Equally unique, Marciano never came out of retirement to challenge subsequent champions, a temptation very few ex-champions have overcome, much less succeeded at.
Outwardly Marciano’s life after boxing was quite successful – unlike many fighters, he kept his money and his wits. Augustine before defending his title, and said: “The biggest thrill I could think of would be an audience with the pope?”
“In this age of the anti-hero and the non-hero, Rocky Marciano was the hero with whom the mass of Americans could readily identify, the hero who surmounted all difficulties by dint of hard work, dedication and perseverance. Marciano spent hours at his opponent’s hospital bed, and in church praying for the man’s life. Rocky slowly became a better boxer, but it was his punching power that kept him undefeated. He even had a role in a movie. Walcott collapsed to the canvas and was counted out. His friends said the only thing Rocky was afraid of was being poor. Before the fight Marciano met with a priest, who after their meeting said: “That boy is no ordinary prizefighter, he is one of the most dignified, straightforward people I have ever met in my life. He retained his public life, crisscrossing across the country to give speeches, participate in benefits, and conduct business. Marciano stepped inside and beat Walcott to the punch with a short right hand that traveled maybe eight inches. Once, as a joke, the reigning sex symbol, Jayne Mansfield, was smuggled into a room where Marciano sat, alone. Ali was in retirement too, after having his title stripped for refusing the draft. He backed Walcott into the ropes. The pilot landed the plane in a field in Newton, Iowa, and rammed into a lone tree in the middle of the field. He was undersized for a heavyweight. Then Rocky and Ali sparred 70 rounds for the camera, simulating different endings to the fight. Rocky seemed too busy to be home.
Russell Sullivan, Rocky Marciano, The Rock of His Times, 2002, University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago.
Everett M. Rocky was a brawler. They had one daughter, but Barbara miscarried when Rocky was away, and wasn’t able to have any more children, although the two did adopt a boy (Rocky Jr.). Walcott’s experience kept Marciano off-balance and sometimes made him look ridiculous. Although he left thousands (some claim hundred of thousands) of dollars stashed away or buried underground, none of it was found to aid Barbara and the children, who were impoverished after Rocky’s death.
While sportswriters criticized Marciano’s boxing shortcomings, no one criticized his character, as the following quotes show:
Five months after Marciano’s death “The Superfight” debuted in theaters. They all lived in a two bedroom apartment. His marriage was strained. Yet he used a wire to try to get coins back he used to make telephone calls. The pilot and his two passengers were instantly killed. He was invited to the White House to meet the President. Then he was cut from the Chicago Cubs farm system. The Marchegiano’s had five more children after Rocco: Alice, Connie, Elizabeth, Louis, and Peter. Stallone credited Chuck Wepner’s losing effort in a fight with Muhammed Ali as the inspiration for the film, yet the similarities of Rocky Balboa to Rocky Marciano are numerous and obvious.
Rocky was generous with people who were down and out, often giving them unsecured loans that were rarely paid back. Anthony before his first title fight, read The Confessions of St. Sometimes he would cover his chin and hands with St. There would be good food, a nice check for a few words, and still enough time to fly back for his birthday. Rocky always apologized, but the fouling continued.
On August 31, 1969, Marciano planned to interrupt his business circuit and fly back to Florida to celebrate his forty-sixth birthday with his family. And he could be incredibly tight with a buck. He knocked out nine of his early opponents in the first round. He had no boxing skills. He hit his opponents on the break, after the bell, and below the belt. Marciano went back into training and bought a toupee. It is difficult to win a fight when you can’t reach your opponent. Lena’s doctor said she could have no more children; this put a fine edge on her concern for Rocco’s health.
He was born Rocco Francis Marchegiano (Mark a-jahn-o) on September 1, 1923, the second son (the first died shortly after childbirth) of Pierino and Lena Marchegiano, first generation Italian immigrants who came to America after the first World War. He golfed with priests, helped promote parish functions, even lunched with Cardinal Spellman. Life magazine called him “pure of speech” and “a clean living boy.” He was elsewhere described as “astonishingly innocent,” and “totally without deception, totally without guile.” He didn’t drink or smoke; in fact, when a host at a party for Marciano in Brockton offered the champ a drink, Rocky replied, “If you don’t mind, I’ll take an apple.”
Marchegiano went to New York and met Al Weill, a boxing manager who tried to Americanize his name. When he wasn’t playing sports he was running and exercising.
Marciano’s determination in the Walcott fight showed the world the new champion’s character and personality. The 1963 issue of Boxing Illustrated claimed: “Marciano’s knockout blow packs more explosive energy than an armour-piercing bullet and represents as much energy as would be required to spot lift 1000 pounds one foot off the ground.” Although this sort of ‘science’ was probably conducted by zealous Marciano fans, it is undeniably true that Rocky hit really hard.)
Rocky ran from an early age. At the last minute Rocky decided to squeeze in an appearance at a steak house in Des Moines, Iowa. Skehan, Rocky Marciano, Biography of a First Son, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1977.
His upbringing was steeped in Italian customs and traditions. Asked about his reaction when flying shrapnel hit his jaw and snapped off some teeth, Pierino replied, “I just spit them out and kept coming.”
The answer: Rocky Marciano, heavyweight boxing champion from 1952 to 1956, when at age thirty-three he retired with a perfect record (49-0, with 43 knockouts). The pilot had not flown at night before, became confused by the bad weather, and attempted to land in a field rather than the Newton airport.
He and Lena settled in Brockton, a small city twenty miles south of Boston. It was an incredible run. After the Rock retired he kept running.
In 1976 Sylvester Stallone began his “Rocky” franchise. There was bad weather and the plane ran low on gas. The famous sportswriter Jimmy Cannon observed that Marciano trained “like a man practicing a holy ritual.” Before fights he would slip away to a church or chapel to pray. The sparring film would be spliced together to match the computer outcome of the fight – a closely guarded secret that would not be revealed until “The Superfight” aired in theaters.
