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Santa Clara -3.5
Monroe -1
Idaho State -6
UCSB -5.5


DESTROYTHEBOOK SPORTS

SATURDAY NIGHT BANK SHOT

S. Alabama +4


ATS Sports Club

Villanova -6
Troy -3.5
Fordham +19.5
Florida International -4.5
Illinois St/Creighton under 139


Michael Cannon

30 Dime - EAST CAROLINA

10 Dime - ROCKETS

5 Dime - FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL


BobbyClarkSports

Purdue/Ohio State under 130.5 Wager 770 to win 700
Temple/Dayton over 128 Wager 770 to win 700
Mississippi St -5.5 Wager 770 to win 700
Drexel -1 Wager 770 to win 700
Vanderbilt -1.5 Wager 770 to win 700


Bob Balfe

NBA Basketball
Bulls +1 over Rockets

NCAA Basketball
Iowa +6.5 over Northwestern
Alabama +6.5 over Mississippi


Young Gun Sports

4* Rockets


Gameday

4* Tex A+M
3* NW
3* Purdue


Las Vegas Sport Picks

NBA:

2* Bucks -7
4* Jazz -16

NCAA:

1* Weber St. -23
3* Pitt/Seton Hall over 145
4* TN State -2
7* UCLA -2

NHL:

2* Sabres/Islanders over 5.5
3* Devils -170


Seabass

Steam Washington


ATS Locks Club

10 FSU
7 Villanova
7 Dayton
6 Notre Dame
5 N Iowa
5 Indiana St


Fairway Jay

20* TCU


DAVE MALINSKY


6* Washington Huskies
5* Stanford
4* Indy St
4* So.Miss/Memphis Under

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300-Unit In-State Rivalry Release - BYU

This is a huge rivalry in the state of Utah and there's no way we go against BYU tonight as they will come out and be knocking down shots all over the court and get a win and cover in this one.

BYU is 6-1 SU and 7-0 ATS in its last eight games and scored a comeback 69-59 win at San Diego State. The Cougars were down by 14 points with about 14 minutes to play and went on a tear down the stretch to get the victory by 10.

The first time these two teams met was Jan. 27 when the Utes got a home win in overtime, winning 94-88 as a 3 1/2-point home favorite. BYU is two games behind the Utes in the Mountain West Conference standings and they are 5-1 at home this season and they've won 37 of their last 38 MWC home games, going 3-0 SU and ATS against Utah in Provo the last three years.

The Utes have to keep the game at a nice moderate pace and use their inside domination to win the game. But BYU wants a frantic pace and wants to use its superior athletic ability and they will get their way in front of the home fans today.

Play the Cougars to win this big rivalry and the fans in Provo will be celebrating.


100-Unit Big 12 Big Shot - TEXAS

The Longhorns are starting to get things turned around again after a few weeks of bad basketball. Play Texas to get it done tonight at Oklahoma State.

Texas scored a 73-68 victory over Oklahoma a week ago and then got an 87-81 win over Texas Tech on Wednesday. Even though the 'Horns are just 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games, they are averaging 82 points per game and shooting almost 50 percent from the floor.

Oklahoma State is not a very good team. The Cowboys were in a 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS slump before this recent four-game winn streak, most recently dominating Colorado 76-55 as a 5 1/2-point road favorite on Wednesday.

The Longhorns are on a six-game winning streak in this rivalry and they are 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings. Back on Feb. 10, Texas got an easy 99-74 blowout win over the Cowboys as 8 1/2-point favorites.

The Cowboys might be in the middle of the pack in the Big 12 standings, but they have been beating up the bottom-feeders. They are just 2-5 ATS against teams with a winning record.

Play Texas to continue its dominance in this rivalry. The Longhorns win it by 7 in Stillwater, Okla.


100-Unit Pac-10 Underdog Lock - CALIFORNIA

The Bruins have been a disaster at the betting window lately and there will be no difference today as Cal will be the straight-up winner of this one.

UCLA got a 76-71 victory at Stanford on Thursday and fushed as a five-point road favorite. But they are just 2-3 SU and 0-4-1 ATS in the last five games and the Bruins defense has been shaky lately, allowing 77.4 points and 53 percent shooting over the last five.

They have no interior offense and UCLA has to generate turnovers to get some easy baskets.

Cal has won five of its last six games, including four straight at home. They beat USC 81-78 in OT on Thursday, but failed to cover as a four-point favorite. The Bears are 4-2 ATS in their last six games.

Pac-10 teams are developing a blueprint on how to beat the Bruins, with a controlled tempo and tough defense that usually forces UCLA into a late shot when the shot clock in running down.

The Bears are 9-3 ATS int its last 12 at home and 10-3 ATS in its last 13 after a straight-up win. UCLA is just 0-4-1 ATS in its last five road gaems and 0-4-1 ATS overall.

