-0 (0)

Best Bets: 0-0 (0)



TCU +7.5

Kansas State -5

Miami Florida +5

UCLA pick

(BB) VTech-Clemson Over 142.5

Record (points): 0-0 (0)

Best Bets: 0-0 (0)



Notre Dame -5

Kentucky -4.5

Arizona +1

Texas Tech +5.5

(BB) UNLV -3

Record (points): 0-0 (0)

Best Bets: 0-0 (0)

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