The contest of mediocrity continues. With a slight edge, I’m making the calculated play here and picking UConn. We either both win or both lose, Big East, that’s called a “block” in my book.
THE BIG TEN PORTAL (9-8-1 ATS) vs THE BIG EAST (7-7 Straight Up)
BETS HAVE BEEN PLACED
Uconn -1 vs San Diego State Simply put, betting against UConn right now is like asking James Franco to do the Oscars – it’s a huge leap of faith, and though it could make you look like a genius, it’s more likely to explode in your face. The Huskies are the second hottest team remaining, and the metrics are hard to argue (10-0 ATS on neutral courts). The only team remotely close to this the Aztecs have faced is BYU, and they’re 0-2 in those games.
Florida -3 vs BYU Florida is another team that’s been on fire, and at this point seems unlikely that the Jimmer show can go on. People forget that Bill Donovan has won two titles, and should be considered among the best tournament coaches in the land. I’m confident Eddie Munster can come up with a game plan to slow down Fredette, and the SEC ironically moves on.
PICKING BUT NOT PLAYING
Wisconsin -4.5 vs Butler The Badgers are usually good for heading back to Madison on the first weekend, but they’ve defused two bombs so far, making it feel like this could be Bo’s year. But would you confidently put cash against the Bulldogs in March? That hasn’t been a good move since the ’80s.
Duke vs Arizona U148.5 8.5 is too many points for my comfort level, but I don’t like either side of this. It’ll take a lot of offense for this one to hit 150, so give me a lower-than-expected total.