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2014 NCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND BRACKET PICKS

Thursday, March 20th 2014
No. 6 Ohio State (25-9) vs. No. 11 Dayton (23-10), 12:15 p.m. (CBS)
No. 2 Wisconsin (26-7) vs. No. 15 American (20-12), 12:40 p.m. (truTV)
No. 8 Colorado (23-11) vs. No. 9 Pittsburgh (25-9), 1:40 p.m. (TBS)
No. 5 Cincinnati (27-6) vs. No. 12 Harvard (26-4), 2:10 p.m. (TNT)
No. 3 Syracuse (27-5) vs. No. 14 Western Michigan (23-9), 2:45 p.m. (CBS)
No. 7 Oregon (23-9) vs. No. 10 BYU (23-11), 3:10 p.m. (truTV)
No. 1 Florida (32-2) vs. No. 16 Albany (18-14), 4:10 p.m. (TBS)
No. 4 Michigan State (26-8) vs. No. 13 Delaware (25-9), 4:40 p.m. (TNT)
No. 7 Connecticut (26-8) vs. No. 10 Saint Joseph’s (24-9), 6:55 p.m. (TBS)
No. 2 Michigan (25-8) vs. No. 15 Wofford (20-12), 7:10 p.m. (CBS)
No. 5 St. Louis (26-6) vs. No. 12 NC State (21-13), 7:20 p.m. (TNT)
No. 5 Oklahoma (23-9) vs. No. 12 North Dakota State (25-6), 7:27 p.m. (truTV)
No. 2 Villanova (28-4) vs. No. 15 Milwaukee (21-13), 9:25 p.m. (TBS)
No. 7 Texas (23-13) vs. No. 10 Arizona State (21-11), 9:40 p.m. (CBS)
No. 4 Louisville (29-5) vs. No. 13 Manhattan (25-7), 9:50 p.m. (TNT)
No. 4 San Diego State (29-4) vs. No. 13 New Mexico State (26-9), 9:57 p.m. (truTV)

Friday, March 21st 2014
No. 3 Duke (26-8) vs. No. 14 Mercer (26-8), 12:15 p.m. (CBS)
No. 6 Baylor (24-11) vs. No. 11 Nebraska (19-12), 12:40 p.m. (truTV)
No. 7 New Mexico (27-6) vs. No. 10 Stanford (21.12), 1:40 p.m. (TBS)
No. 1 Arizona (30-4) vs. No. 16 Weber State (19-11), 2:10 p.m. (TNT)
No. 6 Massachusetts (24-8) vs. Tennessee (21-12), 2:45 p.m. (CBS)
No. 3 Creighton (26-7) vs. No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette (23-11), 3:10 p.m. (truTV)
No. 2 Kansas (24-9) vs. No. 15 Eastern Kentucky (24-9), 4:10 p.m. (TBS)
No. 8 Gonzaga (28-6) vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State (21-12), 4:40 p.m. (TNT)
No. 8 Memphis (23-9) vs. No. 9 George Washington (24-8), 6:55 p.m. (TBS)
No. 1 Wichita State (34-0) vs. No. 16 Cal Poly (13-19), 7:10 p.m. (CBS)
No. 6 North Carolina (23-9) vs. No. 11 Providence (23-11), 7:20 p.m. (TNT)
No. 5 VCU (26-8) vs. No. 12 Stephen F. Austin (31-2), 7:27 p.m. (truTV)
No. 1 Virginia (28-6) vs. No. 16 Coastal Carolina (21-12), 9:25 p.m. (TBS)
No. 8 Kentucky (24-10) vs. No. 9 Kansas State (20-12), 9:40 p.m. (CBS)
No. 3 Iowa State (26-7) vs. No. 14 North Carolina Central (28-5), 9:50 p.m. (TNT)
No. 4 UCLA (26-8) vs. No. 13 Tulsa (21-12), 9:57 p.m. (truTV)

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New Mexico State vs. Saint Louis March Madness Betting Prediction: March 21st 2013

