Kelso on a 19-6 Run in the NCAA Tournament
I Am 19-6 In The NCAA Tournament But Shift Gears Tonight Into Several Days Of Winners In CBI, CIT And NIT And Am Set To Win Tonight in the CBI
The NCAA Tournament takes a sabbatical until the Final Four Next Saturday but there is still plenty of college post-season money to win in the College Basketball Invitational, the College Insider Tournament and the NIT—and winning continues tonight.
For the record, I am on an amazing run in tournament basketball and after winning both NCAA games with Villanova and Kansas yesterday stand 19-6 (76% winners) in the Big Dance and a combined 46-12-1 (79% winners) in the NCAA and the college conference tournaments (26-7-1). It’s time to win a College Basketball Invitational game tonight and build the bankroll for Tuesday night’s NIT semifinals from New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Tonight’s Tournament Schedule
College Basketball Invitational Championship Round - Game 1 Of Best Of 3 Series
SAN FRANCISCO DONS (21-15) -3.5 over North Texas Mean Green (18-17)
10:00 Eastern On ESPNU
Tuesday’s NIT Semifinals
Utah Utes (22-11) Pick’em vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (27-10)
Penn State Nittany Lions (24-13) -2.5 over Mississippi State Bulldogs
Game One Tips at 7:00 Eastern - Both Games On ESPN
As noted, the money is again there for the taking tonight and you can win a 15-unit play on the North Texas-San Francisco game for just $15, charged to your major credit card or to Pay Pal. I will let my NCAA record do the rest of my tournament talking.
19-6…76% Winners…In NCAA Heading Into Final Four
3/25…25 Units…Villanova (-6) 71, Texas Tech 59 (Won)
3/25…25 Units…Kansas (+3.5) 85, Duke 81 (OT) (Won)
3/24…25 Units…Loyola-Chicago (+1) 78, Kansas State 62 (Won)
3/24…25 Units…Florida State (+4.5) 54, Michigan 58 (Won)
3/23…50 Units…Texas Tech (+1.5) 78, Purdue 65 (Won)
3/23…25 Units…Kansas (-5) 80, Clemson 76 (Lost)
3/22…100 Units…Loyola-Chicago (+1) 69, Nevada 68 (Won)
3/22…25 Units…Kansas State (+5.5) 61, Nevada 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)
My Best Bets Basketball Club took down the money Sunday, going 2-1 while winning a 15-unit play on the Utah Jazz (-9) 110-91 over the Golden State Warriors and a 10-unit bet on the underdog Los Angeles Clippers 117-106 upset win of the Raptors in Toronto. I missed a 3-0 day by a single point as the Brooklyn Nets (+6.5) took in to the Cleveland Cavaliers before losing by 7, 121-114.
The 2-1 night left my Best Bets Basketball Club 8-3 over the last four days in the NBA and I am confident I will add two more winners to that total tonight, including an underdog that figures to win straight up and a second game with a team in the right place at the right time to get it done. You can win both games for just $15, charged to your major credit card or to Pay Pal.
I will let my current record do the rest of the talking.
8-3 In NBA Last 4 Days
3/25…15 Units…Jazz (-9) 110, Warriors 91 (Won)
3/25…10 Units…Clippers (+8.5) 117, Raptors 106 (Won)
3/25…10 Units…Nets (+6.5) 114, Cavaliers (121 (Lost)
3/24…15 Units…Timberwolves (+7.5) 108, 76ers 120 (Lost)
3/24…10 Units…Lakes (-6) 100, Grizzlies 93 (Won)
3/23…15 Units…Pacers (-3) 109, Clippers 104 (Won)
3/23…10 Units…Warriors (-9.5) 106, Hawks 94 (Won)
3/23…10 Units…Wizards (-1.5) 100, Nuggets 108 (Lost)
3/22…15 Units…Pelicans (-2.5) 128, Lakers 125 (Won)
3/22…Kings (-3.5) 105, Hawks 90 (Won)
3/22…10 Units…Parlay Of Kings And Hawks (Won)
THE NCAA TOURNAMENT - THE FIRST LOOK AT THE FINAL FOUR:
Hey, whoever first coined the phrase "March Madness" really knew what they were talking about! It's gonna be a great week of b-ball build-up as we zoom in on Saturday's Final Four twin-bill ... that's Loyola-Chicago versus Michigan and Villanova vs. Kansas -- as college basketball's premier event hits center stage deep in the heart o' Texas.
