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03/24/2013 10:20 AM

NCAAB

Sunday, March 24

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Trend Report
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11:00 AM
ST. JOHN'S vs. VIRGINIA
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. John's last 5 games on the road
St. John's is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Virginia's last 7 games at home

12:00 PM
EASTERN KENTUCKY vs. KENT STATE
Eastern Kentucky is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Eastern Kentucky is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Kent State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Kent State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games

12:00 PM
LOYOLA vs. ILLINOIS-CHICAGO
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Loyola's last 5 games on the road
Illinois-Chicago is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Illinois-Chicago's last 6 games at home

12:00 PM
NORTHERN IOWA vs. UC IRVINE
Northern Iowa is 2-2-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Northern Iowa is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UC Irvine's last 5 games at home
UC Irvine is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games

12:00 PM
WEBER STATE vs. AIR FORCE
Weber State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Air Force is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Air Force's last 5 games at home

12:00 PM
YOUNGSTOWN STATE vs. TULANE
Youngstown State is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Youngstown State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Tulane is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games at home
Tulane is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games at home

12:00 PM
EAST CAROLINA vs. CANISIUS
The total has gone OVER in 6 of East Carolina's last 7 games on the road
East Carolina is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Canisius is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Canisius is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games at home

12:00 PM
EVANSVILLE vs. ORAL ROBERTS
Evansville is 4-14 SU in its last 18 games on the road
No trends available

12:00 PM
RIDER vs. BRADLEY
Rider is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Rider's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Bradley's last 5 games at home
Bradley is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games at home

12:15 PM
IOWA STATE vs. OHIO STATE
No trends available
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Ohio State's last 9 games

2:45 PM
TEMPLE vs. INDIANA
No trends available
Indiana is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Temple
Indiana is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games

3:00 PM
KENT STATE vs. LOYOLA
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kent State's last 5 games on the road
Loyola is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Loyola is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games

5:15 PM
NORTH CAROLINA vs. KANSAS
No trends available
Kansas is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games

6:10 PM
MINNESOTA vs. FLORIDA
No trends available
Florida is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games
Florida is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games

7:10 PM
FLORIDA GULF COAST vs. SAN DIEGO STATE
No trends available
San Diego State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Diego State's last 6 games

7:40 PM
LA SALLE vs. MISSISSIPPI
No trends available
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Mississippi's last 5 games
Mississippi is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

8:40 PM
ILLINOIS vs. MIAMI
No trends available
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Miami's last 9 games
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

9:40 PM
CREIGHTON vs. DUKE
No trends available
Duke is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Duke is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

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03/24/2013 10:21 AM

NCAAB

Sunday, March 24

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NCAA betting mismatches: Sunday's Round of 32
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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Florida Gators (-8.5, 122.5)

Golden Gophers’ aggressive attack vs. Gators’ passive offense

Minnesota doesn’t shy away from contact and will be looking to attack Florida’s superior frontcourt when these teams tangle in the Round of 32. The Golden Gophers rank 40th in the land in free throws attempted per game (22.5) and draw an average of 19.2 fouls per game.

The Gators need to keep their big men Patric Young and Erik Murphy on the floor if they want to avoid an upset. Florida doesn’t have the same knack for getting to the line, drawing just 15.7 fouls per game (320th) and shooting only 16.1 freebies per game. This spread and total could be decided from the stripe Sunday.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Miami Hurricanes (-6.5, 128.5)

Illini’s bean poles vs. Hurricanes’ girth

The Hurricanes catch a lot of flak for their age but the fact of the matter is Miami is “man strong”. That’s a big difference maker in college sports when playing against teenage kids. Illinois has some height, with big men like 6-foot-11 shot swatter Nnanna Egwu, but there’s not much meat on those bones. They've been bullied by bigger, badder teams this season.

The Canes can push around most teams, which is why they dominate the glass and score a ton of second-chance points. Miami’s bruiser Kenny Kadji is a beast on the blocks and should go to work against a weaker Illini frontcourt Sunday.

