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Arizona St +4.5 over UCLA:
Not the best spot for the 21st ranked Bruins by any means. UCLA split the season series, and they have the target on their back as the regular season conference champion looking to improve on their overall tournament seeding. With the Sun Devils on the bubble, a win would rest assured no less than a tourney clincher not contingent on their next game. Jahii Carson was named co-freshmen of the year with Shabazz Muhammad, who both average just over 18 ppg. Both of these teams love to push tempo and I expect a high scoring game with the contest likely coming down to which team can take better care of the ball as well as charity stripe opportunities down the stretch.
Kansas -20 over Texas Tech:
This one stood out like a sore thumb, and I don't pass up many glancing blowout opportunities. If this game were at Allen Fieldhouse the closing line would be 25 or higher considering the beating the Red Raiders took in the season series losing by an average of around the same. The Red Raiders dropped 11 of their last 12 regular season games before their thrilling, 71-69, victory over West Virginia in the first round of the tourney. TTU had the worst scoring defense in the Big 12, allowing 72.3 ppg to opponents and not playing well into the Jayhawks' hands. The combination of Ben Mclemore and Jeff Whitey who are averaging nearly 17 ppg each will be too much to overcome considering the latter's size as a top notch defender down low and in the post up. Bill Self will be able to have his regulars sit by the third media timeout of the second half. Hawks in a cakewalk.
GL to all however you are playing!
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