Las Vegas Expert Picks: March Madness
Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three years of experience to make weekly selections in his”Ecks & Bacon” column.
March Madness picks
LAS VEGAS — Gimme some Cal-Irvine +3.5 points on Kansas State. In fact, we took +5 when the line started, and it’s now down to +3.5. So, I could take K-State -3.5 and take for the elusive middle, and beg for a four-point final perimeter. Maybe. However, lemme tell you. Yeah, I predict them Irving because that has been my grandpa’s name.
And they have perhaps my FAV nickname , the Anteaters. Once again, get that the Big 12 is WAY much better than the Big West. However, Irving roars into the first-round matchup on a 16-0 straight-up run, and has two of the last 10, with one push. In addition, one of K-State’s very best players, an All-Big 12 first-teamer for a couple of decades, F Dean Wade, is GONE. Eaters obtained Id EAT!
Quack Quack. Yeah, the Ducks, baby! Oregon dropped my favorite college player, Bol Bol, yeah, son of Manute, back in January. But the Ducks do have one of the greatest coaches on this side of the Mississippi, Dana Altman. No matter where he goes, all he does is win. Altman posted a 68-54 record at Kansas State, 327-176 in Creighton, and is now 235-95 at Oregon. This isn’t his very best gaggle of ducks, sorry, had to throw gaggle in. Really, how often can you get to utilize gaggle in a lifetime? Oops, never mind, that is for geese. Ducks are a flock.
Back to biz. And we’re talking MONEY! Oregon has come down the stretch just like Secretariat, winning and COVERING eight in a row. Totally understand that the Big Ten is far better than the Pac-12, however, Wiscy has been burning money. The Badgers have covered just two of the past 10, and 20 percent does not make it within my own world.
Close down it in Columbia, South Carolina, together with Duke -27 over North Dakota State. Are we gonna observe another HUMONGOUS No. 1 vs No. 16 mad? Not certain but we do have some numbers you might wanna look at. Discussing North Dakota State and Duke. And talking a 27.5-point spread. That’s a whole lotta chalk. If you are not a fan of this Summit League, then the Bison probably have not hit your radar display. That’s why I am here. NDSU was a cash cow, or money Bison if you may, covering two of the last 13 overall, and five of the last six on the street.
In terms of the big picture, the Blue Devils’ in general spread log sits in 18-16, 9-8 on the road and 16-15 as a favored. The Bison’s in general spread mark is 15-17, 7-12 on the road and 4-8 as an underdog. For you totals players, the Dookies have gone OVER just nine times, UNDER that an AMAZING 24 occasions and pushed after, while Dakota has gone OVER 20 occasions and UNDER 12. Gonna tickle a Bison, also create a light play to the dog.
NHL select Before I let you go, skate on the NHL ice , and catch the UNDER on the Islanders/Flyers game tomorrow night.
And plz, PLZ hit me Twitter over the weekend, even @vegasvigorish, just if anything pops the college hoop board.
Benjamin Eckstein is a sportswriter/oddsmaker that is syndicated. His column, America’s Line, with the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has run in the New York Daily News and above 100 other papers since 1988. You can follow him online at www.americasline.com. He is loved by many, when he picks winners, and detested by others, when he picks the occasional loser. Should you wanna bit of Eck, hit his email…[email protected]
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