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Vermont vs. FLORIDA STATE (-9) - at Hartford, CT

By Dwayne Connors, Featured Handicapper

Working things back in order just at the biggest time of the college season.

Back-to-back 500 UNIT Winners on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Today I have a release that is TWICE AS BIG.

1000 Units - Opening Round Dog of the Year

I have a dog on the day card that is ready to score, and ready to score in a big way.

I have not gone higher than 1000 Units. This is my Highest-Rated release since my site debut, and it also happens to be my third straight winning day.

Don't miss out on Winner # 3 in a row. It's gift-wrapped for you this first Thursday of the Big Dance!

While the XL Center in Hartford is geographically better for the underdog Catamounts, not sure much else is in favor of this American East rep that is making their second dance appearance in the past three years thanks to upending Virginia-slayer UMBC in the conference final, 66-49 on Saturday.

Vermont much go up against a very long, very deep, very experienced Florida State team that advanced all the way to the ACC Final last weekend before going cold and bowing to the overall # 1 seed in this year's Dance, Duke.

Leonard Hamilton's team was able to win and cover their first four games in last year's tournament, as they took down Missouri, Xavier and Gonzaga before losing a hard-fought 58-54 contest in the West Regional Final to Michigan. True, that was last year, but the nucleus of talent (Mann, Cofer and Koumadje) are all upper-classmen and know what it takes to advance in the early rounds of this one-and-done tournament.

The Catamounts are going to have a difficult time the longer this game goes on with the Seminoles "fresh legs", as State goes 11 players deep, not to mention the size of the above mentioned Koumadje who goes 7'4" along with sophomore forward Mfiondu Kabenjele who stands at 6'10"!

Vermont does have the player-of-the-year in their conference Anthony Lamb on their team, and the forward does average over 24 points and close to 8 rebounds per game to look to lead them. They also have a pair of players in Ernie Duncan and Stef Smith that average double-figures, but after those 3, the scoring options are limited. Having to face a Florida State defense that can smoother you is going to be an issue this afternoon for the Catamounts.

A look at Vermont's pre-conference schedule shows Louisville posting 86 points on them, and Kansas posting 84 points on them back in November. Also of note is the fact the the American East Conference reps stand at just 12-19 in this tournament over the years.

This will be a game for about the first 25 minutes, then the pedigree of the power ACC will win over and the Seminoles will take this one by about 15 points or so.

Lay it with Florida State.


Northeastern (+6') vs. KANSAS - at Salt Lake City, UT

By Bob Valentino, Featured Handicapper

Feel like I have shaken off my little lull from the weekend, as I have posted back-to-back-to-back winning nights.

On Monday it was 50 Dime Winner - Portland in their home cover over Indiana in the NBA.

On Tuesday, another 50 Dime Winner - Hofstra plus the points covering at N.C. State.

On Wednesday a Max Wager 100 Dime Winner - Arizona State minus the bucket with the comfortable 9 point winner over St. John's.

Back to the Max once again for tonight.

100 DIME


Old Dominion vs. Purdue - 9:50 pm start

Heating back up just at the right time.

Plenty of winners to choose from the next few days, but none bigger than tonight's Late Night Bailout Lock on the Monarchs and the Boilermakers

More Money time in the Big Dance!

Thursday's comp play in the Dance comes on underdog Northeastern to make a game of it against Blue Blood Kansas late afternoon in Salt Lake City. 

The Huskies may not own the pedigree of the Jayhawks, but this is NOT a vintage Kansas team that Bill Self leads into battle this year, as injuries and suspensions have forced the Rock Chalkers into starting 4 freshman as the season wound down. This is the first Kansas team in 15 years that did not win a share of the Big 12 title, and while they did advance to the championship game last weekend against Iowa State, the Jayhawks were bounced by a dozen points in that game, as KU went just 5-3 over their last 8 games, with an average 4-4 spread mark. They also are just 3-8 straight up this year in their true road games.

This Northeastern team returned all 5 starters from last year's team, and they are dancing for the first time since 2015 with some major momentum on their side, as the Huskies have won 7 straight and 12 of their last 13 games, while sporting a solid 6-0-1 spread mark during their current winning streak. This is a team that also averages a healthy 76.1 points per game, which is actually more than the Jayhawks average - 75.4 points per game!

Hesitant to call for an outright upset today, but with Vasa Pusica the smooth-shooting Serb - seven 3-pointers in the Colonial Championship win over Hofstra - firing away from behind the arc, where the Huskies do shoot a dangerous 38.8% as a team, you can see why I feel grabbing the bushel full of points Northeastern is getting does intrigue me.

The longer this game stays within reach, the more the Huskies will believe they are indeed a live "dog", and I have a feeling the youth of Kansas is going to allow this veteran team to hang around.

Expect a full 40 minute tussle today, as Northeastern stays inside of the number.


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