New Mexico State vs. Saint Louis
March Madness Betting Prediction: Saint Louis -9.5 (March 21st 2013)
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St. Louis has won and covered 15 of their L16. They are a very well-balanced unit. Five players are either flirting with or posting DDs with Dwayne Evans leading the team in both scoring (13.1PPG) and rebounds (7.7 RPG). They play very methodically on offense forcing foes to adjust to their game. It is the Billikens “D” that truly stands out. They led the Atlantic 10 in both scoring defense and TO margin. They rank 19th , yielding a mere 58.1 PPG and allowing just 41.3% FGs. 6’11″ 240 lb Rob Loe and 6’9″ 240 lb Cody Ellis will play very physical against New Mexico State’s 7’5″ 355 lb, Sim Bhullar. The Center averages 10.2 PPG and 6.5 RPG . NM State won 5 straight but those wins were against Louisiana Tech, Texas Arlington twice, Idaho, and Texas State. The only solid team they had faced this season was back-to-back contests vs. New Mexico in December in which NM State lost and failed to cover both. Because of their 2 Big men, the Aggies can rebound. However, their overall offensive stats are 68 PPG, 32% 3-pointers, and 65.6% FTs. On “D” , they just give up tons of points and are very vulnerable vs. teams that can shoot from beyond the arc. The Billikens are 4-0 ATS their L4 non-Conference games, 6-1 ATS their L7 games played on neutral sites, and 20-6 ATS their L26 games played overall. Take St. Louis. Thank you. If you found this March Madness prediction on the New Mexico State vs. Louisville matchup useful, be sure to purchase a premium package from Joe today!

2013 March Madness Bracket Picks from Touthouse.com

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If you’re like most college basketball fans and betting enthusiasts, then you’ve probably got a ton of questions surrounding the potential winners in each region of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament prior to filling out your bracket. Thanks to this expert NCAA tournament betting guide, you’ll have a great idea of just which teams stand the best chances of advancing in their respective regions and potentially reaching the Final Four.

South Region
In the South Region, we like Kansas, Villanova, VCU, Michigan, Florida, San Diego State and Georgetown to advance to the second round. Following that, we are going to take the Kansas Jayhawks to take down Villanova, Michigan to beat VCU, Florida to beat Minnesota and the Hoyas to beat San Diego State

Now, with the Sweet Sixteen on tap, we’re going to back the No. 2 Hoyas to beat No. 3 Florida and No. 4 Michigan to beat No. 1 Kansas in a thriller. In the end, we’re going with the battle-tested Wolverines to reach the Final Four out of this region based on the fact that they have arguably the best guard in the nation in Trey Burke and a wealth of experience earned through a grueling Big Ten season against quality opponents.

East Region
We like No. 1 Indiana, No. 8 NC State, No. 5 UNLV, No. 4 Syracuse, No. 6 Butler, No. 3 Marquette, No. 10 Colorado, in a huge upset – and No.2 Miami to advance to the second round.

The Hoosiers will then sneak past NC State in a second round thriller to meet Syracuse (after they beat UNLV) in the third round. At the bottom of the bracket, we like Miami to reach the Elite Eight against No. 3 Marquette, though the Golden Eagles will have their hands full against No. 6 Butler in the second round.

With a bracket final four featuring Indiana, Syracuse, Miami and Marquette, we like the more athletic Orangemen to beat the No. 1 Hoosiers while No. 2 Miami beats both, Marquette and Syracuse to reach the Final Four out of this region. The Hurricanes are underrated and playing with a chip on their collective shoulders, not to mention the fact that they’ve got a great backcourt, led by former NL MVP winner Barry Larkin’s son!

Midwest Region
No. 1 Louisville, No. 9 Missouri, No. 4 St. Louis, No. 6 Memphis No. 3 Michigan State No. 10 Cincinnati and No. 2 Duke will all advance to the second round. After that, we like the top-ranked Cardinals to be joined by St. Louis, Michigan State, and Duke in the Sweet Sixteen.

Now, we get to the shocker for this round – and that’s a pick for the fourth-ranked Billikens to take down No. 1 Louisville while No. 3 Michigan State does likewise to the Blue Devils. Following those upsets, we like St. Louis to win this region and reach the Final Four.

West Region
No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 8 Pittsburgh, No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 4 K-State, No. 6 Arizona, No. 3 New Mexico, No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 2 Ohio State will all advance to the second round. We like the top-ranked Bulldogs, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Notre Dame to all reach the Sweet Sixteen before Wisconsin upsets Gonzaga with its smothering defense and New Mexico does likewise to the Fighting Irish in the bottom half of the bracket. We then like New Mexico to complete its run to the Elite Eight by taking out Notre Dame in an unexpected pairing that puts the Lobos in the Final Four.

