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04/05/2014 10:59 AM

NCAAB

Saturday, April 5

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Florida or UConn? Who covers in Final Four
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Florida Gators vs. Connecticut Huskies (+6, 126.5)

THREE REASONS FLORIDA COVERS

Defense

No team remaining in the hunt for the NCAA championship defends better than the Gators, who allowed the third-fewest points per game in the nation during the regular season and have surrendered more than 60 points just once in seven postseason games. The Huskies have shown they can score - putting up at least 75 points in three of their four tournament games - but they didn't have to face the relentless press of a Florida team that forces opponents into bad shots and sloppy turnovers.

Close spreads

The 2013-14 Gators are at their best in games where they're narrow favorites. Florida has gone 6-1 ATS in games where it was a six-point fave or lower, and 3-1 in games in which it was the underdog, including an ATS victory over UConn on Dec. 2. The Gators are installed as a six-point favorite for Saturday's national semifinal.

Free throws

The Huskies make a living from the foul line, ranking in the Top 10 nationally at 77.4 percent, but will find the sledding a lot tougher against Florida. The Gators have been among the stingiest teams in the country when it comes to limiting free throws. They held opponents to 20 or fewer foul shots 23 times in 34 regular-season and conference tournament games and have yielded an average of fewer than 11 attempts in their four NCAA tournament contests.


THREE REASONS UCONN COVERS

Momentum

Sure, the Gators have strung together an impressive winning streak but the bulk of that came during their weak SEC schedule. The Huskies, on the other hand, have been able to find their form against the toughest teams in the country. In fact, if you take out two losses to Louisville, Connecticut has won nine straight going back to early February, going 7-2 ATS in those contests.

Confidence

The last team to beat the mighty Gators was UConn, upending Florida 65-64 at home – a game in which the Huskies were actually 4-point favorites. Teams like Florida thrive on having the mental edge over its opponent – beating them before they even touch the court. However, UConn is not afraid of big bad UF and has just enough confidence, momentum and swagger to snap Florida’s 30-game winning run. The Huskies forced the Gators to commit 16 turnovers in that first meeting and limited them to just 3-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc while answering with 11 3-pointers of their own.

Shabazz Napier

Napier is doing one hell of a Kemba Walker impression in the tournament, carrying UConn to the Final Four much like his former teammate did in 2011. He’s scoring over 23 points per game and has hit big shot after big shot. The Huskies offense throws a lot of on the ball screens at their opponent’s backcourt, looking to break Napier for an easy look. He went for 26 in the first meeting with Florida, including a 17-foot jumper to win the game as time expired.


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NCAAB

Saturday, April 5

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Final Four betting preview: UConn vs. Florida
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Connecticut Huskies vs. Florida Gators (-6, 126.5)

Florida won its 30th straight game to reach the Final Four in north Texas, where they will face the last team to beat them - Connecticut. The top-seeded Gators swept through the South regional and have a chance to avenge both their losses this with the East regional champion Huskies in the mix along with Wisconsin looming in a potential championship game. To get there, Florida will have to find a way to stop Shabazz Napier.

Napier was a freshman on the team Kemba Walker put on his back and carried to a national championship in 2011 and is using a similar model in his senior campaign. The point guard scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half of the regional final victory over Michigan State and has made a habit out of clutch performances in carrying Connecticut. The Gators have a quartet of seniors on which to lean and rarely need any one player to take over the game offensively.

TV: 6:09 p.m. ET, TBS

LINE HISTORY: The Gators opened as 6.5-point faves but now sit -6. The total opened 125 and has been bet upt 126.5.

INJURY REPORT: UConn: G Pat Lenehan (Questionable, undisclosed)

WHY BET UCONN (30-8 SU, 21-15 ATS, 13-22 O/U): Napier, who was named to the Wooden All-American team Monday, nailed a buzzer-beater to give the Huskies a 65-64 home victory over Florida on Dec. 2, capping a 26-point game. Napier hit five 3-pointers in that contest - two more than the entire Gators team - and has been strong from beyond the arc with 12-of-23 finding the bottom of the net in the last three games. DeAndre Daniels provided plenty of support with 27 points and 10 rebounds in the Sweet 16 win over Iowa State and helped keep Connecticut in the game in the first half of the regional final against Michigan State before Napier got going.

