Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three years of experience to produce weekly picks in his”Ecks & Bacon” column.
March Madness picks
LAS VEGAS — Gimme a few Cal-Irvine +3.5 points on Kansas State. In fact, we took +5 if the line started, and it’s now down to +3.5. So, I could take K-State -3.5 and shoot for the elusive middle, and pray 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 , the Anteaters. Yet again, get that the Big 12 is WAY better than the Big West. But, Irving roars into the first-round matchup on a 16-0 straight-up run, and has covered nine 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 trainers on the side of the Mississippi, Dana Altman. he does is win. Altman submitted a 68-54 record at Kansas State, 327-176 in Creighton, and is now 235-95 in Oregon. This is not his very best gaggle of ducks, sorry, had to throw gaggle in. Really, how often do you get to utilize gaggle in a lifetime? Oops, never mind, that is for geese. Ducks are a flock.
Back to biz. And we’re speaking MONEY, baby! Oregon has come down the stretch just like Secretariat, winning and COVERING eight in a row. Totally understand the Big Ten is way better than the Pac-12, however, Wiscy has been burning money. The Badgers have covered just two of their past 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 see another HUMONGOUS No. 1 vs No. 16 upset? Not sure but we do have some numbers you might wanna seem at. Talking North Dakota State and Duke. And speaking a 27.5-point disperse. That is a whole lotta chalk. If you’re not fond of this Summit League, then the Bison probably have not hit your radar display. That is why I am here. NDSU was a cash cow, or cash Bison if you will, covering two of the last 13 overall, and five of the past six on the road.
As for the big picture, the Blue Devils’ overall disperse log sits at 18-16, 9-8 on the road and 16-15 as a favorite. The Bison’s overall spread mark is 15-17, 7-12 on the street and 4-8 as an underdog. For you totals gamers, the Dookies have gone OVER only nine times, UNDER an AMAZING 24 times and pushed after, while Dakota has gone OVER 20 times and UNDER 12. Gonna tickle a Bison, and create a light play into the dog.
NHL pick Before I let you go, skate onto the NHL ice with me, and grab the UNDER on the Islanders/Flyers game tomorrow .
And plz, PLZ hit me Twitter over the weekend, even @vegasvigorish, only in case anything pops the college hoop board.
Benjamin Eckstein is a sportswriter/oddsmaker that is syndicated. His column, America’s Line, together with the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has run 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 beloved by most, when he chooses winners, and detested by others, when he chooses the occasional loser. Should you wanna bit of Eck, hit on his email…firstname.lastname@example.org.