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Zags Looking to Bust Brackets in 2016

After winning the WCC conference tournament, the No. 11 seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs will look to keep the ball rolling and start a Cinderella run vs the No. 6 Seton Hall Pirates. Tournaments in 2015, 2014 and  and 2012 saw two No. 11 seeds move on to the second round, and in 2011 three No. 11 seeds advanced past the first round.

Seton Hall probably doesn’t care about what past teams have done in the tournament, and are coming off a conference title of their own after upsetting Villanova 69-67. They enter the tournament hot, winning eight of nine SU, and covering the spread in six of their last seven games.

Oddsmakers are expecting a tight game, as evidenced by the 1-point spread favoring the Zags. When things went down to the wire this season, Gonzaga was better than Seton Hall. In games decided by three-points or less, Gonzaga was 5-3, while Seaton Hall went 2-3 — something for in-game bettors to keep an eye on perhaps if it’s a tight game in the final minutes.

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Kentucky Dominating Top Opponents

Kentucky has won and covered in each of their past six outings, all of which came against team’s with winning records. The Wildcats have been blowing these teams away as well with an average scoring margin of +16.3 points during their current winning streak. UK will look to continue their path to Houston when they take on the Indiana Hoosiers Saturday.

Kentucky decimated Stony Brook in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as the Wildcats held their opponents to just 26.3 percent from the field while shooting over 50 percent themselves. Each of the five Wildcats starters tallied double-digit points, paced by freshman Jamal Murray’s 19. That was just the second time in the past 14 games that Murray failed to hit the 20 point plateau.

Indiana steamrolled their way into the second round by easily topping the Chattanooga 99-74. Senior point guard Yogi Ferrell paced the team with 20 points, the 20th time he has hit double-digits points in the Hoosiers' past 21 games. Indiana's defense started the game against the Mocs shaky, but steadied themselves as the game went on. 

Indiana has historically faltered against Kentucky, as the Hoosiers are just 1-4 SU and ATS in the past five meetings between the two teams. Kentucky and Indiana have last met in 2012, when the WIldcats knocked the Hoosiers out of the NCAA Turnament. 

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726926
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Flyers Own Battle of Pennsylvania

The battle of Pennsylvania is always entertaining, and a new chapter in that rivalry will be written Saturday when the Pittsburgh Penguins invade the City of Brotherly Love for a date with the Philadelphia Flyers. This series has been dominated by the Flyers, however, as the Pens are a paltry 1-8 in the last nine meetings between the Eastern Conference foes.

Shark Bites
  • The OVER is 4-1-1 in the Flyers last 6 overall.
  • The Flyers are 6-1 in their last 7 home games.
  • The Penguins are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. the Eastern Conference.

Both sides are tending OVER ahead of this one. The Flyers are 4-1-1 O/U in their past six, while the Penguins have gone 9-4-2 O/U in their previous 15 matchups.

The Flyers are firing on all cylinders and enter tonight’s tilt on an 8-1-1 stretch. Key forward Jakub Voracek will likely be returning in this one, which will provide a huge boost to the home side. Voracek has missed the Flyers’ last nine while nursing a foot injury.

The Keystone State rivals better get used to seeing each other frequently, as they’ll meet three times in the next 21 days.

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711297
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Last Minute March Madness Betting Tips

It’s the first day of the most thrilling four-day stretch in sports and you’re ready to wager. 

There’s just one problem. You have a life. 

Tax time. Work. Kids. The walls could use a coat of paint. 

Sigh. 

Fear not, I have some tips for you to get you started on the right path. Here they are: 

What are you doing? 

No seriously. What are you doing here? Trying to win money? Good. But how much? And what's your strategy? 

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4 Reasons Why They Can Win: Virginia

Virginia Cavaliers NCAA

I know what you’re thinking. You see the Virginia Cavaliers as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and you’re thinking, “Oh here we go again. Another early-round exit for an overrated team.”

While Virginia has been a very good program the past three years, the Cavaliers have severely underachieved during the NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers won the ACC Tournament in 2014, were given a No. 1 seed in the East Region and promptly lost to Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans in the Sweet 16.

