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Play-in games (Dayton, Wed)
James Madison's leading scorer Goins is suspended for first half after he was arrested over weekend; Dukes finished 4th in #20 league, are 9-7 in non-league games. LIU won five in row, 15 of last 18 games after 6-game losing skid early in January; Blackbirds beat Hofstra by 4 in only game vs CAA foe- they finished T2 in #24 league, make 38.5% behind the arc (#16 in country). Seven of last eight JMU games were decided by 5 or less points. NEC squads are 2-0 in play-in games, winning by 22-9 in a pair of games vs MEAC teams- they haven't won any other tournament games in last 28 years.
Boise State won at Creighton, lost by 4 at Michigan State, they went 9-8 in MWC, 14-2 outside it; Broncos make 38.7% of 3's (#15 in country), but they're a young team (one senior in rotation) and depend on Marks to be explosive scorer (5-6-38-4-27-14 points last six games). LaSalle is also guard-oriented, making 37.1% behind arc. Unsure if 6-11 Zack will play here (missed last three games); Explorers are 3-2 vs top 60 teams, beating Villanova/VCU/Butler, losing to Miami/Saint Louis. MWC was #3 league this year, A-16 #8. Boise State is 4-7 vs top 60 teams. You'd think this would be a high scoring teams, with teams that can shoot.
There is nothing as futile as trying to handicap these consolation events that run opposite the NCAAs, especially in the first round, because the most important issue is this: Who still wants to be playing? I have no idea who still wants to play; once they play a game or two, then maybe we can come up with something, but for this week, I'd stay away. That said, some very brief notes on these games........
-- Indiana State lost six of its last eight games; its last three wins were all by a point. Iowa split pair of neutral court tilts with MVC teams, with 75-63 loss to Wichita State, 80-73 win over Northern Iowa.
-- Charlotte is 6-9 in last 15 games after starting season 15-2; they make 26.7% behind arc, 4th-worst in country. Providence lost last two games, scoring 59-44 points; they split pair vs A-16 teams this year.
-- UMass is 10-3 outside A-16; they're 5-2 in last seven games, got beat by VCU in A-16 tourney. Stony Brook is 0-2 vs top 100 teams, losing by 11 at UConn, 7 at Maryland, both before Christmas.
-- Mercer is 5-5 outside A-Sun, winning at Alabama, losing at Georgia by 9; they lost other two top 100 games, by 29-18 points. Tennessee is 9-2 in last 11 games, disappointed to be left out of NCAAs.
-- Long Beach State played #1 non-league schedule in country, going 4-8 with six losses by 15+ points. Baylor beat Kansas by 23 here, but lost nine of last 13 overall.
-- Southern Miss was 0-3 vs Memphis this year, losing conference final in double OT to Tigers; they're 7-5 in last 12 games, after starting 18-4. Charleston Southern is 0-3 vs top 100 teams, losing by 9-12-13 points.
-- Detroit went 8-6 vs #14 non-league schedule; they're 2-5 vs teams in top 100, beating Akron/Valpo. Arizona State played 6th-easiest slate in country pre-conference; they've lost five of last six games overall.
-- Western Illinois plays the slowest-paced games in America; their best player Parks was hurt during Summit tourney, status ?? here. Purdue is 5-9 in its last 14 games- they're only 7-6 in non-league games.
-- Richmond lost three of last four games; they make 38% from arc, #27 in US. Bryant's bench plays 2nd-least minutes in America; they're 6th-shortest- this is just their 5th year in D-I, so they're happy to be here.
-- Young Tulsa (#304 in experience/rookie coach) is 5-7 in last 12 games, but 3-2 in last five road games. Wright State won three of last four tilts, losing at Valparaiso in Horizon final.
-- North Dakota State won four of last five games; they lost at Akron by 15 in only game vs MAC opponent. Western Michigan is 2-3 in its last five games; they beat Oakland by 4, in only game vs Summit foe.
-- Inexperienced Texas (youngest team in country) is 6-4 since Kabongo got eligible; they're 10-0 this year vs teams ranked outside the top 150. Houston was 8-10 in C-USA; they played worst non-league schedule in entire country, going 11-2.
