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    LONG ISLAND (18 - 16) vs. RADFORD (22 - 12) - 3/13/2018, 6:40 PM
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    ST BONAVENTURE (25 - 7) vs. UCLA (21 - 11) - 3/13/2018, 9:10 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    UCLA is 12-5 ATS (+6.5 Units) when the total is 150 to 159.5 this season.
    ST BONAVENTURE is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) in road games after allowing 80 points or more over the last 3 seasons.


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    N KENTUCKY (22 - 9) at LOUISVILLE (20 - 13) - 3/13/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    N KENTUCKY is 38-21 ATS (+14.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    N KENTUCKY is 38-21 ATS (+14.9 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    N KENTUCKY is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    N KENTUCKY is 15-4 ATS (+10.6 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
    N KENTUCKY is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) in all tournament games over the last 2 seasons.


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    WAGNER (23 - 9) at BAYLOR (18 - 14) - 3/13/2018, 7:00 PM
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    VERMONT (27 - 7) at MIDDLE TENN ST (24 - 7) - 3/13/2018, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MIDDLE TENN ST is 38-23 ATS (+12.7 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    MIDDLE TENN ST is 38-23 ATS (+12.7 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    MIDDLE TENN ST is 25-11 ATS (+12.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
    MIDDLE TENN ST is 18-8 ATS (+9.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games over the last 3 seasons.


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    BOSTON COLLEGE (19 - 15) at W KENTUCKY (24 - 10) - 3/13/2018, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    BOSTON COLLEGE is 13-25 ATS (-14.5 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.
    W KENTUCKY is 20-12 ATS (+6.8 Units) in all games this season.
    W KENTUCKY is 20-12 ATS (+6.8 Units) in all lined games this season.
    W KENTUCKY is 49-26 ATS (+20.4 Units) in March games since 1997.
    W KENTUCKY is 58-38 ATS (+16.2 Units) in all tournament games since 1997.
    BOSTON COLLEGE is 120-87 ATS (+24.3 Units) in road games since 1997.
    BOSTON COLLEGE is 120-87 ATS (+24.3 Units) in road lined games since 1997.


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    FLA GULF COAST (23 - 11) at OKLAHOMA ST (19 - 14) - 3/13/2018, 9:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    OKLAHOMA ST is 120-84 ATS (+27.6 Units) in non-conference games since 1997.
    OKLAHOMA ST is 21-9 ATS (+11.1 Units) in first round tournament games since 1997.
    FLA GULF COAST is 15-6 ATS (+8.4 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
    FLA GULF COAST is 15-6 ATS (+8.4 Units) in all lined games over the last 3 seasons.
    FLA GULF COAST is 20-5 ATS (+14.5 Units) as an underdog since 1997.
    FLA GULF COAST is 20-6 ATS (+13.4 Units) in March games since 1997.
    FLA GULF COAST is 8-0 ATS (+8.0 Units) on Tuesday nights since 1997.
    FLA GULF COAST is 23-8 ATS (+14.2 Units) after a conference game since 1997.
    FLA GULF COAST is 19-8 ATS (+10.2 Units) in non-conference games since 1997.
    FLA GULF COAST is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) after scoring 80 points or more since 1997.
    FLA GULF COAST is 29-11 ATS (+16.9 Units) in all tournament games since 1997.
    FLA GULF COAST is 21-8 ATS (+12.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record since 1997.
    FLA GULF COAST is 12-1 ATS (+10.9 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games since 1997.


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    HAMPTON (19 - 15) at NOTRE DAME (20 - 14) - 3/13/2018, 9:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NOTRE DAME is 27-45 ATS (-22.5 Units) as a home favorite of 12.5 or more points since 1997.


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    SE LOUISIANA (22 - 11) at ST MARYS-CA (28 - 5) - 3/13/2018, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    ST MARYS-CA is 66-44 ATS (+17.6 Units) in home games in non-conference games since 1997.
    ST MARYS-CA is 81-112 ATS (-42.2 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games since 1997.


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    RIDER (22 - 9) at OREGON (22 - 12) - 3/13/2018, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    OREGON is 30-17 ATS (+11.3 Units) in all home games over the last 3 seasons.
    OREGON is 30-17 ATS (+11.3 Units) in home lined games over the last 3 seasons.
    OREGON is 15-4 ATS (+10.6 Units) in a home game where the total is 160 to 169.5 since 1997.
    OREGON is 71-48 ATS (+18.2 Units) in March games since 1997.
    OREGON is 26-13 ATS (+11.7 Units) after a conference game over the last 2 seasons.
    OREGON is 20-10 ATS (+9.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games over the last 2 seasons.
    OREGON is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games over the last 2 seasons.
    OREGON is 32-19 ATS (+11.1 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.
    OREGON is 8-28 ATS (-22.8 Units) in home games after scoring 60 points or less since 1997.


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    UNC-ASHEVILLE (21 - 12) at USC (23 - 11) - 3/13/2018, 11:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    USC is 43-28 ATS (+12.2 Units) as a favorite over the last 3 seasons.
    USC is 57-36 ATS (+17.4 Units) in March games since 1997.
    USC is 28-14 ATS (+12.6 Units) in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.


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    E WASHINGTON (20 - 14) at UTAH VALLEY ST (22 - 10) - 3/13/2018, 9:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    E WASHINGTON is 76-50 ATS (+21.0 Units) off a loss against a conference rival since 1997.


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    Radford (-4) vs LIU
    LIU won its last five games, Radford won its last seven; Blackbirds finished T4 in NEC- they want to play fast (#39 pace). Radford plays slow (#346 pace); they finished T2 in Big South. LIU is 2-3 vs teams ranked in top 200; their SOS is #317- both their guards are sophomores. Radford was last in NCAA in ’09; their G’s are frosh/senior. Blackbirds were in NCAAs in 2011-13, going 0-3. Radford was last in NCAA’s in ’09. Last seven years, underdogs are 8-4-1 vs spread in 16-seed play-in games. NEC teams are 3-2 in play-in games; Big South teams are 2-1.


    UCLA (-3.5) vs St Bonaventure
    St Bonaventure played in this arena Jan 3, losing by 10 to the Dayton Flyers; they’re in NCAA’s for first time since ’12. Bonnies finished 2nd in A-14 this year; they’re #32 experience team, with pair of senior G’s- they won 13 of last 14 games, are 10-2 outside A-14, 7-4 vs top 100 teams. UCLA is #263 experience team; they play pace #57, and finished 3rd in Pac-12. Bruins lost three of last five games; they’re 9-3 outside Pac-12, 12-9 vs top 100 teams- they shoot 38.3% on arc and take lot of them. UCLA’s PG is a junior. Favorites are 7-7 vs spread in 11-seed play-in games, 4-0 the last two years.


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    Texas Southern (-4) vs North Carolina Central

    Texas Southern started this season 0-13 with a ridiculous streak of guarantee games against big-name teams; 11 of the 13 teams are ranked in top 120. Tigers are in NCAA’s for 4th time in five years; they’re coached by former Indiana coach Davis, start frosh/soph G’s. TSU won its last seven games, North Carolina Central won its last five. NCC finished 6th in MEAC; they play slow (#320) pace, TSU plays fast (#35). Eagles start two freshman G’s. NCC is 16-11 vs teams ranked below #200- they beat SWAC’s Southern 80-67. MEAC teams are 3-4 in play-in games; SWAC teams are 1-7.


    Arizona State (-1) vs Syracuse
    Syracuse won its first NCAA tourney game last seven times they were in, with last first-round loss in ’06 to Texas A&M, but they were usually a very high seed. Orange did get to Final Four as a 10-seed two years ago. Syracuse finished T10 in ACC this year; they play slow (#342) pace, are 3-5 in last eight games- their bench plays fewest minutes in country- they have no senior starters. Arizona State went 8-11 in Pac-12 after being 12-0 at Christmas; they lost five of last six games, start three seniors. Sun Devils play fast (#36) pace. ASU is 10-9 vs top 100 teams; Syracuse is 5-9 vs top 50 teams.


    Tuesday’s other tournaments
    To me, these games are a crapshoot; there is no way of knowing which teams will come to compete, and which teams will just go through the motions.


    Louisville lost five of its last seven games to fall off bubble; they lost seven of last nine games vs top 100 teams. Cardinals are 10-3 outside ACC, with all three losses to top 30 teams. Northern Kentucky isn’t a top 30 team, but they won eight of last ten games, won Horizon regular season title; Norse lost by 6 at Texas A&M in their highest profile game.


    Baylor lost four of its last five games; Bears are 8-1 vs teams ranked outside top 100, with seven wins by 17+ points. Wagner won the NEC by two games; they lost by 21 at Seton Hall, by 44 at Missouri in their high profile games. Seahawks won 14 of last 18 games; they turn ball over 19.7% of time- they foul a lot- their opponents get to line 5th-most of any team in country.


    Middle Tennessee lost its last two games after an 11-game win streak, got hosed by the NCAA committee; they start three seniors who are 80-22 the last three seasons. Blue Raiders lost in Dallas Friday; they play pace #262. Vermont lost America East title game at home Saturday, a bitter disappointment- quick turnaround for both teams. Catamounts play pace #340- they’re experience team #27 that is 1-4 vs top 100 teams, losing by 4-10-4-2 points.


    Western Kentucky lost C-USA title game by a point Saturday; they lost three of last five games but get chance at a home game against an ACC squad here. Hilltoppers beat Purdue, lost by 8 to Villanova in the Bahamas tourney in November- can they contain’s BC’s guards? Boston College is 10-3 outside the ACC; they won two games in ACC tournament last week, beating NC State.


    Oklahoma State went 10-2 vs non-conference schedule #309, which gave the committee an excuse to screw them over; Cowboys went 8-10 in tough Big X, beating Kansas twice- they also beat Florida State by a point in Florida. Question is: Will they pout about their snub or play to win this tournament? Florida Gulf Coast split its last six games, allowing 90+ points in all three losses; Eagles are 6-8 outside A-Sun, losing by 10-5-13-20 points vs top 100 teams.


    Notre Dame, when healthy, is a top 25 team; they’re healthy now. Irish are 7-4 in their last 11 games; they’re 5-0 vs teams ranked outside top 200, four wins by 18+ points. Question is how much will Colson play, as opposed to resting his legs for the NBA? Hampton won 10 of last 11 games, before losing MEAC final; they lost by 36 to Xavier, 34 to Virginia in their high-profile games.


    St Mary’s is playing in the NIT because they schedule too many home games against teams like SE Louisiana. Gaels are 4-3 in last seven games- they’re #21 experience team that played #285 pre-conference schedule. Question is: How much do they want to keep playing? They start three seniors. SE Louisiana won nine of its last ten games; they lost by 36 at Notre Dame, by 23 at Tulane.


    Oregon won five of last seven games but got smoked by 20 by USC Friday in Pac-12 semis; Ducks are #278 experience team that wasn’t on the bubble, so they weren’t disappointed Sunday- they’re 12-2 vs teams ranked outside top 100. Rider is 7-5 outside MAAC; they lost by 26 to Xavier, by 4 to Providence in their high profile games. Broncos are the second-worst free throw shooting team in the country.


    USC doesn’t have a lot of depth; they got screwed over Sunday, how will they react? After playing Oregon/Arizona in Vegas last week, will they care about NC-Asheville? Trojans’ opponents have the longest possession of anyone in country. Asheville lost by 26 at St Mary’s, 31 at Clemson, 3 at Vanderbilt in their high profile games. Bulldogs are #40 experience team in country- they shoot the 3 very well (39.1%).


    Eastern Washington lost Big Sky final late Saturday night, which snapped their 8-game losing streak; they lost by 19 to Seattle of WAC in December. Eagles shoot 38.6% on arc, are 2-5 vs top 100 teams this year- they won at Stanford. Utah Valley played Kentucky/Duke on consecutive days to start season; Wolverines won their two games vs Big Sky teams this year by 13-8 points. UVSU is the #9 experience team in the country.
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    WAGNER @ BAYLOR
    Baylor is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Baylor is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home


    NORTHERN KENTUCKY @ LOUISVILLE
    Louisville is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Louisville's last 6 games at home


    VERMONT @ MIDDLE TENNESSEE
    Middle Tennessee is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home
    Middle Tennessee is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games


    BOSTON COLLEGE @ WESTERN KENTUCKY
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston College's last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston College's last 5 games on the road
    Western Kentucky is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
    Western Kentucky is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games


    HAMPTON @ NOTRE DAME
    Notre Dame is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Notre Dame's last 5 games


    FLORIDA GULF COAST @ OKLAHOMA STATE
    Oklahoma State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma State's last 5 games


    EASTERN WASHINGTON @ UTAH VALLEY
    Eastern Washington is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
    Eastern Washington is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    Utah Valley is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games at home
    Utah Valley is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games


    UCLA @ ST. BONAVENTURE
    UCLA is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of UCLA's last 6 games
    St. Bonaventure is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games


    RIDER @ OREGON
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Rider's last 7 games
    Rider is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
    Oregon is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Oregon is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home


    SAINT MARY'S-CALIFORNIA
    Saint Mary's-California is 22-2 SU in its last 24 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Saint Mary's-California's last 10 games at home


    UNC ASHEVILLE @ USC
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of USC's last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of USC's last 5 games at home
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    Tuesday's NCAA Tournament First Four betting preview and odds




    UCLA’s junior guard Aaron Holiday averages a Pac 12-best 20.3 points, 5.8 assists and drains 43.3 percent from 3-point range.


    The NCAA Tournament tips off Tuesday night with a pair of play-in games - the NCAA definitely doesn't want you to call them "play-in" games but they are definitely play-in games. The battle of potential No. 16 seeds has LIU - Brooklyn taking on Radford and St. Bonaventure and UCLA will battle for the right to take on Florida as a No. 11 seed in the Big Dance.


    First Four games to be played at University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.


    (16) LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds vs (16) Radford Highlanders (-4.5, 138.5)


    March Madness Betting Breakdown: No. 16 Radford vs. No. 16 LIU Brooklyn
    Radford (-4) and LIU Brooklyn battle in Tuesday's play-in game to see which No. 16 seed advances to the Round of 64.


    Two programs looking for their first NCAA Tournament victory meet when LIU Brooklyn takes on Radford in the First Four on Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio, with the winner moving on to face top seed Villanova two days later in the East Region at Pittsburgh. The Highlanders won their last seven contests, including the Big South title game, while the co-16th seeded Blackbirds are on a five-game win streak that ended with a Northeast Conference championship.


    LIU Brooklyn is in the field for the seventh time - the first since making it three straight years (2011-13) - and the NEC’s second-leading scorer Joel Hernandez (20.9) has been the go-to player, including a 32-point explosion in the championship game victory over Wagner. The Blackbirds are coached by Derek Kellogg, who is in his first season after spending nine years at Massachusetts where he took the Minutemen to the Big Dance once. Radford, in the tournament for the first time since 2009 and third overall, won its championship game in dramatic fashion as freshman guard Carlik Jones drained a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Liberty 55-52. “Everybody’s shocked because nobody believed in us but Radford,” Highlanders junior forward Ed Polite Jr. told reporters. “We played with that chip on our shoulder the whole year.”


    TV: 6:40 p.m. ET, truTV


    LINE HISTORY: Radford opened as 3.5-point favorites and they have been bet up to the current pointspread of -4.5. The total hit betting boards at 137 and steady action on the Over has pushed that number up to 138.5.


    BETTING STATS:





    ABOUT RADFORD: The Highlanders have only two players averaging in double figures and Polite leads the way in points (13.5), rebounds (7.7) and steals (1.9), but he was just 5-for-20 from the floor the last two games. Jones is the only other double-digit point producer at 11.8 and averaged 14.5 in the Big South Tournament, including 13 in the final to go along with six assists and five rebounds. Sophomore forward Devonnte Holland contributed 11 points and seven boards in the final and sophomore guard Travis Fields Jr. averaged 11.5 in the last two.


