Submitted by Jim Hurley on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE COLLEGE B-BALL REPORT: WE'RE ROLLIN' WITH MORE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PREVIEWS!
Okay, let's not skip a beat - it's time for more of this week's College Basketball Conference Tournaments - a/k/a, the mini tourneys:
First, this key reminder that Jim Hurley's Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will keep beating the books with more College Basketball and NBA winners plus don't forget it's Week 6 straight ahead in the AAF (Alliance of American Football), so, let's cash in big all this week right here online or 1-800-323-4453. Keep in mind when there's day-time hoops, we'll have our selections bright and early! Keep in mind when there's day-time hoops, we'll have our selections up for you bright and early!
Here's more of this week's College Basketball mini-tournies beginning with Wednesday afternoon action ...
PAC-12 TOURNAMENT - Wed-thru-Sat
at Las Vegas, NV
It's tough to make a case for the Pac-12 to get multiple teams into next week's NCAA Tournament - heck, we've seen projections that #1 seed Washington (24-7, 15-3) might be on the #10 or #11 seed line in the "Big Dance" and be the sole team from this league - and so this mini-tourney will be a major free-for-all where Arizona State (21-9, 12-6), Utah (17-13, 11-7) and three other teams with 10 conferences wins (that's Colorado, Oregon and Oregon State) might all be battling it out for a second NCAA Tourney berth. Wow!
The Favorite: Washington
The Dark Horse: USC
Pointspread Note: Can you believe that the best spread side in the woeful Pac-12 is Oregon State at 17-12 ... and the only other team three games above .500 spreadwise is Arizona State's 16-13?
BIG 10 TOURNAMENT - Wed-thru-Sunday
At Chicago, IL
Co-regular season champions Michigan State (25-6, 16-4) and Purdue (23-8, 16-4) both are legit top 10-to-12 teams in the country but Sparty needs star G Cassius Winston (19 ppg) to lead 'em while the rest of the guys win the board win while the Boilermakers need G Carsen Edwards (23.4 ppg) to get heated up from deep and then get something positive from seven-footer Matt Haarms. Let's just say we'll be surprised if either Michigan State or Purdue falls shy of Sunday's championship game. No doubt both Michigan and Wisconsin were regular-season heavy hitters with 15-5 and 14-6 league marks, respectively, but our gut tells us to trust neither to win this mini-tourney in Chitown.
The Favorite: Michigan State
The Dark Horse: Maryland
Pointspread Note: Michigan State's 22-9 ATS (against the spread) mark is the best in the Big 10 and note the Spartans have covered 15 of their last 20 games dating back to late December.
BIG EAST TOURNAMENT - Wed-thru-Sat
At New York, NY
The $64,000 question here is this ... does anyone really want to win this Big East Tournament? Both #1 seed Villanova and #2 seed Marquette staggered down the stretch (hey, Marquette enters this tourney on a four-game straight-up losing streak) and veritable "host team" St. John's looks awful with three consecutive losses marking the end of regular-season play. The hottie: That's Creighton with a five-game SU (straight-up) win streak but the Bluejays have a rough road here with a #4 vs. #5 game against Xavier and then the winner catches 'Nova. Our player to watch here in NYC is Seton Hall G Myles Powell who is averaging 22.6 ppg and this dude's clutch!
The Favorite: Villanova
The Dark Horse: Seton Hall
Pointspread Note: Here's the hot sides ... Xavier's covered six of its last seven outings while Creighton has nailed down five consecutive spread covers.
SEC TOURNAMENT - Wed-thru-Sun
At Nashville, TN
Hey, we told y'all a few weeks back that too many folks were discounting LSU (26-5, 16-2) and the Bayou Bengals proved to be the forgotten team of this top-heavy SEC en route to snatching up the #1 seed in this mini-tourney ... but now that LSU head coach Will Wade has been suspended following an alleged wiretap incident you do have to wonder if this Baton Rouge bunch will have their heads on straight for this week's games. Neither Kentucky nor Tennessee have been big-time pointspread winners (see note below) and so if you're wondering who's gonna be cashing and not trashing here than let's consider well-coached Auburn and Miss State as we'll likely be tuned in to them whenever in the underdog role.
The Favorite: Kentucky
The Dark Horse: Miss State
Pointspread Note: Before you get too excited about Kentucky and Tennessee, note they are a combined 30-29 ATS this 2018-19 hoops season. Ooops!
CONFERENCE USA TOURNAMENT - Wed-thru-Sat
At Frisco, TX
Odds are that #1 seed Old Dominion (23-8, 13-5) will get an at-large NCAA Tournament bid even if the Monarchs don't win this mini-tourney but gotta admit this could be a wide-open affair with Southern Miss, Marshall, Western Kentucky and UT-San Antonio all sporting 11-7 league records this year and quite capable of getting on little runs - note that Marshall roars into this tourney on a five-game SU winning streak. Keep your eyes on the Old Dom scores - Jeff Jones' crew ranks eighth nationally in scoring "D".
The Favorite: Old Dominion
The Dark Horse: FIU
Pointspread Note: UT-San Antonio is a league-best 17-9 versus the vig this year and that includes nine covers in the last baker's dozen.
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT - Wed-thru-Sat
At Kansas City, MO
Now, doesn't it seem really strange that the Kansas Jayhawks are not coming in here following an umpteeth regular-season crown? Bill Self's crew is the #3 seed here - archrival Kansas State (24-7, 14-4) is the numero uno seed in this mini-tourney - but we claim the best top-to-bottom squad here is Texas Tech (see Elite 8 appearance last year). Gut feeling is the 10-team Big 12 Conference will get five teams into next week's NCAA Tournament with Baylor and Iowa State joining these above-mentioned three clubs but only way Texas (16-15) gets in is if the 'Horns get to the title tilt. Book it!
The Favorite: Texas Tech
The Dark Horse: Oklahoma
Pointspread Note: Go figure ... Oklahoma's 19-9 spread record is the best in Big 12 regular-season play and the Sooners are 7-4-2 ATS as point-grabbers.
BIG SKY TOURNAMENT - Wed-thru-Sat
At Boise, ID
It's a one-bid league for sure but gotta say this one's more wide-open that you'd think with #1 seed Montana (23-8, 16-4) no cinch despite the fact the top four players average better than 50 percent shooting from the floor.
The Favorite: Montana
The Dark Horse: Portland State
Pointspread Note: Portland State's covered seven of its last eight games overall.
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