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Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three decades of experience to make weekly picks in his “Ecks & Bacon” column.

LAS VEGAS — Trust that you’re up early tomorrow so we can throw some Premier League action your way. And it’s Sheffield United over Brighton & Hove.

EPL Pick

The Blades have one of my favorite nicknames, the BLADES, and also one of my favorite logos. Check out their website and tell me you don’t want a hat or jersey. But that’s not the reason we’re on Sheffield. It’s because the Blades have won five of their last six, and only Liverpool, the BEST team in the league, has a better defensive record.

Want more? How about this: The Seagulls’ top scorer, Neal Maupay, has gone 631 minutes without a Premier League goal. Got out the calculator and divided 90 into 631, and figured out that Maupay has not scored a goal in like almost seven games. Get out your BLADES, BABEEE!!!


Gotta start with the Baylor/Kansas game on the college hoop board, and bring you some must-have spread stats. The Bears bring a gorgeous 24-1 overall record to the party, with a 13-0 perfecto in conference play. The Jayhawks roll in at 23-3, with a 12-1 log in Big 12 play. On the spread charts, Baylor has covered 17 of 25 but is just 8-6 at home. Kansas has put up a 16-10 overall spread record, including 8-3 on the road.

But in the what have you done for me lately category, Rock Chalk brings a 7-0 road PERFECTO to Waco. The Bears ate the Jayhawks up in Lawrence, posting a 67-55 win back in January, so revenge is another factor on the buffet table. However, since that loss, Kansas has ripped off 11 straight Ws. Ain’t gonna be easy, but would lean to the Jayhawks and pray we get a couple of points.

Also, looking at Gonzaga over BYU, if the line is half a dozen or less, Delaware as a dog against Hofstra, and UNLV if you can get +15 or better against San Diego State.

Wilder vs Fury II Picks

Gonna close out a fabulous Saturday in the ring. It’s almost fight time in Vegas, baby, and we’re gonna roll out a few props to fatten up your wallet.

It’s Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury II, the quintessential puncher vs the slick boxer. Somehow, Fury survived a last-round Wilder bomb in their first fight, made it back to his feet and stumbled away with a draw. NO such luck this time. The “Gypsy King” fought the fight of his life and still only managed a draw. The “Bronze Bomber” fought OK, not great, but has room for improvement. And according to an old friend, Teddy Atlas, one of the best analytical minds around, he also has the most DEVASTATING right hand in boxing.

Wilder is a small favorite (-125) and we’ll tap that line for sure. But we’re thinking about pushing some chips in on the round-by-round winning proposition wager. Gonna take Wilder to win in Round 1 (+3000), Round 2 (+3000) and Round 3 (+2500). Then we’ll also go Wild and drop a few pennies to win in the middle rounds, like 6, 7, 8, all at +1500. And just for the yell of it, there’s a prop out there for the fight to end in the first minute at +6500. Takin’ a $20 bill outta my wallet for the LONG shot!

Benjamin Eckstein is a nationally syndicated sportswriter/oddsmaker. His column, America’s Line, with the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has run in the New York Daily News and over 100 other papers since 1988. You can follow him online at www.americasline.com. He is beloved by most, when he picks winners, and detested by others, when he picks the occasional loser. If you wanna piece of Eck, hit his email...ben@americasline.com.