    ABOUT LIU BROOKLYN: Hernandez, a senior guard, also contributes 5.9 rebounds and three other players average at least 10 points for the Blackbirds - who were second in the league in scoring (77.5). Junior guard Raiquan Clark (17.4 points, team-high 7.1 rebounds) connects on 55.7 percent of his shots, while sophomore backcourt mate Julian Batts scores 10 per contest. Sophomore guard Jashaun Agosto (11.7 points) tops the team in assists (4.1), although he must rebound after going 5-of-28 from the field over his last three contests.


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    TRENDS:


    * Blackbirds are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games.
    * Highlanders are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
    * Under is 4-0 in Blackbirds' last 4 overall.
    * Under is 4-0 in Highlanders' last 4 overall.


    CONSENSUS: The early consensus data shows 61 percent of bettors taking the points with Brooklyn, while 54 percent of wagers are on the Under.







    (11) St. Bonaventure Bonnies vs (11) UCLA Bruins (-3.5, 155)


    March Madness Betting Breakdown: No. 11 UCLA vs. No. 11 St. Bonaventure
    UCLA (-3.5) faces St. Bonaventure in Tuesday's play-in game to see which No. 11 seed will advance to the Round of 64.


    UCLA makes its fifth trip to NCAA Tournament in six years and looks to win at least two games for the fourth straight time when it begins play against dangerous St. Bonaventure on Tuesday in the First Four at Dayton, Ohio - in a battle of 11th seeds to open the East Region. The Bruins lost three of their last five games, but gave red-hot Arizona all it could handle before losing in overtime at the Pac-12 semifinals.


    St. Bonaventure, which won 13 games in a row before losing to Davidson in the Atlantic-10 semifinals, set a program record for victories in a regular season (24) and is tied with the 1969-70 team that made the Final Four for the most overall (25). The matchup could come down to guard play as both teams boast talented backcourts that can put up plenty of points, dish the ball and drain long-range shots. UCLA’s junior guard Aaron Holiday averages a Pac 12-best 20.3 points, 5.8 assists and drains 43.3 percent from 3-point range, while the senior duo of Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley for the Bonnies combined to score almost 40 per contest and have connected on 177 tries behind the arc between them. The survivor will travel to Dallas where it will take on sixth-seeded Florida in the first round on Thursday.


    TV: 9:10 p.m. ET, truTV


    LINE HISTORY: UCLA opened as 3.5-point favorites over the upstart Bonnies and as of Tuesday mornign that number has yet to move. The total hit betting boards at 153 and has been bet up two full points to 155.


    BETTING STATS:





    ABOUT UCLA: Holiday was held to 15 points on 5-of-20 shooting from the field by Arizona, but averaged 28.2 points in his previous five games and scored at least 29 five times this season after producing 12.3 per contest as a sophomore. Thomas Welsh, a 7-0 senior, had a big Pac-12 Tournament while averaging 17.5 points along with 14 rebounds in two games and the Bruins will need that again to make a run. Kris Wilkes, a 6-8 guard who was named to the Pac-12’s All-Freshman team, is second on the team in scoring (13.8).


    ABOUT ST. BONAVENTURE: Adams, who also leads the team in assists (5.4), steals (1.5), averages 19.8 points while connecting on 45.7 percent beyond the arc. Mobley made 14 shots from long-range in the A-10 Tournament and boasts 102 of 292 career triples this season while averaging 18.5 points in his second season with the Bonnies. Production in the paint will be needed to open up the perimeter and Courtney Stockard (12.9 points, 6.4 rebounds) along with fellow junior forward LaDarien Griffin (8.7, team-best 6.5 boards) can provide that.


    MATCHUP CHART:





    TRENDS:


    * Bonnies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a double-digit loss at home.
    * Bruins are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games.
    * Under is 5-1 in Bonnies' last 6 non-conference games.
    * Over is 4-1 in Bruins last 5 non-conference games.


    CONSENSUS: The early consensus shows 61 percent of bettors siding with the favorite UCLA Bruins, while 67 percent of totals wagers are on the Over.
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    Tuesday's First Four
    March 13, 2018



    **Radford vs. LIU Brooklyn**


    -- The 2018 NCAA Tournament gets underway tonight in Dayton with a pair of games in the First Four. The lid-lifter will feature Radford, the Big South Tournament winner, up against LIU Brooklyn, which won the Northeast Conference Tournament. As of early this morning, most book had Radford (22-12 straight up, 5-4 against the spread) listed as a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 138.5. The Blackbirds were +170 on the money line (risk $100 to win $170).


    -- Both schools are looking for their first NCAA Tournament victory in the history of their programs. The winner advances to meet Villanova in Pittsburgh on Thursday.


    -- LIU Brooklyn (18-16 SU, 3-4 ATS) is No. 235 in the RPI Rankings and didn’t face an RPI Top 100 opponent all season. The Blackbirds went 2-1 in their only three games against an RPI Top-150 foe, Wagner. In the only two games against schools from decent conferences (the AAC and A-10), they lost 102-96 at Tulane and 81-68 at Fordham.


    -- LIU Brooklyn has won five games in a row, including a 71-61 win over Wagner in the finals of the Northeast Conference Tournament. Joel Hernandez carried his team to victory with 32 points, seven rebounds, three steals, two assists and a pair of blocked shots. Raiquan Clark made 8-of-12 field-goal attempts and finished with 20 points and eight rebounds.


    -- Hernandez is the NEC’s second-leading scorer with a 20.9 points-per-game average. He also averages 5.9 rebounds per game and is draining 38.0 percent of his 3-pointers. Clark (17.4 PPG) paces the Blackbirds in rebounding (7.1 RPG) and FG percentage (55.7%). Jashaun Agosto averages 11.7 points and 4.1 assists per game.


    -- LIU Brooklyn is coached by Derek Kellogg, the former star player at UMass who coached the Minutemen for nine seasons before being fired last March. He took his alma mater to one NCAA Tournament and a pair of NIT appearances. Kellogg has the Blackbirds in the Tournament for the seventh time in program history and the first time since making three straight appearances from 2011 to 2013.


    -- LIU Brooklyn dropped a 68-55 decision to James Madison in the 2013 First Four.


    -- Radford won the Big South Tourney to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the third time and the first since 2009. The Highlanders beat Liberty 55-52 on Carlik Jones’s deep 3-pointer at the buzzer in the finals. Jones was the hero with 13 points, five rebounds, one steal, one blocked shot and six assists without a turnover. Travis Fields Jr. added 12 points thanks to 4-of-4 shooting from 3-point land, while Ed Polite Jr. and Devonnte Holland chipped in with 11 points apiece.


    -- Radford has won seven consecutive games since enduring a three-game losing streak in early February, but it hasn’t tasted defeat in more than a month (2/10/18 at UNC-Asheville by a 66-64 count).


    -- Unlike LIU Brooklyn, Radford didn’t face quality competition during its non-conference slate. The Highlanders lost 82-72 at Ohio State, 77-62 at Nevada and 95-68 at Virginia Tech. They covered the number as 15-point underdogs in a 74-62 loss at Vanderbilt.


    -- Radford is led by Polite, who averages 13.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 0.9 blocked shots per game. Jones is the team’s only other double-figure scorer, averaging 11.8 PPG while handing out 102 assists compared to 56 turnovers.


    -- Radford is No. 136 in the RPI with a pair of Top-150 wins over UNC-Asheville (90-70) at home and vs. UC Davis (72-62) on a neutral floor.


    -- The ‘under’ is 4-2 overall for the Blackbirds.


    -- The ‘under’ has cashed in four straight games to improve to 6-3 overall for the Highlanders.


    -- Tip-off is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. Eastern on TruTV.


    **UCLA vs. St. Bonaventure**


    -- As of early this morning, most betting shops had UCLA (21-11 SU, 16-16 ATS) listed as a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 155. The Bonnies were +155 on the money line (risk $100 to win $155).


    -- Steve Alford still hasn’t led a team past the Sweet 16 in his 22 years as a head coach. However, the legendary player who led Bobby Knight to his third national title at Indiana in 1987 has put the Bruins in the Sweet 16 three times in his four previous years at the school.


    -- UCLA is led by first-team All-Pac-12 selection Aaron Holiday, who led the league in scoring (20.3 PPG). Holiday paces the Bruins in assists (5.8 APG) and steals (1.3 SPG) while splashing the nets at a 43.3 percent rate from downtown. The junior guard has hit 82.6 percent of his FTs. Thomas Welsh was a second-team All-Pac-12 pick. The seven-foot senior center averages a double-double (13.0 PPG, 10.7 RPG) and hits 40.9 percent of his treys.


    -- UCLA advanced to the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals by beating Stanford 88-77 as a four-point ‘chalk.’ Holiday was the catalyst with a sensational performance against the Cardinal, producing 34 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals. Welsh added 18 points and 11 boards on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.


    -- In the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals, UCLA backers took a horrific Bad Beat when Alford’s bunch lost to Arizona 78-67 in overtime as a six-point underdog. The Wildcats outscored the Bruins 11-0 in the extra session. UCLA led four at halftime and never trailed by more than six in regulation. Welsh had 17 points and 17 rebounds in the losing effort.


    -- UCLA has been a single-digit ‘chalk’ 12 times this year, producing a 10-2 SU record and an 8-4 ATS mark. The Bruins are 8-2 ATS in their 10 such spots.


    -- St. Bonaventure (25-7 SU, 15-14 ATS) is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012, garnering its first at-large bid since 2000. The Bonnies had their 13-game winning streak snapped in an 82-70 loss to Davidson in Saturday’s Atlantic-10 Tournament semifinals. Jaylen Adams had 20 points, eight assists and four rebounds in defeat, while Matt Mobley finished with 17 points.


    -- St. Bonaventure guard Courtney Stockard is ‘questionable’ with a hamstring injury that caused him to miss Saturday’s loss to Davidson. Stockard averages 12.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Also, forward Josh Ayeni is ‘questionable’ duet to a knee injury sustained in Saturday’s loss to the Wildcats. Ayeni averages 5.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.


    -- Mark Schmidt’s squad is led by senior guard Adams, who averages team-highs in scoring (19.8 PPG) and assists (5.4 APG). Adams is shooting at a 45.7 percent clip from 3-point range and 85.6 percent from the FT line. He also averages 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Adams’ backcourt mate is fellow senior Mobley, who averages 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Mobley has hit 38.3 percent of his treys and 86.1 percent of his FTs.


    -- St. Bonaventure owns a 4-4 record both SU and ATS in eight games as an underdog.


    -- St. Bonaventure is No. 23 in the RPI Rankings with its 2-2 record against the RPI Top 25, a 3-2 mark versus the Top 50 and a 7-4 ledger against the Top 100. The Bonnies’ best wins are at Buffalo, at Syracuse and vs. Rhode Island. They also have home triumphs vs. Northeaster and Davidson, in addition to neutral-court scalps of Vermont and Maryland.


    -- UCLA has an RPI of 35 with a 2-3 record vs. the RPI Top 25, a 4-4 ledger against the Top 50 and a 10-10 mark versus the Top 100. The Bruins have road wins at Arizona and at USC, in addition to neutral-court victories over Kentucky and Stanford. They have home wins over USC, Washington, Utah, Stanford, Oregon and South Dakota.


    -- The ‘over’ is 18-14 overall for UCLA after cashing in four of its previous six outings.


    -- After cashing in back-to-back games and three of their past four, the ‘over’ is 16-13 overall for the Bonnies.


    -- The winner advances to play Florida in a 6/11 showdown in Dallas on Thursday in the late-night game.


    -- TruTV will have the broadcast 30 minutes after the end of Radford vs. LIU Brooklyn.


    **B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**


    -- Middle Tennessee is a six-point home favorite tonight vs. Vermont at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPNU.


    -- Western Kentucky is a five-point home favorite vs. Boston College at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. A few offshores had the total at 162.5 points early this morning. The ‘over’ has hit in six consecutive contests for the Eagles and is 14-3-1 in their last 18 games.


    -- Kentucky earned a verbal commitment Monday from 2019 four-star forward D.J. Jeffries, who chose UK over the likes of Alabama, Mississippi State, Florida, Memphis and Kansas. Jeffries, a consensus Top-50 recruit, is a product of Olive Branch, Miss.


    -- Former Alabama and North Carolina State head coach Mark Gottfried has been hired in the same capacity at CSU Northridge.


    -- Popular (or infamous?) referee ‘TV’ Teddy Valentine won’t be working this year’s NCAA Tournament, according to a report Monday from ESPN. Valentine had an incident with UNC’s Joel Berry in January and told ESPN that he believes that’s why he is being punished after working the Final Four last year.
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    FIRST ROUND

    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 12 Central Michigan (+5.5, ML +205) at Fort Wayne 94-89 Underdog-Over (164)
    Mar. 12 Abilene Christian at Drake (-8.5) 80-73 (OT) Underdog-Over (151)
    Mar. 12 North Carolina A&T at Liberty (-12) 65-52 Favorite-Under (139.5)
    Mar. 12 Hartford at San Diego (-10) 88-72 Favorite-Over (138)
    Mar. 14 St. Francis-PA at Illinois-Chicago - -
    Mar. 14 Niagara at Eastern Michigan - -
    Mar. 14 Texas-San Antonio at Lamar - -
    Mar. 15 Louisiana-Monroe at Austin Peay - -

    SECOND ROUND AND QUARTERFINALS

    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 16-21 TBD at Wofford - -
    Mar. 16-21 TBD at Northern Colorado - -
    Mar. 16-21 TBD at Portland State - -
    Mar. 16-21 TBD at San Houston State - -
    Mar. 16-21 TBD at TBD - -
    Mar. 22-25 TBD at TBD - -
    Mar. 22-25 TBD at TBD - -
    Mar. 22-25 TBD at TBD - -
    Mar. 22-25 TBD at TBD - -


    SEMIFINALS & FINALS
    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 28 TBD at TBD - -
    Mar. 28 TBD at TBD - -
    Mar. 30 TBD at TBD - -
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    FIRST ROUND

    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 13 Eastern Washington at Utah Valley - -
    Mar. 14 Miami-Oh. at Campbell - -
    Mar. 14 Jacksonville State at Canisius - -
    Mar. 14 North Texas at South Dakota - -
    Mar. 14 UT Rio Grand Valley at New Orleans - -
    Mar. 14 Colgate at San Francisco - -
    Mar. 14 Mercer at Grand Canyon - -
    Mar. 14 Central Arkansas at Seattle -




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    National Invitation Tournament (NIT)


    UPPER LEFT BRACKET

    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 13 Notre Dame vs. Hampton - -
    Mar. 13 Oregon vs. Rider - -
    Mar. 14 Marquette vs. Harvard - -
    Mar. 14 Penn State vs. Temple - -
    Mar. 15-19 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 15-19 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 20-21 TBD vs. TBD - -


    Lower Left Bracket
    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 13 Baylor vs. Wagner - -
    Mar. 13 Louisville vs. Northern Kentucky - -
    Mar. 13 Middle Tennessee vs. Vermont - -
    Mar. 14 Mississippi State vs. Nebraska - -
    Mar. 15-19 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 15-19 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 20-21 TBD vs. TBD - -


    UPPER RIGHT BRACKET
    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 13 USC vs. UNC Asheville - -
    Mar. 13 Western Kentucky vs. Boston College - -
    Mar. 13 Oklahoma State vs. Florida Gulf Coast - -
    Mar. 14 Stanford vs. BYU - -
    Mar. 15-19 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 15-19 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 20-21 TBD vs. TBD - -


    LOWER RIGHT BRACKET
    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 13 St. Mary's vs. SE Louisiana - -
    Mar. 14 LSU vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - -
    Mar. 14 Utah vs. UC Davis - -
    Mar. 14 Boise State vs. Washington - -
    Mar. 15-19 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 15-19 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 20-21 TBD vs. TBD - -


    SEMIFINALS & FINALS
    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 27 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 27 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 29 TBD vs. TBD - -
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    Daum heads list of notable NCAA players from one-bid leagues
    March 13, 2018



    South Dakota State forward Mike Daum already has experienced the NCAA Tournament twice before. Now he wants to discover what it feels like to win on college basketball's biggest stage.