The two teams are tied for second place in the Pac-10 standings, 1 1/2-games behind Washignton. But right now, Cal is playing better and is looking like the much better team.

Play the Golden Bears to win this one outright tonight.

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600♦ UTAH STATE - Let it be known, in most other situations, I’d think about siding with a team like the Aggies, solely because they just clinched the Western Athletic Conference title, and really have nothing else to play for before the tournament. With the No. 1 seed wrapped up, you’d think this is the perfect time to rest. But there are three intangibles that easily override that one factor. One, we have USU coach Stew Morrill, and there is no time to rest on laurels under his regime. Two, this is a meaningful clash for the Aggies, who still have something to prove against the stalwart Wolfpack. Three, this is a pick’em game in which we need only pick the winner, and no matter where the game is being played - this season, right now, these players, this team … all Utah State.

Fact is, while the Aggies appear ready for the postseason with a well-balanced rotation that can play at either end of the floor, the Wolfpack come into their own Lawlor Events Center with their hands full defensively and struggling offensively. Not exactly the matchup many thought of way back when, as this was the presumed showdown for the regular-season title. Again, the Aggies have wrapped it up, but they’ll still want to deliver the knock-out statement. And with an 11-point win in the first meeting notched on the belt, I don’t see how this confident roster duplicates the effort and basically secures the win – which is all we need.

Nevada has looked bleak from the field in its last three games, connecting on just 37.9 percent of its shots from the field, and now it has to try to play keep up with a Utah State team that is shooting 49.9 percent from the wood the entire season – the fourth-best shooting effort in the nation.

And don’t worry about a letdown, as Morrill is a veteran coach who isn’t about to let his troops forget Nevada is the premier team in the league – not his Aggies. That should spark some intensity. Nevada has been the dominant team in the WAC for however number of years now, but the Aggies can taste that statement. They know that regardless of the regular-season title they clinched two nights ago, the changing of the guard relies on this contest. A loss means nothing, in terms of seeding. But perception is reality, and the Aggies want everyone to know there’s a new sheriff in conference.

Give me Utah State tonight, as the Wolfpack step aside, for now, to make room for the WAC’s newest top dawg.


200♦ CALIFORNIA - The overtime-win over Southern Cal was an important win for the Golden Bears. It was also a lucky one. And there’s no doubt in my head the only reason it went into overtime was because the Bears became complacent with the lead, counted it as a win and ultimately was looking ahead to this game. After all, Cal is 2-0 against conference-leading Washington and 1-0 against 11th-ranked Arizona State. But there’s something about beating UCLA that means more than anything else.

And the same way the Golden Bears avenged an earlier loss to the Trojans in Los Angeles, by posting their seventh victory over a team rated in the top 50 of the RPI computer, I expect them to leave it all on the Haas Pavilion floor and avenge an earlier-season loss that was one of only two games they’ve lost by 15 or more.

Trust me, when Cal is running on all cylinders, it is unstoppable. And there is no other team in the Pac-10 better when playing at home than the Bears. They come into this game with a 16-1 record at home while the Bruins are no better than average with a 5-4 mark when toting a suitcase in hand. Give me the value in this one, as Cal emerges tonight with the one win it wants more than any other.

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1. 200,000♦ Virginia Tech
2. 50,000♦ Creighton
3. 50,000♦ Oklahoma State

1. Virginia Tech- Hokies got back on the bubble with an impressive outright win at Clemson Wednesday, and I expect the same kind of energy (if not more) in this critical ACC rematch with Duke this afternoon. The knock on the Hokies was their recent road play (0-3 SU & 1-2 ATS away prior to Wednesday), but taking down Clemson was a big step forward, and sets them up perfectly today in Blacksburg, where they're just as good as Duke on both ends of the court. But let's dig a little deeper...

Before we get into match ups, its important to note that the Blue Devils handed the Hokies their worst loss of the season, a 69-44 drubbing in Durham back on January 4th, and now its payback time! Revenge is a key factor in capping any college game, but this one in particular, because Duke routed a Tech team that was still finding its way, and they learned a lot because of it. Need proof? The Hokies reeled off 5 straight ACC wins after that loss, and now things come full circle, as Va. Tech shows the Dukies just how much better they've gotten today.

As far as match ups are concerned, I'm looking for the Hokies Big 3, Delaney, Vassallo, and Allen to lead the way, as usual, but with a twist. I remember their last meeting well, and if you saw that game, you know Delaney played well, but Vassallo and Allen were just awful. Everyone is allowed an off-day, but rest-assured, the Hokies Big 3 will come to play this afternoon, especially Vassallo, who's really stepped it up of late (20+ ppg in 4 of last 5 games).

On the flip side, while Duke has won 3 straight, forgive me if I'm not impressed by them winning games they're supposed to win. Looking into the numbers, its clear their defense has fallen off considerably, allowing 81 ppg on a mind-boggling 55% shooting over their last 5 games! Guys, needless to say, its extremely difficult to cover as a road chalk (against a desperate opponent), if you're going to play NO defense!

