On to my complimentary winner for tonight, as I keep it rolling after last night's winner on North Carolina A&T improved my free-pick run to 93-72-5. I've actually won with my freebie the past three nights, and will keep it right here in Las Vegas for Free Pick Winner #4 in a Row, and roll with a Pac 12 winner on the Utah Utes plus the points against the Southern Cal Trojans at the MGM Grand Garden.
The winner of this game gets top-seeded UCLA, and as much as most people would like to see L.A.-based rivals USC and UCLA get it on tomorrow, I'm here to tell you the Utes have other plans.
This has been nothing more than another forgettable basketball season for the Trojans, and even though they're seeded higher than Utah, I like the scrappiness the Utes exude when they step on the floor.
Their record may not indicate it what they actually do on the hardwood, and there's no doubt we've seen them play terribly in all facets of the game, but I also saw them close out the season by knocking off both Oregon schools. So forget about that 76-59 ass whooping the Trojans out on Utah back on Jan. 12, it's all about the teams that are bringing momentum into the postseason.
And knowing Utah finished the season strong by winning four of five games, including that double-digit win over No. 19 Oregon last weekend, it's clear which one of these teams has the momentum flow.
Utah moved into this conference last season and dropped its first-round contest to Colorado. This year it is fully capable of scoring its first tournament win in this conference, especially with one of the top offenses in the league, particularly from beyond the arc.
Southern Cal has lost 5 of 6 at the window against Pac 12 foes, while Utah is on ATS win streaks of 4-1 after an ATS cover and 6-2 in conference play.
Take the underdog here boys.