Now, with just four teams remaining, (Michigan, Miami, New Mexico and St. Louis) it’s time to make some very, tough decisions en route to our 2013 NCAA Tournament Championship pick.

Touthouse.com likes the second-ranked Hurricanes to take down No. 4 Michigan as they use their outside-inside style of play to beat the Wolverines up front. Not many teams can match Michigan’s backcourt featuring Trey Burke, but Miami has the tools to reach the national championship final.

On the other side of the bracket, we like No. 4 St. Louis and genuinely believe this team has a ‘date with destiny’ much like the Baltimore Ravens did on their amazing run to the Super Bowl. New Mexico s very, very good – and could certainly beat the Billikens if they’re not on top of their game, but we don’t see that happening.

In the end, Touthouse.com is going to pick Miami to narrowly beat St. Louis in one of the most unexpected championship matchups in NCAA basketball history. But then again, in this wild and crazy season in which no team could hold on to the nation’s overall No.1 ranking for more than a couple of weeks at best, we think this matchup may be more the ‘norm’ than anything!

2013 NCAA Tournament Winner: Miami Hurricanes over St. Louis Billikens

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2012 March Madness Bracket Picks from Touthouse.com

2012 March Madness Bracket Picks
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Thanks to this in-depth 2012 March Madness Bracket Picks breakdown and my accompanying picks to advance all the way to the NCAA Tournament Final – devoted Touthouse college hardwood gamblers will be able to zero in on just which teams present the best chances of striking pay dirt by actually winning it all.

Okay, let’s get started in the South Bracket where No. 1 seeded Kentucky should have plenty of motivation after losing to Vanderbilt 72-64 in the SEC title game this past Sunday.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, college basketball bettors can expect the Wildcats to roll in their first two games, both of which will be in their back yard in Lexington. Yes, the Cats could meet UConn in the third round, but they should roll fairly easily over the defending national champs. I also like No. 4 Indiana to advance to the Sweet Sixteen and meet the Wildcats – where they will throw everything they can at John Calipari’s team before falling just short in a thriller.

In the bottom half of the bracket, I like No. 3 Baylor to advance all the way to the Sweet 16 opposite of No. 2 Duke. Now, while this matchup has all the makings of a tightly contested matchup between two ‘polar-opposite’ ballclubs, I like the underrated, up-tempo Baylor Bears to beat the Blue Devils and advance to the Elite Eight opposite of Kentucky.

While the Wildcats clearly have at least three first round draft picks on its roster including consensus No. 1 overall pick, Anthony Davis, something tells me the Bears are going to pull off a huge upset in this contest as they turn this matchup into a high-scoring track meet.

In the West bracket, I like Michigan State to advance to the Elite Eight by beating Long Island, Memphis and Louisville and I like them to face No. 2 Missouri, though I’ll be the first to admit that Mizzou will have its hands full with Marquette in the third round.

Missouri is one of the deepest teams in the country and can literally overwhelm their opponents with waves of speedy players that attack at both ends of the floor almost constantly.

Now, by my calculations, I have Missouri and Baylor meeting in one Final Four – and I am going to back the Tigers to advance all the way to the national championship title game.

No. let’s move on to the other side of the bracket and get started in what looks like a tightly contested East Region.

Top-seeded Syracuse will be without starting center Fab Melo and I think that fact will cause them to suffer an early round upset loss to Kansas State in the third round. Opposite the K-State Wildcats, I like the Vanderbilt Commodores to build on their impressive SEC title game win by beating both, Wisconsin and K-State to reach the Elite Eight.

I also like the red-hot Florida State Seminoles in the East bracket. The Seminoles could very well build on their ACC title game win over North Carolina by beating Cincinnati – and No. 2 Ohio State to reach the Elite Eight. The Seminoles are a lot better than most people know, so no matter how far they go in this year’s tourney, I won’t be very surprised.

In the Midwest bracket, North Carolina looks very safe through its first two games, but they’ll have their hands full in the third round with No. 5 Temple – a team that could very well pull off the huge upset and advance past the Tar Heels.

