Syracuse vs. Georgetown
College Basketball Pick: Syracuse +2.5 -110 odds (March 15th 2013)
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Georgetown has easily taken the first two meetings of this season series but Syracuse will be out for some payback tonight.
It seems very fitting that Syracuse and Georgetown meet for one last time before the Orange bolt to the ACC next season. Syracuse is coming off a big win against Pittsburgh Thursday, almost blowing a big lead in the process, but it was a much needed win for the shaky confidence that has seemed to engulf this team down the stretch. The Panthers defense did not do a very good job against the Orange perimeter shooting as they were 12-19 from long range but Syracuse cannot rely on that again considering it was a combined 5-32 (15.6 percent) in the two meetings against the Hoyas this season. Still, we can expect a much better effort tonight. Brandon Triche had his second solid game of the tournament as he continues to pick up the pieces from a terrible stretch to end the regular season while James Southerland looks extremely comfortable back in the city he grew up in. After losing four of five games to end the regular season with all four losses coming against NCAA Tournament bound teams, Syracuse got some of that momentum back that was present for much of the season and it will be out for some payback on Friday. Georgetown toyed with Cincinnati before pulling away down the stretch and it will look to continue the domination of Syracuse after winning the first two meetings by a combined 33 points. If only it were that easy. The Hoyas are catching the Orange at the wrong time in my opinion and as much flak as head coach Jim Boeheim has taken this season and some of it rightfully so, he has thrived in these situations, going 9-2 ATS revenging a loss of 20 points or more. Additionally, the underdog has covered five of the last six and we can expect that to continue as the public will be all over the short favorite. Play (861) Syracuse Orange
Tulane vs. Memphis
College Basketball Pick: Tulane +10 -110 odds (March 14th 2013)
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Memphis is the clear favorite to win the C-USA Tournament but playing outside of Memphis is pretty foreign to the Tigers. The Green Wave come in sky high after erasing a 13-point second half deficit against Marshall to win on Wednesday.
This is only the second year in the last decade that Memphis has not had the luxury of playing the C-USA Tournament on its home floor. The tournament is contested at the BOK Center in Tulsa this season after being played in El Paso in 2011. Memphis had another spectacular season but it was definitely an under the radar team as not a lot was expected but an 18-game winning streak turned some heads. It has been a very disappointing season for Tulane. The Green Wave were expected to make a run at Memphis in C-USA or at least end up in the top half of the conference and after a 12-3 non-conference start, things were looking up. However, Tulane lost its first two conference games and it could never get back on track as it could do no more than a two-game winning streak the rest of the season. The Green Wave ended the regular season on a four-game losing streak but picked up some momentum with a huge come-from-behind victory over Marshall on Wednesday. It was Tulane’s first C-USA tournament win in four years and only the 11th time the Green Wave has won its opening game in 34 tournament appearances so it has to be full of confidence and playing loose is the name of the game. The Green Wave enters the C-USA Tournament as the league’s second-best team in taking care of the ball. Tulane averages only 12.2 tpg and maintaining that gives them a shot to keep this close. Memphis rolled in the two regular season meetings but the Green Wave are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a win, while the Tigers are 1-6 ATS in their last seven neutral site games. Play (757) Tulane Green Wave. Be sure to check out Matt Fargo’s premium college basketball picks for March 14th at Touthouse.com, Handicapperspicks.com and Accuwager.com
Valparaiso vs. Wright State
Basketball Betting Prediction: Wright State +8 (March 12th 2013)
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10* graded play on Valparaiso as they take on Wright State in the Horizon Conference Championship game. The simulator shows a high probability that Alpo will lose this game by fewer than six points and has a great shot at winning the Championship and advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Given this projections, I like playing this game with a 7.5* amount using the line and a 2.5* amount using the money line. Supporting this graded play is a proven system posting a 113-58 ATS for 66.1% winners since 1997. Platy on neutral court teams as a dog (WRIGHT ST) off a win against a conference rival and now facing an opponent off a home no-cover where the team won straight up as a favorite. Valpo was placed as the top seed in the bracket with Wright State seeded third. Wright State first defeated Youngstown State 66-59 and then had a war with second seed Detroit winning 56-54. Alpo had a double-bye and had to fight extremely hard just to defeat four seed Green Bay 70-69. Of course, Alpo wants to win and so do all the other ‘bubble teams’ Wright State would take away one of those bubble spots with a win as Alpo is almost guaranteed a big to the Tournament. I have them projected as a 12 or 13 seed. So, Wright State clearly knows they MUST win for their season to continue and that is certainly a big edge to have against a superior opponent. I truly believe that Wright State has the defense to contain Alpo and use turnovers and missed shots to generate fast break scoring opportunities in transition. Wright State ranks 17th allowing 58.4 PPG, 17th allowing 9.9 assists per game, and ninth posting a 0.627 assists-to-turnover ratio. Take Wright State.
Depaul vs. Rutgers
College Basketball Pick: Depaul +4 -110 odds (March 12th 2013)
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This may seem like an easy spot to jump on the favorite, considering DePaul finished just 2-16 in conference play compared to Rutgers at 5-13. However, one of the Blue Demons two conference wins this season came against the Scarlet Knights, as they held on for a 75-69 win at home.
As many of you are aware, Rutgers is going to be without their leading scorer Eli Carter, who was lost for the rest of the season back in February. The Scarlet Knights only win without Carter came in the regular season finale win over Seton Hall. It was actually against DePaul that Carter was injured. He scored just 4 points in that game and his loss clearly played a role in the outcome of that game. Not only do I think the Blue Demons will cover, I like them to win this game outright! BET DePaul!
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