Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hawks Visit Wizards in Meeting of Eastern Playoff Contenders

Washington Wizards Basketball

Wizards May Have Way With Depleted Hawks



The Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks both seem to have a grip on a playoff spot. The two will meet on Wednesday at 8PM ET in the nation’s capital.

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The Hawks aren’t a flashy team by any means. They’re one of the most balanced offensively in the league. They have six players, including Paul Millsap, averaging double digits for points. The Hawks must find a positive result without their leading man, as Paul Millsap will miss his third straight game with a left knee injury. Atlanta lost its past four games and is 3-7 in its last 10 games.

The Hawks may have to rely a little more on their tough defense. Atlanta's defense is sixth in opponent field goal percentage.

Atlanta's chances of home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs are in trouble. Sitting fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, the Hawks are closer to ninth-place Detroit than fourth-place Toronto. The top eight teams reach the playoffs.

The Hawks will have their hands full with the Wizards. The Wiz are fifth in points scored. John Wall (23 points, almost 11 assists per game) and Bradley Beal (23 points) are finally fulfilling their promise in the backcourt. The Wizards’ defense still has some work to do though. They’re 22nd in points allowed and could be a liability in the run into the playoffs.

Atlanta is 6-4 straight up and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 meetings with the Wizards. Wahsington has won two of three games against the Hawks this season. Atlanta won the first meeting 114-99 at home in October. The Wizards won 95-92 in Washington in November, and then 112-86 in Atlanta in January.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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NBA Tuesday Preview & Free Pick- Chicago at Toronto

Toronto Raptors Basketball

Bulls on Outside Looking in for Playoffs



The Chicago Bulls kick off Tuesday night’s NBA double header of action on ESPN with a trip north of the boarder to face the Toronto Raptors. BetAnySports opened Toronto as a 6.5-point home favorite for this 7 p.m. (ET) tip with the total set at 203. The line now has the Raptors as 7-point favorites and the total is all the way down to 198.

Chicago (33-37) is on the outside looking in as far as earning a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. With just two straight-up wins in its last nine games, the Bulls need to turn things around. It did manage to get past Utah 95-86 on Saturday. They were a 6.5-point home underdog on BetAnySports’ closing line. It was just the third time the Bulls covered against the spread during this nine-game slide. The total stayed UNDER 192.5 points in that game. The total has stayed UNDER in eight of their last 10 contests.

The Bulls got a big effort from Bobby Portis off the bench in Saturday’s game. The come-from-behind upset had Portis scoring 22 points. Jimmy Butler once again led the way with a team-high 23 points to match his scoring average of the year. Chicago has failed to score more than 100 points in eight of its last 10 games and on the year it is ranked 25th in the league in points per game (101.8).

Toronto May be Peaking at Right Time



Toronto is building some momentum for the post season with a 3-1 record in its last four games (SU and ATS) while winning all three contests by double digits. It hammered Indiana on Sunday 116-91 as a 2.5-point home favorite after beating Detroit 87-75 last Friday as a 3.5-point road underdog with BetAnySports. The Raptors are 41-29 SU on the year with a 23-12 record at home. They have covered in four of their last six home games with the total going OVER in three of their last five games at home.

DeMar DeRozan led the way against the Pacers with 22 points and all five of Toronto’s starters ended that game in double figures. In the recent victory in Detroit, Serge Ibaka posted 17 points and nine rebounds to help lead the way. Overall, the Raptors are the 10th-highest scoring team in the NBA this season with 106.9 PPG. They have also been solid on defense with a points-allowed average of 103.1 points.

Toronto has already lost to Chicago twice on the road this season; however given the current form of both teams I would lay the 7 points at BetAnySports and take the Raptors both SU and ATS on Tuesday night.

 

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

UCLA and Cincinnati Battle in South Regional of NCAA's

UCLA in March Madness

UCLA and Cincinnati Vie for Sweet 16 Spot


The Cincinnati Bearcats and the UCLA Bruins will on Sunday at the Golden 1 Center. A spot in the South Regional Sweet Sixteen will be on the line. Both teams had relatively easy wins in their opening round matchups in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The Bruins are vying for their third Sweet 16 bid in the past four years, while the Bearcats haven't been to the Sweet 16 since 2012.

Oddsmakers opened the Bruins as -3-point favorites versus the Bearcats, while the game's total opened at 153. The line has inched up to UCLA -3.5 and the total is at 153.5 at most sportsbooks.