Bottom line, while Duke may still get the W here, I wouldn't be surprised in the least, if Virginia Tech pulls off another outright upset here. They've got the home court, they've got a HUGE motivational edge (on the bubble, revenge), and are playing with a lot of confidence after winning at Clemson. Look for the Hokies to circle the wagons at home, and grab the cash in this critical ACC match up.

Take Virginia Tech plus the points over Duke as your top-rated play of the day.


2. Creighton- Huge game for the Bluejays, who sit at 13-4 in conference, tied with Northern Iowa for the top spot. A win here guarantees them no less than a co-conference championship, and that in and of itslef, is obviously a HUGE motivator. Look for the Jays to come out fired up, but that's hardly the only reason I like Creighton here...

Redbirds-backers cannot be happy with their team's play of late, losers of two in a row SUATS. Fact is, they're playing like a team that really has nothing to play for, in that, Illinois State has already locked up # 3 seed. So really guys, what's the motivation for this Redbirds team this afternoon?

Speaking of motivation, you know we can't talk about this contest without mentioning the fact the Bluejays have lost 4 in a row SUATS in this series, including an ugly 86-64 loss at Redbird Arena back in early January. I've said once and I'll say it again, payback is a bitch, and the Redbirds are about to find that out the hard way today.

So what's the difference in this match up? Well clearly, the Bluejays are playing great ball, winners of 9 in a row since they lost to Drake badly at home. We've seen this Creighton offense take off, averaging 76 ppg at home this season, and 78 ppg on nealry 50% shooting over their last 5 games! While both defenses are comparable statistically, there's no question the Bluejays offense has a huge edge.

Finally, one of the main reasons the Redbirds are suddenly struggling has been the drop-off in play of one of their best players (and a Creighton-killer in the past) Osiris Eldridge. He's averaged 19 ppg in his last 5 meetings with Creighton, but of late, has been slumping bad, averaging 11 ppg on 33% shooting over his last 5 games. Note, Eldridge is just 4 of 25 over his last 2 games, and breaking that slump against a very good, and highly motivated Bluejays defense is easier said than done. In the end, the Bluejays can lock up a co-conference championship, and coupled with the revenge factor and match ups issues mentioned above, look for the Bluejays to deliver the solid home win and cover this afternoon.

Take Creighton over Illinois State in this college hoops match up.


3. Oklahoma State- Good spot to back the Cowboys, who have several strong edges in this contest, but let's start with the situational aspects...

We all knew the Longhorns needed to rebound after an ugly loss at Texas A&M, and they did that by winning two critical home games. Now however, one has to question their focus going back out on the road... In other words, I smell a letdown here for the Longhorns, as matching the energy of the Cowboys in Stillwater coming off those two wins is easier said than done.

Speaking of Stillwater, there's no question it remains one of the toughest places to play in the Big 12, with the Cowboys going 12-2 SU and 5-4 ATS there this season. Herein lies the problem for the Longhorns, as the Cowboys offense is excellent at home, burning up the nets averaging 88 ppg on 47% shooting (incl. almost 40% from 3-point land)! For as good as Texas has been, their offense on the road has been average at best, averaging 69 ppg on 42% shooting (incl. just 25% from long range).

Clearly, Okie State has the edge offensively, and the 'Horns recent road losses at Texas A&M (66 points scored) and Nebraska (55 points scored), show why I like the Cowboys in this contest... Texas will not be able to keep pace. Defensively, we'll give the edge to Texas, but not by much, especially of late, allowing 76 ppg on 48% shooting over their last 5 games (not nearly good enough to win in this contest).

Finally, once again, we see another revenge contest here (a lot of payback going around today). The Longhorns mauled the Cowboys 99-74 in Austin back on Feb. 10th, and you best believe Okie State will be ready for the rematch today at home. True, Texas has won the last 6 meetings between these two teams, but only one of those 6 games was in Stillwater, and that one was a razor close 63-61 Texas win, but Okie State cover. The Cowboys finally make it over the hump, get their revenge AND add a much needed win to their resume this afternoon.

Take Oklahoma State over Texas in this college hoops match up

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30 Dime: NOTRE DAME (plus the points vs. UConn)

10 Dime: ARIZONA (plus the points vs. Washington)

5 Dime: FLORIDA STATE (plus the points vs. Clemson)

Notre Dame

Without question, Notre Dame has to go down as one of the most disappointing teams in college hoops this season, right along side Big East rival Georgetown and Tennessee from the SEC. And without question, UConn is one of the Top 5 teams in the country and a legitimate national championship contender. All that said, this line is seriously inflated, and it’s inflated for a few reasons.