WHY BET FLORIDA (36-2 SU, 18-15-1 ATS, 11-22-1 O/U): The Gators are a dominant defensive team and held their four previous NCAA tournament opponents to an average of 55 points, with only UCLA breaking 60 in a 79-68 decision in the Sweet 16. Florida won each of those four games by double figures and had little trouble slowing down Dayton with a full-court press in the regional final. “One of the things I think it all comes down to is on the defensive end of the floor,” Florida coach Billy Donovan told reporters. “It’s very, very difficult to go on runs if you don’t get stops. I think a lot of our runs can be predicated on the fact that defensively we’ve gotten stops, and stops get you out on the break.”

TRENDS:

* Huskies are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 NCAA Tournament games.
* Gators are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
* Over is 4-1 in Huskies last five NCAA Tournament games.
* Under is 7-3 in Gators last 10 non-conference games.

CONSENSUS: 55 percent of wagers are on the Huskies.

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04/05/2014 11:01 AM

NCAAB

Saturday, April 5

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Kentucky or Wisconsin? Who covers in Final Four
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Kentucky Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers (+1.5, 139)

THREE REASONS KENTUCKY COVERS

Familiarity with Big Ten

Kentucky will already be prepared for the Big Ten style of basketball when it takes on Wisconsin Saturday. The Wildcats beat Big Ten regular season champions Michigan with a last second three pointer in the Elite Eight and showed that their athleticism is a distinct advantage. Wisconsin may have split the season series with Michigan, but after besting a Wolverines squad that won the Big Ten quite easily this year Kentucky deserves to be the favorite for the second-straight game against Big Ten opposition.

Improved shooting

In their three tournament wins over higher-seeded opponents in Wichita State, Louisville and Michigan, the Wildcats shot over their season average from the field. In two of those games (Wichita State, Michigan) Kentucky shot well over 50 percent, which allowed it to outscore two of the best perimeter shooting teams in the country to get to the Final Four. With their rebounding advantage and interior presence in Julius Randle, when Kentucky is hitting its shots, the Wildcats become nearly impossible to put away, as the Wolverines found out when their double digit lead quickly evaporated Sunday.

Marcus Lee

The freshman who scored just eight points since January came up in a big way for the Wildcats against Michigan, scoring 10 points and putting up eight rebounds off the bench in the absence of Willie Cauley-Stein. Already holding a +6.8 rebounding margin advantage over the Badgers, having another big man like Lee who can jump out of the building and put back misses above the rim will help the Wildcats' chances - especially if the questionable Cauley-Stein can contribute minutes. Having four post players that can slow Wisconsin star-center Frank Kaminsky would give Kentucky head coach John Calipari a significant advantage on the inside.


THREE REASONS WISCONSIN COVERS

Frank Kaminsky

The gangly, 7-foot junior center can do it all, and the boxscores prove it, particularly in the last two games. In the West Regional semifinal against Baylor, Kaminsky scored 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor and a 3-for-4 effort at the free-throw line. But perhaps the larger contribution was his six blocked shots, and he also had four rebounds in a 69-52 blowout, with the Badgers a 4-point favorite.

In Saturday’s regional final against No. 1 seed Arizona, he scored 28 points in just about every way possible – 16 on 2-pointers, nine via a 3-for-5 effort from 3-point range, and another three from the free throw line. And he also had seven offensive boards among his 11 total rebounds as Wisconsin pulled out the 64-63 overtime win as a 3.5-point pup.

Points in the paint

Although the Badgers were outscored 30-26 in the lane against Arizona, in their four-game run to the Final Four, they have put up 118 points in the paint, while allowing 84. Wisconsin rarely settles for bad shots.

Stepping up versus big teams

This team has consistently risen to the challenge against major talent. As Michael Beller of SI.com pointed out, the Badgers are the only team in the country to beat the regular-season champions from the Big Ten, SEC, ACC and Pac 12. That includes SU and ATS victories over three of the NCAA Tournament’s four No. 1 seeds: a 59-53 win over Florida as a 5.5-point home chalk in the second game of the year; a 48-38 win at Virginia catching 4 points in December; and last weekend’s 64-63 OT win against Arizona as a 3.5-point ‘dog to reach the Final Four. The Badgers also posted a 75-62 February win as 4-point pups at Michigan – which reached the Elite Eight before losing to Kentucky last weekend.


