Friday Sweet 16 Previews

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14-5 In NCAA Tournament Thus Far...74% Winners

50 Unit NCAA Underdog Game Of The Week Wins Big Tonight

I Won My 100-Unit NCAA Game Of The Year Last Night With Underdog Loyola-Chicago
And Go For Another 50-Unit Upset On 2-0 Night

One must certainly know how to read between the lines when looking for underdog winners in the NCAA Tournament, and I have been quite successful in doing just that. I am 7-2 with my underdog plays and of the seven winners six of them got the money with straight up wins. In fact my last five NCAA Tournament plays were all underdogs and all five won.

I went 2-0 Friday night, winning my 100-unit NCAA Game of the Year with Loyola-Chicago (+1) that edged Nevada 69-68 and followed that up with another 25-unit underdog winner, Kansas State (+5.5) with its 61-58 upset of Kentucky.

Those two wins mean I am 14-5 in the NCAA Tournament (74% winners) and stand 39-11 (78% winners) in the Big Dance and the college conference tournaments that preceded it.

The Friday NCAA menu finds eight teams in action in the four games and it is no secret any of the eight could win and advance to the Final Four. That said there is one particular game in which the underdog should be the favorite. That 'dog grades out as a straight up 6-7-point winner and I am releasing it as my 50-Unit NCAA Underdog Game of the Week.

You can win this game, plus an additional 25-unit game, for just $40, charged to your major credit card or to Pay Pal. Win it and head into the regional championship games with a pocketful of money.

THE FRIDAY SWEET SIXTEEN MENU

East Regional In Boston
#1 Villanova Wildcats (32-4) -5 vs. #5 West Virginia Mountaineers (26-10)
#2 Purdue Boilermakers (30-6) -2 vs. #3 Texas Tech Red Raiders (26-9)

Midwest Regional In Omaha
#1 Kansas Jayhawks (29-7) -5 vs. #5 Clemson Tigers (25-9)
#2 Duke Blue Devils (27-7) -11.5 vs. Syracuse Orange (23-13)

14-5...74% Winners...In NCAA Heading Into Friday
3/22...100 Units...Loyola-Chicago (+1) 69, Nevada 68 (Won)
3/22...25 Units...Kansas State (+5.5) 61, Kentucky 58 (Won)
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)


 3-0 In NBA Last Night...Set For Three More Winners Tonight
I Hit My 40-Unit 2-Team NBA Parlay To Go 3-0 Last Night And Am Coming Back Tonight With Three More Dominating Winners

 

FRIDAY’S SWEET 16 MATCHUPS

NCAA TOURNAMENT – EAST REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
TD Garden – Boston, MA

#5 WEST VIRGINIA (26-10) vs. #1 VILLANOVA (32-4) – 7:27 p.m. ET, TBS

This once-upon-a-time Big East rivalry could wind up being a major rock-fight in Beantown: After all, Villanova has held its first two NCAA Tournament foes this year to a grand total of 119 points and ‘Nova boss Jay Wright knows all too well that the key to West Virginia is don’t let ‘em score and then allow ‘em to apply that fierce full-court press starring G Jevon Carter (28 points in last Sunday’s runaway win against Marshall). Note that Villanova bombed in 31 treys in its earlier-round wins/covers versus Radford and Alabama and -- if G Jalen Brunson (19.1 ppg) is in a drive-and-dish mood and the ‘Cats are hot from deep – then even “Press” Virginia may have its share of problems getting by here.

 

#3 TEXAS TECH (26-9) vs. #2 PURDUE (30-6) – approximately 9:57 p.m. ET, TBS

Down-and-dirty: That’s what this showdown between T-Tech and Purdue should be as these blue-collar teams rely way more on inside strength than they do the more modern three-point game. Obviously, the Big 10 Boilermakers are without 7-foot-2 star Isaac Haas (broken elbow) here but Purdue coach Matt Painter isn’t heaping too much on the bony shoulders of 7-foot-3 Matt Haarms as he favors a spread-the-wealth scene (although G Carsen Edwards and his 18.2 ppg average is a must here). BTW, the Red Raiders’ Keenan Evans (17.8 ppg) and his past toe woes seem to be behind ‘em. Is Evans good for a 15-point/10-assist type game here? Stay tuned.

 

NCAA TOURNAMENT – MIDWEST REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
CenturyLink Center – Omaha, NE

#5 CLEMSON (25-9) vs. #1 KANSAS (29-7) – 7:07 p.m. ET, CBS

If you hadn’t noticed, there are/were a half-dozen Sweet 16 showdowns pitting power conference teams against one another but here’s a case where the Kansas Jayhawks – always a contender for a national championship – are getting all the attention and all the ink … but better believe Clemson is no team to fool with, folks! Brad Brownell’s squad held Auburn to 25.8 percent shooting from the floor in last Sunday’s blowout win and now the ACC Tigers will bring a lunch pail mentality for this clash against Kansas: If the Jayhawks get 30-or-so minutes from C Udoka Azubuike (see 10 points and 7 rebounds in 22 minutes of action in last Saturday’s four-point win against Seton Hall) than knocking off this top seed will be tough. Call Clemson G Gabe DeVoe the key here for the 5-point underdogs – he’s a go-getter capable of putting up some big shots when all around him is failing. 

 

#11 SYRACUSE (23-13) vs. #2 DUKE (28-7) –approximately 9:37 p.m. ET, CBS

Here’s the far-and-away biggest pointspread on the Sweet 16 board with the Dookies a rather bloated 11-point betting favorite against a Syracuse club that’s a perfect 3-and-oh SU (straight-up) and ATS (against the spread) so far in this man’s tourney. Okay, so everyone knows these clubs are no strangers to one another – they bucked heads on Feb. 24th when Duke (- 14) topped the ‘Cuse 60-44 despite the fact Mike Krzyzewski’s crew connected on only 2-of-18 trifectas. Marvin Bagley’s 19 points powered the Duke attack in that first meeting; Syracuse was led by Tyus Battle’s 12 points but it says here the Orange will be crushed unless lost-in-fog G Frank Howard (12-of-34 FG shooting in this tourney) gets a wake-up call!