Far behind on points late in the fight, Rocky needed a knockout to win. He usually didn’t pay anything for his cross-country trips: no plane fare, hotel fare, or meals. Once he hit a man so hard he almost killed him. Walcott bounced off and threw a hard left hand. Marciano’s body was found pinned beneath the wreckage. She and her friends prayed the Rosary at the child’s bedside and waited. Several opponents quit boxing after being knocked out by Marciano. Rocco’s biggest limitation was arms so short they were almost stubby. Even as champion he came to the ring in a robe bearing the colors of BrocktonHigh School (even though he dropped out in the tenth grade). Anthony for her son’s recovery, promising to give up her diamond engagement ring if Rocco recovered. His wife, Barbara, was unable to have the large family Rocky wanted. Ali complained about his ‘loss’, alleging the computer was made in Alabama.
An investigation into the crash of the Cessna in NewtonIowa cited pilot inexperience as the cause of the crash. He didn’t trust lawyers or accountants, and preferred to deal in cash. An obituary in his home state of Massachusetts read:
After knocking out an old Joe Louis, Rocky got a title shot. Rocco refused but eventually he tired of having his name misspelled and mispronounced, and allowed his name to be shortened to Rocky Marciano. It hit Walcott’s jaw with the sound of a baseball bat. Yet his retirement years revealed a man who seemed simple, but often was not.
Maybe Rocky ran to avoid an estranged relationship with Barbara. He was awkward in the ring. Rocco slept in the living room with the windows open, even in the winter, as if in defiance of his bout with pneumonia.. Although he enjoyed being champion, Marciano remained unchanged. At the time many children died of pneumonia, but Rocco eventually recovered, and Lena kept her promise.
He rarely saw his wife and children; or his parents, brothers, and sisters. Pierino’s exposure to mustard gas during combat changed his life, but not his toughness. The people of the world should be informed of this boy’s character and personality.”
Perhaps it was his simplicity that allowed him to retire after beating everyone worth fighting. Rocky never wrote anything down, he tried to keep track of his loans in his head, and sometimes forgot who owed him, and how much. On those occasions Rocco reached opponents with his right hand, however, they fell down and didn’t get up.
Rocky’s last big payday was a computerized fight with Muhammed Ali in 1969. He would interrupt his training schedule to attend Mass. And Brockton loved him right back, at least in part because many of them became rich betting on Rocky’s fights.
The doctor was wrong. Rocky didn’t trust banks, either, so he hid his cash: in the ground, inside toilet tanks, in light fixtures. She smoked too, and developed a glandular problem. Jude’s oil while in his corner waiting for the start of that fight.
Marciano was “a kind and decent man.”, He was “inherently a decent, righteous and truly wonderful guy…His innate decency and wholesomeness shine through in a dedicated glow.” Or: “We never cease to be amazed at the humility of Rocky Marciano…he treats everyone if they were the celebrity and he the awed little guy.” Another writer called him “probably the humblest of heavyweight champions.” Said another: “He reminds you of a great, friendly collie …with the grin of a shy fellow happy to be recognized, at last, as a member of the gang in good standing.” He was “the gentlest athlete I have ever known,” and again: “a man of simplicity and sincerity.”
Marciano’s character was on display in his first fight with Walcott, which was a classic.
Marciano died without a will. Barbara missed Rocky, and drank too much. Ali later said that Marciano punched so hard he was sore for days after. The computer’s result: Marciano knocked out Ali in the thirteenth round. Rocco was in his twenties, when most fighters hit their peak. The man recovered, but never fought again.
(An experiment was performed on Rocky’s punching power. His fanaticism about physical conditioning, along with his determination and punching power, led to an unequalled record for a heavyweight champion: forty-nine professional wins, no defeats, forty-three victories by knockout. He would never be a classic boxer, but he worked unceasingly at improving his craft, and trained relentlessly. He even used a coat hanger to stuff money inside curtain rods.
Which heavyweight boxing champion in the last century knelt on his knees to pray to St. He boarded a small, single engine Cessna. Or the estrangement may have developed over Rocky’s running, which may have sprung from a preoccupation with money. A few minutes later she came out complaining: “What is he, crazy? He didn’t want anything to do with me.” Marciano seemed more comfortable in the company of clergy than actresses. Until Rocco put Brockton on the national map, his hometown was best known for its shoe factories. The champion was Jersey Joe Walcott, a ring veteran most experts picked to beat Marciano easily. Rocky hadn’t fought or trained for fourteen years. As a boy Rocco was preoccupied with his physical condition. Rocco inherited his father’s toughness, for he survived a deadly bout of pneumonia when he was two. His parents loved opera, ate Italian food, and had wine with dinner. Yet even after he had enough money Rocky went after more. He was famous, successful, and well thought of.
Lena prayed to St. He made sure the people who invited him paid for everything.
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After serving as a GI in World War II, Rocco played minor league baseball. Rocky kept coming, even after Walcott knocked him down, closed his left eye, and opened cuts on his face that required fourteen stitches to close.
Rocky was an old school Catholic. He was a near-classic example of the triumph of classic virtues (Boston Herald Traveler, September, 1969).”
As he continued to successfully defend his title, Marciano gradually drew respect from critics. At the time boxing was a diversion, a way to make a few bucks to help out his family. The nicest thing about being champ, he said, “is that people like you.” Everyone but boxing experts, who found Rocky’s style too crude to suffer. Rocky Marciano was champion.
Not that there is anything particularly Catholic about being a teetotaler. It’s just that Marciano, though intelligent, was a very simple man who never forgot where he came from. One sportswriter said Marciano brought the “austere, sackcloth-and -ashes approach of a monk” to his training. He said if the man died he would quit fighting
I think that’s the way most parents like to do it with their own children.”
The Louisiana district attorney announced Monday that gun and drug charges against two college football players have been dropped.
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According to ESPN, citing a police report, an officer approached the players’ vehicle at the closed park and smelled marijuana. and were charged with possession of a controlled substance and possessing a firearm in the presence of drugs. “Discipline is not necessarily just punishment, which a lot of people view it that way. It’s how do you change somebody’s behavior so they have a better chance to be successful.
District Attorney Jerry Jones told KNOE-TV that there was insufficient evidence to bring charges against University of Alabama athletes Cam Robinson and Laurence Jones. Robinson was also charged with felony possession, according to Al.com.
“I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I’m doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning,” Jones said.
. He said there wasn’t enough evidence to prove who was in possession of the gun and the drugs.
Robinson is an all-conference offensive lineman entering his junior season. Jones was one of the top prospects coming out of high school.
Head football coach Nick Saban told AL.com in May that the program will handle the discipline, if any, internally.