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NCAAB

Saturday, April 5

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Final Four betting preview: Kentucky vs. Wisconsin
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Kentucky Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers (+1.5, 139)

Kentucky was anointed the top team in the country prior to the season and suddenly has an opportunity to emerge as the best at the end of it after a bumpy ride. The eighth-seeded Wildcats face second-seeded Wisconsin in Saturday’s Final Four at Arlington, Texas, and are brimming with confidence due to an impressive tournament run through the Midwest regional. The Badgers qualified for the national semifinals with a solid win over Arizona in the West regional final.

Wisconsin can match the school record for victories by reaching the national title game but will be at an athletic disadvantage against the Wildcats and the players are weary of hearing about it. “You’re in the Final Four, you obviously did something right,” Badgers guard Josh Gasser said at a press conference. “Kentucky deserves credit for a being a good team and I think so do we. We’ve beaten a ton of good teams this year and I think that speaks for itself. We don’t really care what the outside perception is of us.” Wisconsin is in the Final Four for the first time since 2000 while Kentucky is back for the third time in five seasons during John Calipari’s coaching tenure.

TV: 8:49 p.m. ET, TBS

LINE HISTORY: The Badgers opened as 2-point dogs and have been bet to +1.5. The total opened 138.5 and is up to 139.

INJURY REPORT: Kentucky: F Willie Cauley-Stein (Questionable, ankle)

WHY BET KENTUCKY (28-10 SU, 19-15-2 ATS, 15-19 O/U): Double-double machine Julius Randle (15.1 points, 10.7 rebounds) is the best NBA prospect of the starting freshmen but guard Aaron Harrison (14.1) was the hero in the Elite Eight victory over Michigan when he drained the game-winning 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds remaining. “I think we all just learned it’s all about winning,” Harrison told reporters at a midweek press conference when asked about Kentucky’s strong tournament showing. “It doesn’t matter individually what you’re doing. You just have to do whatever you can for the team to win.” Guards James Young (14.1) and Andrew Harrison (11 per game) also average in double digits.

WHY BET WISCONSIN (30-7 SU, 21-16 ATS, 19-17 O/U): Center Frank Kaminsky (14.1 points) had 28 points and 11 rebounds against Arizona as he continues his transformation from role player last season to go-to scorer. “I really can’t explain it,” Kaminsky told reporters. “It’s just something more of an opportunity this year than in the past. But I can’t thank my teammates enough for helping me get through this.” Guard Ben Brust averages 12.8 points and is 12-of-23 from 3-point range in the NCAA tournament, while forward Sam Dekker (12.4) and point guard Traevon Jackson (10.7) also average in double digits.

TRENDS:

* Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last five NCAA Tournament games.
* Badgers are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games.
* Over is 7-3 in Wildcats last 10 NCAA Tournament games.
* Under is 8-3 in Badgers last 11 neutral site games.

CONSENSUS: 51 percent of wagers are on Wisconsin.

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04/05/2014 11:01 AM

NCAAB

Saturday, April 5

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NCAA tournament biggest betting mismatches: Final Four
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Florida Gators vs. UConn Huskies (+6, 126.5)

Gators’ tame defense vs. Huskies’ turnover tenacity

A big part of the Huskies’ improbable Final Four run is their ability to win the turnover battle. Connecticut has 34 total turnovers in the tournament compared to the 54 it has forced opponents to hand over. The Huskies coughed the ball up just six times in the win over Michigan State, while the Spartans posted 16 turnovers.

Florida’s best way to stop Shabazz Napier is to get aggressive on the perimeter, hedge hard on the Huskies’ screen-heavy offense, and make Napier give up the ball. That means those defenders off the ball will need to jump the passing lanes and force Napier to make a bad pass – something they haven’t been great at in the NCAA. The Gators have forced foes to make only 9.3 turnovers the past three games (down from their season average of 13.5) and actually lost the turnover battle, 12-8, versus UCLA in the Sweet 16.


