200-Unit NCAA Knockout Play Gets Cash Today
50-Unit Sweet Sixteen Upset Game Of The Year Wins As Kentucky (+6) Beats Top Seeded Buckeyes 62-60
200-Unit NCAA Knockout Play Gets Cash Today
Florida vs. Butler...Arizona vs. Connecticut
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By Kelso Sturgeon
It was pure joy to watch the Kentucky-Ohio State NCAA Sweet Sixteen game last night and it had a lot a lot to do with many things, including the fact I released the underdog Wildcats over top-seeded Ohio State as my 50-unit Sweet Sixteen Game of the Year-a heart-stopping outright 62-60 win. This was basketball at its absolute best with two very talented teams matching one another basket for basketball for 40 minutes.
The game was a highly intellectual contest, far more intense and challenging that any championship chess match one has ever seen. I had Kentucky +6 and never for a single minute did I believe I would need all those points to at least get the cover, if not the win.
In games such as this, both teams go 100% all-out and attempt to break the will of the other. At some point, in most games, one team will lose its focus, blink and get beat. Nobody blinked in this one. There were 19 lead changes in the final 17 minutes and neither team led by more than three points.
When the money was on the line, and with five seconds to go, Kentucky's Brandon Knight to put the Wildcats in front, 62-60-and that lead lasted. The battle of will and wit was over as soon as Ohio State missed on a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
For the record I went 2-1 in the NCAA last night, winning a 5-unit play with North Carolina (-4) in its 81-63 blowout win over Marquette while losing a 3-unit play with favored Florida State (-4) in its 72-71 overtime loss to Virginia Commonwealth. I guess that is what I get for spitting in destiny's eye.
Unfortunately, I had my winning streak in 50-unit NBA Game of the Week plays as the New York Knicks (-6 ½) lost to the visiting Milwaukee Bucks, 102-96, on a night when underdogs went 10-3 against the spread (ATS).
There are only two NCAA games today, with the winners of each, advancing to the Final Four. I have studied these matchups long and hard and am releasing one of them as my second 200-unit release of March Madness and am quite confident I will get the money again.
I have released but one 200-unit play of March Madness, winning my 200-unit NCAA Game of the Year with Richmond (-4 ½) in its 17-point, 65-48 win over Morehead State last Saturday. I do not expect today's 200-unit play to win by such a wide margin but I do expect it to dominate from start to finish and never letting up until the final second ticks off the clock.
You can get this game on this website, or toll free at 1-800-755-2255 for just $50, charged to your major credit card. Included in this package will be a unit-rated best bet play on the second game.
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Today's Regional Finals
Superdome, New Orleans
#2 Florida (29-7) vs. #8 Butler
Florida Is A 3 ½-Point Favorite - Total 132 ½
Butler (+2) 60, Old Dominion 58
Butler (+8) 71, Pittsburgh 70
Butler (+4) 61, Wisconsin 54
Comments: Butler opened the season 14-9 and closed it out 12-0 SU and 8-3-1 ATS and just keeps finding ways to win. It is of note Butler beat both ODU and Pittsburgh on last second shots and has won its three NCAA games by an average of 3.3 points. In beating Wisconsin, it held the Badgers to just 30.4% from the floor. The Bulldogs have been underdogs in their first three games. They went to the Final Four last year and were beaten in the championship game by Duke. Butler has never won a national championship.
Florida (-12 ½) 79, Cal-SB 51
Florida (--4 ½) 73, UCLA 65
Florida (-2) 83, BYU 74
Comments: Florida is 13-2 SU and 10-4-1 ATS in its last 15 games and the two losses came at the hands of Kentucky on a neutral floor in the SEC Tournament, 70-54, and in Lexington during the regular season, 76-68. The Gators did beat Kentucky in Gainesville, 70-68. Florida is playing its best basketball right now and won the NCAA championship in back-to-back years-2006 and 2007.
West Regional Final
Honda Center, Anaheim
#3 Connecticut (29-8) vs. #5 Arizona (30-7)
Connecticut Is A 2 ½-Point Favorite - Total 145
Connecticut (-10) 81, Bucknell 52
Connecticut (-4) 69, Cincinnati 58
Connecticut (+2) 74, San Diego State 67
Comments: Connecticut had an up-and-down regular season but comes into this game playing some of the best basketball in the tournament and stands 8-0 SU and ATS in its last eight games, including winning five games in five days to win the Big East Tournament. Until someone figures out a way to stop junior All-American Kemba Walker who had 36 points in the team's win over San Diego State, the Huskies will be one tough cookie. Arizona won the NCAA championship in 1997 and has been to the Final Four three times since 1994. Their run is rather amazing and there are those who say they have to hit a wall and throw in a clinker at some point. Just food for thought.
Arizona (29-7) 20-1
Arizona (-6) 77, Memphis 75
Arizona (+5 ½) 70, Texas 69
Arizona (+9.5) 93, Duke 77
Comments: Arizona was life and death to beat both Memphis and Texas but buried #1 seeded Duke by shooting 54% from the floor and 60% from 3-point range. The bounce factor says the Wildcats will bounce dramatically downward off that performance but this is the NCAA and that remains to be seen. These teams have previously met four times-all during the regular season-and UConn has won them all. Connecticut has won two national championships-in 2004 and 1999-and has been to the Final Four three times.
Looking Ahead To Sunday's Regional Finals
In the East Regional Final from the Prudential Center in Newark, #4 Kentucky (28-8) is a 1 ½-point favorite over #2 North Carolina, with the game having a total of 148 ½.
In the Southwest Regional Final from the Alamodome in San Antonio, #1 Kansas is a 10 ½-point favorite over Virginia Commonwealth (27-11), with the game having a total of 145 ½.
As is the case with today's games, the winners will advance to the Final Four which will be played next Saturday at Reliant Stadium in Houston. The championship game will be played the following Monday Night.
In Tuesday's NIT Semifinals
The NIT semifinals will be played Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, with both games televised on ESPN2. The four teams who survived the 32 team secondary tournament are all quite talented and the figures say any one of them can win it all. The championship game will be played Thursday night and also will be televised, on ESPN
Wichita State (27-8) is a 2-point favorite (1 ½ in some books) over Washington State (22-12) in the first game while Alabama (24-11) is a 1 ½-point choice over Colorado (24-13) in the second.
I will be releasing my one of these games as a 100-unit play.
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