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4 Reasons Why They Can Win: Kansas

Kansas March Madness

The Kansas Jayhawks enter the NCAA March Madness Tournament as +650 favorites, and with good reason. The Jayhawks capped off a strong 30-4 SU season with a Big 12 title, and as the top seed in the South region, they’ll look to carry that momentum towards winning the fourth NCAA Championship in the school’s history.

Here’s four reasons why they can win this year’s NCAA Tournament:

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FGCU in Tough to Recapture 2013 Magic

Florida Gulf Coast Eagles NCAA March Madness

The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles crushed Fairleigh Dickinson by a score of 96-65 as 5.5-point favorites in their First Four matchup Tuesday night. Things will get exponentially more difficult in their Round of 64 meeting with the No. 1-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels Thursday.

  • North Carolina is 3-0 SU and ATS in its last three games with four days off in between games.
  • FGCU is 3-1 SU in its last four games versus teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of UNC’s last 15 games versus teams with winning records.

Many will remember FGCU from its incredible run to the Sweet 16 back in 2013. That year, the Eagles knocked off #2 Georgetown and #7 San Diego State before losing to the third-seed Florida Gators in the Sweet Sixteen.

The Eagles have not had many lined games this season, but have been a hot wager at the betting window of late going 3-1 ATS (4-0 SU) in their last four games, including Tuesday’s win.

The Tar Heels have been heating up at the right time, however, and will an extremely tough Round of 64 matchup if the Eagles want to recapture that magic of 2013. They have gone 7-1 SU in their last eight games (6-2 SU) and have covered the number in their previous four games including a clean sweep at the betting window as they went 3-0 to win the ACC Tournament.

The Heels have been a bit cold ATS in recent tournament games. They have gone 1-5 ATS in their last six following a 78-71 win as 5-point favorites over Villanova back in 2013.

Click here for a history of of the No. 1 vs. No. 16 matchup.

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726879
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Hornets Haven't Won in Miami Since 2010

The most competitive division in the NBA, the Southeast, is completely up for grabs, and Thursday’s Charlotte Hornets-Miami Heat clash could go a long way in determining who cruises into the postseason with the banner. The red-hot Hornets have won 14 of their last 17 games, concluding a 6-1 SU home stand with Wednesday’s 107-99 win over Orlando.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in the Heat' last four games.
  • The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games after an ATS loss.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Hornets' last six games with a closing total of 210.0 or less.

Charlotte, who opened as 4-point underdogs, has been great at covering the spread away from home. The Hornets are 6-2 SU and ATS in their previous eight road contests.

It won’t be easy, however. The Heat are on a season-high four game winning streak in South Beach, and have outscored the Hornets by an average of 12.2 points in the last 14 meetings between the Eastern Conference foes.

The Hornets are winless in Miami during that span, a skid that dates all the way back to 2010.

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713177
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Just How Good are the Raps vs Indy?

The Toronto Raptors are sitting comfortably in the No. 2 seed for the Eastern Conference, while the Indiana Pacers are scratching and clawing their way to postseason relevance in the crowded conference. They’ll renew acquaintances Thursday in Indiana, which will appeal to Raptors backers. The Dinos are 8-1 ATS in their last nine versus the Pacers.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in 22 of the Raptors' last 30 games against the Eastern Central division.
  • The Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last six games after winning as an underdog.
  • The Pacers have scored UNDER half of the posted total in seven of their last 10 games.

The Raptors rank toward the top of the NBA in defense, limiting opponents to 98.4 points per game, and held Indiana to 37.2 percent shooting in a 106-99 home win in on October 28. The Pacers halted a five game skid against the Raps on by topping them 106-90 on December 14 in their last meeting.

Toronto has been solid away from home this season, however they’ve hit a wall as of late. The Raptors have dropped three of their last five away from the Air Canada Centre.

The good news for Toronto is Indy has been far from a safe bet at home, going just 2-5 ATS in their last seven at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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713175
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Arsenal Desperate for Three Points

Arsene Wenger Arsenal Premier League

Arsenal was flirting with the possibility of a Premier League title just a couple of weeks ago, but while they still have a chance, they have made it really difficult on themselves taking just one point from their previous three Premier League games. Arsenal will look to stay on pace with the Leicester’s and Tottenham’s of the world with an away win at Everton Saturday.

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