La Salle Explorers vs. Mississippi Rebels (-3, 144)

Explorers’ hot shooting vs. Rebels’ shot blockers

La Salle has shocked its way to the Round of 32 thanks to red-hot shooting, knocking down 53 percent of their field goals (52 for 98) including 46 percent (18 for 39) from beyond the arc. The Explorers, however, won’t have a chance to get comfortable from outside with Ole Miss’ SWAT team hounding them.

The Rebels’ defense has improved drastically during the postseason. They’ve allowed only 55.75 points during their SEC title run and opening NCAA win over Wisconsin. A huge part of that is Mississippi’s ability to block and change shots. Ole Miss ranked 20th in the country in blocks (5.1) and sent six shots away versus the Badgers – five of those from forward Reginald Buckner. La Salle’s shooting touch will be tested with the Rebels constantly getting a hand in the face.

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03/24/2013 10:22 AM

NCAAB

Sunday, March 24

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South Regional: Day 4 NCAAB betting preview
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(8) North Carolina Tar Heels vs. (1) Kansas Jayhawks (-6, 143)

North Carolina players presented head coach Roy Williams with a special jersey following Friday’s victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, marking Williams’ 700th career victory. A win in the third round against Kansas – which Williams led to four Final Fours – would be even more meaningful. And, if the Tar Heels needed any more motivation, there is the fact the Jayhawks bounced them from last year’s tournament. Kansas beat North Carolina 80-67 in the Midwest Regional final last season, the second consecutive year the Tar Heels have fell one win short of the Final Four.

Neither team was particularly impressive in winning their South Region openers, but the top-seed Jayhawks were pushed hard by Western Kentucky before surviving 64-57. The eighth-seed Tar Heels lost a 20-point lead but held off Villanova 78-71. The winner may be determined when North Carolina has possession: the Tar Heels are 14th nationally in scoring, while the Jayhawks lead the country in opposing field-goal percentage and rank second in blocked shots.

TV: 5:15 p.m. ET, CBS.

ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA (25-10): The Tar Heels have won nine of their past 11, as a balanced offensive attack has sparked North Carolina’s late-season surge. Sophomore guard P.J. Hairston scored a team-high 23 points Friday. Sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo (14.5 points), Hairston (14.5) and junior forward Reggie Bullock (14.2) have combined to lead North Carolina in scoring 28 times this season.

ABOUT KANSAS (30-5): The Jayhawks have to play better than they did Friday, as Western Kentucky’s pressure defense gave Kansas trouble. Jeff Withey is a force inside. The 7-0 senior center scored 17 points and blocked seven shots in Friday’s victory. Withey ranks second in the nation in blocks per game (3.8) while averaging 8.4 rebounds. The Jayhawks became the first team in Division I history to win 30 games or more four consecutive seasons with Friday’s win.

TRENDS:

* Jayhawks are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
* Over is 4-0 in Tar Heels’ last four overall.
* Under is 5-1 in Jayhawks’ last six Sunday games.

TIP-INS

1. North Carolina has won 25 games six times in the past eight seasons.

2. The Jayhawks are in the NCAA Tournament for the 24th consecutive season, the longest active streak in the country.

3. Williams will coach against his former school in the NCAA Tournament for the third time. The Jayhawks beat North Carolina last season and in the 2008 Final Four.


(11) Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. (3) Florida Gators (-8, 124.5)

Florida and Minnesota will try to maintain the momentum from their impressive NCAA Tournament openers as they meet in the South Regional quarterfinals Sunday in Austin, Texas. The third-seeded Gators stomped No. 14 Northwestern State 79-47 on Friday, about 2 1/2 hours before the 11th-seeded Golden Gophers took down No. 6 UCLA 83-63. Northwestern State entered the tournament as the highest-scoring team in the nation but Florida held the Demons to 15 second-half points. Minnesota smothered the Bruins from the opening tip, holding them to 31.7 percent shooting - including a combined 13-for-52 from the starters - on the way to its most lopsided win in tournament history.

Florida features a well-balanced offense led by seniors Erik Murphy, Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario. The trio entered the tournament averaging between 12.3 and 12.6 points. Murphy, a 6-10 post player, will need to team with 6-9 junior center Patric Young to keep Minnesota off the boards. The Golden Gophers entered the tournament ranked eighth in the nation in rebounding margin (8.2).