First and foremost is the fact that Notre Dame is coming off a shaky five-point home win over Rutgers, failing to cover as a 14-point favorite, making the Irish 2-11 ATS in their last 13 games, 1-7 ATS in their last eight road games and 4-11 ATS in Big East play. However, Notre Dame is playing much better lately, winning four of their last five games, including a 33-point home blowout of Louisville and a 19-point romp last Saturday at Providence – the same Providence that just upset top-ranked Pitt at home on Wednesday.

Another reason this line is inflated is because Georgetown is coming off one of its most impressive performances of the season, a 93-82 win at No. 8 Marquette, which had previously been unbeaten at home. However, prior to that contest, the Huskies had failed to cover a pointspread in three straight games overall and four of five. In fact, UConn is just 2-5 ATS in its last seven home games and 3-5 ATS when hosting Big East foes this season. Going back to before the start of conference play, UConn has failed to cover in seven of its last 10 at home. Not only that, but check out UConn’s pointspread record as a big favorite: 3-7 ATS when laying double digits.

Lastly, this number is jacked up because UConn wemt to South Bent a month ago and took out the Irish 69-61 as a two-point road favorite. However, the Huskies had Jerome Dyson that day, and he went off for 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in 35 minutes of action. As we know, Dyson is done for the season with a knee injury, so that’s a big advantage that the Irish don’t have to deal with him today.

Notre Dame has not won at Connecticut in years, but the Irish have been competitive there recently. They lost by six points last year, by one point in overtime in 2006, by 14 in 2005 and 11 in 2004. If you apply this pointspread today to any of those previous four games, well, Notre Dame would’ve gone 3-1 ATS.

Bottom line: I don’t expect Notre Dame to win, but the team has shown life lately and I do believe we’ll get the Irish’s best effort. And given how UConn has really struggled to cover these big numbers at home – and given that the Huskies are shooting just 66 percent from the foul line in their last five games and had been held under 70 points in six straight games before Wednesday – gimme the value with the quality underdog.


Arizona

The Arizona Wildcats have definitely struggled on the road in Pac-10 play, with only two victories, both against the league’s weakest teams (Oregon and Oregon State). And they were dreadful in the second half on Thursday at Washington State, turning a 29-26 halftime lead into a 69-53 loss after getting outscored 43-24 in the final 20 minutes. Prior to that effort, though, the Wildcats had been playing outstanding basketball. They won seven straight games from Jan. 24-Feb. 14 – including a 106-97 rout of Washington as a one-point home underdog – before losing a buzzer-beater at archrival Arizona State on Sunday, falling 70-68 as an eight-point underdog.

In fact, before losing at Wazu, Arizona had cashed in seven of eight games, including three straight as an underdog. Meanwhile, Washington hasn’t exactly been lighting the world on fire lately. The Huskies needed overtime to beat Arizona State at home Thursday (73-70), the same Arizona State that barely held off Arizona at home on Sunday, and last weekend Washington fell apart in the second half against UCLA (85-76 loss) and needed a big surge in the final five minutes to get past USC (60-51).

But this play more or less comes down to the matchup, as both of these teams like to run up and down the floor, as evidenced by the 106-97 shootout in Tucson a month ago. In fact, all four of Washington’s conference losses this season have come against opponents – Arizona, UCLA and Cal (twice) – that love the up-tempo pace that the Huskies play. And I believe with pure scorers like Chase Budinger (17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds per game) and stud forward Jordan Hill (17.9 points, 11 rebounds per game), the Wildcats will keep pace with Washington all day today.

In fact, just look how Arizona has been shooting the ball of late, averaging 75 ppg on 49 percent shooting in the last five games, including a blistering 38.4 percent from beyond the arc. By comparison, Washington is averaging a few more points than Arizona in its last five (78.2 ppg), but shooting 45.8 ppg including a woeful 31 percent on three-pointers.

The Huskies are just 3-4 ATS in Pac-10 home games this season, with two of the covers coming against Oregon and Oregon State. Meanwhile, Arizona has cashed in four of five games as an underdog of five points or more, and the Wildcats are 4-1 SU and ATS in the last five series meetings, scoring 96, 84, 84 and 106 points in the four victories! Grab the big points, and don’t be surprised by an outright upset.


Florida State

I am totally and completely baffled by this pointspread. You’ve got two teams with identical 8-5 conference records and near-identical overall records (Clemson is 22-5; Florida State is 21-7). You’ve got Clemson coming off an 80-77 home loss to Virginia Tech as a 10-point favorite, one that’s split its last six games both SU and ATS. On the other hand, you’ve got the Seminoles coming off a close 72-67 road loss at Boston College, but they’re still 5-2 SU in their last seven games and 8-3-1 ATS in conference play.

Plus, Florida State has won three straight home games and is 4-2 in ACC home games, with the only losses coming against North Carolina (80-77) and Duke (66-58), two teams that are quite superior to Clemson. And on top of all that is this beauty: Earlier this month, Florida State went to Death Valley … and beat the Tigers 65-61 outright as a nine-point underdog!