In the bottom half of the bracket, I like No. 3 Georgetown to advance out of the region by beating No. 6 San Diego State and No. 2 Kansas. Of course, I think it’s quite possible the Jayhawks will advance all the way out of the bracket, but I really like the Hoyas’ defensive mindset, so I’m sticking with John Thompson’s team here.

Now, as far as my Final Four picks are concerned, I have Florida State meeting the North Carolina Tar Heels – where they will beat their conference rivals for the third time this season and advance all the way to the NCAA Championship game.

Okay Touthouse NCAAB gamblers, that leaves us with just two teams – Missouri and Florida State – even if it’s not quite what you expected.

Both of these teams are deep and fast and come at you in waves that often remind me of the Showtime Lakers of Magic Johnson’s heyday. Both ballclubs also recorded solid ATS records this season with Florida State going 18-13 ATS and Missouri posting a bankroll-boosting 18-9-2 ATS mark.

Florida State (24-9) has won six straight games heading into the NCAA Tournament and used its swarming defense to limit its opponents to a paltry 38.1 percent field goal percentage to rank fifth in the nation.

The Seminoles also have two future NBA players on its roster in 6-5 junior shooting guard Michael Snaer (14.5 ppg) and athletic 6-10 sophomore forward Bernard James (10.5 ppg).

Missouri finished second to Kansas in the Big 12 but won the conference title by spanking Baylor 90-75 while cruising to its fifth straight win and eighth in its L/10 games. The high-scoring Tigers finished sixth in the nation in scoring (80.3 ppg) while nailing an incendiary 50.4 percent of its field goal attempts to finish third in the nation in shooting.

Sure, the Tigers don’t have a lot of size with just two players standing over 6-9, but what the Tigers do have is a bunch of speedy guards that can apparently shoot the lights out.

Missouri has five players that all average double figures in scoring, led by 6-3 senior combo guard Marcus Denmon and 6-6 senior sniper Kim English.

In the end, I’m going to go with the battle-tested Missouri Tigers, mostly because they’re a bit more experienced than the Seminoles, though I’ll be the first to admit that Florida State can literally beat any team in the nation after pulling off the rare feat of beating North Carolina and Duke – two times apiece this season.

2012 March Madness bracket picks are courtesy of Eric Williams, a professional sports handicapper featured on Touthouse.com

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2011 March Madness Picks & Bracket Predictions

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2010 NCAA Basketball Tournament Upset Picks for March Madness

2010 NCAA TOURNAMENT UPSET PICKSThe first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular times of the year for sports bettors; even those not custom to tackling the daily grind of investing in sports like to get in on all the action. With this year’s field wide open, a number of lesser known teams have shots at becoming the next George Mason and coming from out of nowhere to blow up the betting public’s brackets. Here’s a look at three teams that Touthouse.com believes is capable of stringing together a couple of upsets. 2010 March Madness 1st Round Upset Picks

1) Murray State Racers – When sifting through the brackets and taking a gander at teams from lesser known conferences, it’s imperative to see just how well that team fared against its conference foes. In the case of the Racers, they dominated going 20-1 SU and, and they avenged the lone loss in the OVC Tournament Championship Game by taking out Morehead State 62-51 as four-point favorites. This team covered easily against its only NCAA Tourney qualifier when it went into Berkeley and easily covered the 13.5-point spread falling 75-70 at Cal. This club is highly efficient offensively (#3 at 50.3%) and plays lock down defense evidenced by it allowing an average of 60.5 PPG (#21) and opponents to shoot just 38.6 percent (#11) this season. Unfortunately, the betting public is well aware of this clubs abilities as they currently stand as three-point underdogs after opening up as 4.5-point pups.

2) New Mexico State Aggies – The Aggies punched their ticket to the dance with a solid run in the WAC Tournament that saw them upend Utah State 69-63 as 10-point underdogs in the championship game. While this club lacks much of anything at the defensive end of the court, it can flat out score and shoot form a high percentage from the field. Five players average double-digits in scoring with guards Jahmar Young and Jonathan Gibson setting the pace with 20.5 and 17.5 PPG respectively. Michigan State has proven to be a much lesser from than from years past. Though it closed out the year with wins in 5 of its L/7 games, all those victories came against B10 teams that aren’t going to any tournaments this season. If their shots and the Aggies compete on the glass, the Spartans could be the victims of yet another 12/5 upset.