    Daum, one of the nation's most prolific scorers, heads a list of several notable players from one-bid leagues relishing their chance at the spotlight this week. South Dakota State (28-6) is the No. 12 seed in the West Region and faces Ohio State (24-8) on Thursday in Boise, Idaho.


    ''Being able to say I won a game in March Madness would be something I've dreamed about ever since I was a little kid,'' Daum said. ''It would be a blessing to be able to do this.''


    Daum's had a couple of shots before. He scored 16 points in a 79-74 NCAA Tournament loss to Maryland two years ago and had 17 points last season when South Dakota State fell 66-46 in the opening round to Gonzaga .


    Those games provided a rare national showcase for Daum, one of the nation's top players from outside the major conferences.


    After redshirting his first year at South Dakota State, Daum has developed into a two-time Summit League player of the year. The 6-foot-9 junior is one of five finalists for the Karl Malone Award given annually to the nation's top power forward.


    Daum ranks sixth among all Division I players in scoring (23.8) and 14th in rebounding (10.4) this season. He's ready to apply the lessons learned from South Dakota State's last two NCAA appearances while trying to lead the Jackrabbits beyond the first round.


    ''The size and length is the biggest noticeable aspect of other (NCAA Tournament) teams,'' Daum said. ''We don't have a lot of guys who are 7-footers or 6-9 with 7-foot wingspans in the Summit League, guys who are unbelievable athletes. When we get into the NCAA Tournament, you play a team with a full roster of guys like that. For us, it's just mentally preparing for things like that.''


    Here's a rundown of some other potential NCAA Tournament impact performers from one-bid leagues:


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    JOE CHEALEY (guard, College of Charleston)


    Next game: Friday vs. Auburn at San Diego


    Notable: Chealey scored 32 points as Charleston erased a 17-point, second-half deficit to beat Northeastern 83-76 in overtime in the Colonial Athletic Association championship game . The 6-4 senior has been named first-team all-CAA two straight years. He has 18.5 points per game.


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    CLAYTON CUSTER (guard, Loyola of Chicago)


    Next game: Thursday vs. Miami in Dallas


    Notable: Custer was named the Missouri Valley Conference's player of the year. The 6-1 junior has 13.4 points and 4.3 assists per game. He has helped Loyola earn its first NCAA berth since 1985 . Custer was part of the 2014-15 Iowa State team that made the NCAA field, but he didn't play in the NCAA Tournament.


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    JON ELMORE (guard, Marshall)


    Next game: Friday vs. Wichita State in San Diego


    Notable: This 6-3 junior has two triple-doubles and ranks eighth in Division I in scoring (22.8) and seventh in assists (6.9). He has led Conference USA in scoring and assists each of the last two seasons. Elmore also has 6 rebounds per game. He could become the first Division I player to average at least 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in a season since Memphis' Penny Hardaway in 1992-93.


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    DEMONTRAE JEFFERSON, (guard, Texas Southern)


    Next game: Wednesday vs. North Carolina Central in Dayton, Ohio


    Notable: This 5-7 dynamo averages 23.4 points and 4.5 assists. He served a five-game suspension but returned to lead Texas Southern to a Southwest Athletic Conference Tournament title. He scored 29 against TCU , 24 each against Kansas and Baylor , 22 against Clemson and 20 against Gonzaga .


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    JEMERRIO JONES (forward, New Mexico State)


    Next game: Friday vs. Clemson in San Diego


    Notable: The Western Athletic Conference player of the year averages 13.1 rebounds to rank second among all Division I players. The 6-5 senior also has 11.1 points per game. He has five double-doubles in his last six games. He has reached the 20-rebound mark five times in his last 11 contests.


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    JAIRUS LYLES (guard, Maryland-Baltimore County)


    Next game: Friday vs. Virginia in Charlotte, North Carolina


    Notable: This 6-foot-2 graduate student sank a tiebreaking 3-pointer with less than a second left as UMBC upset top-seeded Vermont in the America East championship . Lyles has averaged 20.2 points to earn first-team all-America East honors.


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    GARRISON MATHEWS (guard, Lipscomb)


    Next game: Friday vs. North Carolina in Charlotte.


    Notable: Mathews helped Lipscomb earn its first NCAA invitation by leading the Atlantic Sun with 22.1 points per game. The 6-5 junior scored 33 points in the Atlantic Sun championship game . He's scored at least 23 points in seven of his last 10 games.


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    D'MARCUS SIMONDS (guard, Georgia State0


    Next game: Friday vs. Cincinnati in Nashville, Tennessee


    Notable: Simonds leads the Sun Belt in scoring (21.1) and is the league's player of the year. The 6-3 sophomore scored 27 points as Georgia State beat Texas Arlington 74-61 in the Sun Belt championship game .


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    JONATHAN STARK (guard, Murray State)


    Next game: Friday vs. West Virginia in San Diego


    Notable: This 6-foot senior has led the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring each of the last two years and was named the OVC player of the year this season. He averages 21.8 points and has scored at least 22 points in 11 of his last 13 games. Stark has made 3.52 3-point baskets per game to rank sixth in Division I .


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    ZACH THOMAS (forward, Bucknell)


    Next game: Friday vs. Michigan State in Detroit


    Notable: Thomas leads the Patriot League in scoring (20.3) and rebounding (9.2). The 6-7 senior is the Patriot League's player of the year. He had a 24-point, 10-rebound performance against Arkansas and also scored 21 against North Carolina and 17 against Maryland .
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    TUESDAY, MARCH 13
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS



    LIU at RAD
    RAD -5.5
    O 136.5


    WAG at BAY 07:00 PM
    WAG +13.0


    NKU at LOU 07:00 PM
    LOU -8.0
    O 147.5


    UVM at MTU 08:00 PM
    MTU -6.0
    U 137.0



    BC at WKU 08:00 PM
    WKU -5.5
    O 160.0


    HAMP at ND 09:00 PM
    HAMP +20.0
    O 151.5



    FGCU at OKST 09:00 PM
    FGCU +10.5
    O 159.0


    EWU at UVU 09:00 PM
    EWU +7.0
    O 148.0


    SBON at UCLA 09:10 PM
    SBON +3.0
    O 155.5



    SELA at SMC 10:00 PM
    SELA +14.0
    U 139.0


    RID at ORE 10:00 PM
    RID +11.5
    O 158.5


    UNCA at USC 11:00 PM
    USC -16.5
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    Bonnies stun UCLA to advance in tourney
    March 13, 2018



    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) The basketball was still high in the air - flung to start the celebration - when the buzzer sounded and the Bonnies' long-awaited March celebration commenced. Players chest-bumped on court. Coach Mark Schmidt jumped and waved his arms.


    The crowd at the University of Dayton Arena - a place where St. Bonaventure is usually booed - got caught up in the moment, too. And why not? It had been 48 years since anyone saw something like this out of St. Bonaventure.


    Courtney Stockard returned from a hamstring injury and scored 26 points, and Jaylen Adams hit a jumper and three free throws in the final minute Tuesday night, rallying the Bonnies to a 65-58 victory over UCLA and their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1970.


    At long last, it was time to party in March .


    ''It can't get better,'' Schmidt said.


    They'll have more chances. The 11th-seeded Bonnies (26-7) will play sixth-seeded Florida (20-12) in Dallas on Thursday night in the East region. They did interviews, showered and headed for a flight to their next destination.


    ''Florida's got four or five days on us, so we'll be watching tape on the plane,'' Schmidt said. ''We've got a 2 a.m. flight, but it couldn't be a better flight. Ever.''


    St. Bonaventure set a school record with its 26th win. Stockard got the Bonnies in position for the drought-busting tournament victory by leading a late 12-0 run. Adams - who missed 14 of his first 15 shots - closed it out in the final 49 seconds.


    ''I'm still not 100 percent,'' Stockard said, ''but I'm feeling way better than when I did when I left the Richmond game. So I can't really let an opportunity like this pass.''


    UCLA (21-12) was surprised that it got relegated to the First Four for the first time in its history - the Bruins have been to 18 Final Fours. They had trouble making shots against the Bonnies' zone defense and matched their season high with 20 turnovers, a disappointing ending to a season that started with an international incident .


    Freshmen Jalen Hill, Cody Riley and LiAngelo Ball were accused of shoplifting during a trip to China in November. All three were suspended for the season, and Ball left the school.


    UCLA's Aaron Holiday led the Pac-12 in scoring but couldn't put his touch on the First Four game. He scored 20 points but had 10 turnovers, including three in the final 29 seconds as the game slipped away.


    ''I felt like we matched them pretty well,'' Holiday said. ''We just turned the ball over too much.''


    Adams is the Bonnies' all-time leading scorer as a guard but had a rough time as well until the final minute. He finished with eight points on 2-of-16 shooting.


    BIG PICTURE


    St. Bonaventure: The undersized Bonnies lack depth and were glad to get Stockard back from the hamstring injury. He's scored 21, 31, 22, 19 and 26 points in the last five games.


    UCLA: Holiday was the Bruins' indispensable player on offense in the last six games, averaging 26 points while sitting out for only 43 seconds total. The Pac-12's leading scorer got the Bruins going early, hitting his first three shots as they pulled ahead 14-5. He missed his next eight shots as St. Bonaventure rallied.


    A LOT OF Ws


    St. Bonaventure's 26 wins surpass the 25 by the 1969-70 team that reached the Final Four.


    BONNIE ARENA

    UCLA was booed by the Dayton crowd when it took the court. St. Bonaventure - like the Flyers, an Atlantic 10 team - got a loud ovation. St. Bonaventure also played at UD Arena on Jan. 3 and lost to the Flyers 82-72. That time they were booed, of course.


    REGGIE MILLER TIME


    Holiday is the first UCLA guard to average at least 19 points in a season since Reggie Miller had 22.3 as a senior in 1986-87.


    UP NEXT


    St. Bonaventure will try to win two games in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1970, when it beat Davidson, N.C. State and Villanova before losing to Jacksonville. The Bonnies had lost three NCAA Tournament games - in 1978, 2000 and 2012 - since that last win in 1970.


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    Radford picks up first NCAA tourney win
    March 13, 2018



    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Carlik Jones had a substantial and loud cheering section at University of Dayton Arena, a lot of folks traveling about an hour up Interstate 75 from his Cincinnati hometown to see him play for Radford in a First Four game.


    Jones didn't disappoint them. The redshirt freshman guard was the engine that drove the Highlanders, scoring 12 points to go with career highs in rebounds with 11 and assists with seven as Radford beat LIU Brooklyn 71-61 on Tuesday night to get its first-ever NCAA Tournament win.


    ''It's just big to be able to come back home and perform in front of my family and friends that haven't been able to see me play,'' Jones said. ''And it's just been a good feeling.''


    Radford didn't play its prettiest game, but the team from rural southwest Virginia will celebrate briefly before heading to Pittsburgh to play No. 1 seed Villanova on Thursday. The Big South champion Highlanders are making their third tournament appearance and first since 2009.


    Ed Polite Jr. had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Travis Fields Jr. also scored 13 for Radford.


    Despite hitting just 7 of 23 shots from the floor in the second half, LIU Brooklyn managed to stay within striking distance, even taking the lead briefly early in the second half. The Northeast Conference champion Blackbirds got to within a point with five minutes left, but a 9-1 surge by the Highlanders opened up the lead.


    ''We remained calm,'' Polite said. ''Basketball is about a game of runs. So we knew they're a good team, so they're going to make shots. So we just had to remain focused and go with the game plan. And that's to pressure them even though they're a fast-paced team and don't give them any easy baskets.''


    The Blackbirds went without a field goal in the last seven minutes of the game and shot 30.4 percent in the second half. Each team committed 15 turnovers.


    ''I thought (Radford) did a nice job grinding it out on the offensive end of the floor and taking time off the clock to where we couldn't get moving.'' LIU Brooklyn coach Derek Kellogg said.


    Jashaun Agosto scored 16 points and Raiquan Clark added 14 for LIU Brooklyn, which is winless in seven trips to the tournament.


    Radford led 30-28 at the end of a sloppy first half after leading by as many as nine. The Blackbirds scored 11 of their points on nine turnovers by Radford but were just 3 for 13 from beyond the 3-point line in the half.


    BIG PICTURE


    LIU Brooklyn: Got hot in the NEC Tournament but couldn't sustain it on the big stage, shooting just 38 percent compared to 47.5 percent for Radford.


    Radford: At times the Highlanders looked like they didn't want it, either, but they played better in the second half on the back of Jones.


    SHUTTING DOWN JOEL


    The Highlanders' defense helped limit LIU Brooklyn's leading scorer, Joel Hernandez, to just eight points. Averaging 20.9 points per game during the season, Hernandez was just 3 for 11, including 1 for 5 from the 3-point line.


    ''He's so strong and he can score in a variety of ways,'' Radford coach Mike Jones said. ''We knew we weren't going to shut him out. He had 32 in their championship game and just willed their team. And when he hit that shot at the end of the first half, we told our guys, hey, understand now he's coming at you with both barrels blazing in the second half. And we just tried to make it tough on him.''


    UP NEXT

    LIU Brooklyn: On to next season.


    Radford: Faces No. 1 seed Villanova in the first round of the tournament on Thursday.
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    03/13/2018 7-14-1 33.33% -41.50
    03/12/2018 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00


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    03/14/2018...............................................2 - 4...............................-12.00
    03/12/2018.............................................. 1 - 0..............................+ 5.00


    TOTALS.....................................................3 - 4...............................- 7.00


    over/under


    03/13/2018...............................................0 - 5.................................-27.50
    03/12/2018.............................................. 1 - 0.................................+ 5.00


    TOTALS.....................................................1 - 5.................................- 22.50
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    NCAA Tournament - First Four Best Bets


    Wednesday brings the final two “play-in” games to officially round out the field of 64 teams in the NCAA tournament, as NC Central, Texas Southern, Arizona State, and Syracuse all look to make it to Friday's action.


    Texas Southern (-5) and Arizona State (-1.5) come into Wednesday's games as the chalk, but will both of them live up to that billing and move on?


    (truTV, 6:40 p.m. ET)


    NC Central vs Texas Southern (-5); Total set at 146.5



    Despite finishing the year four games under the .500 mark, Texas Southern comes into this First Four game as a five point favorite against NC Central. Southern's 15-19 SU record is by far the worst of any team in the tournament, but thanks to getting hot at exactly the right time and dominating the games they played in their conference tournament, Texas Southern looks to be well supported by the oddsmakers. Based on record alone there are going to be plenty of bettors taking the points with NC Central, but this time of year is a great time to “side with the craziness” in terms of point spreads that may not make much sense at first glance and that's precisely what I'm doing here.


    NC Central got hot at the right time as well winning four games in five days to earn their entry to dance, but this is not going to be a good matchup for them at all. The NC Central Eagles prefer to keep the tempo slow and the games in the mid-to-high 60's tops, while Texas Southern wants to have 60 points scored sometime early in the 2nd half.


    Texas Southern has four guys who average 12.6 points or more per game, and with there two top scorers in Demontrae Jefferson (23.4 ppg) and Donte Clark (18.6 ppg) manning the backcourt and dictating pace with the ball in their hands quite often, the Texas Southern Tigers could end up running NC Central out of the gym.


    Don't get too persuaded by the disparity in records as this Texas Southern team knows how to score the basketball as the fact that they hit the 2nd most free throws in the entire country tells you they are utterly relentless in attacking the basket. Offenses can struggle under the bright lights of the NCAA tournament and NC Central does have the advantages of being the more defensive-minded club and being in this exact position a year ago – they lost 67-63 to UC Davis – but experience can only take you so far when you simply can't maintain a pace.


    Those attributes in NC Central's favor may cause this line to drop slightly the closer we get to tip off, but I fully expect Texas Southern to win this game going away and laying the “crazy” number as the team with the much worse record on paper is no problem here.


    Best Bet: Texas Southern -5


    (truTV, 9:10 p.m. ET)


    Arizona State (-1.5) vs Syracuse; Total set at 143.5



    There are a lot of detractors for both of these programs getting invited to the big dance, but both are here now and one will be moving on to face TCU in the next round. Arizona State got in thanks to two early season wins against Xavier and Kansas – two #1 seeds in this tournament, while Syracuse's strong start to the season pushed them over the top as well. But with no more second chances available, which program seizes the moment here and books their date with the Horned Frogs?


