More Final Four Notes, Plus NIT Title Game & MLB Forecasts

 

NCAA TOURNAMENT –

THERE’S FINAL FOUR ODDS, NEWS & NOTES …

NIT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:

IT’S GEORGIA TECH VS. TCU THURSDAY NITE IN NYC …

OUR 2017 MLB PREVIEW –

TEAM-BY-TEAM OVER/UNDER WINS PLUS

PREDICTIONS GALORE INCLUDING

THIS YEAR’S WORLD SERIES WINNER!!!

 

The big-wigs in Las Vegas have spoken and here’s how they lay out the Odds to Win it All in terms of this year’s College Basketball Championship Game (all prices based on $100 per-pay wagers):

 

TEAM                     ODDS TO WIN IT ALL          

North Carolina              -115

Gonzaga                        Even

Oregon                           + 350

South Carolina              + 550

In case you’re wondering, this year’s Final Four teams enter weekend play with a composite pointspread won/loss record of 10-5-1 for a .667 winning rate, but that’s nowhere near last year when the quartet of Villanova, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Syracuse charged into the 2016 Final Four at 14-2 versus the vig.

Lastly, you always wonder in these “dome” games whether the shooting percentages will be down or not – maybe it’s an old wives tale or maybe it’s not been as big a factor in recent years but keep in mind the totals prices for Saturday’s games look like this:

Gonzaga (- 6.5) vs South Carolina – totals price of 138

North Carolina (- 5) vs. Oregon – totals price of 151.5

 

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers keep steamrolling their way through the month of March with loads of College Basketball winners and there’s more on the way once we get into April come the weekend!

Get in now on the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four plus tonight’s NIT Championship Game from New York City – just go online here at www.jimhurley.com or call our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 and we’ll send you straight into the winner’s circle.

Hey, we’re also banging out lots of NBA Winners too these days and so go ahead and join the fun and profits today with all the hardwood action this month and remember Major-League Baseball starts the 2017 season on Sunday/Monday.

 

 

NIT TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Madison Square Garden – New York City, NY

GEORGIA TECH (21-15) vs. TCU (23-15) – 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

Well, what do you know?

There are a pair of power conference teams still standing as we get to this year’s NIT Championship Game as the ACC’s Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets zoom into this tilt against the TCU Horned Frogs with both clubs fresh off semifinal round wins/covers.

Georgia Tech’s workmanlike 76-61 win/cover against 3-point underdog Cal State-Bakersfield featured a 22-point outing by G Josh Okogie along with a double-double from F Ben Lammers (15 points, 11 rebounds) as G-Tech turned over the Roadrunners some 15 times and never let its foot off the gas pedal.

Meanwhile, TCU roared back from a 29-19 deficit to club 2.5-point pup UCF 68-53 as ever-improving Kenrich Williams scored 12 of his 14 points after halftime while he pulled down 12 boards and added 7 assists as the Horned Frogs truly blitzed an overmatched Knights’ squad.

Gotta believe that 3.5-point fav TCU will get its NIT title here providing slender big man Vlad Brodziansky (team-best 18 points versus UCF) can make that medium-range jumper that is often hard to stop.

TCU would like to pick up the pace when it has momentum on its side but head coach Jamie Dixon’s major mantra here is to hold the Jackets below 40 percent shooting and make ‘em take long treys. Dixon never could get the “brass ring” as the Pitt coach all those years in the NCAAs but maybe this is “his time”.

 

OUR 2017 MLB PREVIEW

Okay, so curses be damned now that the Chicago Cubs have their first World Series title in 108 years but now everyone ‘round the North Side of Chitown in wondering if this club can repeat … what, you’re going all greedy now on us, Cubbie fans?

The truth of the matter is there’s gonna be a major power struggle among the elite in the National League this year with the Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals and New York Mets likely in the forefront to make it to the NLCS while the American League could be a wide-open affair with the AL East one of the most interesting divisions ever … Boston’s the favorite but you’re gonna be able to separate Toronto, Baltimore, the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay from one another? Good luck.

 

Here’s the team-by-team “over/under” wins totals for all 30 MLB team (again, based on $100 per-play wagers):

 

TEAM                     PROJECTED WINS TOTAL

 

Chi. Cubs               96.5 under 120

LA Dodgers           93.5 over 115

Boston                   93 over 115

Cleveland               93 over 115

Washington          91.5 over 115

Houston                 91 under 125

San Francisco        88.5 over 115

NY Mets                 88 over 130

Seattle                    85.5 over 135

Toronto                  85.5 over 115

Texas                      85.5 under 140

St. Louis                 84.5 over 120

NY Yankees           83.5 over 135

Pittsburgh             83 over 115

Detroit                   82.5 under 125

Baltimore              81 under 125

Colorado                80.5 under 120

LA Angels              79.5 under 125

Tampa Bay            78.5 over 120

Arizona                  78.5 over 115

Kansas City            76.5 over 125

Miami                    75.5 under 130

Atlanta                   74.5 over 145

Minnesota             74.5 over 125

Oakland                 73.5 over 120

Philadelphia          72.5 over 145

Milwaukee            69.5 over 150

Chi. White Sox      69.5 under 120

Cincinnati              69.5 under 125

San Diego              66 under 145

2017 MLB FORECASTS/PREDICTIONS

 

NL Division Champs – Washington, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers

NL Wild Cards – New York Mets and Pittsburgh

NL MVP – Bryce Harper, Washington

NL Cy Young – Jacob deGrom, New York Mets

Manager of the Year – Don Mattingly, Miami

 

AL Division Champs – Toronto, Detroit and Houston

AL Wild Cards – Boston and Cleveland

AL MVP – Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

AL Cy Young – Marco Estrada, Toronto Blue Jays

Manager of the Year – Brad Ausmus, Detroit Tigers

Our World Series Prediction – New York Mets over Detroit Tigers in 6 games

 

NOTE: Get our NCAA Final 4 Game Previews in tomorrow’s edition of Jim Sez.

 

 

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