Wisconsin Badgers vs. Kentucky Wildcats (-1.5, 139)

Badgers’ big-shot bigs vs. Wildcats' defensive size

The Wildcats have bullied their way to the Final Four, using their size advantage at almost every position to impose their will on opponents. Kentucky’s beef plugs up the paint and allows the 6-foot-6 guard trio of James Young and the Harrison Bros. to pester the perimeter. However, against the Badgers, Kentucky could find that defense spread thin with Wisconsin’s frontcourt demanding respect from beyond the arc.

The Badgers force opposing forwards to step outside of the paint and get their heels above the 3-point arc, especially Frank Kaminsky. The 7-footer has shown his touch in the tournament with some massive 3-point buckets and shoots nearly 38 percent from distance. Fellow forward Sam Dekker is just as potent from the perimeter. Kentucky is already down a big body with Willie Cauley-Stein out and could find its defense out of order with Wisconsin’s sharp-shooting big men pulling everyone out of the paint.

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04/05/2014 11:02 AM

NCAAB
Dunkel

Update

SATURDAY, APRIL 5

Game 817-818: Fresno State at Siena (11:30 a.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Fresno State 62.040; Siena 59.112
Dunkel Line: Fresno State by 3; 132
Vegas Line: Fresno State by 1; 136
Dunkel Pick: Fresno State (-1); Under

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04/05/2014 03:44 PM

Saturday, April 5

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Connecticut - 6:09 PM ET Connecticut +7 500 DOUBLE PLAY

Florida - Under 127 500 *****

Kentucky - 8:49 PM ET Wisconsin +1 500 TRIPLE PLAY

Wisconsin - Over 138.5 500 *****

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04/06/2014 11:08 AM

NCAA Championship opening line report: Kentucky opens as 3-point fave

With a No. 8 seed facing a No. 7 seed for college basketball’s national championship Monday night, everybody’s office pool brackets are in tatters.

But therein lies the beauty of the NCAA Tournament: at least you can still bet on it.

No. 7 seed Connecticut knocked off overall No. 1 seed Florida 63-53 as a 7-point underdog Saturday to open the Final Four, and No. 8 seed Kentucky followed with a thrilling 74-73 win over No. 2 seed Wisconsin as a 1-point favorite.

Just as Kentucky pretty much had to be the favorite against Wisconsin – based on its huge run through the tournament on the backs of a bunch of freshman – the Wildcats will be favored against the Huskies. The opening line was set at -3, with the total between 132.5 and 133.5 for Monday’s finale at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

“The reason we are favoring the Wildcats is that, while UConn has the better backcourt, Kentucky has the much better frontcourt, even if Willey Cauley-Stein isn’t playing,” said Sportsbook.com oddsmaker Mike Perry, who posted a 132.5 total.

Cauley-Stein was hurt in the Wildcats’ Sweet 16 win over instate rival Louisville, but it hasn’t mattered – particularly with the insane late-game antics of guard Aaron Harrison, whose 3-pointer knocked out Michigan in the Elite Eight, and whose 3-pointer from nearly the same spot eliminated the Badgers on Saturday night.

Golden Nugget sports book director Tony Miller joined Perry in making Kentucky a 3-point chalk, though he pegged the total a point higher at 133.5. But Miller doesn’t think the public will follow the favorite.

“The way UConn has been playing, I think the public takes the dog,” Miller said. “How long can Kentucky rely on a 3-pointer at the buzzer?”

UConn guards Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright have impressed Perry, and against Florida, the duo combined for 25 points, nine assists, nine rebounds and five steals, with just three turnovers. But Perry is sold on Harrison, saying the clutch shooter makes the backcourt matchup much less of a mismatch.

“Napier and Boatright have been exceptional all tournament, but Harrison keeps hitting clutch shots for the ‘Cats, so the disparity in talent with the guards is much closer than it is for the big men, with UK having a decided advantage,” Perry said.

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04/07/2014 06:54 PM

Huskies, 'Cats tangle

April 7, 2014


Kentucky (29-10) vs. UConn (31-8)

NCAA Tournament: Final Four National Final
Venue: AT&T Stadium
Location: Arlington, TX
Tip-off: Monday, 9:10 p.m. ET
Sportsbook.ag Line: Kentucky -2.5, Total: 135.5

Two teams looking to cap an incredible NCAA Tournament run close out the 2013-14 college basketball season on Monday night as eight-seeded Kentucky takes on seventh-seeded Connecticut at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

The Huskies pulled off a shocker on Saturday as the team knocked off seven-point favorite Florida, 63-53. UConn (22-15 ATS overall, 7-5 ATS on neutral courts) trailed 16-4 early in the game, but rallied back to defeat the Gators for the second time this season, outshooting them 56% FG to 39% FG. That makes the team 10-2 SU (8-4 ATS) in its past dozen games, with both losses coming to Louisville. While Shabazz Napier has been the best player throughout the NCAA Tournament, it was DeAndre Daniels that had the big game against Florida. The 6-foot-9 junior finished the national semifinal game with 20 points and 10 rebounds, showing the ability to score in many different ways.

