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On 02/29/2012 11:36 PM in NCAA Basketball

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Michigan Looks To Break Drought At Illinois

An opportunity to lock up no worse than the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament is at stake for the Michigan Wolverines as they prepare to meet the Illinois Fighting Illini on Thursday (7:00 p.m. ET).

John Beilein's bunch is tied with the Ohio State Buckeyes for second, each with 11-5 conference records. Ohio State is at Northwestern on Wednesday, with that result still pending.

Michigan blew a chance to be sitting alone in second with a 75-61 home defeat to Purdue last Saturday. The Wolverines were laying 5½ to the Boilermakers, and the loss snapped a four-game win streak both straight up and against the spread, and marked the first home loss for the Maize & Blue this season. Michigan, who relies on the 3-pointer for nearly 45 percent of its field goal attempts, struggled from long-range with just 9-of-32 of the shots finding the net. Zack Novak and Tim Hardaway Jr. were a combined 4-of-16 from beyond the arc, with Hardaway missing all six of his efforts.

Illinois stopped a six-game losing streak on Sunday with a 65-54 win at home vs. Iowa. The Illini were 6½-point favorites, their first cover since the Jan. 31 upset of Michigan State. Illinois ranks last in the Big Ten allowing foes to convert 37.8 percent of their 3-point shots.

The teams met just over two weeks ago in Ann Arbor where Michigan posted a 70-61 triumph as 5-point chalk. The final easily jumped past the 119-point total to end a string of five consecutive 'unders' in the series. Illinois has won the last 13 games played in Champaign where the Wolverines last tasted victory in 1995.

Cavs Host 'Noles In Crucial ACC Tilt

This is like a late-season, Big 6, in-conference BracketBusters game. Florida State is coming off a 2-loss week to end its ACC dreams, while the Virginia Cavaliers are in a desperate fight to win the No. 4 seed in the conference tourney to earn a bye. The Seminoles and Cavaliers tip at Jones Arena in Charlottesville on ESPN2 at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

Both teams only have themselves to blame for their current situations, and the benefactor could eventually be the Miami Hurricanes. The 'Canes just embarrassed FSU down in Coral Gables last Saturday, 78-62 in a pick 'em affair. The Cavaliers still look back to that home loss on Jan. 22 to rival Virginia Tech as one that got away.

The two squads squared off Feb. 4 in Tallahassee where Florida State staved off Virginia's comeback bid for a 58-55 win. The Cavaliers got the cover in the game as 5½-point underdogs, and the Seminoles have managed to cover just one spread since that game. Florida State has won the last six meetings, and the 'under' has cashed in each of the last eight.

Huskies Look To Claim Pac-12 Title in LA

One of the worst seasons in Pac-12 history is slowly coming to an end, with the conference looking at a maximum three bids to the NCAA Tournament. One team that figures to be among the lucky trio is Washington, and the Huskies hope to wrap up the regular season crown this week in Los Angeles where they'll meet Southern California on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET) followed by Saturday's matchup at UCLA.

Washington brings a four-game win streak into Tinseltown, and has won nine of its last 10 after Saturday's 59-55 victory at Washington State where the Huskies were laying one on the road. Southern Cal, meanwhile, has dropped seven straight and 16 of 17.

This is a rematch from a Feb. 4 contest played in Seattle. Washington easily skated past USC, 69-41, as a 12-point favorite. The game never threatened the 124-point total, marking the fourth consecutive 'under' between the Huskies and Trojans.

West Coast Tourney Continues In Las Vegas

The West Coast Conference tips its tournament at Orleans Arena on Wednesday when Portland and Santa Clara collide. The winner of that game will take on No. 5 seed San Francisco on Thursday at 9:00 p.m. (ET) followed by No. 6 San Diego and No. 7 Pepperdine.

San Diego won and covered the two regular season meetings with Pepperdine, and the Toreros will be out to reverse last season's results when the Waves swept all three contests. The Toreros were 4½-point favorites in a 65-56 win at home on Jan. 26, and were getting two points at Pepperdine on Feb. 9 when they posted a 70-57 victory.