“That’s the way we’ve always done it. That’s the way we always try to do it. The report alleges that the marijuana and handgun were in in plain sight and the stolen handgun was found under the passenger seat.
Both players were arrested last month at a public park in Louisiana at 2:30 a.m.
“If we can change their behavior based on what we do, that would be the purpose of discipline,” Saban said. That’s the way I like to do it with my own children
While some would say the program looked boring and repetitive (you would not believe the repetition of such exercises as the Bench Press, Squats, High Pulls, Weighted Pullups, and other exercises that many may consider to be plain and boring but obviously get the job done) the fact of the matter is this- it works. These percentages and 2 more weeks of this program are included as one of 4 free gifts for signing up for my newsletter at http://www.wrestler-power.com
Bench Press- 5×3
The other day I was fortunate enough to have former Cornell Wrestling Strength Coach, Tom Dilliplane, send me a copy of his 16-week summer program. would be using them already? Anyway, that’s enough, lets get into some weight training for wrestling plans.
Bicep Curls- 3×10
Day 4 Weight Training for Wrestling
Bicep Curls- 3×10
Superset- Squat 4×8 and Dumbbell Walking Lunge 3×8
Day 2 Weight Training for Wrestling
Power Clean- 5×4
Superset- Cuban Press 3×12 and Tricep Kickbacks 3×10
Cable Row- 3×10
Incline Bench- 4×8
Day 1 Weight Training for Wrestling
Day 3 Weight Training for Wrestling
Weight Training for Wrestling Workout (first week in Tom’s Summer Program)
Second, there are a few systems and programs that are available that are absolutely fantastic. This is the exact program he used over the summer of 2009, the summer before Cornell placed 2nd at Nationals and had 2 National Finalists. Look at all the infomercials out there for the “next biggest thing in fat loss” or whatever. So for those of you who aren’t fortunate to workout at a well-equipped hardcore gym, keep reading, I have some great news for you…
Superset- Bench Press 4×8 and Med Ball Pushups 3×8
Weighted Pullups- 3×10
Tricep Kickbacks- 3×10
First, a great majority, especially those at the collegiate level, are basically offshoots of the football weight training program. Cable Row- 3×10
Please note that Tom bases all of his core movements (Squat, Bench, Clean, Deadlift, etc.) off of percentages of your max. I know, I post them from time to time. As wrestlers we know the truth- nothing replaces good old fashioned hard work. In addition, Tom used similar types of programs for the 10+ years he was at Cornell working with the wrestlers. Oftentimes people are after the next greatest thing. While I do believe that these are great ways to bridge the gap between traditional weight room strength and functional wrestling strength (I use them myself often with my wrestlers), I also understand that a majority of wrestlers reading this article do not have access to this type of equipment. Sticking to the tried and true barbell and dumbbell exercises that have withstood the test of time is what’s going to lead to the best results with your weight training for wrestling plan. However these weight training for wrestling plans consist of exercises with sandbags, kettlebells, tires, kegs, thick reps, and a lot of other training tools that most wrestler don’t have access to. But believe me, this isn’t the focus of the weight training for wrestling plans I have my wrestlers use. And that should be the same way you approach yourweight training for wrestling. Yes, those YouTube videos of someone performing a cool looking exercise with a big tire look cool. While there are some similarities, football players should be more focused on developing absolute strength, whereas wrestlers should focus their weight training on relative strength and power (strength per bodyweight).
Alternate Dumbbell Bench- 3×10
Dumbbell Incline Bench- 4×8
As the sport of wrestling continues to grow (with at least some thanks going to the increasing popularity of MMA), weight training for wrestling has become a very sought after. Additionally, I think it’s worth considering the fact that if these new age styles of training were so groundbreaking and effective, don’t you think all the big wrestling schools like Iowa, Cornell, Iowa State, etc. “Hardcore” equipment like this exists at underground gyms and training facilities and if you’re a member of one of those, there’s a good chance you already have someone helping you with your training. There are two major issues that I’ve seen with weight training for wrestling programs in my years of experience.
Her first Emmy was for her 2008 News and Documentary coverage of the 2007-2008 financial collapse and her “Bailout Talks Collapse” coverage was broadcast on NBC Nightly News. She also served as an adjunct professor at NYU Stern School of Business for the fall semesters of 2010 through 2013.
In 2009, the Financial Times named her one of the “50 Faces That Shaped the Decade,” and she was the first female journalist to be inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame Class of 2011. She joined CNBC in 1993 after five years as a producer, writer and assignment editor with CNN Business News, where she wrote and produced some of CNN’s top business programs.
She has received numerous prestigious awards, including two Emmys and a Gracie Award. Bartiromo is the author of several books, including The Weekend That Changed Wall Street, published by Portfolio / Penguin, and The 10 Laws of Enduring Success, published by Random House; both were released in 2010.
She has become part of pop culture during her career, having had cameos in several motion picture movies, playing herself in “Wall Street Two” with Michael Douglas and “Arbitrage” with Richard Gere, among others. She later won a second Emmy for her 2009 documentary, “Inside the Mind of Google,” which aired globally on CNBC. In 1999, Joey Ramone of the Ramones rock band wrote a song about her, titled “Maria Bartiromo,” which was on his final album.
Bartiromo has been a pioneer in her industry. In 1995, she became the first journalist to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on a daily basis.
She graduated from New York University, where she studied journalism and economics. Bartiromo won a Gracie Award for “Greenspan: Power, Money & the American Dream,” also broadcast globally on CNBC.
Bartiromo has written weekly columns for Business Week and Milano Finanza magazines, as well as monthly columns for Individual Investor, Ticker and Reader’s Digest magazines. She has been published in the Financial Times, Newsweek, Town and Country, Registered Rep and the New York Post.
Maria Bartiromo joined FOX Business Network (FBN) as Global Markets Editor in January 2014. She is the anchor of Mornings with Maria on FBN (weekdays from 9-11 AM/ET) and Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo (Sundays at 10 AM/ET) on FOX News Channel (FNC).
Bartiromo is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University, the Board of Directors of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York and the Board of Directors of The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF).
Bartiromo has covered business and the economy for more than 25 years and was one of the building blocks of business cable network CNBC. During her 20-year tenure as the face of CNBC, she launched the network’s morning program, Squawk Box; anchored The Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo; and was the anchor and managing editor of the nationally syndicated On the Money with Maria Bartiromo, formerly The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo.