    Interestingly enough, this line has seen plenty of action already as it opened in the pick'em range, got bet as high as -2 for Arizona, and has since fallen back down to this current number. Syracuse can be a popular pick during March given their proud alumni, history, and that tough zone defense to deal with on short prep, but this Syracuse team just doesn't have the talent anymore to consistently compete with the country's better programs.


    Of all the teams in the NCAA tournament that Syracuse has played this year, they've got a 13-point home win over Texas Southern on their resume, a 16-point neutral site loss to Kansas, an OT loss to St Bonaventure, nine and seven point home wins over Iona and Buffalo (0-2 ATS in those two games for Syracuse), and a 3-7 SU record against other ACC teams involved in the tournament. The highest seed they beat was #5 Clemson, and while the Pac-12 may not have the overall depth and talent that the ACC does, Arizona State has already proven this year that they can hang with the big boys in the country when they are playing well.


    Playing well is something Sun Devils fans haven't been able to say about their team for quite some time now as ASU enters this game on a 1-5 SU run overall and dropped their last two when they were laying at least 7 points in each game. Current form should always be considered when breaking down games, but the extra time off the Sun Devils got to regroup, combined with their 2nd chance life being included in this tournament, may be just the spark this team needs to regain the form they had at the beginning of the year when they beat the likes of Kansas and Xavier.


    Just from a common opponent perspective we've got a great comparison between these two teams with them both playing Kansas. ASU actually went into Kansas and beat the Jayhawks by 10 on their own floor, whereas Syracuse lost by 16 at a neutral site. That's a big reason why this line jumped ASU's way on the outset and I agree with that move wholeheartedly. ASU is on a 10-1 ATS run in non-conference play, while the Orange are just 2-6 ATS in their last eight contests on a neutral floor.


    Arizona State may struggle at times against the zone defense Syracuse uses, but the Sun Devils ability to push the pace and score in transition when opportunities present themselves should negate most of that. ASU's 83.5 points per game that they score is going to be extremely tough for this Syracuse team to keep up with, as the Orange are prone to long scoring droughts – especially against top competition – and simply don't have the scorers that ASU brings to the table. In what is essentially still a pick'em game at -1.5, I'm siding with the initial move here with ASU securing their spot against TCU on Friday.




    Best Bet: Arizona State -1.5
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    Armadillo: Wednesday's six-pack


    Some prop bets for the NCAA tournament; wins by conference:


    — ACC— 14 wins


    — Big East— 8.5 wins


    — Big X— 8.5 wins


    — #1 seeds— 11.5 wins


    — #2 seeds— 10.5 wins


    — #3 seeds— 8 wins




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    Armadillo: Wednesday's List of 13: Mid-week musings…….



    13) Minnesota Vikings made their decision; they give Kirk Cousins $84M for three years, all fully guaranteed, to be their QB. Cousins has a 26-30-1 career W-L record, 0-1 in playoffs.


    12) Minnesota went 11-3 with Case Keenum at QB LY; Keenum signed with the Broncos on Monday; he threw for 3,547 yards and 22 TD’s last season.


    11) Drew Brees re-signed with the Saints; he turned down $60M guaranteed from someone else (Cardinals? Vikings?) before deciding to stay in New Orleans.


    10) Cardinals gave oft-injured QB Sam Bradford $20 ($15M guaranteed) for one year. As a long-time Ram fan, I endorse the Keenum signing; the Bradford signing? Not so much.


    9) Jets signed Teddy Bridgewater and re-signed Josh McCown, meaning they probably ain’t drafting another quarterback next month.


    8) Gonzaga lost the national title game 71-65 last April, ending an odd run to the Final Four- they were 1-4-1 vs spread in their NCAA tournament games last spring.


    7) Florida made the Elite 8 in each of its last five NCAA tournaments- hard to do that.


    6) Since 2010, Villanova is 5-2 in its first-round games, 1-4 in second round games; the one time they won in second round, they won national title two years ago.


    5) Arkansas is probably glad just to be in a different region than North Carolina this year; last three times the Razorbacks made the NCAA’s, they lost to the Tar Heels in the second round. If they play UNC in this year’s tournament, it’ll be in the Final Four.


    4) Why gambling on NIT/CBI/CIT games can be dicey; USC star Chimezie Metu sat out Trojans’ NIT game Tuesday, for no reason except he didn’t want to get hurt. Not sure that Metu will get picked in the first round of the NBA Draft— he is a junior, so if he got hurt, he could come back to school next year, but it is a free country, and he chose not to play.


    Late night update: With Metu sitting on bench, NC-Asheville played its heart out but fell short, losing 103-98 in double OT at USC- they led by six points in overtime.


    3) Virginia loses its best guy off the bench, DeAndre Hunter for the season with a broken wrist.


    2) Radford 71, LIU 61— Radford advances to play Villanova Thursday; no 16-seed has ever beaten a #1-seed. Last nine years, #16-seeds who won the play-in game are 7-11 vs spread in their next game, against a #1-seed.


    1— St Bonaventure 65, UCLA 58— Season that started with shoplifting in China ended with an ugly loss on a Tuesday night in Dayton. Bruins turned ball over 20 times (-14), shot 10-30 on arc. Bonnies’ Stocker was doubtful to play, then played all 40:00, scored 26 points- they won despite star Adams going 2-16 from the floor.
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    Wednesday's NCAA Tournament First Four betting preview and odds


    The Arizona State Sun Devils averaged 91.8 points on 50.8 percent shooting from the field and 42.4 beyond the arc during their season-opening 12-game winning streak.


    The NCAA Tournament continues Wednesday night with a pair of play-in games - the NCAA definitely doesn't want you to call them "play-in" games but they are definitely play-in games. The battle of potential No. 16 seeds has NC Central taking on Texas Southern and Arizona St. and Syracuse will battle for the right to take on TCU as a No. 11 seed in the Big Dance.


    First Four games to be played at University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.


    (16) Texas Southern Tigers vs (16) North Carolina Central Eagles (+5, 146.5)


    March Madness Betting Breakdown: No. 16 Texas Southern vs. No. 16 NC Central
    North Carolina Central takes on Texas Southern in the No. 16 play-in game with a spot in the Round of 64 of the NCAA tournament on the line Wednesday night.


    Texas Southern has embraced taking on college basketball's heavyweights early in recent seasons in hopes it pays off in March, but this year the program took that philosophy to the extreme. Making their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last five seasons, the Tigers attempt to snag their first ever victory in the Big Dance on Wednesday in a First Four matchup in Dayton, Ohio, against fellow West Region No. 16 seed North Carolina Central.


    Taking on six eventual NCAA Tournament teams over the course of playing its first 13 games on the road while facing the country's most difficult non-conference schedule according to KenPom.com, Texas Southern did not win its first game until opening up Southwestern Athletic Conference play on New Year's Day. The Tigers found their groove late, however, ending the regular season with four straight wins before registering double-digit victories in each of their three games during the conference tournament. The Eagles took a polar opposite approach to their third NCAA tournament appearance in the past five years, facing only one major-conference school (Illinois) before posting a 9-7 mark and finishing sixth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. North Carolina Central marched into the Big Dance for the second straight season Saturday, upsetting top-seeded Hampton to secure the league's automatic berth.


    TV: 6:40 p.m. ET, truTV


    LINE HISTORY: Texas Southern opened as 5-point favorites for this matchup and the total hit betting boards at 146.5. As of Tuesday afternoon neither of these numbers has moved.


    BETTING STATS:





    ABOUT TEXAS SOUTHERN: SWAC Tournament MVP Demontrae Jefferson (team-high marks of 23.4 points and 4.5 assists) - a 5-7 sophomore who missed nine games this season for a variety of reasons, including an early suspension and the passing of his father - scored at least 15 points in 24 of 25 games this season. Massachusetts transfer Donte Clark (18.6 points) erupted for 41 points during one of Jefferson's absences and is averaging 23.6 points over the last five contests. Trayvon Reed (9.7 points) ranks second in the conference in rebounds (8.8) and first in blocks (3.0), while part-time starter Marquis Salmon (5.3 points, 6.2 boards) collected 48 rebounds over a three-game span prior to playing a limited role in the SWAC title game.


    ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL: Although the Eagles boast All-MEAC second-team center Raasean Davis (team-high marks of 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds), nearly 40 percent of their scoring comes from their bench as 12 players average at least 10 minutes per game. Davis, a 6-9, 240-pound Kent State transfer who led the MEAC in field-goal percentage (66.7) and fourth in rebounding, proved to be a terror during the final three games of the conference, averaging 15 points and 13.3 boards. Guards Reggie Gardner Jr. (11.2 points, team-high 74 3-pointers) and Jordan Perkins (8.4 points, team-high 5.4 assists), who tallied 13 points and nine assists in the conference title game and handed out a career-high 14 assists earlier in the season, each landed on the all-conference rookie team.


    MATCHUP CHART:





    TRENDS:


    * Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
    * Eagles are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
    * Over is 4-0 in Tigers' last 4 NCAA Tournament games.
    * Under is 17-4-1 in Eagles' last 22 neutral site games.


    CONSENSUS: The early Covers consensus data shows 59 percent of bettors taking the favorites from Texas Southern, while 53 percent of totals wagers are on the Over.








    (11) Syracuse Orange vs (11) Arizona State Sun Devils (-1.5, 143.5)


    March Madness Betting Breakdown: No. 11 Arizona State vs. No. 11 Syracuse
    Arizona State (-1.5) battles Syracuse in the No. 11 play-in game Wednesday for a spot in the Round of 64 for the NCAA tournament.


    Arizona State defeated four eventual NCAA Tournament teams en route to a school-record 12-0 start, but Pac-12 play proved to be a different animal. The Sun Devils hope to resume their dominant play in non-conference action when they meet fellow Midwest Region No. 11 seed Syracuse in a First Four matchup Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio.


    The last team in the country to suffer its first loss, Arizona State defeated two eventual No. 1 seeds in the Big Dance - Kansas and Xavier - as well as NCAA Tournament teams San Diego State and Kansas State. The Sun Devils dropped their first game at Arizona on Dec. 30 and were unable to recapture their earlier success, never winning more than three in a row before finishing with an 8-10 conference record and losses in five of their last six. The Orange, who were tabbed by NCAA Tournament committee chair Bruce Rasmussen as the last at-large team into the field, endured a similar path with an 8-10 mark in the ACC after rolling to an 11-2 record during the non-league portion of their schedule. Despite finishing in a tie for 10th in its conference, Syracuse proved itself in the eyes of the committee with a top-20 strength of schedule (14th entering Sunday) and four wins against top-50 RPI teams.


    TV: 9:10 p.m. ET, truTV


    LINE HISTORY: The pointspread for this First Four matchup opened as a Pick 'Em but steady action on the Sun Devils has pushed the line to 1.5 in their direction. The total hit betting boards at 142.5 and has been bumped up slightly to 143.5.


    BETTING STATS:





    ABOUT SYRACUSE: The success of the Orange depends greatly on the success of Tyus Battle (19.8 points), Frank Howard (15.0) and Oshae Brissett (14.7), who rank first, second and sixth in the country in minutes per game and account for 73.3 percent of the team's scoring. Battle has reached double figures in all but one game this season but has failed to shoot 40 percent from the floor in seven of the last eight contests, including a 14-for-50 showing over the last three games. Howard is also slumping of late, failing to shoot over 30 percent from the field in four of his last five outings - including a 10-for-38 stretch beyond the arc over that span.


    ABOUT ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils averaged 91.8 points on 50.8 percent shooting from the field and 42.4 beyond the arc during their season-opening winning streak before cooling off the tune of 78.3, 43.7 and 32.9, respectively, over the last 19 contests. Part of the falloff can be attributed to the decline of leading scorer Tra Holder (18.4 points), who averaged 21.4 points during their undefeated start - including a career-high 40 points against Xavier and 29 against Kansas - and only 16.6 the rest of the way. Fellow senior guards Shannon Evans II (16.6) knocked down a conference-high 91 3-pointers, while Kodi Justice (12.6) went over 1,000 career points last weekend and has buried multiple triples in six of his last seven outings.


    MATCHUP CHART:





    TRENDS:


    * Orange are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games.
    * Sun Devils are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games.
    * Over is 6-1 in Orange's last 7 vs. Pacific-12.
    * Over is 4-1 in Sun Devils' last 5 NCAA Tournament games.


    CONSENSUS: The early consensus shows 56 percent of selections siding with the underdog Syracuse Orange, while 58 percent of totals wagers are on the Over.
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    When Dunkel runs the missing matchups, I'll edit this reply to show it....


    NC Central @ Texas Southern

    Game 609-610
    March 14, 2018 @ 6:40 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    NC Central
    43.410
    Texas Southern
    45.967
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Texas Southern
    by 2 1/2
    141
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Texas Southern
    by 5
    148
    Dunkel Pick:
    NC Central
    (+5); Under

    Arizona State @ Syracuse

    Game 611-612
    March 14, 2018 @ 9:10 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Arizona State
    63.216
    Syracuse
    64.338
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Syracuse
    by 1
    137
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Arizona State
    by 2
    143
    Dunkel Pick:
    Syracuse
    (+2); Under

    Harvard @ Marquette

    Game 613-614
    March 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Harvard
    54.639
    Marquette
    69.806
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Marquette
    by 15 1/2
    153
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Marquette
    by 11 1/2
    147
    Dunkel Pick:
    Marquette
    (-11 1/2); Over

    LA-Lafayette @ LSU

    Game 615-616
    March 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    LA-Lafayette
    58.725
    LSU
    65.819
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    LSU
    by 7
    165
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    LSU
    by 4
    160 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    LSU
    (-4); Over

    Temple @ Penn State

    Game 617-618
    March 14, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Temple
    58.605
    Penn State
    65.512
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Penn State
    by 7
    140
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Penn State
    by 10
    145
    Dunkel Pick:
    Temple
    (+10); Under

    Nebraska @ Mississippi State

    Game 619-620
    March 14, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Nebraska
    65.243
    Mississippi State
    64.118
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Nebraska
    by 1
    136
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Mississippi State
    by 4
    142 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Nebraska
    (+4); Under

    Cal Davis @ Utah

    Game 621-622
    March 14, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Cal Davis
    52.342
    Utah
    67.408
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Utah
    by 15
    145
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Utah
    by 12 1/2
    139 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Utah
    (-12 1/2); Over

    Brigham Young @ Stanford

    Game 623-624
    March 14, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Brigham Young
    58.204
    Stanford
    63.769
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Stanford
    by 5 1/2
    156
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Stanford
    by 2 1/2
    149
    Dunkel Pick:
    Stanford
    (-2 1/2); Over

    Boise State @ Washington

    Game 625-626
    March 14, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Boise State
    60.298
    Washington
    61.338
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Washington
    by 1
    142
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Boise State
    by 1
    149
    Dunkel Pick:
    Washington
    (+1); Under

    Colgate @ San Francisco

    Game 633-634
    March 14, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Colgate
    50.466
    San Francisco
    54.634
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    San Francisco
    by 4
    134
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    San Francisco
    by 7 1/2
    140 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Colgate
    (+7 1/2); Under

    North Texas @ South Dakota

    Game 635-636
    March 14, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    North Texas
    46.734
    South Dakota
    62.659
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    South Dakota
    by 16
    154
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    South Dakota
    by 13
    147 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    South Dakota
    (-13); Over

    Mercer @ Grand Canyon

    Game 637-638
    March 14, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Mercer
    52.325
    Grand Canyon
    60.945
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Grand Canyon
    by 8 1/2
    144
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Grand Canyon
    by 6
    No Total
    Dunkel Pick:
    Grand Canyon
    (-6); N/A

    Miami-OH @ Campbell

    Game 639-640
    March 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Miami-OH
    50.208
    Campbell
    53.679
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Campbell
    by 3 1/2
    152
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Campbell
    by 1
    144
    Dunkel Pick:
    Campbell
    (-1); Over

    TX-Rio Grande @ New Orleans

    Game 641-642
    March 14, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    TX-Rio Grande
    41.076
    New Orleans
    46.639
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    New Orleans
    by 5 1/2
    159
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    New Orleans
    by 2
    151 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    New Orleans
    (-2); Over

    Central Arkansas @ Seattle

    Game 643-644
    March 14, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Central Arkansas
    48.131
    Seattle
    51.034
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Seattle
    by 3
    154
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Seattle
    by 6
    160 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Central Arkansas
    (+6); Under

    Jacksonville St @ Canisius

    Game 645-646
    March 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Jacksonville St
    52.467
    Canisius
    54.596
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Canisius
    by 2
    137
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Canisius
    by 4 1/2
    144 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Jacksonville St
    (+4 1/2); Under

    St. Francis-PA @ Illinois-Chicago

    Game 649-650
    March 14, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    St. Francis-PA
    00.000
    Illinois-Chicago
    00.000
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    St. Francis-PA

    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    St. Francis-PA

    Dunkel Pick:
    St. Francis-PA
    ( );

    Niagara @ Eastern Michigan

    Game 651-652
    March 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Niagara
    00.000
    Eastern Michigan
    00.000
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Niagara

    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Niagara

    Dunkel Pick:
    Niagara
    ( );

    Lamar @ TX-San Antonio

    Game 653-654
    March 14, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Lamar
    00.000
    TX-San Antonio
    00.000
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Lamar

    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Lamar

    Dunkel Pick:
    Lamar
    ( );
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    NC CENTRAL (19 - 15) vs. TEXAS SOUTHERN (15 - 19) - 3/14/2018, 6:40 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NC CENTRAL is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    NC CENTRAL is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    NC CENTRAL is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) after a conference game over the last 2 seasons.
    NC CENTRAL is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
    NC CENTRAL is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a losing record after 15 or more games over the last 2 seasons.