While the Huskies do not have a lot of bulk in their frontcourt, they have made up for it by pressuring their opponents and doing a great job of contesting the rim. Entering the national championship, the Huskies rank third in Division I in blocked shots this season (226), and contesting the rim will play a huge role in this game against a Kentucky team that has been dominating opponents on the glass. The Wildcats lead the country in total rebounds (1,575), while also ranking second in rebound margin (9.7 RPG). And they are even better than their opponent in turning away shot with 231 blocks (2nd in nation). In the 74-73 win against Wisconsin on Saturday, Kentucky (19-17-1 ATS overall, 8-2-1 ATS on neutral courts) had just one blocked shot, but was able to win the rebounding margin by five, giving the club a +9.0 RPG margin during the NCAA Tournament, outrebounding all five NCAA opponents.

As he had done the previous two games, Aaron Harrison hit the game winning three-pointer versus the Badgers, knocking down a 24-footer from the left wing with 5.7 seconds left. The Wildcats shot 50% from the field on Saturday, but Harrison’s winner was only the second made three-point shot of the game (2-for-5 threes). Both clubs have favorable betting trends for this championship game as Connecticut is 9-1 ATS after playing a game as an underdog this season, while Kentucky's John Calipari is 9-0 ATS after two straight wins by 6 points or less in all games he has coached since 1997, outscoring these teams by a +9.7 PPG margin. These two teams last met in the 2011 Final Four, with the eventual champion Huskies escaping with the 56-55 victory. UConn also beat 9-point underdog Kentucky in the 2006 NCAA Tournament by a narrow 87-83 margin, but the Wildcats won two regular-season games in between, both on a neutral court, prevailing 64-61 in 2009 and rolling to an 84-67 rout in 2010.

Kentucky is a good offensive team with 75.3 PPG (60th in nation), but the club shoots poorly at 45.5% FG (106th in Div. I), 33.3% threes (212th in nation) and 68.4% FT (221st in Div. I). The team also has a poor turnover margin (minus-1.3 TOPG) and a paltry 11.2 APG (284th in nation). But the Wildcats know how to attack the glass with 14.5 offensive RPG (5th in nation), and that is a big reason they lead the country in free throw attempts (1,122). They also contest every shot on defense, limiting opponents to 66.8 PPG (84th in Div. I) on 41.1% FG (58th in nation), 32.2% threes (68th in Div. I). Kentucky has been on an incredible run as of late behind the shooting of SG Aaron Harrison (13.9 PPG, 36% threes, 2.9 RPG). Harrison is going on one of the most magical runs in recent tournament history, hitting three consecutive go-ahead shots from the three-point line in the final minute of each contest. At 6-foot-6, he will have a big height advantage against the smaller guards of the Huskies. If he can continue to shoot like he has done so far in the NCAA Tournament (14-of-25 threes, 56%), Kentucky will be in great shape.

PF Julius Randle (15.1 PPG, 10.5 RPG) saw his streak of four consecutive NCAA tournament double-doubles end on Saturday, but still played a huge role in the win over Wisconsin with 16 points and five rebounds, giving him 15.8 PPG and 10.6 RPG in the NCAA Tournament. He is simply too strong for opposing forwards to guard, but he also does a tremendous job of scoring off two dribbles. Even with 7-foot C Willie Cauley-Stein (6.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG), the team's best shot blocker (2.9 BPG), unavailable to play due to an injured ankle, the Wildcats are still loaded with big bodies to fill the paint and cause the smaller Huskies loads of trouble.