-- Elon hasn't played in 10 days; they won five of last seven road games. Canisius hasn't played in 11 days; they're 3-5 in last eight games overall. Griffs are 8-1 vs teams ranked outside top 200.
-- South Alabama gets 26.8% of points from foul line, #2 in nation; they lost by 14 at UAB, in only game vs C-USA opponent. Tulane lost five of last six games after starting season 18-9.
-- Green Bay is 0-2 vs MVC teams, losing by 2 to Southern Illinois at home, by 17 at Drake. Bradley lost 12 of last 18 games, after starting the season 10-4- they beat UIC by a point, only game vs Horizon team.
-- Ill-Chicago lost seven of last ten games; they're only 4-3 vs teams not in top 250. Chicago State is 0-3 vs Horizon teams, losing to Green Bay by 5, Valparaiso by 21, Loyola by 3 in OT.
-- Oral Roberts replaced UT-Arlington in Southland; they've lost four of last five games, went 5-8 vs #23 non-conference schedule. Arlington lost WAC final in Vegas Saturday; they're 9-4 in their last 13 games.
-- Cal Poly is 9-2 in its last 11 games; they play 3rd-slowest tempo in country- four of their last seven losses are by 2 points. Weber State lost Big Sky final at Montana, ending its 13-game winning streak.
-- Cal-Irvine lost Big West final in Anaheim Saturday; they're 8-2 in last ten games. High Point is 5-8 out of conference; they lost three of last four games, after 7-game win streak.
-- Northern Iowa (-16.5) beat North Dakota 72-47 Nov 17; UND made iust 5-22 behind arc, but won four of last five overall, blowing 12-point lead over Weber in Big Sky semis. UNI lost three of last four games.
-- Fairfield lost four of last six games, scoring 46.7 ppg; Stags are 2-4 vs teams in top 125, losing by 9-15-19-11 points. Kent State won six of its last seven games, then lost by 3 to Akron in MAC semis.
-- Air Force star Lyons (knee) is out; Falcons lost seven of last 10 games but beat Riverside by 8 in only game vs Big West opponent. Hawaii is 2-5 in last seven games, but won four of last five at home.
NCAA Play-in Games: JMU vs. LIU Brooklyn, La Salle vs. BSU
James Madison Dukes vs. LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (-1.5, 144.5)
LIU Brooklyn is no stranger to the rigors of March as it begins its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. While the Blackbirds have been turned away the previous two times by a pair of the nation’s elite programs, they should have a better opportunity to nail down their first NCAA tournament victory in school history Wednesday in a first-round matchup against James Madison in Dayton, Ohio. In its first two tournament appearances, LIU Brooklyn has exited quickly thanks to second-round games against North Carolina in 2011 and Michigan State in 2012.
The Blackbirds, who clinched an automatic berth by virtue of their victory over Mount Saint Mary’s in the Northeast Conference tournament title game, enter this round of 68 with the No. 5 scoring offense in the country at 79.5 points and tied for eighth in shooting (48.3 percent). The Dukes are on a four-game winning streak after capturing their second Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship. James Madison is seeking its first tournament win since bowing out in the second round three straight years from 1981-83.
TV: 6:40 p.m. ET, truTV
ABOUT JAMES MADISON (20-14, 21-10-0 ATS): The Dukes are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994 and fifth time in school history. James Madison received the bulk of its offense from A.J. Davis and Devon Moore – the team’s second- and third-leading scorers – during the conference tournament as they combined for 105 of the team’s 200 points. Leading scorer Rayshawn Goins enjoyed his best performance in the title game since missing a game Feb. 6 with a foot injury, shooting 6-for-10 with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Over his previous eight games, Goins averaged 9.1 points and 5 rebounds, but converted only 30.1 percent of his field-goal attempts.