    Head-to-Head Series History
    There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.




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    ARIZONA ST (20 - 11) vs. SYRACUSE (20 - 13) - 3/14/2018, 9:10 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    ARIZONA ST is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) after a conference game this season.
    ARIZONA ST is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games this season.
    ARIZONA ST is 10-1 ATS (+8.9 Units) in non-conference games this season.
    SYRACUSE is 7-16 ATS (-10.6 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.


    Head-to-Head Series History
    There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.




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    HARVARD (18 - 13) at MARQUETTE (19 - 13) - 3/14/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    HARVARD is 46-74 ATS (-35.4 Units) off a loss against a conference rival since 1997.
    HARVARD is 30-15 ATS (+13.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    HARVARD is 30-15 ATS (+13.5 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    HARVARD is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) after a conference game this season.
    HARVARD is 14-5 ATS (+8.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
    HARVARD is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games over the last 2 seasons.
    HARVARD is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) in road games versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game over the last 3 seasons.


    Head-to-Head Series History
    There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.




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    LA-LAFAYETTE (27 - 6) at LSU (17 - 14) - 3/14/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    LA-LAFAYETTE is 11-24 ATS (-15.4 Units) as a road underdog of 3.5 to 6 points since 1997.
    LA-LAFAYETTE is 30-13 ATS (+15.7 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games since 1997.


    Head-to-Head Series History
    There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.




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    TEMPLE (17 - 15) at PENN ST (21 - 13) - 3/14/2018, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    TEMPLE is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) in road games after scoring 80 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    TEMPLE is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in all tournament games over the last 3 seasons.
    TEMPLE is 23-12 ATS (+9.8 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.


    Head-to-Head Series History
    There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.




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    NEBRASKA (22 - 10) at MISSISSIPPI ST (22 - 11) - 3/14/2018, 9:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NEBRASKA is 97-131 ATS (-47.1 Units) in road games since 1997.
    NEBRASKA is 97-131 ATS (-47.1 Units) in road lined games since 1997.
    NEBRASKA is 21-40 ATS (-23.0 Units) in road games in March games since 1997.
    MISSISSIPPI ST is 12-4 ATS (+7.6 Units) in home games after a conference game over the last 2 seasons.
    MISSISSIPPI ST is 63-40 ATS (+19.0 Units) in home games off a loss against a conference rival since 1997.
    MISSISSIPPI ST is 105-77 ATS (+20.3 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1997.
    NEBRASKA is 22-8 ATS (+13.2 Units) in all games this season.
    NEBRASKA is 22-8 ATS (+13.2 Units) in all lined games this season.
    NEBRASKA is 15-4 ATS (+10.6 Units) after a conference game this season.
    NEBRASKA is 18-5 ATS (+12.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    NEBRASKA is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games this season.


    Head-to-Head Series History
    There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.




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    CAL DAVIS (22 - 10) at UTAH (19 - 11) - 3/14/2018, 9:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    UTAH is 11-4 ATS (+6.6 Units) as a favorite this season.
    UTAH is 23-7 ATS (+15.3 Units) as a home favorite of 12.5 to 15 points since 1997.
    UTAH is 154-112 ATS (+30.8 Units) in all home games since 1997.
    UTAH is 154-112 ATS (+30.8 Units) in home lined games since 1997.
    UTAH is 32-17 ATS (+13.3 Units) in a home game where the total is 135 to 139.5 since 1997.
    UTAH is 108-76 ATS (+24.4 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1997.
    CAL DAVIS is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) on Wednesday games over the last 2 seasons.
    CAL DAVIS is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) in road games after scoring 60 points or less over the last 3 seasons.


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    BYU (24 - 10) at STANFORD (18 - 15) - 3/14/2018, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    BYU is 66-111 ATS (-56.1 Units) as an underdog since 1997.
    BYU is 23-43 ATS (-24.3 Units) in road games in March games since 1997.
    BYU is 38-63 ATS (-31.3 Units) in all tournament games since 1997.
    BYU is 2-11 ATS (-10.1 Units) in road games in first round tournament games since 1997.
    BYU is 90-136 ATS (-59.6 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record since 1997.
    STANFORD is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    STANFORD is 11-4 ATS (+6.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games this season.
    BYU is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) off a loss against a conference rival this season.


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    WASHINGTON (20 - 12) at BOISE ST (23 - 8) - 3/14/2018, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WASHINGTON is 23-35 ATS (-15.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 23-35 ATS (-15.5 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 12-22 ATS (-12.2 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 15-26 ATS (-13.6 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game after 15+ games over the last 2 seasons.
    WASHINGTON is 5-19 ATS (-15.9 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
    BOISE ST is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) in home games after a conference game over the last 2 seasons.
    BOISE ST is 2-8 ATS (-6.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games this season.


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    COLGATE (19 - 13) at SAN FRANCISCO (18 - 15) - 3/14/2018, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SAN FRANCISCO is 87-126 ATS (-51.6 Units) in non-conference games since 1997.
    SAN FRANCISCO is 32-52 ATS (-25.2 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games since 1997.


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    N TEXAS (15 - 17) at S DAKOTA (26 - 8) - 3/14/2018, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    S DAKOTA is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) in all games this season.
    S DAKOTA is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) in all lined games this season.
    S DAKOTA is 9-2 ATS (+6.8 Units) when the total is 150 to 159.5 this season.
    S DAKOTA is 15-8 ATS (+6.2 Units) as a favorite this season.
    S DAKOTA is 22-11 ATS (+9.9 Units) after a conference game over the last 2 seasons.
    S DAKOTA is 16-7 ATS (+8.3 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons.
    S DAKOTA is 21-10 ATS (+10.0 Units) after scoring 80 points or more over the last 2 seasons.
    N TEXAS is 11-4 ATS (+6.6 Units) in road games this season.
    N TEXAS is 11-4 ATS (+6.6 Units) in road lined games this season.


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    MERCER (18 - 14) at GRAND CANYON (22 - 11) - 3/14/2018, 10:00 PM
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    MIAMI OHIO (16 - 17) at CAMPBELL (16 - 15) - 3/14/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MIAMI OHIO is 19-11 ATS (+6.9 Units) in all games this season.
    MIAMI OHIO is 19-11 ATS (+6.9 Units) in all lined games this season.
    MIAMI OHIO is 15-7 ATS (+7.3 Units) as an underdog this season.
    MIAMI OHIO is 8-2 ATS (+5.8 Units) in road games when playing against a team with a winning record this season.


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    UTRGV (15 - 17) at NEW ORLEANS (15 - 16) - 3/14/2018, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    NEW ORLEANS is 13-30 ATS (-20.0 Units) in all tournament games since 1997.


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    C ARKANSAS (17 - 16) at SEATTLE (20 - 13) - 3/14/2018, 10:00 PM
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    JACKSONVILLE ST (21 - 12) at CANISIUS (21 - 11) - 3/14/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CANISIUS is 20-9 ATS (+10.1 Units) in all games this season.
    CANISIUS is 20-9 ATS (+10.1 Units) in all lined games this season.
    CANISIUS is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) as a favorite this season.
    CANISIUS is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in all home games this season.
    CANISIUS is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in home lined games this season.
    CANISIUS is 13-5 ATS (+7.5 Units) after a conference game this season.
    JACKSONVILLE ST is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    JACKSONVILLE ST is 27-15 ATS (+10.5 Units) in road games over the last 3 seasons.
    JACKSONVILLE ST is 27-15 ATS (+10.5 Units) in road lined games over the last 3 seasons.
    JACKSONVILLE ST is 19-8 ATS (+10.2 Units) in a road game where the total is 145 to 149.5 since 1997.
    CANISIUS is 18-35 ATS (-20.5 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record after 15 or more games since 1997.


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    NIAGARA (19 - 13) at E MICHIGAN (21 - 12) - 3/14/2018, 7:00 PM
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    ST FRANCIS-PA (18 - 12) at IL-CHICAGO (17 - 15) - 3/14/2018, 8:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    IL-CHICAGO is 118-88 ATS (+21.2 Units) as a favorite since 1997.
    IL-CHICAGO is 26-11 ATS (+13.9 Units) as a home favorite of 3.5 to 6 points since 1997.
    IL-CHICAGO is 29-15 ATS (+12.5 Units) in March games since 1997.
    IL-CHICAGO is 48-29 ATS (+16.1 Units) in home games in non-conference games since 1997.
    IL-CHICAGO is 47-29 ATS (+15.1 Units) in all tournament games since 1997.
    IL-CHICAGO is 2-8 ATS (-6.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record this season.
    IL-CHICAGO is 2-8 ATS (-6.8 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 77+ points/game this season.


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    TX-SAN ANTONIO (19 - 14) at LAMAR (19 - 13) - 3/14/2018, 9:00 PM
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    Head-to-Head Series History
    LAMAR is 1-0 straight up against TX-SAN ANTONIO over the last 3 seasons



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    Wednesday, March 14



    Wednesday
    Texas Southern (-4) vs North Carolina Central
    Texas Southern started this season 0-13 with a ridiculous streak of guarantee games against big-name teams; 11 of the 13 teams are ranked in top 120. Tigers are in NCAA’s for 4th time in five years; they’re coached by former Indiana coach Davis, start frosh/soph G’s. TSU won its last seven games, North Carolina Central won its last five. NCC finished 6th in MEAC; they play slow (#320) pace, TSU plays fast (#35). Eagles start two freshman G’s. NCC is 16-11 vs teams ranked below #200- they beat SWAC’s Southern 80-67. MEAC teams are 3-4 in play-in games; SWAC teams are 1-7.


    Arizona State (-1) vs Syracuse
    Syracuse won its first NCAA tourney game last seven times they were in, with last first-round loss in ’06 to Texas A&M, but they were usually a very high seed. Orange did get to Final Four as a 10-seed two years ago. Syracuse finished T10 in ACC this year; they play slow (#342) pace, are 3-5 in last eight games- their bench plays fewest minutes in country- they have no senior starters. Arizona State went 8-11 in Pac-12 after being 12-0 at Christmas; they lost five of last six games, start three seniors. Sun Devils play fast (#36) pace. ASU is 10-9 vs top 100 teams; Syracuse is 5-9 vs top 50 teams.


    Thursday’s NCAA games
    Day Games

    Oklahoma is 4-11 in its last 15 games after starting season 14-2; they haven’t played since Wednesday. Sooners are #303 experience team with no senior starters. In their last three games, Oklahoma is 22-82 (26.8%) behind the arc. Rhode Island split its last eight games; they lost A-14 final on Sunday. Rams start four seniors; they’re 4-6 vs top 100 teams. URI forces turnovers 22.8% of time (#5). Over last five years, favorites are 12-8 vs spread in #7-10 seed 1st round games. Over last three years, Big X teams are 12-2 SU vs A-14 teams, 9-4 vs spread.


    Tennessee is in NCAAs for 1st time since 2014; Barnes is in for 14th time in last 17 years, but first time since ’15- he is 9-4 in his last 13 1st-round games. Vols played SEC title game Sunday, now has early tip time on Thursday; pretty quick turnaround. Tennessee is 8-0 vs teams ranked outside top 100, with six wins by 10+. Wright State coach Nagy was 1-2 vs spread in 1st-round when he was at South Dakota St. Raiders finished 2nd in Horizon; their last game was March 6. Horizon League reps are 2-4 vs spread in 1st-round games the last six years.


    Gonzaga will have big crowd support in this game in Boise; Zags won their last nine 1st-round games (5-4 vs spread). Gonzaga is #239 experience team that won its last 14 games; they lost national title game 71-65 LY, re-tooled, are 30-4 this year- they’re 8-4 vs top 100 teams, but aren’t great defending arc (#210 in 3-pt %age). NC-Greensboro lost by 12 to Virginia, by 6 to Wake Forest in its high-profile games; they get 40% of their points from arc (35.5% on 3’s). SoCon teams lost last nine 1st-round games, going 1-3 vs spread last four years.


    Ivy League teams covered seven of last eight 1st-round games, going 3-2 SU in last five, with all five decided by 6 or fewer points, but this is first time since ’89 that Ivy League rep is a 16-seed. Penn lost 90-62 to Villanova, 60-51 to Temple in its top 100 games this year; Quakers are #135 experience team. Kansas is 3-5-1 vs spread in last one 1st-round games; Jayhawks are 7-0 vs teams ranked outside top 100, with five wins by 30+ points. Kansas makes 40.3% on arc; they won eight of last nine games. Penn opponents shot only 29.6% on arc this season.


    Duke is 2-4 vs spread in its last six first round games; they’re 8-0 vs teams ranked lower than #100, with seven wins by 17+ points. Blue Devils are 2nd-least experienced team in country but they do have senior G in Allen. Iona is #26 experience team that is in NCAAs for third year in row- they lost 1st round games 93-77 (Oregon), 94-81 (Iowa St) last two years. Gaels finished 4th in MAAC this year; they lost 71-62 to Syracuse of ACC. Iona shoots 38.8% on arc. Over last six years, #2 seeds are 12-11-1 against the spread in 1st round games.


    Last six years, ACC teams are 13-25 vs spread in 1st-round games. Loyola is in NCAAs for first time since 1985; Ramblers won at Florida- they lost 87-53 in Boise, 73-56 in Milwaukee in non-MVC games (9-2). MVC teams won last eight 1st-round games; 6 of 8 wins were Wichita/Creighton, who have moved on. Miami won five of last six 1st-round games; they’re experience team #307, starting two frosh and a soph. Miami is 11-1 outside ACC (#283 NC sked), losing to New Mexico St in Diamond Head. Last 4 years, dogs are 9-7 vs spread in #6-11 seed games.


    South Dakota State is in NCAA’s for 5th time in seven years, going 2-2 vs spread in previous four 1st-round games. Jackrabbits are #49 experience team that turns ball over least of any team in country (13.8%)- they beat Big 14’s Iowa 80-72 in November. Ohio State is 24-8 but lost three of last five games; Holtmann won/covered his three 1st-round tourney games while at Butler. Buckeyes are 9-4 outside Big 14, with all four losses to top 30 teams. Summit teams are 1-14 SU in this round, 5-4 vs spread the last nine years, covering only two times they were a #12-seed.


