Las Vegas Expert Picks: March Madness

Vegas veteran Benjamin Eckstein, author of America’s Line, brings three years of experience to produce weekly selections 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 when the line opened, and it is now down to +3.5. So, I could take K-State -3.5 and shoot for the elusive centre, and pray for a four-point final perimeter. Maybe. However, lemme tell you. Yeah, I predict them Irving because that has been my grandpa’s name.
And they’ve perhaps my FAV nickname , the Anteaters. Once again, get that the Big 12 is WAY better than the Big West. However, Irving roars into the first-round matchup on a 16-0 straight-up run, and has covered nine of the past 10, with a single push. Also, one of K-State’s best players, an All-Big 12 first-teamer for a couple of decades, 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. However, the Ducks do have among the greatest coaches on this side of the Mississippi, Dana Altman. he does is win. Altman submitted a 68-54 listing at Kansas State, 327-176 at Creighton, and is now 235-95 in Oregon. This is not his best gaggle of ducks, sorry, had to throw gaggle in. Really, how many times do you get to use gaggle in a lifetime? Oops, never mind, that’s for geese. Ducks are a flock.
Back to biz. And we are talking MONEY! Oregon has come down the stretch like Secretariat, winning and COVERING eight in a row. Totally understand that the Big Ten is far better than the Pac-12, but Wiscy has been burning money. The Badgers have covered only two of the past 10, and 20 percent doesn’t make it in my own world.
Close down it in Columbia, South Carolina, together with Duke -27 over North Dakota State. Are we gonna see another HUMONGOUS No. 1 vs No. 16 mad? Not sure but we do have some numbers you might wanna seem at. Talking North Dakota State and Duke. And talking a 27.5-point spread. That’s a whole lotta chalk. If you are not a fan of this Summit League, then the Bison likely haven’t hit your radar display. That is why I am here. NDSU was a cash cow, or cash Bison if you may, covering nine of the last 13 total, and five of the past six on the street.
In terms of the big picture, the Blue Devils’ in general spread 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 road and 4-8 as an underdog. For you totals players, the Dookies have gone OVER just nine occasions, UNDER an AMAZING 24 occasions and pushed after, while Dakota has gone OVER 20 times and UNDER 12. Gonna tickle a Bison, also make a light play to the dog.
NHL select Before I let you go, skate on the NHL ice with me, and catch the UNDER on the Islanders/Flyers game tomorrow night.
And plz, PLZ hit me on Twitter over the weekend, even @vegasvigorish, just in case anything pops on the college hoop board.
Benjamin Eckstein is a nationally syndicated sportswriter/oddsmaker. His column, America’s Line, together with all the Ecks & Bacon appetizer, has run in the New York Daily News and above 100 other papers since 1988. You can follow him online at He’s beloved by most, when he picks winners, and detested by others, when he chooses the occasional failure. If you wanna bit of Eck, hit on his email…

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