I've been so bad betting NCAA Mens basketball this year, that at this point I'm pretty much just betting Alan Boston's picks. Here are the ones I've bet.
Temple(+4)over NC State small
LaSalle(+6)over Kansas State big
UCLA(+4)over Minnesota big
Creighton(-3.5)over Cincinnati medium
Iona (+14)over Ohio State medium
Northwestern State(+20.5)over Florida medium
In some of these Alan specifically gave a bet size, in other's I inferred a bet size from his language. I previously teased OleMiss(+10)over Wisconsin, under 123.5.
As it happens, Alan loves Ole Miss(+6), big, which made me think my bet was pretty good as well, especially when I've also read that somebody has been trying to fake the over unsuccessfully, as everybody else continued to drive the number down.
At the moment, I'm made to think I made a good bet by the score, as Ole Miss leads Wisconsin 53-46, with about 1:30 to go. I doubt they shoot enough free throws in the next :90 to score another 25 points.
I bet that game on Wednesday. Not sure what the number moved to...& covers.com isn't showing it now.
Miami is already up, 22-10 on Pacific...I somehow forgot to bet that game (Pacific(+14)), perhaps because I think Miami is scary good. Alan seems to like James Madison to cover vs. Indiana, and I haven't bet that one either, probably for the same reason. If I end up down one unit after Pacific and JM cover, I'll have myself to blame.
On the other hand, the U is up 25-11, so I feel pretty good about being on the sidelines for those.
Temple is fucking NC State up, 38-22. I think I had that in my bracket too, as opposed to UCLA. I heard way too much Minnesota hype in the past week to resist the Golden Gophers, though I've been down on them all season long. Minny advances in all 3 of my brackets, but now I'm big on UCLA.
The U is up 33-13. Oof.
Ole Miss won, 57-46. Even in losing by 11 the Badgers managed to keep the score down. Congrats to them.
This is why I also parlayed Georgetown(-13.5)over Florida something or other...sort of. Georgetown probably has the best defense in the country, and my reasoning is that if they cover it will be because they kept the score WAY DOWN.
Cincinnati juped out to a 6-0 lead over Creighton, but that lead has since been cut to 8-7. This could be the first close game today. Cincinnati deserves to lose for those gawdawful uniforams they've been wearing. Ditto for Notre Dame, though they may come to their senses before they take on Iowa State. I have to advance Iowa State in my bracket because one of their assistant golf coaches follows me on twitter, and because former Spartan Korie Lucious is playing for the Cyclones.
Of course, I have them losing to Ohio State the next round, but still.