Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three decades of experience to make weekly selections in his”Ecks & Bacon” column.
March Madness picks
LAS VEGAS — Gimme a few Cal-Irvine +3.5 points on Kansas State. Actually, we took +5 when the line opened, and it’s now down to +3.5. So, I could take K-State -3.5 and take for the elusive centre, and beg for a four-point final margin. Maybe. But lemme inform you. Yeah, I call them Irving since that has been my grandpa’s name.
And they have perhaps my FAV nickname , the Anteaters. Yet more, get that the Big 12 is WAY better than the Big West. But, Irving roars into the first-round matchup on a 16-0 straight-up run, and has two of the past 10, with one push. In addition, one of K-State’s best gamers, an All-Big 12 first-teamer for a couple of 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 best trainers on this side of the Mississippi, Dana Altman. Regardless of where he belongs, all he does is win. Altman posted a 68-54 listing at Kansas State, 327-176 at Creighton, and is now 235-95 in Oregon. This is not his 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 are talking MONEY! Oregon has come down the stretch just like Secretariat, winning and COVERING eight in a row. Totally know the Big Ten is far better than the Pac-12, however, Wiscy has been burning money. The Badgers have covered only two of their past 10, and 20 percent doesn’t make it within my world.
Close down it in Columbia, South Carolina, with Duke -27 over North Dakota State. Are you gonna see a second HUMONGOUS No. 1 vs No. 16 upset? Not sure but we have some numbers you may wanna look at. Talking North Dakota State and Duke. And speaking a 27.5-point spread. That’s a whole lotta chalk. If you are not fond of the Summit League, subsequently the Bison probably have not hit your radar screen. That’s 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 street.
As for the big picture, the Blue Devils’ in general disperse log sits at 18-16, 9-8 on the road and 16-15 as a favorite. The Bison’s in general spread markers is 15-17, 7-12 on the street and 4-8 as an underdog. For you totals gamers, the Dookies have gone OVER only nine times, UNDER an incredible 24 times and pushed once, while Dakota has gone OVER 20 occasions and UNDER 12. Gonna tickle a Bison, and make a light play to the dog.
NHL pick Before I let you go, skate onto the NHL ice with me, and catch the UNDER on the Islanders/Flyers game tomorrow night.
And plz, PLZ hit me Twitter over the weekend, even @vegasvigorish, only in case anything pops on the college hoop board.
Benjamin Eckstein is a sportswriter/oddsmaker that is syndicated. His column, America’s Line, together with all the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has run in the New York Daily News and above 100 other newspapers since 1988. You can follow him on line at www.americasline.com. He is loved by most, when he picks winners, and detested by others, when he chooses the occasional loser. If you wanna piece of Eck, hit his email…email@example.com.
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