Pepperdine was the No. 6 seed and San Diego No. 7 last March when the two met to begin their WCC tourney action on this same floor. Favored by 4½, the Waves pulled off their season trifecta over the Toreros by holding on for an 84-81 win.

This series has been a boon for 'under' bettors with eight of the last 10 staying below the total. The Pepperdine-San Diego winner will meet No. 3 seed Brigham Young on Friday at approximately 11:00 p.m. (ET).

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02/29/2012 11:39 PM

Miami Heat At Trail Blazers Caps TNT Twinbill

The Miami Heat are coming off some All-Star Game controversy as they start a 3-game road trip at the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.

TNT will conclude its doubleheader at 10:30 p.m. (ET) from Portland's Rose Garden. There are four games overall on the night as the calendar flips to March.

Miami (27-7 straight up, 18-16 against the spread) hasn’t played since Feb. 23, but its players have been firmly in the headlines. LeBron James (27.4 PPG) is being roundly criticized for passing up a big shot in the All-Star Game. His psyche is already fragile after his poor performance in the NBA Finals last year and he could start to struggle despite his MVP-caliber first half.

Guard Dwyane Wade is also taking some heat (no pun intended) after breaking Kobe Bryant’s nose in the All-Star Game with a hard foul. Wade has apologized, but that story isn’t dying anytime soon. It’s almost hard to remember that Miami was scorching before the break with an 8-game winning streak (7-1 ATS). Points allowed (90.4 PPG) decreased significantly during that span.

Portland (18-16 SU, 18-15-1 ATS) has a tough game in the high altitude of Denver on Wednesday (result pending) before this one. The Trail Blazers get almost all their scoring from six players, so they can’t afford any injuries. Fortunately, there are none currently and they’ve been a very good home team (13-5 SU, 12-5-1 ATS) all year.

The away team is 4-0 SU and ATS in the last four games between Miami and Portland. The ‘over’ is 4-0 with the last one in March.

Miami will follow this contest by traveling to Utah on Friday and then an instant-classic at the Lakers on Sunday. The Heat should be favored in the first two, but could get points in Los Angeles. They haven’t been an underdog this year and are one of just three teams to be a ‘dog two times or less (see table).





TEAM

AS UNDERDOG



Miami


0-0 ATS



Chicago


2-0 ATS



Oklahoma City


1-1 ATS



Oklahoma City Thunder at Orlando Magic
8:00 p.m. (ET) on TNT

Oklahoma City (27-7 SU, 19-15 ATS) has a pending result at Philly from Wednesday before the flight down to Florida. The Thunder won 5-straight before the break (3-2 ATS), but they were all at home. Their road play has been spotty of late (4-4 SU and ATS) and it doesn’t help that starter Thabo Sefolosha continues to be out with a foot injury.

Orlando (22-13 SU, 20-15 ATS) did a great job as All-Star host, but not everything is rosy. The Dwight Howard trade rumors will intensify as the March 15 trade deadline draws nearer and other players like Jameer Nelson are also being mentioned. It remains to be seen how focused Howard will be and if the fans start turning on him.

The Magic were quietly playing good ball before the break (6-2 SU and ATS), including 3-0 SU and ATS at home. They are the fourth-best defensive team in the league (90.8 PPG) and that number was even lower in the last eight (88.6 PPG). Those stats do not include Wednesday’s game in Washington.

This is the first meeting between the teams this year. The home team has won the last six and covered the last five.

Minnesota Timberwolves at Phoenix Suns
9:00 p.m. (ET) on Regional Broadcasts

Minnesota (18-17 SU, 20-15 ATS) started its road trip in great fashion, a 109-97 win at the Clippers as 6 ½-point ‘dogs on Tuesday night. The Timberwolves are 11-4 ATS away pending Wednesday’s result at the Lakers. Thursday will be their second back-to-back-to-back situation this year. They lost the first one at home to Chicago (111-100 as 6½-point ‘dogs) in January.

