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03/19/2011 8:51 PM
HUSKIES: Washington has enjoyed postseason basketball, as they come into today on a 4 game SU winning streak. The Huskies grinded out a solid 68-65 SU win over Georgia in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament. It wasn't long ago where the Huskies were struggling on the road, and were on the NCAA Bubble. They are now 1 win away from another Sweet 16 berth, and they are going to be facing a team that wants to play as fast as them. The Huskies are 24-10 SU and 15-16-1 ATS overall this season. As great as Washington has been of late, they are just 1-6 ATS in their lsat 7 games. Today will mark just the 3rd time this season the Huskies will be the listed underdog. Washington is 1-0-1 ATS as the listed underdog this season, both road games against Texas AM and Arizona. The Huskies average 83.5 PPG this year, 3rd most in the nation. Washington will look to push the pace again today against the best rebounding team in the nation. PG Isaiah Thomas is the unquestioned leader of this Washington team. Thomas averages team highs of 16.9 PPG and 6 APG this season. F Matthew Bryan-Armstrong is averaging 15.3 PPG and a team high 8 RPG this year for the Huskies. The Huskies are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. Washington is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games as an underdog. The Huskies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss. Washington is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win. The Huskies are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games. The Huskies are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Projected Score: 73
Huskies are 0-5 ATS last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%.
Under is 4-0 last 4 non-conference games.
TAR HEELS: (-4, O/U 157.5) North Carolina was quite impressive in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels scored 102 points in beating Long Island by 15 PTS. However, the young Tar Heels gave up 87 points in their own right, which is something that must be improved on immediately. North Carolina is one of the hottest teams left in the Tournament, as they've won 10 of their last 11 games SU. North Carolina is 27-7 SU and 15-15-1 ATS overall this season. All 7 of the Tar Heels SU losses have come away from home. North Carolina is 9-8-1 ATS this season as a single digit favorite this year. Despite being 3-1 SU since the start of the ACC Tournament, the Tar Heels have yet to win a game ATS during the same stretch. F Harrison Barnes leads North Carolina in scoring this year, averaging 15.3 PPG. F John Henson is averaging a double double this season, 11.9 PPG and a team high 10.1 RPG for North Carolina. The Tar Heels are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against the PAC-10. North Carolina is 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games as a favorite up to 6.5 points. The Tar Heels are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game. The Tar Heels are 4-13 ATS in their last 17 Sunday games. North Carolina is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Tar Heels are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.
Projected Score: 84 (SIDE of the Day)
Tar Heels are 6-1 ATS last 7 NCAA Tournament games as the listed favorite.
Over is 4-1 last 5 non-conference games.
WILDCATS: Arizona has been playing in some exciting finishes of late, as each of their last 3 games have been decided by 3 points or fewer. Most recently, the Wildcats edged Memphis 77-75 in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are 28-7 SU and 17-15-1 ATS overall this season. Arizona will have quite a test today, as they face a team that has the inside presence to combat all world F Derrick Williams. The Wildcats have a history of excellence against Texas, as they've won the past 7 meetings between the two dating back to 1997. The Wildcats are 11-7 SU and 10-7-1 ATS in games played away from their home floor this season. Arizona is 4-4 ATS as the listed underdog this year. Williams is the potential overall #1 pick if he decides to go the NBA next season. Williams is averaging team highs of 19.2 PPG and 8.2 RPG for Arizona this season. The Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games. Arizona is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. Arizona is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss.
Wildcats are 10-1 ATS last 11 games against the Big 12 Conference.
Over is 7-0 last 7 NCAA Tournament games as the listed underdog.
LONGHORNS: (-6, O/U 139) Texas seems to be rounding into form after a midseason slump. The Longhorns have won 4 of their last 5 games, with their lone loss coming against Kansas. Texas won a high scoring affair against Oakland 85-81 SU in their opening round game of the NCAA Tournament. That high scoring game will serve them well as they square off against the PAC-10 Champions today. Texas is 28-7 SU and an even more impressive 20-10 ATS this season. The Longhorns are 12-5 both SU and ATS in games played away from their home court this season. Texas is 7-5 ATS as a single digit favorite this season. The Longhorns average 40.5 RPG, 5th most in the nation this year. Texas will have to dominate the glass again today in order to beat the efficient Wildcats offense. F Jordan Hamilton is averaging a team high 18.7 PPG for the Longhorns this season. F Tristan Thompson has been dominant of late, and he's averaging 13.4 PPG and a team high 7.9 RPG this season. The Longhorns are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss. Texas is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The Longhorns are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite of up to 6.5 points. Texas is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600%. The Longhorns are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games.
Longhorns are 13-6 ATS last 19 games following a SU win.
Over is 7-0 last 7 NCAA Tournament games.
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