It’s fairly easy to spot internet addiction. They see the mood swings and make excuses to others. Internet addiction is a very real condition that affects households worldwide.
They want complete privacy when they are online. It may be issues at school with children. They must not only endure the emotional “mess” they must clean up after their loved one.
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. They often make excuses to stay home more, but when they are home, they may seem apprehensive or depressed until they can find a good reason to go online.
The greatest tragedy to it all is that those around the addicted individual are the real victims. The best time to act is now. They may exhibit personality qualities much like “Dr. Hyde.” They are horrible to live with offline, but as long as they have that connection, they are relatively normal.
It often requires professional help to break internet addiction. It may be serious problems in the workplace due to inattention or inactivity. Jekyll / Mr. This form of addiction is completely psychological. This can be skyrocketing bills from gambling or substances. Some may have complete alter identities through the internet. The most important step is to force the individual to see there is a serious problem.
There are individuals who like to use the internet as a method of escape from their daily lives. They watch their loved ones morph into someone else. Substance abusers may find it easier to purchase their drug of choice through the internet
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In general though, auctions closing at less peak traffic times or on slower days will be where the values are most easily found. Knowing your prices is helpful, but not essential to your success. If you have some money to invest and don’t mind waiting a bit to maximize your returns selling through an Ebay store is a good way to accomplish your goals. You are looking for items with huge value that you can pick up for a pittance, relist either at auction or in an Ebay store immediately and resell quickly. People who make money from arbitrage buy low and sell at a higher rate without holding onto the product or commodity for more time than is absolutely necessary. One other point, your auction listings must also close with enough time for you to have the item mailed to you before you can reship it to another, so be careful of your time frames. Everyone loves a deal on Ebay. Time is money, so limit the amount of time the item is in your possession to maximize your profitability.
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Not one I’m going to overthink here, as Butler is worth a play as an underdog, preferably at plus-2.
Tuley: As we’ve all seen over the years, when an underdog is live during March Madness, they often pull the outright upset instead of just covering. Ohio St. The Sooners are also on a 10-3 SU run, and are 23rd in the nation in rebounds. No. Gonzaga
8. This is a long-winded way of saying that the committee put VCU in at a No. No. 11 Boise St./Dayton winner
Westgate line: Utah -6
PickCenter consensus pick: 59 percent picked Stephen F. Purdue
West Virginia minus-4.5 vs.
South | West | Midwest | East South Regional
No. 10 when a lot of people would argue those should be switched. For short-priced dogs, I might just bet only the money line with Davidson plus-120 over Iowa, VCU plus-145 over Ohio State or UCLA plus-150 over SMU, as I’m basically picking them because I believe they will win.
ATS pick: Notre Dame -12
ATS pick: Gonzaga -16.5
Westgate line: West Virginia -4.5
PickCenter consensus pick: 52 percent picked West Virginia
Tuley: Well, this region is looking rather chalky so far, but I believe that ends here (though I do have some trepidation as Eastern Washington is becoming such a trendy pick). 5 (and for good reason), but I think the oddsmakers had this right when they opened Northern Iowa as a 7.5-point favorite. Wisconsin is tops in the Big Ten in points allowed, second in free throws, second in field goal shooting and rebound margin. Oklahoma State has excellent balance with 6-7 senior Le’Bryan Nash (17 PPG, 5.4 RPG) and 6-8 senior Michael Cobbins up front, plus junior Phil Forte III (15 PGG). No. However, it troubles me that this line is so short (years ago, this would be well into double digits) and I’m just afraid that in the end, Baylor will win out. 12 seed). 8 NC State Wolfpack vs. No. It all looks so easy that I hope it’s not one of those things that are too good to be true.
4. Besides, a lot of people think the Hoyas are overseeded; in fact, the BPI had them as a No. The Bulldogs held a plus-7.3 rebounds-per-game edge in Big East play — 3.9 rebounds per game better than second-best Providence. But I’m going contrarian here. But I don’t expect Arizona to rack up a ton of points and run up the score, either. Now, it’s a sliding scale. Coach Mike Brey is 11-3 hitting the under in NCAA tournament games at Notre Dame.
No. The state of college basketball — slower, and lower scoring — makes it so “superior” teams aren’t always asked to cover big numbers. 8 Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Statistically, the Bulls are fairly sound in the turnover department (15.2 percent vs. 7 VCU Rams vs. Cincinnati chews up tons of clock trying to get the ball in the paint to Octavius Ellis. 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys
More money hits the market during the NCAA tournament than any other time in the sports betting calendar. You’re going to run into situations in the tournament where hot shooting beats good defense, but in this instance, I want my money on the far more complete basketball team. Seven-footer Frank Kaminsky, 6-7 Nigel Hayes and 6-8 Sam Dekker are a handful for any frontcourt and will overmatch Coastal Carolina, whose top rebounder is 6-7 Badou Diagne. No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers vs. Everyone is buying into the hype of the nation’s leading scorer, Tyler Harvey (22.9 PPG), and that the Eagles get to play in their home state while Georgetown has to travel all the way across the country from the “other” Washington. 11 UCLA Bruins
Tuley: This line climbed from UNC minus-9 to minus-10, and I liked it more and more — until it got bet back to 8.5. 13 Valparaiso Crusaders
ATS pick: Northern Iowa -7.5
Westgate line: Gonzaga -16.5
PickCenter consensus pick: 54 percent picked North Dakota St. 9 LSU Tigers
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No. 4 Georgetown Hoyas vs. The Cowboys come in off a bad offensive game against Oklahoma, but they are 6-1-1 ATS after scoring fewer than 50 points in their previous game. This isn’t your typical Valpo team, as the Crusaders play at a plodding pace and win with defense (0.94 points per possession allowed). The Tigers turned it over 17 times to Auburn’s attacking guards, and this is an equally tough backcourt matchup.