Phoenix (14-20 SU and ATS) is in the opposite situation from Minnesota, having not played in over a week. That gives older players like Steve Nash and Grant Hill a chance to rest, but the former could be distracted by trade rumors like Howard. This is also an under .500 home squad at 7-9 SU (6-10 ATS).

These teams haven’t played this season. The Timberwolves are 1-4 SU, but 4-1 ATS in the last five in the desert.

Los Angeles Clippers at Sacramento Kings
10:00 p.m. (ET) on Regional Broadcasts

The Clippers (20-12 SU, 17-15 ATS) had that tough loss Tuesday to Minnesota and are now 1-3 SU and 0-4 ATS in their last four games. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin scored 57 of the 97 points last game and scoring depth is a huge issue after losing Chauncey Billups (Achilles) for the year. Los Angeles is 8-7 SU and 7-8 ATS away this year.

Sacramento (12-22 SU, 18-16 ATS) had a good second-half start on Tuesday night, a 103-96 home win over Utah as 3 ½-point favorites. The team is scoring a big 105.2 PPG since inserting rookie point guard Isaiah Thomas into the starting lineup. The home record is 4-1 SU and ATS in the last five and 8-5 SU and ATS on the year.

These Pacific Division rivals haven’t met this year, with two more after this one. The Clips are 1-4 SU and 0-4-1 ATS in the last five in Sacramento.

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02/29/2012 11:46 PM

Blues Continue Road Trip At Vancouver Canucks

The Columbus Blue Jackets decided to keep winger Rick Nash at the NHL trade deadline on Monday and proceeded to lose 5-2 at home to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. The Blue Jackets (18-38-7) will now start the new month by attempting to end a three-game losing streak when they visit the Colorado Avalanche (33-27-4) in the first of two road straight road games on Thursday at 9:00 p.m. (ET).

Columbus is the only team in the league with less than 24 wins and ranks dead last with just 43 points. Nash was the most coveted player before the trade deadline and has spent his entire career with the Blue Jackets, who drafted him first overall in 2002. He has 22 assists and scored his 22nd goal in the first period against the Red Wings, but Detroit outscored his team 4-1 in the third to snap a three-game skid of its own.

The total has gone ‘over’ in four of five games for Columbus, although the ‘under’ has cashed in both meetings this season with Colorado, including a 5-0 home loss last Friday. That game was the second of four consecutive wins for the Avalanche, who have outscored the opposition 17-5 during that stretch. They are ninth in the Western Conference and battling the Dallas Stars (33-26-4) and Los Angeles Kings (29-23-12) for the last playoff spot.

Two of the top teams in the Western Conference will also meet later in the night at 10:00 p.m. when the Vancouver Canucks (40-16-8) host the St. Louis Blues (39-17-7) in one of eight other games on Thursday. The Canucks lead the conference by one point over the Red Wings courtesy of a 2-1 shootout loss to the streaking Phoenix Coyotes (33-21-9) on Tuesday. They have dropped two in a row after regulation time after going 5-1 in their previous six games.

The Blues had won three in a row – all on the road – and continue their six-game road trip in Vancouver following a visit to the Edmonton Oilers (25-31-6) on Wednesday. St. Louis is second in the Central Division behind Detroit and started its trip with a 10-13-3 mark away from home but won the first two games by identical 3-2 scores in shootouts.

The Coyotes are the hottest team in the NHL, winners of six straight to move them past the San Jose Sharks (33-22-7) for first place in the Pacific Division. They will try to extend their winning streak to seven when they host the Calgary Flames (28-24-11) at 9:00 p.m. The Sharks snapped a two-game skid on Tuesday with a 1-0 home victory against the Philadelphia Flyers (34-21-7) and will host the Buffalo Sabres (27-27-8) at 10:30 p.m.

The Flyers are chasing both the Pittsburgh Penguins (36-21-5) and New York Rangers (40-15-6) in the Atlantic Division and rank sixth overall in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia hosts the New York Islanders (26-28-9) at 7:00 p.m. while the East-leading Rangers visit the Carolina Panthers (24-26-13) at the same time.