ABOUT LIU BROOKLYN (20-13, 4-0-0 ATS): The Blackbirds overcame a number of obstacles to claim their third consecutive NEC crown as four players were suspended for their role in a fight this fall and reigning league player of the year Julian Boyd tore his anterior cruciate ligament in December. "Everything went right the last two years and this year they had to show their true colors," first-year coach Jack Perri said following the team’s 91-70 victory over Mount Saint Mary’s. Northeast Conference Player of the Year Jamal Olasewere is the Blackbirds’ all-time career scoring leader with 1,851 points and ranks fourth in school history with 953 rebounds.
* Dukes are 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games.
* Blackbirds are 5-1 ATS in their last six neutral-site games.
* Dukes are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
* Under is 15-6-2 in Dukes' last 23 overall.
1. Northeast Conference tournament MVP C.J. Garner (16.1 points) averaged 28 during LIU Brooklyn’s three-game run in the conference tournament.
2. Coach Matt Brady has directed James Madison to three 20-win seasons in his five years, two more than the school posted since its last CAA title.
3. Perri became the third first-year coach to guide his team to the NEC tournament title.
La Salle Explorers vs. Boise State Broncos (-1.5, 139)
Guard play has taken on added significance in recent NCAA Tournament play, a trend that Boise State and La Salle have taken to an extreme. Two similar teams will take the court Wednesday when the Broncos and Explorers meet in a first-round game in Dayton, Ohio. Boise State relies heavily on its four-guard lineup and the nation’s 13th-best 3-point shooting team while La Salle can sometimes employ five guards and finished second in the Atlantic-10 averaging 8.1 steals.
The Broncos, who were the first team in the country to post multiple victories over ranked opponents, received an at-large bid following their fifth-place finish in the Mountain West. Boise State won five of six entering its conference tournament, but lost in the quarterfinals to San Diego State after defeating the Aztecs five days earlier. Similarly, La Salle won seven of eight before losing at Saint Louis to close out the regular season and against Butler in the Atlantic-10 tournament quarterfinals.
TV: 9:10 p.m. ET, truTV
ABOUT LA SALLE (21-9, 12-12-2 ATS): The Explorers received their first NCAA Tournament invite since 1992 and regularly start four guards, although five average at least 23.8 minutes. Ramon Galloway, a South Carolina transfer, leads La Salle in scoring, assists and steals. Sam Mills is 17-of-33 beyond the arc over his last nine games and often draws the opponent’s best perimeter player. However, the Explorers could be without 6-11 sophomore center Steve Zack, who is listed as day-to-day with a foot injury. Zack’s potential absence looms large against a Boise State team that lacks any significant size in its frontcourt.
ABOUT BOISE STATE (21-10, 16-11-0 ATS): The Broncos are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008 and sixth time in program history. Anthony Drmic (17.3 points) and Derrick Marks (16.3) make up one of the top-scoring guard duos in the country. While Drmic is the team’s leading scorer, Marks is the team’s best playmaker and leads the team in assists (3.9) as well as steals (1.8). Boise State is unlikely to be intimidated by the stage after winning at Creighton – behind a career-high 35 points from Marks – and losing by four at Michigan State during its non-conference schedule.
* Explorers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five neutral-site games.
* Broncos are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 neutral-site games.
* Over is 8-2 in Explorers' last 10 neutral-site games.
* Over is 6-1 in Broncos' last seven neutral-site games.
1. Marks leads Boise State with 13 blocked shots.
2. La Salle is 5-1 in games decided by three points or less.
3. The Broncos went 13-4 when they hit at least eight 3-pointers.
Exposing the Top 25: Where the polls went wrong
By JESSE SCHULE
Each week throughout the college basketball season, Covers Expert Jesse Schule dissected the new Top 25 rankings, looking for betting value. Now, he breaks down the NCAA tournament field to showcase the most overrated team, the most underrated ranked team, and a dangerous team that could do damage to brackets this March.
Most Underrated NCAA Team - Miami Hurricanes (27-6 SU, 20-9-1 ATS)
It's shocking that the Hurricanes didn't get the No. 1 seed after everything they accomplished this year. They finished at the top of the ACC during the regular season and went on to win the conference tournament. They had impressive wins during the season over Duke and Michigan State, and they won on the road against N.C. State and North Carolina.