Seven-foot C Dakari Johnson (5.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG), 6-foot-9 PF Marcus Lee (2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG) and 6-foot-8 PF Alex Poythress (5.9 PPG, 4.5 RPG) combined for 22 points and 15 rebounds in the semifinal win over Wisconsin. Swingman James Young (14.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG) led the team on Saturday with 17 points (5-of-11 FG, 6-of-7 FT), and also added five boards, giving him 11.8 PPG and 4.6 RPG for the NCAA Tournament. PG Andrew Harrison (10.9 PPG, 3.9 APG, 3.1 RPG) has not been getting talked about as much as his twin brother, but he has played well all tournament long with 11.6 PPG and 5.0 APG. Pace and tempo of this game will play a huge role in the outcome of the game. If this turns into a battle in the paint, the more physical Wildcats will be in a great position to get the win. But if the experienced UConn guards can control the pace of the game and deny the Kentucky entry passes into the lane, the superior shooting Huskies could get their second national title in four seasons.

Connecticut has been a terrific shooting team all season both from the foul line (77.4% FG, 5th in nation) and from behind the arc (38.9% threes, 25th in Div. I). But this is not a high-powered offense, as the team scores only 72.1 PPG (133rd in nation) on 45.0% FG (also 133rd in Div. I). The Huskies have a much better turnover margin (+1.5, 77th in nation) than their Monday opponent, but don't get to the line as often with 21.0 FTA per game. But UConn's defense has been unbelievable in the past two games, holding Michigan State and Florida to 53.5 PPG on 38.9% FG. For the season, the team limits opponents to 63.5 PPG (36th in Div. I) on 39.2% FG (13th in nation) and 33.0% threes (103rd in Div. I). The one big deficiency on this team is rebounding (+0.4 RPG margin, 179th in nation), which could loom large against the glass-eating Wildcats. The Huskies continue to be carried by PG Shabazz Napier (17.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 4.9 APG), who leads the team in scoring, rebounding and assists. He does a great job shooting the ball from the three-point line (40.3% threes this season), but is also terrific at getting to the basket. He has put together an unbelievable run in the NCAA Tournament -- similar to Kemba Walker in 2011 when Napier was a freshman -- with Napier averaging 21.0 PPG, 5.4 RPG and 4.8 APG during the five wins. In the past four games, he has shot 52% FG, 54% threes (14-of-26) and 91% FT (21-of-23). If he is able to hit a couple shots from the outside early, then he becomes nearly impossible to guard.

SF DeAndre Daniels (13.2 PPG, 43% threes, 6.0 RPG, 1.4 BPG) has also played his best basketball as of late, averaging 19.7 PPG (59% FG) and 9.3 RPG in the past three contests, which includes two games of 20+ points and 10 rebounds. At 6-foot-9, Daniels is a real mismatch, as he possesses the skills of a two guard. While the Huskies will need him to score, he will have to play big on the glass against the likes of Randle and Johnson. SG Ryan Boatright (12.1 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.5 SPG) does a lot of things on the court, but his biggest strength is his quickness. Like Napier, he puts pressure on the defense by getting to the basket at will. Not only has he stepped up his offense in the NCAA Tournament with 11+ points in each win (13.6 PPG), but he has played his best defense of the season too. His relentless on-ball pressure will play a huge role in this game, as the Huskies will need to pester the Wildcats freshman backcourt and not allow them get into their half-court sets. Seven-foot C Amida Brimah (4.2 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.3 BPG) has limited offensive skills, but shoots 65% FG and does a great job of protecting the rim with 2.3 BPG in just 16.3 MPG. SF Niels Giffey (8.4 PPG, 3.8 RPG) has been an excellent three-point shooter this season at 48.3% (56-of-116), but he has been ice-cold over his past four games, making just 1-of-11 threes, including 0-for-7 in the past two contests. But despite his cold shooting, Giffey has done a nice job on the glass with 6.8 RPG over the past four games. The Wildcats are going to focus their defense on the trio of Napier, Boatright and Daniels, and that will make it imperative for Giffey to knock down the outside shot when he's open.

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04/07/2014 06:56 PM

Men's Championship History



The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 with four 16-team regional brackets. The field grew by one team in 2001 with an opening round game determining who would advance to the first round. In 2011, three more squads were added as two games took place in the restructured first round of the tournament on Tuesday. The winners of those contests advanced to the second round (formerly the first round).

