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Total best bet in Big East clash

Pitt climbed back into the No. 1 slot and is favored by just 8 tonight at Providence, but history tells us that betting OVER might be the best call tonight. The teams have played six straight OVERs and we see other reasons why it may happen again.

Big East odds - No. 1 Pittsburgh Panthers -8.5 (25-2 12-2 Big East) at Providence Friars (16-11 8-7 Big East)

Sportsbook.ag had the Panthers as 8.5 point favorites in this game and the total was expected to open around 156.

Can you see the NCAA Tournament selection committee leaving out the Friars if they win this game? I don’t think so, as the Friars can really improve their March Madness odds with a win over the top-rated Panthers tonight at home.

The Friars need to stop the bleeding, as they have lost two straight, while the Panthers have won seven in a row.

For the Friars to win tonight, they have to keep forward DeJuan Blair (15.8 13 rpg) off the boards, especially on the offensive end, as Blair leads the nation in offense boards per game. They also have to contain leading scorer Sam Young, who is averaging 18.7 ppg on 60.6% shooting in his last six games.

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Friars’ senior guard Weyinmi Efejuku has to have another big scoring game, as he has been on fire lately averaging 23.7 ppg in his last three games.

The Friars are 1-10 all-time against top-ranked teams.

Look for Pitt to dominate the boards tonight and even though they will win this game, the Friars are home so Pitt will not cover the big spread.

ACC game lines - Florida Gators (21-6 8-4 ACC) at No. 18 LSU Tigers -4 (23-4 11-1 ACC)

Sportsbook.com has posted ACC game lines for Tuesday’s games and the Tigers are 4 point favorites in this game.

Both of these teams will probably get an invite to the Big Dance, but this game is still big, as each team wants to improve their NCAA Tournament seed.

LSU comes into this game on an eight game winning streak, while the Gators have won two in a row. LSU can win a share of the ACC West Division Title with a win tonight.

Marcus Thornton (20.5 ppg) is the man for the Tigers and he is averaging 24.3 ppg and 7.2 rpg in his last six games.

The Tigers have to play good all around defense against the Florida studs of guard/forward Nick Calathes (18.6 ppg) and forward Alex Tyus (12.4 ppg).

The Gators have been draining the 3-pointer lately and the Tigers cannot let them bomb away tonight.

LSU has won five of the last seven games against Florida.

The Tigers only have one loss at home this season and they will remain at one loss after tonight’s game, as they will win this game and cover the spread.

March Madness Futures

Even though the Pitt Panthers are the top-ranked team in the nation they have the second best futures odds at Sportsbook.com to win the NCAA Championship this season at +400.

North Carolina has the best odds at +300 followed by Pittsburgh, UCONN (+600), Oklahoma (+800), and Louisville (+1200).

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