North Carolina crushes Duke, Murray State, NC Ashville, and Belmont punch Big Dance Tickets
The long awaited reamtch was over before it even began. North Carolina ran out to a 18-5 lead in the first five minutes of the game and never looked back in an 88-70 win. The Heels clinched the ACC regular season title, the top seed in the ACC Tournament, and possibly locked up a one-seed in next week. Duke had two 7:00 minute runs without a FG and was never in the game.
Murray State won the Ohio Valley title, NV Ashville the Big South, and Belmont the Atlantic Sun and will go dancing in ten days. Ashville and Belmont will likely be involved in the “don’t call these play-in games” in Dayton on Tuesday. The days big winners were UConn (with Jim Calhoun back on the sidelines), Xavier, Kansas State, Northwestern, Colorado State, and VCU who all took care of business to improve their at large bid possibilities. South Florida, Southern Miss, Washington, Seton Hall, and Long Beach State all took bad losses and hurt/kill their at large chances and will be at the mercy of the committee.
The Hawks stunned OKC 97-90 to highlight a seven-game NBA slate. Josh Smith had 30 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta. The Mavs snapped a four-game losing streak with a 102-96 win over Utah. Dirk scored 40 (41) fot the 17th time in his career in the win. The Magic beat the Bucks for the fourt time in 30 days behind 28/14 from Dwight Howard. The Bucks have lost 13 straight in Orlando dating back to 2004. Washington, Indiana, Memphis, and Minnesota also posted wins. Knicks/Celtics, Heat/Lakers, Bulls/76ers, Nuggets/Spurs are all features on a rockin’ Sunday NBA card.
(CBB) Wagner -7 over Robert Morris
You gotta love the 25-5 Wagner Seahawks out of the Northeast Conference. It’s the lastest Hurley (Danny) dynasty and they show some quality with wins over Pitt, Air Force, Princeton, Penn … not bad for a little school from Staten Island. They don’t make the board often but the Seahawks are 14-6 ATS on the various outlaw lines this year. These two met once with Wagner winning 80-69 on their home floor. Ro Mo has won seven of their last eight but all against NEC cellar dwellers. Wagner right back.
(CBB) NC State at Virginia Tech Under 133.5
These are two pretty much hard luck teams but then again, you make your own luck and bad teams find ways to lose. This is a lot of points. The Wolf Pack like to play up-tempo and have been involved in five straight overs but thinking that the pace will be set by the homestanding Hokies who prefer games in the 50s. In games vs teams similar to VT (Boston College, Georgia Tech, Virginia) their games all ended in the teens or low 120s. The Hokies are 12-5 low vs winning records and will take the air out of the ball here. This is the first meeting this year and it is going under.
(NBA) Chicago -4 over Philadelphia
Both teams play their fourth game in six nights so no significant advantage in terms of legs here. This is a VERY good spot for the Bulls are 16-6 SU on the road, 15-7 ATS with suitcase and eager to avenge a rare 98-82 beat down on this floor back on Febuary 1st. The 76ers have come back to the field some and are just 2-6 SU and ATS in their L8 games. Generally take Bull ATS numbers with a grain of salt as they are as public as the Lakers and you generally have to pay a 3-point premium ever game. The Bulls will be focuses and in a foul mood here. Chicago by double-digits.
(NHL) NJ Devils -133 over the NY Islanders
The Islanders have lost five of seven and the Devils have lost four of five so something has to give here. The Devils broke out with a 5-0 win over the Caps in their last and sets them up in several positive spots. New Jersey is 10-5 off a win by 2+ goals, 6-3 after 3+ consecutive roadies, and 17-11 against sub .500s. Add to the mix the Devils 9-5 series iron hand over their division rivals and you have a pretty solid case. Take New Jersey.