One of the wildest NCAA Tournaments in memory finally will come to a sure-to-be memorable conclusion next Monday night in San Antonio but not before we hear lots more about Loyola-Chicago's Sister Jean and three power conference studs that are all super-equipped to win it all ... Michigan, Villanova and Kansas all have flaws (of course) but hats off to 'em all for showing true grit in the face of danger this past Saturday/Sunday in Elite 8 games and what about aforementioned Loyola which played the best game of any team just to get into this weekend's Final Four bash!
Finally, you can see the NCAA Tournament game-by-game look below for Loyola-Chicago, Michigan, Villanova and Kansas but take note this quartet is a sweet 12-4 versus the vig (a .750 winning rate) in this year's "Big Dance". Both Loyola-Chicago and Villanova - in fact -- are a perfecto 4-and-oh spreadwise in this tourney so far ... again, interesting!
Now, let's get you profiles on each of the Final Four teams. In the first game on Saturday, it's ...
LOYOLA-CHICAGO vs. MICHIGAN - 6:09 p.m. ET, TBS
#11 LOYOLA-CHICAGO (32-5) - The champion of the South Region truly rode the wave of emotion (and team-first ball) all the way to the Alamo City where the Ramblers are currently 5.5-point underdogs against mighty Michigan. Hey, Loyola's been the pup in each/every one of these tourney games but if G Ben Richardson (career-best 23 points against a shell-shocked Kansas State squad) can light it up from deep here than we might be re-living 1963 all over again. Richardson's 6-of-7 shooting from downtown was the headline-grabber last weekend but what the inside-outside ball movement between C Cameron Krutwig and steely G Clayton Custer? Let's see if Sister Jean can bless this bunch for one more winning weekend.
#3 MICHIGAN (32-7) - As it turned out, the Wolverines were the "best in the West" as John Beilein's crew exited Los Angeles with a blowout/laugher win against Texas A&M along with a hang-on-for-dear-life four-point win against Florida State ... true, the maize-and-blue shot a woefully bad 4-of-22 from beyond the arc in that Elite 8 non-cover win against the FSU Seminoles but that oft-overlooked Michigan defense held the 'Noles to 16-of-51 FG shooting and unsung star G Charles Matthews scored 17 points and played 39 minutes against an in-shape Florida State crew. Gotta believe that the full week off between games will help "Big Blue" more than anyone else ... plus Beilein's classic coaching is always worth 2 or 3 points, minimum.
In the Final Four nightcap this Saturday, it's ...
VILLANOVA vs. KANSAS - approximately 8:49 p.m. ET, TBS
#1 VILLANOVA (34-4) - Say this for the 'Nova Wildcats who ran roughshod over the East Region of this here-and-now NCAA Tournament: They can beat you - and beat you up—in a number of ways. In Sunday's 12-point win against 6.5-point dog Texas Tech, there was Jay Wright's club playing some bully-ball against a four-guard attack - 'Nova wound up winning the board battle 51-28 as swingman Eric Paschall snagged 14 rebounds to go along with his dozen points plus the in-the-paint defense by Jay Wright's crew was just dandy. Obviously, the numero uno key heading into Final Four play is PG Jalen Brunson (only two turnovers in 36 minutes against T-Tech) who is the conductor of this ever-patient offense that loves hurling up corner threes and isn't afraid to wait out the shot clock and get something juicy inside late.
#1 KANSAS (31-7) - It's safe to say that Sunday's epic 85-81 overtime win against 3.5-point fav Duke was one of the two or three most important wins ever by Jayhawks' head coach Bill Self ... while ranking as one of the Dookies' most painful losses in school history. Self really needed G Malik Newman (32 points including all 13 of his team's OT points) to step up his game in light of the fact G Devonte Graham was being held to 11 points in 45 torrid minutes but looking ahead the J-hawks (who owned a 46-to-24 rebounding advantage against Duke) must make more in-the-paint points happen ... or else. P.S., it's starting to look as if C Udoka Azubuike (fouled out in 19 minutes versus Duke) just doesn't yet have the stamina to go for long stretches and that could be a major problem against Villanova.