UCLA was a 97-80 winner in its first round matchup against the Kent State Golden Flashes. They failed to cover the -19-point spread as favorites. TJ Leaf had 23 points and six rebounds for UCLA. Thomas Welsh had 16 points and eight rebounds. Lonzo Ball had 15 points with four rebounds and three assists. Aaron Holiday had 15 points and 11 rebounds coming off the bench.

Cincinnati won its first round matchup with a 75-61 route against the Kansas State Wildcats on March 17. They covered in that game as a -3-point favorite. Troy Caupain had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Bearcats. Kyle Washington scored 16 points. Gary Clark had 15 points and seven rebounds.

Betting Trends and Stats


Cincinnati:
Team record: 30-5 SU,18-14-1 ATS
Cincinnati is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Cincinnati is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games

UCLA:
Team record: 30-4 SU,16-18 ATS
The Bruins are 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The Bruins are 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of UCLA's last 11 games

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UCLA and Cincinnati Battle in South Regional of NCAA's

UCLA in March Madness

UCLA and Cincinnati Vie for Sweet 16 Spot



The Cincinnati Bearcats and the UCLA Bruins will on Sunday at the Golden 1 Center. A spot in the South Regional Sweet Sixteen will be on the line. Both teams had relatively easy wins in their opening round matchups in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The Bruins are vying for their third Sweet 16 bid in the past four years, while the Bearcats haven't been to the Sweet 16 since 2012.

Oddsmakers opened the Bruins as -3-point favorites versus the Bearcats, while the game's total opened at 153. The line has inched up to UCLA -3.5 and the total is at 153.5 at most sportsbooks.

UCLA was a 97-80 winner in its first round matchup against the Kent State Golden Flashes. They failed to cover the -19-point spread as favorites. TJ Leaf had 23 points and six rebounds for UCLA. Thomas Welsh had 16 points and eight rebounds. Lonzo Ball had 15 points with four rebounds and three assists. Aaron Holiday had 15 points and 11 rebounds coming off the bench.

Cincinnati won its first round matchup with a 75-61 route against the Kansas State Wildcats on March 17. They covered in that game as a -3-point favorite. Troy Caupain had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Bearcats. Kyle Washington scored 16 points. Gary Clark had 15 points and seven rebounds.

Betting Trends and Stats



Cincinnati:
Team record: 30-5 SU,18-14-1 ATS
Cincinnati is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Cincinnati is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games

UCLA:
Team record: 30-4 SU,16-18 ATS
The Bruins are 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The Bruins are 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of UCLA's last 11 games

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Kansas Faces a Gritty Michican State Team in NCAA's

Kansas Jayhawks in March Madness

Can Freshman Laden Spartans Shock Kansas?


The fans at BOK Center will see the young and gritty Michigan State Spartans battle the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 on Sunday. The freshman-laden Spartans are the No. 9 seed in the Midwest so college basketball fans get a battle between college basketball royalty in the second round.

Oddsmakers opened the Jayhawks as -8.5-point favorites versus the Spartans, while the game's total opened at 147.5. The line has fell to Kansas being a 7.5-point favorite and the total has climbed to 148.5 at most sportsbooks.

In their last action, Kansas was a 100-62 winner in the first round against the UC-Davis Aggies. They covered the -22.5-point spread as favorites. Kansas is led by Frank Mason III. He had 22 points and eight assists in the Jayhawks first-round win. Mason is joined in the starting lineup by

Michigan State was a 78-58 winner in their opening round matchup against the Miami Hurricanes. They covered the +1.5-point spread as underdogs. The Spartans overcame an early 12-point deficit and stormed ahead of the Hurricanes by 11 points at halftime. Michigan State then kept their foot on the gas pedeal in the second half and refused to let Miami back in the contest.

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Kansas Faces a Gritty Michican State Team in NCAA's

Kansas Jayhawks in March Madness

Can Freshman Laden Spartans Shock Kansas?



The fans at BOK Center will see the young and gritty Michigan State Spartans battle the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 on Sunday. The freshman-laden Spartans are the No. 9 seed in the Midwest so college basketball fans get a battle between college basketball royalty in the second round.

Oddsmakers opened the Jayhawks as -8.5-point favorites versus the Spartans, while the game's total opened at 147.5. The line has fell to Kansas being a 7.5-point favorite and the total has climbed to 148.5 at most sportsbooks.

