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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Dance Line$ - Picking the Tournament - 3/21/15

This year, I will be picking every game of the Tournament against the spread.

For the record, I am doing this just for fun - for the love of the game!

Off the record, who knows, so wish me luck. Thanks!

Last night didn't go too well, as Davidson, St. John's and Providence basically laid an egg, while Gonzaga, Oklahoma and Wisconsin failed to cover big spreads.

Record: 13-22-1

Saturday, 3/21/15. Round of 32:

(14) UAB +5.5 vs (11) UCLA, 12:10PM, Louisville, KY, CBS

The Blazers are coming off the big upset of Iowa State and are obviously not the same team they were for most of the season. UCLA has looked solid lately, as well. Give me UAB getting points in what should be a nip and tuck game. 

(8) Cincinnati +16.5 vs (1) Kentucky, 2:40PM, Louisville, KY, CBS

I took Kentucky and the points in their first round hame versus Hampton and paid for it, mainly because they took it easy on the MEAC team in the 2nd half. I will likely bet against the Wildcats the rest of the way because they are overvalued by the public, which inflates the line. The Bearcats should be able to keep the pace slow and make it tough for Kentucky to score. The question is, will Cincy be able to score at all.

(2) Arizona -9.5 vs (10) Ohio State, 5:15PM, Portland, OR, CBS

Zona has been mighty impressive of late, having won 12 straight. They're too good on both ends of the floor for Ohio State to stay close with, IMHO.

(14) Georgia State +6.5 vs (6) Xavier, 6:10PM, Jacksonville, FL, TNT

Georgia State is riding high after R.J. Hunter's huge three and his father Ron's big fall. It'll be tough for the Musketeers to slow down that momentum, so I'm looking for a back and forth battle that again comes down to the last possession.

(1) Villanova -9.5 vs (8) NC State, 7:10PM, Pittsburgh, PA, TBS

Nova has been firing on all cylinders for the past 16 games or so. NC State is solid and capable, but the depth and versatility of the Wildcats should wear down the Wolfpack, eventually.

(4) Georgetown +4.5 vs (5) Utah, 7:45PM, Portland, OR, CBS

Though, the Utes had been struggling recently, they looked good in their win over S.F. Austin. The Hoyas looked pretty good themselves versus Eastern Washington. This is a game that could go either way, so I'll take points.

(4) North Carolina -4.5 vs (5) Arkansas, 8:40PM, Jacksonville, FL, TNT

Similar to Utah/Georgetown, this seems like an even match-up that could go either way. I just have more faith in the Tar Heels since they are the more tested team, coming out of the ACC. Regardless, it will be an up-and-down, entertaining game and I expect UNC to pull away at the end.

(6) Butler +5 vs (3) Notre Dame, 9:40PM, Pittsburgh, PA, TBS

This is a tough one. It's a classic offense versus defense match-up, that's likely to test the toughness of Notre Dame. Give me the Bulldogs, getting points, in what should be a nail-biter.

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