Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE NCAA TOURNAMENT IS RIGHT ‘ROUND
THE CORNER AND THERE’S SOME SURPRISING SQUADS
LURKING AS THEY LOOK TO STEAL “BIG DANCE” BERTHS –
WHAT COULD BE A REAL DILEMMA COME SUNDAY
FOR THE KNOW-IT-ALL COMMITTEE FOLKS …
DON’T FORGET WEEK 6 OF ALLIANCE FOOTBALL IS THIS WEEKEND
Okay, so we’re not gonna sit here and tell you that this week’s College Basketball Conference Tournaments have been chock full of upsets despite the fact that West Virginia (14-19) is still very much alive-n-kickin’ in the Big 12 Tournament and that Nebraska (18-15) is hoping to make it three in a row in the mighty Big 10 Tournament with its late afternoon tilt against Wisconsin.
Heck, if either team happens to win these mini-tourneys then it’s gonna send major shock waves all around a batch of college campuses including the ones at St. John’s, N.C. State and Baylor (just to name a few!). Those teams might be counting their chickens before they hatch and instead could be staring down the barrel of an NCAA Tourney snub. Gotcha!
More mini-tourney words of wisdom in a second, but now hear this …
Jim Hurley’s Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will keep beating the books with more College Basketball and NBA winners all week/weekend long plus don’t forget it’s Week 6 straight ahead in the AAF (Alliance of American Football), so, let’s cash in big here at www.jimhurley.com or via our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453. Keep in mind when there’s day-time hoops, we’ll have our selections up for you bright and early!
The bottom line is the all-knowing – and we say that with tongue firmly planted in mouth – NCAA Tournament Committee is said to be having a dickens of a time deciding who’s gonna get the final three or four at-large berths (yes, pretty much the teams that are going to find themselves on the #12 seed line that sets ‘em up for games on Tuesday and Wednesday in Dayton in what’s commonly been known as the “First Four”) and so this could be a nightmare of sorts come Selection Sunday.
Can West Virginia really KO Kansas and then the Iowa State vs. Kansas State winner to cop this Big 12 Tourney crown?
And what about Nebraska – do the Cornhuskers have the grades here should they get beaten by the Badgers … in other words, is 18-16 good enough for a precious at-large berth? Stay tuned.
In any event, the 54-game mini-tourney sked of yesterday/last night wound up in the Betting Favorites’ corner once again with chalk sides finishing the wild action at 29-25-0 ATS (against the spread) for a .537 winning rate.
Tally ‘em all this week and – since Monday – College B-Ball Mini-Tourney Betting Favs are a collective 59-43-1 against the odds … a rather dazzling .578 winning rate that does include Thursday’s outright upsets by Xavier (+ 3) over Creighton, Central Michigan (+ 1.5) over Kent State, Northern Illinois (+ 6.5) over Toledo, Bowling Green (+ 1.5) over Ball State, Florida State (+ 1) over Virginia Tech in overtime, Ohio State (+ 2) over Indiana, Nebraska (+ 6.5) over Maryland, Minnesota (+ 3) over Penn State in OT, West Virginia (+ 13) over Texas Tech, Alabama (+ 4) over Ole Miss, Colorado (+ 2.5) over Oregon State, Long Beach State (+ 2) over Hawaii, South Alabama (+ 2.5) over Louisiana, UAB (+ 1.5) over UTSA and – last but not least – Southern Utah (+ 8.5) over Northern Colorado.
Okay, so back to the NCAA Tournament folks – they should heed the words of some of the sport’s biggest figures (including ESPN’s Dick Vitale) and this year reward the likes of Belmont and UC-Irvine and South Dakota State even if these teams didn’t win their recent mini-tourneys. Let the power conference teams that have 12-or-more losses, let’s say, play second fiddle to these guys. Right?
If we had our way, these mid-major guys would be “in” and the likes of already-departed-from-mini-tourney-play Baylor, Indiana, TCU, Oregon State and Georgetown would be out. Ask us this minute and our “First Four” matchups of #12 seeds would read like this: St. John’s vs. Oregon (providing the still-alive Ducks don’t win the Pac-12 Tournament) and Minnesota vs. Temple.
Finally, our top four seeds in each of the regions – through the games of Thursday, March 14 – looks like this:
EAST – Virginia, Tennessee, Houston and Purdue
MIDWEST – Michigan State, Florida State, LSU and Kansas State
SOUTH – Kentucky, Duke, Texas Tech and Villanova
WEST – North Carolina, Gonzaga, Michigan and Nevada
We’re heading into Week 6 of the AAF and the Orlando Apollos (5-0) remain the league’s lone undefeated team SU (straightup) and note Steve Spurrier’s club is winning by a per-game average of 14.4 points per game – solid stuff and next up is a tilt against a sagging Arizona crew that’s dropped three in a row. Hey, it’s not all just roundball this March weekend as we’ll have AAF Side & Totals winners on all four of this weekend’s games when you check with Jim Hurley at 1-800-323-4453.
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