Selvaggio: Utah (75-1 at CG Technology; 60-1 at Westgate)
Wunderdog: Wisconsin got off to a great start this season and hasn’t slowed down. 10 Indiana Hoosiers
Lange: How is either team going to score? Both squads are tremendous at packing the paint, contesting shots and rebounding. The oddsmakers certainly think so, as they made Ohio State the favorite despite the seedings. They’ve lost two games all year: an OT loss at Arizona and a 3-point loss to BYU, the No. No. LSU
The first would be that instead of betting the fixed-odd futures to win the title, bet the money line in the first game your team plays and roll over your winnings through all six games. +1*
UCLA/SMU: under 134
ATS pick: Georgia +4.5*
Westgate line: Ohio St. North Carolina has every possible edge, but the Tar Heels don’t always show up, and they were just 14-13-1 ATS before finishing the season 5-2 ATS. -1.5
No. No. No. If he’s not fully back in form (and he didn’t look like it in 26 scoreless minutes in the ACC tourney, including a miss on the possible game winner against North Carolina), that opens the door more for the Bruins.
Tuley: I liked Iowa State last year and was bummed when the Cyclones ran into another hot team that I was in love with (UConn) in the Sweet 16. minus-6 vs. John’s Red Storm
No. We all know the Harvard kids are smart, but Crimson have also won opening-round games each of the past two years. Austin Lumberjacks
This is a high total — the third highest on the board in the opening round. The Terps aren’t built to win by big margins, but this price appears cheap. Virginia
Notre Dame minus-12 vs. 11 seed and pretty far removed from the bubble). The Tigers have to be feeling the role of Cinderella, and I think they can stay within the huge number.
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ATS pick: TBD
Lange: This is a classic case of overachiever (Butler) vs. 7 Michigan St. Albany is on an 0-5 ATS run and will get stomped by the talented and well-coached Sooners.
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ATS pick: Belmont +16*
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Andrew Lange: Bettors are faced with handicapping a dreaded “non-boarded” team here, as New Mexico State won the oddball WAC.
Teams I would consider: Iowa State at 9-2 to win the South and Baylor at 10-1 to win the West.
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ATS pick: TBD
Perhaps bettors consider all tournament participants to be upper-echelon teams and are content taking the points regardless of opponent. 16 North Florida/Robert Morris
No. Spartans vs. 3 Baylor Bears vs. Furthermore, they’re playing their best basketball of the season right now, winning the Atlantic 10 title, and they will be taking on a turnover-prone Buckeyes team.
ATS pick: Cincinnati -1
In last week’s conference tournament betting guide, we detailed a system that focuses on large underdogs in low-scoring games, and explained how public betting patterns change during the postseason. Wyoming made a nice run through the Mountain West Conference to steal a bid, but Northern Iowa has moved beyond that “Cinderella” category into a team that wouldn’t be a shock if it made the Sweet 16 (in fact, an argument could be made that the Panthers should be the No. The Badgers are 42-20-1 ATS in nonconference games and 20-8-1 ATS in their past 29 neutral-site games. No. 15 North Dakota St. 7 Wichita State Shockers vs. The Bulldogs have more than enough talent to hang with Duke and Kentucky.
Tuley: This line has risen from 4.5 to 5.5 since wagering opened Sunday night, which isn’t too surprising as everyone knows how MSU coach Tom Izzo gets his teams to improve as the season progresses (and we all saw how the Spartans took Wisconsin to OT in the Big Ten title game). 10 Georgia Bulldogs
NC State minus-1 vs. Coach Lon Kruger is outstanding, knowing how to get his team focused and prepared, and he’s very strong at in-game adjustments. No. No. Indiana
Maryland minus-4 vs. 2 seed Duke last year). No. However, I’m really high on Utah with its inside-outside tandem of guard Delon Wright and 7-foot center Jakob Poeltl, and this number looks a little short (again, because of the support for SFA as an ever-popular No. Cyclones vs. 6 seed instead of a No. The Utes are underseeded by most respected metrics, and the committee didn’t do them any favors matching them up against a tough Stephen F. And Mick Cronin’s absence won’t be as magnified with Purdue playing a nearly identical brand of basketball. -1.5
PickCenter consensus pick: 65 percent picked San Diego St. 4 Maryland Terrapins vs. 13 Eastern Washington Eagles
No. The Zags just won the West Coast Conference by winning two games 79-61 and 91-75. 15 Texas Southern Tigers
As the spreads get higher, the points are more likely to come into play and I’ll bet a smaller percentage on the money line: Georgia plus-210 over Michigan State and Eastern Washington plus-280 over Georgetown. 11 Texas Longhorns
Texas Southern plus-21.5 vs. But for the Aggies, it’s really all we have to go off considering they haven’t played anyone even remotely capable since beating UC Irvine at home in early January.
Westgate line: Providence -TBD
PickCenter consensus pick:
Lafayette plus-23 vs. This team is 312th in the nation in assists and its top rebounder is 6-6 Sam Rowley. MAC opponents), but struggled to keep opposing teams off the glass. 5 Northern Iowa Panthers vs. It’s that lack of depth that has me looking to play against them in the next round, but not in this one.
Tuley: I have two things to say about betting futures.
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ATS pick: NC State -1*
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Cincinnati plus-1 vs.
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ATS pick: TBD
No. They have a similar profile to the Mountaineers with poor outside shooting (31.9 percent 3-pointers) but the ability to hit the offensive boards (36.5 percent). And while the level of competition in the Colonial (the 19th-rated conference, according to Sagarin) wasn’t all that stiff, Notre Dame isn’t known for its defensive prowess (1.07 points per possession allowed vs. -2
PickCenter consensus pick: 58 percent picked Ohio St. NC State is also 31st in the nation in rebounds. Oftentimes, those “snubbed” teams go on to lose right away in the NIT and the “overseeded” teams live up to their billing, while “underseeded” teams put in disappointing showings. Notre Dame
2. 1 Duke Blue Devils vs. Texas Southern comes in with 11 straight wins and covered the first two games in the SWAC tourney before winning but failing to cover in the title game, though that was a weird case (their opponent, Southern, was put on probation so the Tigers were going to be going dancing regardless of the outcome). They also have a tremendous amount of size, with a frontcourt that features players standing 7-3, 6-10, 6-9 and 6-8. Oregon leans too much on offense, as the Ducks were 10th in the Pac-12 in points allowed and ninth in rebounding defense this season. ACC opponents). This addition leads to a 12-2 ATS record with +9.45 units won and a 67.5 percent ROI.
ATS pick: TBD
No. The reason for this is if your team gets to the Final Four and you want to hedge, you’re gonna be paying a huge price to hedge with Kentucky on the money line.