The Final Four is determined with the four teams winning each regional meeting for the right to go to the National Championship. The lowest seed to win the championship since the tournament expanded to 64 teams is Villanova in 1985 as an eighth seed, upsetting conference rival Georgetown. In 15 of the last 22 championship games, a top seed from a regional has claimed the national title.

NCAA Championship Game History (1984-Present)
Year City Matchup (Seeds) Score Line ATS
2012-13 Atlanta (4) Michigan vs. (1) Louisville 82-76 4, 138 Favorite, Over
2011-12 New Orleans (2) Kansas vs. (1) Kentucky 67-59 6.5, 138 Favorite, Under
2010-11 Houston (8) Butler vs. (3) Connecticut 53-41 3, 132 Favorite, Under
2009-10 Indianapolis (5) Butler vs. (1) Duke 61-59 7, 128.5 Underdog, Under
2008-09 Detroit (2) Mich. State vs. (1) North Carolina 89-72 7.5, 153 Favorite, Over
2007-08 San Antonio (1) Memphis vs. (1) Kansas 75-68 (OT) 2, 146 Underdog, Under
2006-07 Atlanta (1) Ohio State vs. (1) Florida 84-75 4, 140 Favorite, Over
2005-06 Indianapolis (3) Florida vs. (2) UCLA 73-57 1, 128 Favorite, Over
2004-05 St. Louis (1) Illinois vs. (1) North Carolina 75-70 2, 153.5 Favorite, Under
2003-04 San Antonio (3) Georgia Tech vs. (2) Connecticut 82-73 5, 146 Favorite, Over
2002-03 New Orleans (3) Syracuse vs. (2) Kansas 81-78 5.5, 156 Underdog, Over
2001-02 Atlanta (5) Indiana vs. (1) Maryland 64-52 7.5, 151.5 Favorite, Under
2000-01 Minneapolis (2) Arizona vs. (1) Duke 82-72 4, 163.5 Underdog, Under
1999-00 Indianapolis (5) Florida vs. (1) Michigan State 89-76 4, 145 Favorite, Over
1998-99 St. Petersburg (1) UConn vs. (1) Duke 77-74 9.5, 149.5 Underdog, Over
1997-98 San Antonio (3) Utah vs. (2) Kentucky 78-69 3.5, 137.5 Favorite, Over
1996-97 Indianapolis (4) Arizona vs. (1) Kentucky 84-79 (OT) 7, 158.5 Underdog, Over
1995-96 East Rutherford (4) Syracuse vs. (1) Kentucky 76-67 14, 156.5 Underdog, Under
1994-95 Seattle (2) Arkansas vs. (1) UCLA 89-78 3, 161 Favorite, Over
1993-94 Charlotte (2) Duke vs. (1) Arkansas 76-72 6, 155 Underdog, Under
1992-93 New Orleans (1) Michigan vs. (1) North Carolina 77-71 2.5, 151 Favorite, Under
1991-92 Minneapolis (6) Michigan vs. (1) Duke 71-51 5.5, 158.5 Favorite, Under
1990-91 Indianapolis (3) Kansas vs. (2) Duke 72-65 3, 154.5 Favorite, Under
1989-90 Denver (3) Duke vs. (1) UNLV 103-73 *NO LINE *NO LINE
1988-89 Seattle (3) Seton Hall vs. (3) Michigan 80-79 (OT) 2, 163 Underdog, Under
1987-88 Kansas City (6) Kansas vs. (1) Oklahoma 83-79 8, 157.5 Underdog, Over
1986-87 New Orleans (2) Syracuse vs. (1) Indiana 74-73 4.5, 155.5 Underdog, Under
1985-86 Dallas (2) Louisville vs. (1) Duke 72-69 1, 152.5 Underdog, Under
1984-85 Lexington (8) Villanova vs. (1) Georgetown 66-64 9, 112 Underdog, Over

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:24352 Followers:32
04/07/2014 08:39 PM

Monday, April 7

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Kentucky - 9:10 PM ET Connecticut +2.5 500 TRIPLE PLAY

Connecticut - Over 135 500 TRIPLE PLAY

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cnotes Posts:24352 Followers:32
04/08/2014 04:33 PM

Thanks for all who have dropped by during the season...Hope you had a sucessfull fun season.....now on to the NBA season ending month and the playoffs........

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs: