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On 03/05/2012 10:05 PM in NCAA Basketball

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Connecticut Tips Big East Tourney Vs DePaul

It was just about a year ago that the Connecticut Huskies began their improbable run towards the Big East Tournament Championship. Five wins in five days netted UConn the title, and from there Jim Calhoun's team went on to the National Championship.

The Huskies will try to start a repeat run Tuesday, and the deja vu dominoes have fallen into place. Just like last March, UConn is seeded ninth, and the Huskies will once again open play against 16th-seed DePaul, their opponents in the conference tourney opener a year ago.

It's the 30th straight year for the Big East to make its tournament home at Madison Square Garden, and ESPN2 will have the opening tip between the Huskies and Blue Demons at noon (ET).

Continuing the deja vu theme, UConn enters the tourney on the downturn with nine losses in its last 13 games. Connecticut was ranked 11th in the country on Jan. 18 when a defeat to Cincinnati started the slide. The Huskies were 12th in the nation before dropping four of their last five regular season contests entering the Big East tournament last season.

One of the four wins since mid-January did come against these Blue Demons, an 80-54 spanking in Storrs on Feb. 15. A 13½-point favorite in the contest, Connecticut got double-double performances from Alex Oriakhi and Shabazz Napier to nail down a sixth straight win over DePaul, and third consecutive cover in the series.

Last year's tournament meeting saw UConn explode for a 97-71 triumph as 14½-point chalk. Five of the seven meetings since DePaul joined the Big East in 2005 have stayed 'under' the total. This year's winner will face No. 8 seed West Virginia on Wednesday.

Roughly 30 minutes after DePaul and UConn are finished (approximately 2:00 p.m. ET), ESPN2 will broadcast the battle between Pittsburgh and St. John's who are seeded 13th and 12th respectively.

Few teams have been as disappointing this year as Jamie Dixon's Panthers. Preseason rankings had Pitt No. 10/11, and everything looked fine when the campaign began with an 11-1 record. Everything then started to fall apart just before Christmas, however, when the Panthers dropped a 59-54 decision to Wagner who was a 13-point underdog in Pittsburgh. That loss was followed by seven straight setbacks to begin Big East play.

Pitt's regular season concluded with six losses in seven outings, the lone victory coming just this past week against St. John's. The Panthers (-10½) posted an 89-69 win at home, their sixth over the Red Storm in the last seven meetings. Pittsburgh is also 6-1 against the spread in that span.

The tournament continues Tuesday night when 15th-seed Providence faces 10th-seed Seton Hall (7:00 p.m. ET) and 14th-seed Villanova meets 11th-seed Rutgers (9:00 p.m. ET). Both games will be carried on ESPN3.

Valpo Hosts Detroit In Horizon League Championship

Any thoughts that the Butler Bulldogs might have had about making it to the NCAA Finals a third consecutive season officially ended Saturday night. Ryan Broekhoff and the Valparaiso Crusaders sent the Bulldogs home from the Horizon League Tournament with an emphatic 65-46 pasting, and will now host the Detroit Titans in Tuesday's championship game (9:00 p.m. ET) that will be broadcast on ESPN.

Valpo earned host rights to the tournament by virtue of its regular season crown, and Saturday's victory gave the Crusaders a 3-game season sweep of Butler. The teams opened their conference slate at Butler on Dec. 3, a 77-71 overtime win for Valparaiso as a 5½-point dog. The Crusaders then topped the Bulldogs 71-59 at home on Feb. 24, once again as the underdog, before the semifinal victory two days ago when they were receiving 1½ points from the oddsmakers.

Detroit enters the HL Finals in good form with nine wins in its last 10 games. The Titans easily covered their quarterfinals matchup with Youngstown State as 5½-point chalk (93-76) before dropping Cleveland State 63-58 in Saturday's semifinal as 1-point underdogs.

Valparaiso won and covered the two regular season meetings with Detroit. The Crusaders were 4½-point underdogs in Motown on Jan. 6 and came home with a 73-71 victory at the buzzer, then followed that up with a 78-73 home win on Feb. 2 as 2½-point favorites. Valparaiso has won the last five clashes with the Titans, going 4-0-1 ATS in those tilts.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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03/05/2012 10:08 PM

Houston Rockets Look For Take-Off At Boston Celtics

The Houston Rockets look to turn around a shaky second-half start when they visit the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

Tip-off from TD Garden is 7:30 p.m. (ET) and will be telecast on regional networks. This is one of six games on the schedule.

Houston (21-17 straight up, 20-18 against the spread) didn’t have any All-Star Game participants once again, but did win its first game after, 88-85 over Toronto. The Rockets failed to cover as 9½-point home favorites and have proceeded to go 0-3 SU and ATS since, last losing 105-103 (OT) at home to the Clippers on Sunday.

The Rockets are tied for the worst ATS team (see table) since the break with all Monday games pending. They now start a 5-game road trip where they’re just 6-11 SU and 7-10 ATS. The ‘under’ is 4-0 in their last four away, scoring 89.8 PPG.

The Celtics (19-17 SU, 15-21 ATS) should be a playoff team in the weaker Eastern Conference, but could still trade some of its older stars like Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, and even young but petulant point Rajon Rondo.

Boston has won all four games since the break, covering the last two. The competition has been pretty easy and the offense has done its part by breaking 100 points the last three games (the ‘over’ 3-0). Pierce has exploded for 61 total points the last two on 23-of-37 shooting (62.2 percent).

Houston beat Boston in the last meeting between the teams in March 2011, 93-77 at home. The road team had won the previous six and covered the previous nine.





TEAM

ATS (Post Break)



Houston


0-4



Dallas


0-4



Portland


0-3



Los Angeles Lakers at Detroit Pistons
7:30 p.m. (ET) on Regional Broadcasts

The Lakers (23-14 SU, 18-19 ATS) haven’t left home since the break, going 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS. Kobe Bryant has scored 34 PPG over that span, despite playing with a mask for his broken nose. He even got revenge against Miami’s Dwyane Wade for causing the injury, a 93-83 Sunday win as 3-point ‘dogs. Los Angeles does have something to prove on the road at just 6-12 SU and 5-13 ATS.

Detroit (12-26 SU, 17-20-1 ATS) began February as one the league’s hottest ATS teams (10-1), but is just 1-3 ATS since. The offense is very inconsistent lately, scoring 68 points versus Philadelphia last Tuesday at home, but having 109 the next night against Charlotte. The home record overall has been a respectable 9-11 SU and 11-8-1 ATS.

These teams haven’t played this season, with the Lakers 5-0 SU and ATS in the last five. The ‘under’ is 4-1 over that span and 8-2 in the last 10 overall.

New Jersey Nets at Miami Heat
7:30 p.m. (ET) on Regional Broadcasts

New Jersey (12-26 SU, 16-22 ATS) finally got center Brook Lopez back in mid-February after missing the whole season, but he sprained his ankle last Sunday at Charlotte (104-101 win) and is doubtful Tuesday. The Nets failed to cover that game as 4 ½-point favorites, but have been much tougher away overall (9-13 SU, 12-10 ATS) compared to home (3-13 SU, 4-12 ATS).

Miami (28-9 SU, 19-18 ATS) returns home for the first time since the break. The 3-game road trip started great at Portland (107-93 win) before losses and failures to cover at Utah (99-98) and the Lakers (93-83). Chris Bosh (personal) is probable after missing all three games, while Wade is questionable with a possible concussion. The Heat are 15-2 SU and 9-8 ATS at home.

Miami is 5-1 ATS in the last six versus New Jersey, including this year’s only meeting (101-90 win as 9-point road favorites). The Net have surprisingly been a tough foe in South Beach, 7-1 ATS in the last eight, with the one loss a ‘bad beat’ in OT, 94-86 defeat as 4½-point underdogs.

New York Knicks at Dallas Mavericks
8:30 p.m. (ET) on NBA-TV

The Knicks (18-19 SU, 17-20 ATS) are well rested with just two games since the break. They’ve alternated between wins and losses their last eight. The last one was a 115-111 OT loss at Boston on Sunday and that means New York is due for a win (and cover) Tuesday. Carmelo Anthony is scoring 18.4 PPG since returning five games ago, but shooting just 41.7 percent.

Dallas (22-16 SU, 20-18 ATS) has that 0-4 ATS streak since the break and is 0-5 ATS in the last five overall. That’s pending a tough Monday night game at Oklahoma City. The Mavericks did break a 4-game losing streak on Saturday night, 102-96 at home over Utah. Lamar Odom scored nine points after missing four games for personal reasons.

New York won the first meeting on February 19, 104-97 as 2-point home ‘dogs. Anthony was still out with his groin injury. The ‘over’ is 5-0 in the last five meetings overall.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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03/05/2012 10:10 PM

Blues Welcome Chicago Blackhawks To St Louis

With less than a quarter of the season left to go, teams outside of the playoff picture are frantically trying to make their way in while teams in playoff spots are fighting for better seeding. Tuesday’s NHL betting card is packed with intriguing matchups between excellent teams.

Last Sunday, the Chicago Blackhawks went into the toughest building in the league and beat the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1. The Blackhawks (36-24-7) will try to win in another tough road environment Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. (ET) when they head to St. Louis to take on the Blues.

St. Louis (41-18-7) is 20-6-2 since January, and 26-4-4 at home this season. Currently locked up with Detroit at 89 points with 16 games apiece remaining, the Blues hope to edge out the Red Wings for the Central Division Title.

Chicago is riding a hot goaltender; since taking over for Corey Crawford in the second period against Toronto last week, Ray Emery has allowed just three goals in eight periods, leading Chicago to three straight wins. The Blackhawks hold a 2-1 edge over St. Louis in the season series so far this year.

Trying to hold off St. Louis’s surge, the Red Wings will be without some of their best players in Philadelphia Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. (ET). Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and goaltender Jimmy Howard are both day-to-day with injuries, and leading scorer Pavel Datsyuk is out with a knee injury. Detroit (43-20-3) has lost four of its last six games.

Philadelphia (36-21-7) has won three of its last four games and will try to avenge a 4-3 loss to the Red Wings that they suffered in Detroit last month.

The red-hot Dallas Stars will try to round out their Western Canada road trip with a win Tuesday night at 10:00 p.m. when they visit the Vancouver Canucks. Dallas (35-26-5) is 6-0-1 in its last seven games, and entered Monday tied with Phoenix for first in the Pacific Division. Vancouver (41-17-8) currently sits atop the Western Conference with 90 points, but with St. Louis and Detroit close behind with 89 points a piece, the pressure is on the Canucks to finish strong.

In their first meeting of the season on February 26, Dallas topped Vancouver 3-2 in overtime in Dallas.

The New Jersey Devils have hit a rough patch with losses in five of their last six games (1-4-1), and that rough patch is in serious danger of continuing with the New York Rangers coming to town Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. (ET). New York (42-15-7) has the best record in hockey, is 4-0-1 in its last five games, and is an excellent road team at 20-8-5. New Jersey (36-24-5) has split the season series with the Rangers 2-2 through four games; three of the four games went ‘under’ the total.

The Los Angeles Kings (30-23-12) and Tampa Bay Lightning (31-28-6) both entered Monday one win away from a playoff spot, and they both have tough matchups Tuesday as the Lightning host the Ottawa Senators (34-25-8) at 7:30 p.m. (ET) and the Kings visit the Nashville Predators (38-20-7) at 8:00 p.m. (ET). Despite having the worst defense in the NHL allowing 3.3 goals per game, Tampa Bay has climbed back into the playoff race with four straight wins and wins in seven of its last nine games.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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03/05/2012 10:13 PM

Tuesday Tips

March 5, 2012


The Tuesday NBA card showcases six games as they all bring great betting opportunities going opposite Championship Week in college basketball. Each contest involves an Eastern Conference team, including five of the top clubs in the conference in action. We'll start in Indianapolis with a pair of playoff squads meeting up for the third time this season.

Hawks at Pacers - 7:05 PM EST

Indiana has got back on track following a five-game skid by winning six straight as the Pacers host the Hawks. Atlanta is playing without top scorer Joe Johnson, who has been sidelined the last two games with a knee injury. Somehow, the Hawks are winning without Johnson by picking up home victories over the Bucks and Thunder the last four days. The Pacers and Hawks split the first two meetings with the home team winning each time, as Atlanta beat Indiana at Philips Arena on February 8 as three-point favorites, 97-87. Indiana is riding a four-game hot streak at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, even though all four victories came against below .500 teams.

Magic at Bobcats - 7:05 PM EST

These two Southeast Division hook up in Charlotte as the Bobcats search for only their fifth win of the season in 36 tries. The Bobcats allowed Deron Williams to score a season-high 57 points in Sunday's loss to the Nets, as Charlotte managed to cover as 4 ½-point home underdogs. However, Charlotte owns a 3-8 ATS record off an ATS win this season, hosting an Orlando team that has won eight of its previous 11 contests. The Magic is 10-0 SU and 6-4 ATS the last 10 meetings with the Bobcats, including a pair of victories earlier this season. Orlando looks to improve on a 3-6 ATS record against division foes, while going 1-3 ATS on the highway inside the Southeast Division.

Rockets at Celtics - 7:35 PM EST

Boston is rolling since the All-Star break by winning four consecutive games, including Sunday's overtime triumph over New York. The Celtics have forged back above the .500 mark, while cashing the last two games after an 0-7 ATS stretch. The Rockets head to Beantown following Sunday's overtime loss to the Clippers, the third straight defeat for Houston. Kevin McHale's team is 0-3 SU/ATS the previous three games away from the Toyota Center, while scoring below 100 points in seven of the last eight contests. Houston has had its way at Boston recently, posting a 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS record the last five at TD Garden.

Nets at Heat - 7:35 PM EST

Following a nine-game winning streak, Miami has crashed back to Earth with consecutive road losses to the Jazz and Lakers. The Heat begins a three-game homestand with the Nets, as New Jersey will be without center Brook Lopez, who is out the next three weeks with an ankle injury. The Nets held off the Bobcats on Sunday, but New Jersey has put together a 1-10 SU and 2-9 ATS record off a victory this season. The Heat will be laying double-digits, as Miami is 5-1 ATS in the last six games when listed as favorites of at least 9 ½ points. Miami drilled New Jersey earlier this season at the Prudential Center, 101-90 as nine-point road 'chalk.'

Lakers at Pistons - 7:35 PM EST

This matchup meant something years ago, but now it's just another game on the schedule. Los Angeles begins a three-game road trip against Detroit, as the Pistons have dropped four of five since knocking off the Celtics at home on February 19. The Lakers beat the Heat from start to finish on Sunday at Staples Center as three-point home 'dogs, 93-83 for their third straight win since the break. Detroit owns a 6-1-1 ATS record the last eight games in the home underdog role, as Lawrence Frank's club fell to the Sixers in the first contest following the All-Star break. The Pistons have lost five straight games both SU and ATS in this series with the last victory coming in November 2008 in Los Angeles, 106-95.

Knicks at Mavericks - 8:35 PM EST

Dallas returns home after playing at Oklahoma City last night, as the Mavs welcome in the Knicks. New York blew a late lead in Sunday's overtime setback at Boston, as the Knicks look to return to .500 with a victory. The Knicks are 7-0 ATS the last seven games off an ATS loss, while losing consecutive games only once since the beginning of February. The Mavericks have struggled recently against the number by going 0-5 ATS the previous five games, including four non-covers in the favorite role. The last time these teams hooked up in Manhattan, Jeremy Lin lit up the Mavs for 28 points and 14 assists as the Knicks rallied for a 104-97 triumph as two-point 'dogs on February 19.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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03/05/2012 10:48 PM

March 6, 2012

11:00 AM ET

Morgan State

vs

Hampton

Preview | Lineup



Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament - First Round - Joel Coliseum - Winston-Salem, NC




12:00 PM ET

DePaul

vs

Connecticut

Preview | Lineup
TV: ESPN 2



Big East Conference Tournament - First Round - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY




1:30 PM ET

Howard

vs

NC A&T

Preview | Lineup



Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament - First Round - Joel Coliseum - Winston-Salem, NC




2:00 PM ET

Pittsburgh

at

St Johns

Preview | Lineup
TV: ESPN 2



Big East Conference Tournament - First Round - Madison Square Garden




4:00 PM ET

MD-Eastern Shore

vs

NC Central

Preview | Lineup



Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament - First Round - Joel Coliseum - Winston-Salem, NC




6:30 PM ET

SC State

vs

Bethune-Cookman

Preview | Lineup



Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament - First Round - Joel Coliseum - Winston-Salem, NC




7:00 PM ET

George Washington

at

Dayton

Preview | Lineup



Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament - First Round - UD Arena




7:00 PM ET

Richmond

at

La Salle

Preview | Lineup



Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament - First Round - Tom Gola Arena




7:00 PM ET

Duquesne

at

Massachusetts

Preview | Lineup



Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament - First Round - Mullins Center




7:00 PM ET

Charlotte

at

Saint Josephs

Preview | Lineup



Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament - First Round - Hagan Arena




7:00 PM ET

Providence

vs

Seton Hall

Preview | Lineup
TV: ESPN U



Big East Conference Tournament - First Round - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY




7:00 PM ET

TBA

vs

TBA

Preview | Lineup
TV: ESPN 2



Sun Belt Conference Tournament - Championship - Summit Arena - Hot Springs, AR




7:30 PM ET

Penn

at

Princeton

Preview | Lineup




7:30 PM ET

Portland State

vs

Weber State

Preview | Lineup
TV: Altitude



Big Sky Conference Tournament - Semifinals - Dahlberg Arena - Missoula, MT




9:00 PM ET

Florida A&M

vs

Coppin State

Preview | Lineup



Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament - First Round - Joel Coliseum - Winston-Salem, NC




9:00 PM ET

Villanova

vs

Rutgers

Preview | Lineup
TV: ESPN U



Big East Conference Tournament - First Round - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY




9:00 PM ET

TBA

vs

TBA

Preview | Lineup
TV: ESPN 2



Summit League Tournament - Championship - Sioux Falls Arena - Sioux Falls, SD




9:00 PM ET

Detroit

at

Valparaiso

Preview | Lineup
TV: ESPN



Horizon League Tournament - Championship - Athletics-Recreation Center




10:00 PM ET

Eastern Wash

at

Montana

Preview | Lineup
TV: Altitude



Big Sky Conference Tournament - Semifinals - Dahlberg Arena

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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03/05/2012 10:51 PM

Race for top seeds: Kentucky, Syracuse and two question marks

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The college basketball regular season unofficially came to an end with William Buford's last-second shot to beat Michigan State, forcing a three-way tie in the Big Ten and leaving the race for the final two top seeds for the NCAA Tournament even more up in the air.

No matter what Kentucky and Syracuse accomplish in their respective conference tournaments, both are locked into the top line when the brackets are unveiled this Sunday (can you believe it's here already?). The Wildcats are the nation's top team, and regardless of the SEC's reputation this season, it is nearly impossible to run the table in your league, taking every team's best shot and winning, in Kentucky's case, eight conference road games.

Syracuse is deemed the nation's top club by the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and finished 17-1 in the Big East, the second hardest conference by RPI standards and a league vying for as many as 10 bids to the big dance.

Those two resumes stand far above the rest, yet there are several heavyweights vying for the other two top lines and the seeding and scheduling advantages that come with it. Below, From the End of the Bench assesses the contenders, the plusses and minuses of their arguments and what each needs to do this week to make its claim.

Kansas Jayhawks (26-5; RPI 6)

Kansas claimed the regular-season Big 12 crown with eight straight wins to close the season.

What's to like: Kansas claimed the regular-season Big 12 crown with eight straight wins to close the season, including victories over Baylor, Texas, Kansas State and the season-defining rally against Missouri. The Jayhawks' 10 Top-50 victories really set them apart from the rest of the competition. They put together a stable of impressive non-league wins, including victories over Ohio State, Georgetown, Long Beach State, and South Florida -- four possible tournament teams.

What's not to like: The home loss to Davidson sticks out like a sore thumb on the surface, yet the Wildcats are No. 66 in the RPI and are the odds-on favorite to collect another automatic invite out of the Southern Conference. The Jayhawks do lose the head-to-head battle with Duke, although that game came back in late November when both teams were not a finished product.

What's left to accomplish: A Big 12 Tournament title would surely lock the Jayhawks into the top line and perhaps a regional through St. Louis depending on the committee's decision to put Kentucky through the Gateway City or Atlanta. A trip to the final would look leave the Jayhawks in good position considering the double-digit Top-50 wins and no damaging losses.

North Carolina (27-4; RPI 4)

What's to like: The Tar Heels have the head-to-head advantage with Michigan State, but that game kicked off the season four months ago and took place on an aircraft carrier. North Carolina has six Top-50 wins, including two true road wins at Virginia and Duke. The non-conference schedule was arduous as always (Strength of Schedule 19), and North Carolina's worst loss came to Florida State (RPI 21). A regular-season ACC title doesn't hurt either.

What's not to like: That "worst loss" was an embarrassing one by 33 points in Tallahassee, and there are just three Top-20 wins (compared to five for the Jayhawks). The Tar Heels also played only 10 of 31 games against teams in the Top-50 compared to 14 for the Jayhawks.

What's left to accomplish: North Carolina and Kansas are in similar positions, yet coming home without a tournament title would leave the Tar Heels more vulnerable, especially if the loss in the ACC Tournament came to Duke. Roy Williams normally doesn't put as much stock on the postseason conference foray as others, but the Tar Heels need the tournament title to solidify their current top-line standing.

Michigan State (24-7; RPI 3)

What's to like: Tom Izzo followed his time-tested strategy of ambitious November scheduling that pays off by March. The Spartans played 15 games against the RPI Top-50, winning nine of them, including four true road wins (more than the two clubs mentioned above). Michigan State's non-conference victories include Gonzaga and Florida State and its worst loss came back in late January, a one-point setback to Illinois, which at the time was a Top-50 opponent only to fall into the abyss a month later.

What's not to like: The seven losses stick out like a sore thumb, so does the shared conference title with Ohio State and Michigan. The Spartans didn't do enough to separate themselves from the top of the conference, splitting with the Buckeyes and Wolverines. Michigan State also loses the head-to-head battle with North Carolina and Duke.

What's left to accomplish: Michigan State must win the conference tournament title to move onto the top line. The Spartans played a difficult schedule, but lost their chance to solidify a spot by blowing a second-half lead against the Buckeyes.

Duke (26-5; RPI 5)

What's to like: The Blue Devils have perhaps the best collection of upper-tier notches in the belt with victories over all three teams mentioned above. Duke downed both Michigan State in New York, Kansas in Maui and rallied by 10 points down late to win in Chapel Hill. The Blue Devils also won at Florida State, in Maui over Michigan, in New York against Washington and downed Mountain West at-large candidate Colorado State by 23 in Durham. Duke also sports the second toughest non-conference SOS and just one loss outside the RPI Top-50 (against RPI 51 Miami).

What's not to like: Duke seemed to win on every famous floor in the nation other than its own, dropping three games at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time since the 2004-05 season. The Blue Devils, unlike the three teams above, don't even have a joint conference crown to fall back on. Plus, the much-talked-about eye test doesn't do Duke any favors. The Blue Devils struggled to put away inferior teams and were thumped by North Carolina, trailing 48-24 at the half, in the season finale.

What's left to accomplish: Like Michigan State, the Blue Devils likely have to hoist the ACC Tournament trophy, and it would help if the victory in the final came over North Carolina, allowing Duke to state its season victory over the Tar Heels as another feather in the cap. The Blue Devils' overall profile fits the No. 1 criteria, but it's hard to imagine a spot on the top line without a regular-season or tournament title.

Others in the running

Missouri (27-4; RPI 16): The Tigers can claim a top seed by sweeping through Kansas City and knocking the Jayhawks off their perch along the way. Much like Duke, that would give the Tigers a season victory over the regular-season champion (2-1 over Kansas) and a tournament title to offset their inability to capture the regular-season crown.

Ohio State (25-6; RPI 8): Ohio State looked to be well on its way to the top seed before a February lull saw it drop three of seven contests before opening March with the win in East Lansing, giving it a share of the Big Ten title. If this team fulfills its potential and rolls through Indianapolis, they can perhaps sneak onto the top line with some help from those above it.

5 THOUGHTS FROM THE WEEK THAT WAS

1. Congratulations to Belmont, which saw itself in a tougher-than-expected duel with Florida Gulf Coast before claiming its fifth NCAA bid in seven years. The Bruins are KenPom.com's (and other efficiency nuts') best friend, finishing the season 25th nationally in overall efficiency, including the ninth most efficient offense. That possession-by-possession value nearly scored the Bruins a win in Cameron before falling 77-76. They also won at Sun Belt-champion Middle Tennessee and claimed a non-league win over Marshall. The Bruins will likely fall in that always dangerous 4-13 game and could give the right opponent (perhaps a team like Florida or Louisville) fits in the second round.

2. Indiana has come a long way back and returned to relevance this season, but to get to the next level in March it needs Christian Watford to return to his early-season form. The combo guard was the go-to scorer for the Hoosiers back in November and December, cementing Indiana's revival with the three-pointer that handed Kentucky its only loss of the season. The junior guard was riding through early February before hitting a wall that began in a victory over Northwestern in mid-February. Over the next six games, Watford made just 12- of-39 shots (3-of-11 from long range) and never scored more than 12 points. Yet, he seemed to regain his swagger and form in a season-ending win against Purdue, scoring 19 in an 85-74 victory -- his most points since January 5. Head coach Tom Crean needs him to be the reliable perimeter scorer to offset the pressure and double teams facing freshman forward Cody Zeller.

3. What to make of the Pac-12? Washington back-doored the regular-season title after California lost at Stanford, 75-70, on Sunday, but this came after the Huskies lost at UCLA on Saturday to finish the conference slate with a 14-4 mark. The conference has exactly one (yes, one, and yes I mean the entire conference) Top-50 win (Stanford over Colorado State). The Huskies are a dreadful 3-8 against the Top-100. Think about that. The Pac-12 regular-season champions are 3-8 against teams in the RPI Top-100. Arizona is 4-8 against the Top-100. Oregon, a team many analysts see as a dangerous one heading into the Pac-12 Tournament, is 3-7 against the Top-100. And so it goes. The conference tournament is wide open, but an educated observer can assume any team not named Washington or California would have to claim the automatic bid. Right?

4. When it kicks into second gear, North Carolina may be the nation's best team. Whether we see that effort minute-in and minute-out from the Tar Heels this March is one of the biggest questions facing any prognosticator. It seems the Tar Heels thrive in a disrespected role and played with a purposely controlled aggression and a big chip on their shoulder in the resounding 88-70 victory over Duke. Kendall Marshall averages just under seven points per game and is far more suited, and expected, to create tempo, work UNC into its offensive sets and put his NBA-ready teammates in the best positions to score. Yet, if he can muster just half of the 20 points he scored in Cameron, the Tar Heels offense may be practically unstoppable.