Miami was a very profitable 20-9-1 ATS this season and it hasn’t been getting a lot of credit from the books. The Canes have a good draw in their first game, facing the Pacific Tigers. The Hurricanes should cruise to an easy victory and they look like they could go deep into the tournament.
Most Overrated NCAA Team - Gonzaga Bulldogs (31-2 SU, 17-12-2 ATS)
The Bulldogs have only lost twice this season and both of those losses came against Top-25 teams. That gives them a record of 1-2 against ranked opponents, so you have to be pretty suspect of their record given that almost all of their wins have come against unranked teams.
We will find out how good these Bulldogs are when they face some of the better teams in the country. First they will take on the Southern Jaguars, and they are an enormous favorite in that game. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Bulldogs struggle as they get deeper into the tournament and I’m forecasting an early exit.
Most Dangerous NCAA Team - North Carolina Tar Heels (24-10 SU, 20-12 ATS)
After a slow start to the season, the Tar Heels are peaking at the right time. They have covered the spread in eight of their last 10 overall and they have a profitable record of 19-12-2 ATS. North Carolina has lost four times since January 26 but all four of those losses have come against either Miami or Duke.
The Tar Heels take on Villanova in their first game of the tourney and the Wildcats are tough customers. They beat Syracuse, Louisville and Georgetown this season, but all of those upset victories came at home. North Carolina could be a sleeper to make a nice run in the tournament.
NCAA futures action report: Books cheering against Miami
By JASON LOGAN
With the NCAA regional matchups in place, college basketball bettors have a good idea of which teams have the easiest and toughest paths to the national championship. Along with a slew of game lines, books also released their updated outright winner odds on Selection Sunday and bettors were quick to jump on a few contenders.
The two most notable NCAA futures plays both came out of the Sunshine State. The No. 3 Florida Gators and No. 2 Miami Hurricanes took substantial early action with bettors buying up the Gators at +900 and Miami at +1,300.
“Interesting sharp betting patterns have seen both of Florida’s giants as early favorites for outright tournament winner props,” an oddsmaker for BetDSI.com told Covers. “The Florida Gators are seeing some action and the Miami Hurricanes are getting some sharp money love.”
Miami could end up being a big loser for sportsbooks – which means a big winner for NCAAB bettors – if the Hurricanes continue their hot play following an ACC tournament title. According to CarbonSports.ag, plenty of bettors scooped up Miami at 100-1 to win the NCAA tournament before its strong conference run.
“No question we will be rooting against the Miami Hurricanes,” Michael Stewart, an oddsmaker for CarbonSports.ag told Covers. “Miami surprised a lot of experts and surprised us. It only takes a few bets at that kind of price to get exposed and that’s what happened to us.”
On top of those two Florida teams, programs like Kansas State, Ohio State and Indiana also pose a big threat to the books’ futures market. According to Jeff Stoneback, sportsbook manager at the MGM Mirage in Las Vegas, the Hoosiers and Buckeyes are neck-and-neck in terms of futures tickets written.
Indiana has been a popular play all season and continues to get support from bettors as the No. 1 seed in the East Regional. The Hoosiers were around +700 to win the NCAA for most of the year and now sit at +600 entering the Round of 64. Duke is also among those favorites drawing futures money for most of the season. The No. 2 Blue Devils are +800 coming out of a tough Midwest bracket.
“Not surprising as both teams have been ranked near the top of the polls all year, and we’re also talking about two storied universities with tons of history and popularity,” Stewart says of IU and Duke. “But at those low prices, we’ll be able to balance out that action.”