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02/29/2012 11:52 PM

Lookin' at the Contenders

February 29, 2012


As the final weekend of the regular season looms, Kentucky and Syracuse are locks to be named No. 1 seeds in the 2012 NCAA Tournament next Sunday. After that, nothing is settled.

Going into Thursday’s action, we see Kansas and Duke as the two other top seeds – for now, that is. Both have work to do and are competing with teams that aren’t far behind them in terms of resume strength. Let’s take a look at the top eight teams right now and a few others that could climb up the ladder before Selection Sunday.

South Region

1-Kentucky – Kentucky is a No. 1 seed even if it loses its regular-season finale and its first game in the SEC Tournament. The Wildcats play Sunday at Florida and will then face the winner of the 8/9 game in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals next Friday in New Orleans.

2-Marquette – Even with two key injuries and multiple first-half suspensions, Marquette found a way to win last Friday night in Morgantown against a desperate West Virginia team. If the Golden Eagles win Wednesday at Cincinnati, Saturday vs. Georgetown and get to the Big East Tournament finals, they’re almost certainly going to get a No. 2 seed. Buzz Williams has done a masterful job with this team.

East Region

1-Syracuse – The Orange finish the regular season at home Saturday vs. Louisville before going to Madison Square Garden to participate in its last Big East Tournament. With so many splendid MSG performances during the decades spanning Jim Boeheim’s tenure, it’s hard to envision Syracuse not playing in next Saturday’s finals.

2-Michigan State – If the Spartans can complete a season sweep of Ohio St. this Sunday at Breslin Center and win the Big Ten Tournament, they will most likely garner a No. 1 seed. Michigan St. and UNC are the best No. 2 seeds right now despite this week’s loss at Indiana by the Spartans. (We should note, however, that the Heels beat MSU in the season opener.) Tom Izzo’s bunch could even get a top seed with a win over the Buckeyes and a trip to the Big Ten Tourney finals depending on how things play out with the other contenders.

Midwest Region

1-Kansas – With its thrilling comeback win over Missouri this past Saturday, KU gets the nod in the Midwest ahead of the Tigers. These teams could meet again, however, in the Big 12 Tourney finals with this No. 1 seed at stake. The Jayhawks close the regular season at home vs. Texas. If they win out, this spot is secure.

2-North Carolina – With the chance to beat Duke twice more to complete its resume, UNC could still easily be a top seed. At the same time, a loss at Duke this weekend, coupled with an early exit from the ACC Tourney in Atlanta, could drop the Tar Heels to a No. 3 seed. Nevertheless, let’s point out with confidence that this is the squad with the best ammunition to knock off Syracuse and/or Kentucky.

West Region

1-Duke – The Blue Devils are the weakest of the top seeds at this point and have plenty of work to do to secure a No. 1 seed. In fact, if Duke loses at home to North Carolina this weekend, the Tar Heels and Spartans immediately move ahead of it pending the results of the ACC Tournament. But if Coach K’s squad wins out, it’ll be a top seed.

2-Missouri – If Missouri wins out and beats Kansas in the process, it will have a strong case for a No. 1 seed. But first, the Tigers need to take care of business Wednesday vs. Iowa St. and Saturday at Texas Tech. How good with this team be if Laurence Bowers was healthy?!

Fringe Contenders

1-Ohio State – The Buckeyes have lost three of their last five, but they are actually still a candidate to be a No. 1 seed. If they beat Northwestern on the road Wednesday and do the same this weekend in East Lansing, the Bucks will have a strong resume if they can cut the nets down at the Big Ten Tournament.

2-Baylor – I don’t see it happening, but the Bears could get a No. 2 seed if they win the Big 12 Tourney and win this weekend at Iowa St. A run through the league tourney could conceivably mean wins over both Kansas and Missouri. With that said, I could also see Baylor as a team that doesn’t make it out of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

3, 4 and 5 – Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana could potentially be in the mix for a No. 2 seed if one wins the Big Ten Tournament and gets a little help (such as the demise of Marquette and Missouri in their regular-season finales and openers of their respective conference tourneys).

