100-Unit NCAA Tournament Game Of Year Wins Thursday
On a Tournament Winning Run For The Ages
12-5 In NCAA…27-6-1 In Conference Tournaments
And Thursday Going For 100-Unit Knockout
As many of you know I am been wiping out bookmakers from Maine to Spain the college tournaments—standing 12-7 in the NCAA after going 27-6-1 in the college conference tournaments. That means I am hitting 78% winners in the toughest arena in college basketball and I am going for the big bucks tonight with my annual 100-unit NCAA Tournament Game of the ear.
There is no greater challenge in college basketball than winning at NCAA Tournament time as teams from various conferences try to get it done on neutral floors, where everybody is a stranger. There is far more to winning than the data, won-lost records and reputations of each team—and, for certain, the money belongs to those who understand all the hidden elements that decide this game. My record below says it all, noting winners, favorites or ‘dogs, can come from anywhere.
THE THURSDAY SWEET SIXTEEN MENU
South Regional In Atlanta
#5 Kentucky Wildcats (24-11) -6.5 vs. #9 Kansas State Wildcats (24-11)
#7 Nevada Wolf Pack (29-7) -2 vs. #11 Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (30-5)
West Regional In Los Angeles
#3 Michigan (30-7) -3 vs. #7 Texas A&M Aggies (22-12)
#4 Gonzaga Bulldogs (32-4) -6 vs. #9 Florida State Seminoles (22-11)
One of these eight teams so has so many edges over its opponents I will not be surprised if it wins as a big-time blowout. You can win my 100-unit NCAA Game of the Year—a contest you can bet with 100% confidence—for just $45, charged to your major credit card or two Pay Pal. In addition to the 100-unit play I will be releasing a second game at the 25-unit level.
12-5…71% Winners…In NCAA Heading Into Sweet 16
3/18…25 Units…Syracuse (+9.5) 55, Michigan State 53 (Won)
3/18…25 Units…MD-Baltimore County (+10.5) 43, Kansas State 50 (Won)
3/17…50 Units…Loyola-Chicago (+4.5) 63, Tennessee 62 (Won)
3/17…25 Units…Gonzaga (-4) 90, Ohio State 84 (Won)
3/17…25 Units…Texas Tech (-1.5) 69, Florida 66 (Won)
3/17…25 Units…Kansas (-4.5) 83, Seton Hall 79 (Lost)
3/16…25 Units…Kansas State (+2.5) 69, Creighton 59 (Won)
3/16…25 Units…Wichita State (-13.5) 75, Marshall 81 (Lost)
3/16…25 Units…Arkansas (+2) 49, Butler 62 (Lost)
3/16…25 Units…New Mexico State (+4.5) 68, Clemson 79 (Lost)
3/15…25 Units…Tennessee (-11.5) 73, Wright State 47 (Won)
3/15…25 Units…Kansas (-13.5) 76, Penn 60 (Won)
3/15…25 Units…Kentucky (-4.5) 78, Davidson 73 Won)
3/15…50 Units…Houston (-4) 67, San Diego State 65 (Lost)
3/14…15 Units…Texas Southern (-5) 64, N.C. Central 46 (Won)
3/13…25 Units…Radford (-5) 71, LIU-Brooklyn 61 (Won)
3/13…25 Units…St. Bonaventure (+2.5) 65, UCLA 58 (Won)
THURSDAY SWEET 16 GAME PREVIEWS
NCAA TOURNAMENT – SOUTH REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA
#11 LOYOLA-CHICAGO (30-5) vs. #7 NEVADA (29-7) – 7:07 p.m. ET, CBS
The South Region was torn apart at the seams as the #1-thru-#4 seeds all lost in the first week of NCAA Tourney play – Virginia, Cincinnati, Tennessee and Arizona were all handed their walking papers after winning a combined two games – but has anyone really noticed that the way these Loyola-Chicago Ramblers have survived-and-advanced has been with defense and the challenge here is to keep Wolf Pack twins Caleb and Cody Martin below their combined 32 ppg average … and maybe the key there is to limit the Martin twins field-goal attempts, so another game in the 60s (see chart below) truly benefits this Missouri Valley Conference crew that needs G Clayton Custer (game-winning jumper against Tennessee) to stay hot from behind the three-point arc.
#9 KANSAS STATE (24-11) vs. #5 KENTUCKY (26-10) – approximately 9:37 p.m. ET, CBS
It may not be your typical John Calipari-led Kentucky Wildcats team this year – they have double-digit losses and remember that long losing streak a few weeks ago – but the fact of the matter is Ashley Judd’s favorite team is back in the Sweet 16 but this could be “danger zone” time as K-State believes leading scorer Dean Wade (16.5 ppg) will be back after missing his team’s last three games with a stress fracture in his foot. Major key for the 5.5-point favored Kentucky ‘Cats is can Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (see 27 points versus Buffalo last weekend) keep it up and will the SEC champs continue to play lights-out defense from beyond the arc where Calipari’s guys rank 3rd in the nation in 3-point “D” … and we say holding Kansas State to six-or-fewer triples will get the job done here.
NCAA TOURNAMENT – WEST REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
#7 TEXAS A&M (22-12) vs. #3 MICHIGAN (30-7) – 7:35 p.m. ET, TBS
Okay, so what were the odds that the Michigan Wolverines would be the highest-rated team alive among tonight’s eight participants … and the maize-and-blue were this close to not being a part of the Sweet 16 save for that three-point/ buzzer-beating jumper that stunned Houston late last Saturday night in Wichita? Now, you could say John Beilein’s Big 10 champs have major “mojo” for this clash – remember the Wolverines actually have an 11-game SU (straight-up) winning streak heading into this one in Hollywood – but can they boogie into the Elite 8 if big man Mo Wagner isn’t playing his best ball (he’s been average at best in this tourney thus far). On the flip side, the A&M Aggies are fresh off one of the biggest blowouts of a defending national champs in last Sunday’s 21-point rout and if frosh TJ Sparks (19 points vs. Carolina) is a – pardon the pun – spark for Billy Kennedy’s club, than this could be a mild upset.
#9 FLORIDA STATE (22-11) vs. #4 GONZAGA (32-4) – approximately 10:05 p.m. ET, TBS
Just consider that we’ve reached the Sweet 16 and a quarter of the participating teams hail from the ACC – but none of them are named Virginia or North Carolina. Instead, here’s gritty/athletic Florida State looking to steal more tourney headlines days after blitzing the West’s #1 seed Xavier with a game-ending 18-4 run last Sunday evening. Now, Leonard Hamilton’s crew has upset on its minds here against a Gonzaga team that’s faced its own bits of adversity in the first two rounds of tourney play – and hats off to Mark Few’s crew for overcoming a 67-62 deficit to beat Ohio State last Saturday, thanks in large part to redshirt freshman Zach Norvell, Jr. (28 points including 6 triples). Gut feeling if 5.5-point fav Gonzaga is going to be movin’ on here, than Norvell must get some in-the-paint scoring help with 6-foot-10 Killian Tillie a main candidate to break out … or the ‘Zags could go bust.