MARCH IS HERE AND SO LET THE MADNESS BEGIN! …
AND A MAJOR RED ALERT: THERE’S DANGER
LURKING WHEN LOOKING TO WAGER
ON THOSE HIGHLY-RANKED TEAMS
(AS IF YOU HADN’T NOTICED THESE PAST TWO WEEKENDS!) …
PLUS, THE CONFERENCE MINI-TOURNIES GET REVVED UP
BEGINNING TUESDAY NITE IN THE HORIZON LEAGUE
Hey, what’s with College Basketball’s truly elite teams having so much darn trouble the past two weekends?
Turn back the clock and last Monday we were busy dishing all about Baylor, Gonzaga and San Diego State – then the country’s #1st-, #2nd and #4th-ranked teams — all taking a tumble on what became known in these parts as “Shakeup Saturday”.
Now, check out this past weekend when the following occurred – again all on Saturday:
#1 Kansas failed to get the cash for its backers in that way-too-close-for-comfort 62-58 non-cover win at 11.5-point home underdog Kansas State;
#2 Baylor really took it on the proverbial chin with its 75-72 loss at 9-point pup TCU (and so much for that late line move up from Bears -7.5 points!);
#3 Gonzaga couldn’t reward its financial backers with that 86-76 non-cover triumph over 13.5-point road dog Saint Mary’s;
#6 Florida State couldn’t climb in the polls following its 70-69 setback at 3.5-point underdog Clemson in ACC action;
And – last but certainly not least — #7 Duke couldn’t win the slowdown game as the Blue Devils fell 52-50 at 3.5-point pup Virginia.
Okay, so you got it there all in back-and-white:
Five of the nation’s top seven teams in the Associated Press Top 25 poll failed to pump out a pointspread winner this past Saturday and so everyone ‘round the country had that déjà vu feeling, right?
Sure, you could sit there and pontificate that staying at / near the top of the polls is uber-tough these days for a variety of reasons – and note that four of the five highly-ranked teams that lost bets this past weekend were playing on the road – but it brings us back to that all-too-popular theory this season that there are no so-called “super-power” teams out there and underdog sides are always gonna get “psyched” to beat the sport’s giants.
Still, we’re talking back-to-back weekends in which the hoop heavyweights were cut down to size and it makes you wonder whether these elite clubs are gonna get chopped down earlier-than-expected in the above-mentioned conference championships – a/k/a the mini-tournies. Ahh, do stay tuned!
Plenty to say about all these squads in the days straight ahead but now let’s get you a quick reminder followed by a short summation of:
The Horizon League Tournament — which tips off the parade of mini-tournies beginning Tuesday night at home sites; — the Mountain West Conference Tournament; and the Ohio Valley Conference Tourney:
And now hear this …
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Here’s this week’s College Basketball mini-tournies that begin Tuesday night in the Horizon League …
HORIZON LEAGUE – Tues & Thurs (at Home Sites), Mon. (Mar. 9) and Tues. (Mar. 10)
Semifinals and Finals – At Indianapolis, IN
There’s intrigue here based on the notion that regular-season champion / favorite Wright State – 25-6 SU (straight-up) but just 14-13-2 ATS (against the spread) – could get an at-large nod to the 68-team NCAA Tournament field if the Raiders fall short of copping this mini-tourney crown. What do we say? We say don’t count on getting that bid, fellas, if you don’t win this Horizon Tourney!
Center Loudon Love (team-leading 16.3 ppg) and F Bill Wampler (15.6 ppg) need to fill ‘er up for a club that averages 81.4 points a game (that’s fifth-best in Division 1 play) for the Wright State kids who have won 10 of its last 12 games SU since mid-January.
The Favorite: Wright State
The Dark Horse: Oakland
Pointspread Note: Youngstown State’s covered six of its last eight games
MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE – Wed-thru-Saturday
At Las Vegas, NV
No question that all the attention paid to the Mountain West Conference this 2019-2020 season has centered on mighty San Diego State (28-1 SU / 17-1 MWC play / an electric 18-8-1 against the odds) but truth is the SDSU Aztecs must win this league tourney to get consideration for a numero uno seed in the “Big Dance” and we’ll stick to our guns and say Brian Dutcher’s crew most likely will wind up with a #2 seed (probably out West) even with a mini-tourney crown here. Watch for MWC #3 seed Nevada as the Wolf Pack will be a sticky team for any / all opponents.
The Favorite: San Diego State
The Dark Horse: UNLV
Pointspread Note: Boise State’s rock-solid 18-11 spread log is second-best behind San Diego State here in the MWC
OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE – Wed-thru-Sat
At Evansville, IN
Last season’s Murray State squad became the OVC’s first mini-tourney repeat champion since 1998-99 – really! – and odds are it’s gonna be either M-State or Belmont cuttin’ down the nets at the end of this soiree, but take note the Belmont Bruins do enter this bash on a league-best 10-game SU winning streak.
The Favorite: Belmont
The Dark Horse: Eastern Kentucky
Pointspread Note: Belmont had covered seven in a row before back-to-back spread setbacks versus Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech in the final days of February
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