ATS pick: Eastern Washington +7.5*
Tuley: I don’t expect Texas Southern to give Arizona too much of a scare as they’re overmatched talent-wise and don’t have a superstar or even a true big man. If you’re playing any other team and don’t want to parlay game to game (maybe you’re betting in Vegas and won’t be back after the opening weekend), bet the odds to win the regional (see below) instead of the odds to win the whole thing. 14 Northeastern Huskies
ATS pick: Stephen F. Georgia was on the bubble and secured its spot in the field by beating South Carolina in the SEC tournament, then sat second-leading scorer Kenny Gaines in the next game against Arkansas. 16 Lafayette Leopards
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ATS pick: Oklahoma St. He will not get outcoached. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. minus-1 vs. -4.5
PickCenter consensus pick: 70 percent picked Michigan St. 4. Mary’s, Baylor and Colorado State (average loss: 8.8 PPG). Kansas
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UCLA averaged more than 80 points per game at home this season, but just 62.7 on the road — a difference of more than 18 points per game. I’m not buying this one. 2 Virginia Cavaliers vs. Belmont is probably most known for nearly beating No. Lafayette did play at Villanova in last season’s opener and was tied with eight minutes to play before losing by 16 points (75-59). 12 Buffalo Bulls
Eastern Washington plus-7.5 vs. Wisconsin is 4-0-1 ATS in its past five NCAA tournament games. 13 Harvard Crimson
Tuley: Villanova is for real, and hard to bet against at 24-9 ATS.
ATS pick: San Diego St. As an underdog under Steve Alford, the Bruins are 17-7 hitting the under.
Tuley: Here’s another 5-12 matchup, with the public looking to the underdog to pull an upset. 7 Iowa Hawkeyes vs. 5 Utah Utes vs. Northeastern
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Belmont plus-16 vs. Iowa has a big size advantage, but unless Davidson goes stone cold, I don’t see the Hawkeyes being able to use that enough (at 2 points at a time) to keep up with the Wildcats.
Lange: From a betting perspective, the Terrapins went from underrated heading into Big Ten play (4-2 ATS start) to overrated after sweeping Michigan State (which went on a 1-8 ATS slide), and then back to underrated following six straight covers heading into the Big Dance. The WAC was one of the slowest conferences in the country, with the “fastest” team averaging 61.6 possessions per game in league play. 3 Iowa St. This team is 18-7-1 ATS after a loss, and 23-9-1 ATS on neutral courts. 16 Hampton/Manhattan winner
No. And I like the public dog, too. Austin is justifiably getting a lot of support as a live underdog, as it upset VCU last year in this round and a lot of people remember that and are looking for a repeat. The Mountaineers’ success in the “first meetings” in Big 12 play (6-3 SU/ATS) suggests we look their way.
Westgate line: Duke -TBD
PickCenter consensus pick: TBD
Westgate line: Xavier -TBD
PickCenter consensus pick: TBD
To be added after the Hampton/Manhattan “First Four” game on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio.
Mark Few has had a lot of great players and teams at Gonzaga, but this may be his best. Austin +6
Lange: It’s the time of year when identifying the better defensive team in a short-lined game puts you in solid position to cash tickets. As a team, the Huskies shoot 52.9 percent from 2, 38.8 percent from 3 and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. 1 Kentucky Wildcats vs. The higher the spreads go, the less convinced I am that the underdog will win outright, plus the more the books will shave off the true odds, so I won’t bet as much on the money line. As much as I and most bettors despise Rick Barnes, it’s important to recognize that the Longhorns have the better personnel in this matchup. Arizona
3. When facing a winning team this season, UCLA was 17-6 hitting the under. -12
PickCenter consensus pick: 54 percent picked Iowa St. I say they caught a break by facing super-soft Indiana and a likely date against a reeling Kansas squad in the second round. In the end this is a very even matchup, but I think the Bearcats are still the play, even being bet to favoritism.
No. With public support shifting, we theorized that there would be value fading these so-called “trendy underdogs.”
The second is specific to this NCAA tournament, with such a huge favorite in Kentucky. But except for Lawrence Alexander, NDSU is far inferior to the team that nearly made the Sweet 16 last year, and frankly, it wouldn’t be in the field if it hadn’t won the Summit Conference tournament. When this team was also an underdog in its previous game, the number of past matches is reduced dramatically, but we’re left with a 27-11 ATS record (+14.5 units, 38.2 percent ROI).
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No. 4 seed, though it’s a moot point since they’re on a collision course with Louisville regardless).
ATS pick: West Virginia -4.5
1. 11 BYU/Ole Miss winner
Utah would be the only tourney future I see to hold a little bit of value. No. (Note: I am considering playing Georgia State plus-4.5 in the first half, though that still seems a little short.
No. 12 Wyoming Cowboys
Westgate line: Michigan St.
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No. Interesting side note in that for all the flack Barnes and the Longhorns have taken, they have an identical 17-13 ATS record as Butler. However, this puts Shaka Smart and his VCU program in the underdog role, where they’re more comfortable. Austin
Tuley: A lot of people are picking this game as this year’s mega-upset (like Mercer over No. 1 Villanova Wildcats vs. Gonzaga 6-foot-10 freshman Domantas Sabonis (9.5 PPG, 7 RPG), 7-1 junior Przemek Karnowski (11 PPG) and 6-10 junior Kyle Wiltjer (16.7 PPG) anchor an NBA-like frontcourt, while senior guard Kevin Pangos (11.5 PPG, 5 APG) gets things moving. 10 Davidson Wildcats
Cincinnati plus-1 vs. For all of Texas’ length and size, the Longhorns were a solid, but hardly impressive plus-3.9 rebounds per game vs. No. John’s will likely stick with its four-guard lineup and push the pace while San Diego State will try to slow it down and control the game with its huge front line — especially compared to SJU with just 6-foot-6 Sir’Dominic Pointer to match up with 6-10 Skylar Spencer, 6-8 Winston Shepard and 6-7 J.J. But fear not: ESPN’s Chalk college basketball betting experts are here to help. The Cowboys lost their previous game against Oklahoma and opened as a 1-point favorite against Oregon. SDSU’s inside game and stubborn defense (the Aztecs allow just 53.1 points per game, ranked second in the nation) should get the job done.
