Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three decades of expertise to produce weekly picks in his”Ecks & Bacon” column.
March Madness picks
LAS VEGAS — Gimme some Cal-Irvine +3.5 points over Kansas State. In fact, we chose +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 margin. Maybe. But lemme inform you. Yeah, I predict them Irving because that was my grandpa’s name.
And they’ve maybe my FAV nickname ever, the Anteaters. Once more, get that the Big 12 is WAY better than the Big West. But, Irving roars to the first-round matchup on a 16-0 straight-up run, also has covered nine of the last 10, with a single push. In addition, one of K-State’s very best gamers, an All-Big 12 first-teamer for two decades, F Dean Wade, is GONE. Eaters gotta EAT!
Quack Quack. Yeah, the Ducks, baby! Oregon dropped my favorite college player, Bol Bol, yeah, son of Manute, back in January. However, the Ducks do have one of the greatest trainers on the side of the Mississippi, Dana Altman. Regardless of where he goes, all he does is win. Altman submitted a 68-54 listing at Kansas State, 327-176 in Creighton, and is currently 235-95 in Oregon. This isn’t his very best gaggle of ducks, sorry, had to throw gaggle in. Really, how often can you get to use gaggle in a lifetime? Oops, never mind, that is for geese. Ducks are a flock.
Back to biz. And we’re talking baby, MONEY! Oregon has come down the stretch like Secretariat, winning and COVERING eight in a row. Totally know that the Big Ten is far better than the Pac-12, but Wiscy has been burning money. The Badgers have covered just two of their past 10, and 20 percent doesn’t make it in my own world.
Close it out down in Columbia, South Carolina, with Duke -27 over North Dakota State. Are we gonna see another HUMONGOUS No. 1 vs No. 16 upset? Not certain but we have some numbers you might wanna look at. Discussing Duke and North Dakota State. And talking a 27.5-point spread. That is a whole lotta chalk. If you are not a fan of this Summit League, subsequently the Bison likely have not hit your radar screen. That is why I’m here. NDSU has been a cash cow, or money Bison if you may, covering two of the last 13 overall, and five of the past six on the road.
In terms of the big picture, the Blue Devils’ overall spread log sits at 18-16, 9-8 on the street and 16-15 as a favored. The Bison’s overall spread mark is 15-17, 7-12 on the street and 4-8 within an underdog. For you totals players, the Dookies have gone OVER just nine occasions, UNDER an AMAZING 24 occasions and pushed once, while Dakota has gone OVER 20 occasions and UNDER 12. Gonna tickle a Bison, also create a light play into the dog.
NHL select Before I let you go, skate on the NHL ice with me, and catch the UNDER on the Islanders/Flyers game tomorrow night.
And plz, PLZ struck me Twitter over the weekend, @vegasvigorish, just if anything pops the college hoop board.
Benjamin Eckstein is a nationally syndicated sportswriter/oddsmaker. His column, America’s Line, with all the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has conducted in the New York Daily News and over 100 other newspapers since 1988. You can follow him on line at www.americasline.com. He is loved by most, when he chooses winners, and detested by others, when he picks the occasional loser. If you wanna bit of Eck, hit his email…firstname.lastname@example.org.
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