In their last action, Kansas was a 100-62 winner in the first round against the UC-Davis Aggies. They covered the -22.5-point spread as favorites. Kansas is led by Frank Mason III. He had 22 points and eight assists in the Jayhawks first-round win. Mason is joined in the starting lineup by

Michigan State was a 78-58 winner in their opening round matchup against the Miami Hurricanes. They covered the +1.5-point spread as underdogs. The Spartans overcame an early 12-point deficit and stormed ahead of the Hurricanes by 11 points at halftime. Michigan State then kept their foot on the gas pedeal in the second half and refused to let Miami back in the contest.

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Wichita State and Kentucky Battle for Place in Sweet 16

Wichita State in March Madness

Wichita State and Kentucky Have Been Here Before


The fans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse will the Wichita State Shockers and the Kentucky Wildcats battle again for a spot in the Sweet Sixteen on Sunday. In 2014, No. 8 seed Kentucky ended No. 1 seed Wichita State's dream season. It also ended the Shockers 35-game winning streak. The Wildcats won 78-76 in second-round action.

Oddsmakers opened the Wildcats as -2-point favorites versus the Shockers, while the game's total opened at 153.5. The Wildcats are up to 3.5-point favorites now. The total has dropped to 150. It is still dropping in some places.

Last time out for Kentucky, they were a 79-70 winner as they battled the Northern Kentucky Norse in their 1st round NCAA game. They failed to cover as a -20-point favorite. Kentucky has won 12 in a row after Friday night's victory against No. 15 seed Northern Kentucky. De'Aaron Fox had 19 points. Kentucky also got 15 points and 18 rebounds from center Bam Adebayo.

Wichita State was a 64-58 winner in its first round matchup against the Dayton Flyers. They failed to cover the -6.5-point spread as favorites. The Shockers limited the Flyers to 31 percent field goal shooting (18 of 58) for the game. The Shockers have won 16 in a row. They shot only 39.6 percent but won the rebounding battle. They outrebounded Dayton 48-29, giving them a 19-8 advantage in second-chance points.

Betting Odds and Trends


Wichita State:
Team record: 31-4 SU,18-13-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 16 straight games.
The Shockers are 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
The Shockers are 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Wichita State's last 5 games

Kentucky:
Team record: 30-5 SU,17-17-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 12 straight games.
Kentucky is 6-13-1 ATS in its last 20 games
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kentucky's last 8 games

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Wichita State and Kentucky Battle for Place in Sweet 16

Wichita State in March Madness

Wichita State and Kentucky Have Been Here Before



The fans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse will the Wichita State Shockers and the Kentucky Wildcats battle again for a spot in the Sweet Sixteen on Sunday. In 2014, No. 8 seed Kentucky ended No. 1 seed Wichita State's dream season. It also ended the Shockers 35-game winning streak. The Wildcats won 78-76 in second-round action.

Oddsmakers opened the Wildcats as -2-point favorites versus the Shockers, while the game's total opened at 153.5. The Wildcats are up to 3.5-point favorites now. The total has dropped to 150. It is still dropping in some places.

Last time out for Kentucky, they were a 79-70 winner as they battled the Northern Kentucky Norse in their 1st round NCAA game. They failed to cover as a -20-point favorite. Kentucky has won 12 in a row after Friday night's victory against No. 15 seed Northern Kentucky. De'Aaron Fox had 19 points. Kentucky also got 15 points and 18 rebounds from center Bam Adebayo.

Wichita State was a 64-58 winner in its first round matchup against the Dayton Flyers. They failed to cover the -6.5-point spread as favorites. The Shockers limited the Flyers to 31 percent field goal shooting (18 of 58) for the game. The Shockers have won 16 in a row. They shot only 39.6 percent but won the rebounding battle. They outrebounded Dayton 48-29, giving them a 19-8 advantage in second-chance points.

Betting Odds and Trends



Wichita State:
Team record: 31-4 SU,18-13-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 16 straight games.
The Shockers are 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
The Shockers are 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Wichita State's last 5 games

Kentucky:
Team record: 30-5 SU,17-17-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 12 straight games.
Kentucky is 6-13-1 ATS in its last 20 games
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Kentucky's last 8 games

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

NBA on ABC: Cavs Travel to LA to Face the Clippers

NBA on ABC

Cavs Could be Without Irving and Shumpert


The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Clippers meet on Saturday night as ESPN has their NBA on ABC feature matchup. The game will be at STAPLES Center and tip-off is set for 8:30 pm.

Cleveland lost Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert in the third quarter against Utah. Irving left with tightness in his left knee. Shumpert sustained a left shoulder sprain. It may negate the return of Kevin Love. The Cavs were 7-6 without Love in the lineup.