With so few past system picks on the third tier of this system, it’s no surprise that there are no current game matches for the opening-round games. It took time, but Maryland’s offense looked improved the back half of the campaign. No. The public has mostly bet against UCLA, as this line opened SMU minus-2 at several books and is up to 3.5 at most books and even 4 at a few as of late Monday night. Buffalo
Wisconsin minus-18 vs. This is the best and most balanced Gonzaga team yet, playing in its backyard, so I can’t get on the NDSU bandwagon.
Tuley: Davidson has its best team since Stephen Curry led it to the Elite Eight in 2008, and this team might be even better overall. No. Kansas is at its best in transition, and I would expect it to push the pace and pull New Mexico State along.
Westgate line: SMU -2
PickCenter consensus pick: 67 percent picked SMU
ATS pick: Davidson +2*
ATS pick: Oklahoma -12*
Tuley: Every year, there are a few teams that get snubbed or a few teams that get overseeded or underseeded and cause heated discussions. Austin team in the first round, but the Utes play a very good brand of basketball that fits the tournament setting. The Red Storm will really miss suspended 6-10 shot-blocker Chris Obekpa. Another thing working for the underdog is that Lafayette coach Fran O’Hanlon is a Nova alumnus and there’s a chance the Wildcats won’t want to embarrass O’Hanlon by running up the score.
. No. While bettors overwhelmingly tend to take the favorite during the regular season, the NCAA tournament is a rare time when the public jumps all over the underdog.
No. If anyone asks if I think my dog has a chance to win outright, I’m going to say, “Of course!” On most of my plays, I’ll add a little something on the money line. 8 Oregon Ducks vs. 12 Stephen F. Tyler Kalinoski was the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, but he’s far from the lone gunman as Davidson averages more than 10 3-pointers made (hitting at better than 40 percent from long range) and more than 80 points per game. 13 UC Irvine Anteaters
Tuley: UCLA’s inclusion by the selection committee was the most vilified decision on Selection Sunday (especially when the Bruins were given a No. Since Butler left in 2011, the last three Big Dance participants from the Horizon lost by margins of 15, 11 and 20 in the first round.
Lange: First thing’s first: Can Buffalo hang on to the basketball and rebound on the defensive end? No team in the MAC comes close to resembling West Virginia’s chaotic ways. The Wolfpack match up well with an LSU squad that is on a 6-4 SU run, bowing out fast in the SEC tourney (a 73-70 OT loss to Auburn as a 9-point favorite). Whatever the reason, our historical archive reveals a distinct change in public betting behavior.
During the regular season, a majority of public bettors take the underdog in just 17.65 percent of games; that figure reaches 23.82 percent for the NCAA tournament.
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ATS pick: Lafayette +23*
Tuley: Everyone loves picking No. When dealing with mid-major teams, I’m hesitant to put much stock into nonconference play as a vast majority of games against power conference foes are played on the road. Some will say the Shockers are being punished for losing to Illinois State in the Missouri Valley semifinals. underachiever (Texas). No. 7 seed and Ohio State at No. No. That worked out well for me, but this year I’m hoping to be able to back Iowa State on a deeper run with Georges Niang & Co. Arizona
Harvard plus-8.5 vs. -12
To be added after the Boise State-Dayton “First Four” game on Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio.
No. However, we do have a Tier 2 match on Oklahoma State. However, I’ve seen this before where a team sneaks into the tournament and vindicates the selection committee (most notably VCU in 2011).
Wunderdog: You know what you’re going to get out of Oklahoma. 12 seeds against No. Northern Iowa
UCLA plus-2 vs. If bettors are willing to take a 12-seed over a 5-seed straight up, it makes sense that they would also be willing to bet the 12-seed getting points.
No. The issue is that Northeastern hasn’t faced an offense even remotely close to that of the Irish. If Harvard can dictate the pace, the experienced Crimson could pull another upset or at least keep this within the spread.
Wunderdog: Gonzaga (18-1 at Westgate, bet down to 15-1)
ATS pick: Harvard +8.5*
Westgate line: Wichita State -6
PickCenter consensus pick: 55 percent picked Wichita St. Oregon
Oklahoma minus-12 vs. Utah can play with anybody sans Kentucky in this field.
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ATS pick: Texas Southern +21.5*
Westgate line: San Diego St. 10 Ohio State Buckeyes
One reason for this phenomenon may be that bettors are used to taking upsets in their brackets, making them more likely to gravitate toward the underdog. No. I will have some on Harvard plus-525 over North Carolina and Belmont plus-1200 over Virginia, but I’ll probably pass on Texas Southern and Lafayette at plus-2500 apiece over Arizona and Villanova.
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ATS pick: UCLA +2*
To summarize our handicappers’ best bets (lines are from the Westgate SuperBook as of Tuesday morning):
Wunderdog: Defense is key in March and Oklahoma State has it, as the Cowboys finished fourth in the Big 12 in points allowed, and fifth in field goal shooting percentage allowed this season. Albany got here by winning the America East, but didn’t step up in competition much. WVU’s Juwan Staten (knee) and Gary Browne (ankle) are still nursing injuries, but expected to play. 6 SMU Mustangs vs. SMU held opponents to fewer than 60 points per game this season — ranked in the top 20 in the nation. SMU
Davidson plus-2 vs. Duke
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9. 2 offensive team in the nation. No.
Westgate line: Georgetown -7.5
PickCenter consensus pick: 73 percent picked Eastern Washington
Tuley: I’m conflicted on this game. 2 Kansas Jayhawks vs. We’ve asked our experienced group of wiseguys, including Dave Tuley, Andrew Lange, Dave Solar, Geoff Kulesa of Wunderdog Sports and Sal Selvaggio what they’re looking at when handicapping the bracket and picking tourney games.
Wunderdog: NC State is on a nice 6-2 SU run coming into the Big Dance. The Wolfpack are a tough matchup for a lot of teams with their three-guard attack of 6-3 junior Trevor Lacey (15.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG), 6-5 senior Ralston Turner (13.2 PPG) and sophomore Anthony Barber (12 PPG). 9 St. No. 6 Xavier Musketeers vs. Bison
Tuley: This game is a contrast in styles, as St. No. The team was 1-3 SU and 2-2 ATS in their absence. Larry Krystkowiak is one of the best coaches in the game and will hold an advantage over most on the sidelines. 12 Wofford Terriers
No. The Bulldogs obviously missed him on both ends of the floor, and it probably kept them from winning that game and finishing second in the league tourney to Kentucky. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. They also scored a favorable venue with Omaha and a short four-hour drive north from their campus.
