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CBB: Alphabet Tourney’s for Basket Bettors

CBB: Alphabet Tourney’s for Basket Bettors



CBB: Alphabet Tourney’s for Basket Bettors




After four sensational days of NCAA college basketball, it’s time to return to reality. Still, the three other tournaments that are on the basketball landscape will all be in action, each with its own flavor and key matchup. We’ll take a betting look at

2010-03-22

After four sensational days of NCAA college basketball, it’s time to return to reality. Still, the three other tournaments that are on the basketball landscape will all be in action, each with its own flavor and key matchup. We’ll take a betting look at a key contest from each tourney, on this not so Big Monday. While the basketball may pale in comparison, having an opportunity to wager and potentially win is certainly better than not playing. Follow all of the key wagering information on the LIVE ODDS and GAME MATCHUPS page of Sportsbook.com.

NIT televised action
The World Wide Leader has a great of time to fill and tonight spreads around four contests on ESPN and ESPNU. The most engaging is at 7:00 Eastern, featuring two teams that nearly were a part of the NCAA field. Virginia Tech was widely suspected as the last team out and smart coaches use that opportunity to motivate their players into proving they should have been invited to the bigger party by going out and winning the NIT. The Hokies quelled Quinnipiac 81-61 as 13-point favorites and is a 4.5-point favorite at Sportsbook.com. Malcolm Delaney and Dorenzo Hudson are a solid 1-2 punch in the backcourt and Virginia Tech is 13-4 ATS in March games over the last three seasons.
Connecticut closed the season like they wanted it to end with four straight losses and had to hang on against Northeastern in their first NIT experience, winning 59-57 as seven-point favorites. The Huskies’ players have not played with any sense of urgency a good portion of the season and have failed to cover their last five contests. UConn will be bounced unless Stanley Robinson and others play with passion, but that could be hard to find for club that is 1-7 ATS facing an opponent that wins 60 to 80 percent of their games on the year after 15 or more had been played in the year.

CBI’s Top Quarterfinal
The College of Charleston and Virginia Commonwealth have a good history of winning college basketball games and each had a quality regular season that ended disappointingly in their conference tournament. Each institution had highlight moments and both are seeking to add a trophy to their case winning this event.
The Cougars from Charleston are coached by Bobby Cremins and have a talented backcourt with Andrew Goudelock and Tony White. The majority Charleston’s losses came from opponents being able to pressure the duo into mistakes, since the front court players are average at best. The Cougars are 18-9 ATS this season and are 12.5-point underdogs. This is largely due to their passing interest in defense (teams shoot 46.9 percent against them at home), nevertheless Cremins club can hang around and is 12-5 ATS on the road.
Virginia Commonwealth also prefers the up-tempo style and has a pressing defense that causes a good number of miscues. In their win over George Washington, they had nine thefts and if the opposing team successfully breaks the press, the last line of defense is the intimidating Larry Sanders. The Rams hold teams to 39.9 percent shooting at the Siegel Center where they are 15-1 and 9-5 ATS.

CIT’s Top Tilt
The teams that play in the CIT tourney are generally a little further down the pecking order, but that doesn’t make it any less important to the competing schools. The Pacific at Northern Colorado contest should be solid conflict. The Tigers from Big West tied for the regular season crown and are impressive 10-7 (8-8 ATS) as visitors, which includes a 86-76 win at Loyola Marymount, shooting a blistering 60 percent from the field. Pacific is one-point underdog with total of 129 and they are 13-4 ATS away from home when the total is 120 to 129.5. Northern Colorado University is in Greeley, where the Bears have set a school record with 25 wins this season. Since Devon Beitzel went down with a broken foot late in the season, UNC has been searching for additional offense and they found it in the last game against Portland. The Bears shot over 72 percent in the final 20 minutes in 81-73 victory as one-point underdogs to the Pilots. Northern Colorado is 15-1 at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion (5-8 ATS) and is 22-8 ATS in non-conference games since the 2007-08 campaign.

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