    Seton Hall is #55 experience team that lost six of last 10 games; three of their last four games were decided either by 1 point or in OT. Pirates are 10-2 outside ACC, losing to Louisville of ACC by a hoop. NC State is 5-4 in its last nine games; they start frosh/soph guards- they’re #179 experience team. State is in NCAAs for first time since ’15; Keatts is in for 3rd year in row, losing but covering his 1st-round game last two years for UNCW. Last three years, Big East teams are 17-12 SU vs ACC teams. Last five years, favorites are 11-8 vs spread in #8-9 seed games.


    Night Games
    Last nine years, 16-seeds who won their play-in game are 7-11 vs spread in their next game, vs a #1-seed. Radford played only two guys more than 26:00 Tuesday, in their 8th straight win; Highlanders are 0-4 vs top 100 games, losing by 10-12-27-15 points. Villanova won its last five games; they’re 13-0 outside the Big East, Radford plays slow (#346 pace); they finished T2 in Big South; Wildcats are 11-0 vs teams outside top 100; three of their last six games went to OT. Last three years, #1-seeds are 7-5 against the spread in first round games.


    Kentucky is least experienced team in country, starting four freshman, one soph; Wildcats won seven of last eight games- they’re 10-2 outside the SEC (NC sked #43), 7-9 vs top 50 teams, 4-7 vs spread in its last 11 first round games. Davidson won 8 of its last 9 games; they’re 5-6 outside A-14, 2-4 vs top 50 teams. Wildcats shoot 39.1% on arc, have #11 eFG% in country. Last three years, A-14 teams are 10-7–1 vs spread when getting points from an SEC squad. Last five years, A-14 teams are 7-5 vs spread when getting points in this round.


    Houston is in NCAAs for first time since ’10; Cougars won 10 of last 12 games- they’re #48 experience team that is 10-2 outside AAC (#250 NC sked), 10-4 vs top 100 teams- they’ve got #9 eFG% defense in country. San Diego State won last nine games after PG Kell got healthy; Aztecs are 3-2 vs top 50 teams, 7-3 outside Mountain West- they’re in NCAA’s for first time since ’15, won last three first-round games. Last three years, AAC teams are 3-5 SU in this round, 2-3 vs spread when favored. Last 4 years, dogs are 9-7 vs spread in #6-11 seed games.


    Texas Tech lost five of its last seven games; they had some players banged-up but they’re back now. Tech is 11-1 outside tough Big X, beating Abilene Christian of Southland 74-47 back in December. Red Raiders are 9-1 vs teams not ranked in top 100, with all nine wins by 18+ points. SF Austin is in tournament for 4th time in five years; they upset VCU, West Virginia in two of three 1st round games, lost other game by 7. Lumberjacks won 10 of last 11 games; they played three SEC teams this year (1-2), with three games decided by total of seven points.


    Alabama lost six of last eight games, finished T9 in SEC, but upset Auburn in SEC tourney; they’re #348 experience team, 8-4 outside SEC (#84 NC sked). Crimson Tide shoots 32.4% on arc- their frosh PG Sexton is their best player. Virginia Tech is #156 experience team that finished 7th in ACC; Hokies beat Ole Miss by 3, lost by 7 at Kentucky in two SEC games. Bama is in NCAA’s for first time since 2012; Tech lost by 10 to Wisconsin LY, their first NCAA game in decade. Last three years, ACC teams are 32-23 SU vs SEC, 17-12 vs spread when favored.


    Arizona won Pac-12 tourney last week, winning by 16-11ot-14 points; last two times Arizona won Pac-12 tourney, Wildcats won first NCAA tourney game by 21-18 points (1-0-1 vs spread)- Wildcats are 2-4-1 vs spread overall in last seven first round games. Arizona won seven of its last eight games; three of their last seven went to OT. Buffalo won 19 of its last 22 games; they’re 0-5 vs top 100 teams this season, losing by 6-14-11-7-16 points. Bulls are in 3rd NCAA in four years, losing last two by 6-7 points. MAC teams are 6-3 vs spread in last nine NCAAs.


    Big Sky teams haven’t won an NCAA tourney game since 2006; they’re 1-5-1 vs spread in first round last seven years. Montana is in for first time in five years; they’re 3-2 vs spread in last five NCAA first round games. Griz won 19 of last 21 games; they’re 0-4 vs top 100 teams, losing by 13-16-3-3 points- they lost 70-57 to Big 14’s Penn State. Michigan won its last four first round game (2-2 vs spread); they’ve won nine games in row, have been off for 10 days since winning Big 14 tourney. Wolverines are #202 experience team; they’re 18-2 vs teams outside top 50.


    #11-seeds who win the play-in games are 8-6 vs spread in their next game. St Bonaventure finished 2nd in A-14 this year; they’re #32 experience team, with pair of senior G’s- they won 14 of last 15 games, are 11-2 outside A-14, 8-4 vs top 100 teams. Florida covered six of its last eight first round games; they’ve made Elite 8 in their last five NCAA’s. Gators make 37.5% of their 3’s; they take lot of them. Florida is 8-4 outside the SEC (#54 NC sked). Bonnies played four kids 35:00+ in their win over UCLA- they survived their best player Adams going 2-16 from floor.


    Friday’s games
    Day Games

    Providence lost in Big East final Saturday; all three tournament games went to OT. Friars are #117 experience team, starting three seniors- they lost five of last six first round games in this tournament. Providence is 7-7 in last 14 games overall; they’re 9-4 outside Big East (#191 NC sked), 6-9 vs top 50 teams. Texas A&M is 3-4 in its last seven games; they’re 11-1 outside SEC (NC sked #38) but were only 9-10 inside SEC. they’re #233 experience team. Over the last five years, favorites are 12-8 against the spread in #7-10 seed 1st round games.


    Purdue won 15 of last 17 first round games, covering four of last six; Boilermakers start four seniors, are #52 experience team- they make 42% of their 3’s. Purdue is 13-2 outside Big 14 (#145 NC sked); they’re 12-0 vs teams ranked outside top 100. Cal State-Fullerton won eight of last ten games; they’ve got good guards, are #3 team in country in %age of their points scored on foul line. Titans are #235 experience team- they’re 5-5 outside Big West (#80 NC sked); they’re 1-4 vs top 100 teams. Big West teams are 2-5 vs spread in this round the last seven years.


    Wednesday’s other tournaments
    To me, these games are a crapshoot; there is no way of knowing which teams will come to compete, and which teams will just go through the motions.


    Exhibit A: USC’s best player Chimezie Metu chose not to play Tuesday nite, because he’s going to the NBA and he doesn’t want to get hurt.


    Marquette won five of its last seven games; they’re #312 experience team that is 6-0 vs teams ranked outside top 100. Golden Eagles shoot 41.5% outside arc (#3)- they went 9-9 in Big East, which ain’t bad. Harvard lost Ivy League title game Sunday afternoon; they won 12 of last 15 games, are 4-9 outside Ivy League, 0-4 vs top 100 teams, losing by 18-16-9-6 points.


    UL-Lafayette is 27-6, winning 24 of last 28 games; they’re 8-3 outside Sun Belt, losing by 18 at Ole Miss in only SEC game this year. Ragin’ Cajuns will be excited to play LSU, who they last played eight years ago, losing 66-58. ULL is #51 experience team, starting three juniors, two seniors. LSU won its last six home games but lost three of last four games overall.


    Penn State lost four of its last six games; they’re #243 experience team, 10-3 outside Big 14, albeit against #324 NC schedule. Nittany Lions are 15-6 vs teams ranked outside the top 50. Temple lost five of its last seven games; they’re 3-7 vs top 50 teams, but two of the wins were back in November. Owls lost their last three true road games, by 7-6-18 points.


    Mississippi State lost three of last four games; they’re #326 experience team that is 11-1 outside SEC, with only loss by 15 at Cincinnati- their non-SEC schedule is 345th out of 351 in nation. Nebraska won eight of its last ten games; they’re 10-5 outside Big 14 (#271 NC sked). Huskers won three of last four true road games. Last three years, Big 14 teams are 14-8 SU vs SEC foes.


    Utah won six of last eight games but lost by hoop to Oregon in first round of Pac-12 tourney; Utes are #35 experience team that is 8-3 outside Pac-12- they beat Hawai’i by 20 in only game vs Big West team this season. Cal-Davis won six of last seven games; since Feb 1, they’ve won three games in either double or triple OT. Aggies split pair of Pac-12 tilts against Washington schools.


    BYU split its last six games, upsetting St Mary’s in WCC semis but losing by 20 in finals; Cougars are 11-2 outside WCC, but lost by 12 at home to Utah in only Pac-12 game this year. BYU lost four of its last six road games. Stanford won five of its last seven games; they’re 6-7 outside the Pac-12 (NC sked #69); they beat USF by 12, Pacific by 9 in two games vs WCC foes this season.


    Washington lost six of its last nine games but they won five of last six home games; Huskies are #304 experience team that is 10-3 outside Pac-12 (NC sked #169)- they force turnovers 21.1% of time. Boise State is 4-3 in its last seven games; they’re #70 experience team that is 15-1 at home this year, with only loss to Nevada. Broncos won by 3 at Oregon in their only Pac-12 game.


    Colgate went 12-6, finishing 2nd in Patriot League, losing to Bucknell in tourney final. Raiders won five of last six games; they’re 1-7 vs teams ranked in top 200, with only win by 5 over UMBC back in November. San Francisco is #266 experience team that is 7-5 outside WCC; Dons are 9-2 vs teams ranked outside top 200. Colgate is 19-13, their first winning season in a decade.


    South Dakota won seven of last nine games; they’re #139 experience team that plays pace #67. Coyotes are 9-4 outside Summit League; they beat Southern Miss by 13 in only game vs C-USA opponent this year. North Texas went 8-10 in C-USA this year after going 9-27 last two years; Mean Green lost seven of last eight games, with six losses by 6 or fewer points, or in OT.


    Grand Canyon gets great crowd support; they lost WAC final by 14 to New Mexico St, their first loss in last six games. Antelopes are 10-5 outside WAC (NC sked #346); teams shoot 26.7% on arc against them (#1st in nation). Mercer won eight of its last nine games; they’re experience team #12 that is 5-6 outside SoCon. Bears play pace #339, one of slowest in country.


    Campbell won four of last seven games; they went 10-8 in Big South; Camels are 4-7 vs teams ranked in top 200- they won seven of last eight home games. Miami OH lost seven of its last ten games; Red Hawks are #322 experience team that plays #244 pace- they’re 5-6 outside MAC. Miami lost four of its last five road games, with their last true three road games all going OT.


    Rio Grande Valley lost five of last six games; they’re #133 experience team that plays pace #9- despite that, their eFG% is #343. Vaqueros are 2-1 vs Southland teams this year, losing 111-106 to Nicholls St, then sweeping a pair with Corpus Christi. New Orleans lost six of last nine games; Privateers are 0-8 vs D-I teams outside Southland, but they played NC schedule #3; they turn ball over 22.4% of the time.


    Central Arkansas won four of last five games, but lost to SF Austin in Southland semis; Bears are 5-7 outside Southland, 1-11 vs teams ranked in top 200- they play pace #17, are coached by guy who was interim coach at Arizona after Lute Olson retired. Seattle lost four of last five games; they’re 8-6 outside Southland. Redhawks won last six home games, including one vs N Mex St.


    Long road trip from Alabama to frigid Buffalo; Jacksonville State hasn’t played in 12 days since semi-final loss to Murray State in OVC semis. Gamecocks are #61 experience team that is 8-4 outside OVC- they lost three of last four true road games. Canisius won 17 of last 21 games, but got upset in Quinnipiac in MAAC tourney; Griffins are #262 experience team- they lost by 8 at Tennessee State in only game vs an OVC opponent.


    St Francis won five of last six games; they’re 4-5 outside NEC, 16-6 vs teams ranked outside top 200. Red Flash is #240 experience team; they’re 3-1 in OT games. Ill-Chicago lost four of its last six games, giving up 82.3 ppg in last three games; Flames are 3-8 outside Horizon- they turn ball over 20.9% of time. UIC is 14-3 this season against teams ranked outside top 200.


    Niagara lost three of last four games with Scott injured; Eagles haven’t played in 11 days, so no idea if he’ll be back here. Niagara won six of last nine road games; they’re 7-6 outside MAAC, but lost by 19 at home to Buffalo in only game vs MAC opponent. Eastern Michigan plays 2-3 zone like Syracuse; they won seven of last eight games, are #120 experience team, 6-4 outside MAC.


    Tex-San Antonio won nine of last 12 games; Roadrunners are #305 experience team that plays pace #33- they’re 4-6 outside C-USA, winning by 14-16 points in their two games vs Southland opponents. Lamar is #6 experience team; they start four seniors, one junior. Cardinals are 4-5 outside Southland, winning by 14 at UTEP in their one game against a Conference USA foe.
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    TEXAS SOUTHERN @ NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL
    TEXAS SOUTHERN

    No trends to report
    NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL

    No trends to report
    HARVARD @ MARQUETTE
    HARVARD

    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Harvard's last 5 games on the road
    Harvard is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    MARQUETTE

    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Marquette's last 9 games
    Marquette is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
    LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE @ LSU
    LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE

    Louisiana-Lafayette is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games on the road
    Louisiana-Lafayette is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games
    LSU

    LSU is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    LSU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    NIAGARA @ EASTERN MICHIGAN
    NIAGARA

    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Niagara's last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Niagara's last 6 games on the road
    EASTERN MICHIGAN

    Eastern Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Eastern Michigan is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    MIAMI-OHIO @ CAMPBELL
    MIAMI-OHIO

    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami-Ohio's last 5 games
    Miami-Ohio is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
    CAMPBELL

    No trends to report
    JACKSONVILLE STATE @ CANISIUS
    JACKSONVILLE STATE

    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Jacksonville State's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Jacksonville State's last 7 games
    CANISIUS

    Canisius is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Canisius is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
    TEMPLE @ PENN STATE
    TEMPLE

    Temple is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Penn State
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Temple's last 11 games on the road
    PENN STATE

    Penn State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
    Penn State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Temple
    ST. FRANCIS-PENNSYLVANIA @ UIC
    ST. FRANCIS-PENNSYLVANIA

    No trends to report
    UIC

    The total has gone OVER in 5 of UIC's last 5 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of UIC's last 5 games
    UTSA @ LAMAR
    UTSA

    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of UTSA's last 6 games
    UTSA is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games
    LAMAR

    No trends to report
    NORTH TEXAS @ SOUTH DAKOTA
    NORTH TEXAS

    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Texas's last 5 games
    North Texas is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
    SOUTH DAKOTA

    South Dakota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    South Dakota is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
    UTRGV @ NEW ORLEANS
    UTRGV

    UTRGV is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
    UTRGV is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    NEW ORLEANS

    No trends to report
    NEBRASKA @ MISSISSIPPI STATE
    NEBRASKA

    Nebraska is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
    Nebraska is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games
    MISSISSIPPI STATE

    Mississippi State is 21-2 SU in its last 23 games at home
    Mississippi State is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games
    UC DAVIS @ UTAH
    UC DAVIS

    UC Davis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    UC Davis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    UTAH

    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Utah's last 6 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Utah's last 9 games
    SYRACUSE @ ARIZONA STATE
    SYRACUSE

    Syracuse is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    ARIZONA STATE

    Arizona State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
    Arizona State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
    BYU @ STANFORD
    BYU

    The total has gone OVER in 7 of BYU's last 9 games
    BYU is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
    STANFORD

    Stanford is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Stanford is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games at home
    BOISE STATE @ WASHINGTON
    BOISE STATE

    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boise State's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boise State's last 8 games
    WASHINGTON

    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Washington's last 11 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Washington's last 18 games
    COLGATE @ SAN FRANCISCO
    COLGATE

    No trends to report
    SAN FRANCISCO

    San Francisco is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Francisco's last 6 games at home
    MERCER @ GRAND CANYON
    MERCER

    No trends to report
    GRAND CANYON

    Grand Canyon is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Grand Canyon is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    CENTRAL ARKANSAS @ SEATTLE
    CENTRAL ARKANSAS

    No trends to report
    SEATTLE

    Seattle is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Seattle is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

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    NCAA Tournament's biggest betting mismatches: Opening round
    Monty Andrews


    It's the betting week that most of us look forward to all year - March Madness opening weekend! Monty Andrews is here to break down some of the underlying betting mismatches for the opening two days of the NCAA Tournament, giving you an inside edge when handicapping the schedule.