Westgate line: Iowa St. Wisconsin
6. The Badgers come into the tourney fresh off a Big Ten title, winning every game by double digits. It’s a veteran team, too. Sure, the Super Bowl may take a larger handle than any individual game, but the cumulative number of bets taken during March Madness dwarfs even the mighty beast known as the NFL playoffs.
No. Aztecs vs. They challenged themselves in nonleague play with games at Wichita State, Wyoming, St. Against the spread, I’ll stick with a recommendation on the Lumberjacks plus the points, but I’m not sure I’ll play it myself, so I can’t make it a best bet.
ATS pick: Arkansas -6.5
ATS pick: Iowa St. Hammons. Unfortunately, this system would also include teams that were an underdog during their last conference tournament game. 9 Purdue Boilermakers
Our theory posits that when an underdog pulls off an unlikely upset, square bettors have difficulty accepting the team’s new role as a favorite. Offensive rebounding and garbage points are musts for Butler, because Texas is a fairly strong defensive team in the half court. Below is a list of the best and worst coaches to bet on in the NCAA tourney this year and their corresponding ATS tourney records.
No. Stephen F. However, the one thing in Butler’s favor is its ability to win the battle on the boards. The same can be said for Purdue’s two 7-footers, Isaac Haas and A.J. At the time of publication, OSU was receiving just 24 percent of spread bets.
No. All that stuff aside, we can only handicap the games in front of us, and while SMU is a solid team, I am convinced that if UCLA plays like it did against Arizona in the Pac-12 semifinals, the Bruins will be able to pull the upset here.
ATS pick: VCU +2*
No. No. I don’t think Buffalo will be overwhelmed, as they held halftime leads on the road at Kentucky and Wisconsin, but West Virginia is an extremely hard team for which to prepare. The Terrapins rely an awful lot on Dez Wells and Melo Trimble, and I would expect Valpo to play some zone. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. In nonconference play, a number of NMSU’s games were in the high 60s to low 70s, possession-wise. Michigan St. No. Anyway, the added rest should help Gaines and put Georgia as a live underdog.
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Tuley: Georgia State is an interesting underdog as it plays well on the defensive end, holding 11 opponents under 30 percent shooting this season. Coastal Carolina
Oklahoma St. 3 Oklahoma Sooners vs. UC Irvine has twin towers in 7-6 Mamadou Ndiaye and 7-2 Ioannis Dimakopoulos, but Louisville still has the matchup’s two best players in Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell despite all the players the Cardinals have lost. Indiana is a smoke-and-mirrors team that beat up on the weak and shot its way to wins at home — not a recipe for postseason success. Notre Dame can score, but both teams play solid defense, allowing points in the 60s. It almost always yields a better payoff, plus it gives you the option along the way to pull out profits or to stop altogether if there’s a key injury or something.
Westgate line: NC State -1
PickCenter consensus pick: 64 percent picked NC State
Tuley: Gonzaga is hardly even considered a mid-major anymore; instead, it’s the poster child for programs like North Dakota State, which upset Oklahoma last year in the Seattle subregional. A lot of NCAA underdogs have used a stellar defense to pull upsets or cover spreads against more athletic teams. A year ago at this time they played American in the opening game and won 75-35, allowing only 29 percent shooting.
Westgate line: Kentucky -TBD
PickCenter consensus pick: TBD
Westgate line: North Carolina -8.5
PickCenter consensus pick: 68 percent picked North Carolina
To be added after the BYU-Mississippi “First Four” game on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio.
Lange: Arguably the best attribute to have with a double-digit underdog in the NCAA tournament is high-caliber shooters, and on paper, Northeastern has just that. 2 Duke in 2008, but this year’s team was 25th in the nation from the floor at 47.6 percent, and won its last seven games, including an upset of Murray State to steal the OVC’s automatic bid. While managing egos seems to be the largest challenge for NBA coaches, imparting fundamentals and turning five talented individuals into one cohesive unit are just two of the struggles facing college coaches. No. However, the Wildcats are only 2-3 ATS when laying 20 points or more, so this seems to be the tipping point. They have great balance, with a strong frontcourt, while 6-4 junior Buddy Hield (17.5 PPG, 5 RPG) and 6-4 junior Isaiah Cousins (12.2 PPG, 5 RPG) run the backcourt and lead the team in scoring. No. 4 Louisville Cardinals vs. 6 Providence Friars vs. The Great Danes lost 64-60 to Providence and 75-59 to UNLV. Iowa State
5. The Ducks allowed 54.5 percent shooting the last game, an 80-52 loss to Arizona, and are 2-6 ATS following a loss of more than 20 points.
Pick: over 131
ATS pick: Louisville -9
No. Big 12 opponents. The American has some weak teams, but I give the Bearcats small edges on both sides of the ball. SEC Player of the Year Bobby Portis (yes, he won over all those Kentucky blue-chippers) and his teammates love to run, and I just don’t see Wofford keeping pace.
No. However, I think what gives Belmont a chance to at least cover is that Virginia’s leading scorer, Justin Anderson, is coming back slowly from a broken finger and an appendectomy. Villanova obviously has the talent edge, but it’s not a size mismatch like we usually see with 1-16 matchups. Arkansas won 10 of its last 13 games, and two of those losses were to Kentucky. 5 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Neither team will shy away from the transition game, but the opportunities will be limited, especially for Purdue as the Bearcats boast one of the best transition defenses I’ve seen this season. 5 Arkansas Razorbacks vs. On offense, they are strong in free throw shooting (76 percent), which is always a plus when games are close. 8 San Diego St. 15 New Mexico St Aggies
Tuley: This isn’t like one of the Louisville teams we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in recent years, and they look fade-able, but it looks like the committee did the Cardinals a favor with this seeding and matchup. To eliminate these teams, we focused solely on teams that won their previous game. I don’t see any potential matchup where I’ll be fading them, starting with the opener, as UAB needed the home court to win the Conference USA tournament as the fourth seed to earn its dance ticket. No. Valparaiso
I think it’s important not to punish NMSU too much for its conference affiliation, as the program recruits well and has been on solid footing throughout the Marvin Menzies era. 14 Georgia St Panthers
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