Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE ALLIANCE FOOTBALL –
TRACKING THE WEEK 4 ACTION …
COLLEGE BASKETBALL’S WEEKEND NOTES
The Alliance of American Football – a/k/a the AAF – heads into Week 4 of this 10-game regular season and there’s still a couple of teams that are perfect SU (straight-up):
The Birmingham Iron and the Orlando Apollos each are 3-and-oh while zooming into Saturday / Sunday action and here’s the lowdown when it comes to Week 4:
On Saturday, it’s …
SAN DIEGO (2-1) at MEMPHIS (0-3) – 4 p.m. ET, Bleacher Report Live … The switch to QB Philip Nelson has powered up the 6.5-point road favorite San Diego Fleet while did you notice the Express has benched QB Christian Hackenberg after throwing zero TDs and 3 INTs in his first 62 pass attempts?
ORLANDO (3-0) at SALT LAKE (1-2) – 8 p.m. ET, NFL Network … The visiting undefeated and 4.5-point favored Apollos generally are considered the best team in the AAF but MVP frontrunner QB Garrett Gilbert must steer clear of getting sacked here by Karter Schult.
On Sunday, it’s …
SAN ANTONIO (1-2) at BIRMINGHAM (3-0) – 4 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network … The Iron is the league’s other unbeaten squad and currently is laying a TD-plus price here against a San Ant team that may make a quarterback change after Logan Woodside aired five INTs the first three weeks.
ATLANTA (0-3) at ARIZONA (2-1) – 8 p.m. ET, NFL Network … Here’s the biggest pointspread in Week 4 with the host Hotshots anywhere between a 12- and 13.5-point betting fav depending on your locale. Note that Arizona QB John Wolford has been suffering through some back pain lately.
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL WEEKEND AHEAD
Let’s go left-to-right on this College Basketball map and so we’ll start with some Pac-12 talk:
Is this left coast league gonna get more than two teams into the 68-team NCAA Tournament field?
Right now, Washington is a cinch with its 13-2 record in Pac-12 games but there’s rumblings that admitting both Arizona State (19-9, 10-6) and Oregon State (17-10, 9-6) is no slam dunk, if you will. Maybe the all-knowing (we say that with raised eyebrows, of course) NCAA Tournament Committee should check out pointspread records to help ‘em understand what teams have performed above/beyond the call of duty. Note that Arizona State is 14-13 ATS (against the spread) while Oregon State is 15-11 versus the vig, so advantage to the OSU Beavers. Meanwhile, the other nine teams in the Pac-12 are either below or right at the .500 mark spreadwise and so that would keep the likes of Utah and Colorado on the outside looking in at a “Big Dance” invite. P.S., don’t be shocked if Arizona State or Oregon State is part of that #12 seed “play-in” matchup in Dayton. Interestingly enough, all three of the lead teams – Washington, Arizona State and Oregon State – lost on Thursday night …
Okay, let’s head into Middle America and check out the Big 12:
There’s no doubt that half of this league is a shoo-in to get into the NCAA Tournament and here’s how we see it right now with Texas Tech a #3 seed, Kansas a #4 seed, Kansas State a #6 seed, Baylor a #7 seed and Iowa State an #8 seed and so you wonder if there’s room for either Texas (15-13, 7-8) and/or TCU (18-10, 6-9). Again, let’s track the pointspread marks for these squads and you’ll discover that the Texas Longhorns are just 14-14 against the odds this 2018-19 hoops season while the TCU Horned Frogs are – guess what – also 14-14 ATS. In other words, neither gets the proverbial benefit of the doubt from us when filling out all the brackets …
Now, we’ve arrived on the East Coast where the Big East is one major convoluted mess when it comes to who – and how many – teams will be NCAA Tournament-bound this month of March. Okay, so we believe the Big East will get five teams into the mix with Marquette, Villanova and St. John’s having sealed up bids but is it Georgetown (17-11, 7-8), Seton Hall (16-11, 7-8), Xavier (16-13, 8-8), Creighton (15-13, 6-9), Butler (15-13, 6-9) and/or Providence 16-13, 6-10) that fill out the other couple of expected bids? Again, spreadwise none of these “bubble” or below bubble teams have winning spread marks and so this league should fret that it might not get a fifth team into the tourney mix.
Finally, here’s our weekly update in terms of the projected top 4 seeds in the NCAA Tournament …
EAST – Duke, Tennessee, Purdue and Iowa State
MIDWEST – Kentucky, Michigan, Texas Tech and Marquette
SOUTH – Virginia, Michigan State, Virginia Tech and Kansas
WEST – Gonzaga, North Carolina, Houston and LSU
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