Big 10 Picks: The Conference Race Begins

Coming off  rough week at the window? Some bad luck got in you? Don’t worry you’ll survive. This song will you turn you around. I can not say the same for my Big 10 picks this weekend.   MINNESOTA AT NORTHWESTERN, NOON, BTN. LINES: NW -4.5; O/U 39.5 We’ve seen these teams play TCU, Stanford and Duke already this season. We’ve also seen them go 3-0 against MAC opponents, albeit winning by only a combined 11 points. The Gophers come in at 3-1, which is exactly where everyone thought they would be before the season started. But how they’ve won the last two weeks has slowed the ‘Gophers As A Darkhorse To Win The West’ Train. They’ve labored to 10-7 and 27-24 wins over Kent St and Ohio.  On the other hand, not much was expected out of Northwestern after consecutive losing seasons. Then the Wildcats streaked out of the gate and using a surprisingly dominant defense notched a pair of outright underdog wins over Stanford and Duke. They sit 4-0 and have crashed into the top-20. The Gophers are seen to be underachieving and the Wildcats overachieving. That’s why we’ve seen a shift in this line from Minnesota -1 over the summer to Northwestern -6 when the line

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Conference Tournament Odds

 We’re arriving at the meat of Championship Week. All the power conference leagues tip off their sectional as well as plenty more mid-major leagues. Here’s a quick rundown of the future odds for the remaining league tournaments. And, we have a five pack of picks afterwards. We might even add another future or two as we go along. We played four futures on some of the mid-major tournaments over the weekend. Three of our teams made it to the finals, but only two won. But we still have a profit to play with. Manhattan, +500 and Wofford, -120 cashed while William/Mary +250 and Monmouth +800 did not. Because of that Jaspar win, however, we’re four units to the good. Since a gambler’s money knows no home, let’s reinvest it…… MID AMERICAN CONFERNECE TOURNAMENT ODDS BUFFALO, +135 CENTRAL MICHIGAN, +250 TOLEDO, +500 KENT, +1200 BGSU, +1600 AKRON, +1600 WESTERN MICHIGAN, +2500 EASTERN MICHIGAN, +2600 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERNECE SMU, +160 CINCY, +390 UNCOON, +400 TEMPLE, +675 TULSA, +800 MEMPHIS, +1200 TULANE, +16000 HOUSTON, +25000 ECU, +35000 UCF,  +100000 USF, +15000 CONFERENCE USA LA TECH, +165 OLD DOMINION, +250 UTEP, +365 UAB, +700 WKU, +1700 MTSU, +2300 UTSA, +400 CHARLOTTE, +800 NORTH TEXAS, +11000 RICE, +11500 FIU, +19000

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ACC Tournament: Virginia, Duke Look To Tough To Top

ODDS TO WIN ACC TOURNAMENT Duke, +135 Virginia, +195 North Carolina, +650 Notre Dame, +700 Louisville, +725 NC State, +3000 Miami, +4200 Pitt, +16000 Clemson, +25000 Florida St, +28000 Wake Forest, +75000 Georgia Tech, +75000 Boston College, +100000 Virginia Tech, +200000 TUESDAY, FIRST ROUND #12 Boston College vs #13 Georgia Tech, 1:00, ESPN 2 #11 Wake Forest vs # 14 Virginia Tech, 3:30, ESPN 2 WEDNESDAY, SECOND ROUND #8 Clemson vs #9 Florida State, noon, ESPN #5 UNC vs BC/GT winner, 2:00, ESPN #7 NC State vs #10 Pitt, 7:00, ESPN 2 #6 Miami vs Wake/VT winner, 9:00, ESPN 2 THURSDAY, QUARTERFINALS #1 Virginia vs Clemson/FSU winner, noon, ESPN #4Louisville vs UNC/BC/GT winner, 2:00, ESPN #2 Duke vs NC State/Pitt winner, 7:00, ESPN #3 Notre Dame vs Miami/Wake/VT winner, 9:00, ESPN FRIDAY SEMIFINALS 7:00; 9:30, ESPN SATURDAY CHAMPSIONSHIP GAME 7:00 pm, ESPN THE DREGS: Ah, yes, the traditional Tuesday afternoon of the ACC Tournament. Why I remember back in the days of yore always skipping class so I wouldn’t miss a minute of the action. Of these four teams, only Georgia Tech cracks the KenPom top-100, checking in at 91. If there is a team that intrigues me from the four playing today, it’s Wake

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