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JIM SEZ WEEKEND REPORT: FINAL FOUR NOTES, MLB PREDICTIONS AND SOME NBA GOODIES TOO!

Let's face it ...The first weekend in April is absolutely loaded with great sports action including - of course - the NCAA Tournament's Final Four on Saturday and Championship Game come Monday Night plus it's the opening of the 2017 Major-League Baseball season and there's hot NBA action on the docket too. Hey, not every NBA team is "resting" these days, 'ya know!

And now hear this ...
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers have all the Final Four winners plus Monday's national championship game too -- get in now on the final college hoop games of the year online or call our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453. And, of course, Baseball is back - the Major-League Baseball Opening Day/Night is Sunday plus there's almost a full slate of games on the "real" Opening Day on Monday, so cash in!

 

NCAA TOURNAMENT - FINAL FOUR NOTES

If the North Carolina Tar Heels - the betting favorite to win it all this week - snag another championship here in Glendale, then it'll mark the sixth hoops crown for the Atlantic Coast Conference (see 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005 and '09). Now, here's the listing of all the multiple NCAA Tournament championship teams --

TEAMTITLESLAST
UCLA111995
Kentucky82012
Duke52015
Indiana51987
North Carolina52009
UConn42014
Louisville32013
Kansas32008
Cincinnati21962
Florida22007
Michigan State22000
N.C. State21983
Oklahoma St.21946
San Francisco21956
Villanova22016

This year's NCAA Tournament has not included all that many outright upset winners but #7 seed South Carolina has swiped four consecutive outright upset wins in this man's tournament and that has Villanova '85 written all over it, right? Still, the SC Gamecocks are on the bottom looking up in the pointspread standings for these four teams. Just to set you straight, here's the up-to-date pointspread records of all four teams in action here on this first day of April:

FINAL 4 TEAM2016-17 ATSPCT
Gonzaga23-9-2.719
Oregon21-15-1.583
North Carolina19-15-3.559
South Carolina15-16-2.484



MLB PREDICTIONS

In an earlier-week Jim Sez column we trotted out our fearless forecasts for this year including a prediction of the New York Mets beating the Detroit Tigers in this year's World Series. Well, let's get on board with some other prognostications that may or may not be for "entertainment purposes only" ...

National League
Most Wins - Jacob deGrom, New York Mets (21)
Most Saves - Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers (47)
Top ERA - Johnny Cueto, San Francisco (2.67)
Most Home Runs - Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals (41)
Most RBI - Nolan Arrenado, Colorado Rockies (126)
Batting Average - Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies (.345)
Top OBP - Dexter Fowler, St. Louis Cardinals (.411)

American League
Most Wins - Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians (21)
Most Saves - Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees (40)
Top ERA - Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners (2.70)
Most Home Runs - Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles (45)
Most RBI - Mark Trumbo, Baltimore Orioles (119)
Batting Average - Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox (.323)
Top OBP - Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays (.408)


THE NBA NOTEBOOK

We're a couple of weeks away from the end of the long-and-grinding 2016-17 NBA regular season and the start of the NBA Playoffs and, obviously, lots still up in the air with the Boston vs. Cleveland battle atop the league's Eastern Conference getting lots of attention these days (can the Cavs really blow it and finish with the East's #2 seed?) plus there's major tooth-and-nail battles for the final couple of post-season berths in the East and the final playoff slot in the West but what really intrigues us these days is all the Eastern Conference projections ... Milwaukee, Miami, Indiana and Indiana could each wind up anywhere between the #5 seed or entirely out of the playoff picture and so it's fun thing to think of who the Celtics and/or Cavaliers will play in opening-round action. Don't just assume those are "walkover" series for the favorites, okay?

Meanwhile, if the Western Conference stays set, we're looking ahead to a San Antonio versus Memphis first-round series (the Grizzlies could make the Spurs sweat, for sure), a Houston versus Oklahoma City battle that would really rage with the Rockets' James Harden locking horns with the Thunder's Russell Westbrook and the likely #4 versus #5 matchup between Utah and the Los Angeles Clippers is a coin flip with the Jazz's button-defense looking to contain/corral the likes of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. You'd be surprised if those games didn't finish 90-89 every night?
The playoffs are getting near - and the Jim Hurley Network gets you all the hoop winners.

NOTE: Catch our NCAA Tournament Championship Game preview in this next edition of Jim Sez.

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