So how in the hell can Clemson, which is just 3-2 SU and ATS in ACC road games, be favored in this contest today? Perhaps it’s a big fat trap, and if it is, then I’m a big fat sucker. But I just don’t see it. After all, Clemson’s defense has sprung a leak lately, giving up 75.8 points per game in the last five outings on 46.8 percent shooting overall and 47.3 percent from three-point range. And on the road, the Tigers give up 79.3 ppg on 49.4 percent shooting, quite a difference from what the Seminoles do defensively at home (62.1 ppg allowed on 37.3 percent shooting).

In fact, look at the point totals Clemson has allowed in its five ACC roadies (73 to Georgia Tech; 85 to lowly Virginia; 77 to Boston College; 82 to Virginia Tech and 94 to North Carolina). All five of those opponents shot 48 percent from the field or better, with four eclipsing 50 percent! Throw in the fact that the Seminoles are on a plethora of pointspread streaks (18-8-2 overall, 20-6-1 as an underdog, 6-0-1 after an ATS loss, 12-4-2 in ACC play), and I’ll jump all over the undervalued home team in this one.

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30 DIMER - WASHINGTON

20 DIMER - OKLAHOMA STATE

10 DIMER - ALABAMA

Washington gutted out an overtime win on Thursday over Arizona State, but they did fail to cover the impost. I don't think we will be seeing overtime today, as reality looks like it has settled in with Arizona - they Wildcats are good, but their 16-point loss at Wash State was the loss # 2 in a row, # 3 is most defitnitely on the horizon today!

This is a revenge spot for the Huskies who allowed 69-points in the second half of their 97-106 loss at Tuscon at the end of January. The host has now won and covered the last 4 series meetings.

U-Dub is a solid 15-1 straight up at home, and 9-5 against the spread in their lined home dates.

Arizona has struggled away from home at just 5-6 against the spread, and they will stuggle here today.

Lay it, as this one turns into a rout!

20 DIMER - OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS - 6PM

Looks tempting to back the Longhorns in this one, as Texas has won 6 straight in this series, including a 99-74 romp at home just over 2 weeks ago.

Since that loss, Oklahoma State has won and covered 4 in a row to move to 18-9 on the year. A win today would go a long way on the Cowboys Big Dance resume.

Oklahoma State is a solid 12-2 straight up at home, and it is just not easy to win in Stillwater for anyone.

You can expect the home crowd to be rocking today, and you can also expect the Cowboys to take down the Longhorns, and stop a 6 game series slide.

G-Man taking the Pokes.

10 DIMER - ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE - 4PM

Both schools stand at 15-12 this year, and while Ole Miss has been murder at home - 13-2 straight up, 8-3 against the spread - I have a feeling this game is going down to the wire.

The Tide did eek out the 76-73 home win over the Rebels on January 21st, as Alabama is now 4-2 straight up the last 6 series meetings.

Ole Miss is off a second half collapse at Auburn, and I believe that loss will have a lingering effect today. It may not linger the full 40 minutes, but expect it to be present early on, and for Alabama to take advantage plus the points.

Roll Tide!

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30 Dime – EAST CAROLINA

10 Dime – ROCKETS

5 Dime - FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL

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CHARLOTTE SERVICE

3♦ on Wake Forest minus the points.

2♦ on Dayton minus the points

2♦ on Duke minus the points.


MIAMI SERVICE

3♦ on Vanderbilt as a small favorite.

2♦ on Gonzaga minus the points

2♦ on Chicago at a near pick at home.

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35 Dime Arizona State
15 Dime Villanova

Arizona State at Washington State

ARIZONA STATE - After dropping a couple of games SU and ATS back-to-back last month, the Arizona State Sun Devils have been on a tear as of late.

Arizona State has covered in five of its last six games, going 5-1 SU in that stretch, and has covered in five straight games on the road, going 4-1 SU in that stretch.

Tonight, the Sun Devils will continue their winning ways and get over on Pac-10 rival Washington State.

Depending on where you go ASU is installed as about a 1-point favorite and will blow right past that as they battle a Cougars team that’s covered in only three of 12 home games this season. For the year, Washington State is only 3-5 ATS at home against the Pac-10.

ASU, on the other hand, is on a five-game ATS road winning streak and has covered in five of its last six against the Pac-10, beating its opponents, on average, 65.6-59.3.

The Sun Devils will keep up its winning trends on the road and against the Pac-10 with an easy win over the Cougars tonight. Take ASU on the road in this one.


Georgetown at Villanova

VILLANOVA - When you think of Big East basketball, it’s not out of the ordinary to think of teams like UConn, Louisville and Pittsburgh.

But almost quietly, the Villanova Wildcats are making a push in the grinder of a conference that is the Big East. Villanova is only 2 1/2 games behind Connecticut and is sitting at 11-4 SU this season conference action.