This NBA on ABC matchup has the Clippers as a 2-point favorite. The total is sitting at 219.

Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 129-114 result against the Denver Nuggets on March 16. The Clippers failed to cover in that game as a +5.5-point underdog, while the 243 combined points took the game OVER the total. Although healthy, the Clippers are not totally well. They have lost three in a row. The latest was a 129-114 thrashing Thursday against Denver. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan did not play because coach Doc Rivers decided to rest them.

Cleveland won its last outing, a 91-83 result against the Utah Jazz on March 16. The Cavaliers failed to cover in that game as a -8.5-point favorite, while the 174 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Cavaliers have enjoyed much success against the Clippers recently. Cleveland has won four of the last five meetings. That includes seven of nine at Staples. In their last game on Dec. 1, the Cavaliers won 113-94 in Cleveland. Irving scored 28 points.

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Cleveland at Los Angeles Sunday, March 19
Los Angeles home to New York Monday, March 20

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NBA on ABC: Cavs Travel to LA to Face the Clippers

NBA on ABC

Cavs Could be Without Irving and Shumpert



The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Clippers meet on Saturday night as ESPN has their NBA on ABC feature matchup. The game will be at STAPLES Center and tip-off is set for 8:30 pm.

Cleveland lost Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert in the third quarter against Utah. Irving left with tightness in his left knee. Shumpert sustained a left shoulder sprain. It may negate the return of Kevin Love. The Cavs were 7-6 without Love in the lineup.

This NBA on ABC matchup has the Clippers as a 2-point favorite. The total is sitting at 219.

Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 129-114 result against the Denver Nuggets on March 16. The Clippers failed to cover in that game as a +5.5-point underdog, while the 243 combined points took the game OVER the total. Although healthy, the Clippers are not totally well. They have lost three in a row. The latest was a 129-114 thrashing Thursday against Denver. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan did not play because coach Doc Rivers decided to rest them.

Cleveland won its last outing, a 91-83 result against the Utah Jazz on March 16. The Cavaliers failed to cover in that game as a -8.5-point favorite, while the 174 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Cavaliers have enjoyed much success against the Clippers recently. Cleveland has won four of the last five meetings. That includes seven of nine at Staples. In their last game on Dec. 1, the Cavaliers won 113-94 in Cleveland. Irving scored 28 points.

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Los Angeles home to New York Monday, March 20

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Gonzaga Gets Cinderella Monded Northwestern in 2nd Round

Gonzaga in March Madness

Gonzaga Should Get a Test in Wildcats


The Northwestern Wildcats and the Gonzaga Bulldogs meet in the NCAA Tournament round of 32 on Saturday at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Wildcats became just the fourth team seeded eighth or lower to win in their NCAA Tournament debut.

Oddsmakers opened the Bulldogs as -10.5-point favorites versus the Wildcats, while the game's total opened at 134.5. Gonzaga is now an 11-point favorite and the total is up to 138.

Last time out for Gonzaga, they were a 66-46 winner as they battled South Dakota State Jackrabbits in their NCAA first round matchup. They failed to cover in the match as a -23-point favorite. For a half the Jackrabbits had Gonzaga on tilt. The Bulldogs didn't take their first lead until Zach Collins scored a layup 1:40 before halftime. The Zags' took care of business in the second half.

Northwestern was a 68-66 winner in its NCAA Tournament first round matchup against the Vanderbilt Commodores. They covered the +2-point spread as underdogs. Bryant McIntosh clinched the victory with a pair of go-ahead free throws with 14.6 seconds left. The Commodores rallied from a 15-point deficit to push it to the end. The Wildcats shot 49.1 percent from the field and scored 32 points in the paint. It helped them build a 49-34 lead at one point.

Betting Odds and Trends


Northwestern:
Team record: 24-11 SU,21-12 ATS
Northwestern is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Northwestern is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Northwestern's last 6 games

Gonzaga:
Team record: 33-1 SU,23-9-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
The Zags' is 18-6-1 ATS in its last 25 games
Gonzaga is 24-1 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Gonzaga's last 6 games

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Gonzaga Gets Cinderella Monded Northwestern in 2nd Round

Gonzaga in March Madness

Gonzaga Should Get a Test in Wildcats



The Northwestern Wildcats and the Gonzaga Bulldogs meet in the NCAA Tournament round of 32 on Saturday at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Wildcats became just the fourth team seeded eighth or lower to win in their NCAA Tournament debut.