5. The NCAA Tournament selection committee's most difficult issue may not be which marginal bubble teams to include in the field, but rather where it should seed three dangerous mid-major teams: Wichita State, Murray State and Creighton. The Shockers may have been looking at protected top-four seed territory if they had won the Missouri Valley Tournament, but the semifinal loss to Illinois State leaves them in the five-or-six seed territory, a drop in seeding that could be the difference between Nevada and Mississippi State in the first round. Creighton should fall one seed line below the Shockers after dropping their most recent meeting by 21 points and taking home the Missouri Valley Tournament title without having to play Wichita State. Also in the committee's mind will be the Bluejays' mid-February flameout (three straight losses) and their resurgence down the stretch, seven straight victories to close the regular season. While the committee can pit the Shockers and Bluejays against one another, Murray State could be the biggest seeding quandary. The Racers are 30-1 for a reason, and despite a conference SOS of 292, they sit 20th in the RPI thanks in part to a solid non-conference slate and three Top-50 wins (two more than the entire Pac-12 conference). The victories over Southern Miss, Memphis and Saint Mary's leave the Racers with a profile that matches up against the Bluejays, but winning your conference (even if it's the Ohio Valley) should count for something. Anything higher than the fifth line would be a disappointment, and at a No.5 seed, the Racers would match up well in a potential third-round bout with offensively- challenged teams like Wisconsin or Florida State.

FINAL FINE 15 (and each team's MVP)

1. Kentucky (30-1): Can't be anyone but Anthony Davis, who may just be the national player of the year as well. Davis led the nation's top team in points (14.4 per game), rebounds (9.8) and had more blocks (146) than the rest of the team combined.

2. Syracuse (30-1): Syracuse's rock is senior point guard Scoop Jardine, who had a 2.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and swarmed opposing point guards at the top of the Orange's vaunted zone defense.

3. Kansas (26-5): A year ago, Thomas Robinson was well-known for the tragedy that came upon his family. This year, out of the Morris twins' collective shadow, Robinson is a finalist for national player of the year. He's a walking double-double (18.9 points, 11.9 rebounds per game) and has carried the Jayhawks on his broad shoulders.

4. North Carolina (27-4): No one has been more consistent than ACC player of the year favorite Tyler Zeller, but in keeping with From the End of the Bench's theme, Kendall Marshall is the straw that stirs the drink. Marshall's assist-to-turnover ratio is over 3-to-1, and his 9.6 assists per game rank second nationally.

5. Missouri (27-4): Marcus Denmon is nearly as important on the defensive end as he is as Mizzou's best triggerman. He's strong enough to shut down opposing guards, and he led the team with 18 points per game, finished second in rebounds and drained a team-best 91 three-pointers.

6. Duke (26-5): Austin Rivers' best trait may be his tenacity, as the guard gives the Blue Devils a swagger and toughness it otherwise is sorely lacking. It doesn't hurt that he led the team in points and took every big shot necessary.

7. Michigan State (24-7): All of the talk surrounds Davis and Robinson, but Draymond Green should be getting more publicity for player of the year honors. The forward does everything and is the vocal leader on the floor. Green's numbers are staggering, 16.2 points per game, 10.3 rebounds per contest, a team-best 45 three-pointers and 110 assists (second on the club to Keith Appling).

8. Ohio State (25-6): William Buford may be more important in terms of March success, but Jared Sullinger is the Buckeyes' best player. He creates mismatches and warrants a never-ending double team, giving his teammates cleaner looks at the rim. Sullinger came just short of a double-double average (16.9 points, 9.3 rebounds) despite missing some time.

9. Marquette (25-6): One of the tough calls goes to Jae Crowder for his versatility on the floor. He finished second on the team in scoring (17.6) to Darius Johnson-Odom, but shot a half-percentage-point better from the floor (51.2 percent) and pulled down 7.9 rebounds per game to go with a team-best 75 steals and 32 blocks (five behind Jamil Wilson).

10. Michigan (23-8): Trey Burke is part hot dog, part pit bull, and the combination provides the Wolverines with a cockiness and toughness that could pay dividends this March. Burke averaged a team-best 14.6 points per game, dished out 4.6 assists per contest and played even better under the national TV lights.

11. Murray State (30-1): Perhaps the easiest call, Isaiah Canaan logged over 1,000 minutes and never slowed down, scoring 19.2 points per game, dishing out a team-best 116 assists and pushing his teammates to greater heights. If you haven't heard Canaan's story yet, you will in a few weeks.

12. Baylor (25-6): The Bears were supposed to be a team with interior strength and perimeter weakness, but Perry Jackson came almost out of nowhere to lead the team in scoring (13.5) and assists (5.6) per game. Jackson's shooting ability (45.3) also helped free up shots for marksman Brady Heslip, who made a team-best 74 triples.

