Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three decades of expertise to make weekly selections in his”Ecks & Bacon” column.
March Madness picks
LAS VEGAS — Gimme a few Cal-Irvine +3.5 points over Kansas State. Actually, we chose +5 if the line opened, and it’s now down to +3.5. So, I could take K-State -3.5 and shoot for the elusive middle, and beg for a four-point final perimeter. Maybe. However, lemme inform you about Irving. Yeah, I call them Irving since that has been my grandpa’s name.
And they have maybe my FAV nickname ever, the Anteaters. Yet again, get the Big 12 is WAY much better than the Big West. But, Irving roars into the first-round matchup on a 16-0 straight-up run, and has two of the past 10, with one push. In addition, one of K-State’s best gamers, an All-Big 12 first-teamer for two years, F Dean Wade, is GONE. Eaters obtained Id EAT!
Quack Quack. Yeah, the Ducks, baby! Oregon lost my favorite college player, Bol Bol, yeah, son of Manute, back in January. But the Ducks do have among the greatest coaches on this side of the Mississippi, Dana Altman. No matter where he goes, all he does is win. Altman submitted a 68-54 record at Kansas State, 327-176 at Creighton, and is now 235-95 at Oregon. This is not his best gaggle of ducks, sorry, had to throw gaggle in. Really, how often do you get to use gaggle in a lifetime? Oops, never mind, that’s for geese. Ducks are a flock.
Back to biz. And we are talking MONEY! Oregon has come down the stretch like Secretariat, winning and COVERING eight in a row. Totally know the Big Ten is far better than the Pac-12, but Wiscy has been burning money. The Badgers have covered only two of the last 10, and 20 percent doesn’t make it in my own world.
Close it out down in Columbia, South Carolina, together with Duke -27 over North Dakota State. Are you gonna observe a second HUMONGOUS No. 1 vs No. 16 mad? Not sure but we do have some numbers you may wanna look at. Discussing North Dakota State and Duke. And talking a 27.5-point disperse. That’s a whole lotta chalk. If you’re not a fan of this Summit League, then the Bison likely haven’t hit your radar screen. That is why I am here. NDSU has been a cash cow, or cash Bison if you may, covering two of the last 13 overall, and five of the past six on the street.
In terms of the big picture, the Blue Devils’ overall disperse log sits at 18-16, 9-8 on the road and 16-15 as a favored. The Bison’s overall spread markers is 15-17, 7-12 on the road and 4-8 as an underdog. For you totals gamers, the Dookies have gone OVER only nine times, UNDER that an incredible 24 times and pushed once, while Dakota has gone OVER 20 occasions and UNDER 12. Gonna tickle a Bison, also create a light play into the dog.
NHL pick Before I let you go, skate on the NHL ice , and grab the UNDER on the Islanders/Flyers game tomorrow .
And plz, PLZ struck me on Twitter over the weekend, even @vegasvigorish, only if anything pops on the college hoop board.
Benjamin Eckstein is a sportswriter/oddsmaker that is nationally syndicated. His column, America’s Line, together with the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has conducted in the New York Daily News and above 100 other newspapers since 1988. It is possible to follow him online at www.americasline.com. He’s beloved by many, when he chooses winners, and detested by others, when he chooses the occasional failure. Should you wanna bit of Eck, hit on his email…[email protected]