By Charles Jay
Yes, the dust has cleared and we have a Sweet Sixteen in the Big Dance. But if you are into sports betting, or competing in WagerWAR like yours truly, you can’t go 10-1-1 with a parlay win (gratuitous plug) and then rest on your laurels. It’s right back at it for Monday action, because one of the rules in WagerWAR is that you’ve got to play something on EVERY tournament game, whether it is the NCAA, NIT, CBI or CIT. And so as a result we look at some of the games going for tonight’s action and hopefully come out of it with some value.
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The NIT’s lone remaining second-round game is being played in Boulder between the Colorado Buffaloes and Norfolk State Spartans, and while Colorado won and covered against Dayton, Norfolk State was involved in a thriller where they fought tooth-and-nail with Alabama, winning it in overtime in Tuscaloosa. We think there is some value to that, when you consider that they have to take a road trip, even if it’s a lot farther to go. This is not a team that is usually all that powerful on the offensive boards (they reside outside the top 200 in rebounding rate, in fact), so we are not expecting a repeat of the 21 offensive caroms they had against ‘Bama. However, that indicates hustle, and that is one of the things we’re looking for here. Tyler Bey is one of the top defensive rebounders in the country, so Colorado at least has a presence there. But our gripe with the Buffs is that they didn’t exactly “wow” us with anything they did this season, even in Pac-12 play, so this doesn’t necessarily appear to be a team in great position to lay a lot of points to a hungry foe, even though they are pretty strong at home.
Colorado is also a rather sloppy team with the ball (214th in turnover rate) and NSU puts on pressure, so look for some extra possessions by way of turnovers. Let’s put it this way – we would be surprised if that didn’t happen. Also, the Spartans will be chucking up three-pointers right out of the locker room, and they have one of the best in the business doing it for them, when you consider the abilities of Derrik Jamerson, who who hit seven triples against the Tide and ranks second in the nation at 51.2%. With Colorado laying 14 points at BetAnySports, I am expecting Norfolk State to keep it more competitive than that.
Longwood has not been to a post-season tournament as a Division I school, and they came into the CBI with a losing record (yes, that happens), but they pulled off a huge sicker when they dismantled Southern Miss in their opening-round game. Now the Lancers go to the Windy City to take on the DePaul Blue Demons, who also surprised an awful lot of people with the display they put on in beating Central Michigan 100-86. As far as accomplishment against a high level of opposition is concerned, DePaul, the only team in the Big East that did not go to either the NIT or the NCAA’s, has that advantage, with a win over Seton Hall and a couple of victories over St. John’s, among others. They have been to a lot more places than tonight’s opponent has.
And certainly, it has to be acknowledged that Southern Miss, which was one of the better defensive teams in Conference USA, was probably caught napping in what may have been a disappointing landing spot for them, considering that they felt they had a real chance to win the wide-open C-USA title. But the Lancers were not only the first team to hang 90 on the Golden Eagles, they were the first to score even as much as 80 points. We can’t have a whole lot of excuses for USM, which had an all-conference backcourt of Tyree Griffin and Cortez Edwards. And we have to give Longwood plaudits for hitting 18 triples. One name everybody can get a kick out of is Shabooty Phillips, and he leads a legion of long-range bombers who have put up about half their shots from beyond the arc. DePaul generally forces its opponents out to the three-point line (which constitutes 43% of foes’ attempts) but they are a little derelict in defending it (36.6%, which is 290th in the nation), and that is what gives this underdog a chance.
So as WagerWAR continues, we’re going to grab the considerable impost with Longwood, which is a 14.5-point dog at BetAnySports, where you can get reduced juice for better odds on the day of a game, along with real-time wagering with Live Betting Ultra. On top of that, you can make your deposits using your Visa card, person-to-person transfers (like Western Union) or the virtual currency of Bitcoin, which is fast and easy with their automated system, and NEVER incurs a transaction fee!
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