Oddsmakers opened the Bulldogs as -10.5-point favorites versus the Wildcats, while the game's total opened at 134.5. Gonzaga is now an 11-point favorite and the total is up to 138.

Last time out for Gonzaga, they were a 66-46 winner as they battled South Dakota State Jackrabbits in their NCAA first round matchup. They failed to cover in the match as a -23-point favorite. For a half the Jackrabbits had Gonzaga on tilt. The Bulldogs didn't take their first lead until Zach Collins scored a layup 1:40 before halftime. The Zags' took care of business in the second half.

Northwestern was a 68-66 winner in its NCAA Tournament first round matchup against the Vanderbilt Commodores. They covered the +2-point spread as underdogs. Bryant McIntosh clinched the victory with a pair of go-ahead free throws with 14.6 seconds left. The Commodores rallied from a 15-point deficit to push it to the end. The Wildcats shot 49.1 percent from the field and scored 32 points in the paint. It helped them build a 49-34 lead at one point.

Betting Odds and Trends



Northwestern:
Team record: 24-11 SU,21-12 ATS
Northwestern is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Northwestern is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Northwestern's last 6 games

Gonzaga:
Team record: 33-1 SU,23-9-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
The Zags' is 18-6-1 ATS in its last 25 games
Gonzaga is 24-1 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Gonzaga's last 6 games

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Virginia and Florida in Compelling NCAA Round Two Matchup

Virginia in March Madness

Florida has Hands Full With Virginia Backcourt


The Virginia Cavaliers and the Florida Gators will meet on Saturday when they battle in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 at Amway Center.

Oddsmakers opened the Gators as -1.5-point favorites versus the Cavaliers, while the game's total opened at 127. Florida is now a 2-point favorite and the total is down to 126.

In their last action, Florida was a 80-65 winner in their first round matchup against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers. They covered the -9.5-point spread as favorites. The Gators backcourt forced East Tennessee State guard T.J. Cromer to work for each of his 19 points during Florida's first-round win.

In their last action, Virginia was a 76-71 winner at home against the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks. They failed to cover the -7.5-point spread as favorites. London Perrantes and guard Marial Shayok combined for 47 points while turning the ball over just twice against UNC Wilmington.

Betting Odds and Trends


Virginia:
Team record: 23-10 SU,19-13 ATS
UVA is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
UVA is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Virginia's last 9 games

Florida:
Team record: 25-8 SU,19-13 ATS
Florida is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida's last 5 games

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Virginia and Florida in Compelling NCAA Round Two Matchup

Virginia in March Madness

Florida has Hands Full With Virginia Backcourt



The Virginia Cavaliers and the Florida Gators will meet on Saturday when they battle in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 at Amway Center.

Oddsmakers opened the Gators as -1.5-point favorites versus the Cavaliers, while the game's total opened at 127. Florida is now a 2-point favorite and the total is down to 126.

In their last action, Florida was a 80-65 winner in their first round matchup against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers. They covered the -9.5-point spread as favorites. The Gators backcourt forced East Tennessee State guard T.J. Cromer to work for each of his 19 points during Florida's first-round win.

In their last action, Virginia was a 76-71 winner at home against the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks. They failed to cover the -7.5-point spread as favorites. London Perrantes and guard Marial Shayok combined for 47 points while turning the ball over just twice against UNC Wilmington.

Betting Odds and Trends



Virginia:
Team record: 23-10 SU,19-13 ATS
UVA is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
UVA is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Virginia's last 9 games

Florida:
Team record: 25-8 SU,19-13 ATS
Florida is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida's last 5 games

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Wisconsin Gets Top-Seed Villanova in Round of 32

Villanova in March Madness

Villanova Looks to Put Poorly Played Round 1 Behind them


The fans at Keybank Center will see the Wisconsin Badgers and the Villanova Wildcats on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32.

Jay Wright isn't sure why his Villanova team played so poorly at the start of its first-round NCAA Tournament victory over Mount St. Mary. One thing is for sure. If they want to beat a solid Wisconsin team they can't start the game off going scoreless in the first 6 minutes. Villanova didn't score for the first 6:06 against Mount St. Mary's. They only led for 46 seconds of the first half before settling in and playing like the tournament's No. 1 overall seed.

Oddsmakers opened the Wildcats as -5-point favorites versus the Badgers, while the game's total opened at 128.5. The Wildcats are not 6-point favorites and the total is at 129.5.

Last time out for Villanova, they were a 76-56 winner as they battled Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. They failed to cover as a -25-point favorite.

