March Madness

2016-NCAAB-March Madness-NIT semi finals time

**Brigham Young vs. Valparaiso** — The Westgate SuperBook opened this NIT semifinals showdown at Madison Square Garden as a pick ‘em with a total of 146. As of early this morning, however, the Crusaders were listed as two-point favorites with a total of 146.5 points. The Cougars were +115 on the money line (risk $100 to win $115), leaving Valpo at -135. — Valparaiso (29-6 straight up, 17-14-1 against the spread) advanced to New York City by capturing a trio of home wins over Texas Southern (84-73), FSU (81-69) and Saint Mary’s (60-44). The Crusaders took the cash in the wins over the Seminoles and Gaels as 4.5 and 3.5-point home ‘chalk.’ In the win over Saint Mary’s, Valpo limited the Gaels to only 13 second-half points. Valpo won the battle on the boards by a 36-27 margin. Alec Peters scored 20 points, pulled down eight rebounds and dished out Read More

2016-NCAAB-March Madness-Sunday Elite 8 previews

Midwest Region Final – Chicago – United Center#10 Syracuse vs. #1 Virginia (-8, 123 ½) – 6:09 PM EST – TBS The ACC will dominate all the headlines in Sunday’s Elite Eight action with two teams from this conference guaranteed to make the Final Four. Virginia (29-7 SU, 19-14-1 ATS) is seeking its first Final Four appearance since 1984, while playing in its first Elite Eight contest since losing to eventual champion Arkansas in 1995. The top-seeded Cavaliers avoided a third straight matchup in the tournament with Michigan State when the Spartans were upset in the opening round by Middle Tennessee State. The Spartans eliminated the Cavaliers in the last two tournaments in low-scoring battles, but Tony Bennett’s team has scored plenty of points in its first three victories in this season’s Big Dance. Virginia crushed in-state rival Hampton in the first round, 81-45 to cash as 23-point favorites, followed Read More

2016-NCAAB-March Madness-Elite 8 games preview

West Region – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center #1 Oregon (PK, 151) vs. #2 Oklahoma – 6:09 PM ET, CBS The Ducks and Sooners have held up as the top seeds in the West, dominating games due to their ball movement and shot-making skills. Both are averaging over 80 points per game in this NCAA Tournament and have won comfortably, albeit a combined 3-3 against the spread. That may be one reason oddsmakers have placed pick’em status on this one, leaving it up to the betting public to decide whether they’re backing the least-respected No. 1 seed or a Buddy Hield-led squad that has been in the spotlight for the last few months. There’s no question both are playing well, but it wouldn’t necessarily be a surprise to see Oklahoma bet into a favorite position between now and tip-off. On the floor, these are teams with similar strengths, but Oregon Read More

2016-NCAAB-March Madness-Sweet 16 time

MIAMI HURRICANES (27-7) vs. VILLANOVA WILDCATS (31-5) KFC Yum! Center – Louisville, KYTip-off: Thursday, 7:10 p.m. ETVillanova -4, Total: 141 #2 Villanova and #3 Miami will be battling for a spot in the Elite Eight when the teams meet in Louisville on Thursday. The Hurricanes are coming off of a very impressive victory on Saturday, defeating #11 Wichita State 65-57 as 1.5-point underdogs. Miami shot 55.3% from the field in that game and held the Shockers to just 33.9% shooting. It was the confidence-boosting win that the Hurricanes needed after barely escaping with a 79-72 victory over #14 Buffalo in the first round of the tournament. Villanova, meanwhile, has been absolutely dominant through the first two rounds of the tournament. The Wildcats defeated #15 UNC-Asheville 86-56 as 17.5-point favorites in the opening round of the tournament and followed it up with an 87-68 victory as six-point favorites against #7 Iowa Read More

2016-NCAAB-March Madness-Tuesday NIT games previews

**Saint Mary’s at Valparaiso**— The Westgate SuperBook opened Valpo (28-6 straight up, 16-14 against the spread) as a five-point favorite with a total 129.5 points. As of late Monday night, however, the Crusaders were favored by 4.5 points with the total up to 131. The Gaels are +175 on the money line (risk $100 to win $175).— Valpo is led by Alec Peters, who averages 18.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Peters is shooting at a 50.7 percent clip from the field, making 45.0 percent of his launches from downtown and 85.4 percent of his free throws. Keith Carter (10.2 PPG) has an excellent 148/50 assists-to-turnovers ratio.— Valpo is ninth in the nation in scoring defense (62.7 PPG) and it ranks third in the country in field-goal percentage defense (38.4%).— Valpo has won 16 of its 17 home games while going 8-6 ATS.— Bryce Drew’s club has won back-to-back Read More