6-Florida – This is a big-time longshot but since it does have a chance to get two wins over Kentucky (Sunday at home and at the SEC Tournament), and it did play at Ohio St. and at Syracuse in non-conference play, we’ll mention the Gators nonetheless.

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02/29/2012 11:57 PM

Thursday Tips

February 29, 2012


The Thursday NBA card showcases four games, including a pair of important interconference matchups. The Heat starts a three-game road trip in Portland against the Blazers, looking for their 28th victory in 35 contests. We'll begin in central Florida with a rematch of opening night as Oklahoma City heads to Orlando.

Thunder at Magic - 8:00 PM EST

Back on Christmas night, Oklahoma City took care of Orlando at home, 97-89 as 8 ½-point favorites. The Thunder led by as many as 22 points in the victory, while Kevin Durant poured in a game-high 30 points. Oklahoma City looks for the season sweep on Thursday, as the Thunder heads to the Amway Center following Wednesday's win at Philadelphia.

The Magic is also playing with no rest after Wednesday's victory at Washington, as Orlando owns a 5-2 ATS record on the second of back-to-backs. Stan Van Gundy's team is at home for the first time since a February 17 comeback victory over Milwaukee, while scoring the final 17 points of that game to cash as 7 ½-point 'chalk.' Orlando has put together a 2-2 SU/ATS record when playing with revenge this season, as one of those losses came at home to Boston as 10-point favorites on January 26.

Oklahoma City isn't great against the number when playing without rest, going 5-7 ATS, but the Thunder won nine of those 12 games straight-up. The Thunder has split their last six opportunities in the road favorite role against the number, while losing twice at Houston and Sacramento over the last three weeks.

The home team has won each of the last six meetings in this series, while the Magic has taken each of the previous home matchups by an average of 18.2 points per game. Orlando routed Oklahoma City last February, 111-88 as six-point favorites, as Dwight Howard dropped 40 points and 15 rebounds in the blowout.

Heat at Blazers - 10:30 PM EST

Miami is the last team to take the court after the All-Star break as the Heat heads to the Pacific Northwest for a battle with the Blazers. Portland returns to the Rose Garden following Wednesday's division showdown with the Nuggets, as the Blazers seek consistency after a shaky finish to the first half of the season.

Nate McMillan's club has won just five of their last 12 games after beating down the Bobcats by 44 points on February 1. The Blazers are 2-4 SU/ATS the previous six home contests, including losses to the Wizards and Rockets. Portland is listed as a home underdog for the third time this season, as the Blazers have lost to the Clippers and Thunder by a combined seven points.

The Heat has won and covered five consecutive road games, all in the favorite role. In fact, Miami's previous six victories on the highway have all come by double-digits, while beating Indiana, Atlanta, and Philadelphia handily. The Heat owns teams playing with no rest by putting together a 4-1 SU/ATS record against these clubs, as the lone defeat came at the Clippers in overtime.

The road team has taken six of the last seven meetings, including both matchups last season. The Heat pulled out an overtime triumph at the Rose Garden, 107-100 as five-point 'chalk' last January, as LeBron James scorched Portland for 44 points and 13 rebounds. The Blazers avenged that loss two months later with a 105-96 win as nine-point 'dogs in Miami, as Portland had six players score in double-figures.

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03/01/2012 12:03 AM

'No Mas': Five college basketball teams throwing in the towel

The toughest part of a coach’s job is keeping his team motivated, even when all hope is lost. That task is even harder when your team consists of 19 and 20-year-old college kids, who have dedicated the last six months to nothing but basketball.

Even the best coaches can have their teams quit on them at this time of year. That presents a unique opportunity for college basketball bettors to confidently go against these programs packing it in with games still remaining on the schedule.

Here’s a look at five times shouting “No Mas” in the final week of the regular season:

Connecticut Huskies (17-12, 9-15-1 ATS)

Smart college basketball bettors could see this train wreck coming from a mile away. The defending national champs lost their barrings when Jim Calhoun got sick, leaving standouts like Jeremy Lamb, Andre Drummond and Shabazz Napier thinking more about their NBA futures than making a run at back-to-back NCAA titles.