’Nova has covered in nine of its last 12 games against the Big East and will cover one more time today against visiting Georgetown, which is only 8-20 ATS its last 28 in conference action.

Coming into this game the Wildcats have covered in five of their last six home games and have been especially strong on Saturdays, covering in six of their last seven games in Saturday.

Now they battle a Georgetown team that that has struggled mightily this season, going only 7-14-1 ATS this year, including only two covers in their last 15 games overall.

On the road the Hoyas have been equally as bad, covering only once in seven games away from home.

Against these Wildcats, Georgetown has not had much more luck, going only 4-9 ATS its last 13 games against Villanova.

The Wildcats will continue their dominance against Georgetown and get over easily today. Take Villanova at home in this Big East showdown

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Special K

10 AZ State
7 NW
7 Tex
7 Tex A&M
7 BYU


Scott Spreitzer

25* The Citadel


Kelso

50 unit Nova -7


Charliessports

georetown @ villanova over 142 (500*)
cleveland state +7 (30*)
iowa +6' (20*)
uconn -11' (20*)
depaul +1 (10*)
georgia tech +23' (10*) free play


Stan Lisowski

5* Wright St GOY


Tom Stryker

5* Miss St GOY


Julian Paige


5*Illinois St. +8

1* Tennessee Tech +4.5


Accupicks

4* Arizona St


Larry Ness

15* Daytime Dominator - Villanova
Weekend Wipeout - Mississippi
20* Perfect Storm - Creighton
Las Vegas Insider - Northwestern
15* Rivalry Revenge - BYU

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Notre Dame at Connecticut
3 units UNDER 150.5

Notre Dame has certainly displayed the firepower to put up a lot of points, but the Huskies have one of the top defenses in the country, and that has been personified at home. The Huskies have played 15 home games, and are allowing a very stingy 59.6 points per game in those games. They have allowed just three teams to make it to 70 points in the 15-game stand. The Huskies have not reached 70 points themselves in their last four Big East home games. This one will have a very difficult time getting into the 150s as the oddsmakers suggests. As a result, I will play on the UNDER here.


Oklahoma at Texas Tech
3 units Texas Tech +9.5

Oklahoma has not been the same team without Blake Griffin. They have dropped their last two games. The Red Raiders are definitely in a down year and have not had too much success in a highly competitive Big-12 conference this season. They have been much more competitive of late as the team gains experience, and have not lost by more than 10 points in their last three games. While the Sooners are piling up the wins, that hasn't gotten them the money when playing on the road against a team with a winning home record as they are just 20-41-3 ATS in their last 64 games facing that situation. The Red Raiders are 5-2 ATS at home against a team with a winning road record. I like them to stay close and get the cover in this one.


Duke at Virginia Tech
3 units Virginia Tech +6

The Hokies are sitting at 17-10. But, by losing three of their last four, they have put themselves firmly on the bubble for an NCAA Tournament bid. They will be a hungry team needing a quality win, and I expect an inspired performance here. Duke, at just 4-4 in the conference in their last eight games, has been a much more vulnerable team than past editions. That is especially true on the road where the Dukies are just 1-6 ATS in their last seven. They are not only 1-6 ATS, they have been outscored by a total of 14 points in those seven games. Virginia Tech may have 10 losses on the season, but they have had a lot of bad breaks as seven of the 10 losses have come by four points or less, so they have played close to just about everyone. There hasn't been a team yet to beat them on their home floor by more than four points and they are a live dog here, so I'll back them in this one.


U S C at Stanford
3 units Stanford -1.5

There has been no place like home for this USC team on the season as the road has not been kind to them. They are now 1-6 on the road and it has cost them to slip to a 16-11 mark and on the tourney bubble. They have also been in a horrid slump as they have just one win to show for their last six games. The problem is mostly on the offensive end, where they have been held to 61 points or less in four of the six games. Stanford almost got the win at USC - dropping the game by a point and will be out to extract a bad taste from that one. The Cardinal is getting it done as a home favorite as they are 13-5 in their last 18 in that role. I like them to continue that success and get the win and cover in this one.


Drake at Bradley
3 units Drake +215

The Bradley Braves have had an up-and-down season. After opening poorly at 1-2, they went on a nice run where they went 9-3. The results have not been kind to the Braves since. They have struggled over the second half of the season going just 6-8 in their last 14 games. The Bulldogs were the surprise in the MVC a year ago, but certainly haven't snuck up on anyone this season. What they have done however, is played well against the top of the conference - especially on the road. The Bulldogs own upset wins on the road at the Conference Co-leaders, Northern Iowa and Creighton. They also own a 14-point win over this same Bradley team. I like Drake to get this one on the road and will play them on the moneyline.