Here’s a full list of the tournament outright winner odds:
Miami FL +1,000
Ohio St +1,500 Bet
Michigan St +1,200
New Mexico +1,500
St Louis +2,000
Kansas St +3,000
Oklahoma St +4,000
San Diego St +10,000
Notre Dame +10,000
Colorado St +10,000
North Carolina St +5,000
North Carolina +5,000
Wichita St +10,000
Iowa St +10,000
Middle Tennessee +30,000
St Marys +30,000
Ole Miss +25,000
New Mexico St +50,000
South Dakota St +50,000
Boise St +50,000
Northwestern St +100,000
Florida GC +100,000
North Carolina A&T +100,000
James Madison +100,000
Western Kentucky +100,000
1st Round at University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, OH
Long Island 77, James Madison 76
Boise State 71, La Salle 69
National Invitation Tournament
1st Round at campus sites
TENNESSEE 67, Mercer 57
PROVIDENCE 71, Charlotte 62
BAYLOR 79, Long Beach State 65
ARIZONA STATE 77, Detroit 72
SOUTHERN MISS 82, Charleston Southern 66
BYU 74, Washington 70
MASSACHUSETTS 71, Stony Brook 64
IOWA 71, Indiana State 54
College Basketball Invitational
1st Round at campus sites
Texas 77, HOUSTON 75
PURDUE 61, Western Illinois 47
WRIGHT STATE 66, Tulsa 60
Richmond 78, BRYANT 72
North Dakota State vs. WESTERN MICHIGAN: TOO CLOSE TO CALL
CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament
1st Round at campus sites
KENT STATE 65, Fairfield 52
NORTHERN IOWA 71, North Dakota 56
CANISIUS 75, Elon 68
Green Bay 65, BRADLEY 63
TULANE 72, South Alabama 67
UIC 69, Chicago State 57
UT ARLINGTON 72, Oral Roberts 60
UC IRVINE 74, High Point 62
WEBER STATE 68, Cal Poly 60
Air Force 75, HAWAI'I 70
NCAA Basketball Picks
James Madison vs. LIU-Brooklyn
The Blackbirds look to build on their 6-1 ATS record in their last 7 games versus teams with a winning record. LIU-Brooklyn is the pick (-1 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Blackbirds favored by 4. Dunkel Pick: LIU-Brooklyn (-1 1/2). Here are all of today's games.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20
Time Posted: 6:00 a.m. EST
Game 623-624: James Madison vs. LIU-Brooklyn (6:40 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: James Madison 53.256; LIU-Brooklyn 57.353
Dunkel Line: LIU-Brooklyn by 4; 140
Vegas Line: LIU-Brooklyn by 1 1/2; 144
Dunkel Pick: LIU-Brooklyn (-1 1/2); Under
Game 625-626: LaSalle vs. Boise State (9:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LaSalle 66.642; Boise State 65.933
Dunkel Line: LaSalle by 1; 144
Vegas Line: Boise State by 2; 139
Dunkel Pick: LaSalle (+2); Over
Game 627-628: Indiana State at Iowa (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Indiana State 57.938; Iowa 69.192
Dunkel Line: Iowa by 11 1/2; 138
Vegas Line: Iowa by 12 1/2; 133
Dunkel Pick: Indiana State (+12 1/2); Over
Game 629-630: Charlotte at Providence (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Charlotte 57.375 Providence 65.783
Dunkel Line: Providence by 8 1/2; 133
Vegas Line: Providence by 9 1/2; 137
Dunkel Pick: Charlotte (+9 1/2); Under
Game 631-632: Stony Brook at Massachusetts (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Stony Brook 59.119; Massachusetts 65.487
Dunkel Line: Massachusetts by 6 1/2; 137
Vegas Line: Massachusetts by 4 1/2; 140 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Massachusetts (-4 1/2); Under
Game 633-634: Mercer at Tennessee (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Mercer 59.384; Tennessee 65.457
Dunkel Line: Tennessee by 6; 128
Vegas Line: Tennessee by 9; 125 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Mercer (+9); Over
Game 635-636: Long Beach State at Baylor (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Long Beach State 53.621; Baylor 64.401
Dunkel Line: Baylor by 11; 155
Vegas Line: Baylor by 12 1/2; 149
Dunkel Pick: Long Beach State (+12 1/2); Over
Game 637-638: Charleston Southern at Southern Mississippi (9:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Charleston Southern 51.124; Southern Mississippi 67.521
Dunkel Line: Southern Mississippi by 16 1/2; 138