Last time out for Wisconsin, they were a 84-74 winner as they battled Virginia Tech Hokies in the first round. They covered as a -5.5-point favorite. Bronson Koenig hit big shots for the Badgers throughout the game. He made a school-record eight 3-pointers. His hot shooting led him to a career-high 28 points.

Betting Odds and Trends


Wisconsin:
Team record: 26-9 SU,16-16 ATS
Wisconsin is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Wisconsin is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Villanova:
Team record: 32-3 SU,19-16 ATS
Current Streak: won 6 straight games.
'Nova is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
"Nova is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Nova's last 23 games

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Wisconsin Get Top-Seed Villanova in Round of 32

Villanova in March Madness

Villanova Looks to Put Poorly Played Round 1 Behind them



The fans at Keybank Center will see the Wisconsin Badgers and the Villanova Wildcats on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32.

Jay Wright isn't sure why his Villanova team played so poorly at the start of its first-round NCAA Tournament victory over Mount St. Mary. One thing is for sure. If they want to beat a solid Wisconsin team they can't start the game off going scoreless in the first 6 minutes. Villanova didn't score for the first 6:06 against Mount St. Mary's. They only led for 46 seconds of the first half before settling in and playing like the tournament's No. 1 overall seed.

Oddsmakers opened the Wildcats as -5-point favorites versus the Badgers, while the game's total opened at 128.5. The Wildcats are not 6-point favorites and the total is at 129.5.

Last time out for Villanova, they were a 76-56 winner as they battled Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. They failed to cover as a -25-point favorite.

Last time out for Wisconsin, they were a 84-74 winner as they battled Virginia Tech Hokies in the first round. They covered as a -5.5-point favorite. Bronson Koenig hit big shots for the Badgers throughout the game. He made a school-record eight 3-pointers. His hot shooting led him to a career-high 28 points.

Betting Odds and Trends



Wisconsin:
Team record: 26-9 SU,16-16 ATS
Wisconsin is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Wisconsin is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Villanova:
Team record: 32-3 SU,19-16 ATS
Current Streak: won 6 straight games.
'Nova is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
"Nova is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Nova's last 23 games

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Notre Dame and West Virginia Meet in the NCAA's Round of 32

2017 NCAA Tournament

Former Big East Rivals Meet in NCAA's


The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the West Virginia Mountaineers meet in the NCAA Tournament round of 32 on Saturday when they battle at Keybank Center.

West Virginia is now playing in the Big 12 and Notre Dame is now in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Both teams had to grind out first-round victories. This set ups a meeting between the No. 4 and 5 seeds in the West region.

Oddsmakers opened the Mountaineers as -3-point favorites versus the Fighting Irish, while the game's total opened at 145. West Virginia is not a 2.5-point favorite while the total has climbed to 147.

West Virginia was a 86-80 winner in their most recent outing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against the Buffalo Bison. They failed to cover the -13-point spread as favorites. They opened up an early 15-point lead and relied on their size and strength to hold off the Bisons. The scoring output was West Virginia's highest in a March Madness game since 1982.

Last time out for Notre Dame, they were a 60-58 winner in the first round against the Princeton Tigers. They failed to cover in the match as a -5.5-point favorite. Notre Dame has the lowest turnover rate in the country at 13.8 percent of possessions. They matched a school record for fewest turnovers in an NCAA Tournament game with only six against Princeton. It was the fewest points the Irish have ever scored in a March Madness victory.

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Notre Dame and West Virginia Meet in the NCAA's Round of 32

2017 NCAA Tournament

Former Big East Rivals Meet in NCAA's



The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the West Virginia Mountaineers meet in the NCAA Tournament round of 32 on Saturday when they battle at Keybank Center.

West Virginia is now playing in the Big 12 and Notre Dame is now in the Atlantic Coast Conference.  Both teams had to grind out first-round victories. This set ups a meeting between the No. 4 and 5 seeds in the West region.

Oddsmakers opened the Mountaineers as -3-point favorites versus the Fighting Irish, while the game's total opened at 145. West Virginia is not a 2.5-point favorite while the total has climbed to 147.

West Virginia was a 86-80 winner in their most recent outing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against the Buffalo Bison. They failed to cover the -13-point spread as favorites. They opened up an early 15-point lead and relied on their size and strength to hold off the Bisons. The scoring output was West Virginia's highest in a March Madness game since 1982.

