Thursday, March 17, 2011

Behind Enemy Lines in the Madness First Weekend

Yo, this is Nicky and we’re 1-1 in the dance so far and gotta get above .500 so let’s get to it. In the late session I like the Washington Huskies (-5.5 buy it if you don’t get it) to beat Georgia. Washington has been on a roll including wins over Arizona and UCLA down the stretch (both tournament game winners) and they should keep the mo’ going as the Pac-10 appears to be better than people thought. That’s the evening chowder, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring, and keep your gloves up!

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Yo, this is Nicky and although it’s the best time of the year it’s also the toughest as we’re about ready to embark on the impossible, calling the NCAA tournament and do better than 65%. It will certainly be a journey but I’ve watched the first few games and it does appear that the parity in college basketball is more than evident as there’s already been one major upset and favs are having a problem making the number. With that in mind let’s get to it. In the late games I like Utah St. (+2.5) against Kansas State. The Aggies won 30 games this year and on a neutral site this one could come down to one possession. Also late, I like UCLA (+2 buy the ½ point) to beat Michigan State, a Thursday night game is right on with the normal Pac-10 schedule and I look for the Bruins to be right in sinc. Despite being a student of the analytical side most of those stats go out the window when talking about a neutral site tournament game so this is a pure talent play. That’s the chowder, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up!

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