March Madness : (1) North Carolina vs (6) Notre Dame 3/27

March Madness : (1) North Carolina vs (6) Notre Dame 3/27

Getting to triple digits in the Elite Eight is a college basketball harbinger that is hard to ignore.  Good morning and welcome the HRWager.  We were witness to North Carolina going century in a 101-86 win over Indiana that bounced the Big Ten from this tournament.  Now the Tar Heels get the gold of the Fighting Irish to contend with.  Last qualifier for the Final Four will also be from the ACC in this approx 8:40 start.  Can Carolina cover the -9 that the books initially gave them in the early hours of betting on this big game?

March Madness : How The Tar Heels Move on

March Madness 3/27

Marcus Paige hitting his shots is the icing on the cake for this very strong team.  His caliber of talent before this year had him in the discussion for the player of the year award.  Slow start and Buddy Hield derailed this but the senior guard is feeling it when it counts.  Against Indiana, His six of nine from downtown gave him 21 points.  When Indiana was covering him, he distributed the ball for six assists.  Finally, he held onto the ball with zero turnovers.  Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson have the edge in the frontcourt in this one.  After their last meeting with the Irish, it is hard to see how Notre Dame makes headway here?

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There is no wiggle room in this score.  It happened on March 11th.  Most if not all of the key players are here.  What is different this time to prevent an outcome like this from happening again?  VJ Beachem will have to hit everything in sight to pry open the interior defense with his outside shooting.  Zach Auguste and his teammates might be beyond being overwhelmed in this one.  Combine all of this with their 155th ranked team defense and the Fighting Irish are in for a long night.

For all the talk of upsets, form has been obeyed in the second weekend.  ACC has controlled almost all of this tournament.  It took the likes of Oregon to derail Duke.  In this conference matchup, Notre Dame simply has not improved enough to warrant the faith of keeping this under double digits.  Tournament games are normally tighter but the deeper Tar Heel team is also playing better of the two here.  Free Pick for this one is the Carolina Cover minus the points.  Good fortune to the favorites on Sunday and we will see you later on here at HRWager.

 

College Basketball : All in on the ACC

College Basketball : All in on the ACC

College Basketball 3/27

 

Polarizing action in College Basketball was witnessed in the Sweet Sixteen.  Thursday saw all the favorites win by double digits.  This did not carry over to Friday’s action but something else even stronger took over.  Good Morning and welcome to HRWager.  Today we have the Free Picks for the last two Elite Eight games.  Friday night’s trend is all we need to witness to know that not one but at least two ACC teams will be in the Final Four when Sunday comes to a close.

College Basketball : Virginia vs Syracuse

A mixed bag saw the committee somewhat getting it right when it came to including a horde of teams from some conferences.  Big Ten was bounced hard this year despite having a gaggle of good teams in it.  The ACC more than rewarded the faith of the people who do the seedings by owning the Elite Eight on Friday.  Now we have a Virginia vs Syracuse game that starts off the action on Sunday.  Virginia beat the Cuse 73-65 at home for the only time they met this year.  Spread has come out at -8 on the Cavs as action opened up.

How This One Should Go

Syracuse beat Gonzaga because of one main event.  Trevor Roberson had nine offensive rebounds.  Even though they did not win the rebounding war (33-37), Syracuse had good ball distribution and attacked the big men relentlessly.  This is not going to work against Virginia.  The 84-71 win over Iowa State had more of the feelings of a mop up than a nip and tuck game.  They correctly deduced that to keep their early lead that they should run with the Cyclones.  The normally stodgy offensive attack took advantage of the matador defense of Iowa State to ease to the win.

Syracuse has over achieved here.  Trevor Roberson playing up to his potential has helped them.  Alas he will not get his obscene amount of offensive boards here.  Virginia has seen their zone defense and can crack it at ease.  To make matters worse, their own defense is even more stifling.  The Iowa State dismantlement has made us believers.  Virginia minus the eight is your Free Pick for the 6PM game that starts off the action on 3/27.  Good fortune and we will see you later on here at the HRW.