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03/24/2011 3:29 PM
GOLDEN EAGLES: Marquette is one of four double digit seeds still alive in the NCAA Tournament. Besides VCU, the Golden Eagles are probably the biggest surprise of the Sweet 16 field. Marquette has beaten both Xavier and Syracuse in their first two NCAA Tournament games. The Golden Eagles are 22-14 SU and a profitable 20-11 ATS this season. Marquette is 4-3 SU and 5-2 ATS in neutral court settings this year. The Golden Eagles are 8-3 ATS as the listed underdog this season. Marquette has really picked up their defensive intensity of late, as they've allowed just 58.5 PPG so far in the tournament. G Darius Johnson-Odom leads Marquette in scoring this season, averaging 16 PPG. F Jimmy Butler is averaging 15.8 PPG and 6.1 RPG for the Golden Eagles this year. The Golden Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. Marquette is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games as an underdog. The Golden Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Marquette is 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following an ATS win. The Golden Eagles are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games against the ACC. Marquette is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a SU win. The Golden Eagles are 23-11 ATS in their last 34 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%.
Projected Score: 68
Golden Eagles are 14-5 ATS last 19 games as an underdog.
Under is 13-3 last 16 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%.
TAR HEELS: (-4.5, O/U 150) North Carolina is averaging 94 PPG thus far in the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels obviously have an explosive offense, that is gaining more and more steam. North Carolina is very young, but they are getting more and more confident by the day. Surviving Washington in their last game will serve them well moving forward in the NCAA Tournament. North Carolina is 28-7 SU and 15-16 ATS overall this year. The Tar Heels are 6-4 SU and 2-6 ATS in neutral court settings this season. Despite going 4-1 since the start of the ACC Conference Tournament, the Tar Heels have yet to win a game ATS. North Carolina is 9-9-1 ATS as a single digit favorite this season. Freshman sensation F Harrison Barnes leads North Carolina in scoring this year, averaging 15.5 PPG. F John Henson is averaging 11.9 PPG and a team high 10.1 RPG this season. The Tar Heels are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite up to 6.5 points. The Tar Heels are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a SU win. North Carolina is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games. The Tar Heels are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%. North Carolina is 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Projected Score: 83 (SIDE of the Day)
Tar Heels are 10-3 ATS last 13 NCAA Tournament games as the listed favorite.
Under is 4-0 last 4 games against the Big East Conference.
WILDCATS: Kentucky is riding an 8 game SU winning streak heading into tonight's contest with Ohio St. The Wildcats will have to play their most complete game of the season to beat the Buckeyes. The Wildcats have beaten Princeton and West Virginia thus far in the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky is 27-8 SU and 14-15-1 ATS overall this season. The Wildcats are 8-1 SU and 6-3 ATS in neutral court settings this year. Kentucky has played just 2 games this year as the listed underdog, going 2-0 ATS. The Wildcats are 7-4 ATS in non-conference gamest this season. Freshman PG Brandon Knight has really improved as the season has gone on, as he leads the Wildcats with 17.4 PPG and 4.2 APG. Knight has really impressed NBA scouts in the last month, as he's shooting up the NBA Draft Board. F Terrance Jones is averaging 16.1 PPG and 8.7 RPG this season for Kentucky. The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. Kentucky is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the Big Ten Conference. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games as an underdog. Kentucky is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win.
Projected Score: 65
Wildcats are 4-0 ATS last 4 games as an underdog.
Under is 5-0 last 5 neutral site games as the listed underdog.
BUCKEYES: (-5.5, O/U 140) Ohio St. has looked like the best team in the NCAA Tournament, as they've been downright dominant. The Buckeyes handled Texas San Antonio and George Mason by a combined 61 points. Ohio St. is 34-2 SU and 18-15 ATS overall this season. The Buckeyes are 5-0 SU and 3-2 ATS in neutral court settings this year. Ohio St. has won 7 of their last 9 games ATS, quite a feat considering they are widely considered the best team in the nation. The Buckeyes are a perfect 6-0 ATS as a single digit favorite this season. Scintillating Freshman F Jared Sullinger is averaging team highs of 17.1 PPG and 10 RPG this year. G William Buford is averaging 14.6 PPG, 4 RPG, and 3 APG this season for Ohio St. The Buckeyes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game. Ohio St. is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win. The Buckeyes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the SEC. Ohio St. is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a SU win of more than 20 points. The Buckeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%. Ohio St. is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a SU win. The Buckeyes are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 NCAA Tournament games as the listed favorite.
Buckeyes are 5-0 ATS last 5 non-conference games.
Over is 9-3 last 12 NCAA Tournament games.
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