    South Region


    Davidson Wildcats (12) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (5) (-5.5, 143)



    Davidson's dead-eye foul shooting vs. Kentucky's free-throw funk


    It's an all-Wildcats battle in South Region opening-round action, as fifth-seeded Kentucky looks to vanquish trendy pick Davidson. But give the underdogs a major edge when it comes to converting free throws; the school best known for producing super-sniper Steph Curry can still knock down shots, making a whopping 79.7 of their foul shots during the season - the third-best rate in the nation. Sensational senior Peyton Aldridge hit nearly 85 percent of his free throws en route to a 21.5-ppg scoring average.


    By comparison, John Calipari's Wildcats were abysmal from the line, converting just 69.7 percent of their attempts - ranking just inside the top 250 nationally. While Kentucky's top two scorers - Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - both shoot better than 76 percent from the stripe, the other two Wildcats to average in double figures - PJ Washington and Ham-dou Diallo - come in below 63 percent. If Kentucky isn't better from the line Thursday, Davidson could be the next No. 12 seed to shock the world.


    Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (11) vs. Miami Hurricanes (6) (-1.5, 134)


    Loyola-Chicago's incredible discipline vs. Miami's struggles to draw fouls


    Loyola-Chicago is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 32 years - and it has eyes on an upset as it takes on the Hurricanes in a game oddsmakers expect to be a close one. The Ramblers have a decisive advantage when it comes to fouls, coming into March Madness as one of the most disciplined teams in the nation. Loyola-Chicago's 13.8 personal fouls per game ranks behind only Notre Dame, while its 456 total fouls are fourth-fewest among Division I schools.


    Miami showed impressive discipline itself - averaging just 16.3 fouls per game, good for 53rd nationally - but couldn't draw opposing infractions well at all. Teams averaged just 16.5 personal fouls against the Hurricanes in 2017-18, ranking outside the top 300 in the country. In a game where fouls and free throws could very well decide things, Loyola-Chicago is in terrific position to triumph in its first NCAA Tournament appearance in more than three decades.


    West Region


    UNC-Greensboro Spartans (13) vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs (4) (-12.5, 136)



    UNC-Greensboro's slow starts vs. Bulldogs' first-half scoring bonanza


    Gonzaga has become a fixture as a high seed in the NCAA Tournament - and the Bulldogs are expected to reach the second round this year as they open against the Southern Conference champions. This one could be over early if the Spartans can't overcome their early-game struggles; UNC-Greensboro averaged just 33.5 first-half points per game, ranking 201st in the country. They were saved by the fact that they allowed just 29.1 first-half points on average - but Gonzaga will present a much stiffer challenge.


    The Bulldogs were relentless in the first half of games this season, averaging 40.2 points prior to the break - the 10th-best rate in the country. And Gonzaga was even more prolific in the West Coast Conference Tournament, scoring 46 first-half points in a one-sided win over Loyola-Marymount and pouring in 48 points over the first 20 minutes of a 28-point rout of San Francisco. If Gonzaga catches fire early on, there might not be anything UNC-Greensboro can do to rally in the second half.


    East Region


    Butler Bulldogs (10) vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (7) (+1.5, 152)



    Butler's porous long-range D vs. Arkansas' sensational 3-point shooting


    The Razorbacks might be the lower seed in the East Region first-round matchup, but they're a slight underdog in the eyes of oddsmakers as they take on the Bulldogs in Detroit. The 'Hogs might want to consider ratcheting up the long-range shots against a Bulldogs team that was frustratingly bad at defending shots from 3-point range. Butler allowed opposing teams to connect at a 37.4-percent rate from deep in 2017-18, ranking it outside the top 300 in the country.


    Given that fact, Arkansas' best shot at advancing will almost certainly come from beyond the arc, where the Razorbacks connected on better than 40 percent of their attempts - the 15th-best rate in Division I. The only problem: of the 19 teams to shoot 40 percent or better, Arkansas was 14th in total attempts. That said, this matchup could easily come down to one made 3-pointer at the end of the game - and if that's the case, Arkansas is in much better position to convert.


    Midwest Region


    Oklahoma Sooners (10) vs. Rhode Island Rams (7) (-2, 158)



    Trae Young's penchant for turnovers vs. Rams' elite ball security


    All eyes will be on national scoring and assist leader Trae Young, as he looks to lead the Sooners past Rhode Island in a first-round encounter in Pittsburgh. But as fantastic as Young is with the basketball, he also has moments of carelessness. Many of them, in fact. Young averaged an unbelievable 5.2 turnovers per game this season, more than a full turnover higher than the field; in fact, only four other qualified players averaged at least four turnovers per game.


    Capitalizing on Young's penchant for occasionally sloppy play is the easiest way for the Rams to control the game - and they're build to do just that. Rhode Island boasted an incredible plus-5.1 average turnover margin this season; only Portland State and West Virginia were more prolific. Young will need to be more careful with the basketball than he has been all season - and given that he had at least three turnovers in all but two games, bettors shouldn't expect that to happen Thursday.


    Iona Gaels (15) vs. Duke Blue Devils (2) (-19.5, 157)


    Iona's struggle on the boards vs. Marvin Bagley III's rebounding prowess


    Duke comes into March Madness as a No. 2 seed, but is still a strong title favorite as it tangles with Iona on Thursday. The Blue Devils are led by forward Marvin Bagley III, who ranked sixth in the nation in rebounding average (11.5) while adding 21.1 points. It's the board work that makes Bagley so dangerous in this one; the 6-11 freshman was positively dominant down the stretch, averaging 15 rebounds over his final three games - two of which came against the top rebounding team in the nation in North Carolina.


    The Gaels deserve plenty of credit for emerging as the MAAC champions and securing their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, but they have no hope of slowing Bagley down. Iona ranked 257th in the nation in rebounding average (33.8), with only one player - TK Edogi - surpassing 5.5 boards per game. Duke ranked eighth in the country in offensive boards (13.6) - and a similar performance Thursday should help produce enough second-chance points for the Blue Devils to waltz to victory.
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    UVA looks to avoid 1-16 upset
    March 13, 2018



    UMBC vs. Virginia ATS Picks


    The Maryland Baltimore County Retrievers pulled the shocker of all shockers by disposing of the Vermont Catamounts at the buzzer in the America East Tournament finals as 9.5-point underdogs. Their reward for doing so is a first round matchup with the NCAA Tournament top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers.


    Big dogged UMBC is more than likely to face a steep uphill climb in this one with UVA’s “pack-line” defense expected to have its way against such an overmatched opponent.


    No. 16 UMBC Retrievers vs. Virginia Cavaliers


    Date and Time: Friday, March 16, 2018, 9:20 p.m. ET
    Location: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
    Opening NCAA Tournament Odds: Virginia -23, O/U 120.5
    UMBC vs. Virginia TV Coverage: TNT


    The Retrievers won 24 games in the regular season and went a commendable 12-4 in conference play. They entered the conference tournament as the No. 2 seed where it went on to dispose of UMASS Lowell and Hartford as nine and 3.5-point favorites respectively. Then in one of its biggest wins of the season, UMBC controlled its matchup with the Catamounts taking a 37-35 lead with it into the break before punching its ticket to the dance at the game’s death.


    Most shocking about the outright win was the fact that Vermont romped them by an average of 21.5 points per game in both regular season skirmishes. UMBC currently checks in as the No. 184 ranked team in the country per the current Pomeroy Ratings. It played to an overall schedule strength ranked No. 296 and a non-conference schedule strength ranked No. 278.


    It’s toughest opponent played to date came in the form of the Arizona Wildcats whom they pushed against back on November 12 as 25-point underdogs. Remember, it took the Wildcats about a month before they started firing on all cylinders yet they still had no problem disposing of the Retrievers.


    There’s not much to report on the Cavaliers here. They proved to be the best team in the country over the course of the regular season, and they look to be every bit as good as their 31-2 straight up and 20-9-1 against the spread records suggest.


    In year’s past, the defense is what allowed for UVA to be successful in both non-conference and ACC play. While Tony Bennett’s stop unit is still one of the best in the country, he finally has an offense to pair with it that should allow for the program to make its deepest run in the NCAA tournament since taking over the reins in Charlottesville.


    The unit has shot better than 46 percent from the field, knocks its long range attempts down at a 39.0 percent clip ( No. 29 ) and has been nothing short of money from the charity stripe ( No. 39 ). All those facets paired with a defense allowing the fewest points in the country ( 53.4 PPG ) is the main reason why Virginia is one of the heavy favorites to cut the nets down in April ( +555 ).


    Matchup to Watch


    In its 65-62 win over Vermont, the Retrievers connected on 10 of 22 long range attempts. The 3-ball is a huge component to the offense’s overall success. It knocks them down at a 38.7 percent clip ( No. 34 ), and accounts for 40.7 percent of the 73.9 points the team averages per game. Good luck coming close to those outputs against a Virginia defense that allows just over a 30 percent conversion rate from beyond the arc ( No. 5 ) and an average of just 6.2 3-point makes per game ( No. 17 ). Take UMBC’s long range prowess out of the equation, and they’ll have no shot of keeping this game competitive or covering the hefty amount of points oddsmakers have given them in this first round matchup.


    UMBC vs. Virginia Free Picks


    UVA has teams like Kentucky, Arizona, Tennessee and Cincinnati in their region. In other words, the Selection Committee did them absolutely no favors in their trek to win the title. What they did however do was serve up a softy for their first round matchup, and I fully expect the Wahoos to take full advantage. This is going to be an all-out massacre that finds Virginia likely ahead of the full game spread 10 minutes into the game. While I have no reservations laying the lofty chalk, I do worry about the bench warmers coming in late and mucking it up. With that, I’d look to ride UVA in the first half larger than I would the full game spread. It’s seriously possible the Retrievers fail to reach 40 points in this game and I’m typing that with a straight face.


    NCAA Tournament ATS Pick: Bet Virginia
    NCAA Tournament Score Prediction: Virginia 75 – UMBC 38





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    UVA F Hunter out of NCAA Tourney
    March 13, 2018



    Top-ranked and top-seeded Virginia will be without forward De'Andre Hunter, the ACC's sixth man of the year, for the NCAA Tournament because of a broken left wrist.


    The school announced Tuesday that Hunter, a 6-foot-7 swingman who can also play guard, suffered the injury during the ACC Tournament, but did not say how. He will have surgery Monday and miss 10 to 12 weeks.


    Hunter, a redshirt freshman, sat out last season, but made an immediate impact once he joined coach Tony Bennett's lineup. He averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 33 games, reached double figures 16 times and led the Cavaliers in scoring on six occasions. His scoring high was 23 points in his fourth game, a 73-53 victory over Monmouth on Nov. 19. He recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 66-37 victory at Pittsburgh on Feb. 24.


    Hunter also had several big moments for Virginia (31-2) late in the year. He banked in a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at Louisville on March 1 to cap an improbable comeback in a 67-66 victory, and then made several critical free throws in the final minutes of the ACC title game as Virginia held off North Carolina, 71-63.


    The Cavaliers, the top seed in the South Region, open NCAA Tournament play Friday night against UMBC in Charlotte, North Carolina.


    This is the second straight year they have lost a key player late in the season.


    Last year, forward Isaiah Wilkins, this year's ACC defensive player of the year, missed time with an illness. He played just 5 minutes in a first-round victory against North Carolina-Wilmington in the NCAA Tournament, and then not at all when Virginia lost 65-39 to Florida in the second round.
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    No. 1 Xavier getting no respect
    March 14, 2018



    Looking Wild in the West?


    The Maddest time of the sporting year is back with a bang with all eyes on the race to the NCAAB National Championship crown.


    This year’s West Region could well be the most difficult to pick – a fact echoed in the fact that the number 1 seed is not really enjoying the bookies’ favour before tip-off.


    Big East champion Xavier (28-5) has been handed the honor this year, but the bookies at Intertops.eu have the Musketeers priced at 9/2 behind North Carolina, Gonzaga and Michigan in the race to book a Final Four ticket. Was that Big East tournament loss to Providence a true guide to Xavier’s strength or will it just provide a fortunate odds-boost for a team that has looked good all season? Time will tell.


    The Intertops bookies have made the defending national champion Tar Heels their 11/4 favorite in the Region despite N.C.’s inconsistency over the course the hoops year. There is, however, no doubt that experience can play a crucial role when the Madness is at its most frenetic and so a third straight trip to the national semifinal could well be on the cards.


    Gonzaga (7/2) and Michigan (15/4) have both regularly shown that they are Final Four-quality over the course of the season and have also been given the nod over Xavier at Intertops.


    And what about a Cinderella story to make it really wild in the West?


    Early wagering has indicated that Providence is being fancied to spring a surprise. The Friars’ 21-13 record might not auger well for a title challenge, but a strong performance in taking Villanova to OT in the Big East Tournament final underlined that they could be a force to be reckoned with and odds of 33/1 are more than tempting.


    To Win The NCAAB West Region


    North Carolina 11/4
    Gonzaga 7/2
    Michigan 15/4
    Xavier 9/2
    Ohio State 10/1
    Houston 12/1
    Texas A&M 14/1
    Missouri 14/1
    Florida State 25/1
    Providence 33/1
    San Diego State 50/1
    South Dakota State 66/1
    NC-Greensboro 100/1
    Montana 100/1
    Liscomb 100/1
    NC Central 200/1
    Texas Southern 200/1


    To Win The NCAAB National Championship


    Villanova 5/1
    Virginia 11/2
    Duke 15/2
    Michigan State 10/1
    Kansas 12/1
    Purdue 12/1
    North Carolina 14/1
    Michigan 14/1
    Cincinnati 14/1
    Arizona 16/1
    Xavier 20/1
    Gonzaga 22/1
    Kentucky 25/1
    West Virginia 33/1
    Providence 100/1


    Odds subject to change – Updated 3.14.18
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    Wednesday's First Four
    March 14, 2018



    **Texas Southern vs. North Carolina Central**


    -- As of early this morning, most betting shops had Texas Southern (15-19 straight up, 6-1 against the spread) installed as a 5.5-point favorite with a total of 146.5. The Eagles were +200 on the money line (risk $100 to win $200).


    -- Texas Southern won the SWAC Tournament behind the play of MVP Demontrae Jefferson, a 5’7” sophomore guard who scored at least 15 points in 24 of the 25 games he played this season. He missed nine games due to an early-season suspension and the passing of his father. Jefferson led the Tigers to their seventh straight win in the SWAC Tournament finals, an 84-69 triumph over Arkansas Pine Bluff as six-point favorites. The 153 combined points went ‘over’ the 143-point total. Jefferson made all 11 of his free throws, finishing with 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Trayvon Reed, a seven-foot, two-inch center, hit all seven of his field-goal attempts on his way to producing 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. Donte Clark, a transfer from UMass, contributed 14 points and six assists, while Derrick Bruce added 13 points, six assists and four boards. Bruce drained 4-of-7 launches from 3-point land.


    -- Texas Southern is coached by Mike Davis, who played at Alabama under both C.M. Newton and Wimp Sanderson from 1979-83. He returned to his alma mater and served as an assistant under Sanderson’s replacement, David Hobbs, from 1995-97 before taking an assistant job under Bobby Knight at Indiana in 1997. Much to Knight’s dismay when he was dismissed in 2000, Davis took over as IU’s interim head coach. Davis coached the Hoosiers for six seasons, taking them to the 2002 NCAA Tournament finals before losing to Maryland. His first three years at IU resulted in three NCAA Tournament trips, where the Hoosiers posted a 6-3 record. After missing the postseason in 2004, Davis took Indiana to the NIT in 2005 and the Round of 32 in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. But he was fired after the ’06 team was eliminated from the Tournament with a 19-12 record. He quickly landed the UAB head-coaching gig, guiding the Blazers to three straight NIT appearances from 2008-10. Then in 2011, Davis helped UAB to a 22-9 record and a First Four appearance, but the Blazers lost in Dayton. Following a 15-16 mark in ’12, Davis was handed another pink slip.