13. Georgetown (22-7): The Hoyas are a veteran outfit with Jason Clark leading the way. Clark not only lead the team in scoring, but his defense should warrant an all-defensive team selection. He was on the floor more than any player because head coach John Thompson III trusts him as a floor leader, able scorer and defensive specialist.

14. Wichita State (27-5): Any mid-major needs a dynamic floor leader for March success. Joe Ragland is exactly that, averaging 13.4 points and dishing out 3.4 assists per game. He can beat opposing points off the dribble, yet is more than capable of beating teams from the perimeter (making 50 percent of his 114 three-point attempts).

15. Wisconsin (23-8): Once again, head coach Bo Ryan snapped every last drop of talent out of the Badgers, but he did so behind floor general Jordan Taylor. The point guard's stats are down across the board from last season, but his scoring (14.6) is vital for a team that goes through dry spells and his ball-handling and playmaking are just as important for a team that scores off the pass rather than the dribble.

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03/06/2012 12:16 AM

Early Games Up To 7pm Eastern:

NCAAB

Tuesday, March 6

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Morgan St. - 11:00 AM ET Morgan St. -2.5 500
Hampton - Under 132 500

DePaul - 12:00 PM ET Connecticut -8.5 500
Connecticut - Under 145.5 500

Howard - 1:30 PM ET Howard +4 500
No.Carolina A&T - Over 133 500

Pittsburgh - 2:00 PM ET St. John's +5.5 500
St. John's - Under 135 500

Maryland - E. Shore - 4:00 PM ET North Carolina Central -10.5 500
North Carolina Central - Over 126 500

South Carolina State - 6:30 PM ET Bethune-Cookman -10.5 500
Bethune-Cookman - Under 139.5 500

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03/06/2012 06:46 PM

NBA Best Bets:


03/06/2012 @ 04:05 PM

NBA

[552] INDIANA -7 1.91



03/06/2012 @ 04:05 PM

NBA

[553] TOTAL o187 1.91
(ORLANDO vrs CHARLOTTE)



03/06/2012 @ 04:35 PM

NBA

[556] TOTAL u188 1.91
(HOUSTON vrs BOSTON)



03/06/2012 @ 04:35 PM

NBA

[557] TOTAL o197 1.91
(NEW JERSEY vrs MIAMI)



03/06/2012 @ 04:35 PM

NBA

[558] MIAMI -13½ 1.91



03/06/2012 @ 05:35 PM

NBA

[561] NEW YORK +2 1.91



03/06/2012 @ 05:35 PM

NBA

[561] TOTAL o192 1.91
(NEW YORK vrs DALLAS)

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03/06/2012 06:50 PM

NCAAB Best Bets:


03/06/2012 @ 04:00 PM

CBB

[574] ST. JOSEPHS -9½ 1.91



03/06/2012 @ 04:00 PM

CBB

[574] TOTAL u136½ 1.91
(CHARLOTTE U vrs ST. JOSEPHS)



03/06/2012 @ 04:00 PM

CBB

[575] DUQUESNE +5 1.91



03/06/2012 @ 04:00 PM

CBB

[579] RICHMOND +5 1.91



03/06/2012 @ 04:00 PM

CBB

[581] WESTERN KENTUCKY +3 1.91



03/06/2012 @ 06:00 PM

CBB

[584] VALPARAISO -2½ 1.91



03/06/2012 @ 07:00 PM

CBB

[588] MONTANA -10 1.91



03/06/2012 @ 06:00 PM

CBB

[600] TOTAL u120½ 1.91
(WESTERN ILLINOIS vrs SOUTH DAKOTA ST)

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03/06/2012 06:52 PM

NHL Best Bets:


03/06/2012 @ 04:05 PM

NHL

[1] TOTAL o5½ 2.20
(PHOENIX vrs COLUMBUS)



03/06/2012 @ 04:05 PM

NHL

[3] DETROIT 2.10



03/06/2012 @ 04:05 PM

NHL

[6] TOTAL u5½ 1.77
(CAROLINA vrs WASHINGTON)



03/06/2012 @ 04:35 PM

NHL

[12] TAMPA BAY 2.05



03/06/2012 @ 05:05 PM

NHL

[14] ST. LOUIS -1½ 3.00



03/06/2012 @ 05:05 PM

NHL

[16] TOTAL u5 1.69
(LOS ANGELES vrs NASHVILLE)



03/06/2012 @ 06:05 PM

NHL

[17] TOTAL o5 1.91
(MINNESOTA vrs COLORADO)



03/06/2012 @ 07:05 PM

NHL

[21] TOTAL o5 1.71
(DALLAS vrs VANCOUVER)



03/06/2012 @ 07:35 PM

NHL

[24] TOTAL u5½ 1.91
(EDMONTON vrs SAN JOSE)

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