Thursday, March 24, 2011

Young Sam Rothstein Is Still Alive

It wasn't easy with all those upsets last week, but Young Sam Rothstein weathered the storm. I did just well enough to keep my head above water and make it to the sweet 16 with a punchers chance at breaking the bank. The brackets are reset and Vegas is up to its usual tricks. UConn is favored by 1 1/2 over San Diego St. and they should cover easily on paper until you realize the Big East only has 2 teams remaining in the tournament (they started with 11) and UConn has to travel all the way to Anaheim to play. It's a trap game. Just stay away all together. Duke is favored by 8 1/2 points over Arizona and with Kyrie Irving back in the line up they are clearly the superior team. That being said Duke also has to travel across the country and Arizona All American Derrick Williams is looking to impress the scouts at the next level with a big game against the Olympic coach and the defending national champions. It's a trap game. Duke is giving too many points. Instead of focusing on the sucker bets lets get down to brass taxes shall we? There are only 2 games I feel good about.

Butler +5 over Wisconsin. Butler took out the #1 seed in dramatic fashion and the experience from the championship game last year is starting to pay dividends. Wisconsin has scrapped along, but they struggle to score points and have no blow out capability. This game will be close regardless.

UNC -4 1/2 over Marquette. His Airness has promised to give the entire team a pair of his limited edition Jordan's if they get to the Final Four. Any time Jordan speaks to the Tar Heels it gives them extra motivation and incentive to win. In addition, Marquette was one of the last Big East teams to get into the tourney and as we have seen so far the Big East is an underachieving conference. UNC by 7 at least.

Sometimes less is more and in this case 2 games are better than 4. No need to go out on a limb, just concentrate on the things you know for sure will happen (that's a Confucius quote). Good luck everyone. Get money!

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