Add to that, postseason sanctions for the Huskies for next year’s NCAA, and you have the perfect storm for a 5-11 SU flop that bled bettors dry with a 5-10-1 ATS drought in the final two months of the season. Connecticut, coming off a 72-70 loss to Providence, wraps the schedule against Pitt this weekend and crosses its fingers for an at-large bid to the Big Dance.

Minnesota Golden Gophers (17-13, 13-13-1 ATS)

Tubby Smith blasted his troops earlier this week after the Golden Gophers dropped five straight games heading into Tuesday’s date with Wisconsin. That didn’t work – and rarely does when you have a young team – leading to a 52-45 loss to the Badgers.

Minnesota, which looked like it was on the up at the end of January, is just 1-7 SU in February, lugging a dismal 3-5 ATS mark behind it. The Golden Gophers, who finish the schedule versus Nebraska (the last team they’ve defeated) this weekend, have packed it in and may have signed Tubby’s pink slip in the process.

Texas A&M Aggies (12-11, 13-16 ATS)

The Aggies’ Big 12 swan song has become an ugly duckling, losing four in a row and eight of their last nine outings. Head coach Billy Kennedy has been tinkering with his lineup, trying to snap this skid, and even apologized for his team’s stinky play, claiming that the Aggies are “stealing money from the university” every time they take the court.

Things weren’t all bad for Texas A&M backers this season, earning ATS wins in 10 of their first 13 league games. However, the well has gone dry during this recent four-game slide, going just 1-3 ATS in that span. Texas A&M has one more game left, at Oklahoma this weekend, before what should be a brief cameo in the Big 12 tournament next week.

UCLA Bruins (16-13, 14-14-1 ATS)

You could insert about 80 percent of the Pac-12 into this spot, but things are especially bad at UCLA. Instead of a team quitting on its coach, it seems Ben Howland has quit on his players. A recent report by SI.com says Howland has lost control of his program, with guys fighting, intentionally trying to injure each other in practice, along with rampant drinking and drug use among players.

Howland has let some of best recruiting classes in college hoops spoil while pretty much spitting on everything coach John Wooden stood for during his legendary tenure at UCLA. The Bruins are 4-3 in their last seven games, picking the bones of Pac-12 basement dwellers for those wins, and have gone only 2-4-1 ATS in that stretch. The SI.com report is making its way through the program like snake venom, so don’t expect much from UCLA when it hosts Washington State and Washington in the final two games of the season.

North Carolina State Wolfpack (18-11, 11-14 ATS)

A tough patch of ACC schedule started North Carolina State stumbling, and a 72-69 overtime loss to Clemson was the cold, hard smack in the face as the Wolfpack hit rock bottom Saturday. They’ve lost four straight outings, erasing any chance at a conference crown and maybe even an at-large big for the NCAA Tournament.

Head coach Mark Gottfried has been working with an undersized and undermanned roster all season, going just seven players deep. While his team may still have some fight in their hearts, their legs quit on N.C. State a while ago. This is a tired team with little to no motivation for the final two games of the season, against Miami and Virginia Tech this week.

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03/01/2012 12:07 AM

Fullcourt Report: College hoops betting news and notes:


ACC

Miami received some more bad news from the NCAA last Sunday. The Hurricanes’ best player, center Reggie Johnson, was suspended for “impermissible travel benefits” allegedly given to Johnson’s family by a member of its former basketball coaching staff.

Current Missouri head coach Frank Haith was the coach at Miami during the time that this allegedly happened. Haith is also being probed by the NCAA after an allegation by former Miami booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro that Haith knew about a $10,000 payment made to an unidentified member of current Miami player DeQuan Jones' family. Jones was suspended to start this season before being reinstated.

Miami beat Florida State without Johnson Sunday, but the Hurricanes need the big man. Johnson missed nine games to start the season because of injury and the Hurricanes went just 3-4 SU and 2-4-1 ATS versus Div. I opponents in those games.