TV: 6:10 p.m. ET, TNT.

ABOUT MINNESOTA (21-12): Andre Hollins is still a sophomore but he’s quickly becoming known for elevating his play this time of year. After averaging 19.5 points last season in the final two games of the Big Ten tournament and the first four of the NIT, Hollins scored 28 in Friday’s victory against UCLA. His ability to score in bunches—he put up 41 points earlier this season in a win against Memphis—makes him a threat to put Minnesota on his back. As the primary ball handler, he’s also been careful with his turnovers, recording two or fewer in nine of the last 10 games.

ABOUT FLORIDA (27-7): Boynton scored 11 points against Northwestern State, becoming the second player in program history to surpass 2,000 for his career. If the senior guard can stick around long enough to score 84 more, he would pass Ronnie Williams (1980-84) as the school’s all-time leading scorer. Boynton has played in 10 NCAA Tournament games in his career, averaging 14.8 points while leading the Gators into the Elite Eight the last two seasons. He’s supported in the backcourt by Rosario and junior Scott Wilbekin, though the best 3-point shooter on the team is Murphy at 45.6 percent.

TRENDS:

* Gators are 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a win.
* Under is 6-0 in Golden Gophers’ last six Sunday games.
* Under is 9-1 in Gators’ last 10 overall.

TIP-INS

1. Minnesota coach Tubby Smith and Florida coach Billy Donovan were part of Rick Pitino’s first coaching staff at Kentucky in 1989-90.

2. Minnesota and Florida played Florida State eight days apart during the nonconference portion of the season. Minnesota beat the Seminoles by nine points and the Gators prevailed by 25.

3. The winner will play either seventh-seeded San Diego State or No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast at the South Regional semifinals at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.


(15) Florida Gulf Coast Eagles vs. San Diego State Aztecs (-7, 133.5)

Florida Gulf Coast became the talk of the NCAA Tournament with its stunning 78-68 upset of Georgetown on Friday and will seek the program's second tournament win when it meets San Diego State in the South Region quarterfinals in Philadelphia on Sunday. While the seventh-seeded Aztecs are trying to reach the Sweet 16 for the second time in three seasons, the Eagles will try to become the first No. 15 to get there. The previous six No. 15 seeds lost by a combined 90 points in the Round of 32.

Two very different dunks summarized their wins Friday. Eagles junior forward Chase Fieler went high in the air for a one-handed dunk on a fast-break alley-oop from sophomore guard Brett Comer to stop the Hoyas' late run. The Aztecs had everything working for them as they pulled away from Oklahoma late, including junior guard Jamaal Franklin's attempted reverse dunk that bounced on the rim three times before falling through.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, TBS

ABOUT FLORIDA GULF COAST (25-10): Senior guard Sherwood Brown, who leads the team with 15.3 points and 6.4 rebounds, was vaulted to celebrity status after scoring 24 points in Friday's win. Brown was seen signing autographs and posing with fans in Philadelphia while the San Diego State-Oklahoma game was being played. Comer finished with 12 points and 10 assists - including three alley-oop passes during a 21-2 run - while turning the ball over just twice. The Eagles use a tough defense to spark its transition offense. "In the second half, we pushed the ball, we got out, we ran, we made shots, got some alley-oop dunks to energize the crowd," coach Andy Enfield told the media. "I'm very proud of our players."

ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE (23-10): Franklin, who leads the Aztecs with 16.9 points and 9.4 rebounds, has scored in double figures 30 times in 32 games, including a 21-point performance in the 70-55 win over Oklahoma. Senior guard Chase Tapley, the first player in school history to appear in four NCAA Tournaments, became the fourth Aztec to pass 1,500 career points. San Diego State is 19-3 when holding opponents to under 40 percent shooting, the latest win coming against Oklahoma (39.7). Coach Steve Fisher was pleased with is team's second-half defense as the Aztecs pulled away from the Sooners. "We have a little bit of an MO where our second-half defense doesn't match our first half, and (Friday) our second-half defense was superior to our first half and that's how we won," he said.

TRENDS:

* Eagles are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games following a win.
* Eagles are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
* Under is 5-1 in Aztecs’ last six overall.
* Aztecs are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win.

TIP-INS

1. Florida Gulf Coast has won six straight and has not trailed in the second half of its last four games.

2. Sunday marks the first-ever meeting between the teams.

3. San Diego State is 3-8 at the NCAA Tournament while the Eagles are the only team in tournament history to have a 1-0 record.

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03/24/2013 10:23 AM

NCAAB

Sunday, March 24

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East Regional: Day 4 NCAAB betting preview
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(9) Temple Owls vs. Indiana Hoosiers (-11.5, 147.5)

Indiana made quick work of its first opponent in the NCAA Tournament, but Temple has established a reputation as a giant slayer. The two teams will square off in the Big Dance for the first time since 1994 on Sunday when they meet in the third round of the East Regional in Dayton, Ohio. The top-seeded Hoosiers never trailed against James Madison en route to an 83-62 win on Friday, shooting better than 50 percent for the fourth straight time in a NCAA Tournament game.

The nine-seed Owls, seeking their first Sweet 16 since 2001, overcame their recent history of early exits in the NCAA Tournament with a 76-72 victory over North Carolina State behind 31 points from Atlantic-10 Player of the Year Khalif Wyatt. Temple, which went 5-3 against tournament teams in the regular season, has defeated at least one top-10 opponent in each of the last five years. The winner of this contest will meet either four-seed Syracuse or 12-seed California in Washington, D.C.

TV: 2:45 p.m. ET, CBS

ABOUT TEMPLE (24-9): Wyatt went 12-for-14 from the foul line Friday, giving him 200 made free throws – breaking the single-season school record held by Hal Lear (1955-56). His 31-point effort – his sixth 30-point performance of the season – was the best from an Owl in the NCAA Tournament since 1991 and was made even more remarkable considering the fact he injured his left thumb when he got it caught in a defender’s jersey early in the second half. ''He's as tough a competitor as I've had an opportunity to coach,'' Temple's Fran Dunphy said following the game. ''He wants the moment.'' Wyatt has hit at least nine free throws in six straight games, going 62-for-71 over that stretch.

ABOUT INDIANA (28-6): The Hoosiers – the highest-scoring team remaining in the tournament – exceeded 80 points for the 19th time. Freshman Yogi Ferrell finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists Friday, becoming only the third Indiana player to reach those totals in a NCAA Tournament game (Keith Smart in 1987 and Tom Coverdale in 2003). “Yogi certainly got us going in a great direction with the way that he moved the ball…he was able to find some great areas to attack,” coach Tom Crean said following the game. Christian Watford scored nine points Friday, giving him 1,708 points for his career and moving him into 10th place on the school’s all-time scoring list.

TRENDS:

* Underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.
* Over is 10-2 in Owls’ last 12 games following a win.
* Owls are 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight NCAA Tournament games.

TIP-INS

1. Indiana is 10-1 all-time as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

2. Temple has nine wins as a No. 9 seed or lower, tied with Gonzaga for the most since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

3. Jordan Hulls is tied with Randy Wittman and Jeff Newton for the most games played (133) by a Hoosier in school history.

(7) Illinois Fighting Illini vs. (2) Miami Hurricanes (-7.5, 128.5)

Second-seeded Miami seeks to tack another memorable chapter into the season scrapbook when it faces Illinois on Sunday in Austin, Texas with a Sweet 16 berth on the line. The No. 4 Hurricanes have only advanced to the Sweet 16 once in their mostly lackluster history but are primed to make a deep run with a talented cast that won both the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament crowns. Seventh-seeded Illinois beat Colorado in its tournament opener.

The Fighting Illini used a late 16-2 run to pull away from Colorado in a 57-49 victory. Coach John Groce is aware a better full-game effort will be needed to slay Miami. “I know that they have got great size and I know they’re going to play very hard,” Groce said. The Hurricanes trounced University of the Pacific 78-49 in their first game and getting any NCAA Tournament was a big deal to senior center Reggie Johnson and senior guard Durand Scott. “I was saying to Durand, we waited four years to play in this tournament and we finally got our first win,” Johnson said. “I went up to him and gave him a big hug and told him that we’re not done yet.”

TV: 8:40 p.m. ET, TNT

ABOUT MIAMI (28-6): A huge part of the Hurricanes’ meteoric rise is tied to how the players have bought into second-year coach Jim Larranaga’s system since he arrived. Johnson accepted a lesser role and Scott gave up the point-guard duties to Shane Larkin, who transformed the team and won ACC Player of the Year honors this season as a sophomore. Scott scored 21 points against Pacific, Johnson grabbed 10 rebounds and Larkin recorded nine assists. “One of the things as a coach that you want to be able to do is trust your players, especially your point guard,” Larranaga said. “And since the very first day I saw Shane Larkin play, I thought he was great. And he’s only gotten better at making decisions, at developing his skills and developing his role as a leader.” Larkin averages 14.4 points and 4.6 assists, with Scott (13.5) and senior forward Kenny Kadji (13.1) also scoring in double digits.

ABOUT ILLINOIS (23-12): The Illini are a streaky squad that often goes through feast or famine stretches. That includes shooting the basketball as Illinois missed its first 14 second-half shots against Colorado and went 3-for-22 in the half. Senior guards Brandon Paul (team-best 16.6 scoring average) and D.J. Richardson (12.5) aren’t immune to rough patches. “We’re mature players,” Richardson said. “We have been in college for four years. We have been through ups and downs throughout our careers. We are shooters. We both can shoot. We’re going to keep shooting even if they don’t fall.”

TRENDS:

* Over is 7-0 in Hurricanes’ last seven NCAA Tournament games.
* Fighting Illini are 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a win.
* Hurricanes are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.

TIP-INS

1. Illinois won the lone previous meeting, 86-78 during the 1968-69 season.

2. Kadji has eight double-doubles this season.

3. Paul has led the Illini in scoring 22 times this season and 40 occasions in his career.

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03/24/2013 10:25 AM

NCAAB

Sunday, March 24

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West Regional: Day 4 NCAAB betting preview
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(13) La Salle Explorers vs. (12) Ole Miss Rebels (-4, 143)

Mississippi and La Salle have historically enjoyed their stays in Kansas City, Mo. during the NCAA Tournament and did nothing to dispel that with a pair of second-round upset victories on Friday. One of those teams will add to its success in the city on Sunday when they meet in the third round of the West Regional. The 12th-seeded Rebels collected the program’s fourth victory in the “Big Dance” when they stunned Big Ten power Wisconsin, improving to 3-0 in NCAA Tournament games played in Kansas City.

The fifth-seeded Explorers are also 3-0 all-time during NCAA Tournament play in Kansas City, where they won the school’s only national championship in 1954. La Salle picked up its second tournament win in the same season for the first time since 1955 after it held off Kansas State in dramatic fashion, less than 48 hours after securing a first-round victory over Boise State in Dayton, Ohio. The winner of this contest will meet either Gonzaga or Wichita State in a Sweet 16 matchup in Los Angeles.

TV: 7:40 p.m. ET, truTV

ABOUT LA SALLE (23-9): The hot shooting that served the Explorers so well against the Broncos (season-high 63.3 percent) completely fell apart over the final 20 minutes Friday. La Salle shot 3-for-18 (16.7 percent) and scored 19 points against the Wildcats in the second half after shooting 58.1 percent and posting 44 points in the first half. However, the much-maligned La Salle defense – which allowed its opponents to shoot an Atlantic 10-high 45.6 percent – forced Kansas State to miss its final eight field-goal attempts. After scoring 12 combined points in losses to Saint Louis and Butler, leading scorer Ramon Galloway (17.1 points) is averaging 20 points through two NCAA Tournament games.

ABOUT MISSISSIPPI (27-8): Marshall Henderson – the leading scorer in the SEC – missed 12 of his first 13 shots against the Badgers, but outscored Wisconsin by himself 17-10 over the final 11:25. "He made that first shot and I celebrated," coach Andy Kennedy said following the game. "As long as he's taking shots within our offense, our guys understand that. We were getting him looks. Then once he makes one or two, we keep feeding him." The Rebels figure to enjoy a significant advantage in the front court against the undersized Explorers. Reginald Bucker – a 6-9, 235-pound forward – had five blocks against Wisconsin while 6-7, 240-pound Murphy Holloway has 13 double-doubles and led the SEC in rebounding.

TRENDS:

* Rebels are 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall.
* Under is 5-0 in Rebels’ last five overall.
* Explorers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six Sunday games.

TIP-INS

1. Mississippi will set a single-season school record for victories with a win on Sunday.

2. La Salle’s 23 victories are its most since going 30-2 during the 1989-90 season.

3. Twelve-seeds are 8-2 against No. 13 seeds all-time in the NCAA Tournament.


(10) Iowa State Cyclones vs. (2) Ohio State Buckeyes (-7, 142)

Ohio State managed to avoid any of the pitfalls that has plagued the top seeds in its second-round game on Friday. The second-seeded Buckeyes now look to advance to the Sweet 16 when they face Iowa State in the third round of the NCAA Tournament West Regional at Dayton on Sunday. The Buckeyes have failed to make it out of Dayton in their two previous NCAA appearances, however, going 1-2 overall.

Seeded 10th, Iowa State posted a convincing win over Notre Dame in its tourney opener. The Cyclones' defense put the game away late in the first half forcing 14 turnovers before the break on the way to a surprisingly easy win. Iowa State hopes its powerhouse offense, ranked fourth in the nation in scoring, is on track for a long run in the tourney.

TV: 12:15 p.m., ET, CBS

ABOUT OHIO STATE (27-7): Court general and defensive wizard Aaron Craft did the job on Iona's Lamont 'Momo' Jones in the opener. Jones, who entered the game third in the nation in scoring, was limited to nine points on 3-of-14 shooting as the Buckeyes rolled 95-70. Craft had a season-high six steals. Ohio State has now won nine straight games, four of them coming against ranked teams. "We have a lot of confidence," said Sam Thompson, who scored a career-high 20 points against the Gaels "We know that if we come out and do the things we're supposed to do on both sides of the ball, we could beat any team in the country." Ohio State didn't score over 74 points in any conference game this season but relished the frantic pace of Iona to scored a season high.

ABOUT IOWA STATE (23-11): The Cyclones have reached the third round for the second straight year under coach Fred Hoiberg. Last year Iowa State was bounced by eventual national champion Kentucky in the third round. The Cyclones used a balanced attack against Notre Dame getting a team-high nine points in the first half from Big 12 newcomer of the year Will Clyburn in the first half. Clyburn didn't score after the break but he didn't need to. Iowa State hit 12 of its first 14 shots in the second half and eventually built a 27-point lead. The Cyclones hit nine 3-pointers in the contest, one under their season average of 10.

TRENDS:

* Buckeyes are 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall.
* Buckeyes are 5-0 ATS in their last five neutral site games.
* Over is 8-0 in Cyclones’ last eight vs. Big Ten foes.
* Over is 5-1 in Buckeyes’ last six NCAA Tournament games.

TIP-INS

1. Ohio State is 8-7 against RPI Top 50 teams. Iowa State is 45th in the RPI.

2. The Buckeyes have advanced to three straight Sweet 16's.

3. Iowa State has four transfers on its new-look roster. And Georges Niang, who scored 19 points against ND, is a freshman.

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03/24/2013 10:26 AM

NCAAB

Sunday, March 24

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Midwest Regional: Creighton vs. Duke betting preview
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(7) Creighton Bluejays vs. (2) Duke Blue Devils (-5, 144)

Led by sharp-shooting Seth Curry, second-seeded Duke looks to take another step toward a possible fifth national title when it meets upstart Creighton on Sunday in the third round of the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional at Philadelphia. The Blue Devils shrugged off a pesky Albany team in their tourney opener. A year ago Duke was also seeded second but lost its first tournament game to 15th-seeded Lehigh.

The seventh-seeded Bluejays got 27 points and 11 rebounds from junior All-American Doug McDermott and put the game away at the free-throw line to fend off Cincinnati in their opener on Friday. McDermott, a highly-touted NBA prospect, may turn pro after the season but he'll have at least one more collegiate game to enhance his resume. Creighton has won six straight and is the best-shooting team in the country.

ABOUT DUKE (28-5): The Blue Devils' title chances were given a major boost when senior forward Ryan Kelly returned from a foot injury for the final games of the season. At 6-11 and armed with a strong outside game, Kelly - part of Duke's 2010 national championship team - is a nightmarish matchup. But it was stalwarts Curry and Mason Plumlee who carried the Blue Devils past Albany. The tandem combined for 49 points on a spectacular 19-of-25 shooting as the Blue Devils atoned for last year's early exit. "Plumlee did the best Kareem Abdul-Jabbar imitation I've seen in a long time," Albany coach Will Brown said. "He hit three sky hooks. I haven't even seen somebody attempt that shot in my 12 years at Albany, and he hit three of them." Coach Mike Krzyzewski has won an NCAA Tournament-record 80 games.

ABOUT CREIGHTON (28-7): The Bluejays finished the first half of Friday's second-round game on a 6-0 run and never trailed again on their way to a 67-63 win over Cincinnati. Creighton was inconsistent throughout the contest - it shot 63 percent with 10 turnovers in the first half, then hit just 7-of-23 shots in the second half but converted 9-of-10 free throws in the final two minutes to prevail. The Bluejays also reached the third round of last year's tournament but were eliminated by North Carolina. Creighton has won tournament games in consecutive years for the first time in school history.

TRENDS:

* Bluejays are 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall.
* Blue Devils are 0-4 ATS in their last four NCAA Tournament games.
* Bluejays are 6-0 ATS in their last six neutral site games.
* Under is 4-1 in Blue Devils’ last five non-conference games.

TIP-INS

1. Albany shot 36.5 percent in its loss to Duke but was 9-for-15 from 3-point range, the best by far of any Duke opponent this season.

2. McDermott broke his own school scoring record for the season with 803 points.

3. This is the first meeting between the schools.

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03/24/2013 10:51 AM

Sunday, March 24

Game Score Status Pick Amount

St. John's 0 0th St. John's +10.5 500

Virginia 0 Over 123 500

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03/24/2013 11:08 AM

Sunday, March 24

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Iowa St. - 12:15 PM ET Iowa St. +7 500 POD # 4
Ohio St. - Over 143 500

Temple - 2:45 PM ET Temple +11.5 500 POD # 3
Indiana - Over 147.5 500

Kent St. - 3:00 PM ET Loyola-Maryland -4.5 500 POD # 1
Loyola-Maryland - Under 142 500

North Carolina - 5:15 PM ET North Carolina +6 500
Kansas -Over 144 500

Minnesota - 6:10 PM ET Minnesota +8 500 POD # 2
Florida - Under 124.5 500

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03/25/2013 04:30 PM

G. Mason makes 'bittersweet' move to A-10

March 25, 2013


FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - George Mason athletic director Tom O'Connor says it's ``bittersweet'' to be leaving the Colonial Athletic Association for the Atlantic 10.

GMU was one of the founding members of the CAA, but O'Connor said the changing landscape of college sports prompted the move. Two of Mason's regional rivals - Virginia Commonwealth and Richmond - previously departed for the A-10, and the switch also sets up a subway conference rivalry with nearby George Washington.

GMU is paying an exit fee of $1 million and will forfeit at least $1.65 million in conference payouts. University President Angel Cabrera said the move will pay for itself ``in as little as five years.''

The move leaves the CAA with nine schools for 2013-14.

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03/25/2013 04:33 PM

Sunny Days: UM, UF and FGCU in Sweet 16

March 25, 2013


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Look out college basketball, here comes the Sunshine State.

The Miami Hurricanes and Florida Gators rolled through Austin on the first weekend of the NCAA tournament and will join upstart Florida Gulf Coast in the Sweet 16.

Now a state known for breeding some of the best college football players in the country is charging through March behind the perennial-power Gators, the surging Hurricanes and the Eagles, the team that has become the national darlings of the postseason.

``The state of Florida has great basketball teams,'' Miami's standout guard Shane Larkin said. ``Florida Gulf Coast was a team we played early in the season and they beat us. But now it's just show that they're a great team because they beat us.''

Miami (29-6), the No. 2 seed in the East Region, advanced to the round of 16 in Washington, D.C. with a tough 63-59 win over No. 7 Illinois on Sunday night. Larkin hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute left and Miami gained possession on a ball knocked out of bounds that probably should have gone to Illinois, helping the Hurricanes hold on for the win.

After Larkin's first field goal in about 9 1/2 minutes, Illinois guard D.J. Richardson missed a 3-pointer. In the fight for the rebound, the ball appeared to ricochet off the hands of Miami's Kenny Kadji out of bounds. But the Hurricanes kept the ball, and Durand Scott made two free throws after that.

Rion Brown's two free throws with 7 seconds left pushed the game out of reach and put the Hurricanes in the Sweet 16 for just the second time in school history. Miami will play the East Region's No. 3 seed, Marquette (25-8), on Thursday night.

``On the free throws, the only thing I thought about was just Sweet 16,'' Brown said.

Larkin, the ACC player of the year, finished with 17 points. Brown scored 21.

Brandon Paul scored 18 for Illinois (23-13) which was left to wonder how things might have been if a late call had gone its way.

``You saw the same video I did,'' first-year Illinois coach John Groce said. He added, ``hard game to officiate ... 50-50 calls are hard sometimes.''

Kadji said he didn't know if he touched the ball last before it went out of bounds and was awarded to the Hurricanes.

``It was just so many hands, you know,'' Kadji said. ``I don't know who touched it last.''

Florida, which won national titles in 2006 and 2007 and lost in the regional final the last two seasons, will come back to Texas after using a big first half and clutch shooting by Mike Rosario to beat Minnesota 78-64.

The Gators, the No. 3 seed in the South, get a matchup with their high-flying statemates No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast on Friday night at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Rosario scored 25 points a day after coach Billy Donovan called him out in front of his team for a poor performance in the Gators' first tournament game against Northwestern State.

``The message that coach gave us and gave me personally was, `You've got to go out there and compete,''' said Rosario, who was 8 of 12 shooting overall and 6 of 9 from 3-point range. ``In the second half there, we dug deep.''

Donovan clearly knows which buttons to push.

``I think he felt bad about it,'' Donovan said. ``I'm on him all the time. A lot. Because I want him to be the best he can be.''

Andre Hollins scored 25 points to lead the Gophers (21-13).

Defensively, the Gators denied just about everything the Gophers tried in the first half. Florida tied up shooters at the perimeter, challenged layups and blocked a dunk when Casey Prather stuffed Minnesota's muscular Trevor Mbakwe in a clear statement that the Southeastern Conference regular-season champs would be as tough as anything the Gophers faced in the Big Ten.

Offensively, it seemed as if Florida's shooters couldn't miss. The Gators shot 65 percent in the half and Rosario made four 3-pointers. Minnesota gathered itself for a brief burst when Hollins knocked down consecutive 3-pointers and a steal and layup trimmed Florida's lead to 39-23.

If the Gophers could have pulled within 10 by halftime, they might have been able to grab a lead in the second. Instead, the Gators rolled into the locker room leading 48-27.

But Minnesota wasn't ready to quit.

Hollins, who scored 53 points in two games, made three 3-pointers in an 11-2 run that took some of the swagger out of the Gators. Minnesota kept chipping away and trimmed the Florida lead to 53-46 with 12 minutes left.

``We didn't just hang our heads,'' Hollins said. ``We just had to come out blazing.''

But Hollins soon picked up his fourth foul and went to the bench for about four minutes. The Gophers had lost their first shooting option and by the time he returned, the Gators had built the lead back to 12 before a 7-0 run all but closed it out.

``We couldn't get any flow,'' Minnesota coach Tubby Smith. ``When your point guard is your best shooter and your best scorer, it makes it tough.''

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