Win The NIT Semi-Finals
Kelso Sturgeon Keeps Scoring In College & NBA Hoops!
Stunning Streak Continues Tonight With Both NIT Winners
19-6 In NCAA Tournament...79% Winners
The NIT semifinals will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City tonight and I intend to win 25-unit plays on both games. Each is extremely competitive but the hidden edges that produce winners are there and I am confident I will win both. The championship game will be played Thursday night.
Bragging is not my cup of team because I have been humbled too many times over the last four decades of competing in the arena of laying $11 to win $10 but it is most appropriate to just state the facts and that is that I have hit 79% winners in the NCAA Tournament and the college conference tournaments before that, currently standing 19-6 in NCAA Tournament play after going 26-7-1 in the conference post-season.
The winning continues tonight.
Tonight's NIT Semifinal Matchups
#2 Utah Utes (22-11) pick'em vs. #4 Western Kentucky (27-10) 7:00 Eastern…On ESPN
#4 Penn State (24-13) -2.5 over #4 Mississippi State (25-11) 9:30 Eastern…On ESPN
The NIT became a wide-open tournament when 4th-seeded Western Kentucky knocked of #1-seeded Southern California in Los Angeles, 79-74, in the second round and when Penn State clipped the wings of the other #1 seed, Notre Dame in South Bend, 73-63, in the second round of its bracket.
This makes this NIT semifinals round one of the most evenly-matched in tournament history. Western Kentucky arrives with strong credentials, standing 5-1 in its last six games after winning impressively at USC and Oklahoma State in its last two outings. Utah is on a 9-2 run and earned its spot in tonight's game with stunning upset win at Saint Mary's, 67-58.
As for the Penn State-Mississippi State matchup, both teams arrive in this semifinal game at the very top of their form. There is no question both have been quite under-rated during the second half of the season. Penn State won at Marquette and Notre Dame after beating Temple at home to get here while Mississippi State, showing a big-time revival under former UCLA coach Ben Howland, was never better this season than it is right now. The Bulldogs earned their berth off upset wins at Louisville and Baylor after beating Nebraska in Starkville.
Despite the real challenge of handicapping these games, I am confident I have the winners of both and will be releasing each one as a 25-unit bet. You can win both for just $25, charged to your major credit card.
I Have Won My Last Two 50-Unit NBA Game Of Week Bets, Am On Current 9-4 Run In The Pros And Am Set To Win 3rd Straight 50-Unit Game Of The Week Winner Tonight
I won this game last week with the Minnesota Timberwolves (-3.5) 123-109 over the Los Angeles Clippers and the week before with the Brooklyn Nets (-3.5) over the Dallas Mavericks, 114-108. You can win tonight's big one for just $35, charged to your major credit card or to Pay Pal.
19-6 in the NCAA Tournament and +405 Units!
First Four: 3-0 - Opening Round: 4-4 - Second Round: 5-1
Sweet-16: 3-1 - Elite-8: 4-0
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Early Look at the NCAA Final Four
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.
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.