Big Ten

Ohio State lost at home to Wisconsin 63-60 Sunday. That loss dropped the Buckeyes out of the Top 10, and it leaves the Big Ten with just one team, No. 5 Michigan State, ranked in the single digits.

After going 21-3 SU over its first 24 games, Ohio State has gone just 2-3 over its last five outings. Two of its three losses have come on its home floor as the offense was unable to get much going against the strong defenses of Michigan State and Wisconsin. The Buckeyes scored just a total of 108 points in those two losses while shooting an ugly 36.3 percent (37 for 102) from the field and an abysmal 23.1 percent (6 for 26) 3-point land.

Ohio State is just 1-3 ATS in its last four home games and on a 2-4 ATS slide over its last six games overall.

Big 12

Kansas’ 70-58 win at Oklahoma State on Monday night gave the Jayhawks their eighth consecutive Big 12 conference title. Kansas was in a position to win the outright conference title after its impressive comeback win over Missouri Saturday.

The Jayhawks trailed that game by 19 points in the second half before winning in overtime, 87-86. Head coach Bill Self owns more conference championships than home losses in conference play, which is just incredible.

However, Kansas isn't a money-maker against the pointspread. The Jayhawks are just 15-13-1 ATS this season, including a 1-2-1 ATS record as underdogs.

Big East

West Virginia’s season has spiraled out of control since the end of January. Prior to their game at St. John’s on Jan. 25, the Mountaineers were 15-5 SU and 11-6 ATS. Since then, West Virginia is a terrible 3-7 SU and a bankroll busting 3-7 ATS.

Things hit rock bottom last Friday night when the Mountaineers blew a 15-point second-half lead at home against Marquette - a team that suspended four players including three starters for the first half of that game.

The lone bright spot for West Virginia is senior Kevin Jones, who is closing in on the Big East scoring and rebounding titles. Jones is averaging 20 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season.

Pac-12

Washington can clinch at least a share of the Pac-12 title with a win in either of its last two games of the season - at USC Thursday or at UCLA Saturday. The Huskies can win the regular season championship outright by sweeping L.A., which they’ve only done three times since Pac-10 play began in 1979.

Washington is in tremendous form as it’s won 15 of its last 18 games, including five of its last six games on the road. The Huskies have been favored in 14 of their last 18 games, going 8-6 ATS. As an underdog, Washington is 2-1 ATS during its recent stretch. Overall, the Huskies are 4-2 ATS as underdogs.

SEC

Tennessee can finish as high as second in the SEC standings or fail to make any postseason tournament, depending on how the Vols finish the season.

Head coach Cuonzo Martin has done a fantastic job with this team, considering he brought in an opposite style of basketball while only getting one player with starting experience.

“We're in a good place right now as a team because we continue to get better, and that's a good sign,” said Martin. “We didn't have the luxury with a new coach of getting out of the gates with some confidence, getting your head up. We had to have some tough losses, and eventually we started to learn from it.”

Tennessee is 10-4 ATS in conference play, including a perfect 6-0 ATS as a favorite.

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03/01/2012 12:09 AM

College funds: Thursday's best NCAAB bets

Michigan Wolverines at Illinois Fighting Illini (-1, 120.5)

A win over the No. 16 Wolverines would boost the Fighting Illini’s NCAA Tournament resume. Illinois snapped a six-game losing skid with a win over Iowa Sunday but still sits on the tournament bubble.

Illinois has won 13 in row over Michigan inside Assembly Hall, its longest active home-court winning streak over a Big Ten opponent and it seems like Illinois finally figured out how to feed the post in Sunday’s win over Iowa.

Seven-foot center Meyers Leonard, who has been burdened by poor entry passes all season, scored 22 points to snap the Illini’s losing skid.

Leonard, a sophomore, is climbing up the NBA Draft rankings and this could be his final game in Champaign if he decides to go pro. Much of that decision weighs on the future of Illinois coach Bruce Weber, who is on the hot seat after a disappointing year.

Pick: Illini

Washington Huskies at USC Trojans (8, 125)

Washington can clinch a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title with a win against last-place Southern California, which has lost seven straight games and 16 of its last 17. With two wins against the Los Angeles schools this week, the Huskies will earn their second outright crown in 59 years.

