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THE COLLEGE ROUND-BALL REPORT –

HERE’S THE MINI-TOURNIES THAT TIP OFF THURSDAY AFTERNOON / EVENING …

PLUS, THE TEAMS (WE SAY) THAT MUST WIN AT LEAST TWO CONFERENCE TOURNEY

GAMES TO LAND AN AT-LARGE BID IN THE NCAAs

You know the deal:

No matter what teams make the cut for the final at-large bids to next week’s NCAA Tournament there’s gonna be a slew of hoop squads that believe they got hosed.

Well, here’s a little memo to a couple of teams that we will list just below … win at least two games in your conference tournaments and (we say) you’ll have nothing to worry about come Selection Sunday:

CINCINNATI (20-10, 13-5 AAC) – Hey, these Bearcats have been on-and-off the proverbial bubble for the past few weeks but a couple of wins here in the American Athletic Conference Tournament (see our quick-hitter preview below in today’s Jim Sez) will land ‘em a “Big Dance” berth for sure. In laymen’s terms, if the ‘Cats get to the AAC Championship Game – win or lose there – they’re in. The 51 NET ain’t great but two wins against Wichita State, a win against league rival Houston and a 78-66 win against Tennessee helps the resume. FYI, One win in this mini-tourney and Cincy’s squarely on the bubble. Bettors beware as Cincy’s failed to cover seven of its last eight games.

SOUTH CAROLINA (18-13, 10-8 SEC) – Gotta say we haven’t seen the Gamecocks listed on many “mock” NCAA Tournament fields but do believe a pair of SEC Tourney wins gets ‘em in (maybe in one of the “First Four” games). The 67 NET works against Frank Martin’s squad as does the fact the Gamecocks are just 5-5 SU in their last 10 games but wins against the Arkansas vs. Vanderbilt survivor and another in the quarterfinals against LSU should do the trick. P.S., South Carolina is 11-6 ATS (against the spread) since Jan.11th.

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Here’s more of this week’s College Basketball mini-tournies with the leagues that tip off play beginning Thursday …

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT – Thurs-thru-Sun

at Fort Worth, TX

The 22nd-ranked Houston Cougars have a sort of “home state” advantage here playing in the great state of Texas and Kelvin Sampson’s squad will try to do it with “D” here – they own the country’s 12th-best scoring defense (allowing 62.1 ppg). The general lack of pop from Tulsa and Wichita State likely means they’ll fall short of this title chase but UConn and Memphis plus points probably will be utilized here.

The Favorite: Houston

The Dark Horse: UConn

Pointspread Note: Houston’s an ugly 3-6 versus the vig since Feb.5th and the Coogs have failed to cover four consecutive away games

BIG WEST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT – Thurs-thru-Sat

At Anaheim, CA

No fans allowed in the Honda Center because of the coronavirus mess …and only one tam from this conference will get an NCAA bid but even fav Cal-Irvine could be a #15 seed next week. Watch for G Evan Leonard of the UCI Anteaters … he must shoot it better than 40.5 from the field or else these guys could stumble spreadwise.

The Favorite: UC-Irvine

The Dark Horse: Hawaii

Pointspread Note: The league’s biggest money-burner is Cal-Fullerton (just 10-19 against the odds this year) while Cal-Davis (17-13 ATS) and Cal-Poly SLO (16-12) are the best bets and neither gets you all that excited

WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT – Thurs-thru-Sat

At Las Vegas, NV

Be sure that New Mexico State should make minced meat of this mini-tourney field as the Aggies have bludgeoned next-best team Cal-Baptist by a grand total of 48 points in their two head-to-head meetings. New Mexico State’s the country’s fifth-ranked defense while yielding only 59.7 points a game.

The Favorite: New Mexico State

The Dark Horse: UT-Rio Grande Valley

Pointspread Note: Cal-Baptist’s 16-10 spread mark is the best in this WAC and note heavy-duty fav New Mexico State is just 13-16 vig-wise but riding a four-game spread winning streak these days

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