    -- Davis, who is now 57 years of age, has led the Tigers to a fifth consecutive postseason appearance and their fourth NCAA Tournament in five seasons. His 2014 team lost 81-69 to Cal Poly in the First Four, so he’s 0-2 in his career in a pair of First Four games, and the Tigers are still looking for their first NCAA Tournament win in the program’s history.


    -- Texas Southern didn’t win its first game until New Year’s Day in its conference opener. That’s because Davis boldly scheduled the nation’s toughest non-conference slate, according to KenPom.com. Check out this murderer’s row of games to start the season: at Gonzaga, at Washington State, at Ohio State, at Syracuse, at Kansas, at Clemson, at Oakland, at Toledo, at Oregon, at Baylor, at Wyoming, at TCU and at BYU. The Tigers were competitive in Pullman before dropping an 86-84 decision to Washington State in overtime. They covered as 20-point underdogs in an 82-64 loss at Ohio State and lost by just seven at Clemson. Davis’s bunch lost 71-69 at Toledo and covered the number again as a 20-point ‘dog in a 74-68 loss at Oregon. Texas Southern hung tough with Wyoming as well before falling 72-66.


    -- Texas Southern is 15-6 since that brutal stretch of 13 straight road games, going 4-0 ATS in a quartet of spots as a favorite.


    -- Clark (18.6 points per game, 5.3 RPG) has scored at an 18.6 PPG clip in the Tigers’ past five games and has a team-high 38 steals. Reed (9.7 PPG) is the SWAC’s second-leading rebounder (8.8 RPG) and paces the conference in blocked shots with 3.0 per game. Jefferson is averaging team-bests in scoring (23.4 PPG) and assists (4.5 APG), while Bruce (13.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG) is burying 40.3 percent of his treys and 83.3 percent of his free throws.


    -- Since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, Texas Southern is the first team to make to make the field after losing its first 13 games.


    -- North Carolina Central (19-15 SU, 5-1 ATS) has won five games in a row and has covered in its last five lined contests. The Eagles defeated regular-season MEAC Champion Hampton by a 71-63 count as four-point underdogs in the conference tournament finals. Pablo Rivas led the winners with 22 points and five rebounds. Jordan Perkins added 13 points and nine assists.


    -- North Carolina Central’s best player is Kent State transfer Raasean Davis, who averages team-highs in scoring (15.0 points per game) and rebounding (8.0 RPG). The All-MEAC second-team selection is fourth in the league in rebounding and tops in field-goal percentage (66.7%). Before being held to seven points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots in the MEAC finals, Davis had a pair of double-doubles. First, he scored 16 points and snagged 20 rebounds in a 58-56 victory over Savannah State, before producing 22 points and 11 boards in a 79-70 triumph over Morgan State.


    -- Rivas averages 11.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game and has a team-high 35 blocked shots. Reginald Gardner (11.1 PPG) is also scoring in double figures, while Perkins (8.4 PPG) has a 184/92 assist-to-turnover ratio and knocks down 40.4 percent of his 3-pointers.


    -- North Carolina Central has won outright in both of its underdog spots vs. Savannah State (+1) and Hampton (+4) at the MEAC Tourney.


    -- Totals have been an overall wash (3-3) for the Eagles, who have seen the ‘under’ go 3-1 in their past four games.


    -- After cashing in all three of its SWAC Tournament games, the ‘over’ improve to 4-3 overall for the Tigers.


    -- The winner advances to Nashville to face the South Region’s No. 1 seed, Xavier, on Friday.


    -- Tip-off is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. tonight from Dayton on TruTV.

    **Arizona State vs. Syracuse**



    -- As of early this morning, most books had Arizona State (20-11 SU, 14-15 ATS) listed as a 1.5-point favorite with a total of 143.5.


    -- Arizona State stormed out of the gates in November and December with a sensational start, compiling a 12-0 SU record and a 10-2 ATS mark. During this time, ASU beat San Diego State, an 11-seed that’s currently won nine games in a row, by 22 points at home in Tempe. The Sun Devils also beat a pair of NCAA Tournament teams in ninth-seeded Kansas State and top-seed Xavier in a tournament at The Orleans in Las Vegas over the Thanksgiving holidays. After beating St. John’s at Staples Center in Los Angeles by 12 points on Dec. 8, Bobby Hurley’s team went to Phog Allen Fieldhouse two days later as a 12-point underdog and beat another No. 1 seed, Kansas, by a 95-85 score.


    -- ASU’s hot start would be to its benefit and the wins over Xavier and KU were undoubtedly the deciding factors in snatching one of the last four at-large bids. The Sun Devils are 8-11 SU and 4-13-2 ATS since the sizzling-hot start in non-conference action. Hurley’s squad is 1-5 both SU and ATS in its past six games, including a 97-85 loss to Colorado in the opening round of the Pac-12 Tournament. Remy Marting had 20 points and four assists without a turnover in the losing effort against the Buffaloes, who enjoyed a 39-25 rebounding edge over ASU. Tra Holder, Shannon Evans II and Kodi Justice each had 14 points vs. Colorado.


    -- ASU has lost outright in four consecutive games as a single-digit ‘chalk.’ In its past 14 games when favored by a single-digit number, Hurley’s bunch is a deplorable 3-10-1 ATS with nine outright defeats. For the season, the Sun Devils are 5-10-1 ATS with nine outright L’s as single-digit favorites.


    -- Arizona State has played only seven games against schools that are in the NCAA field, winning five of those seven games with both defeats coming against in-state rival Arizona.


    -- The Sun Devils are led by Holder, the senior guard who averages 18.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Holder has hit 37.4 percent of his launches from 3-point land and 84.1 percent of his FT attempts. Evans, who transferred from Buffalo when Hurley left the MAC school for Tempe, is ASU’s second-leading scorer (16.6 PPG) and leads the team in assists (3.5 APG) and steals (1.4 SPG) while burying 37.3 percent of his 3-balls and 85.3 percent of his FTs. Justice (12.6) and Romello White (10.7 PPG, 7.2 RPG) also average double figures in scoring.


    -- Syracuse (20-13 SU, 14-17 ATS) struggles to score, ranking No. 309 in the country with its meager 67.5 PPG average. The Orange don’t shoot it well, either, making only 41.8 percent of its FGAs and 32.1 percent of its 3-pointers.


    -- Syracuse has been an underdog 12 times this season, compiling a 5-7 spread record with three outright victories.


    -- From mid-to-late February, Syracuse lost four of five games and appeared to be on the wrong side of the bubble. The Orange put itself back in the mix with a 55-52 win over Clemson in its regular-season finale at the Carrier Dome. Then in the opening round of the ACC Tournament, the ‘Cuse captured a 73-64 win over Wake Forest as a four-point ‘chalk.’ Marek Dolezaj made 6-of-7 FGAs and scored 20 points to go with four rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in the win over the Demon Deacons. Tyus Battled added 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.


    -- However, the ‘Cuse went down in the ACC Tourney quarterfinals when North Carolina rolled to an easy 78-59 victory as a 7.5-point favorite. Oshae Brissett had 20 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.


    -- Jim Boeheim has never been timid about using a short rotation and this team is another example of that. Battle (19.8 PPG), Frank Howard (15.0 PPG) and Brissett (14.7 PPG) rank first, second and sixth in the nation, respectively, in minutes per game and produce 73.3 percent of the team’s scoring.


    -- Boeheim’s squad is No. 54 at KenPom.com and No. 39 in the RPI Rankings. The ‘Cuse is 2-7 vs. the RPI Top 25, 4-7 against the Top 50 and 8-11 versus the Top 100. The Orange have home wins over Buffalo, Clemson, Maryland, Va. Tech, Boston College and Toledo, in addition to road wins at Miami and at Louisville. In other words, they’ve lost nine of 13 games against teams in the NCAA field.


    -- Hurley’s team is No. 45 at KenPom.com and No. 61 in the RPI. ASU went 2-2 vs. the RPI Top 25, 4-2 against the Top 50 and 9-10 versus the Top 100.


    -- The Orange are ranked 15th in the nation in scoring defense (64.5 PPG) and eighth in FG percentage ‘D’ (39.6%).


    -- The ‘under’ is 17-14 overall for the ‘Cuse.


    -- The ‘over’ is 15-14-2 for the Sun Devils after cashing in back-to-back games and three of their past four.


    -- These schools met in the 2009 NCAA Tournament in a South Region game in the Round of 32 at American Airlines Arena in Miami. The mercurial Eric Devendorf banged home five 3-balls en route to scoring a team-best 21 points, while one of my favorite long-range shooters in college basketball history (Andy Rautins) drained a trio of 3’s on his way to finishing with 17 points, five assists and four rebounds. The Orange won a 78-67 decision as a 2.5-point favorite.


    -- The winner advances to play sixth-seeded TCU in Detroit on Friday.


    -- TruTV will provide the telecast 30 minutes after the conclusion of Texas Southern vs. NC Central.






    **B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**


    -- St. Bonaventure rallied past UCLA at the First Four in Dayton last night to advance to meet sixth-seeded Florida late Thursday night in Dallas. The Bonnies trailed by five at the under-8 television timeout, but they outscored the Bruins 19-7 the rest of the way to collect a 65-58 win as 2.5-point underdogs. Courtney Stockard, who had injured his hamstring in the A-10 Tournament quarterfinals and missed Saturday’s semifinal loss to Davidson, was listed as ‘questionable’ all the way up until game time. But it was Stockard who stole the show last night with 26 points, four steals and four rebounds. Jaylen Adams had a horrific night, going 2-of-16 from the field, but he hit a go-ahead jumper at crunch time to put his team in front to stay. Matt Mobley added 14 points, seven rebounds, and three assists for the winners.


    -- LSU is a four-point home favorite tonight vs. Louisiana. The Tigers are 13-4 SU and 10-4 ATS at home, while the Ragin’ Cajuns are 10-3 SU and 8-4 ATS on the road. These in-state adversaries haven’t met since 2009. From 2001-09, LSU won five in a row in this rivalry, going 3-2 ATS, but Louisiana took the cash in the two most recent encounters.


    -- Mississippi State’s second-leading scorer is freshman guard Nick Weatherspoon, but he’s listed as ‘doubtful’ for tonight’s first-round NIT home game vs. Nebraska due to a hip injury sustained at the SEC Tournament in St. Louis. Weatherspoon averages 11.1 PPG and has a 67/33 assist-to-turnover ratio. The Bulldogs are 18-2 SU and 8-7 ATS at The Hump in Starkville, while the Cornhuskers are 4-7 SU but 8-3 ATS in 11 true road assignments. As of early this morning, most spots had Ben Howland’s team listed as a four-point home favorite. Remember, Tim Miles’s squad has an incredible 18-3 spread record in 21 games played since Dec. 5!


    -- Nebraska won eight its last nine regular-season games and went 13-5 in the Big Ten. Nevertheless, the Cornhuskers were made a fifth seed in the NIT. This left Miles unhappy. He told the Associated Press on Monday, “I really do feel like we got slapped in the face. It is what it is. We can still do something about it. That’s the good news.” The Bulldogs and Cornhuskers will collide at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.


    -- Harvard is a 12-point underdog tonight at Marquette. Tommy Amaker’s team is already without Bryce Aiken, who averaged 14.1 PPG before going down with a season-ending injury. Now the Crimson could be without leading scorer Seth Towns tonight. Towns (15.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG) is ‘questionable’ tonight due to a knee injury. This game will tip at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.


    -- Alabama’s Donta Hall remains day-to-day (concussion) and a question mark for Thursday’s first-round game against Va. Tech. Hall, who was selected to the SEC’s All-Defensive Team, paces the Crimson Tide in FG percentage (72.1%), blocked shots (2.1 BPG), rebounding (6.8 RPG) and dunks (69).
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    NCAA Tournament



    National Invitation Tournament (NIT)

    UPPER LEFT BRACKET

    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 13 Notre Dame (-19.5) vs. Hampton 84-63 Favorite-Under (151.5)
    Mar. 13 Oregon (-11) vs. Rider 99-86 Favorite-Over (159)
    Mar. 14 Marquette vs. Harvard - -
    Mar. 14 Penn State vs. Temple - -
    Mar. 15-19 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 15-19 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 20-21 TBD vs. TBD - -


    Lower Left Bracket
    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 13 Baylor (-13) vs. Wagner 80-59 Favorite-Over (138)
    Mar. 13 Louisville (-7.5) vs. Northern Kentucky 66-58 Favorite-Under (147.5)
    Mar. 13 Middle Tennessee (-6) vs. Vermont 91-64 Favorite-Over (137)
    Mar. 14 Mississippi State vs. Nebraska - -
    Mar. 15-19 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 15-19 Louisville vs. Middle Tennessee - -
    Mar. 20-21 TBD vs. TBD - -


    UPPER RIGHT BRACKET
    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 13 USC (-14) vs. UNC Asheville 103-98 Underdog-Over (151.5)
    Mar. 13 Western Kentucky (-4) vs. Boston College 79-62 Favorite-Under (159)
    Mar. 13 Oklahoma State (-11) vs. Florida Gulf Coast 80-68 Favorite-Under (160)
    Mar. 14 Stanford vs. BYU - -
    Mar. 15-19 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 15-19 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 20-21 TBD vs. TBD - -


    LOWER RIGHT BRACKET
    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 13 St. Mary's (-14.5) vs. SE Louisiana 89-45 Favorite-Under (139.5)
    Mar. 14 LSU vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - -
    Mar. 14 Utah vs. UC Davis - -
    Mar. 14 Boise State vs. Washington - -
    Mar. 15-19 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 15-19 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 20-21 TBD vs. TBD - -


    SEMIFINALS & FINALS
    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 27 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 27 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 29 TBD vs. TBD - -

    College Basketball Invitational (CBI)

    FIRST ROUND
    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 13 Eastern Washington at Utah Valley (-6.5) 87-65 Favorite-Over (148)
    Mar. 14 Miami-Oh. at Campbell - -
    Mar. 14 Jacksonville State at Canisius - -
    Mar. 14 North Texas at South Dakota - -
    Mar. 14 UT Rio Grand Valley at New Orleans - -
    Mar. 14 Colgate at San Francisco - -
    Mar. 14 Mercer at Grand Canyon - -
    Mar. 14 Central Arkansas at Seattle -


    QUARTERFINALS AND SEMIFINALS
    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 19 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 19 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 19 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 19 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 21 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 21 TBD vs. TBD - -


    FINALS (BEST-OF-THREE)
    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 26 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 28 TBD vs. TBD - -
    Mar. 30 TBD vs. TBD - -


    CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT)
    FIRST ROUND
    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 12 Central Michigan (+5.5, ML +205) at Fort Wayne 94-89 Underdog-Over (164)
    Mar. 12 Abilene Christian at Drake (-8.5) 80-73 (OT) Underdog-Over (151)
    Mar. 12 North Carolina A&T at Liberty (-12) 65-52 Favorite-Under (139.5)
    Mar. 12 Hartford at San Diego (-10) 88-72 Favorite-Over (138)
    Mar. 14 St. Francis-PA at Illinois-Chicago - -
    Mar. 14 Niagara at Eastern Michigan - -
    Mar. 14 Texas-San Antonio at Lamar - -
    Mar. 15 Louisiana-Monroe at Austin Peay - -


    SECOND ROUND AND QUARTERFINALS
    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 16-21 TBD at Wofford - -
    Mar. 16-21 TBD at Northern Colorado - -
    Mar. 16-21 TBD at Portland State - -
    Mar. 16-21 TBD at San Houston State - -
    Mar. 16-21 TBD at TBD - -
    Mar. 22-25 TBD at TBD - -
    Mar. 22-25 TBD at TBD - -
    Mar. 22-25 TBD at TBD - -
    Mar. 22-25 TBD at TBD - -


    SEMIFINALS & FINALS
    Date Matchup Score ATS Result
    Mar. 28 TBD at TBD - -
    Mar. 28 TBD at TBD - -
    Mar. 30 TBD at TBD - -
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