Last time out for Notre Dame, they were a 60-58 winner in the first round against the Princeton Tigers. They failed to cover in the match as a -5.5-point favorite. Notre Dame has the lowest turnover rate in the country  at 13.8 percent of possessions. They matched a school record for fewest turnovers in an NCAA Tournament game with only six against Princeton. It was the fewest points the Irish have ever scored in a March Madness victory.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

March Madness: Marquette and South Carolina Tangle Friday

2017 March Madness

Gamecocks back in Tourney for 1st Time Since 2004


The Marquette Golden Eagles and the South Carolina Gamecocks cap off March Madness action in the South Regional on Friday when they meet at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

South Carolina (22-10) will play in its first NCAA Tournament since 2004. This is the ninth time overall in the tournament. Marquette is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013.

Oddsmakers opened the Gamecocks as -1.5-point favorites versus the Golden Eagles, while the game's total opened at 146.5.

Last time out for South Carolina, they were a 64-53 loser as they battled the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Tournament. They failed to cover in the match as a -4-point favorite. South Carolina went 3-6 in its last nine games.

In their last action, Marquette was a 82-76 loser at home against Seton Hall Pirates. They failed to cover the -1.5-point spread as favorites. The Golden Eagles won four of their final five regular-season games. They lost to Seton Hall in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals. They also own a 74-72 victory in January against Villanova.

March Madness Trends and Odds


Marquette:
Team record: 19-12 SU,16-15 ATS
Marquette is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Marquette is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games

South Carolina:
Team record: 22-10 SU,12-18 ATS
South Carolina is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games
South Carolina is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of South Carolina's last 6 games

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March Madness: Marquette and South Carolina Tangle Friday

2017 March Madness

Gamecocks back in Tourney for 1st Time Since 2004



The Marquette Golden Eagles and the South Carolina Gamecocks cap off March Madness action in the South Regional on Friday when they meet at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

South Carolina (22-10) will play in its first NCAA Tournament since 2004. This is the ninth time overall in the tournament. Marquette is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013.

Oddsmakers opened the Gamecocks as -1.5-point favorites versus the Golden Eagles, while the game's total opened at 146.5.

Last time out for South Carolina, they were a 64-53 loser as they battled the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Tournament. They failed to cover in the match as a -4-point favorite. South Carolina went 3-6 in its last nine games.

In their last action, Marquette was a 82-76 loser at home against Seton Hall Pirates. They failed to cover the -1.5-point spread as favorites. The Golden Eagles won four of their final five regular-season games. They lost to Seton Hall in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals. They also own a 74-72 victory in January against Villanova.

March Madness Trends and Odds



Marquette:
Team record: 19-12 SU,16-15 ATS
Marquette is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Marquette is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games

South Carolina:
Team record: 22-10 SU,12-18 ATS
South Carolina is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games
South Carolina is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of South Carolina's last 6 games

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Michigan State and Miami Square off in NCAA Tournament

NCAA Tournament

NCAA Tournament is Chance to Cap off Bad Seasons


The fans at BOK Center will see two underachieving teams tonight when the Michigan State Spartans and the Miami Hurricanes meet seats on Friday. This NCAA Tournament matchup could be the start of a redemption, of sorts, of teams expected to compete for their conference championships.

Eighth-seeded Miami is making its third NCAA Tournament appearance under coach Jim Larranaga. He has guided the Hurricanes to the Sweet 16 in their two previous March Madness appearances. Michigan State is making its 20th consecutive appearance. The Spartans finished lower in the Big Ten standings than usual. They were in a four-way tie for fifth, but they're still a team that teams don't want to see in March.

Oddsmakers opened the Hurricanes as -2-point favorites versus the Spartans, while the game's total opened at 125. The 'Canes are -1.5-point favorites now and the total is sitting at 126.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 78-53 loser as they battled the North Carolina Tar Heels in the ACC Tournament. They failed to cover in the matchup[ as a +8.5-point underdog. The Hurricanes defeated Syracuse in the ACC Tournament second round before North Carolina ousted the Hurricanes in the quarterfinals.

Michigan State was a 63-58 loser in its last matchup against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Big Ten Tournament. They failed to cover the +1.5-point spread as underdogs. Michigan State has lost three of the last four games. This is including a five-point loss to Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.

Betting Odds and Trends


Michigan State:
Team record: 19-14 SU,17-15 ATS
Michigan State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games

Miami:
Team record: 21-11 SU,12-19 ATS
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games

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Michigan State and Miami Square off in NCAA Tournament

NCAA Tournament

NCAA Tournament is Chance to Cap off Bad Seasons



The fans at BOK Center will see two underachieving teams tonight when the Michigan State Spartans and the Miami Hurricanes meet seats on Friday. This NCAA Tournament matchup could be the start of a redemption, of sorts, of teams expected to compete for their conference championships.

