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By Kelso Sturgeon
I love old fashioned bring-it-on college basketball and having been fed a full menu of it over the past 10 days there is little question in my mind this NCAA Tournament will go down as one of the most interesting and exciting in history. There is not a team that made it to the Sweet Sixteen round that is not of the old-fashioned variety—all teams that put their personality on display in every game, and usually win.
The greatest examples of this are Kentucky (35-2), Northern Iowa (30-4) and Butler (31-4).
The Kentucky Wildcats, the 2-1 favorites to win it all, showed what they were all about last night when they buried Cornell, 62-45, in a game true to their personality—slug it out, never let up on defense, wear you out and then run over you. They are a 4-point favorite over West Virginia (30-6) in Saturday’s East Regional final from Syracuse.
Northern Iowa knocked out the tournament’s overall top seed, Kansas, 69-67, by playing its deliberate trade-mark offensive game that along with its lockdown defense has become its calling card. Butler did exactly the same thing in beating Syracuse, the number one seed in the NCAA West, 63-59.
Tonight Northern Iowa is a 1-point underdog to Michigan State (26-8) in the Midwest regional semifinal from St. Louis and on Saturday Butler will meet Kansas State (29-7) as a 4-point underdog in the West regional finals from Salt Lake City.
When Kansas lost to Northern Iowa in a game the Panthers dominated from start to finish, and which became close only in the final minute or two, Kentucky entered the Sweet Sixteen round the 7-2 choice to win it all. We expect this from Kentucky, a team that has won seven NCAA championships and played in 145 games, going 103-45 in those contests.
Where do Northern Iowa and Butler fit into all of this?
There is much going on to suggest the use of the label “mid-major” label on teams such as Northern Iowa, Butler and Saint Mary’s (28-5), which meets Baylor (27-7) tonight in a South regional semifinal game, is a out-dated. For the record, Saint Mary’s is a 4.5-point underdog in that one.
Betting Edges Are With “Mid-Majors”
As a bettor one has to be pleased with the prejudice that causes teams to be referred to as “mid-majors” because it usually means one gets a point or two the best of it when these teams take on a so-called major team. In a world of points and half-points it means the difference between winning and losing.
It is no accident Northern Iowa was a 3.5-point underdog when it beat UNLV, 69-66, or that it was an 11.5-point ‘dog when it upset Kansas—and it is no accident it is a 1-point underdog against a damaged Michigan State team tonight.
Butler opened the tournament as a 2-point favorite over fellow mid-major Texas-El Paso and won, 77-59, but when the Bulldogs faced Syracuse, a major, it was a 6.0-point underdog despite the fact it had gone 22-0 in its last 22 games.
As for Saint Mary’s opened the NCAA Tournament a 1.5-point underdog to Richmond and won, 80-71. It was then right back against major Villanova and, as a 4.5-point ‘dog, the Gaels won, 75-68.
Those who bet must remember labeling a team as a “mid-major” means absolutely nothing. There are 343 basketball teams under the NCAA Division I banner and any one of them can emerge as a major player—and they are not a one-hit wonder.
Do not be afraid to play a team just because the term “mid-major” suggests it is stepping up in class. Just ask those who play for Kansas, Villanova or Syracuse.
March Madness Big-Game Winning Continues
I did not have a good Thursday as the Sweet Sixteen round opened. I used all four dogs and went 1-2-1, winning with Butler, losing with Kentucky and Washington and pushing with Butler. But in my world this is just considered a bump in the road and I am coming right back tonight with my 100-unit Sweet Sixteen Game of the Year. Here is a complete rundown of the big game plays over the next few days
--Friday night it is my 100-Unit Sweet Sixteen Game Of The Year.
--Saturday it will be 25-unit plays on both regional final games—West Virginia and Kentucky and Butler and Kansas State.
--Sunday it will be at least one 25-unit NCAA regional final play, plus a unit-rated bet on the other, plus the beginning of the best-of-three championship round in the College Basketball Invitational Tournament that finds Saint Louis at Virginia Commonwealth.
--Monday it will be another 25-unit NBA Game of the Week play.
--Tuesday I will be releasing my 50-unit NIT Game of the Year, which will be televised nationally (ESPN) from Madison Square Garden.
This is just a partial list of the games I will be releasing. You can check on any schedule revisions or additions on this site or toll free at 1-800-755-2255. The price is right for all games and services and I do accept all major credit cards.
The March Madness Schedule
Here are the coming NCAA Tournament games, with the number at which they were seeded, their record and the betting lines on their next game, plus games from the CBI.
NCAA Sweet Sixteen Round
NCAA Midwest Semifinals
Played at Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis
#5 Michigan State (26-8) -1.5 over #9Northern Iowa (30-4)
#2 Ohio State (29-7) -4.5 over #6 Tennessee (27-8)
NCAA South Semifinals
From Reliant Stadium. Houston
#3 Baylor (27-7) -4.5 over #10 Saint Mary’s (28-5)
#1 Duke (31-5) -8.5 over #4 Purdue (29-5)
Saturday, March 27
NCAA Regional Finals
NCAA East Regional Final
Played at Carrier Dome, Syracuse
Kentucky (35-2) -4.0 over West Virginia (30-6)
NCAA West Regional Final
Played at Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City
#2Kansas State (29-7) -4.0 over #5 Butler (31-4)
Sunday, March 28
NCAA Regional Semifinal Games
(Teams Decided In Games Friday Night)
College Basketball Invitational Tournament
Home Team In CAPS
VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH (25-9) -9.5 over Saint Louis (23-11)
Tuesday, March 30
Played at Madison Square Garden, New York City
Mississippi (24-10) -1.0 over Dayton (23-12)
North Carolina (19-16) Pick’em vs. Rhode Island (26-9)
Please direct all questions about the various games and services toll free to 1-800-75-2255.
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