Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three decades of experience 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 took +5 when the line started, and it’s now down to +3.5. So, I could take K-State -3.5 and shoot for the elusive centre, and pray for a four-point final perimeter. Maybe. However, lemme tell you. Yeah, I call them Irving because that was my grandpa’s name.
And they’ve maybe my FAV nickname ever, the Anteaters. Yet again, get that the Big 12 is WAY much better than the Big West. However, Irving roars into the first-round matchup on a 16-0 straight-up run, also has covered nine of the last 10, with a single push. Also, one of K-State’s very best gamers, an All-Big 12 first-teamer for a couple of years, F Dean Wade, is GONE. Eaters gotta 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. Regardless of where he belongs, all he does is win. Altman posted a 68-54 record at Kansas State, 327-176 at Creighton, and is now 235-95 at Oregon. This is not his very best gaggle of ducks, sorry, had to throw gaggle in. Really, how many times can you get to utilize gaggle in a life? Oops, never mind, that is for geese. Ducks are a flock.
Back to biz. And we’re speaking baby, MONEY! Oregon has come down the stretch like Secretariat, winning and COVERING eight in a row. Totally know that the Big Ten is way better than the Pac-12, however, Wiscy has been burning money. The Badgers have covered only two of the past 10, and 20 percent doesn’t make it within my world.
Close it out down in Columbia, South Carolina, together with Duke -27 over North Dakota State. Are you gonna observe another HUMONGOUS No. 1 vs No. 16 upset? Not sure but we have some numbers you may wanna seem at. Discussing North Dakota State and Duke. And speaking a 27.5-point disperse. That’s a whole lotta chalk. If you are not a fan of the Summit League, then the Bison probably haven’t hit your radar screen. That’s why I’m here. NDSU was a cash cow, or money Bison if you will, covering nine of the last 13 overall, and five of the past six on the street.
In terms of the big picture, the Blue Devils’ overall spread log sits in 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 just nine times, UNDER an AMAZING 24 occasions and pushed once, while Dakota has gone OVER 20 occasions and UNDER 12. Gonna tickle a Bison, and make a light play to the dog.
NHL select Before I let you go, skate on the NHL ice with me, and catch the UNDER on the Islanders/Flyers game tomorrow .
And plz, PLZ struck me on Twitter over the weekend, even @vegasvigorish, only if anything pops the college hoop board.
Benjamin Eckstein is a sportswriter/oddsmaker that is syndicated. His column, America’s Line, with all the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has conducted in the New York Daily News and above 100 other papers since 1988. It is possible to follow him on line at www.americasline.com. He is loved by most, when he picks winners, and detested by others, when he picks the occasional failure. If you wanna piece of Eck, hit his email…email@example.com.
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