Eighth-seeded Miami is making its third NCAA Tournament appearance under coach Jim Larranaga. He has guided the Hurricanes to the Sweet 16 in their two previous March Madness appearances. Michigan State is making its 20th consecutive appearance. The Spartans finished lower in the Big Ten standings than usual. They were in a four-way tie for fifth, but they're still a team that teams don't want to see in March.

Oddsmakers opened the Hurricanes as -2-point favorites versus the Spartans, while the game's total opened at 125. The 'Canes are -1.5-point favorites now and the total is sitting at 126.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 78-53 loser as they battled the North Carolina Tar Heels in the ACC Tournament. They failed to cover in the matchup[ as a +8.5-point underdog. The Hurricanes defeated Syracuse in the ACC Tournament second round before North Carolina ousted the Hurricanes in the quarterfinals.

Michigan State was a 63-58 loser in its last matchup against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Big Ten Tournament. They failed to cover the +1.5-point spread as underdogs. Michigan State has lost three of the last four games. This is including a five-point loss to Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.

Betting Odds and Trends



Michigan State:
Team record: 19-14 SU,17-15 ATS
Michigan State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games

Miami:
Team record: 21-11 SU,12-19 ATS
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games

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Cincinnati Opens March Madness With Kansas State

March Madness

Bearcats in 7th Straight NCAA Tournament


The Kansas State Wildcats and the Cincinnati Bearcats kick off the March Madness campaigns on Friday when they meet at Golden 1 Center. Cincinnati is appearing in its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament. This is the the third time in four years the Bearcats have been shipped to the west coast and the team is not happy about it.

Oddsmakers opened the Bearcats as -3-point favorites versus the Wildcats, while the game's total opened at 130.5. This Bearcats are now favored by 4-points in the March Madness battle. The total has dropped to 129.5.

Last time out for Cincinnati, they were a 71-56 loser as they battled the SMU Mustangs in the AAC Tournament. They failed to cover as a +1-point underdog. Jacob Evans leads Cincinnati in scoring at 13.7 points per game. Kyle Washington averages 13.1 points and 6.9 rebounds.

Kansas State was a 95-88 winner in their most recent outing in the "First Four" play-in game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. They covered the -1-point spread as favorites. Kansas State won four of its last five games. This included a win over Baylor and a tough one-point loss to West Virginia. Wesley Iwundu leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Guards Barry Brown and Kamau Stokes, along with forward D.J. Johnson all average just over 11 points per game.

March Madness Betting Odds And Trends


Kansas State:
Team record: 21-13 SU,17-11-2 ATS
Kansas State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Kansas State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Cincinnati:
Team record: 29-5 SU,17-14-1 ATS
Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Cincinnati is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 6 games

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Cincinnati Opens March Madness With Kansas State

March Madness

Bearcats in 7th Straight NCAA Tournament



The Kansas State Wildcats and the Cincinnati Bearcats kick off the March Madness campaigns on Friday when they meet at Golden 1 Center. Cincinnati is appearing in its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament. This is the the third time in four years the Bearcats have been shipped to the west coast and the team is not happy about it.

Oddsmakers opened the Bearcats as -3-point favorites versus the Wildcats, while the game's total opened at 130.5. This Bearcats are now favored by 4-points in the March Madness battle. The total has dropped to 129.5.

Last time out for Cincinnati, they were a 71-56 loser as they battled the SMU Mustangs in the AAC Tournament. They failed to cover as a +1-point underdog. Jacob Evans leads Cincinnati in scoring at 13.7 points per game. Kyle Washington averages 13.1 points and 6.9 rebounds.

Kansas State was a 95-88 winner in their most recent outing in the "First Four" play-in game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. They covered the -1-point spread as favorites. Kansas State won four of its last five games. This included a win over Baylor and a tough one-point loss to West Virginia. Wesley Iwundu leads the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Guards Barry Brown and Kamau Stokes,  along with forward D.J. Johnson all average just over 11 points per game.

March Madness Betting Odds And Trends



Kansas State:
Team record: 21-13 SU,17-11-2 ATS
Kansas State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Kansas State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Cincinnati:
Team record: 29-5 SU,17-14-1 ATS
Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Cincinnati is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 6 games

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