Washington has won 12 of its last 14 games, including a 69-41 victory over Southern California on Feb. 4. The Huskies can eliminate Arizona, Colorado and Oregon from title contention with a win over the Trojans, who are down to six scholarship players.

When the Pac-12 year-end awards are announced Monday, Washington could be the big winners. Tony Wroten is a strong candidate to win the conference’s player of the year and freshman of the year awards, and Lorenzo Romar is favored to be named coach of the year. Wroten is third in the Pac-12 with 16.7 points per game and leads all conference freshmen with two steals and 3.5 assists.

Terrence Ross, another candidate for player of the year, had 10 points and 14 rebounds against the Trojans last month.

Pick: Huskies

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03/01/2012 12:11 AM

Pick 'n' roll: Thursday's best NBA bets

Minnesota Timberwolves at Phoenix Suns (-3.5, 200.5)

Before the Phoenix Suns went into the All-Star break, coach Alvin Gentry left them with some choice words.

The Suns gave up 39 points to Golden State in the first quarter last week and even though they crawled back into it later thanks to 21 points and 15 rebounds from Marcin Gortat, they still fell 106-104 as 4-point favorites.

"That game was lost in the first ten minutes," Gentry told reporters. "We got an opportunity to do something good and to come out like that is just ridiculous. It's unfair to the fans in the stands. The way we approached the game (stunk).”

The Suns haven’t given their hometown supporters much to cheer about all season. They are just 7-9 straight up and 6-10 against the spread as hosts.

That said, the Timberwolves will be playing their third game in three nights, so you have to wonder how much they’ll have left in the tank.

Pick: Suns

Los Angeles Clippers at Sacramento Kings (3.5, 201.5)

Los Angeles has had a bad habit of blowing leads late in games and tanked again in a 109-97 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday.

The Clippers have lost three of four and will try to right the ship when they start a six-game trip Thursday night at Sacramento.

The Clippers have not had much luck in Sacramento, losing seven of eight and 23 of their past 26 there. They’re 2-4-1 against the spread in their last seven versus the Kings.

“We’re going to have to play on a higher level, especially on the road now, but maybe that will help us come together more,” coach Vinny Del Negro told reporters.

We think the best value here is with the under.

Pick: Under

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03/01/2012 12:14 AM

Ice picks: Thursday’s best NHL bets

New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers (-180, 5.5)

There’s no doubt the Philadelphia Flyers have the talent to make a deep run into playoffs. Whether they can put together a consistent stretch of wins that it will take is the big question.

Even though the Flyers had won just four times in the 10 games before the trade deadline, the team’s management largely stuck with what they have in the cupboard.

"I like our team," GM Paul Holmgren told reporters. "I think we're a team that obviously the group for the most part has been together all year. We've put some young guys into the lineup over the course of the year, and we like our team. We like the direction we're heading, and we didn't want to do anything to disrupt anything long-term for sure."

If there has been one constant with the Flyers this season, it has been cashing over bets. Philadelphia has the over at 37-24 this season. Meanwhile, the Islanders have played over in five of their last seven games and still give up far too many quality scoring chances.

Claude Giroux has 10 points in his last six games and with Philadelphia being shut out in two of its last three, the Flyers could break out offensively here.

Pick: Over

New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes (+135, 5)

The New York Rangers will look for their third straight win on Thursday when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Rangers have distanced themselves from the pack in the Eastern Conference and appear secure in starting the playoffs as the top seed. The Hurricanes on the other hand are among the bottom feeders in the East. However, Carolina isn’t backing down, going 6-1-4 in February.

“What I really like is the way the guys are fighting and the way they’re getting points,” said coach Kirk Muller. “They’re giving everything they got. Some nights it’s not good enough and some nights it is, but I can live with that if they compete and play hard on a consistent level, which they’ve been doing.”

That's about all you can ask for, but considering New York just held New Jersey to only 13 shots on goal in a 2-0 shutout, this is going to be a stiff test for the Hurricanes.

Pick: Under

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