Vegas Line: Southern Mississippi by 13 1/2; 143
Dunkel Pick: Southern Mississippi (-13 1/2); Under
Game 639-640: Detroit at Arizona State (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit 59.356; Arizona State 65.053
Dunkel Line: Arizona State by 5 1/2; 151
Vegas Line: Arizona State by 4; 153
Dunkel Pick: Arizona State (-4); Under
Game 647-648: Western Illinois at Purdue (7:00 p.m. EST)
Game 649-650: Richmond at Bryant (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Richmond 59.363; Bryant 55.714
Dunkel Line: Richmond by 3 1/2; 149
Vegas Line: Richmond by 5 1/2; 146 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Bryant (+5 1/2); Over
Game 651-652: Tulsa at Wright State (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tulsa 54.087; Wright State 60.676
Dunkel Line: Wright State by 6 1/2; 122
Vegas Line: Wright State by 5; 127
Dunkel Pick: Wright State (-5); Under
Game 653-654: North Dakota State at Western Michigan (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: North Dakota State 57.427; Western Michigan 56.344
Dunkel Line: North Dakota State by 1; 128
Vegas Line: Western Michigan by 1 1/2; 124 1/2
Dunkel Pick: North Dakota State (+1 1/2); Over
Game 655-656: Texas at Houston (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas 61.860; Houston 56.709
Dunkel Line: Texas by 5; 144
Vegas Line: Texas by 2 1/2; 148 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Texas (-2 1/2); Under
Game 659-660: Elon at Canisius (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Elon 50.282; Canisius 59.486
Dunkel Line: Canisius by 9; 139
Vegas Line: Canisius by 7; 143
Dunkel Pick: Canisius (-7); Under
Game 661-662: South Alabama at Tulane (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: South Alabama 52.521; Tulane 57.032
Dunkel Line: Tulane by 4 1/2; 144
Vegas Line: Tulane by 6 1/2; 140
Dunkel Pick: South Alabama (+6 1/2); Over
Game 663-664: WI-Green Bay at Bradley (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: WI-Green Bay 56.745; Bradley 55.349
Dunkel Line: WI-Green Bay by 1 1/2; 137
Vegas Line: Pick; 133 1/2
Dunkel Pick: WI-Green Bay; Over
Game 665-666: Chicago State at Illinois-Chicago (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Chicago State 44.769; Illinois-Chicago 57.551
Dunkel Line: Illinois-Chicago by 13; 127
Vegas Line: Illinois-Chicago by 11 1/2; 129 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Illinois-Chicago (-11 1/2); Under
Game 667-668: Oral Roberts at TX-Arlington (8:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oral Roberts 52.594; TX-Arlington 55.243
Dunkel Line: TX-Arlington by 2 1/2; 129
Vegas Line: TX-Arlington by 4 1/2; 133
Dunkel Pick: Oral Roberts (+4 1/2); Under
Game 669-670: Cal Poly at Weber State (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cal Poly 56.390; Weber State 61.640
Dunkel Line: Weber State by 5 1/2; 133
Vegas Line: Weber State by 6 1/2; 129
Dunkel Pick: Cal Poly (+6 1/2); Over
Game 671-672: Air Force at Hawaii (12:00 a.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Air Force 59.334; Hawaii 53.008
Dunkel Line: Air Force by 6 1/2; 144
Vegas Line: Air Force by 1; 147 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Air Force (-1); Under
Game 673-674: High Point at UC-Irvine (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: High Point 49.115; UC-Irvine 55.535
Dunkel Line: UC-Irvine by 6 1/2; 137
Vegas Line: UC-Irvine by 8 1/2; 133 1/2
Dunkel Pick: High Point (+8 1/2); Over
Game 679-680: North Dakota at Northern Iowa (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: North Dakota 49.098; Northern Iowa 60.439
Dunkel Line: Northern Iowa by 11 1/2; 137
Vegas Line: Northern Iowa by 15 1/2; 131
Dunkel Pick: North Dakota (+15 1/2); Over
Game 681-682: Fairfield at Kent State (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Fairfield 52.086; Kent State 57.176
Dunkel Line: Kent State by 5; 133
Vegas Line: Kent State by 7; 125
Dunkel Pick: Fairfield (+7); Over