March is here & B.E.’s hot (5-0 last night, 15-5 run!)
Published on Thursday, 3/1/18, at 1:55 p.m. Eastern.
The calendar has hit March, the sun is out, spring is in the air and there’s just a little bit more to live for this time of year!
I went 5-0 in college hoops last night, cashing winners with Clemson, Nevada, Providence, Seton Hall and the South Carolina-LSU ‘over.’ Those victories beat the closing number by 54.5 combined points.
I’m now on a 15-5 run (75.0%, +9.54 Units) since Feb. 22. You can get tonight’s picks here and you’re better off going ahead and purchasing my Tournament package that features the rest of the regular season, all the conference tourneys and every postseason tournament.
A few more thoughts/tidbits…
—The SEC Tournament odds are out and Auburn is the +275 ‘chalk.’
—My previews for Northwestern vs. Penn St. and Western Kentucky at Middle Tennesee, in addition to Bonus Nuggets that hit on Mark Fox’s epic fail last night and much more.
–I’ve had Fox’s back for years, but I’m out now. He blew it vs. Texas A&M and will pay for it with a pink slip.
–Notre Dame star Bonzie Colson made his return to the lineup last night. He had been out since early January after playing like a first-team All-American in leading the Fighting Irish to an 11-3 record in its first 14 games. Without Colson (and with senior point guard Matt Farrell missing several games with an ankle injury as well), Mike Brey’s team went 6-9. Notre Dame failed to cover in last night’s 73-56 win over Pittsburgh as an 18.5-point home ‘chalk’ at Joyce Center. Colson played 21 minutes and hit 6-of-10 shots from the field. The senior power forward finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. The Irish plays at Virginia this weekend before the ACC Tournament. They are currently a part of Joe Lunardi’s Next Four Out.
–Wisconsin won a 59-54 decision as a 2.5-point underdog in today’s noon Eastern tip at MSG in NYC. The 113 combined points stayed ‘under’ the 130.5-point total. The Badgers and the ‘under’ were also winner for second-half bets. Greg Gard’s squad led by two at intermission and was a two-point ‘dog for halftime wagers. The 28-26 intermission lead had 54 combined points so when the books made the second-half total 69.5, the adjusted tally was 123.5 (which remained ‘under’).
–Wisconsin hasn’t missed the NCAA Tournament since 1998 but has to win the Big Ten Tournament in the Big Apple to make this year’s Big Dance. The Badgers face Michigan St. at noon Eastern on Friday at noon Eastern. The Spartans swept a pair of games from Wisconsin in the regular season, but the Badgers gave the Spartans fits before losing a nail-biter in Madison this past Sunday.
–Arizona is 5-9 ATS when laying nine points or more this year. Stanford is 7-3 ATS with five outright wins in its past 10 games as an underdog. The Cardinal is a 10-point underdog tonight at Arizona. Remember, Allonzo Trier (19.6 PPG) is ‘out’ and obviously Sean Miller won’t be on the sidelines (or have a job for much longer; there’s an Arizona emergency Board of Regents meeting later today).
–Alabama plays at Texas A&M on Saturday and will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak. Nevertheless, the Crimson Tide is still a part of Lunardi’s ‘Last Four Byes’ in his latest edition of ‘Bracketology’ posted on ESPN.com early this morning. The ‘Last Four Byes’ means a team is in the field, albeit barely, but doesn’t have to play in the First Four in Dayton.
–According to Andy Katz of the Big Ten Network, Penn St. won’t have Mike Watkins (12.1 PPG, 8.9 RPG & 1.1 BPG) tonight, although most injury reports still have him listed as ‘questionable.’ Northwestern won’t have Vic Law (12.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG) and Bryant McIntosh (12.0 PPG, 5.1 APG) will be a game-time decision. These teams collide at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on the Big Ten Network.
–Louisville is winless in seven games against RPI Top-25 teams. The Cardinals can change that at home tonight vs. Virginia as a four-point home underdog.
–Caleb Martin might be related to Kenyon Martin, the former UC star who played in the NBA for well over a decade. Caleb is a shorter version of Kenyon but with handles and much better range from deep into 3-point land. Caleb missed Nevada’s home loss to UNLV, but he was the catalyst in last night’s revenge win in pimpslap fashion. The Wolf Pack went into Thomas & Mack Center last night and simply dealt out a country-fried assbeating in the form of a 101-75 clubbing as a two-point road favorite. Caleb Martin scored 19 points against the Runnin’ Rebels last night. Cody Martin, his twin brother who transferred to Reno with him after two years at N.C. St., actually had the better game in Vegas. Cody produced 26 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
–The ‘under’ is on an 8-1 run for the Gators going into Saturday’s home game vs. Kentucky at noon Eastern.
–Hit me up with any questions/comments/whatever at firstname.lastname@example.org.