Eastern Kentucky at Murray State
3 units Eastern Kentucky +240

I have to say the Eastern Kentucky Colonels have been a surprise in the OVC. This team has come on strong after a four-game losing streak right after the first of the year, going 11-4 since. The offense has been consistently good as they have put up 70+ points in eight of their last nine, leading to a 7-2 mark. Murray State has been playing well themselves and beat this Colonels' team on the road by eight, but that was way back in the first week of December and E. Kentucky has made great strides since then. The key here is the E. Kentucky offense that has generated 70+ in eight of their last nine games. Murray St. has had trouble all year against teams that can score. They are just 1-6 SU on the season when they allow 70 or more, giving E. Kentucky a good chance for the upset here, and I'll take them on the moneyline.


Southeast Missouri State at Austin Peay
3 units Southeast Missouri State +18.5

Southeast Missouri State has truly had a lost season and has played with just seven scholarship players for most of the second half of the season. They have now lost 18 straight games. The oddsmakers have certainly made it difficult to play against this team with some high lines, and their backers have certainly benefited by going 7-4 ATS in their last 11 when a dog of +8.5 or more. Austin Peay has been an extremely streaky team this season. They have sandwiched a 6-12 season around a four-game and six-game winning streak. They are just 4-5 in their last nine, and aren't on the top of their game right now. This is simply too many points and SE Missouri St. stays within the inflated number here.


Florida at New Jersey
3 units UNDER 5.5 -140

The Florida Panthers have been a respectful .500 team on the road this season, but their offense of late has really slowed down to a crawl. The Panthers have managed just five goals in their last four games. They will be facing a Devils' team that between Marin Brodeur and Scott Clemmenson, have recorded shutouts in three of the last four home games. The Panthers have been an UNDER-producing machine against the NHL Atlantic as they have played UNDER to a mark of 39-18-4 in their last 61. That fits well with the fact that the last seven times these teams have squared off, the UNDER is a perfect 5-0-2. I'll play this one to go UNDER the posted total.


Colorado at New York Rangers
4 units New York Rangers -160

There haven't been a lot of good things happening with this Rangers' team, who have won just twice in their last 12 times on the ice, yet they are a mid-level favorite here. They have been a very favorable team to get behind in this role as they are now 19-9-1 when favored in the -150 to -200 range. The Avalanche have not been getting it done either, with just six of their last 20 resulting in victory, and just two of those on the road. When they are off a horrible game, losing by three or more goals, they have been a no-show in their next game dropping their last seven. This is a good spot for the Rangers to right the ship, and I'll back them in this one.


Detroit at Nashville
2 units Nashville +135

The defending Stanley Cup Champion Red Wings are at it again with just 13 losses on the season, but nine of those have come on the road. Their recent road play has left a little to be desired as they are just 2-6 in their last eight. They have yielded 30 goals in the eight games, or 3.75 per contest. The Predators have played strong on home ice all season and have won their last two there. The Predators have gone 7-0 facing a team that scored two goals or less in their last game. The Red Wings have been struggling and are now playing their third game in four nights where they have struggled even more - going 1-4 in this situation. We have a live dog here, so I will back the Predators.


Minnesota at Edmonton
3 units OVER 5 -130

The Oilers have been about the same team at home or on the road. Their offense has not produced when needed, until recently where they have averaged three goals a game for their last eight, but have allowed 3.1 over their last 10. The Wild have been nothing to rave about on the offensive end, but something seems to happen to these teams when they square off. Their last 10 games have produced some shootouts, as three of them have seen at least eight goals scored and four others have seen six or more. They have averaged 6.4 goals a game in their last 10 meetings, and the lowest output has been four. This one will go OVER the posted total.

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**BUTLER (-7) over Cleveland State

Butler has a tendency to relax against bad teams, but the Bulldogs play their best when challenged by a good team and they are 24-10-3 ATS when not favored by more than 10 points in 2 seasons under coach Brad Stevens, including 12-3-2 ATS this season. Cleveland State is better than their season rating in games in which guard D’Aundray Brown has played (they struggled in the 8 games he missed), but my ratings still favor Butler by 8 ½ points and the Bulldogs apply to a very good 45-7-2 ATS situation that plays on good teams against good teams that are seeking revenge (Butler won at Cleveland State by 2 points). Cleveland State has been a solid 34-23 ATS in all games the last two seasons, but the Vikings are 0-6 ATS away from home against teams with a win percentage of .666 or higher when they are not getting at least 12 points. Butler will be fired up in their final home game and a win here clinches the conference for the Bulldogs. I’ll take Butler in a 2-Star Best Bet at -7 points or less.