2016-NCAAB-March Madness-Weekend ending with 3 games previews

West Regional – Oklahoma City, OK (truTV, 7:45 p.m. ET)No. 11 Northern Iowa vs. No. 3 Texas A&M — This is a West Region matchup between third-seeded Texas A&M (27-8 straight up, 16-12 against the spread) and 11th-seeded No. Iowa. The winner moves on to Anaheim to face the Oklahoma-VCU winner. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. Eastern on TruTV. — The Westgate SuperBook opened Texas A&M as a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 127. The tally was adjusted to 127.5 by early Saturday night. The Panthers were +250 on the money line (risk $100 to win $250). — No. Iowa (23-12 SU, 20-13 ATS) advanced to the Round of 32 with a victory over Texas in one of the most thrilling finishes in NCAA Tournament history. With 2.7 seconds remaining, the Panthers had the ball in a tie game on the opposite baseline. Matt Bohannon threw the inbound Read More

2016-NCAAB-March Madness-Saturdays most interesting games preview

South Regional – Des Moines, IA (CBS, 7:45 p.m. ET)Connecticut vs. Kansas — This is a South Region game in Des Moines, IA., with the winner moving on to the Sweet 16 in Louisville to face the Maryland-Hawaii winner. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. Eastern on CBS. — The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas opened Kansas (31-4 straight up, 22-11 against the spread) as an eight-point favorite with a total of 139. As of early Friday night, however, the Jayhawks were favored by 8.5 points with the total adjusted to 140. The Huskies were +375 on the money line (risk $100 to win $375). — Kansas moved into the Round of 32 by blasting Austin Peay 105-79 as a 24.5-point favorite. The 184 combined points soared ‘over’ the 150.5-point total. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored a team-high 23 points off the bench in 24 minutes thanks to 9-of-11 shooting from the Read More

2016-NCAAB-March Madness-Friday games previews

East Regional – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY (CBS, 9:40 p.m. ET) **Notre Dame vs. Michigan** — The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas opened Notre Dame (21-11 straight up, 14-15 against the spread) as a three-point favorite early Thursday morning. The line moved to 2.5 within an hour. The total opened at 143. As of Thursday afternoon, the Wolverines were +125 on the money line (risk $100 to win $125). — This is a 6/11 matchup in the East Region that’ll be contested at Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, N.Y. This game will be on CBS at around 9:40 p.m. Eastern. — Michigan (23-12 SU, 17-16 ATS) advanced to the Round of 64 by virtue of Wednesday’s 67-62 win over Tulsa as a two-point ‘chalk’ in Dayton. The 129 combined points stayed ‘under’ the 142.5-point total. Zak Irvin and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 16 points apiece to lead the way. Duncan Robinson finished Read More

2016-NCAAB-March Madness- Introducing to the Madness

As college basketball winds down the regular season and prepares for each conference’s tournament, one term is slowly creeping back into the sports vernacular: brackets, brackets and more brackets. The word, employed sometimes by grammar nerds and practitioners, and its return to the national spotlight of course means the 2016 NCAA Tournament is about to take over the country and office pools. Just like in previous years, the nation’s 68 best men’s college basketball teams will battle over the course of three weekends for a shot at the Final Four at NRG Stadium in Houston and the right to be crowned national champion. Odds makers have projected the No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels (6/1 odds), No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners (8/1), No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks (9/1), and No. 6 Michigan State Spartans (12/1) to make the Final Four and contend for the national title in Houston between April 2 and Read More

Kentucky Wildcats vs. Connecticut Huskies

The Kentucky Wildcats and UConn Huskies will square off Monday night in the NCAA tournament championship. It’ll be a battle between two historic programs looking to add another championship to the trophy case. The Wildcats are -3 point favorites over the Huskies with an over/under point total set at 135. The Kentucky Wildcats received some more late magic to top the Wisconsin Badgers in the Final Four. Kentucky has now beaten Kansas State, Wichita State, Louisville, Michigan and Wisconsin to make it to the final. On the season, Kentucky averages 75.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allows 66.8 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Kentucky loves to crash the glass, averaging 41.3 rebounds per game, while Julius Randle leads the team with 15.1 points and 10.5 rebounds. The weakness for Kentucky may be its 68.2 percent free throw shooting. The Kentucky Wildcats are 19-15-3 ATS overall. Connecticut is another team Read More