3) Utah State Aggies – Many players from last year’s team that suffered a heartbreaking 58-57 Round 1 loss at the hands of the Marquette Golden Eagles are back looking to advance the Aggies into the second round for the first time since the 2000-2001 season. Though they’ll be taking on a gritty Texas A&M club on Friday, Head Coach Stew Morrill’s kids have as good a shot as any of the other 12 seeds to ruin many a bracket this tournament. Saturday night’s loss to the Aggies in the QAC Championship game was the first defeat incurred by this club since January 4th. That’s right! USU won 17 games in a row before ultimately losing, and they went a $$$-making 13-4 ATS during that stretch. This club is highly efficient (#7 at 49.1%) and can flat out stroke it from beyond the arc (#3 at 41.9%). Oh yeah, they also play stellar defense evidenced by its 59.6 PPG allowed on the year (#11). A&M is prone to going into scoring droughts, and if they do so in this spot, the Aggies can turn this one into a laugher!

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2010 March Madness Picks: Who Will Win The 2010 NCAA Tournament?

2010 march madness picksThe 2010 NCAA Tournament is so wide open making it just as hard predicting who might win these Round 1 match-ups let alone predicting who will cut the nets down in April. The folks on ESPN’s Bracketology program all seem to be enamored with either Kansas or Kentucky, but we at Touthouse.com believe a handful of other squads are fully capable of pulling off the feat. Here’s a look at some of the less popular selections to shock the March Madness betting public. Who will win the 2010 NCAA Tournament?

1) Ohio State Buckeyes – The Big 10 Tournament champs head into the NCAA Tournament off a sensational 90-61 beat down of the Minnesota Golden Gophers as short 3.5-point favorites. The victory was the teams seventh in a row, and they went 4-3 ATS during that stretch. Head Coach Thad Matta’s club isn’t the deepest in the country, but what it does boast is the nation’s best player in the form of Evan Turner. His 20.3 points per game paced the Buckeyes offensively who rank 5th in FG percentage (49.6%) and 62nd in points scored (74.2 PPG). They’re also very solid defensively allowing an average of just 61.2 points per game, while limiting foes to just 41.1 percent from the field (#68). This club lost most of its games this season when Turner was out with an injury. Since he returned to action, the Buckeyes won 17 of their L/20 games. Look for this #2 seed to make some noise in the Midwest bracket.

2) Kansas State Wildcats – Yes, the Wildcats came up short once again against in-state rival Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament Championship Game, but don’t let that loss fool you. Head Coach Frank Martin has a very solid squad at his disposal that clearly has the weapons at hand to make a deep run into this tournament. If you subtract the three losses incurred against the Jayhawks, Kansas State went 26-4 SU on the year. This club was placed in a wide open bracket where we expect a number of crazy things to occur over the next couple weeks. They’re led by a pair of gamers in guard’s Jacob Pullen and Denis Clemente, and they have the “Bigs” that can match up with some of the best in the country. The gritty Mean Green will fight them to the end, and BYU could present a major task in Round 2, but if they get passed those two we really like their chances against anyone they’ll meet in the Sweet 16 and beyond.

3) Georgetown Hoyas  – All we see is green when looking at the return on Head Coach John Thompson III’s Hoyas! I’ll take what I see to be one of the best teams in the entire field at 20/1 any day of the week! This club was just a couple seconds away from knocking off South Florida, Syracuse, Marquette, and West Virginia in one of the toughest conference’s tournaments this past weekend. The club is highly efficient at the offensive end of the court coming in ranked 4th in FG percentage (49.8%), and it surrenders an average of just 65.1 PPG defensively (#88). With G Austin Freeman leading the scoring charge (16.7 PPG), G Chris Wright chiming in with 14+ and four assists per game, and C Greg Monroe hauling down 9.5 rebounds per game and dominating the paint (1.5 blocks per game), the Hoyas certainly have the recipe to succeed in this Dance.