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Central Florida +4
Villanova -5
Oklahoma St. -1


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5* The Citadel -6
3* Unc Wilmington +12.5


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20* Az. St. -1.5
Fla St. +1.5
Dayton -3
Miss. ST. -5
Cal +2.5


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1000* Washington U -8
500* Ole Miss - 6.5
200* Lsu +4.5


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4-Unit Play Take Oklahoma City +7 ½ Over Memphis

No way the Grizzlies should be favored by this many over anyone, even the Thunder without Durant. The Thunder star rolled his ankle last night in the first quarter against the Mavs but their team still played well on the road and even sent the game into overtime. This Memphis team has lost six straight games and is really struggling. They have only been a favorite of more than six points twice this season and failed to cover both times. The Thunder are 5-2 ATS as a underdog of between six and 7.5 points. OKC has won and covered three of the last four meetings and their lone loss during that stretch was by six points. This is more of a fade of Memphis than a pick on OKC. We think the Grizzlies will likely win a slim one but they have no business laying this kind of chalk.


3-Unit Play Take Sacramento/Utah UNDER 216

The Kings have been playing under their season average during their last four games, averaging just 97 PPG. We think they are in for a real tough offensive night tonight against a Utah team that has held their last three opponents at home under 90 points. This team gives up just 95 PPG at home this season, which means they are a pretty decent home defense. The Kings play very bad defense and we expect the Jazz to get their points, but in a game that is a likely blowout we feel that those crucial last few minutes for a high total might see the Jazz running out the clock and the refs failing to call fouls. Five of the last seven for the Kings have gone under and their fire sale during the trade deadline has further hurt this offense.


4-Unit Play Take LA Clippers +1 Over Charlotte

We think the wrong team is favored here as we had this game capped at Clippers -3. Yes, the Bobcats have been one of the best teams in the NBA against the number, but road favorite is a role they are rarely placed in and one we don’t think they deserve. The Clips finally have their main nucleus of Baron Davis, Marcus Camby and Zach Randolph back on the court and they have played very well in their last two home games, nabbing convincing wins over the defending champs (Celtics) and also Golden State. In the last meeting the Clippers played the Bobcats very close on the road the whole game but had a disastrous fourth quarter. We think they play a full four quarters tonight at home and get the win in front of the home fans.

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Eastern Wash. +4.5

Last game on the added board and a solid last home game (LHG) situation supporting the home underdog. Eastern Washington’s season is on the line, as they must win this contest to play in the Big Sky Tournament beginning March 7. A loss ends their season altogether, and we’re sure to get a focused and inspired effort. Add in the embarrassing 22-point loss to Portland State five weeks ago along with PSU’s 3rd place position secure and we know which team will be more motivated in this contest. Portland State relies heavily on the 3-point shot, having taken over 400 attempts from the arch in conference play, which is over 100 more than any other Big Sky team. Eastern Washington has 9 of their 12 total victories at home this season while Portland State is just 6-7 on the road and has dropped 4-straight Big Sky road games. Eastern Washington hung on for a needed win last Saturday at home over No. Colorado and coach Kirk Earlywine has stressed the importance of this game. Pressure and must wins can work both ways, but the opponent’s lack of motivation combined with Eastern Washington’s extreme effort should allow the Eagles to prevail with a 4’-point cushion.


20* Big Drive: TCU +4.5

Last home game (LHG) for TCU and the Horned Frogs should bring one of their better efforts following eight losses in their last nine games. They get San Diego State at the right time, as the Aztecs have dropped three of their last four games including 4-straight ATS losses. This is also San Diego State’s final road game and the Aztecs are just 4-5 on the road and will be without star forward Billy White (knee) again, the leagues top FG shooter. The Aztecs come off a very disappointing home loss to BYU (a winner for us) in which they blew a 13-point halftime lead but were completely dominated by BYU in the second half. San Diego State lost their shot at a top Mountain West Conference (MWC) finish. With a pair of home games remaining, this does not figure to be a good bounce back spot against a TCU team that is trying to finish with a winning record and fight their way to any post season tournament bid. TCU has gone 10-4 at home and coach Jim Christian is still holding his players accountable despite recent struggles. Senior forward Kevin Langford scores 15ppg and junior center Zvonko Buljan quietly leads the MWC in rebounding despite playing 27 minutes per contest, and he’s been most productive scoring and rebounding his last five games. The Frogs played some pretty solid defense early season and into January, but then started to struggle when their offensive production really fell off which has led to less defensive effort and the prolonged losing. A closer look at their two most recent games shows that TCU held both Wyoming and New Mexico below their season shooting average while battling them on their strong home courts. This last home game situation combined with redemption against a struggling opponent should provide the necessary pride and energy from the Frogs. Those of you that have followed my late season basketball know that we have profited well supporting greater than or equal to .500 home teams off back-to-back losses playing with same season revenge against a winning team. That’s the final support we need to take TCU as our Underdog GOY.


California +2.5

Loyola Marymount +18

San Diego +9.5

Georgia State +14.5

So Mississippi +23

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ILLINOIS -1 over Michigan State

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20* Arizona St -1.5
10* Wisc Green Bay +2
10* Villanova -6
10* Washington -7.5
10* Virginia Tech +6
10* Miami -5.5


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