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2009 March Madness Tournament Betting: A Defensive Approach

2009 March Madness: A Defensive Approach
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It’s almost that time of year again as March Madness has once again almost arrived. With it’s arrival comes memories of some of the most breath taking basketball that can be found anywhere in the world today. With it’s arrival comes memories of some of the most breath taking basketball that can be found anywhere in the world today. Games that will have you biting your nails, screaming unmentionable insults at the TV screen and arm raising fanaticism, that often leaves many non-basketball fans wondering, what underlying physiological problems you may have.

Included in this Mardi Gras like festival are big school bands, beautiful cheerleaders, and crowds that make many believe the building is about to collapse. Included in this purgatory like atmosphere are all niter Parties that leave you dazed and exhausted.

These are just a few of the great tension filled days called March Madness, a tournament that started with 8 college basketball teams back in 1939. Now in the year 2009, 65 of Americas best college basketball teams collide in one giant hardwood explosion.

Unfortunately, during this incredible sporting spectacle the regular betting man will start to be taken in by emotional whirlwind that surrounds him. Throwing his money around like a Friday niter pub crawl dart player. Leaving him susceptible to uncontrolled, emotionally motivated betting regiments that would make any professional bettor twist and turn in torment.

It is during this time that most basketball betting pundits are most vulnerable, and believe me the oddsmakers are fully aware of this.

So when preparing to wager on a March Madness game, be well aware of what the true odds should be. Taking into consideration all statistical and motivational data needed to intelligently decipher a game situation, that is not always as straight forward as the lines makers and analysts would lead you to believe. Most TV sports commentators will put a spin on these NCAA hoops games that Meadowlark Lemon of the Harlem Globetrotters would be proud of. Leaving you so dizzied by the influx of unrelated statistical data, that you don’t even know if the #1 team in the nation even has a crack at winning a single game, let alone a spot in the final four.

It’s at this exact point in time when we should all remember to stand back and take a second to get out of the March Madness tornado and to shake the emotional cobwebs out of our heads.

Remember the chant DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE. Take a defensive posture during this March Madness and keep your emotions in check . This should help keep you from losing a pocketful of dough and help you garner some profits that make that big party hangover easier to handle.

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Final Four Picks: Memphis Tigers vs. UCLA Bruins

Memphis @ UCLA u133.5 (-110)
Sat Apr 5 ’08 6:05p
The Memphis Tigers have been running up some scores lately, but we expect the stingy defense of the UCLA Bruins to slow the Tigers down here, resulting in a much lower scoring game than many people expect.

UCLA has one of the best defenses in the country, and they will no doubt make a concerted effort not to let Memphis get their running game going, as the Bruins know that the Tigers are capable of running away with this game if they are not at least slowed down. The Bruins are allowing just 58.9 points per game this season while holding their opponents to 42.0 percent shooting, and they have been downright suffocating lately, surrendering 55.4 points per on a miniscule 35.3 percent shooting to their last five opponents.

While the Tigers are known for their exciting offense, many people overlook their excellent defense which is holding opponents to 38.8 percent shooting over the entire year. Considering that the Bruins will slow the pace of this game when they are on offense also, we think that the Memphis defense should have no trouble keeping UCLA around 60 points or so at the most here.

The bottom line is that if UCLA is successful in containing the Memphis transition game, we do not see this contest getting out of the 120s.

CBB Final Four Free Pick: Memphis, UCLA Under 133.5

Kansas vs. Davidson Free Pick & Final Four Betting Odds

Davidson @ Kansas u147.0 (-110)
Sun Mar 30 ’08 5:05p

Stephen Curry of the Davidson Wildcats may be the NCAA Tournament MVP so far, but the Kansas Jayhawks will be the best defense the Cats have seen all year, and the Jayhawks will no doubt smother Curry and dare the Davidson fringe players to beat them.

Kansas is limiting opponents to just 38.0 percent shooting this season, and their defense has been absolutely suffocating during this tournament, allowing 57, 56 and 61 points respectively on a miniscule 34.0 percent shooting! In fact, Kansas has held six of their last eight opponents to 61 points or less.

Now for all of Curry’s success this season, Davidson games are still averaging just a combined 141.8 points, about five points vs. this posted total, and all of those games were vs. lesser defenses. Also, the Under is still 18-15 in all Wildcats games, despite their first three tournament games all going Over posted totals that were much lower than this one.

We look for this game to top out at around 140 points or so.

CBB Final Four Free Pick: Davidson, Kansas Under 147